Friday, May 24, 2013
Find a list of the biggest local events around town this weekend.
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally thought of as the start of summer, and what better way to kick off the season than with some local events. Sunday, May 26 - 4 p.m. The 19th Ward Youth Foundation will host an outdoor Memorial Day Mass in honor of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Mass will begin at 4:00 pm on the St. Barnabas Convent grounds, 10161 S. Longwood Drive. Fr. Tom McCarthy will celebrate the mass with area veterans and families of active service men and women playing roles. A collection will be taken at the Mass and donated to Postage for Parcels, a local organization that provides care packages to troops serving overseas. May, 27 - 8 a.m. The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is hosting …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Chicago native was the keyboardist for the legendary 1960s band.
Ray Manzarek grew up on the South Side taking piano lessons and was a graduate of Saint Rita High School, he went on to help form the legendary rock group the Doors. Manzarek died on May 20 at the age of 74 after battling bile duct cancer, according to the New York Times. As a member of a band whose sound would help define the late 1960s, Manzarek may be best known for his soaring organ riffs that became an indelible aspect of the band's sound. It was a sound influenced by his classical training, according to the Times. "The quasi-Baroque introduction Mr. Manzarek brought to the Doors’ 1967 single “Light My Fire“ . . . helped make it a million-seller. Along with classical music, Mr. Manzarek also drew on jazz, R&B, cabaret and ragtime. …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Inspector General released an audit Tuesday of the city's red-light camera system. It says evidence doesn't support officials' claims that cameras monitor crash-prone intersections. It also breaks down tickets issued at each intersection.
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Tuesday, May 14
By Carrie Frillman The results of a red-light camera system audit cannot prove true what the city says were the devices' original purpose—to increase safety at intersections with high crash rates, according to the Chicago Inspector General's Office. The audit was requested in February because of questions posed by several alderman. They wanted proof, they said, that the Australian company, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., and Chicago installed the devices to improve traffic safety rather than to create a source of revenue. But the IG's office found that the Chicago Department of Transportation was "unable to substantiate its claims that the city chose to install the red-light cameras at intersections with the highest angle crash rates in …
The Chicago Transit Authority is currently working to replace contracted security guards with the authority's customer service workers.
In a move that will affect 450 jobs, the Chicago Transit Authority is opting to staff its security operation in-house. Currently, security guards at the CTA's subway stations are employed by private firms and licensed by the state. " ... Instead the CTA will use its own customer service representatives to watch for potential criminal activity," WGN News recently reported, from the North Side's Roscoe Village Brown Line stop at Addison Street and Lincoln Avenue. "CTA president Forrest Claypool says the change will allow the transit agency to give its riders better customer service." The change is spurred by a deal with a key labor union, reports the Sun-Times Media. The transition of replacing those 450 contracted security guards is under …
Monday, May 13, 2013
A look at the sea of pink and green that descended on Longwood Drive to raise funds for local breast cancer causes.
It's hard to think of Mother's Day without remembering the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk. Now in it's 14th year, the event has raised millions of dollars for local cancer causes. This year over 12,000 walkers banded together to raise more than $500,000, according to event organizers. The funds stay in the community and help support Little Company of Mary Hospital's Cancer Center. This year's top fund raising team was the Oak Lawn Raiders, who raised over $15,000. The route took walkers through the historic Beverly neighborhood where local musicians provided the soundtrack for the early morning walk.
The Chicago City Council is considering several measures centered on bicyclists including increased fines for drivers convicted of dooring, stiffer penalties for bikers who break the laws and an awareness campaign aimed at taxi drivers.
Officials are proposing even stiffer penalties against those convicted of "dooring" bikers within the city. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a plan to the city council on Wednesday that would raise the fines for cyclists disobeying traffic laws, and double the fines for motorists who cause crashes by opening vehicle doors into the path of cyclists, commonly known as “dooring.” The 2013 Bicycle Safety Ordinance proposal includes a provision to raise fines for cyclists who break street laws from $25 to a range of $50-$200, depending on the violation. "If they are sharing the roadway with vehicles, cyclists need to obey all traffic laws, including yielding to pedestrians, stopping at traffic signals and indicating when they are making …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The local news program highlighted the village within the city as part of their weekly "7 in Your Neighborhood" feature.
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Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect—and improve—our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com. By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* 2. Energy auditor: When a building is cooled or heated, it uses energy. …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Baseball and softball season is in full swing. Upload photos of your favorite players and teams so we can celebrate our little sluggers.
It's baseball and softball season and we want to celebrate our neighborhood teams and leagues. Upload photos of all your neighborhood sluggers to our photo gallery. We will featured the pics throughout the season. It's a great way to show everyone how great our local programs are. (And kids always get a kick out of seeing their picture on the site.) It's easy to upload a photo. Just click on the big "Upload" button above or below the pictures. You can also give a shout-out to your team in the comments section below. Happy posting!
Saint Xavier University's recent ball raised money for student scholarships. See all the night's action.
Saint Xavier University recently raised more than $397,000 for student scholarships at its 28th Annual President’s Scholarship Ball – a new fundraising record for the Ball. More than 430 guests attended the evening of dinner and dancing at the Hilton Chicago. The Ball also celebrated Henry Bros. Company, the 2013 Shield of Saint Xavier recipients. Henry Bros. Company has been among Saint Xavier’s most generous lifetime donors and supporters. It has supported the Scholarship Ball since 1990 and has served as the Dinner Sponsor at the Ball. William Callaghan, Sr. and George P. Henry were the second generation owners of the company from 1966 to 1987. William and his wife Maxine have attended Saint Xavier and Mercy Sisters fundraising events …