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Winter Warming Centers Now Open in Berwyn


A couple bundles up to face Chicago’s cold winter this year. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.

Now that the weather becomes frightful and the temperature has steadily dropped, five warming centers are open in Berwyn and are welcoming residents and the homeless to come in and escape the freezing cold.

According to the Cook County government, over thirty warming centers are now open across the city of Chicago for the winter season. Those who need a safe place to get warm from the freezing temperatures are encouraged to step inside these centers.

Chicagoans who are seeking a shelter should contact the warming center first to verify that it’s open. In Berwyn, the following public spaces in Berwyn are designated open warming centers for the 2016-2017 winter season, according to the Cook County Homeland Security and Emergency Management website:

  • Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem Ave.
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Contact: (708) 788-2660. For after-hours phone calls, call (708) 795-5600 (police).
  • Berwyn Police Department, 6401 W. 31st St.
    • Hours: 24/7
    • Contact: (708) 788-2660. For after-hours phone calls, call (708) 795-5600.
  • Berwyn Recreational Center, 6501 W. 31st St.
    • Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Contact: (708) 788-2010
  • Berwyn Township’s Freedom Park Office, 3701 Scolville Ave.
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Contact: (708) 788-1701

Deputy Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Natalia Derevyanny stresses the importance of keeping warm and keeping safe this winter season.

“We just really want to encourage people to get warm as safely as possible. Especially for residents who are using space heaters, we want to encourage them to turn them off once they leave the room and if they have children or pets to be extra vigilant,” Derevyanny said.

When warming centers that are not open 24/7 close, the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management advises the homeless to go to shelters such as P.A.D.S. in Chicago Heights, Oaklawn, and other south suburban Chicago locations.


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Public Art in Berwyn is Changing

By Melissa Rohman

Public painting in Berwyn is changing as the amount of general and gang graffiti is decreasing and authorized public art is increasing.

Gang graffiti has decreased over the past five years because of the Berwyn Police Department’s proactive Tactical Unit and police work regarding gang activity in the city, according to Berwyn’s Acting Police Chief Michael Cimaglia.

Division Commander Joe Santangelo is in charge of graffiti removal; graffiti is searched and removed Monday through Friday and on the weekends, designated graffiti removers are called in. Most graffiti ] that has been found in the city is gang “tagging” with an identifying symbol or nickname to mark one or more specific areas.

“It’s generally reported in alleys on garages, however we have located it on street signs and playground equipment in parks,” Cimaglia said. Continue reading

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Remembering Berwyn Resident Peter Fabbri


Pictured: Peter Michael Fabbri, 54. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

By Melissa Rohman

Berwyn resident Peter Fabbri was more than just another crime statistic to his family and friends. He was born on December 18, 1961. He was a family man and a hard worker. He was the father to two adult daughters.

“Stand up, loving, caring; he’d always do anything to be there for you,” said Joe Fabbri, 47, to describe his oldest brother Peter. “He’s always been there, he’s always been a worker. He worked all his life.”

Peter Fabbri, 54, was shot dead at the northeast corner of East Monroe St. and South Michigan Ave. near Millennium Park at about 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 by gang member Paul Pagan, 32, after an argument that occurred between Pagan and Fabbri, the Chicago police department reported. Continue reading

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7th Annual Fairy Tale Ball at the Berwyn Public Library

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Fun and games at Berwyn’s Oktoberfest!

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by | September 20, 2016 · 12:27 pm