Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Peoria Times Observer now delivered with PJStar in 61614 area code

This morning as usual I opened up my daily PJStar, and lo and behold, there was a Times Observer inside! I tried to figure out if this had happened somehow by chance, or if it was a new method of delivery.

So I e-mailed my Facebook buddy and Time Observer editor DeWayne Bartels and asked him to shine a little light on this phenomenon.

DeWayne replied that the Times Observor is now being delivered inside the 61614 area code. It is an experiment, for now, he said.

I like it! You know the idea of 2 newspapers working together in cooperation to face a tough economic environment kind of warms the cockles of my heart.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Peoria Honors its Neighborhood Do-ers

A good friend of mine used to say there are two kinds of people in the world - Givers, and Takers. Well tonight was a night for givers as Peoria honored those among us who work double time to make our neighborhoods cleaner and safer.

The 13th Annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards took place this evening at the Civic Center. The evening was well planned and moved quickly.

The stories were uplifting and abundant. Neighbors helping neighbors, families giving up their weekends, local businesses providing advice and financial resources, individuals standing up to crime and drug houses, city leaders responding to needs for stop lights, signage and other neighborhood concerns.

It was a showcase of resourcefulness, hard work and commitment- a very uplifting message. We do not have to surrender our neighborhoods to crime and neglect. The nominees tonight are an outstanding example of the alternative to flight!

Congrats to all the award winners, and also to those who don't win awards but work everyday to help and improve their community!

For more photos and details of the award winners please visit my Facebook page.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Roger Monroe "grades" District 150 at The Community Word

Roger Monroe of recent "Royce and Roger" fame demonstrates he's still "got it" as he fires off his opinion regarding the closing of Woodruff High School by the Peoria District 150 School Board several weeks ago.

The entire article can be read here at The Community Word, where he "grades" the Board of Education members and their vote.

An interesting nugget of information contained in the article is that Woodruff's closure is not necessarily a "done deal" and hopefully Mr. Hinton isn't down at the barnyard counting fowl yet.

I've heard rumblings that Woodruff Alum will be fighting the decision and Roger lay-ed out a fairly compelling legal premise. Full disclosure: I'm no a lawyer but sleep at Holiday Inn Express on occasion.

One thing is for sure... I won't be joining Mr. Hinton in the barnyard until I hear melodious tunes emanating from a portly female.

Hat tip: Billy Dennis