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Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/31/2014

Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/28/2014

Here’s something to cheer about! On Oct. 18, the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department’s Pop Warner Cheerleading squads, the Gator Midget and Jr. Pee Wee, placed first and second respectively in their divisions at the Mid-Florida League Cheer Championships in Kissimmee, Florida. Additionally, the Midget cheer squad received the Mid-Florida Association Royal scepter award for earning the highest score of the day out of the 82 cheer and dance squads competing.

Gainesville will transform into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 33rd Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals. Presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the festival draws a crowd of more than 100,000 visitors each year. On Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy live music and sample international cuisine.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/22/2014

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 5-14, how character counts on and off the court. There are no try outs, and each participant gets to play. Registration is open now through Dec. 15.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/16/2014

Gainesville Fire Rescue Gene Prince has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met in August 2014 to officially confer the designation of Chief Prince. Chief Prince is one of only 993 CFOs worldwide. After a 30-year career as a member of the Gainesville Fire Rescue, Chief Prince will end his service with the department on Nov. 30, 2014.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/16/2014

Join the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department for a Drool and Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest and Pool Party Saturday, Oct. 25, from 12-2 p.m. This annual event is open to well-behaved dogs at the H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, which is located at 1001 NW 31st Dr. The pool and splash pad will be open to dogs, and there will be a costume contest, photos with your pet(s) and great local pet-business vendors and free dog baths!

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/16/2014

University of Florida’s World Music Ensembles will present a “Free Fridays” concert at the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.  The event features student and faculty musicians and dancers from UF’s College of the Arts for an evening of lively South American and African music and dance traditions.
The groups performing include:

  • Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir, Director Abbey Chokera
  • Jacaré Brazil (Brazilian traditional and popular music), Directors Larry Crook and Welson Tremura.
  • Agbedidi Africa (West African drumming and dancing ensemble), Director Mohamed da Costa.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/15/2014

The "City Manager’s Biweekly Report to the City Commission" provides information about significant upcoming activities, projects, and meetings in the City of Gainesville over the course of the next two to three weeks. In addition to brief descriptions on each of the upcoming activities, you can click on hyperlinks for more information regarding the presented topic. The October 16-November 5 edition is now available.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/15/2014

As part of the on-going Depot Avenue project, a traffic pattern change will occur  Thursday, Oct. 16, for South Main Street at Depot Avenue.
 
Traffic will be shifted to the west, where half of the new roundabout at the intersection has been constructed.  Depot Avenue will be closed west and east of the intersection. North and southbound Main Street traffic will be maintained. This shift in traffic is expected to last through January 2015. Motorists are urged to use Southeast Fourth Avenue as an alternative route to Depot Avenue during this time.
 
The Depot Avenue project is being constructed by O’Steen Brothers, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida at a cost of approximately $6.7 million. The work will include reconstruction of the roadway into a two lane divided road with landscaped medians and three roundabouts. The roundabouts are will be located at Southwest 11th Street, Southwest Sixth Street and the Main Street intersections. The roundabout at Southwest 11th Street has been completed except for lighting and landscaping. Other improvements will include new utilities and drainage, as well as reconstruction of the Tumblin Creek crossing under the Depot Avenue roadway. Aesthetic upgrades such as streetscaping, landscaping, decorative lighting and a new widened multi-use trail along the southside of the roadway will also be provided.   Construction began on May 14, 2014 and is expected to be complete in August 2016, barring any unforeseen conditions such as weather.
 
Direct media inquiries to Chip Skinner, Public Works spokesperson, at 352-393-7842 or skinnerc@cityofgainesville.org. For additional Depot Avenue project information, contact John Veilleux at 352-393-8418 or veilleuxj@cityofgainesville.org.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
10/8/2014

The southern rock band Dixie Desperados will play for the first time at the “Free Fridays” Concert series Friday, Oct. 17.

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