Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to open 48 new efficiency apartments and a community services center.
A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of the project on 18thStreet. The $7.2 million dollar project is set for completion in August. Siena/Francis House executive director Mike Saklar says the new apartments are for homeless people with disabilities. They’ll pay 250 dollars a month rent, with assistance available.
278 broken light fixtures that are part of Omaha’s so-called “string of pearls” will be replaced in April.
The string of pearls are 700 lights that line a three-quarter mile stretch of Abbott Drive, from downtown Omaha to Eppley Airfield. A hailstorm last August shattered 278 of those lights. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says original estimates put the replacement cost at $500,000. But Pfitzer says those lights will be replaced with LED ones, which will save the city $120,000 to $150,000 in energy costs over the next five years.
The 5th Annual Heartland Walk for Warmth takes place tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. at Westroads Mall.
Kathy O’Hara, Spokesperson for United Way of the Midlands, says the event helps raise funds for energy assistance programs. She says the organization has seen a 30% increase in requests for help with energy assistance over the past year. O’Hara says the Walk for Warmth is a one mile walk outside. She says even though it’s been a milder winter, it can get cold in the house when you can’t afford to turn the heat on…
Omaha Police are investigating the death of Ralston’s Fire Chief.
Authorities were called to 6902 Pine Street around 7:30 AM for a report of a down party. There, they found the body of 40-year-old Kyle Ienn hanging from a bridge. Ienn was a Ralston firefighter for more than 20 years. He was named Fire Chief in 2000.
Lutheran Family Services is holding a yearlong celebration in honor of its 120th birthday.
LFS began as two orphanages in 1892. Spokeswoman Bev Carlson says since then, the human care organization has served children in multiple capacities. LFS offers assistance with adoption, foster care services, and childhood behavioral health. Carlson says the organization will hold a celebration on Saturday, September 22nd that’s meant to be a reunion