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Treats for Troops Donation Drive

July 8, 2019 

In support of the 6th Annual Community Service Day, the Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms are collecting items for overseas military troops. A one-day donation drive will be held on Friday, July 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Steve Miklos Aquatic Center at 1200 Riley Street in Folsom.

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Structure Fire

July 6, 2019 

FOLSOM, CA- Firefighters from the City of Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to a reported apartment fire in the Canyon Terrace Apartments.

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Grass Fire

July 4, 2019 

FOLSOM, CA- Firefighters from the City of Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to a grass fire near the 2000 block of American River Parkway. A total of six engine companies, one helicopter, and two chief officers were dispatched to the scene.

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New Traffic Signals on Empire Ranch Road

July 2, 2019 

If you’ve driven down Empire Ranch Road recently, you’ve most likely noticed brand new traffic signals in the area.

The City of Folsom engineered and installed a series of new traffic signals to further increase motorist, pedestrian, and cyclist safety on Empire Ranch Road.

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Vegetation Fire

July 1, 2019 

FOLSOM, CA- Firefighters from the City of Folsom Fire Department and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Protection District responded to a vegetation fire located at 1730 Prairie City Road between Blue Ravine Road and Willard Drive. Initial reports included residential structures in close proximity and threatened by a fast-approaching fire. A total of eight engines and two chief officers were dispatched to the incident.

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Water Rescue

July 1, 2019 

FOLSOM, CA- Firefighters from the City of Folsom Fire Department and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Protection District responded to a water rescue located in Lake Natoma, west of the Willow Creek Recreation Area. A total of one fire engine, two rescue boats, one ambulance, and two chief officers were dispatched to the incident.

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Summer Stormwater Pollution Solutions

July 1, 2019 

Everyday summer activities such as gardening, home improvements and washing cars can negatively affect local creeks and streams. Help keep our waterways clean by following these tips on dealing with common around-the-house pollutants this summer:

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New Fiscal Year Budget Takes Effect

July 1, 2019 

The Folsom City Council approved a $209 million balanced budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year starting July 1, marking the end of an annual process of evaluating the city’s fiscal health, community priorities, infrastructure needs, and daily operations. The budget represents a $3.3 million increase over last year’s adopted budget.

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Water Rescue

June 25, 2019 

FOLSOM, CA- Firefighters from the City of Folsom Fire Department, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and the California State Parks responded to a water rescue located at the Negro Bar State Park in Folsom, California. A total of three engine companies, two boat companies, one helicopter, two paramedic ambulances and two chief officers were dispatched to the scene. The Sacramento area Diving Accident Response Team (DART) was requested, but their response was cancelled before they arrived on scene.

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Home Repairs for Folsom Seniors

June 20, 2019 

Folsom senior citizens meeting low-income requirements can receive assistance for home repairs through the City of Folsom Seniors Helping Seniors Home Repair Program.

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Cure Summer Boredom with Day Camps!

June 18, 2019 

Folsom Parks & Recreation offers a huge variety of fun and engaging camps for kids and teens to learn a new sport or sharpen existing skills, showcase their talents through the arts, spark their imaginations through creative play, explore and enjoy the outdoors, make new friends, and create lasting memories.

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Folsom City Council Adopts Balanced Budget

June 11, 2019 

Following an annual process of evaluating the city’s fiscal health, community priorities, infrastructure needs, and daily operations, the Folsom City Council unanimously approved a $209 million balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 that takes effect July 1.

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Folsom Public Library Summer Reading Program

June 11, 2019 

The Folsom Public Library is rolling out a red carpet for readers with its summer reading program, “It’s Showtime at Your Library.” Folsom residents of all ages are encouraged to sign up at the library or online to take the Five Book Challenge.

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Intersection Safety Tips from the Folsom Police Department

June 11, 2019 

Intersections can be dangerous areas for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, especially during peak commute times.

More than 50 percent of the combined total of fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Inattentiveness, reckless driving, and speeding can all lead to a serious accident at an intersection.

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Free Life Jacket Loaner Program

June 4, 2019 

The Folsom Fire Department's Life Jacket Loaner Program provides Folsom residents with free daily and weekend rental of life jackets for all ages of children and adults.

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June/July 2019 City News

May 30, 2019 

Read the latest edition read about the Folsom Public Library summer reading program, Summer of Music concerts in the park, summer programs at the Steve Miklos Aquatic Center, wildfire preparedness, fireworks safety tips, Folsom’s water quality, and more news.

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Summer Season at the Aquatic Center Begins

May 28, 2019 

The Steve Miklos Aquatic Center is now open for the summer season! Recreation swim takes place daily from 1 to 6 p.m., and with three pools, high and low diving boards, a three-story waterslide, and interactive play structure, there are plenty of ways to have fun and keep cool under the watchful eyes of trained lifeguards

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Wildlife in Folsom

May 13, 2019 

As the weather warms up and residents are out walking, running, biking and playing in the sun, it is important to be aware of the wildlife we share our trails with. Rattlesnakes, mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes are just a few animals that live among us in Folsom.

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Folsom Parks & Recreation Receives Statewide Recognition

March 26, 2019 

The California Association of Park and Recreation Commissioners & Board Members recognized Folsom Parks & Recreation with an Achievement Award for the department’s Renovation Master Plan. Pictured with the award are Folsom Parks & Recreation Director Lorraine Poggione and Facilities Maintenance Manager Tim O’Shea.

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Faces of Folsom Exhibit at Folsom Public Library

March 26, 2019 

Faces of Folsom is a photojournalistic project produced by members of the Teen Library Council that have captured portraits and stories of Folsom’s community members. The exhibit will kick off on March 30 and run through April 30 at the Folsom Public Library. A brief opening reception will be held March 30 at 10:30 a.m. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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1919-2019: Rainbow Bridge Centennial Celebration Saturday, May 4

March 20, 2019 

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Folsom’s iconic Rainbow Bridge at once-in-a-lifetime events planned in the Historic District Saturday, May 4.

The Rainbow Bridge will close to vehicular traffic to allow the community to explore the bridge on foot. The festivities kick off with a rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. World-renowned slackline athlete Ryan Robinson – who was raised in Folsom – will attempt to set a world record by traversing the 1,919-foot span over the American River between Lake Natoma Crossing and the Rainbow Bridge on a 1-inch wide line. A festival with informational displays about the landmark bridge, guided walking tours, hands-on activities, and a display of vintage cars round out the morning events that are free and open to the public.

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Fight the Bite this Spring

March 19, 2019 

It's that time of year again, longer days, warmer temperatures and... mosquitoes. Increased rain from a very wet winter left behind stagnant water and more areas where mosquitoes can develop. More mosquitoes means a bigger threat of West Nile virus, a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by following these tips from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District:

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Tax Season is Here

March 11, 2019 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officially began accepting tax returns on January 28, 2019. As the April 15 deadline approaches, more and more criminals are out trolling for their next victim. Make sure you don’t become a victim this tax season.

Here are some of the most common tax scams that have surfaced over the years.

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Community Service Day Brainstorming Meeting, Request for Project Proposals

March 11, 2019 

The Folsom community is coming together again to plan the sixth annual Community Service Day, Folsom’s largest day of volunteerism. This powerful day of service mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages and interests to complete dozens of service projects throughout Folsom. Organizers are seeking community-based projects for this year's Community Service Day event, planned for Saturday, September 21.

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

March 5, 2019 
Working smoke alarms can help you and your family safely escape a home fire. When you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, make sure to change your batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. And about three out of five home fire deaths occurred where there were either no smoke alarms or they were not properly working.
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Applications For The Landscaping And Lighting District Advisory Committee Now Available

March 5, 2019 
The Folsom City Council is seeking applications from persons interested in serving on the Landscaping and Lighting District Advisory Committee.
The Landscaping and Lighting District Advisory Committee helps establish lines of communication between city staff and elected/appointed city bodies as well as make recommendations to the landscaping and lighting district manager and parks and recreation director concerning the maintenance and associated costs to maintain and improve landscaping and lighting districts.
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Video: Where Folsom Gets Its Water

January 30, 2019 

Ever wonder where Folsom's drinking water comes from? Find out about our water source and how water is treated at Folsom's water treatment plant before it makes its way to your tap? in this video from the Folsom Environmental & Water Resources Department.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Assist Folsom’s First Responders

January 22, 2019 

The Folsom Fire Department’s annual Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course begins in March. The course curriculum includes: how to assist family members and neighbors until emergency responders arrive, disaster preparedness, first aid, search and rescue, and emergency response plans. Students who complete the required training course and pass a background check will become members of the Folsom Fire Department’s volunteer CERT team. The CERT training course is free; participants must be age 18 or older, and preference is given to applicants who live or work in Folsom. For more information and to register, email folsomcert@folsom.ca.us.

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Folsom Parade of Champions Tomorrow

January 22, 2019 

A celebration parade in Historic Folsom tomorrow night will honor the 2018 state champion Folsom Bulldogs team and the 2018 state champion Vista del Lago girls varsity cross country team. The parade begins at 7 p.m. with participants marching down Coloma and Sutter streets. The parade will conclude with a rally at the Folsom Historic Amphitheater. Those planning on attending the parade should park at Rodeo Park or the Historic District parking garage. The community is encouraged to attend. For information about shopping and dining in Historic Folsom, visit www.historicfolsom.org.

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Lake Natoma Trail Gap Closure Project is Finished

January 8, 2019 

The Lake Natoma Trail Gap Closure project in Folsom’s Historic District was completed at the end of December and is now open for use by cyclists and pedestrians. It includes the city’s first Class IV bike trail, also called a “separated bikeway,” which is a 12-foot-wide paved path that parallels Leidesdorff Street between Reading and Wool streets.

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Keep Gutters and Storm Inlets Free of Fallen Leaves

November 30, 2018 

The City of Folsom Public Works Department has been busy clearing gutters and storm drain inlets of fallen leaves. When leaves accumulate on the street, it is challenging for street sweepers to pick up the leaves, which can clog storm drain inlets resulting in localized flooding. Here’s how residents can help:

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Notice From The Folsom Fire Department Regarding Use of Masks

November 14, 2018 

Per the Sacramento County Public Health Officer it is advised to not use masks, such as the N95, due to wildfire smoke in the area as the health risks of the mask outweigh the benefits.

The Folsom Fire Department is recommending people stay indoors as much as possible and to keep doors and windows closed. This precautionary advisory is effective through November 16th due to smoke from the Camp Fire that is impacting our local air quality.

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Red Flag Warning - November 10-12, 2018

November 10, 2018 

The Sacramento area, including Folsom, will be under a Red Flag Warning from 10 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Monday morning. The City of Folsom Fire Department urges its residents and business owners to remain extra vigilant during this time and to report fires to 9-1-1 immediately.

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Fall Into a Beautiful Water-Wise Landscape

October 29, 2018 

Fall is the perfect time to redo your yard and add low-water use plants great for our climate. The soil still holds summer's warmth, which encourages root growth, but new plants don’t require as much water because the days are getting cooler instead of heating up.

When spring rolls around, your fall plantings will have established root systems and be ready to start their growth spurt and be better prepared for the heat of summer.

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Voting Starts October 27 - The California Voter’s Choice Act

October 22, 2018 

The California Voter’s Choice Act became law in 2016, making voting more convenient and accessible. Ballots are now mailed to all voters, and you may choose to vote via mail, drop-box or the new Vote Centers. Vote Centers open October 27 through Election Day, November 6, and any voter may visit any Vote Center.

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New Text-to-9-1-1 Service

October 22, 2018 

If you need to contact 9-1-1 for emergency services, you can now do it by text anywhere in Sacramento County, including Folsom.

Sacramento County 9-1-1 Centers representing all law enforcement and fire agencies in the region announced Text-to-9-1-1 service is now available countywide. This means all 9-1-1 public safety dispatch centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages from citizens.

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Folsom’s Johnny Cash Trail

October 22, 2018 

In October 2017, the City of Folsom celebrated the completion of the Johnny Cash Trail. The 2.5-mile paved trail provides cyclists and pedestrians with a scenic journey through open meadows and mature native oak woodlands, and views of the American River. The completion of the Johnny Cash Trail also makes it possible to travel a full circle around Lake Natoma entirely by trail, and provides connections to Folsom’s Historic District.

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Folsom Plan Area Update

October 22, 2018 

An 18-month schedule of infrastructure, road and safety improvements that started south of Highway 50 in the spring of 2017 is now complete. That first phase of work included sewer, water, streets, streetlights, and utilities as well as the reconstruction of East Bidwell Street between the first portion of the new Alder Creek Parkway and White Rock Road. More than 3.5 miles of sewer pipe were laid and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District built a substation to serve the area with electrical power.

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Oak Parkway Trail Undercrossing

September 24, 2018 

Construction begins the week of October 1 for the new bike/pedestrian undercrossing that will connect the Oak Parkway Trail to the Johnny Cash Trail. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the work zone on Natoma Street between Fargo Way and Prison Road.

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Vista del Lago Capacity and Parking Issues

April 2, 2019 

Vista del Lago High School continues to experience its largest student enrollment since it opened more than a decade ago. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board of Education has taken steps to manage school capacity for the upcoming 2019-20 school year, and the district will engage the community in the coming months to review school boundaries to help permanently alleviate overcrowding.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Assist Folsom’s First Responders

January 30, 2019 

The Folsom Fire Department’s annual Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course begins in March. The course curriculum includes: how to assist family members and neighbors until emergency responders arrive, disaster preparedness, first aid, search and rescue, and emergency response plans. Students who complete the required training course and pass a background check will become members of the Folsom Fire Department’s volunteer CERT team.

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Project Lifesaver Brings Local Child Home within 10 Minutes

January 29, 2019 
People with cognitive disorders, such as Autism or Alzheimer’s, or other medical conditions may have a tendency to wander away from caregivers. Funded by the Folsom Police Foundation, Folsom Police Department’s Project Lifesaver Program is designed to help bring these individuals home quickly and safely to their families.


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Citizen’s Academy Applications Available Now

October 16, 2018 

The Folsom Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Citizen’s Academy. This 12-week academy starts January 9 and provides an in-depth look at the Folsom Police and Fire Departments and other city services. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and class size is limited.

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