Thursday, March 26, 2015

St. Mary Star of the Sea Sets Wendy's Fundraiser for Tuesday, March 31

Want to help one of the best schools on the Southwest Side?

Head on over to the Wendy's at Archer and Laramie from
5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.

Stop by for dinner (dine-in, pick-up or drive-through) and 15 percent of what you spend will be donated to St. Mary Star of the Sea, to help pay for the Class of 2015's graduation fees. 

So bring your family, friends, neighbors and appetites! Who knew fundraising could be so delicious?

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Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


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.


Tuesday, March 31st St. Mary Star of Sea at Wendy's

Runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wendy's, Archer and Laramie. Stop by for dinner (dine-in, pick-up or drive-through) and 15 percent of what you spend will be donated to St. Mary Star of the Sea, to help pay for the Class of 2015's graduation fees. So bring your family, friends, neighbors and appetites! Who knew fundraising could be so delicious?

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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.


Thursday, April 2nd 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.

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Wednesday, April 8th 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, April 8th 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, April 9th 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, April 15th 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.


Saturday, April 18th St. Bruno School Fiesta
Six big hours of fun starting at 6 p.m. in the school gym, 49th and Harding. Click here for full details and get ready to support one of the best schools on the Southwest Side!


Monday, April 20th Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Valley Forge Park, 7001 West 59th Street.
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, April 21st 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, 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.)

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 19th 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.




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

St. Bruno Sets Big Fiesta for April 18


It's a fiesta at St. Bruno's!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 18 and get ready to have fun and support a great school at the same time!

The fun starts at 6 p.m. and runs 'til midnight in the school's gym, 4839 South Harding. Adults only (21 and up).

Tickets are $25 person and includes dinner at 6:30 p.m.. Cash bar. Great music! Check out the event flyer for details.

Tickets are pre-sale only. No tickets sold at the door. Buy your tickets now at the school office or rectory. Or call (773) 847-0697 for more information.

Better yet, round up your family, friends and neighbors and buy a table of ten!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

CPD Alert--Three Girls Missing

Update at 6 a.m. Monday, March 16---CPD confirms that all three girls have been located and returned safely to their families. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word!


Alerts released this evening by CPD:

Three girls missing. Said to be in each other's company.


1. Jacelle Laboy, age 12 (date of birth: 06/21/2002), 5'0 and 100 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair, olive complexion last seen near Archer and Central on Friday, March 13. Wearing a black hoody, a white shirt with maroon sleeves and the word "BOSS" across the front in black letter, black leggings and gray Vans gym shoes with white laces.

Jacelle Laboy

2. Jesenia Laboy, age 15 (date of birth: 04/18/1999), 5'3 and 175 pounds, brown eyes, auburn hair (right side of her head is closely shaved with designs engraved in the hair), olive complexion last seen near Archer and Central on Friday, March 13. Wearing a dark gray hoody, black leggings and moccasin-type shoes.

Jesenia Laboy

3. Aviana Gomez, age 15 (date of birth: 08/11/1999), 5'6 and 115 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair, olive complexion last seen near 64th and Long on Friday, March 13. Wearing a black North Face jacket, blue jeans and brown shoes with faux white fur.

Aviana Gomez

Those with useful information to share are advised to call CPD Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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Wednesday, March 11, 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.

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Two South Side men were arrested and charged with burglary after they allegedly stole a pair of Anne Klein shoes from a freight car in the BNSF rail yard near 38th and Pulaski at 1:23 a.m. Saturday, March 7.

Cleo Rice, 43, and Dwayne Smith, 42, both of 57th and Aberdeen, were apprehended by both BNSF and Chicago police. A pair of bolt cutters was found on the men, according to the police report, which gave no indication of a court date.


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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), come to Vittum Park at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12. 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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A 31-year-old Archer Heights man told police that he interrupted two thieves trying to steal the catalytic converter from under his pickup truck. The attempted theft occurred at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 3 as the victim was walking to his truck near 51st and Kildare and stumbled upon the thieves. 

They fled in a gray, four-door Buick sedan, he told police. They were described only as Hispanic men age 35, 5-foot-9. While the thieves failed to steal the catalytic converter, they did damage the vehicle, the victim added.


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If you live in (or own a business in) central or west Garfield Ridge (anything west of Central Avenue) and want to join forces with your neighbors to fight crime and build a better community, make plans to attend the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 16 at TCF Bank, 6141 South Archer (at Austin). This month's guest speakers are from ComEd and Peoples Gas.

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A 53-year-old Clearing woman told police that a home invader broke into her apartment near 62nd and Menard and stole five silver rings, as well as $260 cash. She said she was in the bathroom when she heard a loud noise, and when she came out, the offender fled. She did not get a good look at the offender, according to the police report.

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Burglars kicked in the front door of a home near 54th and Kilbourn and stole an unknown amount of items, police said. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 56-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 1:10 p.m. Friday, March 6. A 62-year-old relative of the victim was in the basement when the crime occurred, but he later told police he though the noise was the victim coming home.


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A 52-year-old Clearing woman told police that a burglar broke through the bedroom window of her apartment near 65th and New England and stole assorted jewelry. She discovered the crime at 6 a.m. Friday, March 6.



A 63-year-old Gage Park man told police that burglars kicked in the basement door of his home near 57th and Francisco and stole two shotguns, two rifles, 360 rounds of live ammunition, $1,000 cash, a 1969 Gage Park High School class ring, several collectible coins, an ammunition case, and four leather carrying cases. The crime was discovered by the victim’s friend, a 59-year-old Brighton Park woman, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 71st and Hamlin and stole assorted tools, an air compressor, and a generator. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

CPD Alert--Man in Black SUV Spotted Luring Two Girls Near 58th and Kostner

Alert issued by CPD to the press at 11:44 p.m. Sunday,
March 8:

About the crime: On March 07, 2015 at approximately 4 p.m., an unknown male attempted to lure two female youths into his vehicle in the 5800 block of South Kostner. The girls refused and ran away. The offender then circled the block and again asked the girls if they needed a ride. The girls then ran into a nearby business, and police were called.

About the offender: The offender is described as a male Hispanic age 35-45 with black hair and a moustache. Last seen wearing a royal blue shirt or sweatshirt.

About the vehicle: Described as a black SUV.

What you can do: Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors. Call 911 to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in your neighborhood. Do not let children walk or play alone. Identify safe havens along your child's route to school and home, such as businesses or trusted neighbors. Find out how to start a Parent Patrol or Walking School Bus Program at your child's school.

If you have any information, contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area Central at (312) 747-8380, refer to report # HY-175733. 

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

CPD Alert---Older Man in SUV Seen Luring Girl Near 71st and Mozart

Alert issued by CPD to the press at 10:08 p.m. Saturday,
March 7:

About the crime: On March 07, 2015 at approximately 12:15 PM, an unknown male attempted to lure a female minor into his vehicle. The female youth refused and ran away. The offender at this time fled in the vehicle. This incident occurred in the vicinity of the 7100 S Mozart Ave.

About the offender: The offender is described as a male black in his 60's with short grey hair and medium complexion. Last seen wearing a green shirt.

About the vehicle: Described as a dirty Black Nissan SUV (Armada).

What you can do: Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors. Call 911 to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in your neighborhood. Do not let children walk or play alone. Identify safe havens along your child's route to school and home, such as businesses or trusted neighbors. Find out how to start a Parent Patrol or Walking School Bus Program at your child's school.

If you have any information, contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area Central at (312) 747-8380, refer to report # HY-175149 

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