Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Rock in Peace, Tom Salzburg

Opinion
By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post
and
Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post






Rock in peace, Tom Salzburg.

Word has come to us that the acclaimed rock musician passed away peacefully late last night at his home in Clearing. Since last year, Tom had struggled with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig Disease).

Because of the pandemic, there will be no visitation or funeral service that folks may attend to offer condolences to Tom's family: his wife, Kelly; son, Tommy; daughter, Ashley; daughter, Amber Rivera; son-in-law, Will Rivera; grandson, William Rivera; as well as Tom's extended family.

So we offer our condolences here and hope that years' worth of fond, fun memories of Tom provide comfort to the Salzburgs, now and in the weeks, months and years ahead.

As for the rest of us, may all of us be reminded that the work continues.

Tom's family still faces a mountain of bills related to his medical care, as well as lost income.

So now is the time for all Southwest Siders with hearts to step it up and give Tom's family a boost.




The Salzburg Strong benefit, originally scheduled for last month, is still on for 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 9 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door for adults. Kids 5 to 20 will pay $15, and children younger than 5 will be admitted for free.

Tickets are available on the Salzburg Strong website-just click on the Buy Tickets tab. If you want to donate now or sponsor the benefit, or learn about other fundraising efforts, all the information is on the website.

People who want to donate in a more immediate sense are encouraged to visit the Salzburg Strong GoFundMe page online. Since it was started on Nov. 13, the GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $25,000 from 233 donors. The goal is $50,000.

For those who don’t want to make a donation online, checks made payable to Salzburg Strong may be set to BMO Harris Bank, 101 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60527, attention: Jason K. Refer to the account number ending in 5432.




As we have noted in past posts, Tom Salzburg has been an acclaimed rock drummer and vocalist for some four decades.

In the 1980s, Tom earned his stripes with No Mercy and Tattoo. In recent years, he has been a key member of Bad Medicine and Motley II. He founded and fronted Cooper’s Dead Things, an Alice Cooper tribute band. Tom’s son, Tommy Jr., is the drummer in that band.

The August 9 benefit will be an emotion-packed musical extravaganza featuring Tom’s bands, past and present, rocking the house. It will also include live auctions and raffles.

Representatives from the ALS Foundation and the ALS Therapy Development Institute attend to let everyone know all about ALS and how they can help win the fight against the disease. ALS TDI is a research facility that Kelly credits helping the Salzburg family and working very hard to find a cure for the disease. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will also go toward ALS research.

The rest of the proceeds will go toward the family’s critical needs.

We're proud to say that like many, many people in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (and at many points beyond), we are Salzburg Strong.

We plan to be at the benefit in August and hope to see you there. So please go to SalzburgStrong.com today, buy your tickets and donate in any other way you can.


Tom Salzburg (second from left) accepts thunderous applause from an emotionally-charged audience at his last performance as a rock musician, earlier this year. Standing with him, literally and figuratively, are (from left) his wife, Kelly; daughter, Ashley; daughter, Amber Rivera; son, Tommy Jr.; and son-in-law, Will Rivera.

The Southwest Chicago Post is proud to be a friend of Salzburg Strong, as well as an in-kind donor to the Salzburg Strong fundraisers. Community support for Tom Salzburg and his family is a just one of many examples of what makes this corner of Chicago such a great place. Please click on the links embedded in the story above and join in, won't you?







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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Time For Us All to Be Salzburg Strong


Let's step it up for Tom Salzburg and his family
Tom Salzburg and family on a recent spring day.


By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Even in Tom Salzburg’s darkest days, family, friends and total strangers are providing light.

“We have an amazing community,” Tom’s wife, Kelly, says. She recounts instances of strangers dropping off envelopes with money and gift cards at the Salzburg home in Clearing. They also drop off food.

People she doesn’t know who learned about Tom’s struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig Disease) from the SalzburgStrong.com website have offered their time and services. A painter offered his time and talent to the Salzburgs. A mechanic has donated his time and fixed up Tom’s car.

In the photo above, Tom and his family pose for a photo after watching a surprise motorcade staged in his honor. It went past the front of the family home in Clearing. Sharing the joy with him in the photo were his wife, Kelly; son, Tommy; daughter, Ashley; daughter, Amber Rivera; son-in-law, Will Rivera; and grandson, William Rivera.

“We are so blessed,” Kelly adds. “I am finding more good
The feelings of many, written on a sign posted on the day of the motorcade.
people than bad people--people offering a helping hand.”


Kelly also says that “time is a priceless gift.” That is something she and Tom measure in minutes and hours. 

Despite the disease that ravages her husband’s body, Kelly says, “Tom still has fight left [in his spirit]. It’s his body that is failing.” Tom is in hospice now. He is battling Bulbar onset ALS, a rare type of ALS.

Tom’s health has declined rapidly since his diagnosis on his 54th birthday last August 8. Most patients diagnosed with Bulbar onset ALS have a life span of approximately 18 months.

Kelly and the whole family are working to pull together a  Salzburg Strong benefit in Tom's honor. 


The event, postponed four months by the pandemic, is now scheduled to take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 9 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door for adults. Kids 5 to 20 will pay $15, and children younger than 5 will be admitted for free.

Tickets are available on the Salzburg Strong website-just click on the Buy Tickets tab. If you want to donate now or sponsor the benefit, or learn about other fundraising efforts, all the information is on the website.

People who want to donate in a more immediate sense are encouraged to visit the Salzburg Strong GoFundMe page online. Since it was started on Nov. 13, the GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $24,000 from 229 donors. The goal is $50,000.

For those who don’t want to make a donation online, checks made payable to Salzburg Strong may be set to BMO Harris Bank, 101 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL 60527, attention: Jason K. Refer to the account number ending in 5432.

Tom Salzburg has been an acclaimed rock drummer and vocalist for some four decades.

In the 1980s, Tom earned his stripes with No Mercy and Tattoo. In recent years, he has been a key member of Bad Medicine and Motley II. He founded and fronted Cooper’s Dead Things, an Alice Cooper tribute band. Tom’s son, Tommy Jr., is the drummer in that band.

Kelly calls the August 9 benefit a musical extravaganza. It will feature Tom’s bands, past and present, rocking the house. It will also include live auctions and raffles.

The difference in this benefit is that Kelly is hoping to have representatives from the ALS Foundation and the ALS Therapy Development Institute attend to let everyone know all about ALS and how they can help win the fight against the disease. ALS TDI is a research facility that Kelly credits helping the Salzburg family and working very hard to find a cure for the disease. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will also go toward ALS research.

The rest of the proceeds will go toward the family’s critical needs.

“We have some very real debt for medical bills, supplies and home modifications--especially after the loss of income when Tom could no longer work or perform and I had to take a leave of absence from my second job to become his full-time caregiver,” Kelly adds.

I want to thank Kelly for taking the time to speak with me. As you might imagine, her life these days is a real whirlwind that can leave a person dazed.

Well, I’m proud to say that like many, many people in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (and at many points beyond), I am Salzburg Strong.

I plan to be at the benefit in August, and I hope to see you there. So please go to SalzburgStrong.com today, buy your tickets and donate in any other way you can.



Tom Salzburg (second from left) accepts thunderous applause from an emotionally-charged audience at his last performance as a rock musician, earlier this year. Standing with him, literally and figuratively, are (from left) his wife, Kelly; daughter, Ashley; daughter, Amber Rivera; son, Tommy Jr.; and son-in-law, Will Rivera.


The Southwest Chicago Post is proud to be a friend of Salzburg Strong, as well as an in-kind donor to the Salzburg Strong fundraisers. Community support for Tom Salzburg and his family is a just one of many examples of what makes this corner of Chicago such a great place. Please click on the links embedded in the story above and join in, won't you?


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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Want to Salute the Class of 2020? Commemorative Posters Available

Looking for a quick, easy way to honor the members of the
Class of 2020?

Check out this top-quality poster--suitable for displaying in your window at home, at work or in your vehicle.

This smart-looking poster is 12 x 18 inches, printed on high-gloss 100-pound poster board.

These unique, commemorative posters are available at no charge (one per household, please) at the Archer Heights Credit Union, 6554 W. Archer (Archer and Nashville).

Plans call for these posters to be available in a self-service display in the AHCU vestibule, right at the entrance--starting on Tuesday, May 5.

The Archer Heights Credit Union is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; as well as 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

These posters are provided as a public service by:

All Exterior Contractors

...as well as the Mike Riordan State Farm Agency, First Rate Realty/Al Cacciottolo, Southwest Signs Inc. and the Southwest Chicago Post.

Note: if you represent a local school and want a bulk supply of these posters, please call Geno Randazzo at 708-705-7900.


So whether you have a Class of 2020 member in your house,
or if you don't but you just want to say "Way to go" to all the 2020 graduates in the neighborhood, head over to the Archer Heights Credit Union and get yours!


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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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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Say motorist was drunk, threw senior to the ground
Diego Lemus-Ordonez



A 28-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with DUI, as well as aggravated battery, after he was arrested in the 5100 block of South Tripp at 5:28p.m. Sunday, April 12.

Diego A. Lemus-Ordonez, of the 5100 block of South Kildare, allegedly threw an elderly man to the ground after his vehicle was stopped. The man was a passenger in his vehicle, a CPD spokesman said.

Lemus-Ordonez also was charged with having open alcohol in his vehicle.





Charge Palos Park woman with heroin rap
Lorraine Saban


A 31-year-old woman from suburban Palos Park was charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver after she was arrested during a traffic stop in the 7900 block of South Central Park at 6:37 a.m. Thursday, April 9.

Lorraine E. Saban, of the 12500 block of South 86th Avenue, was arrested without incident by police responding to a 911 call of a motorist slumped over the wheel of a vehicle.

Police said there was a passenger in Saban’s vehicle. That person was released without being charged with a crime. Police declined to say how much heroin they allegedly found on Saban.







Claim two trespassed at Kennedy HS
Anthony Morales
 




Two Clearing men were charged with trespassing after they were arrested in the 5800 block of South Mobile at 3:22 a.m. Friday, April 10.


Anthony Morales, 18, of the 5700 block of West 63rd Place; and Kyle C. San Miguel, 22, of the 6100 block of South Massasoit, allegedly were spotted trespassing in Kennedy High School, by a security guard.

A CPD spokesman said police responding to the guard’s call chased Morales and San Miguel a short distance on foot before apprehending them.
Kyle San Miguel



San Miguel also was charged with theft, although a CPD spokesman declined to say what he allegedly stole from the school.













Claim man threatened woman
Hugo Mares



A 28-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with assault after he was arrested at his home in the 4700 block of South Laporte at 10:04 a.m. Friday, April 10.

Hugo A. Mares allegedly threatened a woman during an argument, according to police responding to a “domestic dispute” call.

A CPD spokesman did not say what the alleged threat was.

According to public records, Mares has been arrested four times by CPD since 2016—three times on undisclosed warrant charges.





Bust man on shoplifting rap at CVS
Daryl Wilkerson




A 55-year-old Wrightwood man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested in the 3900 block of West 63rd Place at 10:26 a.m. Tuesday, April 14.


Daryl Wilkerson, of the 7900 block of South Maplewood, allegedly stole merchandise from the CVS Pharmacy nearby, although police declined to say exactly what had been stolen.






Say man struck police officer
Deion Bevely



A 25-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with battery after he was arrested in the 6200 block of South Meade at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

Deion M. Bevely, of the 2500 block of West 64th Street, allegedly struck a police officer as he was trying to hit another person, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Bevely has been arrested six times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and violating parole by having contact with gang members.





Charge man with domestic battery
Mario Jaramillo



A 39-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5400 block of South Lockwood at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, April 5.


Mario A. Jaramillo allegedly punched a 59-year-old man in the head and body during an argument.








A dozen arrests for Scottsdale man
Albert Sandoval



A 25-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 5500 block of South Central at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

Albert G. Sandoval, of the 8100 block of South Knox, reportedly was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by police and had drugs on him, a CPD spokesman said without elaborating.

According to public records, Sandoval has been arrested 12 times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as unlawful use of a weapon, child endangerment, criminal trespass to a residence and criminal trespass to a vehicle.







Charge two with arson in 53rd Street blaze
Hector Rebolledo



Two men were charged with arson after they were arrested in the 6700 block of West 53rd Street at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22.


Hector Rebolledo, 27, of suburban Bellwood, and Rey Rebolledo Jr., of suburban Stone Park, allegedly were spotted dousing a truck with gasoline and setting it ablaze.


According to public records, Rey Rebolledo Jr. has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2016 on charges that included possession of a controlled substance, drinking on the public way and driving on a suspended license.


According to a law enforcement source, both men have gang ties.
Rey Rebolledo Jr.























She hit me with an ashtray, man says
Kaitlyn Kwak




A 20-year-old Vittum Park woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested in the 4800 block of South Cicero at 6:38 p.m. Monday, April 6.


Kaitlyn Rose Kwak, of the 4700 block of South Lamon, allegedly threw an ashtray at the head of a 30-year-old man during an argument.


According to public records, Kwak has been arrested five times by CPD since 2018, on charges that included prostitution and obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist






















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