Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Summary of Current Events

Hundreds of Tucson residents came out to the health and safety fair, held on April 28, at El Pueblo Neighborhood Center. I want to thank everybody that came out and enjoyed the fair.

Over 80 families were benefited by receiving a car seat and/or booster seat and all the children who attended the fair received a bike helmet. In total 108 car seats and booster seats were given out to the families and 135 children received a bike helmet.

Breakfast and lunch were provided to the families at the fair: Hotdogs, hamburgers, bagels and cream cheese, juices, coffee, water, popcorn, pastries, bananas, granola bars and much more.

Families were also provided with lots of good information from our community partners: Tucson Police Department, Tucson Fire Department, El Pueblo Senior Center, Henry Quintero Day Care, Luz Southside Coalition, Health Choice, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, PPEP Tech, Tucson Academy of Learning, The Community Food Bank/Gabriel Giffords Family Assistance Center, Pima County Attorney’s Office, Kool Smiles, and United Health who provided blood pressure check and DNA kits for kids.

I want to thank my great staff, John Ferra, Eileen Soto, Mark Kerr and Melinda Jacobs for there hard work setting up this fair and making it a success. I also want to thank Ward 1 and Ward 2 for providing food and El Pueblo seniors who helped prepare it. In addition, thanks Carlos Estrada with Circle K for also providing us with food and drinks.

In addition, I want to thank Congressman Raul Grijalva; Jennie Becenti, Tohono O’odham Nation Ex. Dir. Human & Health Services; Rupert Encinas, Tohono O’odham Nation; Cherry Jackson, Trinity Hope Church of God in Christ; Mayor Rothschild, Councilmember Regina Romero; Demitri Downing & Mary Fimbres, Representing  Ward 2; Tucson Fire Chief Jim Critchley; Tucson Police Department Lieutenant Matt Ronstadt and Sergeant Mary Kay Slyter; Steve Ramirez, Business and Community Director at Fred G. Acosta Job Corp; Richard Barker, Maria Cardenas and Paul Ponce from the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center and all the seniors from El Pueblo Senior Center and the Job Corp volunteers. I look forward to seeing everyone at our next health and safety fair in August.

The Ward 5 Council Office will be holding a shred-a-thon, Saturday, May 12, 8:30 am to 12 noon. The Council Office is located at 4300 South Park. For more information, please call 791-4231.  Donations for the Community Food Bank are being requested for this event.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 24, 6 to 8 pm. Councilmember Fimbres will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at the Fred G. Acosta Job Corps, 901 South Campbell. For more information, call the Ward 5 Council Office, 791-4231.