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April 2017

Kites for Kids event commemorates child abuse victims

Come fly a kite in honor of children in Johnson County who have been impacted by child abuse. 

The Johnson County Community Partnership for Protecting Children is teaming up with the Prevent Child Abuse—Johnson County Council, and many other local businesses and organizations to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month with Kites for Kids, a children's festival. 

Kids and families will be flying kites on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from noon to 2 p.m. at Lower City Park, 200 Park Road, Shelter #5 in Iowa City. The event is free and open to everyone. Kites will be provides along with bubbles and refreshments. 

Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly will be at the event along with officers and investigators. 

Should it rain, the event will move to Saturday, April 29. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 683,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2015; and 1,670 children died from the abuse. 

For more information about this event, visit the Kites for Kids Festival—Johnson County event page on Facebook or contact Johnson County Community Projects Specialist LaTasha DeLoach at 319-356-6090 or ldeloach@co.johnson.ia.us.


Iowa City Parks and Recreation summer activity registration opens Wednesday

Take a look at all that Iowa City Parks and Recreation can offer you and your family this season. The Summer Recreation Activity Guide is now available online and in hardcopy at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 200 S. Gilbert St. and Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Drive.  

Online and in-person registration will open Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Online registration opens at 12:01 a.m. To register online, either set up your new ActiveNet account or to log into your existing account. You’ll be able to sign up and pay for classes online through the ActiveNet system.

In-person registration opens at 8 a.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street, and at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center / Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Drive.

For more information, visit our website.


Tiny Tykes Play Date - May the Fourth be with You

Thursday, May 4, 2017

These onetime preschool programs are meant to add a little spice to your child's spring.

During these play dates your child will get the chance to socialize with other kids while crafting, baking, or just playing. Don't miss this chance to add some excitement to your spring routines!

Theme: May the Fourth be with You
Age: 2.5-5, must be accompanied by an adult
Deadline: 1 week prior to program start date

via www.coralville.org


UPDATE: Bank Robbery in Coralville

Thursday afternoon, April 20, 2017, at approximately 3:15 PM, Coralville Police responded to a reported robbery at Bank of the West, 800 22nd Avenue, Coralville. A lone male entered the bank and demanded money. The offender fled with an unknown amount of cash and was last seen on foot headed north from the bank. No one was injured.

During the investigation police received information about a suspicious gray colored Ford Crown Victoria with Missouri license plates seen leaving the area immediately following the robbery. An attempt to locate the car was broadcast to all Iowa police agencies.

At 4:01 PM, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office located the car eastbound at the 287mm and took both occupants into custody without incident.  Property believed to be related to the robbery was visible in the vehicle. Coralville detectives are on their way to the scene of the stop and more information will be released as it becomes available. The investigation is continuing.

The following individuals are currently in custody and being returned to Johnson County:

Peter Alam Lundberg, age 60, of St. Louis, Mo.

Bridgett Diane Durborow, age 48, of St. Louis, Mo.

Both are being charged with Robbery 2nd Degree (C Felony).

The Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol assisted in this investigation.

Arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Verizon loses wireless customers for first time

Verizon Communications Inc., once the untouchable leader of the U.S. wireless industry, is struggling to hold onto customers and getting them to pay a premium for its service.

The carrier posted its first ever quarterly net loss of wireless subscribers during the first three months of 2017, showing the extent of the damage resurgent rivals T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. have inflicted on the nation's largest carrier by subscribers.

Verizon unexpectedly brought back unlimited data plans in February, which it had stopped selling in 2011, seeking to blunt the appeal of similar offers from T-Mobile and Sprint. That offer hit financials: Verizon had a 5.1% decline in revenue in its wireless business, to $20.9 billion.

via www.marketwatch.com


Bank Robbery in Coralville

Thursday afternoon, April 20, 2017, at approximately 3:15 PM, Coralville Police responded to a reported robbery at Bank of the West, 800 22nd Avenue, Coralville. A lone male entered the bank and demanded money. The offender fled with an unknown amount of cash and was last seen on foot headed north from the bank. No one was injured.

During the investigation police received information about a suspicious gray colored Ford Crown Victoria with Missouri license plates seen leaving the area immediately following the robbery. An attempt to locate the car was broadcast to all Iowa police agencies.

At 4:01 PM, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office located the car eastbound at the 287mm and took both occupants into custody without incident.  Property believed to be related to the robbery was visible in the vehicle. Coralville detectives are on their way to the scene of the stop and more information will be released as it becomes available. The investigation is continuing.

The Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol are assisting in this investigation.


Get your tickets for "The Diary of Anne Frank"

The Iowa City Community Theatre is excited to announce "The Diary of Anne Frank" opens this weekend! The powerful memoirs of a young Jewish girl are brought to life, as she is forced to hide to evade Nazi persecution.

Additionally, a live panel discussion featuring local personalities including representatives from Indigenous Iowa, Students Against Hate, and former congressman Jim Leach, will begin after the first matinee on April 23rd, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The live panel will be moderated by Sonja Spear and is free and open to the public. Lastly, there will be American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for the production and the live panel. Please check the ICCT website for more details about this event as we get closer to the show.

Performance dates are April 21-30. Tickets are available online at http://iowacitycommunitytheatre.com. Please see attached press release with photos for additional details, and feel free to contact me if you would like further information.


Community Foundation names new executive director

Dave_LewisTrainer to direct philanthropy in Johnson County

IOWA CITY – The Community Foundation of Johnson County announced Dave Lewis will join the organization as executive director effective May 2, 2017.

In his new position, Mr. Lewis will guide policy and strategy for foundation activities, provide management and leadership for all committees, lead fundraising initiatives, ensure a high-quality grant making process, and help provide a lasting legacy for the philanthropic desires of contributors.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dave to the community foundation," CFJC Board President Sarah Maiers said. "He will be instrumental in advancing and developing our strategies to ensure an effective and efficient foundation operation for our Johnson County community."

Mr. Lewis succeeds the community foundation’s inaugural executive director, Mike Stoffregen, who is retiring in June.  Mr. Stoffregen has led the foundation since its founding in 2000 to a $26 million organization that has distributed more than $11 million in grants.

Mr. Lewis said, “I am very excited to join the Community Foundation of Johnson County working to help people achieve their dreams to make an impact. Something magical happens when we find what is most meaningful to a donor and match the perfect project or activity to affect an important change in the world. The community foundation is a wonderful fit to help others make their philanthropic dreams come true.”

Most recently, Mr. Lewis was a senior associate for Advancement Resources where he trained fundraisers, boards of directors and academic leaders specific to philanthropy. He brings extensive management experience, strategy development, fundraising execution and expertise to the foundation.   

Mr. Lewis served in the Iowa National Guard. Before retiring as Lt. Col., he was deployed in the Agriculture-Business Development Team to Afghanistan. During his long military career, he was head of Military Science Department at Coe College and Senior Military Science Instructor for the University of Iowa Military Science Department, Army ROTC.

The Red Oak, Iowa, native earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, both from the University of Iowa, and taught junior high science in the Iowa City Community School District.

Mr. Lewis and his wife, Mary, have lived in the Iowa Creative Corridor for many years. The couple has two adult daughters, Melissa, who lives with her husband and family in Atlantic, Iowa, and Alyson, who lives with her husband and family in South Dakota. They have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County is a catalyst to grow endowment through philanthropy. Since its founding in 2000, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $11 million to benefit others. To date, CFJC has raised $26 million in endowed assets and nearly $7 million in bequests. The Foundation serves 200 nonprofit organizations at a cost of less than 2 percent. The Foundation works to accomplish its goals – grow endowment and distribute grant funds for the greater community good . . . for good  . . . forever.


Road Construction - Old Capitol Criterium Race Course Repairs

Weather permitting, beginning on Friday, April 21, 2017, street maintenance and repair will be performed on the Old Capital Criterium Bicycle Race Course. The streets will remain open while the maintenance is performed. Street Division staff will assist motorists and transit around the areas as they are repaired. It is anticipated the work will be completed by Tuesday, April 25. The repair limits are as follows:

  • Jefferson Street from Madison Street to Clinton Street
  • Clinton Street from Jefferson Street to Iowa Avenue
  • Iowa Avenue from Clinton Street to Dubuque Street
  • Dubuque Street from Iowa Avenue to Washington Street
  • Washington Street from Dubuque Street to Madison Street
  • Madison Street from Washington Street to Jefferson Street

Old Capitol Criterium Race CourseMotorists are to take note of this construction and to seek another route during this time period. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http://www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction.