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Precious! NICU babies dress up for Halloween with handmade costumes

ROCKFORD, Ill. (CBS 58) -- Thanks to one incredible nurse, the littlest patients at Mercyhealth's Javon Bea Hospital--Riverside in Rockford, Illinois, are not missing out on their first Halloween experience. According to a news release, JoAnn Gorsline, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse at Mercyhealth, handmade more than 52...
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NICU babies dress up for Halloween

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Some of Rockford’s littlest residents are feeling the Halloween spirit. NICU babies at Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside, 8201 E Riverside Blvd, were decked out in costumes. JoAnn Gorsline, a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at Mercyhealth, handmade the outfits. Her donations meant that more than 50 newborns could dress up. Costumes ranged from […]
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Tips to stay safe during Halloween

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Unlike last year, many kids are expected to put on their favorite Halloween costume and go door-to-door Trick-or-Treating. Because of that, officials remind everyone of safety tips for Halloween. According to UW Health Kids Coordinator Jeff Hoster, children are twice as likely to get hit by...

Mercyhealth NICU babies gifted with handmade Halloween costumes

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Dressing your newborn up for Halloween is a memorable moment for most parents, but for babies born prematurely, a traditional costume isn’t always an option as they recover in the hospital. Just in time for Halloween coming up, a Mercyhealth NICU nurse rings in the occasion...

Citywide necessities drive benefits Rockford area families in need

ROCKFORD — Help out a family in need. Mayor Tom McNamara announced a necessities drive to benefit local families. Donations of diapers (especially size 3 and above), pull-ups, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant will be collected from Nov. 1-14. Donations will be distributed to the families of Head Start, Family Peace Center and Voices of Inspiration.

We need volunteers for the Festival of Lights Parade

Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Oct. 15. It's that time of year again that we are looking for volunteers for the Festival of Lights Parade. Volunteer signup can be found here:. Setup Volunteers: needed from 4:30-6:30PM to help put out traffic cones to close...

NIU Huskie Food Pantry tries to keep the shelves stocked

The pandemic made food insecurity an even bigger hardship for many people in Illinois. For college students, it can be difficult to find resources so far from home. The Huskie Food Pantry at Northern Illinois University is striving to be that resource. Most college students dread 8 a.m. classes. But...

Grant funds are being used to help heal those in solitude

A northern Illinois library will tackle the subject of loneliness with the help of a community grant. Kishwaukee College Library in Malta was one of 300 recipients of a $3000 Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grant. The grants are awarded by the American Library Association. Stephanie...

Disability Awareness: Spotlight on Inclusion with MaryAnne Ax

Unofficially diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder. I say unofficially diagnosed because when I was a student there were no disability laws or educational supports. The first incarnation of the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) was passed in 1975. I graduated from high school in 1973. A Misconception Related to ADD:
Rochelle News-Leader

Hay Day took place downtown Saturday

ROCHELLE — On Saturday in the downtown gazebo area Hay Day took place. The family-friendly fall festival featured the Community Action Network’s food truck festival, bounce houses, a petting zoo, music and library fun for children of all ages. The event was put on by the City of Rochelle.

Rockford walks to raise money for Make-A-Wish

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Stateline residents are taking the extra step to help fundraise for a good cause. People showed their support on Sunday for the Make-A-Wish Foundation at an event called “Walk for Wishes.” Cities across the state participated in the event today. Those in Rockford pounded the pavement at Rock Valley College, 3301 […]