October 26th 2011
Airport to Hold Fifth Annual Runway 5K
The Fifth Annual Runway 5K Run/Walk will be hosted by the Charlotte Douglas International Airport this Saturday, October 29 beginning at 8 a.m. Last year’s event drew more than 3,300 runners and walkers and raised more than $40,000 for Lifespan's Community Activities Employment Transition (CAET) program. LifeSpan transforms the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities by providing education, employment and enrichment opportunities.
In response to traffic congestion last year, organizers have improved parking, enhanced traffic management and eliminated the option to register on the day of the event. All runners and walkers must be pre-registered by noon on Friday, October 28 and are asked to arrive at least one hour prior to the event start.
Register online here.
Operation Medicine Drop
Poisoning from prescription medication is one of the leading causes of death nationwide. Help protect your family and the environment: bring your unused or expired prescription medications to one of the eight Operation Medicine Drop locations where local law enforcement officials will dispose of medications properly.
Saturday, October 29
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Eight locations throughout Mecklenburg County
For more information and a complete list of locations, visit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s newsroom.
Safe Kids are Seen on Halloween!
Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween as any other night of the year. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween:
- Safely cross streets, don’t cross between parked cars.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths and children under the age of 12 should always trick or treat with adult supervision.
- Carry flashlights and wear reflective items if you will be trick-or-treating in the dark.
- Teach children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
For a complete list of Halloween safety tips, click on Youth Safety Information on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit web page.
It’s Almost Time to Replace Batteries
Don't forget, when you change clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 6, to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. While replacing the alarm’s batteries, be sure to also dust the alarm’s grill and test it as well.
Most fire deaths are preventable and a working smoke alarm can increase the chance of surviving a house fire by more than 50 percent. Here are some other tips to protect yourself and your family:
- There should be at least one smoke alarm on each level of a household
- Properly install alarms
- Identify and practice escape routes
For more fire prevention and safety tips, click on Smoke Alarms on the Charlotte Fire Department’s Fire and Life Safety web page.
Purchase CATS Passes Online
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) wants to remind you that before heading out to the next home game, save yourself some time and purchase passes online at www.ridetransit.org. Purchasing tickets is an easy way to avoid game day crowds and offers the opportunity to buy passes for the entire season.
For more information about buying passes online, visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-7433.
Got Yard Waste? Prep It!
With autumn in full swing, it’s time to get out those rakes and round up leaves that blanket your yard. Wondering when they’ll be collected? The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services collects leaves and other yard waste for all City residents on the same day as your garbage collection.
Please use the following tips to properly prepare yard waste for collection:
- Place leaves in untied plastic bags or uncovered trash cans
- Cut limbs, logs, and brush to no more than 5 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter
- Separate piles and stack to less than 4 feet high and 75 pounds
- Do not place yard waste in the rollout cart
After items are prepared, place them at the curbside no later than 6:30 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
Want more information on how to Prep It? Visit http://curbit.charmeck.org.
The GOV Channel is Your City Source
The GOV Channel brings you the latest City Source episode on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. In this episode you will get a glimpse into Charlotte’s future through the Center City 2020 Vision Plan. You’ll also receive a Charlotte Housing Authority update and learn tips to prepare trees and landscape for the colder months.
For your convenience, you can view episodes of City Source online
by clicking on the GOV Channel logo.
If you know someone who would be interested in reading CMail, please forward it to them!
You can always visit www.charlottenc.gov, Twitter or Facebook for City information as well.