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Brand new sportsplex “Bounces” into Berwyn

By Jackie Glosniak

The professional baseball players at Wrigley Field and “The Cell” have long struck-out for the season, but in the heart of Berwyn’s Depot District, young local athletes continue to perfect their swings during the cold winter months at Bounce Sports.

At the new sports complex, at 3310 Grove Ave., the smell of fresh paint, the crack of baseballs on bats and the swoosh of soccer balls into nets greets patrons at the front door.

Bounce Sports is a new indoor sports facility catering specifically to youth active in travel sports.  The location features over 17,000 square feet of batting cages, pitching tunnels, a turf practicing field, and a basketball court. The business is centrally located for youth club baseball, softball, soccer, and basketball teams in nearby suburbs. Continue reading

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Hone your computer skills at the BPL

By Jackie Glosniak

Does someone you know have problems with basic computer applications? Or, are you yourself looking for help when navigating the latest web programs? If so, the Berwyn Public Library has the solution for you.

Throughout the year, the Outreach Department of the Berwyn Public Library offers Computer Tutoring sessions for adults who struggle to keep up with the latest changes in computer technology and have questions about using software and social media programs.

The service focuses on what it calls “self-guided study,” in which patrons can come to the library and work on the proficiency skills they wish to develop alongside the assistance of a computer instructor. The tutoring program caters especially to first-time computer users, who wish to practice typing, sending emails, and utilizing the Microsoft Office 2010 programs. The service also works with people who may have basic computer skills but are seeking to brush up on using the latest online networks, including the popular Facebook.

People of all ages are welcome to attend, and are able to bring either their own personal laptop or use computers provided by the library.

The next computer tutoring sessions will be held on Nov. 28 and 29 at 10 a.m., Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 5 and 6 at 10 a.m.

Seating at the tutoring sessions are limited, and those who wish to attend the program are highly encouraged to register ahead of time. For more information on computer tutoring, patrons can contact the Berwyn Public Library at (708) 795-8000.

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Berwyn man awaits Court Hearing

By Jackie Glosniak

A Berwyn man charged with obstructing a police officer will have a hearing at the Maybrook Circuit Courthouse in Maywood on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

32-year-old Francisco J. Torres of the 1500 block of Cuyler Ave. faces one count of obstruction to a peace officer following a report of a man waving a gun at 16th St. and Cuyler Ave. early morning on Sunday Nov. 11.

As police arrived on the scene, Torres began to walk away, reaching into his pockets to pull out what allegedly looked like a black object. After an attempt at tasing the man, he was wrestled to the ground and placed in handcuffs. Officers found the object in Torres’ pocket to be a black leather money clip. No gun was found on either Torres or in the vehicle he had been a passenger in.

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Miscellaneous Treasures at Craft Sale

By Jackie Glosniak

On Saturday Nov. 17, the Cicero-Berwyn Elks Lodge hosted a craft sale for the community. Many local people were on site, selling items from Christmas decorations to rare sports collectibles.

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Knitting for a Good Cause

By Jackie Glosniak

While knitting  may just be a relaxing past time for some, one group of Berwyn women has turned their hobby into a wholehearted effort for charitable causes.

On the first and second Sat. of each month, the Knitting and Crochet Guild of Berwyn meets at the Berwyn Public Library, creating outerwear, blankets, and more for many local charities.

Josephine Tucci founded the Guild 9 years ago, fueled by both her passion for knitting and her yearning to help other out.

“We make blankets for Project Linus, and hats, mittens, and slippers for PADS shelters,” Tucci explained. “We have also made scarves for the Special Olympics in the past.”

The Guild also frequently hosts fundraiser sales to raise money to buy yarn for their charity work.

“Out next event is on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Second Floor Elevator Lobby here at the library,” Tucci said.

At the sale, tables will be set up featuring all of the Guild’s most recent creations, and donations are also greatly accepted.

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by | November 17, 2012 · 10:53 pm

Recent Fires Empasize Importance of Fire Safety

By Jackie Glosniak

As the weather grows colder in Berwyn, firefighters are worrying about the increased fire risk as more people stay indoors and try potentially unsafe ways to keep warm.

“People are not spending as much time outdoors, and are using fireplaces, supplemental electrical components such as space heaters, and overusing extension cords for TVs and other things to entertain themselves,” said Berwyn Fire Chief Denis O’Halloran.

The increasing risk comes after a busier than usual October, with four house fires occurring at the end of the month.

Angelica Landa of the 3600 block of Oak Park Ave. is wary about fire danger after an exploding water heater caused a fire in her house years ago.

“I have two smoke alarms as well as a fire extinguisher underneath my sink in the kitchen,” she said. “I also have emergency contact numbers available both in my cell phone and posted in my kitchen.”

O’Halloran also has suggestions to avoid fires during the winter months and holiday season. Continue reading

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Local Chefs Face Off in Berwyn

By Jackie Glosniak

The American Heart Association and Meijer hosted a National Healthy Eating Day Competition at  Vanguard MacNeal Hospital on Wed. Oct. 7. Local chefs made one main dish and one dessert each, where they were cooked, tested, and rated by a panel of four judges. Foods were featured from Berwyn restaurants Bodhi Thai Bistro, La Z de Oro, and La Notte Cafe Ristorante Italiano.

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Berwyn Sheds Light on Domestic Abuse

By Jackie Glosniak

A recent shooting in Berwyn has led authorities to urge residents to be vigilant about the signs of domestic abuse, and to take action when they see it.

Earlier this month, a suicide and attempted murder struck the North Berwyn community. During the early morning hours on Oct. 5, a man shot and wounded a woman before killing himself in a home in the 1300 block of Home Avenue. When Berwyn Police arrived at the scene, they found two victims bleeding from their faces.

Juan Quezada, 35, of Westchester, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth and was pronounced dead on the scene. Before turning the gun on himself, Quezada shot his 30-year-old wife. The woman, whose name was not released, was immediately taken to an area hospital, but had no life-threatening injuries.

At the time of the shooting, the two victims were separated. The wife had recently moved to Berwyn with her three young sons-all under the age of 10. The sons were sleeping during the shooting and were not harmed.

According to Berwyn Police Commander James Sassetti, the police had not received any prior phone calls from the house or from neighbors suspecting trouble. No neighbors had reported seeing anything suspicious in the month that the mother and her sons had lived in the house, he said.

Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero said domestic abuse is a perennial issue. Continue reading

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Berwyn Fall Fest 2012

On Sat. Oct. 20,  children and families from Berwyn enjoyed the North Berwyn Park District’s Fall Fest at the Berwyn Gardens Gazebo. Fest-goers enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, and carnival games among others.  

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Berwyn Houby Fest Parade

By Jackie Glosniak and Jonathan Salamanca

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Famous Spindle Preps for Comeback

By Jackie Glosniak

The Spindle was both hated and loved in Berwyn. Either way, it often found its way into local conversation.

The Berwyn Route 66 Museum, located at 7003 Ogden Ave., is Berwyn’s very own museum dedicated to preserving the history of the town for the young to learn and the old to reminisce. The museum, which started in 1994 at the former Skylite Restaurant in a few display cases, grew to become its own location in January of 2011. Since then, the museum has dedicated itself towards many Berwyn preservation projects, many of which are done in collaboration with the Berwyn Arts Council. The most notable of recent projects includes the “Save the Spindle” initiative.

“When Cermak Plaza was going to take the Spindle down, the arts Continue reading

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Initiatives to Stop the Crimes

By Jackie Glosniak

With the interesting mix of crimes Berwyn has experienced in the past month, police want to ensure that the public is safe and encourage residents to participate in Neighborhood Watch.

During past few weeks, the suburb has seen a restaurant robbery, a mugging at gunpoint, and several arrests for guns and drugs.

  • On Aug. 21, three men robbed Lolita’s Mexican Food at 6320 Ogden Ave., but escaped with only a small amount of money.
  • On  Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, three separate arrests took place for drug and weapon crimes. One man was arrested for selling two handguns along with 729 grams of cocaine with a street value around $219,000 to undercover officers. Two other men were arrested for selling 600 grams and 450 grams of marijuana to undercover officers and also charged with growing and delivery of the substance. These men were targeted by Berwyn Police and Cook County Sheriff’s deputies in a months-long street gang investigation, according to the Berwyn Police Department.
  • On Sept. 2, two men robbed a Berwyn mat at gunpoint near 27th St. and Harvey Ave., taking the $1,119 the victim was taking to pay his rent

Berwyn police have responded to the crimes, Lt. James Sassetti said.

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22nd Annual Berwyn Rt. 66 Car Show

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