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Keep Cooking Oil and Grease Out of Drains and Sewers

Thanksgiving and extra cooking for the upcoming holidays mean that it’s time to protect your sewer pipes. The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) reminds you that pouring cooking oil and grease down pipes can clog and damage sewer lines. You can take these items to Pima County’s Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility, 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., to be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel.

MADD Seeks Volunteers

The Southern Arizona office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) currently has many volunteer opportunities available. A volunteer orientation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 3:30-4 p.m., at 2020 N. Forbes Blvd., Suite 102. At the orientation, you will be able to review all available opportunities and go over the volunteer application and background check form (if applicable). Some of the opportunities include court monitoring, outreach volunteering, victim impact panels, and serving on a planning committee for Walk Like MADD events.

City Services Affected by Thanksgiving Holiday This Week

The City of Tucson will observe the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday, Nov. 22. Except for emergency services, all City offices will be closed.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Thursday, and customers with Thursday and Friday collections will have their service delayed by one day. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Thursday.

Tucson Water Customer Service Phone Lines Expected to Be Busy Next Monday and Tuesday

Following the Thanksgiving holiday and the long weekend, Tucson Water’s customer service staff expects to be busier than normal on Monday, Nov. 26, and Tuesday, Nov. 27. Wait times on the telephone may be longer.

Customers are asked to be patient and when possible, use the online options to manage their accounts, service, and payments. Inquiries emailed to TWWebAcct1@tucsonaz.gov will be responded to as quickly as possible.

Help Tucson Get a Grip on Graffiti

The swift abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti, please report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android.

You also can report graffiti by emailing graffiti@tucsonaz.gov or calling (520) 792-2489 and choosing option 1.

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.

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