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Apply Online is Now…Online

After months (actually, years) of work, the City of Bowling Green Human Resources and Information Technology staff have accomplished a long-time goal: to have the City employment application process on-line where applicants can complete and submit an employment application electronically.

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This new software was tested in the fall and became operational January 1, 2015. Now, anyone wanting to apply for employment with the City will complete and submit their application on-line. This new process also applies to internal employees wishing to apply for a transfer or promotion, as well as folks who want to volunteer in City government.

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If you don’t have a personal computer, please feel free to visit the Human Resources Department at City Hall (1001 College Street) and use one of the two machines set up in the lobby for applicants. Staff will be more than happy to assist anyone who needs help.

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There are several benefits to this new software and process. Applicants will receive confirmation that their application was received; if someone wants to apply for multiple positions during the year, they can update and resubmit the same application; data entry by HR staff is significantly reduced; this software allows for review of the applicant’s qualifications based on established minimum standards from the job description; and once an applicant is deemed to meet the minimum qualifications and has passed the criminal history check, the hiring department can view the application online.

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The online application process is designed to be more efficient for staff and for those applying. Information on available jobs can be found at www.bgky.org/jobs by signing up for eNews at http://www.bgky.org/connect/newsletter or by calling 270-393-3667.

Text Message and Mobile App

Watch this week’s Update BG and learn more about the City’s text message and mobile app.

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Parker Bennett Community Center is one of two facilities with multiple services available through the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department.

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The center not only serves as the location for a before and after school program, but can also be rented for birthday parties, baby showers, graduation parties, family reunions and more. Fall, Spring, and Summer camps are also held at the Parker Bennett Community Center.

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The before and after school programs are free and provide services to school aged students from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m. and from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days throughout the school year. The facility is equipped with two pool tables, an air hockey table, two foosball tables and a bumper pool. Staff takes pride in helping students with their homework and ensuring the safety of each child.

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The mission of Parker Bennett is to offer a comprehensive variety of quality recreational programs and facilities to the residents and guests of the Bowling Green community.

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For more information about the before or after school programs, camps, or renting the Parker Bennett Community Center, please call 270-393-3249.

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Watch this week’s Update BG and learn how you can get fit at Bowling Green’s Parks & Rec Fitness Facility.

The City’s 2015 calendars are now available. What this week’s Update BG to learn more.

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Looking to get in shape for the New Year? Wanting to make resolutions to improve your health? Trying to lose those extra “Holiday” pounds you gained? Then check out Bowling Green Parks and Rec Fitness Facility. B.G.P.R. Fitness is a fitness center that offers a variety of programs, classes, and activities to help you achieve your fitness goals and get you more physically active!

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Wanting to work out at your own pace? Then Individual Weight Lifting may be just the thing for you. Come in on YOUR schedule and work out in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility, offering the latest, top notch equipment to help you lose weight, tone, firm, or build your body.

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Needing a little more direction and motivation with your work outs? Then check out our Instructional Training Sessions, designed to provide you the know-how, personalization and one on one training to assist you in achieving your goals.
Prefer a “group” atmosphere when it comes to exercising? Then B.G.P.R. Fitness is the right place for you! We offer a variety of group exercise classes such as Yoga, Spinning, Zumba, Boot Camp, Total Abs, Sculpting, Pro Fit and many more.

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Fitness, Fun and Friends….you’ll find them at B.G.P.R. Fitness, in our At Your Pace Shape up class and SilverSneakers Fitness Program:

At Your Pace Shape Up is a program designed for the person who is interested in reclaiming the variety of movement and the strength that helps make living pleasurable. This class consists of stretching, cardio-vascular exercise and

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upper/lower body exercises to help you increase your range of motion and tone the body. It’s not your ordinary exercise class! Chairs are used as props and various games and activities along with exercise are done to promote movement. Each person is encouraged to work at their own level to achieve their fitness goals.

SilverSneakers is a fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events to promote fellowship and exercise while meeting and making new friends. Those age 65 or older who receive Medicare benefits may qualify for a FREE membership, stop in and inquire today and start having fun while improving your health.

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Looking for a little faster paced action? Then Racquetball and Wallyball may be just the right thing for you! Work on your eye-hand coordination, improve your reactions and speed, challenge others to an exciting game of racquetball or bring a group down and try the good old feel of volleyball, with an indoor twist….Wallyball.

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Feeling the need to challenge yourself and push your limits when it comes to weights? Then come compete in our 12th Annual Powerlifting Competition, Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8:30 AM (CST)

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You will find all this and more at B.G.P.R. Fitness. Come enjoy the many opportunities awaiting for you, with no contracts, initiation or enrollment fees. Student rates and Senior citizen discounts are available.

B.G.P.R. Fitness Facility….Be Active, Get Fit, Stay Healthy!
225 East Third Ave, Bowling Green, KY, 42101
270-393-3582
www.bgky.org/bgpr/fitness

Toys for Tots

If you’re reading this blog it may be hard for you to imagine a five year old child with no gifts to open on Christmas day. For many of us the more common problem is trying to rein in the excess of toys coming from grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the other relatives.

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The reality is that right here in our city, for a lot of different reasons, many kids may not see Christmas Day as different from any other day. No gifts, no celebration, just another day.

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The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is designed to keep that from happening. Each year the local Marine Corps League teams up with Bowling Green Firefighters to provide Christmas toys for local children that might not otherwise receive a gift of any kind.

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This successful program would not be possible without the generous support of the community. You can be a part of the effort by delivering a new, unwrapped toy to Bowling Green City Fire Stations, which serve as drop of points for Toys for Tots. Toys are needed for boys and girls ages birth to 12.

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Last year was a great success with more than 400 local children having toys delivered to their door on Christmas morning by Bowling Green Firefighters…who play Santa in the effort.

Toys are still needed for this year’s Toys for Tots program. Again, new unwrapped toys may be delivered to any City Fire Station. For more information you may call the BGFD at 270 393-3702 or visit www.toysfortots.org.

Thanks for your continuing support,

Greg Johnson, Chief-BGFD

Each year in December City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will be no exception as we will welcome guests on Friday, December 12th, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Swearing-In Ceremony for our City Commissioners will take place immediately before the Christmas Open House in the City Hall lobby at 1:30 p.m.

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Citizens are encouraged to attend the open house to meet the elected officials and City staff who work for the City of Bowling Green. As always, we will have great food, conversation, music and more during this event.

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Appetizers, punch and dessert will be provided by Cambridge Market which always gets rave revues from those who joins us.

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In addition to visiting with staff, be sure to pick up a copy of our 2015 Calendar and Annual Report. Each year, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year will highlight the “artistic side of Bowling Green”.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

The City of Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Landscape Division is responsible for the planning, installation, and maintenance of all of the City’s landscaping and green spaces in a variety of locations around Bowling Green. The Landscape Division maintains trees, shrubs, turf, and annual and perennial plants in all of the City parks, golf courses, cemeteries and several City facilities such as City Hall and the Bowling Green Police Department.

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Aside from the typical responsibilities associated with the Department’s role in making Bowling Green a beautiful place to live and visit, the Landscape Division also provides a variety of other unique services for the residents of Bowling Green.

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One such service is the annual lighting ceremony held in Fountain Square Park, known as “Downtown Lights Up”! This lighting ceremony, sponsored by local business’s, is typically held on the first Friday of December and signals the beginning of the holiday season. This year the lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 5th and followed on Saturday the 6th by an outdoor Christmas Market at Fountain Square where several vendors will be gathered displaying holiday gifts and merchandise for sale.

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Several months of planning and preparation goes in to providing this beautiful display of holiday lights at Fountain Square Park.

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Starting in September the Landscape Division staff members begin taking all of the holiday lights and decorations including banners, pole mount and ground mount light displays out of storage.  Then the laborious task of checking each strand of lights and each fixture for broken lights that must be replaced begins. It typically takes up to a month for Landscape staff working around their everyday landscape maintenance duties to complete the job of preparing all of the lights to be installed.

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Beginning in November, once all of the repairs have been completed and all of the decorations are organized, installation begins at Fountain Square. Staff members work throughout the month of November lighting the trees, lamp posts, fountain and arches in the park. Banners, ground mount and pole mount displays are installed in the park and other areas throughout downtown Bowling Green. Several thousand lights are used each year to provide an incredible holiday light show which is left on display through the remainder of the holiday season until right after New Years Day.

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Once the holidays are over the Landscape Division staff members go back to work removing all of the lights and displays. It will take several weeks for the lights to be removed, organized, and returned to storage to be ready for next years “Downtown Lights Up” ceremony.

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The City of Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Landscape Division employees take great pride in their role of providing beautiful parks and green spaces and also put great effort and time into some very unique and popular programs for all of Bowling Green to enjoy.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

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The cold weather and the holidays bring warm fires, good food, friends, family and great decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays can also bring a higher risk for fires.

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While you are celebrating this year, take time to make sure that you follow the guidelines below provided by the Bowling Green Fire Department:

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Only burn well-seasoned dry wood in your fireplace and never burn paper in a fireplace.
Never leave burning candles unattended or place them near anything combustible.
Always use power strips so that you don’t overload electrical outlets.
Inspect and replace lights and extension cords with exposed wires or damage.
Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.
Unplug all of your lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
Never decorate metal trees with electric lights.
Keep Christmas trees away from all heat sources and exits.
Keep fresh cut Christmas trees sufficiently watered so the needles don’t dry out and shed.
Never leave your holiday cooking unattended.

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For additional fire safety tips on candles, cooking, fire place, or turkey frying, visit www.bgky.org/fire/safety. Please remember to be safe and have fun this holiday season!!!!!!

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But seriously, if you’re going to fry a turkey – make sure you follow ALL safety guidelines. The Bowling Green Fire Department has been tweeting for weeks on what to do and what NOT to do. Follow us on Twitter or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org for tips!

 

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