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Draft Week Diary with Jamie Diaz Ruiz

Thursday, February 20, 2020 10:00 AM by Guest Blogger

Area native and professional esports commentator Jamie Diaz Ruiz is busy prepping for the NBA 2K League Draft, which is set for 5 p.m. CT Saturday, February 22, at Terminal 5 in New York City. Well known for his on-air expertise, Diaz Ruiz has spent the past few years as a lead broadcaster for global events featuring signature gaming titles like Call of Duty and NBA 2K. Now, he’s attempting to make the leap to the League as a professional player this weekend, when Diaz Ruiz hopes to hear his name called by one of the 23 NBA 2K League franchises.

A New Take on Valentine's Day

Monday, February 10, 2020 4:00 PM by Elizabeth Miller

Valentine's Day always sneaks up on me every year. Luckily, my husband and I are pretty laid back when it comes to the holiday. We don't usually make any crazy elaborate plans. As long as we're together on the day, that's good enough for us!

You don't actually need too much to make Valentine's Day special! Throw out the idea that you need to go to a fancy restaurant or buy your Valentine flowers and chocolates. Here are some low-key (yet awesome) ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in the Rockford region.

Two local businessmen, Vince Chiarelli and Peter Provenzano, share a vision to bring more live entertainment to downtown Rockford and the surrounding area. Chiarelli, a local musician and owner of Vincent Records, and Provenzano, owner of SupplyCore Inc. and chairman of the Rock River Development Partnership, hope to help stimulate the local music scene and economy by bringing exciting and unique concerts to the Rockford area. The two share the feeling that the local community strives for more mid-size and large national touring musical acts.