Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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Parade Over????

I have been receiving quite a few emails regarding the SSI Parade offically ending. Please see below. I am just posting what I have received, nothing is verified. Could this really be the end?

Hello Family/Friends,

I thought I'd take a moment to give all of you a slight heads up on some major neighborhood news.

The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade is no more.

As all of you know, I've served on the parade's organizing committee for the past six years. Well, that committee met this evening to discuss the situation and, after much debate, it was decided that this fine tradition must end.

Many will say this was a long time coming. The behavior of those who come to this neighborhood on parade day just to get drunk and cause trouble has gotten worse and worse over the past decade, and it's finally become too much for the neighborhood to endure. The tipping point, in case your curious, was the fact that 11 police officers were assaulted during the 2009 parade. This total disregard for law enforcement crossed a new line, and we were afraid the next step would be someone getting seriously injured or even killed. So given that mindset, we obviously could not go forward.

Not sure how you all feel about the parade at this point - I'm sure some of you will be glad to see it go while others will be disappointed. Though I did not hesitate to vote with those committee members who wanted to end it, I think it is an incredible shame. This was an event which helped defined the community in which I've chosen to live. It was a tradition that spanned my entire life and one I'd hoped to share with my daughter. And because of irresponsible people, most of whom don't even live in this community, it has been destroyed.

The committee will work hard to make sure that the end of the parade does not mean the end of Irish celebrations in Beverly. We plan to continue with the annual Mass and hopefully create a new tradition - some kind of cultural event, perhaps at the Beverly Art Center, involving Irish music, dance, food, etc. All of that is of course very vague right now, but I hope you all will choose to support it.

News of the parade's demise will be released tomorrow...well, today, I guess. If you want to see the snazzy press release I wrote announcing the news, visit

Sadly yours,

Team KA-POW raffle

As you know, Team KA-POW will be doing the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. Please see below regarding some information regarding Team KA-POW, the fundraiser and the raffle.

I am selling RAFFLE TICKETS to help raise money for the Avon 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer on June 6th and June7th, 2008. I am walking with a team made up of family and friends, each who need to raise $1,800 in pledges. We are known as “Team KA-POW” (Kathleen Annie Powers). Together we can knock out breast cancer! I am walking in honor of my two sisters who are fighting this terrible disease. My sisters were both diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and then again, within weeks of each other, in 2005. Our team is dedicated to these two very brave women as they continue to fight everyday and to all the others who are fighting this disease. We are preparing for this walk both physically and mentally for every person we know who is touched by breast cancer and …I am asking for your help.

We are selling separate raffle tickets for a $10.00 donation to win:

4 admission passes to wrigleyvillerooftops for a CUBS game on May 25th (Cubs vs. Pittsburgh) at 7:05 p.m. The rooftop admission includes unlimited beverages and unlimited food. The value of each ticket is $225 for a total value of $900. For more information on these tickets please see their website at
A package at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, Illinois which includes a two day, one night’s accommodation and one round of 18-hole golf with carts for four. Total value of this package is $1,000. For more information on these tickets please see their website at

The drawing will be held at our annual fundraiser at TR’s Pub located at 3908 West 111th Street, Chicago, on Friday, April 24, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The cost is $30 per person and includes food, bottled domestic beer, wine, pop and live entertainment by Sean & Charlie, please join us!

Any questions and to purchase tickets please do not hesitate to call me! My cell number 773-750-5199 or my home number 773-445-4717; or visit our website at
Thanks again for all you help in supporting Team KA-POW ~ Debbie Quinn

32nd Annual Ridge Run

The 32nd Annual Ridge Run will be held on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009. Get more information at:
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