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As we look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July, I couldn’t help but reflect on and be thankful for the many freedoms enjoyed by all. This would not be possible without the men and women who continue to defend, locally and abroad, precious aspects of our lives summarized in our Pledge of Allegiance—One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL. We are a diverse nation governed by the people, for the people. How many of us recite those words without truly Marty Handlon, letting their meaning and personal commitent sink into our heart and mind? Mayor I admit the first time the Pledge of Allegiance ever evoked tears from me was City of Alabaster on 9-11-2001. I was 36 years old. Yes, I was one of those young Americans who enjoyed American freedoms without serious thought or expressed appreciation for the people who continue to make it possible—public servants at every level in various capacities. Like many in my generation, I was forever changed by 9/11. I am thankful our constitutional rights provide for a more perfect union with established justice, domestic tranquility, a common defense, general welfare and blessings of Liberty to us and generations to come. It takes life changing experiences to awaken our hearts and minds to those things we don’t even realize we hold dear—things we just assume will always be available. The year 2020 has provided an awakening for many of us. Everyone experiences reality in their own personal way, and those experiences are individually unique. But once experienced, it provides the confidence to claim it, to live it, to expect it, and to protect it. Those are action verbs! Much like the farmer’s harvest, it doesn’t just show up without the nurture and work required to cultivate the desired product. The Constitution gives those rights, and the Bible gives us instructions on how to harvest those rights in a manner acceptable to God. It was my personal experience and love for this community which moved me to run unsuccessfully for mayor in 2008. I never desired to be in “politics”, but I was not afraid to step out of my comfort zone to address an issue important to me, which would protect the quality of life I enjoyed in my community. Four years later, I was provided the honor and privilege of serving as your mayor and the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience for the good of my city. I will always consider my eight years as mayor one of my greatest joys, because of the personal growth I experienced, the internal infrastructure to improve services, new life changing relationships throughout Shelby County and the metro area, and most of all, the people with whom I was able to work in our organization. We are truly blessed with dedicated public servants in all of our departments. They truly understand the value of excellence and accountability. One life changing lesson I will take with me is the role of local government and how different it is from the state and federal level. Local government truly impacts the daily lives of those who live, work, and do business within its jurisdictional boundaries. Local government cannot make people love, tolerate, or considerate of others—that’s a heart issue only God can address. Of course, local government is impacted by decisions made at the state and federal levels—some good and some not so good. We have experienced it in many ways over the last few years. We just make necessary adjustments, adapt best we can, and return our focus to what we have the ability to affect for the good of those we serve. You can firmly say, “local government is where the rubber meets the road.” It impacts every aspect of your day-to-day quality of life. I have shared the visual with our young people on many occasions. City government is non-partisan, and small enough that the policy makers cannot blame or deflect for the sake of partisan politics. When there is a complaint within the city, you must check your “party” hat at the door. It is true public service. The priorities and vision for the city is the focus, and it can change with the elected. I am hopeful this painful season we have all been experiencing will yield a bumper crop of goodwill and positive outcomes in the near future. Until then, be safe and full of grace and love for all. THIS EDITION

4 Council Comments 6 Teen Council Comments 6 For Tomorrow Comments 18 Movies in the Park 20 Beautification Award

21 Municipal Elections 21 CC Meeting Minutes 22 Calendar

10 Just Buy Her a Dress 12 Alabaster Unites


14 Non-Profit Spotlight 16 Citizen Spotlight

8 Celebrating Juneteenth



Scott Brakefield

Ward 6 | City Council President

Greetings! I hope that Summer is off to a great start for each of you. The Month of July brings many celebrations for the July 4th holiday. The big news for us is that our annual fireworks display is changing locations. This year the fireworks will be shot from Thompson High School. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 2nd. The new location will provide additional parking and increase the opportunity for those wishing to watch the show. The Summer months also brings our Friday night movies at Veterans Park. These are great family movies that everyone can enjoy. We also have the Alabaster Teen Council putting on events throughout the Summer of our teens to participate in. We have a lot of construction going on at two of our Parks. Abby Wooley and Veterans Park are getting some additions. If you haven't been out to either lately. There are now signs installed showing our progress. Hopefully construction will go smoothly, and we will be enjoying these new amenities soon. I want to close with a big thank you to our citizens. These are unprecedented times we are living in. So, thank you for supporting our local businesses. Thank you for supporting each other. Thank you for loving your neighbor. Thank you for loving your City. Scott

Sophie Martin | Ward 1


Progress continues in Ward 1. Two additional abandoned structures along Hwy. 11 are being demolished after a recommendation from the Abatement Board followed by approval from City Council. These dilapidated structures were deemed unsafe and eyesores in the community. Their removal will definitely be an enhancement in our community. Speeding continues to be an issue in several areas of Ward 1. The safety of our residents remains one of my top priorities. I am working with the Alabaster Police Department and the safety committee on a solution for this problem. If you see someone speeding, please get a description of the car and if possible, the license plate number then call Alabaster police at 205.663.7401. Work continues at Abby Wooley Park. New restroom facilities are being put in and at our recent council meeting new LED lighting was also approved. Additional work is still being scheduled and completed including new basketball courts, landscaping and other upgrades. For safety reasons, the park is closed until construction is complete. Thank you to the organizers and to everyone who participated in the recent “Alabaster Strong!� unity march and rally. Alabaster sets the example of what a city should be – a community that

loves and cares for one another and lifts each other up. We must continue to work together to be part of the solution for equal justice as we move forward. We are Alabaster Strong! Have a safe and happy July 4th! It is an honor to serve the City of Alabaster and the residents of Ward 1. If you have any questions or ideas regarding our city, please contact me at martin@

Rick Ellis | Ward 2

This is definitely a different kind of summer than we have had in past years. I have really missed events like City Fest, seeing kids play ball in our parks, going to baseball games and even being able to just watch games on TV. We are coming up on one of my favorite holidays of the year, July 4th. I think that it is one of my favorite holidays because we get to take a break from our usually busy lives and remember how lucky we all are to live in a country where we have the rights and freedoms that we have. One of my favorite things to do for the Fourth is to take in a good fireworks show. This year our Alabaster fireworks show will be moved from the old location by Publix to the high school property. This event will be held on July 2nd this year. I hope that everyone gets to spend time with their family and friends, swim, eat bar-b-que and just celebrate that we are blessed to live in such a great country! Happy Independence Day! Rick

Stacy Rakestraw |

Ward 3

I want to commend our community on the recent Unity Worship Service held at Larry Simmons Stadium, hosted by four local churches composed of diverse members who worshipped and prayed together for our city and nation. Residents praised the leadership of this event. Also, I am proud of the Chief of Police and our Alabaster Police Officers' willingness to have a constructive dialogue with our community and address concerns, along with the care they have put into our city. God has placed many precious friends in my life of different ethnicities and I am thankful for them and their children and how they have positively affected my family and the understanding of how God created us all in His image - that we are created uniquely and with a purpose in this world. We are all commanded to uphold justice and do what is right and I believe the majority of us do. When those who fall short of this and make grave, selfish mistakes, it hinders our society to reason and treat each other

COUNCIL COMMENTS as we are supposed to, which is deeply disheartening. Census, Census, Census!! Have you seen the signs? Filling the Census out every ten years matters a great deal in the money we receive in our state for different projects, programs, and infrastructure from the federal government. It also can cost us a voice at the federal level in the US Senate and House of Representatives, based on our population. So please fill out your Census and encourage and help neighbors to do so. The Alabaster Clean Sweep Shred-It and E-cycle event have been rescheduled, for the convenience of our residents, for October 10, 2020 at 10111 Hwy 119 from 8 a.m.-Noon. More details to come in the newsletter and on the city website of items that can be taken, and any cost required to destroy or take certain electronic equipment. Mark your calendars! Please email or call me with concerns, problems or compliments for the city. My information is located on the back of this magazine. I look forward to helping and hearing from you. Happy Birthday, USA! Stacy

Greg Farrell

| Ward 4

The Council recently approved funds for the revitalization of Abbey Wooley Park. The project will replace existing structures and play areas that have been in need of major upgrades. The project will also allow for better lighting throughout the park. The City received grant money along with assistants from Shelby County. I would like to congratulate Battalion Chief David Lash on reaching a milestone with the Alabaster Fire Department. Chief Lash has served with AFD for 35 years. Thank you, Chief Lash, for your dedication and service to the community. Remember to visit the Farmers Market located behind City Hall every Saturday morning through August 1st. This is a great way to purchase products from local farmers and small businesses. A little housekeeping here, as responsible dog owners, I want to remind everyone that the City does have a Leash Law. Roaming dogs pose a health and safety issue to not only the dogs but anyone how may come in contact with them. Thank you for your cooperation.

Russell Bedsole | Ward 5

Happy Independence Day Alabaster! As I have written so many times in the past, this holiday is one that has given me the most memories. From outdoor backyard celebrations to shooting fireworks with my little league teammates after a hot July baseball practice, this was always a holiday in my community as a kid that brought everyone together to

celebrate as ONE. As I reflect on those memories there is so much irony considering what is happening in our country today. As you watch the news it seems like we are anything but ONE. Let me share some really encouraging news! We are still ONE. Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you as I make my way around Alabaster to earn your support for my candidacy for House District 49. Simple, quick conversations that I have had with so many of you show your love for your community and your fellow man. You have firmly rejected bias and racism and have expressed to me your support for our law enforcement community. It has made me proud to hear so many of you talk about an Alabaster that is ONE. Are we all perfect? Do we all need to do less talking and more listening? We as human beings of all races are far from perfect, and we certainly could do a lot more listening to our fellow man. I can’t help but think back to our founding fathers as they dared to defy the King of England in an act that could have cost them their lives. In an act of solidarity to create a country made up of many states but unified as ONE, they each signed their names just below where these words were written, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” Happy Independence Day Alabaster! Russell

Kerri Pate

| Ward 7

I want to start by saying thank you to our local leaders of faith that organized a unity event this month. It was so refreshing to see and feel our community all in one accord, united to listen and love our neighbors. My eyes are more open than ever to the fact that I am so blessed to have raised my family in such an inclusive community. Today we learned from our state superintendent that school would resume in person this fall. It will most certainly look different and I know our school system will work hard to compile a plan that will continue to benefit each student, teacher and employee. I hope we can all remain positive and supportive of each other during these continued uncertain times. This past month I’ve had the opportunity to work with the residents of Park Forest on some safety concerns. I am hopeful we are on the right path. As always, social media is such a great tool for information, but nothing replaces directly contacting someone and speaking with someone in person or on the phone. I appreciate you all for reaching out and giving me the opportunity to take these concerns back to the proper departments so we can hopefully get things resolved and controlled. Grateful to serve you all. Please call or email me if you need anything. Kerri



TEEN COUNCIL COMMENTS By: Addison Lusco School is now officially over, and teens in our community are entering a summer like no other. Summer is typically a joyous and carefree time, but with the presence of COVID-19 and the other current events unfolding in our country, teens in our city and around the U.S are facing a new, strange world. While teens may be struggling to discover what they can do or what their place is in the turbulent times of today, Teen Council would like to offer you this sentiment: you have a voice, and you are impactful. The impact that you possess within you is your superpower, and it will be for your entire life. You and I are teenagers, but that does not diminish the truth that our voices can move mountains. Your voices matter. You matter. Our position is difficult; we’re stuck between the bliss of childhood and the reality of the world, and that’s puzzling. We’re beginning to navigate the long, winding road that will be our life and our legacy. As we go along that journey of trying to figure out the world and our place in it, we must keep constant the idea that we have the power to change what lies beyond. We can all start changing tomorrow today. Educate yourself on the world around you; do not turn your back on turmoil because it’s uncomfortable. Be a listener and be a learner. Yes, never stop learning; that’s how we continue to grow. Understand that people are hurt and in pain. Before we can heal each other, we have to hear each other. We may not all have the same experiences or backgrounds, but anyone can be a listener, and anyone can be a friend. Stay safe this summer and encourage those around you to do the same. Use your strength to stand beside those who are trembling and lend a hand to those who stumble. Let’s make this summer one of standing together as a community of allies and friends. We’re living through history today, and this summer we all have a chance to be a part of it for the better.

ALABASTER FOR TOMORROW COMMENTS By: Brandon Matthews For Tomorrow, Program Director “Unmet expectations are often the result of unspoken expectations.” A lack of communication causes confusion. Confusion causes conflict and conflict creates chaos. In a current state of chaos, we have allowed our differences to divide us and fear to paralyze us. Today, let’s turn our fear into faith. Faith in humanity. Faith in change. Faith in our future. Today, have an intentional conversation with someone to listen and learn. Through your conversation, have some consideration for the thoughts and feelings of those around you. Take the time to listen and learn. What are they saying? What are they feeling? What is their life experience?


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uneteenth is the celebration of the commemoration of the abolition of sanctioned slavery in the United States. Union Army General Gordon Granger landed at the Texas port city of Galveston in 1865 as the Civil War drew to a close. One of his first actions was to read General Order #3, which stated that all slaves are free, and that former masters and slaves have absolute equality of personal and property rights. Thus, June 19th has become the emancipation date of those longsuffering for freedom, and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in America. This tradition of celebration has remained strong well into the 21st century, recognizing the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery and to honor the strength, endurance, and faith of African American ancestors. Mayor Marty Handlon said about Juneteenth Day, “I encourage all citizens to observe Juneteenth as an opportunity


to reflect, rejoice and plan for a brighter future as we continue to address racial injustices in our society today.� On June 20, a group of Alabaster Citizens held a community wide Juneteenth Celebration on the City Green. The celebration featured speakers, food trucks, activities for kids, and ways for the community to get involved and have their voice heard. The sponsors of the group were looking to make this an annual event. April Dortch, one of those responsible for the organizing, was also the force behind the Proclamation from Mayor Handlon on declaring Juneteenth Celebration Day in Alabaster. The celebration was highlighted by a peaceful march down Hwy 119 from the Restore building back to the City GreenPastor Gerry Bivens of Bethesda Apostolic Worship Center was a key organizer for the peaceful march and protest.


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JUST BUY HER A DRESS AND SHE'LL BE FINE Local author documents journey with postpartum OCD, and depression


fter her journey with postpartum OCD, anxiety and depression, Amanda Gremillion wanted to use her story to help others. “My journey almost destroyed my marriage, had me questioning my religious beliefs for the first time in my life, and had me praying not to wake up again,” Gremillion said. “That was 10 years ago now, and my marriage is stronger than ever and so am I.” Gremillion wrote a book, “Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine: My Postpartum OCD, Anxiety and Depression Story,” which is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle form and will be released as an audiobook in July. The Thompson High School graduate said she did not get help for her depression until her daughter was two years old. “People do not think postpartum mood disorders can last that long, but if untreated they sometimes can,” Gremillion said. “When my daughter was two, my husband left, and I finally lost it enough that I was no longer able to hide the symptoms from everyone. We eventually worked things out after being on and off again for about a year and half. During this time, I could not sleep so I would stay up writing down my thoughts until I could sleep, just to get them out of my head. This helped me to figure out what was wrong.”


Contributing factors such as pregnancy, the death of a relative, and daily life struggles also added to Gremillion’s struggles. “I started Googling and began to think I might have postpartum depression,” Gremillion said. “I also had some of the conditions that can make postpartum depression more likely, including a family history of mental illness, a personal history with it, stressful life events, so I finally went to the doctor and to therapy for a short time.” Gremillion said therapy was difficult for her to afford, even being considered middle class. “I honestly could not afford therapy for as long as I probably needed it,” Gremillion said. “It is so expensive even with good healthcare. I did get on medication which was eventually life-changing for me.” Other helpful things for Gremillion during her journey included joining a Facebook support group, joining a supportive Sunday School class at First Baptist Alabaster, exercising and resting more, and trying to have more work-life balance. “The writing that I did also helped me to not only figure out what was wrong, but it helped me to heal,” Gremillion said. “It eventually turned into blogs. Many people I knew and even many strangers privately messaged me telling me how much it helped them to hear someone had gone through the same thing. Those blogs eventually turned into my book. I had wanted to write a book since I was a child, and now I finally had something to write about.” The book was initially published in 2012 under the name, “This Isn’t the Kid I Ordered.” Gremillion said she gave a lot of free copies away, and while some of the feedback was positive, she also received negative feedback from people that were closest to her. “This is to be expected when you write a book, but I was not in a place yet to handle that, so I took a break from it

for a while to focus on my healing and my family,” Gremillion said. “I decided to re-publish it again in 2019 partially thanks to my daughter.” Under a new name, Gremillion said feedback so far has been positive, and she hopes to help others possibly going through the same struggles. Gremillion said many people do not talk about their struggles and can often feel alone in their journey. “I just want anyone going through this to know, you are not alone, and you can get better,” Gremillion said. “A lot of people do not want to talk about it because it is depressing, which is why my book has some humor in it, and so do some of my blogs and posts on my pages. Learning to laugh about everything again was another step towards healing for me.” For those interested, Gremillion’s book can be purchased on Amazon in Kindle or paperback format. More information can be found at www.justbuyheradress. com, or amandadodsongremillion. At least 10 percent of the proceeds from her book will be donated to various charities and organizations in order to provide support and raise awareness for postpartum OCD, anxiety, depression and other postpartum mood disorders.


What does it mean to “Believe in Jesus?” “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16 Belief in the simplest form says that Jesus was the son of God and that his death on the cross was accepted for our sins. True faith in this represents the door to salvation. Those that come in are given eternal life and promised great joy eternally with God. This is all possible because the penalty for sin that we all owe was paid by Jesus for those who truly believe in Him. However, a closer look at the scriptures reveal belief as much deeper and identified with the Holy Spirit giving us a new heart that desires to please God. John 3:3-8. In Luke 14:25 Jesus confirms belief is more than just saying words when He warns to consider the cost before following him. He sums it up by saying those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. Luke 14:33 Jesus’ last command is to go and make Disciples to do my commands. Matthew 28:19 Many see the Christian life as more about ignoring sin and resting on a foggy concept of grace, but belief in scripture describes discipleship. This is giving up our sins and anything that hinders us to obey God’s commands for a transformed life through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is becoming more and more common today to avoid this truth and make it as easy as possible to join the Church. It is being taught that belief and discipleship are two different things, however biblical belief is confirmed by discipleship. John 2:23-24 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. This passage shows Jesus rejecting belief without discipleship. We can understand why when they profess belief but make excuses for not doing

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A unity service held at Larry Simmons Stadium joins citizens in a night of worship




n June 11, Alabaster was the site of a Unity Service organized by four area churches: Cultivate, Unity Christian Center, Mind of Christ International, and Free Will Ministries. The free community-wide event drew hundreds of participants and was viewed online by hundred more. It featured a time of prayer, worship, and remarks by area pastors. The service concluded with a reminder to the participants that true unity only comes through Jesus Christ. “Thank you to each person who attended to worship and pray with us. I'm so proud of Shelby County. Let's only let this be a beginning, not an ending. The best is still ahead,� said Cultivate Church pastor Brandon Matthews.



AND HE IS STILL DOING IT! Tangibly Serving as the Hands & Feet of Christ The mission of God Did It Ministries (GDIM) is, “To provide compassion, understanding, and love to our community/world the way Jesus loved us. We collaborate with other nonprofit organizations to reach goals most people think are unattainable.” Sanchez Tanniehill, the founder and driving force behind the faith-based non-profit, will tell you his heart is, “To simply be a blessing.” BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING Sanchez, an Alabaster native, is a gospel recording artist with an incredible story of God’s faithfulness. At six weeks old, he suffered a severe stroke. Although doctors were convinced he would never be able to walk or talk, by the grace of God, he now travels and sings and shares his personal story of how “God Did It.” With the help of sponsors, charitable donations, and fundraising, GDIM graciously celebrates other life-changing stories and gives back to their local communities and to countries around the world. MEETING PRACTICAL NEEDS In this season of so many unknowns, the GDIM team has become more creative in the ways they are reaching the community. “Though we are not gathering at events or in front of crowds at the moment, the needs are still there and thankfully we have continued to connect with and serve others,” ministry spokesperson and lead team pastor at Alabaster’s Cultivate Church, Brandon Matthews pointed out. “Social media and word of mouth have been great ways to continue connecting with those in need.”


During this time of unprecedented discomfort on so many fronts for so many families, the 501(c)3 non-profit was able to strategically extend their partnerships to include Forestwood Farms in Birmingham and AARP, who supplied fresh produce for distribution. “We were able to provide 30,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to families all across Shelby County. Saturday mornings in May and June, cars lined the streets in both Alabaster and Montevallo to receive food for their families,” Brandon explained. “We want to thank the cities of Montevallo and Alabaster for partnering with us and allowing us to distribute the food.” The team is currently in the process of pursuing grants that would allow them to be an active blessing on a larger scale. Sanchez, Brandon and the rest of the GDIM partners are excited to see what God will do next with their willingness to serve their community. “If conditions allow, we want to provide a community event where families can gather for a day of fun. We are working on ways to bless our local schools and students with school supplies or computers for their classrooms. We are also in the process of opening a localized God Did It Ministries location next to City Hall in Alabaster.”

GET INVOLVED Currently, the GDIM board of directors and leadership team consists of Sanchez Tanniehill, Jonathan Holmes, Monica Powers, and Brandon Matthews. This team helps oversee the operations and outreaches of GDIM. There are many practical, financial and active ways to partner with the ministry. “There are opportunities to serve with us at local events, serve days, through social media, advertising, marketing, etc. We would love to have you join us,” they encouraged. “As we continue to be a blessing in Shelby County you can sign up to serve with us, contribute financially to the ministry, share us on social media, or let us know how we can be a blessing to you.” Reach out to help – or to request help – at connect@ To support the God Did It Ministries’ work via the purchase of gear and apparel, visit




SERVING IS THE SOLUTION Calvin Rumph demonstrates community involvement as the way to move forward


fter 20 years of living in Alabaster, Calvin Rumph has become an integral thread in the fabric of his community. He chooses to actively live out one of his favorite quotes, "Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.” (Tina Fey) Not only does he strive to do this by representing Shelby County on the Birmingham Regional Planning Commission, but he also serves with the Alabaster Arts Council, the Knights of Columbus and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Education Foundation. In addition, Calvin is a member of the City of Alabaster’s Planning & Zoning Commission. “As a Commissioner, we provide planning, zoning and subdivision controls to the Alabaster City Council,” Calvin


explained. “This information is provided to the Council in the form of recommendations in accordance with the City's Comprehensive Plan.” He pointed out that the Alabaster Forward Comprehensive Plan was updated and adopted on March 14, 2016, and is intended to define the city's overall growth and (re)development. It provides a framework for guiding public and private decisions that affect new development as well as reinvestment in existing neighborhoods and businesses. For example, he says the widening of 119 would make life easier and a dream come true for many Alabaster residents. Since the Comprehensive Plan is based on residents’ visions of how they want their city to grow in the future, Calvin

encourages all Alabaster residents to take the opportunity to read it. It isn't just the chance to serve that makes Alabaster feel like home to Calvin and his wife of 36 years, Edna, though. They and their son, Kristopher, have also enjoyed the benefits that the community and people have provided to their family, as well. “(When we moved here) the housing market was exceptional! Of course, this was prior to the economic downfall with the housing industry,” he pointed out. “However, the City services provided to residents were great and the neighbors made us feel like family… We used to look forward to those unforgettable block parties!” Calvin is a graduate from the University of South Alabama. He has a degree in Psychology and Criminal Law. He served in the Alabama Army National Guard Avionics Division Signal Corp for eight years, boasts 34 years of Federal Service, and retired from the Social Security Administration. He is an avid sports fan and attends NCAA Basketball Final Four Tournaments and FBS Football Championships on a regular basis. Although this current pandemic season has created many challenges for community members to face, Calvin offers a word of encouragement, saying, “Stay in touch with family and friends, and pray that God will return us back to normal!”


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MOVIES IN THE PARK 2020 The City of Alabaster restarted the annual Friday Night Movies in the Park last month. These Friday flicks will continue on July 10 and July 24 this month. It’s a great way to get families out of the house to spend some time together – while maintaining appropriate social distancing – with the community. July 10, the movie is Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” released in 2019. It’s rated PG and runs for 128 minutes. July 24, the movie will be “Playing with Fire,” featuring John Cena as a fire superintendent and his crew of smoke jumpers who find themselves in over their heads after they rescue three siblings in the path of a wildfire. The movies are free to come and enjoy as a fun, yet economical evening of entertainment for family and friends. All 2020 Friday Night Movies will begin showing around dusk (usually 8:00 p.m.) and will be located at Veterans Park on Highway 119 in Alabaster. The current COVID-19 guidelines state, “All non-work-related gatherings of any size, including drive-in gatherings, that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons from different households are prohibited.” Therefore, it is essential that parents actively ensure their family’s practice of social distancing while attending these movies! Plan to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on, and some snacks and drinks. But please do leave the park as beautiful and clean as you found it. Trash receptacles will be available throughout the movie viewing area.


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ALABASTER MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS JULY 7, 2020: Candidates may begin qualifying at city hall once notice is published. Candidates must file a Statement of Economic Interests form with the Alabama Ethics Commission in order to appear on the ballot. JULY 21, 2020: Qualification to run for municipal office ends at 5 p.m. Mayor must file a list of qualified voters with the clerk. JULY 26, 2020: Last day to establish residency to vote in the municipal general election. Last day to display a sample ballot.

AUGUST 10, 2020: Last day to register to vote for the municipal general election. AUGUST 20, 2020: Last day for a voter to apply for a regular absentee ballot. Last day to publish the list of qualified voters. AUGUST 24, 2020: Last day, up to the close of business, for a voter to apply for and submit an emergency absentee ballot if he or she: (1) is required by employer to be unavailable to vote at the polls; (2) is a caregiver of a person who requires emergency

treatment within five days of an election; or (3) has a family member to the 2nd degree of kinship who dies within 5 days of the election. Last day, up to the close of business, for a voter to hand-deliver absentee ballot. If an absentee ballot is returned by mail, it must be postmarked by August 24 and received by noon the day of the election. AUGUST 25, 2020: ELECTION DAY. Polls must be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at First UMC RESTORE building, 128 Market Center Dr, Alabaster, AL 35007 BRING PHOTO ID to the polls.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES (ABRIDGED) Unabridged version of minutes and resolutions/ordinances can be found on the city webpage at May 4, 2020 at 7 PM AGENDA ITEMS: 1. Resolution 050420 Central State Bank Line of Credit Motion Passed Unanimously 2. Resolution 050420-A Agreeing to a MOU with Shelby County for the use of County Equipment for the Municipal Election Motion Passed Unanimously 3. Resolution 050420-B A Resolution to Submit the Municipal Water Pollution Prevention (MWPP) Program 2020 Annual Report Motion Passed Unanimously 4. Resolution 050420-C Authorizing Purchase of Equipment for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Previously Approved in the FY20 Budget Motion Passed Unanimously 5. Resolution 050420-D Authorizing an Agreement with Engineers of the South for Road Map Proposal 2020 Motion Passed Unanimously 6. Resolution 050420-E Authorizing Supplement No. 1 GMC Contract relating to the Hwy 119 Engineering Contract Motion Passed Unanimously

7. Resolution 050420-F Awarding Bid for Demolition of Abatement Properties Motion Passed Unanimously 8. Resolution 050420-G Awarding Bid for Demolition of Structures on City Owned Property Motion Passed Unanimously 9. Resolution 050420-H Authorizing a Contract with Revere Controls for Wonderware Software Upgrade Proposal Motion Passed Unanimously 10. Resolution 050420-I Authorizing a Contract with Shelby County Reporter for ad – Congratulations Class of 2020 Motion Passed Unanimously 11. Resolution 050420-J Authorizing Lighting Power and Maintenances Agreement for Exit 238 Lighting Upgrade Motion Passed Unanimously 12. Resolution 050420-K Acknowledging Exemplary Performance by City Employees During COVID-19 Pandemic Motion Passed Unanimously 13. Resolution 050420-L Supporting Local Businesses – Supporting Reopening Small Businesses Deemed Nonessential and Closed by Executive Order

Motion Passed Unanimously 14. Resolution 050420-M Granting Easement to Alabama Power at Veterans Park Motion Passed Unanimously 15. Ordinance 20-97 An ordinance to conditionally rezone property from B-3 to B-3 C/) Motion Passed Unanimously Said meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM May 18, 2020 at 7 PM AGENDA ITEMS: 1.Resolution 051820 Declaring Surplus and Disposal of Items within the City of Alabaster. Motion Passed Unanimously 2.Resolution 051820-A A Resolution Authorizing a Nutrition Agreement between M4A and the City of Alabaster for FV2021 Motion Passed Unanimously 3. Resolution 051820-B Awarding the Bid for Road Relocation Project Associated with the Veterans Park Project Motion Passed Unanimously 4. Resolution 051820-C Appointments to the Industrial Development Board Motion Passed Unanimously

5. Resolution 051820-D Authorizing Expenditures for the 2020 Alabaster Farmers Market Motion Passed Unanimously 6. Resolution 051820-E Authorizing Memorandum of Agreement Between Shelby County and the City of Alabaster Motion Passed Unanimously 7. Resolution 051820-F Authorizing Purchase of Flock Camera System from Alabama Power Motion Passed Unanimously 8. Ordinance 20-99 An ordinance to alter and rearrange the corporate limits of the city of Alabaster, Alabama Motion Passed Unanimously 9. Ordinance 20-100 An ordinance to repeal and replace previous article IV. - Weeds Motion Passed Unanimously 10. **Ordinance 20-101 An ordinance to repeal and replace previous article II - Health Nuisances generally. Motion Passed Unanimously Said meeting adjourned at 7:31 PM * Public Hearing on these Items ** Set Public Hearing on these Items



CALENDAR LIBRARY The Albert L. Scott Library is located at 100 9th Street N.W., Alabaster. Mon., Tue. and Thu.: 9 am - 7:50 pm Wednesday: 10 am - 5:50 pm Friday: 9 am - 5:50 pm Saturday: 10 am - 4:50 pm Sunday: 1 pm - 4:50 pm CLOSED JULY 3-5 for Independence Day

If you would like more information concerning programs, please contact the Library at 664-6822.

KEEP THE LEARNING ROLLING WITH THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM! The Albert L. Scott Library team is excited to welcome back Alabaster friends and neighbors. In addition to enjoying in-person connections, the library is also streaming their summer educational programming on their Facebook page. Especially due to the uncommon way the school year ended this year, it’s important that children are able to access as much educational support this summer as possible. “Research shows that reading in the summer helps students avoid the ‘summer slide’ of skills,” Youth Services Librarian, Frances Smith, encouraged. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, live audience size will be limited, and social distancing will be used. For this reason, if you want to be in the meeting room for a program, you must sign up. Sign up is available by telephone and in person at the library. “We’re using READsquared for parents to sign up kids – from babies through seniors in high school – for our annual Summer Reading Challenge,” Frances said. She reminds parents to sign up their kids to participate by downloading the READsquared app or going to albertscott.

22 “We are awarding prizes for reading and we’ll have special prize drawings during our finale – the Magical Storybook Ending – in July.” The 2020 Summer Reading Program is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Alabama Public Library Service. “We thank our local sponsors to date: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bike Link, Panda Express, and Whataburger.”

SPECIAL EVENTS Must call Library to Sign Up: July 7, 3:30 p.m. Cat Spat: Cat in the

Hat vs. Pete the Cat with Shelby 4-H July 9 , 10:30 a.m. Plant Tales July 9 , 4 p.m. Tweens & Teens S. T. E. M. Lab Surprise with Shelby 4-H July 13, 10:30 a.m. Southeastern Indians Extravaganza with the Alabama De partment of Archines & History (Video in the meeting room with activity kits) July 15, 10:30 a.m. Magical Storybook Ending with Mr. Larry Magic and Miss Jennie’s Balloon Sculpting plus grand prize drawings

or crochet? Would you like to learn how? If so, we have a group for you… the Ya Ya Yarners! We will teach you if you don’t know how. We will start you with one of two simple projects. We will supply the needles or hooks and yarn and a pattern. If you already have a project under way bring it along to work on. We also do community projects such as hats for service members, lap blankets, prayer shawls and many other things. For more information please call the library at 205-664-6822 or email Carol Smith at Program takes place in the meeting room.

ABC & DS OF MEDICARE July 13, 1 p.m.

Karen Haiflich of the Medicare Information Source will help you navigate through the process of Medicare. Learn about filing, benefits, and any other questions you might have. Program takes place in the meeting room.


LIBRARY BOOK GROUP July 16, 7 p.m.


For kids 8 to 10 years old Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. For kids 11 to 15 years old Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Story Times are all online, either live or recorded, and include Imagination Station on Wednesdays, Toddler Tales on Fridays, and Sensory Story Time the second and fourth Wednesday.

ADULT PROGRAMS YA YA YARNERS July 6, 20 and 27. 5:30 p.m.

The Ya Ya Yarners are meeting at the Albert L. Scott Library now! Do you knit

Join us to discuss Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross. Recently widowed and newly wealthy, Miss Julia is visited one day by Hazel Marie, who claims that her nine-year-old son is the child of Julia's late husband, and when Julia is left to care for the child, she reveals the scandal that precipitated her husband's death. Program takes place in the meeting room.


MEDICARE 101 July 23, 6 p.m.

A fun and informative class to learn what to expect with Medicare and how to ask the right questions. Perfect for anyone

CALENDAR wanting to learn about their Medicare options. Presented by Eric Smith, the founder of Medicare Advisors of Alabama. Program takes place in the meeting room.


The Alabaster Senior Center, which is operated by the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department, offers a variety of programs and services for individuals 55 years of age and older who live in Shelby County. The Senior Center is located at 1097 7th Street S.W., Alabaster. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Events for members of the Alabaster Senior Center are listed below. All subject to change and you must call ahead 205-663-1307 or belder@cityofalabaster. com. Check Facebook for updates!


but will be moving to 200 Depot Street in July if all goes as planned. Please call to verify th location before driving to the Office. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. The Office will be closed on July 3. If you would like more information concerning Parks and Recreation programs, please contact the Office at 205-664-6840 or If you would like to receive emails from Parks and Recreation regarding registrations and events, you can sign up by going to and scrolling down the page to the SIGN UP link. The only required information is your name and email address. NOTE: We cannot accept Checks as a method of payment. Please be prepared to pay for any fees with Cash, Debit, Visa, Master Card, or Discover.



The Dog Park at Veterans Park will be closed on Wednesday, July 1, for maintenance. If needed, the Rain-Out date will be the following Wednesday, July 8.

TBD - Paint Along Class. Call for details. July 6, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Birth-


Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:30 & 12:30

day Treats with Southern Care Hospice (drive-thru) July 10, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Biscuits and Tea with Jim n' Nicks (drive-thru) July 23, 12 p.m. - Tech Talk Facebook Live July 27, 9:30 a.m. - Online Book Club July 28th, Time TBA - Hugathon Day

PARKS & REC Alabaster Parks and Recreation offers a variety of youth sports and a couple of adult programs, along with several community events throughout the year. Additionally, they oversee pavilion rentals for all City parks. The Parks and Recreation Office is currently located at 7305 Hwy. 119, Alabaster

Soccer is available to girls and boys ages 4 thru 17. Online Registration will be available at beginning at 8 a.m. on July 6 and ending at 11 p.m. on July 18. You can register in person at the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays only, from July 6 through July 17. Soccer cost is $110 for U9 and up and $90 for U6/U8 (plus 10% for non-residents). For more information, please contact Nik McCrimon at 664-6840 or nmccrimon@

FALL BASEBALL REGISTRATION Baseball is available to boys ages 4-12 as of April 30, 2021. Online Registration will be available at www.alabasterparks. org beginning at 8 a.m. on July 6 and

ending at 11 p.m. on July 25. You can register in person at the Alabaster Parks & Recreation Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays only from July 6 through July 24. Baseball Cost is $85 (plus 10% for non-residents). For more information, please contact Morgan Lawley at 6646840 or

GIRL’S FALL SOFTBALL REGISTRATION Softball is available to girls age 5-12 as of January 1, 2021. Online Registration will be available at www.alabasterparks. org beginning at 8 a.m. on July 6 and ending at 11 p.m. on July 25. You can register in person at the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays only, from July 6 through July 24. The fee will be $85 (plus 10% for non-residents). For more information, please contact Morgan Lawley at 6646840 or

START SMART SOCCER REGISTRATION Registration will begin for Start Smart Soccer on July 13 at 8 a.m. at the Alabaster Parks & Recreation office. Registration will close out once 20 children have registered, or at 5 p.m. on July 24, whichever occurs first. The fee is $90 (plus 10% for non-residents)The program is designed for children ages 3 and 4. The child cannot turn 5 before Sept. 1, 2020. The child has to be 3 before August 1, 2020. It’s a six-week program with emphasis on fundamentals. The sixweek sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. beginning September 1 and ending October 6. There will be a game and pizza/cupcake party on October 10 at 10 a.m. Registration must be done in person at the Parks and Recreation office. Birth Certificate copies are required for new participants.



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