Calling all bakers (or shoppers, don’t need to be homemade) for cookies for the 4th of July Parade Cookie table. If you can, please bring a dozen or more cookies to the table which will be located in the median across from the church at any time after 10 am.

Thank you neighbors! Happy 4th!

Omaha Fireworks Ordinance Reminder

Reminder of the Omaha Fireworks Ordinance

The Omaha Police Department has sent out a reminder regarding the city’s fireworks ordinance in advance of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged in Omaha only from June 25 through July 4, and from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

You must be 16 years or older to possess, use or discharge consumer fireworks.

Minors ages 12-15 may discharge consumer fireworks only under the direct supervision of an adult who is at least 19 years old.

Those found in violation of this ordinance risk being cited for a criminal violation.

Midtown Historic Neighborhood Garden Walk & Trolley Tree Tour

Join the Midtown Historic Neighborhood Garden Walk & Trolley Tree Tour

Special Features this year include:

24 Unique Gardens

Tour of the UNO historic Hayden House

UNO Bioretention Garden

Ash Tree Tour Regency Neighborhood

Plans & Design on display for the future Sunken Gardens in Dundee-Memorial Park (Onsite designer & developer will answer questions)

Heritage Trees Tour throughout the city

Garden Walk & Heritage Tree Tour

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Omaha

By John Fech, ISA Certified Arborist, NE Extension Educator, Community Environment Team

On June 8, the NE Dept of Agriculture announced that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed to be present in the Omaha metro area.  Because of its potential to cause lethal damage to unprotected ash trees, Nebraska Extension recommends a 5-step approach to management.

1.  Identify the tree as an ash tree species.

2.  Evaluate the tree’s age, condition and location. If it is between 5 and 50 years of age, free of defects and located in a place that casts shade on a home or other important building, it’s a good candidate for being retained in the landscape. If it’s very new or very old, has flaws such as co-dominant leaders, decay or stem girdling roots it may not be worth saving.

3.  Trees that are determined to be good candidates for treatment that are under 20 inches in diameter can be treated by individual property owners with products available at independent garden centers. Larger trees should be treated by an ISA or NAA certified arborist.

4.  Trees that are candidates for removal should be replaced, chosen from a diverse group of well-adapted species.

5.  Trees should be replaced with size, location and species characteristics in mind.

In order to provide more information on the EAB infestation, two educational presentations will be conducted at the Douglas County Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Rd. Omaha, NE June 14th at 7 pm and June 22 at 9:30 am.  A $20 registration fee be charged to participants. Contact Scott Evans at 402.444.7804 or for more information.

2016 OwL Ride

July 16th, 2016 is the date for the 7th annual OwL Ride (  The event is a fundraiser for Meyer Foundation for Disabilities (MFD) and is Omaha’s nighttime urban bike ride.  MFD ( is dedicated to serving people with developmental disabilities in the Omaha metropolitan area by providing programs that improve their quality of life and promote inclusion in the community.  The ride has gone thru your neighborhood in the past and will do so again this year.  A map of the route is attached.  Click on this link,  to see photos that show some of the Monroe Meyer Institute Wheel Club Members participating in the 2015 OwL Ride.  For questions, concerns or to find out how you could get involved to support this MFD fundraiser contact Peter Pellerito (  For information on volunteer opportunities you can also go to –

Route 2016 OwL Ride