Homework help available through Chicago Public Library Foundation

Families can find homework support for their children right in the neighborhood by visiting their nearest Chicago Public Library branch. Funded through the Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF), the Teacher in the Library program offers board-certified teachers who provide a structured learning environment in the library, where they assist both students and parents.

Floss to protect teeth from sweets

Delta Dental of Illinois, a dental benefit programs provider, recommends beginning or continuing a flossing regime during the holiday season, when many people consume sweets in abundance.

St. Matthew’s Church needs to repair roof

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., has “an urgent need” to fix its roof before winter arrives, said Pastor Julio Loza. “We will appreciate any support for this need.”

Proposed Taylor Street liquor store meets opposition

Near West Side residents opposing plans for a new liquor store at 1455 W. Taylor St. have caused Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) to pause the process and call two community meetings to discuss the issue.

New community group (NOWL) forms in West Loop

Residents recently met to launch the Neighbors of West Loop (NOWL) community group. NOWL seeks to enhance the quality of life for residents and neighbors of the greater West Loop community. Members want to engage those who wish to collaborate to improve the neighborhood and promote sound development and businesses in the area.

Senator Durbin visits Chinatown’s St. Therese School

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spent a recent morning at St. Therese School, 247 W. 23rd St., visiting with students and touring classrooms. St. Therese eighth grade students sat with Durbin and asked questions about his life as a senator and about important political issues facing the country.

Gracie’s Café opens on Near West Side

St. Leonard’s Ministries has opened Gracie’s Café, a coffee shop and restaurant at 1517 W. Warren Blvd. in the former Viceroy Hotel, now known as Harvest Commons.

Coaches, tutors, youngsters sought at Second Presbyterian

Second Presbyterian Church offers a gym program, Live Fit, for grade school boys and girls on Saturday mornings and afternoons. The program, which began in September, needs male and female athletes and coaches to help youth from grades four through eight learn about fitness; understand
how to engage in a healthful lifestyle and build good relationships; and enjoy basketball, volleyball, and other gym activities.

British School opening delayed

Plans to open a new South Loop campus for the British School of Chicago have been pushed back to 2015 as a result of a merger between the World Class Learning (WCL) Group and Nord Anglia Education.

UIC breaks ground on Granderson baseball stadium

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) officially broke ground on Curtis Granderson Stadium on Sept. 17, in front of hundreds of invited guests at a ceremony held directly behind Les Miller Field on the campus. Granderson, who donated the money for the stadium to UIC, is an all-star outfielder for the New York Yankees and a 2003 UIC alumnus. He was in Toronto during the event preparing for a three game series against the Blue Jays.