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Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 - 7:59am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 27, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE TO HOST ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS DISPLAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale will host its annual fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4 at the Carbondale Superblock.

Vehicles can park at the Superblock by using the S. Lewis Lane entrance. However, this entrance will close at 8 p.m. Drivers are encouraged to use the Sports Blast entrance during the fireworks.

Spectators can watch the fireworks from the parking lots at Lewis School, Carbondale Middle School and Carbondale Community High School.

In the event of rain, the City’s fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at dusk.

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

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Homegrown Stage Lineup at Shadow Fest

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 - 8:11am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 20, 2017 

CARBONDALE ANNOUNCES HOMEGROWN STAGE LINEUP AT SHADOW FEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale and Carbondale Main Street are excited to be adding another day of music to Shadow Fest.

The Homegrown Stage will feature a variety of local bands on Monday, August 21.

The lineup will be as follows:

11 a.m.-noon, Hey Honey, Americana
Noon-1 p.m., Cave Futures, Indie Rock
1:30-2:30 p.m., Tawl Paul & Slappin Henry Blue, Blues
2:30-3:30 p.m., Porchfire, Country
3:30-4:30 p.m., Buzzard, Hard Rock

The stage will be located at the corner of Washington and Walnut Streets from 11a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to ALL of the concerts are FREE.

Shadow Fest will feature regional acts August 19-20 from 5-11 p.m.

Members of the media should contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 to set up an interview.

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Carbondale Seeks Input from Residents for Community Branding Project

Monday, June 19th, 2017 - 9:16am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 19, 2017

CARBONDALE SEEKS INPUT FROM RESIDENTS FOR COMMUNITY BRANDING PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is working with North Star Destination Strategies Inc. to develop a community-wide brand for Carbondale. But, we need help from our residents to determine how to best communicate what makes our community so special.

The Community Survey will determine Carbondale’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. All Carbondale residents are encouraged to participate.

“This branding project is critically important in moving our city forward,” said Carbondale Mayor John “Mike” Henry. “We hope the majority of Carbondale residents will take the time to give us their input.”

To access the online survey, visit www.brandingcarbondaleil.com. Printed surveys will also be available at City Hall (200 S. Illinois Avenue) during normal business hours. All surveys must be completed by Monday, July 10.

If you have questions or would like more information about the branding project, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 or afox@explorecarbondale.com.

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Progressive Patio Tour

Friday, June 16th, 2017 - 12:59pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Progressive Patio Tour

Bringing traffic into the downtown area to explore the great places that downtown Carbondale has to offer!

Carbondale, IL June 15, 2017: Carbondale Main Street is hosting another Progressive Patio Tour on July 13, 2017 from 6 to 10pm. This will be a chance for the public to visit participating establishments and try popular items off of their menus.

There will be a $20 fee that will include transportation, free samples at each spot and brief histories on buildings and patios from business representatives as the tour goes along. Participants may also purchase cocktails and other menu items in addition to the free offerings. Stops will include Carbondale Community Arts’ Artspace 304, Global Gourmet and Sabor de Mel, all in downtown Carbondale. There will be a free after-party held at the brand new Traxx.

The intent of the Progressive Patio Tour is to make more people aware of great spaces where then can relax in the spring, summer and fall seasons. This will also help these establishments showcase what they have to offer. For more information or to reserve your spot (there are only fifty- five bus seats available), call 618-529-8040 or email info@carbondalemainstreet.com.

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Eclipse Q&A's for Local Residents

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 - 2:03pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 14, 2017

CARBONDALE RELEASES ECLIPSE Q&A’S FOR LOCAL RESISDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – With less than 70 days until the solar eclipse, the City of Carbondale wants to make sure residents are prepared for the big event.

In March, dozens of eclipse questions were generated at a series of business forums.

City staff, Carbondale Tourism, Carbondale Main Street, Southern Illinois University and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce worked together to answer all of the questions.

The list is now available to residents at www.carbondaleeclipse.com/local.

Categories include activities/events, public safety, business tips, general eclipse info, travel/transportation/parking, accommodations, volunteers and SIU.

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

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Mediacom Launches Connect2Compete Broadband Adoption Program in Southern Illinois Markets

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 - 8:38am

For Immediate Release

Mediacom Communications Launches Connect2Compete Broadband Adoption Program in Southern Illinois Markets

Affordable Internet Service Available to Low-Income School Students

Carbondale, IL – June 14, 2017 – Mediacom Communications today took a major step towards closing the digital divide in Southern Illinois with the launch of the Connect2Compete broadband adoption program in partnership with national non-profit, EveryoneOn.

As part of Connect2Compete, Mediacom will provide discounted high-speed internet services to students and families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program. The service will be provisioned at 10 Mbps down by 1 Mbps up and priced at $9.95 per month which includes the lease of a Wi-Fi enabled modem at no additional charge.

"The internet has become an essential communications and learning tool for educators, students and parents," said Todd Curtis, Group Vice President for Mediacom’s Lincoln Region. "By launching the Connect2Compete program in Southern Illinois, we hope to make internet access available to more families by lowering the cost of entry for those most at-risk of being left behind in today’s digital world."

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of American households with incomes below $30,000 a year lack access to broadband services at home. By comparison, 94% of American households earning $100,000 or more a year have home broadband service. This disparity in online access has created what is commonly referred to as the "homework gap" between school age children with broadband access and those without.

"Addressing digital inclusion is a priority. We must ensure all residents have the capability to empower their lives through digital technology" said Steven Mitchell, Economic Development Director for Carbondale. "The Connect2Compete initiative launched by Mediacom in partnership with EveryoneOn attacks this issue head on by offering low-income families with school age children an affordable internet service option."

For more information about Mediacom’s Connect2Compete program or to apply, visit http://www.mediacomc2c.com/.

About Connect2Compete

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected U.S. residents. Connect2Compete (C2C) is EveryoneOn’s flagship program with the nation's cable companies to provide affordable Internet and devices to students and families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program. For more information, please visit www.everyoneon.org/c2c.

About Mediacom Communications

Mediacom Communications Corporation is the 5th largest cable operator in the U.S. serving almost 1.4 million customers in smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Mediacom offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services to households and businesses, including video, high-speed data, phone, and home security and automation. Through Mediacom Business, the company provides innovative broadband solutions to commercial and public sector customers of all sizes, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at www.mediacomcable.com.

Contact:
Tom Larsen
SVP – Government & Public Relations
845-443-2754
tlarsen@mediacomcc.com

ECLIPSE FORUMS

Monday, June 12th, 2017 - 11:49am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 12, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE TO HOST SERIES OF ECLIPSE FORUMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale along with Carbondale Tourism, Carbondale Main Street, Southern Illinois University and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will host a series of eclipse forums.

The forums will be held on Tuesday, June 20 from 2-4 p.m. and Thursday, June 22 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Room 116 of the Carbondale Civic Center. Both forums will cover the same information so attendance at both is not required.

Topics of discussion include eclipse preparations, parking, transportation, getting around town, eclipse events, accommodations and volunteering.  There will be a panel of Carbondale leaders and officials available to answer questions.

If you are unable to attend, the forums will be available online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgZV3fGzoIfKXMbLOZjKE8Q.

The forums are open to anyone looking to learn more about the eclipse.

For more information, contact Carbondale Tourism at (618) 529-4451 or visit www.carbondaleeclipse.com.

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Carbondale Fraternal Order of Police to Donate Money to Boys and Girls Club

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 - 8:16am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 8, 2017

CARBONDALE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE TO DONATE MONEY TO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The Carbondale Police Officer’s Association Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 192 and the Carbondale Police Chief’s Office are excited to present a $1,000 check to the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale, thanks to a special fundraiser.

In November, employees at the Carbondale Police Department took part in “No Shave November.” To participate, employees donated $50. This allowed them to grow facial hair which is typically regulated by the police department’s policy. Employees who did not wish to participate also donated money to the cause.

Every year, the police department raises money throughout “No Shave November” to donate to either a local organization or family in need.

The check presentation will be held at the Boys and Girls Club (250 N. Springer Street) on Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. Members of the media are invited to attend.

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

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Shadow Fest

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 - 10:41am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 7, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE ANNOUNCES SHADOW FEST LINEUP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – Six vibrant performances, two days of music and one FREE weekend of fun. The City of Carbondale and Carbondale Main Street are excited to announce the lineup for Shadow Fest.

The festival kicks off on Saturday, August 19 with performances by American Idiot, a tribute to Green Day; Big Love, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac; and Elevation, a tribute to U2.

On Sunday, August 20, it’s all about the 80s. Johnny Rock-itt, That 80s Band and Superjam will take to the stage for the ultimate 80s experience. Festival goers can expect to hear hits from Kiss, AC/DC, Journey, Madonna, Prince and more.

Concerts will be held along Washington Street, between Walnut and Main Streets, from 5-11 p.m. Admission to all of the concerts is free.

To learn more about the bands performing at Shadow Fest, visit the American Bands Entertainment website at http://ambandsentertainment.com/.

Members of the media should contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 to set up an interview.

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City of Carbondale to Host Annual Bike Luncheon

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 - 3:24pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
May 31, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE TO HOST ANNUAL BIKE LUNCHEON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE –The City of Carbondale is wrapping up National Bike Month with its Annual Bicycle Luncheon at Turley Park on Thursday, June 1.

The free luncheon will begin at noon. Awards will be given to the organization with the most riders, the longest commute and the Bicycle Scavenger Hunt winner. There will also be drawings for free bike helmets and accessories.

For more information, contact City of Carbondale Planner Sarah Lawrence at (618) 457-3257 or slawrence@explorecarbondale.com.

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