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BY O.C. GARZA
I like reading mystery novels from the library. Does the library have a resource that identifies books similar to the mysteries I like?
Yes. Dayna Williams-Capone, the library director, said their database, NoveList Plus, may be just what you are looking for. This is a very easy database to use. Once on the database site, you simply type in the title of a recent book you have read. It can be any genre of book: mystery, thriller, comedy, non-fiction, science, etc. The book will appear on the main section of the page and on the right panel will be recommendations of similar books.
I typed in Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" into the database and the recommendations were Isaac Asimov's "A Guide to Earth and Space," Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" and Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos." When I typed in a book my wife recently read, Craig Phillip's "A Vineyard Killing," a long list popped up of murder mysteries that take place at vineyards.
To get to the NoveList data base, simply go to the Library's website at www.victoriapubliclibrary.org. On the menu bar, click on the "Research Resources" link, then "Databases." Under "Databases A-Z" click on "N" for NoveList and you are ready for some recommendations.
For further information about this database or other online library databases, visit the Library website at www.victoriapubliclibrary.org.
Am I required to slow my car down if there is a stopped emergency vehicle on my side of the street?
Yes. State law now requires drivers approaching stopped emergency vehicles - with lights activated - to either slow down or change lanes. Drivers must vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle, if this is an option, or slow down 20 miles per hour below the speed limit. Emergency vehicles include police, emergency medical service and fire vehicles.
A violation of the law is punishable by a maximum fine of $200. If a violation of the law results in property damage, the maximum fine increases to $500. If a violation of the law results in bodily injury, the offense is upgraded to a Class B misdemeanor.
The Victoria Police Department also advises drivers who come upon emergency vehicles parked at an emergency in a residential area, to travel slowly and proceed with caution to protect our firefighters and police officers.
How often can I hold a garage sale in Victoria?
Residents of Victoria can hold one garage sale every six months at the same location. A $10 garage sale permit is required and is available from the city secretary's office located in city hall. You can get your garage sale permit online, if you pay with a credit card. The permit application can also be downloaded from the city website at www.victoriatx.org, then click on the "Online Services" link in the right column of the home page. That link also has a list of permitted garage sales. You can also call the city secretary office at 361-485-3040 for more information.
Are drivers required to use turn signals in traffic?
Yes. A driver is required to use the turn signal to indicate a turn, a lane change or to enter traffic from a parked position.
A driver in traffic turning left or right is required to use the turn signal at least 100 feet prior to making the turn.
Using the turn signal is safer for both the driver and surrounding traffic.
Send your questions and comments for any city department or activity to City of Victoria, Public Information Office, P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902, or email@example.com.