/Monday, Aug. 2 COVID-19 Update

Monday, Aug. 2 COVID-19 Update

Stay Ahead of the Curve!

The I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project, an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) project on I-10, between I-17 and Loop 202 Santan/South Mountain Freeway, kicks off this summer. It will include 11 miles of improvements that will enhance safety, reduce travel time and support the local, regional and state economies.
 
Join ADOT for a virtual meeting this Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 5:30-7 p.m., to learn more about what to expect in the next three years of construction, meet the project team and ask questions. Get more details.
 
Stay ahead of the curve by visiting i10BroadwayCurve.com and downloading the free mobile app “The Curve” on the App Store and Google Play. Everyone who drives, lives or works in or around the project area can learn about closures and restrictions, real-time traffic information, detour routes and more.

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Ready, Set, Bake!

“The Great British Baking Show” has nothing on Tempe. Local Food Fight is hosting its Second Annual Amateur Baking Competition. If you make the prettiest pies, the lightest chiffons or the most delectable devil’s food, you could win. Register by Aug. 7. There are four rounds of competition taking place, culminating with the finale, the Signature Show-stopper, on Oct. 17. Register now.

Welcome Back, Tempe Students!
Kyrene, Tempe Elementary and Tempe High Schools have returned to school. Be sure to slow down and be aware of the students walking, biking and taking the bus back to school. Find more school resources at tempe.gov/BacktoSchool.
 
Back to Busy! Meal Prep 101
Wednesday, Aug. 4
6:30-8 p.m.

Learn the same creative time and money-saving strategies that restaurant chefs use in their restaurants. From shopping to planning and preparation, you will leave with the confidence to create great meals all week long!
 
Regular Council Meeting (Virtual only) 
Thursday, Aug. 5
6 p.m.

Register for the meeting.  Read the agenda.
 
Free Youth Transit Pass
Saturday, Aug. 7
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This Saturday, Tempe and Guadalupe kids, ages 6-18, can sign up for a free Youth Transit Pass and ride the light rail and all Valley Metro buses for free at the Tempe Transit Store, 200 E. Fifth Street. Passes also available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Teacher Appreciation Day at Arizona Mills
Saturday, Aug. 7
2-4 p.m.

As a thank you to area educators for their hard work and dedication to helping our children bloom, Arizona Mills is gifting educators with a floral bouquet, coupon book and membership to Treasures 4 Teachers, while supplies last.

Park After Dark
Saturdays
7-10 p.m.

Enjoy free live music, activities and food from many downtown Tempe restaurants Saturday nights through Sept. 11 at Park After Dark in Tempe’s 6th St. Park, just east of Mill Avenue.

Drug overdose deaths rose by close to 30% in the United States in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
 
More than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2020, compared to 72,000 in 2019, according to provisional data released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.  This is the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, and the largest increase since at least 1999. Opioids and methamphetamines were leading contributors to the total.
 
Impacts of COVID-19 are thought to be contributing factors to the rise in overdoses.
 
“This has been an incredibly uncertain and stressful time for many people, and we are seeing an increase in drug consumption, difficulty in accessing lifesaving treatments for substance use disorders and a tragic rise in overdose deaths,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Tempe Fire and Medical Rescue recently gave an opioid response update at the June Human Services and Community Safety Council Committee chaired by Councilmembers Joel Navarro and Doreen Garlid. Watch the presentation here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there are several organizations in Tempe that can help, beginning with Care7. Get a list of resources.

Voter-passed Proposition 207 included a new statute (A.R.S. § 36-2862) that authorizes people to petition a court for an order that will seal, or expunge, certain kinds of marijuana-related criminal records.
 
This can be helpful to those looking for jobs, hoping to get a loan, rent property or register to vote.
 
Charges that can be expunged include:

  • Possessing, consuming, or transporting two and one-half ounces or less of marijuana, of which not more than twelve and one-half grams was in the form of marijuana concentrate;

  • Possessing, transporting, cultivating, or processing not more than six marijuana plants at your primary residence for personal use; or

  • Possessing, using, or transporting paraphernalia related to the cultivation, manufacture, processing, or consumption of marijuana.

The expungement forms and instructions from the courts are available online now at azcourts.gov/prop207.

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