Bulldog to receive five journalism awards

The Welles Park Bulldog announced today it has learned that the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association will award writers and photographers at the online neighborhood site for work in five journalism categories. The awards, part of the association’s 2011 competition, will be made at the NINA fall conference, October 20 in DeKalb:


Stearns has been concentrating on sports photojournalism. Rickard and Boylan, co-owners of The Bulldog, were recognized in May by the Chicago Headline Club (Society of Professional Journalists), receiving two Lisagor awards for the work creating the neighborhood news site.

Boylan also received a Ford Foundation scholarship to attend the Poynter Institute over the summer.

The Bulldog is a member of the NorthCenter and Lincoln Square Chambers of Commerce and the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. The staff also has memberships in the Online News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and other local groups.

The Bulldog has been banging away at news for the Ravenswood community,” Boylan said. “Unlike our competition, The Dog is not distracted by this month’s fad. Unlike our competition, The Dog is committed to Ravenswood. Unlike our competition, we are recognized for our professional level journalism.”

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards were open to members of the association. NINA, which is associated with the journalism school at Northern Illinois University, is dedicated to advance the quality, integrity and credibility of journalism and journalism education in the 26 northernmost counties of Illinois.


Canning workshop

The Neighborhood Nutrition Centers will be hosting a Fall Canning Workshop.

“One of our best ways to access nutritious food throughout the season,” said Executive Director, Les Kniskern, “is to learn best practices for canning and preserving.”

Among other activities the NNC delivers food to the Ravenswood Community Services. The RCS offers a weekly food pantry and hot meal every Tuesday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1757 W Wilson Ave. 5.30-7.30P.

  • Fall Canning Workshop, learn to can your own food
  • Neighborhood Nutrition Centers
  • Thurs., Sept. 29; 6.30P
  • Luther Memorial Church; 2500 W Wilson Ave
  • $5 suggested donation
  • For more information

Bells of Ravenswood to note 9/11 anniversary

A Google search for images of 9/11 brings back a wealth of memories. Where were you when you learned of the attacks?

A walk between All Saints Episcopal Church and St. Benedict Church will lead community memorials marking the anniversary of 9/11.

The 1.5 mile walk, called ‘The Bells of Ravenswood,’ is intended to raise awareness of the history, spirituality and development of the Ravenswood community.

The walk will start at the 127 year old All Saints Episcopal Church and conclude at the 93 year old St. Benedict Church.

Participants will pass the Abbott Mansion, Ravenswood School, the Bethany United Church of Christ, the Ravenswood Presbyterian Church, the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former offices of Friends of Rod Blagojevich, Coonley School and end at St. Benedict.

Churches along the route have agreed to open their doors and discuss their history.

There is a $10 donation suggested for the 1.5 mile walk. Proceeds will be split between All Saints and St. Benedict.

  • The walk starts at All Saints, at the corner of Wilson Ave. and Hermitage Ave., at 3 PM Sunday, September 11.
  • The memorial service will be held at the NorthCenter Town Center, at Belle Plaine Ave. and Damen Ave., at 4 PM.
  • The walk will conclude with the dedication of the bell tower at St. Benedict, Irving Park Road and Leavitt St., at 5 PM.

Participants can join the walk at any point.

The walk is sponsored by the NorthCenter Chamber of Commerce, the Ravenswood Community Council and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce. Financial support for the walk was provided by the Welles Park Bulldog.

Love a Local

Here are a few ideas for loving some locals this weekend. We use our editorial voice and say these are each worthwhile:

  • All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4550 N Hermitage, is one of the oldest places of worship in the community. They are the only finalist in the Chicago area in the “This Place Matters” competition a competition taking place through the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There are just 100 finalists nationwide. Winning the competition requires you to vote and you must do it TODAY because this is the deadline. If the church wins the competition, they could receive $25K towards repairs. You can only vote once in this competition, SO DO IT! Follow this link. I just did it and it took seconds to register and vote…
  • The Welles Park Bulldog follows the design of Emily Lonigro of Lime Red Studio. Lime Red and the Bulldog won a Lisagor award for design from the Chicago Headline Club, a local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Lime Red is a finalist in an Intuit award. Lime Red could receive up to $50K in grants from Intuit. No they are not the church, but they are partially responsible for bringing this news site to you. Voting here is through a Facebook application. Voting takes a few seconds. Follow the link and show some love.

All Saints’ summer salon starts TONIGHT

Like a summer chautauqua, All Saints Episcopal Church is planning an eclectice summer of small group discussion starting tonight.

What will be the topic? Fate will determine that. A wheel will be spun, and with this bit of randomness, a topic for discussion selected.

Possible topics include:

  • What do the Bad Girls of the Bible have to say to us today?
  • What REALLY counts as sin?
  • How does social networking impact our spiritual lives?

The discussions will be held from 7-8.30P Wednesdays. Go to the northeast lawn of the church at 4550 N Hermitage.

All Saints has a $150K hole in the wall

All Saints Episcopal Church, one of the oldest churches in the Ravenswood community is facing a deteriorating physical condition.

In this video, the church discusses a hole in the north wall foundation.

The church is starting a capital foundation to restore the exterior of the building.

All Saints supports a community kitchen for the poor and homeless through Ravenswood Community Services. It also supports efforts to rebuild New Orleans.

The campaign hopes to raise $150,000, according to the church website. Not all the funds will be used to fill the hole (it made a nice headline though).

Read more at All Saints website.

Listen to a sermon from Rev. Bonnie Perry that discusses the hole and the needs of the church. (MP3)


Ravenswood 5K Run

Ravenswood 5K Run. Credit: Jack Lydon

Early Sunday morning, area runners took to the streets of Ravenswood for the 15th Annual Ravenswood Run five kilometer race.  Beginning at 8A, from the corner of Hermitage and Wilson over 3,500 runners ran down Heritage to Irving Park Road and then back north up Paulina, west on Leland before returning to east on Wilson to the finish at Ravenswood.


Wearing number 4, James Akita finished first overall with a time of 15:07.  Appropriately wearing number 2, Brent Alexander came in next, thirteen seconds behind.  Brent placed second in 2010 as well.

Andrew McCann finished third overall with a time of 15:36 but first in the mens’ 20 to 24 year old division.

The fastest woman was Heather Precop (#3) with a time of 17:35 and eighteenth place overall.  Melissa Hadesty (18:10, 27th overall) and Kalina Michalska (18:50, 46th overall) rounded out the top three female finishers.

In what was surely one of his last public appearances as alderman, outgoing 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter held the tape as James Akita crossed the finish line.

47th Ward Alderman-elect, Ameya Pawar, ran the race appropriately wearing number 47, and finished with a very respectable time of 24:52.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry at All Saints Episcopal Church the Student Health Centers at Lake View and Amundsen High Schools.  Last year, the race raised $35,000.00.

Ravenswood 5K this Sunday UPDATED

The 15th Annual Ravenswood 5K will be held this weekend.

*** UPDATED 04/28/2011 08.11A *** The headline had the wrong date. The article text was correct. We apologize for the error.

‘Waiting for Superman’ screening

The explosive and controversial documentary ‘Waiting for Superman’ will screen at All Saints Episcopal Church. The documentary deals with the hopes and dreams of parents and children struggling with the lottery system of many school systems.

  • ‘Waiting for Superman’
  • All Saints Episcopal Church, 4550 N Hermitage
  • Fri., Apr. 15 7P
  • For more information.