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May 2021

Suspect Arrested for Catalytic Converter Theft

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids Police officers have arrested a suspect in a catalytic converter theft.  On Saturday, May 29 at 3:21 a.m. officers were dispatched to Jones Park near the clubhouse at 2901 Fruitland Boulevard SW for a report of suspicious activity.  A caller indicated there was a red truck parked next to a City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation van and there was someone underneath the van with a flashlight.  The reporting party also indicated hearing a grinding noise.

Officers arrived on scene to find the City Parks and Recreation vehicle had been lifted with a floor jack, tools were underneath the van, and part of the muffler was hanging on the ground.  As officers were investigating, an individual starting running to the east of the officers’ location.  The individual was the only person in the area and was given several verbal commands to stop running from officers.  Officers were able to catch up to the individual and apprehend him on the edge of the parking lot to the clubhouse.  The individual, identified as Jason Layne Rose, DOB/10-21-1974, age 46, was arrested, taken to a local hospital for evaluation for a possible medical condition and a laceration to one of his fingers, and then transferred to the Linn County Correctional Center.  He was arrested for Theft - 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief – 3rd Degree, and Interference with Official Acts.

Officers were able to collect evidence at the scene, including a reciprocating saw that was allegedly being used to remove the catalytic converter from the City Parks and Recreation vehicle.  The suspect allegedly admitted the red truck parked next to the City vehicle belonged to him.

Disclaimer:  Any arrest and complaint information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Iowa City Public Library's Summer Reading Program, celebrating 125 Years of Stories, to begin June 1

Summer reading programIOWA CITY -- We are excited to announce our 125th Anniversary Summer Reading Program, which will include both in-person and virtual activities.  

The Summer Reading Program will run from June 1 through September 1 - 2021 and is for all ages from babies through adults. Registration opens on Tuesday, June 1 and can be completed by returning your gamecard in-person at the Library, at our Bookmobile, or online at srp.icpl.org

The goal of the Summer Reading Program this year is simple – let’s see if Iowa City can celebrate 125 years of stories by reading 125,000 books. 

When you complete your registration, you will receive a game card to track your progress towards the goal. 

Participants can begin turning in their game cards for prizes on June 7.  

All in-person activities will have limited-capacity to encourage social-distancing and safety precautions. Masks will be required. 

If you have questions about the program, including help registering for the program online, use our contact form at srp.icpl.org or call 319-356-5200.


Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center re-opening

IOWA CITY -- The Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center will reopen with limited use and hours starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The phased re-opening will begin with the gymnasium, fitness room, and meeting rooms. Additional amenities are expected to re-open in the fall. Temporary hours are 6:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 

A facility pass is required and is free of charge. Passes can be obtained by visiting the information desk upon entry to the recreation center. For full details and helpful information about our recreation centers and fitness room, visit our website or call 319-356-5100.

Summer activity registration is available with a variety of classes and programs for youth and adults. For those interested in viewing the 2021 Summer Recreation Guide or to register, visit icgov.org/Recreation


MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE - CHANGE OF VENUE - Cedar Rapids

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the Metro Veterans Council has announced a change of venue for their Memorial Day service. 

The Memorial Day service will now be held at the

Veterans Memorial Building

Monday, May 31st at 10:00 am

Please join us!  Galleries will be open as well.  Parking is free on holidays and the Salute of Flags is a beautiful sight to see.


COUNCIL STREET NE PROJECT WRAPPING UP NEXT MONTH

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Improvements taking place on Council Street NE between Collins Road and Blairs Ferry will be wrapping up next month, with a significant portion of remaining work to be completed next week.

Starting next week, Council Street will again be closed between Collins Road and 51st Street/Park Place as crews enter final pavement/asphalt operations. The intersection at Council Street and 51st Street/Park Place will experience alternating closures east and west of the intersection as pavement work is underway. This closure is anticipated to last approximately one week. Business access is open via Park Place Lane. The full project is scheduled to be completed this summer. Improvements include an asphalt pavement overlay, intersection replacement, new sidewalk and ADA sidewalk ramps, and minor utility work (water main, sanitary sewer service).


Schools Out Pet Adoption Special

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Help our fur kids’ graduate to their forever homes!  Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control has dogs and cats waiting to be your sidekick for some summer fun! From June 1-12, 2021, you can find the pet of your dreams and pay just a fraction of the normal adoption fee.  Cat and dog adoptions are just $50.00.  Adoption fees include:

  • Spay or neuter
  • Initial vaccinations
  • Dewormer
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • Microchip

The Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control facility is currently at limited opening. The shelter will allow up to two families inside the facility at one time. A family is considered those residing in the same household that will be living with and caring for the pet they adopt. Guests may be required to wait outside of the facility if there are already two families inside looking at the animals available for adoption.

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control is encouraging appointments for adoptions. Those seeking to adopt an animal are also encouraged to compete an adoption application prior to arrival to help facilitate the process. Appointments are available by calling (319) 286-5993. Adoption applications are available at www.cedar-rapids.org/animal..

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control is located at 7241 Washington View Parkway SW on the Kirkwood Community College campus.  Office hours are Monday through Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. 

Go to Pet Finder at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IA125.html  to view all of the available animals ready to become part of someone’s family.


Most City Departments Closed Memorial Day (May 31)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar RapidsThe City of Cedar Rapids will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31. Most City departments will be closed that day. The following City services will operate as indicated:

  • Fire Department – Administrative and Fire Marshal’s offices closed. Responding to emergencies.
  • Golf – Administrative offices closed. Gardner, Ellis, and Twin Pines are open.
  • Library - Both locations closed on Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31.
  • Police Department – Administrative offices closed. Responding to emergencies. Non-emergency calls can be directed to 319-286-5491.
  • Solid Waste & Recycling – Administrative offices closed. Garbage, yard waste, and recycling will NOT be collected Monday. There will be a one-day delay all week.
  • Transit - No Transit service Monday, May 31.

The Water Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5910.

Public Works Sewer Division 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5815.

Public Works Streets Division 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5826.


Noelridge Aquatic Center to Open Saturday

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids municipal pool swimming season will begin tomorrow with pre-season swimming at Noelridge Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 29; Sunday, May 30; and Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day). Lap swim will be held from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. each day and open swim from 1:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday. Swim schedules are dependent on weather, however, pools will be open at least until 4:00 p.m. to sell passes this weekend. The aquatic center may not open if the air temperature is below 70 degrees, there is a lighting or a severe storm in the area, or 50 or fewer people are in the facility for a period of one hour. Lap swim and water exercise will go back to normal drop in programming starting May 29th at both indoor and outdoor pools.

Noelridge Aquatic Center will open on Friday, June 4 with lap swim from 5:15-6:15 p.m., and open swim from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Regular season swimming begins at Noelridge on Saturday, June 5. Cherry Hill Aquatic Center will now open on Friday, June 11 with a lap swim from 5:15-6:15 p.m. and evening swim from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The regular season for Cherry Hill begins on Saturday, June 12. The one-week delay allows more time to train recently hired lifeguards. Bever, Jones and Ellis Pools are scheduled to open in late June, depending on staffing levels. Daily schedules for regular season swimming vary by pool. Go to CRREC.org for the complete schedules.

The pre-season swimming schedule follows:

Saturday, May 29 & Sunday, May 30

Noelridge Aquatic Center Open

Lap Swim 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Open Swim 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)

Noelridge Aquatic Center Open

Lap Swim 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Open Swim 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Noelridge Aquatic Center is closed Tuesday, June 1 through Thursday, June 3. 

Friday, June 4

Noelridge Aquatic Center Open

Lap Swim 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Open Swim 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Both punch passes and season passes are now available for purchase. Season passes and punch passes provide admission to Water Exercise classes and Open, Family, Adult and daily Lap Swims as age appropriate. Punch pass prices have been lowered this summer due to possible schedule adjustments related to COVID or staffing. Passes offer a reduced rate for those who swim on a regular bases. Passes will be sold at the pools during open hours and at the NW Recreation Center limited hours. Please see available purchase times at crrec.org. Online pass purchases will be available soon. The punch pass may be used by an individual, a group or transferred to another person. Season passes expire on September 6, 2021, while punch passes are good for two years and expire on September 5, 2022. If transferring from a punch pass to a season pass please call 319-286-5566.

Call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation, 319-286-5566, for more information.


Why Iowa City celebrates Juneteenth

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For the first time in its history, Juneteenth will be celebrated as an official City holiday in Iowa City.

Though the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States has been celebrated for decades in Iowa City and beyond, the City declared Juneteenth an official City holiday in late 2020, replacing Presidents' Day.

The official holiday is celebrated annually on June 19. Since that date falls on a Saturday this year, the City will observe the holiday on Friday, June 18, when City Hall and other facilities will be closed. The City will announce all closures and impacts of the Juneteenth holiday in early June.

The History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a celebration of the day in June 19, 1865, when US troops reached Galveston Bay, Texas, and declared that the 250,000 slaves in the state were free, according to the National Museum of African American History & Culture. This took place 900 days after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and 71 days after the Civil War had ended.

The name Juneteenth came from those newly freed people from Texas, where early celebrations of the holiday were largely based. The Great Migration led to many millions of African Americans moving from all across the country in the early 20th century, which helped the holiday take root across nationwide, according to historian Henry Louis Gates Jr

Texas would become the first state to declare Juneteenth a state holiday in 1979, more than 100 years after its first celebration. Over the next few decades, the holiday would become recognized by just about every US state. 

2021 Juneteenth events in Iowa City

A series of events will be held in Iowa City and throughout the area to celebrate Juneteenth. Visit icgov.org/Juneteenth2021 for a complete list. Some highlights include: