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Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight!

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We want you to have a safe and fun Halloween! Here are some tips provided by SafeKids.org:

Walk Safely:

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  2. Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  3. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  4. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  5. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  6. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Costumes for a Safe Halloween:

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween:

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Get rid of any distractions – like your phone – in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Mayor signs proclamation designating October 1 as National Night Out in Grapevine

71243393_2749507591727383_5702199200091996160_oOn October 1, more than 50 neighborhoods throughout Grapevine will celebrate the 36th Annual National Night Out.

Mayor William D. Tate issued a proclamation designating October 1, 2019 as “National Night Out” in Grapevine, and we can’t wait to visit with everyone.

The goal of National Night Out is to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for participation in local anti-crime neighborhoods, strengthen neighborhood spirit and send a message to criminals that their neighborhoods are organized and watching out for each other. If your neighborhood is not participating, come to our NNO event at the Grapevine Community Outreach Center on Mustang Drive. We will gladly welcome you with open arms starting at 6pm on Tuesday, October 1st!

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Colleyville, Grapevine and Euless PDs address recent school threats

PRESS RELEASE

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Grapevine Police Investigate GCISD School Threats

PRESS RELEASE

GRAPEVINE, Texas    Grapevine Police are investigating multiple threats made to Cross Timbers Middle School and the GCISD Administration building on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  

The first threat was phoned into Cross Timbers Middle School at approximately 9:30am.  Employees immediately called 911 while the campus was evacuated.  Police and personnel from Grapevine Fire remained on scene for the continued health and safety of all students and staff.

Once the initial search was completed, both inside and outside the building, officers utilized a bomb detection dog from DFW Airport Police to make a secondary search throughout the school.

The building searches were finalized shortly before noon, and students were allowed back into the building for lunch.  

Approximately an hour later, a separate threat was called in to Cross Timbers Middle School, possibly related to the bomb threat phoned in that morning.  Since the building had just been searched, and police remained on scene, students were kept inside as officers kept watch of all entrances and exits.  

The GCISD Administration building also received threats that appear to be related to the calls at Cross Timbers Middle School.  Officers also responded to this location as a precaution.

Grapevine Police will continue to investigate the threats and work to identify the caller or callers.  Parents may see additional officers on campus this week as a precaution only.  We appreciate the assistance from Grapevine Fire Department, DFW Airport Police, and GCISD as we work collectively to maintain the safety of our students, staff, and community.

CITY OF GRAPEVINE HOSTS 37TH ANNUAL JULY 4TH FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA FROM NEW LOCATION

All-New Viewing Locations for 2019!

65662283_10162293749330268_1954354391926439936_nCelebrate the red, white and blue at the City of Grapevine’s 37th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a free, festive 30-minute fireworks spectacular. Set to patriotic music, the show is the perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday. The show begins at 9:30pm.

Due to remaining elevated lake levels at Grapevine Lake, the launch location has been relocated this year with public safety as our priority. The new launch location will be near Great Wolf Lodge, allowing spectators to view the show from many public parking lots throughout Grapevine.

LIMITED FIREWORKS VISIBILITY FROM ALL GRAPEVINE LAKE PARKS: There will be limited to no visibility of the July 4th fireworks from the Grapevine Lake Parks. Rockledge Park has been fully reopened but will offer limited fireworks visibility. Katie’s Woods and Oak Grove Parks have been reopened, however, there will be very limited visibility and space (with picnic areas still under water).

All City managed boat ramps will be CLOSED on July 4.

A map of public parking locations is available at bit.ly/2YoMuJe. Necessary street closures (9pm-10:30pm) for the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza may be viewed at bit.ly/2FO8UfT. The music that accompanies the show is available at GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.

Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells

Screen Shot 2019-06-07 at 9.12.19 AMIf you’re walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there’s a good chance you’re being recorded. But it’s not a corporate office or warehouse security camera capturing the footage — it’s likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon

While residential neighborhoods aren’t usually lined with security cameras, the smart doorbell’s popularity has essentially created private surveillance networks powered by Amazon and promoted by police departments.Police departments across the country, from major cities like Houston to towns with fewer than 30,000 people, have offered free or discounted Ring doorbells to citizens, sometimes using taxpayer funds to pay for Amazon’s products.

While Ring owners are supposed to have a choice on providing police footage, in some giveaways, police require recipients to turn over footage when requested.

Read more from C/NET…

CITY OF GRAPEVINE CLOSES ALL LAKE PARKS & BOAT RAMPS DUE TO HIGH LAKE LEVELS & FLOODING

With the amount of rainfall the area has received in recent months, Grapevine Lake levels currently sit over 16 feet above normal pool and are projected to rise, depending on weather.

As of today, Wednesday, May 22, all Grapevine Lake Parks and boat ramps are officially closed until further notice. There is no boat launch or pedestrian access to Grapevine Lake from the Grapevine side; patrons found inside the parks will be considered trespassing.

Due to the elevated lake levels, flooded areas and danger of submerged structures and debris, we urge all patrons to not access or attempt entry to Grapevine Lake parks. Boaters should stay near the center of the lake, at least a 0.25 mile from the shoreline. 

For a more detailed map, click HERE.

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Closures Due To High Lake Levels

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Meadowmere: Meadowmere Lane, Meadowmere Park, and Meadowmere boat ramp(s) are closed.

Lake Parks: Lakeview and Katie’s Woods Park are closed.

Boat Ramps: Katie’s Woods (high water) and Farris Branch boat ramps are open. All other boat ramps are closed.

Use extreme caution around the lake. Unseen debris and snakes may pose a threat to your safety.

Officials: Beware Sierra Leone ‘one ring’ robocallers

By FOX4News.com Staff

 – If you are one of the many people who has gotten a late-night call from Sierra Leone, don’t be tempted to call the number back.

The Federal Communications Commission is warning people about a reported wave of the so-called “one ring” or “Wangiri” scam.

Robocallers allegedly target specific area codes in bursts and often call multiple times in the middle of the night. They hang up after one or two rings.

Read more from FOX 4…

Homes evacuated after several railroad cars derailed, caught fire in southeast Fort Worth

BY DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR.

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Fort Worth firefighters battled a large fire early Wednesday after several train cars caught fire and derailing. COURTESY: FORT WORTH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Homes were evacuated early Wednesday in several neighborhoods when train cars caught fire after derailing, fire officials said.

No injuries have been reported.

Fewer than 20 homes were evacuated after the derailment of the Union Pacific railroad cars. Residents were taken to Worth Heights Community Center where they were were relocated with friends and other family members.

Read more from the Star-Telegram…

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