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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 11/18/2013, 11:06 a.m.
The city of Dallas will host a Shred Day/Coat and Blanket Collection as part of its Texas Recycles Day on ...

The Dallas Examiner


The city of Dallas will host a Shred Day/Coat and Blanket Collection as part of its Texas Recycles Day on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southwest Center Mall, 3663 W. Camp Wisdom Road.

This initiative is part of the national America Recycles Day movement – the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.

Residents will also be able to bring boxes of documents for shredding at a five-box limit per person and gently used cooking oil. Binders will not be shredded.

Residents are urged to bring their gently used clothing and blankets to be shared with others who are in need of a little extra help this winter.

Throughout the year, the city of Dallas BOPA – Batteries/Oil/Paint/Antifreeze – Mobile at the mall is open to the public to collect household hazardous waste, such as:

• Household chemical

• Paint and home repair products

• Lawn/garden chemicals

• Aerosol sprays

• Pool chemicals

• Craft/hobby supplies

• Cleaners and polishes

• Batteries of all kinds

• Automobile fluids

• Oil filters

• Fluorescent light tubes

• Computers

• Cellphones

Residents must show proof of Dallas County residency to participate in the program. The recycle center is open throughout the year, but will be closed November and December. It will reopen Jan. 25.

For more information, visit http://www.dontwastetoday.com.


The city of Dallas has launched a new pay by phone parking alternative to using cash at the meter when parking downtown. The PayByPhone feature allows drivers to pay for metered parking with a credit or debit card using a smartphone app or by dialing a toll free number.

“PayByPhone can also send users a text message reminder five minutes before their meter expires, giving them the option to extend their parking session,” Parking Enforcement Manager Paul Curington said. “If you’re stuck in a meeting, enjoying dinner or just want to spend more time shopping, you can add parking time from wherever you are without worrying about getting a ticket.”

PayByPhone street teams will be at 2630 Commerce St. Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at Main Street Gardens on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to answer questions.

A free account can be downloaded at http://www.paybyphone.com. Mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Blackberry are available at http://www.paybyphone.com/mobile-apps. Customers who do not have a smartphone can call 1-888-680-7275, follow the voice prompts and set up an account to pay for parking with a credit or debit card.


Scott D. Reich, author of The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation will visit the J. Erik Jonsson Library, 1515 Young St. on Thursday at noon. Reich will give a lecture and sign books at noon in the library’s first floor auditorium.

Reich’s book asserts that the most powerful element of Kennedy’s legacy is his emphasis on the theme of citizenship. Part history and part call to action, The Power of Citizenship hones in on the essence of what made JFK inspirational and timeless.

Reich, an attorney, is on the national board of the Union for Reform Judaism, the board of directors of the School for Language and Communication Development, and the board of trustees of Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights, N.Y. He has done pro bono work for the Brooklyn Family Court, the New York Legal Assistance Group and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was president of his class.