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April 9th

Traffic Safety Coalition announces traffic fatalities in Iowa on the decline

CHICAGO, Ill.– The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show the number of fatalities on Iowa’s roadways declined 11 percent, including a 28 percent reduction in pedestrian fatalities, from 2006 to 2010. Iowa roads are getting safer with increased seat belt usage, improved air bag technology, safer driving habits and local police departments taking advantage of new technology to hold lawbreakers accountable through the use of live-saving enforcement tools such as red light cameras.

(Sigh) What’s a poor dog to do?

NORTH LIBERTY — What’s a dog to do?
Kitty (officially Kitty Butters Fine-Timmel) wants to run, jump and play outside without the encumbrance and restriction of a leash. But the City of North Liberty doesn’t have a place for Kitty and his dog friends to do so.
“At large means a dog which is physically off the premises of the owner, handler, or custodian of the dog, and which is not secured by a leash which is under the control of the owner, handler, or custodian not exceeding ten feet in length,” says the city code.

Multifamily homes still multiplying

NORTH LIBERTY– Is there too much multifamily housing in North Liberty?
City council members have posed that question periodically since 2007, even passing and then repealing a moratorium on multifamily housing site plans that year.
But the apparent answer continues to be “No.”
Home buyers are still demanding it, developers are still asking to build it, and neighbors and city leaders are continuing to accept it.

Schools issued report cards

IOWA CITY– The comprehensive school improvement planning (CSIP) committee and district officials sat down last week to review some of the accomplishments and direction of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
Director of curriculum Pam Ehly shared the results of the Iowa Assessment, the test that replaced the Iowa Test of Basic Standards (ITBS) and the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED). Ehly said the district would be sending information about the changes in the new tests.

Community invited to ‘Daddy Daughter Dance’ scheduled for April 14

NORTH LIBERTY– Heartland Community Church of North Liberty will be hosting a “Daddy Daughter Dance” on Saturday, April 14, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Heartland Community Church, 70 S. Kansas Ave., North Liberty.
Titled “A Red Carpet Event.” It will include a dance, food, crafts, photos and more. There is no cost to the event, which is open for the public.

Pancake breakfast in Tiffin April 15

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Fire and First Responders will hold their annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 15, from 7 a.m. until noon at the Tiffin Fire Station, serving pancakes, eggs, locally processed sausage, cinnamon rolls, and Clear Creek Orchard Jams. Special order items are also available. Free will donation. The organizatoin thanks the community for its continued support.

‘Make a Difference’ project April 21

NORTH LIBERTY– April 21 is the date for the North Liberty area “Make a Difference” spring work project.
Five local churches– St. Thomas More, Grace Community, Life Church, Holy Trinity and North Liberty First United Methodist– will be working together to help families with home repairs, yard work and clean up. Projects can include washing windows, building a ramp, painting walls, raking leaves or making minor repairs to someone’s home.

CCA community clean-up day April 27

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) annual community clean-up day will be held on April 27. High school students from CCA’s student assistance team will volunteer to help our older community members with yard work, windows, small household chores and general spring cleaning.
Students will work half days in the morning (arrive at 8:30 a.m.), half days in the afternoon (arrive at 12:30 p.m.), or for full days (8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.)

Forever Green Garden Center open house April 13 through 15

CORALVILLE– Forever Green Garden Center will host an Open House from April 13 through April 15 at 125 Forevergreen Road in Coralville. Hours are Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday noon until 5 p.m. The spring open house is a fun family event with lots of free activities for all ages, including seminars, sales and door prizes. Explore greenhouses with over 10,000 flowers and vegetables. Kids can plant flowers, enjoy a coloring contest and explore nature items at an art exploration table. Pet and feed baby calves, lambs, chicks and other farm animals.

CCA’s ‘Seussical the Musical’ April 12-14

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School will present “Seussical the Musical” April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., and April 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show will be held in the Performing Arts Center located at the CCA high school in Tiffin. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door.
“Seussical” is based on the works of Dr. Seuss and weaves together his most famous tales and characters from at least fifteen of his books.