Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Democrat Silvana Tabares, Vincente Fernandez, LV Runners, "Octoberfest" Veteran's Event, OHMS IBEW Fundraiser, Diabetes Screening, Vote Early, Happy Halloween

Silvana Tabares

          VOTE TABARES:  Silvana Tabares is the Democratic nominee for State Representative of the 21st District in the Tuesday, Nov. 6th General Election. She is a tireless campaigner who has visited all of the neighborhoods in her district. The neighborhoods include Brighton Park, Garfield Ridge, Little Village and suburban areas of Cicero, Stickney, Riverside, Lyons, Summit, McCook, Bedford Park and Bridgeview. 
          TABARES SPENT her whole life on the South West side of Chicago, the place she calls home. Silvana said, “growing up in Brighton Park instilled a sense of commitment and responsibility for my neighbors”; a commitment which continues to steer her today. She was raised under the guidance and support of her single mother. “I learned the meaning of perseverance and hard work by my mother’s example,” said Silvana. 
          AFTER GRADUATING from Lourdes High School, Silvana said she knew she had to pursue a path which would help bring the critical issues of her community to the forefront.
          TABARES RECEIVED her Associate’s Degree from Richard J. Daley College and her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She began her career in journalism. “I began my career by giving back to the community,” said Tabares.  Working as a youth educator with WRTE Radioarte 90.5 FM, Tabares taught the skills of radio broadcasting to local youth. “My professional skills helped me prepare young people for employment, and I felt responsible to help them by increasing opportunities for the next generation,” said Tabares.
          SILVANA began working at the EXTRA Bilingual newspaper in 2008 and was the managing editor of the paper. The EXTRA newspaper received numerous awards under her direction and leadership. Silvana believes her real accomplishments were building bridges within the community, increasing awareness of issues concerning public safety, economic opportunity, education and galvanizing community input around those issues.   
          AS THE DEMOCRATIC candidate for the Illinois Office of State Representative of the 21st District, Silvana will bring her experience and dedication to the office. Silvana’s unmatched passion and drive instilled by her upbringing and tempered by her experience, will continue to direct her efforts as the State Representative of the 21st District. 
          ELECT SILVANA TABARES and Punch 31.
Vicente Fernandez
          MEXICAN ICON: Alderman George A. Cardenas [12th Ward] honored living legend and Mexican icon Vicente Fernández, 72, at a special street dedication event in Little Village on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. The event was held near the famous Mexican Arch on 26th St. & Albany Ave. Although rain poured down on the crowd of 2,000, it did not stop Fernandez from going on with the show. The rain did cause a problem with the audio equipment, forcing Fernandez to sing acapella. The crowd roared.  
          TO HONOR the cultural icon, Alderman Cardenas unveiled new street signs designating the part of 26th Street between 2800 West and 3199 West as “Vicente Fernandez Avenue”. The music legend was given a key to the City and a Proclamation proclaiming the week of October 20-27 as “Vicente Fernández Week” in the City of Chicago. 
          VICENTE FERNANDEZ, known as Chente or El Rey de la canción ranchera [the King of ranchera music] and Mexico’s most famous singer and movie star visited Little Village (the largest Mexican community in the Midwest) to announce his retirement from show business. On Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, Fernandez held a sold-out performance. The dedication event was hosted by Ald. George Cardenas [12th Ward]. State Senators Tony Munoz and Iris Martinez also attended the street dedication.
Some of the runners: Elizabeth Mejia, Veronica Montes, Martin 
Aspera, Freddy Macedo, Jessica Vergara, Carmen Vergara, 
Yesenia Mariscal, Lalo Castillo, Frankie Monreal, Josie Cruz, 
Juan Cruz, Christina Carreto Alex Rosa, Mr. Montoya
          LV RUNNERS: Little Village resident Cristina Carreto is one of the organizers of a group of runners and walkers in the LV neighborhood. The group varies in size from 25 to 35 participants. The newly organized group meets every Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday morning to run/walk. “We just like to run, said Cristina, and I was surprised to see how many people like to run.” 
          THIS PAST Saturday, the group met in front of the Little Village Community Council, 3610 W. 26th St. and did their warm-up exercises in the Castellanos Elementary school playground. They began running/walking from 26th St. & Central Park Ave. west to Kostner Ave. and returned back east to Albany Ave. and then back to 26th St. & Central Park Ave. 
          A MEMBER of the group Josie Cruz said, “I’m just a walker -- for now.” 
          VETERAN’S EVENT: The First Annual “Octoberfest” will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2012, beginning at 12:00 Noon at the Manuel Perez, Jr. American Legion Post 1017, 2658 S. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, IL 60623. Donation: $10.00 per plate.  Everyone is invited. 
          MENU INCLUDES: Sauerkraut, Potato Pancakes, Bratwurst/Franks, Pickles/Jalapenos, German Chocolate Cake, Glass of [Berghoffs] German Keg Beer. Beer sponsor Moreno’s Liquors. Raffle, prizes, 50/50 and German Beer Steins. 
          SPONSORS: Dr. Hector P. Garcia AMVETS, Post 326, Manuel Perez, Jr. American Legion Post 1017, M.A.V.A. Mexican American Veterans Association, Military Order of the Purple Hearts. Tail Gate: 12:00 Noon Game Bears vs. Panthers. 
          FOR MORE information contact: Herr Albert Villasenor [773]522-5471.
          A FUND-RAISER: The OHMS Club of the IBEW Local 134 is hosting a Candlelight Bowling event on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The event will be held at the Grand Palace Bowl, 5330 W. 35th St., Cicero, Illinois 60804. Three games, shoe rental, food, raffles and a cash bar. Dinner is at 8 p.m. and bowling at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person.  For tickets contact Ruben Almendarez at 708/269-1512. Or, email bendidez@sbcglobal.net [anytime] for more information or confirmation. If unable to attend the event, and would like to make a contribution towards a raffle prize, or just a donation, feel free to call Ruben. 
          DIABETES SCREENING: St. Anthony Hospital will be doing diabetes screening on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Little Village Community Council, 3610 W. 26th St. Flu shots may be available. No appointment necessary. For more info call 312/286-3405. 
          TO VOTE EARLY, you need to show the election judge a photo ID. Questions? Call 312/269-7900 or log on chicagoelections.com for more information.