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Happy Halloween!

On Friday, October 31, 2014, the ghosts and the goblins will come out in the City of Bowling Green for candy, costumes and parties. Whether you have kids who are excited about going out to their neighbor’s house for candy or you are planning on passing out treats to others, remember that the official day of trick-or-treating for the City will be on Friday, the 31st between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Even if you forget to buy candy and your goal is to turn off all of your lights and lay low during the trick-or-treating process, being aware of the official day and times will help you succeed in your hiding game.

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The ultimate goal on this spooky and candy-filled holiday is safety and fun! Help make sure that your child is in a safe costume with good vision, that jack-o-lanterns or other decorations with candles in them are far enough away from trick-or-treaters that they do not pose a fire threat, and make sure that any prop your child carries is smooth and flexible to avoid injury. Above all, teach your little ones basic safety for this Halloween and everyday including not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and never getting in a car with someone they don’t know.

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On top of the safety tips, always remember that making a nice Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating will help curb the sugar and candy appetite later in the evening and will give you more of a chance to look over their haul.

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And finally, don’t forget to sneak a few of your favorite treats out of your kid’s pumpkin when they aren’t looking – you’re doing them a favor as ALL of that candy wouldn’t really be good for them.

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Happy Halloween!

You could not write the history of basketball without discussing Kentucky’s passion for and contributions to the sport. There is no debating, Kentucky is a basketball state. Bowling Green, Kentucky is an integral part of Kentucky’s basketball legacy. Bowling Green has a very long history as a basketball town, producing college and professional talent. Area High School programs are among the best in the state as well.  The youth and adult basketball programs of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation is at the heart of this basketball legacy.


The level of passion and enthusiasm Kentuckians exhibit for basketball would not exist without quality youth programs that not only teach the game but create a lifelong love and passion for the sport. Since 1989 Southern Kentucky Youth Basketball League (SKY) has worked in conjunction with Bowling Green Parks and Recreation to administer one of the finest youth basketball leagues anywhere. While SKY Basketball has produced young men and women that have played at the highest levels, more importantly it has taught valuable life skills and fostered a pride in our community through the game of basketball. The success of SKY Basketball can be measured not only by the number of high school and college basketball players it produces but by the number of board members and coaches who have served since the leagues inception as well as former players who come back to coach.


SKY Basketball is a winter recreational league for Boys and Girls aged 6-18 in Bowling Green, Warren County and the surrounding area. All league games are played at Kummer-Little and Carr Gym. SKY Basketball’s mission is to provide ALL kids, regardless of talent level, the opportunity to play the game of basketball in a safe and competitive environment, while focusing on good sportsmanship & teamwork. SKY basketball regularly has 60+ teams with over 600 participants.


In addition to youth basketball, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation sponsors a winter and Spring Adult Basketball League. Our adult leagues typically play Monday-Friday, attracting 50-60 teams and over 600 participants. By sponsoring adult basketball leagues in Men’s 1, 2, 3, Women’s, Church 1, 2 and Industrial 1, 2, BGPR provides a league for all levels of basketball abilities. Many of our current adult league participants are graduates of our SKY program, with many still participating in SKY as a coach or referee.

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Kentucky is a basketball crazy state and Bowling Green is a vital part of that legacy. Bowling Green Parks and Recreation provides quality programs for youth and adult basketball that create a positive atmosphere that promotes the game of basketball for enthusiasts of all ages.

Are you looking for a fun fall activity for your kids? The City of Bowling Green is offering a fall Dodge Ball League for youth ages 6 to 12 and a Basketball League for ages 6 to 16.

If your child wants to learn the five D’s of dodge ball (dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!) then sign them up for the 2014 Youth League. Registration is the entire month of October and the season will start on November 13th. Games take place on Thursday’s at 5:30 p.m. at the Sid Carr Gymnasium at the 225 East Third Avenue. The cost is $20 per player.

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If dodge ball isn’t the sport for your child, check out the 2014-2015 fall Youth Basketball League. This league offers play for a wide range of players and registration is $55 for ages 6 and 7 years and $65 for ages 8 to 16 years.

Registration will take place at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation at 225 East Third Avenue on October 15 and 16 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and on October 18th from 10 a.m. until noon. If you are not able to register your child in person, you may do so online at http://www.eteamz.com/skybl/.

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If you would like more information about the above leagues or any other programs offered by the City of Bowling Green, please feel free to call 270-393-3642.


October is Fire Prevention Month which has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire that occurred on October 9, 1871. The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9.

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One way the City works to spread the word of fire prevention is through education with schools and day cares. The Bowling Green Fire Department Public Information Officer and Fire Fighters often travel to local schools to teach students the basics of fire safety. A firefighter can dress in their protective gear and students will also get a first-hand look at the fire truck and its equipment.

Basic fire safety lessons and a tour of the Headquarters Fire Station are also offered to the public. While at the station, we recommend that students visit the Fire Safety House which is a miniature house designed to education visitors on kitchen safety and how to exit a building safely in case of a fire.


Also, remember to check your smoke detector batteries at least once per month, keep candles out of reach of children and pets, don’t leave food cooking in the kitchen unattended, and always have a fire escape plan ready for you and your family.

Below is a link to BGFD’s Home Fire Safety Checklist, designed for home self- inspection.


Leaf Pickup Program

As the cold weather moves in and the leaves continue to change color and fall, the City’s Leaf Pickup Season kicks off. Starting on October 20th, residents can call 393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through November 3rd and are not guaranteed.


Scheduled zone pick-up will tentatively begin on November 3rd and will run through January 31. Dates may change depending on weather, equipment breakdown, or the rate of leaf fall in certain zones. Each zone will be picked up at least twice during this three month period. Please remember that Scott Waste will also pick up bagged leaves if you miss your City date or if you would simply rather bag them.


Please remember that no pick-up will occur on major holidays as our crews will be home with their families during that time.


Zone pick-up dates, zone descriptions, maps and leaf pickup guidelines are already published on the city’s web site at http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/leafpickup/ and will be published in the Daily News, in SOKY Happenings, the City’s Facebook Page, Twitter and on Government Access Channel 4. Pickup dates will also be available on a weekly basis via the Leaf Hotline (393-3333). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about your zone.


Finally and MOST importantly, please remember these simple rules when raking leaves to your curb. Although leaves may damage your grass, that is where they belong. Leaves that are raked into the street or onto a sidewalk may cause stormwater, traffic and/or pedestrian issues, and the City reserves the right not to pick these leaves up.  DO NOT put debris, pumpkins, rocks, tires, trash or other non-foliage items in your leaf pile.  The trucks that pick up these leaves are meant for just that – leaves.  Other items can damage this equipment causing delays in zone pick-up. Always try and rake your leaves to the curb a few days early just in case there are changes to the schedule.

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If your leaves are INTENTIONALLY not picked up, you may not have followed one of the above rules. If this is the case, an orange door hanger will be placed on your door explaining the reason why your leaves were not picked up along with a contact number.


May your leaf gathering go smoothly and here’s to hoping that they fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake!

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Each October, the City of Bowling Green works with various neighborhoods to participate in Celebrate Safe Communities month.


Celebrate Safe Communities was developed by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice. It was developed in 2008 in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) to promote crime prevention in local communities across the country.


Locally, Bowling Green’s Celebrate Safe Communities Month is coordinated by the Neighborhood and Community Services Department with participation by Bowling Green Police, Fire, and Parks & Recreation Departments.


A Celebrate Safe Communities event can be anything large or small; such as a neighborhood block party or potluck, a community safety fair, or bike rodeo.  We hope that Bowling Green citizens join the movement to create communities where everyone works together for public safety.


The City will again me making free event kits available to neighbors who host a neighborhood social event during October. The kits will include items like name tags balloons, small gift cars, and crime prevention information. For more information on events or to register your neighborhood online, visit http://www2.bgky.org/neighborhoods/watch.php or contact Karen Foley at 270-393-3674.

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The finishing touches are being placed on the renovation of 707 E Main and the Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) staff has spent the last week moving in and getting settled.  The newly updated facility has a community room that will hold approximately 60 people with a nearby kitchen facility for meal prep and food service.  The building houses three conference rooms that will allow for simultaneous meetings with clients or customers throughout the building and there is ample parking at both levels for convenient access to any of the divisions.


The building received a complete overhaul with a focus on energy savings and durable low maintenance materials.  Throughout the project design, these key points remained a focus to ensure that operational and maintenance costs could be reduced in the future.


The new building will allow for improved staff facilities including adequate storage space for records and materials, ample office space, and the ability to organize the divisions in a cohesive manner.  We look forward to the opportunity of improving services to the citizens of Bowling Green and having a facility to be proud of.

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The City partnered with Harshaw Trane of Louisville for mechanical system engineering and Harshaw Trane is providing a guarantee of energy savings.   Staff has used local vendors whenever possible to work on the building to ensure that we are supporting our local business community.

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The various divisions located within the Neighborhood and Community Services Department includes Building Inspections, Housing, Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, Administration/Grants and City Central.  Please note that all phone numbers and e-mail addresses of staff will remain the same.

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For more information about the NCS move from downtown to 707 East Main Avenue or for directions, please call 270-393-3444.

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Crime Stoppers

Have you ever been witness to or had information about a Crime? If so, the South Central Kentucky Crime Stoppers Program could use your help.  Crime Stoppers is a program which brings the public, the media, and the police together in the fight against crime. Those who report crimes can receive cash for their information.


Citizens can phone in a tip on a crime or possible crime by calling 270-781-CLUE or toll free at 1-800-842-CLUE. Callers do not need to give their name. All that is required of the caller is to relay what is known or suspected. Once a tip is reported, the individual calling will be given a secret personal ID number that can be used later to find out if an arrest was made and how to collect any cash that they have been awarded.


The Crime of the Week is posted online at http://www2.bgky.org/crimestoppers and citizens can obtain descriptions and or pictures of the current crime that is being investigated. Archives can be viewed and information can be reported on past crimes as well.


In addition, those who call or visit the website may report information regarding a crime at any time, learn more about the Crime Stoppers Program or get information about donating.


For more information about Crime Stoppers please call 270-393-4244.


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Did you know that the City of Bowling Green’s population is drastically changing? According to the US Census, nearly 11% of Bowling Green’s residents are foreign-born (which is higher than any other city in Kentucky). Currently, residents in our City speak 49 languages and represent 39 different countries. As demographics change in our community, the importance of staff training to enhance customer service is undeniable.


Over the next several months, the City will be hosting multiple two hour long cultural competency training sessions for all of our staff. These trainings will help staff build awareness, knowledge and skills through a variety of teaching methods including direct instruction, role playing, case studies, facilitated group discussions, and technology/media.

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Every City employee will have an opportunity to participate in the training and classes will be facilitated by Leyda Becker, the City’s International Communities Liaison. Leyda holds a training license in Cultural Competency from the nationally recognized Cross-Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle, Washington.

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If you have any questions about this training program, our language access services, the Amigos Resource Network or the City of Bowling Green International Communities Advisory Council, please feel free to contact Leyda at leyda.becker@bgky.org or at (270) 393-3766.

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