Kennedy High School senior Emily Pruim shows the letter notifying her of her designation as a Mary Wheeler Scholar by the West Suburban Teachers Union Local 571. Mary Wheeler was a teacher at Proviso High School from 1924-65 and served as Local 571 president, as well as president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. --Photo courtesy of Grace Pruim
Emily Pruim, a scholar with a bright future
By Joan Hadac
Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge
(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]
Spring is the season when, among other things, we celebrate the young people of Clearing and Garfield Ridge, their achievements and their future plans.
It’s a wonderful and refreshing part of my duties to report this kind of good news.
This week, I share some good news about Emily Pruim, a Kennedy High School senior who recently was named a Mary Wheeler Scholar by the West Suburban Teachers Union Local 571.
She is one of just six Chicago-area students earning the designation this year. Union officials praised her for “the highest academic standards and involvement in school and community service.”
A 2018 graduate of Dore School, Emily is one of the top students at Kennedy, academically and otherwise. She is a member of the National Honor Society chapter at the school, and she has been named an Illinois State Scholar.
If her name sounds familiar, it should. Emily has appeared in the pages of the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound before, especially as a member of several excellent Kennedy Crusaders swimming and water polo teams.
That’s no surprise. Emily was a water baby since she was about six months old, and she was a competitive swimmer since her grade school days. Even now, she works part-time as a lifeguard at a pool in the suburbs.
With that background, you won’t be surprised to hear that last Sunday, Emily announced to her family and friends that she plans to pursue a career in marine biology at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla.
Congratulations, Emily! I’m sure your mom and dad, Grace and Joe Pruim, are as proud of you and they can be.
Neighbors rally ‘round the Caulfields
You may recall that in the Jan. 5 edition of the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound, there was a front-page photo of a burned out home near 51st and Merrimac. It was the Caulfield home, and while all three family members made it out of the fire (which happened on Christmas Eve, of all days), the inside was gutted.
Days after the fire, the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch swung into action and organized a fundraiser to aid the family—illustrating once again why Clearing and Garfield Ridge are two of the best neighborhoods you’ll find anywhere, city or suburbs.
Well, a few months later, it is my privilege to share words of thanks from Tom, Joyce and Katie Caulfield:
“Grateful, amazed, appreciative…Just some words to express our feelings to all who shared words of encouragement, offered prayers or sent a donation to help us rebuild our home. Friends, neighbors, the GRNW, and strangers have touched us with their concern, good wishes and generosity. Losing a home to a fire can be a challenge, but it has shown us the extraordinary kindness of so many. We will always keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We promise to pay it forward. We are so grateful. Thank you!”
Mark your calendar
- Looking to buy unique rummage items at bargain prices?
Head over to the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch’s Sell-A-Bration, set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in the west parking lot of Kennedy High School, near 56th and Narragansett.
The Sell-A-Bration will feature literally dozens of people from the area who have cleaned out their closets, attics, basements and garages to sell items of all kinds: clothing, housewares, sporting goods, works of art, craft knick-knacks, appliances, collectibles, you name it.
There also will be a “trash to treasure” table offering various rummage items donated to the GRNW by folks from the neighborhood. Proceeds from that table and space rentals at the event will help fund the GRNW’s various neighborhood improvement initiatives.
Space rentals are still just $20 for a 10 x 10 space. You provide your own table, chairs, display racks etc.–whatever you need, within reason, to sell you rummage items (or other items if you are a small-business vendor). To reserve your space, please call Arlene at (773) 229-1993.
With the pandemic tapering off, the GRNW is bringing back its popular food stand at Sell-A-Bration. Featured are barbecue pork chops right off the grill, as well as other food items and beverages.
A tip of the cap to the GRNW volunteers who, year after year starting in 2014, have given their time, talent and energy to make this a fun–and profitable for the sellers–community event. See you there?
- A game called “A Day at the Races” is coming to the Garfield Ridge Satellite Senior Center, 5674-B S. Archer (immediately west of Laramie), at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.
In the game, senior citizens line up on a starting line with a picture of a horse with a number. Center staffers roll some dice and it tells them which horse moves and how many squares they move.
Center manager Julie Slawniak tells me the game is “lots of fun, and we will also have refreshments: non-alcoholic mint juleps and a treat. We will also hold a raffle that day. Seniors can come in on the day of the event and just take part in the races.”
For details, call the center at (312) 745-4255.
- The next combined meetings of CAPS Beat 811 and the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Byrne School, 5329 S Oak Park.
If the weather is inclement, the planned outdoor meeting will be held indoors. The purpose is to identify chronic problems and issues that affect the community—and then take action to make the neighborhood safer.
My thanks to CAPS Beat 811 co-facilitator Marilyn Koperniak for sharing this timely and useful information.
Well, that’s it for this week. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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…
Two incumbents square off in new 6th District
Newman, Casten battle for Dem nod By Steve Metsch It doesn’t happen often, but voters in the new 6th Congressional District have an unusual choice in the June 28 Democratic primary. Because of redistricting, two sitting members of Congress–Marie Newman and Sean Casten– are going toe-to-toe for the nomination in the June 28 primary. The…
Six candidates vie for GOP nod in 6th Congressional District
By Jeff Vorva Six for 6. It’s a busy Republican field in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District and six candidates are duking it out on June 28 for the right to take on the Democratic survivor between sitting U.S. Reps. Sean Casten and Marie Newman, and Charles M. Hughes. The new 6th District includes a…
Zalewski defends record in re-election battle
By Steve Metsch Taking a break from the campaign trail – talking on a cellphone as he walked door to door – State Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-21st) said the choice facing Democratic voters on June 28 is simple. “I’ve said consistently that it’s the choice for voters between a record and a promise,” Zalewski…
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…
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,…
Future is bright for Angelina “AJ” Juarez
By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] This week, I have the pleasure of congratulating Angelina “AJ” Juarez, who recent graduated from St. Laurence High School after four years of success. An alumna of Twain School, AJ—among other things—was a four-year starter on the Vikings softball team. This season,…
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…
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…
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…