I've lived in Peoria for quite some time, and it's a wonderful community. Always has been. It came into its own under the leadership of Mayor John Keegan, and from that time on has skyrocketed, but carefully. Peoria is a class act. I've used a number of its services and the employees and managment are excellent. More Upper Education Coming to Peoria Residents recently learned that the city of Peoria has entered into exclusive negotiating agreements with Huntington University and The College of St. Scholastica to explore the establishment of their respective programs as part of a university consortium in Peoria. The schools are looking to offer complementary undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, exercise science, and digital media as well as a variety of other programs that are in line with Peoria's 2010 Higher Education Feasibility Study, and Economic Development Implementation Strategy (EDIS). Exciting news. Training in the medical field is needed, and often the waiting list is too long. And another university is coming to Peoria: Trine University. Trine will open a branch campus near Thunderbird Rd and 83rd Ave by 2013. Trine is a private, non-denominational institution that grants associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in more than 35 programs on campus, online, and at regional education centers. Peoria Now Newsletter Just got the Peoria Now newsletter for November, and it has some good tips for staying safe during the holiday shopping season. Here are the tips:
- Don't carry more than absolutely necessary in a purse.
- Be alert and walk with a purpose. The bad guys seek distracted, inattentive shoppers. If possible, shop with a friend. There is safety in numbers.
- Carry a cell phone and be prepared to call the police in case of an emergency.
- Thieves often scout food courts. Don't leave unattended handbags, gifts, etc.
- Don't leave valuables, packages, and recent purchases in plain sight in the vehicle.
- Pay attention to surroundings and if uncomfortable go back to the store or mall and ask to be escorted to your vehicle by security.
- Park vehicles in a well-lit area. Have keys ready and look over your car as you approach to make sure everything is okay.