Omaha Streetcar Moves Forward, but City Council Builds “Off-Ramps” into $356 Million Agreement

The Omaha City Council met Tuesday to approve the redevelopment agreement for the proposed streetcar, as well as an agreement with the Omaha Development Foundation for preliminary engineering and design work on the project. The redevelopment agreement lays out the collaboration with the Omaha Streetcar Authority (OSA), but the City Council made sure there were…

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Sister Marilyn Ross, 1939-2022

  Mention Omaha affordable housing and Habitat for Humanity likely comes to mind. But another player in the market is Holy Name Housing Corporation. Sister Marilyn Ross was the face of that nonprofit for three decades, 27 years as CEO, during which time it invested $65 million into inner-city housing. A life of service was…

Brad Ashford, Man in the Middle

Standard political labels didn’t easily define Ashford, a progressive moderate who could drift to the left or right on certain issues, though like most Americans he could best be described as a centrist. Finding consensus or common ground became his modus operandi in and out of office. A life in politics invariably nets allies and…

“Musing: A Storytelling Experience – HOME” at BlueBarn Theatre

Musing: A Storytelling Experience – HOMEJune 14-157:30 p.m. shows | FreeBlueBarn Theatre Seth Fox and friends return for a summer edition of the “Musing” series, a quarterly event at the BlueBarn Theatre that nurtures understanding. This time, speakers Tina Bakehouse, Amy Becker, Dennis Collins, Jim Milroy, and Alanna Reeves will tackle the complex subject of…

2nd Annual Drag Brunch

2nd Annual Drag BrunchJune 122 p.m. show | $50Social (Elkhorn, NE) This Pride Month, check out the 2nd Annual Drag Brunch, a celebration of great food, drinks, and drag performances at Social in Elkhorn. Midtown guests can take the bus from Social in the Blackstone District at 12:30 p.m. to get to the Elkhorn Social…

Gene J. Cammarota, A Larger Than Life Presence

When Gene Cammarota issued his invitation, “Come on into my kitchen,” he expected everyone to join his culinary passion. He put the phrase to practice when he owned the Brass Grille in the Old Market, with a setup that allowed customers to sit at the bar and watch him cook. He made the invitation formal…

Ron Stander of Omaha Dead at 77

Ronald Stander, October 17, 1944 – March 8, 2022 Decades before Terence “Bud” Crawford put Omaha on the prizefight map, would-be Great White Hope Ron Stander challenged champion Joe Frazier for the heavyweight title at a packed Civic Auditorium on May 25, 1972. The journeyman brawler stood the proverbial slugger’s chance but lacked the skill…