FOR RELEASE ON:  December 22, 2014

Contact:     Public Works Department

Environmental Quality Division




The Public Works Department, Environmental Quality Division, announces that there will be NO GARBAGE, RECYCLABLE or YARD WASTE MATERIALS COLLECTED neither on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014 nor on New Years Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015.  As a result, solid waste collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week following each of these holidays.  The collection schedule will change as a result of the holidays according to the schedule below:


Day/Date                                        Collection Area Served

Monday, December 22                 Monday area collections                Set out by 6:00 AM

Tuesday, December 23                Tuesday area collections               Set out by 6:00 AM

Wednesday, December 24          Wednesday area collections         Set out by 6:00 AM Thursday December 25                     Christmas Day Holiday                   No Collections

Friday, December 26                    Thursday area collections              Set out by 6:00 AM

Saturday, December 27               Friday area collections                    Set out by 6:00 AM


Monday, December 29                 Monday area collections                Set out by 6:00 AM

Tuesday, December 30                Tuesday area collections               Set out by 6:00 AM

Wednesday, December 31          Wednesday area collections         Set out by 6:00 AM Thursday, January 1               New Year’s Day Holiday                No Collections

Friday, January 2                          Thursday area collections              Set out by 6:00 AM

Saturday, January 3                     Friday area collections                    Set out by 6:00 AM


Collections will return to a regular schedule the week of January 5th through January 9th.  Omaha citizens may direct questions to the Environmental Quality Division Solid Waste Hot-Line at 402-444‑5238.  An answering service, through the same number, can assist during evenings, weekends and holidays.  Citizens may sign up for e-mail notification of impending solid waste collection holidays or service delays related to weather by going to


Citizens are also reminded that Christmas Trees will not be collected curbside.  Tree recycling locations may be found at the web site –





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The media may sign up for e-mail notification of solid waste collection schedule changes or disruptions.


While the city will continue to notify you via faxed news releases regarding citywide changes in the collection schedules, the e-mail notification will serve as a supplemental notification.  The e-mail service will include:


  • more frequent and quicker updates as weather conditions warrant
  • notification of changes that affect smaller areas of the city
  • notification to multiple people within the same media outlet


To subscribe to the e-mail list, go to


If you have questions about this subscription service or have difficulty in subscribing, contact Paul Dunn at 444-3915 ext. 226.

South Omaha Walking Tour named “Best of Omaha”

Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha editors selected Restoration Exchange Omaha’s South 24th Tour as the Best Walking Tour in Omaha. “The Walking Tour will put you face to face with historic architecture and the stories that built Omaha’s stockyards, once the largest in the world.” Call REO Education Chair Vince Furlong at 402-709-2596 or e-mail us at to book your tour.


ONE Omaha Program Manager

Job duties: The ONE Omaha program manager is responsible for quantifying the capacity and contribution of Omaha’s existing neighborhood associations and alliances; identifying specific geographic areas within the city in need of neighborhood leadership development; creating a proactive advocacy program for Omaha’s neighborhoods; improving the way neighbors communicate with each other and with the City of Omaha; helping Omaha’s neighborhood associations understand and access available city services; and recognizing the important contributions of neighborhood associations to the City of Omaha.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (public administration, public health, communications, social work)
  • Prefer one year of experience working with nonprofit organizations and volunteers
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated, self-starter
  • Ability to multi-task and establish priorities
  • Ability to manage volunteers
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, graphic design applications and web authoring software preferred

Direct Report: ONE Omaha Advisory Board (day-to-day supervision by Nebraskans for Civic Reform)
Supervise: Volunteers and student workers
Essential Functions: Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as ONE Omaha liaison with the city’s existing neighborhood structure and with the City of Omaha
  • Collect data from the city’s existing neighborhood associations (elections, boundaries, capacity, city directory information)
  • Generate Omaha Neighborhoods Report based on collected data
  • Coordinate joint neighborhood alliance activities
  • Manage ONE Omaha programming once established
  • Manage vendors associated with ONE Omaha programming
  • Assist ONE Omaha Advisory Board with securing the financial stability of the ONE Omaha initiative
  • Assist neighborhoods with inquiries and problem identification, resolution and follow up; monitor neighborhood/homeowner association activities
  • Research policy issues on specific neighborhood concerns
  • Work to address/resolve neighborhood issues and concerns; make recommendations outlining potential solutions

Submit cover letter with resume by Monday January 5, 2015 at 5pm to:
Attention: Mike Battershell

Neighborhood Program Manager Job Description

Heartland 2050 seeking executive committee members

Heartland 2050 is looking for people who want to help move the Heartland 2050 Regional Vision forward into the implementation phase.  The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) which coordinates the Heartland 2050 project is taking applications for membership on its Executive Committee.

We are requesting your assistance in helping to spread the word about this opportunity, and ask that you consider sharing this information with your networks and through websites, social media, or other communications.

Membership is open to anyone living in the Heartland 2050 project area boundaries. That includes: Douglas, Sarpy, Washington, Cass and Saunders Counties in Nebraska; Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison Counties in Iowa.  The MAPA Council of Officials will select representatives based on several criteria including the willingness to attend meetings and interest in regional growth and related issues.

Click here or go to to download an application, or request one via email at or call 402-444-6866.  Applications must be received in MAPA offices by 4 p.m. January 2, 2015.

For more information on the Heartland 2050 project, the metro area’s long-term vision for the future growth based on the core values of residents, go to:

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 (


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