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Safety: Neighbors welcome Rockford’s first ROCK officer to the community

ROCKFORD,Ill. (WIFR) — It’s the first of it’s kind in Rockford and now many neighbors are welcoming the new cop on the block. The Rockford Police Department kicked off the Rock on the Block event welcoming the first ever ROCK officer to live in our community. Families who live in the area had a chance

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Economy & Jobs: Hotels, steakhouse, and market all coming to downtown Rockford

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Downtown Rockford is expected to get a major facelift including new hotels, a grocery store, and steakhouse. “The timing is pretty good right now for projects like this,” Bryan Davis, from Joseph James Partners, said. In less than a year the former Millennium Center will open as Rockford’s first boutique hotel and

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Inclusion & Respect: Holocaust survivor urges Rockford students to ‘prevent such hatred’

ROCKFORD — Marion Blumenthal Lazan arrived at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in 1944 with her brother Albert and her parents. “It was a bitter cold, rainy night,” Lazan said today as she addressed about 350 students at Flinn Middle School. “We were pulled and dragged under the cattle cars and greeted by the

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Leadership & Youth: Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara: together ‘we can end culture of crime’

Larry Morrissey presides over final City Council meeting ROCKFORD — Mayor Tom McNamara took office on Monday night predicting tough decisions to come on how to spend tight city resources, but promising that by working together Rockford can improve its economy, reduce crime and build a thriving community. McNamara said the challenges the city is

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Leadership: RRSTAR; There’s something about Larry Morrissey … our favorite moments

  Larry Morrissey has been mayor of Rockford for 12 years and during that time his relationship with our news organization has been a bit of a roller coaster. We’ve applauded his vision and his mantra of “excellence everywhere,” but weren’t always fans of his tactics. On Sept. 19, 2010, we wrote, “If he wants

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Caring: Love Rockford Day: ‘We’re just here to bridge the gap’

Published Saturday April 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm ROCKFORD — The line began forming before 7:30 a.m. today outside Court Street United Methodist Church. Men and women, some toting children, waited in the cool air for the opportunity to select free clothing, receive free haircuts and take home a box of free food. Free bike

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Education: GREAT TURNOUT FOR 3D PRINTING EVENT

Over 50 RVC Students and folks from the community showed up to the “Getting Started with 3D Printing” event. Russ Dulaney, from Dulaney Drafting & Design, shared his thoughts on what type of 3D printers to buy, how they print and gave multiple examples of 3D printed objects which he passed around the audience. 3D

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Arts & Recreation: RAMI announces award winners

ROCKFORD — Rockford Area Music Industry Inc. recently announced the 2017 RAMI Award winners. The People’s Choice awards and winners are: Radio Station, Real Rock Radio 104.9 The X; Special Event, Byronfest; Artist of the Year, Back Country Roads; Favorite Venue, Whiskey’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill. The Association awards and winners are: Acoustic Rock/Folk — Cover,

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Transform 815: Innovation, unity at core of Transform Rockford mission

More than 1,300 people gathered on Nov. 14, 2013, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center with a similar goal — make the Rockford region a great community in which to live. It was the start of Transform Rockford. And Mike Schablaske, who agreed to lead the organization, knew he was joining something innovative. “Thinking about

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Education: Arbor Day celebrated at Riverdahl Elementary in Rockford

  ROCKFORD — The city of Rockford held its annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony today at Riverdahl Elementary School. Students helped spread mulch around three trees that were planted Monday outside the school in observance of Arbor Day. Read more http://www.rrstar.com/news/20170425/arbor-day-celebrated-at-riverdahl-elementary-in-rockford?template=printart

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