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NewsNet 4-18-13

PARKS & REC SEEKING MORE INPUT ON FUTURE OF JOAQUIN MURRIETA PARK - In order to develop a master plan for improvements to the West Side's Joaquin Murrieta Park, Parks & Rec is conducting a public input process, including public meetings and an online survey. The survey must be completed by April 30th. An open house will also be held on April 30th, at the El Rio Neighborhood Center at 6 p.m., at which staff will be available to answer questions. Read the news release from Parks & Rec here.

C.A.P. ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT GRANTS, DEADLINE MAY 1 - Twice a year, the Central Arizona Project awards about $25,000 in grants, up to $5,000 to each recipient, to nonprofit organizations in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties for projects that depend on Colorado River water, enhance alternative water usage or promote water conservation. During the last application cycle, CAP awarded eight grants totaling $25,000. The recipients included a variety of water or environmental education and outreach programs for children and adults. An info page and online application is available on the C.A.P. website.

TDOT INSTALLS BRONZE DANCER SCULPTURES AT 4TH AVENUE UNDERPASS - A long-awaited public art installation has now been completed at the northwest corner of 4th Avenue and 9th Street. Workers installed life-size bronze sculptures of two female dancers yesterday at the corner near the 4th Avenue underpass. The sculptures were originally planned for installation prior to the underpass opening in 2009, but were delayed due to numerous factors. From the Star.

COUNTY TO BEGIN $2.4M ODOR-REDUCTION PROJECT AT GREEN VALLEY WASTEWATER FACILITY - Pima County's Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department will begin work by May on a project involving several measures to minimize the plants aromatic effects. The work is being paid for by $2.4 million in sewer bonds authorized by the Pima County Board of Supervisors this month. The work is expected to take about six months. From the Green Valley News.

LEADERSHIP IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: ADVICE FROM THE HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW - Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative studies crisis leadership in settings around the world. On Monday, the subject came to painful life in their home city of Boston. Every crisis is potentially two crises: the original event and the response to the incident. When leadership remains calm and composed, they can help avoid turning the reaction to the crisis into a secondary disaster, says an article by the Leadership Initiatives' Eric McNulty, Leonard Marcus, and Barry Dorn. Leadership at a time like this is not just about the careful preparations and emergency improvisations of civic leaders and emergency responders, they say. It's about being the leader your followers need, no matter your position or your title. From the Harvard Business Review.