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Wrightstown Travel Lane Closure - POSTPONED

The bank protection project on East Wrightstown Road scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., has been postponed due to inclement weather. Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will conduct the bank protection work when the saturated wash bank has dried out. The work will take place on the south side of East Wrightstown Road between Sarnoff Drive and Camino Seco.

Wrightstown Road Travel Lane Closure - Postponed Due To Weather

The bank protection project on East Wrightstown Road scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., has been postponed due to inclement weather. Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will conduct the bank protection work when the saturated wash bank has dried out. The work will take place on the south side of East Wrightstown Road between Sarnoff Drive and Camino Seco. 

Houghton Road Open House

The public is invited to attend an open house for the Houghton Road Corridor Projects. This is part of the overall Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10.

Monday, December 8, 2014
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Pantano Christian Church, 1755 S. Houghton Road

NewsNet 12-04-14

HOUGHTON ROAD CORRIDOR OPEN HOUSE NEXT WEEK - The public is invited to attend an open house for the Houghton Road Corridor Project, part of the overall Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan to improve Houghton Road from Tanque Verde Road to Interstate 10. The open house will be held Monday, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Pantano Christian Church, 1755 S. Houghton Road. At the meeting, the status of street lighting planned along the Houghton Road Corridor will be reviewed, and Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) staff will be available to answer questions about City policy and plans. A general update on the Houghton Road Corridor also will be discussed. Read the news release.
 
TODAY'S WEATHER IDEAL FOR RAINWATER HARVESTING - Today's rainfall will provide an ample supply of water for those who practice rainwater harvesting. Capturing the rain for outdoor water irrigation minimizes potable water use. Tucson 12 shows you the harvesting process and the rebates to help you along. Contact Tucson Water at (520) 791-4331.
 
REID PARK ZOO TO BE ADORNED WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS - Reid Park Zoo tomorrow opens it annual display of Christmas lights. Zoo Lights will help put you in the holiday spirit, with jingle bells, twinkling lights, falling snow, and Santa. Light displays, animal-themed light sculptures, and thousands of sparkling bulbs are part of the annual holiday tradition. Free cookies will be provided each night, and hot cocoa is available for $1. Zoo officials say animals will have access to heated night houses for this event, and will likely choose to be off exhibit. Starting tomorrow, Zoo Lights will be open from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. every night, with an encore Dec. 26-28. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 14. Zoo members receive special discounts, including 50 percent off from Dec. 5-11.
 
JOB OPPORTUNITY: TUCSON POLICE OFFICER RECRUIT - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Successful candidates from this testing period will be considered for any funded academy class(es) within the next six months. The earliest academy that will be filled from this list is April 2015, but the date may be adjusted if necessary. The application deadline is Dec. 18. Read the official job description from City of Tucson, and ride along with an officer who gives advice about joining TPD, from Tucson 12 archives.
 
COMMEMORATIVE TREE DEDICATION FRIDAY - Tucson Clean & Beautiful, in cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, will dedicate commemorative trees along the Pantano River Park. Each tree to be dedicated has been purchased by Tucson area residents, honoring friends and family. The dedication ceremony will include a reading of the names for whom trees have been dedicated, along with names inscribed at the nearby Children’s Memorial Garden. At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees are invited for a brief walking tour of the newly-dedicated trees. The dedication will be held from 11 a.m. - noon tomorrow at Pantano River - Garden of the Families, 2500 S. Pantano Parkway (west side of Pantano Parkway, south of Golf Links Road). Read the news release from Tucson Parks and Recreation.

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. 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

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