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News and notes from the City of Coralville - April 28, 2016

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Family Storytime (April 30)
  • Meetings: Library Board of Trustees (May 4), Planning & Zoning Commission (May 4), City Council (May 10)
  • Friday Night Lights (May 6)
  • Preschool Evening Fun (May 12)

View all upcoming events


We Have an App for That

Coralville launches free mobile app

The City’s free mobile app for Android and Apple devices is the newest way that residents, businesses, and visitors can connect with the City. Report an issue, pay your utility bill, find your bus, navigate to a park, get City information—and much more—on the go.  Learn more


4thFest Parade & Vendor Openings

March in the parade

Entries are now being accepted for Coralville's 4thFest parade, the area's largest 4th of July parade. March on! Learn more

Be a vendor

Apply now to be a vendor at 4thFest in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3 and 4. Thousands of people attend Coralville's annual 4th of July celebration! Learn more


Shop the City-Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, April 30 | 8:00 am to noon

Find a treasure at the annual city-wide garage sale! Starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, stop by the Coralville Recreation Center to pick up a map of participating sales and grab a first come, first served continental breakfast. Learn more


Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Medication

Drug take-back event in Coralville

Saturday, April 30 | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Drop off expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills at a community drug take-back event at Coralville Walgreens and the Coralville Police Department for safe, anonymous disposal. Sponsored by the Coralville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Learn more


Make It a Market Monday

Farmers' Market season begins May 2

Mondays | 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Stop by the Aquatic Center parking lot next to S.T. Morrison Park for fresh produce, baked goods, handmade items, music, special events, and more! From May through early October, make Monday nights “Market Mondays!”  Learn more


Swap & Shred in Coralville on May 7

Recycle Swap Day

City Hall Parking Lot | 8:00 am to noon

Whether you want to declutter and donate items or look for a great find, Recycle Swap Day keeps usable items out of the landfill! 

Community Shred Event

Aquatic Center Parking Lot | 10:00 am to noon

Thin out your files and bring up to two boxes of personal papers for shredding in the mobile shredding truck, courtesy of the Coralville Police Department and Heartland Shredding.

Learn more

Clean out for Mayor’s Clean up Week

May 9-13

Set out big items, such as wrecked furniture or washed-up bathroom fixtures, for free pickup on trash day from May 9 to May 13.  

For unwanted (but usable) building and housing materials and appliances, consider donating them to ReStore. Free pickup is available, donations are tax-deductible, and ReStore sells the items to support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity.  Learn more


Crews Are Flushing Fire Hydrants

We're not wasting water: flushing is part of annual maintenance

City crews continue to flush fire hydrants through late May. After nearby hydrants are flushed, you may notice a temporary discoloration of the water which does not affect water safety; if discoloration happens, run cold water from a faucet until the water clears. Learn more


On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts


April 29-May 8

Presented by City Circle Acting Company. This award-winning musical tells the story of John Adams and his struggle to convince his colleagues to vote for independence and sign the Declaration. Learn more

Iowa City Girls Choir

Tuesday, May 3 |  6:30 pm

Welcome in the spring with great music for the whole family! Learn more

Elementary School Concerts

May 9, 10, & 12

Central Elementary school (grades K-2 May 9; grades 3-6 May 12), and Kirkwood Elementary (May 10) present concerts featuring their young musicians. Learn more


City Ballet of Iowa

Wednesday, May 11 | 7:30 pm

Enjoy a diverse evening of ballet and classical music featuring highlights from several famous ballets. Learn more


What's Happening at the Coralville Public Library

Family Night

Monday, May 9 | 6:30 pm

Families will make music with guests from the Preucil School of Music. Learn more

It’s a Mystery: Haunted Ground by Erin Hart

Wednesday, May 11 | 10:00 am

An unlikely team has to work together to solve two mysteries—one ancient and one of the present day. Learn more

LitFlicks Movie Night: The Martian

Wednesday, May 11 | 6:00 pm

An astronaut stranded on Mars must use his ingenuity to survive as a team of scientists and his crewmates figure out how to bring him home. Based on the novel by Andy Weir. Learn more


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Of Course: Trump Backed Multiple Policies He Condemned in Foreign Policy Address - Guy Benson

Donald Trump's foreign policy address yesterday was a mishmash of good ideas, incandescent contradictions and feel-good assertions of things he'd do "quickly" as president, with very little offered in the way of explaining how he'd pull off this remarkable global winning streak. The point of the speech -- which was clearly written by someone other than the principal, who managed to recite it relatively smoothly, with occasional extemporized flourishes such as "very bad!" -- was to check a box, and offer the cameras some optics with presidential trimmings. On that score, I think it was probably a success. Dig even the slightest bit deeper, and the inconsistencies begin pile up.


Police charge Iowa City man after finding 62 ducks in van | and The Tampa Tribune

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Police have charged an Iowa City man after they found 62 ducks crowded in an abandoned van.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 69-year-old Francis Prohaska faces an animal neglect charge after police discovered the ducks in a U-Haul van parked on the north side of Iowa City. The ducks were in stacked cages and covered in feces and feathers.

Police received a call Monday evening to report a bad odor coming from the van. Officials say 19 of the ducks were dead and there was no food or water available.

The ducks that survived are now at the Iowa City Animal Care Center, after being examined and fed.

The incident remains under investigation. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney for Prohaska.


24% Opt Out of a Clinton-Trump Race - Rasmussen Reports™

Nearly one-in-four voters say they will stay home or vote third party if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the major party presidential candidates.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump and Clinton tied at 38% each. But 16% say they would vote for some other candidate if the presidential election comes down to those two, while six percent (6%) would stay home. Only two percent (2%) are undecided given those options. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Still, the picture appears to be improving for both candidates. In early March, 49% of voters told us they would definitely vote against Trump if he is the presidential nominee of the Republican Party, but nearly as many (42%) said they would definitely vote against Clinton if she is the Democratic Party’s nominee.

Trump is more toxic within his own party than Clinton is in hers. If Trump is the Republican nominee, 16% of GOP voters say they would choose a third-party candidate, while five percent (5%) would stay home. Sixty-six percent (66%) would vote for Trump, but 10% would vote for Clinton instead.

If Clinton is the Democratic nominee, 11% of Democrats would vote third-party, while three percent (3%) would stay home. Seventy-five percent (75%) would support the nominee, but 11% say they would vote for Trump.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, nearly one-third say they would opt out: 21% would choose a candidate other than Trump or Clinton, and 10% would stay home. Trump leads Clinton 38% to 27% among unaffiliated voters.


Most Parents Say No to Standardized Testing - Rasmussen Reports™

Parental opposition to standardized testing in schools remains high, even as the latest cycle of tests is beginning in many states. Most parents now say there’s no need for any such tests at all.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of American Adults with children of elementary or secondary school age believe there is too much emphasis on standardized tests in schools these days. That’s little changed from December but up from 57% in November 2013 when we first asked this question.

Just 18% of these parents think there is not enough emphasis on standardized tests, a finding that hasn’t changed over the years, while 12% rate the balance as about right.


Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department seeks input on Hickory Hill Master Plan

The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, in coordination with Friends of Hickory Hill Park, will hold a public input meeting to discuss the proposed Hickory Hill Park Master Plan from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15  at the park shelter near the south entrance to the park, 1439 Bloomington Street. In the case of rainout, the meeting will be held at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Social Hall, 220 S. Gilbert Street.

Project goals and objectives that have been identified include:

  1. Improve wayfinding and signage
  2. Improvements to bridges and trails
  3. Review park programming
  4. Improve park identification
  5. Recommend trail surfacing materials
  6. Improve access to the northern park area.

This will be the final public input meeting for the Hickory Hill Master Plan. A prior meeting was held on March 13, followed by an online public commenting period from March 13- April 1. 

If you are not able to attend the public meeting, staff still want your input. Project information will be posted online at along with a comment sheet which can be e-mailed to the project team.  This information will be made available online from May 16 – May 20.

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U.S. economy stalls in first quarter as activity weakens broadly | Reuters

U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the first quarter to its slowest pace in two years as consumer spending softened and a strong dollar continued to undercut exports, but a pick-up in activity is anticipated given a buoyant labor market.

Gross domestic product increased at a 0.5 percent annual rate, the weakest since the first quarter of 2014, the Labor Department said on Thursday in its advance estimate, also as businesses stepped up efforts to reduce unwanted merchandise clogging up warehouses


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