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The Official Publication of the City of Alabaster

JUne 2014

Alabaster Connection Summer fun activities Your Guide to VBS, Movies in the Park & Other Great Family Activities

Inside this issue... City Fest, June 7th Summer Reading Programs Creeping Crawlers


From the Mayor’s Desk... Greetings Summer time! Oh, how we’ve missed you! First, let me congratulate all members of the Class of 2014! You did it!! Your family, friends, and city are proud of you. This is the beginning of your next journey in this life. Although it can be a little scary at times, it can be ALL you are willing to make it with your personal dedication and determination. Good luck ladies and gentlemen on all your future endeavors! I also want to thank the Alabaster City School System for allowing me the privilege of being a part of their first official graduation ceremony. This month is full of great happenings around our city, including Marty Handlon CityFest on June 7th, and our state certified Farmers’ Market every Mayor, City of Alabaster Saturday, June 14th through August 16th. The Farmers’ Market will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon, and set up near the old water tower at the new Municipal Complex, in the Siluria community. We have secured ten local growers as vendors, which include fruits, vegetables, pork, honey, fresh baked goods, goat cheese, eggs, peppered jellies, cowboy candy, and an herbalist with soaps, lotions, and salves. Each week will also include background entertainment, such as blue grass, jazz, gospel, and even table top demonstrations. The first Saturday will have Robert Robinson, Blue Grass Picker, and his slide guitar. We are so excited to be able to offer this type of event to the community, and look for it to grow annually. Be sure to come out and support your local growers! This month is also when many of us in the community are bidding farewell to a dear friend, wise beyond- his- years counselor, and an awesome pastor—Brian Erickson. I am so blessed to have been on the receiving end of his friendship and spiritual influence for the last 5 years. Pastor Brian will now move on to be a blessing to others in another community. We will feel the absence of Brian, Mollie, and their three lovely children. Thanks for being here my friends—you will be missed! I am hopeful their impact on our community is so deep, each of us will continue to take servant attitudes outside of the church buildings, and positively impact those around us with encouragement, love, and grace. Continuing with that thought, I want to thank all of our citizens who have had a problem with a city service for reporting their concerns via the website form or calling city hall. It is very helpful to go straight to the source to resolve an issue, or even make suggestions to better serve. At that point, we can have real conversations for better understanding. I also believe our local businesses would join me in thanking patrons for bringing negatives to their attention, so they can begin to make improvements before business is negatively impacted. In our imperfect world, every organization has someone who may be having a bad day, and we know not what troubles they face. I hope our community never loses the ability to interact personally with each other, no matter the growth and convenience of social media, and encourage each other to show compassion in regard to things we do not understand. Positive news on the economic front - there are a couple of local manufacturers/distributors in our area planning to expand their operations in the next several months; therefore, providing more jobs here at home. We always like it when more of our community can work closer to home, and be an asset to our local businesses. See you at the Farmers’ Market!

Alabaster water board As a reminder the Alabaster Water Board is still headquartered at 213 1st St North Alabaster, AL 35007. Their main location will provide you with counter service. As a convenience there is a payment kiosk in the lobby of City Hall outside the council chamber, but no counter service. You can also visit them online at www.AlabasterWater.com or at 205-663-6155.

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Scott Brakefield, Ward 6 City Council President

It is often easy to overlook the hard work and effort so many individuals put forth into serving our community. As a member of the city council I have the privilege, along with my fellow councillors, of appointing members of our community to serve on several important boards. We appoint members to the Water Board, which oversees our water department. We appoint members to the Housing and Abatement Board, who make recommendations to the council on unsafe homes and recommends their improvement or removal. The Board of Zoning Adjustments serves to hear request and appeals for variances from zoning. The Planning and Zoning Board serves Alabaster by planning growth management activities. We also have the privilege of appointing members of the Alabaster City School Board of Education, whose job it is to oversee our wonderful schools. All of these boards and their work sessions are open to the public. The schedule should be published in each issue of the Alabaster Connection and online. I encourage you to attend so you can see first hand the amount of work, these mostly unpaid volunteers, required by public servants in order to accomplish what we have in Alabaster. It is easy to be a critic and complain about those doing the work and then refuses to offer your help. I wish to thank all of these dedicated servants for the work and effort they are putting forth. Alabaster is a better place because of your service.

Sophie Martin, Ward 1

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 7th for Alabaster Cityfest! Thank you to the Alabaster Arts Council and to the City for their commitment in making Cityfest a fun and safe event for everyone. Cityfest is a perfect opportunity to take a “staycation” and spend some quality time with your family – for free! The Alabaster Arts Council is made up of a group of local residents who volunteer their time to put on the event. Because of their hard work and dedication - it has definitely put Alabaster on the map! June also closes out the end of our first official year as Alabaster City Schools. 4 cityofalabaster.com

The progress and improvements are already having a major positive impact not only in our schools, but in our city. Thank you to ACS Superintendent Dr. Vickers and the Board of Education for their continued dedication to making our school system number one in the state. The support of our teachers and faculty is also making a difference in the progress being made in the classroom and with our students. Your commitment to our children is noticeable and sincerely appreciated. Thank you for all you do! Progress is continues to be made towards the repair of Alabaster Boulevard. Public Works has been closing the road occasionally for planning and testing purposes. This much-needed street repair project will be finished in the very near future. Kindest regards, Sophie Martin

Bob Hicks, Ward 2

I hope that your Memorial Day was a safe one, spent with family and friends in a safe manner. I also hope that you took some time to think about the reason this holiday is celebrated, and those in whose honor and memory we show our appreciation on that day. My gratitude and appreciation go to all who have served and are serving now in the protection of our country and the ideals for which it stands. Summer vacation is kicking off, and we all know what that means. The thousands of students who have been in classrooms and after-school actvities for the last nine months will be out and about, which means more vehicular traffic and more foot traffic. Please be extra cautious when driving around town. It also means there will be youth sports and family gatherings at our city parks, and to that end a sincere thanks to our park and rec team for an outstanding job once again of preparing those parks for the increased activity. And, finally, summer vacation means another very, very important thing: We have completed the first year of the Alabaster City Schools. To the staff, faculty, admin, board members and superintendent of ACS, I cannot begin to express my appreciation for the awesome first year. To say they went above and beyond is a HUGE understatement. Every week, it seemed like something positive and growth-oriented happened. I can’t wait to see what next year will bring. For now, everyone enjoy the summer!! Finally, I have just one more, short comment to make: CityFest!! It is almost here, and I want to give thanks ahead of time to the Arts Council and all the awesome sponosors who make it possible for all of us have a play day with family and friends each year. Look forward to seeing you there!! Grace and peace, Bob


Stacy Rakestraw, Ward 3

Russell Bedsole, Ward 5

Rick Walters, Ward 4

Tommy Ryals, Ward 7

Summer is a great time of year and there are many things going on in the city for residents of all ages. A big event is Alabaster Cityfest on June 7! Many local churches host Vacation Bible Schools for children to attend, as well as, great tween/teen youth programs too. These can be opportunities to get to know other families and make new friends. This newsletter has many events listed and may help you and new residents find ways to get involved in our community. Please remember, the city of Alabaster has ordinances (laws set forth) in place to provide order and guidelines, especially in subdivisions, so all homeowners property values are protected. As you make decisions about your property and possible projects, please check with our Building Safety Department, 205-664-6823 for building permits, possible variance requests and to assure a law is not being broken. A great tool is “Report A Concern” to send in issues. Simply go to www.cityofalabaster.com to fill out a short form. Have safe travels and enjoy summer time fun!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and the ACSBOE for their first year as OUR school system. To the graduates I wish you all the best in what life holds in store for you and to the parents who invested in their children’s’ future. As for our Alabaster school system we all look forward to the improvements slated for our facilities as well as the curriculum. Moving forward and working together we can make our educational system a destination like our shopping centers. Recently we have had some complaints about the advertising publications “delivered” in our front yards and driveways. While you may wait with bated breath for the next issue, many people view this as another form of littering. There is an “opt out” web address - www. alabamamediagroup.com/contact or you can call them at 800 2834001 if you want to stop receiving the advertisements. City Fest is almost here (June 7th) and I hope to see you there. Thanks in advance to the Alabaster Arts Council, the City of Alabaster and all of their Sponsors for their time and effort for putting on the best FREE music festival in Alabama. Have a great summer and Keep in Touch!

Greetings again Alabaster! As you read this we are now in the month of June. As I sit to construct this message to you it is Mother’s Day, so you can guess what is on my mind today. I am so very thankful for my Mom and all her efforts, love and sacrifices she made to keep our home going while my Dad was at work each day. And to my wife Dena, the love and strength you show our children is amazing. Thanks for being a great Mom. Mayor Handlon, Councilors Martin, and Rakestraw you women are wonderfully loving Moms that are fine examples to all of us who have little girls that they can achieve anything in this world they want. I hope Mother’s Day in Alabaster was a special day for all. Now a little city business. By now the traffic signal installation and the addition of turn lanes at Hwy 119 and Mission Hills Rd should be well underway. This project is slated to take approximately 60 days and should create greater ease for those entering Hwy 119 from Mission Hills Rd. Lastly for now, the summer months bring our fair share of insects and rodents. Our Public Works does a great job helping keep a clean city and spraying for mosquitoes, but they need all our help. Keep your home free from havens for these unwanted guests. Make sure you don’t allow standing water to collect or loose trash to accumulate around your home. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts. Email or call me with your feedback.

The Birmingham Business Journal recently published the top 25 wealthiest zip codes in the Birmingham Metro area. Alabaster (35007) was listed at No. 16 with a median income level of $64,095. Guess who was No. 10? Maylene (35114) with a median income of $72,208. About 7900 people have a Maylene zip code. The BBJ describes Alabaster/Maylene residents as well as Pelham and Helena residents as “Up and Coming Families” who are primarily “young, affluent, families with young children” who like to shop, play sports and plan good vacations. The BBJ may not know that Maylene IS Alabaster, it just has a different post office and therefore a different zip code. Think we should be under ONE zip code? I know I do. The Mayor has petitioned the Regional Post Office to allow those of us who live in the Maylene zip code to vote as to whether we want to be Maylene, 35114, or Alabaster, 35007. Maylene residents should get a card in the mail that explains the process. When I give my address as Maylene, nobody knows where that is. Everybody knows Alabaster; that’s where all those shopping centers are on the Interstate and that’s where all those Up and Coming Families live who have a new up and coming school system…. cityofalabaster.com 5


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Summer Fun Activities Your Guide to VBS, Movies in the Park & Other Great Family Activities The Thompson children are beating the summer heat at the Alabaster YMCA pool.

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Celebrate America at Veteran’s Park Presented by Kingwood Church June 28th, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Event includes a Kids Zone with inflatables and rides for children ages 11 and under. Live Music for entertainment from 7 to 8 pm followed by Movie in the Park after the bands play. The finale is a professional fireworks by Pyro Productions at 9:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided by local vendors.

Farmer’s Market Every Saturday June 14TH - Aug 16TH 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join us at the base of the old mill water tower. Located on the grounds of the Alabaster Municipal Complex at 1953 Municipal Way. www.CityofAlabaster.com

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CityFest at Municipal Park June 7th June 7 marks the 12th annual Alabaster CityFest. The event runs from 9 a.m. into the night with vendors staying open until at least 6 p.m. The day is full of free activities for the whole family and is headlined by county music sensation Rodney Atkins who takes the main stage at 9 p.m. See page 9 for map and schedule.

Summer Reading Program at Alabaster Albert L. Scott Library kick off - June 2nd and June 3rd This annual summer reading for fun program is kicking off in style this year with a kick off on June 2 and June 3. See page the calendar page for complete details or visit www.CityofAlabaster.com

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Summer Movies Amstar 14 Alabaster Promenade Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. For $3 you get admission to the movie, a box of popcorn and a drink (kids size). Plus air conditioning! June 1-2 Ice Age Dawn of the Dinos June 8-9 Madagascar 2 June 15-16 Monsters Vs Aliens June 22-23 Shrek 3 June 29-30 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs July 6-7 Alvin & the Chipmunks July 13- 14 Planet 51 July 20-21 Kung Fu Panda July 27-28 Alvin and the Chipmunks Squeakquel Aug. 2-4 Over the Hedge Movies at Veterans’ Park Friday Nights Free Friday Night Movies will be shown at Veterans Park located at 7305 Highway 119, Alabaster. June 20 – “Frozen” – PG July 11 – “Monsters University” – G July 25 – “The Lego Movie” – PG August 8 – “Despicable Me 2” – PG August 15 – “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” – PG

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VBS Looking for a fun week of vacation bible school? Look no further than your community churches who are hosting various VBS programs this summer. Please check with each church about their sign up procedures and age requirements. Community Baptist Church June 1-5 www.cbcmaylene.org | 664-1675 8254 County Road 17 | Maylene, AL 35114 First Baptist Church Alabaster June 2-6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. fbcalabaster.org | 663-3531 903 3rd Ave NW | Alabaster, AL 35007 Title: Agency D3 Evangel Church June 9-13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. www.evangelchurchpca.org | 664-0889 423 Thompson Rd | Alabaster, AL 35007 Title: Sontreasure Island VBS is for Children rising into 1st grade through rising 6th grade Westwood Baptist Church June 9-13, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. www.ewestwood.org | 664-0122 1155 Alabaster Blvd | Alabaster, AL 35007 Title: Weird Animals 2014 completed 5K - 5th grades First United Methodist Church June 16–20, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. alabasterfumc.com 663-0509 10903 Alabama 119 | Alabaster, AL 35007 Two programs for different age groups: Title: Weird Animals for ages upcoming 4k - upcoming 3rd grade (must be 4 for September 1st) G.L.O.W. for upcoming 4th 6th grades Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit June 22-25 www.holyspirit-al.org | 621-3418 858 Kent Dairy Rd | Alabaster, AL 35007 Title: BLAST OFF! Vacation Bible School Siluria Baptist Church July 28 - 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 663-7904 10696 Alabama 119 | Alabaster, AL 35007 Title: Wilderness Escape - Where God Guides & Provides Ages 5 - 12 years old


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Local Artists make it big at Alabaster CityFest.

Whether your musical taste buds are for country, rock, Christian, jazz, or pop, you are bound to hear something you will enjoy at CityFest. Every year, the Alabaster Arts Council presents great musical artists from varying genres of music. Although artists travel near and far, the community is continually wowed by the talents that are “homegrown” and local, here in Alabaster. Divine Destiny, Sanchez “Just Me” Tanniehill, and 2BLU and the Lucky Stiffs are among the local artists that have been invited to perform on the Alabaster CityFest 2014 stage. Divine Destiny The inspirational dance ministry from Emmanuel Temple Holiness Church has been the opening act of the Alabaster CityFest for the past four years. Under the direction of Yolanda Thomas, the four young dancers – Yantasia Thomas, Yasmin Mathews, Zikerria Dowdell, and Chris Johnson (mime) - “set the atmosphere” and tone for the entire day. “It’s been an honor and a blessing to be a part of this great event,” said Thomas, humbly. “When they get on the stage, it’s about them and God. They see the people, but don’t see them; they just like being able to minister to the people.” Divine Destiny has been together for approximately six years and the ministry far out reaches the stage. “We do a lot of community service,” Thomas began. “[At the beginning of May,] we were at a half-way house in Birmingham where the team danced. After dancing, we prepared a spaghetti dinner for the women and their children and then made sure that there were care-packages prepared for each person there.” The dance ministry volunteers at least once a month at different nursing homes, volunteers regularly to feed the homeless, and strives to reach youth that are in need. “The purpose is to give God glory,” she explained. The purpose of this ministry it “to go out and minister to the sick and shut-in; to feed the homeless and let them know that we care; to encourage the people and bring hope to the hopeless.” Divine Destiny strives to stay active in the community, and Thomas says that they “never accept an engagement without the backing of their pastor, Suffragan Bishop, Dr. William Fitts, Sr.” “When people inquire and ask how we come up with the different movements and songs, I answer

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Bruce Andrews, with 2Blu and the Lucky Stiffs, takes a selfie from the stage at last year’s CityFest.

with a smile and say that it is their way of giving God praise – through dance,” she concluded. Sanchez “Just Me” Tanniehill Sanchez is a rising Christian artist – sharing his story through song. This is his fourth invitation to CityFest, and he is excited for the opportunity to share his testimony with the community of Alabaster. “I’m grateful to get the chance to share my gifts and talents with the world and there’s no better way to get my music out there than through CityFest.” Sanchez suffered a stroke when he was just 6-weeks-old, and although all odds were against him, he survived. His parents were told that he would never walk, talk, or function properly, but through faith, he conquered those doubts and live to sing his story. “The most interesting thing that has happened to me at CityFest, was when a little girl walked up to me after the show and said that my music inspired her,” he said with a smile. “I was shocked! My music is geared more toward teens. Then she asked me to pray with her after the event. I said, ‘Lord, have your way,’ and I prayed with her,” continued Sanchez. “That’s why I do this.” He is in the process of completing his book and working on his album. “I think [CityFest] is a good opportunity to bring more stuff to the table,” he said. “The goal is to one day soon make it to the main stage. One benefit of being invited to perform on the Day Stage is that the setting is intimate. Everybody is closer. 2Blu and the Lucky Stiffs After being invited at least five times to CityFest over the last past 10 years, this blues band is making an appearance at 6 p.m. on the Main Stage. “It’s a hometown crowd; a great mix of people,” said Bruce Andrews, lead singer of 2BLU. “It’s good to see the community together having a good time.” In lieu of the CityFest, one year, 2BLU was invited to do a live televised promotion at Earnest McCarter. “Every


year we get to interact with an Elvis impersonator (Terry Padgett), and we insisted to do a spot with him,” Andrews laughed and commented about doing the song That’s Alright Mama. They performed that with “Elvis.” “We dare Elvis to give us a call because we will put him on the stage with us!” Andrews looks forward to the opportunity to meet and greet with the other artists backstage and to see the whole town get together in a fun, family-friendly environment. “We don’t ever ask to play (in CityFest); we are honored to be invited, and we greatly appreciate the invitation,” concluded Andrews. “We greatly appreciate the support for the arts as a whole and do not take it for granted!”

Alabaster CityFest 2014 Main Stage 9:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Day Stage 2:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Noon 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

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Summer Reading Program

School is out and everyone is sleeping in. Ice cold lemonade and smoky, savory barbecue await you on the patio, alongside a tower of books beckoning to be read. Every year since the 1970’s, the Albert L. Scott Public Library has hosted a summer reading program. There are between 700 and 800 children who par-

able Library Events t o N Highlights of June’s activities are featured on the calendar page 14. Details can also be found at www.cityofalabaster.com and on the program calendar given out at registration.

from 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. “Register, get a swag bag, their program details, enjoy refreshments, socialize and more.” “Even kids who can’t read can participate and get prizes and reach their goals,” Smith continued as she spoke of the “talking books” and the important role of the reader’s guardian. “Even babies can do this. If they get in the habit of liking them now, it will be easier for them when they’re in school.” Further encouraging young book enthusiasts to read for fun, this year’s summer reading challenge is designed with excitement and adventure in mind “Everything is FREE: ‘f ’ is for fun, ‘r’ is for rewarding, and the double ‘e’ is for entertaining and educational,” adds Smith about the cost of students participating. A magical summer filled with discovery and exploration mesmerizes both old and new readers to the challenge of reaching reading goals.

Creeping Crawlers

Hot summer days, cool summer nights, pesky ticks, spiders, and snakes - just another day in Alabama the beautiful. “Once the temperatures warm, we can expect more snakes, spiders, and ticks,” says Jay Eubanks, Director of Education and Outreach, Alabama Wildlife Center. “These are things that many people fear.” With temperatures rising after a good rain, gardens will be

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ticipate each year, and the young explorers travel the world while never leaving the comforts of the library. “Kids pick a reading goal, check out and read our library books, and get prizes along the way to their goal,” stated Frances Smith, Youth Services Librarian, in a recent press release. “When they reach their goal, they receive a certificate and can enter prize drawings.” Students are encouraged to read no matter what their reading level may have been during school. “Children can read books themselves, listen to them read by someone else, or use one of our talking books,” Smith added. This summer packs something for the whole family to enjoy. Fizz Boom Read, the children’s summer challenge theme, begins June 2 at 10:30 a.m. with a comical magic show. Parents are encouraged to register their children, newborn to 10-years-old. Spark a Reaction, the Young Adult’s (ages 11 to 18) summer reading challenge, begins June 3 with a party 10 cityofalabaster.com

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homes for a variety of garden spiders, which are not considered to be lethal. They might seem obnoxious to many and probably creepy to others. Spiders to be truly concerned about are the brown recluse and black widow, which both pack a serious bite. Another bug that seems to really flourish during the summer is the tick. Its vampire-like qualities make one wonder about the purpose of the blood-sucking creature. Although they seem to hang out in the grass, waiting for their prey, they provide an important health indication of the areal ecosystem. More ticks equal good abundance of the host. The one creature that really has people talking during the summer is the snake. “Most people’s reaction to snakes: Only good snake is a dead snake. When we learn about the ecology, we learn that this is the worst idea,” continued Eubanks. Ecologists are starting to see a decline in the number of the black king snakes which is, in essence, detrimental to human health. No king snake means a serious increase in the number of copperhead snakes, which will kill a human. King snakes pursue copperheads and kill them. Eubanks offered some helpful snake safety tips. Snakes are attracted to rodents. “Keep your properties clean, mowed, and trimmed. Old wood piles, broken lawnmowers that are just sitting on your land, and things like that provide refuge for rodents and attract snakes,” cautioned Eubanks. “Every snake has value,” began Eubanks as he shared the medical breakthroughs that have come from snake venom

Jay Eubanks demonstrating that he is a trained professional.

and its effects on the ecology. But there is caution to be taken around the snakes as well. “Step back and go the other direction. Leave it alone.” Of the 56 species of snakes, there are only ten venomous species native to Alabama – eastern coral, southern copperhead, northern copperhead, Florida cottonmouth, western cottonmouth, eastern cottonmouth, eastern diamondback rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake, dusky pygmy rattlesnake, and Carolina pygmy rattlesnake. “Take the time to learn the few that are [venomous],” encouraged Eubanks. “Snakes just don’t chase people down; otherwise, we’d all be in trouble.” For more information visit: www.outdooralabama.com

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JUNE 2 Board of Zoning Adjustments, 6:30 p.m. 3 Water Board, 7 p.m. 4 Court Trials, 9 a.m. 6 Alabaster School Board, 5:30 p.m. 9 Council, 7 p.m. 10 Housing & Abatement, 5 p.m. 11 Court Plea Dockets, 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. 23 Council, 7 p.m. 24 Planning & Zoning, 7 p.m. 25 Court Plea Dockets, 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. All meetings are held at 1953 Municipal Way in the Council Chamber View full calendar, agendas and resolutions at www.cityofalabaster.com

Recycling Collection Schedule Red -June 1st-7th, 15th-21st, 29th, 30th Blue - June 8th-14th, 22nd-28th

Senior Center

The Alabaster Senior Center is located at 1097 7th Street S.W., Alabaster. If you would like more information concerning senior programs, please contact Alabaster Senior Center at 663-1307 or awalters@ cityofalabaster.com. Drumming Program June 3, 10:00 a.m. No experience necessary but the benefits are endless. The benefits of drumming include: improvement to your mood, increase in circulation, and improved focus. It is a low impact exercise and promotes creativity. No charge for this program. Hyundai Plant Tour/Lunch Wednesday, June 11 We will tour the Hyundai plant in Montgomery. You will have a chance to see how cars are assembled and tested. We will eat lunch in the community. Cost is $1 to hold your spot; and bring $10-$12 for lunch. Space is limited. NEW It’s a TANGLED WORLD June 20, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Join Jan Rogers for basic classes in creating ZENTANGLE© inspired pen and ink drawings. There are NO MISTAKES! Give up your fears, and produce interesting new designs from your practice. This art form 12 cityofalabaster.com

allows you to draw and RELAX at the same time. It will be a fun one day workshop where you will draw like a pro. You will complete your own pattern for a new (insulated) coffee mug. Cost is $15/person. Space is limited. Montgomery Flea Market/Lunch Tuesday, June 24 You can shop till you drop. This Montgomery flea market has 3 levels of booths. Note: lots of walking. You will also enjoy lunch at Fried Tomato Buffet. Cost is $1 to hold your spot; and bring $10-$12 for lunch. Space is limited. Book Club Friday, June 27, 10:00 a.m. We will meet every 4th Friday to discuss the book and introduce a new book. Sign up at the Senior Center. NEW Creative Dance July 10 - August 14 Uses movement as a language to explore or express an idea. Let’s explore some issues of aging as we learn the basics of creative movement. We’ll learn to use the Elements of Dance to tell our stories and explore the concept of the relationship between dance and the well-being of mind, body, and spirit. No prior dance experience is necessary. We’ll build our dance vocabulary as we go! This will be a six week series with each week building on the week before. The class begins on July 10 and ends on August 14. Six weeks - $10. Sign up begins June 2. Space is limited! NEW Head to Toe Fitness Class Mondays, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Build muscular strength, increase your cardiovascular endurance, and improve your balance, flexibility, and range of motion as you have fun and move to the music! Do all this while sitting or standing...it’s your choice! This class will incorporate the use of hand weights, resistance tubing, balls, etc. into an enjoyable exercise class that will help you manage the activities of everyday living, with ease. So join us as we strengthen our body, mind, and spirit, and support each other in the pursuit to make everyday a healthier day! $2/ class. NEW Zumba Gold II (Beginners) Wednesdays, 2:15 p.m. –- 3:00 p.m. New to Zumba Gold? This is the perfect place to get started. Low intensity, low-impact dance/fitness class with an opportunity to break-down and learn basic Latin and World rhythms. Same party flavor and fun. $2/class. Line dancing Thursdays 9:30 a.m. Intermediate class Thursdays 10:30 a.m. Beginner class. No experience necessary. Cost is $2 per class.


You won’t want to miss all the other activities at the Senior Center... Timeless Treasures (singing),–Mondays, 10 a.m. Head to Toe Fitness, Mondays, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wii Bowling, Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. Rook, Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. Arthritis Foundation Exercise, Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. Zumba Gold I (exercise) Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Zumba Gold II (exercise)Wednesdays, 2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Beginner/Inter Line dancing, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Beginner Line Dancing, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Bridge, Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Tempo exercise, Fridays, 10:00 a.m. Zumba Gold Toning, Fridays 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

library

The Albert L. Scott Library is located at 100 9th Street N.W., Alabaster. Hours of operation are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 9 a.m.-7:50 p.m. Wednesday - 10 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Friday - 9 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Saturday - 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m. Sunday - 1-4:50 p.m. If you would like more information concerning programs, please contact the Library at 664-6822. Thank You! The Friends want to thank all of you that made the spring book sale a resounding success: Our volunteers who worked diligently to make it easy to shop; and especially all who bought books! Please patronize our generous sponsors and thank them for supporting the Friends of the Library: • Wilson Computer Support • Firehouse Subs • Brooklere Pharmacy • Legacy Federal Credit Union • Alabaster Eye Care • Chubbs • AmStar Theater • Publix • Bucks Pizza • The Donut Chef Book-in-a-Jar Contest June 2 –- July 16 Guess the titles of the shredded classic books in the jars. Stop by the Reference desk and the Adult Services desk to submit your entries. Drawings will be held on July 16th, and prize winners will be notified July 17th. Masterpiece Book Club Friday, June 6, 2:00 p.m. Join this new daytime book club as we explore the classics of

literature with Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire, Samuel Edward Ratchett, lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer before the murderer decides to strike again. Program takes place in the meeting room. For more information about this new book club, call 205-664-6822. Library Book Group Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Join us in our discussion of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. What lies behind the facade of Pagford is a town at war. The empty seat on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? Program takes place in the meeting room. For more information call 205-664-6822.

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Alabaster’s Summer Challenge Kicks Off! June Fizz Boom Read Summer Challenge Story Times Fizz Boom Read & More Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. For all ages in the Meeting Room Tunes & Tales Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. Tunes & Tales Musical stories is fun for all ages. Children six years old and younger must be with an adult. Meeting Room Toddler Tales Fridays 10:30 a.m. Toddler Tales for toddlers and caregivers. Children must be with an adult. Meeting Room Miss Jennie’s Story Time Themes for Fizz Boom Read & More and Toddler Tales Week of June 3-6 Fizz, Boom, Read: Our Five Senses Week of June 10-13 The Science of Father’s Day Week of June 17-20 Bugs, Flowers, and Science Week of June 24-27 We Need Water

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Notable Youth Library Events: Additional details can be found at www.cityofalabaster.com and on the program calendar given out at registration. Programs are in the Meeting Room, unless otherwise indicated on the calendar, website, and/or signs. June 2, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Summer Challenge Kids’ Fizz Boom Magic Kickoff June 3, 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. YA Only: Summer Challenge Spark a Reaction Kickoff Party , Ages 11 years old and older June 5, 10:30 a.m. Glad Scientist Club. Kids 7 years old and older can sign up June 5, 4:00 p.m. YA Only: Spark a Creative Reaction. Ages 11 years old and older can sign up June 9, 10:30 a.m. Animal Sounds with Creatures from the 4-H Club June 9, 4:00 p.m. Glad Scientist Club. Kids 7 years old and older can sign up June 10, 4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Lego League Kids of all ages can play with Legos of all sizes June 10, 6:00 p.m. Drama Workshop. Ages 8 to 11 years old sign up for six weeks June 10, 7:00 p.m. Drama Workshop Ages 12 to 15 years old sign up for six weeks June 12, 10:30 a.m. Southern Museum of Flight visits June 12, 4:00 p.m. YA Only: Iron Giant Percussion Concert and DIY Workshop. Ages 11 years old and older can sign up June 16, 10:30 a.m. Be-at Your Best Drums June 16, 4:00 p.m. Miss Kit’s Bubble School June 17, 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Lego League Kids of all ages can play with Legos of all sizes June 17, 6:00 p.m. Drama Workshop. Ages 8 to 11 years old can sign up for six weeks June 17, 7:00 p.m. Drama Workshop. Ages 12 to 15 years old can sign up for six weeks June 19, 10:30 a.m. Maynard, Magic & Music June 19 YA Only: Minute to Win It Challenge Ages 11 years old and older June 23, 10:30 a.m. Walk About Puppets June 23, 2:00 p.m. Miss Frizzle and the Curious Chemistry Caper for pre-K to grade 2 kids June 24, 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Lego League .Kids of all ages can play with Legos of all sizes June 24, 6:00 p.m. Drama Workshop. Ages 8 to 11 years old sign up for six weeks June 24 , 7:00 p.m. Drama Workshop. Ages 12 to 15 years old sign up for six weeks June 26, 10:30 a.m. Glad Scientist Club. Kids 7 years old and older can sign up June 26 , 4:00 p.m. YA Only: Be Smart, Food Art Workshop: Bento Basics Ages 11 years old and older can sign up June 30, 4:00 p.m. Princess Ballerina Robot Tea Party 5 years old and older can sign up required.


Parks and Rec

The Parks and Recreation Office is located inside the Depot at 100 Depot Street, Alabaster. Office hours are Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you would like more information, call 205-664-6840 or visit www. alabasterparks.org. FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK June - August 2014 FREE movies at Veterans Park, located at 7305 Hwy. 119 in Alabaster. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends while enjoying the outdoors and watching an entertaining movie. The movies will begin showing around dusk (usually 8:00 p.m.). Bring a blanket, or some chairs, snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic), and some bug repellent. Movie schedule: June 20 Disney’s “Frozen” (108 minutes) – rated PG July 11 Disney’s “Monsters University” (104 minutes) – rated G July 25 “The Lego Movie” (101 minutes) – rated PG August 8 “Despicable Me 2” (98 minutes) – rated PG August 15 “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (95 minutes) – rated PG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION (this is a full contact sport) Registration May 19 - June 6 On-line registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on May 19 and ends at 5:00 p.m. June 6. You can register in person at the Depot, weekdays only, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CHEER REGISTRATION Registration May 19 - June 6 On-line registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on May 19 and ends at 5:00 p.m. June 6. You can register in person at the Depot, weekdays only, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION (for boys and girls) Now thru June 6 Registration will end on Friday, June 6, at 5:00 p.m. Registration is available on-line or in person at the Depot between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. - weekdays only. CELEBRATE AMERICA Saturday June 28 Celebrate America is a fun event for the entire family at Veterans Park on Saturday, June 28. There will be food vendors, live music, inflatables, fireworks, etc. No entry fee. PAVILIONS FOR RENT Several of our City Parks offer pavilions for rental use. With warm weather upon us, everyone is ready to visit the local parks for picnics, family reunions, and birthday parties. The best way to make sure your event happens at the location of your choice

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City Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged)

(Unabridged version of minutes and resolutions/ordinances can be found on city webpage at www.cityofalabaster.com)

April 14th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Present: Bob Hicks, Stacy Rakestraw, Tommy Ryals, Russell Bedsole, Sophie Martin, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield Absent: None Mayor Comments Mayor Handlon shared proclamations relating to Donate Life Month, Power 21 MADD and Bubble of Love 2014 Parental Alienation Awareness day. Council Reports Council Member Bedsole shared the March 2014 Police & Fire departments reports. Council Member Ryals shared the March 2014 Building Safety department report. Council Member Rakestraw shared the March 2014 Public Works department report. Council Member Walters shared the March 2014 Library department report.

4. Resolution 041414-C Parks Recreation registration/use fees Council Member Rakestraw made a motion to approve Resolution 041414-C. Council Member Ryals seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously 5. Resolution 041414-D Surplus vehicle within Building Safety Department Council Member Ryals made a motion to approve Resolution 041414-D. Council Member Hicks seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously 6. Ordinance 14-A04* Annexation request (Wheat family – Lot 1 Hamilton Survey) Council Member Bedsole made a motion, with Council Member Walters seconding, to suspend the rules and allow for immediate consideration of Ordinance 14-A04. A roll call vote was held and all members present voted in favor of this motion. Council Member Bedsole made a motion to approve Ordinance 14-A04. Council Member Walters seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously

Agenda Items *Public Hearing on these items 1. Resolution 041414 Corrections Fund Allocation Council Member Walters made a motion to approve Resolution 041414. Council Member Rakestraw seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously 2. Resolution 041414-A* AHAB 7 10th Ct SE Demolition Recommendation Council President Brakefield opened the public hearing to allow those present to speak for or against said Resolution. No one present spoke for or against. Council Member Martin made a motion to approve Resolution 041414-A. Council Member Walters seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously 3. Resolution 041414-B Acceptance of credit cards Council Member Hicks made a motion to approve Resolution 041414-B. Council Member Bedsole seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously

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7. Motion Foodland Liquor License Application Council Member Martin made a motion to approve liquor license for Foodland. Council Member Hicks seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously Council President Brakefield set the following meetings: • Regularly scheduled meeting on April 28th, 2014 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber 1953 Municipal Way • Council work session for April 23rd, 2014 6:00 p.m. Conference Room 1953 Municipal Way Said meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m. May 1st, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Council President Brakefield presiding. Absent: Russell Bedsole Mayor Comments Mayor Handlon shared proclamations for Eagle Scout accomplishment for James Douglas Smith and Samuel Dirr. Mayor Handlon administered the swearing in oath to Alabaster Fire department members recently hired and promoted. Lastly the Mayor recognized those members of the Alabaster teen council present. Agenda Items *Public Hearing on these items 1. Resolution 050114 Reappointment Alabaster BOE Place 3 Council Member Ryals made a motion to approve Resolution 050114 thereby reappointing John Myrick to the Alabaster Board of Education Place 3. Council Member Martin seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously 2. Resolution 050114-A Recognizing Saddle Lakes Farms Petition for Annexation Council Member Hicks made a motion to approve Resolution 050114-A. Council Member Rakestraw seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously 3. Resolution 050114-B Consideration of Lease/Purchase for Police Vehicles Council Member Martin made a motion to approve Resolution 050114-B. Council President Brakefield explained this was an administration need due to legal language requirements. Council Member Walters seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously

4. Resolution 050114-C Approval to apply for TAP Grant for 7th Street Siluria area Council Member Rakestraw made a motion to approve Resolution 050114-C. Council Member Hicks seconded. Council Member Walters requested a roll call vote. Vote: (Roll Call) Voting: Ayes – Stacy Rakestraw, Bob Hicks, Scott Brakefield Nays – Sophie Martin, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals Motion Failed 5. Resolution 050114-D Consideration of Lease/Purchase for computer replacement Council Member Walters made a motion to approve Resolution 050114-D which would allow for City Administration to engage HP Financial to purchase from state bid replacement computers due to XP phase out by Microsoft. Council Member Hicks seconded. Motion Passed Unanimously

Said meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

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Alabaster YMCA

The Alabaster YMCA has been in business since the 1970’s and just opened the doors to the new branch on Hwy 119, in January of last year. The non-profit organization thrives on strengthening the community through a variety of programs – for youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility. The summer sun entices people to cool swimming pools and calming beaches, and what better place to learn to swim than at the Alabaster YMCA where

A view of the pool at the Alabaster YMCA.

there are trained instructors and lifeguards? The Alabaster YMCA just partnered with the Alabaster City Schools and developed the Learn to Swim program. At no cost to the parents, rising second graders will take a field trip to the YMCA for one week to focus on aquatic safety. “The main thing is to teach water safety and accident prevention,” said Rhonda Elmore, YMCA Executive Director. “We’re building basic safety skills. There are 13 Y’s in the Birmingham area, and with Alabaster piloting the program, we’re hoping it will catch on.” Elmore explains that the idea came from her time spent at the YMCA in Tuscaloosa, where it was being practiced with third graders. The little swimmers will gain fundamental aquatic lessons and an introduction to the water. The YMCA offers swim lessons for those who would like to learn and for those who would like to improve their stroke or learn a new stroke. Swim lessons are offered private, semi private and group to best fit your needs. For young swimmers who desire a greater challenge, the YMCA offers a swim team, the Alabaster Angel Sharks, in which the children ages 5 through 12 can compete. Swimmers 15 years and older are

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eligible to take the lifeguard training course if they are looking for a challenge. For those who just desire to get in shape or simply need afterschool childcare, the YMCA is the place to be.

Citizen Spotlight Cindy Hawkins

“For everything that we’ve done, we’ve stepped out on faith,” said Cindy Hawkins, Executive Director of Kids First Awareness. “God prepared me for this.” Cindy and her husband, Oscar, moved to Alabaster in 1997. Coming from the bustling city of Atlanta to a hometown community of the City of Alabaster, she soon discovered that there were no community programs specifically designed and tailored for children. “Faith is the leading factor that brought us through,” she said appreciatively of the experiences that she acquired while

“It will be one of the kids here, that loves and is passionate about his community, who takes this center over.” -Cindy Hawkins

in the beginning stages of planning a community outreach program. The first annual Kids Block Party took place in 1999 where city leaders, educators, clergy, and community activists began to establish relationships with the youth and their families. Gaining momentum in 2002, the Hawkins’ were able to open the first community learning center of its kind, Kids First Awareness Community Center, in the City of Alabaster. “It’s not ‘How can I help you?’ It’s ‘How can we help each other?’” she teaches and motivates the eager learners. “At the end of the day, Oscar and I know the struggles that these kids will have to face before they have them.” The duo understands that the finer things in life are worked hard for and encourages the students daily to seek better opportunities. They work hand-in-hand with a staff of great educators and the support of the children’s families and Alabaster community. “One year, we gave Oscar the ‘Backbone Award’,” continued Hawkins. “He sees the work that I do, and when I’m up late at


Kids First Community Learning Center is offering free lunch and free summer camp, Monday through Thursday, beginning June 2nd through July 23rd. Summer BELL’s (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Camp will utilize guest speakers and encourage leadership, team building, critical thinking, music education, and more. For more information: (205)706-9467 or visit www.kidsfirst123.com

Cindy Hawkins with her supportive husband, Oscar, pictured outside the Kids 1st Awareness Center.

night concerned about the kids, he’s so supportive. Without him, I couldn’t do any of this.” Since the establishment of the learning center, Cindy has found a progressive way to bridge the educational gap for youth and their families while still creating a fun and inviting place to spend the afternoons. “I love my babies, and I love my community; I just so happen to get a man who loves and cares about the community as much as I do,” she shared with a smile. “It will be one of the kids here, that loves and is passionate about his community, who takes this center over.”

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Filmmaker calls Alabaster home

By now, many of you have heard about Moms’ Night Out - a new comedy by local filmmakers, Andy and Jon Erwin. For those who are unfamiliar with the movie, IMDB has a summary for you: “All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong?” The movie opened Mother’s Day weekend and earned an estimated $4.2 million making it almost instantaneously profitable. What many of you might not know is that Andy Erwin is a long time resident of Alabaster. “I have lived in Alabaster since the 6th grade,” shared Andy Erwin via a phone interview from Los Angeles, the week of Mom’s Night Out Hollywood premier. “It has been over 20 years- almost 25 years, since we moved to Alabaster.” By now you would think that a big film director like Andy would have moved his family out to LA, but he has purposefully chosen to stay where his roots are. “The reason why we love Alabaster is because the film industry can be so crazy,” Erwin shared. “I spend a good bit of time out here in LA. I love going back somewhere that is safe and has a family-value atmosphere. It is nice to come back to a place that is ‘normal,’ serene, and calm,” he stated. “I absolutely love it.” For Andy Erwin, it has been a long time coming, making Hollywood movies. “Jon and I started film type work when we were kids,” Andy remembered with a laugh. One of his first jobs was as a camera operator for ESPN. When he started editing video, it was on a deck to deck reel. He recalled some of those early days when the equipment was not the best. “One deck would eat the tapes, so I had to work fast,” he shared with a laugh. In 2011, the brotherly duo released their first feature film - October Baby. Wikipedia summarizes October Baby as “a story of a young woman named Hannah, who learns that she was almost aborted as a baby in the womb. She then embarks upon a road trip to understand the circumstances of her birth.” According to Andy, the film found its audience, and from this point they began a “wild ride” of feature film directing. In their newest film, Moms’ Night Out, they filmed much of the movie here in Shelby County. “We filmed so much in the Shelby County area,” shared Andy. In fact if you look closely, you might see some familiar landmarks.

L to R: Co-directors Andy and Jon Erwin look on as Sean (Sean Astin) and Kevin (Kevin Downes) rehearse a scene for MOMS’ NIGHT OUT.

“The family house is overlooking the hill over the Amstar theater, near Weatherly,” he remarked. The police station portion is filmed in the Pelham Police lobby, and you might even recognize portions of I-65 along with other area landmarks. “Alabama is so supportive,” Andy said. “The film incentives the state passed are great. The film office has been helpful. And the local municipality has been so helpful,” he shared -Andy Erwin both proudly and meekly. Andy plans on filming as much as possible in Alabama for future films. “As long as it fits the narrative and the location, we will film locally,” he boldly professed. For Andy Erwin, the reality of filmmaking is that you just do not know how the film will be received. “You don’t know if people will be attracted to your stories,” he honestly shared. But that fear quickly turns into excitement. “Our new movie, Moms’ Night Out, is showing here on Hollywood Blvd. I’m just the guy from Alabaster, Alabama,” he humbly shared. To find out more, visit www.momsnightoutmovie.com.You can also watch October Baby streaming on Netflix.

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Recently the Alabaster Teen Council attended the Alabaster City Council pre-council and council sessions. Thompson High School Senior Olivia Smith is pictured speaking with Council President Scott Brakefield after the meetings were adjourned. The Teen Council is already planning a back to school bash for the community along with other future actives.

James Douglas Smith, member of Troop 72, was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout Award. His Eagle Scout Project by organizing and managing the construction of a volleyball court for the youth at Concord Baptist Church in Calera. Samuel Dirr, member of Troop 220, was also recognized for earning his Eagle Scout Award. His project was designing and building double-sided magnetic and chalkboard easels for the daycare at Westwood Baptist Church. Congratulations to both young men on their achievements.

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Governor Bentley made a visit to Alabaster to learn about Shelby Baptist Medical Center entrant into the Virtual Alabama online mapping program. The online program creates a digital map using 360º images, interactive icons, and 3D models to give a complete picture of the structure of the facility. This virtualization of the facility is then uploaded to a private website so that pubic safety personnel can access it in times of crisis.

Devin Doriety, Logan Hill, and Seth Lichlyter, all of Troop 72 in Alabaster, are pictured taking the Eagle Scout oath in their Court of Honor Ceremony on March 30 at American Village. Devin and Seth’s Eagle projects were improvements to the grounds of American Village in Montevallo. Logan’s project involved painting, repairing, and landscaping the entrance to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Oak Mountain.

dick’s celebrates grand opening After many months of construction the wait is over. Dick’s Sporting Goods recently held their grand opening. The layout of the store is one of the company’s newest floor plans and features many accessories necessary to sports enthusiast. They are located next to Target in the South Promenade.

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Sophie Martin, Ward 1 358-8742 | martin@cityofalabaster.com Bob Hicks, Ward 2 663-1801 | hicks@cityofalabaster.com Stacy Rakestraw, Ward 3 529-3326 | rakestraw@cityofalabaster.com Rick Walters, Ward 4 281-7394 | walters@cityofalabaster.com

Russell Bedsole, Ward 5 205-229-6021 | bedsole@cityofalabaster.com Scott Brakefield, President, Ward 6 685-0302 | brakefield@cityofalabaster.com Tommy Ryals, Ward 7 664-1301 | ryals@cityofalabaster.com

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Alabaster Connection June 2014