On Tuesday, 88,563 Omahans cast their votes to choose members of the City Council and the mayor. Across those eight races, incumbents won big. Out of five contested races, only one incumbent lost: Ben Gray in District 2. Jean Stothert will serve her third term as Omaha’s mayor. Results will be made official on May 27.
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Happy National Limerick Day
There was a young man who zapped the blues by reading today’s news: Mayor Jean Stothert is reelected to an unprecedented third term, Jazz on the Green returns in July, and Nebraska lawmakers advance a bill to protect businesses and local governments from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
- Jean Stothert is reelected to an unprecedented third term as Omaha mayor with at least 67 percent of the vote. Three incumbents secure City Council victories, but other races remain uncertain.
- The Douglas County Health Department is working with Children’s Physicians to plan drive-thru vaccination sites for children ages 12 to 15 who could get their shots as soon as Thursday.
- Jazz on the Green, a popular concert series produced by Omaha Performing Arts, returns to Turner Park in Midtown Crossing every Thursday from July 8 to 29.
- An economics professor at UNO suggests that gas prices are rising due to increased demand and pandemic recovery.
- People from 20 apartments are forced to evacuate their building when a fire breaks out on a fifth-floor balcony at 2 a.m. Investigators estimate the fire caused $100,000 in damage to the apartment building near 49th and Chicago streets.
- All nine of Lincoln’s city-run pools are opening this month, but they will have limited hours due to a shortage of lifeguards.
- A former Miden school board member shows up to a meeting without wearing a face mask and is repeatedly asked to leave. She’s charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace in Kearney County Court.
- Gov. Pete Ricketts joins 19 other Republican governors in signing a letter addressed to the Biden administration urging it to close the southern border.
- Nebraska lawmakers give initial approval to a sweeping bill that would shield state businesses and local governments from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
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Omaha Spring Wedding Guide
Get Smart with Spring Dishes
The food bill for a wedding can be expensive, but it fluctuates based on dining decisions. As with any wedding, regardless of season, you need to determine if you will be hiring a caterer this spring.
Self-catering saves money but requires intensive work and several sets of hands. Hiring a rock-star caterer may be more expensive, but it will provide a smoother experience, especially given the area’s top-notch catering companies.
Consider the food you want to serve. Because many prefer eating lighter portions during spring, consider centralizing vegetables and fruits, as they are in season and generally cheaper. They work well in appetizers and soups, too. Buffets tend to be cheaper than plated meals, and having one or two people to serve can help save food waste, cost and time spent in line.
There are seemingly infinite variables that go into food, the cornerstone of any great wedding. Just remember it will be worth it once your guests leave happy and your food bill does not eclipse all other spring wedding expenses.
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