Paul's Note: Friday, May 17th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, May 17th, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Events
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Peace Officers Memorial
 
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law proclaiming May 15th to be Peace Officers Memorial Day. This has since morphed into a week-long celebration of Police Week, where communities across the nation will pay tribute to law enforcement officers who perished in the line of duty. Locally, the Tucson Police Department held its annual memorial this past Wednesday. It was my first time attending the event and I was moved to be in the presence of family and friends of TPD officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Since the founding of the Tucson Police Department, eight officers have been killed protecting Tucson:
 
Officer William Elliot 1892
Officer William Katzenstein 1902
Officer Robert Cummins 1936
Officer Barry Headricks 1974
Officer James Smith 1980
Officer Jeffrey Ross 1982
Officer Patrick Hardesty 2003
Officer Erik Hite 2008
 

 
Although he was not a member of the Tucson Police Department, my thoughts were also with the friends and family of U.S. Marshall Chase White, who was fatally shot while serving a warrant in Tucson last year. This will be the first Peace Officers Memorial Day for his widow and their four children.
 
Thrive in the ’05 Spring Festival
 
I had a great time this past Saturday with neighbors at the Thrive in the ’05 Spring Festival at the Richey Resource Center in the Old Pascua neighborhood. I want to thank the many people and organizations who came together to make the event a success. I especially want to thank the San Ignacio Council of Old Pascua for hosting the event and the Thrive in the ’05 team for their commitment to the effort.
 
We had a great turn out from residents and amazing resources made available through our community partners including: San Ignacio Council; Gospel Rescue Mission; Chicanos Por la Causa; Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports; PSE Archery; Pima County Library; Tucson Fire Department; Tucson Police Department; Tucson Parks and Recreation Department; Tucson Water; Pima County Community Action Agency; Rebecca Ruopp and Planning and Development Services Department; TEP; Pima Council on Aging; Friends of Marty Birdman Center; Good News Church; Pima County Health Department; the Planning Center; and SERI (Sonora Environmental Research Institute). I want to thank each of you for helping to make the event such a success.
 
I also want to thank the amazing artists who gifted the event and community with a beautiful new mural. You may have seen some photos from the event, many of which highlight the mural that was created by local youth who participate in the afterschool program offered by People’s Connection at the Richey Resource Center.
 

 
Youth paint the mural with guidance from Brandon Varela, the new Curator of the Old Pascua Museum and Cultural Center.
 

 
And here it is completed.
 
You know the Mahatma Gandhi qoute here, “be the change you want to see in the world.” It conveys a fitting sentiment as does the image of the butterfly. Throught the help of all of our partners and decades worth of residents’ efforts, we are building on all of our collective strengths (as well as recent investments of over $2 million) to enhance the things residents love about the Oracle Corridor and reduce public health and safety concerns.
 
We are moving in the right direction and it’s up to each of us to keep it going. If you want to learn how to participate contact the ward 3 office (520-791-4711, ward3@tucsonaz.gov) or Alison Miller, project lead, in the Housing and Community Development Department ((520) 837-5345, Alison.Miller@tucsonaz.gov).
 
TCC Hotel Groudbreaking
 

 
Here’s a rendering of the proposed hotel from the vantage point of Cushing street looking north.
 
On Monday, I took part in the ground breaking of a new Tucson Convention Center Hotel. It will be built in the parking lot on the southeast corner of the TCC lot and connect directly into the existing building. It’ll be a Double Tree by Hilton with about 170 rooms, meeting space, and two bars and a restaurant open to the public. I know one thing that many of the neighbors are most excited about: Rio Nuevo has committed to building an approximately 350 space parking garage next to the hotel.
 

 
Ann Charles from Council Member Kozachik’s office, Andy Squire with the City Manager’s Office, Economic Development Director Barbra Coffee, Mayor Rothschild, Council Member Durham and City Manager Mike Ortega ceremoniously turn the dirt for the new hotel.
 
This is a very important component of our overall economic development strategy for the downtown area. A hotel with parking, dining and meeting space will help drawn in new visitors for the Gem Show, Roadrunners games, and help our tourism team attract new conferences and conventions. In turn, the City of Tucson benefits from bed taxes paid by visitors and both the City and Rio Nuevo benefit from the sales tax that food and beverage sales will bring. Sales tax revenue is the biggest revenue stream for our general fund, paying for the salaries of cops, firefighters and parks and rec staff, to name a few. Rio Nuevo is exploring options to pay for improvements at the TCC as well. There are a lot of exciting things happening in Downtown Tucson.
 
-Paul D.
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Pet of the Week
 
Bell
 

 
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona shelter staff think that bell is a Labrador Retriever mix. She is a beautiful chocolate color as you can see. In the past it was the Chocolate Labs that were overlooked and the Yellow and Black Labs were favored. These days they are the most sought after, however. They are also, because of their genetic make-up, the most rare.
 
Bell, like most Labs, is a friendly, confident and loving dog. She is very good with children and other pets, making her a great choice for the family that is looking for an intelligent and sensitive dog who is readily trained or someone looking for a loyal companion.
 
If you want to learn more about adopting Bell, just go to the HSSA website.
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Visit the Bookmobile in Old Pascua
Wednesday
May 22nd
3:30-5 pm
Old Pascua Richey Resource Center
2209 N 15th Ave
 
Visit the bookmobile in Old Pascua on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
 
Give Back to Blue
Saturday
May 18th
10 am-
Funtasticks Family Fun Park
221 E Wetmore Rd
 

 
Come out and enjoy everything Funtasticks has to offer at great price and be a part of helping a great community organization.
 
A percentage of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Erik Hite Foundation.
 
There will be music brought to you by DJ Gilly, activity booths, raffle prizes, and the main event - a classic car show presented by No Discriminations Car Club!
 
A discounted rate applies to all first responders including fire fighters, paramedics, military, veterans, nurses, medical response teams, corrections officers, Border Patrol and police and sherriff's departments.
 
Anyone can purchase a ticket at regular price with part of the proceeds going to the Eric Hite Foundation Childcare Center.
 
Read to a Dog
Thursday
May 23rd
3:30–4:30 pm
Woods Memorial Library
3455 N 1st Ave
 

 
Woods Library invites kids of all ages to read to a friendly live therapy dog like Lucy!
Have fun while improving your reading skills! Find out more about Read to a Dog.
 
Thinking of adopting a pet? Learn more at Pima Animal Care Center.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Flowing Wells Estates Neighborhood Watch
Saturday
May 18th
4-5 pm
Old Times Kafe
1485 W Prince Rd
 
Keeling
Monday
May 20th
7-8 pm
Cornerstone Church
2902 N Geronimo Ave
 
Samos
Tuesday
May 21st
6:30-8
Salpoint High School
1545 E Copper St
 
Flowing Wells
Thursday
May 16th
6-8 pm
Ellie Towne Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
Mountain View
Thursday
May 16th
6-7 pm
Habitat Tucson
3501 N Mountain Ave
 
Division Advisory Committee (DAC)
Wednesday
June 5th
5:30 pm
Midtown Substation
1100 S. Alvernon Way
(northwest corner of Alvernon/22)
 
Come and join your Midtown Commanders and learn about any new developments with the Tucson Police Department and your Midtown Division. This is a good time to share your ideas, ask questions and voice your concerns.
 
Business representatives, neighborhood leaders and anyone who wants to become more involved in their community are encouraged to attend.
 
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City Wide Events
 
Community Mural Forum
 

 
May 19th
2-4 pm
Downtown Library
101 N Stone Ave
Free
Open to the Public
All Ages
  
Come participate in the Community Mural Forum this Sunday. Your voice is a critical part of this conversation, as the Tucson Arts Brigade reflects on the Mural Program and its future.
 
Since 1996 the Tucson Arts Brigade mural program has been hiring artists to work in schools, neighborhoods and community centers while creating a city wide outdoor gallery. Tucson’s downtown murals have become destinations and landmarks, bringing thousands of people to our downtown. As this year’s program draws to a close, you are invited to help envision the future of mural arts in Tucson.
 
This discussion will include brief presentations from this year’s downtown muralists:
 
Ignacio Garcia 
Jessica Gonzales
Joe Pagac  
Rachel Rios
Carlos Valenzuela  
 
There will be a discussion that answers questions like:
How has the mural program impacted the city?
What worked well in the mural program?
What can be improved ?
 
2:00 pm: Opening & Welcome 
2:10-2:30 pm Presentations from Muralists
2:30-3:30 pm Group Discussions
4 pm Closing Thoughts
4:30pm Group Walking Mural Tour
 
Movies in the Park
Free admission
Reid Park’s DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center
900 S Randolph Way
 

 
Bark at the Park
Sunday
May 19th
9-11 am
Udall Dog Park
7200 E Tanque Verde Rd

 
Bring your family and your dog down to Udall Park on Sunday. There will be face painting for kids (dog faces), canvas art with dog paw prints, a photo booth for dog and owners, dog adoptions, give aways and raffles. Plus get a chance to meet the Tucson Police Department’s K-9 unit!
 
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Did You Know?
 
Free Dental Care for Vets
 
Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 8, when Aspen dentists and their teams from more than 450 offices across 39 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s 6th annual National Day of Service.
 
Many veterans struggle to find accessible and affordable dental care, in particular because most aren’t eligible for dental benefits through the VA unless they’re 100% disabled, have a service-related mouth injury or were a prisoner of war. That’s why Aspen Dental created the Healthy Mouth Movement—to help ensure our veterans get the care they need.
 
It’s estimated that 522,188 veterans live in Arizona.
 
Interested veterans need an appointment to receive care and should call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-277-3646) to find a participating practice in their community and schedule an appointment in advance – space is limited and appointments are filling-up fast!
 
SERI Hosts Rainwater Harvesting Workshops
 
The Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc. (SERI), a local nonprofit, will host several free workshops in English and Spanish on the Low Income Rainwater Harvesting Grant and Loan Program. Workshops are scheduled for May 15th, May 30th, June 11th, and June 29th. Tucson Water and SERI partner to offer grant and loan programs for eligible, low-income families to help provide them with the opportunity for rainwater harvesting.
 
Registration is required and workshops are approximately three hours long. Call SERI at (520) 321-9488 or visit its website for more information and to register.
 
Sonora Environmental Research Institute workshops: http://bit.ly/2LGfvyi
Tucson Water Rainwater Harvesting Grant and Loan Programs: http://bit.ly/2MvS85N
 
Virtual College Advisors
 
The Regional College Access Center (RCAC) is a partnership between the Metropolitan Education Commission, City of Tucson, Pima County, Tohono O’Odham Nation, and public and private K-12 schools, colleges, universities and community programs throughout Pima County. The RCAC mission is to facilitate access to and success in college for all Pima County students, with a special focus on students from low-income households or who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education programs.
 

 
El Centro Regional de Acceso a Universidades (RCAC) es una asociación entre la Comisión de Educación Metropolitana, la Ciudad de Tucson, el Condado de Pima, la Nación Tohono O’Odham, y las escuelas públicas y privadas K-12, colegios, universidades y programas comunitarios en todo el Condado de Pima. La misión del RCAC es facilitar el acceso y el éxito en la universidad para todos los estudiantes del Condado de Pima, con un enfoque especial en los estudiantes de hogares de bajos ingresos o que son los primeros en su familia en asistir a programas de educación postsecundaria. Se habla español.
 
Aid to Asylum Seekers
 
Tucson still has asylum seekers being released into the community and will continue to in the foreseeable future. Our local social service organizations, and Catholic Community Services in particular, have really stepped up and done an amazing job at taking care of these families and they need your help to keep going.  Here’s how you can help through Catholic Community Services:
 
Donate online. They need and appreciate your monetary donations.
Donate travel, personal, or other items.  Bring your donations to:
 
Catholic Community Services
140 W. Speedway, Blvd., Suite 130
 
The Benedictine Monastery
800 N Country Club Rd
 
Ward 6                                                                  Ward 3
3202 E 1st St                                                         1510 E Grant Rd
 
And any of the other Ward offices
 
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at alitas@ccs-soaz.org or 520-591-6390. 
 
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