- "Being Mortal" Selected for One Book - One Lincoln — 5/30
Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Director Pat Leach today announced that "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande has been selected as the featured novel for the 2016 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.
- Mayor Says New Taking Charge Survey Will Help City Develop Budget — 5/27
Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City is facing two key budget challenges in developing the budget for the 2016-2018 biennium. And he encouraged the public to complete a new Taking Charge budget survey to provide input on upcoming decisions.
- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Friday June 3 — 5/27
Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 3rd at Lincoln Southwest High School, 14th & Pine Lake Road. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
- Superior Street Trail Detours Available — 5/26
Superior Street Trail users are advised of several detours that are available during the Superior Street repaving project, which includes work on curb ramps at intersections along the trail.
- Mayor Kicks Off 2016 Lincoln Cares and 2 for Trees Programs — 5/26
Mayor Chris Beutler today said the funds provided by residents and community partners to two donation programs – Lincoln Cares and 2 for Trees – continue to fund important City projects.
Since its inception in 2003, Lincoln Cares has raised nearly $1.4 million through donations, matching funds and sponsors. The program allows customers of the Lincoln Electric System (LES) to add $1 to their monthly bill payments for Parks and Recreation, Lincoln City Libraries and Aging Partners.
- Gere Branch Open Today, May 25 — 5/25
The Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street, will reopen today, Wednesday, May 25. All meetings and programs will proceed as scheduled. Customer service is available by calling 402-441-8500 or visiting lincolnlibraries.org.
- Public Can Comment on Transportation Improvement Program — 5/25
The Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting public comment on the proposed 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a planning document that reflects the planned transportation expenditures over the next four years. The proposed TIP is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: TIP).
- Gere Branch Closed Today — 5/24
The Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street, is closed today due to a sewer line collapse. All meetings and programs have been cancelled. Staff has been assigned to other library locations. Customer service is available by calling 402-441-8500 or visiting lincolnlibraries.org.
- All Lanes of S. 27th to Open in Area of Ideal Grocery Fire — 5/23
Demolition of the east wall of Ideal Grocery will be completed early this afternoon, and all lanes of S. 27th Street between Randolph Street and Capital Parkway will reopen by 3 p.m. The sidewalk adjacent to the site will remain closed.
- Recycle Lincoln! Aims to Double Recycling Rate — 5/23
Mayor Chris Beutler and community leaders today launched an effort to make Lincoln a cleaner, greener City by doubling the community's recycling rate by 2020. The effort, called Recycle Lincoln!, is being led by Paul Jarrett of Bulu Box; Chelsea Johnson of the League of Conservation Voters; Marc LeBaron of Lincoln Industries; and City Council member Jane Raybould of B&R Stores.
- Bennett Martin Public Library Offers Book Group for Spanish-Speaking Families — 5/23
Stories for Everybody, a free book discussion group for Spanish-speaking parents and their elementary-age children, will begin Saturday, June 4 at Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The group will meet from11 a.m. to noon every Saturday through June 25.
- Lincoln Named "Playful City" for Third Year — 5/20
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln has been named a “Playful City” for the third year. Playful City USA, a national recognition program established by KaBOOM!, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of honoring cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.
- Time to "Slide Into Summer" With New Slides at Star City Shores — 5/20
Star City Shores is celebrating its 20th year with new slides, and swimmers are invited to enter a contest to be among the first to go down the slides on opening day. Star City Shores is among the City's nine public pools that will open for the season Saturday, May 28.
- Tickets Still Available for Mayor's Arts Awards — 5/19
Those attending the 38th annual Mayor's Arts Awards Wednesday, June 15 will see and hear a variety of stories from those whose lives have been touched by the power of the arts. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The Mayor's Arts Awards is produced by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC), which has been championing the arts, connecting people and changing lives since 1968.
- Volunteers Needed for Waterfest and Public Works Day — 5/19
Volunteers are still needed for Waterfest and Public Works Day Saturday June 4 at Holmes Lake Park. Volunteers will help with parking, assist with activities, distribute food and prizes and help with recycling and trash collection. All volunteers will receive a meal and an event t-shirt.
- Several Trail Sections Closed — 5/19
The Salt Creek Levee Trail is closed at "O" Street today for the removal of a large cottonwood tree that has washed up against the "O" Street bridge.
- Vine Street Rehab Project Will Lead to Closures — 5/19
An improvement project on Vine Street from 27th to 48th streets will begin Monday, May 23, weather permitting. The project includes asphalt mill and overlay and concrete base repair as well as partial reconstruction of the intersections at 33rd, 45th and 48th streets.
- Railroad Repair to Close 33rd for Two Days — 5/17
Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 33rd Street will be closed from Cornhusker Highway to Madison Avenue for railroad track repair. The street is expected to reopen by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) will remove the concrete panels from the center of the tracks and modify the approaches to create a smoother crossing at 33rd Street. The suggested detour route is Cornhusker, 27th Street and Holdrege Street.
- Library Director Clarifies Information in LIBA Release — 5/17
Library Director Pat Leach said today's news release from the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) regarding the future of Bennett Martin Public Library confuses the issue.
- Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Decrease in Latest Compliance Check — 5/17
The percentage of businesses that sold tobacco to minors during the latest compliance check was 9.9 percent, a decrease from the 2015 cumulative non-compliance rate of 13 percent. Thirteen minors were able to buy tobacco out of 131 attempts in the checks conducted from February through April. The compliance checks are conducted by the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) using youth volunteers.
- Volunteers Needed for Party on the Plaza — 5/17
The public is invited to volunteer to help with Party on the Plaza from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Union Plaza. Party on the Plaza is a free community arts event, and volunteers are needed to lead activities, help decorate bikes and take on other duties.
- "Stepping On" Classes Set for June and July in Ashland — 5/16
The public is invited to participate in free workshops designed to help older adults prevent falls. The program, “Stepping On – Building Confidence and Reducing Falls,” will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday in June and July with the exception of July 4. Sessions will be held at the Ashland Community Resource Center, 1324 Silver St. Participants can attend as many classes as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.
- Construction to Begin on Superior Street — 5/13
Work will begin soon on a paving project on Superior Street from I-180 to 27th Street, and lane closures will begin Sunday, May 22, weather permitting. At least one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction during construction. Work will begin in the westbound lanes of Superior Street from just west of the 14th Street roundabout to the I-180 on-ramp.
- City Encourages Residents to Bike to Work — 5/12
The City of Lincoln is partnering with the local bicycling community to encourage residents to participate in Bike to Work Week, May 13 through 20. Two events are planned at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center in Union Plaza:
A free kickoff rally is set for 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 13.
A week-end celebration is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 20.
- EMS Week Begins Sunday — 5/12
Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) will observe Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 15 through 21. This theme for this year's EMS Week is "Called to Care."
- Mayor Presents Awards in Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest — 5/12
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the winners of the annual water conservation poster contest. Lincoln fifth-graders participated in the art contest, sponsored by Lincoln Water System and the Mayor's Environmental Task Force. The top two entries were submitted by Aleena Nguyen of Pyrtle Elementary School, whose artwork will be displayed on two StarTran busboards, and Evyn Shafer of Lincoln Christian School, whose artwork will be displayed on a billboard that will move to various Lincoln locations.
- Mayor Urges Water Conservation, Especially Outdoors — 5/12
Mayor Chris Beutler today said residents will not be asked to follow a voluntary designated-day watering schedule at this time. Lincoln Water System (LWS) officials say recent rainfall and improvements to the water system have the City's water supply in good shape. But the Mayor said conserving water is never out of season, especially when it comes to outdoor watering.
- Students Sought for Parks and Recreation Advisory Board — 5/11
The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications from students who are interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Two positions are open for those who will be enrolled as high school juniors or seniors during the 2016-2017 school year.
- Mayor Thanks Voters for Passage of Stormwater Bond Issue — 5/11
Mayor Chris Beutler today said yesterday's passage of the stormwater bond issue will help to protect homes and businesses across Lincoln. Voters approved the $6.3 million bond issue by a margin of 69 percent to 31.
- Lincoln Special Olympic Athletes Train for Strider Cup — 5/10
Special Olympic athletes in Lincoln are now training for the City's first Strider Cup Race from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in the Railyard. Most of the 23 athletes who are learning to ride Strider Bikes are on the Lincoln Shooting Stars, a Special Olympics Nebraska team sponsored by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department's Easterday Recreation Center.
- S. 56th Now Open From Old Cheney to Pine Lake — 5/9
One lane of traffic is now open in each direction on S. 56th Street from Old Cheney to Pine Lake Road. The major improvement project under way from Old Cheney to Shadow Pines includes widening the street from two to four lanes; construction of a new bridge; upgraded water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure; additional soil work to provide a stable pavement base; multiple retaining walls; a noise wall; additional turn lanes; and a new sidewalk and trail.
- Celebrate "Kids to Parks Day" With Party on the Plaza — 5/9
Mayor Chris Beutler invites Lincoln families to celebrate national "Kids to Parks Day" by participating in the season's first free Party on the Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21st at Union Plaza. The National Park Trust encourages communities to plan special events for "Kids to Parks Day" in local, state and national parks.
- Mayor to Present March Award of Excellence — 5/9
Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for March to Lori Irons and Debra Winkler from the Purchasing Division of the Finance 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 person commitment to the City.
- Health Department Issues Warning - Air Quality Unhealthy for All — 5/7
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a health advisory for the general public because of smoke from northern wildfires. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for all people, but especially for those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as children and older adults. LLCHD advises all residents to stay indoors and to avoid strenuous physical activity.
- Health Department Issues Air Quality Advisory — 5/7
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today issued a health advisory for sensitive populations because of smoke from northern wildfires. Officials said the levels of smoke in the air are expected to be unhealthy for those with asthma, lung disease, other respiratory conditions or heart disease as well as children and older adults. LLCHD advises those at risk to stay indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity.
- Reading List Released for Nebraska's Sesquicentennial — 5/6
The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, in partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Commission, has released the Nebraska 150 Book List, the authorized reading list for the celebration of Nebraska's 150th anniversary or sesquicentennial in 2017. The list of 150 books can be found at nebraska150books.org, and the Nebraska Library Commission will mail reading resources to libraries, museums, historical societies and bookstores statewide.
- Esposito Returns to Lead Public Works and Utilities — 5/5
Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Miki Esposito will return as Director of the City Public Works and Utilities (PWU) Department effective Monday, May 16. Esposito was Director from December 2011 through November 2015, when she accepted a position as Deputy Director of Policy and Administration with the Nebraska Department of Roads. Thomas Shafer, who has served as PWU Interim Director, will return to his position as Design and Construction Manager.
- Public Invited to Program on Dakota Storytelling — 5/5
The public is invited to attend "Storytelling of the Dakota" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 "O" St. Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey of Lincoln, a specialist in the historical culture of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux people, will present the program.
- Public Invited to Waterfest and Public Works Day at Holmes Lake — 5/5
The City’s sixth Waterfest Saturday, June 4 will again include a celebration of Public Works Day. The fun, free and educational event from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Lake Park includes music from The String Beans, fishing, canoeing, educational exhibits, free refreshments (while they last) and prizes
- Section of Randolph to Close for Repair — 5/4
Beginning Monday, May 9, a half-block of Randolph Street just east of 27th Street will close for paving repairs. The northbound right lane of 27th Street is currently closed for curb ramp and paving repairs and will remain closed during the Randolph Street closure. The work on Randolph is expected to be completed by May 15, weather permitting.
- Hyde Observatory Open for Rare Passage of Mercury — 5/4
Hyde Memorial Observatory on the south side of Holmes Lake will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 9 for Mercury's passage, or transit across the face of the sun. Mercury passes the sun only about 13 times each century. The last occurrence in 2006 was not visible from Lincoln.
- Volunteers Needed for Painting Projects — 5/4
The public is invited to volunteer Saturday, May 14 to help paint restrooms at three City parks. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at one of the park locations:
- Trago Park, 22nd and "U" streets
- Pentzer Park, 26th and Potter streets
- Roper Park, N. 3rd Street between Hartley and Fairfield, near the rock parking lot
- LFR Receives Award for Care of Heart Attack Patients — 5/4
Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has received the American Heart Association's (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for its treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. LFR received a Silver Award in 2015 and was the only Nebraska agency to receive the Gold Award this year.
- Trail Closed for LES Work — 5/4
The Boosalis Trail from Brower Road to Dunn Avenue will be closed from today through May 20 for Lincoln Electric System work. The recommended detour route is Brower Road to S. 20th Street to Kessler Blvd. The trail can be accessed on Kessler Blvd. at Dunn Ave.
- "Be a Fan" of Seniors at May 18 Donation Drive — 5/3
The public can "Be a Fan of Seniors" and help keep older adults cool this summer by donating a fan during the fourth annual donation drive Wednesday, May 18. New electric fans (in the box) can be donated from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Piedmont Shopping Center, 1265 S. Cotner St., in Lincoln.
- Public Invited to Celebrate New Fountains — 5/3
Mayor Chris Beutler, the Lincoln Parks Foundation and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to celebrate the three new fountains along the revitalized Nebraska Centennial Mall Tuesday, May 24. The free event from 5 to 7 p.m. begins at the Capitol Fountain near “K” Street, moves to the Missouri River Fountain between “L” and “M” streets, and ends at the Imagination to Innovation Fountain just north of “P” Street.
- Walla Named City-County Purchasing Agent — 5/3
City Finance Director Steve Hubka has announced that Bob Walla is the new Purchasing Agent for the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County and the City-County Public Building Commission (PBC). Walla has served as Assistant Purchasing Agent since 2006. His new position was effective March 10, and he replaces Vince Mejer, who retired.
- Starpass Offers Unlimited Summer Rides for Youth — 5/2
StarTran is again offering its summer StarPass for riders ages 5 through 18. The StarPass offers unlimited rides from May 23 through August 31, 2016 for only $15. The StarPass also includes special discounts at 24 participating sponsors.