Each year the United States honors the contributions that Latinos have made to our great country with Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 till October 15. The annual, month long celebration began 26 years ago. Congress had first passed a resolution to celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the national level, as a week long event on September 17, 1968. Nearly 20 years later, on August 17, 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to a month.
Through an initiative launched by the City of Tucson and other local agencies in 2013, about 1,200 formerly-homeless veterans now have permanent housing. There are still 442 to go, but Mayor Jonathan Rothschild expects them all to be in apartments by the end of the year.
“If we work diligently over the next four months, we’re on pace to make our goal,” Rothschild said. “Based on our experience from the last 27-28 months and given the additional focus, we should be there.”
With the monsoon still active in Southern Arizona, it's important to realize that flooding and flash floods can occur with little warning. As part of National Preparedness Month, emergency agencies are trying to get the word out about potential disasters and how to handle them. The local effort is called Be Prepared Tucson.
The Sun Link streetcar is displaying Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” on the overhead signs at select stops along the route. There are 23 stops along the streetcar route, 11 of which contain special LED panels that are displaying poetry curated by the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The streaming of the two Poe classics will run though the end of this month.
Through his two TV shows and late-night TV talk show appearances, Jack Hanna is a familiar name among wildlife lovers and the zoo community. The Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo is coming to Tucson in January for "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live," presented in partnership with Reid Park Zoo. Tickets for the Jan. 7 show at the Fox Theatre are available online.
Tucson Water offers free toilets to qualifying low-to-moderate-income households. The rebate program offers free replacement of older toilets that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush. Toilets qualifying for replacement typically are manufactured before 1991. The date of manufacture is generally stamped inside the tank or lid of the toilet.
On Monday, September 21, 2015, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin decorative stamped (brick pattern) asphalt work on Grande Avenue from Speedway Boulevard Congress Street.
Grande Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Congress Street to St. Mary’s Road on Monday, September 21, 2015 beginning at 6 p.m. and will reopen to through traffic at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Access to residential streets along Grande Avenue will be allowed.
In 2007, Tucson’s Mayor and Council approved a program to help cut down the number of auto accidents, injuries and fatalities at the City’s eight most dangerous intersections.
This program had photo cameras placed at these intersections to deal with speed and running red lights.
The Mayor and Council received updates on the program, which showed a reduction of accidents, injuries and fatalities. In July, I had requested that the Mayor and Council receive a report on this program.
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The Citizen Police Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is seeking applications to fill four advisory, non-voting positions for a period not to exceed two years. Formed by the Mayor and City Council in March 1997, CPARB helps promote a citizen/police partnership and reviews and comments on police investigation of citizen complaints. You must be a resident of the City of Tucson to serve on the panel.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 5.
A fog seal program starts next week at a couple of locations. Starting Monday, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin fog sealing Fort Lowell Road from Oracle Road to Campbell Avenue. The following week, crews will work on Campbell Avenue from Benson Highway to Valencia Road. To minimize disruptions to motorists, the work will take place from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday, with at least one lane open in both directions.
Applications are available for artists who wish to participate in the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 28-29. The event has been held for more than two decades, attracting vendors from all over the Southwest. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers, and more to sell their original artwork. All items must be handmade and are subject to approval.