TUCSON 12: STREETCAR 101 IS BORN – In the early morning darkness of Friday, August 30th, City officials and members of the Sun Link project team watched with pride and anticipation a truck delivered the first of eight modern streetcar vehicles from Oregon's United Streetcar. The following Friday, a crowd of hundreds gathered at Sun Link’s newly unveiled Operations and Maintenance Facility to celebrate the vehicle's arrival. Tucson 12's cameras were there for both occasions.
NOW THROUGH MAY 2014: FREE AFTER SCHOOL MEALS AT THE FREEDOM CENTER – The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona announces the start of the after-school free meal program with Tucson Parks and Recreation. Meals will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for youth 18 and under at Freedom Center from October 2013 through May 2014. This program is sponsored by the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to sex, race, color, age, handicap or national origin.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: GRANT FUNDING OF CERTAIN ENTITIES FROM THE TOHONO O'ODHAM NATION – Arizona's gaming compacts with various tribes require an annual contribution to the state. Under the law, 12% of this contribution can be made in the form of "distributions to cities, towns or counties." A private organization can apply for funding from the twelve percent gaming distribution; however, the application must be made through an eligible city, town, or county. Through an application process, the Tohono O'odham Nation has identified 9 entities that will receive this funding through the City of Tucson. These entities will receive grants ranging from $25K to $100K. They are: the Arizona League of United Latin American Citizens; Ben's Bells; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson; the Church of St. Michael and All Angels School; Imago Dei Middle School; Job Path; Lend a Hand Senior Assistance, Inc.; Mobile Meals of Tucson, Inc.; and the Salvation Army of Tucson. M&C memo here; list of recipients and award amounts here.
TFD FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE SOUTHSIDE LUMBERYARD BLAZE – A tractor fire at a south-side lumberyard Tuesday night spread to stacks of lumber and railroad ties on the property, causing a massive conflagration. Half a dozen people called 911 to report the fire just after 7 p.m. in the 2500 block of South County Club Road near East 36th Street. When fire crews arrived, they found "a front-end loader on fire with a large pile of lumber also completely involved in flames. The flames were also threatening power lines above," said TFD spokesman Capt. Barrett Baker. Firefighters used water and foam to bring the blaze under control. It took 22 firefighters from eight units 24 minutes to control the blaze. Investigators have not yet released a cause of the fire or an estimate of the cost of damage.
TUCSON WATER IMPLEMENTS AUTOMATED PHONE SYSTEM TO CONTACT DELINQUENT CUSTOMERS – Tucson Water has implemented an automated calling system which sends a recorded voice message to customers who have received two delinquent notices by mail. The system, which is available in both English and Spanish, offers customers the option to make a payment or contact Tucson Water for payment arrangements. Tucson Water spokesman Fernando Molina said the calling system serves the dual purpose of helping customers avoid their water getting turned off and saving the company money. From the Star.