Thursday, October 23, 2014

Southwest Side Neighborhood Calendar


Saturday, October 25th Pumpkin Parade
Steps off at 11 a.m. in Summit from 63rd and Archer Road, heading north to Summit
Park at 57th Street. Right after the parade, there will be food, games, music, a costume contest, and more at the park. Fun, family-oriented annual event sponsored by Congressman Dan Lipinski. Bring the kids and grandkids (in Halloween costumes, of course), and be sure to smile and wave at the Southwest Chicago Post videographer! Questions? Call Congressman Lipinski's office at (312) 886-0481.


Saturday, October 25th 23rd Ward Pumpkin Patch
Runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the campaign headquarters of 23rd Ward aldermanic candidate Paulino Villarreal, 6810 West Archer. Free pumpkins and bags of candy (while supplies last). Prizes for the best children's costumes.





Saturday, October 25th Oktoberfest at St. Bede Parish
A fun, family-oriented party at 83rd and Kostner. Click here for full details on this fun event!

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Tuesday, October 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, October 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, 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!

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Wednesday, October 29th Honor Flight Chicago
Held in the evening at the first-floor baggage claim area of Midway Airport, 57th and
Cicero. Want to join hundreds of other people to applaud, cheer, whistle and shout your thanks to World War II veterans returning from a day in Washington, D.C.? Well, please do! Patriotic, pep rally-like atmosphere. The vets usually arrive at about 9-9:30 p.m., but to get a good spot in the cheering throng, you should arrive at about 7-7:30 p.m., Entire event hosted by the Honor Flight Chicago organization, which gives Chicago-area military veterans (primarily World War II) free round-trip air transportation (as well as VIP treatment) to Washington, D.C. to tour the National World War II Memorial. Chick here to read a story about an Honor Flight Chicago participant. This is the last Honor Flight Chicago event of 2014. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, November 5th Vittum Park Civic League
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at Vittum Park, 5010 West 50th Street. Monthly meeting. Open to the public. If you live in or own a business in Vittum Park, stop by and get active!

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Wednesday, November 5th 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, November 6th 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, November 12th CAPS Beat 812 Meeting
Starts at 7:00 p.m. at 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.




Wednesday, November 12th 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, November 13th 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.


Saturday, November 15th Garfield Ridge Civic League
Thanksgiving/Christmas party. Runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at New Warsaw Restaurant, 6250 West 63rd Street. Tickets are $25 each. Includes smorgasbord-style dinner in a semi-private room. Cash bar. More information at garfieldridgecivicleague.org.


Tuesday, November 18th 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 2nd West Elsdon Civic Association
Starts at 7:30 p.m. at Divine Word Polish National Catholic Church, 3842 West 57th Street. Quarterly meeting. Open to the public. If you live in or own a business in West Elsdon, stop by and get active!


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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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CPD Alert: 79-Year-Old Woman Missing from the Bogan Area: Has Dementia

Just released by CPD earlier this evening. Let's all keep our eyes and ears open!


Monday, October 20, 2014

CPD Alert Update 70-Year-Old West Lawn Man Was Missing, Now Found

Update:

CPD reports that Mr. Alvarez has been found safe.

Thank you, everyone.



Just released to the press at 3:54 p.m. today by CPD:


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Police Release Sketch of Pervert Who Lured Kids in Scottsdale Neighborhood

Just released to the press at 9:07 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.

This is an update to a previous alert. The information is the same, but now there is a sketch.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

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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Dear Editor,


I will be voting for Democrat Dick Durbin in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois. Senator Durbin without a doubt is one of the most respected and effective senators in the nation. He has led an exemplary effort to raise the the national minimum wage, and has common-sense, people-first solutions to the issues of our day. Do we really need a senator who, with his party, wants to lower corporate income taxes? This at a time when corporations are more profitable than any time in our nation's history? How much more greed do we need supporting big oil and big pharma and the rest? Durbin provides solid thinking and a common man's approach to government. We desperately need another six years of his leadership in the Senate. I wholeheartedly support Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate.

Ed Kozak
Garfield Ridge

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Hey,

You better watch where you step with this antagonism of Congressman Dan Lipinski. Why you are going after him on this parade thing, I don't know. But what comes around goes around. Got it, buddy?

Anonymous

Editor's reply: We're not "going after" anyone, buddy, on the Pumpkin Parade. We simply let people know a fact we learned (indirectly) from the Clearing Civic League: that this year's parade had been moved from Garfield Ridge, which it has. That's the congressman's prerogative, of course, since he is the parade's sponsor, and it's his staff that pulls it all together.

The key question, of course, is why the parade was moved to Summit. Alderman Zalewski's staffers were telling callers that the parade had been moved to Tinley Park, because the congressman wanted to "move the parade around" in an effort to be more fair to all the municipalities in the Third Congressional District.

Then about a week later, the congressman's chief of staff was quoted in the Southwest News-Herald, saying that the parade was yanked from Garfield Ridge because of road construction on Austin Avenue, but that it will be back in Garfield Ridge in 2015. Make of that what you will, but that's the official explanation.

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Dear Editor:

I am really angry that the pumpkin parade was taken away from Garfield Ridge. Why would Lipinski do such a thing to us? I know he doesn't live here, like his father did, but really, why? My neighbor told me this parade has been here on Archer at least 30 years.

I heard it had something to do with construction on Austin. I can't see how that would make a difference. The parade goes nowhere near Austin, and if people wanted to get back and forth to Clearing, they could just use Central or Harlem.

This is a big disappointment. My kids love that parade, and we are NOT going to Summit.

Terese Malzone
Garfield Ridge

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Editor:

So Congressman Lipinski took our parade away from us in Garfield Ridge. Why doesn't the alderman respond by staging his own parade on Archer? I think it's interesting that every year, Zalewski and other politicians slap their names right under Lipinski's name on the parade poster to tag along and get credit, but now that Lipinski pulls out, these other politicians are nowhere to be found, at least that I have seen.

These guys are great at having their pictures taken with our neighborhood children so they can appear in the neighborhood newspapers, but when it comes time to stand up for our boys and girls, they're out to lunch. Bunch of cowards. 


John Wilkosz
Garfield Ridge

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Editor,

I don't know what the truth is about how Lipinski decided to move the parade, but to me it looks like a big political slap in the face to our alderman, Mike Zalewski, and that's the last thing he needs with this remapping of the ward. He's in the fight of his life, and we're doing everything we can to get him re-elected--and then Lipinski pulls the rug out from under him? What's up with that?

David Olszewski
Garfield Ridge

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Editor,

I'm not sure what all the fuss is over the parade moving from Archer Avenue to Archer Road. I'll go either way. It's nice to see the little ones in their costumes.

Melinda Hernandez

Clearing

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Friday, October 17, 2014

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Look at St. Nicholas of Tolentine

We were privileged to recently spend a few minutes with Mariagnes Menden, principal at St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 3741 W. 62nd St.

We came away most impressed with a school rich in history, steeped in the arts, successful in academics and athletics, warm and welcoming to newcomers, and affordable for working parents.

Here is a conversation we had with her. Enjoy!


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