City of Phoenix Impacted Services Update Management & Homeland Security4/8/2020 10:00:00 PM of Phoenix Impacted Services Update<div class="ExternalClass8156046AD7AD4A3D980E50CDE623651B"><html> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <a target="_blank" href="/newssite/Documents/COVID19_Newsroom_Main_SP.pdf">Read this page in Spanish. Lea esta página​ en español (PDF)</a> <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><em>Use Translate button to read in another language​​</em></p><h3><strong>Updated!</strong> Resources Page<br></h3><p>Looking for more resources? <a target="_blank" href=""><strong>Visit the Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources page</strong></a>. Residents w​ith questions about city services and programs affected by service changes can call <strong>(602) 2​62-3111</strong> or e-mail <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="">​</a>.​​​​​​​​​ ​​​<br><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <h3 style="line-height:1.4;">Downtown City Buildings Are Now Access<span style="letter-spacing:-0.4px;background-color:window;"> b</span><span style="letter-spacing:-0.4px;background-color:window;">y Appointment Only </span></h3><p></p><p><strong>Downtown City Buildings </strong><strong>By Appointment Only </strong>- In an effort to continue providing necessary city services, while protecting the health and safety of customers and employees in our facilities, the city of Phoenix is taking additional measures to limit foot traffic at the city’s downtown buildings. Beginning Monday, March 23, only people with appointments for service will have access to <strong>P​hoenix City Hall, the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building, and the Public Transit Department administration building</strong>. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Read more about the changes</a>. You can also <a target="_blank" href="/Documents/CityServicesAppointmentContactList.pdf">download a contact list to make appointments (PDF)</a> for city services.​<br> <br></p><h3> City Services and Facilities Currently Closed or Impacted<br></h3><p>Residents with questions about city services and program​s affected by Coronavirus precautionary measures​ can call<strong> (602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="">​</a>.<br></p> <ul> <li><p><strong>Alarms Detail </strong>– No walk-in customers accepted. Call (602) 534-0322 for questions about false alarm or permit inquires and payments. <strong><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/police/1079">Read detailed Alarm impacted services statement​</a></strong></p></li><li><p><strong>ARIZONA@WORK City of Phoenix Job​ Centers</strong> – Shifting to an appointment only model for City services.</p></li><li><p> <strong>Convention Center</strong> – All events at the Phoenix Convention Center and Venues (Orpheum Theatre and Symphony Hall) have been <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="">postponed or rescheduled through May 10</a>. Visit your conference or event organizer’s website for event updates and rescheduled dates. No in-person or phone sales are being taken at the the Phoenix Convention Center Ticket Office at this time. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/phoenix-convention-center/1064"><strong>Read detailed Convention Center impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>City Council Meetings </strong>– City Council meetings are currently <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/article/1047">being held audience-free</a>. Meetings can be streamed online and residents can provide comments via e-mail or phone.</p></li><li><p><strong>City Hall </strong><span style="font-size:13.33px;">–</span>​ <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Services by appointment only</a></p></li><li><p><strong>City of Phoenix Retirees</strong> – The Phoenix Nationwide office is currently closed, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Customers can <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="">schedule a phone appointment </a>to avoid long hold times. Nationwide recomme​nds retirees contact their <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="">local retirement representative​ </a>to​ address concerns or changes to their investment plan​​</p></li><li><p><strong>Community Meetings </strong>- Community meetings and outreach events in city buildings are temporarily suspended and city staff will not be attending community meetings during this time.</p></li><li><p><strong>Education Programs</strong> <span style="font-size:13.33px;">–</span> Office of Youth and Education's AARP literary programs are cancelled.</p></li><li><p><strong>Family Service Centers </strong><span style="font-size:13.33px;">–</span> Shifting to an appointment only model for City services.</p></li><li><p><strong>Fingerprinting</strong> - The City of Phoenix is tempor​​arily suspending fingerprinting services. If you need immediate fingerprinting please use a 3rd party vendor.</p></li><li><p><strong>Head Start</strong> - Home visits are suspended.​​</p></li><li><p><strong>Housing</strong> - <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/housing/1063"><strong>Read detailed Housing Department impacted services statement​</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>Human Resources</strong> – New recruitments and hiring processes will be limited to critical positions citywide; any job interviews will be conducted by video conference. In-person recruitment, selection processes, and new hire events will be temporarily postponed.</p></li><li><p><strong>Job Training Workshops</strong> – Workshops are <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/ced/1046">canceled this week</a></p></li> <li><p> <strong>Libraries</strong> – All Phoenix Public Library locations and book drops <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/library/1044">are temporarily closed</a>. All programming is also suspended. Electronic resources are available online at  <a target="_blank" href=""></a>. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/library/1067"><strong>Read detailed Library impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li> <li><p> <strong>Municipal Court </strong>– The Phoenix Municipal Court has taken <a href="/court/covid19" target="_blank">many active steps and modifications </a>to its operations in response to COVID-19.</p></li><li><p><strong>Parks and Recreation</strong> – <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>All playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes located within city parks​ are closed​​.​ All restrooms located in city parks are closed. City parks will remain open normal posted hours for residents to enjoy green space, walking paths, dog parks, skate parks, and tennis and pickleball courts, while practicing social or physical distancing.​ Limited access ia available at Papago Park’s Hole in the Rock, Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon Trailhead, Piestewa Peak Trailhead, and South Mountain Park’s Pima Canyon Trailhead and Dobbins Lookout. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>All indoor recreation facilities are closed. All classes and programs, including youth and adult sports leagues, are suspended. Gatherings and events on city park property are canceled or postponed, which includes organizations that have a sports field reservation. Registration for lifeguard and aquatics staff training, and 2020 summer classes, programs and activities are postponed until further notice. The Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC) program has been suspended. Pueblo Grande Museum is closed and many city-owned facilities that are operated by partner organizations are also closed or have modified hours. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068"><strong>Read detailed Parks & Recreation impacted services statement (including refunds)</strong></a>  ​</p></li><li><p><strong>Planning and Development Department – </strong>Services will be offered online, by telephone or by appointment only. PDD inspection requests will follow modified practices. Staff has been redeployed to create Remote Customer Service Counters and will answer questions about development and zoning questions by phone or e-mail from your home or private workspace. <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/contact-us">Find a list of direct phone numbers and e-mail addresses for appropriate staff</a>​. If you're unsure who to contact or have general questions about services call (602) 262-7811 or <a target="_blank" href="">email</a>. <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/project-tools">Online project tools</a> are available and <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/onlineservices/electronic-plan-review">new projects and resubmittals</a> can be done electronically. If you have paper plans currently in queue and need assistance to submit plans electronically, please contact the Electronic Plan Review (EPR) Triage Team at (602) 534-5933 or email​​. ​Review (EPR) Triage Team at (602) 534-5933 or <a target="_blank" href="">email​</a>​​. </p></li><li><p><strong>Property Management Unit </strong>– Only five people will be allowed in the lobby at one time. To facilitate the process, please come prepared with the <a target="_blank" href="/police/property-crimes/property-management-unit">Property Release Form</a> already completed. </p></li><li><p><strong>Police Public Records </strong>– Closed to in-person customers. Online and phone customers only. To schedule an appointment, call (602) 262-1885 or use the <a target="_blank" href="">online portal</a>.</p></li><li><p><strong>Public Transit </strong>- <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Beginning Monday, April 13, seating on all bus routes is limited in order to support social distancing measures between passengers. Express and RAPID commuter bus service continue to run on a reduced schedule. Public Transit Centers remain closed. Beginning Saturday, April 11, Valley Metro light rail will run on a 15-minute frequency 4 a.m-6 p.m. with no late night service on Friday and Saturday. Sunday service will remain the same<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/1078"><strong>Read detailed Public Trans​it impacted services statement​</strong></a><strong>​</strong></p></li> <li><p> <strong>Senior Centers</strong> – All 15 city Senior Centers are closed. Senior Center members can coordinate in-home meal service with their Senior Center Manager​.</p></li><li><p><strong>Street Transportation</strong> - <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="/streets/traffic-management">Right-of-Way Management is not processing any special event or block party permits</a> for events taking place through at least May 4. Guidance will be revised as needed. </p></li><li><p><strong>Vehicle Impounds</strong> – Closed to walk-in customers. Call (602) 495-2096 for more details.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>VITA</strong> – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program services are suspended.</p></li> <li><p> <strong>Volunteer Programs</strong> – All city volunteer programs, with the exception of critical public safety programs, are being suspended for the next two weeks.</p></li> </ul><h3><br>City Services Still in Operation<br></h3><ul><li><p><strong>911, Police, Fire</strong></p></li><li><p><strong>A</strong><strong><strong>i</strong>rport Operation</strong><strong>s</strong> – Some European and Canadian impacts. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/aviation/1066"><strong>Read detailed Airport impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>City Services Customer Pay Stations</strong></p></li><li><p><strong>Finance and Procurement</strong></p></li><li><p><strong>Outdoor City Parks, Trails, Golf Courses, Dog Parks, Skate Parks </strong>– <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068"><strong>Read more detailed information about outdoor Parks and Recreation facilities that are open</strong></a> and <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082"><strong>Learn about responsible social distancing when visiting a park or trail</strong></a></p></li></ul><ul><li><p><strong>Public Transit, including Dial-a-Ride </strong>– Visit <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="">Valley Metro website</a> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>for current trip schedules. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/1078"><strong>Read detailed Public Transit impacted services statement​</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>Trash and Recycling Services</strong> – <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1071"><strong>Read detailed Public Works impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>Street Maintenance</strong> – <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/1069"><strong>Read detailed Streets impacted services statement</strong></a></p></li><li><p><strong>Water and Wastewater</strong> – <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/water-services/1070"><strong>Read detailed Water Department impacted services statement</strong>​</a>​</p></li></ul><h3><br>City Services Still Available O​nline:</h3><p>The city is also continuing to provide access to a variety of online services.</p><ul><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/onlineservices/inspectrequest">Building Inspections</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">PHXTV Streaming</a> – Watch City Council meetings and regular programming </p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">City Services Bills</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/mayorcouncil">Contact Mayor & City Council Members</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/law/victims">Crime Victim Services</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/eod">Equal Opportunity Department Case Management</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Flight Path Noise</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/auditor/fraud-reporting">Fraud Reporting</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Graffiti Removal Requests​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/housing">Housing Programs</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Library Services</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/nsd">Neighborhood Services Programs</a> – While staff is not currently attending community meetings, services can still be requested via email and phone.</p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Phoenix C.A.R.E.S. about Homelessness reporting</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/payonline">PHX Pay Online</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Police Public Records Requests</a></p></li><li><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="">Report Abandoned Shopping Carts</a><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Fence in Disrepair</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Illegal Signs</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Inoperable Vehicles​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Litter + Debris​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Non-Dust-Proof Parking​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/police/policereport">Report Non-Emergency Crime</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pdd/non-permitted-construction">Report Non-Permitted Construction</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Outside Storage​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Property Violations</a> </p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/streets/traffic-signal-issues">Report Traffic Signal Issue</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Unsecured Structures</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/waterservices/contact/water-services-administration">Report Water Leak</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Report Weeds or Dead Plants</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Request Trash, Recycle or Green Organics Container</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/roll-off-rental">Roll-Off Rentals</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/publicworks/residential-recycling">Solid Waste Diversion Programs</a> </p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Start/Stop/Transfer Water Services or Trash</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/streets/neighborhood-traffic-programs-services/street-light-information/street-light-repair">Street Light Repair Requests</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="">Street Maintenance​</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/publictransit">Public Transit Services</a> – Transit still operating. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/1078"><strong>Transit Centers are closed.</strong></a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/streets/designmgmt/utility-coordination/permits/utility-permit-application">Utility Permit</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/waterservices">Water Services</a></p></li></ul><p><strong>Looking for more resources?</strong> Visit the <a target="_blank" href="">Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources Page</a>. Residents with questions about city services and programs affected by service changes can call (602) 262-3111 or e-mail <a data-auth="NotApplicable" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="">​</a>.​​​​​​​​ </p></html></div> & HS
Recycling and Disposal Options for Your Spring Cleaning Works (Trash and Recycling)4/8/2020 8:00:00 PM and Disposal Options for Your Spring Cleaning<div class="ExternalClassB2A406325C91464485A4BF369E674143"><html> <p>​​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">We realize that staying at home during a health crisis gives more time for families to do some deep spring cleaning and get of rid items you no longer need or haven't touched in months.</span></p><p>While the easy way to get rid of waste materials in your homes is to place them in your solid waste containers, it's important that the lids close securely. Our solid waste drivers are only going to collect materials that are securely placed inside the containers. </p><p>To avoid a health and safety hazard, we also require trash materials to be bagged and tied before placing them in the containers. Recyclable materials, however, should be unbagged, clean and dry. <br></p><p>If you have an increased amount of waste materials every week, here are some options for you to consider: </p><p><strong>For clothes and small appliances </strong>– More and more people are organizing their closets during these stay-at-home protocols. If you're filling up bags with no-longer needed clothes and shoes in good condition, consider donating them to <a href="" target="_blank">Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona​</a>. According to their website, their stores are closed due to COVID 19 protocols, but their donation centers are still open.<br></p><p><strong>For large recyclable materials</strong> – Now's the time to get rid of that large box that contained the 75-inch TV you bought at a smokin' deal! But that won't fit in your blue recycling container, along with the other recyclables you already have. That's where our Eco Stations come in handy. Phoenix has provided eight Eco Stations, located in various parks throughout the city,  that residents can use to dump their recyclables only (no trash please) for free. The Eco Stations accept paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and hard plastics, and recycling rules apply: make sure their clean, dry and not bagged. For a list of Eco Station locations: <a href="/publicworks/ECOstations" target="_blank"></a>.<br></p><p><strong>For bulky trash items</strong> – So you've decided to chop down the tree that has been triggering your allergies. Thank goodness you checked the current bulk trash pick-up schedule so you can dispose of those tree parts properly and in a timely manner. Public Works offers quarterly bulk trash collection to residential residents.  If waste materials do not fit your regular solid waste containers, this is a convenient option for many. For the latest schedule and bulk trash placement rules, visit <a href="/publicworks/bulktrash" target="_blank"></a>. <br></p><p><strong>For EXTRA bulky items</strong> – If you must get rid of that old sofa now to make room for the new one you just bought online, but scheduled bulk trash pick-up is two months away, there is another option. You will need a truck (or your friend's truck) and haul your old sofa to one of Phoenix's transfer stations <a href="/transferstations" target="_blank"></a>.  Residential customers receive a free disposal, up to one ton, every calendar month at a city-owned transfer station as part of their monthly fee. Residents must bring a current city services bill showing solid waste fees to receive the free service. <br></p><p><strong>For hazardous materials and e-waste</strong> – Your kids have gone through a number of iPads and other tablets through the years and now you have a collection of non-working e-waste products you need to get rid of properly (but don't throw away that iconic Walkman). Although, Public Works has cancelled its Household Hazardous Waste events to be in line with social distancing protocols, we are offering two options to properly dispose of your e-waste and extra latex paint you have lying around. The drop-off alternatives are free to residential customers and information is available at <a href="/publicworks/hhw" target="_blank"></a>. <br></p><p>For additional city services requests, please call the customer service line at 602-262-6251 or go online at ​<br></p> </html></div> Works
Hotline for Phoenix Businesses is One-Call Access to Resources and Economic Development4/8/2020 2:00:00 PM for Phoenix Businesses is One-Call Access to Resources<div class="ExternalClass83634933BBA24445AE18FC866EF3C13C"><html> <div>Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix’s pioneer spirit is moving forward to resiliency, resurgence and recovery. The Phoenix business hotline aims to help maintain movement to a post-crisis economy.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <em>By Eric Jay Toll for PHXNewsroom</em> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Our small businesses are hurting, and we want to make finding the necessary resources to help them as easy as possible,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Small businesses are the anchor of the Phoenix economy, and we need to protect them in the near-term and help ensure their future viability once we make it past this.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Calls are being taken at (602) 262-5040, the main phone number for Community and Economic Development. Members of the team will be available for the incoming calls. This service is available only to businesses located within the city of Phoenix.</div><div><br></div><div>Phoenix's economic developers are in the process of calling all 18,000 Phoenix businesses. The Hotline is for city business owners needing help now ahead of receiving a CED team member's phone call.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Our economic developers have made over 2,100 outreach calls since last Monday,” said Christine Mackay, director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development. “Through these calls, we’ve learned there are Phoenix businesses seeking immediate help. Our hotline can quickly get them connected to resources.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Community and Economic Development does not have a call center, and incoming calls will be answered by a team member and transferred to, or a message will be passed, to an economic developer to return the call as soon as possible during business hours. The department intends to return any messages left on the department’s phone within one business day.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The department maintains a list of resources posted at, including a video that walks viewers through the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan application process.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Help for all job seekers and Phoenix families is posted and regularly updated at</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Image <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Caption: <em>Nathan Wright, deputy director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development, talks with a Phoenix business about resources and assistance available from CED on April 7, 2020.</em> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Credit: <em>City of Phoenix</em></span></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>
Funeral, Moment of Silence to Honor Commander Killed in Line of Duty 11:00:00 PM, Moment of Silence to Honor Commander Killed in Line of Duty<div class="ExternalClass8BF050B2097140A18BC631B711952E8A"><html> <p>​Family, colleagues and the community paid tribute to Commander Greg Carnicle.  The 31-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department was killed on March 29 during a domestic call.<br><br>Restrictions surrounding large gatherings prevented traditional memorial services for an in the line of duty death, however there was a still small funeral as well as a moment of silence with the Phoenix Honor Guard. <br><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Flag.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:498px;" /><br>Officers from the Phoenix Police Department lined the streets outside St. Jerome's Catholic Church near 35th Avenue & Peoria.  They were joined by ladder trucks from the Phoenix Fire Department displaying a large American Flag as well as officers from jurisdictions through the area.<br><br>While still practicing social distancing, these officers were able to receive the body of Commander Carnicle as the hearse made its way from the mortuary to the church.</p><p><img src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Chief%20Funeral.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:338px;height:249px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />At the church, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, Mayor Kate Gallego and Councilman Michael Nowakowski joined the Department's executive team and commanders to pay their respects, while observing social distancing, to Commander Carnicle.<br><br>The only family allowed in the service was the Commander's wife, his children and their spouses and his parents.  The traditional Catholic funeral mass included scripture readings and songs performed by members of the Carnicle Family.  Father Gary Regula lead the services, including communion.<br><br>Other family members as well as thousands of community members and police officers turned to <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook Live </a>to participate in the funeral virtually.<br><br>“But we who have faith are reminded that even though he has passed way too young, he now shares eternal life with God," Father Regula told the family. <br><br>Shortly after the funeral, members of the Phoenix Honor Guard joined the leadership of the Phoenix Police Department in creating a <a href="" target="_blank">virtual moment of silence </a>for the community to join together across the state at Noon to remember Commander Carnicle.  The somber occasion included the playing of Taps on the bugle by Sgt. Joseph Ramirez.  <br><br>A brief moment out of the day to let the family of Commander Carnicle know that even while we must stand physically apart, we stand beside them as we all mourn the loss of Commander, father and friend Greg Carnicle. </p></html></div>
Storytimes Online Receive Positive Reviews 5:30:00 PM Storytimes2.jpgStorytimes Online Receive Positive Reviews <div class="ExternalClassF6880547E3CC4F11BA514D9998E011DA"><html> <p>​Phoenix Public Library's Storytimes Online With Gretchen are big hit with parents and children.  These interactive video programs include play, singing, and dancing.  Storytimes build vocabulary, important prereading and motor skills in young children. Since launching just over two weeks ago the program has been viewed over 2500 times.  </p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank"> <strong>Raising Arizona Kids</strong> </a> recommends it to their subscribers, calling Storytime with Gretchen, “terrific—a joy to watch." </p> <p>Library customer Zaida Dedolph posted, “Just want to give a shoutout to Gretchen at <a href="" target="_blank">@PhxLibrary</a>. Your YouTube videos have gotten my toddler through some tough times this week."</p> <p>Currently there are seven video sessions posted on the Phoenix Public Library <a href="" target="_blank">site</a> with more being added every week. Phoenix Public Library is dedicated to bringing you quality programs and resources during this unprecedented time. Check out all our online resources at Follow us on Twitter at, follow us on Instagram at and “like us" on Facebook  <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">at f</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">acebook.</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">com/</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">phoenixpubliclibrary</span></p> <p> <em>​Support for early literacy programs is provided by a grant from First Things First, which partners with families and communities to give all Arizona children the opportunity to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. Learn more at</em> </p> <p> <em> </em> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>
Restrooms in Phoenix Parks Closed Until Further Notice and Recreation 4/4/2020 1:00:00 AM sign.jpgRestrooms in Phoenix Parks Closed Until Further Notice<div class="ExternalClass779B394A31EF42709F52254F664F67E8"><html> <p>​In response to concerns related to the coronavirus, effective Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m. and until further notice, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will temporarily close all restrooms located in its public parks. The decision was made after receiving additional guidance Friday from Governor Doug <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd30848">Ducey</span></span> regarding essential services and recreational activities.</p><p>This adds restrooms to the already in effect list of closed city park amenities that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene. Those amenities include playgrounds, picnic tables, <span class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="white-space:nowrap;"><span class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="font-size:8pt;"><a class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtegenerate-skip" style="width:0px;" alt="Misspelled Word" src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" /></a></span><span class="ms-spellcheck-error ms-rtegenerate-skip" id="rnd50040">ramadas</span></span>, fitness equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and sports complexes. </p> <p>Detailed information about the city's parks and their amenities is available by visiting <a href="/parks" target="_blank"></a>. Being outdoors is important for health and wellness, and the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents to get outside, get exercise and practice responsible physical distancing. The department will continue to work with the community to manage this public health emergency, and asks that residents follow these guidelines:</p> <ul><li>Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms</li><li>Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails</li><li>Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains</li><li>While on trails, warn other users of their presence as they pass, and step aside to let others pass</li><li>Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times</li><li>Observe CDC minimum recommended social or physical distancing of six feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.</li><li>Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up-to-date recommendations on park and trail use</li></ul> <p>For additional information about local response to the coronavirus, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Maricopa County Department of Public Health</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Arizona Department of Health Services</a> websites.</p> </html></div> & Rec
Popular Tools For School Program is Now Online 10:30:00 PM (1).jpgPopular Tools For School Program is Now Online<div class="ExternalClass4F2549C4612C464FA25A009F2AB6E0C0"><html> <p>​​The staff at Phoenix Public Library are dedicated to bringing our customers as many programs and resources as possible during our temporary closure. Tools for School is a popular program designed to help parents and young children get a head start on kindergarten by sharing books and activities that build critical skills.  Now, Early Literacy Team member, Vicky Vela-Thai, has recorded sessions for parents and children to do together at home.  Just go to our  <a target="_blank" href="">website</a>, and click on the <a target="_blank" href="">Tools for School page</a>.   </p> <p> <strong>Who's it for?</strong> Children three to five years old and their favorite grownups </p> <p> <strong>What will you do?</strong> You and your child will get a head start on kindergarten! Share books and activities that build kindergarten skills in class and are easily practiced at home. </p> <p> <strong>What will you learn?</strong> Learn kindergarten basics like letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. You and your child will also go beyond the basics to work on social and emotional skills that all children need for school. </p> <p> </p> <p> <em>Support for early literacy programs is provided by a grant from First Things First, which partners with families and communities to give all Arizona children the opportunity to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. Learn more at </em> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>
Virtual Tribute Planned to Honor Commander Greg Carnicle 7:20:00 PM Tribute Planned to Honor Commander Greg Carnicle<div class="ExternalClassC2EA94D9E6C04CF1AB560C8476CBF4B2"><html>The Phoenix Police Department is planning a virtual moment of silence to honor the life and sacrifice of Commander Greg Carnicle.<br><br>Carnicle was <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/police/1098">shot and killed Sunday evening</a> by a suspect in a domestic disturbance call.  Two other officers were injured in the shooting.  Officer Alicia Hubert was released from the hospital and is recuperating at home.  Officer Marissa Dowhan remains hospitalized while her condition continues to improve.<br><br>The COVID-19 community health crisis is preventing immediate memorial services to honor Commander Greg Carnicle.  His immediate family will hold a small funeral mass on Tuesday April 7, with a full police memorial service planned once restrictions are lifted on large gatherings.  <br><br>To allow the community to come together virtually, the department will be hosting a virtual moment of silence to be held on the Department's Facebook page on Tuesday April 7 at Noon.  You do not need a Facebook account to participate in this Facebook Live.  Simply go to <a target="_blank" href=""></a> to find the latest posts, which will include the live stream on Tuesday at approximately 11:50.  You can also do a <a target="_blank" href="">virtual RSVP </a>to the event on that same page.<br><br>The department is also inviting community members to show their support for the Carnicle family during this difficult time by recording a brief 5-15 second video paying tribute or honoring Commander Carnicle.  This could include recording your observance of the moment of silence, a verbal message for the family or a salute to Commander Carnicle.   Those tributes can be shared to social media with the hashtag <strong>#RIPGregCarnicle.</strong>  The Department's social media team will then assemble those tributes for presentation to the family as a lasting memory of the sacrifice made by the husband, father, grandfather and son. <br><br>Tuesday's private immediately family funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church.  The service will be shared live with the community through the Phoenix Police Department's Facebook page.<br><br></html></div>





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