* Racine Unified is planning a new event to start next school year. "School Year's Eve" is planned as a community-wide event for Aug. 31 to kickoff the 2010-11 school year. The hope is hold open houses in all of the district' elementary and middle schools to welcome parents and students back to classes.
* Look for Racine Unified to offer an expanded selection of summer school classes this year, especially for elementary students. The additional class time - be it for students to catch up in reading or math, or for enrichment programs - is part of
* The Blind Alligator at 1655 Taylor Ave. is in danger of losing its liquor license. The Public Safety and Licensing Committee heard from the police and health departments Monday night about problems at the bar. The committee voted unanimously to recommend taking the tavern to a due process hearing to repeal its liquor license.
* The proposed "historic artifacts" ordinance, which would protect city-owned property from being destroyed, was sent to the city attorney's office for further review. The biggest concern appears to be over who would be in charge of enforcing the ordinance. "The support is there. It's just a matter of getting everything tweaked right," said Alderman Jim Spangenberg.
* The Racine Urban Garden Network submitted their application for a conditional-use permit Monday for the community garden at 734 Marquette St. It's the next step in getting the garden approved.