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Fourth Avenue Street Fair Sun Link StreetCar Temporary Route Adjustments

Fourth Avenue will be the host of the annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair this weekend.  The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair begins on Friday, December 12, 2014 and is open daily through Sunday December 14, 2014 from 10 a.m., until 6 p.m.  Attendance for the Street Fair is estimated to be approximately 300,000 people, so please adjust travel plans accordingly.

Sun Tran 2014 Holiday Toy Drive - Stuff the Bus

Sun Tran and KGUN 9 News are partnering again this holiday season for the annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event benefitting the Salvation Army’s Christmas Gift Distribution Program. This year Sun Link will be a part of the annual event by stuffing a streetcar. Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new unwrapped toys for children ages 0-12; cash donations will also be accepted. This year’s event will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 12, at the following locations:

NewsNet 12-05-14

CITY SEEKS COMMISSION MEMBERS TO REVIEW AND RECOMMEND SALARIES FOR MAYOR AND COUNCIL - The City of Tucson is accepting applications for the Citizens' Commission on Public Service and Compensation, a panel that reviews and recommends salaries for the Mayor and Tucson City Council. Commission members serve a two-month appointment and must be registered voters living within Tucson city limits. They cannot be employees of the City of Tucson, nor a parent, sibling, spouse, child, or dependent relative of an officer or employee of the City. The Commission’s salary adjustment recommendations may be placed on the Nov. 3, 2015 election ballot. To nominate a person, or for more information, please contact Monica Perez in the City Manager's Office, 791-4204. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 19. Read the news release.

REID PARK ZOO HOPES TO SET ATTENDANCE RECORD - Reid Park Zoo is hoping to set a new record for its highest annual attendance. The previous record of 606,884 occurred in 2012 following the opening of the Zoo’s state-of-the-art Expedition Tanzania exhibit. With already 535,887 visitors to the Zoo through the end of November, the record is well within reach. The Zoo is particularly popular this year due to the Aug. 20 birth of Nandi, the baby African elephant. A mild winter that started off the year also brought more people than normal to the Zoo, and camel rides are now being offered. Reid Park Zoo officials also expect big crowds at this year's Zoo Lights celebration, which begins tonight. Zoo Lights will be open from 6-8 p.m. every night, through Dec. 23, 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.
 
DECORATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH SAFETY IN MIND - If you'll be one of the many people decorating for the holidays soon, keep in mind that Christmas lights run a lot of extra electricity through your home, potentially creating hazards. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker demonstrates how to hang decorations for a safe and happy holiday.
 
WRIGHTSTOWN LANE CLOSURE POSTPONED - The bank protection project on East Wrightstown Road, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed due to yesterday's storm. 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 dries out. The work will take place on the south side of East Wrightstown Road between Sarnoff Drive and Camino Seco. When the work begins, the eastbound travel lane on Wrightstown Road will be closed. Since that part of  Wrightstown Road has one travel lane in each direction, motorists will use a single lane for both eastbound and westbound travel. Flaggers will be present to help direct traffic through the work zone. Read the news release.
 
NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly.

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.

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