Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Little Village Principal Meeting, Jesse H. Ruiz, Free Haircuts, Manuel Perez Jr. Medal of Honor, Farragut ROTC Cadets, H.O.P.E. Public Meeting

Jesse H. Ruiz

          PRINCIPAL MEETING: Jesse H. Ruiz, Vice-President, Chicago Board of Education will be meeting with Little Village elementary and high school principals this Friday, March 15, 2013 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Hosting the meeting is the Little Village Community Council located at 3610 W. 26th St.
          JESSE WAS appointed Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May 2011. Chicago Public Schools is currently the third largest school district in the nation with over 400,000 students and a budget exceeding $5 billion.
          RUIZ IS an attorney and partner with the law firm of Drinker Biddle. Jesse is the legal counsel to the fourteen Illinois senators and representatives who formed the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation. In 2003, and again in 2009, Jesse received the Foundation’s Leadership Award for providing legal counsel to both the Foundation and the Caucus, and assisting in the formation of both organizations.  For more info call 312/286-3405.
Left to right: A hair stylist shows State Rep.
Lisa Hernandez her skills in hair styling
with a young girl.  
          FREE HAIRCUTS and manicures will be given to Little Village residents on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Little Village Community Council, 3610 W. 26th St.  Students from the America’s Career Institute, Inc., 7000 W. Cermak Road, Berwyn, IL will be providing the free service. 
          AMERICA’s Career Institute, Inc. welcomes anyone interested in becoming a cosmetologist and/or nail technician. It is a cosmetologist school under the direction of Patricia Caraballo, president.
          FOR SEVERAL years, America’s Career Institute, Inc. has participated in many events. Students love to help community organizations and, at the same time, are given the opportunity to utilize their skills. The school is available for groups and individual customers who would like beauty services done by a student under the supervision of an instructor.
          THEIR PRICES are reasonable. Haircuts $7, Shampoo only $4 & up, Re-touch $25 & up, Full color $35 & up, Color rinse $2 & up. Skin: Facial $9, Make-up $15 & up, Eye lashes $15. Nail: Manicure $6, Pedicure $15, Nail Wraps $15, Remove nail $8.
          ACI caterers to birthday parties, Quinceanera and bridal showers. Hours: Sunday and Monday – closed, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday – 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call ACI at 708/795-1500.
Manuel Perez Jr. 11th Annual Birthday Commemoration March 2, 2013. Left to  right: Commander Rudy Acevedo, Dorman-Dunn Post 547; MAJ Peter J. Ramirez, Cadet Jose Rivera, Cadet Enrique Vega, Cadet Bryan Martinez, USAP Senior Master Sergeant Pedro Ortiz, Cadet Juan A. Aguilar, Cadet Jacqueline Medina, Cadet Jessenia Gomez and William Luna, Commander. Cadets attend the Patton Academy ROTC, Farragut Career Academy H.S., 2345 S. Christiana Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
          M.O.H. PEREZ JR.: For 11 years, Commander William Luna of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia AMVETS, Post 326 has coordinated the ceremony to celebrate the birthday of PFC Manuel Perez Jr. [1923-1945] a Medal of Honor [MOH] recipient from WWII.
PFC Manuel Perez Jr.
         PEREZ JR. was killed in action in the Battle of Luzon, Philippines in 1945. The 11TH Airborne Division mission was to take Fort William McKinley in the Philippines. The fort was fortified with pillboxes with .50-caliber machine guns. Perez took upon himself to blast away with grenades and killed 18 Japanese soldiers before he was mortally wounded. His action enabled his unit to advance successfully. Perez Jr. posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroism.
          THIRTY-FIVE veterans and friends gathered at the Manuel Perez Jr. Memorial Plaza at 26th St. & Kolin Ave. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in memory of a Mexican American war hero PFC Perez Jr. Farragut ROTC cadets posted colors and played music for the event under the director of Maj. Peter J. Ramirez, Commandant.               
Left to right: Sergio Arlandis, Eduardo E. Gesio, Vanessa
Zamora, Lisa T. Bennett, Norma Calderon, Baltazar Enriquez
          H.O.P.E. MEETING: The Helping Other’s Progress Economically [HOPE] organization held a public meeting Thursday, March 7, 2013 at St. Agnes gym, 2651 S. Central Park Ave. HOPE is a non-profit organization under the leadership of Baltazar Enriquez. More than 150 people attended the meeting to learn how to protect their homes from foreclosures, court procedures and banks.
          SPEAKERS were: Eduardo E. Gesio, U.S. Dept. of House & Urban Development; Lisa T. Bennett, Community Relations, Office of Attorney General and Vanessa Zamora, Senior Housing Policy Advisor, Attorney General’s Office and Sergio Arlandis.
          FOR MORE info: Call HOPE at 773/522-2552.