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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Spring 2016 Ridgeland Life

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Enjoy the online version of the Spring 2016 issue of Ridgeland Life, the City of Ridgeland’s quarterly publication for upcoming events, news, recreational programs, city meeting schedules, Aldermen contact information, and so much more! Download and share!

Ridgeland Life is printed and mailed to homes and businesses. It is distributed at many locations around town including various retail locations, sponsor businesses, Ridgeland City Hall, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, and the Ridgeland Public Library.

For sponsorship information, contact Julie Cox at 601-853-2011 or Julie.Cox@RidgelandMS.org.

For information about Ridgeland Life, contact Sandra Rives Monohan at 601-856-7113 or Sandra.Monohan@RidgelandMS.org.

KidFest! Ridgeland Planned for Two Weekends

Kidfest14th ANNUAL KIDFEST! RIDGELAND

PRESENTED BY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF MISSISSIPPI

APRIL 9-10 & APRIL 16-17, 2016

 

Ridgeland, Miss. – Four fun-filled days. KidFest! Ridgeland, presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, promises to deliver more fun and flexibility than ever before with new attractions and the return of some crowd favorites! The City of Ridgeland Department of Recreation & Parks and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will host KidFest! Ridgeland for four days over twoweekends (April 9-10 and April 16-17). As always KidFest! Ridgeland will feature a variety of shows, interactive activities and lots of other attractions which are all included in the price of admission.

NEW THIS YEAR, Wild about Monkeys. When a movie producer needs a performing baboon more than likely they will call Kevin and Martina Keith, the hosts of “Wild about Monkeys.” You have probably seen their baboons with Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages, Steve Carell in Evan Almighty and one of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time. Combining their skill as trainers and the instincts of baboons, Kevin, Martina and their baboons delight and amaze audiences with a fun, educational and very entertaining show for the whole family. (Appearing both weekends – four shows on Saturdays and three shows on Sundays).

A CROWD FAVORITE RETURNS for 2016, Skin & Bones Comedy Circus. A unique presentation of trained dogs and potbellied pigs whose human friends present a very entertaining kid-tested, parent-approved show of comedy and fun. (Appearing both weekends – four shows on Saturdays and three shows on Sundays).

NEW, Mutts Gone Nuts. This show unleashes havoc and hilarity as the mischievous mutts match wits with their human companions. More than a dozen amazing rescued dogs leave their audience howling for more! (First weekend only – four shows on Saturday and three shows on Sunday).

KIDFEST! RIDGELAND FESTIVAL FAVORITE, The Fearless Flores Family, will return Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 with their daredevil motorcycle stunts in the Globe of Death that impressed the judges and America on NBC TV’s hit show, America’s Got Talent.

ANOTHER EXCITING NEW SHOW!  Gator Boys present Scales, Tails and Teeth. See Jimmy Riffle’s new road show. Along with his crew who are all featured on the hit Animal Planet show, Gator Boys, Jimmy will offer an up close and personal view of some of the South’s most loved and feared reptiles.  Watch as he and his crew handle these wild animals and perform dangerous stunts and capture techniques. (Second weekend only – three shows on Saturday and three shows on Sunday).

Children and adult festival guests will have the opportunity to dress up as frogs, fish, mushrooms or rainbow twirlers and be the featured performers for The Nylon Zoo.

Following a trip to The Nylon Zoo, take a ride on the carousel, a train, a pony or a carnival ride. Also, don’t miss the chance to view the world’s smallest horse, only at KidFest! Ridgeland.

The Temporary Tattoo booth is always a festival favorite, as children get their faces, arms and legs decorated with festival designs. With Kid Karaoke, children can perform their favorite songs on a kid-sized stage. Robert Day, Mississippi’s favorite magician, will show families how to perform magic tricks at The Magic Tent.

Children can use their imagination and creativity to become clowns and ringmasters at the Backyard Circus.

For boys and girls of all ages Touch-A-Truck will have the opportunity to be up close and personal with large trucks and equipment provided by the Ridgeland Department of Recreation & Parks.

Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and at noon on Sundays. The festival closes at 6:30 p.m. each day. Admission is $12 at the gate, but coupons for $2/guest savings off the regular admission price are available at www.kidfestridgeland.com. All performances, activities and attractions are included in the admission price. For children younger than two, admission is free.

KidFest! Ridgeland has been named a Family Favorite by Parents & Kids Magazine and was recently named “Top Twenty Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

For more information on KidFest! Ridgeland, see www.kidfestridgeland.com or contact the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department at 601-853-2011.

Ridgeland Police Department Earns Re-Accreditation Certificate

Re-Accreditation Certificate 2016The Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MSLEAC) recently issued a 3-year term re-accreditation certificate to the Ridgeland Police Department. This is the culmination of a successful on-site assessment conducted at the department by a team of assessors from the MSLEAC.

MSLEAC commissioners unanimously approved the Ridgeland Police Department for re-accreditation according to a letter from Billy Sollie, chairman MSLEAC and Robert E. Morgan, alliance manager. As stated in the letter dated Feb. 17, 2016, “The professional excellence demonstrated by your department is not only a benefit to the citizens of your community but also serves as a guide to other law enforcement agencies in the state of Mississippi.”

In order to obtain accreditation, the department is required to demonstrate continued compliance with 116 professional standards. Citizens were encouraged through the issuance of a news release to phone or mail in comments as part of the assessment.

Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal said, “The reassurance from the commission that things are being done properly and professionally within the department is a testament to the men and women of the department.”

The standards cover such topics as use of force, training, disciplinary procedures, selection process, promotions, career development, patrol, criminal investigation, pursuits and traffic. Adherence to accreditation standards prompts an agency to strengthen its crime prevention and control capabilities, establish written procedures for essential management functions, maintain fair personnel practices, improve delivery of police services, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.

 

Ridgeland Easter Egg Hunt

Here comes Peter Cottontail…to Freedom Ridge Park. Join the City of Ridgeland on Thursday, March 24, 2016 as we welcome the Easter Bunny for an afternoon of egg-hunting and fun activities. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with face painting and obstacle courses.

Hunt times

6:00 p.m.     Ages 1-2

6:10 p.m.      Ages 3-4

6:20 p.m.      Ages 5-6

6:30 p.m.      Ages 7-10

One parent per child will be allowed in the hunting area with 1 & 2 year olds. No parents will be allowed to hunt with all other age groups. Hunts are for ages 1-10 only.

There is no charge for this event. For more information, please call Ridgeland Recreation and Parks office at 601-853-2011.

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Ridgeland Receives National Tree City USA Award for Eighth Year

The City of Ridgeland, Mississippi was awarded the Tree City USA certification for 2015 by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council at the recent statewide forestry conference.  Ridgeland is one of only 39 cities in the state qualifying for the recognition. This is the eighth year that the City of Ridgeland has received the title. Ridgeland has been recognized statewide for its outstanding work in urban forestry by the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Mississippi Urban Forest Council since 2007.  The City of Ridgeland does an outstanding job in combining development with green infrastructure.

Tree City USA is awarded to those sites that fulfill four requirements. These include: a tree board or forestry department, a tree ordinance, an urban forest management program supported by a minimum budget of $2 per capita and an observance and proclamation of Arbor Day.

“We commend our Mississippi communities and other sites that strive for exceptional efforts to obtain the national Tree City USA recognition. Trees play a vital role in creating quality throughout our state. Trees provide many benefits we all take for granted, including economic enhancements, social and environmental benefits, and aesthetic value. Trees process stormwater and reduce flooding, while providing shade during southern summers and reduce energy costs as well as improving property values and quality of life,” said Donna Yowell, Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council.

The Mississippi Urban Forest Council is a statewide nonprofit organization assisting communities with implementing local tree programs. The council offers a variety of programs to educate volunteers and community leaders on every aspect of community forestry and provides assistance with grants for local projects.

For more information on community and urban forestry in Mississippi, contact the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, executive director, Donna Yowell, 601-672-0755 or dyowell@aol.com. Website: www.msurbanforest.com.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Mississippi Forestry Commission and National Arbor Day Foundation and administered in the state by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council.

Keep America Beautiful National Conference Awards

Sarah Kountouris, Keep Mississippi Beautiful's executive director, pictured with Mayor Gene McGee was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Kountouris was selected for the Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award by Keep America Beautiful. This award honors network leaders who have built and sustained programs for cleaning, greening, and beautification.

Sarah Kountouris, Keep Mississippi Beautiful’s executive director, pictured with Mayor Gene McGee was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Kountouris was selected for the Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award by Keep America Beautiful. This award honors network leaders who have built and sustained programs for cleaning, greening, and beautification.

The Olde Towne Middle School Technology Student Association Construction Challenge Team received the Youth and Education Project Award from Keep America Beautiful. The team was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Pictured from left Bill Richardson, Technology Student Association adviser, and team members, Madeleine Berry, Jarrett Huddleston, and Claire Richert, with Mayor Gene McGee.

The Olde Towne Middle School Technology Student Association Construction Challenge Team received the Youth and Education Project Award from Keep America Beautiful. The students designed and built a pergola at Midway Park in Ridgeland for the Great American State Kickoff 2015. Financial support for the project was provided by the Ridgeland Garden Club. This project received national finalist at the Technology Student Association National Conference 2015. The team was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Pictured from left are Bill Richardson, Technology Student Association adviser, and team members, Madeleine Berry, Jarrett Huddleston, and Claire Richert, with Mayor Gene McGee.

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful received the William (Bill) Nash Award from Keep America Beautiful. The Bill Nash Award is given for excellence in implementation of the Keep America Beautiful system in an affiliate's first 3 years. It is one of the highest awards given by Keep America Beautiful. Pictured from left are Lea Anne Stacy, Claire Jackson, Mayor Gene McGee, Jan Richardson, Wendy Bourdin, Pat Busby, Polly Hammett, and Drew Smith. Not pictured are Tim Taylor, Mike McCollum, Linda Assink, Phyllis Parker, Barbara Brown, and Rachel Collier.

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful was recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful received the William (Bill) Nash Award from Keep America Beautiful. The Bill Nash Award is given for excellence in implementation of the Keep America Beautiful system in an affiliate’s first 3 years. It is one of the highest awards given by Keep America Beautiful. Pictured from left are Lea Anne Stacy, Claire Jackson, Mayor Gene McGee, Jan Richardson, Wendy Bourdin, Pat Busby, Polly Hammett, and Drew Smith. Not pictured are Tim Taylor, Mike McCollum, Linda Assink, Phyllis Parker, Barbara Brown, and Rachel Collier.

Officer of the Month for January 2016

Officer Kyle Millican has been selected as Officer of the Month for January 2016. Chief John Neal said that Officer Millican's actions are indicative of an officer that cares for his community. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Officer Kyle Millican has been selected as Officer of the Month for January 2016, and he was publicly recognized at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Chief John Neal stated that Officer Millican’s actions are indicative of an officer that cares for his community. Neal expressed his sincerest appreciation for this professional and motivated officer. Pictured from left are Chief John Neal, Officer Kyle Millican, and Mayor Gene McGee.

Proclamations Signed for American Heart Month and Wear Red Day

From left, are Katherine Bryant, Rochelle Culp, Rhonda Lampkin, Jan Collins, Christy Bridges, and Jill Strickland surround Mayor Gene McGee as he signs Proclamation for Wear Red Day. Mayor McGee also signed a Proclamation for American Heart Month. Both proclamations help educate and increase awareness about heart disease and stroke, encourage citizens to learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, and to seek to prevent cardiac events through healthy living. National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 5. Citizens are asked to show their support for women and fight against heart disease by commemorating this day by wearing the color red.

Standing, from left, are Katherine Bryant, Rochelle Culp, Rhonda Lampkin, Jan Collins, Christy Bridges, and Jill Strickland, who surround Mayor Gene McGee as he signs a proclamation for Wear Red Day. Mayor McGee also signed a proclamation for American Heart Month. Both proclamations help educate and increase awareness about heart disease and stroke, encourage citizens to learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, and to seek to prevent cardiac events through healthy living. National Wear Red Day is Friday, Feb. 5. Citizens are asked to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease by wearing the color red.

Fire Department Promotes New Assistant Chief

Troy Bergeron was recently promoted to Assistant Chief/Shift Commander with the Ridgeland Fire Department. Bergeron has been with the City of Ridgeland for 27 years. This is his fourth promotion.

Troy Bergeron was recently promoted to Assistant Chief/Shift Commander with the Ridgeland Fire Department. Bergeron has been with the City of Ridgeland for 27 years. This is his fourth promotion.

City of Ridgeland launches mobile app

The City of Ridgeland announces that it is now mobile in the form of a cutting edge app. The mobile app, which is available in both the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play Android store, offers news and events plus the ability to pay utility bills and traffic fines or register for an athletic event.

It opens up another form of communication with city officials. App users may post a comment, send an email, record and send a message, as well as submit a photo that will get distributed to staff that will review and respond. The app also makes it a tap away check the city’s news blog and link to the city’s various social media sites. Notifications and messages can also come to the app user from the city.

“The City of Ridgeland believes in using the latest technology to stay connected with citizens. This mobile app will make it easier for citizens to communicate with us and to keep up with what’s going on in Ridgeland,” said Mayor Gene McGee.

“The convenience of paying your utility bill or registering for an event adds tremendously to its value,” said McGee. “We understand that more and more people are using apps to conduct business during the day and simplify their lives. We wanted to be part of that and bring them this convenience.”

City officials say that providing better service is what the new Ridgeland app is all about. If an app user knows that they want to participate in the Natchez Trace Century Ride, for example, they can find the event on the calendar, tap on it and the link to register is right there.

To pay a utility bill or to use the city’s Online Action Center, a user will tap on Services and both options are right there on the screen, along with additional online services offered by the city.

As most smart phone users know, it is certainly convenient to be able to manage life’s activities from a mobile phone. Providing this service for its citizens as well as visitors is something that the City of Ridgeland is pleased to offer.

To download the City of Ridgeland app, visit the App Store or Google play.

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