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Beloit firefighters to help keep kids warm

Beloit firefighters to help keep kids warm

Beloit firefighters partnered with a national group to provide more than 200 winter coats to area children.

Scott Smith, president of the Beloit Firefighters Union Local 583, said firefighters raised nearly $5,000 as part of its partnership with Operation Warm to supply low-income students at Merrill Elementary School with brand-new coats Friday.

Smith said the families of the students to receive coats were informed by phone this week of the Friday night jacket event to take place at Merrill before a movie night at the school.

The Beloit firefighters group purchased about 135 new coats with the funds they raised, and the company matched that number in additional coats, bringing the total of coats to be given to the students to about 270, Smith said Thursday. He said the program is a rewarding experience.

Beloit police conduct tactical training Tuesday night

Beloit police conduct tactical training Tuesday night

Officers with the Beloit Police Department will be participating in tactical training Tuesday night, according to a news alert.

The training will be taking place in the 1700 block of Park Avenue from 5:30-8:30 p.m., officials said.

The area will be marked with signs, and there is no danger to the community, according to the alert.

Normal traffic flow will not be affected by the training, officials said.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Beloit Neighborhood Watch meeting will look at recent crime activity

Topics at the next Beloit Neighborhood Watch block captain meeting will include recent major crime activity and neighborhood patrols, according to a news alert.

The agenda also includes national police issues, how police patrol neighborhoods and an update on police using personal body cameras, officials said.

The Neighborhood Watch block captain meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Beloit Public Library at 605 Eclipse Boulevard.

An open forum will take place before the meeting adjourns at 7 p.m.

Sheriff’s office adds patrols for homecoming weekend

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office will be adding additional patrol deputies to the roads during Homecoming this weekend, according to a release.

Deputies will be dedicated to patrolling roadways and areas that can be hazardous for young and inexperienced drivers, officials said. They will also be enforcing traffic and alcohol violations.

The leading cause of violent traffic deaths for teenagers is motor vehicle crashes, according to the release.

“It is our intent to be proactive in hopes of preventing any unfortunate events and to see that their homecoming night is safe and enjoyable,” the release said.

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said he wants to encourage parents and guardians to talk with their teenagers about the importance of using seat belts, adhering to traffic laws and to reinforce safe driving habits.

Hospital to kick off 'Bras for Hope' fundraiser

Hospital to kick off 'Bras for Hope' fundraiser

To celebrate October as breast cancer awareness month, Edgerton Hospital has launched its "Bras for Hope" fundraising event.

Local individuals and companies are invited to create bra art in various themes that will be displayed throughout Edgerton Hospital for the month of October. The more creatively designed, the better. The goal is to raise awareness for breast cancer and to support local residents and their families facing the struggles of cancer by donating all proceeds to the Rock County Cancer Coalition. 

The cost to submit a bra is $10, and the bra that raises the most money ($1 is one vote) will be deemed the winner during a ladies night out event at the hospital on Nov. 6.

To participate, people should:

Traffic routes will be altered for Beloit fireworks event

Traffic routes will be altered for Beloit fireworks event

There will be altered traffic routes in the area of Riverside Park Friday night for the 2014 Pop on the Rocks event, according to an alert from the Beloit Police Department.

The altered traffic routes will be in place to prevent unsafe traffic hazards for those attending the fireworks event from 7:30-9:30 p.m., officials said.

Police reminded drivers to be cautious of pedestrian traffic.