NewsNet 06-23-15

INSURANCE AGENT APPOINTED TO RIO NUEVO BOARD - Edmund Marquez is the newest member of the Rio Nuevo Board. Appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Marquez replaces Alberto Moore, who resigned in November. Marquez owns three Allstate insurance agencies in Tucson and previously owned an auto dealership. He also served as chairman of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Rio Nuevo is governed by a nine-member board, which invests in public and public/private projects in Downtown Tucson. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

SUN TRAN PARTNERS WITH OUR FAMILY SERVICES TO OFFER YOUTH A SAFE PLACE - Sun Tran is teaming with Our Family Services to provide local youth with a safe place on Sun Tran buses. All of Sun Tran's buses display the Safe Place logo to let kids know they can hop on a bus and say they are in need of a safe place, which will prompt drivers to connect youth to receive help. Project Safe Place creates a network of locations for young people who are in crisis and need immediate help. The Safe Place initiative is a national runaway prevention, education and outreach program founded in 1983. It offers youth support, counseling, and connects them to vital community resources.

BROADWAY BOULEVARD AND TREAT AVENUE TO GET BIKE CROSSING - Construction is underway on a new High Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) bike signal at Broadway Boulevard and Treat Avenue. A Bike HAWK begins with the standard HAWK design you see around parts of Tucson, but includes extra features for the safety and convenience of cyclists. A Bike HAWK may include a short two-way protected bike lane, a designated bike crossing area next to the pedestrian crosswalk, an illuminated bike signal indicating when bikes wait and when it is okay proceed, and pushbuttons within easy reach of bicyclists. PACE Electric, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be working Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. with occasional night work from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. At least one lane will be open in each direction at all times during construction. The project is scheduled to be finished by the middle of next month.

SOME TUSD SCHOOLS OFFER FREE MEALS FOR CHILDREN - The Tucson Unified School District's 2015 Summer Food Services Program for Children provides free breakfast and lunch to kids 18 and under. For adults accompanying children, breakfast is available for $2 and lunch for $3. Some locations already have closed, but most others will stay open until late July. The meal sites are open to the public, even if there is no participation in summer programs. View hours and locations.

GET YOUR PARKS QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON TV - Do you have a question about City of Tucson Parks and Recreation? Community Promotions and Marketing Manager Sierra Davenport is answering your questions on Tucson 12 and social media. Send you questions to, and watch the latest "Sierra Says."