An estimated one in five Nebraskans is “food insecure”---that is, they don’t know where their next meal will come from.
An event this coming Saturday in Omaha seeks to provide 300,000 meals for local families struggling with hunger. It’s called the “Million Meal March.” Volunteers are needed to help the Omaha chapter of Minnesota-based Kids Against Hunger pack meals at the CenturyLink Center for international and local distribution.
Omaha Public Schools officials don’t anticipate that budget cuts will be needed in the 2012-2013 spending plan.
OPS board members were updated Wednesday on the preliminary revenue forecast for the 2012-13 budget. Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool says that forecast shows OPS will receive$9.9 million more in state aid next fiscal year. State aid certification will happen in May.
Four Omaha Public Schools board members aren’t seeking re-election.
Last Wednesday was the deadline for incumbents to file for the 2012 election. Board members Mary Ellen Drickey, Kersten Borer, Sandra Jensen, and Nancy Huston did not file. Drickey, Huston, and Jensen are longtime board members.
Board president Freddie Gray and Subdistrict 6 board member Mary Morrissey are seeking re-election. Candidate information from the Douglas County Election Commission shows James M. English is running against Gray in Subdistrict 2. Morrissey is running unopposed.
Omaha’s young professionals will gather next week for an event focused on their community.
The event happens next Wednesday, February 29, at the CenturyLink Center. Last year, Forbes Magazine named Omaha as one of the top cities for young professionals. Omaha also made Forbes’ list of most affordable cities.
Among the topics are community development, leadership, building a a personal brand, and social media. Author and designer Bruce Mau is the keynote speaker.
Second District Congressman Lee Terry will seek an eighth term in the U.S. House.
Terry, an Omaha Republican, announced his candidacy Sunday afternoon. He was elected to the House in 1998. Terry faces four challengers in the GOP primary: former Husker quarterback and financial adviser Brett Lindstrom, UNO Mathematics Department professor and chairman Jack Heidel, Glenn Freeman, a former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, and Paul Anderson.
Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Terry served on the Omaha City Council.
The city of Omaha ended 2011 with a $740,000 budget deficit.
City officials released the preliminary fourth quarter financial report Thursday. The report says Omaha’s lack of a new contract with the fire union cost the city two million dollars. The City Council rejected a new contract with the fire union last year. Since then, a ruling from the Commission of Industrial Relations cost the city of Omaha $3.2 million.
The video board from Omaha’s landmark Rosenblatt Stadium will soon have a new home.
Burke High School will have the video board in time for the Nebraska state track meet May 18th. Bob Danenhauer, supervisor of athletics for the Omaha Public Schools, says it’ll cost $400,000 to locate the video board at Burke, which will be paid for with donations.
Creighton University’s new president says long-term strategic and financial planning are important to the school’s success.
Father Timothy Lannon gave his first convocation address earlier this week. He’s the first Creighton University alumnus to serve as the school’s president. He says 25 percent of this year’s freshman class at Creighton University are first-generation college students. They’re fron all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 38 countries.
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.