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Fejervary Learning Center Opens on Earth Day! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:52
FEJERVARY LEARNINGCENTER

Opens Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 22 - 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 7pm

Fejervary Learning Center will open for the season on April 22, 2014.

Opening hours are 10am-2pm and 5pm-7pm.  Admission is free.

For opening day, we will have crafts and reading time by mother goose.  Explore the natural playground by digging for fossils, build a fort, make some music and much more. In the evening will have the model train running for all to enjoy. Come see the new additions to the train garden. A great place for kids to have fun and experience nature!

Fejervary Learning Center, 1800 W 12th Street, Davenport

 
Governor Quinn Releases First-Ever Illinois Bike Transportation Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:03

Plan Formally Makes Bicycles Part of Illinois’ Long-Range Transportation Vision

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced the release of the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan – the first statewide bicycle plan in Illinois’ history. The bike plan provides the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with policies, best practices and strategic direction for implementing a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system across Illinois. The plan is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“The Illinois Bike Transportation Plan will help develop a safer and more efficient transportation system for everyone who rides a bike in our state,” Governor Quinn said. “In Illinois we pride ourselves on our 21st century transportation system, and this plan will guide our future work to expand access to this safe, cost-effective and green form of transportation.”

The bike plan provides more than 200 recommendations and action items to enhance IDOT’s ability to provide safe and cost-effective accommodations for cyclists across Illinois. The comprehensive recommendations address a variety of topics including facility design and maintenance, network gaps, grant funding programs, safety education and enforcement, and internal governance and coordination. In addition, the plan includes performance measures designed to evaluate progress towards implementation.

“The Illinois Bike Transportation Plan is framed around five key principles: safety, connectivity, access, choice and collaboration,” Secretary Schneider said. “These principles helped guide the development of the plan and will be instrumental to implementation. The plan will ensure that Illinois remains a model of excellence in sustainable transportation.”

In developing the plan, IDOT staged an extensive, multi-faceted outreach effort. Approximately 4,000 individuals, 60 local agencies, 50 non-profits and 11 educational institutions provided input via face-to-face meetings, webinars, social media and online surveys. The input received from these stakeholders helped determine final recommendations and provides a framework for future collaboration moving forward.

The complete plan and accompanying technical documents can be found online at www.IllinoisBikePlan.com.

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Governor Quinn Honors Jackie Robinson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:43

Barrier-Breaking Baseball Player Was American Icon

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today honored Jackie Robinson and the remarkable impact the legendary baseball player and civil rights icon had on American culture. Today marks the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut at Ebbets Field, breaking the color barrier in the major leagues. The Governor today released the following statement:

“Jackie Robinson served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and as an icon for equal rights throughout his life.

“He proved that working hard, perseverance and standing up for what you believe in are what count in life, and we must honor his legacy.

“Jackie believed that ‘life is not a spectator sport,’ and he lived his life with that in mind. He broke the color barrier in the major leagues, became the first black MVP and took his team to the World Series. At the same time, he fought for black athletes and Americans of all colors and creeds to be treated equally. This is why his number was retired by the MLB and why he received two of our nation’s highest honors – the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Jackie Robinson is a true American hero.”

Jackie Robinson was born in 1919 in Cairo, Ga., to a family of sharecroppers. In 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, becoming an officer, but his career changed in 1944 when he refused to sit in the back of a military bus. All charges were later dropped and he received an honorary discharge. Later, he began a career in baseball and eventually broke the color barrier in baseball’s major leagues when he started playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He was a key part to the Brooklyn Dodgers World Series Championship in 1955, and he was the first black MVP in 1949. In addition, Robinson fought for his fellow black athletes in the major leagues and for civil rights for all before the U.S. Congress and the American people. Robinson passed away in 1972.

In 1997 Major League Baseball (MLB) retired his number, 42. In 2004, the MLB began celebrating “Jackie Robinson Day,” wherein all players wear the number to honor his commitment to his sport and his nation. Robinson has now been the subject of major feature films and numerous biographies, with streets, schools and stadiums named in his honor throughout the country.

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FERRIS WHEEL SPOKES WILL BE SPREAD THIS WEEK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:16
WHO: A six-person crew from Chance Rides, the Ferris wheel manufacturer based in Wichita, Kan., will be working at Modern Woodmen Park. River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser and River Bandits Assistant General Manager of Amusements Mike Clark will both be available for interviews.
WHAT: Phase Two of installation for the Ferris Wheel that will tower 110 feet above the Modern Woodmen Park playing field. Another River Bandits logo sign will be mounted on the LeClaire Park side of the wheel. In addition, the electrical cabinet will be installed behind the scoreboard, and the wheel's spokes will be spread out into a complete circle.
WHERE: Installation will happen behind the left field berm (east end) Modern Woodmen Park. This area may be more visible from east of the stadium in LeClaire Park.
WHEN (*Weather permitting*): Tuesday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 16.
WHY: The Ferris wheel will highlight an amusement lineup to include a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist,” an expanded 300-foot long zip line, an auto-belay rock climbing wall, and many other new games and attractions planned for Modern Woodmen Park.

 
RIVER BANDITS-WHITECAPS POSTPONED MONDAY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 14 April 2014 15:12
Quad Cities and West Michigan will play free doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 14, 2014) – Monday night's game between the Quad Cities River Bandits and West Michigan Whitecaps at Modern Woodmen Park has been postponed due to snow and cold weather. The game will be made up in a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gates will open with free admission at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and any individual tickets for Monday's game may be exchanged at the box office for any remaining 2014 home game.
The free-admission Quad Cities Community Appreciation Night on Tuesday will now feature two free baseball games. When the gates open at 4:30 p.m., everyone can walk into Modern Woodmen Park for free. All regular individual (non-season ticket) seating is first-come, first-served. Tuesday night is also presented by WOC and Q106.5.
Quad Cities (5-5) and West Michigan (6-4) are scheduled to play a pair of seven-inning games Tuesday. It will be the third doubleheader of the season for the River Bandits, and the first of the season for the Whitecaps. Game 1 will feature River Bandits left-hander Kent Emanuel (0-0) against Whitecaps right-hander Jeff Thompson (0-0). Game 2 will is scheduled to have River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (1-1) against Whitecaps left-hander Kevin Ziomek (0-1).
UP NEXT: Everyone is invited for free to the 5:30 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday on Quad Cities Community Appreciation Night at Modern Woodmen Park. To order any of the ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
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