July 2012

ABLA Festival; Fiesta Del Sol; Roundups

Sponsors are needed for the 19th annual ABLA Inner City Neighborhood Festival, to be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Jane Addams Park, 15th and Loomis Streets….

Fioretti asking tough questions about City Infrastructure Trust

Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti on April 24 was one of only seven City Council members to vote against the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, an ordinance created to leverage private investment for City infrastructure projects.

Time for action is now on UIC Newman Center dormitory

The Gazette has covered plans for the property at 1352 S. Union St. for more than a year.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help loses police protection for procession

In his final sermon before going on a six-month medical leave, the Rev. Donald Craig asked parishioners at St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church, 1039 W. 32nd St., to turn out for the next CAPS meeting to find out what the parish needs to do to get more police protection.

Public outcry saves Bronzeville charter school—for now

Because of their dissatisfaction with the managing board of the Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) organization, the teachers of Youth Connection Leadership Academy (YCLA), 3424 S. State St., in May decided to form a union.

Roosevelt Square hoping to construct apartment buildings

Roosevelt Square’s developer, Related Midwest, hopes to build two apartment buildings providing 120 for-rent units.

Precious Blood joins St. Malachy in merging of faith communities

May 27 stands as a bittersweet day for parishioners of Precious Blood Church, 2411 W. Congress Pkwy. It marked the closure of their house of worship and their joining a new place of devotion at St. Malachy Church, 2248 W. Washington Blvd. As Precious Blood ushers scrambled for more chairs to accommodate the overflowing crowd that day, parishioners of all ages quickly filled the pews of the rose colored, lovingly decorated church.

St. Barbara’s Church celebrates centennial, renovates interior

St. Barbara’s Parish at 2859 S. Throop St. on June 9 celebrated the church’s centennial and renovations in a special Mass led by Bishop Andrew Wypych.

VA opens clinic for homeless vets

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently opened the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT) primary and urgent care clinic.

Ramova Grill owners hang up their aprons for the last time

After 82 years in business, Bridgeport’s Ramova Grill served its last bowl of chili on May 27. The diner at 3510 S. Halsted St. was one of the South Side’s oldest restaurants.

Farmers Insurance agent Cavoto earns honors

Sandra Cavoto, a Farmers Insurance agent whose office is at 948 W. Madison St., has qualified as a Championship Agent for outstanding overall performance.

Plaza Tenochtitlan being refurbished

Ald. Danny Solis (25th Ward) introduced a comprehensive plan to renovate Plaza Tenochtitlan, located at 18th Street and Blue Island Avenue.