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'Fit Families Rock' program planned to fight fat

'Fit Families Rock' program planned to fight fat

A new health program in Rock County is aimed at combating area childhood obesity. 

An 11-week program called Fit Families Rock will utilize weight loss research to help participants establish healthy behaviors and prevent health problems linked to obesity. 

To be eligible, families must have at least one child between the ages of 8 to 12 who is at or above the 85th percentile of their age-appropriate body mass index, or BMI. In addition, the family must commit to having at least one parent attend all sessions although the entire family is welcome to participate.

The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:35-5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Janesville Family YMCA from Sept. 16 to Nov. 25. 

The cost to families is $25, which includes individualized follow-up and a three-month family membership to the Janesville Family YMCA. Class size is limited to allow individual attention for each family. To set up an interview, call 262-472-1836.

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

A bioscience company broke ground on a new planned 50,000-square-foot facility in Beloit Thursday. 

The building at 1800 Gateway Blvd., planned to be finished later this year, will serve as the NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes headquarters, the company said. The facility will develop a radioisotope used in medical diagnostic imaging. 

NorthStar said in a news release that the facility is the first part of a planned 32-acre corporate campus. A second and third phase of expansion could double the building's size and build up to two additional facilities on the site by 2018.

The company said 20 full-time employees will work at the Gateway Boulevard building. According to the Rock County Development Alliance, NorthStar expects to have approximately 165 employees working at its Beloit campus within the next four years. NorthStar is currently headquartered in Madison at 5249 Femrite Drive.


Janesville redevelopment focuses on town square concept

Janesville redevelopment focuses on town square concept

New renderings show what revitalizing Janesville's downtown might look like.

The redevelopment focuses on a town square concept near Main Street and the Rock River.

City leaders said they want to create a place for concerts, mobile vendors and a farmer's market.

The public can weigh in on the plans at a meeting Thursday night at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

Completed plans would need approval by the city council by the end of the year.

Health ed session focuses on heavy periods

Women are invited to a free presentation by an obstetrician and gynecologist on a procedure that health professionals said can help decrease or end a condition that affects about a quarter of women, according to Edgerton Hospital.

The health education event on endometrial ablation by Dr. Dale Rozeboom will take place at Edgerton Hospital on July 17 at 6 p.m.

About 20 to 25 percent of women suffer from heavy periods that interfere with work, social and everyday life, the hospital said. 

Big retailers suing Janesville over tax bills

Big retailers suing Janesville over tax bills

Retailers Sears, Target, Blain Supply and Menards are accusing the city of Janesville of overcharging them on their property taxes.

The Janesville Gazette reported the stores have filed lawsuits seeking refunds totaling $419,000, with the largest being $217,000 sought by Menards. They argue their 2013 city assessments are higher than the companies' own assessment.

Twenty-two percent of the city's active property assessment lawsuits are now tied to assessments of large retailers.

The sudden blip of four large retailers suing at once can be attributed to statutory time limits on tax disputes.

City Assessor Richard Haviza says other cities around the state are seeing more large retailers suing over assessments.

Haviza says there isn't a clear explanation, other than larger retailers have larger assessed property values and higher tax bills.

Worker injured in accident at Evansville industrial facility

Worker injured in accident at Evansville industrial facility

A Rock County worker is recovering after an accident at an industrial facility Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at Baumberger Foundations.

The company's owner said workers were moving large wooden objects used for construction when the man untied a chain without following safety procedures and nine of the objects fell on him.

The man was taken to the hospital with leg injuries.

Fireworks are booming business in Beloit

Fireworks are booming business near the state line in Beloit.

Two years after a major drought hampered fireworks sales things are taking off along Interstate 90.

Several stores located right along the busy interstate corridor bank on business from a majority of out-of-state shoppers.

“Because of the restrictions we have here in this city, we can’t sell aerial stuff to Wisconsin residents, so pretty much all of our customers, a good 90 percent, are going to come from Chicago, Rockford, Illinois,” said Jesse Singh, with Phantom Fireworks.

Anything that explodes or leaves the ground is considered illegal in Wisconsin unless you have a permit.