Sunday, May 3, 2015

West Lawn Boy Fighting Brain Cancer 'Just Wants to Grow Up'; You Can Help

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post



A second grader who says he "just wants to grow up" is the focus of a St. Baldrick's event
Isaac Ruiz
set for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 11 at Lee Elementary School, 6448 S. Tripp.

Isaac Ruiz, 8, has been fighting medullablastoma brain cancer since April of 2014, and his teacher, Brigid Jacobsen, has organized the event to raise funds and awareness for cancer in children, as well as rally support for Isaac in the West Lawn neighborhood and across the Southwest Side.

Needed are volunteers to staff the event, licensed barbers and beauticians to shave heads, kid-friendly entertainers to keep the mood festive, donations of money to help the cause, and people willing to get their heads shaved at the event and solicit pledges.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation describes itself as "a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government" and which offers "hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers."

To make a donation online, visit stbaldricks.org/events/leelions.

Those who want to help in other ways are encouraged to call the school at (773) 535-2255 or email Jacobsen at blberry@cps.edu.

Background

Isaac is the youngest of Nilsa Dominguez and Alexander Ruiz's four children, which includes Alani, 15, Bria, 14, and Elijah, 9.

Before he was diagnosed with cancer, Isaac "started getting sick at school at lunchtime, throwing up, and the school was always calling me to pick him up," Nilsa recalled. "We thought he had some kind of stomach problem. When I took him to the pediatrician, he said that Isaac had a lot of allergies, so he changed his diet to solve the problem."

One weekend, Isaac had a severe headache and was taken to a hospital emergency room, where physicians said the problem was migraine headaches.

But Nilsa remained skeptical.

"I work in the medical field, and I knew there was something wrong," she added. "So I took him to the Lurie Children's Hospital neurology department. Everyone said I had a good mothering instinct, and so I wanted to keep going. When I got to the neurology department, I told them I wanted a simple explanation about what was going on.

"They took a CT Scan, and within five minutes they came back and told me Isaac had a brain tumor and they needed to operate right away," Nilsa continued. "The headaches were from brain and spinal fluid gathering in his body."

After the surgery, Isaac had radiation for six weeks during the summer of 2014, with a small dose of chemotherapy with the radiation. Chemotherapy, in turn, lasted six months.

Resilient as an eight-year-old boy can be, Isaac "just goes with the flow," Nilsa observed. "Kids with cancer don’t know negativity. They’re just strong.”

Faculty, students and others at Lee School have been supportive, ensuring that Isaac stayed up to date with his homework and offering support to the family. During Brain Tumor Awareness Month, teachers and classmates put up ribbons around the school. They have also made up a banner with the children’s handprints. Isaac sees it everyday. 

Then there was a time Isaac kept coming home with pieces of hair.

"We found out that five little girls were cutting their own hair, putting it in little ponytails and giving it to Isaac so he could donate it [to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients]," Nilsa explained.

Today, Isaac's test results look good, and doctors are cautiously optimistic, "but they won’t say Isaac is in remission yet, because 65 percent of children with cancer relapse within two years," Nilsa said. "After five years, the [relapse] numbers go down dramatically. That’s what we’re hoping for. For us, there is nothing but hope, there can’t be anything else."

# # #

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Crime News Update


Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in Sector 1. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

* * *


A knife-wielding thug robbed the Little Caesars pizzeria at 7963 S. Cicero at about 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 19. Police said he ordered a pizza, jumped over the counter, brandished a kitchen knife and then took cash from the cash register. An alert put out to the press by CPD did not disclose how much cash he stole. The criminal is described as a black man in his mid 20s, about 5-foot-11, 180-200 pounds, wearing a black skull cap, a black-and-white patterned jacket, and dark jeans. Anyone with useful information to share about the crime or the offender should call CPD Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8382.

* * *

Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Burglars pried open the rear door of Kwik Mart, 4047 W. 79th St., and stole about $20,000 worth of lottery tickets, 82 cartons of cigarettes and $500 cash. The crime occurred at 2:11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 and was reported to police about five hours later by a manager, a 42-year-old man.

https://www.facebook.com/chicitytowing?fref=ts
advertisement

Two thugs robbed the Family Dollar store at 5711 W. 63rd St. at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. One offender walked in and accosted a clerk—a 19-year-old Gage Park woman—and demanded cash from the register, while the other offender stood at the front door as a lookout. The clerk complied and gave the robber about $100 cash. The offenders then fled on foot. They were described as white men wearing dark clothes, black face masks, dark hoodies and black gloves.

advertisement
advertisement

In what police are calling a theft, two men accosted a 60-year-old woman on the 5800 block of West 63rd Place, demanded that she hand over her purse, and then took it as she complied. The crime occurred at 1:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Stolen were a black Coach purse, a cell phone, an iPad, credit cards and $10 cash. The offenders were described as white men age 18-25, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds.

Get this free window sign and show your support for our 8th District Police! 
  Head over to Archer BP, Archer and Oak Park, for yours!


Two West Lawn women, 21 and 46 years of age, were robbed at gunpoint as they walked down a sidewalk near 69th Place and Lawndale at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. The victims said they were approached by two men, one of whom said, “Get on the ground. Don’t do anything stupid. I don’t want to shoot your ass tonight.” The victims complied and were robbed of two cell phones, a wallet, $60 cash and a black Adidas duffel bag with green lettering. The offenders then ran away east on 69th Place. They were described as black men between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, dark complexion and black hair.

garfieldridgenw.com
advertisement

Two West Lawn men, 21 and 44 years of age, were robbed at gunpoint as they worked on a car on the street near 72nd and Avers, at 9 p.m. Friday, April 24. The victims told police that two offenders walked up, put a gun to their heads and demanded money. He then struck both in the head with the gun, causing them to fall to the ground. Stolen were two wallets. The robbers were described as black men age 21-25, 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, dark complexion, wearing dark clothes. One of the victims was transported via ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

advertisement
advertisement

A 38-year-old West Elsdon woman told police that burglars broke into her home near 52nd and Springfield and stole a tablet computer, a video game console and two passports. She discovered the crime when she came home at 6 a.m. Friday, April 24.

* * *

Burglars forced open the rear door of a home near 54th and Long and stole a gold chain with a cross, as well as a gold necklace with a heart pendant. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

advertisement

advertisement


# # #

Did You Miss the St. Joseph School Vendor Fair? Here It Is, With Contact Info

If you missed the vendor fair at St. Joseph School on Sunday, April 26, the Southwest Chicago Post was there for you! We took a photo of every vendor, and are including contact information on this page.

Plenty of unique merchandise and services at great prices.

So please feel free to contact any of these vendors. They tell us they welcome your interest! :-)


Our congratulations to Ana Hernandez (below) and her volunteers
for organizing and staffing a successful event to benefit the boys and girls of St. Joseph School,
which for more than a century has provided a Catholic elementary education to children in
Summit, Garfield Ridge, Clearing, Bedford Park and other fine communities.


Tupperware (below) was well represented by Gabriela Perez.
To see the latest in Tuperware's "unbelievabowl" savings, give her a call at (773) 817-3076.


Lily's Gift Shop (below), located on Roosevelt Road in Cicero, offers unique,
artisan-made jewelry, gift items, ropa folklorica Mexicana, and more.
Call them at (708) 328-0929 or check them out on Facebook!


Debbie of Donny and Debbie's Jewels (below) was showing off their glittering finery.
You can reach Debbie at (773) 206-8542.


Maria Salazar (below) shows off her fabulous jewelry and scarves.
See something you like? Contact her at (708) 228-6652!



Kristy Gross (below), a Pampered Chef consultant, is at your service and can provide all the cookware you need so you can cook up a dream! Call her at (815) 814-0962, email her at kgross4220@sbcglobal.net, or visit pamperedchef.biz/kristygross.



Kimberly Zaja (below) can bring you all the latest jewelry designs from Park Lane.
 From beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, Kimberly has it all.
Call her at (773) 597-5466 to find your perfect piece.



Melana Gonzales (below) shows off her Tastefully Simple collection and more.
 Contact her at melgo67@comcast.net, or (773) 562-4659.



The name says it all! Andrell Thomas (below) shows off her Awesome Plant Designs at the recent St. Joseph School Vendor Fair. If you're interested in learning how these plants can decorate your own home, call her at 219-616-1924, or email her at awesomeplantdesigns@gmail.com.



An independent presenter for Younique, Carla Valdez (below) shows off some of the items she has available from her company. If you want to own some of these delightful products call her at (312) 709-0141, email her at YouniqueCarla@yahoo.com, or visit youniqueproducts.com/CarlaValdez.



Looking for the perfect nails? Sharla Novak (below) can show you the over 300 designs of decorative nail wraps provided by Jamberry! Want more information?
or call her at (815) 218-6086!


Reina Fernandez (below), an independent designer for Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, can introduce you to unique jewelry that is perfectly suited to you! You can reach her at (773) 727-9982, ReinaCharmsMe@gmail.com, or ReinaMia.OrigamiOwl.com.



Diane & Kelly's Cookies offers artistic looking and delicious tasting treats! Kelly (below) shows off her temptations, and you can have them by calling (773) 706-7943, or by visiting Diane & Kelly's Cookies on Facebook!


# # #

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cicero Man Charged With Accidentally Killing Boy, 3, in 2013 Near 47/Pulaski

Chicago Police Department officials have announced the
Erick Ochoa
arrest of a 24-year-old Cicero man wanted in connection with the 2013 death of a three-year-old boy in the Archer Heights neighborhood.


Police said that Erick Ochoa, of the 1300 block of South 50th Avenue, was charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI/accident/death. He is due in Central Bond Court, 26th and California, on Tuesday, April 28.

Police said that Ochoa was behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck and killed the pre-schooler at about 10:20 p.m. July 20, 2013 in the 3900 block of West 47th Street. The toddler 
"ran onto the street from between two parked cars and was struck by Ochoa," police said. The child was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead.

Ochoa was cited for the incident and "it was later determined through the course of the investigation that Ochoa was under the influence of a controlled substance," police said. "An investigative alert was issued, and Ochoa was stopped on a traffic violation on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and charged accordingly."

Police said they have no other details to share right now.


# # #

Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Monday, April 27th 100 Years of Garfield Ridge and Clearing
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Hosted by the Clear-Ridge Historical Society, an observance of the 100th anniversary of Chicago's annexation of much of the old Town of Clearing, as well as the area that would later come to be known as Garfield Ridge. View never-before-seen historic photos and learn fun facts about street names and older buildings in the area. For more information, call (312) 747-5657 and ask for Rob.

Tuesday, April 28th CAPS Beat 813/833 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

Wednesday, April 29th Midway Garden Society
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. Runs until
8:00 p.m. Monthly meeting. The Society hosts guest speakers and also conducts plant exchanges, stages an annual Urban Garden Walk every summer, and works to make the Midway area a more beautiful and peaceful place by encouraging gardening among people of all ages. Check them out!

Wednesday, May 6th CAPS Beat 815/821 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bruno School (south entrance), 4839 South Harding. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or 821 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

Wednesday, May 6th Honor Flight Chicago
Held in the evening at the first-floor baggage claim area of Midway Airport, 57th and

Cicero. Want to join hundreds of other people to applaud, cheer, whistle and shout your thanks to World War II veterans returning from a day in Washington, D.C.? Well, please do! Patriotic, pep rally-like atmosphere. The vets usually arrive at about 9-9:30 p.m., but to get a good spot in the cheering throng, you should arrive at about 7-7:30 p.m., Entire event hosted by the Honor Flight Chicago organization, which gives Chicago-area military veterans (primarily World War II) free round-trip air transportation (as well as VIP treatment) to Washington, D.C. to tour the National World War II Memorial. Chick here to read a story about an Honor Flight Chicago participant. Can't make this event. Several more Honor Flights coming up: June 3 and 30, July 29, and September 2 and 30.

advertisement
http://a1patricksplumbing.com/
advertisement


Thursday, May 7th CAPS Beat 834 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Bogan High School, 3939 West 79th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Wednesday, May 13th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at St. Symphorosa School, 6135 South Austin. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Wednesday, May 13th Archer Heights Civic Association
Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Veterans Memorial Campus, 47th and Kildare. One of Chicago's oldest and most effective neighborhood organizations--more than 75 years of fighting for a better neighborhood! If you live in and/or own a business in Archer Heights, this is the group to join and get active with. Hear updates on a wide range of community concerns and learn how you can help build a better Archer Heights for everyone.


Thursday, May 14th CAPS Beat 814 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Monday, May 18th Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 53rd and Major.
Monthly meeting. Open to the public. One of Chicago's most active and effective citizen-led crime fighting groups. If you live or own a business in central or western Garfield Ridge (anything west of Central Avenue), this is the group to join!

Tuesday, May 19th CAPS Beat 811 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 South Merrimac. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), attend this meeting! Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.

Wednesday, May 20th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 South Archer. Open to the public. Free off-street parking, coffee and snacks. For more information visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org or call Rick at (708) 269-9094.


Wednesday, June 17th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 South Archer. Open to the public. Free off-street parking, coffee and snacks. For more information visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org or call Rick at (708) 269-9094.

# # #


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cub Scout Pack 3498 Serves Pancakes and Good Cheer at St. Rene Goupil

St. Rene Goupil Parish was a tasty place to be on Sunday, April 26, as Cub Scout Pack 3498--with a big assist from dads and moms--fired up the griddle and served pancakes, sausages, milk, coffee and juice to hungry parishioners and other neighbors.

Fortunately for the Southwest Chicago Post, veteran news photographer Steve Neuhaus was on hand to capture the moments and share pictures with us.

Congrats to all at St. Rene for yet another successful event!














# # #

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Play Ball! Archer Manor Little League Opens 2015 Season Ready for Fun

One of the surest signs of spring in Archer Heights and West Elsdon is the Archer Manor Little League Opening Day Parade.

We were fortunate that photographer Steve Neuhaus was on hand to capture some sights and sounds of the action, as boys and girls, moms and dads celebrated on Saturday, April 25 in and around Archer Park. The rain was no fun, but hey, it will make the grass that much greener---and besides, plenty of sunny days are on their way for our local boys and girls, as well as moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and everyone else who enjoys baseball and softball in around Archer Heights and West Elsdon, two of Chicago's best neighborhoods to be a kid.

We wish all players, coaches, managers, parents and grandparents a season filled with fun and good sportsmanship.






























# # #