- Libraries Highlight 100 Best Picture Books — 5/31
To call attention to some of the best picture books published in the last 75 years, Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has developed a list of the 100 best picture books. The list is based on suggestions by LCL staff who work with children and children's books in the library system. Each library has printed lists of the available books, as well as multiple copies for borrowing.
- South 56th Street to Close Monday for Rehabilitation — 5/31
Beginning at about 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 3, South 56th Street from "A" to Randolph streets will close for eight weeks for rehabilitation. The project will widen the street to add a common center left-turn lane.
- Library to Offer Spanish Language Book Group — 5/30
Lincoln City Libraries invites Lincoln's Hispanic community to participate in a book discussion group for Spanish-speaking parents and their elementary-age children at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon every Saturday in June.
- Lincoln Beats National Average in Heart Attack Response Time — 5/30
Mayor Chris Beutler today praised Lincoln Fire & Rescue (LF&R), Bryan Health and St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center for their efforts to increase survivability for those experiencing heart attacks. Their use of state-of-the-art technology is helping the system deliver care in less than half the time of the national average.
- Winners of Cleanest High School Campus Competition Announced — 5/29
Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) today announced that Norris, Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln Southeast high schools are the winners of this year's annual Cleanest High School Campus Competition. The competition is an annual litter awareness and reduction program started by KLLCB in 2010.
- Second Open House Planned for N.W. 48th Project — 5/29
The public is invited to participate in the second open house for the N.W. 48th Street widening project from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at Arnold Elementary School, 5000 Mike Scholl Street. The two lane street will become a four-lane divided road between West Holdrege Street and Highway 34. South of West Holdrege Street, the street will be widened to six lanes to match the Nebraska Department of Roads' proposed interchange project.
- Task Force Returning From Oklahoma — 5/23
Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the Urban Search and Rescue team based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue, is returning today from Moore, Oklahoma, where it assisted with operations in the wake of Monday's deadly tornado. Fire Chief John Huff said NETF1 successfully completed its assignments without injury or incident, and he is proud of the team members' work.
- Section of N. 27th to Be City's First Adaptive Signal Control Tech Corridor — 5/23
Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that state and federal agencies have approved a $2 million project to deploy Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) and upgrade fiber communication along a five-mile stretch of N. 27th Street. The technology will allow for rapid adjustments in the timing of traffic signals to ensure safer and more efficient traffic flow along N 27th from "O" Street to the Interstate 80 north ramp.
- Traffic Crashes Continue Downward Trend — 5/23
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the number of vehicle crashes in the City continues to decrease. The City's 2011 Crash Study shows that 7,673 crashes were reported in Lincoln compared to 7,710 reported in 2010 and 7,738 reported in 2009.
- Adults Urged to Get Vaccine to Protect Infants From Whooping Cough — 5/22
Adults who live with and care for infants are urged to receive a vaccine to protect those children from pertussis, better known as whooping cough. Because children under the age of one year are not fully vaccinated, they can get whooping cough from their parents, grandparents, guardians and child care providers.
- Library Summer Reading Program Offered at County Sites — 5/21
Lincoln City Libraries will expand its Summer Reading Program to include Lancaster County sites during June and July. Library staff will provide a story time session, a craft activity and books for children to check out. Materials will be available for children, teens and adults to help track their progress in the program.
- Task Force Deployed to Oklahoma — 5/21
Nebraska Task Force 1 (NETF1), the Urban Search and Rescue team based at Lincoln Fire and Rescue, has been deployed to Moore, Oklahoma to assist with search operations in the wake of yesterday's deadly tornado. The full 82-member team arrived in Moore this morning, and Fire Chief John Huff said they began work immediately.
- S. 17th Street Project to Begin Tuesday — 5/20
Beginning Tuesday, May 21, S. 17th Street from South to "A" streets will be closed for about eight weeks for street rehabilitation. The project was originally scheduled to begin in early May, but it was delayed when the Near South Neighborhood Association asked if some of the existing stone curb could be incorporated into the project.
- Tickets Available for Mayor's Arts Awards — 5/20
Tickets are now available for the 2013 Mayor's Arts Awards Wednesday, June 12 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) produces the event to formally recognize artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area.
- City Golfers Encouraged to Complete Survey — 5/17
Golfers who have played on City courses are encouraged to complete a survey as part of a study by the National Golf Foundation (NGF).
- Mayor Announces Winners of Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest — 5/16
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the winners of the annual water conservation poster contest. Lincoln fifth-graders participated in the art contest, sponsored by the Mayor's Water Conservation Task Force. The top two entries were submitted by Evan Spring of Morley Elementary School, whose artwork will be displayed on a StarTran busboard, and Brooklynn Wiedmyer of Holmes Elementary School, whose artwork will be displayed on billboards at various Lincoln locations.
- Mayor Not Recommending Watering Restrictions — 5/16
After record drought conditions last summer, Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City's water supply is 96 percent full, and he will not ask residents to follow the voluntary designated-day watering schedule at this time. Lincoln's water comes from well fields along the Platte River. Officials with the Lincoln Water System (LWS) say precipitation is near normal levels, the aquifer is almost full and flows in the Platte are just slightly below normal. LWS will review river flows and water usage the first week of June to determine if additional conservation measures are needed at that time.
- Parks and Recreation Staff Address Increase in Dandelions — 5/15
The City Parks and Recreation Department's maintenance staff will continue to monitor and address park areas that have been infested with dandelions as a result of 2012 drought conditions.
- Mayor to Present April Award of Excellence — 5/13
Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for April to Robyn Cruse-Miller of the Lincoln Water System, a division of the Public Works Department. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The award was presented at the beginning of today's City Council meeting.
- Construction Delayed on S. 17th Street — 5/9
Construction planned for S. 17th Street between South and "A" streets has been delayed due to potential changes in the original plans. Work was to begin Monday, May 6.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday May 18 — 5/9
Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer), N.W. 4th St. and Cornhusker Highway. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
- Public Invited to Meet New StarTran Transit Manager — 5/9
The public is invited to an open house Thursday, May 16 to meet the new StarTran Transit Manager Michael Davis. The informal "meet and greet" event is from 3 to 5 p.m. at StarTran, 710 "J" Street. The public should use the door on the west side of the building. On-street parking is available. Refreshments will be served.
- Part of Cornhusker Highway to Close Monday — 5/8
Beginning Monday, May 13, Cornhusker Highway will close from east of 70th Street to about one-half mile west of 84th Street. The closure is needed for repair work to the pavement leading up to the bridges over Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad and Cotner Boulevard.
- Report Tracks Discrimination Complaints — 5/6
The number of total discrimination claims received by the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) increased by over 40 percent from 2011 to 2012. The 2012 LCHR annual report shows a total of 99 cases filed - 66 for employment discrimination, 31 for housing discrimination and two for public accommodation discrimination. That compares to 69 cases filed in the previous year - 42 for employment discrimination, 21 for housing discrimination and six for public accommodation discrimination.
- Heritage Room Featured in 2013 Nebraska Passport — 5/6
The Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors is one of 80 attractions included in the 2013 Nebraska Passport. The program, created by the Nebraska Tourism Commission, encourages travelers to explore the state. Participants collect stamps from participating attractions and then redeem them for prizes. The Heritage Room is on the third floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. Attractions selected for the 2013 program are organized into 10 special interest tours, and the Heritage Room is one of eight stops on the "Turn the Page" tour.
- Park in Haymarket Rededicated to Recognize Former Mayor Harris — 5/4
Mayor Chris Beutler and members of the Harris family today participated in a rededication ceremony for the Bill Harris Iron Horse Park in Lincoln's Haymarket area. Harris, who passed away in January 2011, was Mayor of Lincoln from 1987 through 1991 and was a State Senator from 1983 through 1987. Harris's wife MarySue and children Ben Hormel Harris and Elizabeth "Buff" Harris-Colarossi unveiled a new bronze tribute plaque to Mayor Harris placed on a brick column at the park's east entrance archway.
- Board of Health Presents Awards — 5/3
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) recognized a local physician, a public school district, a local restaurant, the Capital Humane Society, and five individuals with Board of Health Awards May 2. The awards were presented at the Board of Health Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at the Bryan Health Conference Center. The keynote speaker at the event was Ayman El-Mohandes, M.D., Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
- City Encourages Residents to "Bike to Work, Lincoln!" — 5/3
The City of Lincoln is partnering with the local bicycling community to encourage residents to participate in Bike to Work Week, May 10 through 17. Participants who commit to riding to work at least one day that week can receive a free reusable bag full of information and coupons (while supplies last) and will be entered in a drawing for prizes.
- Volunteers Needed for 11th Annual "Wake Up the Beds" at Sunken Gardens — 5/3
Residents are invited to volunteer for the 11th annual "Wake Up the Beds" event beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Sunken Gardens, 26th and "D" streets. The event will end at noon unless the work is finished earlier. Volunteers will help to plant annuals in pre-assigned spaces.
- Part of S. 17th to Close for Six Weeks — 5/3
Beginning Monday, May 6, S. 17th Street from South to "A" streets will be closed for six weeks for street rehabilitation. The project will include a new concrete base with asphalt overlay and new curb and gutters. The pedestrian curb ramps will be reconstructed to meet ADA standards. The project is part of the citywide arterial street rehabilitation project, which includes work on 13 street segments throughout Lincoln.
- Arena to be Finished Month Ahead of Schedule — 5/3
The members of the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA) today announced that the JPA will take possession of the Pinnacle Bank Arena August 14, one month ahead of schedule. Mayor Chris Beutler, Councilman Gene Carroll and NU Regent Tim Clare credited the people involved for completing the project on budget and sooner than originally planned.
- Humphrey to Discuss Financial Protection for Seniors — 5/2
Aging Partners is hosting a free public presentation Wednesday, May 8 by Hubert "Skip" Humphrey III of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The program on the financial protection of older Americans begins at 2 p.m. in the lower level conference room of Aging Partners, 1005 "O" Street. A question and answer session will follow the program.
- Temporary No Parking Areas in Effect for Marathon — 5/1
The City Public Works and Utilities Department will implement additional parking restrictions Sunday, May 5 along the route of the Lincoln Marathon. On-street parking will be prohibited in all areas where temporary no parking signs are posted. The temporary parking restrictions will be in effect at 5 a.m. Sunday and will be removed when the last runner has cleared the area.
- Online Registration Begins for Swim Lessons — 5/1
Online registration is now available for swim lessons at parks.lincoln.ne.gov
. This is the first year the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program will be offered through the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department.