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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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Carbondale Fire Department - Hydrant Flushing

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 - 4:47pm

Hydrant flushing will continue on Thursday, May 25th. The Fire Department will run one crew from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will flush on the east side 11 hydrants in various locations that were missed during the initial flushing process. Customers may notice a change in water pressure and possible discoloration. The water is safe to drink. However, if your water is discolored, wait a few hours before doing laundry. If you have water related questions, please call 457-3240.

Daily updates for locations of flushing will be available on City Vision Channel 16 and the City’s web site at www.explorecarbondale.com.

Weather permitting this will be our last day! Hooray!!!

Kathy Haldeman
City of Carbondale Fire Department
200 S. Illinois Avenue
PO Box 2047
Carbondale, IL  62902-2047
(618) 457-3234 – Phone
(618) 457-3291 – Fax
khaldeman@explorecarbondale.com
www.explorecarbondale.com

City of Carbondale and Carbondale Park District to Host Summer Fitness Project

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 - 11:13am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
May 22, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE AND CARBONDALE PARK DISTRICT TO HOST SUMMER FITNESS PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is teaming up with the Carbondale Park District to host a series of group fitness classes during the Carbondale Farmer’s Market. 

The “Fresh Fitness” program will be held every Saturday in June and July from 10-11 a.m.

Southern Illinois University Fitness Instructors Kelsey Brommel and Tori Gusewelle will teach a variety of cardio and strength training classes throughout the nine week program.

No experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle, towel and/or yoga mat. A cash donation of $5 is suggested.

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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Notice to Remove Floral Arrangements / Oakland Cemetery

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 - 8:30am

 

NOTICE TO REMOVE
FLORALARRANGEMENTS

In order to facilitate mowing operations,

all ground level decorations must be removed prior to 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 5th, 2017. All in-ground vases will be turned down at that time and those arrangements remaining will be removed and disposed of by Cemetery personnel.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the office of the Maintenance & Environmental Services at 457-3275 or the Cemetery Sexton at 549-1712.

Oakland Cemetery

Carbondale Launches Interactive Eclipse Map

Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 9:14am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
May 15, 2017

CARBONDALE LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE ECLIPSE MAP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE –Carbondale is excited to provide a new tool to help guide visitors throughout the city during eclipse weekend.

An interactive map is now available on www.carbondaleeclipse.com under the “Getting Around” tab.

It features entertainment, cooling stations, restaurants, shopping, bars, ATMs, public restrooms, first aid stations, parking and other important eclipse information.

The City hopes the new map will help everyone easily navigate throughout Carbondale’s downtown.

In addition to the map, signage will be visible throughout the city to direct visitors to activities.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Economic Development Director Steven Mitchell at steven.mitchell@explorecarbondale.com.

City of Carbondale to Celebrate National Bike Month

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 - 9:08am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – May is National Bike Month. To celebrate, the City of Carbondale is teaming up with several area businesses and organizations to host a variety of events. The goal is to promote the many benefits of bicycling throughout the community.

Activities include a bike repair how-to, FixIt station demos, Bike Rodeo and scavenger hunt.

Bike month festivities will wrap up on June 1 with the City’s Annual Bicycle Luncheon at Turley Park.

For more information, please access the flyer.

In November, The League of American Bicyclists named Carbondale as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level. Last month, The League of American Bicyclists named the Carbondale Civic Center/City Hall a Bicycle Friendly Business at the Bronze level.

The City currently has 24 miles of bike lanes with more coming soon.

If you have questions, contact City of Carbondale Planner Sarah Lawrence at (618) 549-3257 or slawrence@explorecarbondale.com

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