Solar Eclipse Community Brief – Protecting Your Eyes from the Solar Eclipse

Taken from a NextDoor Post.

Are Your Solar Eclipse Glasses Safe?

A solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, August 21. Many people will be hosting parties, going to the beach, and planning camping trips to view this rare occurrence.

If you are planning to view the solar eclipse, do so safely with eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet the international safety standard. Consider products marked with ISO 12312-2, which means they meet the international safety standard.

Find more information on choosing safe glasses from the Federal Trade Commission and follow these tips:

Use new glasses or viewers – Do not use glasses more than three years old, wrinkled, or scratched.
Follow the instructions on your glasses or viewer carefully.
Do not use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses.
Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device – even when using your eclipse glasses or viewer. Those optical devices concentrate the solar rays, which will damage your eclipse glasses or viewer, and seriously injure your eyes.

For more solar eclipse safety information, including how to protect your eyes from the dangerously bright sun, visit eclipse2017.nasa.gov.


Senior Safari

Wednesday October 4th – 9AM – 2PM

  • Free Zoo Entry
  • Free Parking
  • Free Tram Rides
  • Free Exhibits
  • Free Entertainment

Plus access to information on healthy living, financial planning, housing, insurance, caregiving, hospice, home health and more from spnsors who help the Professional Network on Aging and the Memphis Zoo make this free day possible to out 55+ community here in Memphis!

For more information please visit www.pnamidsouth.org.



September is National Preparedness Month

(from the NextDoor site)

Are YOU and Your Neighborhood prepared to deal with a major disaster? Probably NOT! The Ready Campaign recently released the September 2017 National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme and social media toolkit, which includes graphics, hashtags, and social media content to share.

This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” In addition to the overarching theme for the month, each week has a theme highlighting different preparedness actions.

The NPM 2017 Weekly Themes are as follows:

Week 1: September 1-9 – Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends.
Week 2: September 10-16 – Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community.
Week 3: September 17-23 – Practice and Build Out Your Plans.
Week 4: September 24-30 – Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger. For more information & toolkit, visit https://www.ready.gov/september



Street Paving – Is Your Street Next?

Hi, all. Mayor Strickland wanted to share some news I think you’ll all welcome: With more money for paving in this year’s budget, we’re back on our goal of a 25-year paving cycle for the first time in a decade. Under the mayor’s administration, and with the approval of the City Council, we’re now paving double the lane-miles than we were just four years ago. A little while back, in an effort to continue what we’re doing to be transparent, we built a map that shows where we’ll be paving soon. Public Works recently updated the map in accordance with this year’s additional appropriations for paving, and you can find it here.

<Spoiler Alert> No streets in our neighborhood are scheduled to be repaved.


Mayor Strickland’s Weekly Update – Tackling our violent crime challenge

Published 7/21/2017


The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission released its quarterly crime rate report today, and the numbers are absolutely unacceptable.

We have a 9.9 percent rise, year over year, in major violent crime. And we have a 10.6 percent rise in major property crime.

Homicides are down by 12.2 percent.

We’re confronting this head-on in today’s Weekly Update because you deserve to hear from us what we’re doing to reduce these levels. Today’s news only further illustrates why I’ve made long-term crime reduction such a priority since my first day as your mayor.

Read the entire post here.


Pill Take Back Bins

As a reminder, the Memphis Police Department has Pill Take Back Bins at every police station!

In 2016, the Memphis Police Department investigated (122) overdose deaths involving illegal narcotics and prescription medication.

In November 2016, in a proactive approach to end the illegal use and disposal of unwanted prescription drugs, the Memphis Police Department collaborated with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation and installed Pill Take Back Bins, inside of nine (9) police stations, throughout the City of Memphis.

Read the complete post here.

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Mayor Strickland’s Weekly Update

Read Mayor Strickland’s weekly update.


It flew under the radar a bit, so I wanted to make sure you knew about the annual awards ceremony that the Memphis Police Department held this week.

Simply put, it was amazing.

It was an amazing reminder of the bravery that’s hard at work every single day in our city. It was an amazing reminder of the talent of the men and women who serve us through MPD.

I encourage you to join me in thanking all of the award winners by visiting the MPD on Facebook, where it posted all of the honorees.

I also encourage you to continue to remember the sacrifice of Officer Verdell Smith, who you’ll recall passed away in the line of duty last summer. He was honored Tuesday as MPD’s TOP COP — a proper tribute to a Memphis hero.

Read the entire post here.



West Tennessee Veterans Home Meeting

Councilmen Edmund H. Ford, Jr. and Frank H. Colvett, Jr. will convene the State Veterans’ Home Exploratory Committee on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Hooks Hyde Hall at the National Civil Rights Museum at 450 Mulberry Street Memphis, TN 38103.

On February 7, 2017, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution creating an exploratory committee to research the feasibility of a Veterans’ Home in the City of Memphis. Councilmen Ford and Colvett will discuss the next steps for the Veterans’ Home Exploratory Committee.

This meeting is open to the public and community input is encouraged.