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EL PASO NAMED A FINALIST FOR 2010 ALL AMERICA CITY AWARD

El Paso is a finalist for the 2010 All America City Award sponsored by the National Civic League. The All America City Award is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious civic recognition award.


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Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
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MAJOR ISSUES

Ground Breaking Ceremony
Father Martinez Senior Center
Renovation and Expansion Project
9311 Alameda

On May 3, 2010, the Department of Community and Human Development, along with Representative Eddie Holguin, hosted a Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Father Martinez Senior Center Renovation and Expansion Project.

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DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASRUCTURE

Construction Advisory:  Oregon Street Reconstruction to Mobilize

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	<strong>Construction Advisory:  Oregon Street Reconstruction to Mobilize</strong></p>

The public is advised that effective Monday, May 24, 2010, construction activities will begin to target the complete renovation of Oregon Street from Yandell Drive to the New York Channel near Kerbey Avenue.  In order to expedite the necessary improvements, temporary street segment closures will be in place for approximately 15 months with expected project completion in August 2011.

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Sun Metro Detours 9 Routes for Oregon Street Rehabilitation Phase One

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	<strong>Sun Metro Detours 9 Routes for Oregon Street Rehabilitation Phase One</strong></p>

Construction along Oregon Street between Yandell Drive and Rio Grande Avenue will require Sun Metro to detour routes 11, 14, 15, 34, 35, 36, 50, 70 and SMART 101 for approximately three months beginning Monday, May 24.

 

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Garage Sale Season
City Reminds Citizens to Brush Up on Rules to Avoid Violations

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	<strong>Garage Sale Season</strong><br />
	<em>City Reminds Citizens to Brush Up on Rules to Avoid Violations</em></p>

Now that the warm weather has arrived bringing with it garage sale season, the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department would like to remind citizens about regulations pertaining to garage sales.

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Environmental Services Department Offers Spring Cleaning Help

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	<strong>Environmental Services Department Offers Spring Cleaning Help</strong></p>

Doing a little spring cleaning? Help with getting rid of extra household trash, yard waste and old furniture is just a phone call away.

 

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MOBILITY

Sun Metro Begins Shelter Replacement Effort

Sun Metro will start replacing old bus stop shelters with new shelters throughout the City of El Paso beginning this week.

The replacement of the shelters is part of an ongoing effort by the City's Mass Transit Department to improve the bus rider's experience.

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QUALITY OF LIFE

El Paso Museum of History Prepares to Host Farah Manufacturing Exhibit
as El Paso’s next Wall of Giants
May 21 – November 21, 2010

Farah Manufacturing Company was honored May 21, 2010, with an employee reunion and exhibit presented by the El Paso History Museum as the second exhibit in the series, Awakening Our Giants and Celebrating Our Firsts, Don Haskins and the Team from Glory Road being the first.  The theme of the El Paso’s Wall of Giants and accompanying displays is to honor local GIANTS that have made a significant impact on El Paso history and their prominence crossed over City’s and Borderland’s boundaries. 

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ALFRESCO FRIDAYS takes place on Arts Festival Plaza, adjacent to the PlazaTheatre and El Paso Museum of Art and is FREE and open to the public.  Performances start at 5:30 p.m.

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Music Under the Stars

Bringing the World's Music to El Paso

Location: Chamizal National Memorial

Dates: Sunday evenings, June 13 to August 15 in 2010

Time: 7:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Cost: Free
No glass containers allowed. No Pets Allowed

2010 marks the 27th season of Music Under the Stars World Music Festival! The outdoor concert series has become one of El Paso's premier family events and one of the largest free music festivals in Texas. Boasting performances by both internationally acclaimed and local artists, Music Under the Stars' 2010 season will feature evenings of Brazilian beats, Salsa and Merengue, Western Swing, Jazz, Mariachis, and our traditional 4th of July Extravaganza!

Certain visiting artists will give free master classes, fostering El Paso's budding musicians. The upcoming season will feature a "4th of July Spectacular" with a patriotic concert by the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and a closing fireworks display.

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$3.3 Million Grant for Homeless Prevention
Homeless Prevention-Rapid Placement Program (HPRP)

The City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development received a three-year grant through the Federal Stimulus Program for $3.3 million. The Homeless Prevention-Rapid Placement Program (HPRP) is funded through HUD and enables homeless persons (single men, women, youth, and families) to relocate from existing emergency shelters and transitional living centers into more permanent housing (multi-family apartments). HPRP will assist those eligible persons/families with rental assistance, security deposits, and utility deposits/assistance for up to twelve months. Since the City of El Paso does not run shelters or have caseworkers a partnership has been established with the El Paso County, TVP Non-profit Corporation and the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless.

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City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development to Receive National Award

The National Community Development Association (NCDA) will award the City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development , the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award.  The award will be presented on Friday, June 25, 2010, at the National Community Development Association’s (NCDA) 2010 Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington during the John A. Sasso Awards Luncheon.

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Older El Pasoan Hall
of Fame 2010 Winners

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has been serving the volunteer senior community of El Paso for over 36 years.  RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to serve their communities. The program provides service opportunities for those who want to make a difference in their communities while maintaining the flexibility to decide who and how frequently they serve. Close to 1,600 RSVP volunteers serve in 100 non-profit organizations and agencies in the City and County of El Paso. To date local RSVP volunteers have given close to 7 million hours in service to our community.

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DOES YOUR HOME NEED ESSENTIAL REPAIRS?

If your home needs basic repairs – electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling – the Housing Programs Division in the Community and Human Development Department, would like to assist you.  We offer low interest loans (3%) and forgivable loans up to $65,000 that can be repaid and/or deferred over 30 years.  The funds may also be used for Energy Conservation, Accessibility and/or Lead Hazard Control.

 

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The El Paso Museum of Art announces
“The Art of Creation: Natural and Synthetic Rubies and Sapphires”
a lecture by Dr. James Shigley

Gemological Institute of America Distinguished Research Fellow
Thursday, June 24, 2010
 

In conjunction with the Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry exhibition, El Paso Museum of Art presents “The Art of Creation: Natural and Synthetic Rubies and Sapphires”, a lecture by Dr. James Shigley, Gemological Institute of America Distinguished Research Fellow. Understand the beauty and art of gemstones in nature and how they are artistically created in a laboratory by man. This lecture is generously supported by Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches. Dr. Shigley’s book Gems & Gemology in Review: Synthetic Diamonds will be available for purchase and signing at the Museum Store.

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El Paso Parks and Recreation
Memorial Weekend Holiday Hours

Hours of Operation for Memorial Day Weekend  

Memorial Day Holiday Hours:
The Administrative Office for the Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2010 for the Memorial Day Holiday.   

All Senior Centers and the Veterans and Galatzan Recreation Center Day Care operations will be closed on Memorial Day.  

Aquatic Centers (Indoor and Outdoor Pools) (please see attached schedule)

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The El Paso Museum of Archaeology Announces:
2010 Archaeology Summer Day Camp

Archaeology Camp excavation scene, photo by Jason Jurgena, 2008

9 am to Noon, Tuesdays through Fridays on the following dates:

Ages 6-8 years:

Ages 9-12 years:

June 22 to 25

July 13-16

July 27 to 30

August 10-13


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