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2018 Media Releases

News Releases from the Mayor's Office

February

  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 26 - March 4 — 2/23
    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 26 through March 4:
  • Aging Partners New Fitness Center to Open Next Month — 2/23
    The new Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center at 555 S. 9th Street is expected to open Monday, March 5. An open house for the new center at 9th and "J" streets will be scheduled at a later date.
  • Pool Passes Now Available Online — 2/23
    Season passes for the City's public swimming pools are now available online at parks.lincoln.ne.gov (select ePay services-"Buy a Pool Pass"). All City pools open Saturday, May 26. Family and individual passes are available at the following rates:
  • Driverless Shuttle Demo Makes Lincoln a Finalist in 2018 Mayors Challenge — 2/23
    Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln is one of 35 Champion Cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies as finalists in the 2018 Mayors Challenge. More than 320 applications were received in the nationwide competition that encourages City leaders to develop bold, inventive ideas to confront City challenges.
  • Nature Center Hosts March Programs — 2/22
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to three programs in March:
  • Madcap Puppets to Perform at Lincoln City Libraries — 2/22
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to free performances of "The Three Little Pigs" presented by the Madcap Puppets, March 1 through 3. The library events are presented in cooperation with the Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO), which will perform with the puppets in "A Carnival of the Animals" at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 4 in the O'Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street and Huntington Ave. on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus.
  • Read to a Dog Spring Session Begins March 19 — 2/22
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) invites families to participate in the "Read to a Dog" program offered by LCL and the local Healing Heart Therapy Dogs organization. The program gives children ages 6 to 12 the opportunity to practice their reading by reading aloud to a dog. Therapy teams are partnered with children who read to dogs in 20-minute shifts once a week for six weeks.
  • "Take It to the Bin" Campaign Encourages Cardboard Recycling — 2/22
    Mayor Chris Beutler today helped kickoff a campaign to educate the public about recycling cardboard. As of April 1, clean and dry corrugated cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill. In 2017, residents sent 38 million pounds of cardboard to the landfill, making it the single largest recyclable material thrown away.
  • Aging Partners Annual Senior Center Fundraiser Set for March 16 — 2/21
    Aging Partners invites the public to the agency's annual Senior Center fundraiser, Friday, March 16. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive in Antelope Park and will feature a traditional Irish musical performance by Paddywhack. Meal and transportation reservations are required and can be made by calling 402-441-7158. The reservation and payment deadline is March 9.
  • GPTN Annual Meeting to Feature Bike Share Program, Proposed Bridge Project — 2/20
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will give one of three presentations at the annual meeting of the Great Plains Trails Network (GPTN) Saturday, February 24. The public is invited to the meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in the community room at Cornhusker Bank, 8310 "O" Street. These three presentations will lead the agenda:
  • "O" Street to Remain Closed Through Evening — 2/19
    The block of "O" street between 9th and 10th streets will remain closed through the evening because of this morning's fire at the Terminal Building. The intersections of "O" Street with 9th and 10th streets are open. The two west lanes of 10th Street are also closed from "N" to "O" streets. Drivers are urged to plan ahead and use alternate routes.
  • Irvingdale Park Improvements Begin February 19 — 2/16
    Selected trees along the drainage channel in Irvingdale Park will be removed on Monday, February 19 to prepare for stormwater improvement work. The work will take place between South 17th and 20th streets.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 19 - February 2 — 2/16
    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 19 through February 25:
  • Lincoln City Libraries Awarded $1,500 Prize — 2/16
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has won a $1,500 prize and been designated as an Honor Library in the national Winter Reading Challenge after Lincoln readers logged more than 1.5 million minutes in January.
  • Libraries, LPS to Host African-American Read-In — 2/16
    To celebrate Black History Month, Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) invite the public to a free African-American Read-In, Wednesday, February 21. The event is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. No reservations are required.
  • Contracts Would Allow City to Pay for Upgrades With Energy Savings — 2/15
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said using energy savings to pay for facility improvements is an innovative way to protect the environment, save energy and promote a cleaner, greener future. A resolution will be introduced at the February 26 City Council meeting that would allow the City to contract with Energy Savings Companies (ESCOs) to guarantee energy savings to pay for upgrades. The Council will hold a public hearing on the resolution and vote March 5.
  • Open House Set for North 33rd and Cornhusker Project — 2/12
    The Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) and City of Lincoln invite the public to an open house Thursday, February 22 about plans for a transportation project near North 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th Street. No formal presentation is planned.
  • Libraries to Thank Readers With Valentine's Day Cookie Giveaway — 2/12
    Lincoln City Libraries will give away free sprinkle cookies on Valentine's Day, Wednesday, February 14 in appreciation for a successful Winter Reading Challenge. The Sprinkle Kindness Everywhere event recognizes the more than 1.5 million minutes logged by Lincoln readers during January.
  • Mayor to Present January Award of Excellence — 2/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for January to William Maul, a StarTran Journey Mechanic. 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.
  • Public Can Now Use "UPLNK" for Speedy Repairs — 2/12
    Mayor Chris Beutler announced today that residents now have a new way to report potholes, graffiti and other quality of life issues. UPLNK is a free app that enables Lincoln residents to request service from the City for non-emergency issues. It is an update of the City's Action Center, which has been in use since 2005.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 12 - February 1 — 2/9
    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 12 through February 18:
  • Open House for Pine Lake Road Project is February 13 — 2/8
    The public is invited to an open house Tuesday, February 13, on the Pine Lake Road widening and safety improvement project, which is scheduled to begin in March. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Humann Elementary School, 6720 Rockwood Lane. The open house will not include a formal presentation.
  • Compliance Checks Show High Rate of Vapor Products Sold to Minors — 2/8
    City and County law enforcement and health officials today reported that illegal sales of vapor products (electronic cigarettes) to minors in 2017 surpassed the rate of illegal sales of tobacco products to minors. Seven of the 33 attempts by minors to purchase vapor products during compliance checks were violations, a 21-percent non-compliance rate for the year. Only 16 of 269 attempts to purchase tobacco products were violations, a six-percent non-compliance rate.
  • Lincoln Joins Waze Connected Citizens Program — 2/8
    Drivers in Lincoln can now find the latest information on street closures, construction, traffic jams and crashes by using Waze, a free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation application. The City has joined the Nebraska Department of Transportation and nearly 500 agencies worldwide in the Waze Connected Citizens Program.
  • Improvements Require Wilderness Park Tree Removal — 2/7
    Preliminary work for a stream, bridge and sewer improvement project in Wilderness Park near Old Cheney Road will begin Thursday, February 8. Trees adjacent to Salt Creek and the Old Cheney Bridge from South 1st Street to the railroad tracks will be marked this week and removed in late February to meet an April 1 Federal Migratory Bird Act deadline. The Jamaica North trail will remain open during the work, but the Wilderness Park trails will be closed when tree removal begins.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Lunar New Year Celebration Feb. 11 — 2/6
    Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free Lunar New Year Celebration of Asian cultures, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, February 11 at Bennet Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.
  • Nature Center to Temporarily Close February 11 — 2/5
    The Chet Ager and Prairie Buildings at the Pioneers Park Nature Center will be closed to the public from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 11 for special programming. Trail hours will not be affected. Both facilities will reopen from 1 to 5 p.m. Woodland and wetland trails on the south side of S. Coddington Ave. will open at noon. Prairie trails on the north side of S. Coddington Ave. are open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Public Safety Sales Tax to End October 1 — 2/5
    Mayor Chris Beutler today said a City Council resolution ending the public safety sales tax is "a cause for congratulations and celebration of what is working in Lincoln." Voters approved the three-year, quarter-cent sales tax by a 20-point margin in April 2015. A resolution instructing the City to notify the State that collection of the tax should end October 1 will be introduced to the City Council today.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events February 5 - February 11 — 2/2
    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 5 through February 11:
  • Libraries to Host Dental Health Story Times — 2/1
    Lincoln City Libraries is celebrating Dental Health Awareness Month in February with dental care story times for preschool-age children. All programs are free and no registration is required.
  • Aging Partners Hosts Valentine's Day Meal and Show — 2/1
    Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to a Valentine's Day meal and show, Wednesday, February 14 at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" Street. Reservations are required by calling 402-441-7154 by 9 a.m. February 13. Transportation within the Center boundaries is available by calling the same reservation number.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Hosts Bird Encounter Feb. 17 — 2/1
    Lincoln City Libraries and the Wachiska Audubon Society invite families to the free Lincoln Bird EnCOUNTer from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 17 at Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street.
  • Public Comment Sought on Draft EAB Plan — 2/1
    Mayor Chris Beutler encourages the public to review and comment on the draft Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Response and Recovery Plan which was released at news conference today. The invasive beetle has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in 31 states and in Canada. Beutler said that although EAB has not yet been found in Lincoln, experts say it is probably already here. He said EAB will have a devastating impact on the City's 14,000 public ash trees along streets and in parks and golf courses.

January

  • Nature Center Hosts February Programs — 1/30
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to two bird-themed programs in February:
  • Parks and Recreation Spring Program Guide Now Available — 1/26
    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 summer camps, pools, golf courses, classes, spring adult softball, spring youth NFL flag football, volunteer opportunities and much more.
  • Lincoln Municipal Band to Perform at Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration — 1/26
    The public is invited to a free patriotic concert by the Lincoln Municipal Band the evening of Thursday, February 8 at Lincoln Southwest High School. The concert is part of the 18th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. at the school, 7001 South 14th Street, and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 29 - February 4 — 1/26
    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 29 through February 4:
  • Public Invited to Aging Partners Black History Month Event — 1/25
    In celebration of Black History Month, Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to "Wild Women of the Harlem Renaissance," a dinner and musical performance featuring Annette Murrell (aka Dr Diva). The event is Thursday, February 8 at the Cotner Center Condominium, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tree Removal for Drainage Project Starts January 29 — 1/25
    Trees in the stormwater drainage channel west of North 56th Street near Fletcher Avenue will be removed Monday, January 29, through the end of February. The work is being done to meet a Federal Migratory Bird Act April 1 deadline and precedes a larger drainage improvement project at N. 56th and Morton streets that begins in April and ends in 2019.
  • Food Vendors Needed for Uncle Sam Jam — 1/25
    The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is seeking applications from food vendors to participate in the City's Uncle Sam Jam celebration, Tuesday, July 3. The event is from 3 to 10:30 p.m. at Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston streets. The rain date for the event will be Thursday, July 5.
  • Portion of S. 9th Street Closed Until January 31 — 1/25
    The eastern traffic and parking lanes on South 9th Street between "O" and "N" streets are closed for emergency water main repair. Work is scheduled to be completed Wednesday, January 31. Motorists should seek alternate routes. A street maintenance crew is treating the area before morning commute to help prevent slippery conditions, but drivers should stay alert for slick areas.
  • Havelock Avenue Now Open — 1/24
    Havelock Avenue from 70th to 98th streets is now open. The street and a portion of the intersection at 84th Street had been closed since Monday, following a vehicle crash that damaged a traffic signal and overhead power lines.
  • Nature Center Open House Rescheduled — 1/24
    The Preschool Open House at the Pioneers Park Nature Center has been rescheduled for 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 30. The open house was originally scheduled for January 16, but was postponed due to bad weather and poor street conditions.
  • Health Department Offers Hepatitis C Testing — 1/24
    The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) reminds the public that it offers screening, counseling and referral for hepatitis C. The public may call 402-441-8065 to make an appointment or to speak to a nurse about risk factors, screening options and eligibility for free testing.
  • Portion of Havelock Ave. to Remain Closed — 1/23
    Monday's vehicle crash at North 84th Street and Havelock Avenue damaged a traffic signal and overhead power lines. As a result, Havelock Avenue will remain closed from 70th to 98th streets through Wednesday, January 24, while repairs continue. The North 84th Street and Havelock Ave. intersection is open to north and south traffic, but drivers are restricted from turning onto Havelock Ave. from North 84th Street.
  • Update Issued on N. 84th and Havelock Closures — 1/22
    This morning's vehicle crash at North 84th Street and Havelock Avenue damaged a traffic signal and overhead power lines, resulting in closures on two streets:
  • City Council Meetings Canceled Today — 1/22
    The Lincoln City Council meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. today has been canceled due to inclement weather. The LNKStat meeting at 12:30 p.m. and the pre-council meeting at 2:30 p.m. are also canceled.
  • Lincoln City Libraries to Close at 5 p.m. Today — 1/22
    Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) will close at 5 p.m. today due to inclement weather. Williams Branch Library, located in Arnold Elementary School, 5000 Mike Scholl Street, is closed today due to the closure of Lincoln Public Schools.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 1/22
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Monday, January 22, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Section of Pine Lake to Temporarily Close During Daytime Hours — 1/19
    Starting Monday, Jan. 22, all lanes on Pine Lake Road from South 56th to South 70th streets will temporarily close weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for utility work. Lincoln Electric System (LES) is relocating and reconstructing electrical utilities, and the daily closures are expected to end in mid-March, weather permitting. Local neighborhood access will be retained from South 56th Street throughout the project.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 22 - January 28 — 1/19
    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 22 through January 28:
  • Open House for Bike Share Program is January 24 — 1/18
    The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, January 24, on phase one of BikeLNK, a community bike share service that begins this spring. The event is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor auditorium of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street.
  • Aging Partners Offers Free Fitness Classes — 1/16
    The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners' "Feeling Fit" classes from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays throughout February in the lower level of the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" Street. All classes are free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
  • Aging Partners Senior Centers Closed Today — 1/16
    All Aging Partners Senior Centers in Lincoln and Lancaster County will be closed today, Tuesday, January 16, due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 15-21 — 1/12
    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 15 through January 21.
  • Public Invited to Comment on Plan for Pioneers Park Bridle Path — 1/12

    The Parks and Recreation Department encourages Lincoln residents to comment on the future of the Pioneers Park bridle path system. The draft Pioneers Park Bridle Paths Action Plan, available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov, was developed in 2017 following a community meeting and survey.

  • Transportation Coalition Issues Recommendations — 1/11
    The final report from the Lincoln Citizens' Transportation Coalition says the City can close the estimated $33 million annual gap in transportation needs through innovation, cost savings and additional revenue. The 27-member coalition of community and business leaders was appointed by Mayor Chris Beutler in August and delivered its recommendations to the Mayor today. The report is available at lincolnonthemove.com.
  • Aging Partners Health and Fitness Classes — 1/8
    The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners Health and Fitness classes beginning in January at the following locations:
  • Final Open House Set for Watershed Master Plans — 1/5
    The public is invited to an open house Thursday, January 18 on three comprehensive watershed management plans. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Educare Center in Belmont Elementary School, 3425 North 14th Street. Parking is available in the main lot, north of the Educare Center. City staff and consulting engineers will be available to discuss the goals and objectives of the project. The public will also have the opportunity to view current maps and provide feedback. No formal presentations are planned.
  • Nature Center Hosts January Programs — 1/5
    The Pioneers Park Nature Center invites the public to the following events in January:
  • Seniors Invited to Participate in Aging Partners Events January 8 - January 14 — 1/5
    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 8 through January 14:
  • Pete the Cat to Visit Lincoln City Libraries in January — 1/2
    Beloved children's book character Pete the Cat will make several appearances at Lincoln City Libraries in January. These events are free and no registration is required. Children can meet Pete the Cat, receive stickers and bookmarks, and participate in craft and coloring activities. The schedule is as follows:
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