By Dawn Masko, City Administrator, City of DuPont
1. Spring Safety Fair. Start your engines for Saturday, June 4th to attend the DuPont Fire Department’s Spring Safety Fair. The event runs from 10 AM – 2 PM at the DuPont Civic Center. Admission is free and features displays from Fire, Police, & Public Works. The focus of the event will be “safety awareness” in our community. Children will be able to tour the Fire Department “safety House” with artificial smoke to learn about fire escape routes. Event activities also include “Touch a Truck”, safety awareness tips, helmet and life jacket sales, and children’s games and giveaways. Citizens will also be able to get information from the Parks Department, Historical Society, and CERT members at booths they will be staffing. For more information please contact Chief Cooper at (253) 377-3257.
2. National Trails Day
Since 1993, the first Saturday of June is known as National Trails Day, inspiring the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out, discover, learn about, and celebrate America’s trail system. The weather forecast calls for beautiful weather to help celebrate National Trails Day by walking the Sequalitchew Creek trail on Saturday, June 4th at 9:00 AM. Volunteers will be strategically placed along the trail to point out historical points of interest and natural vegetation. Trail maps are available at the beginning of the walk as well. The fee to participate in this event is $5 and includes bottled water, trail mix, and a special Sequalitchew Creek keepsake. Bring a friend from out of town and experience all the beauty DuPont has to offer! Upon completion of the trail walk, make plans to attend the Safety Fair beginning at 10:00 AM in the Civic Center parking lot.
3. Pierce County Council – In District Meeting
The Pierce County Council will be holding an evening Council Meeting in District 6 on Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00 PM at DuPont City Hall, located at 1700 Civic Drive. This is a good opportunity for DuPont citizens to see their Pierce County Council in action. The County Council conducts at least one meeting per year in each of the seven council districts.
4. New Fireworks Rules
The DuPont Police and Fire Departments want to help keep families safe this Independence Holiday and make citizens aware of the code changes that take effect this year for the 4th of July celebration. In the City of DuPont it is only legal to discharge fireworks on July 3rd and 4th between the hours of Noon and Midnight. It is illegal to discharge fireworks on any public property, including streets, sidewalks and public parks. Illegal fireworks in DuPont are firecrackers, bottle rockets and individual missiles and rockets, cherry bombs, and any altered or homemade fireworks. Legal fireworks in DuPont include roman candles, cones and fountains, reloadable tubes and multiple aerials. A comprehensive list of legal fireworks devices and illegal explosive devices can be found here.
The City encourages its residents to have a safe and fun 4th of July and enjoy the liberty of discharging fireworks in DuPont, but please do so safely and with consideration for others and within the limitations of City law. Please contact the Police Department (253-964-7060) or the Fire Department (253-964-8414) for additional information.
5. Upcoming Meetings – Week of Jun 6th – 10th
- Park Agency Meeting Monday, June 6th at 7:00 PM
- Tree Board Meeting Tuesday, June 7th at 1:00 PM
6. Parks & Recreation
- Watch for the Parks & Recreation information booth at this weekend’s Safety Fair. Your Park Agency will be on site to answer any questions about upcoming summer events and activities. Youth ages 13-17 are encouraged to stop by the booth to see what all the HYPE is about. (Hint – mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 2nd for our Youth Council Kick-off event at the Community Center. Bring a friend for pizza, prizes and good times!)
- Join the community in celebration of summer at the Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 17th at 2:00 PM at DuPont PowderWorks Park. Many thanks to sponsor Northwest Landing ROA!
- Got Junk? The semi-annual yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Any unsold items can be donated to the Goodwill donation center at Chloe Clark Elementary between the hours of noon – 5:00 PM. Friends of the DuPont Library will also be on site to collect any gently used books. This event is sponsored by Northwest Landing ROA. Please visit www.nwlandingroa.org for more details.
- School is ending soon. Be sure to sign up for summer sports camps. The City is again partnering with Skyhawks and Challenger Soccer to offer baseball, basketball, flag football, and soccer camps.
- The City of DuPont Parks & Recreation Day at Cheney Stadium is Wednesday, July 27th! The cost is $12 per participant and includes a reserved Tacoma Rainiers game ticket, ballpark meal, game program, and a pre-game autograph session with the players. Spaces are limited, so don’t delay! Registration information is available on the City’s website.
- Visit our website for information on other programs and events including Yoga, Cheerleading, Dance4Life, Karate, and more!
7. Tourism Update
- A second work party in the Orchard has been scheduled for Saturday, June 11th. Work begins at 9:00 AM to complete the installation of apple maggot traps and fencing around the trees. If you are interested in helping please contact City of DuPont Tourism at 912-5245.
- The City of DuPont Parks, Recreation & Tourism has their own Facebook page! Stay up to date with events and tourism within the City. “Like Us” Here!
- Many thanks to those who have volunteered to serve on the planning committee for the Fall Festival. Committee meetings will begin in mid-June so stay tuned for further details.
- All ages are encouraged to participate in the Great Pumpkin Challenge. Plant your seeds now and enjoy the fruits of your labor September 24th-25th at the Fall Festival. Contest details will be available online starting June 8th. Please see the following link for growing tips: Pumpkin Growing Tips.
8. Pierce Transit Proposed Service Reductions
The October 2011 Service Reduction Focusing on Efficiency & Ridership Pamphlet is available at www.piercetransit.org/pdfs/printFriendly_OctReduction.pdf. A public hearing will be held on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM to gather public comments on the proposed service reductions that will be effective October 2011. The hearing will be held at the Pierce Transit Training Center located at 3720 – 96th St SW, Lakewood.
This is a Board-modified reduction proposal, different from the reduction proposal heard at the May 9, 2011 Pierce Transit Board meeting. The public hearing will begin with a brief presentation describing these reductions, followed by public testimony. For additional information please email email@example.com.
9. Pedestrian Safety
DuPont is home to a vibrant and young population with active children. Approximately 5,900 pedestrians are killed by automobiles every year and another 85,000 suffer nonfatal injuries. Most auto-pedestrian accidents occur close to home. Almost one-quarter of these victims are children under the age of 15. SafeKids USA offers the following Pedestrian Safety Tips:
Parents are the most important models of proper pedestrian behavior for children.
- Cross streets safely. Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume because you can see the driver that the driver can see you.
- Look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Cross when the street is clear and continue looking as you cross. Walk; do not run, across the street.
- Walk facing traffic, on sidewalks or paths, so that you can see oncoming cars. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road.
- Be alert and aware when crossing streets. Do not be distracted by cell phones, PDA’s or headsets.
- Be a safe pedestrian around cars. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Parents and kids should hold hands in parking lots.
Set pedestrian safety rules for your children.
- Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until you are sure a child has good traffic skills and judgment.
- Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Make sure children know how to cross 10 feet in front of a school bus, never behind, and to wait for adults on the same side of the street as the school bus loading or unloading zone.
- Teach your child never to run out into a street for a ball, a pet or any other reason.
Help create an environment that’s safe for pedestrians.
- Make sure your child plays in safe places away from motor vehicles, such as yards, parks and playgrounds, and never in the street. Fence off play areas from driveways and streets.
- Buy clothing and accessories incorporating retro reflective materials for your family to wear at dawn and dusk, in the evening and during other low-light situations, such as rainy or foggy weather.
- Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
- Check frequently for children when backing out of a driveway or a parking spot.
More information and pedestrian safety tips can be found at Pedestrian Safety Resources..
10. Public Safety Reminder
Although the number of crimes reported in DuPont continues to remain low, the DuPont Police Department would like to take this opportunity to share some crime prevention reminders.
The single most effective method to preventing home burglary is to lock your doors. Unfortunately, this step is often forgotten or disregarded by many victims of home burglaries. A common entrance is through an open garage door. An open garage gives a clear view of valuables kept inside, and provides easy access into your home.
Remember: Keep all garage doors closed and locked when not in use. When leaving home or retiring for the evening, close and lock lower level windows that allow easy access.
Theft from Vehicle
Criminals know that one of the best places to find valuables is in a vehicle. This theft commonly occurs at locations where valuables tend to be left in plain view in unattended vehicles, such as parks, fitness centers, residential driveways and open garages. Valuables frequently stolen in these crimes are purses, wallets, laptop computers, cameras, GPS devices, and MP3 players (IPods).
Remember: Keep your vehicles locked and remove all valuables, or at least hide them from view prior to reaching your destination. Any item left in view inside a vehicle will tempt a thief. Remove garage door openers from vehicles left parked in the driveway.
Being a Good Neighbor
Neighbors who know one another are more likely to be watchful for unusual activity in their neighborhood.
Remember: Immediately report suspicious activity by calling 911. Suspicious activity would include someone peering into or tampering with a vehicle or house window/door.
11. “Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” Workshop
Being smart is not enough to protect yourself from dangerous Internet scams, frustrating fraud, or devious identity theft. The more invincible we think we are, the more likely we are to fall victim to the tricks of an unscrupulous trade. “Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” will enable participants to recognize the simple and sophisticated activities used to trick people out of their money. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn what to do if they fall victim to these ploys.
Crooks use the Internet. They call on the phone. They stand in front of stores. They come knocking on doors and use the mail. At every twist and turn, they are plotting to take advantage of anyone, regardless of age, occupation or economic status.
“Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” will be offered at four different times and locations:
- June 13 from 12:10 to 12:50 PM at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 So. 35th St. in Tacoma
- June 13 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the Soundview Building, 3611 So. “D” St. in Tacoma
- June 14 from 12:10 to 12:50 PM at the County City Building 7th Floor, 930 Tacoma Ave. in Tacoma
- June 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at Harborplace at Cottesmore Retirement Community, 1016 – 29th Street NW in Gig Harbor.
The workshop is free and no reservations are necessary. It is provided as a service of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information call (253) 798-4600.