Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Last Post

After much thought and consideration, I decided that this blog has run it usefullness.  When it was started, it was meant to be a useful resource for community news.  It has become a gossip rag.  There are neighbors airing private laundry, people spreading lies using other people's sign on names, and 75% of the comments coming in are not making it through because of lewd and crude content.  I have had people call me at home to discuss this comment or that one.  People coming up to me to talk about what is posted.  Threatening emails regarding comments, posted by others.  It's not worth it.  Freedom of speech may be in the Constitution, but we all know that the Constitution no longer has a place in this country of ours, especially when it comes to blogs.

All comments have been removed.  However, I will leave up the blog for the links, as many people find them useful.  In a few months, I will completely shut down the site.  Thank you to all the readers and commentors.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

3 Hole Golf Course at Ag School

In the southwest corner of Chicago, something beautiful was born....
In fact, a new three-hole golf course was the creation of many students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

"We did actually make good use of the land," said Dr. Robert Bush, a teacher at the school.

The land near the school was in bad shape two years ago.

"I started out when it was just weeds and car parts all over the place, basically." said Minor.   And fallen trees, boulders and trash.  "It was an area that was not used for anything productive and actually that because of was unsafe," said Dr. Bush.

With help from an architect, the students themselves designed the golf course, and then went to work.

They used heavy equipment to clear the land and put down sod.  "I remember putting a special attachment on the Bobcat to lift an entire tree off the ground, to put it on one of the piles," said Mark Taylor, 17.

It was a lesson they could not have learned just sitting in a classroom.

"I looked at that as an opportunity to actually allow them to use earth-moving equipment and surveying equipment, and things that would have just been theory in a classroom," said Bush.

At a time when we've hear so much bad news about students at Chicago Public Schools, the agriculture high school students did something extraordinary with their minds and their hands.

"It feels amazing just to see the before and after," said Jasmine Lucas, 17. "It just makes you feel emotional cause you started when all this was just dead land." 
The golf course, near 111th Street and Pulaski Road, is free; anyone can play there.

And it was designed to make special needs students feel welcome.

From CBS News...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

White Sox (Baseball) Post

Life's too short, since you would like to post your baseball facts and the fact that some people enjoy them and so don't, here is your post back.  Every week when I put up the Open Post, I will put up a new White Sox Post also.  Hope that makes EVERYONE happy?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Densey Cole - Update

From the comments section:

Officer Densey Cole who worked/lived in 022 Dist. returned from Colorado today to Chgo. to continue his rehabilitation. Colorado gave him a glorious farewell, but did any of you in 022 hear of him returning? Here was a guy who just a week before his injury caught a burglar who was doing a number on the citizens of 022. Its bad enough that this dept. does not appreciate the work of our police officers, but we as citizens of Chgo. & his neighbor cannot forget him. I found out from an officer that he will be 39 years of age this halloween & that sending him a card would be great. Well my family & I will be sending a card each week to him. He told me to send the card to the 001dist. at 1718 S. State St with his name on it & they will get them to him. The time has come for us to do the right thing & show our appreciation.

Open Post - 10/19 through 10/25

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mt. Greenwood Halloween Pumpkin Patch (Tomorrow)

October 17, 2009
11:00 to 3:00  Free admission; nominal fee for activities

@Mt. Greenwood Park

Pumpkin patch featuring pumpkin carving and decorating, petting zoo, hayrides, concessions, pictures, face painting and more....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

World Music Company - Closing

This email was sent to me by another blogger from Beverly. I have been there tons of times and it is really sad to see another business closing.

It is with great regret that we inform you the World Music Company will be closing its doors within the next thirty days. We would liketo thank the Beverly Community and all of our supporters for awonderful 14 years.Please be advised that we are making arrangements for any lessons orclasses paid beyond our final closing date to be held at another localmusic store or at an alternate venue.The concerts scheduled for the 3rd and 17th of October will stilltake place as scheduled. Tickets purchased for concerts after thosedates will be refunded.We understand there will be questions and concerns. At this time, weare making arrangements to close the business as smoothly as possible.When we have more information, we will make it available to you. Keep an eye out for a special farewell concert announcement.

New website link

I was sent this website...it will be listed on the link side bar.


Save the Date.

Show your support for CPD Officer


Officer Safety Alert: There have been numerous interactions between the Latin Kings in Garfield Ridge lately and its citizens. This has culminated in an attack on a fellow Policeman behind his garage at 2:30 am on Sun the 4th around 57th and Austin . The off duty copper went out to investigate a loud domestic behind his garage and ended up being surrounded by 5 Latin Kings. He asked them to leave and after they told him they didn’t give a fuck he was the Police, commenced to attack him. The fight continued until the 008th District arrived and placed all five in custody, two charged with Agg. Batt. to the Police and 3 charged with mob action. Copper had a trip to the emergency room for a possible scratched cornea and had taken multiple blows to his face and the back of his head. The good commander of 008 put a “Just Cause” on the Latin Kings.This is ridiculous where we have come in this city in regards to respect. The event culminated in the Copper being ha nded a CR# by the visiting Watch Commander (not from 008) because the piece of shits said they were just pissing in the alley and were attacked by the pajama wearing copper.The probable cause hearing for these vermin is 13 Oct 09 in Br. 48-4. If you have the time please show up and support this copper as I’m sure friends of the Kings will be there.

This was taken verbatim from Shaved's website.

St. John Fisher 60th Anniversity

St John Fisher 60th Anniversary Party

Open to all parishioners, past and present as well as all SJF Alums. This is a 21 or older party.

Saturday, October 17th

The festivities will start with 4pm mass, followed by a party on the school grounds 'til midnight

Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door.

Price includes entertainment, beer, wine, and pop. Food will be available at a nominal cost.

For info, call the school rectory at; 773-445-6565 or stjohnfisher.org

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What's going on inandaround 60655 and 60643

Thanks to Mom of 2 for the info:

October 4 - BAPA's History Mystery Bike Tour 11 -4 at Kennedy Park. See www.bapa.org for more information.

October 10 - 2nd Annual 22nd District Dog Walk for the Cause 9:30 a.m. at the 22nd District Police Station (1900 W. Monterey)

October 16 - St. Christina's Octoberfest - 7:00 p.m. (adults only)

October 17 - Pumpkin Patch at Mt. Greenwood Park - 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October 23 - November 25: Tortoise and the Hare at the BAC (performed by Chicago Kids Company)

October 30 - Not so spooky Halloween Bash - 4:30 to 8:30 at Jungle Gym (111th & Fairfield)

October 31 - Not so spooky Halloween Bash - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jungle Gym (111th & Fairfield)

November 12 - 19th Ward Town Hall Meeting - 7 p.m. at the Ag School.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Taste of Mt. Greenwood - TODAY

Please show up and support the Taste and the neighborhood. This is a wonderful thing and a wonderful neighborhood. It's a beautiful day, so get out there and mingle. Meet a neighbor or two.

11:00 to 5:00 at the AG High School. See you there!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Queen of Martyrs Fest THIS WEEKEND

The Martyrs Fest is being held this weekend. Bring the kids and help support this huge fundraiser.

QofM is located at 103rd and Central Park.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Recycling Progam - Earn free stuff for your garbage!

Recycle Bank is a recycling rewards program. Many Blue Bins in the ward (not all just yet) are part of a pilot program to incentivize recycling. And it's EASY and FREE!

Stickers were placed on carts thoughout the ward to signify qualified recyclers. Folks just need to register their carts on line and they can earn points with every pick up. These points translate into cool stuff like restaurant rewards, coupons, etc. This program is FREE and residents only need to log on and register their address. The recycling trucks have all been outfitted with weighing devices (paid for by Recycle Bank, not the city) to register the recyclables to your address. Then you can go on line and redeem the points for great stuff!

Check out their website to register and for information: www.RecycleBank.com
(Or residents can call: 1-888-727-2978)

Enter this promo code online and you can earn EXTRA bonus points: CHIGREENTEAM02

Monday, September 21, 2009

Open Post 9/21 through 9/27

Not much to post

Not much going on in the 'hood. That's a good thing right???

1st Annual Taste of Mt. Greenwood

The 1st Annual Taste of Mt. Greenwood will be this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will be held at the Ag School.

Admission is FREE.

There will vendors/crafters, a car show, kids activities, petting zoo, music and a pet blessing/parade.

There will be local food vendors ($$).

** Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce**

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

In Rememberance of 9/11/01

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Never Forget!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Help Mullen's Chicago Finest Applesauce

This was sent to me and I would ask that you click on the link, read the story, and endorse Officer Mullen's company for this contest. Also, there is a side bar link to his website if you would like to order some of this AWESOME applesauce. Thanks.

Dear friends,

I'm writing you to let you know about and online contest I have entered with my applesauce company. Those of you who are familiar with this product know that it is certainly worthy of consideration. I am attaching a link with the story and the location of the contest. I certainly could use your help in getting it out to as many people as possible. If you would not mind which you please forward it to some of your e-mail contacts or people you think might be interested in helping me by giving me an endorsementhttp://shinealight.ivillage.com/sbo-profile/?ProfileID=1405

Thank you for your consideration
your friend, Jim

James Mullen
Mullen Foods LLC.
P.O. Box 480-392
Niles, IL 60714

Mullen’s™ Chicago’s Finest Applesauce™
(877) 977-3663
toll free773 716-9001
773 594-0925 fax


Please disregard any small spelling or grammatical errors because the person writing this e-mail is physically disabled and is using voice recognition software.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Open Post - 9/10 through 9/17

Last Poll

As you saw, 46% said no, the church and society should not stop shaking hands and 41% said yes...pretty close.

Keep the sanitizer with you at all times...flu season is coming soon, and with the swine flu, its just another reason to be extra careful.

Tribune Poll - Stroger at 10% approval rating

I know this off topic, but I am sooo excited that 90% of people in Cook County do not like Stroger...10% approval??? That's lower than Blagovich before he was arrested....Could it be he will be ousted????

In my personal opinion, he pulled a fast one...we all knew Daddy Stroger was not going to fulfil his term if elected, a real gentleman would have pulled out... Claypool could have won that election. But, I am sure someone else was calling the shots behind that one. I can't wait to get this joke of a "politician" out of office. I hate the way he smirks....like, so what if hire all my family members (hehe, I'll just raise taxes, on cigarettes, water, pop, alcohol, etc.) I know, I know, it makes him just like all the other politicians. What happened to democracy? Elections? Someone wants to retire, they get re-elected and then decide to retire, therefore, someone is appointed for them -- Whammo! No election....

Sunday, September 6, 2009

KC's of Mt. Greenwood - Doing Great Things!

From Southtownstar.com

Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 on Chicago's Southwest Side both gave and received during its July meeting.

Grand Knight Rich Doyle presented BJ Moonan, chairman of Perez's Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, a plaque from the Illinois Knights of Columbus State Council recognizing Perez for raising the greatest amount of money per capita throughout the 2008-09 drive among all Illinois councils during its drive.

Doyle then presented Pat Lynch, chairman of the General Assistance Fund Drive, with a state plaque acknowledging Perez for raising the greatest amount of money per capita for the assistance fund throughout the 2008-09 drive among all Illinois councils. These funds are distributed to Catholic parishes and schools that are victims of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

Moonan, in turn, presented the proceeds of Perez's Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities to representatives of 14 community-based organizations that provide services for persons with intellectual disabilities or organize Special Olympics programs.

The recipients included secular organizations and religious organizations, some Catholic and some other denominations.

They included Davis Developmental School, Mount Greenwood Elementary School, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Elim Christian School, Manteno Veterans Home, St. Christina Special Religious Education, Misericordia, Garden Center, Covenant Enabling Residence, Mount Greenwood Special Olympics, Stevenson School, Grimes School, St. Cajetan Special Religious Education and Mark Twain School.

"When my brother knights enter the order, they commit to performing charitable works in their community," Moonan said. "This evening demonstrates that commitment very vividly. God bless you people who continue to provide quality services to our brothers and sisters with intellectual disabilities."

Father Perez will kick off its 2009-10 drive Sept. 18.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to males 18 years of age and older who are practicing Catholics. The Knights of Columbus is an organization of 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

For more information on membership, contact Jack Ullrich at (773) 881-3081.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Open Post - 9/4 through 9/10

Open post ~ please put all off topic and miscellaneous comments here. Thanks

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Answer to the Question

Boy, I can't fool you guys. (Now, honestly, how many cheated and looked it up?)

The Dutch and Germans were the original founders of Mt. Greenwood. They were followed later by all the rest.

New settings to comment

Anyone can read the blog (so all you lurkers are safe). However, in order to post any comments, you must become a member. If you look to the left of the blog site, you will see followers. You can become a member there. (you need to start a google account). Here is a link to open your google account. It’s easy, and it’s free.


I did this to alleviate all the anonymous posters who sign on and post nothing but crap and lies. You don't have to sign in with your true given name, but I will be able to see your information and block you permanently from commenting if it comes to that, especially those who like to email in the middle of night with the horrible, mean and vicious comments. You people kiss your mothers with that mouth?

This is the last ditch effort to make this blog work like it should. I may lose readership, but so be it. This is what it has come to in order to restore some king of order on this blog. Call it censorship or a dictatorship, but like I have said a million times before, if you don't like it, don't read it.

Rainbow Cone is NOT CLOSING!

Rainbow Cone is not closing and please stop by and have a cone. I don't understand why someone would stoop so low as to lie, but this Southside Institution will be keeping their doors open....which is great because it is such a family tradition.

Negative comments about businesses

The time has come to no longer allow ANY negative posts about any businesses! My ass is in a sling as to the negative comments, and therefore, will no longer be allowed. You might not like the business or their practices, but there will be no place for those comments here. There may be freedom of speech in America, but not on blogs. State all the postive comments you want, but the negative cannot be allowed. There is actually a long story behind this post, but needless to say, if I continue to allow these posts, the blog will be shut down.

*Rainbow cone is NOT closing. Thanks to the person who stated the untrue facts... Please stop by and have a cone.

*As to Ben & Jerry, if you disagree with their practices, don't patronize the business. That's your choice.

*All About Me, again, can you be sure of your facts? This woman has contributed a lot to charities and is running a business in Mt. Greenwood, isn't that what we all wanted? She is a good woman and the negative talk is uncalled for.

So, in closing, negative business comments will not be posted. I hope that is clear enough so that I am not getting comments about why your comment was not posted.

Look for changes in commenting - COMING SOON!


Friday, August 28, 2009

111th and Kedzie Project

Thanks to the commentors who sent the link regarding the 111th Street Walgreens project that has been 12 years in the making. I'm posting the link to the article because it is copyrighted and very lengthy.


What do you guys think?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Officer Cole

I received this as a comment under the old post heading so I wanted to move it up front for all the people who want to keep updated regarding Officer Cole. It was sent by the Detective in Denver.

I am posting regular updates on our website:


Jason and I are also visiting regularly (I went by today) and Denz is doing much better.

Det. M.C. Williams

Open Post 8/27 through 9/2

Just a reminder, this is the post where miscellaneous information/questions are posted.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Save the Date.

These were sent to me. Here are some upcoming events.

First event

1st Annual Taste of Mt. Greenwood
Sunday, September 27, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
at the Chicago Agricultural School, 3807 . 111th St. Chicago.
craft/vendor show
Car Show
petting zoo
Pet parade/blessing
and MORE!!!

Second event:

makes it
All About the Season with Twas the Night to Shop!
The Ultimate Shopping Event!!
Thursday, November 5, 7-11pm
at 115 Bourbon St. in Merrionette Park
$3.00 admission
Free appetizer buffet
Cash Bar- Over 40 vendors to shop from!

Seven Holy Tombs

The majority was right. Mt. Greenwood was formerly called Seven Holy Tombs.

John R. Powers wrote three books about growing up in Mt. Greenwood, which he calls Seven Holy Tombs in the book. If you have never read them, go to the library and get them. They are hilarious. Last Catholic in America, Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice-Cream God.

Here is a little history of Mt. Greenwood from Wikipedia:

...Even though there were a small number of settlers in Mt. Greenwood, the origins of Mt. Greenwood began in 1877 when it was surveyed by George Waite. Mr. Waite established an area where he could trade with the local Native Americans. Mount Greenwood Cemetery was established around this time by Mr. Waite. With the cemetery came the saloons and restaurants and eventually tracks for horse and greyhound racing. Mt. Greenwood became part of Chicago in 1927. It was not until 1936 that the Works Progress Administration finally laid sewage systems, and paved and lighted city streets. As late as the 1960s, the Mount Greenwood Civic Association was still fighting the city for curbs and gutters. By the 1980s, Mount Greenwood was home to the last surviving farm in the city, which was developed as the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at the southeast corner of 111th and Pulaski...

To add to the above, Mt. Greenwood also had quite a few brothels. People would travel by train for drinking, gambling and well, you know. Guess the neighbors buried in the cemetaries didn't complain too much.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jewel Shop & Share - Support Ellie and Carson

Support Ellie and Carson by Shopping at Jewel August 24-26

Our first Jewel Shop & Share is scheduled for this coming Mon-Wed (August 24, 25 & 26). And it's really easy.

If you shop at Jewel during these days, simply print and present this coupon (http://www.cookfamilyfund.com/images/JewelShopShare.pdf) to the cashier when paying for your groceries. That's all it takes!

Feel free to distribute the coupon to as many people as possible. The only restriction is that we are not allowed to pass out the coupon in front of any Jewel Food Store. If you can't make it to a Jewel Food Store during these days, we will have another event in November & December.

A fund has been established to cover future expenses for the children of Cari Lyn Cook, the Countryside woman who died May 19 after being struck by a vehicle while crossing 47th St in La Grange.

The children, two-year-old Ellie and four-month-old Carson, were with their mother at the time of the accident. Carson suffered a fractured leg; Ellie was unharmed.

Monies collected by the fund will be used to provide "education, child care, medical needs and any other costs related to the needs of the children," according to information posted on the Cari Lyn Cook memorial website, cookfamilyfund.com.

"Although Carson and Ellie will have the love and support of many friends and family, life will not be easy as [Cari's husband] Matt tries to raise two young children while providing for his family," the website said.

The website also contains a guest book and photo album where visitors can share their thoughts, stories and pictures of Cari.


CAPS Meeting Tonight

CAPS meeting for 2211 is tonight at Mt. Greenwood Park from 7:00 to 8:00.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chicago PD Fan website

A lot of work went into putting together this web site.

For those of us who grew up in Chicago and for those of us who currently live & work in Chicago, you might be interested in this site put together by a CPD Fan, it has a gallery of badges patches and memorabilia from over the years put out by and related to the Chicago police dept.



Thanks for the info Jim!

Open Post 8/20 through 8/26

Here's your open post.

Please remember we are all neighbors and should treat each other with respect.

I am getting mentally exhausted reading all the negative comments. Do we all really hate EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING so much...geesh. Let's try to remember that other people's opinions may not be ours and that's okay, got to love America, and read and respond to such with an open mind and a light heart.

Think of this, there are 41 comments for the BBQ post, and over 130 comments in open post, most concerning blacks and parent coaches. THERE ARE ONLY 4 regarding Officer Cole (injured PO) and NONE regarding the Y-me tournament (fundraiser for cancer).... that is a sad statement of what interests us.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

15th Annual Y-Me Softball Tournament

Website: http://www.y-mesoftball.com/

When: Saturday, August 29th

Where: 111th & Central Park (St. Christina Fields/Mt. Greenwood Park)

Fee: $35 per player - Minimum 15 players ($525.00 per team) ~ Players must be 25 or older

Call: (773) 779-0172 Kathy O'Shea or email: ymesoftball@gmail.com

The money earned from this year's tournament will be donated to The American Cancer Society Patient Navigation Services Program the Duchossios Family Foundation, a family with roots in Beverly has agreed to double all American Cancer Society donations from this event.

Please check out the website for rosters and rules, along with other information.

Acceptace is on a First Come First Serve basis

If you plan on participating, tomorrow is the deadline.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The issue with BBQ's in Mt. Greenwood Park

post is closed to comments, I keep getting people pretending like they are other people and leaving stupid, ignorant and completely uncalled comments. It's people like this on the blog that are ruining it.

Since this has to do with 60655, I stole this from Shaved's blog:

This E-Mail was sent to me:Shavedlongcock@yahoo.com

Dear Shaved:

Recently the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood raised close to a hell of a lot of money to re-new the old Mt. Greenwood Park. In many Chicago neighborhoods the park districts pays for the whole project but in working areas of the city where taxes are being paid big time, it is up to the local residents to pay for the park to be re-newed. Now that the Mt. Greenwood residents worked their asses off and personally paid for what many areas of the city get for free, guess who is now taking over the park? And before the flaming liberals jump all over me and call me racist (and I don't give a fuck if they do) for the last couple of weekends large groups of blacks from other neighborhoods have set up BBQ camp and coolers in the fenced in area surrounding all the new park district swings and playlot.

I took this picture with my cell:

Now people from all over come to this park and BBQ and enjoy themselves but not on the fenced in playlot area. Smoke from their BBQs are going into the faces of the kids playing on the new playlot - which can get kids with Asthma sick and they are openly drinking alcoholic beverages on the kid's playlot too. You can see all the coolers in that picture. Filled with beer and alcohol. Now just imagine a big group of whites going to a all black Park, setting up smoking BBQs next to their brand new swings and playlot and drinking a bunch of booze. What do you think would happen? And the worse problem is that the park district employees are afraid to say anything to any person of color at Mt. Greenwood Park. They have no park permit, they are in an area that doesn't even allow cooking and drinking and littering their ass off. Can you please post this and see if anybody knows what I can do to stop this behavior and illegal activities?

Sincerely, Justine - Mt. Greenwood

Any ideas?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Update - Injured Police Officer Densey Cole

Status Update on Chicago P.D. Officer Densey Cole

I got word this morning that Densey is NOT doing well, that he remains in ICU, and that he may NOT have visitors other than "family and clergy." He has asked to see me and I've been granted access to visit and pray with him possibly this afternoon and tomorrow AM. PLEASE, PLEASE lift our brother in prayer. Pray also for Densey's wife during this exceedingly difficult time.Please pass on...

Posted by Detective/Chaplain MC Williams

Please everyone, even if you don't pray, please say a prayer for Officer Cole and his family.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Baseball in Chicago

We have our favorites. MOST southsiders love the Sox, a few southsiders love the Cubs, along with the northside transplants. But when did America's favorite past-time get so expensive. You can't take a family to a game anymore and not spend a couple of hundred bucks easy. I think it may be cheaper to take a vacation somewhere. Who actually watches the games anyway?

I was looking on line and here is the wallet saving alternative for a night (or day) of baseball.

The Thunderbolts, they are closer to home being located in Crestwood, tickets are $9, and the food and drinks are CHEAP. They have special promotions and events and you can have fundraisers and parties there too.

Here is the link: http://www.wcthunderbolts.com/

Open Post 8/13 through 8/19

Here's your open post for the week.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Property Tax Increase (again) to fund the CPS.

The City of Chicago will be raising property taxes for the 13th time in 14 years to help bail out the budget of the Chicago Public Schools.

Okay, I have a CRAZY idea to save some money, how about they stop paying all that money to advertise that school starts the day after Labor Day. How dumb can someone be? It ALWAYS is the day after Labor Day for the traditional public schools (not including year round).

Here's another one, how about you no longer offer incentives for going to school, like "show up on the first day of school and get free Bulls' tickets" or "get $100 for every A." Or, free lunches only for the student, not the whole family, all year long. Or, stop giving out free uniforms, school supplies, backpacks, and G-d knows what else the give out. If you do the math on the free giveaways, that will be probably balance the budget, please leave a little extra as a cushion.

Below is the article explaining the details.

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1711924,081209skultax.article is

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Meteor Shower!

Don't be alarmed if you see hundreds of necks craned to the sky tonight through Wednesday morning.

Up to 100 meteors per hour are expected to paint the sky with fiery streaks as the Earth passes through the dust trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, according to the Adler Planetarium. The display could be the most vibrant in years, the planetarium says.

The comet, discovered in 1862, is a giant iceberg made up of ice, rock and dust particles. Dust particles the size of sand slowly have been eroding away from the comet every time it approaches the sun, leaving a trail of debris that the Earth's orbit intersects once every year, according to the planetarium.

That means sky lovers can expect quite a show tonight and Wednesday morning.

The particles, known as meteoroids, create a meteor shower when they collide with the Earth's atmosphere and burn up, creating fiery streaks across the sky, according to the planetarium.
Mark Hammergren, an astronomer at Adler, said the best viewing time in the Chiocago area will be tonight before the moon is expected to rise at 10:09 p.m. and Wednesday before the moon rises at 10:40 p.m.

And the best viewing place? Get away from the city lights and look northeast while the skies remain dark. As Hammergren said, the darker the skies, the better.

Hometown Hero Gets the Ride of a Lifetime!

Monday was "way overwhelming" for Brian Otto, a rescue diver for the Chicago Fire Department who was honored for "doing my job."

That entailed saving the life of a 2-year-old boy who had fallen into Lake Michigan last year.

For his efforts, Otto got to ride in an Air Force Thunderbird F-16 fighter jet.

"This isn't why you do what you do. You do what you do to help people, to save some lives. It's a bit over the top, but it's once in a lifetime," said Otto, of Chicago's Mount Greenwood community.
During his flight, he soared to 15,000 feet at 600 mph and briefly endured a 9.2 G-force.
Otto got to ride in the jet because he had been named a "hometown hero" in a contest held by the Thunderbirds and WBBM-AM (780).

On a blustery April 18, 2008, Otto was the diver who pulled the boy out of frigid lake waters. High winds had blown the boy, still strapped into his stroller, into the 42-degree water at Belmont Harbor.

Otto was at the scene in moments thanks to skillful flying by Chicago fire department helicopter pilot A.J. Lisanti, of Chicago's Beverly community.

The crew had been doing training that day and had landed at Midway Airport to get more fuel when they heard the emergency call.

Lisanti figured a strong tailwind helped the copter hit about 180 mph.

At Belmont Harbor, with the assistance of fellow firefighter Bill Davis, of Chicago's East Side, Otto gingerly searched the murky waters. He finally found the boy and pulled him out.
Miraculously, the boy survived and suffered no ill effects, Otto said.

"Bill did an outstanding job. He was my tender. He put one hand on the wall, had me on a line. We searched the first area, and then he let some more line out and we got (the boy) on the second pass," Otto said.

Otto, 45, said it was "a long helicopter ride home because we didn't know what the results would be."

"A lot of your thoughts do go home," Otto said, saying he thought of his own son, Devin, 6.
Otto felt humbled Monday by the large media turnout at the Gary Jet Center, where the Air Force Thunderbirds are stationed as they prepare for the weekend's annual Chicago Air and Water Show.

"It's unbelievable. But there were 40 guys out that day on that run, and all 40 deserve to be here. I was one link in the chain," said Otto, a firefighter for 20 years.

Two of those links, Davis and Lisanti, were there to witness Otto's flight.

Lisanti joked that if Otto climbed out of the plane holding an air sickness bag. "that photo will be up in the firehouse tomorrow."

No bag was needed, but Otto was nervous.

"The last plane I was in, they gave me a drink and a movie," Otto said.

Otto did "get weirded out" when the flight reached a 9.2 G force. That means the pressure on his body was nine times normal, causing his eyesight to experience tunnel vision. But a few deep breaths got him through.

Air Force Major Tony Mulhare was the pilot whose flight plans included four rolls in five seconds.
"That one will spin your gyros a bit," Mulhare cautioned Otto in a pre-flight briefing session.
The highlight for Otto was the takeoff. With the plane 50 feet off the ground, Mulhare cranked it up to 350 mph as the plane flew straight up for a mile and a half.

"That caught me by surprise," Otto admitted.

The takeoff remains fun for Mulhare "because you have a speed rush from the ground."
"Most people either shout, scream or laugh because it's sensory overload. He was saying lots of 'Wows' and 'That's really cool.' He was making me laugh. My job is easy when the passenger is having fun. He will never forget this day and for us that is mission accomplished," Mulhare said.

Devin was relieved his Dad was OK and told mom, Carrie Otto, during the flight, "I'm anxious to see if he's alive."

"Oh, Daddy will be OK," she assured him.

Moments after Mulhare safely landed the F-16, Devin ran up and gave a big hug to his father, the hometown hero.

Mulhare then handed Devin a tiny American flag that been in the cockpit.

"We'll take good care of that," Otto said, adding he now has "coolest story on the block."

from the Southtownstar

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Summer has arrived.

Finally, summer has arrived. Better late than never. However, these temperatures are unbearable.

In these extreme temperatures, please do a wellness check on your elderly neighbors.

Please also remember that pets have a hard time in these hot temperatures. I hate seeing dogs in cars with the windows cracked barely an inch in this kind of weather. Leave them home.

Deceptive practices

This blog was started as a community blog; for people to communicate with one another and be aware of what was happening in the area. I am dismayed to see that certain people feel the need to lie and spread vicious rumors, while using the identity of others. Those people are ruining something that could be a reliable source of neighborhood news. I just wanted you, the readers of this blog, to know that some of the comments that have come through, were done under deceptive practices by cowards who cannot post their true identity, but rather assume the identity of frequent readers and commentors. When the comments were posted, I was unable to tell that it was not the true identity of the poster, but rather an imposter. I apologize to Jim McMahon for this. I could have never imagined that someone could/would stoop that low. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Open Post 8/6 through 8/12

This weeks open post. Please put all GENERAL comments and questions here.

Olympic Meeting at St. Xavier (Tonight)!

2016 Olympic Committee Meeting at Saint Xavier University.

This coming Wednesday, August 5th, the Chicago Olympic Committee will be hosting an open meeting for community residents that are interested in learning more about our city’s bid to host the 2016 summer games here in Chicago. The meeting is in the “Butler Reception Room” at Saint Xavier University at 7:00 PM.

If you need more information on this, you can contact Fran Hurley at the Mt. Greenwood 19th Ward office by calling (773) 238-8776 or e-mail her at fhurley@cityofchicago.org.

In my opinion, hosting the Olympics is a losing proposition for the taxpayers of Chicago . Mayor Daley is cutting jobs, salary’s and benefits for city workers under the guise of being broke, yet is still going to guarantee profits to the Olympics using OUR money. If he refuses to listen to the will of the people that oppose this and insists on having these games here, let him and the City Council guarantee these profits personally using their own homes, bank accounts, other personal assets and pensions to back it up. The only ones that stand to benefit from any of this are the “Clouted” Contractors and the corrupt city officials that will be getting kickbacks under the table in return for huge contracts being awarded. Besides, Mayor Daley made it quite clear that the only people that are even allowed to bid on some of these city projects are “Minority Contractor’s,” which as of last week includes special status for “Gays.” What happened to the EQUALITY everyone wanted so badly? Personally, I don’t care what race, gender or sexual orientation anyone is, discrimination is discrimination in any color. To give ANY preferential treatment to ANY group of people under ANY name or description, is nothing more than plain old “discrimination.”

Regardless if you’re for the games or against them, here is your opportunity to let the Olympic Committee, Mayor Daley and all the other politicians in Chicago know how you feel about the 2016 Olympics. Whining about what’s going on won’t make a bit of difference, come on out and express your opinion……….LOUD & CLEAR!

Jim McMahonmcmahon351@aol.com

Get ready for a lot of smoke and mirrors.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New gadget!

At the bottom of this page you will find a Search box, you can use it to search this blog for prior posts and links and you can also search the web. Should make finding things A LOT EASIER!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Open Post 7/30 through 8/5


5th Annual Play for Maeve

5th Annual Play for Maeve
Saturday August 1st , 2009
1-6 at Beverly Park

(Includes: Food, soft drinks, T-Shirt, activities and games for the kids, entertainment)
$50 for a family ticket
$30 for an individual ticket
**New this Year a Family ticket will also include special “Maeve” string backpacks for the kids, as well as a raffle ticket to be used for a special item!

Please call Matt or Denise McNicholas at 773-401-3494 (we also have raffle tickets).

Grand Raffle Tickets
GRAND RAFFLE TICKETS are on sale! Just a few left!
$50 each only 500 sold.
Grand Prize is $5,000.
Please call Susie or Doug Schultz for raffle tickets at 708-289-2304

You Can Help!
We are also accepting donations. We can use sponsors for our T-shirt ($150) and/or donations for our silent auction and bucket raffle. If you or a group would like to donate an item or sponsor our t-shirt please call Matt or Denise at 773-401-3494

Kids activities include: inflatables, face painting, Ken Schultz the Flying Fool will be there to entertain, as well as two performers from Sparkles Entertainment

For more information:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Discounted Pet Vaccine/Microchip

Cook County is offering discounted microchipping and rabies vaccines for your cats, dogs and ferrets.

$7 for one year rabies vaccine/$21 for three year vaccine
$10 for microchipping of your pet.

Attached is the link for location schedule with times. Nearest I find is Crestwood. (click the title of the post for direct link)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gas Leak~

111th and Spaulding. Some homes being evacuated.

From Chicagobreakingnews.com

About 20 homes and businesses in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood were evacuated for about a half hour this morning because of a gas line rupture, officials said.

A contractor hit the line in the vicinity of 111th Street and Spaulding Avenue on the Far Southwest Side despite the area being marked, said Peoples Gas spokeswoman Bonnie Johnson.

The Fire Department declared a hazardous materials situation about 9:15 a.m. and ordered the evacuations. But the line was capped and people were allowed to return to their homes and workplaces by 9:45 a.m.

But as of noon, 70 customers remained without gas, Johnson said. She expected service to be restored later this afternoon.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Got Stuff?

Along with the open post weekly, once or twice a month I will post "Got Stuff?" This is where you will post stuff you have for sale, cars, boats, books, school uniforms, game systems, whatever.

You can post what you are looking to buy too.

This will be an on-line garage sale.

You can barter or sell, whatever you want.

Leave email/phone number if you choose or reply to prior comments in comments.

This is our 60655 version of Craig's list, without the wackos...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Say What!!! Are you kidding me!

I found this interesting and also a little ridiculous in some circumstances. I understand controlling your kids, but I cannot and will not have my teenager leashed to me. I cannot follow them and all I can do is hope that I instilled morals in them...but the day I have to pay for their stupidity, they are dead meat!

READ ON... This is an Illinois law.

Parental Liability for Minors

In general, minors are liable for their misdeeds. However, when a minor acts intentionally or negligently in a manner that causes harm to another, it is difficult to collect damages from the minor. In such a situation, the minor's parents may also be held liable for their child's acts and/or ordered to pay for them. A "parent" can be anyone exercising parental authority over the child, but typically refers to the "custodial" parent. Although they vary widely by state, most parental liability laws target intentional, malicious or reckless behavior and exclude pure accidents. Parental liability stems from the custodial parents' obligation to supervise and educate their children.

Types of Acts by Minors for Which Parents May be Liable

Many states have enacted laws which hold custodial parents responsible for delinquent acts of their minor children including:


Theft and shoplifting

Automobile accidents (especially if junior throws a party and someone left drunk, gets hurt, kiss your house goodbye)

Fights and assaults

File sharing (e.g., music industry copyright cases)

In general, individuals who are injured or harmed by a minor may be able to file suit against both the minor and the minor's parents.

A co-worker's daughter was caught shoplifting (14 years old) and was arrested and sentenced to community service. Okay fine, good, she learned a lesson (hopefully). Well then mom gets a letter from the store stating that the mom has to pay $130 in restitution. WHAT??? There were no damages, the merchandise never even got of the store. What are you paying for. Maybe I am wrong, but when I drop off my kid at the mall and they do something SO STUPID, why do I have to pay?

So with the fighting at Mt. Greenwood, parents be forewarned, if someone gets hurt, YOU can be liable for DAMAGES.

Open Post 7/23 through 7/29

Please put all "off topic" comments here and leave the titled posts for comments related to that post. Thanks.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sorry about posting delays ~ I'm on vacation

I took some vacation days so posting will be sporatic.

FYI - Went camping. If you like camping, you have to try out Potato Creek State Park in Indiana (near South Bend). Huge lots, SUPER clean bathrooms with hot showers, nice lake for fishing with beach, pets welcome, playlots, hiking, biking, and much more...$17.00 per night for tent camping. I'm not so much a tent camper, but with a good air mattress, I didn't want to go home. The stars were unbelieveable. Two hours away and I felt like I was in another world. Then I came back, ugghhh.

Water park tomorrow. This is my staycation. Yeah me!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

High School Textbooks - Buy and Sell Here

The dreaded time has arrived! It's time to start thinking of school. I know, I know, it's still 6 weeks for Catholic and 7 for public, but if you snooze, you lose.

If you need textbooks for high school students, post it here.
If you want to sell some books, list them here.

You may put email addresses and phone numbers if you want.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Breaking News? What's going on?

Helicopters are flying around, what's going on? Heard that shots were fired at 111th/110th and Lawndale. Anyone have the scoop.

A Little ditty about the Olympics the "Chicago Way"

(I stole this off of Jim McMahon's site as I laugh my butt off)...Thanks Jim

Polka Party

If you go ...

What: Third annual Polka Party

When: 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Christina football field, 111th Street and Central Park Avenue, Chicago

Admission: $5 per person for ages 18 and older, free for children

Highlights: Dinners, served starting at 3 p.m., are $12 per plate or five for $50; kolaczki contest winner announced at 7:30 p.m.; arts and craft show, 1 to 9 p.m; Mass at 5:30 p.m.; live polka band, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Open Post 7/16 through 7/22

2211 Beat Meeting

The beat meeting is tonight at Mt. Greenwood Park. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Who: Chicago Fire Department Local 2 Bravest Baseball Club Hosts the U.S. Military All-Stars

What: Two nights of REAL Baseball

When: Friday, July 17th & Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 P.M.

Where: Standard Bank Stadium located at 14007 S. Kenton Avenue in Crestwood , IL . (Home of the Windy City Thunderbolts).

Why: For the benefit of raising funds and awareness for U.S.A. Cares. www.usacares.org

Tickets: Buy one, get one free for a limited time from any CFD Bravest team member by calling Dan Sheahan at (773) 255-4719 or e-mail him at ddjmlsheahan@juno.com

You can also contact Jim Rice at the W.C.Thunderbolts Box Office. (708) 489-2255 Ext #2011 www.wcthunderbolts.com

Frills: "Filler up Friday" - One dollar draft beer on Friday night only. Fun and games between innings. Fireworks following both games. Post game party at 115 Bourbon Street

Bear the Police Dog is Missing - Again

Okay, keep your eyes open for Bear the Canine Police Officer. He jumped his fence again on Saturday night. He is supposed to be friendly. If you find him or think you see him, call 911.

*** UPDATE:::: still missing...last seen near 87th and Cicero. Reward is being offered. ****

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Open Post 7/9 through 7/15

Here's your open post for this week.

Officer Densey Cole's Blog Link

The blog for Officer Cole is up and running. Please check it out.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Just too Gross - Burr Oak Cemetery is in a TON of Trouble

For those of you wondering what all the police, helicopters, etc. were all about today, here you go:

~From Chicagobreakingnews.com~

Dozens of graves have been dug up in historic Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip and the bodies dumped "in a massive pile on cemetery grounds," the Cook County sheriff's office says.

No details were immediately available, but Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart plans to hold a news conference at the gates of the cemetery in 4400 block of West 127th Street in the south suburb at 5 p.m.

His office says Dart will discuss the results of a financial crimes investigation at the cemetery, where many famous African-Americans are buried, including Emmett Till, Willie Dixon and Dinah Washington.

***** UPDATE**********
For at least the past four years, employees were excavating entire burial casks - including the concrete vault that surrounds the coffin - moving them to the area on the north end of the property and then smashing them into pieces, Dart said.

The sheriff's department started investigating the cemetery six weeks ago when the owners contacted the department, Dart said.

"It seems some people have some consciences and it bothered them," Dart said.
The investigation started as a financial crimes probe, but it soon took a turn, he said.
"What we found was beyond startling and revolting," Dart said.

He said the employees taking part in the scheme would bury new bodies in the plots, but would do so off the books so that the cemetery's records would not show their treachery. From the outside it would appear the bodies were never moved, he said.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

This One's For Gina Benefit ~ July 11, 2009

On December 6th, 2008, Chicago Police Sergeant and long-time Mount Greenwood resident, Gina Dwyer-Meliska, suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of a condition called Apical Ballooning Syndrome (ABS). Although she was fortunate enough to receive CPR moments after her collapse, Gina was without oxygen for several minutes and remains in a minimally conscious state, changing the course of her life.

Although Gina's condition has stabilized, her biggest concern remains to be any neurological damage that may have occurred due to her loss of oxygen. Gina initially spent 17 days in ICU and has transferred to acute long-term care facilities. Unfortunately, Gina has faced many setbacks that interrupt her therapy. At this point, Gina faces indefinite, long-term care which will put a financial burden on the family.

Through this ordeal, it has become increasingly obvious how many hearts and lives Gina has touched throughout the years. First and foremost, Gina has always put her family in the number one position. Gina has a husband and three children all of whom Gina adores. Although they have been devastated by her illness, the family has been surviving with an outpouring of love from family, friends, and community.

With that being said, Gina is a remarkable, dedicated individual that has always contributed her time and efforts to others, working on countless benefits and in organizations going above and beyond the call of duty. Gina has been a dear friend and mentor to many, always seeing the good in a person and pushing those she knew to do their personal best, all while achieving her own personal goals: whether it be running a marathon or working towards her Masters degree, Gina has always been an inspiration.

It is at this time that we are asking for your help to aid the Dwyer-Meliska family. Please join us for a benefit:

July 11, 2009
115 Bourbon Street
3359 West 115th street
3-8 pm

There will be food, fun, beverages and prizes! If you are unable to make it, but would like to send or make a donation - non-monetary gifts to:

This One's for Gina
c\o Maggie Engstrom
11118 S. Washtenaw
Chicago, IL. 60655

It is at this time that we need to take action for someone who has always given 110% to others...... This One’s for Gina.Thank you in advance for your generosity and consideration,

~The Committee

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

City Stickers for Sale at Mt. Greenwood Ward Office - TODAY

From 12 to 6 today only, you can buy your stickers from the Ward Office in Mt. Greenwood. The office is at 111th & Whipple.

Open Post - 7/1 through 7/8

Have at it!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Metra Station - Sox Park

They finally broke ground. The new station will be at 35th and Federal. No more expensive parking for Sox games, jump on for a couple of bucks round trip and ride in comfort. NICE. This also opens up De La Salle as an option for the high school kids.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mt. Greenwood Bank Robbery

Chicago police were investigating a bank robbery that occurred this morning at a TCF bank branch in the Mount Greenwood area on the Southwest Side of the city.

The robbery happened about 9:55 a.m. and the man left with an unknown amount of cash, said Chicago Police Officer JoAnn Taylor.

She said the man appeared to have fled on foot.An FBI spokeswoman said the robbery happened at the bank branch located at 3128 W. 103rd St. (Jewel?) The man was identified as an African-American. No other details were immediately available. FBI officials were investigating along with Chicago police, officials said.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Off Topic - They come in 3's

We all heard that death comes in threes.

What a sad week.

1) Ed McMahon

2) Farrah Fawcett passed today at the age of 62

3) Michael Jackson is (reported) to have died of a heart attack at the age of 50, just a short while ago.

***** UPDATE***** We are now at 4 - Billy Mays (Oxy Clean Pitchman) died today at 50.

Open Post 6/25 - 7/1

This week's open post.

Two Beverly Restaurants Robbed

Two fast-food restaurants in Chicago's Beverly community were hit by armed robbers in the same day.

Robbers stole undisclosed amounts of money from Burger King, 1701 W. 95th St., and KFC, 10421 S. Western Ave., police said.

The first robbery was at Burger King at 12:41 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

After an employee took out the garbage, he was approached by two gunmen in the parking lot, police said.

The gunmen told him to open the restaurant's rear door and then demanded that a manager open the safe, police said.

The gunmen then ordered the manager and employee to lie on the floor while they stole money from the safe and from three cash registers, police said. The men fled on foot, police said.
At 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, a lone gunman stole an undisclosed amount of money from KFC, police said.

The man entered the restaurant, asked for a job application and then pulled out a gun, police said.

The man ordered two employees to put money into a bag, police said. After they put the money in a plastic bag, he grabbed the bag and ran from the restaurant down an alley, police said.
The gunman was described as a black man between ages 40 and 45, 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds. He had a beard and was wearing sunglasses. He wore a red baseball cap, dark blue shirt, black jeans and white gym shoes, witnesses told police.

This is why I don't go to the restaurants on Western. Hasn't the KFC been robbed numerous times? Why did the Taco Bell close again? Oh yeah, robbery gone bad. Western is easy pickings, young kids working. Thank the Lord that nobody was hurt in these two robberies. What's next? Metal detectors at the entrances of all restaurants? A pat down?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another Racist Graffiti Incident in 60655

This time in Morgan Park. (All comments to this article are to be made in the other Post entitled Continued Conversation on Racism).

From the Southtownstar.com:

Black and white. Young and old. Residents and visitors.

All were angry Tuesday afternoon at Chicago's Kennedy Park, 11320 S. Western Ave., site of the 19th Ward's latest incident of racist graffiti.

Swastikas were painted late Sunday or early Monday on a Dumpster and a fence at the tennis courts on the south end of the park, Chicago police said.

This comes a week after racist graffiti, including swastikas and the words "Go home niggers" were found on the garage of a black family in the 10800 block of South Whipple Street, and another batch near 110th and Troy.

The graffiti in Kennedy Park was removed Monday morning by a city crew shortly after police investigated, said Terry Neary, a hot dog vendor in Kennedy Park.

"Graffiti alone is bad. I didn't know this one had a swastika. That bothers me. I know what that symbol is about," said Neary, of Alsip.

"I know there's freedom of speech, but graffiti is wrong. I hate the 'N' word," said Neary, who is white.

A call to the ward office of Ald. Ginger Rugai (19th) was not returned. Police did not say if they think there's a link between the graffiti incidences.

"It's probably kids," one officer said.

If police do find whoever is responsible, jail may be too strong a punishment, said Terry McEldowney. He has something else in mind.

"They ought to slap the (expletive) out of them. Take the cuffs off the cops' hands and let them slap 'em around," said McEldowney, of the West Beverly neighborhood.

"I'm offended that somebody's that stupid to do something like that. It's gotta be kids, right, acting like a fool? I mean the swastika represents everything that's wrong with the '30s and '40s. It's horrible. This is absolutely uncalled for. It's wrong. You can't do that stuff," said McEldowney, 63.

McEldowney, who is white, noted that the 19th Ward "is pretty well integrated."
When black and white children were leaving a summer camp at the park, Melissa Wilson walked up to pick up her son and daughter.

Wilson, who is white, was shocked to learn of the graffiti "especially after that incident with the lady's garage."

"It's disturbing, especially if it's kids doing it. They may not know why people would be upset. Or they're doing it for a reason.

"This is a neighborhood park. We're lucky to have this park," Wilson said.

Tom LePretre, president of the Kennedy Park/West Morgan Park Civic Association, was not available for comment Tuesday. His wife, Jennifer, called the graffiti, "very unusual because we are a diverse community."

Elizabeth Whitehead, who is black and due with her first child in August, took a break Tuesday to get a cool drink at the park.

"I'm not really scared unless they try to put their hands on me. That's a different story," Whitehead said.

Graffiti "does concern me. I didn't know people still did things like that. I'm kind of not surprised because, usually, police are on top of things. They'd make their rounds when the park closed. I thought they were still doing that," said Whitehead, of Beverly.

Sade Scott and her husband, Deandre Scott, stopped at the park for lunch.

"It's not going to be good if kids see it. Basically, it's not a positive influence," said Sade, who is black and lives in Calumet City.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Well Wishes for PO Cole


Dated: 06/23/09

Doctor said cards are needed for visual help. A note, inspirational card, balloon anything like that. Blessings to all of you.

Please send to:

P.O. Densey Cole II
RML Specialty Hospital
5601 S. County Line Road
Hinsdale , IL 60521

There will also be a blog for Officer Cole up and running in a couple of days. I'll let you know the info when I have it.

For those of you who do not who Officer Cole is:

On 27 May 2009, at the corner of 98th and Halsted, Police Officer Densey Cole was involved in a violent traffic crash. Officer Cole has been hospitalized for treatment of the serious injuries that he sustained. His family has been with him around the clock. Please keep Officer Cole and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Post for Continued Conversation on Racism

Quite a few people have suggested that the conversation on racism be given its own post instead of totally banning it. If you want to contribute or read it it, it will contained in THIS POST ONLY. This way, the people who want to have the conversation can, they can express their opinion, etc. and the people who are tired of it, don't have to be bothered with it.

I will reiterate the fact that if the comments are posted in other places, they will not be posted. They go here and only here!


Garage Sales for this Weekend

Put your garage sales here. I know there are a lot this weekend.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Farmer's Markets in the Area

Farmer's Market info:

Evergreen Park:

Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (until October 29)
9001 S. Kedzie

Oak Lawn:

Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (until October 14)
9446 Raymond

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

To all you great guys out there that we like to call "DAD," Happy Father's Day to you. Enjoy your day!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Caps Meeting

2211's CAPS meeting is scheduled for this Thursday at Mt. Greenwood Park at 7:00.

Here is our opportunity to complain about the complete lack of police presence in 2211! If we pack the house, they will have to listen to us, right?

Jim McMahon's New Blog

Our own Jim McMahon has started a blog. Here is the link http://www.jimmcmahonchicago.blogspot.com/ and it will be posted under miscellaneous links also.

Check it out, it has some great You Tube clips!

Best Buy Report Card Offer

Once again Best Buy is giving gift certificates to children with "A's" on their report cards. I don't know if all of their stores are participating in this program, but I am certain that the Burbank store on Cicero is, because I called them today. I would recommend phoning your local store before going there.

RULES: The child must be accompanied by one of their parents and they must produce their "original" report card. They will receive $3 for each "A" on their report card, with a maximum of a $21 Gift Card per child.

Their hard work should be recognized..........thanks "Best Buy."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Open Post 6/11 - 6/17

Put all miscellaneous comments and questions here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Museum Passes

For those out that don't visit the library too often, I wanted to let you know that you can check out Museum Passes. You check them out for a week and they usually allow 4 general admissions for free. Not all passes are available at all times, but give it a try.

The options are Brookfield Zoo, Science & Industry, Field Museum, Shedd Aquariam, Nobart Nature, and a few others I can't think of right now. In these tough economic times, enjoy a day out for practically no cost.

Friday, June 5, 2009

This One's for Gina - Pub Crawl

The "This One's For Gina!" Pub Crawl will take place on 05 Jun 2009 starting at 6pm.

One group will meet at Sean's Rhino Bar at 103rd and Western, another group will meet at Quigley's - 111th and Pulaski. You determine which group you would like to walk with!

The Requirment: Be 21, wear a t-shirt and be willing to sell raffle tickets,etc!

We will promote Gina's benefit until we all meet up at Cullinan's Stadium Club - 11610 S. Western. Please come and bring a friend, let's have some fun while making this a huge success.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Open Post 6/4 through 6/11

*** Comments are closed**** See new open post above

Michael Murphy Benefit and Scholarship Fund

Music is the inspiration of the soul. Michael (Murph) Murphy felt this inspiration throughout his life – a life that was cut short on June 6, 2008 when he was struck down by a hit and run driver. Murph would have been 32 in July.

His passion was music. He was a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He played a variety of instruments from guitar, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, a bit of the keyboard and was taking violin lessons. His creativity and abilities were varied. He was a member of 4 bands; “Leave” was an original music band that Murph founded and he was devoted to its vision. The members of Leave also performed as a cover band called “Joe V”. The other bands that he regularly performed with were “The Larkin and Moran Brothers” and “A Week Back”. All of them brothers to the end.

Murph taught at the Music School in Oak Lawn and encouraged and inspired people of all ages to learn how to play an instrument and love music.

Now, through his family and friends, Murph can continue to encourage and inspire. The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity. Our goal is to carry on Murph’s legacy and make a difference in a life by giving them the gift of music. We ask that you join us by providing whatever support you can to make that a reality.

A fund raiser has been scheduled on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at

115 Bourbon Street
3359 West 115th Street
Merrionette Park, IL
3:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

Please also check out the website:


On this site you can find out more information and make a monetary donation.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Textbooks for Sale????

High school text books are SUPER EXPENSIVE and the school buy back program only gives you pennies on the dollar and then sells them to new students at almost retail price.

So, here is your opportunity to sell what you have from last year.

In your comment, please put the school, grade level of the books, bar code number (SKU), name of the course, level of the course (i.e., Honors, academic, marcellian), price you want (make it reasonable) and contact information.


If your looking for books, enter all of the above information and what you are LOOKING TO PAY. (make is reasonable).

Hope this helps. Check back periodically for new comments throughout the summer as a lot of book lists for next year have not come out yet.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Attempted Child Abduction

Chicago police have issued a community alert after a man in a car attempted to abduct a 17-year-old girl in the Far South Side's Mount Greenwood neighborhood over the weekend.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, the girl was riding her bike in the 3800 block of West 101st Street when a man driving a red car offered her a ride, according to police.

The girl continued peddling until the man cut her off with his car and grabbed her. The girl fought with him until he released her and fled from the area.

The man is described as a white male, about 30 years old, 5-foot-11 and between 180 to 200 pounds, balding, wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans and gym shoes. He was driving a red 4-door, small vehicle.

If anyone has information concerning this incident, they are asked to call Calumet Area detectives, (312)747-8271.

**** here is link to Southtown article****


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Beat Meetings

Please show up and express all your worries and concerns. There is power in numbers.

Beat 2211 - June 18 @ 7:00 p.m. - Mt Greenwood Field House

Beat 2212 - June 4 @ 7:00 p.m. - 22nd District Police Station

District Advisory Council Meeting - June 25 @ 6:30 p.m. - 22nd District Police Station

Vacation suggestions!

48% of you are taking a vacation. Where are you going? Does anyone have any suggestions for day trips or weekend get aways? Where are some of your favorite camping spots, fishing holes, rentals, etc.

Anyone got any ideas for the 52% of us that can't get away for too long due to jobs, money, kid's activities?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Events this weekend.

Gaelic Fest this weekend at Gaelic Park - Starts today and goes through Monday.

Beverly Ridge Run is Monday morning.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Can I go too?

48% of you are going on vacation this summer....can I come? I really need one!

I'm thinking of a new poll. Coming soon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Open Post - 5/20 through 5/27

Oops, forget to give you guys a new post for this week.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rest In Peace - Mr. Knepper

From the St. Christina website:

Our sincere sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. William Knepper who passed away this past Saturday, May 16.

Mr. Knepper has been a part of the St. Christina community for over 40 years and has touched the lives of many individuals with his knowledge, wit, and sense of humor.

Please keep his family in your prayers.

The wake will be held tomorrow (5/19) at Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home @ 5570 W. 95th Street from 3:00 - 9:00.

The funeral mass will be at St. Christina Wednesday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, May 15, 2009

FOUND!!! - Bear the Canine Police Officer

Bear was found in the vicinity of 87th and Pulaski.

Garage Sales inandaround 60655

Great idea to the commentor on this one!!!!

Are you having a garage sale, yard sale, house sale, etc?

Please advise of the following:

and a brief description of what you are selling.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Best Shakes!

Wojo's was the winner with Oberweis very close behind!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

BAPA's 39th Annual Beverly Home Tour

The Beverly Area Planning Association's 39th Annual Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour will showcase five residences Sunday.

Included this year are a three-story 1920s Tudor tucked by the edge of the woods; a modest cottage that has been transformed into a spacious home with related living; a Victorian-era hilltop mansion built by the president of a lumber milling company and recently renovated; a Colonial-style home with a family-centered addition; and a Craftsman-style home built on a double lot and boasting many of its outstanding original architectural details.

Matt Walsh, executive director of the planning association, said tickets will be available Sunday.
"We typically sell most of the tickets on the day of the home tour," he said.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and they are available by calling (773) 233-3100 or online at www.bapa.org.

Exact addresses of each home are available once tickets are bought, Walsh said.

Participants can choose to take the tour on their own in their own vehicles or, for an additional $4, take a guided tour of the historic districts by trolley.

Trolleys leave the Beverly Arts Center approximately every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Democracy at Work

This came from the comments section:

It is not in the nature of politics to elect the best person since, by definition, the best man or woman does not desire to govern their fellowmen. Given this general truth, the office (through the citizenry) should seek the official, rather than the official seeking the office.

In and around 60655, there are many talented individuals who express their devotion to our community through acts of volunteerism. Let's recognize their commitment.

Start a post seeking comments that identify individuals who display the traits we seek in a public servant. Let's help the office find its official.

Okay, so who in the community do you think should be the official in office. Remember we want individuals who display the GOOD AND HONEST qualities of an elected official, not the norm we are use to in Crook County.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing all you moms and moms to be a very Happy Mother's Day. Enjoy your day.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What do you want on 60655 blog?

I get a lot of email bashing the site....oh well, so be it. This site is actually for all of you, so what would you like to see on the site. I have my people who love the polls and those who don't. Someone out there loves the hangman game. What do you like or dislike that you want to see added or deleted. This blog has been up for almost 5 months and is still a work in progress. Thanks to all of you who contribute.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Fat Tommy's is Open

Fat Tommy's is open and looks good. The new location is way bigger than the old one, with tons of seating.

The menu has been e x p a n d e d and they are now serving Breyer's Ice Cream.

There is to be outside seating coming soon.

Check it out. They are located at 3031 S. 111th Street (the old Veggie Bite location), across from Founder's Bank.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Some Misc Info

There will be an information-packed meeting for business owners in May at Fat Tommy’s new location, 3031 W. 111th St . It’s guaranteed to be a worthwhile use of everyone’s time.
(Date and Time to be announced). See the Mount Greenwood Local Redevelopment Corporation.

LaFiesta will be expanding their parking lot this Spring/Summer (looks like they will taking over the old used car dealership next door).

Looks like the new Fat Tommy's will be opening very soon. It looks good. There will be outdoor seating and they will be selling ice cream too.

That's all I have right now... happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This One's for Gina

On December 6th, 2008, Chicago Police Sergeant and long-time Mount Greenwood resident, Gina Dwyer-Meliska, suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of a condition called Apical Ballooning Syndrome (ABS). Although she was fortunate enough to receive CPR moments after her collapse, Gina was without oxygen for several minutes and remains in a minimally conscious state, changing the course of her life.

Although Gina's condition has stabilized, her biggest concern remains to be any neurological damage that may have occurred due to her loss of oxygen. Gina initially spent 17 days in ICU and has transferred to acute long-term care facilities. Unfortunately, Gina has faced many setbacks that interrupt her therapy. At this point, Gina faces indefinite, long-term care which will put a financial burden on the family.

Through this ordeal, it has become increasingly obvious how many hearts and lives Gina has touched throughout the years. First and foremost, Gina has always put her family in the number one position. Gina has a husband and three children all of whom Gina adores. Although they have been devastated by her illness, the family has been surviving with an outpouring of love from family, friends, and community.

With that being said, Gina is a remarkable, dedicated individual that has always contributed her time and efforts to others, working on countless benefits and in organizations going above and beyond the call of duty. Gina has been a dear friend and mentor to many, always seeing the good in a person and pushing those she knew to do their personal best, all while achieving her own personal goals: whether it be running a marathon or working towards her Masters degree, Gina has always been an inspiration.

It is at this time that we are asking for your help to aid the Dwyer-Meliska family. Please join us for a benefit:

11 July 2009

115 Bourbon Street

3359 West 115th street

3-8 pm

There will be food, fun, beverages and prizes! If you are unable to make it, but would like to send or make a donation - non-monetary gifts to:

This One's for Gina

c\o Maggie Engstrom

11118 S. Washtenaw

Chicago, IL. 60655

It is at this time that we need to take action for someone who has always given 110% to others...... This One’s for Gina.Thank you in advance for your generosity and consideration,

~The Committee

Additional links for Gina:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The New McKiernan Park

Bits and pieces from the Southtownstar article.

A new playground is being installed at McKiernan Park, 10714 S. Sawer Ave.

The new playgrounds will be completed in about six weeks. Thanks to a donation from Team Reil, a playground company based in northwest suburban Union. The company is also installing artificial turf beneath the playground, eliminating muddy shoes or those messy woodchips one often finds in parks.

The value of the project has been placed at $500,000 by a grateful Chicago Park District, spokeswoman Michele Jones said.

The new playground could lead to more of the same around the city. At least that's the hope of John Cederlund, the president of Team Reil, which represents Missouri-based Miracle Recreation. Miracle makes the playground equipment being installed while Team Reil specializes in fake grass.

Two years ago, Cederlund approached park district officials with the offer of a free playground. Eventually, word got to Ald. Ginger Rugai (19th), who liked the idea.

Cederlund knows that the gesture is appreciated, and hopes it translates to more business for his company. If not, that's OK, too, he said.

"Chicago is too big an account to not try to get back. A lot of influential people live there," Cederlund said of the politically-connected 19th Ward. "All in all, it's great for the kids. This will be nice for them, and we're happy about it. Everybody is happy about it," Cederlund said.
The park district is certainly happy because it's getting a new playground for free.

McKiernan will be the first park in the city to have artificial grass, she said. Cederlund said the product is durable and, perhaps best of all, needs no watering.

Rugai provided $80,000 in city funds to pay for the demolition and a sub-surface drainage system that had to be installed before construction, Jones said. The old playground equipment "was fairly dated," Jones said.

There will be two separate playground structures, Jones said. One is for children ages 5 and younger. The other is for children ages 5 to 12.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Open Post 4/27 - 5/3

Here is the post for miscellaneous comments, questions, etc.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Irish Eyes are Smiling (It's not over yet)

Members of the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade planning committee are meeting tonight for the first time since voting to end Beverly's annual parade.

The 25-member committee will brainstorm ideas and go over community suggestions for how to celebrate the holiday away from the parade down Western Avenue.

But a decision likely won't be reached until this summer.

"I'm looking at this as a long evaluation process," member Mary Beth Sheehan said today.

Autism Speaks - Jewel shop-n-share

Autism Speaks will hold a Shop & Share fund raising program on the dates of April 20th thru the 22nd and also on April 27th thru the 29th, 2009 at all Jewel-Osco Stores.

By shopping at Jewel-Osco on one of those days, 5% of the total purchase, excluding tax, will be donated by Jewel-Osco to our organization. It’s a great way to help these kids and it will not cost you a cent.

Autism Speaks will use the money generated by their Shop & Share to create awareness and research for a cure.

Anyone interested in helping Autism Speaks by shopping at Jewel-Osco on those dates will need a Shop & Share Identification Slip - please go to the link below for slip.


Please feel free to pass this along. Thanks for helping raise money for Autism

Monday, April 20, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Parade - relocated

The parade hasn't been cancelled just relocated. Thank you to our troops. :) God Speed.

Open Post 4/20 - 4/26

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Future of Special Ed at Mt Greenwood

from the Southtown: Authored by William Lee

Frustrated Mount Greenwood School parents packed a meeting to vent their frustration at the news that some special education students would be moved to a Morgan Park elementary school to alleviate overcrowding at Mount Greenwood.

The crowd of nearly 100 parents met with Chicago Public School officials and Ald. Ginger Rugai (19th) Wednesday at the Mount Greenwood Park fieldhouse, 3721 W. 111th St., to discuss the plan that would move special education students to two other schools.

In light of a surge of new applicants for the 2009-2010 school year, some parents recently received letters that their children would be bused elsewhere.

The parents of autistic children were told their children would be transferred to Clissold School in Beverly, which has a similar program. The parents of children with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities were told their children would be sent to Esmond School, 1865 W. Montvale Ave., which CPS officials say is the only area school with adequate space.

None of the nearby public schools had proper space to take in new special education students, said Jawanda Hairston, a senior manager with CPS' office of specialized services. While the transfer plan was not a done deal, it was a "frontrunner," Hairston said.

The plan caused a furor among parents, who were either disliked the idea of busing their children out of the neighborhood or were concerned about the safety at Esmond.

"My biggest frustration is that nobody asked me anything," said Nancy Cranston, whose 9-year-old son Danny has Down Syndrome and attends Mount Greenwood. Cranston echoed many parents' comments saying they felt a strong sense of community.

Katie Kettering, who helped arrange the meeting with several other mothers, said safety for her son Charlie was her biggest concern.

"I know that when he's here, he's going to be watched over," Kettering said. "The older kids will make sure he won't go off by himself. His safety is a huge issue," she said.

Rugai said she understood parents' concern over the move, saying that while she'd witnessed positive changes at Esmond, that it sat in "the most volatile section of our community."

Rugai said she would fight to keep the students at the school and was open to other options such as converting other spaces into classrooms or even stopping Mount Greenwood's preschool classes.

The fight to stay at Mount Greenwood could also reignite tensions over student residency - a hot-button topic in the community - or increase demands to close open enrollment, as some parents did at the meeting.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Local Author - "Just a Boy From Home"

Jim McMahon asked me to post this about a local author -

I just finished reading a book written by a woman from the neighborhood, Catherine “Bourke” Chambers. Many of us know Cathy from different neighborhood functions and sporting events as she and her husband Tom raised their 3 sons here in Mt Greenwood, while many more know her from when she was the Crossing Guard at 103rd & Central Park . If this still doesn’t ring a bell, I’m sure you’ll remember the incident when she was seriously injured as she fell victim to a “hit and run” driver at that intersection while she was working back in about 1998. She returned to work briefly but has since resumed her teaching career at Marist High School .

The name of the book is “Just a Boy from Home,” a biography about her Father “William Bourke” who immigrated to the United States of America from County Mayo, Ireland and settled on the southside of Chicago. It’s an eloquently written book full of wit & wisdom with all the funny stories, history, heartbreak and sayings that you could only expect from an Irish family growing up in Chicago . This book will take you back to a much simpler time and as I read it, it became apparent that nobody else other than a family member could have so vividly expressed the love and emotions in a biography than Cathy did for her Father. It’s written straight from her heart and was particularly fun for me to read because my Mother came from County Mayo too, and speaking from first hand personal knowledge, these hard working people were the “Salt of the Earth” and a rare cast of characters, “that we’ll never see the likes of again!”

I give this book a ringing endorsement as a literary masterpiece and would highly recommend it to anyone that grew up in Chicago , no matter where your roots are from. Please patronize this local talent by reading “Just a Boy from Home.” Here’s how you can get a copy:

Ø Winston’s @ 7961 W. 159th Street in Tinley Park
Ø Irish Imports @ 111th Street in Chicago ,
Ø Touch of Green @ 6761 W. 95th in Oak Lawn
Ø Shamrock imports @ 3150 N. Laramie in Chicago (Northside)
Ø St Xavier Bookstore on 103rd Street in Chicago
Ø Marist HS Bookstore on 115th Street in Chicago

You could also e-mail Cathy at:
or call her directly at (708) 910-8306

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