Friday, April 19, 2019

Online Registration for Park District Day Camp, Summer Programs Starts Soon


The Chicago Park District’s online registration for its popular
summer day camp and park programs opens April 22 at 9 a.m.

This year, the summer day camp curriculum will celebrate the Chicago Park District's 85th anniversary and its commitment to enhance the quality of life in Chicago by becoming the leading provider of recreation and leisure opportunities for children and families of all abilities and interests.

The Chicago Park District’s new camp theme ‘PLAY: Every Day, Every Way’  will enhance the summer day camp experience by engaging campers in inclusive activities and education programs, as well as weekly physical fitness routines that encourage campers to interact with one another.

“Building on our theme, the Chicago Park District is excited to invite Chicagoans of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life to celebrate our 85th anniversary by playing and engaging in our parks citywide,” said Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO. “The Chicago Park District offers a menu of camps and programs at parks throughout the city and ensures that we are able to accommodate everyone who wishes to participate in all our programs, from recreational to cultural.”



The Chicago Park District experienced record numbers again in 2018 for program registration. Compared to 2012, park program enrollments increased by 47 percent. Since 2014, the Park District has surpassed 100,000 registrations in nine separate sessions. Last summer, the Park District recorded a four percent increase in enrollments in summer programs, and summer camps reached 99 percent of its capacity with over 50,000 enrollments.

Day camp will provide participants with the opportunity to participate in energetic team building and cooperative games, visual arts and writing activities, outdoor and environmental education, performing arts and imaginative play, and active games and fitness activities.

Online registration begins Monday, April 22, at 9 a.m. for parks located west of California Avenue, and on Tuesday, April 23, at 9 a.m. for parks located east of California.

In-person registration for summer programs will begin either Saturday, April 27 or Monday, April 29, depending upon the park.

Standard day camps, for ages 6 to 12 years old, run six weeks, from June 24-August 2, typically from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Play Camp offers options for children ages 3 to 5 years old, and Teen Camp for participants ages 13 to 15 year olds. Numerous specialty camps are also available, including Sports Camps. Late Summer Camps offer extended opportunities to engage in park activities from August 5 to 9 or 16; date varies by park. Early bird and extended options offer convenient hours to cover the full day (eight to ten hours, varies by park).

Gymnastics centers, one of the Park District’s most popular programs, will open online registration for the summer season on Tuesday, April 23, at 12 p.m. Summer program registration for McFetridge Sports Center & Morgan Park Sports Center opens Tuesday, May 28.

Fees vary depending on location, offerings and hours.  No child will be turned away for inability to pay.

Given the popularity of programs, patrons are encouraged to browse through the list of programs for 2019 and create wish lists in advance here.

Financial Assistance

The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who wish to enroll in the 2019 summer day camp program. Financial assistance and family discounts are available.  Financial assistance is only available to City of Chicago residents. Eligibility for financial assistance does not guarantee a slot for day camp and cannot be used in conjunction with any other reduced/voucher programs. Applicants that do not qualify for financial assistance may inquire about the payment plan option at their local park.

For more information on how to solicit the scholarship, please visit the day camp page.

The Chicago Park District aims to provide summer camp financial assistance to thousands of children each year, requiring more than $2 million. Tax-deductible gifts of any size may be made to the Summer Day Camp Assistance Fund to help support children and families across the city through this financial assistance program here.

NEW FOR 2019:

In order to facilitate patrons being able to receive the financial assistance discount (50%) at the time of summer online registration, financial assistance documentation is being accepted in-person at parks now.  Once completed and approved, the related registration (ActiveNet) account will be updated to include this financial assistance pre-requisite. When registering for summer camp, an account holder with the pre-requisite will automatically be charged 50% of the camp cost. 

If this step isn't completed prior to summer online registration, patrons still have the option to register for summer camp online by paying 100% at the time or registration and then presenting the documentation at the park to receive the 50% refund.

Family Discount

When patrons register for two or more programs for family members less than 18 years of age in one transaction, the order qualifies for a 10% discount on the less expensive program(s).

Discount is available for online and in-person orders, but cannot be combined with the CHA or DCFS discount programs.  All family members should be entered into one account on the Chicago Park District’s registration system.

Summer Food Service Program

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education’s Summer Food Service Program and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal regulations, the Chicago Park District will participate in the Summer Food Service Program in conjunction with summer day camp.  Lunches and/or snacks will be provided for enrolled children at most camps.

Meals are made available to all eligible participants without regard to race color, national origin, disability, sex or age.  Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202/720-5964 (voice and TTD).

For more information, contact your local park, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com or call 312-742-PLAY.






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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Boys rob man at gunpoint
A 38-year-old Ashburn man was robbed at gunpoint as he stood in the driveway of his home in the 7700 block of South Trumbull at 9:06 p.m. Thursday, April 4. The victim told police that three teens pulled up in a gray Dodge, got out and approached him. One put a gun to the side of the victim’s neck, while the others demanded his wallet. The victim replied that his wallet was in his car. While he was held at gunpoint, the other two robbers rifled through his car, stealing his wallet, cellphone and house and car keys before fleeing in their vehicle. They were described only as black boys age 14-17, wearing back hoodies and baseball caps.





Cut off, curbed, beaten and robbed
A 41-year-old West Lawn man was beaten and robbed on the street in the 7100 block of South Harding at about 1:50 a.m. Sunday, March 31. The victim told police he was driving his car when it was cut off and blocked by two men in a red sedan. All three men got out of their vehicles, and the victim was punched in the face by the two men. They took his house and car keys and sped away. The victim suffered cuts to his face, but reportedly refused medical assistance. The two attackers were described as Hispanic men about age 25, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds.







Woman says man trespassed in her home
William Richter


A 32-year-old Sleepy Hollow man was charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he allegedly entered his neighbor’s home in the 4400 block of South Keating and hollered at the homeowner, a 38-year-old woman.

William D. Richter III was apprehended by police in a nearby vacant lot. Police said that he resisted arrest, forcing them to taser him and use other emergency submission methods.

At least one officer was injured while trying to subdue Richter. Charges of aggravated battery and two counts of resisting arrest were added, police said.





Man charged with domestic battery
Kenneth Schoot



A 44-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly hit a 56-year-old woman at his home in the 4900 block of South Knox.

Kenneth Schoot was arrested at his home at 7:01 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

The alleged battery occurred earlier in the day, police said.

According to public records, Schoot was arrested at the same address in February and charged with domestic battery.






Bust man on drug rap on Archer
Michael Williams



A 51-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, as well as one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, after he was arrested at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.

Michael C. Williams, of the 5100 block of South Parkside, was apprehended on the street in the 6800 block of West Archer after officers on patrol “observed him in a verbal altercation with a female subject,” a CPD spokesman said. “A protective pat-down of Williams revealed a pocket knife and suspect narcotics.” Police would not elaborate on exactly what they found.





Laptop swiped from Hearst School
A burglar entered Hearst School, 4640 S. Lamon, and stole a laptop computer. Surveillance footage showed that the crime was committed at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. The offender appeared to be a black man age 25-45, about 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds, with black hair and a dark complexion. He wore a black skull cap with red writing on the front, a reflective yellow jacket with white stripes and dark blue pants.






Ford City Drive apartment burglarized
Burglars entered a second floor apartment unit in the 4200 block of West Ford City Drive and stole a pair of roller skates, an iPad, an iPhone, a pair of Beats headphones, a pair of athletic shoes and a jacket. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 49-year-old Chicago Ridge man, at about 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4.





Clearing man busted on theft rap
Joseph Holubek



A 45-year-old Clearing man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested at his home in the 6100 block of South Parkside at 5:48 p.m. Friday, March 29.

Joseph Holubek allegedly stole merchandise worth about $90 from Family Dollar, 6190 S. Archer. Police did not indicate how they came to believe that Holubek stole the merchandise.

According to public records, Holubek has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2017, on charges that included domestic battery (four times), violating an order of protection and criminal trespass to land.






Catalytic converters swiped from vehicles
Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a Jeep Liberty parked on the street in the 6000 block of South Kildare. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 63-year-old man, at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3.
Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a Hyundai Tucson parked on the street in the 4800 block of South Knox. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at 8:17 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.
Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a Jeep Liberty parked on the street in the 6100 block of South Tripp. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old woman, at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.
Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a Dodge Nitro parked on the street in the 4200 block of West 63rd Street. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old woman, at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.
        Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a car parked on the street in the 5400 block of South Sawyer. The crime was reported to police by the victim, a 61-year-old man, at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.



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Unlocked window is entry point for burglars
Burglars opened the unlocked window of a basement apartment in the 5000 block of South Tripp, entered and stole an iPad and a laptop computer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 38-year-old man, at about 11 p.m. Thursday, April 4.















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Free roofs for deserving active-duty military, veterans, first responders


‘Roofs 4 Heroes’ initiative launched by business leaders

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

An alliance of local business leaders is reaching out to assist
needy active-duty military members, honorably discharged veterans and civilian first responders by providing a free roof for their home.

The “Roofs 4 Heroes” initiative was launched earlier this month by Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors, in partnership with Beacon Roofing Supply, Tamko Building Products, the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and State Farm Insurance agent Mike Riordan.

“Home ownership is part of the American Dream, and that dream is made possible through the bravery of our men and women in uniform,” Randazzo said. “But that dream can turn into a nightmare for veterans and others in need, when they don’t have the security of a good roof over their heads.”

Now through May 19, nominations will be accepted for active-duty military members, veterans and first responders in need.

A blue-ribbon committee will review all nominations, and two winners will be announced on Memorial Day.

Nominations may be made online at allexteriorcontractors.com/roofs-4-heroes.

The person nominated must:

• Live in the greater Midway area: Garfield Ridge, Clearing, West Lawn, Scottsdale, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Bridgeview, Bedford Park, Archer Heights, Mount Greenwood or Summit.

• Be an honorably or medically discharged veteran, an active-duty military member or a first responder.

• Have ownership in a home (either on mortgage/insurance/deed.

Those making nominations must be relatives or friends of nominee and provide a copy of the nominee’s DD214, military or first responder ID.

Nominations must also include a photo of the roof in need of repair, as well as the approximate age of the roof.

Finally, nominations should include biographical information about the nominee and reasons why the nominee is a deserving hero.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Learn how you, as a homeowner, may save hundreds, thousands of dollars

Riordan, Randazzo offer simple advice at free reception


Information and advice that may save you hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars will be offered—at no charge—at a coffee-and-doughnuts reception set for Saturday, April 27 at the Rhine VFW Post 2729, 5858 S. Archer.

“What you need to know, when you need to know” is an
Mike Riordan
event hosted by Mike Riordan of Riordan Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors.


Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and the presentation starts at 10 a.m. With questions and answers, the event will conclude no later than 11:30.

“I’ve lost count of how many homeowners I’ve met—all good people—who pay their insurance premiums on time, every time but then lose thousands of dollars because they don’t know what to do or how to deal with their insurance company
when a storm or some other event causes damage to their home or garage,” Randazzo said. “A lot of homeowners will say they have a good insurance policy, but when the time comes to rely upon it, they get whacked by high deductibles and exclusions they weren’t aware of.

“Fortunately, one of the Chicago area’s most experienced and trusted insurance professionals—Mike Riordan—has teamed up with my company to bring basic, easy-to-understand information to everyone, for free,” Randazzo continued.

Riordan, a State Farm Insurance agent since 1987, is headquartered at 6538 W. Archer, in the heart of Garfield Ridge.

“I’m pleased to be partnering with All Exterior Contractors—a
reputable, respected company that is known for its expertise in home repairs and remodeling,” Riordan said. “All Exterior—like my agency--is also known for its support of our community’s chamber of commerce, veterans organizations, senior citizens clubs, schools, Little League, churches and more,” Riordan said.

No reservations are required, and all are welcome to the “What you need to know, when you need to know” event.

Those attending are welcome to bring copies of their current insurance policies, as there will be time for individual consultations.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Kennedy Hosting Water Polo Camp

Looking for an athletic opportunity for your son or daughter in grade school?

Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett, is hosting a water polo camp from Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. each day, and camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Admission is free, and the camp will be led by Kennedy coaches and student athletes.

The camp will include strength and endurance exercises, passing and shooting drills, ball-handling drills, 6-on-5 drills (offense and defense), and teamwork and communication exercises.

Parents must be on hand on the first day, to fill out waiver forms--so early arrival is necessary. Parents are also welcome to stick around and watch from the balcony.

For details, contact Coach Anthony Macias at amacias49@cps.edu.



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Sunday, April 7, 2019

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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Beaten by gangbangers, man says
A 22-year-old West Lawn man was beaten and robbed as he walked down a sidewalk neat 67th and Kildare at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. The victim, interviewed by police at Little Company of Mary Hospital, said three men approached, hollered gang slogans and hit him in the face with a baseball bat. They stole his cellphone and wallet, which he said contained $120 cash and other items. The offenders sped away north on Kildare in a brown, two-door pickup truck. They were described only as Hispanic men about age 21, 5-foot-6 tall.



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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in and/or own a business in Beats 813 or 833 (see map) make plans to attend your next CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street. 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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Shot at while in his car in alley
A 23-year-old Hearst area man was shot at as he sat in his car as it was parked in an alley behind 4458 S. Knox at 12:07 a.m. Thursday, March 28. Police responding to a ShotSpotter report of seven shots fired, police encountered the victim, who said he was in his car when the shooting occurred. When he heard shots, he ducked down and therefore did not see the shooter. His car had bullet holes in the front and rear windows, as well as damage to the roof. A witness told police that a white Cadillac sedan was seen speeding away from the scene after shots were fired. Police recovered shell casings from the alley.





Charged with trying to run down another man
Cristian Cabrera



A 20-year-old West Lawn man was charged with reckless conduct after he allegedly tried to use a vehicle he was driving to run over another 20-year-old man on the street near 70th and Lawndale.

Cristian O. Cabrera, of the 6200 block of South Karlov, was arrested at the scene at 5:47 p.m. Friday, March 22 by police who said they witnessed it.

Also arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated assault was 28-year-old Josue Gurrola, of the 7200 block of South Millard, who allegedly waved a gun at one of the two 20-year-olds. Police did not elaborate.
Josue Gurrola


According to public records, Cabrera has been arrested four times by CPD since 2017, on charged that included domestic battery, aggravated assault and criminal trespass to a vehicle.















Arrest man who allegedly punched woman in face
Jose Quiroz



A 25-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly punched a 25-year-old woman in the face, repeatedly, at about 10:53 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at his home in the 6200 block of South McVicker.

Jose Quiroz was arrested without incident, said a CPD spokesman, who added that the victim suffered bruising and swelling on her face.

According to public records, Quiroz was arrested by CPD in 2015 near 62nd and Austin and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member.



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Bust man on weapons, stolen car charges
Enrique Rodriguez



An 18-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident after he was arrested in the 4600 block of West 79th Street at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

Enrique E. Rodriguez, of the 7700 block of South Karlov, allegedly “crashed a stolen vehicle he was driving and then fled,” a CPD spokesman said. “Officers also recovered a firearm from the vehicle that [Rodriguez] was driving.”





Barking dog have saved the day
A barking dog may have interrupted a burglary at a home in the 3700 block of West 62nd Street at 6:17 p.m. Thursday, March 28. The victim, a 56-year-old man, told police that his sons were home at the time of the crime and heard someone trying to pry open the front door. At some point, the would-be home invader gave up and left, possibly deterred by the family dog, which was barking. No entry was made, but the door and frame were damaged. There was no description of the suspect.





Claim man swiped wine from garage

A 51-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with burglary after he allegedly entered a
Charles Burnett
garage in the 3500 block of West 62nd Place and stole two bottles of wine from a refrigerator.


Charles Burnett, of the 6300 block of South Claremont, was apprehended by police scouring the area after the crime was reported by the victim, a 45-year-old woman, at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Burnett was transported back to the garage, where he was positively identified by the victim, police said.

The victim said she walked out to her garage after a burglar alarm was triggered. She said she saw Burnett taking items from a refrigerator; and frightened, she told Burnett to take what he wanted an leave. The two bottles of wine were recovered, police added. According to public records, Burnett has been arrested four times before by CPD, since 2014, on various charges.






Unlocked garage is scene of burglary
Burglars entered an unlocked garage in the 3700 block of West 61st Street, entered an unlocked vehicle inside and stole a pair of subwoofers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 26.

Compressor, bike stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the door of a garage in the 3800 block of West 61st Place and stole an air compressor and a bicycle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old man, at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 26.





Woman reportedly threatens Water Dept. workers
Two employees of the Chicago Department of Water Management told police that a woman threatened them as they worked in the 8000 block of South Tripp at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 25. The workers said that a woman came out of a house and demanded that they move their truck. When they replied that they would when they were finished, the woman reportedly hollered, “Move the f~cking truck or I’m going to get my gun!” When police arrived and knocked on the door of the home, a woman inside reportedly hollered, “Get your asses off my f~cking porch!” Police then left, advising the city workers to call again, if necessary.






Zacatacos hit by burglars
Burglars forced open the rear door of Zacatacos, 3949 W. 71st St., and stole more than $900 cash. The crime was discovered by police responding to a burglar alarm at 1:58 a.m. Monday, March 25.



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Burglar uses brick to smash way into liquor store
A burglar used a brick to smash the glass in the front doors of Gee-Jay Liquors, 8550 S. Pulaski, enter and steal an unknown amount of cash and liquors. Surveillance video showed the burglar using a screwdriver to pry open three cash registers. The crime occurred at 6:04 a.m. Saturday, March 23. The burglar was described only as a white man age 40-50, wearing a brown jacket.





Robbed while walking their dog
Two West Lawn teenagers walking their dog were robbed at gunpoint on a sidewalk in the 7200 block of South Ridgeway at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The victims, ages 18 and 15, told police that a man walked up to them and demanded valuables. When they said they had none, he pulled a gun and started to search them. He grabbed their cellphones and $10 cash before running away. He was described as a black man age 18-22, about 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, with brown eyes and a medium complexion.










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