NewsNet 10-01-14

COMMUNITY FORUMS BEGIN TOMORROW TO DISCUSS HUD FUNDING - The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting meetings to discuss community needs that can be addressed with annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Tucson receives approximately $8 million per year under various federal programs, including Community Development Block Grants. Public input received at these forums will be used to prepare the Fiscal Year 2016 City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which will incorporate community needs, available resources, strategies, and priorities for the five-year period beginning on July 1, 2015. The first meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Community Resource Campus, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop. Read the news release.
 
TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR VEHICLE OCCUPANT SAFETY - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is the recipient of a $50,736 Occupant Protection Grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The money will be used to stress the importance of using seatbelts and child restraints. This will be accomplished through hands-on classroom education, public car seat check events, and a comprehensive enforcement effort. Two public events will be held this Saturday to answer questions about car seats and booster seats. Nationally-certified car seat technicians will be in attendance at the events at Kmart (7055 E. Broadway, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and Home Depot (1155 W. Irvington, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.). Booster seats will be provided for eligible children at the Home Depot event. Read the news release.
 
TUCSON POLICE NAB SUSPECT IN PICKPOCKET OF ELDERLY MAN - After the pickpocketing of an 83-year-old man was caught on a security camera outside of a Tucson drugstore, Tucson Police sprung into action in search of the suspect, who took $200 from the victim, along with a credit card and his Social Security Card. The incident happened near Grant and Oracle. Police from Operations Division West were able to identify the suspect through their monthly anti-theft meetings with area merchants. Officers say Anthony Russell confessed after questioning, saying it was a "stupid act," and he apologized to the victim.
 
COMMUNITY-DESIGNED PARK REACHES ANOTHER MILESTONE - The all-ages redesign of La Madera Park, 2700 E La Madera Drive, completed another phase yesterday, as all of the old playground equipment was removed (watch Tucson 12 video). A successful community Design Day last month (see pictures) kicked off the first phase of the redesign of La Madera Park, 2700 E La Madera Drive. The City of Tucson, Lend a Hand Senior Assistance, and Humana Inc. are working with KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,300 playgrounds) to design a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground. The customized playground, funded primarily by Humana, will be created with personal drawings and other input from local community members, including children and seniors. The new design is senior-focused with adult elements, including fitness stations and walking paths to promote good posture, balance, and flexibility. There also will be traditional, kid-friendly equipment to create a multi-generational space. A community volunteer build day will be held on Nov. 1. If you'd like to help, call 791-4711 or email lamaderaproject2014@gmail.com.

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