Friday, October 30, 2009
It Can Happen to Anyone--Including YOU!: Former NBA player David Vaughn trying to rebuild his life after being homeless
Less than a decade after the end of a four-season NBA career, the former power forward spent six months on the streets of Orlando, Fla., having run through the $2.2 million he earned in the league. These days, the 36-year-old Vaughn is looking for a job in Orlando, where he spent two seasons playing for the Magic.
His story, he says, is one of a young man with sudden riches, manic spending habits and little advice from those who should have given him direction. It's also one of a man whose friends are coming to his aid this weekend.
Drafted by the Magic in 1995 as the 25th pick out of Memphis, he bought a Yukon, a Corvette, a Mercedes Benz, a Range Rover, a Lexus and another Yukon.
The Corvette, especially, was ridiculed by his teammates.
"They said, "Hey rook(ie), get rid of it, it's too small," Vaughn recalled in an interview, calling toll-free from Orlando.
"I should've just bought a Buick."
He purchased a $250,000 house in Orlando, which he had two loans on; paid a note on his grandfather's house near Nashville; bought a $212,000 home in Nashville; and invested in a construction deal that went sour.
"The money just exhausted itself," Vaughn said.
His financial advisers, he said, "never stepped in and never made anything last a lifetime; I was left to make my own decisions."
These days, there's a mandatory NBA rookie transition program designed to head off such problems.
His NBA pension, he said, won't kick in until he's 48. He also played for the New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls, averaging just under 10 minutes and 2.9 points a game.
"I wouldn't trade my NBA experience for anything in the world," Vaughn said.
After his release from the NBA in 1999, he played briefly in Europe, then ended up back in Orlando with little money and working a series of blue-collar jobs: a FedEx package handler, and warehouse work at a supermarket and then a furniture store.
Before long, his marriage deteriorated and last year he was living out of his 2000 Impala on the streets of Orlando. He took showers at the Salvation Army where he got free meals. He'd go to a fitness center to get a shower and do stretching exercises so he wouldn't feel so cramped in his car.
"It was a very lonely situation," he recalled.
Vaughn recently reconciled with his wife and rejoined her and their two sons, aged 11 and 8.
"Basically I knelt down and said a long prayer," he recalled. "Later I read all of the New Testament, and it gave me strength."
Said wife Brandie: "Even though we may not have material things, we have the love of God which is more priceless than that."
But he's still "looking for work," just like millions of Americans. He was laid off over the summer by a furniture store that employed him as a warehouse worker and delivery man.
Friends and family in Nashville, where he grew up, will have a fundraiser for Vaughn on Saturday.
"He's made mistakes that we all do as human beings," said Earl Jordan, a community activist who arranged the event after being touched by Vaughn's plight. Jordan is president of Partners in the Struggle, a nonprofit that advocates against gun violence and helps families of murder victims.
Vaughn's life has revived memories of another Nashville pro athlete, Joe Gilliam Jr., who won two Super Bowl rings as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers but ended up drug addicted and living in a cardboard box under a bridge for two years. He died in 2000.
Vaughn, grateful for the help, blames most of his woes on himself.
"I bought houses that were too big and too many luxurious cars," he said. "I wish I'd have lived more simply because I'd be better off. I lived like there was no tomorrow.
"I appreciate people stepping forward. It'll help me put some of my life back together."
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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Software Grant Valued at $1,458,820 Greetings SeniorNet Volunteers and Members!Though the world is in an economic crisis and several corporations are ceasing contributions and grants to nonprofit organizations, we have an exceptional announcement to make, that proves the continued value and relevance of SeniorNet's mission and validates the efforts and perisistence of SeniorNet's Staff and Board of Directors.Seniornet Headquarters is extremely pleased to announce that Microsoft Corporation has awarded SeniorNet a major grant in operating systems and software. Our long-standing partnership and an extremely good relationship with Microsoft Corporation have paid off.As part of the Microsoft Unlimited Potential - Community Technology Skills program focused on imroving IT skills for underserved individuals and communities through community technology centers, Microsoft is generously donating copies of Microsoft Vista Business and Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 for every SeniorNet Learning Center in good standing.Below is an excerpt from the grant award letter:"Microsoft and its employees have long recognized the importance of being engaged in supporting communities around the world. Through our Unlimited Potential commitment to bring technology to the next 5 billion people, Microsoft seeks to reach the first billlion people by 2015. The Microsoft Unlimited Potential - Community Technology Skills program focuses on imporving IT skills for underserved individuals and communities through community technology centers or telecenters. By offering grants of cash, software, and curriculum we can partner to create social and economic opportunities that can change peoples' lives and transform communities."SeniorNet is grateful to Microsoft Corporation for this very generous grant. This is a fantastic way to kick off 2009 and we look forward to sharing many more exciting announcements!Jodi Lyons Leslie M. SmithSeniorNet Executive Director SeniorNet Board Chairman
McClendon son: 'Thug mentality killed my parents'
Theodore McClendon early yesterday morning posted a 3-minute videoclip entitled "AddressingThug-Life" on the Facebook social networking site in which he also said that "this kind of intimidation has to stop."
McClendon and his brother Garrard, a CLTV host, are two of three sons of Milton and Ruby McClendon of Hammond, Ind., an African-American couple whose bodies were found in a south suburban Cook County forest preserve Monday afternoon. Their missing green Cadillac was found abandoned on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago early Wednesday morning.
In addition, the source said, 10 FBI agents have joined the investigation.
In the moody and darkly lighted video, Theodore McClendon said "the thug mentality is what killed my parents." He said the people who killed them saw the couple's classic American car, the kind "that thugs want so they can really soup it up." So they just decided to take it, he said.
"My parents happened to be the unfortunate victim of their immaturity and their thugism, and quite frankly to their primitive nature," he said. "We got to change this. Unless we change this we are doomed to have an uncivilized society. We are doomed to live in a quagmire of primordial existence. Unless we change it.
"But we got to admit it. That's where black leaders have to wake up. Black leaders have to come to grips that our pathologies run deep.
"Despite the causes of black pathologies, we must understand they exist. We need to address them rather than to blame external forces, blame economics, blame the white man. Blame something that's not going to solve anything.
"You got to admit our shortcomings... That's what we got to do."
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But when cemetery workers tried to dig Scott's grave last week on the deeded burial plot he and Lorraine purchased in the 1950s, they unearthed an unpleasant surprise -- a casket and remains that weren't supposed to be there.
Lorraine and William Scott had hoped to be buried next to each other at Burr Oak Cemetery.
Now Mr. and Mrs. Scott must share their eternal resting place with a stranger lying between them.
This latest embarrassment for Burr Oak took place just weeks after a judge authorized the resumption of burials at the Alsip cemetery that has been closed to the public since being declared a crime scene in early July.
While the decrepit pine box and its unknown skeletal inhabitant appear to have no connection to the corpse dumping and grave reselling investigation that led to criminal charges against four former Burr Oak employees, it's certainly fresh evidence of the problems that incomplete record-keeping could continue to cause the cemetery as it tries to move forward.
Put simply, it can't be sure who's buried where.
Trudi Foushee, who manages the cemetery for owner Perpetua Holdings of Illinois, downplayed the latest incident and its portent for future operations. She said the discovery of the stray coffin had been explained in advance to Scott's family, which went ahead and authorized the burial to take place as scheduled last Thursday.
But the Scotts' daughter, Karla, a Miami, Fla., businesswoman, suggested she had little choice after waiting three months to bury her father -- two months after the actual funeral.
"All of this I found out at the very last minute," she said Tuesday from her late parents' Chatham home. "I was already on my way here. I wasn't even given warning. It's a very awkward situation."
Scott declined to discuss specifics of what happened with her father's burial plot, saying, "I really can't talk about that right now."
Brian White, a police commander for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, offered information that may help explain her reticence.
White, whose investigators were called to the scene after the remains were found, said Burr Oak officials outlined the circumstances to Scott and offered to proceed by burying her father at a discounted rate adjacent to the unknown grave -- one spot removed from her mother -- or dig up her mother's casket and move both parents to another spot in the cemetery.
By law, the unidentified remains could not be moved.
With a lousy choice like that, you can see why Scott just looked for closure.
Foushee argued that the unidentified remains never would have been disturbed if not for the intervention of Roman Szabelski, a court-appointed consultant helping to oversee the cemetery's reopening.
Szabelski, who runs Catholic Cemeteries for the Chicago Archdiocese and originally took over Burr Oak as receiver after the scandal broke, ordered William Scott's grave dug closer to his wife's than was originally marked by work crews, Foushee said. The backhoe then unearthed the unexpected coffin, she said.
Sheriff's investigators said some bones and part of the coffin already had been dumped on a truck before the mistake was found. They were later returned.
Szabelski wouldn't discuss the matter, but I'm having trouble following Foushee's logic that he's somehow to blame, when she says the records show there shouldn't have been a body there.
Obviously, the Scotts bought their plots expecting to be buried side by side.
From segregated cemeteries to Emmett Till's casket, the Burr Oak scandal has touched on so many uncomfortable truths of African-American history, and William Scott's grave debacle adds one more.
Scott, it turns out, was a survivor of the Tulsa Massacre, also known as the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, when a white lynch mob destroyed that town's all-black Greenwood neighborhood, killing dozens if not hundreds of African Americans, the facts long in dispute. Scott, then 9, was left homeless.
He later came to Chicago, met and married Lorraine, served as a military cook during WWII, and supported his family with a factory job at Western Electric, also finding time to work as a 6th Ward Democratic precinct captain. Scott was 96 when he died. Lorraine died in 2008. They deserved a better ending.
You wonder how much more heartache this one cemetery can cause.
Save the Date
Celebration for the 75th Street-Renaissance Row
Event: A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the
re-opening of the 75th Street-Renaissance Row business district. There will be a walking grand tour after the ribbon cutting to show our well established Business District.
Please come out and be a part of the ceremony
For the new and improved 75th Street.
When: Friday October 23, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: 75th and King Drive @ Northwest corner
Attention Shoppers and Community Builders:
This is a great opportunity for you to help rebuild and stabilize an outstanding business district on the southside of Chicago.
We are asking you to re-direct some of your shopping dollars into the 75th Street Business District where you will find a wide variety of goods and services.
Please RSVP for the free Walking Business Tour.
Contact: The Business Economic Revitalization Association @ 773-783-2636
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Chatham Fields Lutheran
8050 St. Lawrence Ave
6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
October 12, 2009
1. Call to order
2. Reading of minutes
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Crime Prevention 6th District
5. New Way Learning Center ---Dr. Sharon Latika
6. Former Fenger High School Teacher--- Greg Brooks
7. Executive Vice Report / Sub Area Vice reports
Next Meeting: November 9, 2009
Please pay your Dues!!!!!!
Change is here and more to come!
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Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
12:20 p.m. ~ 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Emil and Patricia A. Jones
Dr. Wayne Watson, President, encourages the community to attend!
For more information, call CSU Board of Trustees Office at (773) 995-3822.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
A Chicago City Council committee on Monday authorized $35.8 million in incentives to help United Airlines move its operations center from the northwest suburbs to Willis Tower downtown.
United, in turn, must employee at least 2,500 people at the city's tallest building for the next 10 years, said William Eager, a deputy commissioner in the city's Community Development Department.
"United made it clear they were looking for a new headquarters," he said. "We wanted the city to be as competitive as possible."
To that end, the city offered far more to United than the $25 million in incentives first revealed in early August.
United also was looking at relocating its operations center to Rolling Meadows as it searched for a more cost-effective solution to upgrading its command center in Elk Grove Township near O'Hare International Airport. When United announced in August that it had chosen Willis Tower, formerly the landmark Sears Tower, UAL Corp. CEO Glenn Tilton said the city's incentives were a key to the decision.
Under the deal approved by the Finance Committee, Chicago-based United would receive $25.8 million in special taxing district funds over a 10-year period. Of that, $1.5 million would be for job training. The remaining $24.3 million would be used to rehabilitate more than 400,000 square feet of space on eight or nine floors of Willis Tower, Eager said.
In addition, the city has agreed to give United $10 million -- in five annual $2 million payments starting in 2012 -- as an incentive to make the move.
Even if all those payments are made in the next 10 years, the city will net $44.5 million in revenue during that period because of the move, Eager said. If United stays for 15 years, the city will net $101.4 million, he said.
The move is a cost savings for United, which needed a new operations center because for the first time the company is bringing together employees responsible for everything from tracking its planes to minding stranded passengers.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Chatham enclave: The neighborhood between State Street and Cottage Grove Avenue and 75Th to 87Th Streets (used often when referring to the housing stock of homes and apartments);
Chatham corridor: The section of the Dan Ryan Expressway, I-94, from 75Th Street to 87Th Street;
Chatham perimeter: The commercial, retail and business perimeter around Chatham enclave that includes Chatham Village Mall, West Chatham Plaza, Chatham Ridge Plaza and Chatham Market;
Chatham proper: The people and housing stock inside Chatham enclave.