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 [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

Kenosha History Center pays tribute to photojournalist Al Fredrickson

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KENOSHA ⏤ As of today, Kenoshans and visitors alike can experience the life and work of photojournalist Al Fredrickson via an exhibit at Kenosha History Center.  From now until mid-October, the center at 220 51st Place will be hosting “Through the Lens of a Photojournalist: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Al Fredrickson.” [...]

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 [...]

Highway H project for Kroger fulfillment center underway

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE ⏤ Construction is underway on additional turn lanes and driveway access for Kroger’s new fulfillment center on Highway H. The project, located between 93rd Place and Bain Station Road in Pleasant Prairie, began on Tuesday, closing that section of the road. County officials expect that closure to continue for a month, they stated [...]

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 [...]

Native American drum demo, Creative Space mic are tonight’s events

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight (July 22), you can attend an event that will teach you about Native American culture and drumming, and also Creative Space's open mic. Up first, the Native American drum demonstration event will take place at the marina square near Southport Marina starting at 6:30 p.m. Al Orion RestingHawk will lead the demo. [...]

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 [...]