Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blog Question

What do you think about the lack of security at the state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and the Indian Prime Minister, that was crashed by an uninvited reality show wannabee couple. Leave your comment on the comment line.

Do It This Holiday Season!


Friday, November 27, 2009

Chatham Avalon Park Community Council meeting today

Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, sub-area IV, has meeting today at 3pm. The meeting is Friday, November 27, 3p -4p at Mather's More than a Cafe, 33 E. 83rd St.For more info, call the CAPCC office at 1-866-272-1215. The agenda is as such:1. Opening2. Sub area operations Overview3. Sub area update Area Block club presidents Are concerns/hot spots4. 213 E. 83rd St. Proposal5. Upcoming Community Events6. Adjournment. Elgie Simms, who is running against William Beavers for Cook County Commissioner, is the Vice President for CAPCC, Area IV.

Open Forum for Chatham Veterans

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, wish to invite all Chathamites in the armed services of the United States to voice your wartime experiences and post-tour life back into civilian society here in Chatham with all of your comments about the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan here on this blog at the comment line. Give your name, rank and serial number with your tour of duty and deployment for reference.

Winter Coat Drive

The temperature is dropping...the needs are rising! It's time to clear your closet of those too little coats.. The Q.B.G. Foundation will hold its annual coat drive to benefit the Feather First Organization. We encourage you to take part in keeping the less fortunate warm this season. Chatham Food Market has partnered with us for this effort. Coats can be dropped off at 806 East 87Th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60619 or 327 E. 79Th Street from Monday, November 23, 2009 through Monday, December 14, 2009.

Violence Plagues 79th Street on the Day Before Thanksgiving

Two shot inside store in 79Th Street
The store in question is Total Cellular Solutions located at 752 E. 79Th St.
A man and a woman were shot inside a Chatham cell phone store Wednesday morning. At about 11:15 a.m., an unknown gunman who was outside of the store in the 700 block of East 79Th Street, shot into the store, injuring the two people, police News Affairs Officer Michael Fitzpatrick said. Witnesses said a man walked out of an alley, knocked on the window of the store and opened fire. The gunmen then fled back down the alley, they said. Both victims were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to police, but their conditions were not available. No one was in custody as of 2:45 p.m. Fitzpatrick said. No other details were available.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Congratulations to the Obamas on their first State Dinner

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, would like to send praises to the First Family for their very first State Dinner to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India. We hope to see more of their state occasions at the White House in the coming New Year 2010.

It Would be Nice, Indeed!

Would you like to see a Meijer open up at the former Dominick's store site at 122 West 79Th Street? Leave your comments on the comment line.

Monday, November 23, 2009

How About This!

Would it be great to engage the youth of our Chatham community to become urban beekeepers, to set up commercial beehives on the rooftops of our storefronts and business and generate income for themselves with the sale of homegrown honey? The pollination of the vegetation in our state provides for the fruits and vegetables that are essential to our agriculture of our region in the Midwest. Plus urban gardens with compost from our garbage waste would also engage young minds of how entrepreneurship can have even modest beginnings to grow into sizable enterprises? Leave your comments on the comment line.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, wish all of our members, residents, friends, and viewers a very Happy Thanksgiving! We urge you to wash your hands thoroughly before eating your feast due to the swine flu epidemic via H1N1. Don't eat too much, and see your for the holiday season!

Blog Question

What do you think about some of our Senators and Congressmen sending our young people to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq but want to keep detainees held in a prison in Western Illinois? Maybe they should go to Iraq and Afghanistan themselves and let the young people that are being killed and maimed should make all of the key decisions about the war. Leave your comments on the comment line.

Blog Question

Would you like to see, for the sake of Chatham rebuilding itself, a Costo at 84Th & King Drive, a luxury 5-star hotel of about 12 stories at 79Th & State Street, a health and fitness club at 79Th & Rhodes Avenue, a Starbucks at 79Th & St. Lawrence Avenue and at the former newsstand at the 79Th Street CTA Red Line Station and bike lanes with bike racks on 79Th Street between State Street and Cottage Grove Avenue and on King Drive between 75Th Street and 87Th Street. Leave your comments on the comment line.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Special Note

Burials have resumed at scandal-ridden Burr Oak Cemetery.

Chatham History Brief

In 1889 after Chatham was annexed to Chicago as a part of the Village of Hyde Park and the Town of Lake, there was an influx of railroad workers for the Illinois Central Railroad seeking a good place to live, accessible to transit to the downtown area from the rural and small town vicinity--they were mainly, Hungarian, Swedish, Italian, Irish, Polish, and German immigrants... But change came in about 1950 with Marquette Road as the color line, with a growing migration of southern blacks, and so did the neighborhood. In the early 1950s, Blacks began to migrate further south into areas such as Chatham.

Man critically hurt in shooting near Dan Ryan

26-year-old South Chicago man is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries after being shot and wounded Tuesday night near the Dan Ryan Expressway, authorities said.
The victim was with friends in the 7900 block of South Wabash Avenue when a fight broke at about 9 p.m., police said.
As the victim started running away, he was shot multiple times but suffered graze wounds to the head and his upper back, police said.
The man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, fire department spokesman Quention Curtis said. Police said his condition had improved. We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, highly recommend that all resident that great vigilance of all individuals of a suspicious nature and report them to us here at CAPCC and naturally, call the Police at 9-1-1.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Candidate Forum Report

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, were pleased to attend a Candidate Forum at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church at 77Th and Cottage Grove Avenue on Saturday, November 14, 2009. Property taxes and the moratorium on the increase of them have ended this year. Jobs expected from the federal stimulus grants to the state did not materialize in the black community in Chicago. Candidates discussed the issues of the day in these areas for the upcoming campaigns for the February 2, 2010 Democratic primary.

Condolences to the family of Mr. Michael Scott

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, express our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Michael Scott for his sudden passing this morning...a body tentatively identified as Michael Scott, President of the Chicago Board of Education was found in the Chicago River. Reportedly Michael Scott shot himself in the head along the banks of the Chicago River near the Merchandise Mart.

How About This?

Would you like to see the now unleased newsstand in the CTA 79Th Street Red Line rail station become a Starbucks outlet open from dawn to dusk to give commuters a coffee break? Leave your comments on the comment line.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Remembering Ben Wilson

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, will like to all of our viewers, readers, residents and members to take a moment of your day to take time to reflect and remember one of our greatest talents of all time to come out of Chatham, Ben Wilson, the number one in the nation high school basketball player from Simeon Academy who was taken from us by violence 25 years ago this week. Our prayers then as today remain with his family. He was known to many of us as "Benjy" who grew up on the 7700 block of Eberhart. RIP, Benjy!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Well, How About It?

Would you like to see a Costco come to Chatham at the now vacant lot at 84Th Street and King Drive where the land is fenced off where a Jewel-Osco once stood? Leave your comments on the comment line.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Candidates Forum


Saturday, November 14, 2009

11:00 a.m.

New Covenant MB Church

77th & Cottage Grove

Moderator: Perri Small, WVON Radio

Invited Candidates:

U.S. Senator

– Alexi Giannoulias, Cheryl Jackson, David Hoffman & Jacob Meister

Lt. Gov

. – Rickey Hendon, Art Turner, Mike Boland, Thomas Castillo, Terry Link & Scott Lee Cohen

Cook County Board President

– Dorothy Brown, Danny Davis, Terrance O’Brien, Toni Preckwinkle & Todd Stroger

Cook County Commissioner (4th District)

- Wm. Beavers & Elgie Sims

Topics: Education, Jobs, Healthcare, Crime Reduction, Taxes and more.

Sponsors: Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, Chesterfield Community Council, Concerned Citizens of Burnside, Park Manor Neighbors & Roseland Heights Community Assoc.

For more information: 773-488-6362, 773-651-3958 or 866-272-1215

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our November, 2009 Monthly Meeting

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, held our Monthly Meeting for November, 2009 at the Northern Trust Bank, 7801 S. State St., 2nd Floor meeting room on November 9, 2009.

Northern Trust Company
7801 S. State Street
6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
November 9, 2009


1. Call to order
2. Reading of minutes
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Crime Prevention 6th District
5. Rotary Club – Keith Cross
6. November 12th Event ---Donna Harris
7. Executive Vice Report / Sub Area Vice reports
8. Committee Reports
10. Adjournment

Next Meeting: December 14, 2009

Please pay your Dues!!!!!!

Change is here and more to come!


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

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November Monthly Meeting Reminder for Venue

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, wish to remind our members and fellow residents that the Monthly Meeting for November will be held on Monday, November 9, 2009 at the Northern Trust Bank, 7801 South State Street, 2ND Floor Meeting Room. Take note of this venue change. The meeting will be from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Man Shot, Killed in Chatham

_shooting640.jpgA man was shot and killed outside a store, Hollywood Food, Tuesday morning in Chatham, police said. Officers responded about 10 a.m. to a call of a person shot near 79Th and St. Lawrence Avenue, said Chicago Police Officer John Mirabelli. The man was identified as Bobby Shine, 24, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Shine was reportedly a gang-banger, a member of the Gangster-Disciples street gang. Condolences go out to the Shine family for this tragic loss of their son.