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NewsNet 12-03-14

TUCSON'S STREETCAR GETS NATIONAL ATTENTION - The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar is a little more than four months old, but it's serving as an example for cities and others interested in that mode of travel. Shellie Ginn, who manages the streetcar project for the City of Tucson, appeared yesterday on the national radio show Here & Now, a two-hour public radio production of NPR and WBUR in Boston. She said the streetcar created more than $1 billion in public and private investment, and ridership along the nearly 4-mile route is higher than expected. “So, typically where you have transit streetcar stops or light rail stops, those are areas where you’ll have a lot more businesses and developers interested in developing along that line because they know it’s an infrastructure that’s a permanent infrastructure and it’s not easily removed," she said. "When you have rail on the line and you’ve got stops, you’ve got a lot of banks and businesses that want to take the chance on opening a business on something that they know is going to stay there permanently.” Listen to the full interview from WBUR.
 
TRAFFIC ALERT: WRIGHTSTOWN ROAD LANE CLOSURE THIS WEEK - Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will be conducting bank protection work Friday (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) on the south side of East Wrightstown Road, between Sarnoff Drive and Camino Seco. The eastbound lane on Wrightstown will be closed to travel in the area. Since Wrightstown is one travel lane in each direction at that location, motorists will be sharing one lane for both eastbound and westbound travel. Flaggers will help direct traffic through the work zone. The project is scheduled to be completed in one day. Read the news release.
 
HOCKEY RETURNS TO TCC THIS WEEKEND - Arizona Wildcat Hockey takes to the ice this Friday and Saturday at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The games begin at 7:30 p.m. Both games are against ASU D1. Tickets are available at the TCC Ticket Office and Ticketmaster.
 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR 'SANTA'S HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE' - Monday is the last day to register for "Santa's Holiday Experience" for kids. Participants will create an art project featuring a snowman, play reindeer games, bake with Mrs. Claus, have storytime with elves, and have their picture taken with Santa (bring your own camera). The event will be held Dec. 13 at the William Clements Regional Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. Walk-in registration is required, as is a cash-only payment of $5 per person.
 
DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iPhone App Store and Google Play for Android.
Watch a University of Arizona Athletics PSA about the app.

NewsNet 12-02-14

GET A FREE BIKE LIGHT TONIGHT AT 'LIGHT THE NIGHT'  - Living Streets Alliance is partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them. Starting tonight at 5 o'clock, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Pima Association of Governments’ (PAG) Executive Director Farhad Moghimi will give away light sets, helmets, maps, and safety literature at the intersection of North Campbell Avenue and East 3rd Street, one of the most popular bikeways in the region. Since October, more than 400 light sets and 65 free helmets for youth have been distributed to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety.
 
CITY SUBMITS PROMISE ZONE APPLICATION - The City of Tucson, in collaboration with Pima County and the City of South Tucson, has submitted an application for the Obama Administration's Promise Zone competition. Promise Zone communities work together with the federal government to promote economic opportunity and accelerate economic growth in high-poverty areas by receiving preferred access to certain competitive federal investments, federal staff to help implement goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers. At least eight urban, rural, or tribal communities are expected to be named Promise Zones from this second round of designees. Read the White House news release.
 
CITY OFFERS HOLIDAY SHOPPING DEALS ON SURPLUS ITEMS - Need some jewelry for a Christmas gift? How about a Xbox or an iPod to keep your kids busy? Maybe a motorcycle is a better fit for someone on your list? You can find these items and more on the City of Tucson's surplus auction website. This holiday season the City will auction Rolexes, a Gibson Les Paul guitar, Louis Vuitton shoes, bikes, car stereos, and more. Most of the auctioned items come from unclaimed merchandise confiscated by the Tucson Police Department, with the rest comprised of City surplus equipment and unclaimed lost-and-found items. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
ELEPHANT BABY PHOTO CONTEST ENDS THIS WEEK - The Reid Park Zoo's Facebook photo contest to find the best picture of Nandi, the baby African elephant, ends Thursday. Enter your photo for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo. On a related note, the BuzzFeed website ranks Nandi 34th in its "37 Cutest Baby Animals Photos of 2014."
 
FOOD NETWORK PERSONALITY HEADING TO TUCSON - Alton Brown is coming to Tucson next March for his traveling culinary variety show called "The Edible Inevitable Tour." As part of his travels across the United States, Brown is asking Twitter and Facebook users to use special hashtags to make suggestions about the best places to eat. For Tucson, he's asking people to use the hashtag #ABRoadEatsTucson. Brown will be appearing at Centennial Hall on March 22, 2015. 

Mayor Rothschild and PAG Executive Director Farhad Moghimi to Distribute Free Bike Lights, Helmets, for "Light The Night" Dec 2

Tucson, AZ (November 25, 2014) - In support of safe, visible and lawful bicycle riding, the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Pima Association of Governments will partner with Living Streets Alliance to put on “Light the Night,” a bike light distribution and bicycle safety education campaign. Each month at different locations across the region, teams of volunteers distribute free front and rear light sets to people on bikes spotted riding without them.

NewsNet 12-01-14

NEW PARKING METERS DOWNTOWN - Downtown Tucson now has 21 new "smart parking meters," which accept coins, credit cards, debit cards, and will soon accept stored value cards. A new smartphone app will be available soon that will allow parking customers to pay through their cell phones. The new meters relay data to Park Tucson to monitor meter operations, revenue, occupancy, and other data to assess future parking needs. The solar-powered meters at Pennington Street and 6th Avenue are the first of more than 850 parking meters expected to be installed downtown this month, with another 200 at Main Gate Square and locations near the University of Arizona campus. Next month, more than 350 meters will be installed in the 4th Avenue business district. More information about how to use the meters is at the Park Tucson website.
 
TUCSON NAMED A BEST CITY FOR HOTEL VALUE - The hotel-booking site Trivago names Tucson as one of the top 50 destinations in its "U.S. Best Value Cities for 2015" index. Tucson - the only Arizona city on the list - ranks 31st in the survey, with an average hotel room rental rate of $104 for a standard double room. The German-based website says Trivago is the world's largest online hotel search site. Read more from KTAR.
 
CATCH UP ON CITY NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED - You may notice some changes the next time you play at a City golf course; a new pocket park opens to the public; and thanks to a community effort, residents are enjoying a new playground. Those stories are featured in the latest edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.
 
'BUY LOCAL MONTH' UNDERWAY - While today is "Cyber Monday," a state organization is encouraging you to patronize local businesses. Local First Arizona, a nonprofit advocacy group, says that when you shop at locally-owned businesses, your money is recirculated, creating up to 75 percent more tax revenue to our community and state. Buy Local Month began last Friday and runs through Dec. 24. Many local businesses have special deals for consumers participating in Buy Local Month. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
FOOD SAFETY FOR THE HOLIDAYS - With the holidays upon us (and maybe some leftover Thanksgiving food in the refrigerator), now is a good time to brush up on food safety. In the latest edition of "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker explains the importance of safe food preparation and proper handling of leftovers.

Mayor Rothschild and PAG Executive Director Farhad Moghimi to Distribute Free Bike Lights, Helmets for "Light the Night" December 2nd

In support of safe, visible and lawful bicycle riding, the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and Pima Association of Governments will partner with Living Streets Alliance to put on “Light the Night,” a bike light distribution and bicycle safety education campaign. Each month at different locations across the region, teams of volunteers distribute free front and rear light sets to people on bikes spotted riding without them.

Since October, more than 400 light sets and 65 free helmets for youth have been distributed to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Felipe Lundin

We received some very sad news regarding the passing of Felipe Lundin. Please keep Felipe and his Family in your prayers as they go through this very tough time.

Peace

Richard

Funeral Arrangements are:
Thursday Dec. 4
Rosary 11:00 am
Funeral Mass 11:30am
Lunch reception at Knights of Columbus Council 1200, 601 S. Tucson Blvd. @ 12:30

NewsNet 11-26-14

TUCSON WATER RECEIVES DESIGNATION OF ASSURED WATER SUPPLY - The Assured Water Supply (AWS) program is designed to sustain Arizona's economic health by preserving groundwater resources and promoting long-term water supply planning. Before developers in the Tucson Water service area can record plats or sell parcels, the City must demonstrate a 100 year supply of water to meet current and future growth water demands. The State of Arizona recently issued the City a Designation of Assured Supply for approximately 183,000 acre-feet/year of available water supply through 2025. That exceeds Tucson's projected demands of approximately 155,000 acre-feet/year, which puts the City in a strong position to support future population growth and economic development.
 
RECYCLE YOUR TURKEY GREASE TO HELP KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN
- The Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling event will be held this Friday. The annual event benefits the community by keeping grease out of our sewers. The collected grease is recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel for the environment. The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and its partners will collect grease from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at five drop-off locations.
 
HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR THIS WEEKEND - As the holiday shopping season is about to begin, the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is offering an alternative to the busy stores. The annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road. The free event will be held west of the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. More than 100 vendors will be on hand from all over the Southwest, ranging from artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers and more. The Thanksgiving weekend fair has become a tradition for many holiday shoppers for more than 20 years. See artists' original designs, including delicate beading, steampunk jewelry, teapot wind chimes, handcrafted masks, colorful mosaics, sun catchers, and one-of-a-kind ceramics. Food and refreshments from local vendors will be available for purchase.
 
TUCSON COMMUNITY BUILDS NEW PARK PLAYGROUND IN ONE DAY (VIDEO)
- La Madera Park is sporting a new playground today, thanks to neighbors, volunteers, The City of Tucson, KaBOOM!, Humana, and Lend a Hand Senior Assistance. The all-ages redesign of the park at 2700 E. La Madera Drive was finished earlier this month. The one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground was created using drawings and other input from community members, including children and seniors. The new design is senior-focused with adult elements, including fitness stations and walking paths to promote good posture, balance, and flexibility. There also is traditional, kid-friendly equipment that creates a multi-generational space. Tucson 12 captured some of the sights and sounds of the design phase and construction.
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM NEWSNET - The staff at NewsNet wishes all of our readers a happy Thanksgiving! We wish you all the best this upcoming holiday season. We'll be off tomorrow, but will be back Friday with a special edition highlighting some of the great stories that happened this year at Reid Park Zoo. You'll learn more about a big baby that's capturing the hearts of Tucson (and the nation), and we'll even tell you about a little baby...the newest resident of the Zoo.

Thank You Letter

Dear Councilmember Fimbres,

 

I just simply wanted to say thank you. During this time of thanksgiving we here at Habitat are genuinely grateful for your service to our community and your partnership in community building.

 

Thank you!

 

Tom Hopkins

Habitat for Humanity Tucson

Director Community Engagement & Org. Development

Senior Olympics Registration Now Open

31ST ANNUAL SENIOR OLYMPIC FESTIVAL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 31st Annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Some of the events include: volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and so much more.

NewsNet 11-25-14

CALL CENTER EXPANSION TO CREATE HUNDREDS OF JOBS - APAC Customer Services says a major expansion will bring more than 1,100 jobs to Arizona, with 700 full-time positions coming to Tucson. The Chicago-based call center made the announcement yesterday with the Arizona Commerce Authority and Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. They say the move will be a major boost to the Tucson-Phoenix “Sun Corridor.” APAC serves customers in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, technology, communications, and travel and hospitality industries. APAC already ranks 24th among Southern Arizona’s largest employers, with 1,904 full-time equivalent employees at the start of the year, according to a survey by the Arizona Daily Star.

MEXICAN CONSULATE READY FOR IMMIGRATION CHANGES - The Mexican government announced yesterday that the 50 consulates in the United States are prepared to help those who qualify for executive action on immigration. Currently, the government is running a national help line out of Tucson. Once President Obama's action begins next year, the consulate will provide free legal advice, workshops, and the waiving of document fees. Officials say the goal is to provide information through trusted sources, so that immigrants don't fall victim to fraud or abuse. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TRANSIT ON HOLIDAY SCHEDULE THURSDAY: READY FOR GAME FRIDAY - Both Sun Tran and the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, and Sun Express routes will not be in operation. Regular service will return Friday. On Friday, football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to the University of Arizona football game. Prior to the 1:30 p.m. rivalry game against Arizona State University, fans can experience dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop. Fans also can park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees when you ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle, which includes a Sun Link Day Pass and parking.
UA Parking and Transportation football information

JOB OPPORTUNITY: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES EQUIPMENT OPERATOR - This position primarily is responsible for the collection of trash and recycling using trucks operated by hydraulic systems. City of Tucson Environmental Services has multiple positions available for qualified individuals with solid waste collecting experience and the skills to operate front loaders, automated side loaders, roll-offs, rear loaders, skid steers, and other collection and hauling equipment. The application deadline is Dec. 7. View the job description.

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