Thursday, May 30, 2019

Queen tribute band to rock St. Joe’s

Four days of fun starts now!

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Old favorites and new entertainment acts can be found on the main stage lineup for this year's carnival at St. Joseph Parish, a half-block west of 56th and Harlem.

Taking the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 30 will be
Queen Experience
Queen Experience, which bills itself as the Chicago area’s top Queen cover band.

Strung Out, which bills itself as “Chicago’s Ultimate 70’s musical experience playing an incredible treasure trove of classic 70’s music that other bands overlook,” is first up on Friday, May 31, playing from 6 to 8 p.m.

Closing out Friday’s live entertainment from 9 p.m. to midnight is Maggie Speaks, one of the most popular and eclectic cover bands in Chicago history.

On Saturday, June 1 a succession of some of the Chicago area’s best disc jockeys will spin a variety of Top 40 favorites to hot house mixes from 3 p.m. to midnight.

DJ’s scheduled to perform include Jumpin’ Julian Perez, DJ Three Jay, Kenny Jamin’ Jason, DJ Farusto, CZR, Rich Martinez, DJ Gant Man, House 13, DJ Babaloo, Mario Reyes, DJ Cat and Joe Cool Rodriguez.

Sunday, June 2 promises a bit of something for everyone.
The Ampol Aires polka band will play from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by Dos Banderas from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Devastatora will close out the carnival from 8 to 10 p.m.

St. Joe's carnival is traditionally the first parish carnival of the season in the area.

Carnival hours are 6 to 11 p.m. May 30, 6 to midnight May 31, 3 to midnight June 1 and 2 to 10 p.m. June 2.

The event will feature a variety of carnival rides for people of all
ages, as well as a carnival midway with games of chance and skill.

Traditional festival favorites like cotton candy, popcorn, elephant ears, deep-fried Twinkies and candy bars, will be joined by a range of other food and beverages at this year's carnival.

Local food vendors include:

Thirsty Pig BBQ will serve authentic, pit-smoked, Texas-style
  barbecue favorites. 
Toña's Pupusas will sell enchiladas, pupusas, pasteles, hot wings, nachos, french fries, soda and ice tea.
Triano's will offer pizza slices, hot dogs and fried items.
El Campeón will sell non-alcoholic piña coladas and mango coladas.
Mauro's Tacos will have steak tacos, marinated pork tacos and chicken tacos, as well as rice and beans. They also will have chicken and mole tacos, horchata, agua de Jamaica, soda and lemonade.
Gaby's Funnel Cakes will sell funnel cakes and potato chips.

Maria's Snow Cones will offer snow cones and elotes.

Super Raffle tickets are sold in the rectory weekdays, in the church after Masses and during the carnival. Tickets are $25 each or three for $60. The grand prize is $7,000 (prorated if not all tickets are sold). Winners will be drawn Sunday evening.

Proceeds from the carnival benefit St. Joseph School, which for
more than a century has provided a Catholic elementary education to girls and boys in Summit, Garfield Ridge, Clearing, Bedford Park, Bridgeview and other fine city neighborhoods and suburban towns.

See you there?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

'Company' Coming to Hale Park

The Hale Park Theatre Company's production of "Company" starts its run Friday, May 31 at Hale Park, 6258 West 62nd Street.

Curtain times are 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 31, June 1, June 7 and June 8; and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $6 for students and $6 for senior citizens age 60 and older.

Seating is limited, and reservations are suggested. Call (773) 229-1032 for reservations and more information.

From Wikipedia:

Company is a 1970 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The original production was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and won six.

Originally titled Threes, its plot revolves around Robert (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, Company is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Robert's 35th birthday.

Company was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships. As Sondheim puts it, "Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we're going to bring it right back in their faces."

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Call us, too, cops say

311 not sharing graffiti info with police

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

People calling 311 to report graffiti—especially gang graffiti—should also make
sure they report the crime to police, CPD officials said earlier this month.

The assertion was made at the CAPS Beat 811 meeting, held May 21 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. About a dozen people attended.

In response to a question, CAPS Sgt. Matthew Malloy reiterated what he said at a CAPS Beat 815/821 meeting in Archer Heights several weeks ago.

He noted that 311 operators fielding calls about graffiti routinely pass the information along to the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, so the offensive markings may be eradicated as quickly as possible.

But those same operators do not automatically share that crime-related information with police, he said—which in cases of gang graffiti could represent a missed opportunity for law enforcement to track gang activity.

The sergeant added that he has seen instances at CAPS meetings where people complain about an instance of gang graffiti, yet police seem to have no record of it. “They’ll say, ‘Well, we called it in [to 311],’” he said.

A simple solution exists, he added.

“When you call [311] to report gang graffiti, tell the call-taker that you also want to make a police report about it,” he said, noting that it should only take a few extra moments of time.

Also helpful, added CAPS Officer Ray Tracy, is when citizens take a photo of gang graffiti and share it promptly with police. He said that such images, when examined by CPD gang specialists, can provide needed insights to thwart crime.

He said that often, by the time people tell police about gang graffiti, it has been removed by Streets and San, “and then we’ll ask [the people reporting it] what it looked like, and they may not remember or tell us something vague like, ‘I don’t know. It was red.’”

In other matters at the CAPS Beat 811 meeting, police warned that warmer weather seems to be bringing out the annual re-emergence of con artists.

A 79-year-old woman reported that $60 cash was missing from her purse after she let a man in her home in the 5600 block of South Parkside earlier this month.

The victim told police that a man who seemed to be a ComEd inspector knocked at her door and said he needed to come inside and inspect her electrical outlets.

Once inside, he said he needed to inspect her electrical box in the basement. As they were downstairs, the victim heard someone walking above her, on the home’s main floor. When she started to go upstairs to investigate, the man with her bolted past, ran up the stairs ahead of her and out of the house.

In another instance, con artists tried but failed to enter a home in the 5400 block of South Central. They were frightened off when they saw the elderly victim’s grandson in the backyard, cutting the lawn.

“These [con artists] prey on the elderly, Tracy said. “Please be careful.”

The next CAPS Beat 811 meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the church, 5550 S. Merrimac. The public is invited. Beat 811 includes central and western Garfield Ridge, from Central to Harlem.

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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High-speed crash kills woman
A 31-year-old Chicago Lawn woman was killed after the SUV she was driving struck a concrete support beam at 79th and Kedzie at 7:02 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Police said that Kimberly Johnson, of the 6000 block of South Troy, was driving “at a high rate of speed in a 2013 Chevrolet Captiva.” She was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where she died from her injuries. A seven-month-old girl was in the vehicle and was also taken to Advocate Christ, where she was listed in good condition. Police declined to say whether the infant was Johnson's child.

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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, May 28 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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Teen shot on 63rd Street sidewalk
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the left side as he stood on a sidewalk in the 3900 block of West 63rd Street at 7:46 p.m. Friday, May 10. The victim told police that a boy or man walked up to him and began firing a pistol. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Police said they are questioning a person of interest.

Claim Clearing man touched minor inappropriately
Celso Sias

A 74-year-old Clearing man was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after he was arrested in the 6000 block of South Massasoit at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, May 2.

Celso S. Sias, of the same block, allegedly engaged in inappropriate touching of a family member under age 18, a CPD spokesman said.

Claim Clearing driver was using cellphone
Amin Al Rifai

A 40-year-old Clearing man was charged with using a cellphone while driving, as well as driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle after his vehicle was curbed by police in front of 5701 S. Narragansett at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Amin Al Rifai, of the 6300 block of West 63rd Place, was arrested without incident.

Charge man, again, with violating an order of protection
Szymon Pinkowski

A 36-year-old West Lawn man was charged with criminal damage to property and violating an order of protection after he was arrested in the 6300 block of South Tripp at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Szymon Pinkowski, of the same block, allegedly damaged the rear door of a home on the block.

According to public records, Pinkowski has been arrested three times by CPD in the last 15 months—once in 2018 for criminal damage to property and once two months ago for violating an order of protection. All three arrests occurred at the same address.

Charge two with trespassing at Scottsdale home

A 19-year-old Chicago Lawn man and an 18-year-old Ashburn man were charged with criminal trespass to a residence after they allegedly were in a yard near 84th and Kedvale at about 5 p.m. Friday, May 3.

Tyrie T. Bones, of the 6400 block of South Troy and Knowledge F. Harper, of the 3500 block of West 80th Place, were apprehended near the property where they allegedly trespassed.

Tyrie Bones

Knowledge Harper

Arrest motorist who allegedly caused crash
Isidro Ramirez-Neri

A 45-year-old Ashburn man was charged with reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehcle after police arrested him in the 3500 block of West Columbus at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Isidro Ramirez-Neri, of the 3900 block of West 82nd Place, allegedly fled after his vehicle hit another vehicle and caused a chain-reaction crash with a third vehicle, a CPD spokesman said.

Man charged with battery again
Pawel Budz

A 31-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with battery after he was accused of punching another person.

Pawel Budz, of the 5800 block of South Archer, was arrested on the block where he lives at 10:10 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Police offered no other details about the alleged crime. 

According to public records, Budz has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as battery, domestic battery and aggravated assault.

Clerk claims man swiped liquor
Albert Santoyo

A 47-year-old Clearing man was charged with misdemeanor retail theft after he allegedly stole merchandise from Miska’s Liquors, 6410 W. 63rd St., at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. 

Albert Santoyo, of the 6900 block of West 63rd Street, took two bottles of alcoholic beverages without paying for them, a clerk told police.

Claim man would not leave mall
Deonte Jones

A 25-year-old man from downstate Carbondale was charged with criminal trespass to land after he allegedly refused to leave the grounds of Ford City Mall.

Deonte L. Jones was apprehended at the scene.

A charge of misdemeanor battery was added after Jones allegedly shoved a mall employee.

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