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Community

North Liberty Community Pantry needs volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) needs volunteers to help distribute food.
The pantry is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals who wish to help alleviate food insecurity in the community. After seeing an increase in new families needing assistance due to COVID-19 and the derecho storm, NLCP is seeking additional help to fulfill the operation’s needs. Individuals available for daytime and afternoons helping take orders and carry out groceries are strongly encouraged to sign up. Protective equipment is both required and provided. Moderate lifting is required.

City of North Liberty PlaceMates returns for virtual dinners with neighbors on Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– PlaceMates introduces residents of 52317 to fellow North Libertarians. While PlaceMates was first designed to be potluck dinners held concurrently in homes throughout the city (the program matched over 100 households across 22 potlucks in 2019), it pivoted to a virtual alternative to comply with social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
That said, now is the time to connect as a community more than ever.

Residents invited to paint storm drains

NORTH LIBERTY– Storm drains are mouths to rivers and lakes and when pollutants enter the storm drains, they can easily be carried into water bodies. Murals found on storm drains throughout North Liberty remind the public the important role the drains play in Iowa’s water quality and our responsibility to keep them clean.

Business as usual, for now

CCA board approves application for online education waiver, if needed

OXFORD– It is business as usual, or at least as close to “usual” as possible, in the era of the COVID-19 virus for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District– for now.
The CCA Board of Directors met in a special session Friday, Aug. 28, to approve a request by Superintendent Tim Kuehl for the authority to submit an application with the state to move to 100 percent online, virtual learning if it becomes necessary.

All virtual, and a hiatus for fall sports

ICCSD receives waiver allowing two weeks of online education to start the school year

IOWA CITY¬– The “Friday Night Lights” will be turned off for at least two weeks for Liberty High, Iowa City West High and City High after the Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) Board of Education approved beginning the 2020-2021 school year with 100 percent online instruction.

Sharing his passion

New location allows Jewelry by Harold to offer classes, and keep the craft alive in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– The making of fine jewelry is both a time-honored craft and an exacting art form.
For Harold Van Beek, owner of Jewelry by Harold in North Liberty, it is also a passion he wishes to share with others.
Van Beek, a native of The Netherlands, came to the United States in 2005 after visiting Iowa City since the late 1970s to spend time with friends of his family. “I’m ‘Harold,’ I’m named for someone in Iowa City, and so are my siblings. My son (Laurens) is named after someone in Iowa. So yeah, it’s been quite an adventure.”

Next steps towards more social justice and racial equity

NORTH LIBERTY– Following conversations among staff with council and throughout the community on social justice and racial equity, the North Liberty City Council discussed next steps at its Aug. 25 meeting. This list was initially included for discussion at the council’s meeting on July 29, and updated with current status is not all-inclusive of actions or possible actions and staff anticipate additional items following City Council discussion, feedback from the community, and further strategy sessions.
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City assessing derecho-damaged trees in right of ways

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting Monday, Aug. 31, city staff began surveying mature trees in the right-of-ways in North Liberty’s the original section of town, and marking trees that require branches trimmed or to be completely removed. The staff will identify any hazards so that a tree contractor can be hired to do this work. Staff will attempt to make contact with the property owner.
Trees will be market with temporary paint. Trees identified for branch trimming will be marked with a circle. Trees identified for complete removal will be marked with a cross.

Picking up the pieces

Backup generators do their job for city

NORTH LIBERTY– Council member Raquisha Harrington summed it up during an Aug. 11 meeting.
“2020 has not been nice to anyone at all,” she observed.
Harrington was echoing comments from other North Liberty City Council members who voiced support for city employees after an inland hurricane known as a derecho tore a path across the state and into Illinois Monday, Aug. 11, leaving hundreds of thousands without power for days.
Power was restored to most North Liberty residents by Tuesday afternoon, allowing council members to continue with a regularly scheduled virtual meeting.

Haman Makes CCA FFA History

IOWA CITY– With the Iowa State Fair postponed until the 2021 fair season, organizers put on the Iowa State Fair Special Edition– a livestock show for Iowa’s youth. The livestock show was for 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members only, with livestock nominated by May 15, to be shown at the Iowa State Fair.

CCA FFA leaders attend district conference

TIFFIN– Each year, Southeast district and Iowa Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers plan and facilitate Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conferences for FFA members in the Southeast district. Clear Creek Amana welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southeast district on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Uncertainty, suspicion, distrust and a long wait for change

Life experiences are shared at North Liberty Social Justice and Racial Equity listening posts

NORTH LIBERTY– The death, in police custody, of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., earlier this summer sparked protests, riots and a new awareness of racial inequalities.
Following demonstrations in Iowa City, Coralville and Solon, the City of North Liberty embarked on a proactive approach to address issues related to its minority communities.
According to data from 2015, whites make up 88.2 percent (16,134) of the residents of North Liberty with blacks comprising 4.7 percent (867), and Hispanics totaling 4.4 percent (806).