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).

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