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Did you know?
Do you know you can make a tax-deductible contribution to a fund that assists Concord utility customers in crisis? The City and Cooperative Christian Ministry have established the Neighbor Helping Neighbor fund, and every cent counts. Many people are not eligible for assistance from local or state agencies. Those affected may have an immediate income need from a crisis that has recently affected their family. For more information, visit concordnc.gov.

Monday and Tuesday routes kick off loose leaf collection next week
Solid Waste’s annual loose leaf collection season kicks off next week. This popular program provides each Concord resident three opportunities to have un-bagged leaves collected curbside, between October 19 and January 29. Bagged leaves are collected year-round on a weekly basis, on the normal garbage and recycling collection day. Customers on the MONDAY and TUESDAY garbage collection routes must have leaves at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 19 for crews to collect them during the first collection cycle. Learn more and download the 2015-16 schedule at concordnc.gov.

Officer Nichols recognized for NC Justice Academy School Resource Officer certification
On Thursday, October 15, Chief Gacek and other Police Department leaders dropped in at Harold Winkler Middle School to surprise School Resource Officer Matt Nichols and present him with his SRO Certificate from the North Carolina Justice Academy. Officer Nichols is the 149th participant to complete the program since its inception. He is the third Concord Police Officer attain this accomplishment, which included exceeding the 400-hour training requirement. Visit the Flickr Photostream to see an image from the surprise visit and learn more.

NC Clean Transportation Tour to make a regional stop in Concord
The Charlotte regional stop of the NC Clean Transportation Tour will be in Concord on Tuesday, October 20. The NC Clean Transportation Tour is a hands on opportunity for fleets, educators, and advocates to drive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, learn about clean transportation, network with peers and technology providers, and more! Additionally, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett and Fleet Services Director Daniel Nuckolls will be on hand to accept an NC Smart Fleet Award. Visit nccleantech.ncsu.edu for more information.

Take an active part in the fight against breast cancer
You may notice Concord firefighters and many groups wearing pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The intent of the campaign is to bring education and awareness on one of the United States' most common forms of cancer. One in eight American women will develop breast cancer, and 95 percent of cases are curable when detected in the earliest stages. Cabarrus Health Alliance advocates early screening and offers free breast exams and mammograms for eligible uninsured low-income women, ages 40-64, and those younger than 40 who have a history of breast problems. For more information, please visit cabarrushealth.org or call 704-920-1205.

Cabarrus County is preparing for 2015 municipal elections
The Cabarrus County Board of Elections will administer Concord's 2015 municipal elections on November 3. One-stop early voting will be available weekdays between October 22 and October 30, and Saturday, October 31. To view a personalized sample ballot and general information on voting, including Absentee and One-Stop Voting, precinct polling places, and voter registration, visit cabarruscounty.us.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Fall 2015 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Four-legged fun at Dogs' Day Out!
Hey, dogs! It’s time once again to beg your owners to bring you to Myers Park for a fun day just for you! Concord Parks and Recreation and Foster Animal Hospital present the thirteenth annual Dogs’ Day Out pet festival at Les Myers Park on Saturday October 24, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Pet owners must show proof of current rabies vaccination before entrance, and dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash. The festival will include a variety of activities for dogs and their owners. Visit concordparksandrec.org for event details and more.

Haunted Halloween Happenings
Concord Parks and Recreation is planning several fun events for little ghosts and goblins that are sure to make your Halloween spooktacular! Join us for games, prizes, arts and crafts, and other age-appropriate activities at our recreation centers. The first opportunity is Treat Fest for kids ages 2 through 10 at the Logan Multipurpose Center, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23. Visit concordparksandrec.org for more information, or call 704-920-5600.

Early registration still available for the 5 Alarm 5K
Parks and Recreation staff are taking registrations for the 5 Alarm 5K on Saturday, November 7 in Historic Downtown Concord. Runs will begin and end on Means Avenue (beside the Historic Courthouse) in downtown Concord, run on the McEachern Greenway and the Downtown Connector Greenway. A special award is given to the fastest male and female Fire, Police, EMS, or Military personnel. $15 early registrations is available until October 30 at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.

October

20 at 6:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission

November

10 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
12 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
19 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates atconcordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

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