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News and Notes from the City of Coralville, April 27, 2017

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, activities, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Family Storytime (April 29 & May 6)
  • Meetings: Library Board of Trustees (May 3), Planning & Zoning Commission (May 3), City Council (May 9)
  • Tiny Tykes Play Date: "May the fourth be with you" (May 4)
  • Kid’s Night In: Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  • Teen bake sale at the library (May 6)

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Kids Can Give the Police a Hand

"Week of the Young Child" event

Saturday, April 29 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” at the Iowa Children’s Museum at Coral Ridge Mall. The Coralville Police Department will be inside the mall with a squad car, registration information for Safety Village, and badge stickers. Kids and adults can give the police a hand and put their handprints—using real fingerprint ink—on the hood of a squad car! Learn more


Spring Cleaning Events in Coralville

Shop the City-Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, May 6 | 8:00 am-noon

Throughout Coralville

Find a bargain! Starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, stop by the Coralville Recreation Center to pick up a map of participating sales and grab a first come, first served continental breakfast. Learn more


Recycle Swap Day

Saturday, May 6 | 8:00 am-noon

City Hall parking lot

Whether you want to declutter and donate items or just look for treasures, Recycle Swap Day keeps usable items out of the landfill. Donations of clean, working items are welcome. Food donations for the Coralville Community Food Pantry are accepted. Learn more


Community Shred Event

Saturday, May 6 | 10:00 am-noon

Aquatic Center parking lot

Thin out your files and bring up to two boxes of personal papers to shred in the mobile shredding truck, courtesy of the Coralville Police Department and Heartland Shredding. Learn more


Mayor’s Clean up Week

May 8-12


Throw away big, broken items (such as broken furniture or bathroom fixtures) for free pickup on trash day. 
Unwanted (but usable) building and housing materials and appliances can be donated to ReStore. Free pickup is available, donations are tax-deductible, and ReStore sells the items to support Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. Learn more


Coralville Accepting Applications for Police Officers

We're hiring!

Coralville is accepting applications for police officers through 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3. Applicants will complete written and physical tests on May 20, as well as oral interviews in the days following. Learn more


4thFest Parade & Vendor Opportunities

March in the 4th of July parade

Entries are now being accepted for Coralville's 4thFest parade, the area's largest 4th of July parade. March on! Learn more

Be a vendor

Apply now to be a vendor at 4thFest in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3 and 4. Thousands of people attend Coralville's annual 4th of July celebration! Learn more


On Stage at the Center for the Performing Arts

Annie Get Your Gun

April 28-30 & May 5-7

Presented by City Circle Acting Company. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. This musical tells the fictionalized story of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley’s days as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

90 Ideas in 90 Minutes

Tuesday, May 3 | 7:30 am

Presented by the Corridor Business Journal. This will last just 90 minutes, but attendees will walk away with the collective knowledge of nine of the Corridor’s top leaders.
Learn more


What’s Happening at the Library

"May the fourth be with you" crafts (K-6)

Thursday, May 4 | 2:30 pm

On Star Wars Day, school-aged kids are invited to enjoy activities inspired by Star Wars. Learn more

Free film screening: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13)

Thursday, May 4 | 6:00 pm

Celebrate Star Wars Day by watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. May the fourth be with you! Learn more

Friends of the Coralville Library book sale

Friday, May 5 | 1:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, May 6 | 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Find over 7,000 used books with a broad range of reading material at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the library and the community. Learn more

LitFlicks free movie for adults:
Murder on the Orient Express (PG)

Thursday, May 11 | 6:00 pm

Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express when the train becomes caught in a snowstorm. When a passenger is murdered, his investigation begins. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Learn more


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Pizza Hut ups its game in ongoing 'Pizza War'

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

They are constantly battling for a greater market share, the industry's top 3 pizza chains:  Pizza Hut vs. Papa John's vs. Domino's. 

From a financial perspective, Domino's is winning the war, largely due to the company being savvy when it comes to digital marketing.  Same store sales at Domino's jumped over 12% in the fourth quarter last year, with 60% of its total sales generated from mobile devices.  Upping their digital marketing game, Papa John's comes in at number two, with fourth quarter same-store sales rising 3.8%.   Pizza Hut comes in third in the financials, with the pizza giant experiencing a 2% decline in same-store sales during the fourth quarter.  They've been playing 'catch up' when it comes to digital marketing.  Compared to how well Domino's does it, Pizza Hut brought a knife to a gun fight.

Moving forward though, look for the Domino's financials to falter a bit , once the people who bought into Domino's 'rebranding' and 'new menu' hype and give the company another shot, realize their pizza still sucks.  Papa John's will continue to gain some ground here and Pizza Hut is finally locking and loading for the digital marketing battle.

And there's the segue, Domino's may be the current 'Pizza King' financially, but how do they rank where it really matters, in taste?

Here's the baseline battle measurement, the most commonly ordered item from a pizza joint, carry-out or delivery:  A large pizza.

  • Domino's offers a 3-topping large for $7.99
  • Papa John's offers a 2-topping large for $9.99
  • Pizza Hut is currently running a deal for a 2-topping large for $7.99

Pizza hutI'll tell you right now, my first pick is Pizza Hut and when it comes to a plan 'B' I'll buy a Papa John's 2-topping large for $9.99 over a Domino's 3-topping large for $7.99 everyday of the week.   Taste is what wins the Pizza War in my book, not digital marketing.  DOMINO'S PIZZA SUCKS!

I haven't had pizza in awhile so last night I ordered from Pizza Hut.  I ordered using my desktop computer, easily navigating the Pizza Hut site for a meat lover's thin crust pizza (doused with garlic butter) with mushroom and extra cheese.  It was easier and faster to do than an old-fashioned landline phone call.   I could have done the ordering using my smartphone since Pizza Hut has decided to get in the game in that sense over the last six months, but I'm a bit attached to my desktop.  

The pizza was delivered in about 30 minutes and it was delicious!  The crust had that perfect garlic butter kissed crispyness to it and the toppings were generous.   Perhaps the best thing about Pizza Hut is their consistency in product, it's always good.  You can count on Pizza Hut to deliver (pun intended) good flavor.

I don't see Pizza Hut staying at #3 in the financials for much longer.  They've upped their game in digital marketing, by increasing their online presence and accessibility, improving their website navigation, kicking up the commercials another notch and most importantly they're NOT trying to fix something that's not broken when it comes to the pizza itself.  They're NOT using gimmicks like Domino's has done, with their new 'Zesty' sauce, 'new' menu items and even 'new' stores to distract you from how bad their pizza really is.......

When it comes to the Pizza War in taste, Pizza Hut wins.

Pizza Hut Deal



4thFest Accepting Parade Entries & Vendor Applications

Coralville 4thFest is now accepting applications for vendor opportunities and parade entries to participate in Coralville’s annual 4th of July celebration. Coralville’s 4thFest draws thousands of people during the multi-day event. This year’s lineup includes a free outdoor concert featuring Tommy James and the Shondells, a 4th of July parade, fireworks, carnival, 5K run/walk, and entertainment.


Vendors selling food or non-food items can apply to operate in S.T. Morrison Park on July 3 and 4. Vendor applications must be submitted by May 31, and applicants will be contacted upon receipt of completed forms. Applications are available at


Applications are also being accepted for parade entries in Coralville’s 4th of July parade. The parade includes approximately 120 entries from the community. Applications are accepted online or by mail, and must be received by June 1. Parade applications are available at

Learn More

For more information, please call 319.248.1700 or visit


Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code below.

Coralville, Iowa, weather forecast

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Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say - BBC News

Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.

Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.

Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world.

The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.

However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.


Frito-Lay recalls Jalapeno flavored chips for Salmonella concerns

Frito-Lay is recalling varieties of chips for Salmonella concerns.

The Salmonella risk is in the seasoning used on the Jalapeno Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeno Flavored Miss Vickie's Kettle Cooked potato chips.

The recall is voluntary and stems from a seasoning supplier who recalled their jalapeno powder. The Federal Food and Drug Administration said no Salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Frito-Lay. 

The specific recalled product information is listed below:

All sizes of the following two products that have a “guaranteed fresh” date of JUL 4 or prior printed on the front upper panel of the package:

  • Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips
  • Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips


Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in "Happy Days," dies at 56

NEW YORK (AP) — Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday at age 56.

A statement from the sheriff's department in Harrison County, Indiana, said the dispatcher "received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending."


Universal Mulling 'Fate of the Furious' Spinoff With Dwayne Johnson

The Fast & Furious world is getting a little bigger.

After a year of contemplating ways to expand the massive franchise, Universal is in early talks to have writer Chris Morgan pen a spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Shaw (Statham) and Hobbs (Johnson) went from mortal enemies to genuine pals in this month's The Fate of the Furious, where they established crowd-pleasing onscreen chemistry.

Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the Fast series, had the biggest global launch of all time last weekend and has taken in more than $685 million to date. The main franchise is expected to run for two more films, with Fate kicking off what star Vin Diesel has described as a new trilogy. Universal has dated a ninth installment for 2019 and a tenth for 2021.

Johnson has been a part of the franchise since 2011's Fast Five, and Statham's character made a brief debut in 2013's Fast & Furious 6 before becoming the chief bad guy in 2015's Furious 7.