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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/29/2017

The Solid Waste Division and Waste Corporation of America (WCA), the city’s contracted waste pick-up supplier, are diligently working to pick up yard and tree debris from residential neighborhoods.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/29/2017

The National League of Cities (NLC) selected the City of Gainesville as one of five cities participating in an initiative to reduce unnecessarily high and racially disparate jail populations through city leadership. In addition to Gainesville, Florida, the NLC chose Birmingham, Alabama; Madison, Wisconsin; St. Louis, Missouri and Savannah, Georgia to participate in this project, known as Cities Lead to Reduce the Use of Jails.

“Gainesville’s selection to participate in this important initiative reflects our community’s commitment to change practices that contribute to youth incarceration, mental illness, racial and ethnic disparities within our community,” said Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe.
 
The city’s partnership with the National League of Cities reflects a broader effort to enable our citizens to achieve their aspirations and, in doing so, become a prototype for the “New American City” as the most citizen centered municipality in the nation.

The overuse of jails constitutes a critical, under-addressed aspect of America’s mass incarceration crisis and has ongoing, destructive effects in America’s cities. NLC’s work with these five cities is part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, a national initiative focusing on the overuse of local jails and has begun to generate a national movement to change the way America thinks about and uses jails.

As a strategic ally in the challenge, the NLC recognizes that city leaders have a core responsibility to improve public safety, and have opportunities to reduce the harm caused by current jail-related policies. Gainesville, Florida, along with the four other newly selected cities, joins 40 communities already selected to receive challenge support.

“We are excited to see the efforts already underway in the five selected cities and look forward to helping them take the next steps in preventing the overuse of jails,” said Clifford Johnson, executive director of the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute).
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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/28/2017

The City of Gainesville has selected Phil Mann as the next director of its Public Works Department. He has been in public service to the citizens of Gainesville for 25 years, beginning as a traffic engineer and rising through the ranks to the interim Public Works Director earlier this year.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/27/2017

The Solid Waste Division and Waste Corporation of America (WCA), the city’s contracted waste pick-up supplier, are diligently working to pick up yard and tree debris from residential neighborhoods.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/27/2017

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is gearing up for another season of great games for Youth Coed Basketball. Through fitness, fair play and sportsmanship, this program teaches youth, age five-14, how character counts on and off the court. There are no try-outs, and each participant gets to play. Registration opens Monday, Oct. 2.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/27/2017

Local musicians Tony McMahon, Mark Miale and friends have put together a special tribute concert celebrating the music of two of the world’s greatest electric guitarists, Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale. This tribute plays at the “Free Fridays” Concert Series Friday, Oct. 6 from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Plaza.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/21/2017

The 36th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show is quickly approaching and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is looking for individuals and organizations that would like to support this community event by volunteering at one of the top fine art shows in the country. This is your opportunity to mingle with nationally-acclaimed artists, enjoy performing arts and sample international cuisine. This award-winning art festival features 240 of the nation’s finest artists, as well as four stages of continuous entertainment. Four-hour shifts are available on Saturday, Nov. 11 or Sunday, Nov. 12 for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers can assist at the Junior Fire Fighting Challenge, booth sit for artists, greet guests as they arrive or help with the Children’s Imagination Station, a free, hands-on art activity area. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/21/2017

The Solid Waste Division and Waste Corporation of America (WCA), the city’s contracted waste pick-up supplier, are diligently working to pick up yard and tree debris from residential neighborhoods.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
9/21/2017
CareerSource of North Central Florida (CSNCFL) has disaster unemployment assistance available online and at its office, located at 10 NW Sixth St., to help city residents.

Information and an online application are available at http://careersourcencfl.com/post-hurricane-assistance-recovery/. If city residents need computer access, they may visit the CSNCFL office Monday-Wednesday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Thursday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Computers will be available on a first come, first served basis.
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