Saturday, January 31, 2009


Well, looks like the majority are going to pay their bills with their refunds, followed by the lucky 20% who will be taking vacation.

New poll will be to see what the majority of 60655 does for employment, we are living in the City/County for a reason and in a neighborhood that is known for city and county workers.

*I know that there are those (like me) who do not work for the city or county and for obvious reasons I cannot list every profession out there, so we going to be voting under the "other" tab. HOWEVER, this poll will include multiple choices for those who are married to city or county workers.*

Friday, January 30, 2009

Heat Wave ~

This weekend will be in the mid-30's ~ Yeah!!!

Which means more potholes! Boo!

Chicago has two seasons, Winter and road work.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Volley For The Cure - Y-Me Breast Cancer Fundraiser

One of the 8th graders at St. Christina has organized a fundraiser as her Confirmation service project. The money raised will benefit the Y-Me Breast Cancer Organization.

On January 30, 2009 at the St. Christina gym from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball teams will be playing as part of this fundraiser.

*Great raffles and split the pots will be available*


Come and support this great cause and cheer on the these girls!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Digital TV Delay


House Republicans managed Wednesday to defeat the so-called "DTV delay" bill—and that means that the planned Feb. 17 date for the digital TV transition is still on, barring any last-minute maneuvering by Democrats and the Obama administration.



People who have not gotten their TV sets ready for the changeover to digital signals could earn a four-month reprieve under a bill making its way through Congress.

The Senate voted Monday to delay until June 12 the deadline for the changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting. People still getting their pictures through old-fashioned antennas otherwise would face a cutoff Feb. 17.

Comparable legislation is being readied in the House, and the Obama administration has called for a delay amid mounting concerns that too many Americans who rely on over-the-air broadcast signals won't be ready.

It's estimated that more than 6.5 million U.S. households are still not prepared for the upcoming transition.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Open Post

Open post for this week - 1/25 through 1/31.

Please be nice and censor your language. I want all posts to make it, but some recently, whew...pretty strong language (bad enough to make a truck driver blush!)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bucks for Barb

Benefit tomorrow at Bourbon Street. 1-6 p.m. See below:

In January 2008, Barbara Szykowny, was diagnosed with small cell Cancer, which was sited in her lung. Later, she would find that the cancer spread to her liver, parts of her spine, and hips.

Barbara has been enduring chemotherapy and radiation for the last several months and continues to undergo these treatments today. Aside, from the chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she continues to undergo testing on a regular basis to monitor her cancer. These tests include, bone scans, MRI’s, blood tests and doctor visits. These treatments, tests and visits are costly and insurance doesn’t cover much.

Family and friends have rallied together to form a benefit called “BUCKS FOR BARB” to help Barbara cover the astronomical medical bills during the course of Barbara’s heroic journey with cancer. Although, Barbara will never be cured from this type of cancer, this is a battle she will continue to fight everyday for the rest of her life.

Barbara (Colby/Sparr) is married to David Szykowny. Barbara is the mother of four loving children and the grandmother of eight. She lives in Mt. Greenwood, Illinois with her family. To help alleviate worrisome medical expenses, a benefit is being held.

Should you choose to offer a monetary donation, please make checks payable to:
Barbara Szykowny Benefit Fund Founders Bank
3052 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655

You can mail other donations to:
Barbra Szykowny Benefit
11137 S. Trumbull Av.
Chicago, IL 60655

Barb Moore-

Michelle Sparr/Day-

Ann Gustin

Susan Phelan-

Amanda Doherty-

Thank you for all your prayers, support and generosity. It means so much to Barb her family and friends.

Mt. Greenwood Local Redevelopment Corporation

Did anyone know that this corporation actually existed???? Here is the link and it will be posted under the links list to the left of the page.

You can find out general information regarding redevelopment in Mt. Greenwood.

Walgreens revisited

From City of Chicago website - October 2008

Mayor Richard M. Daley introduced a plan to City Council today to redevelop the northwest corner of 111th Street and Kedzie Avenue, the center of the Mount Greenwood neighborhood business district, into a new two-acre shopping plaza. "Encouraging private investment in our communities is a key component of our redevelopment efforts," said Mayor Daley. "This project brings with it jobs, new retail opportunities and beautification efforts, all of which will benefit the community and its residents."

The $10.9 million project will redevelop the site with a new retail center, anchored by an 18,000-square-foot Walgreen's store, a 70-space landscaped parking lot and a 3,700-square-foot corner landscaped plaza with benches and signage that will identify the Mount Greenwood community.

The City will assist the development by contributing a 13,000-square-foot surface parking lot in the middle of the site and $1.5 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance.

New Poll

Well 60655 has spoken and the major concern is police presence - it received 51% of the vote followed by the Walgreens' project.

From what I hear, Walgreens will be rebuilt, but in the same location as it is now. There has been some kind of fight regarding sewers having to be rebuilt. I don't know if we are getting the pretty little strip mall with the park (like in the pictures). Starbucks is a distant memory. Fingers crossed for Dunkin Donuts. Saw on another blog in the area that Beverly is getting a Fat Burger (franchise)...supposedly partially owned by Kanye West. How come it takes years to get anything built or opened over here, but in a snap of the fingers there is something opening in Beverly. (I am currently shaking my head as I type this). I vote for a potbelly or chipotle.

Corner of 111th and Kedzie looks like crap. The building on 111th and Pulaski either needs to be cleaned up and repainted or torn down...looks like crap.

Anyway, enough of my opinions, new poll is "what are you going to do with your tax return" (if you get one).

Friday, January 23, 2009

RUMOR has it...

Beverly and Mt. Greenwood are in the spotlight for the DUI Task Force TONIGHT,
January 23.

Consider yourself warned.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Open Post!

Every week I will put an open post up. Please use this post's comment section to ask questions of others, post miscellaneous comments, etc.

Figure this will keep specific post topics dedicated to those topics only.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sweet Escapes!

Sweet Escapes has opened and is located at 10402 S. Kedzie Ave. They are open breakfast at 7am. They also serve grilled sandwiches, deli sandwiches, homemade soups and chili, and cupcakes!
Stop in and support our local businesses (plus something sweet NEVER hurts!)


GRAND OPENING February 14Th, 2009 11-6pm. Children's activities, specials and door prizes.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Beverly Blog

For all of you out there from Bevelry, someone has started a Bevelry Blog. Here is the site and it also listed under Misc. links.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

New poll

New poll listed. Only one vote allowed. Let's let Ginger know what is most important to us, the people who actually live in 60655. Are we close to election year?

The winner is!

Cassell (65 votes) won the poll with St. Christina second (45 votes). As for the high schools, Marist won with 24 votes and Brother Rice and McAuley tied for second with 23...very close.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Best Kept Secrets of 60655

Got this as a comment:

Hey 60655, How about an open post where locals share what they consider the"Best Kept Secrets" in 60655. Restaurants, businesses, and any other selling point. I just got married and my wife is new to Mt. Greenwood. Help me show her why this is the BEST area of the city for raising a family.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stay Warm!

Thankfully nothing is going on in 60655 (that I know of).

Stay warm as it will be getting FRIGID! Keep an eye on our home bound neighbors. Keep taps dripping to keep your pipes from freezing. Make sure you don't leave the animals out too long. It's been a long time since we have seen temperatures this low. Now, if I can get my teenager to wear more than a hoodie, I will be in good shape.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

What a great neighborhood.

Thank you! In one month this blog has had over 4,000 hits! It just shows what a close knit neighborhood this is! I never thought it would take off like this. I am proud to call myself a 60655er. I started this blog and sent the link to 10 people and it has spread from there. There is no reason that when united we cannot get things done in this neighborhood!

Child Lure Incident

I have had several comments on this -

such as -

Child Lure Incident on 105th & Troy, on Weds. 1/7, a 7 year old female was approached by 3 males driving a silver car, asking how old she was, where was her mother, etc. They drove North on Troy. The child reported the incident to an adult who called the police.

On Jan 7 2009 at approximately 6:00pm. A silver car with 3 male blacks stopped their car at 105th and Troy and asked a 7year old girl strange questions such as where is your mother? etc and then fled the scene. This was reported to the police and a citywide fax was sent out in the police dept. messaging system.

The post about the 3/m/1's stopping and asking questions of a f/2/7 is true. I also saw the fax message come out. The questions were indeed strange. It was listed as an attempt child luring. The info was given by the family I would guess but no one is in custody. They asked other q's besides where is your mother which were a bit odd. The story is true though and can be verified if necessary through the 022nd District. Please be aware these types are roaming the neighborhood.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Best of Polls - Just for Fun

The next couple of polls will be for fun, not so much the "best of."

The schools' poll is dedicated basically to the grammar and high schools in the immediate area where 60655ers would attend. Clissold and Sutherland are technically in 60643, but there are tons of 60655ers that go there, same with McAuley and Rice. Rita, Mt. Carmel, etc. are great schools with lots of neighborhood kids, but not in the immediate area. Hope that's clear, I don't want to be raked over the coals on this one... (sorry for not listing Barbara Vick, but see above about grammar and high school - sorry about no MPA listed, and it's too late to add it now as the first vote has been cast, I am sure it is a very good school)


Why 60655?

The blog has asked the question of where you came from, now it's asking why? Why did you choose this area? What's makes this area home to you? What do YOU like about this area?

Best of 60655 - Winner

Well, Pop's won by a landslide with 50% of the vote. Next poll will be listed later today or tomorrow.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Next Best of 60655

What's next? Best bar? Best Florist? Best park? Best ???? I need some ideas by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sgt. Gina Dwyer

For those readers who know Sgt. Dwyer or know of her.

Sgt Gina Dwyer has fallen sick and the family has set up a web site for updates on her LONG recovery and for anyone who wants to leave a message.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Off Duty Police Sgt. Crictically Wounded

This was in the Southtown.

Calumet Area detectives are investigating an injury that left an off-duty Chicago police sergeant critically injured on New Year’s Day.

Police and fire officials said a man was found injured near the intersection of West 111th Street and South Springfield Avenue on Thursday night and was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Police News Affairs Director Monique Bond confirmed the man was an off-duty Chicago police sergeant.

The nature of the injuries and how they were obtained were not immediately known, police said.

Calumet Area detectives are investigating.

Please pray for the officer's speeding recovery. Comments are closed for this post.

I closed comments until I have further news regarding this incident and what actually happened.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Catholic School Entrance Exam


Entrance exams for the Catholic high schools is next Saturday, January 10. $25 and two No. 2 pencils are required.

I couldn't find a date for the CPS high schools.

Best Sit Down Restaurant

Wonderburger is the winner with 18% of the vote, followed by Franconello with 16%.

Fast food is next. I listed Burrito station simply because people wanted it listed. I did not list corporate franchises because this is the best of 60655 (or close to it). You can get McDonald's anywhere.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Reward Offered for Merrionette Park Robbery Suspect

Not to scare anyone, but this was close to home. We all shop over in that strip mall. This actually happened back in October, but it was in yesterday's paper.


Reward offered for Merrionette Park robbery suspect
December 31, 2008
BY WILLIAM LEE, Staff Writer

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of a career criminal wanted for robbing an elderly woman in October in Merrionette Park.

Authorities on Tuesday announced the reward being offered by Cook County Crimestoppers for the arrest of Juan E. Landa, 46, of Calumet City, who with an accomplice attacked the 70-year-old woman near 115th Street and Kedzie Avenue on Oct. 25.

Police said one of the men grabbed the woman by the throat from behind and threw her to the ground. She suffered two broken vertebrae in her neck and a broken ring finger when one of the men violently tried to remove her wedding ring, according to police.

The woman remains traumatized by the event, Merrionette Park police Sgt. Anthony Ferenzi said.

Landa's alleged accomplice, Charles Hughes, 52, of Harvey, is charged with felony robbery and aggravated battery on Dec. 7 and is being held on $300,000 bail.

Landa has a 21-year criminal history of both violent and non-violent offenses, according to court records. Authorities believe that he might be in Harvey, where he has family, or Dixmoor and warn that he should be considered dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Merrionette Park police at 708-396-3170. Tips can be anonymous.

Hopefully as these men are "career" criminals, they will go away for a long time.

Best fast food poll coming next

Best fast food coming next (tomorrow 1/2), these restaurants may have tables, but the majority of their business should be "to go." Give me your suggestions. Once a poll has received a vote, I cannot change or add to it. These restaurants should be in the 60655 zip..I know Beverly has some good ones, along with Alsip, Oak Lawn, etc. If you nominate one RIGHT ON THE BORDER, I will count it. Let's start the nominations!

2009 Predictions

Reader suggestion -

In and around" how about a predictions blog for Chicago as well as the ward and the area?
Home sales

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