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The festival opened on 18th Street for the first time in three years, despite residents raising concerns about parking, traffic, noise and sanitation.
The 1st Ward alderperson — who has the one of the best attendance records of any City Council member — did not offer a specific reason for missing the meeting, but his vote would not have impacted the outcome of either proposal.
Afro Joe's will reopen in Beverly for the Memorial Day weekend with live music and a DJ. The beloved coffee shop closed its Auburn Gresham location in April.
With earmarks returning to Congress this year, Rep. Robin Kelly has requested $550,000 for an independent study into preserving Promontory Point.