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"President’s Speech Inspiring: We Remain Vigilant, Want Timeline” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Veronica Resa   
Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:11
CHICAGO, ILL – Yesterday, President Obama stated his plans to fix the “broken immigration” process here in the United States, calling for “commonsense” immigration reform. While we applaud the bipartisan efforts by our U.S. Senators and the President, the concern is that special interests will prevail and Congress will veto the legislation.

In response, GAMALIEL’S Executive Director Ana Garcia-Ashley and Salvadore C. Cerna, President of Civil Rights for Immigrants, have issued the following statement:

"As former immigrants, in a nation built by immigrants, we are inspired to hear our President reveal his core principles for immigration reform that will pave the way to legal citizenship for 11 million people who currently live in the shadows of American life, but we welcome the announcement with circumspection and watchfulness.


After all, it has been more than ten years waiting for this news to arrive. Now that it is finally here, it seems surreal because it has been a decade of immigrant bashing, political jargon, broken promises and shredded dreams.


As the process moves forward, we will look to President Obama for true leadership, and to our Congress to repair a wrong that is way overdue. We need immigration reform that places working individuals, as well as families first; one that will preserve human dignity, protect civil rights and accomplish legal citizenship in a timely and just manner.    

Time and time again, independent polls show that the public, by and large, supports comprehensive immigration reform that holds employers accountable, stops the exploitation of the vulnerable and pays a living wage. We want Congress to take note that their efforts will be monitored closely by GAMALIEL and others like us.


To this end, GAMALIEL will kick off its “Dream For All” campaign on February 6, 2013 in dozens of cities around the country.  Together, GAMALIEL, community leaders, elected officials and clergy will gather to speak out in support of comprehensive reform now.  We will remain vigilant and demand a comprehensive, legal and fair process conducted in a timely manner.”


God Bless,


Ana Garcia-Ashley                                Salvadore C. Cerna

Executive Director                                President of Civil Rights for Immigrants

Gamaliel                       Gamaliel

Gamaliel is a national network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in 17 U.S. states, South Africa and the United Kingdom that organizes to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities. Gamaliel is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:44

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts stage will feature a wide variety of events in February 2013, giving members of the community many opportunities to participate in performances and enjoy cultural offerings.

The schedule includes:

  • ·        City Circle Acting Company of Coralville’s production of the Tony-Award winning musical Urinetown, playing February 1-10 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a Gotham –like city where a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets.   Citizens must use public amenities regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging for one of humanity’s most basic needs.  Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!  Directed by Jesse Jensen.  Tickets are $12 - $27.
  • ·        Between weekends of Urinetown, City Circle also presents the 2013 New Play Festival, featuring 9 short plays centering on family bonds and making connections in our contemporary lives.  Playwrights featured are Terry Riley, Rand Higbee, Barbara Lau, Matt Crowley, Matthew Falduto, Brian Tanner, Anthony G. Craine, Greg Freier, and Kent Forsberg.  All nine have strong Iowa ties, and Lau, Falduto, Tanner, Craine, Freier, and Forsberg all currently live in Iowa.  Performances are Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30pm; tickets are $10.
  • ·        Wickham’s Got Talent features talented Wickham Elementary students in a PTO fundraiser.  Wednesday, February 13 at 6pm. 
  • ·        On Thursday, February 14 at 6:30pm, Van Allen Elementary students will present a general music program featuring 5th and 6th grade students.  The Wickham and Van Allen events are part of the CCPA’s program offering free use of the theater to Coralville schools.
  • ·        On Sunday, February 17, the CCPA “Movie and Music” series continues with a showing of the 1959 film Some Like It Hot, featuring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.  Prior to the movie, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center’s Silver Swing Band will perform a set.  Concert at 2pm; movie at 3pm.  Tickets are $6.
  • ·        West Music presents Doctors in Concert, a benefit performance for the UI Children’s Hospital.  Local physicians and medical professionals will showcase their musical talents with solos and ensembles featuring pianists, vocalists, and various instrumentalists.  Kirk and Mary Ferentz will be the guest announcers.  Tickets are $25; $15 for students with ID.
  • ·        Regina High School presents Grease February 28-March 3.  Join Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 in this rollicking musical.  Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm.  Tickets are $10 - $22.

Further information on these events and details on other upcoming events are available at 

Tickets for most CCPA events are available by phone at 319.248.9370, online at, and in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. 

Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events.  The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Jim McDonough, MetroMix Chorus, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others.  Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 13 school events took place at the Center in 2012. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Scott County Board of Supervisor's Tentative Agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Berge   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:24
Tuesday, January 29, 2013Committee of the Whole  -   8:00 amBoard Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center1. Roll Call:  Hancock, Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack, EarnhardtFacilities & Economic Development2. Approval of the first of two readings of ordinance to rezone a 4.72 acre parcel located in part of the SE¼SE¼ and the SW¼SE¼ of Section 7 and part of the NW¼NE¼ and the NE¼NE¼ of Section 18 all in Pleasant Valley Township from conditional Commercial and Light Industrial (C-2), with a landscaping only use condition, to Commercial and Light Industrial (C-2), without a landscaping only use restriction. (Item 2)3. Approval of the second and final reading of ordinance to rezone approximately 5 acres from Agricultural-Preservation District (A-P) to Agriculture Service Floating Zone (A-F) in the southwesterly corner (precisely the west 600 feet of the south 365 feet) of the SW¼SW¼ of Section 18 in Butler Township.  (Item 3)4. Approval of authorization for County Engineer to make necessary road closures.  (Item 4)5. Approval of policy for Purchase of Right of Way for 2013.  (Item 5) Human Resources6. Approval of classification and staffing adjustments for FSS.  (Item 6)7. Discussion of pending litigation pursuant to Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c). - CLOSED SESSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:00 A.M.8. Approval of personnel actions.  (Item 8)Finance & Intergovernmental9. Approval of purchase of Websense Security Service.  (Item 9)10. Approval of purchase of HP Server and Storage Maintenance.  (Item 10)11. Approval of contract amendment with BerryDunn for ERP implementation and project oversight services.  (Item 11) 12. Approval of abatement of property taxes.  (Item 12)13. Approval of boards and commission appointments.  (Item 13)14. Approval of setting a public hearing for February 14 at 5:30 p.m. for an amendment to the County's current FY13 Budget.  (Item 14)15. Approval of authorization for the filing and publication of the budget estimate for FY14 and setting a public hearing for February 14 at 5:30 p.m.  (Item 15)16. Discussion of Administration FY14 budget presentation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 A.M.17. Other items of interest.Thursday, January 31, 2013Regular Board Meeting  -   5:30 pmBoard Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

Wartburg production of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ to be performed in DeWitt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vanessa McNeely   
Friday, 25 January 2013 08:22
DeWITT, Iowa — The Wartburg Players and Wartburg College music department are bringing the Cole Porter musical masterpiece, “Kiss Me, Kate,” to DeWitt’s Central Performing Arts Center Saturday, Feb. 2.

A cast of 30 Wartburg students and one chemistry professor will perform Porter’s biggest Broadway hit —featuring a play (William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”) within a play. All tickets are $10 for the 7:30 p.m. performance.

“Kiss Me, Kate” debuted in 1948 as Porter’s first musical with a scripted storyline and won the first Tony Award for best musical. Fifty years later, it won another Tony for best musical revival.

The plot involves the egotistical producer, director and star of a foundering touring company. He recruits his ex-wife, a movie-star diva, to save his musical adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy. Mismatched lovers and gambling debts owed gangsters, who  also portray actors in the musical, add to the mischief.

“It’s a big Broadway musical,” said Dr. William Earl, associate professor of communication arts who directs the Wartburg Players theater group. “It’s one of the great war horses of theater with all the elements — terrific music and dancing, gangsters, and backstage and onstage intrigue.”

Describing a recent revival of the musical, a critic wrote, “Cole Porter's unbeatable songs, divas, gangsters, dancing, jokes, and even Shakespeare make ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ all that it is … pure fun.”

Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, associate professor of voice, is teaming with Earl to present the latest in an annual series of Wartburg musicals. A number of the student performers are veterans of the 2010 production of “Oliver” and the 2011 opera workshop. “Kiss Me, Kate” will be performed at Wartburg College Feb. 21-23.

Mariah Driscoll, a freshman from DeWitt, is in the chorus.

Tickets are available at DeWitt City Hall, the Central Administration Building and online at


Fred Graham/Petrucchio:  Christopher Kurt, senior, Independence
Lilli Vanessi/Kate:  Anne Bomgaars, senior, Sheldon
Lois Lane/Bianca:  Cailee Whitefield, junior, San Antonio, Texas
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio:  Gregory DiMarco, junior, Mason City
Harrison Howell:  Denis Drolet, associate professor chemistry
First Man (Gangster):  Maddie Paxton, senior, Milford
Second Man (Gangster):  Jenna Buhr, senior, Cedar Rapids
Harry Trevor/Baptista:  Andrew Tubbs, sophomore, Des Moines
Hattie:  Lauren Matysik, junior, Miramar Beach, Fla.
Paul:  Justin Cervantes, junior, Cedar Rapids
Gremio:  Kyle Harms, sophomore, Independence


Soprano — Emma Hellevik, junior, Medford, Minn.; Mariah Driscoll, freshman, DeWitt; Mackenzie Walsh, sophomore, San Antonio, Texas; Carrie Pont, freshman, Oelwein.
Alto — Erin Gleason, freshman, Platteville, Wis.; Haley Flores, senior, Dysart; Elizabeth Jewitt, freshman, Round Lake Heights, Ill.; Gregena Heard, junior, East St. Louis, Ill.; Alexandria Plumb, freshman, Spirit Lake.
Tenor — Trent Teske, sophomore, New Providence; Michael Sauer, sophomore, LeMars; Koby Edler, sophomore, Fairbank; Chad Nelsen, sophomore, Rock Valley; Drew Peeler, sophomore, Indianola.
Bass — Brady Frieden, freshman, Donahue; Sam Miller, sophomore, Ida Grove; Myles Finn, sophomore, Manchester; Connor Koppin, senior, Mason City; Ben Sande, junior, Adel.

Wartburg Players cast members Christopher Kurt and Anne Bomgaars have the lead roles in ‘Kiss Me, Kate,” the Cole Porter musical that will be performed 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at DeWitt’s Central Performing Arts Center.


For more information, contact Saul Shapiro, Wartburg College Office of Marketing and
Communication, 319 352-8379 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upcoming Performances of Ballet QC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Friday, 18 January 2013 09:25
Love Stories


February 16th

1:00pm & 7:30pm

Scottish Rite Cathedral

Moline, IL





Saturday, April 20th

1:00pm & 7:30pm

Adler Theater  Davenport, IA




Ballet Under the Stars


Our Gift to the Community

Friday, June 7th

Saturday, June 8th

Sunday, June 9th

Lincoln Park Theater

Rock Island, IL






Mark your calendar!



* beer, spirits & wine tasting

* silent auction

up close & personal jazz performance "Black Coffee" choreographed by Margaret Huling

March 8, 2013


* Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 2rd Street, Davenport, IA

* $40 per person

* Call in your reservation today!

* 309-786-3779

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