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Citizen of the Year
February 2014 | Volume 27 | No. 2
honored at Chamber’s Annual Dinner By Paul Anthony Arco Jeff Fahrenwald was nearly speechless when he learned that he was named the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. Fahrenwald, director of the MBA program and a professor at Rockford University, was recognized during the chamber’s annual dinner, January 23, at Giovanni’s. “I’m stunned,” Fahrenwald said. “I don’t know what to say. I’m honored.” The Citizen of the Year is presented to an individual who’s made significant contributions to the community
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Jeff Fahrenwald, director of the MBA program and professor at Rockford University, is named Citizen of the Year. through business and philanthropic activities over several years. In addition to serving as director of the MBA program at Rockford University, Fahrenwald teaches in the areas of human relations, management, leadership and international studies. He is an active organizational consultant and trainer focusing on strategic planning, organizational leadership, and management development. He also has served on many local boards, including the American Red Cross, Rockford Local Development Corp., and various Rockford Public School committees. “This is my home. I think it’s important to step up and give back to your community,” he said later. “I think
Rockford is on the cusp of doing great things. Education is turning around. I think Transform Rockford is a fabulous movement. We have good organizations that care about the community, from United Technologies and Woodward to smaller companies. Ten years from now, we’re going to look back and say, ‘Wow, Rockford is a different place.” “It’s well deserved,” said Rockford University President Dr. Robert Head. “Jeff is one of the hardest workers for the improvement of our community. When he talks, people listen. One of my greatest privileges at Rockford University is to work with extremely bright leaders, and Jeff is certainly right there among the best.” more on page 4
Grants earmarked to take lead out of area homes
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The Internal Revenue Service released optional 2014 standard mileage rates for taxpayers in computing deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable or medical expense purposes: $.56 for business, $.22 for medical and $.14 for charity.
Winnebago County Health Department is taking applications through its Creating Lead Safe Rockford program for residents interested in home lead mitigation, thanks to $3 million in grants for Winnebago and Boone counties by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Lead poisoning is the number one environmental illness of children and the most common preventable pediatric health problem in the United States today. Lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Even small amounts can cause serious health problems in mental and physical development, especially for
children under 6. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal. Children commonly are exposed by breathing in or ingesting paint chips and contaminated dust from deteriorated or disturbed lead-based paint in homes built before 1978. Households accepted into the CLSR program will receive a full lead-based paint inspection/risk assessment. Properties may be eligible for lead hazard reduction work, which may include painting, window and door replacement, or specialized cleaning. Households must meet requirements, including incomes less than 80 percent of the area median. For questions call Carmelo Porta at 815-720-4112.
Goodwill VITA volunteers are offering free tax assistance to those with low-to-moderate incomes (families with incomes less than $50,000; individuals with incomes less than $25,000), and persons with disabilities. Volunteer tax preparers are IRS certified and assist community members in claiming any special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible. Call 815-965-7606. Various Rockford Public Library locations will be set up for VITA tax assistance, including the main library, the Lewis Lemon, Montague, Rock River, Rockton and East branches, and the Nordlof Center small multi-purpose room. Appointments are required. Call 815987-6200. (Some walk-ins may be accepted.)
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Small Business Luncheon February 20
The Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club For more info, see page 27
PoPULATIoN GRoWTH IN 2014 The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the United States population on New Year’s Day, 2014 represented an increase of 0.7 percent from New Year’s Day, 2013. One birth is expected to occur every eight seconds in the United States and one death every 12 seconds. The world population on New Year’s Day, 2014 represented an increase of 1.1 percent from New Year’s Day, 2013. Worldwide every second, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected. India added 15.6 million people over the one-year period, which led all countries, followed by China, Nigeria, Pakistan and Ethiopia.