Civic Association Announces 2019 Award Winners

McKinley Park Civic Association Vice President Sue Pletsch, right, announces the 2019 award winners alongside Secretary Chris Bania and President Agnes Bednarkiewicz at the January 2 association meeting.
McKinley Park Civic Association Vice President Sue Pletsch, right, announces the 2019 award winners alongside Secretary Chris Bania and President Agnes Bednarkiewicz at the January 2 association meeting.
Published January 3, 2019

The McKinley Park Civic Association announced the winners of its 2019 community awards, including for Educators of the Year and the William H.G. Toms Award, at the Wednesday, January 2, 2019, association meeting. Chosen from local educators and community leaders, the award winners will be feted at the association's annual banquet in March.

Jose Negrete was announced as the winner of the William H.G. Toms Community Service Award. Educators of the Year include Josefina Garcia of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Nicholas Colletti of the De La Salle Institute, Elizabeth Loerop from Evergreen Academy Middle School, Shelley Cordova of Nathanael Greene Elementary School, Nadine Filas at Thomas Kelly High School, and Betty Gorman at Namaste Charter School.

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First Responders Contain Blaze on 3700 Block of South Honore Street

First responder vehicles and personnel line the 3700 block of South Honore Street.
First responder vehicles and personnel line the 3700 block of South Honore Street.
Published January 2, 2019

Chicago Fire Department officers, with the support of Chicago Police Department and other emergency personnel, quickly contained a residential building fire on the 3700 block of South Honore Street the morning of Wednesday, January 2, 2019. No injuries were reported in connection with the fire, although the building sustained extensive damage. 

Chicago Police Department officers on the scene said the suspected cause of the fire was a gas line ruptured in the course of home renovation.

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at McKinley Park

The dropoff point for live Christmas trees rests adjacent to the McKinley Park field house parking lot at 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago.
The dropoff point for live Christmas trees rests adjacent to the McKinley Park field house parking lot at 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago.
Published January 1, 2019

Neighborhood residents can responsibly dispose of their Christmas trees by taking them to the recycling drop-off point in McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago, starting this Saturday. A program of Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation in partnership with the Chicago Park District, the tree recycling will run from Saturday, January 6, through Saturday, January 20, at McKinley Park and 24 other locations across the city.

The trees will be turned into mulch for use in Park District locations, for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and for residents to pick up at some recycling locations, which unfortunately does not include McKinley Park.

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McKinley Park Neighborhood Steps into the New Year with Parties, Events

Published December 31, 2018

Celebrate the coming 2019 in the McKinley Park neighborhood with New Year's Eve parties, including the New Year's Eve Pajama Party at One City Tap. Wear your most fabulous, scandalous, or comfortable jammie-jams and dance to the tunes of DJ Angel, with a free champagne toast at midnight. There is no cover charge for this 21-and-over event.

Marz Community Brewing Company hosts the Marz New Year's Eve Party with an all-you-can-eat slider bar, unlimited small pours of beers, a midnight toast and other goodies at a price of $60 per advance ticket, or $80 at the door. DJ Fanita Banana & Friends Sound System pounds out the prime party tracks into the New Year.

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Celebrate Christmas, Enjoy the Holidays This Week in McKinley Park

Published December 24, 2018

McKinley Park's many religious institutions are celebrating the holiday season with special Christmas services, including Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 24, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, followed by St. Andrew's Christmas Morning Worship on Tuesday, December 25.

Blessed Sacrament Parish offers many Christmas services and celebrations, starting with Polish Christmas Caroling on Monday afternoon, December 24, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Christmas Eve Mass follows the caroling; Spanish-speaking congregants can also take part in the Christmas Eve Mass in Spanish that evening at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. On Christmas day, St. Maurice church offers a Christmas Mass at 9 a.m., and Peter and Paul offers a  Christmas Mass in Spanish later that morning.

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