Dec. 13, 2020
Drive-Thru Christmas Event recap
The Town of Sunnyvale's annual Christmas event was held as a drive-thru on Dec. 4. The decision to hold the event as a drive-thru was tough to make and brought a new set of challenges to the table. However, the appropriate measures were taken for the well-being of our residents and we received a lot of positive feedback on the event.
There was a great turnout, with nearly 300 vehicles driving through to see the lights, decorations, and to receive goodies such as hot cocoa to-go and a craft kit to-go. Town staff members were set up at different "stations" throughout the event, dressed as references to popular Christmas movies.
The Ellis family was the winner of our movie contest, guessing nine of the Christmas movie references; they received a gift basket donated by HOPE Coffee as their prize. Congratulations!
Thank you all for making this event a success!
Winner of the car-decorating contest
Winner of the Movie Contest - Ellis Family
Small business grants available
As part of the continuing commitment to elevate the impact in rural America, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants program.
Small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less.
The next grant application period will open on Tuesday, Dec. 29. All potential applicants are encouraged to review the FAQ's and grant information on LISC's website.
NCTCOG, RTC seeking input
Serving together as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) are seeking public input from residents, local governments, and private sectors about the transportation and air quality policies, programs, and plans for North Texas.
Information will be posted online at nctcog.org/input from Dec. 14, 2020 - Jan. 12, 2021. All input will be provided to the RTC.
A flyer with additional information is in the document linked below.
As of Dec. 11, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting 1,849 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County; 1,353 confirmed cases and 496 probable cases. 20 additional deaths were reported. On Dec. 12 an additional 2,111 new cases were reported with 8 new deaths. Sunnyvale was at a total of 335 cases with 59 in the two week window from 11/15 to 11/28.
"The decisions that we make to wear our mask, avoid crowds, and forgo get-togethers will largely determine what our new COVID positive numbers will look like a week to two weeks from now and how many hospitalizations, ICU patients and deaths we have in the weeks that follow." - Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact outside your home; Put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and continue to keep about six feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care.
- Wash your hands often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and help young children to do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands. Immediately wash your hands.
- Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Take your temperature and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Click here to register for more information from the Town of Sunnyvale.