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2019 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

February

  • Libraries to Host Activity Series in March — 2/21
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to celebrate Read Across America Day March 2 with a week-long series of events designed to reconnect parents and kids with fun, hands-on activities. Participants are encouraged to disconnect from their electronic devices to better focus on the event and each other.
  • ALLO Announces Completion of Major Construction — 2/21
    Allo Communications (ALLO), a Nebraska-based telecommunications company offering fiber communications and entertainment services including broadband internet, phone, and TV, today announced the completion of major construction on the Lincoln Fiber to Home Project, an agreement between ALLO and the City of Lincoln to build an all-fiber network providing broadband internet, television, and phone services to every home and business in Lincoln.
  • Open Houses Part of Plan to Educate Residents on Sales Tax Ballot Issue — 2/20
    The City invites the public to attend four public open houses in every quadrant of the City to learn more about the proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase that will be on the April 9 ballot. If approved, the six-year sales tax increase would generate about $13 million a year for City street repair and construction, including neighborhood street repair across the City.
  • Read to a Dog Spring Session Begins March 5 — 2/20
    Families are invited to participate in the "Read to a Dog" program offered by Lincoln City Libraries and Healing Heart Therapy Dogs, a local therapy dog organization. The program provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to a dog in 20-minute shifts once a week for six weeks.
  • Most Lincoln City Libraries Open Today — 2/20
    All Lincoln City Libraries, except the Williams Branch, 5000 Mike Scholl Street (Arnold Elementary School), are open today, Wednesday, Feb. 20. All events and programs are cancelled, including Preschool Storytme, Teen Art Lab and African American Read-In.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 2/20
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Wednesday, February 20, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Mayor's Statement on Casady Retirement — 2/19

    "On behalf of the entire community, I want to thank Tom Casady for his 45-year career in public service. His leadership, hard work, integrity and comprehensive approach to public safety have helped to strengthen our community and keep our crime rate low. Tom has earned an excellent reputation among his peers across the country, and his expertise in using technology to improve public safety has made Lincoln a national leader in that area. His positive impact on our City will continue to be felt for many years."

    Casady began work as an Officer with the Lincoln Police Department in 1974. He served as Lancaster County Sheriff from 1987 to 1994 and as Lincoln Police Chief from 1994 to 2011. He has been the City's Public Safety Director since 2011.

  • Parks and Recreation Offers Lifeguarding Courses in March — 2/15
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will offer Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor Courses March 15 through 17. The 3-day classes will be held at the Lincoln High School pool, 2229 "J" Street. The schedule for both courses is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enrollment is limited, and early registration is suggested.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 18-24 — 2/15
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from February 18 through February 24.
  • South of Downtown Annual Gathering Set for February 21 — 2/13
    The public is invited to attend the annual gathering of the South of Downtown Community Development Organization (CDO) from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 21 at Everett Elementary School, 11th and "B" streets (use the south door). The CDO is co-hosting the event with the City Urban Development Department, the South of Downtown Steering Committee and the Everett and Near South neighborhood associations.
  • Portion of Arbor Road to Close Wednesday — 2/12
    Arbor Road, from N. 40th to N. 56th streets, will be closed Wednesday, February 13 through Wednesday, February 27 for new sanitary sewer installation. Traffic will be detoured to Bluff Road via N. 40th and N. 56th streets. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained during this installation.
  • Aging Partners to Offer Roundtrip Transportation to Hickman Senior Center — 2/12
    Beginning March 6, Aging Partners will offer Hickman seniors roundtrip shuttle transportation from their residences to the Hickman Senior Center. The fee is $2 one way or $4 roundtrip. Rides must be reserved two days in advance by calling 402-441-6102. Seniors will arrive at the senior center between 9:30 and 10 a.m. and return home after 1 p.m.
  • Fletcher Avenue Bridge to Close February 11 — 2/8
    The bridge just east of North 56th Street on Fletcher Avenue will be closed February 11 through mid-July for reconstruction. Fletcher Avenue traffic between N. 56th and N. 70th streets will be detoured to Cornhusker Highway. Access to businesses along Fletcher Avenue will be maintained via N. 70th Street on the east end and N. 56th Street on the west end.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 11-17 — 2/8
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from February 11 through February 17.
  • African-American Read-Ins Set for February 7 and 20 — 2/6
    The public is invited to attend two free read-ins this month focusing on African-American literature and history. The events are hosted by the Youth Development Team of Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) as part of the local celebration of Black History Month. No reservations are required, and attendees may bring lunch.
  • Parks Seeks Vendors to Provide Inflatables for Events — 2/4

    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department seeks applications from inflatables vendors who want to provide services for event organizers and facility renters in City parks in 2019. To apply, contact Janet Ball at jball@lincoln.ne.gov or 402-441-7847, extension "0". The application fee is $100.

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 4 Through 10 — 2/1
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from February 4 through February 10.
  • Nature Center Hosts February Programs — 2/1

    The Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., invites the public to the following events in February:

    Herbal Remedies: Hops Tincture Making Workshop, Saturday, February 9, 1 to 3 p.m.

    Great Backyard Bird Count, Saturday, February 16, 9 to 11 a.m.

January

  • All Lanes on South 10th Street Now Open — 1/31
    All lanes of South 10th Street between "K" and "O" streets are now open to through traffic following the replacement of a 133-year-old water main. Short-term lane closures may be required in the spring for pavement replacement and markings.
  • Lincoln Municipal Band to Perform at Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration — 1/31
    The public is invited to a free patriotic concert by the Lincoln Municipal Band at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 10 at Lincoln Southwest High School, 7001 South 14th Street. The concert is part of the 19th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Food Vendors Needed for Uncle Sam Jam and Party in the Park Events — 1/30
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applications from food vendors to participate in the City's Uncle Sam Jam celebration and various Party/Play in the Park events. Uncle Sam Jam is from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 at Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston streets. The rain date for the event will be Friday, July 5 at the same time and location.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Eliminates Late Fees on Youth Materials — 1/30
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) announced Wednesday that overdue fees will no longer be charged on youth materials. Materials that are three weeks overdue will be considered lost and the customer will be charged a replacement fee. The replacement fee will be removed when the items are returned.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 1/30
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Wednesday, January 30, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • One Book-One Lincoln Nomination Deadline is Thursday — 1/28

    Thursday, January 31 is the deadline for submitting nominations for One Book-One Lincoln community reading program. Titles may be submitted online at lincolnlibraries.org, or in person at any Lincoln City Libraries location.

  • Parks and Recreation Releases Spring Program Guide — 1/25

    The Parks and Recreation Department has released its spring program guide, which provides information about youth and family activities in Lincoln. Programs featured in the guide include free community events, summer camps, pools, golf courses, classes, spring adult softball, spring youth NFL flag football, volunteer opportunities and much more.

  • Task Force to Study Safe Storage of Firearms — 1/25
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today the creation of a Child Access to Firearms/Safe Storage Task Force. The Mayor has asked the task force to examine strategies to reduce access to firearms by children and to increase the safe storage of firearms in the community.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Jan 28 Through Feb 3 — 1/25
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 28 through February 3.
  • Portion of "O" Street to Temporarily Close Sunday — 1/25
    "O" Street, between Ninth Street and Sun Valley Boulevard, will close from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 27 for Lincoln Electric System (LES) work. LES is removing overhead power lines and poles that have been replaced by buried lines. Access between Second Street and Sun Valley Boulevard will be maintained for local businesses. Drivers should seek alternate routes and are reminded to exercise caution around construction crews.
  • February 6 Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled — 1/24
    The February 6 Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items. The next meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 20. The nine-member Planning Commission is scheduled to meet every other Wednesday in the City Council Chambers, first floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street.
  • Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center to Hold Annual Meeting Saturday — 1/24

    The Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center organization invites the public to attend its annual meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26 at Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.

    The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center is a nonprofit organization that supports the work of the Nature Center. The annual meeting will include information about the group's plans for 2019, including upcoming fundraising events. The meeting will also feature a special presentation from the UNL School of Natural Resources about Lincoln's urban fox population.

  • Portion of North 48th Street Closed — 1/23
    North 48th Street, between Adams and Fremont streets, is closed to northbound traffic for emergency water main repair. After today, periodic lane changes may be necessary through Monday, January 28. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and exercise caution around crews.
  • Nature Center Preschool Meeting is Jan. 29 — 1/23
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites parents and guardians to the Preschool Parent Meeting from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, January 29 at Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The meeting is for adults only, and staff will provide information about the nature-based preschool and prekindergarten programs offered at the Center.
  • City Recreation Centers to Close at 5 P.M. Today — 1/22
    All six City recreation center locations will close at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 22 due to inclement weather. All activities and meetings are cancelled. The snow day program at the Belmont location will continue until 6 p.m. Weather permitting, the centers will resume regular hours on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Close at 5 P.M. Today — 1/22
    All Lincoln City Libraries locations will close at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 22 due to inclement weather. All activities and meetings are cancelled. Weather permitting, the libraries will resume regular hours on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
  • Registration Now Open for Parks and Recreation Summer Camps — 1/22
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites families to register now for the FUNdamental Healthy Me Summer Day Camps that begin in May and the Pioneers Park Nature Center Camps that begin in March.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 1/22
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Tuesday, January 22, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Final Draft of Bike Plan Available for Review — 1/18

    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department invites the public to review the final draft of the Lincoln Bike Plan developed by the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The plan is available at lincolnbikeplan.com. The plan is primarily designed to identify an on-street bicycle network that builds on the City's extensive trail network and provides safe and low-stress bicycle commuting and recreational opportunities.

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 21 Through 27 — 1/18
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 21 through January 27.
  • Diabetes Workshop Series Begins February 5 — 1/17
    Adults with diabetes, their family members and friends are invited to attend a free Aging Partners workshop series from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from February 5 through March 12. The six-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held at Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Drive.
  • Melvin the Explorer to Visit Lincoln City Libraries — 1/16
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to free preview performances by actor Tim Marrone of "Adventures of Melvin the Explorer" in January and February. The events are presented in cooperation with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra's (LSO) performance of "Adventures..." February 3 at Nebraska Wesleyan.
  • Sales Tax Increase Would Generate $78 Million for Streets — 1/16
    A coalition of community leaders today said a quarter-cent sale tax for streets is needed to keep Lincoln strong and growing. The group is asking the City Council to place on the April 9 primary ballot a measure to raise the City sales tax one-quarter cent for six years, starting October 1, 2019. The sales tax increase would generate about $13 million a year for a total $78 million for streets over six years.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Author Visit — 1/16
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free presentation by Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of "Nebraska's Sod House Homemakers and Their Quilts." The event will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 20 in the fourth floor auditorium of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street.
  • Public Invited to Submit Nominations for One Book-One Lincoln Reading Program — 1/14

    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to submit nominations for the 18th annual One Book-One Lincoln community reading program. Titles must be submitted by January 31 online at lincolnlibraries.org or in person at any library location. Last year's selection was "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann.

  • Mayor to Present December Award of Excellence — 1/14
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to Arborist Adam Klingenberg of the Community Forestry Section of the Parks and Recreation Department. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
  • Portion of Adams Street to Close Monday — 1/11
    The westbound lanes on Adams Street, from 48th to 56th streets, will be closed after 8 a.m., Monday, January 14 through mid-afternoon, Friday, January 18, for private sanitary sewer work. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained. Drivers should seek alternate routes and are reminded to exercise caution around construction crews.
  • Public Input Sought on Plans for N. 33rd and Cornhusker Area — 1/11
    The City and the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) invite the public to several events in January and February to learn about and comment on the final draft plans for the North 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway area. A related amendment to the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is also part of the discussion.
  • Public Invited to View Lunar Eclipse at Hyde Memorial Observatory — 1/11
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to view the lunar eclipse Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Hyde Memorial Observatory on the south side of Holmes Lake, 3701 S. 70th Street. The observatory will be open from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, and the event is free.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 14 Through 20 — 1/11
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 14 through January 20.
  • Aging Partners Health and Fitness Classes Begin Soon — 1/10
    The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners Health and Fitness classes beginning in late January. For those age 60 and over, a $4 contribution is suggested for most classes. For those under age 60, the fee is $5 per class. Participants can attend as many classes as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible. Registration is required by calling 402-441-7575.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Launches Monthly Discussion Series in January — 1/10
    Lincoln City Libraries will launch a free monthly discussion series called "Taco 'Bout It" in January at Bennet Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The public is invited to the library on the second Monday of each month for build-your-own tacos, followed by a presentation and question and answer session about topics of interest. Reservations are not required.
  • Party in the Parks Participants Sought — 1/7
    Organizations wanting to participate in the annual "Party in the Parks" community event series are invited to submit their proposals to the Parks and Recreation Department by January 14. Fees are waived for arts organizations using City parks to present musical, performing arts and visual events that are open to the public and free of charge. Proposals can be sent to Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, Party in the Parks, 3131 "O" Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68510.
  • Survey on Cable TV and Internet Service Ends Monday — 1/4

    Monday, January 7 is the last day the public can complete a survey on cable television and Internet services. The online survey is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: cable), and paper copies are available at all Lincoln City Library locations (listed at lincolnlibraries.org) and at the Mayor's Office (555 S. 10th Street). The survey is part of a periodic performance evaluation of Charter/Spectrum (Charter), Windstream and Allo by the Telecommunications/Cable Television Advisory Board and the cable franchise renewal process with Charter.

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 7 Through 13 — 1/4
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from January 7 through January 13.
  • Vapor Product Sales to Minors Decrease in 2018 — 1/3
    City and County agencies today thanked retailers for helping to reduce the sale of vapor products to minors in Lancaster County from 21.2 percent in 2017 to 5.3 percent in 2018. The annual compliance checks are a cooperative of the Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department (LLCHD), the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office (LSO) using youth volunteers. State law has long prohibited the sale of tobacco products to those under age 18, and a 2014 law also prohibited the sale of vapor products to minors. Local agencies added vapor compliance checks to their annual tobacco compliance checks in 2017.
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