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Just a face in the Kenosha crowd: Local music heard in recent months

It's been quite some time since I've shared glimpses of the music created, produced and performed here locally in Kenosha. Whether it's Union Park Tavern, Public Brewing Co., Rustic Road, Kenosha Creative Space or any of our local venues, there is never a shortage of opportunities to support Kenosha bands. And while I've taken some … Continue reading Just a face in the Kenosha crowd: Local music heard in recent months

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Along the Path: Depression and alcohol, my longest companions

Depression and addiction have served as my longest companions in life. Beyond any friends, beyond any family, they were nearly always by my side.

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN take a break

As much as you may feel pressured not to, you can take a break and take some time to yourself whenever you need. We all need a break in life In my life, I’ve been pressured to do more things than I will ever remember. I’ve even consistently pushed myself to give up sleep to … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN take a break

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Mental Health Moment: You ARE enough

Despite the blemishes, inadequacies and general “just not right” feeling advertisements try to instill in us, I want you to know that you are enough, as you are. Struggle of feeling “enough” For most of my life, I have felt inadequate. In fact, it wasn’t until the last few years of my life that I … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You ARE enough

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN choose how you spend your time

I want to tell you something that you might not have heard for a while: You have every right to choose how you spend your time.  Now, in our world full of constant pressures, isn’t that a nice thought? Constant time pressures It’s no secret that, especially as a society, we seem to want to pack … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN choose how you spend your time

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN make it

First off, take a breath. It’s Saturday. Despite whatever you’ve gone through or will in the future, you’ve made it through another week.  You have made it this far.  Oftentimes, if you look at your life in its entirety and the long road ahead, the seeming vastness of it can become daunting. In fact, the … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN make it

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Mental Health Moment: You DO have a choice

I think the biggest lies that I used to tell myself often were “I have no choice” or “this is just how things are”. However, both of these only served to keep me in place. They were meant as excuses to keep me comfortable. In fact, I’d like to share a different perspective/choice with you: … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You DO have a choice

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County Public Health hosting monkeypox vaccination clinic at 3 today (Thursday)

KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health announced early this morning (Sept. 8) that it would hold a monkeypox (MPV) vaccination clinic today starting at 3 p.m. The clinic will run until 7 p.m. at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road. The county asks that eligible residents seeking vaccination use Entrance B on the … Continue reading County Public Health hosting monkeypox vaccination clinic at 3 today (Thursday)

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Mental Health Moment: You CAN follow through

I’ll be completely honest with you guys, most days the thought that repeats in my head is, “I don’t want to do this.” However, every day I drag myself — sometimes kicking and screaming — to do that specific activity (mostly exercise or work) to which I’ve made a commitment.  Because, after I do it, … Continue reading Mental Health Moment: You CAN follow through

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Second Baptist Church to host free vaccination clinic Sunday (Feb. 20)

KENOSHA ⏤ Second Baptist Church, 3925 32nd Ave., will host a free, open-to-the-public COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic tomorrow, Feb. 20. The clinic will run from noon to 1 p.m. For incentive, the county is giving $25 Visa gift cards to those who receive a vaccine dose during the event, while supplies last.  What is available … Continue reading Second Baptist Church to host free vaccination clinic Sunday (Feb. 20)

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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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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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Sheriff’s department investigating fatal crash on I-94

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a fatal crash that took place on Interstate 94 Tuesday. According to a release from Sgt. David Wright, deputies, detectives and fire and rescue personnel responded to the 7100 block of I-94 at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday. At the scene, they found a 2019 Volvo … Continue reading Sheriff’s department investigating fatal crash on I-94

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County Public Health hosting COVID-19 booster dose clinic Friday

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health will host a COVID-19 booster dose clinic this Friday, Oct. 8, at the Kenosha County Job Center. The clinic at the center ⏤ located at 8600 Sheridan Road in Kenosha ⏤ will run 9 a.m. to noon. County officials stress the clinic is “intended to serve eligible individuals … Continue reading County Public Health hosting COVID-19 booster dose clinic Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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