NewsNet 10-23-14

TUCSON WATER WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE - The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) this week honored Tucson Water with one of its top utility management awards. The award was presented during Monday's ceremony at the 2014 Annual Executive Management Conference of the AMWA, an organization of the largest publicly-owned water utilities in the United States. Tucson Water was recognized with the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence for its exceptional performance in implementing nationally-recognized management standards. “It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in the water utility industry as being one of the best in the nation," said Tucson Water Director Alan Forrest. "All of our employees work hard to ensure that we meet all of our customers' needs as well." Read the news release.
 
DEADLINE TO REQUEST EARLY BALLOT IS TOMORROW - If you want to cast an Early Ballot for the Nov. 4 election, you have until 5 p.m. tomorrow to request one. Pima County voters can request an early ballot online, or call 724-4330. In order for your vote to count, ballots must be returned and received before 7 p.m. on election day.
 
UA WILDCAT HOCKEY FAN FEST TONIGHT - The University of Arizona Wildcat Hockey program is hosting its first Fan Fest tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. at the newly-renovated Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The free Fan Fest meet-and-greet event will allow hockey fans to meet the 2014-15 UA Wildcat Hockey players on the eve of their first home game tomorrow. Fans can watch an open team practice and meet new Head Coach Chad Berman, the team's 17 new players, and the returning players. This season will offer a new experience for hockey fans at the TCC. There are about 4,900 new seats with cup holders, new sound, updated lighting, new concession stands, fresh paint and updated restrooms. Rio Nuevo funded $7.8 million of improvements and the City paid about $1 million. Most of the work is finished, with the final touches expected to be completed by the end of the year. Read the news release.
 
FIREFIGHTERS CHILI COOK-OFF THIS WEEKEND AT NEW LOCATION
- The Tucson Fire Department's (TFD) annual charity competition to see which firefighters make the best chili has a new venue this year to accommodate more people and families. Saturday's event will be held from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park. Aside from chili and other food, there will be live music, fire trucks, and trick-or-treating for children. The Tucson Firefighters Local 479 chili cook-off benefits the Tucson Firefighters Adopt-A-Family Program, which assists needy families and children with clothing, food, basic necessities, and toys throughout the holiday season.
 
BOO BASH SATURDAY ON SOUTHEAST SIDE - The annual Halloween Boo Bash is a fun-filled night with tricks, treats, entertainment, face painting, food, and more. Some of the activities include a costume contest, carnival games, and storytelling. The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department and Pima Community College East Campus are hosting Saturday's event from 4-8 p.m. at the William Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. Admission is $3 (free for children 3 and under), and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Read the news release.