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2017 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

February

  • Saturday's Union Plaza Volunteer Event Cancelled — 2/23
    The first 2017 V.I.P. (Volunteer in Parks) of the season scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at Union Plaza has been cancelled due to the predicted winter storm. The next V.I.P. event is scheduled for March 25.
  • South 70th Lanes Closed for Water Main Repair — 2/22
    Beginning today, traffic on S. 70th Street at Old Post Road, between South and Van Dorn streets, will be restricted to single north and southbound lanes during water main and street repairs. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes if possible. Lanes are expected to reopen this weekend or early next week.
  • Diseased, Ailing Trees to Be Removed at Antelope Park South — 2/21
    The Parks and Recreation Department will remove 10 diseased and ailing trees this week in Antelope Park South, 33rd and Pawnee streets. The work is being done to prepare for the renovation of the landscape surrounding the Pioneer Woman sculpture later this spring.
  • Second Open House Set for 56th and Morton Drainage Improvement Project — 2/21
    The public is invited to the second open house on a stormwater drainage improvement project in the area east of 56th Street and north of Cornhusker Hwy. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 at Vital Services, 6400 Cornhusker Hwy, Suite 250. The public may park in the south lot and enter through the east door of the main entrance. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Tree Work Part of Preparation for Zoo Expansion Project — 2/20
    The Lincoln Children's Zoo is taking some of the first steps in the development and expansion of the Zoo on the Antelope Park Triangle. The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department moved 12 young trees from the Triangle to other locations in Antelope Park, removed declining trees and recycled a tree for use in the department's new office space.
  • Work on Yankee Hill Road Project to Resume — 2/17
    Work on the Yankee Hill Road project from 70th Street to the intersection of 91st Street and Highway 2 will resume Monday, February 20 with the full closure of the 70th and Yankee Hill intersection. Traffic will be detoured to 56th Street and Pine Lake Road. Local access will be maintained to residents between 70th and 84th Street via 84th Street.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 20 Through 26 — 2/17
    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 20 through 26:
  • Town Halls to Focus on Potential New Central Library — 2/16
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two Town Hall meetings next week about a potential new central library in downtown Lincoln. Library Director Pat Leach said the meetings are an opportunity for residents to share their suggestions for services and resources a new library might offer.
  • Water Main Replacement Projects to Begin — 2/16

    The Public Works and Utilities Department will begin two water main replacement projects this month:

    • Work will begin Monday, February 20 to replace the main along Nance Avenue from 8th to 12th streets. The project is expected to take about 12 weeks to complete. Nance Street will remain open during construction, but some areas may be restricted.
    • Work will begin Monday, February 27 to replace the water main along "D" Street from 12th to 20th streets. The project is expected to take about six months to complete. Access and parking on "D" Street will be restricted during construction. Because the water main project crosses 16th Street, work will also be done for the 16th Street paving project, which is expected to begin March 1.
  • Water Main Break Closes Lanes of South 27th — 2/16
    The Public Works and Utilities Department is advising drivers to avoid South 27th Street just north of Highway 2 due to a water main break late this morning. Workers will be making repairs in the roadway, so traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction between Woods Blvd. and Highway 2.
  • Public Invited to Volunteer at Union Plaza — 2/9
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in a cleanup Saturday, February 25 at Union Plaza. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Jane Snyder Trail Center, 21st and "Q" streets, and are expected to be finished by noon.
  • Food Vendors Needed for Uncle Sam Jam — 2/9
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applications from food vendors to participate in the City's Uncle Sam Jam Celebration, Monday, July 3. The event is from 3 to 10:30 p.m. at Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston Streets. The rain date will be Wednesday, July 5 at the same location.
  • Mayor Says Investment, Ideas and Innovation Leading to Improved Streets — 2/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City continues to improve streets at record levels, with nearly 18 miles of arterial streets and 80 blocks of residential streets repaired last year. He said increased investment, new ideas and innovation are leading to better streets for Lincoln
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Host Romance Fiction Documentary, Discussion — 2/7
    Lincoln City Libraries will host a screening of the film "Love Between the Covers" and a discussion with local blogger Kiersten Hill at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 12 at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Libraries Host Free Maker Space Events in February — 2/7
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to February Maker Space events at two locations: Walt Branch, 6701 S. 14th Street, and Williams Branch, 5000 Mike Scholl Street. The free events showcase new traveling kits of tools and projects designed to inspire young people to create in an innovative and collaborative way.
  • Public Invited to Nature Center Outdoor Programs — 2/7
    Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to participate in a variety of outdoor family-friendly events in February. All participants will meet at the Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.
  • Register Now for Sandhill Crane Migration Trip — 2/7

    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to register for the Pioneers Park Nature Center's tour of the Sandhill Crane migration. The tour begins at noon Friday, March 10 at the Auld Recreation Center in Antelope Park and will return to that location about 10:30 p.m. To register, contact the Nature Center at 402-441-7985 or naturecenter@lincoln.ne.gov. The registration deadline is February 10 and space on the trip is limited.

  • "An American Patriotic Celebration!" to Highlight Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthda — 2/6

    Mayor Chris Beutler today invited the public to attend the 17th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration Sunday, February 12 at Lincoln Southeast High School, 2930 S. 37th Street. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m. in the commons area, and "An American Patriotic Celebration!" featuring a children's choir and storytellers is set for 3 p.m. in the Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center. All activities and events are free. The Nebraska 150 Celebration has designated it as an Official Event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial.

  • Public Encouraged to Participate in Wilderness Park Survey — 2/3
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to participate in a survey about Wilderness Park through February 17 at parks.lincoln.ne.gov (select "Take the Wilderness Park survey"). Hard copies are available at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 "A" Street, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
  • 56th and Holdrege Intersection to Close Sunday Night — 2/3
    The intersection at 56th and Holdrege streets will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday, February 5 to 6 a.m. Monday, February 6 for electric line work. Sidewalks and access to the businesses near the intersection will be open.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 6 Through 12 — 2/3
    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 6 through 12:
  • Public Invited to Open House on N. 33rd Street Storm Drain and Road Project — 2/2
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, February 9 on improvements to N. 33rd Street between Holdrege Street and Madison Avenue. The meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 N. 33rd Street. Parking is available on the south side of the building. No formal presentations are planned.

January

  • Public Invited to Aging Partners' February Musical Performances — 1/31
    Aging Partners invites all senior citizens and the public to attend two musical performances in February:
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events Jan. 30 - Feb. 5 — 1/27
    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 30 through February 5:
  • Parks and Recreation Spring Program Guide Now Available — 1/27
    The Parks and Recreation Department has released its spring program guide, which provides information about youth and family activities in Lincoln such as summer camps and City pools. The guide will be included in the Sunday, January 29 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star and is available for free at the following locations:
  • Libraries Encourage Daily Reading With 50 Beloved Books Challenge — 1/25
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites families to participate in the 50 Beloved Books Challenge from February through April. The book list includes some of the most popular and loved picture books, and parents are encouraged to read the books aloud to their children for at least 15 minutes a day. The book list is available at lincolnlibraries.org ("Get Started - Read Aloud 15 Minutes a Day"). Children up to age six are eligible to receive a certificate for a free Runza® kid's meal. Parents may sign up their children at any branch library.
  • New York Times Columnist to Speak at Civil Rights Conference — 1/25
    The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) invites the public to the annual Civil Rights Conference Tuesday, April 25 at Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr. The keynote luncheon speaker will be Dan Barry, New York Times columnist and author of The Boys in the Bunkhouse, Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland.
  • Madcap Puppets to Perform at Lincoln City Libraries — 1/25
    Lincoln City Libraries invites families to attend free previews of "Three Billy Goats Gruff" performed by the Madcap Puppets, a nationally recognized children's performance group. Four performances are scheduled:
  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year With Lincoln City Libraries — 1/24
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the community to celebrate the Chinese New Year by participating in cultural activities from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, January 29 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street
  • Registration Now Open for Parks and Recreation Summer Camps — 1/24
    The Parks and Recreation Department invites families to register now for the FUNdamental Healthy Me summer day camps and Pioneers Park Nature Center camps.
  • Mayor to Present December Award of Excellence — 1/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for December to StarTran Bus Operator Jason Stege from the Public Works and Utilities 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.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 23 Through 29 — 1/20
    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 23 through January 29:
  • Cardboard Ban Part of Recycling Compromise — 1/20
    Mayor Chris Beutler, City Council members and recycling advocates today announced that a new recycling ordinance will be introduced Monday, January 23 that would ban cardboard from the City landfill beginning April 1, 2018. Diverting cardboard to increase the City’s recycling rate is part of the compromise among the Mayor and City Council members announced yesterday.
  • Mayor and Council Reach Compromise on Four Issues — 1/19
    Mayor Chris Beutler and City Council members today announced a compromise on four high-profile issues - two on the budget, the addition of Council staff and the Recycle Lincoln ordinance. Beutler was joined at a news conference by Council Chair Leirion Gaylor Baird, Vice Chair Roy Christensen, Carl Eskridge, Trent Fellers, Cyndi Lamm and Jane Raybould. Jon Camp was unable to attend because he is in Washington DC for the presidential inauguration.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 16 Through 22 — 1/13
    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 16 through January 22.
  • Health Department Reports Influenza Increase — 1/13
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reports a sharp increase in the number of cases of influenza, with 28 cases confirmed in the county in the past few weeks. LLCHD said the number of those with flu-like illnesses also has increased. Influenza is a highly infectious disease of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness and lead to death. Symptoms may include fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
  • Public Invited to Open House on Sanitary Sewer Projects — 1/12
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, January 19 on two sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects on Jefferson Avenue and S. 44th Street in central Lincoln. The meeting is from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Auld Recreation Center in Antelope Park. The meeting will begin with a 20-minute presentation on both projects followed by a 40-minute question and answer session. Representatives of the City Public works and Utilities Department and REGA Engineering Group will be available to discuss the projects.
  • Deadline Extended for Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations — 1/12
    The nomination deadline for the 39th annual Mayor's Arts Awards has been extended to Monday, January 16. The Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) will present the awards in June 2017. The Mayor's Arts Awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area. Nomination forms are available by calling the LAC at 402-434-2787 or printing a form from the LAC website, artsscene.org.
  • Redevelopment at 11th and "P" to Include Hotel — 1/10
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that a new project will involve the major renovation of two buildings at 11th and "P" streets. A group of three developers plans to add three new floors to the four-story building at 216 N. 11th Street to create a new boutique hotel and to make improvements to the adjoining Commercial Club building at 200 N. 11th Street.
  • Aging Partners Presents "Tribute to Elvis" Performances in January — 1/10
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend several "Tribute to Elvis" performances in January by local musician Kenny Miller. The events are free. Meals are available and must be reserved. There is a $4 suggested meal contribution for those age 60 and over and an $8 fee for those under age 60.
  • Mayor to Present November Award of Excellence — 1/9
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for November to Lincoln Police Officers Jorge Dimas and Matthew Schiefelbein. 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.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 9 Through 15 — 1/6
    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 9 through January 15:
  • Project will identify public ash trees to further prepare for EAB response — 1/5
    Field work began this week on a digital inventory of all public trees in the rights of way and the five City golf courses. The inventory will provide an accurate digital record of public trees to include in the City's geographic information system (GIS) and asset management system. The inventory also will identify all public ash trees to further prepare for responding to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
  • Aging Partners Center Helps Seniors Get Fit — 1/5
    Seniors who've made improved physical fitness their New Year's resolution are urged to visit the Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center, 233 S. 10th Street. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers a wide selection of cardio and strength training equipment, free weights, balance and other exercise aids.
  • Block of North 11th Reopened After Water Main Break — 1/4
    North 11th Street was reopened to traffic at 11a.m. today after the block from "P" to "Q" streets was closed yesterday afternoon because of a water main break. The water main was repaired and back in service about 8 p.m. last night.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Open House to Showcase Maker Space Tools and Projects — 1/4

    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites the public to a Maker Space open house, Saturday, January 7 to showcase new traveling kits of Maker Space tools and projects designed to inspire young people to create projects in an innovatively and collaborative way. The LINC-in@LCL, a "Learn, Innovate, eNgineer and Create" event, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.

  • Public Invited to Open House on Deadmans Run Study — 1/3
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, January 17 on a study to reduce the flooding risk in the Deadmans Run floodplain in northeast Lincoln. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) Center, 1800 N. 33rd Street. A brief formal presentation is planned for 7 p.m.
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