by Alejandro Cortez
Neighbors of Turano Bakery have won a legal victory as a judge has halted the demolition of homes and construction of parking lots behind the Roosevelt Road factory.
At a Feb. 10 hearing, Cook County Judge Kathleen Kennedy ordered the bakery and the city of Berwyn to comply with the city ordinances and receive a zoning permit for the work on the parking spaces.
Since then, Turano has stopped all demolition until it gets its paperwork in order. Neighbors had initially stopped demolition when Judge Kennedy gave them a temporary restraining order against Turano in late January.
“The TRO (temporary restraining order) has been dismissed and Turano is currently in the process of doing the application for a zoning permit but it has not been presented yet,” Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero said last Friday.
A November n explosion and fire at Turano’s parking garage, across Roosevelt Road in Oak Park, put the bakery in a jam. It needed a place to park its delivery trucks.
Later, Berwyn’s 8th District Alderman Nora Laureto wrote a letter to Lovero and the City council stating,
“I am asking for City Council approval to allow Turano to move forward as quickly as possible for demolition and graveling of the area.”
By Lavell Garner
It’s that time of the year again, and it’s not because it’s the holiday season. Berwyn is kicking off its annual city-wide competition for the design of the 2013-2014 city vehicle stickers.
Entrants must be enrolled in 5th through 8th grades and must live within the city of Berwyn.
Creativity is key in this competition.
The subject matter of the design can be pretty much what the individual desires. The design being presented must be the individual’s own creation.
Entries must be sent to Ruth Volbre, Berwyn City Hall, 6700 W. 26th St., Berwyn, IL 60402 by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
More information and submission form for the competition visit,
Katherine Henrici has lived in the same three-story yellow bungalow in Berwyn since 1948 and thought she had seen it all.
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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.