#HumanityCenteredSaturday: A sit-down with ‘Mama’ Arnetta Griffin

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https://youtu.be/iKlT3DmRw9w KENOSHA ⏤ Known as “Mama” in her community, Arnetta Griffin has been working to better Kenosha, doing God’s work.  With First Step Warming Center shutting down in May 2017 and her own experience as a single mother, Griffin wanted to make a difference in people's lives.  https://youtu.be/qtSg8gHczpg After she went through her own trials [...]

Observer Conversations: ‘Baskets of Joy’ w/Danielle Rasmussen

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KENOSHA ⸺ How can you bring joy into a local child’s day for only $12.66? Danielle Rasmussen has an answer with "Baskets of Joy". Support the Observer Family Make a one-time donationYour contribution is appreciated.DonateMake a monthly donationYour contribution is appreciated.Donate monthlyMake a yearly donationYour contribution is appreciated.Donate yearly Rasmussen, hairstylist by profession, is leading [...]

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 [...]

Kenosha Homecoming Car Show postponed until 2022

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Car show will return on July 30, 2022 KENOSHA ⏤ Residents hoping to catch the yearly Homecoming Car Show this summer will have to, again, wait another year.On Wednesday, the Kenosha County Historical Society and the show committee jointly announced the postponement, citing months of deliberation over the decision."This was not an easy decision to [...]

From Our Community: Free bread and milk giveaway at Grace

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KENOSHA ⏤ Grace Welcome Center will be hosting a free bread and milk giveaway Feb. 11 and Feb. 12.Recently, the center found itself with an abundance of bread and milk that had not been given out yet. As a result, a giveaway will take place at the center, located at 2006 60th St. in Kenosha, this [...]

Mid-Week Rewind Stories (Feb. 10, 2021)

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This week's stories so far Take a look back on the stories, videos and pictures that The Uptown Observer has published since Sunday. Below, find our latest stories presented in a neat list for you to peruse by clicking right.   @import url(https://theuptownobserver.com/wp-content/plugins/siteorigin-panels/css/front-flex.min.css); #pgc-2157-0-0 { width:100%;width:calc(100% - ( 0 * 30px ) ) } #pg-2157-0 [...]

Saints Radio Sunday (Feb. 7, 2021): Brooding Prudes, Lunde, and Tammy Peacy and Chris Sipos

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KENOSHA ⏤ Hello, and welcome back to another round of Saints Radio Sunday. This week we have three bands that we will be highlighting: Brooding Prudes, Lunde, and Tammy Peacy and Chris Sipos. Each offers a different feel to Kenoshans looking for something to listen to. So please, take the time to listen, click on [...]

Observer In-Depth: Grace Welcome volunteers risk safety to take care of city’s vulnerable citizens

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KENOSHA ⏤ When the pandemic started, volunteers at Grace Welcome Center got together and came to a decision: If they die from doing their work, “So be it.” Volunteers at the center, located at 2006 60th St. in Kenosha, express seeing working at the pantry as working for the people they love, for the people [...]

Artists, venues struggle for survival during COVID-19 era

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Musicians, owners open up about challenges in staying afloat KENOSHA ⏤ Imagine, if you will, the struggle of watching as 50% to 100% of your monthly income vanishes in an instant at a few words' utterance. Not because of your choices as a musician or business owner, but because of an unprecedented event that overwhelmed [...]

#TBT: ‘Tomorrow’ at Kenosha Creative Space

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KENOSHA ⏤ I first met the artist now known as "Tomorrow" at Kenosha Creative Space on Oct. 3, 2019, when I simply knew him as Eddie. The young pianist, with a tenor-level voice that is more smooth like Smokey Robinson than gruff like Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett, seemingly came out of the blue that [...]

‘100 Fridays’ press conference at Grace Welcome Center (#ICYMI)

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KENOSHA — On Friday, Jan. 29, Rev. Jonathan Barker of Grace Lutheran Church completed 100 Fridays of fasting in order to support increasing green energy initiatives around the nation. As a result, Barker held a press conference at the church, 2006 60th St., welcoming speakers including County Board Supervisor Andy Berg and state Rep. Tod [...]

Saints Radio: Snowed-In Sunday playlist

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KENOSHA — With most Kenoshans' cars buried in a layer of the white stuff and residents somewhat snowed-in, why not stay home and listen to some tunes? Below, please find a playlist featuring Kenosha musicians, linked from their official FB pages. Support local artists by letting them be the background music of your snowed-in Sunday. Ivy [...]

#ICYMI: Good Morning, Kenosha (Jan. 29, 2021)

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From the Viewfinder of Pauley's Pro Pics: KENOSHA — Jordan Pauley, Observer photographer and stringer, took these shots along the Kenosha harbor this morning, Jan. 29. Please take time to enjoy just a few moments of Kenosha along Lake Michigan in the morning. @import url(https://theuptownobserver.com/wp-content/plugins/siteorigin-panels/css/front-flex.min.css); #pgc-1570-0-0 { width:100%;width:calc(100% - ( 0 * 30px ) ) [...]

‘We need more love in this community’

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‘Building Hope’ panelists discuss changing roles in 2020 unrest, hopes for 2021 KENOSHA ⸺ “We need more love in this community.” After an hour-and-a-half-long conversation, Ald. Anthony Kennedy boiled down the vast issues facing the city into a missing component in its core: Love. “You don’t have to like me,” the Dist. 10 alderman said. [...]

Tonight’s events: ‘Reaching Out’ debut and Kenosha County Racial Equity Work Group meeting

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'Reaching Out' event to share United Way resources Tonight at 5 p.m. the United Way of Kenosha County will be reviewing resources available to the community for its "Reaching Out" virtual series. The first installment of the series debuts at 5 p.m. tonight and is expected to last until 6 p.m. Though only an hour [...]

Alderman, supervisor and artist spend days ‘Freezing for a Reason’ for Grace Welcome Center

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The week of Jan. 18, Ald. Dominic Ruffalo, County Supervisor Andy Berg and artist Katy Wallner spent several days and nights in the cold. Their efforts were part of the "Freezing for a Reason" food drive donation drive to benefit Grace Welcome Center, 2006 60th St. in Kenosha. And in looking at the room that [...]

A Tale of Three Applicants

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Licenses and Permits Committee approves one application, defers others KENOSHA ⸺ During last night’s Licenses and Permits Committee meeting, the few listening gleaned not only one, but three unexpected outcomes. First, the committee voted to send a favorable recommendation of approval to the City Council for an application that was not set up to be [...]

Kenosha activist among Time’s ‘Guardians of the Year’

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KENOSHA ⏤Time Magazine has chosen a local activist as one of its Guardians of the Year for 2020. Porche Bennett-Bey, aka “Mookie Bey”, has been a staple of local protests. In fact, if you haven’t seen Bennett-Bey, it’s likely because YOU haven’t been somewhere. Bennett-Bey is among one of the many local Black leaders who have [...]

Observer In-Depth: Focusing on the aspects unseen

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Dr. Dominique Pritchett strives to elevate clients' voices, keep them healthy in an unhealthy time KENOSHA ⏤ Dr. Dominique Pritchett knows what it’s like to not have a voice. Her knowledge of hard times has pushed her to work her best to ensure her clients not only elevate their own voice, but are at peace [...]

Friday protest planned, discussions continue on cabaret license changes

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KENOSHA – The organizer of a planned Friday protest hopes the music and chants give officials pause in changing Kenosha’s cabaret license requirements.Friday’s protest, organized by Aimee Crucianelli, will start at 2 p.m. The event will focus on recent changes proposed for the city’s cabaret license.A live music cutoff in the city at midnight and [...]