This section is intended to present information on matters which affect the residents of Churchill's Grove, including neighborhood association events and initiatives, as well as community-wide events which may be of interest to Grove residents. 

If you would like to have something considered for inclusion as an Announcement here, please send an e-mail with your request to* 

*Please note that Churchill's Grove, Inc. reserves the right not to publish any proposed announcement it deems unsuitable, in the sole and exclusive discretion of the presiding officer of Churchill's Grove, Inc.

Grove Volunteers Featured in Register-Star

posted Apr 16, 2019, 7:12 AM by Web Master   [ updated Apr 16, 2019, 7:12 AM ]

On Tues., Apr. 16, the Rockford Register-Star newspaper is highlighting the work of volunteers here in our neighborhood who have taken the initiative to form the "Friends of Veterans Memorial Circle", a group which is embracing the task this spring of cleaning and replanting the green spaces in the traffic circle at Auburn St. and North Main St.  Rick Westlake, Helen Karakoudas Redfern and Ernie Redfern are the co-chairs of the group, which is planning a "Spruce-Up Day" on Sat., May 11, in an effort to remind veterans of our gratitude for their service and sacrifice.  
For the full article, follow the link to the Register-Star article:

City of Rockford Plans for 2019 Spring Street-Sweeping

posted Mar 28, 2019, 6:14 PM by Web Master

In response to a question from the Association on the City's plans for street-sweeping this spring, Mark Stockman, the City's Director of Public Works, provided the following information:

"Pinpointing exact date(s) a neighborhood will be swept is difficult as there are too many factors that affect our progress (weather, amount of material on the streets, equipment breakdowns, etc.).  Public Works ("PW") sends out a press release every Thursday during the sweeping season highlighting the areas where sweepers will be working.  We use the same maps for residential sweeping as we do for snow plowing.  

Initially, we will be sweeping all of the arterial and collector level streets.  This takes about 2 weeks.  I suspect full residential sweeping will begin in mid-April.  Keeping in mind there are 24 routes of which we can only sweep 3 or 4 concurrently, it will take until approximately mid-June to complete.  

When scheduling the routes we are looking back to see in what order they were swept the previous year and adjust accordingly so that whoever was swept first last year may be last this year.  PW does follow a logical sequence in the schedule to gain efficiencies so that sweepers aren't moving thru the various points throughout the city in a seemingly haphazard manner.  

My recommendation is that residents visit the City website each Friday where the schedule for the following week will be posted (  The City’s Public Information Officer also publishes this information on social media as well.  


Thank you,

Mark Stockman

Director of Public Works

779 348-7633

Collection of Yard Waste in the Grove Resumes April 1

posted Mar 20, 2019, 12:19 PM by Web Master   [ updated Mar 20, 2019, 12:19 PM ]

Rock River Disposal plans to resume collection of yard waste from Rockford residents the week of April 1, 2019.

"Yard waste" consists of grass clippings, leaves and small branches. It will be collected if contained in a) compostable paper bags, or b) garbage cans clearly marked with a large “X”.

Larger twigs, branches and other types of brush must be placed into bundles no more than 4 feet long by 2 feet in diameter, with branches no thicker than 4” in diameter. A bundle should not weigh over 25 lbs. Bundles should be tied with string or twine and not metal, plastic or tape. 

For information, please visit

Yard Waste Pick-up Extended

posted Nov 16, 2018, 9:45 AM by Web Master is reporting today that the City of Rockford and Rock River Disposal have extended yard waste pick-up until the week ending Friday, Dec. 6.  
This would mean that the last pick-up in the Grove for 2018 will be on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Pick-up will resume again in Spring 2019.

Annual Holiday Dinner

posted Nov 12, 2018, 7:57 PM by Web Master

Reserve your tickets NOW for the Annual Grove Holiday Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 2! Please join other Grove residents for an evening at the Rockford Country Club, beginning with a social from 5 to 6 pm, and an open buffet from 6 pm onward.  Buffet will include prime rib, chicken, salads, sides and a dessert table.  There will be a cash bar.
PAYMENT BY CHECK OR ONLINE IS NEEDED BY NOV. 30 TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS!  Cost is $22/person for Grove residents with current Association membership, and $32/person for Guests and Non-members.
SEND YOUR CHECK (payable to Churchill's Grove, Inc.) to: Carolyn Cadigan, 1940 Harlem Blvd., or PAY ONLINE by CLICKING HERE!

Holiday Garbage Pick-up and End of Yard-Waste Pick-up

posted Nov 12, 2018, 7:47 PM by Web Master

Garbage collection for Grove residents over the Thanksgiving Holiday week will be on Friday, Nov. 23. The Household Hazardous Waste Site at 3333 Kishwaukee will be open for the weekend of Saturday 11/24 and Sunday 11/25 as usual. 

As a reminder, the final week that yard waste will be collected is Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 30. Yard waste will not be picked-up again until the compost site re-opens in the spring of 2019.

2019 Membership Dues

posted Nov 12, 2018, 6:27 PM by Web Master

Grove membership runs from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 and it helps tremendously if you make a point of paying your annual Churchill's Grove membership dues by the start of the new year!  
Click HERE to get more info on dues AND to pay online.  Don't forget to include your contribution to the Alley Plowing Fund as well . . . 
Your dues support the work that the Association does on behalf of the residents of the Grove.  They also support the fun activities organized by the Association, like the Garage Sale, the Annual Meeting and Dinner in May, the Annual Picnic, etc.
If you have any questions, please contact Sally Mark at 815-289-2916.

Grove residents meeting with Park District - Wed., May 30

posted May 24, 2018, 6:22 AM by Web Master

Attention, Friends in the Grove!  
On Wed., May 30, you are invited to an open meeting with representatives of the Rockford Park District, to be held in the Community Hall at St. Peter's Church, at 1243 N. Church St., starting at 6:30 pm. 
The Park District representatives would like to get our input about residents' recreational needs and share more about their Master Plan process, history, financial realities, Walker School, etc. They are meeting with neighborhood groups around the area, gathering ideas about ways to improve the Rockford Park District.
The Park District very much wants and needs our input. Please join us for this opportunity to help make our award-winning Park District even better!

Annual Membership Dues Reminder!

posted Apr 9, 2018, 7:19 PM by Web Master

As the Annual Garage Sale approaches, please remember to pay your annual Churchill's Grove membership dues.  Click HERE to get more info on dues AND to pay online.
Your dues support the work that the Association does on behalf of the residents of the Grove.  They also support the fun activities organized by the Association, like the Garage Sale, the Annual Meeting and Dinner in May, etc.
If you have any questions, please contact Sally Mark at 815-289-2916. 

Yard Waste Pick-up Resumes

posted Mar 2, 2018, 9:58 AM by Web Master

Yard waste for the City of Rockford Residents will begin the week of March 19th on your normal pick up day. It is currently scheduled to run through Nov. 30, 2018.Please be advised that yard waste will only be collected when placed in compostable paper bags or in garbage cans clearly marked with a large “X” visible from the street. Branches and limbs less than 4” in diameter bundled with string or twine may be placed for collection as long as they don’t exceed four feet in length, three feet in diameter and 50 pounds by weight. Please refer to for additional details.

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