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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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KENOSHA ⏤ Dist. 10 Alderman Anthony Kennedy has withdrawn his proposed ordinance updating the city's face mask response during the COVID-19 pandemic.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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Small Projects Relocation Plan on City Council agenda for displaced 16th Avenue homeowners

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Relocations a result of extension plan for street, affecting eight properties KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the City Council will discuss an agreement for a small projects relocation plan affecting approximately two homeowners, eight properties and nine residents as a result of the 16th Avenue ROW Project in Uptown. The meeting will take place tonight (Aug. 2) [...]

Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: ‘As long as my community is well fed’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Since I've taken on the role of a community, independent journalist, I have known much encouraging and, frankly, needed support ⏤ both for the Observer and "Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson". However, people have also pressured me to put down other independents, like Koerri Elijah, and treat them as competition. While I [...]

Licenses and Permits: Liquor license shortage an issue for committee

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KENOSHA ⏤ On Monday evening, the Licenses and Permits Committee faced an issue that is bound to happen in a city with many taverns: There are only a few liquor licenses left.  Kenosha Licenses and Permits Committee Chairman Ald. Curt Wilson told those in attendance as much at the 4:30 p.m. meeting. His comments came [...]

City meetings and open mics on tonight’s docket

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KENOSHA ⏤ Another Monday, another evening of city leaders meeting to make decisions for the people and music pervading the downtown area.  Licenses and Permits Committee meeting Starting at 4:30 p.m., the city’s Licenses and Permits Committee will meet on the second floor of the Kenosha Municipal Building, 625 52nd St.  Tonight’s agenda includes the [...]

Tonight in Kenosha: City Council meets; Fusion and Rustic host open mics

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, local residents can attend an in-person Kenosha Common Council meeting, then head just a few blocks away in either direction for open mics at Fusion and Rustic Road. Common Council meeting tonight Tonight, the Kenosha Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. As of its last meeting, the council has returned to [...]

Observer on the Scene: Live at Kenosha COR, city meetings

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KENOSHA ⏤ The Observer has been on the scene of government meetings and also a few announcements recently ⏤ including the move of the Great Lakes Brew Fest. Kenosha COR debut (July 7, 2021) Last week, Kenosha Coalition Organizing for Resolution hosted its initial press conference introducing itself to the community.  During the conference, leaders [...]

Tonight’s meetings (July 12, 2021): City committees discuss licenses, upcoming events

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the city’s Licenses and Permits, Parks, Public Works and other committees will meet to discuss bartender's licenses and approve upcoming events. Licenses and Permits Starting at 4:30 p.m., the Licenses and Permits Committee will consider approving the new bartender’s licenses of Aimee Alvarez, Caitlyn Amezquita, Arlene Forte and also Alexis Rendon.  However, [...]

KCOR hoping to help stop violence before police intervention

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KENOSHA ⏤ A new community group ⏤ Kenosha Coalition Organizing for Resolution (KCOR) ⏤ hopes to de-escalate situations before they reach the point of violence and police involvement in the city. On Wednesday, KCOR held a press conference in Civic Center Park to introduce themselves to the community. Watch the full conference below. https://www.facebook.com/theuptownobserver/videos/397053485079759/ What [...]

Thompson’s Take (Opinion): The wrong people are excited about Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood

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Lately, when I think about the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood project near Uptown Kenosha, I return to the same thought: The wrong people are excited about this. See, I’ve obviously been following developments on it, and recently, I attended the public input session on the project at the old Brown Bank Building. Now, I acknowledge the [...]

Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood input session held in Uptown

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tuesday evening, Smith Group and the city of Kenosha held an input session with the community on the design of the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood near Uptown. The session, held at the former Brown Bank Building at 2216 63rd St., started at 5 p.m. KIN info session setup https://youtu.be/2FEvvPXZxoQ A walk through the input session [...]

Kenosha Parks Commission approvals signal return of canceled events

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KENOSHA ⏤ Summer 2021 is shaping up to be a return to normal along the Kenosha lakefront concerning summer events after Parks Commission votes Monday night. On Monday evening, the Kenosha Parks Commission unanimously approved the locations and times of: The Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade: June 27, Navy Park;Let Freedom Ring: July 4, Pennoyer Park;Tuesdays [...]

Paff says federal government ‘bankrupting America’ as other alderpersons support Biden jobs plan

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KENOSHA ⏤ In what has become a routine at City Council meetings, Dist. 6 Ald. David Paff not only voted in opposition of nearly all his colleagues, but also used his comments to denounce the federal government and President Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan. Paff’s statements came during discussion of a resolution supporting the jobs [...]