Friday, November 29, 2013

Best Christmas Decorations to Be Hailed By Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch

As members of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch make their usual
rounds this Christmas season in police Beat 811 (Garfield Ridge, west of Central Avenue), they will be looking for more than the usual crime-related concerns---they will be looking for the best holiday decorations.

“One way to fight crime is to promote neighborhood pride and beautification,” said GRNW President Al Cacciottolo. “We have done exactly that in the past year, and this Christmas decoration contest is a continuation of that.”

From now until Christmas Day, GRNW members on patrol will identify the “best dressed” homes and businesses in Beat 811, take photos and then vote among themselves to determine the top decorations.

Three winners will be chosen, and prizes will be awarded shortly after Christmas. The prize package will include free pies, courtesy of the Fasano Pie Company.

The contest is sponsored in part by Chicago Glass Blocks and Best Home Insulation, two local, family-owned companies saluted earlier this year by the GRNW for their ongoing role in improving the beauty, comfort and value of Garfield Ridge homes and businesses.

“Garfield Ridge is one of the best places in all of Chicago to live, work and raise a family,” stated Carol Basic, owner of Chicago Glass Blocks. “We salute the neighborhood watch for launching this fun Christmas contest, and we look forward to seeing the winners.”

A video of the best Christmas decorations will be made and shared online by the Southwest Chicago Post.

For more details about the GRNW, visit

In the meantime and to help get us all in the Christmas spirit, check out this brief but fun video, shot at various Southwest Side locations by SWCP videographer Mary Hadac late on Christmas Eve 2012. (She finished shooting minutes before midnight and then edited it on Christmas Day.)

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