July 12 2012

Florentine’s changes name to establish identity

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Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar new moniker There will be a shorter name for a locally owned family restaurant and sports bar. Florentine’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar will now be Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar. “To the Uccello family, high-quality service and food is everything,” said Dan Uccello, who, along with brother David, owns and operates the restaurant and sports bar. The brothers intend to continue to serve the community and keep the high standards the eatery has become known for and say to customers, “Nothing will change but the name.” “You can enjoy the same great menu items made with the same great recipes, accompanied by extraordinary service,” said David. “On behalf of the Flo’s staff, we would like to thank you for the support and we look forward to many more years.”

ERMS recognized as ‘No Place for Hate’

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by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools Spurred by the work of the Rockford Public Schools anti-bullying committee, East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) began the 2011-12 school year seeking to become a “No Place for Hate” school. No Place for Hate is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which provides support to schools as they work to celebrate diversity and improve a culture of respect. The process to become a No Place for Hate school involves the establishment of a coalition that plans and executes a minimum of three activities to promote acceptance and tolerance. Another requirement is signing the “Resolution of Respect,” in which students indicate their desire to treat others well and their intent to report bullying. The coalition at ERMS consists of staff members and parents, who solicited input from students in planning activities. This year’s qualifying activities included a “Mix It Up at Lunch Day,” “Be Nice Day,” and “Celebrate Diversity Day.”  For “Mix It Up at Lunch,” the cafeteria was rearranged and decorated, and students were creatively assigned to tables. Student leaders sat at each table to facilitate discussion among the students and everyone received ice cream to celebrate. On “Be Nice Day,” all staff members and Teen Leadership students wore shirts that read “Be nice” and welcomed students with candy, high fives and handshakes. To celebrate diversity, sixth- and seventh-graders watched the movie “Remember the Titans” and participated in follow-up discussion and activities in their homeroom classes. ERMS and the No Place for Hate coalition have organized other activities to combat bullying and celebrate respect, and will continue the process by including an educational assembly about cyber-bullying, allowing students to nominate and recognize their classmates for acts of kindness, decorating the halls with smiley faces and positive messages, having students sign the “Resolution of Respect” banner, giving students bracelets that read “No Place for Hate,” and discouraging the use of defamatory terms. The school was also recognized as a model school by the organization Teaching Tolerance for its organization of “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” in October 2011. ERMS plans to continue to build and improve the programs to eliminate bullying and encourage diversity, acceptance and tolerance of one another, allowing students to […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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In pursuit of trivia All my life I’ve been pursuing trivia. The guy who invented the game must have had someone like me in mind. For my recent birthday, I got the most fascinating book of odd facts I never knew. (Thanks, Mel!) Its title: “I Never Knew That!” Did you know (I didn’t) about the man who was president of the U.S. for one day only? David Rice Atchison was president on March 4,1849. James Polk’s term ended that morning and Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in on a Sunday, so the job automatically went to the Senate president pro tem. Let’s see, if we counted Atchison, President Obama wouldn’t be No. 44; he’d be No. 45. Throws the whole sequence out of whack, beginning with 12. There’s more Charles Dow, a financial reporter, founded the Wall Street Journal and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but he never finished high school. On the other hand, both President Lyndon Johnson and tenor Luciano Pavarotti graduated from college—and became elementary school teachers before moving on to other careers. Much more Military toilet paper is printed with camouflage colors since white might attract enemy fire, and it takes 90 minutes to hard-boil an ostrich egg. My pursuit will be a lot less tiring with this book in hand. Count on reading more borrowed trivia here in the future. Rich joke One afternoon a wealthy banker in the back seat of his limousine saw two men eating grass by the side of the road. He ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate. “Why are you eating grass?” he asked one of the men. “No money for food,” the man replied. “Oh, come along with me, then.” “But, sir, I have a wife and two children.” “Bring them along! And you, come with us, too!” he said to the other man. “But, sir, I have a wife and six children,” said the second man. “Bring them as well!” So they all climbed into the car, which was no easy task even for a car as big as the rich guy’s limo. Once underway, one of the poor fellows said, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.” “No […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Myths involving Social Security Last week, two significant developments occurred that affect Rockford residents. First, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Preliminary Assessment Recommendation for the Wolverine Worldwide former tannery site downtown. The report concluded that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Wolverine Worldwide (WWW) can work together on “further site investigation and remediation activities.” The EPA will receive a report at least twice a year detailing the MDEQ and WWW activities. While the site does not warrant being named a Super Fund site under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act at this time, it does warrant further investigation and testing and will be designated as an “Other Cleanup Activity” site. The EPA found that WWW has shown good faith during this entire process and will develop plans in the future with the input and approval of the MDEQ. This is great news for WWW, the City of Rockford, and the residents of the surrounding areas who visit downtown Rockford and enjoy the Rogue River. Stand by for what happens next. That has not been defined as yet, but it has to be better than the site being named a Super Fund site. “Other Cleanup Activity” has a more settling sound to it than Super Fund. The second development occurred last week when the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or as it is more commonly known as “Obamacare.” I will discuss the significance of the landmark decision next week. There are a number of myths or misconceptions associated with the Social Security system as it stands right now. We are a society of wanting to get things done right now. “Instant gratification” I believe is the term used to describe our impatience with taking a long-term approach to many things. Unfortunately, instant gratification and Social Security do not work together. Accruing benefits is a long-term proposition. A few weeks ago I went over the formula used to calculate a monthly benefit. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses 35 years of work history in that calculation. In light of the SSA using 35 years, I think one of the biggest myths or misconceptions is that a monthly SSA benefit can be significantly increased […]


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