Published Sunday, December 23, 2012

Newnan Notes: Free shredding event set for Jan. 19

By GINA SNIDER

City of Newnan Public Information Officer

Keep Newnan Beautiful offers residents the opportunity to safely discard bank statements, medical history papers, and other documents containing confidential information.

Plan to take advantage of a free document shredding event on Jan. 19. The event will be held in the parking lot at Newnan City Hall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Shred Doctor, the city’s partner on this event, will offer residents the opportunity to safely discard confidential documents using a mobile, on-site shredding truck. Residents can watch their documents being shredded and have comfort knowing that the shredded materials will be recycled without risk of their confidential information falling into the wrong hands.

For more information about this and other upcoming events contact Carol Duffey at 770-253-8283, email cduffey@cityofnewnan.org or visit our website at www.keepnewnanbeautiful.org .

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The Carnegie and City Hall Offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday. The Carnegie will reopen Wednesday. at 9 a.m. City Hall offices will reopen at 8 a.m.

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Waste Industries offices will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years’ Day. Monday collection days for both weeks will run on normal schedule and then the service days following the holiday will be delayed by one day.

Waste Industries will operate Monday, Wednesday-Saturday (servicing Tuesday-Friday customers) for both weeks of the holidays. The holiday schedule is also posted at www.wasteindustries.com .

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The Carnegie schedule for next week is:

Thursday, Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m. Family Zumba – popular exercise dance program for all ages. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Thursday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m. “From Book to Box Office” – Based on the book “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham, watch the movie “Christmas with the KRANKS.” Refreshments served.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Armchair Travelers – “Greece” – Join us for a virtual tour of Greece shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera. Sound track of traditional & modern Greek music with narrative.

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Please remember our furry friends during the holiday season, do not forget extra help is needed for abused and abandoned animals at local shelters. The shelters are always in need of pet food, cat litter, detergent, bleach, towels and leashes. Please contact your local animal shelter at 770-254-2355 on how you can help.

The city of Newnan animal warden cannot believe it is December already. Candy canes, twinkly lights and bow-topped gifts abound. But before we bring out the eggnog, it’s high time we clear the air about one type of holiday décor that has gotten a pretty bad rap: the poinsettia.

Believe it or not, pet parents, these festive plants are not the deadly flowers legend has made them out to be. The myth of the plant’s toxicity actually began in the early part of the 20th century, after the two-year-old child of a U.S. Army officer allegedly died from consuming a poinsettia leaf. As a result of this rumor, the plant has never lived down its poisonous reputation.

Okay, so you still don’t necessarily want your pets to eat them. Because consuming poinsettias may cause mild gastrointestinal irritation, keeping these plants out of pets’ reach is still a good idea. But there’s no need to banish them altogether.

So, what do you say? Let’s give this plant a break — I hear they make quite the centerpiece.

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