Rockford Scanner™: Wires Down in Rockford




Sources are reporting wires down.

It happened around 1 PM today in the 2600 block of Spring Dale.

A landscaper found some wires down, they thought it was electrical wires.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene and determined it was cable wires.

 








 

Rockford Scanner™: Reports of A Local School On Lock Down




Several sources are reporting several emergency personnel are at the Belvidere School and that it is on lock down.

We have gotten several reports of this.

It is not yet known exactly what is going on at the time of writing this.

Just several reports of numerous emergency personnel on scene and the kids are on lock down.

Please avoid the area.


After we posted this, the school put out the following:

Dear BHS Parents & Guardians,

Due to a medication situation at the end of the day, we experienced a slight delay in dismissal today. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Billy Lewis
Principal, Belvidere High School


Update: We asked the school what a “Medication Situation” was and why it caused the school to be delayed for dismissal. We are awaiting to hear a response.

Many people said it was on lockdown. A fan said their child that goes to the school, told the parent they do not use the term “Soft Lockdown” anymore, but use this new term “Medication Situation” which means they were technically on lockdown, but used a different term

If the school responds to us, we will update this again.





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Rockford Scanner™: Neighborhood Network Of Rockford, Ceases Operations



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According to the Neighborhood Network of Rockford: After nearly two decades of working to improve neighborhoods in Rockford and Winnebago and Boone counties, Neighborhood Network has ceased operations as of December 31, 2018.

Update: After we posted this, we heard back from them.  We asked for a list/link of the neighborhood watch groups, so we can share that with everyone.  Hopefully will have that shortly.

Wester Wuori said “There are about 75 neighborhood groups and associations in existence and about 40-50 of them are active currently.”

Wester Wuori also said: “The mayor and I personally have been presenting at and meeting with neighborhood groups since about a month after he took office and we will continue to do so, as is noted below.”

Wester Wuori sent us the following:

To: Rockford Area Neighborhood Groups and Associations, 

As you are most likely aware, Neighborhood Network has advised the City that it will dissolve at the end of 2018.  In an effort to ensure there is not significant disruption, we have met recently with Neighborhood Network Director Cyndie Hall and Board President Cathy Johnson to help us effectively transition into the new year.  

Mayor McNamara, since taking office in May 2017, has made it a priority to strengthen our city’s neighborhoods. With the support of the City Council, that’s included everything from adding staff and technical resources to the Police Department to allocating additional revenue to neighborhood streets and sidewalks in the annual Capital Improvement Plan.

We believe the timing of this change is appropriate to take a holistic review of our neighborhood strategies to ensure the City and community efforts are aligned with our budget, department work and City Council’s top priorities in strengthening our neighborhoods.   This includes the Guiding Principle on Safe and Vibrant Neighborhoods—“Rockford values all its citizens, their knowledge and talents and the city offers residential options to promote economic strength and inter-connected neighborhoods.”

Based on the feedback we have received to date, we intend to reallocate funds within the approved budget to create an internal position focused on neighborhood alignment.  This would allow us to expand the strategic focus of our neighborhood efforts throughout the City of Rockford organization. 

As we look to make this transition, we need your feedback on what you’d like to see in that position as it relates to our neighborhoods:

                What skill sets are needed to effectively strengthen neighborhoods?

                What key attributes and/or experience do we need in this position?

                What role should our neighborhood groups and associations play?

                What is you group currently doing well? What could it improve upon?

                How can the City better work with neighborhoods in the context of this position?

The mayor and I have, between us, attended dozens of neighborhood group meetings since shortly after he became mayor—we will continue to do that, as it’s vital both to share information with residents and hear concerns and questions.  Laura Maher, the City’s Strategic Communications Manager, also has expanded our use of the City’s website, social media channels and NextDoor to share City information with residents.

Thank you for your input and for all the work you do to help strengthen our neighborhoods and move our community forward.   Please keep me updated with your meeting schedules, contacts and any additional information you may need in working with your group.  We look forward to continuing our work together.

Wester Wuori


Tanker Replies to Neighborhood Network

As you are most likely aware, Neighborhood Network has advised the City that it will dissolve at the end of 2018.  In an effort to ensure there is not significant disruption, we have met recently with Neighborhood Network Director Cyndie Hall and Board President Cathy Johnson to help us effectively transition into the new year.  Mayor McNamara, since taking office in May 2017, has made it a priority to strengthen our city’s neighborhoods.

I don’t want my “neighborhood strengthened.” I want the violent thugs out of Rockford. Is there a way we can “prioritize” that?

With the support of the City Council, that’s included everything from adding staff and technical resources to the Police Department to allocating additional revenue to neighborhood streets and sidewalks in the annual Capital Improvement Plan.  We believe the timing of this change is appropriate to take a holistic review of our neighborhood strategies to ensure the City and community efforts are aligned with our budget, department work and City Council’s top priorities in strengthening our neighborhoods.  

Well thank goodness our strategies are holistically reviewed and well-aligned! Can we now start working on getting violent thugs out of Rockford?

This includes the Guiding Principle on Safe and Vibrant Neighborhoods—“Rockford values all its citizens, their knowledge and talents and the city offers residential options to promote economic strength and inter-connected neighborhoods.”

I don’t value all our citizens. I don’t value violent thugs. I want them out of Rockford. I don’t care about how “vibrant” and “inter-connected” my neighborhood is. That’s a bunch of mealy-mouthed nonsense that distracts us from the major problem of violent thugs shooting up our city.


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Rockford Scanner®: Facebook Is Down






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Developing Story

At the time of writing this, Facebook is down.

If you go to Facebook website, it shows an error message

Reporting problems with mainframe malfunction in deoptomizer codes

According to downdetector.com, outages are hitting the East coast and spreading.

Users also took to Twitter to report the outage, with #FacebookDown trending quickly.

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