Things You Should Know February 27th, 2013

Articles for February 24th, 2013

All links below provide information on things you should know going on in your hometown of Rockford, Illinois. All sources are Rockford news leaders and are relevant to community issues.

Government

Next Rockford will host City Council forum: On March 5th, Next Rockford will host a City Council forum in order to inform the citizens of Rockford about who their aldermen are, their positions, and why they are running for your ward.

Rockford Police Union releases radio ad detailing hiring difficulties: A very interesting read on the hiring difficulties of the Rockford Police Department. Also covers more areas of geopolicing and the cons/pros of such a strategy.

Business

Pet Sitting by Tina introduces their services to Rockford: Pet owner going on vacation and have no one to watch them? “Pet Sitting by Tina is a member of a and insured through Pet Sitters Associates, LLC. The company is also a member of the Parks Chamber of Commerce and Professional United Pet Sitters (PUPS).” Check them out!

Entertainment

Sock Monkey Madness in March: Paying homage to Rockford’s once thriving knitting industry, Midway Village hosts the Sock Monkey Madness Festival.

Burpee Museum hosts PaleoFest March 2-3: Rockford’s Burpee Museum hosts PaleoFest March 2nd through the 3rd, this Saturday and Sunday, and will feature a number of paleontologists, exhibits, and Rick’s Picks!

Community Redevelopment

UEP acquires property of current ‘Bar 3’ and ‘Damon’s Print Shop’ for redevelopment: Urban Equity Properties, LLC. has acquired the property of Bar 3 and Damon’s Print Shop in order to redevelop parts of downtown. Redevelopment is scheduled to begin in January 2014. Residential loft apartments are included in the new construction, as well as a first floor restaurant and bar. The president of UEP states that this “will be the first downtown food and beverage establishment with an accordion facade that completely opens onto the sidewalk.”

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