Trick or treaters, keep these safety tips in mind

Halloween is Tuesday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips:
When trick-or-treating:

— A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

— Use a flashlight to see and be seen.

— Remove any mask or item that may limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.

— Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.

— Trick-or-treat only in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.

— Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk exists, walk at the farthest edge of roadway facing traffic.

— Never cut across yards or use alleys.

— Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.

— Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

— Always walk. Never run across a street, and only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.

— Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have difficulty seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.

— Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered. In fact, no treats should be eaten until thoroughly checked by an adult at home.

— Authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
After trick-or-treating:

— Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

— Try to apportion treats for the days after Halloween.

— Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies) are given only to those of an appropriate age.


City to host Veterans Day festival, parade

The City of Biloxi will host the Red, White, and Blue on the Green festival, in conjunction with the 17th annual Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade, on Saturday, Nov. 11 on the Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Town Green will be filled with live entertainment and dozens of food and arts and craft vendors, all gathered to honor and celebrate America’s veterans. Admission to the festival is free and vendor space is still available.  Those interested should contact the Biloxi Main Street office at 228-435-6339.

The parade itself, boasting a lineup of 1,900 marchers and scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., will travel south on Caillavet Street to Esters Boulevard, east on Esters to Lameuse Street, south on Lameuse passing Biloxi City Hall and the reviewing stands, and to the Biloxi Town Green, at Lameuse Street and U.S. 90.

As pre-parade entertainment, the Mississippi National Guard jazz ensemble will perform at 10:30 a.m. on the steps of the Biloxi City Hall on Lameuse Street.
See the parade flyer
See the parade route
See the roster of parade participants


News and notes: ‘FoFo’ TV; Lighthouse parking; U.S. 90 lights, weekly review, lifeguards

All the news that fits: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, in a weekend appearance on WLOX News This Week, answered questions about a host of topics: the latest court battle with the Mississippi Secretary of State, proposed ordinances on panhandling and loitering, infrastructure work headed south of the CSX railway, downtown restoration and a beachfront boardwalk. To see the nine-minute segment, click here.

Lighthouse parking improvements: The public parking lot south of the Biloxi Lighthouse will be closed for several weeks while city contractors add parking islands and parking bays, designed to generally spruce up the area. To see the layout and progress, click here.

Let there be light: City contractors are continuing work this week on repairing street lights in the center median of U.S. 90. Workers also are replacing poles that have been downed by wayward motorists. To see a photo of the work today, click here.

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 125 calls for service including 84 for medical emergencies and seven fires; the Police Department handled 2,257 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 44 building permits with a construction valuation more than $1.75 million; and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the complete reports, click here. 

Lifeguards needed: The city is still seeking lifeguards for the pools at the Biloxi Natatorium and Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center center. Retiring lifeguard Danny Walton explains the need in a story on WXXV-TV. To see it, click here.