Oct. 25, 2020
This Week's News
Emergency Alert Update
The City of Garland is changing its emergency notification system from CodeRED to the Garland Alert System. Update or set up your phone, email and text options today!

With the new system, you can request alerts and notify responders of unique circumstances, all with one registration!

If you are currently enrolled in CodeRED, you must reregister for the new alert system by Sunday, Nov. 1, to avoid disruption in service.

Learn more and register online at GarlandTX.gov/Alerts or call 972-781-7272 for assistance.
Stay Safe and Healthy This Halloween
Halloween will need to be different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween.

Avoid activities that are higher risk for spread and consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading the virus.

Get more health and safety tips at CDC.gov.
Election Day Is Tuesday, Nov. 3
Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will go to the polls for City elections, as well as federal, state, county and school district elections.

Also on the ballot is a proposal to utilize park land adjacent to Hollabaugh Recreation Center, 3925 W. Walnut St., as the site for relocation of the Walnut Creek Branch Library.

Early voting is currently underway and ends this Friday, Oct. 30.
 
Visit GarlandTX.gov to learn more about what's on the ballot. If you have questions regarding early voting, contact Dallas County Early Voting at 214-819-6359. If you have other election issues, contact the City Secretary at 972-205-2404 or Dallas County at 214-819-6300 or DallasCountyVotes.org.
Garland Emergency Residential Assistance Program: In-Person Assistance Now Available
The City of Garland has partnered with Catholic Charities of Dallas Inc. to provide emergency mortgage and rental assistance to City of Garland residents impacted by COVID-19. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 13.

Catholic Charities is now offering in-person application assistance. Call 214-613-3164 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Garland's Central Library. No walk-ins, please. Bring documents listed at GarlandTX.gov to your appointment.

Catholic Charities Inc. is processing applications on a first-come, first-served basis. While we are committed to processing as many applications as we have funding for, we do anticipate a high demand. Learn more.

Apply for Garland Health Facilities Development Corporation Grant Programs by Friday, Oct. 30
It’s time to apply for the Garland Health Facilities Development Corporation (GHFDC) 2020-21 grant programs. GHFDC grant funds are available to support public or nonprofit health care service organizations with needs of medical supplies, medical equipment, and repair or construction of medical facilities.
 
Applications may be picked up at the Financial Services Department, located on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St. Applications can also be emailed upon contacting Don Daugherty at 972-205-2334.
 
Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Services Department by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Applicants must also be available for a November interview with board members at City Hall.
Garland Cemetery Walking Tour
Graveyards are outdoor museums that contain vast amounts of historic artistic and architectural information.
 
As you walk through the cemetery at Garland Memorial Park, 1600 S. Garland Ave., consider that these are the lives that made our city.
 
Tour guidebooks are available at the Garland Landmark Museum, 393 N. Sixth St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
 
At the back of the guidebook is an index of many of the gravestone symbols you will encounter on your walk. These symbols are referenced on each stop’s detailed page. Gravestone rubbing/tracing materials are available for free upon request.
 
Learn more at GarlandHeritage.com.
Get Your Flu Shot Today!
Now is the time to get your vaccine for this year's flu season!
 
Contact your primary physician or local pharmacy for flu shot availability, or visit the Garland Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver St.
 
Flu shots are available at the Public Health Clinic from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays for adults, children and seniors who are insured. Low-cost flu vaccines for uninsured children and adults are also available.
 
Call 972-205-3370 for pricing and to learn what insurance plans are accepted.
COVID-19 Updates
The Garland Health Department has received reports of 1,182 active cases out of 8,490 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Garland residents since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as 71 deaths. The City will update its posted case numbers each afternoon.

Events and Announcements
Plan Commission
Oct. 26
The Garland Plan Commission meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Fall Back!
Nov. 1
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night!

Boards & Commissions Meetings
All upcoming Boards & Commissions meetings can be found on the Public Meetings calendar at GarlandTX.gov.

Due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, the meetings will be virtual. You can watch the meetings online. The virtual meeting link will be included in the individual meeting agenda. You may participate by telephone. Dial-in numbers will be posted with the virtual meeting information.

View agendas at GarlandTX.gov and be sure to click the "subscribe" button to receive notifications when meeting agendas are posted.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Introduces New On-Demand Service Option for Garland
DART continues to expand the reach of GoLink, the personalized, curb-to-curb service that serves riders on demand in zones across North Texas. On Oct. 19, DART launched GoLink service in the Southeast Garland zone. Learn more.
Make an Appointment to Adopt a Pet
Garland Animal Services is still open to the public. Please call 972-205-3570 to make an appointment before entering the shelter. Due to high call volumes, we ask that you leave a voicemail with your name, phone number and the ID of the animal you are interested in. We will get back to you as soon as possible. For more information, contact AnimalServices@GarlandTX.gov.
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