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Seniors gather for CHSAS feast

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHAS) gymnasium was packed for an extra serving of thankfulness on Nov. 24.

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Tuesday 12/01/2015
Holiday Stroll to bring families to Mt. Greenwood
Posted: December 01, 2015

Get your holiday shopping list ready!

Santa Sightings
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 10:41 am


Cubs coach to speak at Marist
Posted: December 01, 2015

Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St., will welcome Chicago Cubs hitting coach John Mallee on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the school’s main gym. Mallee will speak about hitting mechanics, demonstrate hitting drills with Marist students, and conduct a question-and-answer session on hitting and the Cubs. Mallee is a veteran of Major League Baseball, having played with the Phillies’ minor league system before serving as a hitting coach for the Marlins and the Astros. He joined the Cubs organization in 2014. Tickets are $10 per person. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration at is preferred, as seating is limited. For more information, e-mail Kevin Sefcik, Marist baseball coach, at

Arts Alliance to hold fabulous ‘Uprising Fair’
Posted: December 01, 2015

The Beverly Area Arts Alliance will hold a freaky, fabulous “Uprising Handmade Holiday Fair” on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 12 to 5 p.m., at Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 S. Olde Western Ave., in Blue Island.

Turkey Trot tradition continues
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 10:53 am

A post-Thanksgiving tradition continues: for the seventh time, the Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk made its way through North Beverly on Nov. 28, giving participants a chance to work off calories from a Thanksgiving feast two days earlier and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the walk, as they have in years past, benefit the 19th Ward Youth Foundation and “Live Like John: The John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation,” named in honor of a North Beverly teen who died of cancer in 2011. And for the second straight year, the Original Pancake House, 10437 S. Western Ave., cooked up breakfast after the race inside Christ the King Elementary School. Officials said more than 1,000 people registered for the run/walk, as participants of all ages took to the course, some of them wearing Thanksgiving-themed attire while braving a cold, overcast morning. For more information on “Live Like John,” which hosts an annual softball tournament fundraiser in the summer, visit the Web site at (Review photos)

Juniors present donation to local food pantry
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 11:33 am

The Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club (MPJWC) recently presented a donation to the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, 11030 S. Longwood Dr. The proceeds were from a garage sale the MPJW hosted on Sept. 12, and more than $1,100 was raised for the pantry. It is the seventh year in a row the organization has donated its proceeds from the garage sale to the pantry. Celebrating the donation are MPJWC member Donna Dalton (from left), MPJWC President Karen Meyer, Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry Founder Lillian Hennings and MPJWC members Kerry Winters and Anna Marie Brodsky. The Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. To make a donation, residents can send checks payable to Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, c/o Lillian Hennings, executive administrator, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago, IL 60643. For more information on the MPJWC, visit the Web site at

Police Blotter
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 11:35 am

Nov. 23—An aggravated assault with a knife or cutting instrument was reported on the 10700 block of South Church Street at 8:15 a.m., police said.

Church Briefs
Posted: December 01, 2015

Morgan Park Presbyterian Church 

Smith Village to hold holiday vendor fair
Posted: December 01, 2015

Smith Village is inviting the public to shop more than a dozen local boutiques at its Holiday Vendor Fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, in the main dining room at Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Place. Shoppers will find bean bags and games, specialty chocolates, greeting cards, jewelry, scarves, purses, shawls and more.

Children’s Choir sets free holiday concerts
Posted: December 01, 2015

This holiday season, Chicago Children’s Choir’s Neighborhood Choir programs will spread cheer with free concerts including the Lincoln Park/DePaul Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m., at Lincoln Park High School, 2001 N. Orchard St.; and the Beverly Community Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.

MG Lions Club holding food drive
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 10:43 am

For the 31st consecutive year the Mt. Greenwood Lions, in conjunction with local Scout troops, will conduct its annual Christmas food drive.

Calendar of Events
Posted: December 01, 2015

BAC Events

Barnard students on display
Posted: December 01, 2015

Aniya Banks, a kindergarten student at Barnard Elementary School, shares her pictures with the class using a document camera. As part of the students’ Special Week, the kids bring in pictures and display them for the week. On Friday, they share the pictures and talk about them. Every student gets a week to be special. Even their teacher, Colleen Carroll, gets a turn.

Bulletin Board
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 10:27 am

Mt. Carmel

St. Laurence coach part of open house activities
Posted: December 01, 2015

Adam Lotus (with clipboard), Class of 2001, is the director of alumni relations at St. Laurence High School, 5556 W. 77th St., in Burbank, where he has worked for the past 10 years. After graduating from Dominican University, where he also played baseball, he returned to his alma mater, St. Laurence. In addition to being the alumni director, he has coached football, taught physical education and still coaches baseball. To learn more about St. Laurence and meet Lotus, an open house will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit the Web site at

Community Briefs
Posted: December 01, 2015

St. Barnabas Elementary School, 10121 S. Longwood Drive, will host a free paper shredding and electronics recycling event in its parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. 19th Ward residents can bring unwanted paper to be shredded and later recycled by the R4 Services mobile shredding truck. Also, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office will be on site to collect unwanted electronic equipment. For more information or to receive community updates via e-mail, visit

Executive director continues mission at Park Lawn
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 10:15 am

For the staff at Park Lawn, an Oak Lawn center that aids adults with physical and mental disabilities, they believe in a simple motto: “It’s not about the income; it’s about the outcome.”

Loyola slams door on Marist’s state title bid
Posted: December 01, 2015

The Marist High School football team found out the hard way what other football teams from the South Side already knew—Loyola Academy is darn good.

‘Hops for the Homeless’ to aid Franciscan Outreach
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 10:01 am

Marc Barrile is living proof that people should never lose hope—and on Dec. 3, he will share his story at the fourth annual “Hops for the Homeless” fundraiser at Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western Ave.

Figel wins New York Times contest
Posted: December 01, 2015

When Mother McAuley High School Visual Arts and Technology Teacher Magen Newman first posted a class project to draw an original political cartoon, Frannie Figel knew exactly where to find some excellent examples that would provide insight into completing the project.

Home to be featured on TV show
Posted: December 01, 2015

Garnet Fay’s home in Beverly is full of history.

Beverly featured in documentary on WTTW-TV
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 9:47 am

A documentary about South Side neighborhoods—whose producer is a Beverly native—is off and running, and dozens of area residents gathered at a local restaurant to watch its TV debut.

Wednesday 11/25/2015
WTTW to feature Beverly in Nov. 30 show
Posted: November 25, 2015

WTTW will feature Beverly and other neighborhoods in “Chicago’s South Side,” a new 90-minute TV program that premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 on WTTW11 and online at

Tuesday 11/24/2015
Library to host ‘Alice’ puppet play
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 10:28 am

The Beverly branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1962 W. 95th St., will present a free musical puppet play of “Alice in Wonderland” on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m.

BAC honors Baffes for new banners, lighting
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 9:34 am

The Beverly Arts Center (BAC) honored Bill Baffes and his family, owners of County Fair Foods, for their ongoing support of the center during a Lighting of the Banners ceremony and reception on Nov. 18.

Meeting offers advice to take on big-box retailers
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 9:40 am

Taking on the Goliaths of the future local retail market was among the topics discussed by small-business owners at the meeting of the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Business Association (BH/MPBA) on Nov. 18.

Memories of Mrs. B. to set table for ‘Bandcake’ event
Updated: November 30, 2015 - 11:35 am

Br. Rice High School is approaching a difficult date—the one-year anniversary of the death of beloved teacher Eileen Barkowski, who died Dec. 20, 2014.

Holiday Walk set for 103rd Street
Posted: November 24, 2015

The businesses on 103rd Street in Beverly will kick-off the holiday season with special offers, a visit from Santa and a chance to win $250 in Christmas cash at the Miracle on 103rd Street Holiday Walk.

Resident plays tour guide in Italy
Posted: November 24, 2015

Longtime Beverly resident Attilio Donahue arrived in America in 1960 as a teenager from Italy who knew little about his new home.

Beverly Records to hold ‘Black Friday’ Record Fair
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 10:13 am

Beverly Records, 11612 S. Western Ave., will hold an alternative “Black Friday” Record Store Day that will include its first Record Fair as well as football, burgers and beer.

Police Blotter
Posted: November 24, 2015

Nov. 16—Criminal trespass to a residence was reported on the 1400 block of West 105th Street at 5:52 a.m., police said.

Church Briefs
Posted: November 24, 2015

Sisters of St. Casimir

MPHS to hold winter concert
Posted: November 24, 2015

The music department at Morgan Park High School, 1744 W. Pryor Ave., will hold its annual winter concert on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Blackwelder Hall. The concert will feature members of the jazz ensemble, beginning bands and concert bands. There will be a $5 admittance donation to the program, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the school office at (773) 535-2550.

BAC School of Fine Arts to present dance concert
Posted: November 24, 2015

Dancers prepare for the Winter Dance Concert presented by the School of Fine Arts at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The Winter Dance Concert will include Program A on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m.; Program B on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m.; and Program C on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 for BAC members. For more information, call the BAC at (773) 445-3838 or visit

Snow can’t stop farmers market
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 10:42 am

The farmers market at Olivia’s Garden, 10730 S. Western Ave., brought out a better crowd than normal on Nov. 21 despite snowy conditions, according to Claire DiCola, whose family runs the business. DiCola said the bad weather helped sales because people wanted to be indoors. The market runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday until Dec. 19, offering crafts and food, including gluten-free products, from a wide variety of vendors. DiCola is expecting a big turnout on Nov. 28, Small Business Saturday. For more information, visit or search for “Olivia’s Garden Farmers Market” on Facebook. (Review photo)

Original musical set for Baer stage
Posted: November 24, 2015

Theater on the Move will share the spirit of Christmas with its original musical adaption of a Dickens classic. “Christmas Carole, Bah Humbug” will be presented at the Baer Theater, at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th St., on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Starring in the role of Scrooge is Maurice McNichols (back row), of Mt. Greenwood. Local cast members include Susan Pagels, Macy Murzyn and Abby Murzyn, all of Beverly. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. For tickets and information, call (773) 239-2399 or visit Tickets will also be available at the door.

Calendar of Events
Posted: November 24, 2015

Holiday Market

Drama Group to present ‘Heaven Can Wait’
Posted: November 24, 2015

Jeff Peterson (left) and Nick Markionni will perform in The Drama Group’s production of “Heaven Can Wait,” directed by Chuck Kafka, at the Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., in Chicago Heights, on Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be held on Dec. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. Group discounts are available. For tickets, call the box office at (708) 755-3444 or visit For more information, visit

SXU art gallery to host exhibit
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 10:24 am

St. Xavier University’s (SXU) Art Gallery will present “Build Her a Myth” exhibit by Carrie Ann Schumacher through Saturday, Dec. 5, in the SXU Gallery on the Chicago Campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.. Schumacher creates dresses from the pages of romance novels, and in doing so, examines the demands that feminine culture places upon women by utilizing the garment as a social signifier.

Community Briefs
Posted: November 24, 2015

The Beverly Area Arts Alliance will hold a collection of toiletries, healthy snacks and warm items (hats, gloves, hoodies, blankets) to be distributed to the homeless, through Saturday, Dec. 5, at Beverly Area Planning Association, 1987 W. 111th St. For details and other donation locations, visit

Marist athletics to offer winter sports camps
Posted: November 24, 2015

The athletic department at Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St., will offer three camp options for grade school students this winter.

Bulletin Board
Posted: November 24, 2015

De La Salle

Park Lawn seeks help with #GivingTuesday
Posted: November 24, 2015

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Park Lawn will once again participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of charitable giving.

Mt. Greenwood Chamber announces contest winners
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 10:08 am

The Mt. Greenwood Chamber of Commerce (MGCC) recently announced the winners of its Halloween coloring contest that was held in conjunction with its annual Halloween Walk. The submissions were hung in participating store windows as decorations during the Halloween Walk. Ryan Mooney (from left) was the first-place winner, with Luke Maturo and Quinn Nelligan following in second and third place, respectively. On hand to present the awards are Mt. Greenwood Elementary School Assistant Principal Joan Rogers, MGCC Executive Director Darlene Myers and MGCC member Tim Davis of Alternate Reality Comics. The winners were presented with a gift certificate to Alternate Reality as well as a discount on a popular toy from the store.

Guest Viewpoint
Updated: November 25, 2015 - 11:24 am

Most of us who live in Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood know that small businesses are the backbone of our commercial districts.

Barraco’s planning for new development at former library
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 9:37 am

One of the biggest commercial vacancies in the 19th Ward is set to be filled—and another may become occupied as well, according to 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted: November 24, 2015

Preschoolers from St. John Fisher Elementary School, including June Fitzgerald (from left), Josephine McGann, Brennan Ade, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Sean Ade and Brendan Goldrick, made turkeys for Thanksgiving. Their decorations are among the preparations being made by millions of Americans as they give thanks for the many blessings they enjoy each day.

Brazen, 86, dean at Marist known for tough love
Posted: November 24, 2015

Al Brazen was a model of consistency, toughness, fairness and kindness.

Marist seniors making most of opportunity
Posted: November 24, 2015

In their first three seasons on the gridiron at Marist, this year’s seniors didn’t do much winning.