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NewsNet 09-15-14

FALLEN TUCSON FIREFIGHTER TO BE HONORED IN COLORADO - Former Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Investigator Tom Quesnel, who died of cancer this past March at the age of 59, will be memorialized again this weekend. His TFD colleagues honored him with a special memorial ceremony in Tucson earlier this year, and now Quesnel will be honored Saturday at an international ceremony in Colorado. His name will be added to the Wall of Honor at the annual International Association of Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs. In addition, the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona's Yarnell Fire in June 2013 will have their names added to the Wall of Honor during the same ceremony.
 
PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE HEAVY STORMS THIS WEEK - As Hurricane Odile climbs up the coast of Baja California, the tropical moisture surge could bring heavy rain to Arizona this week, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for a slight chance of rain tonight, gradually increasing through Thursday night, then falling a bit through the rest of the week. After numerous swift water rescues last week, the Tucson Fire Department urges motorists to stay away from washes when it rains. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
FREE CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS THIS WEEK
- As part of this week's National Child Passenger Safety Seat Week, several local law enforcement agencies will be checking child safety seats for proper installation. A big event is scheduled for this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, when the Tucson and Marana Police Departments, in partnership with Safe Kids Pima County and Tucson Medical Center, will check car seats in the parking lot of the Target store at 4040 N. Oracle Road, near West Roger Road. Parents and caregivers also can call law enforcement to make an appointment with a nationally-certified car seat technician. Operational funding for National Child Passenger Safety Seat Week comes from grants awarded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Arizona law requires every child under the age of five to be properly secured in a federally-approved car seat. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
DESIGN CONCEPTS BEING SOUGHT FOR TUCSON’S JANUARY 8TH MEMORIAL - The January 8th Memorial Foundation and the Tucson Pima Arts Council invite designers to submit their qualifications and design interests to create a Master Plan Concept for El Presidio Park in Downtown Tucson and a schematic design for a January 8th Memorial. The memorial will commemorate the tragic events of Jan. 8, 2011, remembering those who lost their lives and those who were injured while participating in the democratic process and the community response that followed. The application deadline to submit a design is Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 11 p.m. The budget for the scope of work is $90,000, and each finalist will receive a $5,000 stipend.
 
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

SPEEDWAY BOULEVARD STREETLIGHT POLE REPLACEMENT GOLF LINKS ROAD GUARDRAIL REPAIR

 

On Monday, September 15, 2014, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will remove a damaged streetlight pole on Speedway Boulevard near Santa Rosa Avenue, just east of Swan Road. This work will require both eastbound and westbound travel lane closures for the median traffic lanes. The work hours and travel lane restrictions will be from 9 a.m. until approximately noon.

Speedway Boulevard Streetlight Pole Replacement, Golf Links Road Guardrail Repair

On Monday, September 15, 2014, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will remove a damaged streetlight pole on Speedway Boulevard near Santa Rosa Avenue, just east of Swan Road. This work will require both eastbound and westbound travel lane closures for the median traffic lanes. The work hours and travel lane restrictions will be from 9 a.m. until approximately noon.

Newsnet - September 12

RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW - University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to University of Arizona football games. Prior to tomorrow's 8 p.m. game against Nevada, fans can experience the 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.

NewsNet 09-12-14

RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW - University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to University of Arizona football games. Prior to tomorrow's 8 p.m. game against Nevada, fans can experience the 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 can also park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. The Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees when you buy a Sun Link Day Pass, park in the garage, and ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle.
City of Tucson Parkwise
UA Parking and Transportation football info

2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN PART OF BUSY WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event tomorrow begins with gallery shows at 9 a.m. and entertainment later in the day. At 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. With the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, you can park not only in the downtown area, but at the University of Arizona, and along 4th Avenue to catch a ride downtown (regular streetcar fares apply). There are 11,000 parking spaces along the 3.9-mile route.
2nd Saturdays Downtown event and parking information

IMMIGRANT WELCOMING TASK FORCE TO DISCUSS IMMIGRANT WOMEN WORKERS - The Tucson Immigrant Welcoming Task Force, Coalición de Derechos Humanos, and the Tucson Immigrant Workers’ Project will host a community conversation on female immigrant workers. The forum will include a presentation of the report "Out of the Shadows: Shedding Light on the Working Conditions of Immigrant Women in Tucson," as well as a panel of women workers, community advocates, and other stakeholders discussing current working conditions and policy solutions. The 6 p.m. forum is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15, at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue. For more information about the meeting, call (520) 791-4593 or send an email to tucsonimmigrant@tucsonaz.gov.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS RETURNS TO REID PARK SUNDAY - The Tucson Pops Orchestra's Music Under the Stars program continues its Sunday night fall concert series this weekend with "Orchestral Favorites," featuring Clair de lune by Debussy, Brubaker’s Touch of Jazz, as well as selections from Gigi, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Die Fledermaus, and much more. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park. There is a limited amount of seating at DeMeester, which fills up quickly, so organizers urge you to bring folding chairs or a blanket. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department operates shuttles from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. from the Randolph Golf Course parking lot, 600 S. Alvernon Way.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION TOMORROW - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Program's 2nd Saturday Collection this weekend at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off of HHW is free for residents. Download the 'my-waste'™ App.

COUNCILMEMBER FIMBRES WELCOMES NEW BUSINESS TO WARD 5

TUCSON – On Friday, September 12, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place for VXI Global Solutions, located at 6730 S. Tucson Boulevard in Ward 5.

 

This is a new contact center, for which is now open and fully operational. The beautifully appointed building is a state-of-the-art call center with a capacity of over 400 seats, and VXI has already hired over 150 employees from the Tucson area.

 

2nd Saturday Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event On Saturday - 9/13

Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson has an option for you to clean out your space while keeping these hazardous materials out of the environment. On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Household Hazardous Waste Program 2nd Saturday Collection will be held at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8 a.m. to noon. Drop off of HHW is free.

CASA DE LOS NINOS TO HIRE AT JOB FAIR ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND

 

 

Tucson, AZ (September 15, 2014) – A Fall Casa de los Niños Job Fair will be held on Monday, September 22nd, from 10am to 2pm at their Administration building at 1101 N. 4th Avenue.

 

The agency is looking to hire a wide array of positions, such as Production Associates at the Thrift Store, Parent Aides and Visitation Facilitators in Child & Family Services Programs, and several positions for Behavioral Health Services, including Care Coordinators, Licensed Child Therapists and Licensed Family Therapists.

 

NewsNet 09-11-14

SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL SERVICE HONORS THE FALLEN - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) this morning marked the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers. Events included a flag raising, bell ringing, radio communication announcement, and a moment of silence. See photos on the City of Tucson Facebook page.
 
TRAFFIC ALERT: CITY WORKING TO HELP TRAFFIC FLOW AT BUSY DOWNTOWN INTERSECTION - Toole Avenue will be closed to traffic tomorrow from Fourth Avenue Underpass/Congress Street west to Pennington Street to allow for work crews to permanently restripe a section of Toole Avenue to make it one-way travel. The one-day closure will be in effect from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. When the striping is complete, motor vehicle travel on Toole Avenue will be one-way westbound from Fourth Avenue Underpass/Congress Street to the eastern entrance into the Historic Train Depot. Two-way travel on Toole Avenue will remain from Stone Avenue to the eastern entrance into the Depot. The permanent configuration change is taking place to help traffic flow at the busy Congress Street, Fourth Avenue and Toole Avenue intersection. In an effort to ease traffic flow in the popular downtown area, the Tucson Department of Transportation also recently made permanent traffic signal timing adjustments several weeks ago on Congress Street.
 
TRAFFIC ALERT: FOURTH AVENUE ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN DETOURED TOMORROW AND SATURDAY NIGHTS - The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will detour southbound vehicular traffic at the Fourth Avenue Underpass into downtown to keep traffic flowing in the area. The Sun Link Streetcar, bicyclists, and pedestrians will not be affected. The detour will be in place Friday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Because of the anticipated pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic associated with the University of Arizona home football game and 2nd Saturdays Downtown, Saturday night’s detour will take place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Over the past several weeks TDOT staff has also detoured southbound motor vehicle traffic at the underpass on Thursday nights. This week TDOT staff will instead monitor the traffic flows at the Fourth Avenue Underpass/Toole Avenue/Congress Avenue intersection. If significant delays occur tonight, staff will detour southbound travel at the underpass. View a map of the detour.
 
REVERSE TRADE SHOW NEXT WEEK - Tucson’s seventh annual Reverse Trade Show gives vendors an opportunity to meet with procurement professionals from government agencies and private businesses, and learn how to do business with them. The event is sponsored by the local Copper Chapter of the NIGP, The Institute of Public Procurement. The Reverse Trade Show takes place on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Desert Diamond Center on Pima Mine Road at I-19. Registration information is online, and onsite registration is available the day of the event.
 
TUCSON NAMED A "SILVER LEVEL" CITY FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING - The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) recently declared Tucson as a silver level IMBA Ride Center. The application was submitted by the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists advocacy group. Local organizations rate themselves in the application process and then IMBA employees come out to the city and act as a sort of secret shopper and complete the same criteria, said Patrick Kell, IMBA’s southwest regional director. The next step is to work with local and state tourism boards to promote the designation and feature Tucson as one of the best places in the country to ride, Kell said. Read more from Bicycle Tucson.

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