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For Kids' Sake 7th Annual Superhero 5K

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 - 3:33pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Carbondale, IL – The 7th Annual For Kids’ Sake Superhero 5K at Turley Park in Carbondale is just days away! Friday, September 22, is the deadline for pre-registration. It costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids 17 and under, and guarantees an Official Event T-shirt. Your $20 registration fee will feed an orphan 57 meals. If you miss the pre-registration deadline, register at the event, Friday, September 29 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm at Turley Park.

Join hundreds of participants at the starting line to run or walk in Carbondale’s largest 5K. This year, the local nonprofit is anticipating 400 “Superheroes” to participate. In addition to the race, local vendors will also offer free services including massages from John A. Logan Massage Therapists, 3D Body Scans from Natural Health Improvement Center, Shoe Screenings from Missouri Running Company, Face Painting from Plush UNLTD, fun kids activities from Carbondale Park District, and more.

After the race, stay for the Award Ceremony with individual and team awards for Top Fundraisers, Best Time, and Best Superhero Costumes. Prizes include gift cards, a bowling party, and custom-made For Kids' Sake Superhero capes. The Town Square Market Grill will have a delicious $5 dinner with a freshly grilled burger or hotdog, chips and a drink.

Donations towards the event can be made at www.fundly.com/fks5k2017

For more information, call For Kids’ Sake at 618-529-5044, email info@forkidssake.net or visit www.forkidssake.net.

This year’s event has wide support from 40 local business sponsors including:
Longbranch Café & Bakery, Southern Illinois GI Specialists, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Marion Eye Centers & Optical, Henry Printing, NeuroRestorative Carbondale, Withers Broadcasting, the Daily Egyptian, Cook Portable Warehouses, The City of Carbondale, Town Square Market, Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Embroidery Station, WDBX, WSIU Radio, Natural Health Improvement Center, Gentry Couch, Greenridge Landscaping, Baine Roofing Co., G.L.Morris Refrigeration, First Mid Illinois Bank and Trust, First Southern Bank, Coleman Lawn Equipment, Midwest Propane, G. Meredith Funeral Home, Phoenix Cycles, Castle Perilous Games and Books, Anna Tire & Auto Center, Bella Sofia Threads, El Greco, Banterra, Brehm Preparatory School, and Gaia House.

MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS FOR CARBONDALE

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 - 10:08am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
September 14, 2017

MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS FOR CARBONDALE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Mayor John “Mike” Henry is excited to announce trick-or-treat hours for Halloween.

Kids can trick-or-treat throughout Carbondale on Tuesday, October 31 from 5-8 p.m.

Residents wishing to hand out candy to “trick-or-treaters” should light up their porches and driveways.

“Trick-or-treaters” are encouraged to wear reflective tape or clothing and have their parents check their candy for potentially harmful objects.

Mayor Henry and members of the City Council ask for the cooperation of all residents in making this a happy and safe occasion for our community.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

City of Carbondale to Host Eclipse Download

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 - 3:38pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
September 6, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE TO HOST ECLIPSE DOWNLOAD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale will host an Eclipse Download on Wednesday, September 13.

This is an opportunity for everyone in the community to share their thoughts and give the City feedback following the total solar eclipse on August 21.

The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Carbondale Civic Center.

If you are unable to attend, please submit your feedback to afox@explorecarbondale.com.

For more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

Carbondale Approves DNA Definition for Branding Initiative

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 - 8:48am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 31, 2017

CARBONDALE APPROVES DNA DEFINTION FOR BRANDING INITIATIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is excited to share its findings from the research phase of the community-wide branding initiative.

Throughout the last several months, the City has worked with North Star Destination Strategies to collect quantitative and qualitative research from local and regional stakeholders.

With all of the data, the consultants have developed the following strategic brand platform (DNA Definition) for the City:

“For those wanting the progressiveness of a college town and the solidity of the Midwest, Carbondale, home of Southern Illinois University and bordering the Shawnee National Forest, is where compassion is seen as strength and an inclusive and artistic community inspires engagement so you’re encouraged to both be yourself and express yourself.”

To access the “Research and Strategy” Presentation in its entirety, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-jzoWER1WXtTmJBV3llbTFRdWs/view.

The City will now start the creativity and design phase of the project.  

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 or visit www.brandingcarbondaleil.com.

Eclipse Brings 50,000 to Carbondale

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 - 4:01pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 22, 2017

ECLIPSE BRINGS 50,000 TO CARBONDALE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale estimates approximately 50,000 people came to Carbondale to see the total solar eclipse on August 21.

The Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace, Family Fun Zone and Shadow Fest all saw an increase in attendance throughout the weekend as more people arrived in town leading up to the eclipse.

“Thanks to long-term planning, we had a very successful event in Carbondale. We had people in attendance from all parts of the world. We’re looking forward to doing this again in seven years,” said Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry.

Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams said, “I’m extremely proud of City staff, volunteers and the community for working so well together to host a successful event. Our hard work has prepared us well for future events and 2024.”

The Carbondale Police Department had no reports of any significant incidents related to the eclipse.

“Our eclipse planning came together with the assistance of all of our regional, state and federal public safety partners who each played a vital role in the single largest event Carbondale has ever experienced.  For the last four days, they worked hard to make sure our residents and visitors alike had a great and safe experience.  I am very proud of all of them,” said Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs.

The City looks forward to preparing for the next total solar eclipse in 2024.

 

City of Carbondale Encourages Goers to Use Shuttles

Friday, August 18th, 2017 - 8:10am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 17, 2017

THE CITY OF CARBONDALE ENCOURAGES ECLIPSE GOERS TO USE SHUTTLES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is encouraging all eclipse goers to leave the driving to the professionals during eclipse weekend.

West Bus Service will provide rides to City Hall from Carbondale Community High School, University Mall and near E.T. Simonds behind Oakland Cemetery.

Drivers can access the CCHS and University Mall parking lots from Giant City Road. The E.T. Simonds parking lot can be accessed from N. Illinois Avenue and Ready Mix Road.

Shuttles will pick up passengers on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 a.m., and on Monday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $5 (cash) or $7 (credit card) per vehicle.

An interactive map with all of the parking locations is available online at http://www.carbondaleeclipse.com/get-around/.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

 

Update - Carbondale Eclipse Road Closures

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 - 2:06pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 17, 2017

UPDATE: CARBONDALE ECLIPSE ROAD CLOSURES 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE –The City of Carbondale would like to remind eclipse goers that all major roads in Carbondale will remain open during the eclipse.

Washington Street between Main and Walnut streets will be closed starting on Friday, August 18 at 7 a.m. due to preparations for Shadow Fest. The closure will remain in effect until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22.

A portion of W. Hospital Drive between S. Illinois and S. University avenues will also be closed starting on Friday, August 18 at 7 a.m. due to preparations for the Eclipse Marketplace. The closure will remain in effect until Monday, August 21 at 9 p.m.

Route 13, U.S. Highway 51, Illinois Avenue and all other main thoroughfares are planned to be open throughout eclipse weekend.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

 

Curbside Refuse and Recycling Service to Operate on Holiday Schedule Due to Eclipse

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 - 2:29pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 16, 2017

CURBSIDE REFUSE AND RECYCLING SERVICE TO OPERATE ON HOLIDAY SCHEDULE DUE TO ECLIPSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE –The City of Carbondale’s curbside refuse and recycling service will operate on the holiday schedule during the week of August 21 due to the eclipse.

Monday’s routes will be on Tuesday, August 22, Tuesday’s routes will be on Wednesday, August 23 and so on.

Bag and bundle landscape waste will only be collected on Thursday, August 24.

If you have questions, contact the City’s Maintenance and Environmental Services Office at (618) 457-3275.

 

Carbondale Eclipse Road Closures

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 - 8:41am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August14, 2017

CARBONDALE ECLIPSE ROAD CLOSURES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale would like to remind eclipse goers that all major roads in Carbondale will remain open during the eclipse.

Washington Street between Main and Walnut Streets will be closed August 19-21 for Shadow Fest.

Route 13, U.S. Highway 51, Illinois Avenue and all other main thoroughfares are planned to be open throughout eclipse weekend.

If you have questions or would like more information about the event, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

 

Downtown Streetscape Ribbon Cutting & Cash Mob

Friday, August 11th, 2017 - 10:10am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 11, 2017

DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE RIBBON CUTTING & CASH MOB


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is teaming up with the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Main Street to celebrate the completion of the streetscape project along Illinois Avenue.

A ribbon cutting will be held on Friday, August 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Mill Street (Friendship Plaza).

Following the event, the community is invited to pull out their cash and support the local businesses along “The Strip” in an official cash mob.

If you have questions or would like more information about the event, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

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