Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Luau Bingo Coming Up at St. Sym's

Our friends at St. Symphorosa Parish want everyone to know about their "Luau Bingo" set for Sunday May 19 at the Sharp Center, 5940 West 62nd Street.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Games begin at 1:30. Admission is $20 at the door and includes one set of game cards.

All are encouraged to wear Hawaiian-style clothing.

Polynesian-inspired food will be available.

Sounds like hau Ľoli nui ("big fun") to us! See you there?

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Online Registration for Park District Day Camp, Summer Programs Starts Soon

The Chicago Park District’s online registration for its popular
summer day camp and park programs opens April 22 at 9 a.m.

This year, the summer day camp curriculum will celebrate the Chicago Park District's 85th anniversary and its commitment to enhance the quality of life in Chicago by becoming the leading provider of recreation and leisure opportunities for children and families of all abilities and interests.

The Chicago Park District’s new camp theme ‘PLAY: Every Day, Every Way’  will enhance the summer day camp experience by engaging campers in inclusive activities and education programs, as well as weekly physical fitness routines that encourage campers to interact with one another.

“Building on our theme, the Chicago Park District is excited to invite Chicagoans of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life to celebrate our 85th anniversary by playing and engaging in our parks citywide,” said Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO. “The Chicago Park District offers a menu of camps and programs at parks throughout the city and ensures that we are able to accommodate everyone who wishes to participate in all our programs, from recreational to cultural.”

The Chicago Park District experienced record numbers again in 2018 for program registration. Compared to 2012, park program enrollments increased by 47 percent. Since 2014, the Park District has surpassed 100,000 registrations in nine separate sessions. Last summer, the Park District recorded a four percent increase in enrollments in summer programs, and summer camps reached 99 percent of its capacity with over 50,000 enrollments.

Day camp will provide participants with the opportunity to participate in energetic team building and cooperative games, visual arts and writing activities, outdoor and environmental education, performing arts and imaginative play, and active games and fitness activities.

Online registration begins Monday, April 22, at 9 a.m. for parks located west of California Avenue, and on Tuesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. for parks located east of California.

In-person registration for summer programs will begin either Saturday, April 27 or Monday, April 29, depending upon the park.

Standard day camps, for ages 6 to 12 years old, run six weeks, from June 24-August 2, typically from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Play Camp offers options for children ages 3 to 5 years old, and Teen Camp for participants ages 13 to 15 year olds. Numerous specialty camps are also available, including Sports Camps. Late Summer Camps offer extended opportunities to engage in park activities from August 5 to 9 or 16; date varies by park. Early bird and extended options offer convenient hours to cover the full day (eight to ten hours, varies by park).

Gymnastics centers, one of the Park District’s most popular programs, will open online registration for the summer season on Tuesday, April 23, at 12 p.m. Summer program registration for McFetridge Sports Center & Morgan Park Sports Center opens Tuesday, May 28.

Fees vary depending on location, offerings and hours.  No child will be turned away for inability to pay.

Given the popularity of programs, patrons are encouraged to browse through the list of programs for 2019 and create wish lists in advance here.

Financial Assistance

The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who wish to enroll in the 2019 summer day camp program. Financial assistance and family discounts are available.  Financial assistance is only available to City of Chicago residents. Eligibility for financial assistance does not guarantee a slot for day camp and cannot be used in conjunction with any other reduced/voucher programs. Applicants that do not qualify for financial assistance may inquire about the payment plan option at their local park.

For more information on how to solicit the scholarship, please visit the day camp page.

The Chicago Park District aims to provide summer camp financial assistance to thousands of children each year, requiring more than $2 million. Tax-deductible gifts of any size may be made to the Summer Day Camp Assistance Fund to help support children and families across the city through this financial assistance program here.

NEW FOR 2019:

In order to facilitate patrons being able to receive the financial assistance discount (50%) at the time of summer online registration, financial assistance documentation is being accepted in-person at parks now.  Once completed and approved, the related registration (ActiveNet) account will be updated to include this financial assistance pre-requisite. When registering for summer camp, an account holder with the pre-requisite will automatically be charged 50% of the camp cost. 

If this step isn't completed prior to summer online registration, patrons still have the option to register for summer camp online by paying 100% at the time or registration and then presenting the documentation at the park to receive the 50% refund.

Family Discount

When patrons register for two or more programs for family members less than 18 years of age in one transaction, the order qualifies for a 10% discount on the less expensive program(s).

Discount is available for online and in-person orders, but cannot be combined with the CHA or DCFS discount programs.  All family members should be entered into one account on the Chicago Park District’s registration system.

Summer Food Service Program

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education’s Summer Food Service Program and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal regulations, the Chicago Park District will participate in the Summer Food Service Program in conjunction with summer day camp.  Lunches and/or snacks will be provided for enrolled children at most camps.

Meals are made available to all eligible participants without regard to race color, national origin, disability, sex or age.  Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202/720-5964 (voice and TTD).

For more information, contact your local park, visit or call 312-742-PLAY.

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 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 the western section of the district. 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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Boys rob man at gunpoint
A 38-year-old Ashburn man was robbed at gunpoint as he stood in the driveway of his home in the 7700 block of South Trumbull at 9:06 p.m. Thursday, April 4. The victim told police that three teens pulled up in a gray Dodge, got out and approached him. One put a gun to the side of the victim’s neck, while the others demanded his wallet. The victim replied that his wallet was in his car. While he was held at gunpoint, the other two robbers rifled through his car, stealing his wallet, cellphone and house and car keys before fleeing in their vehicle. They were described only as black boys age 14-17, wearing back hoodies and baseball caps.

Cut off, curbed, beaten and robbed
A 41-year-old West Lawn man was beaten and robbed on the street in the 7100 block of South Harding at about 1:50 a.m. Sunday, March 31. The victim told police he was driving his car when it was cut off and blocked by two men in a red sedan. All three men got out of their vehicles, and the victim was punched in the face by the two men. They took his house and car keys and sped away. The victim suffered cuts to his face, but reportedly refused medical assistance. The two attackers were described as Hispanic men about age 25, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds.

Woman says man trespassed in her home
William Richter

A 32-year-old Sleepy Hollow man was charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he allegedly entered his neighbor’s home in the 4400 block of South Keating and hollered at the homeowner, a 38-year-old woman.

William D. Richter III was apprehended by police in a nearby vacant lot. Police said that he resisted arrest, forcing them to taser him and use other emergency submission methods.

At least one officer was injured while trying to subdue Richter. Charges of aggravated battery and two counts of resisting arrest were added, police said.

Man charged with domestic battery
Kenneth Schoot

A 44-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly hit a 56-year-old woman at his home in the 4900 block of South Knox.

Kenneth Schoot was arrested at his home at 7:01 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

The alleged battery occurred earlier in the day, police said.

According to public records, Schoot was arrested at the same address in February and charged with domestic battery.

Bust man on drug rap on Archer
Michael Williams

A 51-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, as well as one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, after he was arrested at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.

Michael C. Williams, of the 5100 block of South Parkside, was apprehended on the street in the 6800 block of West Archer after officers on patrol “observed him in a verbal altercation with a female subject,” a CPD spokesman said. “A protective pat-down of Williams revealed a pocket knife and suspect narcotics.” Police would not elaborate on exactly what they found.

Laptop swiped from Hearst School
A burglar entered Hearst School, 4640 S. Lamon, and stole a laptop computer. Surveillance footage showed that the crime was committed at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. The offender appeared to be a black man age 25-45, about 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds, with black hair and a dark complexion. He wore a black skull cap with red writing on the front, a reflective yellow jacket with white stripes and dark blue pants.

Ford City Drive apartment burglarized
Burglars entered a second floor apartment unit in the 4200 block of West Ford City Drive and stole a pair of roller skates, an iPad, an iPhone, a pair of Beats headphones, a pair of athletic shoes and a jacket. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 49-year-old Chicago Ridge man, at about 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4.

Clearing man busted on theft rap
Joseph Holubek

A 45-year-old Clearing man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested at his home in the 6100 block of South Parkside at 5:48 p.m. Friday, March 29.

Joseph Holubek allegedly stole merchandise worth about $90 from Family Dollar, 6190 S. Archer. Police did not indicate how they came to believe that Holubek stole the merchandise.

According to public records, Holubek has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2017, on charges that included domestic battery (four times), violating an order of protection and criminal trespass to land.

Catalytic converters swiped from vehicles
Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a Jeep Liberty parked on the street in the 6000 block of South Kildare. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 63-year-old man, at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3.
Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a Hyundai Tucson parked on the street in the 4800 block of South Knox. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at 8:17 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.
Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a Jeep Liberty parked on the street in the 6100 block of South Tripp. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old woman, at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.
Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a Dodge Nitro parked on the street in the 4200 block of West 63rd Street. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old woman, at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.
        Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a car parked on the street in the 5400 block of South Sawyer. The crime was reported to police by the victim, a 61-year-old man, at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.

Unlocked window is entry point for burglars
Burglars opened the unlocked window of a basement apartment in the 5000 block of South Tripp, entered and stole an iPad and a laptop computer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 38-year-old man, at about 11 p.m. Thursday, April 4.

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Free roofs for deserving active-duty military, veterans, first responders

‘Roofs 4 Heroes’ initiative launched by business leaders

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

An alliance of local business leaders is reaching out to assist
needy active-duty military members, honorably discharged veterans and civilian first responders by providing a free roof for their home.

The “Roofs 4 Heroes” initiative was launched earlier this month by Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors, in partnership with Beacon Roofing Supply, Tamko Building Products, the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and State Farm Insurance agent Mike Riordan.

“Home ownership is part of the American Dream, and that dream is made possible through the bravery of our men and women in uniform,” Randazzo said. “But that dream can turn into a nightmare for veterans and others in need, when they don’t have the security of a good roof over their heads.”

Now through May 19, nominations will be accepted for active-duty military members, veterans and first responders in need.

A blue-ribbon committee will review all nominations, and two winners will be announced on Memorial Day.

Nominations may be made online at

The person nominated must:

• Live in the greater Midway area: Garfield Ridge, Clearing, West Lawn, Scottsdale, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Bridgeview, Bedford Park, Archer Heights, Mount Greenwood or Summit.

• Be an honorably or medically discharged veteran, an active-duty military member or a first responder.

• Have ownership in a home (either on mortgage/insurance/deed.

Those making nominations must be relatives or friends of nominee and provide a copy of the nominee’s DD214, military or first responder ID.

Nominations must also include a photo of the roof in need of repair, as well as the approximate age of the roof.

Finally, nominations should include biographical information about the nominee and reasons why the nominee is a deserving hero.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Learn how you, as a homeowner, may save hundreds, thousands of dollars

Riordan, Randazzo offer simple advice at free reception

Information and advice that may save you hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars will be offered—at no charge—at a coffee-and-doughnuts reception set for Saturday, April 27 at the Rhine VFW Post 2729, 5858 S. Archer.

“What you need to know, when you need to know” is an
Mike Riordan
event hosted by Mike Riordan of Riordan Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and the presentation starts at 10 a.m. With questions and answers, the event will conclude no later than 11:30.

“I’ve lost count of how many homeowners I’ve met—all good people—who pay their insurance premiums on time, every time but then lose thousands of dollars because they don’t know what to do or how to deal with their insurance company
when a storm or some other event causes damage to their home or garage,” Randazzo said. “A lot of homeowners will say they have a good insurance policy, but when the time comes to rely upon it, they get whacked by high deductibles and exclusions they weren’t aware of.

“Fortunately, one of the Chicago area’s most experienced and trusted insurance professionals—Mike Riordan—has teamed up with my company to bring basic, easy-to-understand information to everyone, for free,” Randazzo continued.

Riordan, a State Farm Insurance agent since 1987, is headquartered at 6538 W. Archer, in the heart of Garfield Ridge.

“I’m pleased to be partnering with All Exterior Contractors—a
reputable, respected company that is known for its expertise in home repairs and remodeling,” Riordan said. “All Exterior—like my agency--is also known for its support of our community’s chamber of commerce, veterans organizations, senior citizens clubs, schools, Little League, churches and more,” Riordan said.

No reservations are required, and all are welcome to the “What you need to know, when you need to know” event.

Those attending are welcome to bring copies of their current insurance policies, as there will be time for individual consultations.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Kennedy Hosting Water Polo Camp

Looking for an athletic opportunity for your son or daughter in grade school?

Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett, is hosting a water polo camp from Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. each day, and camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Admission is free, and the camp will be led by Kennedy coaches and student athletes.

The camp will include strength and endurance exercises, passing and shooting drills, ball-handling drills, 6-on-5 drills (offense and defense), and teamwork and communication exercises.

Parents must be on hand on the first day, to fill out waiver forms--so early arrival is necessary. Parents are also welcome to stick around and watch from the balcony.

For details, contact Coach Anthony Macias at

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