Nov. 13 PCFYI: Helping vets, saving grease, prepping for the holidays

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Newsletter 2

Nov. 13, 2020 - Vol. 5, No. 17

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Health Department offers recommendations for holiday gatherings

Thanksgiving is a time when many families gather from near and far to celebrate together. However, this year the Pima County Health Department recommends adapting many traditions to increase safety, particular with the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 in our community.

Check out for recommendations on how you can keep your family safe from Thanksgiving through New Year's.


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Help local businesses, get great deals with Hownd campaign

Pima County and the city of Tucson have launched a campaign with an Arizona-based company to drive more customers and revenue to small local businesses during this holiday season while making it easy for consumers to get great deals.

The partnership with Hownd®, a customer foot traffic and revenue-generation platform for entertainment, attractions, restaurants, and more, has launched its “Hownd for the Holidays” campaign in Arizona in partnership with a number of municipalities throughout the state.


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Save that holiday cooking grease! Pima County can use it

Don’t pour those drippings from your Thanksgiving turkey down the drain. Instead, store your fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in containers and bring it to the 16th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event Jan. 9.

Collections will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at six locations around Pima County, thanks to a partnership with the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and Grecycle, the Town of Sahuarita, Jacobs, and Gold Star Pumping.


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Inside Pima County: Center connects vets with jobs, resources

The nation's attention was on our military heroes this week as we celebrated Veterans Day Nov. 11, but Pima County has for years had a special place for its veterans. Literally.

The Kino Veterans' Workforce Center helps military veterans find jobs, get training, access benefits, and provide needed support services, as our roving reporter Patrick Robles explains in the latest edition of "Inside Pima County."


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For library patrons, it's back to the stacks

Beginning Nov. 16, you can access Library shelves, pick out your own books, and use self-checkout.

As customers return to our library branches, please remember safety measures will be in place. These include: temperature checks, mask requirements, social distancing, occupancy limits and short visits (no reading/sitting inside library)


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Got questions? Ask the County’s Green Geek

Wondering if vinegar is still a good cleaning agent? Or how and where you can recycle hard drives and computers?
Ask the Green Geek.

Pima County FYI has a monthly column featuring questions and answers on all things green. Our own Green Geek gets assistance on answering your questions from the sustainability experts in Pima County's Office of Sustainability and Conservation. Send your questions to And look for the column the second Friday of each month.


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County One-Stop paves new career path for local woman

Elena M. Gonzalez has a master’s degree in public administration. She was a police officer in New Jersey for 11 years, rising to sergeant. More recently, she had been working in code enforcement for the City of Tucson.

Then she was laid off last December.

Enter Pima County's One-Stop Career Center, which connected her with the computer training she needed to fulfill her career goals.


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Family develops special bond with Arivaca library

Before the pandemic, the Voss family were regular customers at the Cavigilia-Arivaca Library and would frequently be on hand for in-person programming.

Madian Romero, the branch librarian, introduces them and shares details on the family's special relationship with the library and its staff.