NewsNet 05-14-15

TUCSON POLICE LAUNCH 'KNOW YOUR LIMIT' CAMPAIGN - Officers with the Tucson Police Department (TPD) Impaired Driver Enforcement Unit have begun an alcohol awareness campaign called “Know Your Limit.” The program is funded through a DUI abatement grant, with the support of Alberto Gutier, Director of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The campaign is designed to raise awareness of impaired driving by way of contacting citizens in a non-enforcement setting. During the campaign, TPD officers walk through Downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona where they mingle with patrons outside of businesses. Citizens are asked if they would like to know their blood alcohol content (BAC) and if they believe they would be safe to drive. Officers have portable breath testing devices provided through a grant from GOHS to give results to those who choose to anonymously participate in this program. As graduation and summer nears, the TPD unit will continue deployments in an effort to educate the public on the dangers of consuming alcohol and driving. Read the news release.

CITY'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR ACCEPTS POSITION IN MARYLAND - Tucson's Director of Economic Initiatives Chris Kaselemis is leaving the city next month for a similar job in St. Mary's County in Maryland, about 50 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. Under his direction, the City of Tucson established and refined new incentives and assistance programs for businesses, including the Small Business Assistance Line. The dedicated line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

SUMMER MOVIES RETURN TO LA PLACITA VILLAGE DOWNTOWN - Tonight marks the start of this summer's Cinema La Placita, which has hosted classic movies in an outdoor setting for the past 15 years. Every Thursday night at 7:30, May through August, hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the pleasant summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn). Tonight's movie is Rebel Without a Cause (1955), starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Avenue, on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson.

DEADLINE FOR SUMMER PARKS AND RECREATION CLASS REGISTRATION IS SUNDAY - The Program Guide and Class Catalog contains information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, sports camps, registration, and the Discount Program. Enjoy classes in drawing and painting, theater, sports, music, arts and crafts, aquatics, gymnastics, pottery, jewelry, dance, health and fitness, ceramics, therapeutics, and more. There are still a few spots available in July at some of the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department's KIDCO sites for all-day summer camp for kids ages 5-11. Register online at EZEEreg.com.

HELP KEEP OUR BLUE SKIES BLUE - During Tucson’s summer months, the temperatures begin to soar and change our air quality. High temperatures mixed with chemical emissions from cars and industries can trigger the formation of ground-level ozone. The ozone is a strong lung irritant that can be harmful to children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. You can help reduce the health risk, and it starts with driving less. The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) is sponsoring a program called Sun Rideshare's Blue Skies Campaign to encourage others throughout the region to help keep our air clean. Since motor vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution in Pima County, the less everyone drives by using alternative transportation modes, the better the air quality.