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The first baby of the New Year at Texas Regional Medical Center at Sunnyvale, Emily Rebecca Servin, didn't make an entrance until 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Her parents are Mayra and Saul Osbaldo Servin of Garland. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. She has two sisters, Breanna and Genesis. "I liked the treatment I received and the hospital's environment," said Mayra Servin, who gave birth to Genesis 16 months ago at TRMC-Sunnyvale and hopes for more children. Mayra said the family has yet to decide how they will celebrate Emily Rebecca's New Year Baby status in the future. - Photo courtesy TRMC-Sunnyvale
From staff reports
Mesquite seeks volunteers for landscape projects
The Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to assist in a planting program of drought-tolerant landscaping at various parks and facilities.
"During the recent drought, we postponed or delayed the replanting of older landscaping or areas where vegetation had died off," said Cliff Keheley, parks and recreation director. "However, we are moving forward with plants which are more tolerant to drought conditions and will serve as examples of water-wise landscaping. This project will be a great opportunity for students, Scouts and any civic organization seeking an opportunity to give back to the community."
The target dates for the planting are February through early March. The department is seeking groups or clubs to select a Saturday during this time period to volunteer to plant a specific area or facility. All volunteer groups will need to provide the labor and tools. The department will provide plant materials, mulch and supervision. Projects range in various sizes and will be planned so all work can be completed in three hours.
Interested groups may contact Parks and Recreation Coordinator Amber Beardsley at 972-216-6419.
2013 Mesquite holiday garbage, recycling schedule
The following is the 2013 holiday schedule for the city of Mesquite Solid Waste services:
Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 21, - City offices closed - No residential garbage or recycle collection.
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 - City offices closed - No residential garbage or recycle collection.
Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, - City offices closed - No residential garbage or recycle collection.
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2 - City offices closed - No residential garbage or recycle collection.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28 - City offices closed - No residential garbage or recycle collection.
Thanksgiving Friday, Friday, Nov. 29 - City offices closed - Residential garbage collection as usual, no recycle collection.
Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec 25 - City offices closed - No residential garbage or recycle collection.
The Compost site/Convenience Center will be closed all of the above holidays. For information, call 972-216-6285 or 6284.
Reporting power problems
Oncor has released new outage reporting and status webpages. Customers can search this information at www.oncor.com/community/outages/. Also, customers can report streetlight outages at www.oncor.com/community/streetlights/default.aspx.
Compass schedule change
Currently COMPASS operates as a weekday commuter service with eight outbound trips in the morning between 5:02 and 8:33 a.m. and eight inbound trips in the evening between 2:56 and 6:38 p.m.
As a result of a rider survey, a schedule change began Dec. 3 in which the evening schedule was adjusted to operate between 3:38 and 6:58 p.m. to accommodate later returns from Dallas. The 2:56 p.m. Lawnview Station departure will be terminated in favor of a later 6:58 p.m. Lawnview Station departure.
The operating schedule is published on the DART website as Express Bus Route 282. Visit http://www.dart.org/schedules/busschedules.asp?quicksched=282 for information.
The Visiting Nurse Association needs Eldercare Friends volunteers in the Rowlett area to visit the homebound elderly and provide assistance with shopping, escorted transportation, errands, or other activities.
Eldercare Friends volunteer training will be held June 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association's headquarters at 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. Volunteer training can also be scheduled by appointment.
There is no cost to attend the volunteer training class, but registration is requested. Contact Nancy Jellinek, VNA Eldercare Friends manager, at 214-689-2209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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