November 2009

Tapas Valencia to host charity Thanksgiving dinner

Tapas Valencia is giving thanks by hosting annual charity Thanksgiving inner in appreciation of people with special needs of any kind. From those facing economic problems to those limited physically by disabilities, patrons in need are welcome to celebrate this Thanksgiving with Tapas Valencia.

For CHA ‘Transformation,’ success still elusive

Location, location, location. That real estate marketing mantra helps explain why Chicago’s Plan for Transformation for public housing is reporting mixed results…

Chicago Park District decision to move Skinner dog park met with criticism

The Chicago Park District (CPD) board on Oct. 14 approved a site for Skinner Park’s long awaited dog friendly area. Located at the southeast corner of Monroe and Laflin Streets, the dog park will occupy half of what currently is a staff parking lot for Whitney Young High School. The neighborhood has been working toward the dog park for almost ten years, yet some still are not satisfied with the size or location.

One crime solved, Chicago Police seek help in others

Mayor Richard M. Daley is thanking community residents for help in solving one murder case, and is asking for further help in solving others.

Even with Chicago Olympic dreams over, community improvements still may be possible

Ground Zero in Chicago’s proposed plan for the 2016 Olympics, Washington Park, was ready for a celebration on Oct. 2. Instead, it became the scene of hundreds of stiff upper lips—as well as new ideas for community improvements without the Olympiad.

El Humanitario award ceremony honors locals from Pilsen, South Loop

Michael J. Hernandez, of the South Loop based Dearborn Park Advisory Council and partner and diversity officer at the Franczek Radelet law firm, and Carmen Velasquez, executive director of Alivio Medical Center in Pilsen, were the recipients of the 2009 El Humanitario Awards by Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney. The recipients are chosen by Alvarez’s Hispanic Advisory Council.

California educator to lead Saint Ignatius College Prep

Rev. Michael P. Caruso, SJ, EdD, has been named the next president of Saint Ignatius College Prep, located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Currently chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he will begin his appointment in summer 2010.

Customers trust their cars to West Loop Auto Body

For nearly 35 years, Drew Passaglia has been servicing customers’ vehicles in the West Loop and River North areas, starting out as Loop Amoco on Grand Avenue and Wells Street. With the help and partnership of his brother, Bill, who retired in 2008, the business evolved.

South Loop School seeks more funds

The South Loop Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) in September proposed leasing the school’s parking lot during Chicago Bears games to raise money for the lot’s upkeep during winter months.

All must work together to curtail crime in UIC area

Is crime increasing in the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) area, or isn’t it? This issue has sparked disagreement, but everyone can agree that crimes seem more brazen and fear of crime has gone up.

Gnathonemus Petersil; Nature of Diamonds; Chicago in 60 Seconds

Here are a variety of art events happening in the community in November.

Gazette publisher receives McKinley Social Justice award

The McKinley Foundation honored Mark J. Valentino, editor and publisher of theGazette, at its inaugural Social Justice Awards celebration in Champaign, IL, on Sept. 26. The foundation is affiliated with McKinley Presbyterian Church in Champaign; both began in 1906. The church was built through the generosity of U.S. Senator William Brown McKinley (R-IL) in honor of his father, a Presbyterian minister. Since then, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation programs have promoted social justice and community service.