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Did you know?
Did you know Concord's communications center answered 109,382 calls last year? These calls range from 911 calls to non-emergency police, fire, and utility calls after normal business hours. The average answer time is 4.3 seconds and emergency calls are routed to field personnel by radio in an average of 64 seconds. For non-emergency police calls, dial 704-786-9155 and for non-emergency fire calls dial 704-782-2121. For all police, fire, and medical emergencies, dial 911.
 
Happy Halloween!
Remember that “after 8 is too late!” By going trick-or-treating before 8:00 p.m., children are safer and more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. There will be several opportunities for youngsters to trick-or-treat in Concord before it gets dark such as the Downtown Candy Crawl. Please visit concordnc.gov for all eight reasons to trick or treat early this year and more.
 
Come downtown for the 5 Alarm 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, November 1
Enjoy a great Saturday morning in Historic Downtown Concord. The race will begin and end on Means Avenue, and include the McEachern Greenway and Downtown Connector. There will also be activities for children during the 5K on Union Street. Race day registration is $20. Find out more at concordparksandrec.org.
 
Change your clock, change your battery
For 27 years, Energizer has partnered with the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs to keep families safe through the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program (CYCCYB). The Concord Fire Department joins in this effort to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for standard time. Learn more at concordnc.gov.
 
News from the Concord Wildlife Alliance
Concord's Memorial Garden, operated by First Presbyterian Church, has received the "Fellowship Actions Impacting the Habitat," or FAITH, certification from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The FAITH program is a non-denominational initiative designed to recognize and certify places of worship that meet certain requirements for a wildlife-friendly habitat. Find out more on the Concord Wildlife Alliance Facebook Page. The public is invited to the next meeting of the Concord Wildlife Alliance to hear about Bats and Mice in Your Backyard, presented by Angie Larson, PhD student at UNC Greensboro. Meetings are held at McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday route begins loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season continues next week with the first opportunity for residents on the Tuesday garbage collection route. Residents in this area must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, November 3 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between now and January 30. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Learn more and download the 2014-15 schedule at concordnc.gov.
 
Free community shred event planned for November 15
A confidential document shredding and recycling event, hosted by Concord Solid Waste Services, is scheduled for Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in The Village parking lot (280 Concord Parkway N, behind Arby's). A shred truck will be onsite to serve Concord citizens, free of charge. Please limit your documents to three regular-sized trash bags or bankers boxes. Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. Attend this free community shred event to keep your personal information out of the hands of crooks.
 
Citizens encouraged to provide feedback
The City of Concord is asking citizens to evaluate municipal services as well as their quality of life through the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey. The City hopes to gain feedback on a variety of topics such as municipal services, facilities, and how to best communicate with citizens. The survey will also assess specific functions, such as improved staffing levels in the Customer Care Center and the effectiveness of wireless location technology used for yard and bulky waste collection. The survey is available at concordnc.gov and in hard copy until Sunday, November 23. Visit concordnc.gov to learn more and get started.
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
 
November
11 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
 
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