On the Street: 'Spare Change' triumph, pool heroics, 'blurry' painting, 'Safari' snafu

Posted: Aug. 9, 2014 4:54 pm Updated: Aug. 23, 2014 9:15 pm

TOPS AGAIN: Quincy once again collected the most money during a statewide "Spare Change for a Real Change" collection to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. During a three-hour window Aug. 1, Quincy Police Department personnel and volunteers from the Quincy Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association collected $6,000 while working at the intersections of 18th and State, and 24th and Harrison. Quincy has led the state in collections for several years in a row, said Kelly VanderMaiden, Pro-Act officer. "We are blown away every year by the support and generosity of this community," VanderMaiden said. "Quincy once again raised the most of any place that held this event in the state. The Special Olympics state office in Bloomington asked me what our secret is since Quincy blows everyone out of the water each year with this event. I explained that it is not us (QPD), it is the community and surrounding area."

LIFESAVER: A Quincy woman was recognized last week by the Quincy Fire Department for her role in saving a 3-year-old June 26 at Indian Mounds Pool. Meagan Cox was presented a Citizen Letter of Commendation from Fire Chief Joe Henning. Firefighters were dispatched to the pool after a report of a child who was having trouble breathing and whose face had turned purple. They learned that Cox had been watching the boy, who appeared to be bobbing in the water, because of his small size. The boy bobbed closer to a deeper part of the pool and eventually was not bobbing high enough to get a breath. Cox entered the pool from a distance and found him face down in the water. When she picked him up, the boy was not breathing. Cox carried the boy across the pool to the care of a lifeguard. The boy has since recovered.

A GENTLE RIBBING: The Quincy City Council recognized local artist Jennifer Bock-Nelson last week for her painting "Follow," which was named best of show at the Midsummer Arts Faire. The painting will be displayed at City Hall. Bock-Nelson joked to aldermen that the painting was supposed to be "blurry," a friendly ribbing aimed at 5th Ward Alderman Mike Rein. When approval was being sought to have Bock-Nelson paint a mural at 115 N. Fourth in 2013, Rein said he wanted to see a picture of the mural because it came across "foggy" on his computer.

SAFARI SCHEDULED: "Jungle Safari" was set to be at the Quincy Mall this month, but it has been delayed because of a city ordinance. The city requires a six-week period between the submission of a permit request and the date of the event. The mall found out last week that its request allowed only four weeks, so the "Jungle Safari" set for Aug. 27-31 is now scheduled to be in the front lot of the mall Sept. 17-21, Quincy Mall Marketing Manager Mike Jenkins said. The Loomis Bros. Circus ran into the same problem in June, when it moved from the Oakley-Lindsay Center to the Adams County Fairgrounds.

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