August 2014

Local communities offer excellent schools, educational choices

Parents and children have many excellent educational options available to them in our local communities. A choice of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and specialty schools help provide a variety of educational opportunities close to home.

Fix vehicle sticker program glitches quickly, and go easy on car owners

It is understandable why the Office of City Clerk Susana Mendoza would prefer to stagger City of Chicago vehicle sticker sales throughout the year, instead of having to work madly to process payments and send out stickers during a short period once per year every June.

Locals oppose Randolph/Fulton landmark district designation by City

Randolph/Fulton Market business owners called a news conference July 1 to urge the City to reconsider plans to designate its Fulton-Randolph Market Historic District as a Chicago Landmark District.

City breaks ground on skateboard park

The Grant Park Conservancy’s and Bob O’Neill’s eight-year dream of a world-class skateboarding facility in Grant Park came closer to realization July 14 with an official groundbreaking in a plowed-up grassy field just north of Roosevelt Road and west of the Metra tracks.

City introduces new staggered vehicle sticker purchase program

While a number of individual motorists have voiced questions and concerns about the City’s move to a rolling, year-round vehicle sticker renewal schedule, Carina Sanchez, Chicago’s deputy city clerk, said the program was designed with “customer convenience” in mind.

Alderman Pat Dowell tells development plans at South Loop Neighbors meeting

Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) attended the most recent South Loop Neighbors (SLN) community meeting at the District 1 Chicago Police Station at 1718 S. State St. on June 30, marking her first appearance at a meeting hosted by the group.

City considers more left turns in Ashland Avenue BRT plans

Still in its “detailed design” phase, in which officials can continue to alter and refine designs, the Chicago Transit Authority’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Ashland Avenue may incorporate more left turns on the 16-mile stretch of Ashland from Irving Park to 95th Street for which BRT is being considered, said Rebekah Scheinfeld, Commissioner of the City’s Department of Transportation.

CVPP/BrightStar training prepares youth for work

Eighty young people from Bronzeville recently graduated from the Community Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) provided by Bright Star Community Outreach before taking on summer jobs. For most of these graduates, their training will give them their first exposure to the workforce.

City offers youth learning opportunities

This summer, youths ages four through 24 have thousands of opportunities to gain skills and earn recognition while they engage in their favorite summer activities through the Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) summer of learning and earning initiative.

African Festival; Air & Water Show; Fiesta Del Sol

The African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park, 51st Street at Cottage Grove Avenue, Friday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 1. Enjoy education…

Together we stand, but divided we fall

Dear Editor: Black youth across this country are faced with a serious challenge. Violent crimes among Black youth (ages 17-29) in urban areas have been on the rise, and no one seems to have any real solutions on what to do about it.