Monday, March 30, 2009

Open Post 3/30 - 4/5

Police to Picket

FYI: From the FOP Website:

Please support our police officers by picketing when the Olympic Committee comes to town. They have been nearly 2 years without pay raise. The city pulled the money off the table and after nearly two years, it seems as if they are back at square one, with no end in sight. Remember City workers, first the police, then the fire department, then the teachers, streets and santitation...


Thursday, April 2, 2009 11:00 am

City Hall - Washington and LaSalle


006th District 016th District
Parking & Bus-Habetler Bowl Foster & Northwest Highway
Area 3
Area 4
008th District
022nd District
Area 5


Fact: The City withdraws Police financial proposal

Fact: Alderman Beale wants to stop our Uniform Allowance and Duty Availability pay

Fact: The Department dismisses us by stating, "Officers will not come out in force." (Chicago Sun Times, 3/26/09)

The Mayor and Weis think that we will take whatever they dish out and we don't care enough to get out of bed and rally. Now is the time to stand up to City Hall and Weis by marching.

Enough is enough! If we won't stand up for ourselves then Weis and the Mayor will win!

They think that they can strip us of our benefits and fail to give us a pay raise without us reacting!


For those wondering what this has to do with 60655, a large percentage of people living here are city workers so I felt it was relevant, along with a few readers who emailed me this information. This is for information purposes only and comments are closed.

Friday, March 27, 2009

WOW! We have hit over 20,000

In and around has hit 20,000 visits! Thanks for reading and/or contributing.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is set for tomorrow, Saturday, March 28. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to turn off their lights. Chicago is designated as a "flagship city."

Last year ComEd reported an Earth Hour savings of 7 percent of electricity with 1,400 participants. This year they are expecting higher numbers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blogger will be down

Just an FYI - the Blogger site will be down for maintenance for about 10 or 15 minutes tonight (around 6:00 p.m.). So if you can't log on or find the blog, that's the reason. Thanks.

Parade Over????

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

Hello Family/Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sadly yours,

Team KA-POW raffle

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

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

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

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

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

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

32nd Annual Ridge Run

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

Monday, March 23, 2009

Baseball post

I know that some of you like the baseball history and trivia that Life's too short is posting, however, some of you don't.

So, I am asking Life's too short to post his baseball facts and such on this post. That way the people who are interested can read it if want to and those who don't want to read it don't have to.

It's only what 14 days until the White Sox' home opener.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Open Post for 3/23 - 3/29


Congratulations to these two young women from in and around 60655.

The Illinois Alliance of Art Education and the Illinois State Board of Education have selected the artwork of Mother McAuley High School senior Nikki Annes, of Chicago's Beverly community, to be the 2009 Illinois Arts Education Week poster.

This is the second year in a row that a student from McAuley has won the state board's poster contest.

The theme of this year's contest was "Envisioning Our Future" through the arts. The contest, sponsored in cooperation with the governor's office, brought in nearly 150 entries.

Senior Lauren Martinkus, of Chicago's Mount Greenwood community, also had her artwork selected for an honorable mention award.

Both Annes and Martinkus are students in Kathy Gordon Davis' AP Studio Art class at the school.

The printed posters will be sent to all Illinois public and private schools to display during Illinois Arts Education Week.

The winning artwork also will be on display at board headquarters in Springfield and at the awards ceremony in Rock Island.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Days gone by - Southside Irish Parade

I was sent this video of the 1958 Southside Irish Parade..(79th Street).

As you will notice...there were floats, yes, actual floats. People standing on the curb waiving their hands, not their cups overflowing with beer. No fights breaking out.

It looks like the actual Mayor of Chicago (Daley, Sr.) actually had enough pride in his Irish heritage to show up.

WOW... take a peek at the good old days.

True or False?

I have been getting a ton of emails from friends and family today about an "alleged" gang initation.

It states that women should avoid Wal-Mart stores this weekend as these gangbangers are going to be randomly shooting women.

I don't want to cause women to panic, however, if it is true, then a warning to all of our wives, mothers, sisters, etc. is in order.

I know there are plenty of cops that read this blog, so what say you? Is this true or not?

***update**** I checked on - this story is false and has been flying around the internet and such since 2005 in various forms.


From Jim McMahon:

There is a Benefit Party this Saturday, 03/21/09 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Bourbon Street. It is being held for a young Oak Lawn woman by the name of Becky Clifford who was tragically paralyzed last June in a fall outside of her home. I'm asking EVERYONE to all come together for a worthwhile cause and come to this event in support for this fine woman and her family. She really needs our help and support, so let's show Chicago what the Southwest Side is all about, and how we take care of our neighbors. Also please be kind enough to pass this on to your friends, relatives and neighbors........Thanks

From the Giving Back 2 Becky Website:

Giving Back 2 Becky
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Entrance Ticket
Time: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Entrance Tickets may be purchased at the benefit.
Where: Bourbon Street

* Admission $30.00 * Raffles * Silent Auction * Live Entertainment * Free Valet
* Food (Buffet Served 3pm - 5pm)* Draft Beer * Wine * Soft Drinks * Must be 21 or older

Live Entertainment Featuring:
Michael McDermott
Two Dollars
American Sons
DJ - Instant Sound

Purchase the HOPE for Becky beaded bracelets handmade by Cami Westlake at the benefit for $10

Some great auction and raffle items include:
* Foursome at Medinah Country Club, Course #3
* Condo stay in Steamboat Springs Colorado with airfare
* One week stay in Puerto Vallarta at Buganvilias Resort for up to 6 guests
* Cubs vs. Brewers at Miller Park overnight stay
* Sox vs. Brewers at Miller Park overnight stay
* Fairmont/Odyssey Cruise Chicago overnight
* Notre Dame vs. Michigan at "The Big House" (Michigan Stadium) with overnight accommodations at the Detroit Hilton
* Heisman Football autographed this year with 23 signatures donated by 1953 Johnny Lattner
* Walter Payton limited edition signed picture
* $2,000 off Orthodontic treatment at Thomas Orthodontics
* Marriott Springhill Suites Downtown/River North overnight with breakfast buffet, $200 gift card to Brazazz Brazilian Steakhouse and (3) bottles of D2 red wine from DeLille Cellars
* 4-hour guided Bass Fishing Trip with $200 gift card to Tin Fish (includes "Chef for the Day" tour)
* White Sox bean bag boxes with bags, Carlos Quentin photograph and (2) tickets
* Autographed hockey stick by Chicago Blackhawk Duncan Keith
* Chicago Cub Marquis with your own personalized message
* Numerous autographed items by current and former sports heroes
*Autographed Fender guitar by Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte
* Autographed Paul Konerko jersey
* Autographed guitar by Four Seasons
* Autographed drumhead by REO Speedwagon
* Sox, Cubs, Blackhawks and Bulls tickets
* Hundreds of dollars in restaurant gift certificates
* Multiple overnight hotel stays
* Multiple beauty/spa gift certificates
* Fine Jewelry
* And much more!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

ESPN Fab 50

ESPN Fab 50 (pre-season). This is where ESPN rates the top high schools in the NATION for specific sports.

Some of our own "neighborhood" schools are listed. Kudos to these schools and their athletes.


Brother Rice was ranked as 25.


Marist was ranked at 22.
St. Rita was ranked at 40.

These rankings are updated every Tuesday (during regular season) for those who are interested in keep track.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Southside Irish Parade!

A quarter of million people descended on 60655 and 60643 yesterday. The aftermath...well, it looks like a war zone. Is it really worth it anymore? I can't believe some of the horror stories circulating. I am scared to even look up the parade on You Tube. Fights, vomiting, urinating, defecating, not to mention the 15 and 16 year olds wasted before the parade even stepped off. Is it even worth it? Do the bars and restaurants make any money on this?

The good news - at least the really bad pot holes on Western have been fixed.

Open Post for week 3/16 - 3/22

Open post for this week.

Salvation Army Building for Sale!

The Salvation Army building on 114th & Central Park will be up for sale very soon possibly within the next 4 months. This information needs to reach every single household in Mt. Greenwood. What would they like to see done with this building? I URGE every resident to contact the ward office insisting that everyone in Mt. Greenwood know what will happen with this building BEFORE it is sold. If everyone calls, the alderman's office will need to hold a town hall meeting so we can have a better understanding before it is sold.

**from the comments section**

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Back to St. Baldrick's!

As the shavings slow down...I would like to know how much your group raised? I know the police department had their St. Baldrick's shaving a week or so ago and did really well. How have the schools done, private much have you raised for this fun and worthy cause.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Team Ka-Pow Breast Cancer Walk and Party Info.

Greetings and Happy 2009!

Team KA-POW is once again pledging to "KNOCK OUT" breast cancer by participating in the 39 mile 2009 Avon 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer on June 6th and 7 th. In the past three years, through your very generous donations - Team KA-POW has raised over $150,000 dollars and this year, Team KA-POW is committed to raising an additional $27,000 to help fund leading-edge research and breast cancer prevention programs through the Avon Foundation. Team KA-POW is a group of family and friends that walk to support and honor two sisters, Kathleen (Powers) Cecil who were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and Annie (Powers) Gruber diagnosed in 2002. Kathleen has developed metastatic breast cancer and has had several reoccurrences in her bones. Today she is receiving weekly chemotherapy and her cancer has been responding well to this treatment. She is in general good health and feels fine. Annie continues to be monitored very closely by her oncologist.

In the three years that this team has walked, they have met and shared stories with friends and strangers alike about how breast cancer has touched their lives. Year after year we have more reasons to come back and participate in this walk again. Our goal is to continue to donate our time and money for a great cause.

In today’s economy, donating to any cause must be carefully considered. Team KA-POW is asking you to donate any amount of money that you can to help. Kathleen and Annie can tell you from experience that we are making progress, that new treatments are being developed, and that a cure can be found. But it will not happen without you. Each team member will be required to raise $1,800.00 to walk. So we are going to need support from many people to reach our goal, and we are hoping that we can count on you to be part of our support team. Please remember as you’re making your donation that in the time it took to read this letter, another woman in the U.S. was diagnosed with breast cancer. One in eight women in the US will develop breast cancer. When you donate to this cause, unfortunately you are helping fight for some one that you know or will know. The odds are frightening, sad and true.

Team KA-POW is more than just the WALK. They are also about the PARTY! Please join us for our annual fundraiser at TR’s Pub located at 3908 West 111th Street, Chicago, on Friday, April 24, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and includes bottled domestic beer, live entertainment by Sean & Charlie (, food, and many, many laughs! All proceeds go to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

If you would like to support Team KA-POW but cannot attend the event, you can send your tax deductible contribution, to Debbie (Powers) Quinn, 3646 West 113th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60655. Please make your checks payable to "Avon Walk for Breast Cancer" and know that no donation is too small, every bit counts!
We will find a CURE and you are helping . . .

Problems getting comments through?

Has anyone had any problems getting comments posted? I have one poster whose comments are not reaching me. I wanted to know if anyone else is having this problem too before I contact "help."


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Open Post

Here is your open forum for this week ending 3/15.

Please post all your non-specific comments and questions here.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Morgan Park Academy Link added

I added a link to Morgan Park Academy after receiving the email below.

Could you please add a link for Morgan Park Academy? I think it is a wonderful, hidden gem in our community. Did you know they have a 20 acre campus and they rent out all of their facilities for private functions? How great would a birthday party be in their atrium in the summer or in their new gymnasium.

I thought this was very cool.

Strip Cards for Sale

This link will also be under misc. links for future use for block parties, family reunions, etc. Mike's a local so if you need strip cards, drop him a note.

Strip cards games are commonly used with; sports events, charity or fundraisers, family outings, and more. Mike, a Mt Greenwood resident for 25 yrs, is now selling two modern scratch-off style games online at: Being in our area, he can extend you lower prices. If interested, contact Mike via email address at:


Well it looks like 39% of our bloggers in 60655 like to go to the parade and then to a house party. 35% like to avoid it altogether and stay home.

In light of the fact that baseball is coming upon us quickly...where does your loyalty fall? Red/blue or black/white? North or south?

As Nipsy suggested, there will be no neutral vote in this poll. It's Cubs or Sox.

I know it will be hard with this touchy subject, but please be nice with the comments.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

If I fall in a pothole, will I reach China?

Some of these potholes are so big now, I fear for the safety of my person and vehicle. I swear, I caught myself this morning on the way to the Metra station watching the road in front of me in order to avoid the potholes that are every 3 feet. I wasn't watching the cars in front of me, but the actual road. How dangerous is that? When does the City usually come out and fix these things? The next week looks relatively warm.

Where have you found the worst potholes to be? The intersection of 111th and Western is horrendous, which slows down rush hour traffic to a crawl.

Monday, March 2, 2009

This week's open post 3/2 - 3/8

Here's this week's open post. Please post all your off topics, questions, etc here. Thanks.

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