Monday, April 25, 2011

13th Street Resurfacing

Greetings Neighbors!
I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend.

If you live on 13th street, or if you use it to go towards downtown this message is for you.

Starting May 9, 13th street, I-80 to Leavenworth, will undergo some major repairs.  I was informed the project will only last around 7 to 10 business days, depending on the predictable Nebraska weather of course.  Everyone that lives or operates off 13th will be notified by mail soon.

There will be some minor traffic congestion, but the good news is that the street will not be shut down. The plan is to alternate work on the north and south bound lanes. If you are worried about the loud sounds of construction keeping you up at night, no worries, where homes are present the work will be done during the day.

If you are like me, and have a driveway you have to use on 13th, park on the cross street so you don't get blocked in during the day they are working on your portion of the street.

I was told that the process goes quickly and that once the new pavement is poured it can be driven on after 8 hours. A good tip, I recommend not turning in your driveway right after the new pavement is poured. If you do, your tires will make an indention in the new pavement. The streets will look fabulous and you will be left with a reminder of how you forgot about this tip or couldn’t wait. I am just going to park on the side street till my section is done and it has had adequate time to dry and cure. If you need more info shoot me an email.

Take Care and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Deer Park Neighborhood Cleanup - May 21

Hey Everyone!
I hope you are getting ready for some beautiful weather. I have used these last few cold days to clean my garage and storage areas.  Why so soon? Our neighborhood Spring Clean up is coming up.

The Neighborhood Clean-Up Program is a partnership between the City of Omaha and Keep Omaha Beautiful (KOB). Neighborhood groups begin cleanups tomorrow, April 17th. At the neighborhood cleanup kick off I heard that 101 neighborhood groups will participate in 2011’s Neighborhood Clean-Up program.

This is a great program that thousands of neighbors utilize every year, so don’t forget to thank the City and KOB for this program and especially extend thanks to those community volunteers, your neighbors, who will man these sites.

Deer Park Cleanup Info
When: Deer Park Spring Cleanup is scheduled Saturday, May 21. 
           Dump sites are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Bancroft Elementary School south parking lot (2700 s 6th St.) 
            The map below shows where you will find us moving out dumpsters all day long.

What: All smaller to mid sized items are welcome at our local Deer Park Cleanup Site.

Rules: No hazardous materials, large bulky items, or large loads will be accepted at the
            local site.

Full railroad ties will not be accepted at any Clean-Up locations.

Spring Clean-Up does offer the opportunity to dispose of large limbs and brush not eligible for the City’s weekly yard waste collection and/or our local cleanup sites. Take large loads of brush or tree limbs to …

River City Recycling
60th Street between Harrison and Q streets.

Residents can pick up a voucher at our cleanup site to pay for one load.

Disposal opportunities for bulky items or difficult to dispose of items such as chairs, couches, appliances and tires will be available at one designated site each Clean-Up Saturday. These locations can be obtained by calling the Clean-Up hotline at 444-4636, or you can use the interactive map below. 

View Spring Cleanup Sites in a larger map

If you don’t live in Deer Park and want to know when your neighborhood Cleanup is,
Call (402) 444-4636. If you are one of those ambitious community advocates, we still need volunteers to help with the cleanup. Please email Oscar Duran, to sign up.

We are a little more than one month away, so get ready. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Orchid Show Blooms at Lauritzen Gardens

Omaha's Orchid Society hosted yet another great Orchid show last month.  With over 20,000 species of orchids, the show displayed quite a variety including around 6 species found right here in the Omaha metro.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Habitat Omaha Launches Project Demolition!

On March 21, 2011 Habitat for Humanity of Omaha kicked off its new program, Project Demolition, a partnership with the City of Omaha. With more than 443 single resident homes on the city's demolition list, Project Demolition is an effort to eliminate run down houses making way for new construction in distressed areas of the community. The goal for the project this year is to demolish 40 homes in North and South Omaha. Habitat Omaha often get calls from people who have a distressed house they want to donate.

Some of these homes have been on the city's condemned list for years, and the owner has nowhere to turn. Habitat Omaha can now address the problem through Project Demolition. It's a win for the owner who donated the house, the neighborhood, the City of Omaha and for a deserving family who will purchase the new Habitat Omaha home that will be built.

The first demolition took place near 17th and Manderson Streets. Two homes were torn down to make way for seven new Habitat Omaha homes. The seven new homes will be built during the week of Habitat Omaha's 2011 Builder's Blitz.

For more pictures click here.

Story Provided by Habitat For Humanity Omaha (HFHO)

This exciting project will assist neighborhoods rid their blighted structures and make way for new homes and families to come in. As read above, HFHO is also launching this project in South Omaha. As a resident, I know Deer Park has a few vacant homes that are considered "uninhabitable", and I am compiling a list of them. If you know of any properties near your home, please submit the address to me by either phone or email. This will not guarantee the property will make the Habitat Demolition Program, but regardless we need to know where these properties are and, TOGETHER, decide how we can mend these struggling blocks in our neighborhood. If you want to learn more about this program, please come to our next Neighborhood Association meeting.

Thanks for being such a great neighbor, See you at the next meeting!

Oscar Duran: Deer Park President