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At 1:34 PM on Thursday, June 21st, the Iowa City Fire Department responded to a report of a garage fire at 2807 Eastwood Drive. The first unit arrived on scene 4 minutes after notification and reported a garage fire with light smoke from a split-foyer style residence. All occupants had evacuated the building prior to the arrival of the fire department. The fire was contained to the garage and extinguished within 15 minutes after arrival.
The residence sustained fire damage to the garage and light smoke damage throughout the building. A loss estimate is not yet available. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Iowa City Fire Department.
Outside agency support and assistance was provided by the Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center and Mid-American Energy.
For more information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at 319-356-5255.
IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Monday, June 25, 2018, the eastbound lane of Court Street will be closed between S. Clinton Street and Dubuque Street for pavement repairs as part of the Burlington Clinton Street Intersection Improvements Project. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Drivers should take note of this closure and use another route. As always, use caution when traveling in construction areas.
For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts.
Stop by the Iowa City Farmers Market to sign up to volunteer, learn more about the event, and buy an official Iowa City RAGBRAI T-shirt before thousands of riders ‘Book It to Iowa City’ on Friday, July 27.
The information table at the Farmers Market, located at Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 405 E. Washington St., will feature a tablet to sign up on the spot for volunteer vacancies. The information table is located at the Washington Street entrance to the ramp. Markets take place Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
The market will also feature information about how you can volunteer sleeping space in your home or yard to host riders overnight.
In addition to the market, T-shirts are also available at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. Official T-shirts are $20 and help pay for the cost of the overnight event. All remaining funds raised will be donated to the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties. Other apparel options like tanks and baseball tees are offered online at iowacityragbrai.com/merchandise.
RAGBRAI is rolling through Iowa City on Friday July 27. To celebrate, there are official RAGRAI t-shirts for sale at a number of locations, including ICPL's Help Desk.
The cost is $20 per shirt, while supplies last.
The shirts for sale at the Library are Canvas Bella cotton/poly blend in size medium and large in both black and gold versions. Additional sizes are available through online ordering at the official RAGBRAI Merchandise webpage.
All proceeds offset RAGBRAI expenses. Any profits from the event will go to the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties.
Rock-N-Read to support ICPL Tuesday, June 26
Toes will be tappin’ when HomeBrewed takes the stage on Tuesday, June 26, for a live concert benefiting the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation.
The music will play from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St. There will be a cover charge of $10 per adult, $5 per child (17 and younger), with all funds going to the Friends Foundation.
HomeBrewed is music with a mission, with members playing songs that go back to the intersection of blues, gospel and country, also known as the beginning of rock and roll. HomeBrewed uses music to give back to the community by playing fundraisers to benefit nonprofit organizations. All funds raised at Rock-N-Read will support various Library programs, including the Bookmobile and Summer Reading Program.
For more information, call Development Office Coordinator Patty McCarthy at 319-356-5249.
Late Night at the Library Saturday, June 23
The second annual Downtown Block Party will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. Last year's event brought an estimated 30,000 people to downtown Iowa City. Will you be part of the 2018 celebration?
The Library will join the fun by staying open until 10 p.m. on June 23. All Library services will be available at that time, including checkouts and public computer use. We'll also host a Mario Kart 8 Video Game Tournament in Meeting Room A.
Registration begins at 7 p.m., with the game starting at 7:30 p.m. The victor will receive a Downtown District gift card!
SRP Update: Things are rockin' at ICPL!
Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program participants complete the program when they read five books, or read three books and attend two programs.
Teens who complete the program will receive a free book and food coupon, and be entered into the grand prize drawing for one of four $50 Downtown Iowa City gift cards. Adults who complete their game card will receive a free book and be entered into the grand prize drawing for one of four $50 Downtown Iowa City gift cards.
IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, on Monday, June 25, 2018, street repairs and resurfacing will begin on Burlington Street between Van Buren Street and Summit Street; Johnson Street between Burlington Street and Bowery Street; and Court Street between Johnson Street and Dodge Street. During this work, local access and emergency vehicles will be maintained, but lane reductions will occur. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume on Burlington Street, Johnson Street, and Court Street by Sept. 1, 2018.
Drivers should take note of this closure and use another route. As always, be cautious when traveling in construction areas.
For more information about this project, visit icgov.org/resurfacing.
With only a few weeks remaining until 12,000 RAGBRAI riders roll into Iowa City, volunteers are still needed to provide housing or camping to riders and to help with the festivities taking place Downtown.
Iowa City will be an overnight stop for RAGBRAI on Friday, July 27. RAGBRAI is the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which this year will begin in Onawa on July 21 and end in Davenport on July 28. The theme is “Book it to Iowa City.”
Volunteer host homes are needed to accommodate RAGBRAI groups of 15 or fewer people overnight on Friday, July 27. Community members willing to provide host housing, which can range from yard camping to indoor sleeping space, should fill out the Host A Rider form by July 1. Host housing is most needed in areas of relative proximity to the Downtown District, where the entertainment will take place.
In addition, hundreds of volunteers still are needed to help make Iowa City’s overnight stop a success. Duties include hospitality, information centers, campgrounds, beverage garden, trash and recycling, shuttle assistance, and volunteer check-in. Shifts are three hours long, and volunteers can sign up for more than one shift.
Those interested in volunteering can sign up at www.iowacityragbraivols.org.
All volunteers will receive a T-shirt, which will provide access to the volunteer hospitality stations located at the main campground in City Park and Downtown Iowa City during the event.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On May 14th, the Cedar Rapids Police Department requested the public's assistance in the identification of a theft suspect. The suspect allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase items at five convenience stores throughout the city. The credit card was stolen from a vehicle on March 28th.
Surveillance photographs were disseminated through Cedar Rapids Police Department social media and local media. There were several tips through Linn County Crime Stoppers that led to the identification of the suspect.
Jeffrey R. Stone, DOB/02-27-1986, age 32, of Red Wing, MN was arrested at 7:15 p.m. last night in Cedar Rapids for Theft-5th Degree and 5 counts of False Use of a Credit Card.
The Police Department is appreciative of the public’s assistance in this case.
Disclaimer: Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 10 - How good is Tony's? - Bachelor on the Cheap
It's Day Ten of the challenge and I'm reviewing Tony's, a maker of frozen pizza since 1960, this frozen pizza icon getting started in of all places, Salina, Kansas. In a quick review of the fine print on the box, my expectations are this won't be a bad pizza because the parent company is the Schwan Food Company, also the makers of Red Baron and Freschetta, both of which scored well in this challenge. This pizza cost me just $2.67, which is on the lower end end of the bargain pizza price scale and it weighed in at 18.56 ounces. The middle range of bargain pizza weights, is typically between 16 and 20 ounces.
So how was it?
ARLINGTON, Va., -- American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.7% in May after rising 2.7% in April. In May, the index equaled 113.8 (2015=100), up from 113 in April.
ATA revised the April increase from the originally reported 2.2% to 2.7%.
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