October 2011

Bicycle Traffic Info; Marathon; Roundups

Bicyclists can check a traffic report to ensure they are prepared to hit the Chicago Park District’s lakefront trail. The Active Transportation Alliance offers a trail update system at www.activetrans.org/lakefront. The system allows cyclists to post and obtain trail updates, providing timely information on the 18-mile course’s conditions.

Grant Park grass, fieldhouse addressed

Extensive damage to the grass in Grant Park and some surrounding areas, caused by crowds at the popular music fest Lollapalooza Aug. 5 through 7, was addressed at the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) meeting at the Daley Bicentennial Park Fieldhouse near Columbus Drive and Randolph Street on Sept. 15.

City mulls privatizing recycling; some fear union-busting agenda

In a move City of Chicago officials claim is designed to decrease a massive budget deficit, the City is toying with the idea of privatizing its residential recycling program.

Fillmore-Grenshaw residents furious about crime problems

Fillmore-Grenshaw resident Lou Marolda confronted Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward) at the Sept. 6 opening ceremony of the STEM magnet school to complain about recent burglaries, robberies, and criminal damage to property occurring in his neighborhood. An hour and a half later, Marolda witnessed another crime.

Protesters call for closing coal plants

A crowd gathered atDvorak Park in Pilsen Sept. 24 to call for the closure of Chicago’s coal-fired power plants: Fisk Generating Station, 1111 W. Cermak Rd.—located directly across from the park—and Crawford Generating Station, located at 3501 S. Pulaski Rd. in Little Village. Owned by Midwest Generation, the plants have been the focus of local opposition for years over environmental and health concerns related to the plants’ emissions.

St. Jerome School welcomes new principal Christopher Caban

St. Jerome Catholic School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., has welcomed Christopher Caban as its new principal. Caban has worked as a middle school social studies teacher, athletic director, and dean of students.

Salvation Army to move from West Loop location

The Salvation Army announced plans to close its community center and transitional living facility at Monroe Street and Ashland Avenue and move to a larger site in West Humboldt Park.

Second Ward hosts cleanup, job fair

Alderman Robert Fioretti’s fall 2nd Ward Clean and Green ward cleanup day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. Locals will pick up trash, pull weeds, and paint out graffiti.

Roosevelt Square project still on hold

A search is underway for new money to re-start the stalled Roosevelt Square redevelopment project, but the going is slow while the recession drags on.

‘America’s Global Challenges’ symposium set

East-West University will hold a two-day symposium, America’s Global Challenges in the 21st Century, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15, at the campus at 816 S. Michigan Ave.

Business incubator gets renewable energy grant

John Edel, director of the Plant, a vertical farm and food business incubator at 1400 W. 46th St. in the Back of the Yards/New City community, has won $1.5 million in grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to support a comprehensive renewable energy system that will accept up to 12,000 tons of food scraps annually.

Columbus-Cuneo- Cabrini reunion set

Employees and medical staff of the former Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Center are invited to the 3Cs reunion Friday, Oct. 28.