Paul's Note - April 2nd, 2021

There are two pieces of good news for Ward 2’s older adult population. 

The Pima Council on Aging is announcing that based on the most recent information about community spread and hospitalization data from the Arizona Department of Health Services and Pima County Health Department, they will be reopening the Marian Lupu building at 8467 E. Broadway Blvd. to the public. At this time they will not be reopening the Katie Dusenberry Healthy Aging Center at 600 S. Country Club Rd. Instead, this building will be open by scheduled appointment only. 

There are older adults whose needs for assistance cannot be met remotely but they will continue to take every precaution to ensure that older adults and our staff remain safe. Masks are required at all PCOA facilities and temperature checks and health screenings will be conducted upon entrance. 

 PCOA encourages people to seek support by calling their Helpline at (520) 790-7262 or email prior to coming to a physical location. 

Also, City of Tucson Parks and Recreation is having a phased reopening plan at our recreation centers for senior activities beginning this week. Seniors will not need to be vaccinated, however, masks, wellness checks, and physical distancing are still required.  
Senior centers and program locations will open for activities 3 days per week, at 50% capacity, to participants over the age of 50.  The Carol West Senior Addition at Morris K. Udall Park (7200 E Tanque Verde) is now open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am – 1 pm. Click here for a complete list of senior center openings. 

The current Senior Meal Program will continue with delivery and pick-up options, providing participating seniors with a week of meals. 

Just a reminder: if you are bringing recyclables to the neighborhood recycling center at the Ward 2 office, drop off your glass in the purple bin, not the blue ones. Our glass re-use program is separate from the recycling program. 

We just recently passed a year of COVID being a real and tragic thing in Arizona. Many of us have had people close to us pass away from it, and I had someone close to me succumb to the disease last month. 

My friend Michael Gordy was a proud educator, teaching students at Alice Vail, Pistor and Townsend. He is remembered by many for his fearless activism, both as a union member and for political causes. That fearlessness taught me a lot and I hope I live up to his example. I remember him most for his friendship and support during a very trying period in my life. 

Rest in peace, Brother Michael. 

To leave things on a happy note, how about them Cats? I mean, Final Four Cats. Aari, Cate, Trinity, Sam, Shaina, Coach Barnes and the whole team, I’d like to congratulate you on behalf of my office, all our neighbors in Ward 2 and the entire City of Tucson.  

Adia Barnes could have gone anywhere to coach, but it means a lot to me that she came back to Tucson. She’s a Tucsonan at heart and has a love for our community. 

You’ve done us proud. Now, go give Connecticut the what-for they so richly deserve.