Sunday, October 23, 2016

Order Your Fasano Pies Now to Make Thanksgiving 2016 Extra Delicious

One of Chicago’s all-time great dessert names is ready to
make your Thanksgiving table extra delicious this year.

Pies by Fasano (“As Good As Mother’s and Better Than Others”), as familiar and popular a Chicago name as Riverview or Bozo’s Circus or Frango Mints, is offering a variety of longtime favorites--made with the same recipes that men, women and children have loved since the 1950s.

"Thanks to our website,, our pie store is essentially open 24/7, never closing, there for the convenience of our customers," says Peter Fasano, son of the legendary Joseph “Joe Pies” Fasano and grandson of the company founder.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Fasano is offering pumpkin, pecan, apple, cherry, blueberry, coconut cream, chocolate cream, lemon cream, banana cream, strawberry/banana cream and more.

Simply go to and click the "Preorder" tab.

Order today and pick up your pies on Wednesday, November 23. Be sure to indicate if you want to pick up your pies at Brother Rice High School, 99th and Pulaski, or in Downers Grove.

Fasano Pie Company--a longtime friend of Brother Rice HS.
Even better: a portion of your purchase will be donated to Brother Rice High School by the Fasano Pie Company.

Fasano Pies will make your Thanksgiving table a special place, and they also make unique, thoughtful gifts for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, clients and others--a delicious way to say "thank you" to anyone and everyone!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Garfield Ridge Chamber Holding Halloween Coloring Contest for Kids

Boys and girls in the area are invited to have fun in a
Halloween coloring contest sponsored by the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

Children ages 3-14 are welcome to participate in three divisions:
• ages 3-5 (“Happy Halloween” pumpkin sheet)
• ages 6-9 ( “wolf with vampire” sheet)
• ages 10-14 (“haunted house/skeleton” sheet)

Downloadable coloring sheets may be found at

After children have colored the appropriate sheet, a parent or guardian should drop it off at the chamber office, 6165 S. Archer; Midway Storage, 5660 W. 55th St.; or the Archer Heights Credit Union, 6554 W. Archer.

Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. All entries should include the child’s name, age, parent/guardian phone number and school, if applicable.

The contest will be judged by chamber members. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in the weeks ahead. All submitted entries are the property of the chamber and may be put on public display at local businesses.

Get to it, kids!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Ready for Cub Fans, Pontecore Says

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

If the Chicago Cubs defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers this week and win the National League pennant—the team’s first since 1945—Chicago Lawn (8th) District police are ready for what will most likely be over-the-top celebrations, even in White Sox country on the Southwest Side, Commander Ronald Pontecore said Monday night.

Commander Pontecore and GRNW President Al Cacciottolo
The district’s top cop made brief mention of the readiness at Monday’s public meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, held at St. Jane Parish’s Ward Hall. About 50 people attended.

Born and raised on the Southwest Side, Pontecore described himself as “a committed White Sox fan” as he first joked that his real public safety concern was rowdy White Sox fans partying in the streets if the Cubs collapsed in the playoffs—which brought laughter from the mostly partisan crowd.

On a serious note, Pontecore said CPD does “have a plan” to address crowd control and protect people and property, although he did not discuss specifics other than to note that he has “sent letters to the establishments—the bars, the liquor stores, carryout services--about not serving [beer] in bottles, serving it [instead] in plastic cups, making sure that they keep their [customers] in line and don’t let them go crazy in the streets.”

The CPD drill is expected to be much the same as it has
Blackhawks revelers on Archer in 2015.
been during the spontaneous street celebrations that broke out after the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship celebrations in this decade—most recently in June 2015. While crowds were loud and jubilant on Archer Avenue and elsewhere in the district, a strong police presence helped ensure safe celebrations with near-zero property damage or arrests.

Commander John Kupczyk
On other topics, Pontecore repeated what he said last month—that he is firmly committed to maintaining the “beat integrity” system put in place years ago by Commander John Kupczyk. The mere mention of Kupczyk on Monday drew applause from the crowd, nearly five years after the popular commander died suddenly.

“John Kupczyk was a friend of mine,” Pontecore said. “He was a great police officer, and I am committed to the same ethic here in the Eight District as he was.

“I believe strongly in beat integrity,” he continued. “You will not lose [police] cars on this end of the district. Your beat cars will remain out here, your rapid-response cars will be out here. They will not go east in this district unless, of course, if we have something major going on, like an officer is in trouble or things like that.”

He added that applies to all beats in the district.

Beat integrity was a tactic designed by Kupczyk to ensure that police cars patrolling beats on the district’s west end are not redeployed to east-end hotspots. For years before Kupczyk’s arrival, people in Garfield Ridge and Clearing—and even in neighborhoods immediately east of Midway Airport—complained that they were left unprotected by redeployment of their beat cars to the Western Avenue corridor, a relatively high-crime portion of the district then and now.

Garfield Ridge “is a great neighborhood, and I want to keep it that way,” Pontecore added. “My goal is to one day leave the Eighth District a safer district than it was when I walked in here.”

He also praised the district’s rank and file police officers, saying they “do an astounding job” day in and day out. The audience showed its agreement by giving the officers in the back of the room a standing ovation later in the meeting.

Also at the meeting, GRNW board member Arlene White announced that the group’s recent Sell-A-Bration event at Kennedy High School raised more than $1,600, which will be donated to several local crime prevention endeavors.

Finally GRNW President Al Cacciottolo announced that the GRNW’s 115 members are encouraged to sign up for one of 40 spots on a bus that will conduct a group patrol later this month in Beat 811. The purpose of the exercise is to re-acquaint members with the basics of how to patrol the neighborhood’s streets, alleys, parks and school grounds safely and effectively—so that they may get back into the mix of patrolling in their own vehicles.

Those members interested are encouraged to send an email to


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Cops Warn of Clearing Burglaries

A recent cluster of garage burglaries in the Clearing
neighborhood has prompted the Chicago Police Department to issue a community alert.

Crime scenes include:
• 5500 block of West 64th Place on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
• 5500 block of West 64th Place on Saturday, Oct. 8.
• 6400 block of South Central on Monday, Oct. 10.

Police advise everyone:
• Keep the perimeter of your property well lit.
• Report suspicious activity immediately.
• Keep doors and windows secured.
• Immediately repair any broken windows, doors or locks.
• Identify and work with trusted neighbors to watch each other’s property and report suspicious activity promptly to 911. 
• If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating detectives.
• If you are a victim, do not touch anything. Call police immediately.
• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.
• Do not open doors for strangers.

Those with useful information to share are encouraged to call CPD Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8382 and mention crime pattern P16-1-238.


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Save Your Plastic Caps/Lids, Help Girl Scouts Build Benches for Summer Camp

Members of Girl Scout Service Unit 275 (which includes girls mostly from Garfield Ridge and Clearing) stand ready to collect literally thousands of bottle caps from households and businesses in the area.

Pausing for a photo are (back row, from left) Kelsey Simon, Vivian Korolewicz, Julia Gonzalez, Janessa Mosqueda, Donna Dlugopolski, Kayla Garrity and Emma Garrity; (middle row, from left) Amber Hahn, Sophia Centeno, Isamar Espinoza; and (front row, from left) McKayla Rogers, Lorraine Korolewicz and Sophia Gonzalez.

The caps, once collected, will be turned into durable plastic benches that will be installed at several Girl Scout camps in 2017, according to Service Unit 275 Co-Manager Teri Korolewicz. They will replace wooden benches, some of which are showing their age.

Needed are clean plastic caps and lids from medicine bottles, soda pop bottles, milk jugs, yogurt and cottage cheese cups, peanut butter and mayonnaise jars, detergent bottles, toothpaste and ointment tubes, ice cream buckets, butter tubs, hair spray and deodorant cans, cream and cheese and butter tubs. Caps and lids should be marked with recycling numbers 2, 4 or 5.

In the days ahead, several collection points in the neighborhood will be announced. The first is the popular Dulce V frozen treat shop near Archer and Austin.

If you have caps/lids to donate now, please send an email to

Not wanted for the drive are drink bottles, plastic bags, trigger sprays, food containers, soap pumps, lotion bottle pumps, grocery bags, fast-food drink lids and any caps with silicon/rubber lining.

Will you please help our local Girl Scouts?


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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sweet Idea: Enjoy Treats at Dulce V, Help the Boys and Girls at St. Jane de Chantal

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Here's a sweet idea: a cool four-day fundraiser to help the
boys and girls at St. Jane de Chantal, one of the best schools on the Southwest Side!

Stop in at the Dulce V frozen treat parlor, 6140 S. Archer (Archer and Austin) from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 10 through Thursday, October 13, and 10 percent of what you purchase (frozen treats, warm favorites, beverages, you name it) will be donated to St. Jane's.

Please note: You must present this flyer when you make your purchase:

Click here to see and print the flyer.

Or--easier--simply have this Southwest Chicago Post story on your iPhone screen or other device when you make your purchase, and show it to the cashier.

Dulce V plans to do similar fundraisers with at least two other neighborhood schools later this month.

Want to partner with Dulce V to raise funds for your school, church, Scout troop, etc.? Stop in and ask to speak with a manager.  

Dulce V is without a doubt one of the brightest and most
cheerful businesses opened on the Southwest Side in years. Locally owned and operated, family owned and operated. Very kid friendly, a place for the young, as well as the young at heart!

Click here to read the Southwest Chicago Post story from a few months ago.

A tip of my cap to Dulce V for once again showing its community spirit and sharing its profits with our local schools.

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The Consequences of Our Actions: Both Unintended and Far Reaching

Opinion by John T. "Red" Ryan

IT IS CERTAINLY no secret that the American election process has a great deal of the showbiz-type elements infused into it. Long has this been an undeniable truth and we seem to not only accept this; but we even have come to expect it. This phenomenon's presence rings true at all levels, be it municipal, county, state or federal.

BEING THAT WE are aware of this, we should be able to safely navigate through all of the ballyhoo and arrive at intelligent choices in candidates and any referendum, be they binding or advisory) that appears on the ballot. Recognizing what are the issues at stake and scrutinizing the contending candidates and parties give us a foot up on cutting to the chase as to what is important in a particular election cycle. The last cog in this wheel is weighing the credibility of a candidate as well as their trustworthiness in keeping (or attempt) in keeping election promises.

AN INTELLIGENT APPROACH to the marking of the ballot naturally includes the choosing of the best candidate, regardless of any political affiliation. Although in theory the candidate who defines his party as being the same as yours will most likely be the one who agrees with your position, but not necessarily. The inclusion of a (D) or an (R) behind a candidate's name is not enough. Doing some investigation of what positions and actions were taken prior to seeking this particular office proves to be a useful prescription. This brings to mind the old song, "Practice What You Preach" as "Actions do speak louder than words!"

FINALLY, WE MUST think of what other forces will be entrusted to the successful candidate and what could be unleashed somewhere down the road, long after this president has dedicated his library somewhere.

REMEMBERING THAT THE length of any President's being in office is limited to two four-year terms or 10 years; if because of death, the remainder of the previous President's term was finished by his successor. This was the case for Lyndon B. Johnson; who succeeded JFK on November 22, 1963. He was elected on his own in November of 1964, but declined to seek a second term on his own in 1968.

THE POINT IS that long after these chief executives are gone, the Supreme Court justices that they choose to appoint remain in office, for life on good conduct. So it stands to reason that if some so called "liberal" or "progressive" judge with an agenda to change our country with far and wide interpretation of our United States Constitution can and will continue to do so for 30, 40, 50 years. I don't know about you, but we've had our belly full of nonsensical federal court rulings. There's no telling just how far these activist judges will go. Ten years or so ago, who would think that marriage was anything but between one woman and one man. Even more recently, our public lavatories and school locker rooms are no longer subject to designation by one's sex; but rather by how one feels.

JUST IMAGINE WHAT the next wave of judges may decree! Will they order the churches to follow their decisions and compel our priests, ministers and rabbis to marry any and all in religious service marriage ceremonies? "Oh, we got you that time, Ryan!" we hear you saying. "Religious freedom is guaranteed under the First Amendment of our Constitution! That could never happen!"  We tend to agree to a degree, but think of how our rights are being eroded.

THIS PAST YEAR, the Little Sisters of the Poor had to appeal to the United States Supreme Court because lower federal courts said that this Catholic order of nuns should be compelled to provide both birth control and abortion funding in the hospitalization plans for employees at their various facilities. They were being forced into paying, even though coverage could be obtained separately by any dissenting employees at no extra cost in other similar plans.Now we must ask the question, "Ten years ago, who would've thunk it?"

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO think about these incremental losses of our freedoms and how far reaching are the consequences of anointing/appointing the wrong type of judges. Here's hoping and praying that whoever our next chief executive may be, that those chosen to fill any and all vacancies on the Supreme Court share at least one common virtue.

AND THAT WOULD be the old fashioned quality of common sense! 

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John T. “Red” Ryan is a retired Chicago police officer and Garfield Ridge resident.