November 2011

November 2011 CAPS Meetings

Gazette encourages you to participate in your local C.A.P.S. programs during 2011. Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (C.A.P.S.) meetings in the 1st, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 21st district areas, covered by the Gazette, include:

Safe Bike Lane; Trivia Night; Round ups

The Active Transportation Alliance offers an update system at allowing cyclists to post and obtain updates on conditions along the Chicago Park District’s 18-mile lakefront trail…

UVA ousts O’Neill; Provenzano returns

The University Village Association (UVA) has fired its executive director of the past two years, Dennis O’Neill, and temporarily re-hired his predecessor, Chris Provenzano.

TIF money is people’s money, says Grassroots

Tax increment financing (TIF) has become somewhat of a dirty word in the City of Chicago. Although it was designed to spur economic development and job creation in blighted neighborhoods, TIF has been misused so much that whenever the word “tax” is combined with any word other than “refund,” Chicagoans immediately feel their wallets thinning out.

Violent crime rocks Bridgeport; nurse murdered

Bridgeport lost a proud grandmother, longtime nurse, and dedicated wife late last month to senseless violence.

First Immanuel Lutheran regains former beauty through rose window

First Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1124 S. Ashland Ave. is regaining its former beauty as construction worker and builder Kurt Hoelter recently installed his replica of the church’s centerpiece rose window. Now the morning sun, symbol of the resurrection, shines again over First Immanuel Lutheran Church’s nave.

Bridgeport resident finds parking pickup in front of her house is illegal

Bridgeport resident Mary Jo Gurgone recently received two $25 tickets five days apart for parking her Ford F-150 pickup truck in front of her house without a special pickup truck permit.

Holy Family raising funds to restore doors

Holy Family Church at 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd. has begun a fundraising campaign to restore its antique front doors.

Three Mariano’s grocery stores slated for area

Mariano’s Fresh Market, a full-service grocery and part of the Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Inc. family of grocery stores, will open locations in the South and West Loop sometime in 2013. Also, the company has announced it will open a store at 39th and State Sts., plus two more at other Chicago locations.

Tragedies in Bridgeport can bring community together

The recent outbreak of violent crime in Bridgeport is both fearsome and tragic. The entire community mourns the death of Virginia Perillo. Mrs. Perillo was severely beaten and left to die the evening of Oct. 22. Caring neighbors came to her aid, but she succumbed to her injuries at John H. Stroger Hospital the following morning.

Letter: Recycling service editorial criticized

Dear Editor: The Gazette’s editorial “A Recycled Social View For City’s Recycling Needs” is proof that journalism is dead. This particular editorial is a great example as to why the biased liberal media rags in our nation are falling by the way side.

Ray Klimko, first Gazette reporter, passes away at 58

Ray Klimko, a former Near West Side resident who was the Gazette’s first news reporter, died suddenly on June 1 at age 58.