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Dec 16 / Neal

29th Ward Candidates Challenged

The crowded 29th ward aldermanic race may get smaller if six candidates are unable to overcome objections to their candidacy paperwork.   The Austin Talks web site broke the story of one woman challenging half of the 12 candidates who are seeking the 29th ward seat.   Marjorie Fields filed objections to the number of  signatures required to obtain the right to be on the ballot. Two of the candidates who are being challenged submitted about 2,000 signatures each to meet the 473 signatures required. The Board of Elections held a hearing on the objections Monday, December 15, however the outcome of the hearing is not yet known.

Dec 15 / Bryan

Santa Visits Rutherford-Sayre Park


Visit Rutherford Sayre Park this Friday, December 19, 2014 from 6-7pm for Bedtime Stories with Santa. The park is at 6871 W. Belden Ave. Kids under 10 are welcome, a $5 donation to the Rutherford Sayre Advisory Council includes milk, cookies and storytelling. Bring your camera and kids are encouraged to wear pajamas.

Also note CPD Winter programs start in January, online and in-person registration is open now for Yoga, Basketball, Bitty Basketball, Fun and Games, Gymnastics, Tumbling, Teen Club, Kiddie College and more (click on “Programs” and be sure to check both pages).

Dec 7 / Bryan

“Strange Deer” Changes Venue, Dates

The Harlem Nights Players’ Christmas comedy, “Strange Deer In the Night: Naughty Is The New Nice” will be presented this weekend at (and for the benefit of) St. William School, 2559 N. Sayre, in Montclare.

The Patio Theater, the scheduled venue, was not ready in time to host the production. As a result the comedy is being presented right here in the neighborhood Saturday December 13 at 6 PM and again Sunday December 14 at 5 PM. Donation is $5 at the door and refreshments will be available inside. The show is for those 18 years and older and patrons are asked to bring non perishable food items to help restock St. William’s food pantry.

“Strange Deer…” is a series of Christmas related sketches that take an unconventional look at the holiday and all its trappings, including parody songs. Musician Chris Minardi will be the musical guest at the show on Sunday Dec 14.

Dec 2 / Neal

Hemingway Museum Offering Free Admission on 12/26

The Earnest Hemingway Foundation, 200 N Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park,  is offering free admission to the Earnest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum on December 26th with the donation of books to Books to Devour. From the foundations website:

This year, the Foundation is proud to partner with Books to Devour, which distributes reading material to food pantry patrons and builds community through literature and learning. Donations of books will be accepted at the Hemingway Birthplace and Museum during the month of December, and donors will receive admission to Boxing Day. Simply bring in your books on or before the day of the event, and receive a coupon for one free admission!

Nov 26 / Neal

Crowded Field of Candidates in 29th Ward

The Chicago Board of Elections has released an unofficial list of candidates who filed petitions for the municipal elections scheduled for February 24, 2015.   In the 29th ward as many as 12 candidates will be on the ballot competing for the seat held by Alderman Deborah Graham.  In the 36th ward as many as 5 candidates will seek to occupy the office vacated by Nick Sposato.  Alderman Sposato is running in the 38th ward.

29th Ward

LaCOULTON J. WALLS, 130 North Mason
DEBORAH L. GRAHAM (incumbent), 5745 West Midway Park
BOB GALHOTRA, 2137 N. Nordica Avenue
LAWRENCE ANDOLINO, 1619 N. Nordica Avenue
CHRIS TALIAFERRO, 3128 N. Octavia Ave.
MAURICE J. ROBINSON, 5916 W. Superior
DEBORAH D. WILLIAMS, 1123 South Mayfield Ave. Apt1
LISA JACKSON, 1721 N. Menard Avenue
ZERLINA A. SMITH, 5300 West Quincy Street
ODDIS “O.J” JOHNSON, 1129 N. Massasoit Ave.
STEPHEN ROBINSON, 1649 North Newland Avenue
BRENDA SMITH, 29 North Waller Avenue 1st Floor

36th Ward

OMAR AQUINO, 2067 North Lorel
GILBERT VILLEGAS, 6614 W. Diversey Ave. Unit 206
ALONSO ZARAGOZA, 5124 West Belden

Nov 25 / Neal

Galewood Gazette Flashback: Who wants to tee off?

The following is an article from the Fall 2010 issue of the now defunct Galewood Gazette.

Who Wants to Tee Off?
by Tom Drebenstedt.

Westward HoThe year of the advertisement is 1924 and the nine holes that await to be played are what remains of a much larger course. When Abram Gale arrived in the 1830s and purchased acreage for a summer home on a continental divide -the future Mobile Avenue- he probably wasn’t thinking about golf. But by the time the century was about to turn, it was a different story.

In the village of Oak Park, the Westward Ho Golf Club was created by prominent Oak Parkers and they created a small course south of Lake Street, but were hemmed in by development. The members including Miss Johnnie Carpenter -the best woman golfer in America, Thomas Gale, Henry Austin, Frank Lloyd Wright and many of his clients, needed a new location. They looked to the countryside north of the Village.

Gale’s family sold them part of the orchard from Narragansett to Oak Park and along North Avenue north to the train tracks. It was a beautiful, rolling, wooded, picturesque course but miles from its members’ homes. The horse drawn trams that ran this far north were on a very limited schedule. Westward Ho opened in 1899, sat on 170 acres and contained an 18 hole 6,520 yard course, tennis courts, archery and croquet facilities. All of this was serviced by an enormous clubhouse located at what is now Natchez and Bloomingdale.

Twenty years on, the neighborhood changed again, development was quickly encroaching from the east, and the club decided to move farther west. In 1923 the club moved to Northlake, just north of North Avenue and just west of Wolf Road. Drive over there and look for the street named Westward Ho Drive.

The Galewood Golf Course took over the grounds and lasted only a few years; homes were built from Narragansett to Natchez. Since the economy was booming, the Gale family created Galewood Estates from Nashville to Oak Park, selling lots like there was no tomorrow, until the economy stopped in October of 1929.

Nov 24 / Bryan

Harlem Nights Players open new Patio Theater

UPDATE: “Strange Deer” venue and showtimes have changed. Details here.

Portage Park’s historic Patio Theater (6008 W Irving Park Road) is reopening this Friday, November 28, 2014 with a free showing of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at 7pm. Several other films are scheduled through January, including documentaries, independent films, and some old favorites.

The theater has also renovated its stage for live entertainment, kicking off with Galewood/Montclare’s own Harlem Nights Players, presenting their Christmas sketch comedy show “Strange Deer in the Night: Naughty is the New Nice” on Thursday, December 4 (7pm) and Sunday, December 7 at 5pm.

Nov 9 / Neal

The Galewood Governor Loses Reelection

Long time Galewood resident Gov. Pat Quinn lost his bid for reelection November 6.  He first became governor in 2009 when Rod Blagojevich was removed from office. Gov. Quinn subsequently won a four year term in the 2010 general election.  He will continue to serve until his term expires in January.  Let us congratulate our neighbor Pat Quinn for his years of public service.

The governors presence certainly increased the neighborhoods profile. On election day the Galewood Community Church would be the scene of dozens of reporters and camera crews from news outlets across the state recording the governor voting at his local polling place.   I won’t forget “grass-gate” when a neighbor contacted a local news outlet about an poorly maintained lawn at the governors house.   Later his campaign featured the governor cutting his grass in a television commercial.

The governors house was also the location of political protests.  Activists dressed as elves built a mock oil derrick in his front yard protesting “fracking”.   On another occasion 60 mental health patients and caregivers showed up to protest budget cuts.

The next time you see Gov. Pat Quinn he may be just another neighborhood guy.


Oct 29 / Bryan

Halloween Party at Rutherford/Sayre Park

sayremonsterbashThe Galewood-Montclare Library and Rutherford-Sayre Park (6871 W. Belden) are co-hosting a Monster Bash in the field house gym from 3-5pm on Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2014. No registration is required, just stop by in costume before you head out trick or treating for live music, stories, and games (see flyer).

Oct 8 / Bryan

President of Google to Speak at Dominican University

Margo Speaker Bio Photo CroppedOn Wednesday evening, October 15, Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business kicks off its “C Suite Speakers Series” by welcoming Margo Georgiadis, Google’s president of the Americas.

Georgiadis was recently named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the most powerful women in Chicago business. There is no fee to attend, but online registration is required.

The talk starts at 6:30 p.m. in Dominican University’s Fine Arts Building, 7900 West Division Street in River Forest

Oct 6 / Bryan

“Let’s Polka” at Belmont Branch Library

korosaThe Chicago Public Library West Belmont Branch hosts “Let’s Polka!” with Eddie Korosa, Jr., and the Boys from Illinois on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Polish-American Heritage Month with this internationally-known band (featured in the film Home Alone), performing infectious, foot-tapping music in a free program at the library, 3104 N Narragansett Ave.

Sep 26 / Neal

West Suburban Medical Center Celebrates 100 Years

West Suburban Medical Center is celebrating 100 years of operation this Saturday, September 27.   There will be 4 historical presentations and a reunion of those born at West Suburban.  Were you a nurse at West Suburban?  Join with other nurses from West Suburban for a reunion photo followed by a nurse’s tes. The celebration will include contests, giveaways, and a photo booth.  The event is free for everyone.