County Judge Clay Jenkins Recognizes Poison Prevention Week…

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Photo #1: Melody Gardner, North TX Poison Control Center, Photo #2: Judge Clay Jenkins

… by emphasizing the need for the provision of life saving information and resources through the North Texas Poison Control Center.  Located at Parkland Health and Hospital System, for the past 51 years, the Poison Control Center has provided critical programming and emergency information on hazardous substances.  Judge Jenkins emphasized that “these programs must continue as long as even one child swallows a household product or medicine by mistake.”  The week of March 17-23, 2013 is hereby designated Poison Prevention Week in Dallas County by encouraging concerned citizens, the community and schools to continue to raise awareness about the misuse of medicines, hazardous chemicals and about promoting safety wherever and whenever possible.

Kiestwood Trail Ribbon Cutting Brings Laughter, Pride Around Expanding Trails System

Posted by: Maria Arita, Chief PIO
Monday, March 18, 2013

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At the podium Left to Right:  Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs (also standing between Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Garcia/Photo #2, County Judge Clay Jenkins, President of Dallas Park Board, Commissioner Elba Garcia, Commissioner John Wiley Price. Traci Enna, Chief of Staff Commissioner Mike Cantrell (2nd from far right, Photo #3); Rick Loessberg, Director Planning and Development, Dallas County far Right Photo #3

The ribbon cutting turnout of elected officials and residents revealed great cooperation and synergy between Dallas County and the City of Dallas for a much needed extension to the County Trail system. Prayers, citizen participation and humor marked the day. Commissioners Elba Garcia and John Wiley Price along with Judge Clay Jenkins were in rare form today as they stressed the importance of the trail and working together to keep growth and development a priority in the southern sector.

Stay tuned for more TRAIL news and updates as Dallas County continues to expand the Trail System so that one day soon bikers and pedestrians will be able to commute from one end of the County to the other without the use of a car!

$200,000 donation to finance Dallas County DA’s animal cruelty unit

Justice the dog died several days after he was found burned at a Pleasant Grove apartment complex. (WFAA-TV)

Staff writer Mia Castillo reports:

Animal welfare activists hope a $200,000 donation will help deliver justice to a dog named Justice and other victims of animal cruelty.

The money, donated this morning by Safer Dallas Better Dallas, will fund a new prosecutor unit that will focus on animal cruelty — the first of its kind in North Texas. Commissioner Elba Garcia accepted the money at a Commissioners Court meeting.

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