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Goldmans Donate Properties to Rock Island Economic Growth PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 07:35

The Goldman family has donated six properties in the 1600 block of Second Avenue to Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation. Stanley and Ann Goldman, owners of Hyman's Furniture Store, were honored Friday for their contributions to the community, including the recent property donations. The properties, valued at nearly half a million dollars, are slated to become a business incubator and housing.

Deserters or War Resisters?: “Breaking Ranks,” June 29 at the Bettendorf Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:00

Some people call them "deserters," while others choose the nobler-sounding words "war resisters." The term you use almost certainly betrays how you feel.

But the issue is more complicated than it was 40 years ago. The political climate in Canada has changed since the Vietnam war, and American soldiers who move to Canada today are in legal limbo - and appear increasingly likely to be deported. And with no draft now, those who serve in the United States military volunteered; a decision to renege on that commitment strikes many people as cowardly.

Woodcarvers’ Show Moves to Bettendorf PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 06:03

After being in Davenport for 42 years, the International Woodcarvers Congress is moving its annual show to Bettendorf's new Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center. The event runs Thursday, June 25, through Sunday, June 28, and is the longest-running and most-prestigious competitively judged woodcarving art show in existence. Featuring exhibits from all over the United States, Canada, and some countries overseas, the show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 2021 State Street. Admission is $4, but children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit

Summer’s Hottest Wines: Tapping the Trends for Your Warm-Weather Pleasure PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nancy Rosetti   
Monday, 22 June 2009 10:56

Though wine-making has been around for thousands of years, it is still susceptible (much like fashion) to trends, often driven by marketing and buzz. Remember the movie Sideways and the mad rush to a quiet little varietal known as Pinot Noir?

To get a better sense of where people's palettes are lately, it was helpful to attend the International Wine & Spirits event at the National Restaurant Association show held in May. The show is considered to be the most comprehensive of its kind, and is open only to people in the trade. It showcases both existing and emerging wine labels and is a great place to get a sense of what's hot.

St. Anthony's Begins $1.8-Million Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 13:22

St. Anthony's Catholic Church (at 417 North Main Street in Davenport) broke ground on Sunday, June 14, on a new multipurpose hall, an education center, a gathering center, parish offices, a warming kitchen, a patio, and a distribution window out of which meals will be served to the homeless and underprivileged. The $1.8-million expansion project will be completed by June 2010. For more information on St. Anthony's, visit

The Iowa Finance Authority has been awarded $73 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Treasury to ease pressure on the housing market. The Treasury Department will work with state housing agencies to jump-start the development or renovation of qualified affordable housing for families across the country.

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