Thursday, February 11, 2016

Play Ball! Clear Ridge Little League Holding Signup This Saturday at Hale


A sure sign of spring on the Southwest Side:

Little League signups!

Our friends at Clear Ridge are holding theirs this Saturday at Hale Park.

Click the flyer for full details. Enroll your sons and daughters now in one of the very best youth athletic associations in Chicago!


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CPD Burglary Prevention Seminar Coming to Daley College This Month

Convicted burglars will offer advice on how to prevent
residential and commercial burglaries at a seminar set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski.

The convicts, who are giving the advice as part of their efforts to turn away from crime, are associated with the Safer Foundation’s “Keeping it Real” program.

The event, organized by the Chicago Lawn (8th) District CAPS office, will also include advice from a Chicago police detective and an evidence technician.

For more information, call (312) 747- 8730 and ask for the CAPS office.

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Catalytic converter thieves strike area

At least 10 Southwest Siders have reported that thieves
stole the catalytic converters off their vehicles in recent weeks, according to police.

The crime scenes reported are:

• The 5000 block of South Knox on Jan. 26.
• The 4700 block of South Lavergne on Jan. 26.
• The 5800 block of South Sayre on Jan. 27.
• The 5600 block of South New England on Jan. 28.
• The 5800 block of South Rutherford on Jan. 28.
• The 5600 block of South Newland on Jan. 28.
• The 5800 block of South Newcastle on Jan. 28.
• The 5800 block of South Meade on Jan. 28.
• The 7100 block of South Sawyer on Jan. 30.
• The 7200 block of South Francisco on Jan. 30.

In each instance, it appears the catalytic converters were
stolen in the overnight hours.

Police continue to encourage those who see anything suspicious to call 911 promptly, as well as get an accurate description of the offenders, their vehicle, its license plate number and direction of flight.


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Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Tuesday, February 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.


Sunday, February 21st Garfield Ridge "Spontaneous Sunday"
Starts at 6:00 p.m. at Peaches & Pears restaurant, 6435 W. Archer. Stop by for dinner from a Polish-American menu, meet your neighbors and learn about the Garfield Ridge Civic League. Cash bar. Reservations not required, but if you plan to come, the GRCL requests that you mail a postcard to GRCL Secretary Michele S. Techman at P.O. Box 388792, Chicago, 60638-8792. For more information, you may also text/call Rick at (708)269-9094.


Tuesday, February 23rd Dinner at Chester's/Orsi's
Runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chester's Tavern/Orsi's Pizza, 6255 S. Archer Road,
Summit. (Just a few doors north of 63rd Street, ample parking in the rear.) Stop in any time (dine in or carryout), and Chester's/Orsi's will donate 25% of your food bill to St. Joseph School, which has provided a Catholic elementary education to boys and girls in Summit, Garfield Ridge, etc. for more than a century. Click the image for details, but no need to present a flyer. Just show up with your family, friends and neighbors! Old-timers in the area know Chester's/Orsi's as a comfortable old neighborhood bar/eatery with a long and colorful history. But what most folks don't know is that their cheeseburgers are among the best in the Chicago area--and their pizza and other offerings are delicious, too. 

Tuesday, February 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, March 2nd 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.

Thursday, March 3rd 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, March 9th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 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.

Thursday, March 10th 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.

Wednesday, March 16th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.


Monday, March 21st Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at TBD.
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! 


Wednesday, March 30th 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. Prospective members welcome. Check them out!


Wednesday, April 20th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.


Saturday, April 30th Prescription Drug Disposal
Runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's plant in suburban Stickney, 6001 West Pershing. Bring your unwanted meds and MWRD staff will do the rest. The event is part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. A MWRD press release says they are doing this to "provide a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs to prevent or reduce accidental contamination of streams, rivers and lakes."

Wednesday, May 18th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.

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Wednesday, June 15th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.


Wednesday, October 19th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.


Wednesday, November 16th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Assembly Church, 6059 S. Archer. If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to get involved in the neighborhood by helping revitalize a community organization that needs it, this is a good opportunity. Coffee, cookies and snacks available will be served. GRCL membership dues are just $5 per family per year. For more information, visit GarfieldRidgeCivicLeague.org.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Southwest Siders brave cold, rain to stand up and cheer for Chicago Police

By Joan Hadac
Southwest Chicago Post Editor and Publisher

The last time a crowd of men, women and children
stood at Archer and Nashville and cheered so loudly that they caused a gaper’s block in traffic was eight months ago, after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.
The commotion happened again Tuesday evening, but the Blackhawks—more than 900 miles away in Colorado—had nothing to do with it.
Instead, the crowd in the heart of Garfield Ridge rallied in support of heroes wearing a different uniform, that of Chicago Police officers.
“These are our heroes right here,” said Garfield Ridge
Neighborhood Watch President Al Cacciottolo, gesturing to several Eighth District officers standing nearby, watching a GRNW rally of more than 60 people who braved rain and near-freezing temperatures to show support for the city’s men and women in blue.
Cacciottolo said that GRNW board members have long considered staging a public event in support of police, but were “kind of pushed over the edge” by a recent report in a daily newspaper that he said unfairly tarred and feathered Garfield Ridge as a home for police officers accused of misconduct.
“As a Garfield Ridge resident and a member of the local

business community, I continue to say that our police out here do a phenomenal job of protecting people and property,” he said. “They are fast, efficient, professional and fully deserving of our respect, admiration and gratitude.”
As Cacciottolo manned a bullhorn and led chants of “Eight is great!” and others waved homemade signs praising police, hundreds of passing motorists slowed to a crawl—many honking their horns and giving thumbs-up in support.
      The rally attracted young and old, including a group of uniformed Cub Scouts from St. Symphorosa Parish.
 
“I’m here to show respect for our police officers, and I want to teach our kids to respect police officers from a young age,” said Scout leader Ray Kirchhardt, a Clearing resident, as he kept a watchful eye on his young charges: Liam Kirchhardt, Joaquim Flores, Sebastian Gutierrez, Alexander Norbut and Jack Jania. “We need to see more of this. The rest of the city can take lessons from what we’re doing here tonight.”
Garfield Ridge resident Chuck Dryden, known locally for rallying support for law enforcement by helping others wrap trees, light poles, railings and more with blue ribbons, said the inclement weather should not deter anyone.
“It might be raining out, but when you need the cops, they come out no matter what the weather,” he said. “They’re there for us, we’re here for them.”
        Another man, who declined to give his name, said he was fed up with downtown news coverage of police and the neighborhoods where they live.
        "I’ll be damned if I’m going to apologize for living in a neighborhood that is patriotic, law abiding, orderly and respectful of police officers, firefighters and others in public
safety,” he said. “No one here is blindly supporting all police, all the time. We are against misconduct as much as everyone else. But we don’t like it when City Hall or the news media or these political protesters sneer at police as a group or us as a neighborhood. That’s unfair. We won’t put up with it.”
Mary Shilney, a founding member of the Clearing Night Force neighborhood watch group, said she was out in the cold “to support our police officers, who do so much for us. Police appreciate events like this. They need that psychological support.”
        Police at the scene appeared to agree.
“When I first pulled up (at about 6:30 p.m.), I said, ‘I’m sitting here all alone,’” said Officer Jane Fudacz. “But now look at all these people who came out in the cold and rain.”
        Officer Liz Sullivan echoed the sentiment.
 “I’m very grateful for and overwhelmed by the support,” she said.

      About the GRNW

       The GRNW is widely viewed as one of the most effective citizen-led crime prevention organizations in the city or suburbs
Born with assistance from the Clearing Night Force, the GRNW has helped start neighborhood watches in city neighborhoods as far away as Hegewisch and as close as West Elsdon, as well as in suburban areas like Central Stickney, Summit and Oak Lawn.
GRNW do not pursue criminals or get directly involved with crimes in progress, but they do serve as extra sets of eyes and ears for police, providing direction that has helped police solve crimes in some cases and prevent others. Their toll-free tip line played a role in the capture several years ago of a man who attempted to rob a local Walgreens at knifepoint.
       The next GRNW public meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 21 at a location that will be announced in the weeks ahead. Those interested in joining the group now are encouraged to send a message to email@garfieldridgenw.com.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

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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Hearst area man shot on sidewalk
A 46-year-old Hearst area man was shot in the face as he stood on a sidewalk in front of 4631 S. Leamington at 5:57 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. The victim told police that he was walking home when he heard two shots fired and immediately felt pain near his upper lip. He was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition. He said the shots were fired from a small, dark-colored van, which then sped away south on Leamington.

Woman robbed outside Brighton Park business
A 37-year-old Little Village woman on her way to work was robbed at gunpoint as she got out of her vehicle outside La Guadalupana, 4647 S. Archer, at 5:50 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. She told police that two men accosted her and pushed her against her vehicle. One robber held a pistol to her side while the other, speaking in Spanish, demanded her money. They patted her down and stole her purse, which contained her cell phone and car keys, among other items. The offenders ran away east through an alley. They were described only as Hispanic men about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds.


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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, February 3 and attend your monthly CAPS 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.

Man robbed in alley behind Pulaski
A 25-year-old Chicago Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint in the alley behind 6234 S. Pulaski at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The victim told police that a man approached him, asking for money. When the victim said he did not have any, the offender brandished a pistol and stole his white Guess-brand jacket and fled north through the alley. The victim said the jacket’s packets held his cell phone, credit cards, ID cards and $800 cash. The offender was described as a Hispanic man age 20-30, about 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, with a dark complexion.

Big heist in building on Cicero
Burglars broke into a warehouse at 5001 S. Cicero (years ago, a Thom McAn shoe store) and stole more than 150 tires valued at $20,000, as well as about 50 wheels, and various car batteries, catalytic converters, car stereos and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old Naperville man, at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, who also told police that his motor home that had been parked on the property also was stolen.

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Burglars steal power tools from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 60th and Central Park and stole assorted power tools, as well as a car jack and two grass trimmers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old woman, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

Bedroom window is entry for burglars
Burglars pried open the bedroom window of a home near 52nd and Kostner and stole assorted jewelry and $200 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old woman, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

Burglars ransack garage, vandalize car
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 53rd and Avers and stole a generator, two air compressors, a lawn mower, a snow blower, a weed trimmer, a portable heater and a large assortment of power tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old man, at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The victim’s car, parked inside, was scratched by the burglars.




iPad stolen from garage
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 56th and Karlov and stole an iPad. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 38-year-old woman, at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

TV, video games stolen in burglary
Burglars forced open the rear door of a home near 64th Place and Laramie and stole two TVs and a video game console with games. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old woman, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Unlocked door key to crime
Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 68th and Keeler and stole a snow blower, two propane tanks, a radio and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old man, at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Letters to the Editor

Editor's note: We respect your opinion and are privileged to share it via this website. All letters to the editor will
be reviewed before being posted. We do allow anonymous comments, yet we will not allow the Southwest Chicago Post to serve as a forum for bigotry of any kind. We also will not allow personal attacks against anyone, including elected officials and other public figures. On this site, all of us need to keep our tone respectful and our criticisms constructive. That's important as we work together to build better Southwest Side neighborhoods for all. So please join the conversation by sending your letter to editor@swchicagopost.com.



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Editor:

With the manner in which all of the stories about police shooting incidents  are being reported and rehashed, the effect on the quality of service being rendered can not in any manner be seen as being a positive. Having to perform even what would be considered to be everyday, routine and elementary of functions takes on a whole aura of seriousness when the scrutiny by all is intensified to  approximate that of being under a microscope.

As a result, cops throughout the city and suburbs are bound to be overcautious and less proactive in a typical daily tour of duty. And what would be the inevitable result? No doubt the streets will be a little less safe than before. Ironically, those high-crime communities, who need the police presence the most, will suffer the greatest.

The situation has gotten to the point where the Chicago Police Department will have to change its long-standing slogan that appears on the doors of every marked vehicle. Instead of the familiar: "We Serve and Protect", we're suggesting a change to: "We Take Reports."

Thanks.

John T. "Red" Ryan
Garfield Ridge      


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Editor,

I see that you promoted the St. Joseph School open house on your Facebook page, but I see nothing about my parish, St. Dan's. Why are you playing favorites?

Anonymous

Editor's reply: No favorites at all. We gladly give free plugs to local schools that ask for it. St. Joe's asked, so we did. St. Dan's has not asked, so we haven't. It's that simple, really.

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Editor:
 
Thank you for reporting on the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch's plans for 2016. I agree with them that they should get back to basics. I think their meetings should be more about reporting exactly what's going on in the neighborhood, in terms of crime, and what they are doing about it, rather than spending time and energy on this guest speaker or that politician who's only going to come to the meeting and b.s. us anyway.


Anonymous

Editor's reply: Some guest speakers at past GRNW meetings have been well received because they provide useful and even potentially life-saving information. Examples would be CPD Officers Mark Eldridge and Chris Barajas, who offered solid advice about crime prevention, and OEMC official Melana Gonzales Raehl, who offered some outstanding advice on how to make an effective call to 911.

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