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Safety Fair for Seniors Next Week

Various agencies will take part in a free safety fair for seniors next Monday, 1-1:30 p.m., at Fellowship Square Tucson, 8111 E. Broadway Blvd.

The Pima Council on Aging will talk about medication misuse and its Be Med Smart program, which teaches people about how medication misuse occurs.

There also will be free walker checks/adjustments, and presentations on medical alert systems, medical equipment safety, scam prevention, home safety, retirement communities, and more.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TPD Lieutenant/Air National Guard Member Surprises Children With Return Home

Tucson Police Department (TPD) Lieutenant and Air National Guard First Sergeant Dominic Flores had a big surprise yesterday for his kids at school. After returning home from the Middle East on Wednesday night, Lt. Flores and his wife Flora arranged to surprise their children at school. Flores deployed with the Air National Guard's 162nd Wing last July.

You can witness the surprise reunion by following TPD's Facebook page.

Road Recovery Bond Program - 12th Avenue - 44th Street to Santa Paula Street Roadway Reconstruction Project

In preparation for an upcoming reconstruction project on 12th Avenue from 44th Street to Santa Paula Street, work crews are conducting underground electrical work at the 12th Avenue and Nebraska Street intersection. To place electrical conduit at the intersection, crews will cut a trench across Nebraska Street on both the east side and west side of 12th Avenue. For the safety of the traveling public, Nebraska Street will be closed to travel at 12th Avenue.

Rio Nuevo Approves Arizona Architects and Contractor for Caterpillar's New Facility

After a competitive selection process, the Rio Nuevo Board this week approved contracting with the architectural team of SmithGroupJJR and WSM Architects to design the new building for Caterpillar’s Surface Mining & Technology Division west of Downtown Tucson.

Rio Nuevo simultaneously approved the selection of Tucson-based Sundt Construction, Inc. as the project’s general contractor. Rio Nuevo is paying for the new building and leasing it back to Caterpillar.

Tucson Improving Drainage at Wash Near Pima and Swan

Crews began work yesterday to install a large underground drainage box culvert at the Columbus Wash at Belvedere Avenue at Lester Street and improve water and sewer utilities at various locations on Catalina Avenue, Belvedere, and Lester.

Clear Contracting is performing the work under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT). The work extends north and south on Belvedere Avenue and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Beware of traffic restrictions in the area.

Tomorrow Opens Two Special Hockey Nights at Roadrunners Games

The Tucson Roadrunners hockey team is partnering with KVOA-TV to present "Anti-Bullying Night" at tomorrow's 7:05 p.m. game against the San Diego Gulls at the Tucson Arena. Kids who sign an anti-bullying pledge will get a free wristband and a ticket offer to a future game.

Saturday's 7:05 p.m. game against the Gulls will be "Superhero Night," with themed capes handed out to the first 1,000 kids (12 and under), giveaways, and $1 hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas. Doors open at 6 p.m.

VALENCIA ROAD WORK ONGOING, PROJECT TO BE COMPLETED BY MID-FEBRUARY

 

TUCSON – Road work and repair along Valencia Road, from 12th Avenue to Alvernon Way is in progress.

 

The road work and repair came thanks to lobbying from Tucson Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres.

 

Crews have been installing underground electrical conduit, lowering manhole covers and water valve covers and will followed by milling (removing asphalt) and repaving.

 

Ward 5 Summary of Current Events

Here is the summary of current events, read by Councilmember Richard Fimbres at the 1/24 Mayor and Council meeting:

 

 

Lin’s Grand Buffett had its formal grand opening on January 13.  Lin’s is located at the Bridges in Ward 5.

 

I want to thank the more than 400 who turned out for the opening, which included Councilmember Shirley Scott and her staff.

 

Eighty local people were hired at Lin’s.  I want to congratulate Frank Lam of Lin’s and the Manager, Juan Rivera for a successful grand opening of Lin’s in Ward 5.

 

 

Tucson Recipient of National Biking Award

Tucson will receive the equivalent of $200,000 a year in technical support from PeopleForBikes to support the development of bike infrastructure and programs that encourage biking in a given neighborhood. Tucson is one of 10 cities chosen by the national bike foundation to "radically reimagine their bicycling infrastructure, propelling communities nationwide into a better future for biking."

Kino Parkway Bridge To Close for a Period Tomorrow

The Kino Parkway bridge over Interstate 10 will be closed for six hours tomorrow night so the Arizona Department of Transportation can safely remove concrete construction barriers from the bridge.

Kino Parkway will close to traffic in both directions at 11 p.m. tomorrow and reopen by 5 a.m. Friday. The on- and off-ramps connecting eastbound I-10 with Kino Parkway also will be closed during the work.

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