Observer Captures Kenosha: Sept. 24 through Oct. 3, 2021

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Kenosha never leaves me wanting for scenes to capture with my camera. In fact, I can regularly photograph music, art or comedy events, as well as simply beautiful views along the harbor. Over the last week, I caught some writing I hadn't noticed before on the rocks along the lakefront. I've always found the different [...]

Thompson’s Take (Opinion): ‘You’re a good kid, buddy’

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Today, I had a moment that has led me down a rabbit hole of sorts.  Observer Founder Daniel Thompson I serve as a part-time elementary literacy tutor in the mornings now, and one of my students has had a tough week. And though he missed our session, I saw him standing in the doorway of [...]

Wilmot, Pleasant Prairie COVID-19 testing sites open in Kenosha County

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Wisconsin National Guard will offer free, drive-through COVID-19 testing Thursday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 1, in Wilmot. The testing site ⏤ active from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days ⏤ will sit on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111th St. Organizers ask that residents seeking testing enter through the [...]

Carthage students, All Energy Solar hope residents harness chance to go green

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KENOSHA ⏤ Carthage College junior Sophie Shulman’s journey into advocating for green energy and solar panels started with a thought: Why doesn’t Carthage have a wind turbine? Now, Shulman, a music and marketing major, has launched a project with solar panel company All Energy Solar to increase local panels. Shulman is currently working with the [...]

ICYMI: Organizers hold first-ever Kenosha Orgullo Hispano (Hispanic Heritage) Festival

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KENOSHA ⏤ For the first time, organizers hosted Kenosha’s Hispanic Heritage (Orgullo Hispano) Festival, which packed the area around Kenosha Creative Space on Sept. 17. Midwest DJ Productions, Lomeli Butcher Shop and also Kenosha Creative Space joined together to put the festival on. As a result, the inaugural Festival Orgullo Hispano filled downtown with dancing [...]

Observer Conversations: James Simmons for Kenosha County Sheriff

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Editor's note: As the Observer wishes to be fair to all candidates, if there is another sheriff candidate who would also like to sit down for an interview on camera, I am more than happy to oblige. Please email me at dthompson@theuptownobserver.com. KENOSHA ⏤ When Kenoshans think of Kenosha County Sheriff candidate James Simmons, he [...]

In the Kenosha Crowd: Photos in the city June – August, part 1

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If you've noticed a green hat bobbing through a crowd at a local music, government or creative arts event, you've seen me take photos of our city life. And, in the past few months, I've found myself all over our home. I found myself at the Juneteenth celebration near Regimen Barber Collective. I spent a [...]

Tonight’s meeting: City Council to address alternative crowd control, TIDs

KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the Kenosha Common Council will vote on crowd-control alternatives for police and a couple of tax incremental districts (TIDs) Mayor John Antaramian is proposing.  Notably missing from tonight’s agenda, however, is Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony Kennedy’s recent face mask regulation proposal. Kennedy decided to pull that proposed resolution ⏤ crafted in response [...]

Supervisor Jerry Gulley announces bid for Kenosha County Executive

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Editor's note: This article has been modified to correct an error. County Board Supervisor Jerry Gulley was elected in 2020. KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Late Tuesday evening, County Board Supervisor Jerry Gulley officially announced that he will run for Kenosha County Executive in 2022. The current county executive, Jim Kreuser, is retiring at the end of [...]

Kenosha police release image, seek ‘person of interest’ in death investigation

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KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha Police Department has released the image of a man sought in connection with a death at a home near 75th Street and 29th Avenue Tuesday.  Tuesday night, police released an image of Roberto Andino ⏤ 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 240 pounds. Police are also seeking Andino on an [...]

County public health, Grace again offering incentives at Thursday clinic

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Editor’s note: Daniel Thompson has volunteered at previous Grace Welcome Center pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics. He also received his COVID-19 vaccination at the center. This is simply a disclosure of that past relationship. You can read about his personal vaccination experience here.  KENOSHA ⏤ Grace Welcome Center, Kenosha County Public Health and the state are [...]

Alderman pulls mask ordinance ahead of City Council meeting

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KENOSHA ⏤ Dist. 10 Alderman Anthony Kennedy has withdrawn his proposed ordinance updating the city's face mask response during the COVID-19 pandemic. City officials announced Kennedy's decision on the ordinance, which had packed two meetings full of protesters, in a press release sent Friday. The city of Kenosha's press release announcing Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony [...]

Kenosha County to celebrate 101 years of women’s right to vote Sept. 8

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KENOSHA ⏤ Next week, the Kenosha County Suffrage 100 Committee will be holding its celebration of 101 years of women’s right to vote on Sept. 8.  The event ⏤ previously delayed due to inclement weather last month ⏤ will kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., in [...]

County Public Health, Grace hoping incentives increase vaccinations

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KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health officials and Grace Welcome Center are hoping incentives will increase turnout tomorrow at their COVID-19 vaccination clinic.  The pop-up clinic ⏤ located at Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St. ⏤ will start at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 2). The clinic will end at 9:15 a.m. Cash, gift card vaccination incentives [...]

Kenosha Uptown’s Days of Healing kicks off today with ‘Spirituals United’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Beginning today with a prayer walk event, and over the next several days, Uptown Kenosha will be focused on one thing: healing.  The result of a collaboration between several local organizations and business ⏤ including Bellissima’s Boutique, Hot Mess Studios LLC, Kenosha Beauty Supply, Jockey and S’Lush Daiquiri Lounge and Grill ⏤ the [...]

Tonight: A COVID-19 mask ordinance recreation and open mics

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the Kenosha City Council will once again briefly wade into the face mask ordinance waters as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on throughout Kenosha County.  During tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 625 52nd St., Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony Kennedy is set to introduce the repealing and recreation of parts of the [...]

County Executive Kreuser announces members of Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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KENOSHA ⏤ On Wednesday, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser announced the seven public appointees that will make up the county’s new Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.  The appointees’ service on the commission will begin immediately. However, their official confirmation is pending, based on votes by the County Board on Aug. 17. Kreuser made selection from [...]

Kenosha County deputies respond to 59 calls during Tuesday thunderstorm

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Tuesday night’s thunderstorm downed trees, caused outages and kept Kenosha County deputies running to various calls throughout the night. According to Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. David Wright, the department responded to a total of 59 calls related to Tuesday’s storm.  Deputies responded to the following calls between 7 p.m. and 10 [...]

Few remaining liquor licenses and end of summer events on tonight’s agendas

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, several city of Kenosha committees ⏤ Licenses and Permits, Parks Commission, Public Safety and Welfare, and also Public Works ⏤ will meet to discuss liquor license applications and some end of summer events. Licenses and Permits considers remaining licenses Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Licenses and Permits Committee will meet to approve [...]

On the Scene: Live videos you may have missed

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KENOSHA ⏤ Over the past week, the Uptown Observer has been on the scene of city and county government meetings, a visit by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and, of course, live music. Below, find our live videos from each of the aforementioned local government meetings and Barnes' visit. If you like what you see, remember [...]