Omaha, NE – Work is underway on the Fontenelle Park Master Plan.
Melinda Pearson, Director of Parks and Recreation, says the City of Omaha is hosting a second public meeting to get input on possible designs. She says a Master Plan focuses on the best use for an area.
The Clean Solutions for Omaha Project, or CSO, recently identified several parks that could be potential sites for fresh water and clean water practices. Pearson says Fontenelle Park is one of these.
Omaha, NE – A good communicator, consensus-builder, and an advocate for the arts are among the qualities some members of the public want in a new Omaha Public Schools leader.
Those were identified as key characteristics during Thursday night's first public forum on the search for a new OPS superintendent. OPS superintendent Dr. John Mackiel is retiring at the end of this school year after 39 years with the district.
Omaha, NE – Dancing Santas, Broadway stars and the audience sing-along are all included in one of Omaha's holiday traditions. Christmas with the Symphony returns for five performances, December 16th through 18th.
Resident Conductor Ernest Richardson says another highlight is the entire cast singing "O Holy Night." He says the production will also feature a group of dancers from Broadway. Richardson says one of the biggest challenges he faces every year is choosing the music for the program.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's AAA rating has been returned to a stable outlook, four months after it was downgraded.
Omaha's bond rating was moved to a negative outlook last August, along with the ratings of 176 other local governments. Those bonds were tied indirectly with the federal government's credit rating. City officials were notified Wednesday that Moody's restored the stable outlook.
Mayor Jim Suttle says the move means Omaha has better credit, which will save taxpayers about six million dollars when future bonds are issued.
Omaha, NE – The Creighton University men's soccer team plays Charlotte Friday in its first trip to the final four since 2002.
It'll be the soccer team's fourth appearance in the College Cup. The Bluejays defeated South Florida Sunday afternoon. Rob Simms, associate sports information director at Creighton, says the 2011 soccer Bluejays team is the best he's seen in his 11 years with the university. Eight of the 11 starters from last year's team returned this year.
Omaha, NE – There's a new way of finding out road conditions during winter weather.
Last week, Omaha Public Works introduced a smartphone app for those updates. Anyone with the app can check road conditions and be alerted when a snow emergency is in effect.
Public Works Street Maintenance Superintendent Scott McIntyre says the app is another way to keep everyone informed about winter conditions. The app will also have links to information about Omaha's parking procedures during a snow emergency.
Omaha, NE – After two full weeks of bell ringing, the Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign is 10% behind where it was last year.
Susan Eustice, Spokesperson for the Salvation Army of Omaha, says the goal of the campaign is $3.1 million and that's a lot to raise in six weeks. She says the red kettles are located at approximately 120 locations in the Metro, making it easy to donate that way. Eustice says the contributions stay local.
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Public Schools will hold three public forums this week on the search for a new superintendent.
The public forums are Thursday and Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 10am. All three will be held at the OPS TAC building, at 30th and Cuming Streets. The forums are an opportunity for the public to give input on the superintendent search, and the characteristics they'd like to see in OPS' new leader.
Omaha, NE – The UNMC College of Dentistry and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska have signed an affiliation agreement that expands dental care services on the reservation. Dr. Kim McFarland is with UNMC's College of Dentistry.