Annual Pinckney Neighborhood Potluck Picnic & Food Drive

IMG_4057 (800x533)Calling all Pinckney Neighbors: it’s time again for the Annual Pinckney Neighborhood Potluck Picnic!
Saturday June 21st in Clinton Park (5th and Maine Streets) from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Please come and bring your neighbors.
Fun things this year include: Popcorn Machine, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Hula Hoops, and other fun activities and games
Music by the John Lomus & Bill Crahan guitar duo

FOOD DRIVE for Just Food Douglas County:
Please bring donations of nonperishable food items and/or cash contributions for Just Food – a Douglas County based food bank.
Just Food will collect the donated items immediately following the picnic. The kids and families who rely on free and reduced lunch programs during the
school year are in greater need of other forms of food assistance over the summer. Kids and families who rely on food assistance are in great need during
this period. The most needed items include:
● Lunch items for kids such as cereal, canned pastas, peanut butter and jelly
● Other basic food items such as canned fruit and tomato products
● Cash! Every dollar you donate helps distribute vital, nutritious food for hungry people in Douglas County

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Annual Curbside Brush Pick-up – Monday June 2nd


It’s time for another Curbside Bulk Brush clean-up opportunity! To help dispose of your trimmed brush and tree limbs, we have again scheduled a special tour through the neighborhood on June 2nd by the Lawrence Parks Department’s wood chipper / shredder. The city crew will pick-up and process brush and oversize yard debris you leave at the curb. Brush does not need to be bundled, and limbs should have their butt-end facing the street.

This is for brush and limbs only – other yard waste is routinely picked up each Monday and trash is picked up on Tuesdays. The brush and limbs will be chipped up to add to the city’s compost and mulch piles. The city is not able to dispose of railroad ties and other wood fencing materials. Also note that city staff is not allowed to go into private yards to clean up or retrieve the debris.

Although it may take a couple of days for the crew to work its way through the neighborhood, they only plan to make one pass through each street. Please have your brush ready at the curb early on the morning of Monday June 2nd.

If you have questions, please call Pat Miller (785-550-6958) or send an email to

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Street Repairs in Pinckney Neighborhood

City of Lawrence Public Works Project: 2014 Overlay, Patch, and Microsurfacing Program

The City has hired Little Joe’s Asphalt to patch and repairs streets in the Pinckney neighborhood. They will begin milling and patching on Monday, May 5, 2014 on streets generally near 5th/6th & Tennessee St working towards Indiana St. The area generally east of Iowa Street and north of 6th Street encompasses the entire work zone. Traffic impacts include one-lane traffic in most locations with traffic control devices and flaggers. There may be locations that may include partial/full street closures for periods while work is being performed, especially those days that surface treatment work (overlay or microsurfacing) is performed. Streets may be impacted on separate occasions, during the milling and pavement patching and then during the street surface treatment process, for example. The work is anticipated to be completed in August 2014.

You can view the City’s map for additional information:

Questions and concerns can be directed to the City Streets Department at: (785) 832-3021

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Electronic Recycling Event – Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – KU Park & Ride East parking lot

EwasteThe next City sponsored Electronic Recycling Event will be on Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the KU Park & Ride East parking lot, Clinton Pkwy & Crestline Drive. The City of Lawrence Solid Waste Division in partnership with the University of Kansas invite students, residents, and small businesses to recycle unused or obsolete electronic equipment. This is a rain or shine event.

Items accepted for recycling are computers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, televisions, video and audio equipment, microwaves and other small appliances, cell phones and other hand held devices. There is a recycling fee for televisions, $15.00 per CRT television under 27 inches and $35.00 per CRT television over 27 inches/all big screen televisions/all console televisions. There are no charges for other electronic equipment. Fees may be paid by cash or check.

Electronic recycling will be provided by MRC.

Items not accepted at Saturday’s electronic recycling event include large appliances and household hazardous materials such as paint, used motor oil, pesticides, and fluorescent bulbs. For information on how to dispose of large appliances and household hazardous waste, call the city’s Waste Reduction and Recycling office at 832-3030.

For more information regarding this event, visit

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14th Annual Earth Day Celebration in South Park – Saturday April 19th from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

EDSmall_SunflowerEarth Day, observed on April 22nd, was created in 1970 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment, and is now observed in over 175 countries thus making it one of the largest secular modern day holidays.

The 14th Annual Earth Day Celebration in South Park, hosted by the City’s Solid Waste Division, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19th.  The day starts with a parade, hosted by KU Environs, at 11:00 a.m. on Massachusetts Street from Seventh Street to South Park. All activities are free and open to the public.

Come to South Park and experience this unique Lawrence environmental tradition.  There will be live music including a special performance by Aysenur Kolivar and lots of children’s activities.  Attendees can climb on board and explore a city bus and also learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, fair trade, composting, energy and water conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.

The Earth Day Celebration will feature:

  • April Showers to Water Towers: A Water Festival for Douglas County hosted by the City’s Stormwater Division.
  • Tree ID tours hosted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Alternative fuel fleet vehicles on display.

The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides on the T all day Saturday, April 19th, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes.

For more information about the Earth Day Parade and Celebration, please call 832-3030 or visit

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Lawrence Police Department and Bert Nash representatives join PNA April 19th meeting to discuss safety issues

pna logoApril 19th – 10:00 a.m. – PNA Monthly Meeting – Lawrence Memorial Hospital Meeting Room D-South

Our April 19th PNA meeting will include a visit from Officer Trent McKinley, supervisor for Lawrence Police Department’s Neighborhood Resource Officers, and David Johnson, CEO of Bert Nash, to talk to Pinckney residents about neighborhood safety issues recently highlighted in the news. The discussion with them will start at 11:00 a.m., following a short PNA business meeting that starts at 10:00 a.m. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about safety and/or mental health issues in Pinckney – or questions about how the City deals with such concerns – now is your opportunity to connect with the people who are most likely to have answers. We are so grateful to both Officer McKinley and David Johnson for sharing their Saturday morning with us. Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbors so they can also join the discussion.

Other matters to be discussed at the PNA business meeting include the upcoming annual Summer Potluck Picnic, the curbside bulk brush pick-up, and fundraising efforts to support PNA’s work. Light refreshments will be served.

Hope you can join us!

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Pinckney School + Chipotle on Mass. + Friday April 11 = YUM!

pinckneyBanner2Here’s your chance to eat well and support Pinckney Elementary School. You can make dinner a selfless act by joining your friends and neighbors for a fundraiser to support Pinckney Elementary School. Just come into the Massachusetts Street Chipotle on 9th & Mass on Friday, April 11th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, and bring the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier and they’ll get 50% of the proceeds.

Sweet! Go Pinckney Panthers!!!


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The last day of the special sale event is Saturday, March 29, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sorry for the late notice. Please pass this on to your friends and neighbors!

During this special sale event, the city will load by tractor into pick-up trucks and trailers at the City’s Wood Recovery and Composting Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street which is east of 11th and Haskell Avenue, over the railroad tracks. The compost and woodchips are not intended for commercial applications, but rather for the citizens of Lawrence. NO dump truck quantities. For residential use only. The city cannot load trucks with ladder racks. Patrons are asked to bring a tarp for their pickup to secure the woodchips, preventing them from littering the roadway as they drive from the facility. The cost of the compost and woodchips will be $10 per bucket load, which is equivalent to 2 cubic yards. CASH only.


Every Saturday, March – mid-December, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Compost and woodchips are for SELF LOAD ONLY. Self-loading pick-up truck or trailer loads will be $10 per load and small quantities will be free. CASH only. Please bring a shovel. This sale will be during scheduled brush drop-off hours.

For more information on the compost or woodchip sale, please call (785) 832-3030.

Compost consists of decayed organic matter and has been proven to be extremely successful as a natural soil amendment. Lawrence Community Compost is made from the yard trimmings and small woody debris collected curbside on Monday mornings, as well as grass clippings, leaves, and woody debris from some commercial lawn care providers.

Mulch is a material used to cover the soil. Most mulches are organic (woodchips, unfinished compost, straw) but inorganics such as lava rock or limestone can add an appealing, low maintenance touch. Good mulch conserves water by reducing moisture evaporation from the soil. The woodchips the City sells are made from tree materials brought in from residential and commercial sources.

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Spring Cleaning Tips from the Douglas County District Attorney

Lawrence DADouglas County District Attorney
March 25, 2014

I wanted to share information with you about how to clear out those documents that may be cluttering up your home or work office.

March is the month where the long awaited season of spring returns to Kansas. With our brutal winter, I hope spring’s much anticipated mild weather quickly follows. Does the spring weather inspire in you the ritual of spring-cleaning and with it, the clearing of any accumulated clutter in your home? Would that spring-cleaning include the disposal of confidential and secure documents that have gathered over the winter or even over the past several years? If so, do you know what is safe to put into the trash or recycle bin and what really needs to be shredded? This may be especially true if you were one of the estimated 110 million victims of the recent Target security breach. That sting may still be fresh in your mind. You need to ensure when you toss out a document, you are not giving a would-be thief the exact information he needs to steal your identity.

Toward that goal, I recently came across some great tips and I want to share them with you. What are some examples of documents that need to be shredded?

● Old tax returns. You will want to check with your tax attorney or tax professional, but generally keeping three to four years of returns is sufficient. The Internal Revenue Service only audit back further than that if they believe fraud has been committed. Remember, this will not only keep your social security number safe, but those of any dependents that may be listed on your return.

● Bank statements and cancelled checks. Any documents with your bank account number(s) should be shredded. If you want to avoid shredding them in the future, consider going to an online statement. In addition, simply writing ‘void’ will not take care of your cancelled checks as your routing number and account number are listed on them and your address, phone number and other identifying information may also be listed.

● Credit Card Offers. Unless you want to take advantage of the offer, shred these unsolicited offers. Another thing to be aware of is the reality that identity theft can happen in families. Do not leave these offers lying around your home. The temptation could be too much.

● Old photo ID’s. While these may seem innocent enough, when combined with other personally identifying information, an identity thief can put these old photos to their nefarious use.

● Pay stubs. These often-unappreciated documents are left lying around and can be used to validate the amount of your last deposit, name the provider of your health insurance and list what bank accounts you have. Make certain these make it to the shredder.

● Convenience checks from your credit cards. These are another example of a typically unsolicited offer. If you do not plan to use these, they should immediately go to the shredder. If you already have some lying around the home, shred them now.

● Cancelled and expired credit cards. Cut through the magnetic strip and if the card is too thick to feed through your shredder, use scissors to cut the card into at least four pieces and dispose of the card in at least two separate trash bins.

If you do not have a personal shredder or do not have a place to shred your documents, Douglas County Bank will host its annual Shred Day in May. An exact day has not yet been scheduled, but check their website or Facebook page for updates. They will also accept electronic recycling, including the destruction of computer hard drives. Hard drives can be a real security risk and should always be destroyed before disposal. Because of how they must be recycled, expect a fee for some of the types of electronic recycling.

Best wishes on your spring-cleaning and I hope these tips ensure your confidential and secure documents are disposed of without risk of them landing in the wrong hands. As always, for general consumer protection information, please contact my consumer protection division at 785-330-2849. We are always ready to serve the citizens of Douglas County.

(Some of the information in this article came from MSN Money. This article is not intended to provide legal advice. Legal advice can only be provided in an attorney-client relationship. This information must not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney.)

Sincerely yours,
Charles E. Branson
Douglas County District Attorney

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Volunteers sought for the 2014 Lawrence Food Garden Tour

577372_419024024783995_2048004927_nIf you love to garden, this request for volunteer gardens from the Lawrence Food Garden Tour may be just for you:

Would you like to share your garden with people who want to learn how to grow food? Do you want to support a community event that benefits all of Lawrence? The Lawrence Food Garden Tour is a FREE community tour showcasing a wide variety of food growing options inside the city limits of Lawrence. Now in our 6th year, we are an all-volunteer group dedicated to helping people learn how to grow food in every way possible.

We are seeking gardens of all sizes and types for this year’s tour on June 7th from 9-noon and 5-8PM. The only requirement is that some of what you grow must be edible – vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, etc. Participants are required to complete the registration form linked below, attend 1 pre-tour meeting and be present in their gardens during the tour. There are no fees or gimmicks – this is tour about growing food, not making money.

The most common comment we get from participants is how much fun they had sharing their garden with the community. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been gardening for years, we’d love to hear from you! If you would like to be considered for the tour, please click on the link below and complete the application form. It will only take a few minutes. We plan to finalize the list of gardens by April 2nd, so don’t wait! We look forward to hearing from you!

Amber Lehrman
LFGT Co-Organizer

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