City of Omaha Parks & Recreation Summer Job Opportunities

(Omaha, NE. November 24, 2014) – You can be part of the fun that’s happening at Omaha Parks and Recreation next summer!  Applications will be accepted for a variety of summer jobs including lifeguards, golf concessions, recreation programmers, camp counselors, and grounds maintenance workers.  Open interviews will be hosted at the following times and locations:

Monday, December 29, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Florence Community Center, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5216

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Dr., 402-444-6103

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Christie Heights Community Center, 5105 S. 37th St., 402-444-6280

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Camelot Community Center, 9270 Cady Ave., 402-444-5972

Tuesday, March 23, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Miller Park Pavilion, 2707 Redick Ave., 402-444-5920

Thursday, March 25, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Miller Park Pavilion, 2707 Redick Ave., 402-444-5920


Applicants must apply online for each position they are interested in prior to the open interviews at  Applicants should bring a valid form of identification and their social security card to the interview.  All applicants selected for these positions will be required to successfully complete a drug/alcohol screening and criminal background check prior to employment.  For more information on the jobs available please call, 402-444-5900.

South Omaha Lights Festival

South 24th Street will again be aglow as part of The Holiday Lights Festival, thanks to a generous donation from the Sherwood Foundation.

This is a wonderful chance to showcase the beauty of South 24th Street, as the lights will draw thousands of people to the area during the holiday season.

Christmas Decor will install lights in the tree planters and on the rooftops along 24th Street.

The lights will be turned on Friday, November 28, at 6:00 p.m. and will stay lit during the evenings until January 4, 2015.

In addition, a celebration will be held at La Plaza de La Raza , 24th & N streets, on December 5,  2014,  at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor Jean Stothert and Councilman Garry Gernandt to officially welcome the South Omaha Lights Festival, preceded by a reception at El Alamo Mexican Restaurant at 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact SOBA President David Catalan at or 402-850-1941.

new garbage collection day potentially coming

On Thursday, Mayor Stothert is going to hold a Press Conference announcing a major change to the way in which Deffenbaugh runs its routes. Starting January 5th, all routes are being resectored.  In other words, about 75% of Deffenbaugh customers pick up day for garbage, recycling, and yard waste will change.

The plan to go to these new pick up days was made in cooperation with the City in 2012, and has nothing to do with the fact that Deffenbaugh is being purchased by Waste Management.

All customers will receive a post card in late December letting them know their new pick up day.  There will also be issues of the Wasteline publication which tells them about the change. Finally, there will be a web site available that will allow the customer to enter there address then find out their new pick up day.

The webpage to look up the current and new day of collection is:

November Agenda and Attachments

Please join us Thursday November 6 at 7pm for our regular meeting at the Kroc Center (2825 Y St, Omaha, NE 68107). We have a full agenda of that includes the election of new officers for the 2016 year and our general business.

Attached are the pre-meeting reading materials that will help make the meeting productive with the result being a strengthened South Omaha.

We look forward to seeing you. All are welcome.

2015 SONA Board & Officers
SONA Agenda November 2014

juvenile justice collective impact community conversations

Juvenile Justice Collective Impact Committee announces they will be holding two additional community conversations at the end of the month. They will host these conversations on Monday, October 27th at Omaha North High School from 6:30-8:30PM and on Tuesday, October 28th at Omaha South High School from 6:30-8:30PM. These community conversations are designed to get your input on our juvenile justice collective impact effort. Please note that these conversations will cover the same content as the first community conversation on October 8th at UNO but community members are welcome to join as many conversations as you’d like.

Over the past three months collective impact process has gained momentum. The facilitation partner, FSG, has spoken to more than 125 individuals to gather input for our “common agenda”, which will serve as the foundation to transform our juvenile justice system. The agenda encompasses the context for change, an ambitious goal to guide the effort, and initial areas where we will take action.

The common agenda was informed by stakeholder interviews, co-created by steering committee members, and vetted with many of your peers and colleagues, and many of you receiving this invitation. The next important step is to further integrate the community’s voice into how we will realize our common agenda. Community conversations on October 27th and 28th offer an opportunity for community members to come together and discuss how this transformation will happen.

Please RSVP for the event by Friday, October 17th by filling out one of these short forms:

Please be sure to enter all names if you are registering for more than one person so we can have an accurate head count.

This event is open to all community members, so please forward this invitation to others in your organization and broader networks. If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact Melissa Oomer at FSG (

Mayor Stothert Town Hall Meetings

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has a series of town hall meetings beginning Monday.

This is the second year of the Mayor’s town hall meetings. They’re an opportunity to discuss city issues with the public in venues throughout the city.  A city councilperson will be at each event along with various members of Mayor’s staff and department directors.

The first town hall is Monday at the Benson Library. The rest of the schedule is as follows:

  • September 22nd, Charles Washington Library
    Ben Gray will attend
  • October 8, Willa Cather Library
    Chris Jerram will attend
  • October 20, Millard North High School (tentative location)
    Rich Pahls will attend
  • October 22, Kroc Center
    Garry Gernandt will attend
  • October 27, Saddlebrook Library
    Aimee Melton will attend
  • October 30, Swanson Library
    Franklin Thompson will attend

All meetings begin at 7 pm.

South Omaha Neighborhood Mini Grants are Live and Ready for You to Apply

Hey Neighbors,

South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance wants to remind you that we have funds available for neighborhood based projects in South Omaha. We created this mini grants program for ease of access year round that your group can tap into to meet new neighbors, strengthen the brand of your neighborhood, and put your ideas into action.

If you have an idea for a Mini-Grant project, email or call us at (402) 884.6892. We’ll send along an application/info form and answer any questions you might have. Or you can download and print it in the link below.

SONA Neighborhood Mini Grants Pilot

Applications are reviewed quarterly by the SONA Mini-Grant Council, comprised of local citizens and activists of the South Omaha Community. Funds are limited and are on first come first serve basis, so apply soon!

Thanks for All You do for South Omaha!

Come Talk a Walking Tour of Historic Vinton Business District

Historic Vinton Street Business District

Saturday, October 4    2PM and 4PM  (part of the Vinton Creativity Festival)

Friday, October 10   5PM   ( part of the 2 Friday Vinton event)

any questions please contact:

Vince Furlong – Education Director



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