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Lincoln – free electric fans to seniors 2018

AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE FANS FOR SENIORS
Aging Partners reminds the public that it provides free electric fans to seniors age 60 and older in Lincoln and the surrounding area.  To obtain a fan, call Aging Partners at 402-441-3025. The fans are available through the generous donations of individuals and organizations.
More information on Aging Partners is available at 402-441-7070 or www.aging.lincoln.ne.gov.

Apr 20 – LINCOLN ROTARY CLUBS DONATE 300 TREES

Earth Day event scheduled for April 22 at Pioneers Park

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate a 300-tree donation by two Lincoln Rotary Clubs with an Earth Day event at the playground in Pioneers Park, 3201 S. Coddington Ave.  The April 22 event is from 1 to 3 p.m. and will begin with brief remarks, followed by volunteers adding mulch to recently-planted trees.  The Lincoln East Rotary Club and Downtown Rotary Club #14 provided the trees.
“The Rotary Clubs’ gift helps the City maintain a healthy and diverse urban canopy and allows for replacement of trees removed due to Emerald Ash Borer damage,” said Mark Canney, Lincoln Parks and Recreation Park Planner.  Trees will be planted throughout Lincoln along streets and in parks.
Jennifer Brinkman, President of Rotary #14, said that the tree donation stems from a challenge by Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley that every club make a difference in their communities by planting a tree for each of its members.  The goal is to plant 1.2 million trees throughout the world.
“We are excited to partner with the City of Lincoln to meet the challenge issued by our international president and make a significant impact in our community,” Brinkman said. “Rotarians are committed to living our organization’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’. This project will honor our current members, their service to our community and the world,” she said.
“One of the most significant benefits of this partnership is the long-term positive effects that will result from the tree plantings,” added Barry Stelk, President of Lincoln East Rotary.  “Rotary values sustainability as a core tenet of all their philanthropic work and this new focus on improving the environment continues that commitment,” Stelk said.

Additional funding is provided by the Lincoln Parks Foundation, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the Two for Trees program. For more information about Lincoln parks, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.  For more information on the Lincoln Parks Foundation, visit LincolnParks.org

About Rotary: Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world. For more information, visit rotary.org.

Apr 21 – LINCOLN WELCOMES SPRING GAME VISITORS

Rules – help 

The City of Lincoln is providing accommodations similar to those offered during the regular Husker football season to fans attending the sold-out Nebraska spring football game April 21.

To avoid game day traffic and parking challenges, officials recommend the following:

  • For maps and street construction information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: closures) or use the Waze mobile app.
  • Plan ahead for parking.
  • Remember, the University of Nebraska has implemented a clear bag policy to enter Memorial Stadium.  For more information, visit huskers.com and select “Fan Zone.”
  • Use StarTran’s Big Red Express (startran.lincoln.ne.gov).

The Big Red Express shuttle service will pick up and drop off at two locations:

  • South side of SouthPointe Pavilions, 27th and Pine Lake Road.  SouthPointe buses will unload and load near the stadium on “R” Street between 13th and 14th streets.
  • North Star High School, 5801 N. 33rd Street.  North Star buses will unload and load near the stadium on 14th Street between “W” and Vine streets.

Big Red Express service begins two hours before kick-off, and the last buses leave 45 minutes before kickoff.  Buses return to the lots immediately after the game.  Cost is $5 each way or $10 round-trip, and exact change is required.  For route and schedule information, visit startran.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-476-1234.

 

Reserved, pre-paid parking is available for the spring game at City garages (those with the “Park & Go” signs).  Visitparkandgo.org to find locations and rates and to reserve parking.  Downtown parking meters are enforced Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

The latest information on street closures, construction, traffic jams and crashes is available by using Waze, a free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation application.  The State of Nebraska also uses Waze to provide traffic information on State roads.   Drivers should focus first on driving safely and designate a passenger to operate online navigation tools whenever possible.  To download the free Waze app, visit waze.com/get or search for “Waze” in your mobile app store.

Fans driving to the stadium should plan ahead and keep in mind the following information:

  • Interstate 80 exits at I-180/Downtown and 27th Street can be congested. Visitors are encouraged to use other routes into Lincoln.
  • Stadium Drive west of the stadium will be closed to all vehicular traffic.  Passenger drop-off and pick-up will not be allowed in front of the Stadium before or after the game.  Fans can be dropped off and picked up at 10th and Charleston streets and 12th and “R” streets.
  • 10th Street from Sun Valley Blvd. to Military Rd. (the 10th Street bridge over Salt Creek) is closed.
  • 17th Street from “Q” to Vine streets (on the UNL City Campus) remains closed after the demolition of the Cather-Pound residence hall.

Lincoln – New Recycling Locs for Cardboard

CITY INSTALLING ADDITIONAL CARDBOARD RECYCLING CONTAINERS AT LIBRARIES

Public cardboard drop-off sites increased to 32  

This week, the City is installing cardboard-only recycling containers in the parking lots of four City libraries.  As of April 1, clean and dry corrugated cardboard will no longer be accepted at the City landfill.  The library sites will be maintained for three to six months while the City evaluates residents’ recycling needs.  Cardboard-only recycling containers are available at these locations:

  • Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
  • Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
  • Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
  • Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street

The new locations are for cardboard recycling only.  Other recyclables must be taken to full service recycling sites.  The City has also doubled the cardboard capacity at all 28 full-service public recycling drop-off sites.  Residents may also subscribe to a curbside recycling service provided by a garbage or recycling collector.

Because public drop-off sites are sized to accommodate household recycling only, businesses should subscribe to a recycling service or deliver cardboard directly to a recycling processor.

As residents prepare for the change, City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon said that in the first two months of 2018 cardboard recycling has increased 22 percent compared to the same period in 2017.  “Word about the City’s cardboard diversion program is definitely getting out,” Hanlon said.  “We’ve been monitoring use of our recycling sites, and we are ready to meet the anticipated increase in cardboard recycling.”

The City is promoting cardboard recycling with the “Take it to the Bin” educational campaign that encourages residents to start or expand their recycling efforts.  For more information on the campaign and on recycling cardboard and other materials, visit recycle.lincoln.ne.gov or call the City Recycling office at 402-441-8215.

Lincoln NE – APPLY FOR LANDSCAPE FUNDING

Applications are now being accepted for financial assistance for landscaping projects that focus on water quality.  The public can apply for the Rainscaping Lincoln–Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program until April 27 or until funding runs out.

PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES DEPARTMENT

Watershed Management, 555 S. 10th Street, Lincoln, NE  68508, 402-441-7548

PUBLIC INVITED TO APPLY FOR LANDSCAPE FUNDING

Applications are now being accepted for financial assistance for landscaping projects that focus on water quality.  The public can apply for the Rainscaping Lincoln–Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program until April 27 or until funding runs out.  The program is offered by the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

The program offers homeowners up to $2,000 to reimburse 50 percent of eligible expenses for a rain garden or bioswale, a waterwise lawn or pavement removal.  The program is designed to improve surface water quality in the region, reduce stormwater runoff into storm drains and facilitate filtration through the soil to break down pollutants.

Only property within City limits is eligible for the funds and applicants must own the property.  Applications must be reviewed and approved before projects begin.  Initial costs must be covered by the applicant.  Receipts for approved reimbursable items must be submitted following a final site evaluation scheduled by the applicant.

To apply for funding and find more information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: landscape).  For questions about the program, contact Erin Kubicek, Watershed Management, at 402-441-4959 or ekubicek@lincoln.ne.gov.

Lincoln NE – Turn Lane Arrows – Traffic Signal Guide

Understanding the Signal for Your Turn Lane – The Arrows explained – Traffic Signal Guide –

Solid red arrow: STOP. No turns allowed. Do not enter the intersection to turn. Stop and wait until the signal changes.

Flashing yellow arrow: Yield, and turn when safe. Yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the crosswalk; then turn. See back to learn more.

Solid yellow arrow: Prepare to stop. The signal will soon be red for turning traffic. If legally in the intersection, wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic to complete the turn.

Solid green arrow: Turns allowed and protected. Turning traffic has the right of way. Oncoming traffic and pedestrians are stopped.

—- City of Lincoln Department of Public Works and Utilities. For more information, visit . traffic.lincoln.ne.gov

Safer, More Efficient Turn Signals. The City of Lincoln is upgrading its traffic signals and timings to enhance safety and traffic flow on major streets. As a result, intersections are using different arrow signals for turning traffic. Understanding the Signal for Your Turn Lane At many major intersections across Lincoln, arrow signals are used for both left and right turns. Studies show that arrow signals provide clearer instruction and result in fewer crashes.

Flashing Yellow Arrow: Turning Left

City of Lincoln

Yield, Then Turn

When turning left on a flashing yellow arrow,

drivers must yield

to

oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the crosswalk before turning.

Oncoming traffic

always

has a green signal and the right-of-way.

Flashing yellow arrows replace the traditional green ball when

turning left. A national study showed flashing yellow left-turn

arrows are more understandable to drivers. Lincoln’s upgraded

signals give drivers more opportunities to turn left and traffic

engineers more options to keep traffic moving at different

times of the day.

When turning left, if you get a flashing yellow arrow, remember:

pposing traffic always has a green signal and the right-of-way.

2. Always watch the signal for your turn lane  . . . not the signals or traffic in other lanes.

3. Pay attention!

» The order of signals changes depending on time of day and traffic conditions.

» Green arrows can occur before or after oncoming traffic.

4. Some intersections do not have green arrows based on traffic needs.

DID YOU KNOW ?  Flashing yellow arrows… were approved for use by Federal Highway Administration in 2006 reduce left-turning crashes by up to 25% minimize travel delays by providing more turning opportunities. Green Light Lincoln uses new traffic signal equipment, smart technologies, and new timing plans to improve safety and traffic flow on major streets. Visit

traffic.lincoln.ne.gov

(keyword: FYA).

Feb 2018 – AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE FITNESS CLASSES

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.  Four different types of classes will be offered:

  • February 9 – Chair Tai Chi: This class is based on the modified Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance 8 Form program.  Participants are taught simple movements they can practice while sitting or standing near a chair.
  • February 16 – Chair Yoga: Poses are done while sitting or with a chair used for support during standing and balance poses.  Emphasis will be on breathing, balance and going at your own pace.  This class is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions, and beginners are welcome.
  • February 23 – Chair Dance: This class is ideal for people with arthritis or limited mobility because of knee or hip issues.  This fun and upbeat class focuses on a unique combination of exercises and dance steps that isolate muscle groups and enhance flexibility.

 

More information about Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov

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