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September in National Preparedness Month

This month marks the 12th annual National Preparedness Month from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As part of the month, Tucson officials are urging you to be prepared for an emergency, such as a multi-day power outage or an interruption in utilities. Be Prepared Tucson advises all residents to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Each member of your family, including pets, should have a kit.

Registration Underway for 9/11 Tower Challenge

Members of the military, police, fire, and first responders will be joining their families for the 9/11 Memorial Tower Challenge on Sept. 11 at 6:30 a.m. at Arizona Stadium. They will climb 2,071 steps, which was the height of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers that were destroyed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

The challenge is to honor the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11 and the military that serves our country. All proceeds raised by the participants will support the 100 Club of Arizona and the Tucson Fisher House.

Job Opportunity at Tucson Water

Tucson Water is accepting applications for the position of Disinfection Technician. The Water Quality and Operations Division is seeking a qualified and dedicated individual to operate, maintain, repair, and monitor disinfection equipment, while delivering the proper amount of disinfection chemicals into the potable water and reclaimed water systems. For specific job qualifications and duties, please read the job description. The application deadline is Sept. 8.

Tucson a Prime Location for Logistics Companies

The industrial market in Tucson is getting new attention from distribution companies. New construction and expansion is leaving the vacancy rate at about 10 percent for industrial space. OnTrac, a regional logistics company, is expected to announce plans this week to lease more than 56,000 square feet at Rockefeller Group Distribution Center, south of Valencia and Palo Verde roads.

Tucson Helps City of South Tucson With Trash Collection

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega last week directed staff to begin delivering old garbage trucks and trash containers to South Tucson. The decision is a week ahead of the next Tucson City Council meeting, which would formalize a temporary lease contract between the two communities after Waste Management severed its contract with the 1.2-mile city last week in a dispute over $300,000 in unpaid bills. South Tucson prepaid for the trucks and containers it's leasing from the City of Tucson as part of the proposed intergovernmental agreement.

Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff Gets Makeover

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection site at the Los Reales Landfill has a new entrance at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road. The entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables. HHW sponsors public outreach and collection events each month, and 98 percent of materials collected are reused or recycled.

Parks and Recreation Stake Holder Focus Groups

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users.

This July the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department kicked off a process of information gathering that will result in a five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high quality recreation facilities, programs and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input are essential and critical to the success of the master plan.

Household Hazardous Waste Update

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off site at Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Saturday, August 29, 2015. It will re-open on Monday, August 31st at the new entrance facility at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road.
The new entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables. For more information, call ES Customer Service at 791-3171.

Next Week is Start of Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month, an annual event that recognizes the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The goal is to mobilize schools and communities across the nation to promote the value of good attendance and take concrete steps to reduce chronic absence. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will formally kick off the local event at a news conference on Tuesday.

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Survey: Tucson Ranks High on List of Places to Vacation at Home

Do you have Labor Day weekend plans yet? If not, there's plenty to enjoy at home. A recent survey ranks Tucson as the 11th-best place for a staycation. When determining the rankings of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations, WalletHub looked at recreational activities, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation. Orlando, Florida is No. 1 on the list.

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