An open forum called “Gang Violence and Prevention Awareness” takes place this evening at the South Omaha Public Library.
L.D. Richardson, Senior, Teen Specialist with Completely KIDS, says the teens in his program helped put the forum together. Richardson says tonight’s forum will bring the community together and offer them information to improve the safety of South Omaha.
The evening includes a presentation by the South Omaha precinct gang unit, former gang members and a victim of gang violence. Richardson says prevention starts in the home.
Project Interfaith is taking its Ravel/UnRavel initiative to the streets starting this Sunday. Volunteers will be parking a classic Bel Air Wagon around the city, drawing attention to the project.
The idea for Ravel/UnRavel unfolded in the spring of 2010 during the first week of a student project.
For six weeks, kids took flip cameras and a list of questions concerning service, spiritual identity and beliefs, into the community. These interviews were then uploaded to a video blog on Project Interfaith’s website.
On July 1st, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a new law into effect. Under the new “Move Over” Law, motorists who are ticketed and convicted for not moving over for emergency vehicles will face increased penalties.
Kim Snook is with the Iowa Department of Transportation. She says the purpose of the law is to keep emergency vehicles and highway personnel safe while they do their work. Snook says there are two simple rules everyone should follow.
The 4th of July is over and the Omaha Police Department is offering individuals the opportunity to turn in leftover fireworks this weekend.
The Metro Area Fireworks and Gun Amnesty day will take place this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 at two locations: Ambassador Worship Center, 103rd and Fort Streets and Seymour Smith Park, at 72nd and Harrison Streets. OPD Sgt. Matt Manhart says guns, ammunition and fireworks will be accepted at both locations with no questions asked.
The 1879 trial of Omaha Chief Standing Bear was the subject of last month’s press club.
Award winning author, college professor, and former newsman Joe Starita was the guest speaker. Starita wrote I AM A MAN, which detailed the landmark case of Chief Standing Bear. He said the case stemmed from the U.S. government forcing the Ponca Indians from their ancestral land, and Chief Standing Bear’s efforts to lead some of them back.
150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act, establishing the Union Pacific Railway. In honor of Union Pacific’s sesquicentennial, six local organizations are collaborating to offer Railroad Days. The two-day celebration takes place July 14th and 15th.
Each venue will offer special activities to explore the region’s railroad heritage. The Durham Museum is one of the participating venues. Shawna Forsberg is Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Durham.
This morning is the public’s final opportunity to weigh in on the draft of MAPA’s 2013-18 Transportation Improvement Program.
Greg Youell, Transportation and Data Manager for the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, says the TIP represents all federally funded transportation projects in the metro area. He says transportation projects slated for Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska, and the Council Bluffs area in Iowa, are included in the TIP.
Youell says it’s important for citizens to understand they do have an opportunity to give input on the selected projects.
Throughout the month of June, 28 young women have been participating in an educational experience called the Eureka Program.
Angie Hodge directs the program. She says this is the first year the nationwide program has been offered in Nebraska. Eureka offers 8th grade girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math.
In addition to focusing on the STEM fields, Hodge says the program also helps build character, and encourage physical wellness.
2.7 million children are in kinship care on any given day in the United States.
Kinship caregivers are either extended family members or close family friends who take care of kids in their parents’ absence.
Rob Geen, Director of Family Services and Systems Policy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says often these caregivers are taking care of children without much advance notice. He says making their lives ready to be able to care for the kids is a challenge.