Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Archer Heights Civic Association Salutes 5 Great Young People of the Community

Just sharing a press release from our friends at the Archer Heights Civic Association:


Every year the Archer Heights Civic Association (AHCA)  presents a Junior Citizen Award to one student of the eighth grade graduating class at each of the five grammar schools located in Archer Heights – St. Bruno, Edwards, St. Richard, Pfc Omar Torres, and Spc Daniel Zizumbo - in recognition of outstanding school spirit and school/community/church participation.

It is our civic association’s hope that by presenting this award we not only thank a student for being involved in the community and their respective school, but also to encourage all graduates to become actively involved in our community of Archer heights or whatever community the student will ultimately reside in.

The awards were presented at the graduation ceremonies of each school and the recipients were acknowledged at the December 10th meeting of the AHCA.



Pictured from left to right are:

Stanley Lihosit – AHCA Executive Director, SPC Daniel Zizumbo School winner Adrian Ortiz and his father Oscar and sister Sofia, Pfc Omar Torres School winner Alicia Pimentel and her parents Nancy and Carmelo, St. Bruno School winner Alexander Rosado and his parents Elizabeth and Javiar, Edwards School winner Rene Valtierra and his mother Lorraine, St. Richard School winner JuanCarlos Paez and his father Juan, and AHCA President Thomas S. Baliga.


Photo by Karen Duddleston

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.

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An 82-year-old West Lawn woman was pushed to the ground and robbed as she walked in the back yard of her home near 60th and Komensky at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 12. Stolen was her purse, which contained $100 cash, credit cards, a cell phone and other items. The victim was not able to provide a description of the offender, because she was pushed from behind and the crime happened so quickly, she told police.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 23. 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.


A 22-year-old Scottsdale man, said by police to be a gangbanger, was reportedly assaulted by rival gang members at 12:37 a.m. Sunday, December 14. The victim told police he was sitting in his car near 80th and Kostner when he saw two men approaching. He bolted from the car and fled on foot, with the two offenders in pursuit.

He added that he heard a gunshot and several trigger pulls, indicating the weapon had jammed. The offenders then fled on foot in the direction of Stevenson Elementary School. Police searching the area found a loaded pistol and are investigating, according to the CPD incident report.


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Burglars forced open the rear door of a home near 57th and Meade and stole a TV, a PlayStation video game console and games, 20 pairs of Nike Air Jordans, and $200 in two-dollar bills. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old man, when he came home from work at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 13.

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Burglars smashed the window next to the rear door of Beggars Pizza, 5133 South Cicero, entered and stole $5,000 cash from a safe. The crime was discovered by a manager at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 9.

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Burglars broke into a garage near 59th Place and Hamlin and stole assorted power tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 38-year-old man, at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 13.

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A transom above an apartment door was the point of entry for a burglar who stole a laptop computer and a video game console from a residence near 50th and Keeler. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 25-year-old man, when he came home from work at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 13.

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Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 86th and Keating and stole a pair of designer sunglasses. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 25-year-old woman, at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, December 13.

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Two Garfield Ridge boys were arrested after they allegedly burglarized Byrne Elementary School, 5329 South Oak Park, at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6. The boys, age 13 and 14, were apparently caught on surveillance video committing the crime and were taken into custody three days later. They allegedly entered an unlocked window at the school and then stole $75 cash from a first-floor room, an electronic megaphone from the main office, and a number of tennis balls. Parents of both were notified, and the teens were taken by police to the city's Juvenile Intervention Support Center, 39th and California.




Two teenage boys were apprehended after they allegedly robbed a 64-year-old West Elsdon man at gunpoint shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, December 6. The crime occurred on a sidewalk in front of 5220 South Tripp. The duo--a 17-year-old from California and Congress on the West Side, and a 16-year-old from 51st and Halsted on the South Side--allegedly took $70 cash from the victim before fleeing on foot.


A short time later, they were spotted by police on the CTA Orange Line platform at Pulaski. Witnesses said that as police approached, one of the two threw something atop a train leaving the station. It may have been the teen's gun, which was found by police under the platform, next to the train tracks. The cash was recovered and returned to the victim.


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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 84th and Komensky and stole an air pump. The crime was discovered by a neighbor of the victim, a 90-year-old woman, at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 6.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce Enjoys Holiday Cheer at Home Run Inn

Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce members and guests enjoyed a bit of holiday cheer tonight at Home Run Inn, Archer and Meade.

The several dozen men and women in attendance represented a wide array of the community: retailers, restaurateurs, service providers, financial services officials, health care practitioners, real estate brokers, insurance agents, public servants, and more.

Next year's slate of officers was installed, and the chamber gave awards to several outstanding public servants.

The Southwest Chicago Post was privileged to be a guest and share a few photos with you.

We offer our thanks to the chamber for all their efforts over the years to help make Garfield Ridge's business and professional community thriving---as well as to be a consistent provider of employment opportunities for Garfield Ridge men, women and teens.

May the year 2015 be bright and prosperous for all Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce members!











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Friday, December 5, 2014

Computer Prodigies Feeding the Hungry for Fourth Year in a Row; Will You Help?


Once again, Justin Cardoza, founder and owner of Computer Prodigies, 5034 South Archer, a young and rapidly growing computer repair (and other services) company, is leading a drive to feed the hungry on Chicago's Southwest Side.

As part of his company's commitment to helping those in need, Computer Prodigies is hosting its Fourth Annual Food Drive through December 24. All those who donate a food item (or more) will save $10 on any computer repair service of $50 and over; $5 on any phone or tablet repair service of $50 and over. (Excludes the cost of parts. Offer may not be combined with any other special offer, online coupon, savings flyer or text messages the company has already sent out.)

All donations will be taken to the Chicago Food Depository. Whether you need computer service done or not, Cardoza says he welcomes "anyone and everyone to donate at our office...during our office hours." The company collected 133 pounds of food in its first year, 289 pounds in 2012, and 481 pounds last year. Their goal this year is 800 pounds.

Donations may include canned meats, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, cake mixes, cereal, macaroni, pasta, canned beans, soups, etc. Donations should not be in glass containers.

Computer Prodigies hours are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Editorial: Keeping Garfield Ridge One of Chicago's Very Best Neighborhoods

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
and
Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Garfield Ridge is one of the very best places to live in Chicago. That was true 50 years ago, it was true 25 years ago, and it remains true today.

But that didn’t happen by chance. It has always required people to work together---homeowners, business owners, everyone---to improve our community. That means everything: from something as simple as cutting your grass and planting flowers and saying hello to your neighbors, to something as challenging as fighting blight and crime.

The challenge of blight and crime is something that all Chicago neighborhoods have always shared---in varying degrees. (And it pays to remind ourselves that the same can be said of Chicago’s suburbs, much as some suburbanites may try to deny it.)

So, what do we do about it? Well, here are just a few suggestions to keep Garfield Ridge a great place.

First, be a good neighbor by keeping your house in good repair and visually appealing. Make your home, garden and yard the type of place people see and say, “This is a nice neighborhood.”

Second, be a good neighbor by introducing yourself to your neighbors, especially newcomers who could use a hand shake, a smile and a friendly hello.

Third, secure your property against burglars and others.
Don’t go overboard. Don’t make your home into a security-bar fortress. Just take smart steps to reduce your risk for being a target of burglars.

Fourth, be alert and involved. If you see anything on your block (or anywhere in the neighborhood) that is either a crime in progress or even looks suspicious, call 911. Be an extra set of eyes and ears for the police.

Fifth---and this is key---join the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch and be an active member. Attend
monthly meetings. GRNW members work together as a small but highly effective force for good in Garfield Ridge. As a group, they achieve successes that individuals can’t achieve alone. They work hand-in-glove with police to prevent crime and promote unity and pride in our great community.

The GRNW was founded just a few years ago by three regular folks--next-door neighbor types--and the crime fighting group has blossomed into a force to be reckoned with.

Today its membership roster stands at 106 strong and growing. Hundreds of eyes and ears helping police stay on top of crime before it starts, helping city officials eradicate graffiti, often within 24 hours, routinely frustrating taggers and gangbanger punks.

The Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch is widely
acknowledged as the gold standard among citizen-led crime fighting groups in Chicago. It has inspired law-abiding people in other city neighborhoods, as well as the suburbs, to organize in a similar manner, and GRNW leaders have mentored others, from Hegewisch to Central Stickney to Oak Lawn and points in between.


It has also expanded its crime-fighting focus to include community improvements as a way to fight crime indirectly by promoting a stronger, cleaner, better neighborhood. They have also welcomed local businesses into the mix, which has worked out well. Just as there are always individuals willing to step forward, if asked, to help out--so it goes in the business community.

The Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch is living, breathing proof that just a few people can make a big difference in the life of a neighborhood 

Finally, know that while everyone should join the GRNW,
most won’t. But that’s OK. In any community, city or suburban, the few do the work of the many. But know that when you join the GRNW, you will be working alongside men and women like you---good people who understand the value of our great neighborhood and are moving forward with confidence to build a better Garfield Ridge for everyone. So please join, won’t you?



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Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Wednesday, December 10th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. 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, December 10th 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. This month: Christmas social, but there may be a surprise guest speaker. Don't miss it!




Thursday, December 11th 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.


Tuessday, December 16th 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.

Tuesday, December 23rd 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, December 31st 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, publishes a newsletter, 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, January 7th 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.

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Wednesday, January 21st Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 6:30 p.m. at Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett entrance. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. This month: 13th and 23rd Ward aldermanic candidates have been invited to stop by and address the group. Moderator is GRCL member and local businessman Ed Kozak. Free off-street parking, coffee and snacks. More information at garfieldridgecivicleague.org.

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