Author Archives: Stacy Portilla

About Stacy Portilla

I am a journalism student at Dominican University.

First Lutheran Church becomes new PADS shelter

At first glance, First Lutheran Church on the 6700 block of 31st Street, is easily overlooked. There’s not much to it, just a dimly lit sign and an empty parking lot around the corner. It appears to be abandoned, despite the few people sitting on the church steps, talking quietly amongst themselves.

But starting last Saturday First Lutheran Church took on new life as a safe haven for homeless people thanks to an organization called West Suburban PADS. Continue reading

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“The Mummy” comes to Riverside

Although Halloween has come and gone, the scary festivities are not over. Come November, more than 100 students from Hauser Junior High will be putting on their own production of “The Mummy.”

Unlike most plays, “The Mummy” will be a combination of live action and video performances done at the Warren Dunes in Michigan and on a 1940’s cruise ship. The main role, the mummy will even be played by a student.

“The Mummy” will take place in the Hauser Auditorium at Hauser Junior High located at 65 Woodside Road, Riverside, Illinois. The play will be showing Tuesday Nov. 16 and Wednesday Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Attendance to the event is free, although donations are welcome.

For more information, contact do-director Dave Mason at 708-447-3896 or by e-mail at

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Oak Park, Cicero, and Berwyn Collaborate Along Roosevelt Road

 Business owners are preparing for renovations along Roosevelt Road. While the new streetscape will be a big change for the area, many feel a police substation will be necessary to make shoppers feel safe. Business representative Paul Zimmermann met with Berwyn Police Chief Jim Ritz and Oak Park Deputy Chief Anthony Ambrose earlier this month to consider the possibilities of the idea.  They discussed costs and potential locations for what they hope will be a shared substation between Berwyn, Oak Park, and Cicero police stations.

“It was a really good meeting,” Ritz said. “Everyone is on the same page, we will see what happens after Zimmermann meets with the association and we will go from there.” Continue reading

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Berwyn hosts Roosevelt Road Zombie Walk & Crawl

Roosevelt Road will be a scene straight out of “Night of the Living Dead” on Oct. 30 for the first Roosevelt Road Zombie Walk & Bar Crawl.

Horrorbles, Berwyn’s one stop sci-fi horror shop will be converting Chicagoland residents into the real- life walking undead. In the spirit of the event, Horrorbles will be providing make up and costumes to participants staring from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Homescape Custom Builders & Designers and Citizens Community Bank on West Roosevelt Road.

The zombie walk will start at 7p.m. In true zombie fashion, participants will commute from bar to bar in silence. The bar crawl begins at 12th Street Rag, continues to Friendly Tap and then ends at FitzGerald’s Nightclub for a catered movie party accompanied with other “un-deadly fun.”

All zombies need to donate $10. All profits will go directly to 16th Street Theatre in Berwyn. The Roosevelt Road Zombie Walk & Bar Crawl is sponsored by The Roosevelt Road Business Association and The Berwyn Development Corporation in collaboration with Horrorbles.

For more information, check out “Roosevelt Road Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl” on Facebook or visit Horrorbles’ website at


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Berwyn Park District hosts free Halloween event

On Saturday, October 23, the Berwyn Park District will be hosting Safely Spooky Night. From 5-8:30pm children of all ages are invited to dress up in their costumes and come to Proksa Park to participate in traditional Halloween activities a week early. Proksa Park will be decorated with Halloween scenes so that children walking through can stop in for candy and treats. There will also be a hayride and a bonfire for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. While there will be concession and glo-products for sale, Safely Spooky is a free event. The first 200 children will take home a free pumpkin, so make sure you get there early!

To find out more about this event, visit the Berwyn Park District’s website at or call  708-788-1701 or 708-795-2892.

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City Hall holds 1st All Berwyn Committee Meeting

On Thursday, September 16, Berwyn held it’s 1st All Berwyn Committee Candidate’s Forum at City Hall. Before the meeting, we met Treasurer Debi Suchy, an active member in the Berwyn community. Suchy, who holds several positions, told us about several upcoming events in Berwyn. Oaktoberfest and Hobyfest and the 26th Annual YMCA Community Fest were only a few examples off her multi-colored calendar. She even invited us to the Roosevelt Road Business Association meeting which is being held at 8:30 a.m. on October 13th.

After a few more community members and council chairs joined us, the meeting began. After the Pledge of Allegiance, 8 new members of the Berwyn community were sworn into office, which was about half of the people in attendance. The next order of business was the upcoming election in November. Due to scheduling conflicts, only two candidates were able to come and speak, Robert C. Grota who is running for Cook County Assessor and Scott K. Summers who is running for the Illinois State Treasurer. .

The committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month and is open to the public.

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20th Annual Route 66 Car Show

Mike Kozak explains to onlookers how he came to acquire his 1941 WW2 Dodge.

Berwyn hosts the 20th Annual Historic Route 66 Car Show on September 11, 2010. Ogden Avenue, formally known as Route 66 was shut down from Oak Park Avenue to Ridgeland allowing residents and tourists alike to attend the free event.

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