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Traffic Alert - Rocky Shore Drive / Park Road, Riverside Drive and Dodge Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Thursday, December 20, 2018, Friday, December 21st and Wednesday, December 26th, tree trimming activities will be completed for MidAmerican Energy Company along Rocky Shore Drive / Park Road from Highway 6 to Riverside Drive and on Riverside Drive from Park Road to River Street. This work will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and will necessitate the reduction of the roadways to one lane of alternating traffic.  Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic through the area. This will be a moving operation and the lane reductions will move as work progresses down the roadways.

In addition, on Thursday, December 27th, Dodge Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic from Governor Street to Davenport Street.  This will also be a moving operation along the roadway.

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, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Video Update: Holiday Recycling, Festival of Lights, and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include recycling tips for the holiday, the Winter Solstice Festival of Lights, and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update.


Iowa City Update


Holiday Recycling Guidelines

Learn how you can cut out holiday waste through these helpful recycling tips.

Holiday Lights Drop-off Locations

Don’t throw away any strings of holiday lights that are no longer working. The City has set up several recycling drop-off locations around town.

Winter Solstice Festival of Lights

Celebrate the winter solstice with hot chocolate and crafts during the City’s Festival of Lights.

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


ICPL’s Winter/Spring Bookmobile Service Begins Jan. 7

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile’s fall schedule ends on Thursday, December 20. The Bookmobile won’t be in service December 21 through January 6 because of scheduled vehicle maintenance, collection updates, and staff training.

During the Bookmobile’s seasonal break in service, items can be returned at the downtown Library or to the Library’s remote drop boxes. Holds that arrive at the Library during this time can be found by inquiring at the Help Desk at the downtown Library or on the Bookmobile when our Winter/Spring Schedule begins.

The Winter/Spring Schedule begins Monday, January 7, and will continue through Thursday, May 23. Please visit the Bookmobile at the following locations during this time:

Monday

  • 11 to 11:30 a.m. Iowa City Rehabilitation
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m. North Dodge Hy-Vee
  • 1:30 to 2 p.m. Legacy Independent Living
  • 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Bickford Senior Living
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Bohumil Shimek Elementary
  • 4 to 4:45 p.m. Helen Lemme Elementary
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. Waterfront Hy-Vee

Tuesday

  • 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Good Shepherd Center
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oaknoll Retirement Community, George St.
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m. University of Iowa College of Medicine Courtyard
  • 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center
  • 2:30 to 3 p.m. Melrose Meadows
  • 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Hills Elementary School

Wednesday

  • 3:15 to 4 p.m. Irving Weber Elementary School
  • 4:15 to 5 p.m. Archibald Alexander Elementary School
  • 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. UI Community Credit Union, Mormon Trek Blvd.

Thursday

  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mercer Park
  • 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. First Avenue Hy-Vee
  • 11:30 to Noon Regency Heights
  • 2:15 to 3 p.m. Mark Twain Elementary School
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m. Breckenridge Estates
  • 4:30 to 5 p.m. Regency Mobile Home Community

Visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile for the complete Bookmobile schedule or call the Library at 319-356-5200.


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Update on Friday Apartment Fire at 3021 6th Street SW

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The victim that was recovered from an apartment fire at 3021 6th Street SW on Friday has died.  The victim has been identified as Sharon T. Garnett, DOB/09-30-1975, age 43.  She died on Saturday afternoon at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 2:38 p.m. on Friday, December 14th at Gateway Apartments, 3021 6th Street SW.   Firefighters made entry into an apartment unit and found fire on the first floor in the kitchen area.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  

During a search of the apartment, firefighters located the victim on the second floor of the apartment unit in a bedroom.  She was removed from the dwelling and emergency personnel provided medical care.  The victim sustained significant smoke inhalation and her ability to safely escape the fire was complicated by a medical condition.  

Fire investigators determined that the fire started on the stovetop in the kitchen as the result of unattended cooking.  The fire cause has been determined to be unintentional.  There were working smoke alarms in the apartment unit.

This is the second fire fatality in Cedar Rapids this year.  There was a fatal apartment fire on February 17, 2018.  

Approximately 3 in 10 home fires in Cedar Rapids are the result of unattended cooking.  The Fire Department reminds citizens of the importance of not leaving food cooking on the stovetop unattended.  For more fire safety information, please visit our website at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire.


News – City of North Liberty - 12/14/2018

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.
 
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Hilton, Seymour, Platz Recognized for Contributions to North Liberty

Debra Hilton, Mitch Seymour and Brian Platz were recognized for they work at the City of North Liberty with annual employee awards. Hilton, the city's human resources director, was named Employee of the Year. Nominated by a group of staff and department heads, Hilton had a exceptional year. While she was kept busy handling routine business,…

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Center Point Road NE and H Avenue NE Lane Reductions

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Effective Monday, December 17, southbound traffic on Center Point Road NE will be reduced to one lane between 29th Street and H Avenue for utility work. In addition, eastbound traffic on  H Avenue NE will be reduced to one lane between 12th Street and Center Point Road. Work is expected to take ten (10) days, weather permitting. Traffic may experience delays and should seek alternate routes.


The Windshield: The ICPL Bookmobile Newsletter - December 2018

Bookmobile's winter vacation begins Dec. 21

Winter

The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile’s fall schedule ends on Thursday, December 20. The Bookmobile won’t be in service December 21 through January 6 because of scheduled vehicle maintenance, collection updates, and staff training.

During the Bookmobile’s seasonal break in service, items can be returned at the downtown Library or to the Library’s remote drop boxes. Holds that arrive at the Library during this time can be found by inquiring at the Help Desk at the downtown Library or on the Bookmobile when our Winter/Spring Schedule begins.


ICPL’s Winter/Spring Bookmobile Service Begins Jan. 7

Winter

The Bookmobile's Winter/Spring Schedule begins Monday, January 7, and will continue through Thursday, May 23. Please visit the Bookmobile at the following locations during this time:

Monday

  • 11 to 11:30 a.m. Iowa City Rehabilitation
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m. North Dodge Hy-Vee
  • 1:30 to 2 p.m. Legacy Independent Living
  • 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Bickford Senior Living
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Bohumil Shimek Elementary
  • 4 to 4:45 p.m. Helen Lemme Elementary
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. Waterfront Hy-Vee

Tuesday

  • 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Good Shepherd Center
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oaknoll Retirement Community, George St.
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m. University of Iowa College of Medicine Courtyard
  • 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center
  • 2:30 to 3 p.m. Melrose Meadows
  • 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Hills Elementary School

Wednesday

  • 3:15 to 4 p.m. Irving Weber Elementary School
  • 4:15 to 5 p.m. Archibald Alexander Elementary School
  • 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. UI Community Credit Union, Mormon Trek Blvd.

Thursday

  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mercer Park
  • 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. First Avenue Hy-Vee
  • 11:30 to Noon Regency Heights
  • 2:15 to 3 p.m. Mark Twain Elementary School
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m. Breckenridge Estates
  • 4:30 to 5 p.m. Regency Mobile Home Community

‘Twas the week before Christmas

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‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the bus,

New books were arranged on the shelves with much fuss;

Shawna had placed them, oh with great care,

In hopes they’d be borrowed, for they’re to share;

Children’s books in the back, by young eyes ‘twould be read,

Left open when falling asleep while abed;

And Paul in his ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Look out! There’s a biker, the brakes you must tap!

Read the rest of Tom's fun take on this holiday classic here.


Visit ICPL's Society6 store for your holiday shopping needs

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In search of a gift for the booklover in your life? Visit the Iowa City Public Library’s Society6 store!

Society6 is an online store featuring the work of thousands of artists around the world. Artists upload their original work, which is then transferred to consumer goods, including prints, clocks, stationary, tote bags and coffee mugs.

The Library’s account features the Get a Library Card designs created by the Library’s graphic designer, as well as newly-added Bookmobile designs!

The ICPL Friends Foundation receives a percentage from every sale. Society6 has great sales for the holidays; finish your shopping today and support the Library, too!


12 Days of ICPL's Bookmobile

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According to Vox, the earliest known version of the song The 12 Days of Christmas appeared in a children’s book in 1780. Most scholars agree it was designed as a memory game where singers tested their recall of the lyrics – and had to give a kiss or favor of some kind if they made a mistake.

In 1909 a French composer set the words to the melody we now know and love (or, for some, loathe), including the long, drawn out “five go-old riiings!” verse. Vox also mentions the cost of all the gifts named in the song would total a mind-boggling $39,049.93 in 2018 dollars.

ICPL’s Bookmobile, on the other hand, is the gift that keeps on giving. We have things more useful and less annoying than eleven pipers piping; we come right to your neighborhood; and best of all, EVERYTHING IS FREE. So now, in festive song form, Anne reminds you of the plethora of gifts the Bookmobile is just waiting to share with you here.