Restaurant opened in 2004 1. Centro 2. Granite City 3. Crave Best Restaurant Opened in 2004With its distinctive, New York-style pizzas baked in coal-fired ovens and made-from-scratch Italian dishes with meticulously chosen ingredients, it's little wonder that Centro won readers' hearts in 2004.

Alternative health-care provider 1. Dr. Dennis Hagemann, Hagemann Chiropractic Center 2. Palmer College of Chiropractic & Palmer Chiropractic Clinics 3. Deere Road Chiropractic Ltd. 3.

Community service organization 1. United Way of the Quad Cities Area 2. Gilda's Club Quad Cities 3. American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area Best Community-Service Organization

Local theatre organization 1. Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse 2. Quad-City Music Guild 3. ComedySportz Best Local Theatre Organization

The Mississippi riverfront is Davenport's number-one marketable asset - its front lawn, its Central Park, its Grand Canyon view. Any new or enhanced commercial use of the downtown riverfront requires careful long-range planning that includes comprehensive citizen involvement.

Photo Synthesis

Welcome to a new feature, one that we plan to use to both showcase and prompt artwork. Periodically, we'll publish the photography of Scott A. McMeekan and ask readers to respond to his work in some form. We'll publish the best responses alongside the original photograph in a future issue.

The River Cities' Reader asked candidates in contested Scott and Rock Island county races - from people running from U.S. Senate to county offices - a simple question:

"Compare yourself to and contrast yourself with your opponent(s) in terms of your respective positions on the issues you think will be most important during the next term of the office you're seeking.

Last week, the River Cities' Reader assembled a small group of citizens and community leaders from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the November 2 election. The goal wasn't to talk about specific candidates or races but to put the election in a local context: What do federal, state, and local races mean to the Quad Cities?

The discussion lasted more than an hour, and what follows is a transcript.

• The Open Cities Film Society has announced its schedule for the upcoming year. The season starts on September 10 with George Seaton's 1948 movie Apartment for Peggy and continues with Daniel Mann's Come Back Little Sheba (September 17), Eddie Sutherland's Every Day's a Holiday (September 24), Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night (October 1), and John Ford's Darling Clementine (October 8).

A major milestone is a good occasion to step back and see what's been accomplished. Now in its 20th year, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival has hosted more than 400 performers on its stages. Here's the complete list, not including this year's lineup.

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