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Safety – Letter: Thank you to Rockford Police, Fire

Published Wednesday March 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm A special thank you to the Rockford Police Department and the Rockford Fire Department for resolving the noisy situation in my neighborhood. A recently vacated building owned by an out-of-town credit union had an alarm ringing. It rang and rang. I thought someone would call and report

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Carking: Rockford aims to end youth homelessness

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — It’s never easy to see someone living on the streets, struggling to find food or shelter, but it’s even harder when it’s a child. The main reason kids say they’re living on the streets or bouncing around between friends’ homes is because they were kicked out of their own house. “It can

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Responsibility: Rockford Fire expanding CPR bystander program

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — The Rockford Fire Department wants to make sure we save a life if faced with that emergency. The department wants to expand its CPR Bystander program. That means going places and teaching the simple, hands-only technique. The department hopes to partner with neighborhood and business groups to get paramedics to meetings and

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Inclusion: National Inclusion Project partners with Rockford Park District

ROCKFORD — The National Inclusion Project recently partnered again with the Rockford Park District to provide inclusion training and expertise. The park district will receive a $5,000 grant, which will allow the park district’s therapeutic recreation department to hire two staff members this summer to provide inclusion serves at Summer Blast. As part of the

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Education: Rockford-Area Teachers Take Honors In Golden Apple Awards

Rockford-area teachers received several honors at this year’s Golden Apple awards. The Rockford Register Star reports two schools had teachers that won the award for the first time.  Jared Young of Belvidere North High Schooland Sarah Schaefer of Roosevelt Community Education Center were honored in such a way.  Linda Julian of Willowbrook Middle School also became

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Arts & Recreation: Beauty & The Beast To Debut in Rockford

ROCKFORD – As Disney celebrates the 25th Anniversary of their classic Beauty and the Beast, a Rockford theater group is getting ready to do the same. The folks at The Studio Rockford are putting on their own production of Beauty and the Beast, and they want you to “be their guest”! Jay Lionardi and Emily

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Economy & Jobs: Sports tournaments bringing visitors to Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – More than 1,000 Illinois wrestlers are making their way to Rockford this weekend for the state championships. As 2017 continues, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says we could see thousands of visitors for new events coming to the Stateline. The RACVB is calling it a “big win” for Rockford

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Leadership & Youth: Several Fairgrounds youth pledge at 815 rally to help make Rockford a better place

Published Thursday March 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm Updated Friday March 3, 2017 at 12:17 am ROCKFORD — About a dozen young people who live in the Fairgrounds Valley public housing complex pledged this evening to be honest, respectful citizens in an effort to make their city a better place. The pledge was made during

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Education: Learn Coding with Robots at RVC

  The Rock Valley College Computers and Information Systems (CIS) department will host a “Learn Coding with Robots” workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC) on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Rd.). “Learn Coding with Robots” empowers children and adults to create adventures, play games,

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Leadership & Youth: Rockford Christian Life students share stories with seniors

Some high school students in the Stateline spent the day sharing and hearing stories from seniors at a local nursing homes. Rockford Christian Life students were at Wesley Willows and Peterson Meadows Friday to hang out, craft and scrapbook. Students heard stories about the seniors’ lives when they were teenagers and talked about their experience as

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