Friday, October 26th, 2018
CODAC/TMC Partnership for Mothers with Substance Abuse Disorders
This week, my staff attended a press conference at Tucson Medical Center announcing a new partnership between TMC, CODAC and the Connie Hillman Family Foundation to provide transitional housing for women with children who are in treatment for substance use disorders.
One of the tragic consequences of the ongoing opioid crisis is an increase in the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome who must go through drug withdraw in their first days of life. TMC has a special room in their neo-natal unit for babies born with this condition. I saw it first-hand when I toured TMC earlier this year. They keep the babies in a separate room because they are more sensitive to light and cry more than most babies. It’s truly heartbreaking.
Judy Rich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tucson Medical Center
In order to give these babies a chance, and their mothers a chance to parent, TMC developed a program in conjunction with CODAC to provide treatment and therapy to the families. While the treatment for substance use disorders has had some success, one barrier that TMC and CODAC identified was housing. Sending people in recovery back to their previous housing, which may not be safe or supportive, was a challenge.
In order to fill this gap, the Connie Hillman Family Foundation provided a $600,000 grant to renovate an apartment complex that will house up to 19 women with their families. There will be on-site peer support to help the mothers learn coping skills and TMC staff to help with health education. Ultimately, the goal is to give women the chance to be healthy parents, find employment and move into permanent housing. This is an exciting partnership and I commend all parties involved for the dedication they have demonstrated for the health of our community.
Kristine Welter Hall, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Fundraising & Planning at CODAC Health, Recovery and Wellness
I especially want to thank CODAC, whose main office is in Ward 3. They’ve been on the cutting edge of substance use disorder treatment in Tucson, providing services at a 24-hour medical assisted treatment (MAT) center and working directly with TPD to develop an opioid deflection program to get folks into treatment who need it.
I was very pleased to attend the Special Olympics Arizona's 6th Annual Breakfast with Champions hosted by Special Olympics Arizona on Thursday. It was great to see so many people come together to celebrate the achievements of some amazing members of our community. It is clear to me how important access to sports and athletics is to building relationships and community. Thank you to Special Olympics Arizona for providing that.
Integrated Pest Management Plan
At this week’s Mayor and Council meeting, we discussed developing an Integrated Pest Management Plan. Council Member Steve Kozachik and I asked for the item to be placed on the agenda and he led the discussion. In summary, our hope is to change practices and culture among City of Tucson departments to shift to using chemical pesticides only as a last resort. Other cities, especially in California, have developed procedures, like using organic pesticides and planting native plants that are insect-resilient, to limit the amount of pesticides they use.
Some pesticides pose a risk to public health and in large quantities they could threaten water supplies. If we can get the same or better results using an organic solution, that’s a win-win. The goal isn’t to ban the use of any one chemical, it’s to shift our thinking to try non-chemical solutions first. The Council directed staff in a unanimous vote to work with other cities that have gone through this process and come back with a plan early next year. I’d like to thank Toxin-Free Pima County and Councilmember Kozachik for leading on this issue.
This pyramid illustrates how an Integrated Pest Management Plan would prioritize non-chemical options like selecting better suited plants and only use aggressive pesticides as a last resort.
Limberlost and Dodge Flower Neighborhood Associations
This past Saturday, I attended the annual meeting of the Dodge Flower Neighborhood Association and the semi-annual meeting of the Limberlost Neighborhood Association. I had a great time chatting with folks from each neighborhood and I just want to thank them for the work they do. Neighborhood associations are a critical tool for my office and the entire city to get feedback and hear concerns. Thank you to Limberlost and Dodge Flower for hosting me, and thanks especially to the neighborhood association board members, who put in many hours to make their community a better place.
Deadline to Mail your Ballot!
Lastly, with the election approaching on November 6th, I want to remind everyone that the Pima County Recorder’s Office recommends mailing your ballot NO LATER than November 1st (the Thursday before the election). If you’ve got your ballot sitting on your kitchen table, this weekend would be a great time to fill it out and mail it in. As always, you can call the Recorder’s Office at (520) 724-4330 if you have any questions.
- Paul D.
Pet of the Week
A black cat named Apricot? Someone was a jokester when they named this sweet male 2 ½ year-old male black domestic medium hair mix. Domestic medium hair cats are known for their rare and distinctive fur that has a thick double coat which means the inner coat is usually short and dense and outer coat is long. Both coats are smooth, soft, shiny and perfect for petting.
With Halloween close we notice a lot of black cats and some people can be superstitious. There are a few superstitions that maybe you haven’t heard of:
A strange black cat on a porch brings prosperity to the owner.
If a black cat crosses your path while you're driving, turn your hat around backward and mark an "X" on your windshield to prevent bad luck.
A superstition among the Pennsylvania Dutch was that black cats cure epilepsy.
Apricot has been at the shelter since June 30th but is now in foster care waiting to meet you. As with most medium hair cats, you can expect Apricot to make a great pet and this mixed breed will fit in well in a cat loving family. This breed gets along wonderfully with children and other pets, including other cats.
According to shelter staff, he was surrendered because his owner couldn’t take care of him anymore, but he’s friendly and plays well with other cats. He can be shy at first but warms up quickly. If you would like more information about adopting Apricot, please visit the PACC website here
Ward 3 Events:
Open Studio Tours (South)
Saturday & Sunday
October 26th & 27th
The Fall Open Studio Tour in Southern Arizona is one of the largest, self-guided tours of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region. The event, in conjunction with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, has a mission to support and promote local artists who work and exhibit in Southern Arizona. Visitors are invited into the artists’ studios free of charge, to engage directly with their work and learn more about their artistic process.
This year there are several studios highlighted in Ward 3.
Blue Raven Art School
720 E Prince Rd
355 E Ft Lowell Rd
The Clay Art Center
1703 E Fort Lowell Road
The Cultured Wall
2444 N Tucson Blvd
Isapat Azimuth Gallery
2543 E Florence Dr
3528 E Kleindale Rd
The Village Blacksmith
2967 N Alvernon Way, Studio 8
1439 E Prospect Ln
This is not an exhaustive list of Ward 3 studios and this interactive map
shows the name, medium and address of every studio south of River Rd that is participating.
Thrive in the 05 Community Cleanup and Fall Festival
8-11 am Cleanup
11 am-2 pm Festival
Nash Elementary School
515 W Kelso St
Last Weekend of Valley of the Moon's Haunted Ruins - The Magic of Dawn
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
6 - 9 pm
Valley of the Moon
2544 E Allen Rd
Join Dawn the Fairy in an enchanted interactive experience traveling through Valley of the Moon in small groups (maximum 30 per show).
This is an interactive walking adventure through the park. It is 40 minutes long and starts every 20 minutes.
Tickets available online or at the door
Rillito Bend Second Annual Ice Cream Social
3930 N Tucson Blvd (Just south of Rio Vista Natural Resources Park)
There will be ice cream, of course, plus toppings and root beer for floats, other goodies and it’s all free! The main focus, besides the ice cream, is getting to know neighbors, meeting new ones and having a good time.
Please join the fun, especially if you live within the boundaries of RBNA: Campbell Ave. east to Country Club, and Rillito River south to Prince Road.
Lend A Hand Fall Sale
Attention Campus Farm Neighbors
Friday & Saturday
November 9th & 10th
3201 E Presidio Rd
The Lend A Hand Fall Sale is at Cabrini Church on Friday and Saturday, November 9th -10th from 7 am-1 pm. They will be setting up on Thursday, November 8th and people can bring items to donate then. If you have something that needs transporting, please let LAH know and they can assist with arrangements. They accept donations of everything from furniture to clothing, but no televisions or large appliances.
In addition to their annual fall sale, Lend A Hand is looking for people to serve as volunteers for their organization. This tremendous non-profit group assists seniors helping them to age in place in their homes. LAH is a volunteer organization serving 13 neighborhoods. They also provide limited transportation, fresh fruit, monthly canteens for seniors, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and other necessary neighborly services.
Lend A Hand is particularly looking for two board members from the Campus Farm neighborhood. If anyone would be willing to serve, please e-mail Vicki Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org
). The Board meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 10 am-12 pm. If they cannot find board members from the Campus Farms neighborhood, they will have to drop services to seniors living in the Campus Farm area.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
The Drawing Studio
2760 N Tucson Blvd
Country Glenn is having its annual neighborhood meeting with nominations for officers, an update of neighborhood activities, a report from Tucson Water, Q&A and new ideas for projects.
Richland Heights East Lend A Hand Yard Sale
Friday & Saturday
November 9th & 10th
7 am-1 pm
St. Frances Cabrini Church
3201 E Presidio Rd
This twice-yearly yard sale is one of RHENA’s biggest fundraisers. If you've been thinking about cleaning out your closets, garage or shed, consider donating still-useful items to Lend A Hand for the sale.
1100 E Mitchell St
The NA meets on the second Saturday of every month in Mitchell Park. 9-10 am Sept- May and 8-9 am June-August.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
10 am-2 pm
Call or more information and locations (520) 724-7911 or visit the following websites
Several sites in Pima County will be accepting unneeded medications in their original containers. This service is free and anonymous from Dispose A Med, a coalition that promotes safe disposal, storage, and use of prescription medication to protect public health, the environment, and preserve drinking water. Partners include the Pima County Health Department, City of Tucson, City of South Tucson, Town of Marana, Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, and many others.
Did You Know...?
Help Emerge! Support Survivors
7 am-6 pm
Sam Levitz East
100 N Pantano Rd
For more inspiration on how to participate with Emerge! for Domestic Violence Awareness Month click here
to view the Emerge! calendar.
This week's prize is a Fandango Gift Card.
Enter to win a $25 gift card to Fandango for your next movie outing!
To enter, read the Red Flags
article and tell us one of the warning signs that surprised you. Email your answer to email@example.com
, and post it to social media and tag @emergetucson for a double entry! Please make your entry by Wednesday, October 31st.
Volunteer with VITA and Help Tucsonans Save Millions
No experience necessary, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona will train you!
How to Report Transportation concerns After Stormy Weather
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed after the recent storms? Did the weather take down a street sign? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov.
Tucson Department of Transportation: http://1.usa.gov/18IdPf8
The City also uses the SeeClickFix app which is available to residents for download. It will use your location (with your permission) and forward your issue to the City. You can upload photos and it gives you many options of things that you can report including illegal dumping, weeds, potholes, shopping carts and more. You can send messages to your neighbors and also see what reports have been addressed. The City Manager's office uses this app to communicate to constituents as well as TDOT, Code Enforcement, and other City departments. You can even sign on to your account from your computer. Just go to www.seeclickfix.com and there should be an icon at the bottom that will take you to your respective app store to download. Have fun with it and make Tucson a better place to live.
Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
Ward 3 has created Facebook and Twitter pages so you can keep up with our Council Member and stay in touch with what's happening in Tucson and around the Ward.
Please "Follow" us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham