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About Melinda Czifrak

Hi, My name is Melinda Czifrak and I am a senior at Dominican University. I plan on graduating Spring 2017 with a major in journalism and a minor in English and business administration. If everything goes according to plan, I will be writing for a newspaper following graduation, and maybe further my education by going to graduate school and getting my MBA.

Drug Dealing in Berwyn Raises Questions about Public Safety

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Photo courtesy of Berwyn.com

By Melinda Czifrak

Leaving one’s child at school shouldn’t be cause for fear. Unfortunately for Guadalupe Garcia, a mother of two, fear has become as much a part of her life as a daily cup of coffee after drug activity was reported a block away from her children’s school.

“We moved to Berwyn over five years ago,” Garcia said. “Back then, the city felt like the perfect place to raise a family.”

Recently, however, Garcia’s feelings toward Berwyn started to change.
“How can I stay at home and not worry when I keep reading about narcotics dealing so close to my children’s school?” Continue reading

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City Helps Residents Test for Lead

By Melinda Czifrak

More than a year after testing showed lead in Berwyn residents’ water, the city is continuing to waive tap fees for people concerned about lead in the water.

According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, lead can enter drinking water when service pipes that contain lead corrode, particularly where the water has “high acidity or low mineral content that corrodes pipes and fixtures.” Corrosion is a dissolving or wearing away of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and plumbing.

In other words, the lead is not in the water, but in pipes and fixtures. Continue reading

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Next Stop: Depot District Redevelopment

By Melinda Czifrak

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Current commercial areas in the Depot District; Photo courtesy of the Berwyn Development Corporation

In the dreams of Berwyn’s planners, crowds fill the busy streets of the Depot District, with shoppers and retailers mingling inside quaint shops as others enjoy a meal in one of the area’s many restaurants. Outside, cars drive by, the final touch to an otherwise perfect picture of retail bliss.

The Depot District’s reality, however, looks a little bit different.

In recent years, the city of Berwyn has attempted to bolster its retail offerings and develop a destination dinning corridor. Continue reading

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Berwyn’s Oktoberfest – A Community Event

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by | September 19, 2016 · 9:49 pm