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Thanksgiving Week: Closures, Events & More

As we here are the Herald-Post get information regarding closures or events set for Thanksgiving week, they’ll be posted in this story.

Map+Gallery: Annual Sun Bowl Parade set for Thursday; El Paso’s Own Ginger Kerrick to be Grand Marshal: Click HERE

El Paso International Airport offers Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips: Click HERE

Holidays On Ice returns to County Coliseum Events Center: Click HERE

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CLOSURES: City, County, State & National offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

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EPFD: Holiday Cooking tips

Although cooking a turkey, ham or roast during the holiday season has become a tradition, safety also needs to be a tradition. The El Paso Fire Department would like to remind the public to NEVER leave a meal cooking in the oven unattended. Putting a meal in the oven and going back to bed, going shopping or attending the parade are extremely dangerous practices. Always leave someone attending the oven at all times.

Additionally, those who prefer deep-frying their turkey should follow consider these tips:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers at least 10 feet away from all structures while cooking.
  2. Never fry on a wooden deck, in a garage or under any roof or awning.
  3. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before cooking.
  4. Never use a fryer in the rain, wind or snow.
  5. Place the fryer on a level surface.
  6. Place the propane tank at least 2 feet away from the fryer.
  7. Properly measure the oil to prevent an overflow when lowering the turkey.
  8. Choose a turkey under 12 pounds for frying.
  9. Never leave fryers unattended while cooking.
  10. Don’t overheat the cooking oil.
  11. Turn off the burner while placing the turkey into the heated oil.
  12. Wear gloves and eye protection during the submersion process.
  13. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for safety.
  14. Keep children and pets away from the fryer while cooking.

Remember, unsafe cooking practices can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. The El Paso Fire Department also urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants, for the preparation of the dish. Additionally, consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer.

A video demonstration of these tips is available at EPFD’s YouTube channel.

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EL PASO WATER

With the holiday season upon us, many El Pasoans will be doing lots of cooking – resulting in fats, oils and greases being poured down the drain. Families will welcome guests which could result in unwanted paper products being flushed down the toilet. El Paso Water reminds you that putting the wrong items in drains or toilets can cause raw sewage to back up into your home, yard and or onto the street. Follow these tips to ‘Defend your Drains’ this holiday season:

  • Fats, Oil and Grease – Wipe, don’t rinse, scraps from pots and plates before washing them, and store used grease and cooking oil in sealed containers. Put the container and food scraps in the trash can.
  • Wipes – Wet wipes, including ‘flushable’ ones, are rarely biodegradable. Put them in the trash can to keep pipes clear.
  • Personal Care Products – Never flush cotton balls or swabs, dental floss, women’s hygiene products, diapers or hair.
  • Paper – It’s okay to flush toilet paper, but never flush paper towels, gum wrappers or other paper products.

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ESD Grease/Oil Collection

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) encourages residents to recycle Thanksgiving cooking oil and grease at any of the City’s Citizen Collection Stations starting Saturday, November 26.

While it may seem harmless to pour used oil down the drain or in the garbage, dumping any amount of cooking oil can harm wildlife and damage sewage systems.

There is no charge to get rid of the oil or grease and residents do not need to provide a water bill to use the service.

The Citizen Collection Stations will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 25, but will resume normal operation on Saturday, November 26. Regular operating hours for the Citizen Collection Stations are

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday at the following locations:

o   1034 Pendale (East)

o   121 Atlantic (West)

o   4501 Hondo Pass (Northeast)

o   2492 Harrison (Central)

The CCS do not accept cooking oil from businesses or commercial customers.

The Citizen Collection Stations also accept household trash, recyclables, bulky items, tires, used electronics, and household hazardous waste.

The ESD reminds residents to Recycle Right by placing paper, plastics, and metals (aluminum and tin) in their blue bin; the items should be free of food or liquid. If the blue bin fills up, take your excess recyclable material to your nearest Citizen Collection Station.

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CITY OF EL PASO

In observance of Thanksgiving, El Paso City Hall and all administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24.

City Hall and all administrative offices will reopen and resume regular business hours on Monday, November 28.

For a complete list of Thanksgiving holiday closures, please visit www.elpasotexas.gov and click on the “Thanksgiving 2016 Holiday Closures” banner.

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SUN METRO

Sun Metro will recognize its passengers by providing free rides on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, as part of Customer Appreciation Day.

Sun Metro customers, including those who ride the LIFT and utilize Sun Metro’s paratransit services, may ride any bus all day for free on Thanksgiving Day.

Customer Appreciation Day will also allow customers to participate in and support citywide celebrations such as the City of El Paso Thanksgiving Day Celebration at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center in downtown.

“We want to express gratitude to our loyal passengers who have helped us become an award-winning system and Thanksgiving Day is an ideal opportunity to get on board to experience the progress first hand,” said Sun Metro Director Jay Banasiak. “We also would like to invite new, first-time passengers to try out El Paso’s public transit system which is constantly looking at ways to improve.”

All bus routes will run on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Nov. 24th in observation of Thanksgiving Day. The Brio route will NOT be in service. Sun Metro’s customer service line will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sun Metro ticket offices will be closed on Nov. 24th. The ticket offices are located at the Bert Williams Downtown Santa Fe Transfer Center, 601 Santa Fe, and the Eastside Transit Terminal, 1165 Sunmount.

All Sun Metro bus services and ticket offices will resume a regular schedule on Nov. 25th.

Sun Metro’s administrative offices will be closed on Nov. 24th, and Nov. 25th. The offices will resume a regular schedule on Nov. 28th.

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EPCC

El Paso Community College will be closed Thursday, November 24 th and Friday, November 25th in observance of Thanksgiving.

Classes will resume on Saturday, November 26 th and offices will reopen on Monday, November 28th .

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Texas Tech UHSC El Paso

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. This includes most of the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics.

The Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso main clinic (4801 Alberta Ave.) will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

The TTUHSC El Paso libraries will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28. Classes and regular hours of operation for the rest of the campus will resume Monday, Nov. 28.

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Texas DPS Travel Tips

As Texans prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers tips for safe travel and calls on residents to celebrate responsibly.

“The Thanksgiving weekend invariably means increased traffic on roadways, and DPS is reminding Texans that we all have a responsibility to help make the roads safe for everyone,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Our Troopers will be on the lookout for dangerous drivers who disregard the law – at the same time, we urge drivers to use extra caution while traveling and to always drive sober.”

DPS troopers will be patrolling Texas around-the-clock during the holiday weekend looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other drivers who are endangering themselves and others.

During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2015, DPS troopers issued 28,835 traffic citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including speeding, no insurance and seat belt/child safety seat usage. DPS patrols also resulted in 219 driving while intoxicated arrests, 127 fugitive arrests and 94 felony arrests during the same time period.

DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Thanksgiving holiday:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
  • Eliminate distractions, including the use of mobile devices.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road if it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t drive fatigued – get plenty of rest before trips or take breaks as needed.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.

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Dona Ana County Offices: Closed

Most Dona Ana County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25, 2016, to allow employees to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. The administrative offices of the Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department will be closed.

Emergency services and law enforcement in the field will not be affected by the closures, and both saturation patrols and anti-DWI checkpoints will be deployed at undisclosed locations and times through the duration of the holiday season.

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Socorro ISD: Closed

Socorro Independent School District offices and schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break from Nov. 21 through 25. Offices and campuses will re-open on Nov. 28. In case of an emergency, please contact SISD Police Services Dispatch at 937-4357.

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