The Salvation Army of Omaha plans to open four cooling centers Monday for residents needing relief from the heat.
The centers are open from 11 am to 8 pm Monday and Tuesday. They’re at the Kroc Center at 28th and Y Streets, the North Corps at 24th and Pratt, The Council Bluffs Corps, and the Lied Renaissance Center.
Salvation Army officials say the cooling centers will be open whenever temperatures reach 90 degrees or more for at least two days.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s in the Omaha metro area Monday and Tuesday.
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.
Pride Month celebrates the LGBT community and the progress the community has made towards full equality. Omaha is the site of the Heartland Pride event on June 30th.
Staff and volunteers from One Iowa will have a booth at the event. Communications Director Molly Tafoya says the group will share information and talk with attendees about the impact the organization has had on equality issues. She says one of the things that makes Iowa so unique is their leadership in the movement for LGBT equality in the Midwest.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa is combining its annual Veteran’s Welcome Home Event with its Veterans Freedom Music Festival on June 23rd. Public Affairs Officer Will Ackerman says the VA united the two events for two reasons.
He says the celebration offers the community a day to come out and honor the state’s veterans who have served and sacrificed for their freedoms. Additionally, Ackerman says the event gives the state’s veterans a chance to learn about their benefits.
The city of Omaha could soon grow by 6,353 residents.
An open house Wednesday in Omaha gives residents in eight Sanitary Improvement Districts to be annexed a chance to ask questions and find out what services might change. The SIDs are Lakeview Heights, Pepperwood, The Colonies, Seven Pines, Walnut Lake, Standing Bear, Hillsborough Plaza, and Pegasus.
The City of Omaha recently honored the Empowerment Network, the Deer Park Neighborhood Association and neighborhood advocate Jeannie Dickes with Community Excellence Awards.
Mayor Suttle says the awards recognize the hard work these recipients have done in helping to improve the quality of life in Omaha’s older neighborhoods. He says over the past several years, the number of neighborhood associations and the projects they are taking on has grown substantially.
Douglas County’s new fiscal year budget is once again up for discussion Tuesday.
County Commissioners will discuss the budget at their 9am meeting Tuesday. Two weeks ago, Finance Committee members grilled county department heads on their budget requests for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The County Board asked all departments to present flat budgets, and justify any requests for additional funding.
County Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the 2012-13 budget later this month.