Letter: Block party can make your neighborhood safe, friendlier

Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2014, 11:00 pm
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In an attempt to promote a safe and friendly neighborhood, it has been a longstanding tradition to have an annual block party. Our neighborhood at 53rd Street/28th Avenue, Moline, gathers in August for a cookout and family games. Consent is obtained from the city of Moline and we have barricades brought to block the street for safety.

We have an evening of great ethnic foods, games and talking with neighbors. We also provide an educational program. This year it was our privilege to have the firefighters from fire station No. 3 with the fire truck. The firefighters provided us with a tour of the truck and fire safety instructions. We cannot thank these brave men enough for taking their time to visit with us.

Your neighborhood can also organize a party. It takes cooperation, time and some effort to organize a party, but the benefits are worth it. You, too, can have a safe and friendly neighborhood.

Carol Eddy and Julie Keith,


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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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