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Protest at Iowa Social Security Offices, Thursday October 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeremy Maske   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:41

Protest at Iowa Social Security Offices

Social Security Advocates Join Forces to Protest Budget Cuts, Proposed Cuts will Severely Impact Service to Public

WHAT: An informational picket at Social Security offices around the country

WHEN: 12:00 pm, Thursday, October 27, 2011

WHERE:              

  • Council Bluffs Social Security Office, 20 Arena Way
  • Des Moines Social Security Field Operations, 455 SW 5th Street
  • Dubuque Social Security Office, 1635 Associates Drive
  • Waterloo Social Security Office, 3121 Greyhound Drive

WHO: American Federation of Government Employees Social Security employees

Alliance for Retired Americans

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Strengthen Social Security Campaign

Thousands of American Federation of Government Employees Social Security employees, along with the Alliance for Retired Americans, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the Strengthen Social Security Campaign across the country are taking to the streets on October 27 at 12:00 p.m. to protest recent proposals from Congress that would cut the Social Security Administration’s operational budget.

“Cutting Social Security’s budget at a time that record baby boomers are seeking benefits is another example of bad Washington politics.  These cuts will only punish Americans who count on Social Security and Medicare by adding to backlogs and limiting assistance for our seniors, the disabled and families that have lost a parent or spouse,” explained Witold Skwierczynski, president of AFGE’s Council of Field Operations Locals.

Congress has proposed reductions from $ 473 to 882 million from President Obama’s budget request in SSA funding for 2012. FY 2011 current status, results from nearly $1 billion below the amount the President requested.

As a result of those cuts, SSA implemented an agency-wide hiring freeze with the exception of the hearings operations.  This resulted in a loss of more than 3500 SSA and DDS (Disability Determination Service) State employees.  More than 300 contact stations were closed, eliminating in-person services in many rural and remote sites.   SSA indefinitely suspended mailing the Social Security statement, without advance notice to the public, eliminating an important link between young workers and the benefits they will receive when they retire.

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BAM! TO OPEN IN NORTHRIDGE SHOPPING CENTER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gloria Laster   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:23
DAVENPORT, IA (October 24, 2011) Books-A-Million (BAM!) is delighted to announce the addition of a new location in Northridge Shopping Center in Davenport, IA. This is the first BAM! store in Davenport and the second in Iowa.

“Our Northridge Shopping Center is an exciting new BAM! location. We’re venturing into Davenport to offer an active bookstore with a diverse product offering for everyone,” said Terrance G. Finley, President and Chief Operating Officer for Books-A-Million, Inc.

The Northridge Shopping Center BAM! will give new customers an expansive selection of books, toys, tech and more to entice every shopper.

“We look forward to coming to the Northridge Shopping Center and anxiously await the opportunity to meet and serve Davenport book lovers and those seeking our wide selection of books and more,” said Kit Whan, General Manager.

The Northridge Shopping Center BAM! will feature:

•       NOOK – featuring NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color. NOOK products are available for customers to see, hold and try at special in-store displays.
•       Kids-A-Million – featuring children’s books, learning resources from Leap Frog and more and toys and games that appeal to children, parents, teachers and librarians.
•       Faithpoint – featuring a generous selection of Bibles, Christian Living and Christian Fiction books.
•       Electronic Accessories – featuring the hottest ear buds, headphones and iPhone, iPod and eReader accessories from Skullcandy, JVC and more.
•       DVDs – featuring the newest releases plus great bargains on previously viewed DVDs and Blu-rays.
•       Bargain Books – featuring a vast selection of books with savings up to 80 percent on favorites from best sellers to classics.
•       Joe Muggs Café – a coffee, tea and espresso bar complete with comfortable seating and decadent snacks.
•       Magazines – over 2,600 magazines featuring lifestyle, sports, health, wedding, fashion, science, news and more.

Customers who are new BAM! patrons are encouraged to sign up for the Millionaire’s Club, where members save 40 percent off bestsellers, 20 percent off hundreds of items throughout the store and 10 percent off everything, every day. Millionaire’s Club members are also invited to special sale events and receive exclusive promotions and coupons through weekly emails.

The new BAM! store is scheduled to open in early November.

About Books-A-Million
Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers and sells online at www.booksamillion.com. The Company presently operates over 200 stores in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million and Books & Co. and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.booksamillioninc.com.

 
Immigrants celebrate their first Halloween with help from college students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:14
54 immigrants in the Quad Cities will be receiving trick or treat bags this month…but they are not going to be stuffed with candy and popcorn.  These “special care” bags are going to be filled with essentials like shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.

These treat bags are the brainchild of some graduate students in the Occupational Therapy program at St. Ambrose University.  Professor, Christine Urish, says the Black Hawk College program at the Church of Peace in Rock Island is the perfect place to help her students learn how to teach functional living skills.  Every day, approximately 54 immigrants attend “English as a second language” class at the church.  The program is a cooperative effort among Black Hawk College, the Secretary of State, Rock Island School District, the Regional Office of Education Lights ON, Rock Island Library, and the Church of Peace.

Dr. Terry Schlabach and Dr. Urish say their students are teaching the refugees such skills as reading a recipe, writing a check, using a phonebook, understanding clothing sizes, and using US currency.  Since this is the Halloween season, the students decided to do a self-care drive and collect items such as shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes to put in a bag to give to each of the refugees.  Kelsey Nolan, a first year student in the St. Ambrose Master of Occupational Therapy program, sent emails to family and friends seeking money to buy the toiletries.  “I felt personally compelled to do.  I admire the determination with which the family literacy program participants work to better their own lives and the lives of their loved ones.  I figure the least I can do is help to provide for some of their basic needs”.

The “treat bags” will be handed out to the students on October 25th at 11:00.  The media is invited to attend the event and interview teachers, students and the immigrants.  The students are from many countries with the majority being from Myanmar (used to be called Burma), Iraq, and Africa (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania).

WHO:  Quad City Immigrants
WHAT:  “Special Care” treat bags distribution
WHEN:  October 25, 2011 at 11:00 am
WHERE:  Church of Peace  1114 12 Street    Rock Island, IL  61201

 
Teen Groups Meet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jan LaRoche   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:09

Teen Advisory Group

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Group at the Moline Public Library. Help plan programs, give input about what books and materials to add to the collection, make friends, and have fun. We meet the first Thursday of the month, and the next meeting is Thursday, November 3 at 3:30 in the Platinum Room. This program is free and no registration is necessary. For more information call 309-524-2440 or visit us at 3210 - 41st Street, Moline, IL 61265 or online at http://www.molinelibrary.com.

Teen Writers Group

Teen and Young Adult writers are invited to the Moline Public Library on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. Bring a few short items to share with the group, get feedback, and learn some new tricks. The next meeting will be on Monday, November 14 at 7:00. This program is free and no registration is necessary. For more information call 309-524-2440 or visit us at 3210 - 41st Street, Moline, IL 61265 or online at http://www.molinelibrary.com.

Anime Club

Teen and Young Adult fans of anime, manga, and all things Japanese are invited to the Moline Public Library the third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 for Anime Club. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 15 at 3:30. This program is free and no registration is necessary. For more information call 309-524-2440 or visit us at 3210 - 41st Street, Moline, IL 61265 or online at http://www.molinelibrary.com.

Teen Book Club

The Moline Public Library’s Teen Book Club will discuss The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00. Read the book. See the movie. Discuss with friends. This program is free and open to students in grades 6-12. If you are interested in attending please contact Jan LaRoche at 309-524-2478 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information call 309-524-2440 or visit us at 3210 - 41st Street, Moline, IL 61265 or online at http://www.molinelibrary.com.

Teen Writers Group

Teen and Young Adult writers are invited to the Moline Public Library on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. Bring a few short items to share with the group, get feedback, and learn some new tricks. The next meeting will be on Monday, November 28 at 7:00. This program is free and no registration is necessary. For more information call 309-524-2440 or visit us at 3210 - 41st Street, Moline, IL 61265 or online at http://www.molinelibrary.com.

 
QC Festival Looking to Move PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gregory Schmidt   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 13:34
The annual Four-Kingdoms Renaissance & Pirate Fest that went on hiatus, this year, is looking for a potential new site.

"I'm thinking we need a more adaptable site where we could build in permanent infrastructure," states the event's founder Gregory Schmidt of Festivals International. "The folks at the KOA Camelot Campgrounds in Rock Island were great to work with through the years, but they have their own on-going space needs and physical limitations for what could become of this event."

Schmidt enlisted Mr. Bruce Eyton of Sword-in-the-Stone Productions out of Minneapolis to try shifting the festival from the front campgrounds area to the primitive back meadow in 2010. He accomplished the task of re-inventing the olde-school type of Renaissance faire with no running water nor electricity.
The weather turned out ideal, but we'd still be working under the threat of future water and mud conditions, because that portion of the property is on a designated flood plane," Eyton observes.

The two producers have begun the search in the Quad Cities for a new site, where they could start to build a stand-alone event complex with a dining pavilion, jousting arena and castle facade.

Gregory Schmidt currently produces the Iowa Renaissance Festival at the Amana Colonies, the Des Moines Renaissance Faire, the Nebraska Renaissance Faire and the Midlands Pirate Festival. He also produces documentaries and independent movies.

Anyone interested in working with them on this endeavor can contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tel. (641) 357-5177.

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