Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Parent Patrols saluted at Town of Cicero Board meeting: Town distributes turkeys to local families and seniors

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Parent Patrols saluted at Town of Cicero Board meeting
 Town distributes turkeys to local families and seniors 

Town President Larry Dominick and the Town Board of Cicero Tuesday saluted members of the Town’s Parent Patrol, a group of more than 75 volunteers who help protect students from the local schools.

The Parent Patrols began with five parents from Unity School and continues to expand to include more parents from other schools including Morton High school and local grammar and schools.

“The program began with just five concerned parents and support from the Town and look how it has grown,” said Ismael Vargas one of the coordinators as he pointed to more than 65 members who attended the board meeting Tuesday.

Vargas, who helped coordinate the Parent Patrols, said that parents from many other schools are volunteering to also become involved to help protect children when they are going to and from their schools.

“Our goal is to make the parents feel more comfortable more and more to work together and to help the community to be a successful community. we want our town to continue to be an inspiration for other communities and providing safety to our children is very important,” said President Dominick.

Town Collector Fran Reitz said the town officials will be meeting with the Parent Patrols to offer additional training.

“They are very important and we want to work with them on their role on the streets and in communicating with us. They are another important set of eyes and ears on the street, making safe passage to and from school for our students. It is a priority for everyone here to keep these students safe,” Reitz said.

Larry then asked all of the volunteers to stand to be recognized during the board meeting, adding, “You are doing a great job and we welcome your support and hard work.”

After the meeting, President Dominick and Town officials handed out Thanksgiving Turkeys to the Parent Patrol volunteers and to members of the community including seniors and those in economic need.

More than 3,500 turkeys were donated by President Dominick and the board.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

President Dominick honors religious leaders in Cicero

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Town President Larry Dominick welcomed community and religious leaders at a breakfast Thursday at Klas Restaurant as Cicero approaches the 150th anniversary of its founding to be celebrated in 2017. Emcee John Kociolko, former Town Assessor, spoke at length of the town's history.

Certificates of acknowledgment were presented to three religious institutions and leaders during the breakfast. Among those honored were St. Anthony Church which this year celebrates its 100th Anniversary."This Centennial celebration is an important event and reflects the deep roots that our community has both in public service, community service and in its faith," the resolution stated. The town also honored Father Sergio Solis the Pastor of St. Anthony Church and to the parishioners of the church.

Also acknowledged was Mary Queen of Heaven Church which is also celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year."This Centennial celebration is an important event and reflects the deep roots that our community has both in public service, community service and in its faith. The resolution also acknowledged the dedicated work of  Father James Schulz the Pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven, his assistant Father Hugo Morales, and the parishioners of the church.

And, the officials also recognized 30 years of service to Diane Johnson, pastor of  Gethsemane Church

“I want to thank everyone for coming. I encourage everyone to go to the show and see this film called courageous. It is an outstanding movie. It is really moving and a wonderful movie. I you get a chance,  go see it. Thank you and god less you all,” President Dominick said during the breakfast meeting.

A keynote speaker was Dan Wolff who heads the SOS (Save Our Streets) Task Force.

"The SOS Task Force started with President Dominick and a lot of community involvement," Wolff said.

"I you all know President Dominick's background; he has always been a coach. He has been involved with kids all his life helping them. The strong point with President Dominick is he brings people together. The SOS Task Force is a Team Effort reflecting the teamwork that President Dominick has brought to us."

Town officials also attending were Collector Fran Reitz, Supervisor Joe Virruso, Assessor Emo Cundari and Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, and trustees Victor Garcia, Dennis Raleigh, Lorraine Walsh.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Town of Cicero salutes Morton High school soccer champions

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MONDAY Nov. 7, 2011                                                   708-656-3600 ext.  855

Cicero honors Morton High school Illinois State Soccer Champions

Cicero – The Morton High school Boys Mustang Soccer team was saluted Tuesday at a meeting of the Town of Cicero board for their victory in winning the IHSA Class 3A state championship.

This is the high school’s first soccer championship victory.

Town President Larry Dominick and the members of the Town of Cicero board honored the team members, coaches and Morton High school officials including Supt. Mike Kuzniewski and Board Chairman Jeff Pesek.

“We are very proud of their achievements and their teamwork,” Kuzniewski told the board as the entire team cheered in the audience.

“I want to thank President Dominick and the town trustees and everyone in the community for supporting us. It happened so quickly and it just grew and we are very excited at the team’s achievements.”

Kuzniewski said that more than 1,700 fans attended their final game in which they shut-out Naperville Central 1 – 0 on Saturday, November 5. The championship victory followed wins over Lincolnway East in four overtimes at Lisle Benedictine University SuperSectionals on Nov. 1, and on Nov. 4 defeating Warren Township High school in Gurnee by a 2 to 1 score. The Naperville win was the team’s fifth shutout game play.

“The kids played exceptionally well, had a great coach and the backing of a great school where I also graduated,” Dominick told the team.

“This is exceptional and I want to thank you for the great teamwork and sportsmanship you all displayed in this championship. You not only made the school proud but you have made all of us proud in the Town of Cicero, too.”

The winning goal was scored in just over one minute into the first overtime in the Naperville game by Joel Salmeron from a pass from teammate Alonzo Torres. Mustang goalie Miguel Chacon secured his fifth shutout by preventing Naperville from making any goals during the game.

“I am so proud of the team,” said Trustee Dennis Raleigh who presented the resolution on behalf of the board.

“You are all a real credit to the community.”

Raleigh noted that Salmeron is one of his neighbors and has watched him grow over the years into a great sports champion.

Collector and Trustee Fran Reitz said, “I want to congratulate the team and especially to note the girls who support and work with the team. We are also extremely proud of everyone. Keep up the good work.”

Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, who read the resolution, added, “This is not just a great victory for you and your team, but also for the Town of Cicero. You put Cicero on the map in a good way. You are great role models for other students who will strive to follow in your footsteps.”


Saturday, November 5, 2011


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Test to Take Place November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern
On November 9 at 2:00 p.m. eastern, the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  The test will last about 30 seconds. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.   The Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) is sharing this information to help ensure that schools and the larger public are aware that this event will be just a test, and not a real emergency alert.

The test is being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as part of their ongoing efforts to keep the nation safe during emergencies and strengthen our resilience against all hazards.

The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system that can be activated by the President, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies.  NOAA's National Weather Service, governors, and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts. The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency.

Similar to emergency alert system tests that are already conducted frequently on the local level, the nationwide test will involve television and radio stations across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

Under the FCC's rules, radio and television broadcasters, cable operators, satellite digital audio radio service providers, direct broadcast satellite service providers and wireline video service providers are required to receive and transmit presidential EAS messages to the public. A national test will help federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential dangers both nationally and regionally.  The test will also provide the FCC and FEMA a chance to identify improvements that need to be made to build a modernized and fully accessible Emergency Alert System.

 OSHS, along with FEMA, encourages the public to use this event as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses.  Visit http://rems.ed.gov and www.Ready.gov for more information about how your schools and communities can prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.

The Center for School Preparedness Team
Office of Safe and Healthy Students
U.S. Department of Education

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cease Fire recognizes the Town of Cicero and officials for their services in countering violence

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Cease Fire Award Presentations 
Photos and comments from Ceasefire presentation 
Cicero – Outstanding CeaseFire Site
Cicero has done a wonderful job in maintaining the peace in Cicero. They have been able to open the“new Cicero community Center” where youth in the area can enjoy a large gym space for basketball and other activities.  They have developed hip hop themed events like “break the violence” where youth can watch and participate in break dance battles. They have been able to partner with parents in the community with parent patrol and also have also collaborated with the police in developing strategies to work with high risk youth. We were fortunate enough to have worked with great workers Ismael Vargas and Eddie Lopez who showed great leadership and commitment to violence prevention.  As a result of great work, strong relationships, and determination: Cicero has had 0 homicides in 2011.

Cicero Township – Outstanding CeaseFire Community Partner
Town President Larry Dominick and Collector Fran Reitz have worked with Cease Fire staff to bring organizations, schools, churches and several departments within the Town of Cicero to help establish a team mentality. Building these relationships has ultimately created the stepping stones for progress when it comes to violence prevention in Cicero. We would like to recognize Town President Larry Dominick and  Fran Reitz for there dedication, commitment and support for the Cease Fire Program in Cicero.

Jerry Chlada– Effective Police Relationship Award - Cicero
Jerry Chlada, Jr has adapted well to the mission of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention. He and the CeaseFire team have worked with the community and government officials to reduce the violence in all forms by helping design interception techniques to better define what should be included in the community of Cicero. Jerry has attended and supported the Peace marches, multiple youth activities, and the Cease Fire week events.  He has been very supportive and has always embraced the Cease Fire program.
Deputy Chlada has played a large role in accomplishing the goal of reducing numbers of shootings and homicides in the town of Cicero. 

Because of his dedication, commitment and support the Cease Fire Program in Cicero, we are pleased to present Jerry Chlada Jr with this award.