NewsNet 03-25-15

BEAR DOWN WITH PRIDE - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is joining University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne in urging fans to act responsibly and not let their emotions get out of hand when the Arizona Wildcats play in the NCAA Sweet 16 tomorrow night at 7:17 p.m. against Xavier. The game will be televised on TBS. TPD will be on patrol in the areas near the UA and along 4th Avenue, but they will not be in riot gear this year. Among many other things in preparation for the basketball tournament, TPD sent commanders to last year's Final Four cities (Florida, UConn, Wisconsin and Kentucky) to observe operations and review best practices. Police also partnered with the university for a Bear Down with Pride PSA.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP THIS FRIDAY FOR BUSINESSES AND OTHERS - Local businesses, nonprofits, schools, and building and facility managers will have the opportunity to hear from other businesses that have taken advantage of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) rebates, while also learning about financing options for energy efficiency upgrades. The Energy Efficiency Workshop event, organized by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's office, will be held Friday from 7:30 a.m.-noon at TEP headquarters, 88 E. Broadway. After Rothschild's opening remarks, representatives from TEP, Tucson Water, local businesses and facility managers will have presentations, and there will be a vendor booth from 11 a.m.-noon. Please RSVP to attend.

THREE-DAY HOME SHOW STARTS FRIDAY AT TCC - The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) presents its 2015 Spring Home & Patio Show Friday-Sunday at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). You'll find the latest in home improvement trends, remodeling ideas and outdoor living. Parking will be free at the TCC each day of the event, which runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. You can find a discount admission coupon online. Bring a canned good to help the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and receive an additional $1 discount. Children 12 and under get in free.

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (ADOT) SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON TRANSIT PLAN - The Arizona Department of Transportation's tentative five-year plan is online for residents to read and submit comments. Comments are due by May 26 at 5 p.m. The plan outlines all of ADOT’s proposed projects proposed for fiscal years 2016 through 2020. The package includes more than $5.4 billion worth of improvements, expansions and new construction projects. More than $430 million of those projects are in Pima County. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

RECRUITMENT UNDERWAY FOR SUMMER POOL EMPLOYEES - The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is hiring lifeguards and swimming instructors this summer for seasonal work at City of Tucson pools, beginning the week of May 25. Applicants must have knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques and first aid. Learn more about the qualifications by following the link below. The application deadline is May 31.