Renaissance Rock Island last week hosted the 20th-annual "Hard Hat" celebration at Jumer's Casino & Hotel. The event recognizes investment in the community and thanks those who have helped strengthen Rock Island. Award-winners included Chippiannock Cemetery, Greenbush Neighbors, Keep Rock Island Beautiful, Handy True Value, Hughes Tire & Battery, Quad Cities Woodturners, Spirit Partners, Trinity Regional Health System, Virdi Eye Clinic, Jumer's Casino & Hotel, Phil Dennis, Anita Adams, and Mark Schwiebert. For more information, visit


Moline's Centre Station, located across from the i wireless Center in downtown Moline, has been recommended as the Quad Cities Amtrak Station. Based on this recommendation - part of a recently completed Metropolitan Rail Study - the proposed Amtrak route would start at Centre Station and end at Chicago's Union Station. The City of Moline will move forward in developing plans for the station. The Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition is advocating on behalf of the region for restored passenger-rail service. Amtrak service from Chicago to the Quad Cities is the linchpin for an extended route being planned to Iowa City and Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. More information about the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition is available at


AmeriCorps is working with the City of Davenport and surrounding communities to restore Nahant March and Credit Island to pre-flood conditions. At Credit Island, the team is in charge of repairs to picnic tables, the golf course, and debris removal. In Nahant Marsh, members are helping remove the old dock and build a new boardwalk once the new dock is installed. Other duties include restoring the trail system that runs through the marsh and removing invasive species. For information about AmeriCorps, call (800) 942-2677 or visit


The Riverboat Development Authority Board of Directors approved $978,500 in grants to local organizations on November 19. A total of 48 grants were awarded to 44 different applicants. Among the largest recipients were the River Music Experience ($60,000 for "support for growth/expansion"), United Neighbors Inc. ($60,000 for Summer Park program), Davenport's Levee Improvement Commission ($50,000 for Union Station visitor center), DavenportOne Foundation ($40,000 for D1 Initiative), and the Family Museum of Arts & Science Foundation ($35,000 for QC Great Places Initiative). For more information on the Riverboat Development Authority, visit - Ashley Allen


Area Maintenance Persons (AMPS) of Davenport will be recognized on Wednesday, November 12, at the Davenport City Council meeting for receiving the Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award. AMPS, a group of more than 150 Davenport residents age 50 and older, received the award for daily efforts to clean up litter. One of their recent projects was placing cigarette receptacles at the Davenport skate park and spending time there to educate users of the park about the importance of proper disposal of litter. For more information on AMPS and the award, visit


The City of Davenport is hosting three public forums for the community to learn more about the work of the Promise Task Force and its recommendations to the city. The Davenport Promise program would provide college tuition, vocational training, or a post-military-service homestead grant to Davenport residents after high school. The forums are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, in the Genesis East Adler Educational Center (inside the Heart Institute Building); 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at the Davenport downtown library; and 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, at Central High School in Davenport. For more information, visit and click on "Davenport Promise."


River Action has launched an interactive Retain the Rain online calculator that helps people find out how to control stormwater runoff from a home or business. They can also calculate the amount of water runoff saved by implementing Retain the Rain projects such as rain gardens, native plantings, prairie restorations, runnels, porous paving, bioswales, and green roofs. To get started, visit


Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert has incorporated a new feature into city-council meetings. Called Update Rock Island, the mayor will spend five minutes at the beginning of council meetings to publicize community news. Items could include new programs and initiatives in the city, awards, new businesses and expansions, and community events. A video will be available Tuesdays following council meetings on the city's Web site ( and public-access cable channel 9. A written summary will be available on the Web site and sent to local media. To receive the information via e-mail, sign up at


Credit Island Park reopened on Saturday, October 4. The park has been closed most of the season due to flooding. The golf course will remain closed until spring 2009. Traffic limitations are posted, and the lodge is closed until further renovations can be completed. Two park restrooms are open until the arrival of freezing weather, and two playgrounds are renovated and open. Three park shelters may be used but will not be available for rental until next season.


MetroLINK, the mass-transit system for the Illinois Quad Cities, has re-branded itself as "Metro" and is rolling out changes to encourage more Quad Citians to go green. These will include a new slogan, logo, bus-stop signs, graphics for the buses, and an Internet micro-site. Metro offers a green transportation option for the Quad Cities; half of its fleet consists of compressed-natural-gas buses, which reduce emissions of exhaust pollutants by 70 to 85 percent. For more information, call (309) 788-3360 or visit or the microsite at