Friday, November 2, 2012

A Few Notes as November Starts

Halloween in Woodvale
It was a relatively quiet Halloween in Woodvale.  I went through a bag of candy and gave out a few computer games thanks to the American Dental Association and Electronic Arts - trying to save teeth.

Long-time Mayor Reflects
Helena's mayor of 44 years, Sonny Penhale, will be departing City Hall with the swearing in of the new mayor, Mark Hall, on November 5.  The Shelby County Reported did a very nice article on Sonny which you can find here.

Storm Shelter Grant Approved
Helena also got word that a grant for storm shelters in our city was approved by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).  There will be three shelters built in the city at Sonny Penhale Park, Cahaba Lilly Park, and near the Helena Community Center on Ruffin Road. Construction on the shelters is scheduled to begin within 90 days with completion by October, 2015.  The grant provided by FEMA is for $295,500 with the whole project costing $478,000 according to the mayor's assistant, Joy Childers.

Don't forget to get out to the Helena Civic Complex on Tuesday, November 6th, and vote in the presidential election.  Along with the national office, there are several state and local offices to vote on plus a boatload of amendments to the state constitution.

Street Parking
Just a reminder to everyone that parking on the street is not permitted according to city ordinance.  This is true in most municipalities.  This is primarily a safety issue, and we do have a number of children in our subdivision.

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Remember, this coming Sunday morning, November 4, at 2 am, it will be time to set your clocks back as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end.  DST will begin again on March 10, 2013.


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