Thursday, March 5, 2015

Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Thursday, March 5th 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.


Tuesday, March 10th St. Patrick's Day Dinner
Doors open at 4 p.m. at St. Bede Church, 83rd and Kostner. Food, fellowship fun! Plus mega raffle! Click here for more details and the event flyer.


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Tuesday, March 10th Clearing Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Hale Park, 6258 West 62nd Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. If you live in or own a business in Clearing, stop by and get active!

Wednesday, March 11th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Symphorosa Church, 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.

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Wednesday, March 11th 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, March 12th 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, March 16th Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at TCF Bank, 6141 South Archer (at Austin Avenue).
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! This month's featured speakers are from ComEd and Peoples Gas. Have a question about your utility bill or Smart Meters or anything else? Please stop by!

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Tuesday, March 17th 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.

Saturday, March 21st West Lawn Little League Party
This fundraiser starts at 7:00 p.m. at Bourbon Street, 3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park. Food, beer, wine, soft drinks, music, door prizes, raffles, fun all those age 21 and up. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 in advance. For more information, call Memo at (773) 218-4508. Let's all support West Lawn Little League and the great athletic opportunities it provides for our community's boys and girls!

Wednesday, March 25th 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. This month's guest speaker is Norma Burnson, author of "Sustainable Food For the Globe: One Square Foot at aTime." 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!


Friday, March 27th Pre-Fight Party at Redmond's
Set for 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Redmond's Pub, 5730 South Archer. Tickets are $25 per person and include food and drinks. A fundraising party to support the 13th Annual Chicago Battle of the Badges boxing matches set for April. All proceeds benefit CPD and CFD charities. For more details, click here.


Wednesday, April 1st 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.


Saturday, April 25th Sell-A-Bration at Kennedy HS
Runs from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Kennedy High School parking lot just south of 56th and Narragansett. Hosted by the women and men of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch. A great day to find bargains and see some unique items, as Garfield Ridge residents empty their closets, attics, basements and garages at this cool one-day sale. Proceeds, as always, will poured right back into the community, funding GRNW projects that aid neighbors in need. (Rain date is Sunday, April 26.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Missing Person Alert: Kierstien Fraime

Just released by CPD to the news media at 12:41 p.m. today.

Missing Person Alert

Police are looking for Kierstien Fraime, a 16-year-old girl last
Kierstien Fraime
seen in Chicago near 61st and Springfield, in January.


Kierstien is white, 5-foot-6 and 122 pounds, hazel eyes, brown hair and light complexion. She will turn 17 on April 3.

She is believed to be traveling with a male companion named Justin. Both were spotted in Belen, New Mexico, on Feb. 19 at a Walmart.

They were traveling in a grey, 2000 Ford F150 pickup truck with the New Mexico license plate of MKY573.

Anyone who has information about Kierstien, please call the CPD Area Central Detective Division at (312) 747-8380 and make reference to case number HY156845.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Chicago Battle of the Badges Pre-Fight Party Set For Redmond's Pub on Archer

A pre-fight fundraiser and party to celebrate the coming of

the 13th Annual Chicago Battle of the Badges is set for 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Redmond's Pub, 5730 South Archer.

Tickets are $25 per person and include food and drinks.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact CFD representatives Steve O’Malley at (773) 671-3673, Scott “Danger” Birmingham at (773) 968-4153, or Al Ortiz at (773) 320-6092; or CPD representative Katie Chiczewski at (312) 745-5579--or chicagobattleofthebadges.com or call the event hotline at (312) 747-5824.


The 13th Annual Chicago Battle of the Badges is set for Friday, April 24 at De La Salle Institute, 3455 South Wabash.

Admission is $20 at the door, $15 in advance.

Corporate sponsors include Country Financial and Home Run Inn Pizza.

All proceeds from both events benefit CPD and CFD charities, according to the event organizers.


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish Invites Everyone to Casino Night Benefit

Just sharing a flyer from our friends at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish.

Sounds like lots of fun!




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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Burglars entered a home near 61st and Kolmar and stole a PlayStation 4 video game console, 12 video games, a pair of Beats headphones, and a jar with about $100 in coins inside. The crime was discovered by the victims, a 35-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son, when they came home from shopping in Orland Park at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Police found no sign of forced entry, and the boy admitted that he keeps a ground-level window unlocked in case he forgets his keys.


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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, March 4. 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 kicked in the back door of a home near 64th and Komensky and stole a safe, $5,000 cash, assorted jewelry worth about $17,000, two fur coats, a TV and a computer. They also broke into the garage and stole three nail guns, an air compressor and assorted work tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 61-year-old woman, when she came home from visiting her son at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. Also burglarized in the incident was a basement apartment unit. According to the victim,a 40-year-old man, the burglars stole a TV, a laptop computer and $50 cash.

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A 42-year-old man told police that someone stole two DVD players, two TVs and eight bottles of cologne from his apartment near 62nd and Major. He discovered the crime at 2:30 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 17. Police said they found no sign of forced entry, and the victim said that his nephew occasionally allows gangbanger friends inside as guests.


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Sheriff's Vice Unit Busts Ashburn Man After Sting at Hotel Near Ford City


A 24-year-old Ashburn man has been charged with
Troy Gardener
promoting prostitution after the Cook County Sheriff’s Vice Unit arrested him during an undercover hotel operation, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.


Troy Gardener, of 77th and Trumbull, was arrested Feb. 18 at a Southwest Side hotel during an undercover operation in response to a Backpage.com advertisement.

A sheriff's spokesman declined to name the hotel, but said it is in the Ford City vicinity.

During the operation, members of the county's vice unit recovered a female victim and learned that Gardener had rented the hotel room for the purpose of prostitution, according to a statement released to the press by the Sheriff's Office.

Officers also reportedly learned that he was gaining financially from the alleged prostitution being conducted in the room by the woman, who he met via Backpage.com. 

Backpage is a classified advertisement website with "escort" pages that serve as prominent hubs for prostitution and sex trafficking, Dart said.

Since 2009, the vice unit has made over 750 arrests off of Backpage. Gardener's apprehension is the 47th vice-related arrest for involuntary servitude, human trafficking or promoting prostitution since 2007, the statement added.

The majority of those investigations originated from Craigslist or Backpage postings for prostitution.

The woman was offered services through the Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Program, which supports recovering prostitutes as they overcome their trauma while maintaining safe and healthy lives. Gardener was charged Thursday with promoting prostitution, a Class 4 felony. He is scheduled to appear in bond court today (Friday) at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courts Building.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

St. Bede Hosting St. Patrick's Dinner; Mega Raffle Tickets Still Available

Mark your calendar and makes plans to attend St. Bede Parish's annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Tuesday, March 10 in the parish hall at 83rd and Kostner.

Mega Raffle winners will be drawn at the event.

Tickets for the Mega Raffle are $50 each. Prizes are:

1st Prize: $10,000
2nd Prize $2,500
3rd Prize $1,000
4th, 5th and 6th Prizes are $500 each

Only 500 tickets will be sold and can be purchased in the church rectory or the school. Proceeds of this raffle benefit St. Bede's children and the parish.

More details in the flyer below: