Thursday, October 13, 2011

openhousechicago, VA Medical Director, Boxers, Notary PublicPolitics, 60 Minutes

              openhousechicago: The Chicago Architecture Foundation's inaugural openhousechicago event named the Little Village Museum of Mexican culture an official OPEN HOUSE site. You, your family and friends are cordially invited to visit the Museum of Mexican Culture and History, 3610 W. 26th St in Little Village this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 & 16, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
             THIS FREE ADMISSION event offers a 'backstage' pass to the little-known venue in the Little Village community. The Museum of Mexican Culture and History, offers visitors a chance to see Maya pictures, calendar and maps, 12 Azteca Emperors’ paintings, 1910 Mexican Revolution photos of  Pancho Villa and Zapata, Mexican food samples, military equipment, cowboy [vaqueros] sombreros, saddles and cowboy gear and much more on display. Museum curator William Guillermo Luna [773/551-4750] will make a presentation on Mexican culture and history and answer questions about the items in the Museum.
              PARENTS, children, students, senior citizens, history “buffs,” veterans and tourist will find the museum interesting, educational and fun. I hope to see you at the museum.

Michael Anaya, Sr.
              NEW APPOINTMENT: Michael A. Anaya, Sr. has been appointed Jesse Brown VA Medical Centers’, 820 S. Damen Ave., new Medical Director. His appointment began Monday, June 6, 2011.
              ANAYA, SR., a 22-year veteran of the armed forces started his military career as an enlisted United States Air Force Pharmacy Technician. While on duty, he obtained an undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration from Wayland Baptist University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX.                  
              HE ALSO had a commission in the Medical Service Corps for the United States Navy and served in numerous operational leadership positions in the military healthcare system and on the staff of the Surgeon General of the Navy, Bureau of Naval Personnel and TRICARE, prior to retiring from active duty as a Lieutenant Commander in 2001.                 
              MICHAEL was former Chief Executive Officer/President of ANSR Group, LCC, located in Fort Morgan, Colorado. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
              THIS IS Mr. Anaya’s first appointment within the VA and he is enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve his fellow Veterans. In a message to his staff Michael stated, “I am eager to meet each of you and to work with you in caring for the men and women who have sacrificed while serving our great Nation. As a Veteran, I am most appreciative of those who are meeting and caring for our veterans’ needs, day in and day out.  I recognize this is the spirit that reflects our strength and character”. 
              “I HAVE always believed our Veteran family is one of diversity and one of inclusiveness.  Veterans caring for Veterans — whether you served or are caring for those who have served — I am inspired. I look forward to serving with you at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.” We salute Anaya and wish him well in his new position.

              TWO MEXICAN CHAMPIONS: Two of the most exciting bouts of the evening at the Chicago Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Friday Night Fights, were between John Escutia vs. Corrie Wilkins and between Nicholas Asbury vs. Ricardo Chavez. The event, held on October 7, 2011, was at the Teamster City auditorium.
            ESCUTIA vs. WILKINS, 160 lbs. novice bout.  Escutia represented Harrison Park Boxing Club, and won by a unimous decision in a three bout slug-fest. Escutia’s power punches won him the fight.
            ASBURY vs. CHAVEZ, Super Heavyweights was a bloody bout. Chavez, representing the Chicago Boxing Club, won a tough battle against Asbury, a 6’2’’ fighter and much taller than Chavez 5’8”. Chavez, however, fought like a raging bull and out boxed his opponent.

       Escutia and Chavez displayed their skills as champion amateur boxers. I congratulate both of them on their outstanding performance.      

        NOTARY PUBLIC: Want to become a Notary Public? Here’s how you do it. First, contact Finn Insurance agent Marcella Porres at 708/447-8300 and tell her you want to buy a $5,000, 4 year Notary bond; cost $35. Marcella will provide you with a Notary bond certificate. Next, log onto the website and download the Notary Public application from the notary services, Form 171, or write a request and mail it to the Secretary of State, 213 State Capitol, Springfield, IL 62756.
            SEND your Notary application [Form 171], with the $10 fee check [payable to the Secretary of State], and the Notary Bond certificate to the Secretary of State. Within 10 days, you should be notified by the Cook County Clerk’s office that your commission certificate has arrived in their office. You must go, in person, to the Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St. and register for your three year “commission” as a Notary Public with the County Clerk’s office; cost: $5. 
            FINALLY, you will need to order your “Seal” stamp [see sample]. This can be done at Tampico Graphics in Pilsen, 1919 S. Blue Island Ave., phone: 312/243-5448 or at any stationery store; cost: $25. Total cost to become a Notary Public; $75.

            POLITICS: Ald. Ricardo Munoz [22nd Ward/IPO] candidate for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court failed to receive the endorsement of the Cook County Democratic Party slate makers at a meeting held Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. However, Munoz did have the support of Toni Preckwinkle, President of the County Board. Incumbent Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown received the endorsement for a third term. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez received the endorsement of the Democratic Party slate makers for a second term. Alvarez received heated opposition from the City Council Black Caucus. However, Anita prevailed with 80% of the Committeemen voting to endorse her.  Anita must be more vigilant to her constituents.

                60 MINUTES: One of my favorite TV shows on Sunday evening is “60 Minutes.” I especially enjoyed the commentaries of Andy Rooney, 92, who [unfortunately] signed off the show Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. For me, Andy was a regular guy always honest and straightforward with his opinions and comments. His remarks were clear and to the point; and his subjects were interesting. During Andy’s last televised segment he stated he was not retiring because “he is a writer and a writer never stops being a writer”. Andy signed off saying, “I wish I could do this [60 Minutes] forever.” Andy is a role model and my kind of regular guy.

“A writer’s job is to tell the truth.”  ---Andy Rooney