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October 2018

Video Update: Halloween Safety Tips, Free Energy Audits, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include tips to ensure a safe Halloween, how to sign up for a free energy audit, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update

Iowa City Update

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Watch these tips to ensure your family has a fun and safe Halloween experience.

Compost Your Pumpkins

Learn the different ways you can compost your jack-o-lanterns, including using curbside collection for organics.

Free Bus Rides on Election Day

Take the Iowa City Transit to the polls on election day at no cost.

Energy Audits and Weatherization 

Discover how you can get a free energy audit and weatherization through the City’s partnership with Green Iowa AmeriCorps.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.

Road Construction - Hebl Avenue

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Hebl Avenue will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between IWV Road and the entrance to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.  This lane reduction will facilitate the repair of street pavement along Hebl Avenue.  It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by Tuesday, November 13th.

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City,

Food Review: Breakfast Best Muffin Sandwiches - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Breakfast Best Muffin Sandwiches
Breakfast Best Muffin Sandwiches

I love breakfast sandwiches, for me there's nothing better to start the day than with some kind of breakfast meat, an egg, some cheese all dressed in some sort of bun, muffin, biscuit or tortilla.  It's all good and perfect whether you're eating casually at home or need something "to go."  Besides, you just can't do "to go" with a bowl of cereal....

Doing my weekly grocery shopping at Aldi the other day, I picked up a box of Breakfast Best brand Muffin Sandwiches.  They're Canadian Bacon, egg white and cheese, served on an English muffin.  I've never tried them before, but they looked tasty and I needed a change of pace from sausage and bacon.

Breakfast Muffin
Fresh out of the microwave!

The sandwich is a copycat version of a McDonald's Egg McMuffin and it hit the spot!  It could use another slice of Canadian Bacon but overall it's a nicely balanced sandwich and at just $3.89 for a box of four muffin sandwiches, they're a repeat buy!

This breakfast sandwich is Bachelor on the Cheap friendly at less than $1 apiece and at just 200 calories, it's not only easy on the wallet, but easy on the diet too!  The Breakfast Best Muffin Sandwiches gets four out of five stars.  I'm looking forward to trying their other breakfast sandwich combos.

4 stars

Breakfast Sandwich
The sandwich could use another slice of Canadian Bacon

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ICPL director finalists announced; public forum to be held Oct. 29

The three finalists for Iowa City Public Library’s Director -- Elsworth Carman, Kim Kietzman and Sheila Schofer -- will participate in a public forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, in Meeting Room A at ICPL, 123 S. Linn St.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Information Studies, Carman focused his early career on teen services. He then moved into teen and children's services management before shifting into administrative roles in library leadership, most recently as the director of the Marion Public Library.

Kietzman has served as director of the Altoona (Iowa) Public Library for nearly nine years. She also held roles as the administrator of a 15-county Iowa library service area with a focus on management consulting, the founding director of a new library, and as a programmer in a neighborhood urban library.

Schofer has more than 20 years of experience in library management, staff development, cultural programming, fundraising and community partnerships. She is part of the executive management team at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City; the fifth largest library system in the nation.

Monday's Candidate Forum is hosted by the ICPL Friends Foundation. It is open to the public. 

The Library’s Board of Trustees expects to hire a new director in November. The new director will begin working at ICPL in January of 2019.

Current Library Director Susan Craig will retire at the end of December after 41 years of service. Craig was named the Library’s Director in 1994.

Monthly Video Feature: Emerald Ash Borer, Flood Mitigation and more

Iowa City In Focus brings the people, places, and projects of Iowa City into clear view. This monthly video feature spotlights the community through in-depth storytelling. Click the play-button below to watch the entire video or select the individual images to skip to specific topics.

Iowa City In Focus

Emerald Ash Borer  

Emerald Ash Borer Response Plan

Take a look at how our forestry division is combating the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that can be fatal to ash trees.

Leaf Vacuum Program

Learn how you can take advantage of this City service to take the hassle out of raking this fall.

  Leaf Vacuum Program

Flood Mitigation Efforts  

Flood Mitigation Efforts

Ten years after the floods of 2008, high waters are putting recently completed flood mitigation projects to the test.

The Problem with Flushable Wipes

Marketed as flushable, this popular hygiene product has the potential to cause huge problems to our wastewater system, all at the expense of taxpayers.

  Flushable Wipes

Light Art Show  

Light Art on the Old Capitol

See how the Old Capitol building was transformed into a work of art by an internationally known light artist.


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