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Houghton Road Bridge Over Union Pacific Railroad Final Striping Rescheduled

With final paving operations complete on the approach ramps for the new Houghton Road bridges over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, crews with Pulice Construction will begin final striping on the approach ramps and new bridges on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The striping work will take place from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m.

For the safety of the traveling public and work crews, flaggers will direct travel through the work zone. Motorists should expect delays in the area during this work.

Paul's Note - November 16, 2018

For both Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Ward 5 councilmember Richard Fimbres arranges for local school children to write thank you cards for patients at our local Veterans Hospital. He’s been doing this for eight years. This year, Tucson students made 4,700 cards. Together with a group of colleagues and friends, Richard hand delivers those cards to vets and staff.

Members of my staff have gone on these visits, and this year the group included outgoing Clerk of the Court Toni Hellon and South Tucson Vice Mayor Herman Lopez, who, like me and Richard, is a US Army veteran.

Family Festival in the Park Returns This Weekend

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department presents the 13th annual Family Festival in the Park tomorrow, Nov. 17. The free community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road. The festival is about having fun with your family, while also serving as an opportunity for Tucson Parks and Recreation to showcase programs and activities offered to the community.

Another Budget Airline Begins Service in Tucson

Allegiant Air launched new nonstop service from Tucson International Airport yesterday. Service began with a flight to Bellingham, Washington. Allegiant is offering twice-weekly service to Bellingham and a nonstop route from Tucson to Provo, Utah.

Like other low-cost carriers, Las Vegas-based Allegiant charges extra for things like seating choice, food, and both carry-on and checked baggage.

World Toilet Day Next Week

World Toilet Day is Monday, Nov. 19. “When nature calls” is this year's theme. The day serves as an important reminder to support scientists and engineers who design new sanitation solutions that are affordable and effective for billions of people who currently live without a decent working toilet.

The United Nations General Assembly officially dedicated World Toilet Day in 2013 to show that living without access to basic sanitation negatively affects people’s health, safety, and education.

Zoo Sales Tax Dollars Building Bigger Spaces and Creating Improvements

Thanks to voter-approved tax funding propositions last November, Reid Park Zoo has collected about $7 million in sales taxes since February 2018 for renovation and expansion of the facility. About 60 percent of the money is going toward the Zoo’s new grand master plan, and 40 percent of the funding will be spent on modernization and operations. Enhancements have been prioritized to upgrade safety, guest experience, and animal care.

Tucson Firefighters to Help with Smokeout This Week

The Pima County Health Department's (PCHD) second annual Blackout Tobacco event will be held tomorrow, Nov. 15, to align with the Great American Smokeout (GASO) on that day. Across the nation, the GASO serves as a catalyst for tobacco users to quit tobacco for the day, for a month, or forever. Blackout Tobacco encourages tobacco users to not only quit, but to give the time or money normally spent on tobacco to make a positive impact in the community.

Santa to Call Tucson Children Early Next Month

Santa and his elves would like to add some sparkle to a child’s holiday season through the Santa's Calling program, courtesy of Tucson Parks and Recreation. The special child(ren) in your life, between the ages of 4 and 10, will have an opportunity to speak with Santa and listen to his elves hard at work.

All calls will be attempted on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 5. If the North Pole receives too many requests for two nights, Thursday, Dec. 6, will also be used.


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