August 2009

St. Francis Wildcats golf outing set

The fifth annual Fraternal Order of St. Francis Wildcats fundraising golf outing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Carriage Greeens Country Club, 8700 Carriage Greens Drive, Darien, IL.

Bridgeport Farmers Market scheduled

The Bridgeport Farmers Market will be held Sunday, Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, in the parking lot at the southwest corner of 35th and Wallace Streets.

Variety of arts events scheduled for August

From music, to museums, to architecture, here is August’s Fine Arts…

Chicagoland Insulators Union tackles energy loss with Tommie Harris

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers/Local 17 has announced a new partnership with Tommie Harris, a member of the Chicago Bears, in an effort to raise awareness of mechanical insulation’s vital role in green building and energy efficiency.

Sheridan funding moves forward, turf questions remain

With a commitment of $900,000 from various sources, the Sheridan Park Advisory Council is prepared to move forward in rebuilding the baseball/soccer field area at Sheridan Park at 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Cook County state’s attorney’s office upgrades technology

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is making good on her campaign promise to bring the office of the state’s attorney into the 21st century by effectively computerizing the office’s case management. The Gazette exposed antiquated technology in the state’s attorney’s office in a March 7, 2008, investigative article by reporter Jean Lachowicz.

Some question phasing-in at new Skinner School

The West Loop continues to transform from warehouses and industrial spaces to more residential areas. The Chicago Public School (CPS) system is responding by turning Skinner School, formerly a “classical school” open only to students who tested into its classical program, into an “attendance area” school—that is, a neighborhood school with a Magnet Cluster Program—to be called Skinner West Classical Fine Arts and Technology School.

Growing South Loop population pressures school to expand

The growing South Loop community population means a potentially larger South Loop Elementary School student population as well.

Fioretti still opposes Felony Franks sign, Daley not so sure

Felony Franks restaurant has been a “successful new addition” to the West Haven neighborhood, according to owner, Jim Andrews. Andrews employs ex-offenders at Felony Franks, as well as at his paper company in the West Loop.

Building Group can help ‘green’ your property

Becoming eco-friendly has grown more popular, and that changed mindset combined with new eco products means more ways than ever to make your building, organization, business, and home “greener.” Jim Stoller, president of the Building Group, a Chicago-based property management company that oversees 7,000 buildings, has been implementing cost-effective, eco-friendly technologies at his managed properties for the past decade.

Gazette earns Apex Award for State’s Attorney coverage

Reporter Jean Lachowicz recently won an Apex Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts for her investigative article, “Antiquated technology dogs State’s Attorney’s office,” published in the March 7, 2008, Gazette. The article revealed how antiquated technology in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s offices hinders crime fighting and hampers attempts to convict criminals.

Tireless worker Bridgeport physician Dr. Keith Knapp dies

Keith Knapp Sr., MD, was one of the last of the old-school physicians, according to those who knew him best. The longtime Bridgeport legend died June 30 at age 81, two years after he had retired, according to his son, Keith Knapp Jr., MD, who now heads the clinic his father stated nearly 30 years ago. The elder Dr. Knapp also was on staff at Mercy Hospital for many years