Fourth Avenue Street Fair Underway

The Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair opened this morning and runs through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., each day. The event takes place on Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard.

The street fair includes artisans, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, and events for kids. There also will be face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment, and other activities.

Head of Metro Chamber to Retire

The Tucson Metro Chamber announced to staff yesterday that President and CEO Michael Varney will retire after nearly six years of heading the group. Varney will remain engaged with the Chamber during the transition period for "a reasonably open-ended period of time," the Chamber said in a news release.

In a letter posted on the Chamber's website, Varney cited the need to be closer to family, especially grandchildren out of state, as the primary reason for making his decision.

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Ban on Hand-Held Devices in Moving Vehicles to Begin in May

The Mayor and Tucson City Council this week voted 5-2 to approve a ban on hand-held devices while driving a vehicle. Council Members Richard Fimbres and Steve Kozachik were the dissenting votes.

Violation of the new ordinance, which goes into effect May 1, will be considered a secondary offense, meaning you must be pulled over for another reason before police can cite you.

Mining Company to Locate Downtown

An international mining technology firm announced yesterday that it is expanding its presence in Tucson and relocating downtown. Hexagon Mining, currently on East Fort Lowell Road, says it has chosen soon-to-be-built City Park for its new North American headquarters, employing people in executive management, engineering, research and development, human resources, marketing, and administrative support.

Meet Reid Park Zoo's General Curator

She's been at Reid Park Zoo since January 2009, but Sue Tygielski became general curator of the Zoo last November.

She grew up in Chicago and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona, eventually earning her Ph.D. Tygielski started her career doing field work by researching birds in the desert and tropics.

She later worked as the elephant manager at Reid Park Zoo before becoming the general curator. "Dr. Sue" encourages kids to follow their dreams and not be intimidated by them.

Parking Administrator Gains International Designation

The parking administrator for the City of Tucson’s Department of Transportation, Park Tucson division, has earned the Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) designation from the International Parking Institute (IPI). Donovan Durband is the only City of Tucson employee to hold that designation, and he's one of the few parking professionals in Southern Arizona to have earned it.