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Red Cross Safety Tips

From our friends at the Southern Arizona Red Cross:

Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most of these drownings occur during flash floods. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole of stick to make sure that the ground is still there before you go through an area where the water is not flowing.

Hurricane Odile

Remember that over the next few days, our area is expecting severe storms. Most flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. Moving water as little as one or two feet deep will carry away most vehicles and can knock a person off their feet. Keep children away from creeks and washes when heavy rain is in the area. Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see.

The advice from our Fire Department is: WHEN IN DOUBT, WAIT IT OUT!!

Rasheem Parks Named TEP Aztec Power Player of the Week

 

Tucson, AZ – The Pima Community College football program and Tucson Electric Power have teamed up to select a student/athlete every week to be named the TEP AZTEC Power Player of the Week.

Freshman quarterback Rasheem Parks was this week’s selection after he played the final two-and-a-half quarters of Saturday’s game. He went 17 for 31 with 205 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in Pima’s 36-20 loss against Mesa Community College at the Kino Sports Complex (FC Tucson Stadium).

NewsNet 09-16-14

STAY OFF WET ROADS AND BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCY - With heavy rain in the Tucson weather forecast - and numerous swift water rescues last week - the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is urging motorists to stay away from washes when it rains. In addition to that warning, September is National Preparedness Month, and TFD urges you to be prepared for 72 hours of distress. Tips include keeping a gallon of water on hand for each person, stocking a three-day supply of non-perishable food, having a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, and more. In addition, the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter has published safety tips about what to do - and not to do - during heavy rain. Some of those tips include not walking or driving through water, staying away from power lines, watching for snakes and small animals that could get into your home, and being alert for potential gas leaks.
 
CITY OF TUCSON ENTERS INTO CONTRACT FOR PRIVATE MANAGEMENT OF TCC - The City of Tucson has signed the final contract with SMG for management of the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The contract runs from Oct. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The contract can be extended with 10 one-year renewals at the City's sole discretion. SMG will be paid a fixed annual fee of $135,000, with annual increases consistent with the Consumer Price Index - not to exceed two percent in one year. SMG also is eligible for an incentive fee not to exceed the annual fixed fee amount, if certain conditions are met. SMG is a global leader in convention center management and currently operates properties throughout the southwest. Several TCC employees have accepted jobs with SMG, while others accepted other jobs in the City. For those who haven't accepted jobs, the City's Human Resources Department will continue to work with them to find other civil service positions.
 
BABY ELEPHANT TO GET NAME SOON - After weeks of calling her "Tucson's Big Baby," the Reid Park Zoo is getting close to naming the elephant calf born Aug. 20, on Tucson's birthday. The Zoo has come up with two names, and you can vote on your favorite. Watch a Tucson 12 video about the naming process.
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TUCSON COMMUNITY INVITED TO HELP DESIGN ALL-AGES PLAYGROUND - The City of Tucson, Lend a Hand Senior Assistance, and Humana Inc. will join organizers from KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,300 playgrounds) tomorrow to begin design plans for 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 existing playground at La Madera Park, 2700 E. La Madera Drive, is in need of replacement, as it is outdated and contains some unusable components. Organizers say the community will come together to design senior-focused and 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. The design meetings will be held tomorrow at JP Industries, 2851 N. Country Club Road. Child-focused design talks will run from 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., with adult volunteers helping in the process from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Read the news release.
 
SUNGO CARDS ACCEPTED ON BOTH SUN LINK STREETCAR AND SUN TRAN BUSES - The SunGO card is the best way to pay fares when riding public transit in Tucson. The card works on both the Sun Tran bus system and the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. A SunGO card with unlimited rides for a month is just $42. If you're an occasional rider, you can load the SunGO card with a cash value to pay the $1.50 one-way fares whenever you use transit. In addition, there are many discounts available for students, low-income residents, senior and others. If you have a promotional U-Pass, the free ride period has expired. Please visit the UA Parking and Transportation website to buy your discounted pass. If you ride the streetcar, you must have a SunGO card, or purchase a day pass with cash or a credit card from a vending machine at the stop. Cash is not accepted on the streetcar. Read answers to Frequently Asked Questions about SunGO cards.

ROAD RECOVERY AJO WAY - COUNTRY CLUB ROAD TO 14TH AVENUE RESURFACING PROJECT

Beginning tonight, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin to improve the roadway conditions on Ajo Way from 14th Avenue to Bernard Drive and on Ajo Way from the Kino off-ramp to Country Club Road. The contract also calls for resurfacing Country Club Road 200 feet north and 200 feet south of Ajo Way.

The pavement improvement project is part of the $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. The Road Recovery program is funded by voter-approved bonds.

Ajo Way - Country Club Road to 14th Avenue Resurfacing Project

Beginning tonight, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin to improve the roadway conditions on Ajo Way from 14th Avenue to Bernard Drive and on Ajo Way from the Kino off-ramp to Country Club Road. The contract also calls for resurfacing Country Club Road 200 feet north and 200 feet south of Ajo Way.

The pavement improvement project is part of the $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. The Road Recovery program is funded by voter-approved bonds.

NewsNet 09-15-14

FALLEN TUCSON FIREFIGHTER TO BE HONORED IN COLORADO - Former Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Investigator Tom Quesnel, who died of cancer this past March at the age of 59, will be memorialized again this weekend. His TFD colleagues honored him with a special memorial ceremony in Tucson earlier this year, and now Quesnel will be honored Saturday at an international ceremony in Colorado. His name will be added to the Wall of Honor at the annual International Association of Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs. In addition, the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona's Yarnell Fire in June 2013 will have their names added to the Wall of Honor during the same ceremony. Read more from KVOA.
 
PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE HEAVY STORMS THIS WEEK - As Hurricane Odile climbs up the coast of Baja California, the tropical moisture surge could bring heavy rain to Arizona this week, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for a slight chance of rain tonight, gradually increasing through Thursday night, then falling a bit through the rest of the week. After numerous swift water rescues last week, the Tucson Fire Department urges motorists to stay away from washes when it rains. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star, and watch storm safety tips from a July edition of "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9.
 
FREE CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS THIS WEEK
- As part of this week's National Child Passenger Safety Seat Week, several local law enforcement agencies will be checking child safety seats for proper installation. A big event is scheduled for this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, when the Tucson and Marana Police Departments, in partnership with Safe Kids Pima County and Tucson Medical Center, will check car seats in the parking lot of the Target store at 4040 N. Oracle Road, near West Roger Road. Parents and caregivers also can call law enforcement to make an appointment with a nationally-certified car seat technician. Operational funding for National Child Passenger Safety Seat Week comes from grants awarded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Arizona law requires every child under the age of five to be properly secured in a federally-approved car seat. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
DESIGN CONCEPTS BEING SOUGHT FOR TUCSON’S JANUARY 8TH MEMORIAL - The January 8th Memorial Foundation and the Tucson Pima Arts Council invite designers to submit their qualifications and design interests to create a Master Plan Concept for El Presidio Park in Downtown Tucson and a schematic design for a January 8th Memorial. The memorial will commemorate the tragic events of Jan. 8, 2011, remembering those who lost their lives and those who were injured while participating in the democratic process and the community response that followed. The application deadline to submit a design is Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 11 p.m. The budget for the scope of work is $90,000, and each finalist will receive a $5,000 stipend.
 
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

SPEEDWAY BOULEVARD STREETLIGHT POLE REPLACEMENT GOLF LINKS ROAD GUARDRAIL REPAIR

 

On Monday, September 15, 2014, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will remove a damaged streetlight pole on Speedway Boulevard near Santa Rosa Avenue, just east of Swan Road. This work will require both eastbound and westbound travel lane closures for the median traffic lanes. The work hours and travel lane restrictions will be from 9 a.m. until approximately noon.

Speedway Boulevard Streetlight Pole Replacement, Golf Links Road Guardrail Repair

On Monday, September 15, 2014, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will remove a damaged streetlight pole on Speedway Boulevard near Santa Rosa Avenue, just east of Swan Road. This work will require both eastbound and westbound travel lane closures for the median traffic lanes. The work hours and travel lane restrictions will be from 9 a.m. until approximately noon.

Newsnet - September 12

RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW - University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to University of Arizona football games. Prior to tomorrow's 8 p.m. game against Nevada, fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.

NewsNet 09-12-14

RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW - University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to University of Arizona football games. Prior to tomorrow's 8 p.m. game against Nevada, fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop. Fans can also park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. The Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees when you buy a Sun Link Day Pass, park in the garage, and ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle.
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2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN PART OF BUSY WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event tomorrow begins with gallery shows at 9 a.m. and entertainment later in the day. At 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. With the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, you can park not only in the downtown area, but at the University of Arizona, and along 4th Avenue to catch a ride downtown (regular streetcar fares apply). There are 11,000 parking spaces along the 3.9-mile route.
2nd Saturdays Downtown event and parking information

IMMIGRANT WELCOMING TASK FORCE TO DISCUSS IMMIGRANT WOMEN WORKERS - The Tucson Immigrant Welcoming Task Force, Coalición de Derechos Humanos, and the Tucson Immigrant Workers’ Project will host a community conversation on female immigrant workers. The forum will include a presentation of the report "Out of the Shadows: Shedding Light on the Working Conditions of Immigrant Women in Tucson," as well as a panel of women workers, community advocates, and other stakeholders discussing current working conditions and policy solutions. The 6 p.m. forum is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15, at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue. For more information about the meeting, call (520) 791-4593 or send an email to tucsonimmigrant@tucsonaz.gov.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS RETURNS TO REID PARK SUNDAY - The Tucson Pops Orchestra's Music Under the Stars program continues its Sunday night fall concert series this weekend with "Orchestral Favorites," featuring Clair de lune by Debussy, Brubaker’s Touch of Jazz, as well as selections from Gigi, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Die Fledermaus, and much more. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park. There is a limited amount of seating at DeMeester, which fills up quickly, so organizers urge you to bring folding chairs or a blanket. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department operates shuttles from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. from the Randolph Golf Course parking lot, 600 S. Alvernon Way.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION TOMORROW - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Program's 2nd Saturday Collection this weekend at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off of HHW is free for residents. Download the 'my-waste'™ App.

COUNCILMEMBER FIMBRES WELCOMES NEW BUSINESS TO WARD 5

TUCSON – On Friday, September 12, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place for VXI Global Solutions, located at 6730 S. Tucson Boulevard in Ward 5.

 

This is a new contact center, for which is now open and fully operational. The beautifully appointed building is a state-of-the-art call center with a capacity of over 400 seats, and VXI has already hired over 150 employees from the Tucson area.

 

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