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Senior Affordable Apartments for Rent

Apply now for a brand new spacious 2-bedroom apartment at Coral Ridge Apartments opening January 2018! At least 1 applicant per household must be 55 years of age and up. Rent amounts vary from $520-$975 (subject to change, income restrictions apply) and includes all major kitchen appliances, and in unit washer/dryer.  For more information contact Sand Property Management, LLC at 319-333-1602 National Voice Relay System 711 or email Equal Housing Opportunity, Accessible units.

Cedar Rapids Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, December 14th at Village Meat Market & Cafe

Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues 

Coffee with a copCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – On Thursday, December 14th officers from the Cedar Rapids Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event will run from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on December 14th at Village Meat Market & Café, 92 16th Avenue SW. 

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Cedar Rapids neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts that law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities that they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Fire Department Recognition Ceremony

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Fire Department held its Annual Recognition Ceremony earlier this week and honored firefighters and civilians for distinguished and life-saving actions.

Three civilians were recognized with an Award for Distinguished Action:

·         Cathy Lopez performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a heart attack victim who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 30 within the City limits in December 2016.

·         Joe Rohn performed CPR on his neighbor’s 1-month old child in southwest Cedar Rapids in October 2017.

·         Ryan Welty was able to assist a victim of a motor vehicle accident in Cedar Rapids by maintaining the victim’s airway and control bleeding.

Thirty-six Cedar Rapids firefighters were also recognized with an Award for Distinguished Action for saving 49 victims’ lives by performing CPR in calendar year 2016.  These firefighters were:  Cory Dillon (2), Patrick Hoyt (2), Joshua Jensen (2), Brad Cowdin (3), Daniel Lubben, Benjamin Kurka, Steve Hildebrand, Austin Hershberger, Chad Smothers, Erik Moen (2), Gregory Hankins (2), Matthew Kunkle, Jesse Lennox (2), Lucas Maas (2), Adam Kramer (2), Luke Henkle (2), Jason Longbine (2), Shane Mell (2), Loren Corrigan, Jonathan Lundquist, Dustin Fordice, Joseph Heyer, Dave Corell, Jason Campbell, Curtis Woode, Dennis Langguth, Terrance McAtee, Travis Foster, Adam Jones, Scott Wolfe, Todd Henderson, Jeremy Wagner, Pat Mick, Andrew Engelken, Matt Weldin, and John Cannon.   (Number in parenthesis indicate number of CPR saves in 2016)

Captain Erik Moen and Firefighter Bradley Cowdin were recognized with an Award for Distinguished Action for assisting in the rescue of a semi driver that went off the road into an ice-covered pond on December 8, 2016.

Firefighter Gregory Hankins, Firefighter Jeremy LaRoche, and Firefighter Joshua Tew were recognized with an Award for Distinguished Action for working as a firefighter crew to develop a two-ladder coordinated method to rescue a victim from a third-floor window of an active apartment building fire.

Fire Chief Mark English presented the Fire Chief’s Award to 8 female firefighters and fire department staff for their conceptualization and implementation of the “Fully Involved Young Women’s Fire Academy” – a fire academy to encourage young women to become career firefighters.   Those involved in the Academy included Captain Cheme Fairlie, Firefighter Julie Popelka, Firefighter Janeen Justice, Firefighter Amy Kunkle, Firefighter Megan Wichmann, Public Education Manager Nicky Stansell, Fire Specialist Molly Knock, and Public Education Specialist Diana Patten.

The Fire Department also presented Sunline, Inc. with a Letter of Commendation.  For several years, Sunline has donated hundreds of vehicles for firefighters to perform extrication training.

Join Iowa City Police Officers for Coffee with a Cop

Meet up with neighbors, friends, and police officers for coffee and a conversation during the next Coffee with a Cop event. 

Iowa City Police officers will be at Casey's General Store, 1904 Broadway St.,from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. 

There is no agenda scheduled. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know police officers in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee. 

RSVP to the Coffee with a Cop Facebook event page for updates and reminders about the event.  

Additional information about the Coffee with a Cop program is available at

For other questions, or to schedule Coffee with a Cop in your neighborhood, contact Officer Colin Fowler at or 319-356-5275.

A flyer promoting the December Coffee with a Cop event.  

Learn more 

To learn more about the Coffee with a Cop program, and for instructions on how to schedule an event in your neighborhood visit


Parks and Recreation winter/spring activity registration opens Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 8 a.m.

Take a look at all that Iowa City Parks and Recreation can offer you and your family this season. The Winter/Spring Recreation Activity Guide is now available online and in hardcopy at several City locations:

  • Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street
  • Mercer Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gymnasium, 2701 Bradford Drive
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street
  • Iowa City City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street.

Online and in-person registration will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.  

To register online, either set up your new ActiveNet account or to log into your existing account. You will be able to sign up and pay for classes online through the ActiveNet system. 

In-person registration is available at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., and at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center / Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford Dr. Note: Due to building renovations, the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will be closed to the public Dec. 11- Jan. 7, so in-person registration will only be available at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center during that time.

For more information, visit our website.

“Crafts with a Cop” Events Scheduled for Winter Break

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department will be hosting two “Crafts with a Cop” events at the Police Station during winter break!

The two events are scheduled for Wednesday, December 27th and Thursday, December 28th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. both days.  All craft supplies will be provided and there is no cost to participate.

This is a great way for police officers and children (ages 5-14) to get to know each other while making a craft or two. If you and your child would like to participate, please sign up for a 30 minute time slot using the link below. A parent/guardian is required to stay with their child.

To register, please use the registration link at or visit our Facebook page at

The Police Department has lots of fun crafts and projects planned for these events.

Any questions about the program can be directed to Officer Shannon Sampson at (319) 286-5434.

For the 11th Year in a Row, CEC Makes SCN Magazine’s Top 50 List

Since 2006, CEC has been named to Systems Contractor News’ Top 50 Systems Integrators list, which ranks projected systems integration revenue  

Hiawatha, IA – CEC, a nationally recognized systems and technology integrator based in Hiawatha, IA, is excited to announce that, for the 11th consecutive year, it has been named to the SCN Top 50 Systems Integrators List. Of the 50 companies on the list, CEC is also the longest-running integration firm recognized across the country.

Every year, SCN identifies 50 U.S. integration firms that go above and beyond to set the standard for other integrators. Ranked by projected AV systems integration revenue, the list is a compilation of audiovisual integrators that demonstrated business stability, financial responsibility, and growth in 2017. This year, CEC placed at No. 35 on the list – up two spots from last year’s rank of No. 37.

AV is just one of the many technology integration solutions CEC offers. IT, safety and security, structured cabling, and two-way communications systems can all be integrated with AV solutions to improve safety, efficiency, productivity, and profits.

“Not only are we proud to be part of this list for the 11th year in a row,” says Matt Dlouhy, CEO at CEC, “but we’re just as proud of the fact that we’ve been in business for more than seven decades. For 71 years, CEC has been dedicated to improving the customer experience. As the industry and our clients’ needs change, so do we – which is how we thrive.”

“The industry as a whole has grown considerably from last year, with a projected $4.27 billion in commercial AV installation revenue,” says SCN Editor Megan A. Dutta. “That’s an increase of about 12 percent year-over-year from last year’s projections of $3.82 billion.”

View the entire SCN Top 50 list here.

About CEC

With offices in the Midwest serving local and national customers, CEC offers solution design, integration, and technical services specializing in audio/video, safety and security, IT, structured cabling, and two-way communications. Focused on the customer experience, CEC teams partner with clients to understand their business, tailor solutions, and plan for future technology needs. To learn more, visit or call 800-377-0721.