Fourth Annual Calumet Heights Community Coalition

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saggin' Pants: Fashion Statment or Offensive?


Saggin' Pants: Fashion Statment or Offensive?
Listen in to an interview with Southlawn United Methodist Church's Pastor B. and Host Chris Base on the Baseline Show as they disccus this topic on Jamm Chicago

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thank You to Our
2011 Community Festival Sponsors
8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris
Illinois State Representative Marlow Colvin
State Senator Donne Trotter
Chicago Police Department
CAPS Implementation Office
Avalon Park Eumenical Association
Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce

AM-PM Minimart

Creative Odyssey Enterprises

Fundance Fitness Studio
Genesis Printing 

Grand China Kitchen
I Am A Precious Jewel Salon
Kerry Van Issom Associates
Morningstar Enterprises


PathFinders Life Coaching
Pete's Produce 

Popeye's Fried Chicken 
Perrusso Cleaners

Resolute Consulting
Teacher's Supply Box
Thomas' Restaurant
Truth & Soul Barber Shop
Walgreens Drug Store

The People of Southlawn United Methodist Church

Monday, December 6, 2010





Campaign Goal:

The High HOPES (Healing Over the Punishment of Expulsions and Suspensions) Campaign is calling on Chicago Public Schools to reduce suspensions and expulsions by 40% through the implementation of Restorative Justice programs and other proven strategies as called for in CPS's own Student Code of Conduct.

The Problem

In the 2009-2010 school year, there were more than 50,000 students suspended and 700 students expelled from Chicago Public Schools.1 This is roughly 1 suspension for every 8 CPS students. Many of these suspensions were for low-level, non-violent behaviors. African-American male students, who represent only 25% of CPS students, represented over 45% of suspensions and more than 60% of expulsions.¹ This disparity mirrors the over representation of minorities in prisons and jails.

The High HOPES Campaign is calling on CPS to:
1. Commit to reduce suspensions and expulsions by 40% next school year
2. Accomplish this by consistently implementing Restorative Justice and other proven strategies particularly in schools with the highest numbers of suspensions and expulsions.
3. Partner with community and parent organizations to implement Restorative Justice and other intervention strategies.
4. Develop and provide accurate and timely performance measures of disciplinary actions to track the effectiveness of reaching this target goal.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Principal for A Day at Horace Mann Elementary School

I had a great time with the students, parents, admnistration and staff as "Principal for a Day" (Thursday, October 21, 2010) at my alma mater, Horace Mann Elementary School. GO MUSTANGS!

2010 PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY


Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Faith Works on Chicago Streets

Join Your Friends & Neighbors
for a Prayer Walk To Take Back Our Streets

Friday, October 8, 2010 ~ 5:30 p.m.

Beginning at
Southlawn United Methodist Church
8605 S. Cregier Avenue

We will be praying & passing out materials at
85th Street & Stony Island (Taurus)
86th Place & Stony Island (Wendy’s)

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO WALK YOU MAY FOLLOW IN YOUR VEHICLE OR MEET US AT THE DESIGNATED LOCATIONS

~WEAR RED TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS PART OF OUR GROUP~

Organizers of this Prayer Walk

The Churches of the
Avalon Park Ecumenical Association
Southlawn United Methodist Church~Avalon Park Community United Church of Christ ~Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church~St. Felicitas Church~Messiah-St. Bartholomew~Zion Lutheran

The Calumet Heights Community Coalition

With the Support of
The Chicago Police Department 004th District
CAPS Implementation Office

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Faith Works on Chicago Streets"

Join Us for A Prayer Walk for Peace

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 5:30 pm


The Prayer walk will meet at Southlawn UMC at 8600 South Cregier on Wednesday between 5:30 - 5:45 pm and depart from there. You are asked to wear red T-Shirts (shirts) to idenitfy ourselves Our route will be given to the 004th Distrcit Police Since it will be dark around 7ish the route we have planned is as follows: We will pray then leave Southlawn UMC at approximately 5:45 heading north on Cregier to 84th and Cregier (stopping for prayer); we will proceed north on Cregier and go east bound on 84th Street to 84th & Euclid stopping for prayer; we will proceed east on 84th Street to Jeffery- stopping for prayer at 84th & Jeffery; we will proceed south on Jefferey stopping for prayer at 87th & Jeffery; we will proceed west on 87th Street stopping at 87th & Euclid for prayer; we will proceed west on 87th Street then north on Cregier; heading to 1600 E 86th place (if time permits ) we will turn back proceed east on 86th Place then north on Cregier and return to Southlawn UMC pray and depart.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Our 3rd Annual Calumet Heights Community Festival was a great success. The weather was perfect! More than 400 resident participated in a day of family fun and good food! It was great to have neighbors come together and enjoy one another. It was particularly joyful to see children, teens and adults all together in community. I am certain this will promote good will and also allow us to get to know one another better.

Thanks to Marge Matute, Sheila Morris, The United Methodist Men of Southlawn, The Chapmans, Anna Gilbert, Angela Williams of the Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Darrin Weatherspoon, Shirley Vilo, the men and women of the Chicago Police Department 004th District, Pat & Christelle Evans, Goldie Shelton-Seals, the Southlawn United Methodist Church Youth Choir and Praise Force and all the volunteers who helped to make this day a success!

Big ups to our "hostess with the mostest" Winona Davis and Donald Bradley for the pictures.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chicago Police Department Response to Troubled Buildings in our Neighborhood!

This letter was received via email from CPD Officer Freeman who is responsible for "vacant buildings" in response to the Calumet Heights Community Coalition's concern about properties in our neighborhood.

Greetings Reverend Biekman,

We of the 004th District Vacant Building Team appreciate your concerns and have inspected the 8300-8400 block of Constance addresses you provided. We found that although they are in need of some cosmetic care and maintenance, they do not present problems that require the intervention of the Police Department, or City Services.

In brief, the city defines a vacant property as a building "lacking habitual presence" of human beings who have a legal right to be on premise. Or, a building where lawful business operations have "ceased or are substantially devoid of content."

A good way to address these community concerns would be through a local block club. Residents have had much success in collectively resolving some of these types of issues. If there is not a block club in place, the City’s Community website,
https://portal.chicagopolice.org/ is a great link, full of information regarding the formation of block clubs and so much more. Your local Chamber of Commerce is also a good resource when addressing matters of neighborhood beautification. Perhaps a letter can be sent to residents by either the Chamber or a local block club commenting on the maintenance of the properties, which may inspire residents to do a bit more to keep things up a bit, or even identify those residents which may be in need of other assistance such as our Seniors. This information will help you get started, and thank you for your involvement in the 004th District Community.

Please feel free to contact me or the 004th District CAPS office anytime.

Sincerely,


P.O. C. Freeman #18353
Vacant Building Officer
004th District
2255 E. 103rd St.
(312) 745-1383
(312) 747-8205

Thursday, July 22, 2010

2010 Killing Season Comes to Calumet Heights Neighborhood

1 dead, at least 9 injured in overnight violence

July 4, 2010 6:20 AM No Comments UPDATED STORY
A man is dead and at least nine people were injured in separate violent city-wide incidents late Saturday and early this morning, officials said.

About 1 a.m. in the Stony Island Park neighborhood, a 22-year-old man was discovered shot in a backyard in the 8400 block of South Cregier Avenue, Chicago Police Officer Amima Greer, a police spokeswoman. said. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Greer said, but the man later succumbed to his injuries.

The man, identified as Paul Garrette, of the 8600 block of South Dante Avenue, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:59 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

For more on Killing Season: Chicago 2010 click below
http://killingseasonchicago2010.blogspot.com/2010/06/killing-season-chicago-2010.html

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Watch Out For This SCAM!

Two well-dressed white men pose as employees of a security company. One man stays by the car while the other comes to your door. If you have an ADT Security sticker in your window, they will pose as ADT employees. If you have a Westinghouse Security sticker in your window, they will pose as Westinghouse employees. With the intent to gain access to your house, they will tell you that there has been a power outage or some other problem with the company's system and they need to check your security system.

DO NOT let them gain access to your house. This is A SCAM. Security company employees will not come to your home unannounced.

On July 13th at 3:00pm, two well-dressed white men attempted this scam against a member of our community. She had not called her security company, so she was very suspicious. She asked them a lot of questions. She requested to see their employee identification badges. Something did not feel right about the situation to her. She went back into her house and called the police. Before she called the police, one of the scam artists said the following to her, "Oh, so we have us a smart n***er."

Should a company's employees come to your home unannounced trying to gain access to your home, and you have not requested that someone from that company come to your home,

Do not let them in. Do not open the door. Ask questions.

Ask to see their employee ID badges.
Ask why they have come to your home.
Ask why they have come unnanounced, AND
Call the company, using the phone number from your bill, to verify whether the company has actually sent one of their employees to your home. Provide the company with the name and employee identification number if the person has given them to you.

If they will not show you an employee identification badge, if their answers to your questions are not sufficient for you, and especially if the company has not sent an employee to your home,

Call the police--immediately.

Provide the police with as much identifying information as possible.

If something does not feel right, then go with your gut instinct.

Be alert. Be aware. Be Safe.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010




Welcome Creative Odyssey Enterprises, R., Winnona, Mott, Anna, Cecelia Jacqueline P. Ford, Darryl and Genesis Printing, Incorporated. Thank you all for supporting our community through this blog.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pill Hill/ Calumet Heights resident Fallon Russell gives you a guided tour.




Kerry Van Isom & Associates

Accounting - Income Taxes - Financial Consulting

1739 East 87th Street

Chicago, Illinois 60617

(773) 374-7600

Supports the Calumet Heights Community Coalition

Sunday, July 11, 2010

8th Ward Aldermanic Office of Michelle Harris


As the Alderman of the 8th Ward, I am proud of being a public servant serving my community.The 8th Ward is located on the southeast side of the City of Chicago and encompasses the Avalon Park, Southshore, Cottage Grove Heights, Calumet Heights, Burnside, South Chicago and Pullman communities. The 8th Ward is one of the largest in theCity of Chicago and has over 500 streets and 64,000 residents.






Thomas' Restaurant
1657 East 87th Street

(773) 731-8227
Supports the Calumet Heights Community Coalition

Friday, July 9, 2010

Illinois State Representative 33rd District, Marlow H.Colvin

About our State Representative Marlow H. Colvin (Years served: 2001-present)

Born in March of 1964, in Chatham-Avalon Park; he has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Chicago State University. He has been an assistant captain in the 6th precinct for the 8th Ward Regular Democratic Organization for the past 10 years. He is the past Chairman of the Young Democrats of Illinois and Young Democrats of America. When he was appointed, Marlow worked as an administrator in the Office of the Cook County Assessor.

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Consumer Protection (Chairperson); Insurance; Appropriations-Public Safety; Labor; Personnel & Pensions (Vice-Chairperson); Elementary & Secondary Education; Telecommunications; School Code Waivers, Subcommittee; Ex-Offender and Reentry Subcommitte (Sub-Co-Chairperson); Pension Fund Management Procurement.







I Am Precious Jewel's
From Head to Toe
Beauty Salon
1858 East 87th Street (near Bennett)
(773) 375-9700

Supports
The Calumet Heights Community Coalition

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Southlawn United Methodist Church

Our Vision
“To be the Heart of the community with a Growing membership that embraces nurturing spirituality, supporting families and promoting happy and safe children”




Our Motto
We are HOLDING on to God’s Promises, HELPING to Serve God’s People and HEALING with God’s Limitless Love

Our Values

We value LOVE, SCRIPTURES, PRAYERS, SERVICE, TEACHING, PREACHING, JUSTICE, COMPASSION, COMMUNITY, INCLUSIVENESS

With OUR HANDS we FORM THE HEART OF GOD!

Join us for 8 am or 11 am Sunday Worship

The Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce

The Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce is a membership based organization geared towards helping businesses small and large with increasing and sustaining their business. The Chamber provides constituent services like marketing strategies, advertising, grant writing, and SBIF programs. We also offer and extensive workshop schedule offered by the City of Chicago to help support their business needs. If you would like more information on how to become a member of the Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce, please contact:

Angela Williams, Executive Director
Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce
8334 S. Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60617
(773) 734-0626 Office
(773) 734-0649 Fax

Where Commerce Meets Community


Truth & Soul Barbershop
Serving the Community for Over 40 Years
1740 East 87th Street
(773) 768-9700
Supports the
Calumet Heights Community Coaliton

83rd & Constance Block Club

All information that pertains to the 83rd & Constance block club will go in this space.


Teacher's Supply Box

1652 East 87th Street

(773) 221-6000

Supports the Calumet Heigths Community Coalition

83rd & Cregier Block Club

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87th & Euclid Bock Club

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86th Euclid & Jeffery Block Club


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86th & Constance Block Club

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85th & Constance Block Club

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1600 E.86th Pl. Block Club

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87th & Cregier Block Club

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85th & Cregier Block Club

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Advocate Trinity Hospital

Advocate Health Care was started more than 100 years ago
by people in local congregations.
These people made a commitment to their communities. They sought to bring health care services to areas where they were not being provided.

Today, Advocate Health Care continues the tradition of serving our communities. Advocate Health Care is the largest provider of community care, outreach and education in the state of Illinois. We do this both in terms of money invested and with wellness programs
for the good of everyone.

In 2008, Advocate Health Care contributed more than $373 million in charitable care and services. To respond to our communities’ unique needs, we sponsored health and wellness screenings, behavioral health services and school-based health care.



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Chicago Police Department - 004th District, Commander Eric Carter

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Chicago Police Department, CAPS Implementation Office

Beginning in 1993, the Chicago Police Department has been committed to implementing a comprehensive community policing strategy – CAPS – that is designed to make residents an active partner in preventing and reducing crime in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods. That strategy recognizes that police, residents and other neighborhood stakeholders, and other City agencies have to work together to address all the conditions that can lead to crime. No one stands alone; each of us has a role to play in improving the quality of life in our communities.

There are several critical elements to the City’s community policing strategy:



  • That police, residents and other City agencies working together can prevent crime and improve the quality of life in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods;

  • That positive working relationships need to be established between local police and residents; and


  • That law enforcement, community-based, and City service strategies need to be developed and implemented in order to prevent and reduce crime.


Antonio Salazar is the CAPS Coordinator

for the Calumet Heights Area (312) 745-0243

Nadia's Beauty Salon
Beauty shines from within...and raidates outward.

1732 East 87thStreet

(773) 721-3222

Supports the Calumet Heights Community Coalition

Jesse Owens Advisory Council

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He can sponsor and promote all of his activities from this post.

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Avalon Park Ecumenical Association


The Avalon Park Ecumenical Association is a coalition of chuches that serve the Calumet Heights and Avalon Park Neighborhoods on Chicago's south side.

The member churches include:
Avalon Park Community United Church of Christ (Rev. Paul Robeson Ford)
Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church (Rev. Dr. Donald Sharp)
Messiah- St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church (Rev. Richard Frontjes)
St. Felicitas Catholic Church (Rev. Greg Rom)
Southlawn United Methodist Church (Pastor Robert E. Biekman)
Zion Lutheran Church (Rev. Dr. Gwen Miller)

Come out to the Avalon Park Ecumenical Association's Annual Picnic on Sunday, August 29, 2010 2-5 pm at St. Felicitas Catholic Church corner of 82nd & Dante,Chicago,Illinois.

THE AVALON PARK ECUMENICAL ASSOCIATION IS A SPONSOR OF THE 2010 CALUMET HEIGHTS COALITION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL