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 Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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