Douglas County is replacing two vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas or CNG ones.
In April, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted to replace two high mileage vehicles with CNG vehicles. Chairman Marc Kraft says CNG vehicles are more efficient and run cleaner than gas or diesel vehicles.
He says the vehicles pay for themselves within 2 ½ to 3 years after purchase. Kraft says the purchase is part of Douglas County’s efforts to find environmentally friendly solutions.
The Malcolm X Birthday Celebration features three days of events this week.
Walter Brooks is the Administrative Director for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. He says the festivities kick off Thursday night with a program called “Verbal Gumbo.”
The evening features spoken word artists and live music at the House of Loom. Brooks says that’s followed by a presentation from a dynamic African-American motivational speaker on Friday called “Mental Liberation.”
The guest speaker Friday is Nationally-acclaimed poet and author Basheer Jones.
The Douglas County Health Department’s Chief of Community Health and Nutrition Services is in Washington DC for the Weight of the Nation Conference.
Mary Balluff says the purpose of the conference is to figure out how we as a community are going to combat the obesity issue. A recent article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine predicts an increase in the percentage of obese and very obese Americans over the next twenty years.
Balluff says Douglas County has done a number of things locally to try to stem the tide of obesity in the Omaha area.
The Salvation Army's annual D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon happens Monday, May 14th.
Steve George, Chairperson for the event, says there are three goals of the event. One is to raise money for the Salvation Army’s programs. Another is to award scholarships to high school seniors who have overcome hardships in their lives, and the third is to feature a dynamic speaker. This year’s luncheon will be held at the Century Link Center. George says there will be two guest speakers, Bob and Lee Woodruff.
The Omaha Farmer’s Markets kick off this weekend. The markets offer attendees a variety of items, including local produce, flowers, meat, and cheese. Project Manager Heidi Walz says there are also local vendors with non-food items, including handcrafted jewelry and wooden toys.
This year’s downtown Omaha Farmer’s Market will feature 110 vendors. The Farmer’s Market at Aksarben Village has expanded to 75 vendors. Walz says the mission of the markets goes back to community, and that’s why they accept SNAP cards at all their locations.
There are approximately 1500 homeless veterans in Nebraska and around 200,000 nationwide.
A new partnership announced this morning would work to make Nebraska the first state to end veterans’ homelessness. Mayor Jim Suttle and Mike Fornear of the Homeless Veterans Project, were joined by civic and business leaders to discuss the new project called “Vets Town.”
First Lady Michelle Obama gave the keynote address at the Lunch for the Girls this afternoon, telling young women to work hard and surround themselves with positive people.
Mrs. Obama thanked the parents, Girls, Inc. staff, volunteers and community for their support of the girls. The First Lady says girls being strong, smart and bold isn’t just about getting good grades, but also about being a good friend, taking care of your body by getting active and eating right, and giving back to the community.
Herbert Karliner, Philip Freud, Hans Fisher and Sol Messinger will present a special lecture at the Durham Museum on Friday morning at 10:30.
The four men are survivors of the tragic 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. After trying to dock in several countries, including the U.S., the ship was forced to return to Europe.
Many passengers subsequently found themselves under Nazi rule, and many died as a result. The majority of the passengers that were granted refuge in Great Britain survived the ordeal. Shawna Forsberg is Director of Marketing for the Durham.
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day Thursday, Creighton University in collaboration with the Omaha Jewish Community, will present the original docudrama, “The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt.” The docudrama is about the 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. 900 Jewish men, women and children were adrift at sea for 30 days and were denied entrance into the U.S.
The passengers were told the United States had reached its immigrant quota, so they were sent back to Germany and other European countries, many of them occupied by Germany.