Sun-Times: Schulter & Rosenfeld Will Withdraw from Committeeman Race

A report in the Chicago Sun-Times today says former Ald. Eugene Schulter and Paul Rosenfeld will withdraw from the race for 47th Ward Committeeman today.  The Sun-Times says the two withdrew in preference to Peter Coffey, the choice of mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The story quotes Tom Bowen, an Emanuel operative, as saying “the mayor felt the best thing for the 47th Ward was to avoid a divisive fight.”

Read more at Chicago Sun-Times.

Hundreds attend Budlong open house night

Hundreds of children, parents and staff attended an open house at Budlong Monday the Budlong  Local School Council learned Tuesday.

“It was a big success,” according to Principal Al Solomon. “There must have been a thousand people in the building.”

Solomon told the LSC the school had filed two teaching positions approved earlier by the LSC.

The LSC will be sending a survey to parents asking for their input on the extended school day. LSC members said drama, arts and crafts, soccer and homework are very popular choices to fill the additional time.

While LEGO toys and time is popular among younger children, there is a need to develop more activities for older children, Solomon noted.

The Budlong LSC has one parent opening. A second parent opening may happen shortly, it was noted.

Parents should apply to the LSC to fill the temporary vacancy.


American Theater Co bridge program serving 150 Amundsen students

The American Theater Co is working with 150 Amundsen students in a Bridge Program that is promoting reading, writing, analysis and speaking, the Amundsen Local School Council was told December 13.

The ATC program provides the students with a play being performed by the North Center-based theater company. The students analyze the play, then meet with actors from the company to discuss the play Michael Driscoll of ATC told the council.

They also put on their own performance of the work before seeing the performance of the ATC, the LSC was told.

Finally the students use their knowledge to try to write their own plays according to Amundsen English teacher Nicole Matassa.

The program is available to freshman at Amundsen, Matassa told The Bulldog.

The LSC approved earmarking $5,730 already approved for the Bridge program to be carried over to the 2012-13 school year.

The funds will not be used in the current school year due to the program receiving additional outside funding and a smaller than expected class size, the LSC was told.

Chappell LSC OKs buy of 30 new laptops, add’l Spec Ed teacher

The Chappell Local School Council approved the purchase of 30 new laptops for the school and filed a vacancy for a special education instructor at its December 9 meeting.

Principal Joseph Peila told the LSC there was strong support among parents for more art, with 90 percent indicating support for using 90 additional class minutes for art next year.

Peila said parents were also supportive of additional time for science and dance.

Parents indicated their support through feedback on forms, Peila said.

The school will add 90 minutes to its day starting in the fall 2012 the LSC was told.

The Principal also said he had worked with teachers to identify three students in each class to receive greater attention. Increasing academic achievement in some of these students would help the school meet its Annual Yearly Progress goals he said.

Students at the school were working with designers towards upgrading the playground, the LSC learned. Students were encouraged to consider the differences in age from class to class in choosing equipment, colors and accessibility.

“We’ll be expanding the size of the playground due to the additional length of the school day,” Peila explained.

Preckwinkle Endorses Fritchey for Committeeman in 32

It looks like Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey has received a coveted endorsement in his race for 32nd Ward Committeeman against 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack. That endorsement comes from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

The Chicago News Cooperative broke the story. “Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle endorsed incumbent John Fritchey for 32nd Ward Democratic committeeman Friday in one of the more heated races in the March primary election.

“Preckwinkle picked Fritchey, a Cook County commissioner and former state representative, over Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), her former City Council colleague, in what she called ‘a hard decision.'”

All Committeemen races will be decided next March. Committeemen are responsible for getting out the vote in their wards for their party.


Bull elected President of RAW

The Ravenswood Art Walk has chosen Carolyn Bull President. The decision, made at the groups meeting held earlier Wednesday, was announced at the Second Wednesday event.

Bull is a former executive director of the Ravenswood Community Council, an officer in the Ravenswood-Lakewood Historical Association and a photographer, replaces artist Bill Moran.

Moran had led RAW to a dramatic expansion of the annual art walk, with activities taking place over a wider area and also outreach activities throughout the year.

Introducing Bull, Moran said his business and personal life required greater attention and he sought a new leader to carry the RAW vision forward.

Bull said she is looking for artists and community members interested in the RAW mission to work on committees.

The Second Wednesday event took place at the Metal+Works, 4426 N Ravenswood.

O’Donnell reelected to RCC

The Ravenswood Community Council reelected Tom O’Donnell President. The election, held during the annual meeting of the group, held at The Rail, 4709 N Damen Ave., Tuesday, also reviewed the current status of the Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARS, formerly HRAIL) program, efforts by the group to address industrial vacancies and outreach into the community.

Have A Skate With Bob 12/3/11

Pictured - Members of the HSWB All Stars and the Rockford Bear Minimum hockey teams after their charity game.


This past Saturday afternoon a charity hockey game was played at the BMO Harris Bank Centre in Rockford. Skaters from as far as Ontario came to help friends raise money to fight a deadly disease. The game was planned by a close knit group of friends who have been personally affected by Pancreatic Cancer. The Rockford IceHogs Charitable Foundation joined it’s forces with the Have a Skate with Bob Foundation to help raise money to help find a cure for this deadly disease.

Bob Klem, from Kansas, lost his wife Becky to Pancreatic Cancer in 1999, just 3 short months after diagnosis. In 2007 HSWB was founded after his daughter told him should put purple tape on his goalie stick to honor her. Bob has since worked tirelessly in his efforts to raise money to find a cure.

Bob is also a member of a very close group of Chicago Blackhawks fans who converse frequently in a on-line community, Many members of that community are also Season Ticket Holders for the Blackhawks and see each other frequently at games and in their personal lives. 

The IHN community lost one of their own this past summer to Pancreatic Cancer, Tom Jacobson. Tom fought PC for 2 years before passing away in June. The game Saturday was played in his memory. His daughter Nicole, skated in her very first game of hockey on Saturday to honor her father. Throughout the game, the video board displayed a endless visual into Becky’s and Tom’s lives.

The charity game was between the Have A Skate with Bob All Stars team and the Rockford Bear Minimum hockey club. As rumored, the All Stars’ roster had a ringer on it, former IceHogs player Oak Hewer. The final score wasn’t important, the Bears won 16-7 if anyone cared. The game itself, while not polished, was filled with laughter, played in the name of friendship and love. In the last few minutes of the 3rd frame, the All Stars emptied their bench onto the ice and were seen with big grins on their faces as they threw mock punches at each other in a line brawl within their own ranks.

A Silent Auction was held later that evening, while the IceHogs played against the Abbotsford Heat. A wide variety of auction items were donated by friends, family members, hockey players and teams. A raffle was also held for a team autographed IceHogs jersey. The tables and walls behind them were covered with priceless treasures waiting to be won by a lucky bidder. Fans attending the game could be seen through out the game crowding the tables placing their bids. At the end of the night, the auction & jersey raffle brought in over $4,200. Proceeds went to help the fight against Pancreatic Cancer.

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Members of the All Stars staged a mock line brawl within their own ranks at the end of the game.