Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Victory: Re-election of President Barack Obama, Halloween Children, November Diabetes Awareness Month, Noche de Los Muertos, OHMS Candlelight Bowl, Fly the American Flag Veterans Day

          A VICTORY: The re-election of President Barack Obama is a victory for all of America. He will move America forward. The middle class, seniors, veterans, unions, small businesses, military, schools, students, unemployed, underprivileged, immigrants, uninsured and the forgotten do not have to fear for Obama’s agenda has been clinched for the next four years.
          STRENGTHENING THE economy continues to be one of Obama’s top priorities. A stronger economy means more jobs for Americans. But these jobs must be jobs located here in America, not outsourced overseas.
          PRESIDENT OBAMA understands he has a tough road ahead of him, with a Republican controlled Congress, however the political gridlock must stop.
          UNDER PRESIDENT Obama’s leadership progress can be accomplished; he has proven himself time and again since 2008.  The political bickering must stop.  Balance and respect must be restored in American politics; this is a national issue imperative for America to survive globally. America, as a united nation, must demonstrate to the world how a government, with different political ideologies can govern democratically for the betterment of the country. The American people depend on our political leaders to meet in the middle and make a country stronger for every American, not a selected few. Let’s hope our leaders can finally work together.
          AMERICAN CAN only become a stronger nation if the politicians can work together to move America forward.
          Congratulations to all the winners in the General Election of Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.  
Risa, 4, [giraffe] &
Jaron Bush, 4, [Incredible]
            HALLOWEEN: Every year children, along with their parents, in the Little Village neighborhood come out in Halloween costumes on Oct. 31st to roam down 26th Street from Kedzie Ave. west to Kostner Ave. Visiting stores and shouting “Trick or Treat” the children all look cute in the costumes. Most of the stores, restaurants, and businesses open during that time have treats for the children.
          MORE THAN 800 children visited the Little Village Community Council office for their treats. Candy distribution into the Halloween bags was done by volunteers/students from Farragut Career Academy and Cristo Rey High School. 
          LVCC received candy and/or a donation to purchase Halloween treats from: Charles Hernandez, Cicero Democratic Committeeman; Mario Martinez [Violetas], Walgreens, TCF Bank, State Senator Steve Landek [11th District], State Representative Silvana Tabares [21st District], Victor M. Franco Jr. [Military Order of the Purple Hearts]. 
Alex Juarez, 7,
a.k.a. Capt. America
          LVCC thanks its sponsors.    
          DIABETES: The month of November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. If you would like to be screened for diabetes, St. Anthony Hospital personnel will be providing free diabetes screening. The event is this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at the Little Village Community Council, 3610 W. 26th St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
          SYMPTOMS OF Type II diabetes may include:
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Sugar in urine, tested by your doctor
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like order on breath
  • Heavy, labored breathing

          IF YOU HAVE any one of these symptoms, call your doctor or come and get your FREE diabetic screening this Saturday at the LVCC. Diabetic screening is also available for children.
          PREVENTION begins with annual physical exams, routine eye exams and a healthy lifestyle.
          FOR MORE information on Diabetes Screening Day, call 312/286-3405
Mara Castillo places
a cross on the alter
          THE “NOCHE DE LOS MUERTOS” event held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the Manuel Perez Jr. Memorial Plaza in Little Village was a success. The event was attended by 90 parents, students and children some wearing mask and carrying paper flowers for the dead [“flores de mueto en papel]. A moment of silence was observed by all.
          SPEAKERS were State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, Post Commander Joe Ramirez, August Sallas, Maria Alvarez and Mike Rodriguez. All the speakers spoke against violence in the community. A public altar was dressed with small crosses, articles and photos of the deceased.
          FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS were served to all the attendees. The event was sponsored by the Chicago Youth Network and coordinated by Mara Castillo and Jessica Suarez.
          “ORGANIZED HISPANICS MAKING STRIDES” CLUB: OHMS, is a Latino Union member’s club within the Electrical Workers Union, Local 134. They sponsored a Candlelight Bowl fundraiser at the Grand Palace Bowl, 5330 W. 256th St., Cicero Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. More than 100 guests and members attended the Candlelight event. A raffle, Mexican food, and refreshments made a fun-filled evening for everyone.
          PRESIDENT OF the OHMS Club is Marco Calderon who has been an  IBEW Local 134 member for over twelve years; and president of OHMS for the past six. “Our mission is to promote more Latinos for apprenticeship positions and ultimately to become members of Local 134”, said Marco.
          IN ADDITION to a Candlelight Bowl, the OHMS club sponsors an annual Toy Drive and members are involved in the Rebuilding Together” program which helps low income families who need electrical repairs. Politically, the OHMS club members help public candidates by following the lead of the IBEW Local 134. “We try to promote the involvement of Latinos in Local 134,” said Marco.
          SPECIAL GUEST at the Candlelight Bowl was State Representative Silvana Tabares [D-21st District]. “One of my family members is an electrician and I have several who are members of the Teamsters Union. I am pro-labor,” said Silvana.
Left to right: Jaime Garcia, OHMS Board member; Marco Calderon, President;
Eric Aponte, Sgt. at Arms; Silvana Tabares, Ruben Almendarez, Treasurer;
Joe Blanco, Vice-President; Jose Barrios, Vice-President
          THE OHMS Club meets at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the ShyWays S.A.C., 2272 S. Blue Island Ave. For more info on OHMS, call Marco at 312/735-0406. 

                              FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG 
                  VETERANS DAY, SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2012