Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween Blast, LV Community, Veterans Day, Fall Fiesta, New Remapping, UNO Fund-Raiser, New Futuro

More than 1,000 children visited the Little Village Community Council office, 3610 West 26th Street, for candy and popcorn on Halloween. 
A special attraction this year was a Haunted House visited by more than 300 parents with children. A lot of the children were too scared to go into the Haunted House. DJ Jesse Barraza played Halloween music for the children waiting for their candy and popcorn.
             THE LITTLE Village Community Council would like to publicly thank the following  
businesses and individuals who contributed candy or in-kind donations for the children’s Halloween Party: La Preferida, 26th St., Chamber of Commerce, Attorney Michael Hernandez, Cermak Foods, Attorney Juan Soliz, Jason Sigellak [Teacher/Farragut], Walgreens, State Rep. Elizabeth [Lisa] Hernandez, [24TH District]; Mario Martinez, Commissioner Frank Avila Sr., [MWRDGC]Commissioner Michael A. Cabonargi, [Cook County Board of Review], TCF Bank, Victor Franco Jr., Los Candiles Restaurant,  Henry Zabala, [Rico Graphics, Inc.], Henry Gardunio and especially Haunted House designer, Raul Villanova.

LV COMMUNITY Council members/volunteers who made the Halloween Party a success were William Luna, Abe Munoz, Baltazar Enriquez, Danny Farralez, Anna Martinez, Maria Silva, Nibes Guerrero, August Sallas and ten Jesuit Cristo Rey High School students distributed candy and popcorn to the children.
MANY PARENTS expressed their appreciation and thanked the Council members for having a great and exciting Halloween Party. All the children were dressed in costumes and had a terrific time.

VETERANS DAY: Manuel Perez Jr. American Legion Post 1017 will be holding a Veteran’s Day ceremony on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 [11-11-11] starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Manuel Perez Jr. Memorial Plaza, 26th St. & Kolin Ave. in Little Village. Post Commander, Joe Ramirez, is inviting all veterans and their families to the Perez Memorial Plaza to celebrate Veteran’s Day. “We are expecting a large crowd for this special Veteran’s Day falling on 11-11-11”, said Ramirez.
VETERANS have been working at the Memorial Plaza, giving the plaza a facelift with a newly painted mural, benches, wooden pillars, flags and tree trimmings. The new mural at the plaza has the images of three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients: Manuel Perez Jr., Rodolfo “Rudy” Hernandez and Roy Benavidez; each one is a hero.

                  OTHER Mexican-American Congressional Medal of Honor recipients include: Edward Gomez; Amiroso Guillen; Benito Martinez; Jose Rodriguez; Luciano Adams; Marcario Garcia; David Gonzales; Sylvestre Herrera; Jose Lopez; Jose Martinez; Charles Porras; Cleto Rodriguez; Alejandro Ruiz; Jose Valdez; Ismael Villegas; Emilio de la Garza; Daniel Fernandez; Alfredo Gonzalez; Jose Jiminez; Miguel Keith; Alfred Rascon; Louis Rocco; Jay Vargas and Maximino Yabes.  These men received the CMH medal for their heroism. We salute them for their bravery and pay homage to them on Veteran’s Day.
Elizabeth “Lisa”
FALL FIESTA: Citizens for Elizabeth Hernandez [D-24th District] are hosting their annual Fall Fiesta 2011 fund-raiser in support of State Representative Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez. The Fiesta will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Paisan’s Restaurant, 6226 W. Ogden Ave. in Berwyn. Individual ticket: $125 includes food, soft-drinks, beer, wine and entertainment. For more information to RSVP contact Delia at or 312/593-2458.

THE NEW REMAPPING of State Representative districts has made incumbent State Representative Hernandez responsible for South Cicero, Riverside, Brookfield, ¾ of Berwyn and Little Village. Lisa is a product of Little Village being familiar with our neighborhood and our needs. As a respected public official Lisa continues to display leadership with a strong voice. We need her representation in Springfield.

Rahm Emanuel
           UNO FUND-RAISER: Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Awards Dinner hosted by the United Neighborhood Organization [UNO]. The event will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. Ticket: $450 per person.
            FOR MORE information contact Jacqueline Pena Burke at 312/432-601, ext. 1026.

          MARK YOU CALENDAR: New Futuro is hosting a College Prep and  Expo Fair for Latino families, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago [UIC] Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago. More than 50 Universities and Colleges will be present. All the activities are FREE. For more info visit: or call Ana Maria Soto at 312/909-8063.  New Futuro’s motto is “Creating Brighter Latino  Futures.”