University of Chicago Medicine Breast Cancer June 2022
Laura Ortega

Laura Ortega

May is bursting with things to do

By Laura Ortega

Your correspondent in Greater Ashburn

4214 W. 82nd Place • (773) 627-6679

First, I want to wish a most special birthday to my son, Ivan, who will be an official teenager on May 2. I will have three teens under one roof. Oy vey!

Second, I want to congratulate my daughter, Lucia, who will graduate from Mother McAuley on May 15. She will be attending the College of Engineering at UIC this fall. I’m so very proud of her and her academic accomplishments.

Move out of the way, April! The month of May wants the limelight now. With the Easter holiday behind us, we look forward to May Crowning where the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, is honored and crowned with a garland or crown of flowers. One way to celebrate May Crowning is to pray the Hail Mary, the Hail, Holy Queen, or the Memorare.

LauraOrtegaColor2022

Laura Ortega

As I’ve mentioned before, I love this time of year, especially when I select my annuals/perennials to plant. I stopped by Lowe’s recently just to “see what they have” but ended up with a shopping cart full of flowers. I do the same thing, year after year, expecting different results.

I should not be left unattended where flowers are for sale. Some would say I spend too much on flowers, but you know what? If I spread the cost over the six months they live, then it’s a small price to pay for beauty that I can gaze on day after day – not to mention for the neighbors walking or driving by. I just find it so calming to plant, sit back and let the flowers do what they do best.

Let’s keep our communities safe. Participate in your local CAPS meeting. The next meeting for Beat 834 is on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Scottsdale Park, 4637 W. 83rd St. Police need community involvement to help keep our streets safe. Thank you, CPD, for all you do.

Bring your family, chairs, and blankets to Scottsdale Park, where the Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch will present their first movie night of 2022 on May 20 at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free, and snacks will be sold. Event is weather dependent.

Do you have a teen or young adult between the ages of 14 and 24? Having too much idle time in the summer can lead to poor decisions and getting into trouble. Look into the One Summer Chicago initiative that provides youth with employment. Most programs are between 20 and 25 hours per week. Complete the application at onesummerchicago.org. The application closes June 10.

Eighteenth Ward Ald. Derrick Curtis has partnered with the City Clerk to bring “Mobile City Hall” to Scottsdale Park on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll be able to purchase dog licenses, city stickers, residential parking permits and apply for a CityKey.

The alderman is also seeking a summer college intern. Candidates must have completed one semester or quarter of college during the spring of 2022 and live in Chicago. The pay rate is $15 an hour for 10 weeks. Call their office for additional details at (773) 284-5057.

Looking for ways to spend your time? Participate in programs offered by the Chicago Park District. Online registration begins

Monday, May 9 at 9 a.m. for in-person programs at parks located west of California Aveue and Tuesday, May 10 at 9 a.m. for in-person programs at parks located east of California. I’ve included a few programs below offered by the parks but note the list is not comprehensive. Contact your local district for additional information or go to chicagoparkdistrict.com/programs-memberships.

  • Dooley Park, 3402 W. 77th St., offers Bitty Basketball, Flag Football Skills and Park Kids.
  • Durkin Park, 8445 S. Kolin, offers Circuit Training, Dance, Park Kids, Recreational Tumbling, T-Ball and Tiny Tot Tumbling.
  • Hayes Park, 2936 W. 85th St., offers programs such as Senior Citizens Club, Learn to Swim, Step Aerobics, Tiny Tot Tumbling, Boot Camp and Dance Hip Hop.
  • Rainey Park, 4350 W. 79th St., offers Softball, Basketball, Dodgeball, Floor Hockey, Kiddie College, Nature Fun, Park Kids, Soccer, T-Ball and Teen Club.
  • Scottsdale Park offers Arts & Crafts, Softball, Basketball, Bitty Basketball, Bingo, Boxing, Dodgeball, Floor Hockey, Music, Play School, Senior Citizens Club, Soccer, Strength & Conditioning, T-Ball, Tiny Tot Sports, Volleyball, Walking Club and Yoga.

The following events are for 18th Ward residents only. For more information, please call (773) 284-5057 or visit derrickgcurtis.com/events.

  • A paper shredding and electronics recycling event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the parking lot of Oak Street Health, 3348 W. 87th St.
  • A pet health-fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25 in the north parking lot at 8359 S. Pulaski. Staff from Chicago Animal Care & Control will be on hand with 100 free vaccines (rabies, FVRP, DA2PPL). There also will be free microchipping, ID tags, pet food & supplies. Sign up to receive a “curb your dog” lawn sign.

If you have any news you’d like to see in this column, please call me or send an email to [email protected]

As some of you may noticed, I do not contribute to the Greater Ashburn column on a weekly basis. My apologies that it’s not more often but I know you’ll understand that I have family and work full-time (I just finished surviving my 17th tax season!). Thanks for reading and until next time, folks.

Local News

Mallory Pugh, who has six goals in seven games, will miss three games for the Red Stars in July because she will be playing with the United States in a World Cup qualifier. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars will miss three big guns during World Cup qualifying

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Having world-class players on your team is a blessing. But during times like these, it can also be a curse. World-class players help NWSL teams win games. They also miss chunks of time during the season because of their commitments to playing in international competitions. For much of July, the…

Harper Noren of the Illinois Lightning Track Club shows her form in the long jump on June 25 at Shepard. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Lightning strikes at Shepard

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer There was a lot of rain and a little bit of thunder at the Illinois Lightning Track and Field Club’s open track meet, which was held at Shepard on June 25. The meet was open to everyone, from children as young as 4 (one 3-year-old also participated) to adults. More…

CRRNH_TabaresLopez_062922

Mayoral race comes to Archer

Neighbors cheer as Lopez slams Lightfoot on crime By Tim Hadac Southwest Side civic and business leaders last Saturday got an early glimpse of the 2023 mayoral race, as 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez made a campaign stop on Archer Avenue. Lopez was the guest of honor at a “meet and greet” held at the…

CBOElogo

Early voting now open

Several Southwest Side sites available By Tim Hadac Although the next primary election is set for Tuesday, June 28, early voting has started. Voters may cast ballots at the Chicago Board of Elections’ “supersite” at 191 N. Clark. It is open now until election day, and its hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6…

CBA

Bar Assoc. offers guidance on judge races

From staff reports For voters seeking guidance relating to the handful of judicial races on the ballot this month, the Chicago Bar Association now offers its “Judge Smart Pocket Guide” in English, Spanish and Polish. All versions are available at chicagobar.org/chicagobar/votejudges. The CBA provides judicial evaluations for candidates seeking to become a judge in Cook County,…

CRRNH_TabaresHuerta_062222

They have her back

Two days before Christmas 2021, Chicago Police Officer Jose “Joey” Huerta, a Garfield Ridge resident, died of COVID-19 complications. Months later, his daughter, Ariel, graduated from Kinzie School. In a show of solidarity, 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares (left), herself a Garfield Ridge resident, and several dozen police officers showed up at the school to…

Thanks to Niego Real Estate, block after block in Clearing and Garfield are decked out each year in red, white and blue. Residents are asked to volunteer to pick up flags and decorate their whole block. --File photo

Niego Real Estate salutes America again

Popular flag program underway By Tim Hadac Clearing and Garfield Ridge residents who want to decorate their blocks in red, white and blue this Independence Day are encouraged to contact Niego Real Estate and reserve a supply of U.S. flags at no charge. The popular program to promote patriotism and community pride is now in…

State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-11th)

Villanueva hails new ‘mental health days’ law

From staff reports State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-11th) recently declared victory as Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a bill that allows teachers to take mental health days. “Our teachers’ service to our students is ongoing, both inside and outside the classroom,” Villanueva said. “Now that our society has recognized the importance of mental health…

At his recent press conference, Dart displayed a number of firearms confiscated by Sheriff’s Police. --Supplied photo

No ammo for revoked cardholders, Dart says

Wants legal loophole closed From staff reports Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart recently urged lawmakers to close a loophole he said allows thousands of individuals with revoked gun permits to still buy ammunition. “A gun is only dangerous if it is loaded,” Dart said. “Right now, there are thousands of individuals in Cook County…

ChicagoCitySeal

Offer rebates on new security devices

From staff reports City officials and others this week launched the Home and Business Protection Program, designed to protect people and property from crime. Through the program, anyone who lives in the city of Chicago, operates a business in the city, or owns or leases a vehicle registered to a primary address within the city…

Neighbors

Nael Digital Ad2
AladdinsBanquets WebAd
CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released an opinion overturning…

6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker

6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker

By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican voters in Illinois will choose from six candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker in the upcoming June 28 primary. The field includes a conservative farmer and state lawmakers who is the recent polling frontrunner, the mayor of Illinois’ second largest…

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Illinois voters might know Alexi Giannoulias as the state’s treasurer from 2007 to 2011, or they might know him as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who lost to Republican Mark Kirk in 2010. He’s now looking to get back into public life as he runs for secretary…

Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released…

Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state

Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago City Clerk…

Republicans see opening in secretary of state race

Republicans see opening in secretary of state race

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in nearly a quarter century, there is an open race for the office of Illinois secretary of state as incumbent Democrat Jesse White prepares to retire, and Republicans hope that will give them an opportunity to pick up a statewide elected office.…

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to all of the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago…

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A federal judge in Chicago handed down a one-year prison sentence Tuesday for a former state senator who once chaired the Senate Labor Committee. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of embezzlement for receiving salary and benefits from…

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional. It was the second time the case of the People v. Vivian Brown came before the court and…

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security blamed “insufficient and flawed federal guidance” and a lack of controls on a…

House Ad Subscription2
CRR NH Niego Real Estate House Ad