El Paso - All American City 2010
  
10/25/2012
Vol. 7, Issue 14
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 MAYOR`S THANKSGIVING DONATION REQUEST

Dear Potential Donor:
 
Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching.  It has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Traditionally, our family, typical of most around the country, would share the day with each other and our friends as we reflected on the blessings that had been bestowed on us.
 
For the past seven years, our Thanksgiving Day tradition has been very different.  Instead of sitting around our dining room table at home, enjoying a delicious meal in celebration of all we are thankful for, we have devoted this special day to feeding the needy and homeless of El Paso.
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 VIDEO CONTEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

HOSTED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department is once again hosting a Recycle Right Video Contest for high school students.
 
Interested students are asked to create a 30 second video public service announcement (PSA). There is no fee to enter.  The contest theme is “Recycle Right.” The PSAs must focus on good recycling practices.
 
There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. All winners will receive trophies. In addition, all winners will have their PSAs televised on City 15, the City of El Paso’s broadcast channel on cable channel 15, and on the City’s recycling website at www.recycleelpaso.org for up to one year.
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 SUN METRO

•INVITES FOOTBALL FANS TO SKIP THE TRAFFIC AND RIDE
•TXDOT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE; SUN METRO RECONFIGURES ALAMEDA DETOUR
bull;SUN METRO AWARDED $1.2 MILLION GRANT

Football fans can avoid battling traffic or hunting for a parking space by utilizing Sun Metro’s Union Plaza Transit Terminal (400 W. San Antonio) and taking Route 204 directly to all UTEP home games.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Sun Metro will only be offering the service to the game from the Downtown area.
 
The public is reminded that the outside lanes along Oregon Street are bus-only lanes — parking is NOT allowed. Don’t risk being towed!
 
Bus trips are $3 round trip—reduced fares and bus passes will NOT be accepted on the special route from the Union Plaza Transit Terminal. Children 5 and under ride free and must be accompanied by an adult.
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 REPORT POTHOLES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

 
The El Paso Department of Transportation is asking everyone to report any potholes they see on neighborhood streets. 
 
Potholes can be created when rain water gets under the pavement causing it to expand and crack. Traffic puts added weight and pressure on City streets as well, thus creating a pothole.  The problem can be easily fixed by Department of Transportation work crews.
 
Remember, if you see a pot hole, report it to EPDoT by visiting the department’s website at www.elpasotexas.gov/transportation/streets_contact_us.asp or by calling 621-6750.


 DOWNTOWN PARKING & BRIDGE FEES

ON SATURDAYS:
•CITY PROVIDES FREE PARKING
•REDUCED BRIDGE FEES FOR PEDESTRIANS
Put those quarters away during the weekend, meter parking in Downtown El Paso is now free on Saturdays.
 
El Paso City Council recently voted to do away with parking fees at Downtown area meters on Saturdays.
 
The City’s International Bridges Department, which manages the parking meter division, pushed for the move as a way to increase cultural and retail activities in Downtown El Paso. Free parking Saturdays began September 1 and will remain in effect for one year through August 31, 2013.  
 
Metered parking is now free on Saturdays, Sundays, city-recognized holidays (Thanksgiving Day , Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day,  the Fourth of July and Labor Day ) and special events approved by a City Council.
 
Parking meter hours are normally from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday with a fee of 25 cents for every 20 minutes.
 
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 NEWS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

•NEW SOLID WASTE COLLECTION FEE
•CITY LANDFILL NOW SELLING MULCH TO BUSINESSES
Environmental Services Department customers who have trash overflowing from their city-issued gray garbage bins are now being charged a new fee.
 
Customers had been paying $16 per month for solid waste collections. They are now charged $4 more when a collection truck driver has to make an additional lift to collect household waste that did not fit inside a city-issued gray bin with the lid closed. 
 
For example, a second lift would be required if waste from an overflowing bin falls to the ground as the truck’s operator empties the container or if a customer on their designated collection day places a bag of extra household trash next to their gray bin or on the bin’s lid. If a second lift is required, the additional fee will be added to customer’s next solid waste bill, which is issued monthly through the El Paso Water Utilities.
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 HOW TO GET A SCHOOL ZONE FLASHER SIGNAL

 
The City of El Paso Department of Transportation (EPDoT) is reminding residents about the process for getting school zone flasher signals installed in their neighborhoods.
 
The El Paso Department of Transportation works with school principals and their respective school district administrations to develop a plan for school zone flashers. School district fund 100 percent of school zone flasher signal projects.
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 MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS NEWS

•REMBRANDT, RUBENS & EUROPEAN PAINTERS
•FROM CHURCH TO VILLAGE
•ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM


 TECH2O WATER RESOURCES LEARNING CTR

•THE POWER OF THE POMEGRANATE
•SCIENCE CAFE: BIRDS AND BOSQUES OF THE BORDERLAND
TECH2O WATER RESOURCES LEARNING CENTER
 
El Paso Water Utilities’ TecH2O Center is the place to go to learn about El Paso’s plants, animals and water resources. This educational complex features interactive exhibits, displays and demonstration gardens that appeal to visitors of all ages. Staff also offers workshops on a variety of topics.
 
Located at 10751 Montana Ave. in East El Paso, the TecH2O Center exhibit hall is open to visitors on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no admission charge.
 
Upcoming Events
 
The Power of the Pomegranate
Saturday, Nov. 10; 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
 
We`ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The same is true for pomegranates. County AgriLife Extension Agent Dr. Jaime Iglesias will discuss the power of the pomegranate. This ancient fruit not only has remarkable health benefits, it`s also well-adapted to living in the Chihuahuan Desert.

 
 
Science Café: Birds and Bosques of the Borderland
Saturday, Nov. 17; 10:30 a.m. to noon
For tens of thousands of migratory birds, the Rio Grande and El Paso’s bosques and wetlands are the first water they`ve seen for hundreds of miles. Avian expert John Kiseda of the El Paso Zoo and Trans-Pecos Audubon Society will explain how important water is for these feathered travelers. He`ll also set up a spotting scope so you catch a glimpse, or you can bring your own.
 
To register for TecH2O Center events, call 621-2000 or visit tech2o.org/events.html.

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