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Got Drugs? Get Rid of Them April 27

On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Schertz Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
 
The public is encouraged to bring medications for disposal at the Schertz location, 1400 Schertz Parkway. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
 
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.
 
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
 
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
 
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
 

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Schertz EMS Ambus Deployed to Explosion Site near Waco

The Schertz EMS Ambus (center) and Ambuses from towns of Frisco and Palestine on scene

The Schertz EMS Ambus (center) and Ambuses from towns of Frisco and Palestine on scene

Schertz Ambus, left, and one from Frisco on standby

Schertz Ambus, left, and one from Frisco on standby

 
The Schertz EMS Ambus – a large ambulance that can transport up to 20 patients – was deployed the town of West near Waco after a massive explosion Wednesday night.
 
The Schertz Ambus was deployed around 10 p.m. Wednesday after a giant explosion at a fertilizer plant around 8 p.m.
 
Ambuses from Frisco in North Texas and Palestine in East Texas also were deployed.
 
The Schertz vehicle – also known as the Mass Casualty Evacuation Ambulance – also was deployed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
 
In that case a car-school bus accident in Cibolo sent 11 Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City School District students and one adult to the hospital in one large ambulance instead of six regular ones.
 
All patients were unloaded in about 10 minutes upon arrival at NE Methodist.
 

The Schertz EMS Ambus, one of 2 in the region and 13 in the state, has been in service and housed in Schertz since December 2011.

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Baptist Emergency Hospital Ribbon Cutting Makes History

Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter, right,  shakes hands with BEH CEO Adolfo Carrasco

Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter, right, shakes hands with BEH CEO Adolfo Carrasco

A big crowd showed up for the ribbon cutting of the new Baptist Emergency Hospital

A big crowd showed up for the ribbon cutting of the new Baptist Emergency Hospital

 
Schertz has been without a hospital since the late 1930s, but that changed Wednesday. April 17, with the Schertz Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the Baptist Emergency Hospital at IH-35 and Schertz Parkway.
 
Mayor Michael Carpenter shook hands with Baptist Emergency Hospital CEO Adolfo Carrasco at the start of the late afternoon event in the lobby of the 40,000-square-foot facility.
 
Other city officials attending included Mayor Pro Tem Cedric Edwards Sr. and, City Councilmembers Jim Fowler, David Scagliola and Sydney Varinder and City Manager John Kessel.
 
The Baptist Emergency Hospital in Schertz is the fifth such facility opened by the Baptist Health System.
 
The old Schertz Community Hospital operated on Main Street from 1917 to 1939.
 

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Get Ready to Groove – Absolute Jazz Saturday, April 20, in Schertz

Absolute Jazz logo

 
This Saturday enjoy the Sounds and Sips of Schertz.
 
Absolute Jazz on Saturday, April 20, is a free and relaxing afternoon and evening with the sounds of the Kris Kimura Band and Jim Cullum Jazz Band and the chance to sample fine Texas wines and food.
 
Bring your lawn chairs and groove from 1-10 PM at Pickrell Park, 703 Oak Street in Schertz.
 
Go to Visitschertz.com for more information.

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Schertz EMS Holding Blood Drive April 16

 
Next Blood Drive
City of Schertz EMS
Tuesday, April 16
8 am – 1:00 pm

 
Schertz EMS is holding a blood drive Tuesday, April 16, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
 
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center bloodmobile is in front of the Schertz Community Center, Bldg. No. 3, 1400 Schertz Parkway.
 
Please give the gift that keeps on giving. For more information call EMS at (210) 619-1400.
 

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Schertz Fire Rescue Department Gets $31,000 Fed Grant

 
Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar, together with officials from the City of Schertz, announced the awarding of a federal grant in the amount of $31,041 for the fire department.
 

The money will fund various equipment purchases for the Fire Department including vehicle stabilization air bags, EMS Rescue equipment, a spreader,
a cutter and a power unit. The grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency FY ‘12 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
 
The fire department was also awarded $400 for shipping.
 
“I applaud Fire Chief David Covington and all the City of Schertz officials for their strong interest in applying for this grant,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This money is an investment to the community, and what a better way to invest than to provide firefighters the equipment they need in an effort to keep Schertz residents safe.”
 
“This grant will allow us to purchase much needed equipment for rescuing people from vehicles, and to purchase protective equipment for our firefighters so they can perform their job in a safe and efficient manner,” Covington said.
 
“The nation’s highways provide a network of travel for commerce, business, and pleasure. Our ability to work safely and efficiently on the highways can help reduce congestion and increase safety for responders and the traveling public,” the chief said.
 

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Mayor Throws Out First Pitches To Kickoff Ball Season

 

Mayor Michael Carpenter shows his pitching form on Saturday, April 6.

Mayor Michael Carpenter shows his pitching form on Saturday, April 6.


 
Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter threw out ceremonial first pitches for both baseball and softball players Saturday, April 6, for the Buffalo Valley Youth Association Opening Day.
 
The annual right of spring included dozens of teams taking part in a parade from the Clemens High School parking lot to the baseball fields behind the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex.
 
In addition to welcoming the hundreds of young boys and girls participating in baseball and softball – and their families -the mayor said the BVYA Opening Day ceremony represents two of the greatest strengths of the Schertz community — volunteerism and providing healthy activity for youth.
 

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Mayor Hal Baldwin Portrait Unveiled

Brian Beck and Susan Baldwin-Beck with portrait of Mayor Baldwin

Brian Beck and Susan Baldwin-Beck with portrait of Mayor Baldwin


 
Susan Baldwin-Beck and husband Brian Beck unveiled a new portrait of Susan’s father, the late Mayor Hal Baldwin, during a Schertz City Council meeting Tuesday night, April 2.
 
Mayor Baldwin passed away on April 6, 2012.
 
His portrait now hangs with the other six former Schertz mayors behind the City Council chambers dais. The other six mayors’ portraits previously were on the walls on either side of the council chambers.
 
The former Schertz mayors are:
 
H.P. Thulemeyer – 1958-60
 
Roy W. Richard – 1960-72
 
Jesse W. Graham – 1972-73
 
Robert C. Bueker – 1973-80
 
Jack M. Stomackin – 1980-82
 
Earl W. Sawyer – 1982-94
 
Harold D. Baldwin – 1994-2012
 

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Ground broken for new Schertz Animal Adoption Center

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Schertz City and Community officials broke ground Tuesday, April 2, on a new state-of-the-art Animal Adoption Center.
 
Among those taking part in the ground breaking were: Mayor Michael Carpenter, Mayor Pro Tem Cedric Edwards Sr., Councilmember David Scagliola, City Manager John Kessel, staff from the Animal Services Department and Parks and Recreation and members of the Schertz Humane Society/Homes For Pets.
 
The facility will be located on Community Circle Drive, behind the Visitor Center/Schertz Chamber of Commerce building on Schertz Parkway near the intersection with Live Oak Road.
 

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Upcoming Gateway Planning Presentation April 9th

On April 9, at 6:00 pm at City Council Chambers, a joint City Council, Board of Directors of the Schertz Economic Development Corporation, and Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held in order for Gateway Planning to make a brief presentation as part of distributing a draft of the Schertz Sector Plan document which will then be posted on the City’s website. The City will be holding a series of input meetings over the following weeks to gather input on the document.

 

Schertz Sector Plan Appendices
Schertz Proposed UDC Update
Schertz Sector Final Plan Draft

 

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