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Tucson Fire Department Recognizes Outstanding Employees

The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Friday recognized nearly 30 members of its department for their efforts over the past year. The men and women recognized at The Tucson Fire Department Annual Awards Program were honored for their the commitment and professionalism at TFD and within the community.

You can see pictures of the honorees at the TFD Facebook page.

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Zoo

Treat your mom to a special day at Reid Park Zoo this Mother's Day, May 8, 8-9:30 a.m. Start off the morning with a breakfast and mimosa at the Conservation Learning Center’s deck overlooking Mill Pond, and then take a stroll through the Zoo and participate in a variety of activities.

It's not only human moms who will be honored, as animal moms get special treats to celebrate the day.

San Xavier Mission Graffiti Vandals Still Being Sought

The Tohono O'Odham Nation Police Department is still looking for the vandals responsible for spraying graffiti on several walls and structures at the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac. While the interior of the church was unaffected, vandals damaged the mission's lime-mortar walls, the courtyard walls, a sidewalk, and a nearby tribal cemetery. The vandalism was discovered early yesterday morning.

Tucson Earth Day Festival Meets Cyclovia Tucson This Weekend

The Tucson Earth Day Festival and Cyclovia Tucson unite this weekend for a Sunday packed with healthy, environmentally-friendly activities. The free, family-oriented events will help participants discover neighborhoods and enjoy a multitude of activities along Cyclovia’s car-free route. Cyclovia is a chance for people to enjoy the outdoors from outside of a vehicle.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is Next Week

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild this week recognized members of the Communications Division of the Tucson Police Department and issued a proclamation declaring April 10-16 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Telecommunicators are the police and fire professionals who take emergency calls and dispatch police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

Study: Tucson is a Dog-Friendly City

Tucson is the 9th most dog-friendly city, according to a study from SmartAsset.com. The financial planning website ranked 100 major U.S. cities on six key metrics, with Tucson ranking in the top 10 due to its sunny weather, low housing prices, dog-friendly hiking trails, dog parks, and dog-friendly restaurants. San Francisco, California was ranked as the No. 1 dog-friendly city in the United States.

Janet Jackson Postpones Tucson Concert Again

Singer Janet Jackson announced this week that she's again putting her "Unbreakable" tour on hold. Jackson cites family planning reasons for postponing the tour, saying she needs to rest on doctor's orders.

The 49-year-old singer first delayed her tour last December to have unspecified surgery, but then rescheduled missed dates. Her latest Tucson tour date was rescheduled for May 23 at the Tucson Convention Center, but a new date has not been announced.

Charter Review Committee Makes Final Recommendations to Mayor and Council

The Charter Review Committee (CRC) is out with its final report on possible Charter changes for the Mayor and Tucson City Council to send to voters.

The City Council yesterday decided to schedule a public hearing next month on two of the proposals. While nothing is final yet, the Council wants to gather public input on the recommendations for ward-only elections and eliminating the staggered election cycle.

Budget Discussions Continue

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday received another budget update from City Manager Michael Ortega. At a retreat Monday, department heads offered plans for cuts, and they continue to work together as a team to help trim a projected $25.6 million deficit for the next fiscal year.

At yesterday's meeting, the City Council generally accepted the amount of the cuts, but it directed Ortega to change a few of the items he suggested earlier in the process.

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