Wednesday morning read: fireworks re-banned, ACLU honors Eastern Iowa women, Willis Dady needs donations for expansion

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No more fireworks - A City Council subcommittee on Tuesday recommended an outright ban on fireworks and restricting sales to industrial zones in city limits.

This comes 10 weeks after Iowa’s second-largest city adopted the most lax rules allowed in the state on firework use, leading to round-the-clock explosions, angry residents, hundreds of police calls, fires, litter, and air quality issues. Read more...

August recess, your chance to meet with members of Congress? - Congress is taking its annual August recess — or state/district work session, if you prefer — offering Iowans an opportunity to meet with their elected representatives.

Or not.

Donations needed for shelter expansion - In order to meet its $3 million fundraising goal to break ground on a shelter expansion this fall, Willis Dady Homeless Services is looking to raise about $230,000 by the end of the month.

In March, Willis Dady kicked off its capital campaign to expand the shelter, announcing that more than $2 million already had been raised for the project. The expansion, to be built on the back of the existing shelter, would add 15,000 square feet to the existing 31,000-square-foot facility. Read more...

Three Eastern Iowa women honored by ACLU - Three Eastern Iowa women are being honored with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa’s Louise Noun Award, typically given to those who defend the civil liberties of Iowans.

These three women are Rev. Anna Blaedel, of Iowa City, Sandy Mostaert, of Ely, and Stefanie Munsterman-Robinson, of Cedar Rapids. Read more...

Kirkwood searching for its next president - Kirkwood Community College officially is accepting applications from those wishing to become the school’s next leader — a “creative, energetic, self-motivated individual with strong communication skills, professional appearance, positive attitude and demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.” Read more...

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