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Q. I was wondering why the Salvation Army Big Red Kettle wasn't at NorthPark Mall this Christmas season? -- Bob, Davenport

A. We contacted the Salvation Army and Macerich, the owner of NorthPark Mall, Davenport, to find out. Major Scott A. Shelbourn, The Salvation Army Quad-City coordinator, responded:

"Before my arrival in the Quad-Cities in July, the NorthPark Mall and SouthPark Mall management had decided not to partner with The Salvation Army for the 2017 Christmas season. The Mall Management Team cited a new policy for their decision.

"The Salvation Army was disappointed by this decision as we are aware the public likes being able to go to NorthPark Mall and SouthPark Mall to participate in our Angel Tree Program with their toy donations, as well as donating to the Red Kettles. We are thankful the Sears located at NorthPark Mall was able to locate an Angel Tree inside its store.

"We have appreciated working with both the NorthPark Mall and SouthPark Mall in the past and we are hopeful in the future we will be able to do so again."

Laura Crossman, manager, corporate marketing for Macerich, responded:

"We had to make a difficult decision not to renew our relationship with the Salvation Army this year due to a history of lack of proper staffing at the NorthPark Mall donation sites. We will continue to support the Salvation Army organization in other ways as they are a valuable partner to the community."

Q. When will the Dunkin' Donuts at 2711 18th Ave. in Rock Island begin construction and/or open? It was to be built over the summer and had since been delayed to "after January." Is there a more specific answer? -- Robert, Rock Island

A.  We contacted Dunkin' Donuts to find out. Carrie Reckert, public relations/social media for Dunkin' Donuts/Midwest, responded:

"A construction date has not been set for this location."

Q. When did 3rd and 4th streets in Davenport actually become one ways? -- Doug

A. According to an Ask the Times question published on Feb. 4, 2013, the one-way street system was to go into effect on Tuesday, April 20, 1954. Ask the Times cited a news story headlined, "Caution Urged By Police Chief When One-Way Streets Open" that was published in the Wednesday, April 14, 1954, edition of the Morning Democrat.

"Motorists should be extremely careful in driving on the one-way streets because many drivers will not be used to them and some may enter from the wrong direction at first," said then Davenport Police Chief Harvey Smith.

"In order to help motorists get oriented to the new street system, Davenport Legionnaires will be stationed at various points along the one-way routes," the article read.

To read the complete story from Wednesday, April 14, 1954, visit

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