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Economy & Jobs: UPS adding 250 jobs at Rockford parcel sorting hub

ROCKFORD — United Parcel Service is hiring 250 workers to support a new day shift that begins July 15 at its air-sorting hub at Chicago Rockford International Airport. The jobs are the result of air-shipping operations that UPS is moving from Des Moines, Iowa, to Rockford. The Des Moines facility was out of capacity, said

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Economy & Jobs: The Junk Removal Dudes expands to Rockford area

A service known for helping hoarders is now helping out families close to home, and their name is pretty self-explanatory – the Junk Removal Dudes. “All our customers have to do is point, and our workers do the rest,” says business founder and owner, Alex Broches. It all started when Alex Broches’ mother, who has

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Leadership & Youth: PEO Star Scholarship awarded to two Rockford seniors

ROCKFORD — The Philanthropic Educational Organization Star Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year was recently presented to Rockford seniors Ella Domingo of Boylan Catholic High School and Suzanne Russo of Guilford High School. Domingo is the daughter of Romello and Connie Domingo and was recommended for the scholarship by Chapter ET of Rockford. Domingo plans

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Education: Rockford library celebrates new children’s space, Summer Reading Club

ROCKFORD — The Rockford Public Library celebrated a $6,000 renovation to the St. Angel Children’s Reading Room of its Montague Branch, 1238 S. Winnebago St., this morning as it kicked off its Summer Reading Club program, as well. What was once a study and meeting space with wood tables and chairs is now a bright

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Caring: Rockford Sharefest celebrates completion of Levings Park improvements

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) –For the first time in 11 years, Rockford Sharefest and the Rockford Park District hosted a celebration to honor volunteers and admire the newly renovated Levings Park. It took 9 days, about 3,000 volunteers and 12,000 hours of service for Rockford Sharefest to renovate Levings Park. “Sharefest really is Rockford. It is

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T-Map Project: Great Neighborhoods – Cleanups in Rockford among 13 projects funded by Neighborhood Grants Program

ROCKFORD — A playground at Galapagos Rockford Charter School and the addition of 22 flower baskets to poles downtown are among 13 neighborhood projects receiving financial support from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and NW HomeStart. “It’s newsletters, block parties, all sorts of things that bring neighbors together for entry into deeper and more

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Caring & Inclusion: Rockford Rescue Mission to hold Restoration Celebration

ROCKFORD — Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., will host the Restoration Celebration event, honoring graduates of its residential Life Recovery Program, at 7 p.m. June 13. The event will recognize 14 men and women who have completed all requirements of the nine- to 12-month program and have remained clean for an additional four

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Caring: GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford to hold G-Force 5K Run/Walk

Published Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 2:07 pm ROCKFORD — GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford will host its first G-Force 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. June 10 at Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Open registration will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. The timed 5K run will begin at 9 a.m., the 1-mile walk

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Leadership & Youth: Rockford Sharefest spruces up Levings Lake Park

ROCKFORD — Volunteers stripped paint from park benches and painted picnic tables Monday at Levings Lake Park as day four of Rockford Sharefest continued. The southwest Rockford park is the focus of the nonprofit group’s beautification efforts this year. More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to partake in the cleanup project, which continues through Saturday. In addition

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T-Map Project: Community Safe Engagement – Community Kids Zone begins with Rockford Police

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — A new reason for Rockford middle and high school kids to get off the streets and in a gym, while also interacting with police officers in a positive light. Dozens of kids are taking advantage of the Rockford Police Department’s Community Kids Zone. Over the next month kids can sign up

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