March 2009

Children of Peace expansion approved

March 2009 – The four-year roadblock on the expansion of the Children of Peace School has been cleared, as the Illinois Medical District (IMD) commissioners approved expansion plans for the school on Feb. 24.

Park Round-Up; Sports Drive; St. Joseph’s Table

March 2009 – A High School essay contest, scholarships for military children, round-ups and more from Around the Neighborhood.

Time to fix healthcare mess

March 2009 – For the first time since 1993, a national, government, universal healthcare system is on the political agenda.

Lithuanian chorale concert honors millennium milestone

March 2009 – Dainava, a Chicago-based Lithuanian chorale, in collaboration with the consulate general of the Republic of Lithuania, will commemorate Lithuania’s millennium anniversary with a special concert, Gratulationes Lithuaniae, on Sunday, March 8…

Payment for maintenance of public spaces causes mixed reactions

March 2009 – Many community groups that have worked on projects to beautify and serve their neighborhoods can tell you how difficult it can be to get them off the ground, dealing with everything from zoning issues to developing a plan with which most, if not all, residents will be happy. Now, groups increasingly are being asked, or told, to raise funds to build and maintain outdoor projects.

Arson targets church in Bridgeport

March 2009 – A Feb. 6 fire at All Saints St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 518 W. 28th Pl. destroyed a stained glass window, part of the roof, and a copper gutter. The perpetrator also put red duct tape with the words “rape,” “God is a lie,” and “it happened here” on the front doors.

Tougher towing policy in Randolph/Fulton Market

March 2009 – The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) held a community meeting with Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) on January 29 to discuss the City’s expansion of its downtown towing policy to the Randolph/Fulton area.

First Baptist Pastor Emeritus Griffin passes away at 79

March 2009 – Dr. Arthur Dedrick Griffin, who served as senior pastor of the National Historic Landmark First Baptist Congregational Church of Chicago from November 1957 until his retirement October 2003, passed away on Dec. 5, 2008, at the age of 79. After retiring, he went on to serve as pastor emeritus until his death.

Swimmers splash away Sheridan pool cuts

March 2009 – A plan to open the Sheridan Park swimming pool at 9 a.m., rather than 7 a.m., has been sunk because of swimmers’ complaints.

Owner would sell hot dog property; association formed

March 2009 – The owner of a property at Halsted and 18th Street would sell if the price were right, but he still may open a controversial hot dog stand there if he retains the site.

Jesse White Tumblers to get permanent home

March 2009 – A new recreational facility planned for the area could provide an official home for the Jesse White Tumbling Team, the young acrobats who make more than 1,000 appearances annually.

Oldest ABLA resident dies at 105

March 2009 – Residents of ABLA Homes are mourning the death of the community’s senior resident, Clementine Pettiford, who died Jan. 13 at age 105.