Lexington Raises $500,000; Millennium Park Ice Rink Open; Round-ups
December 4, 2009

By William S. Bike

Randolph/Fulton Market Association business leaders celebrate the seventh annual Taste of Randolph/Fulton Market on Oct. 28. The event raised funds for the RFMA’s efforts to improve the area’s economy. Leah Hope of ABC-7 News (center) was master of ceremonies. Cesar Dovalina of Cristina Foods (right of center) won the annual service award. More information about the RFMA can be found at www.rfmachicago.org.
The American Academy of Art is holding its annual student holiday show and sale through Friday, Dec. 18, in the Bill L. Parks Gallery, 332 S. Michigan Ave., third floor. Admission is free and open to the public. Call (312) 461-0600, ext. 103.

The Chiropractic Way, 3265-1/2 S. Archer Ave. will host a blood drive on Monday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood donors needed. To make an appointment call (773) 927-2929.

Francesco Capillupo of Pilsen was chosen De La Salle’s Meteor of the Month for November at the school’s Institute Campus. For this award, faculty and staff nominate students who are motivated and enthusiastic about faith, community, service, and social justice; Capillupo is involved in the school’s Science and Chemistry Clubs and plays piano, bass, guitar, and flute.

Young men interested in learning more about De La Salle are invited to an open house on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the campus at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. For information, call (312) 842-7355, ext. 150 or e-mail kuhnc@dls.org.

De La Salle’s girls’ volleyball program recently raised more $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Volley for the Cure breast health campaign. During its home match against Seton Academy, the team raised money for the foundation through admissions; a split-the-pot raffle; raffle baskets; pledges for the players’ efforts in digs, aces, kills, and blocks; a serving contest; and concessions.

Four De La Salle student athletes have been chosen to the 2009 All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Volleyball Team: junior Jenna Duddleston of Bridgeport, senior Amy Hermle of Canaryville, senior Megan Koester of McKinley Park, and junior Maggie Popp of Bridgeport.

De La Salle is located at 3455 S. Wabash Ave. and 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.

DePaul University’s business school has been awarded four “palms” for being an internationally known top business school and placing 34th in the United States category within a ranking of the world’s 1,000 best business schools issued by Eduniversal, a Paris-based educational consulting organization. Eduniversal announced the results at the World Convention of the Best Business Schools in Cape Town, South Africa. DePaul is located at 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Call (312) 362-8000.

Left to right are De La Salle’s Amy Hermle, Maggie Popp, Coach Anna Marassa, Jenna Duddleston, and Megan Koerster of the girls volleyball team.
With more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare, Mary Pat Byrne has created a new website, JustaNumber.com, to meet the health and informational needs of women age 50 and older. Byrne owns and operates WebEd Inc., a company in the West Loop. Log on to www.justanumber.com.

Enjoy Chicago history, books, and bargains at the Lake Claremont Press office at 1026 W. Van Buren St., second floor, during the company’s free holiday reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The event will feature free refreshments; new Lake Claremont books, used books, and vintage and collectible books for sale; other items for sale; and raffles. Free parking is available in the gravel lot at Van Buren and Morgan Streets. Call (312) 226-8400, e-mail sharon@lakeclaremont.com, or log on to www.lakeclaremont.com.

The Lakeside Singers, featuring soloist Josie Falbo, cantor at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, will perform a Christmas concert Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. at 7:30 p.m. and on other dates at several suburban locations. The concert’s first half features classical choral music from around the world; in the second half, a live band joins the singers to perform pop music, from rock to gospel, and to offer a sing-a-long. For other dates and ticket information call (847) 382-5085 or visit www.lakesidesingers.com.

Lexington College hosted its fall benefit dinner, Building Scholarships for Service, on Nov. 2. More than 700 attended the event, which honored Jan Fields, executive vice president and COO of McDonald’s USA, and raised nearly $500,000 in scholarship funds for Lexington students, the largest amount in the college’s history. Lexington is located at 310 S. Peoria St. Call (312) 226-6294.

Shown left to right at the Lexington College fall benefit dinner are Frank Kuchuris of the East Balt Commissary, Javier Goizueta of the Coca-Cola Company, Lexington Award for Excellence winner Jan Fields of McDonald’s USA, and Rita Cuddihy of Marriott International.
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., will remain open through Sunday, March 14, weather permitting. Admission is free and open to the public; skate rental costs $10. The rink is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets. Log on to www.millenniumpark.org for more information.

The Night Ministry of Chicago is the most recent grand prize winner in the Fueling Good program presented by Citgo Petroleum Corp. To recognize its contribution to supporting Chicago’s homeless and vulnerable populations through its Health Outreach Bus, the Night Ministry received a $2,500 fuel donation to keep the bus fueled through the winter. The Night Ministry is headquartered at 1110 N. Noble St. Call (773) 292-5042.

West Loop resident Wendy Richards, MD, has updated and co-written the second edition of the Navigating Your Health Benefits for Dummies book, which is available free at www.PlanforYourHealth.com. For information, call (312) 928-3034.

Santa Maria Addolorata Food Pantry, 528 N. Ada St., won a $2,500 grant from Jewel-Osco, which it will use to upgrade its food pantry to store more food and better serve the needy. The pantry has seen a dramatic increase in usage since last year: in the first quarter of last year, it served an average of 170 families and 718 individuals per month, but this past October it served 548 families and more than 1,900 individuals. Call (312) 421-3122.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will present an Advent Day of Reflection and Reconciliation Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carol Walters, director of the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, will speak. Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, the shrine rector, and Richard E. McCarron, a Catholic Theological Union faculty member, will preside. Cost is $25. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to www.ourladyofpompeii.org.

South Loop School Debate Team participants are (left to right) Alencia Norris, Veronica Hansberry, Sammy Cousino, Renee Jacoby, Anna Griffiths, Santino Strong, Coach John Jacoby, Kevin Johnson, and Judson Smith. Not pictured are Keiyala Hill and Yakira Love.
The South Loop Elementary School Debate Team won the championship in the Novice Division at the opening tournament of the Chicago Urban Debate League for Middle Schools in November. This is the first year South Loop has had a competitive debate team, composed of 12 seventh and eighth grade students and coached by parent volunteer John Jacoby.

Competing in a division with 38 teams, four of the five South Loop teams placed among the top 15 schools: Anna Griffiths/Veronica Hansberry, Alencia Norris/Keiyala Hill, Judson Smith/Kevin Johnson, and the first place combo of Renee Jacoby/Sammy Cousino. Also, five students won individual speaker awards: Keiyala Hill, Renee Jacoby, Alencia Norris, Sammy Cousino, and Judson Smith. South Loop School is located at 1915 S. Federal St. Call (773) 534-8690.

The South Loop Neighbors (SLN) annual meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St.

Winning photographs in the SLN Photo Contest can be seen at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., eighth floor, though Thursday, Dec. 31.

E-mail info@southloopneighbors.org for more information.

The U.S. Census Bureau Chicago Regional Census Center will hire about 70,000 people to work in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin through June 2010. For more information, log on to www.census.gov/2010census or call (866) 861-2010.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Flames men’s basketball team plays home games against Oregon State, Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.; Northern Illinois, Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m.; University of Toledo, Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m.; University of Detroit-Mercy, Thursday, Dec. 31, at noon; and Wright State University, Saturday, Jan 2, at 3 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave. Call (312) 413- 5700.

Domenica Rose Liberti.
One female business owner will receive a complete technology makeover, thanks to a competition being held by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) in conjunction with Microsoft and Comcast. Illinois women business owners can enter to win $35,000 in free technology products and services to help their business grow. Deadline for entries for the business technology makeover competition is Friday, Dec. 18. For a complete list of rules, and to apply, visit http://www.wbdc.org/ResourceCenter/TechnologyMakeover.aspx. The WBDC is located at 8 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 853-3477.

Joseph and Dawn Liberti of Bridgeport announce the birth of their daughter, Domenica Rose, on Aug. 21, weighing 9 lbs., 6 oz., and measuring 21 inches long. They write that Domenica is welcomed by big sister Mia Jaclyn; proud grandparents are Robert and Patricia Fitzgerald and Thomas and Rosemarie Liberti; and Grandpa Don Pascente is looking down from heaven watching over his two granddaughters.

Send news of events to be held “around the neighborhood” by the 15th of the month before the month they are to occur to William S. Bike, Around the Neighborhood, Gazette, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email pr@gazettechicago.com.

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