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Springfield communities host National Night Out events

Staff Contributor



PRESS RELEASE | In partnership with the Springfield Police Department and city officials, neighborhood associations across Springfield will be hosting events on Tuesday, August 7 in celebration of National Night Out.  This annual event encourages neighborhoods across the nation to spend the evening outside with neighbors, police and community leaders. It is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Neighborhood associations across Springfield will host a variety of family-friendly events. These events are free to the public and residents are encouraged to participate. It is an opportunity to explore Springfield and meet residents throughout the community.

Hosting Association



Additional Info

Enos Park, The Avenue & Lincoln Park Enos Park Pavilion, between 7th & 8th Streets 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Ernie Bankhead Intersection of Livingston & Beech 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
Historic Westside Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
Iles Park & Harvard Park Iles Park, 2000 S. 6th Street


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Laketown, Franklin Park & Lake Springfield Firefighters Postal Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Drive 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
MacArthur Boulevard Business Association Bites on the Boulevard, 1413 S. MacArthur 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(food and drink will be available for purchase)

Pioneer Park


Boys & Girls Club, 300 S. 15thStreet 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Sherwood Neighborhood Association Vredenburgh Park, 100 Crusaders Road 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
Yorktown & Glen Aire Navy Club, 3100 Stanton Street 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


The Springfield Municipal Band will also be performing at Douglas Park on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at 7:30 p.m.  If you have questions about any of the events planned, you may reach out to the associations directly or contact the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8325.

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City branch pickup starts tomorrow in the Northwest Quadrant

Staff Contributor



Springfield’s spring branch pickup program starts Monday, April 8th. Each quadrant of the city will have two pickup dates, one in April and one in May. Crews will only visit each quadrant once per month. The first pickup will be in the Northwest Quadrant.

Size of Branch Piles

Branches must meet the following standards to be picked up:

  • No larger than 3 foot in height, 4 foot in depth, and 10 feet in length;
  • Piles larger than a small pickup load will not be picked up by the city;
  • The program is for branches only, no logs will be accepted
  • Branches/limbs trimmed by a commercial contractor will not be picked up; and
  • Branches must be placed on the curb not obstructing the street or sidewalk.

Small branches may also be broken up and put into yard waste bags for pick up by your waste hauler.

Year-Round Residential Branch Drop Off

Residents may drop off branches, free of charge year-round, to Evans Recycling with proof of residency. This service is not for commercial contractors but for city residents only. Evans Recycling is located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12-noon. Contact number is 217.391.0886.

Pickup schedule

Week of April 8th & May 6th

  • Northwest Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street/J David Jones Parkway.

Week of April 15th & May 13

  • Southwest Quadrant – area south of South Grand Avenue and Old Jacksonville Road.  West of Walnut Street.

Week of April 22nd & May 20th

  • Southeast Quadrant– area south of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut Street, including the properties around Lake Springfield.

Week of April 29th & May 27th

  • Northeast Quadrant – area north of South Grand Avenue and east of Walnut/J. David Jones Parkway.

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Boil Order issued for parts of Deerfield Subdivision

Staff Contributor



Press Release | City Water, Light and Power is issuing a boil order for parts of Deerfield subdivision, where a water service was repaired recently. Customers affected who are receiving notices today include these duplexes in Deerfield subdivision:

5300 thru 5411 Biltmore Dr.
2300 thru 2414 Asheville Dr.
2300 thru 2411 Knoxville Dr.
2204 & 2205 Thrasher Dr. & 5304 & 5305 Murre Dr.

Customers affected should boil all tap water used for drinking or cooking before use until this order is lifted. Water should be brought to a “rolling” boil for five minutes and then cooled before use when appropriate.

This boil order follows repair work to a water service on Asheville Drive. Per regulations, the main was flushed and multiple water samples were taken. One set of the samples did not fully meet CWLP water quality standards. Additional water quality sampling is being done to confirm that the water meets all standards and at such time, this boil order would be lifted.

When the boil order is lifted, which at the earliest would be this Friday afternoon, March 22, it will be announced by door to door notifications to customers affected and on CWLP’s Facebook page, and Twitter page, Customers affected wanting more information on their service may also call the Water Communications Desk at 789-2323 ext. 2.

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Southeast seeking donations for e-sports team

Thomas Clatterbuck



Competitive video gaming, or E-sports, is one of the fastest growing competitive scenes in the world. And that scene is making its way to Central Illinois. The Illinois College e-sports team regularly competes against Big 10 schools and semipro teams. Southeast Springfield High School is looking to join the action. Southeast will be the first high school in Springfield to field an e-sports team.

E-sports, like any other team, is an opportunity to students to represent their school and get a real shot at a scholarship. But while e-sports don’t require the large facilities that other sports do, they do have equipment costs. Computers, mice, headsets, and the other kit necessary to take part can be out of reach for some students.

To make sure all students have the opportunity to showcase their talents, Southeast coach Dalton McGhiey is asking for donations on his go fund me page. You can learn more about the Southeast team on their campaign page as well.

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