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.
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.
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.
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.
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
TUCSON WATER RECEIVES DESIGNATION OF ASSURED WATER SUPPLY - The Assured Water Supply (AWS) program is designed to sustain Arizona's economic health by preserving groundwater resources and promoting long-term water supply planning. Before developers in the Tucson Water service area can record plats or sell parcels, the City must demonstrate a 100 year supply of water to meet current and future growth water demands. The State of Arizona recently issued the City a Designation of Assured Supply for approximately 183,000 acre-feet/year of available water supply through 2025. That exceeds Tucson's projected demands of approximately 155,000 acre-feet/year, which puts the City in a strong position to support future population growth and economic development.
RECYCLE YOUR TURKEY GREASE TO HELP KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN - The Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling event will be held this Friday. The annual event benefits the community by keeping grease out of our sewers. The collected grease is recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel for the environment. The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and its partners will collect grease from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at five drop-off locations.
HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR THIS WEEKEND - As the holiday shopping season is about to begin, the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is offering an alternative to the busy stores. The annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road. The free event will be held west of the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. More than 100 vendors will be on hand from all over the Southwest, ranging from artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers and more. The Thanksgiving weekend fair has become a tradition for many holiday shoppers for more than 20 years. See artists' original designs, including delicate beading, steampunk jewelry, teapot wind chimes, handcrafted masks, colorful mosaics, sun catchers, and one-of-a-kind ceramics. Food and refreshments from local vendors will be available for purchase.
TUCSON COMMUNITY BUILDS NEW PARK PLAYGROUND IN ONE DAY (VIDEO) - La Madera Park is sporting a new playground today, thanks to neighbors, volunteers, The City of Tucson, KaBOOM!, Humana, and Lend a Hand Senior Assistance. The all-ages redesign of the park at 2700 E. La Madera Drive was finished earlier this month. The one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground was created using drawings and other input from community members, including children and seniors. The new design is senior-focused with adult elements, including fitness stations and walking paths to promote good posture, balance, and flexibility. There also is traditional, kid-friendly equipment that creates a multi-generational space. Tucson 12 captured some of the sights and sounds of the design phase and construction.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM NEWSNET - The staff at NewsNet wishes all of our readers a happy Thanksgiving! We wish you all the best this upcoming holiday season. We'll be off tomorrow, but will be back Friday with a special edition highlighting some of the great stories that happened this year at Reid Park Zoo. You'll learn more about a big baby that's capturing the hearts of Tucson (and the nation), and we'll even tell you about a little baby...the newest resident of the Zoo.
Tucson Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres and his staff want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and that the Council Office will be closed Thursday and Friday.
Dear Councilmember Fimbres,
I just simply wanted to say thank you. During this time of thanksgiving we here at Habitat are genuinely grateful for your service to our community and your partnership in community building.
Habitat for Humanity Tucson
Director Community Engagement & Org. Development
31ST ANNUAL SENIOR OLYMPIC FESTIVAL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 31st Annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Some of the events include: volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and so much more.
CALL CENTER EXPANSION TO CREATE HUNDREDS OF JOBS - APAC Customer Services says a major expansion will bring more than 1,100 jobs to Arizona, with 700 full-time positions coming to Tucson. The Chicago-based call center made the announcement yesterday with the Arizona Commerce Authority and Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. They say the move will be a major boost to the Tucson-Phoenix “Sun Corridor.” APAC serves customers in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, technology, communications, and travel and hospitality industries. APAC already ranks 24th among Southern Arizona’s largest employers, with 1,904 full-time equivalent employees at the start of the year, according to a survey by the Arizona Daily Star.
MEXICAN CONSULATE READY FOR IMMIGRATION CHANGES - The Mexican government announced yesterday that the 50 consulates in the United States are prepared to help those who qualify for executive action on immigration. Currently, the government is running a national help line out of Tucson. Once President Obama's action begins next year, the consulate will provide free legal advice, workshops, and the waiving of document fees. Officials say the goal is to provide information through trusted sources, so that immigrants don't fall victim to fraud or abuse. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
TRANSIT ON HOLIDAY SCHEDULE THURSDAY: READY FOR GAME FRIDAY - Both Sun Tran and the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, and Sun Express routes will not be in operation. Regular service will return Friday. On Friday, football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to the University of Arizona football game. Prior to the 1:30 p.m. rivalry game against Arizona State University, fans can experience 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 also can park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees when you ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle, which includes a Sun Link Day Pass and parking.
UA Parking and Transportation football information
JOB OPPORTUNITY: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES EQUIPMENT OPERATOR - This position primarily is responsible for the collection of trash and recycling using trucks operated by hydraulic systems. City of Tucson Environmental Services has multiple positions available for qualified individuals with solid waste collecting experience and the skills to operate front loaders, automated side loaders, roll-offs, rear loaders, skid steers, and other collection and hauling equipment. The application deadline is Dec. 7.
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No state highway closures over Thanksgiving weekend
In an effort to help holiday travelers and promote safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation says no construction closures are scheduled along Phoenix-area freeways or state highways over the Thanksgiving weekend. No closures will be scheduled between Wednesday afternoon and early Monday morning, Dec. 1.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PIPES FOR FREEZING WEATHER - A Freeze Watch is in effect for the Tucson area overnight, and Tucson Water is recommending that residential and business customers insulate exposed water pipes, plumbing, and backflow assemblies as part of their preparation for winter. You can wrap exposed pipes and plumbing with insulation available at plumbing supply and home improvement stores. In a pinch, you also can wrap your exposed pipes with towels and blankets. Tucson Water has tips and videos to help you get ready for winter.
Watch a demonstration video from Tucson 12
FINALISTS NARROWED DOWN FOR JAN. 8 MEMORIAL - The January 8th Memorial Foundation has chosen four finalists to submit competing proposals for the design of a permanent, outdoor memorial at El Presidio Park in Downtown Tucson. The memorial will honor the six people killed on that day and the 13 who were injured at the 2011 Congress on Your Corner event that was hosted by Gabrielle Giffords, who was among the injured. Firms submitted statements of interest, past work examples, and preliminary renderings of how they might design the memorial. About half of the 60 submissions were from companies based in Arizona, but Ibarra Rosano Design Architects is the only Tucson firm to be named a finalist. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
TRASH AND RECYCLING DELAYED A DAY THIS WEEK FOR MANY CUSTOMERS - Thanksgiving will be observed this Thursday, and residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on that day. All City of Tucson customers with Thursday or Friday collections will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day, and the Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Thursday. Except for emergency services, all City of Tucson offices also will be closed on Thanksgiving.
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DOWNTOWN PARADE OF LIGHTS ACCEPTING ENTRIES - The Downtown Tucson Partnership is inviting individuals and community groups to participate in the Downtown Parade of Lights, presented by Carondelet St. Mary’s. This year marks the 20th year of the parade, which attracts about 20,000 spectators. The festivities will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20, and entries to take part in the parade must be submitted by Dec. 5.
SUNGO CARDS ACCEPTED ON BOTH SUN LINK STREETCAR AND SUN TRAN BUSES - The SunGO card is the best way to pay fares when riding public transit in Tucson. The card works on both the Sun Tran bus system and the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. A SunGO card with unlimited rides for a month is just $42. If you're an occasional rider, you can load the SunGO card with a cash value to pay the $1.50 one-way fares whenever you use transit. In addition, there are many discounts available for students, low-income residents, senior and others. If you ride the streetcar, you must have a SunGO card, or purchase a day pass with cash or a credit card from a vending machine at the stop. Cash is not accepted on the streetcar.
How to Ride streetcar
Cómo Viajar video
Councilmember Richard Fimbres stated the following, after the vote by the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee at their meeting today:
"I want to express my thanks to the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee, which today, voted to move forward three bond project proposals for Willie Blake Park, Silverlake Park and the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial for final consideration by the Pima County Board of Supervisors, expected in February 2015. Along with the Quincie Douglas Proposal, there are four projects located in Ward 5 that are being considered."
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EL TOUR DE TUCSON TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS - Downtown Tucson will be the site of the El Tour de Tucson start/finish line tomorrow. The event will encompass the entire region with a 107-mile bicycle ride/race, meaning traffic will be restricted at various times in many parts of the city. Beginning tonight at 6 o'clock, Sixth Avenue will be closed between 12th and 13th Streets and will remain closed until late tomorrow afternoon. Beginning at 5 a.m.