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


Centre Station, located across from the i wireless Center in downtown
Moline, has been recommended as the Quad Cities Amtrak Station.
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


is working with the City of Davenport and surrounding communities to
restore Nahant March and Credit Island to pre-flood conditions.

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


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


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.
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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.
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.


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.
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