Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Census Day is April 1st!
Important Meeting: Sub-Area I
Chatham and Chicago in the 1968 Riots After the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Why Not Try It?!
It's Passover and Holy Week and Time to Fill Your Easter Basket at Chatham Food Market!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Bond set for man charged with burglarizing cop's home
Lamont Ferdinand, 21, of the 7700 block of South Wolcott was charged Saturday with aggravated assault to a peace officer and residential burglary, police said.
Shots were fired at 9:03 a.m. Friday in the 7600 block of South Vernon Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
An off-duty officer fired shots at three people and may have struck one, Independent Police Review Authority spokesman Curtis Tarver said.
Ferdinand showed up with a gunshot wound to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County with bullets that were matched to the officer's gun and he was charged Saturday, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.
The other two people fled the scene after the apparent break-in attempt, police said.
Ferdinand was ordered held on $100,000 bond at a Sunday hearing, and will next appear in court April 2 at the Far South Felony Court (Br. 38), according to a spokesman for the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court's office.
BREAKING THE SILENCE "SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING"
Asst. Superintendent Law Enforcement Operations James B. Jackson
Asst. Superintendent Administration Beatrice Cuello
Deputy Superintendent Daniel F. Dugan Bureau of Patrol
Deputy Chief of Patrol Area 2 Dana Alexander
Chief Eugene E. Williams Patrol Group A
Chief Tina Skahill CAPS Project Office
Director Phillip Hampton CAPS Implementation Office
Community Activist Andrew Holmes
Executive Director Carlos Nelson Greater Auburn-Gresham Corp.
Ester Golar CAPS Problem Buildings
Director Deborah Moor Neighborhood Housing Services
6Th Ward Alderman Fredrenna Lyle
8Th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris
9Th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale
17Th Ward Alderman La Tasha Thomas
18Th Ward Alderman Lona Lane
21Th Ward Alderman Howard Brookins
State Representative Marlow Colvin
State Representative Mary Flowers
Rev. Autry Phillips (AFC)
Ambassador for Christ
Saturday, May 1, 2010.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
Programs begins at 10:00 a.m.
Simeon High School
8147 South Vincennes
Chicago, Illinois 60620
For more information, please contact: Beverly Taylor-Williams, CAPS Community Organizer or Officer Cora Hudik in the 6Th District Community Policing Office at (312) 745-3641.
Lunch served immediately following program
Why Filling Out the Census Form Is in Chatham's Best Interest
Chatham History: The Tornado of 1966
Man shot during burglary now facing charges
Lamont Ferdinand, 21, of the 7700 block of South Wolcott Avenue, was charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and residential burglary, said police.
Ferdinand is accused of breaking into the officer's residence in the 7600 block of South Vernon Avenue about 9 a.m. Friday, said police.
The off-duty officer was at home and opened fire, striking Ferdinand. He was treated at Stroger Hospital and has since been released, said Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.
The police officer was not injured.
Preliminary information on Friday from a police source had said there may have been more than one suspect, but Alfaro said there was no indication Saturday that police were looking for more suspects.
Ferdinand was scheduled to appear in bond court on Sunday.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Hey, Why Not?!!!
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Off-duty cop at home shoots burglar
There was a heavy police presence this morning outside the Chatham home of an off-duty Chicago police officer who shot a burglar who broke into the home. (Mike Anzaldi/For the Tribune)
An off-duty Chicago police officer shot a burglar who broke into his Chatham residence this morning, law enforcement sources said.
The officer, who was inside the home when burglars entered the house in the 7600 block of South Vernon Avenue about 9 a.m., shot one of the suspects, the sources said.
Shortly after the shooting, a man with a gunshot wound went to St. Bernard Hospital, and detectives were working this morning to confirm whether that man was the burglar who broke into the officer's home.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
YASSA AFRICAN RESTAURANT
Fill Your Easter Basket at Chatham Food Market!
10 THINGS EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM
2. Health insurance companies will no longer allowed to deny people coverage because of preexisting conditions--or to drop coverage when people become sick.
3. Just like members of Congress, individuals and small businesses who can't afford to purchase insurance on their own will be able to pool together and choose from a variety of competing plans with lower premiums.
4. Reform will cut the federal budget deficit by $138 billion over the next ten years, and a whopping $1.2 trillion in the following ten years.
5. Health care will be more affordable for families and small businesses thanks to new tax credits, subsidies, and other assistance--paid for largely by taxing insurance companies, drug companies, and the very wealthiest Americans.
6. Seniors on Medicare will pay less for the prescription drugs because the legislation closes the "donut hole" gap in existing coverage.
7. By reducing health care costs for employers, reform will create or save more that 2.5 million jobs over the next decade.
8. Medicaid will be expanded to offer health insurance coverage to an addition 16 million low-income people.
9. Instead of losing coverage after they leave home or graduate from college, young adults will be able to remain on their families insurance plans until age 26.
10. Community health centers would receive an additional $11 billion, doubling the number of patients who can be treated regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Freelance Writer Needed
Brother of slain Chicago cop killed after birthday party
She and her husband, Bob, couldn't bury another child who lost his life to violence, they said.
"I was in denial," Bob Lee said. "I couldn't comprehend. Did it happen again?"
Their youngest, Steven Lee, who would have turned 33 Monday, was shot in the abdomen as he walked home from the East of the Ryan lounge about 5:52 a.m. Sunday in the 8100 block of South Ingleside Avenue in the Avalon Park neighborhood.
Lee's brother was Eric Lee, a Chicago police officer who was killed in 2001 as he and other officers responded to a call about a homeless man being beaten in an alley.
Come Join the Fun at The 50 Yard Line
South Central Community Services, Inc. Head Start/Child Care/Pre-Kindergarten
Held Start/Child Care/Pre-Kindergarten
8316 South Ellis
Chicago, Ill. 60619
Accepting children ages 2yrs-5yrs. old
Full Day Program, 7:30 a.m.-6:00p.m.
Free Half Day (3-5yrs only) 8:30 a.m.-
12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Subsidized payments through Action for
Children for those eligible.
Private Pay rates $125.00 weekly, if
family does not qualify for the free or
Breakfast. lunch and a snack served
Children with disabilities are welcome
Current physical (within 1 year old)
TB screening , Blood screening, Lead
Screening and Blood pressure results
must be on the physical.
Current Immunization records
Dental Exam (within 1 year old)
Original Birth Certificate
Social Security Card
Proof of Income or school schedule
(TANF, SSI, unemployment, or check
Enrolling Now!!!!!! No Waiting List!!!!!!
For information and appointments
Please contact Mrs. Pizarro 773-483-0900 x279
or Ms. Hightower 773-483-0900 x267
Michael Platt, Chairman
Board of Directors
Felecia Y. Blasingame, Ed.D
President/Chief Executive Officer
Friday, March 19, 2010
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance: Home Fires
1. All electric appliances and tools should have a testing agency label such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
2. Have appliances repaired if they aren't working properly.
3. Do no overload outlets.
4. Do not store things above the stove.
LIVING OR FAMILY ROOM
1. Use large ashtrays.
2. Before you go to bed, check cushions for burning cigarettes.
3. Use a metal fireplace screen. Never dispose of fireplace ashes incombustible containers.
4. Put lighters and matches where children won't find them.
5. Allow air space around the TV and stereo to prevent overheating. If the TV doesn't work right, it can be a fire danger. Have it checked or repaired.
6. Keep portable heaters away for combustibles.
7. Have chimneys cleaned and inspected once a year.
GARAGE AND STORAGE
1. Store gasoline and other flammables in tight metal containers. Don't use flammable liquids near heat, a pilot light. or while smoking.
2. Have heating equipment checked annually.
3. Clean up your work bench. Keep flammables away for sparks.
4. Sort and remove rubbish. Do not store thing near the furnace or heater.
1. Never use gasoline on a grill fire. Once the fire has started never use lighter fluid.
2. Move your lawnmower away form gasoline fumes before starting. Let the motor cool before refueling it.
3. If your roof needs replacing, give serious consideration to using non-combustible roofing materials.
1. Do not smoke in bed or a chair.
2. Do not overload electrical outlets.
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance: SMOKE ALARMS
1. Test Your Smoke Alarm Weekly-Review your owner's manual and determine the proper method suggested for your model. If uncertain, contact your local fire department for proper instructions.
2. Replace Batteries Twice A Year-Establish dates for battery replacement (spring and fall time change). Also, a chirping sound indicates that the battery needs replacing.
3. Clean Your Smoke Alarm Annually-Use a vacuum cleaner to remove collected dust particles accumulating over the year's period.
4. All Members of the Household Should Be Aware of the Alarm Source-Review with all members of the household the location and use of the alarm. It is suggested that a different member test the alarm weekly.
5. Contact The Fire Department for ALL Fires. Get a smoke detector free at the 79th & Michigan firehouse.
19-year-old man playing basketball in Cole Park shot
It's St. Joseph's Day at Chatham Food Market!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
77-year-old man critically injured in Chatham fire
The man was rescued from the home in the 8100 block of South Champlain Avenue after someone called emergency crews about 7 a.m., said Fire Department spokesman Quention Curtis.
He was taken by ambulance to Jackson Park Hospital in critical condition, Curtis said. The exact nature of his injuries was not available, and Curtis did not have information about where the man was in the house when he was rescued or if anyone else was in the home at the time.
The fire is believed to have been electrical in origin, Curtis said. It was under control by about 7:30 a.m., he said.
Still "Just Like Detroit"
Chatham Spring Clean-Up is Here!
Monday, March 15, 2010
It's Time for the Wearing of the Green---It's St. Patrick's Day at Chatham Food Market
It's Time for Spring Clean-Up in Chatham
Chicago Park District News Release
Chicago Park District
541 N. Fairbanks Ct., 7th
For Immediate Release: Contact: Marta Juaniza, 312-742-4798
March 10, 2010 Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, 312-742-4786
PARKWAYS FOUNDATION PROVIDES OVER $200,000 FOR
CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT DAY CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
Parents Can Confirm Eligibility March 18 & 20 at 9 Citywide Locations
Thanks to a grant of over $200,000 from Parkways Foundation, the nonprofit arm
of the Chicago Park District, eligible Chicago families will receive scholarships for
the popular summer day camp program. The grant will allow the Chicago Park
District to subsidize eligible children at a rate of 50% or 75% of the cost to attend
the six-week long session.
“Few of us remain unaffected by this difficult economy,” said Chicago Park
District General Superintendent and CEO Tim Mitchell. “As a result, many families
must eliminate the expense of summer programs in order to afford their basic
needs. This scholarship will help eligible families participate in day camp at a
fraction of the cost.”
To apply for a scholarship, families must show proof of participation in the federal
free or reduced-lunch program. Families who do not participate in the federal
lunch program can submit their most recent federal 1040 tax form and copies of
their pay stubs for the last 30 days, or their AFDC/TANF case number, as proof of
income. The information submitted is confidential and may not be a matter of
the public record of the Chicago Park District.
Scholarship awards are only available to City of Chicago residents. Applicants
must have current proof of residency such as a driver’s license, state
identification card, Medicaid card, rental lease, mortgage statement or utility
Thursday, March 18 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m.
– 12 p.m.,
parents can submit required paperwork to see if they qualify at
designated “scholarship processing centers” at nine citywide parks. Applicants
must bring copies of documents listed above to one of the following processing
1312 S. Racine Ave.
500 S. Central Ave.
2210 W. Pershing Rd.
White (Willye B.) Park
1610 W. Howard St.
2036 N. Avers St.
4100 N. Long Ave.
6734 S. Kedzie Ave.
5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
501 E. 90th Pl.
If approved, parents can apply their scholarship at any Chicago Park District day
camp location pending availability.
Scholarship award approval does not
guarantee a slot(s) in the day camp programs applicants specify on their
The applicant is responsible for registering in-person at the related park(s) for the
programs. In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 24 at most parks. To
receive the scholarship award, the applicant’s copy of the approved scholarship
form must be presented to the park(s) when registering. Scholarship award
usage is only available for in-person registration. It is not available for on-line
Deferred scholarship awards are limited and subject to availability, without
regard to race, color, nationality, religion, gender, age, or disability
Patrons that do not qualify for the scholarship program can participate in the
“payment plan” option that is only offered when registering in-person.
It is not
available for on-line registration.
•A minimum of 50% of all camp fees are due at the time of registration.
registration begins at the parks Saturday, April 24.
The final balance due must be paid in full by June 14, 2010.
A 15% charge will be applied to all refund requests. Refunds will not be issued
once camps have started.
For more information, call the scholarship information line at 312.742.5734.
Parents can start planning for summer by viewing summer day camp and
program offerings beginning Monday, April 5 on-line. Each summer, the
Chicago Park District provides more than 30,000 campers ages 6-12 with a
season of supervised activity at more than 200 local parks. Standard day camps
are six-week sessions running June 28 – Aug. 6.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 7,600 acres of
parkland, 570 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16
historic lagoons, nearly 50 natural areas, thousands of special events, sports and
entertaining programs, please visitwww.chicagoparkdistrict.com
or contact the
Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY).
ABOUT PARKWAYS FOUNDATION
Parkways Foundation invests in Chicago’s parks to enrich communities through historic
preservation, environmental initiatives, capital projects and youth/family programs.
Parkways is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to working with the
Chicago Park District in a true public/private partnership.
Friday, March 12, 2010
U.S. Census Update
Well, What Do You Think?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Upcoming Library Meeting
It's St. Patrick's Day at Chatham Food Market!
Chatham Community Clean-Up Corps
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Daylight Saving Time
On Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 2 A.M. Daylight Saving Time begins. Set your clocks and watches one hour FORWARD. Don't forget to replace the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors!
Teen girl dies following Chatham hit-and-run accident
The girl -- identified as Shayla Raymond, of the 8500 block of South Buffalo Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office -- was hit by a vehicle at 11:17 p.m. on Saturday in the 400 block of East 87th Street, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.
Raymond was pronounced dead at 11 a.m. Monday at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, the medical examiner’s office said.
She was a 9th grade student at Bowen Environmental Studies High School, 2710 E. 89th St., according to Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Monique Bond.
O’Brien said the girl was initially hospitalized in critical condition after the hit-and-run accident. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Nobody was in custody Monday night, and a description of the vehicle was not yet available.
The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.
NEW LIBRARY MEETING TOMORROW!!!
REMINDER: The Facilities Committee, Board of Directors, of the Chicago Public Library will be holding a Special Meeting, TOMORROW, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the Harold Washington Main Branch, 400 South State Street on the 10Th Floor at beginning at 10:30 A.M. to discuss the land acquisition for the proposed new construction of the Whitney Young Branch at 7901 South King Drive in Chatham. Due to be a 2-story facility like that of the Bucktown-Wicker Park branch, we strongly urge all of our members, residents, and viewers to attend to express their input into their new intellectual and academic facility for the community. The first part of the meeting will be open to the public, then the committee will meet in executive session. BE THERE OR ELSE!!!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Oscar! Oscar! Oscar!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Our March, 2010 Monthly Meeting
Beware of Census Scams!
'Phishing' is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, social security numbers, bank account or credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out by email and it often directs users to enter sensitive information at a fake web site whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.
The Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via the Internet
The Census Bureau does not send emails about participating in the 2010 Census
The Census Bureau never:
Asks for your full social security number
Asks for money or a donation
Sends requests on behalf of a political party
Requests PIN codes, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
How to report scams and bogus Census web sites
If you believe you have been contacted as part of bogus or fraudulent activity falsely representing the Census Bureau:
In Person Scam
Check for a valid Census ID badge
Call your regional office to verify you are in a survey
If you think it is a bogus email, do not reply or click on any links within the email.
Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain code that could infect your computer
Forward the email or web site URL to the Census Bureau at ITSO.Fraud.Reporting@census.gov.
After you forward the email to us, delete the message. You will not receive a confirmation email after forwarding the information to us. However, the Census Bureau will investigate the information and notify you of its findings.
Contact the United States Postal Inspection Service
Is your survey legitimate?
You may further verify if a collection activity is legitimate by calling your regional census office regarding mail surveys, and our National Processing Center for phone surveys. Other questions may be answered through our Are You In a Survey? page.
Fill Your Easter Basket at Chatham Food Market!
REMINDER: New Library Meeting
REMINDER: The Facilities Committee, Board of Directors, of the Chicago Public Library will be holding a Special Meeting, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the Harold Washington Main Branch, 400 South State Street on the 10Th Floor at beginning at 10:30 A.M. to discuss the land acquisition for the proposed new construction of the Whitney Young Branch at 7901 South King Drive in Chatham. Due to be a 2-story facility like that of the Bucktown-Wicker Park branch, we strongly urge all of our members, residents, and viewers to attend to express their input into their new intellectual and academic facility for the community. The first part of the meeting will be open to the public, then the committee will meet in executive session. BE THERE!!!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Jews in Chatham
It's St. Patrick's Day at Chatham Food Market!
Hey How About This!
Man found fatally stabbed in Chatham
Willie Anderson, of the 9400 block of South Michigan Avenue, was pronounced dead at 8 a.m. at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, according to a spokesman with the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Police responded to a call at 7:09 a.m. to the 600 block of East 79th Street where they found Anderson on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds, said News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.
No one is in custody and police are continuing to investigate, O'Brien said.