Monday, August 10, 2009

Our Monthly Meeting for August, 2009

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We, the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, held our monthly meeting for August, on the 10Th, at the Whitney Young Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 7901 S. King Dr. Bryant Transportation Company made a presentation exhibiting transport for seniors with wheelchair-accessible vans. An incident of a member was discussed involving assault of a security guard from and altercation over the member's daughter. The member is sought to be barred from the library resulting from court orders brought by legal action of the public buildings security detail. Jasmine Thomas, a sixth grader at St. Dorothy School, won several awards as an up-and-coming achiever. Judge Thaddeus L. Wilson, from the Criminal Division, State of Illinois, Circuit Court of Cook County, 26Th & California, now running for re-election and retention for the Democratic Primary in February, 2010. Dr. Felicia Blassengame from South Central Community Services(SCCS) distributed an annual report and talked about the programs serving the Chatham/Avalon Park communities for 38 years for children with special needs, with emotional disturbances. SCCS is about social services for youth. It now has a working relationship with Ruggles Elementary School and St. Dorothy School. SCCS now has "Choices After School Program" (A Social Responsibility Program), 213 E. 79Th Street. Job development was discussed by Ernest Paul Jones with the introduction of opportunities at Jewel's, and the building housing the Alderwoman's office on East 75Th Street with Juice Ranchers, a store with liquor and grocery items, looking for ten (10) new hires. A Sub-Area 2 meeting concerning this store and other matters will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Dorothy's Church. The installation of officers was presided by Judge Wilson. Sub-Area reports were given. A conference for economic development will be held and September 23, 2009 at the Northern Trust Bank, 78Th Street and State Street. Mr. Darnell Macklin, head of crime prevention committee, discussed the Sub-Area reports on crime in the area, the 6Th Ward, the rash of robberies and burglaries with the theft of flat-panel televisions and computer laptops, and especially black-on-black homicide. He also said, as president of the 7900 Eberhart block club, that they will have their block party on Saturday, August 15, 2009. For more information, please call the CAPCC Office at 1-866-272-1215 or visit the CAPCC Blog at You may also visit our website at

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