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Medical examiner cites increased overdose deaths for third time in 2022

KENOSHA – For the third time this year, Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall is alerting residents to an increase in overdose deaths.  According to a release from Hall received Thursday, the local medical examiner’s office has responded to four overdose deaths since last week. Hall called the recent overdoses “a sad reminder of the … Continue reading Medical examiner cites increased overdose deaths for third time in 2022

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Thompson’s Take: Mental health, drug addiction and a need to do more

Lately, when I consider the Observer, why I founded it and my experiences professionally and in life, I think I started on the wrong foot, quite honestly. You see, I was fresh out of corporate journalism and very much still in the mindset of followers, clicks and trying to cover the “important issues” – which … Continue reading Thompson’s Take: Mental health, drug addiction and a need to do more

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‘Framing and Sobriety’: An observation on how one affects another (podcast)

KENOSHA ⏤ As of Jan. 1, 2022, I am officially five years sober from alcohol, after roughly also a decade of alcoholism/binge drinking. However, while that is a cause for celebration in my life, the milestone leaves me thinking about why it's so hard for many to reach that goal. Therefore, I've identified some things … Continue reading ‘Framing and Sobriety’: An observation on how one affects another (podcast)

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The Social Observer: Recent videos and posts by or with the Observer elsewhere

KENOSHA ⏤ Over the last month, the Uptown Observer been very social. The Observer spoke with Kenosha County Sheriff candidate Tyler Cochran, viewed a presentation by Plywood People at the Vault and sat down with CUSH and Dr. Monica Cummings. In short, the Observer gets around in the Kenosha community. Therefore, please, take time to … Continue reading The Social Observer: Recent videos and posts by or with the Observer elsewhere

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Thompson’s Take (Opinion): A confession, a new community perspective, a new start

KENOSHA ⏤ I remember my first day covering any government meeting in any community.  In October 2012, I walked into the Kimball County Courthouse in Kimball, Neb., a 23-year-old recent college grad wearing a black fedora and whatever the hell business casual is supposed to be. I sat down, and City Clerk Cathleen Sibal, a … Continue reading Thompson’s Take (Opinion): A confession, a new community perspective, a new start

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Kenosha County Opioid Task Force warns against wide presence of fentanyl

KENOSHA ⏤ The Kenosha County Opioid Task Force is warning residents of the presence of fentanyl in “many illegal drugs and counterfeit prescriptions" locally. In a release Tuesday, the task force stated that a small amount is appearing in a wide variety of drugs. In fact, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Drug Operations Group told … Continue reading Kenosha County Opioid Task Force warns against wide presence of fentanyl

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Observer Conversations (Video): CUSH, Dr. Cummings attempt to counteract racial bias through Common Read

KENOSHA ⏤ What’s something we all have, but few admit to? The answer ⏤ or at least one of them ⏤ is bias.  As the Rev. Dr. Monica Cummings of Bradford UU Community Church puts it: Bias isn’t inherently bad. In fact, Cummings points out that our ancestors used bias in order to assess situations … Continue reading Observer Conversations (Video): CUSH, Dr. Cummings attempt to counteract racial bias through Common Read

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

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

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County public health, Grace again offering incentives at Thursday clinic

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 … Continue reading County public health, Grace again offering incentives at Thursday clinic

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County Public Health, Grace hoping incentives increase vaccinations

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 … Continue reading County Public Health, Grace hoping incentives increase vaccinations

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

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

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KCOR hoping to help stop violence before police intervention

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 … Continue reading KCOR hoping to help stop violence before police intervention

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Local leaders praise Evers for signing AB 374, opioid settlement bill into law

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County officials Wednesday expressed gratitude after Gov. Tony Evers signed AB 374 into law. The move frees up settlement funds for opioid addiction mitigation and abatement efforts. 2021 Assembly Bill 374 addresses settlement of the multidistrict opiate litigation. In this specific instance, it addresses the multidistrict litigation titled In re: National … Continue reading Local leaders praise Evers for signing AB 374, opioid settlement bill into law

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Kenosha County Health Officer: Children 12 and up can now get Pfizer vaccine

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Children aged 12 years and older can now go get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations, county Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit announced Thursday. Freiheit, in a morning release, said the county is following the eligibility expansion of the CDC’s Wednesday action. On that day, the CDC authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine for … Continue reading Kenosha County Health Officer: Children 12 and up can now get Pfizer vaccine

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#HCS: Grace Welcome Center cuts ribbon on new cooler, celebrates anniversary

“God, we sit in this basement in Grace Welcome Center ready to see you in our midst. Open our eyes and our hearts to greet you and all that come this day.” KENOSHA ⏤ Those were the closing words of Pastor Kevin Beebe’s prayer in the Grace Welcome Center basement Wednesday as the pantry cut … Continue reading #HCS: Grace Welcome Center cuts ribbon on new cooler, celebrates anniversary

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Do your best Pollock impression with Wallner, Hot Mess Studios

KENOSHA ⸺ Local artist Katy Wallner may be a hot mess. But it's OK. She likes it that way.  https://www.facebook.com/HotMessstudiosllc/posts/119290066906161 While regularly that description has negative connotations, like with many things, Wallner has turned it into a positive with her new creation: Hot Mess Studios, LLC.  The brainchild of the Creatives for Community founder, the … Continue reading Do your best Pollock impression with Wallner, Hot Mess Studios

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#HumanityCenteredSaturday: A leader walks into a barbershop …

Alvin owens serves community with 'collective' https://youtu.be/5XlqV7ARfQ0 KENOSHA ⏤ Known for his amazing haircuts and involvement in local activism supporting communities of color, Alvin D. Owens has done it all. He’s from cut hair in his front yard, worked in public relations, and has been employed in the education field.  Regimen Barber Collective A resident … Continue reading #HumanityCenteredSaturday: A leader walks into a barbershop …

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HUMANITY-CENTERED SATURDAY: Jo Wynn helps the homeless, the historically underserved

KENOSHA ⏤ Jo Wynn has served her community for the vast majority of the time she’s lived in it.  Wynn has lived in Kenosha now for 17 years. Two years into her stay, in 2005, she created her organization, Walkin’ In My Shoes, which serves the homeless population in the city. She decided to create … Continue reading HUMANITY-CENTERED SATURDAY: Jo Wynn helps the homeless, the historically underserved