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SBEF Fundraisers Benefit Businesses and Schools

 

Evoluzion Massage has partnered with SBEF

The South Berwyn Education Foundation (SBEF) has been partnering up with a slew of local businesses to raise money for South School District 100. The most recent being with Evoluzion Massage, a health center on 6340 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Oak Park. Anyone that goes into Evoluzion with the fundraiser flyer will donate some of their cost to SBEF. $10 of a $30 massage and $15 of a $60 massage will go to straight to SBEF which goes straight back to the schools.

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Police Department’s Spanish program ready for 2011

The Berwyn Police Department’s partnership with Fenwick High School’s Spanish Club has found its focus. Over the last few months it was decided that it isn’t enough for officers to just learn the basics of a language, they must also understand how to use those words effectively.  What does a police officer need to know in Spanish and how would a person who only speaks Spanish like to be addressed?

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NSP funds attempt to tackle Berwyn’s home foreclosure crisis

Foreclosures in Berwyn and surrounding areas

Foreclosures in Berwyn and surrounding cities, statistics from http://www.trulia.com.

Jeremy Klein pays his bills and keeps up his house, but still has become a victim of the spreading home foreclosure crisis. His next-door neighbor went into foreclosure, and that dragged his property value right down with it. Klein and his family bought the house in Central Berwyn for $260,000 at the height of the housing market in July 2006. When his neighbor’s house went into foreclosure a year later the bad news began for Klein.

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TIF Funds create new landscape in Berwyn

The interior of Tonini's Italian Market

Businesses and schools in Berwyn are getting the push they need thanks to Tax Increment Financing (TIF).  The government-appointed money has been helping the four TIF districts in Berwyn to fix run-down businesses, jump-start entirely new ones and help schools become more energy efficient.

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Berwyn helping the homeless

As Winter edges closer so do the longest nights for the homeless. Back in March, Berwyn’s public library began buying up bus passes to give to the homeless. The library has to close at night and that means kicking out people that have nowhere to go. The intention of the passes are to give someone the means to find an overnight shelter or to at least find somewhere that’s warm and open at night.

West Suburban PADS, an organization that provides the homeless with shelter and housing, currently operates two emergency overnight shelters in Berwyn. St. Mary of Celle Church located on 1428 Wesley Ave. operates every Saturday. First Lutheran Church on 6720 31st St. operates every third and fourth Saturday of the month. Both shelters open their doors at 7:30 p.m. and close at 7:oo a.m., they provide dinner, breakfast and a to-go lunch.

Battling homelessness is no easy task, but organizations like West Suburban PADS are a good place to start.

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Houby Queen Pageant debuts local talent

Seven women from Berwyn and the surrounding communities competed to be the Houby Queen in the 42nd annual pageant Friday at the  Skylite West banquet hall. The prize: a $500 college scholarship, the title of queen and a chance to debut at Sunday’s parade.

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Local not-for-profit offers high employment rates for the disabled

Jerry Bach

Jerry Bach works as a meeter and greeter in Seguin's used car lot

The soft buzzing of Jerry Bach’s automatic wheel chair fills the silence. Bach, “like the composer” he says, works as a meeter and greeter at Seguin Services’ used car lot, the not-for-profit that supports children and adults with disabilities. The morning is a dull gray pierced only by the neon green stickers on the car windows, but Bach remains energetic despite that. His job entails welcoming, talking and helping customers look for cars. Although he admits that he doesn’t know the names of car models when asked. He isn’t your standard used car employee but he isn’t alone here either. Bach is one of 27 disabled employees currently working at Seguin Auto Center.

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North East corner of Harlem and Cermak to see redevelopment

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at Berwyn’s Committee of the Whole Meeting, the council came to a unanimous decision to approve a proposal for redevelopment on the North East Corner of Harlem and Cermak.

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Berwyn Car Show brings out families

Daniel Kuhn

Daniel Kuhn poses with family and his 1930 Model A Ford

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