After several years of development and project changes, The Quarter riverfront-revitalization project in East Moline is nearly ready to break ground.

Last week, the East Moline City Council directed city staff to begin the process of issuing bonds that will be used for infrastructure improvements to the brownfield development.

The Quad Cities lost a great writer and friend of the written word with the passing of David R. Collins of Moline on Tuesday, July 17, at the age of 61. The short list of his achieve-ments include writing more than 75 published books and being a founding member of Writers Studio, a founder of the Mississippi Valley Writers Conference, and a much-loved teacher of 35 years.

In its first year, the ArtStroll street-fair event in downtown Davenport drew an estimated 2,000 people.

"That's pretty good for a first-year event," said Dean Schroeder, executive director of MidCoast Fine Arts.

At the inaugural ArtStroll, MidCoast Fine Arts and the River Cities' Reader gathered 110 visual artists and their supporters for a group portrait by area photographer Dennis Fretty. Now we're bringing the music community together for a picture at the site of the planned River Music History Center, coming even closer to the spirit of the famous 1958 photograph "A Great Day in Harlem.

• The State of Iowa will become one of the first states in the country to charge for nuclear shipments across state lines. A rule by the Iowa Department of Public Health would charge fees from $250 to $1,750 to ship radioactive materials across the state, depending on the type of material and whether it's shipped by highway or rail.

DavenportOne celebrated its first year in business last week, emphasizing a theme that it is not just for the city's big businesses and their leaders.

At its annual meeting July 11 - attended by nearly 300 members - the organization rolled out a new Web site (http://www.

Tim Sievert's motivation for applying to the Quad City Arts Metro Arts program
was pretty simple: "I was looking for a summer job," said the 18-year-old.

That statement is a bit surprising, because it's easy to forget that these 75 teenagers playing music, dancing, painting, and writing and acting are getting paid; the Metro Arts spread in The District of Rock Island resembles a summer camp.

• The State of Iowa is one of 27 states participating in a lawsuit against Hoechst, a German pharmaceutical company, alleging that the company blocked a generic version of a heart medication from being put on the market.

At a study session on Monday, July 9, Rock Island City Administrator John C. Phillips gave city-council members a "police-chief profile" culled from surveys filled out by citizens, community leaders, and police officers.

• The number of candidates for Davenport Mayor has increased to five with announcements last week from Denise Hollonbeck and Charlie Brooke. Hollonbeck, who made her announcement in front of Davenport City Hall, served seven years on the Davenport School Board, including time as president.

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