Share YOUR Ideas on how to implement Impact Statements! (Community Idea Exchange Series)

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Living the Brand livingbrand Communications Communications

Community Idea Exchange
July 23, Burpee Museum

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Living the Brand


Education education Leadership and Youth youth-leadership

Community Idea Exchange
July 30, Guilford High School Fieldhouse

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Youth & Leadership


Economy & Jobs  economy-jobs Physical Infrastructure  infrastructureQuality  planning

Community Idea Exchange
August 4, Rockford University

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Economy & Jobs

Physical Infrastructure


Unity, Pride, Culture unity Family & Neighborhoods family-neighborhoods Arts & Recreation arts

Community Idea Exchange
August 6, Levings Park

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Unity, Pride, Culture

Family & Neighborhhoods

Arts & Recreation

Planning planning Funding & Alignment funding

Community Idea Exchange
August 11, RMAP

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Funding & Alignment

Safety  safety Healthy Lifestyles healthy-lifestyles

Community Idea Exchange
August 25, YMCA

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Healthy Lifestyles


Caring: Habitat For Humanity Helps Rockford Family

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Another Rockford family can now say they’re homeowners all thanks to a local organization.

The Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity has built another home. This time for the Garrett Family who will be moving into their new house in the eleven hundred block of Geneva Avenue, in a few days. The ceremony featured a home blessing, the opportunity for the Garrett’s to thank volunteers and sponsors, home tours, and the turning over of the keys. The organization has now helped roughly 130 families over a 27 year span.

“I love my ceiling fans. That’s my favorite part, the ceiling fans and just seeing it being built from the ground up is so amazing. That’s a once in a lifetime thing to see that,” says Shanica Garrett.

Habitat families are qualified and selected based on their need for simple, decent, and affordable housing, along with their ability to pay back zero-interest home loan, and their willingness to partner with the organization.

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Chuck Sweeny: North Madison Street taking shape as Rockford’s riverwalk, entertainment district

For years I have advocated making the east bank of the Rock River the riverwalk, and it is slowly turning into just that. Last week marked a big step in that gradual conversion with Cellusuede Products’ pending move to a bigger, newer building at 1515 Elmwood Road in the North Rock Industrial Park, which is off North Main Street near Sportscore One.

Meanwhile, the Cellusuede building on Madison Street will be turned by the owners of the Prairie Street Brewhouse into a “use your imagination” center of creativity. The buildings across the street from Cellusuede will be leveled for parking, which will be needed as the Brewhouse becomes more and more a popular place to gather.

Ald. Tom McNamara, D-3rd said he’s happy that both sides are getting what they want in the deal.

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My View: Strong Neighborhoods build strong communities in Rockford

Strong neighborhoods build strong communities. We hear this but what does that mean?

To some, it means that safe, vibrant neighborhoods are bursting with people who are comfortable in their homes and with their neighbors. Strong neighborhoods are filled with residents who love where they live.

What does having strong neighborhoods in your community mean to you? How about more hope, more aspiration, more people achieving the American Dream. Maybe less crime, less poverty, less despair.

United Way of Rock River Valley recognizes Strong Neighborhoods as an achievable dream through the Collective Impact model. Collective Impact calls for a community to first choose a specific area on which to focus. Once a specific goal is selected, United Way orchestrates collective efforts to direct resources to maximize the end result.

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Rockford Park District Names Assistant Executive Director

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Jay Sandine has been appointed to lead the Rockford Park District’s operational leadership team as Assistant Executive Director.

Sandine is a graduate of Rockford University with a master’s in business administration. He’s been with the District since 1996, taking on additional roles and responsibilities throughout his career. He began his career in maintenance at Elliot Golf Course, most recently serving as Deputy Director of Operations overseeing major District operations including golf courses, Police, Sportscore Complexes, aquatics, ice facilities, park maintenance, skilled trades, concessions, and revenue development, among other administrative functions. In 2013, Sandine graduated from the National Recreation and Park Association’s Directors School in Ogelbay, West Virginia.

Jay Sandine has been appointed to lead the Rockford Park District’s operational leadership team as Assistant Executive Director.

In addition to his leadership at the Rockford Park District, Sandine has led numerous community partnerships with organizations such as the YMCA, RPS 205, The First Tee of Greater Rockford, Rockford IceHogs, and the Harkins Community Memorial Foundation. Sandine has also been active in Transform Rockford as an original member of the Shared Values and Process teams. He has also served on several boards throughout the community.

Executive Director Tim Dimke stated, “Jay’s role as Assistant Executive Director better positions the District to maximize results by leveraging return on citizens’ investment, streamlining operations, and advancing organizational performance. This will be accomplished without creating additional administrative positions.”

With Sandine at the operational helm, Dimke will be able to spend more time expanding and developing long-term sustainable relationships and funding sources necessary to achieve the Board’s strategic priorities.

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Rockford legend Bill O’Donnell 1926-2015: ‘A beautiful man, a beautiful life’

ROCKFORD — Businessman and philanthropist Bill O’Donnell went on an expedition to Antarctica with Admiral Richard Byrd.


William “Bill” O’Donnell

He was a pilot, a sailor and a hot air balloonist. He built roads, ramps and bridges. He was inducted into the prestigious Order of St. Gregory the Great of the Roman Catholic Church and a recipient of the first Rockford Register Star Excalibur Award for community service in 1971.

But the title that resonates most with people who knew O’Donnell was “The Great Connector.”

O’Donnell was famous for bringing people of different walks of life together and encouraging them to work for the betterment of Rockford as a whole.

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Responsibility: WXRX raises funds to repair and maintain clock tower

ROCKFORD (WREX) – The clock tower in Rockford has started again thanks to the FM rock station WXRX.

The station started raising funds last year to get the clock tower at the Clock Tower Resort working again. The clock stopped several years ago.

WXRX signed an agreement to fix and repair the clock, and maintain it for the next five years.

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