Thursday, September 4, 2014

Secretary of State Mobile Unit, Bridgeview's 46th Annual Barbeque Picnic & Boxing Fundraiser, Louis Rios Honored, Amateur Boxing, Calendar of Events

Seated: Rosana Tanon, Dawn Williams
Jose Salazar, Alice Kelly, Natalie Khan
          SECRETARY OF STATE Mobile Unit staffers, Rosana Tanon, Dawn Williams, Joe Salazar, Alice Kelly and Natalie Khan, provided services to 46 residents who live within the Little Village neighborhood.
           THIS WAS the Secretary of State Mobile Unit’s fourth year providing service to residents of Little Village. Secretary of State Speaker's Bureau Director, Ron Serpico, Jr., made the necessary arrangements for the Mobile Unit to come to the Little Village Community Council office, 3610 W. 26th St., Chicago on Friday, August 22, 2014.
          SECRETARY of State staffers worked from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and provided attendees with State ID's, driver's license, license plate stickers, gave information out regarding issues relating to DUI's and Temporary Visitors Driving License for undocumented individuals.
           THEY DID an outstanding job. Many attendees expressed their satisfaction with the assistance and service they received. “Staff from the Secretary of State were very friendly and helpful,” said Marie Zavela.
          QUICK GUIDE: Rosana Tanon, Hearing officer for the Secretary of State, helped individuals with information on DUI's and gave undocumented individuals information on the Temporary Visitor Driver's License [TVDL] under Public Act 97-H57, non-visa status individuals who cannot obtain a Social Security card. These individuals may apply for a TVDL, by appointment only, at any of the three TVDL facility locations in Chicago:
            Chicago North, 5401 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60630; Chicago South, 9901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Chicago, IL 60628 and Chicago West, 5301 W. Lexington St., Chicago, IL 60644. TVDL applicants may bring an interpreter to assist with the application process. All are required to pass a vision, written and road exams.
          AN APPLICANT can also apply for a TVDL by going online at: or by calling 855/236-1155. TVDL are valid for three years. For questions about the TVDL program or to check the status of your application: call 855/212-2687.
           PAMPLETS on information for a TVDL are available at the Little Village Community Council office, 3610 W. 26th St. El solicitante debe concertar una cita a traves de Internet en: o llamano al 855/236-1155, Licencia temporal conducir para visitantes.
          “THE REASON we bring the Secretary of State's Mobile Unit to the LV community is because it's a matter of convenience and quick service,” said LVCC President August Sallas.
Steve Landek & Augie Sallas
          TOYOTA PARK:
Bridgeview Active Party Mayor Steven M. Landek, Village Clerk John Altar and Trustees: Norma Pinion, James Cecott, Patricia Higginson, Mary Sutton, Michael Pticek and Claudette Struzik hosted their 46th Annual Barbeque Picnic & Boxing Fundraiser. The event was on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Toyota Park, 71st St. & Harlem Ave., in Bridgeview, IL.
           MORE THAN 1,547 Active Party members, friends and guests attended the event. Special guest was Paul Vallas, Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor. There was unlimited food [hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausage, beef, lamb and pork sandwiches, chili, corn on the cob] and beverages to enjoy.
           IT WAS a hot day, with temperatures at 88 degrees, the sound of good music traveled through the air, there were many door prizes and raffles to win, horseshoes and beanbags to play; summer fun for everyone. The highlight of the day was a boxing show of nine amateur matches under the direction of John O'Brien, a USA National Amateur boxing official. Each was 3-minute bout and a boxer won by the decision given by ringside judges. The matches created a lot of excitement; the crowd clapped, yelled and shouted support for their favorite boxer. All of the boxers put on a great show and each winner received a beautiful trophy for a skillful boxing exhibition.
          LOUIS RIOS, former President of the Illinois Amateur Boxing Association, was presented with a plaque for his 52 years of dedication to the sport of amateur boxing.
John O'Brien, Louie Rios, Ken Fletcher
           THE PLAQUE read: “Presented with Respect and Appreciation to Louis Rios for 52 Years of Dedicated Service to Amateur Boxing. Presented by The Coaches, Boxers and Officials of Illinois Toyota Park Summer Invitational, Bridgeview, IL August 24, 2014”.
           OVER THE YEARS Louie has helped many young boxers as a coach, trainer, boxing official, and as President of the Louie Rios Amateur Boxing Club. Rios sponsored the “Silver Gloves Tournament”.
           BRIDGEVIEW’S 46th Annual Barbeque Picnic & Boxing Fundraiser was a huge success. Mayor Landek thanked everyone for attending and for their continued support. “Our event is enjoyed by more and more people every year,” said Landek.

          TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16—Firefighter application deadline. Answer the call. Firefighter exam is Dec. 13 & 14, 2014. Must be 18 by Dec. 31, 2014, cannot be over the age of 37 per the Municipal Code of Chicago. For more info visit
          SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27—Ninth Annual Feria del Mole starts at Noon, Little Village High School, 3120 S. Kostner Ave. Sponsored by Universidad Popular. For more info call 773/733-5055.

            SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4—The 4th Annual Little Village Expungement Workshop for adult and juvenile ex-offenders from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Life Church, 2657 S. Lawndale Ave., Chicago. Ex-offenders must bring a copy of rap sheet and disposition of case. DUI assistance will be available. No appointment necessary. FREE ADMISSION. For more information call August Sallas, 312/286-3405.