April 2012

Pete’s to hire locally, end ‘food desert’

When Pete’s Fresh Market opens at the southeast corner of Madison and Western Avenues in West Haven later this year, the community’s days as a “food desert” finally will come to an end. The market will offer residents fresh fruits and vegetables, an extensive array of grocery staple items, and even a butcher providing fresh meat and poultry.

Meet authors at Woman Made Gallery

Anne Nordhaus-Bike will speak about her astrology/artbook Follow the Sun: A Simple Way to Use Astrology for Living in Harmony, and Charlene Wexler will discuss her short stories and essays that pluck at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone in the book Milk and Oranges, at Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL, on Sunday, April 22.

Lakeside Bank celebrates Money Smart Week

Lakeside Bank is offering free activities in honor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s 11th annual Chicago Money Smart Week, which runs Saturday, April 21, through Saturday, April 28.

TIF money coming for two projects

Lawmakers approved tax increment financing (TIF) for the central Loop bus and rapid transit project, which will acquire property for the Union Station Transportation Center; improve transit on sections of Canal, Clinton, Washington, and Madison streets; and make improvements for cyclists on these streets and on Randolph Street.

UIC Soccer summer camp program set

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Soccer and head coach Sean Phillips announce the 2012 UIC Soccer summer camp.

Buckingham Crosswalk reopens

The Chicago Department of Transportation has restored the crosswalk that connects Buckingham Fountain and the lakefront at Queen’s Landing.

Jimmy Fontano of Fontano’s Subs dies at age 55

The twinkling brown eyes and ready smile of James “J.F.” or “Jimmy” Fontano are gone from the corner of Polk and Carpenter streets. Mr. Fontano died Feb. 16 at age 55.

Letter: No across the board Medicaid cuts: St. Anthony

Dear Editor: No question—Illinois’ Medicaid system needs reform. But a one size-fits-all approach to Medicaid will not work. The very existence of safety-net hospitals is at stake. Together, the Association of Safety-Net Hospitals saw nearly half a million Medicaid patients in 2011. More than one of two patients that walk through our doors has government insurance.

Letter: A link to history

Dear Editor: With regards to your recent editorial, I thought that you should know that Alderman James Bowler’s descendant, George Bowler, has resided quietly on Bowler Street since 1996. He has enjoyed the history of this neighborhood and attends Holy Family Church, where his grandparents celebrated their wedding and later 50th anniversary back in the ‘50s.