Update on Rock Island news

Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 1:33 pm
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Press release submitted by city of Rock Island

Update Rock Island is a segment at City Council meetings given by Mayor Dennis Pauley focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is delighted to invite the community to the Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Second Baptist Church 919 - 6th Avenue (across the street from the King Center). They look forward to serving guests from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Please come enjoy a hot holiday meal and mingle with the neighborhood community. Please call (309) 732-2999 for more information.

Augustana hosts An Evening of Remembrance: A Salute to World War II Vets -
The Augustana Veterans Support Group will host an event to honor veterans of World War II on Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm in Larson Hall within Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 7th Avenue. The World War II veterans in attendance will be announced and all veterans will be recognized. Lt. Herb Wood, a World War II veteran who flew Hellcat fighters off the U.S.S. Yorktown. Wood will be sharing his memories with the audience. Following, there will be a reception with light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Keri Rursch at (309) 794-7721 or kerirursch@augustana.edu.

Meet & Greet the new Executive Director -The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center invites you to the Executive Director's Meet & Greet. Come and network, meet the staff, tour the building, and hear the vision for the future on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Martin Luther King Jr., Community Center. Please R.S.V.P your attendance to (309) 732-2999.

"Safe Porches" Strategy Meeting - Neighborhood Partners School Community Task Force is holding a public meeting on November 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm at the Rock Island Academy, 930 14th Street, to discuss a "Safe Porches" strategy for students walking and biking to school to Rock Island Academy and Frances Willard Elementary. Parents and community members in those school areas are invited to help with the planning. The Safe Porches strategy is a new component of the Safe Routes to School Travel Plans that was developed in 2010 by the schools, parents and community members. For more information visit www.rockislandschools.org or call Holly Sparkman 309-793-5900 x281.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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