Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cicero Town Board approves new Walmart on eastern half of old Sportsman's Park grounds

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Cicero Town Board approves new Walmart on eastern half of old Sportsman's Park grounds

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and the Board of Trustees announced the finalized agreement to start construction of a new Wal-Mart at the old Sportsman’s Park lot, adjacent to 34th and Cicero.

The Town and Wal-Mart worked together to ensure the location and building would benefit Cicero residents. Continuing the town’s efforts to promote Cicero’s Go-Green projects, this state-of-the-art Wal-Mart will feature the latest in Green Technology and will include plenty of green space and landscaping for Cicero residents’ use. This redevelopment will have additional out-lots to accommodate new restaurants and chains coming to Cicero in the near future.

Wal-Mart will offer hundreds of new employment opportunities to local residents and is expected to attract additional revenue to the Town of Cicero. Building is expected to begin in March of 2013.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cicero President Larry Dominick joins in opening of new Sonic Drive-in Restaurant

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Cicero Officials welcome new drive-in restaurant

Cicero, Il 10-04-212 – Town President Larry Dominick and members of the Town Board gathered Thursday to cut the ribbon on the first of two new businesses opening in Cicero and providing a total of 130 new jobs.

Sonic Drive In at 2938 S. Cicero opened in the end of September to enthusiastic crowds serving an assortment of food in an old style tradition of having carhops on roller skates taking orders and serving food to families in their vehicles.

Sonic Owner Mike Perry joined President Dominick and officials from Sonic and from the Town of Cicero to cut the ribbon on the new restaurant location.

“We are very pleased to be here in Cicero. The response has been tremendous and I want to thank President Dominick and the Town Board for their support,” Perry said after introducing his partners and staff.

“Cicero has been so welcoming to our business and we are proud to be able to open here.”

President Dominick said Cicero is excited to have Sonic join the rush of new businesses coming to the community over the past few years.

“We have seen so many businesses come to Cicero because Cicero is a great place to be, a great place to live and a great place to have a business,” Dominick said.

“This is just the first part and we will soon open a new car wash right across the lot and together the two businesses will bring in as many as 130 new jobs for our residents and especially young people. They will be able to go to school and work after school and earn some money for themselves and their families.”

Dominick said he loves the idea of a restaurant returning to the popular tradition of carhop service, bringing the food out on roller skates to customers in their cars.

“It’s something we used to have as kids many years ago and it is great to see this coming back. We think you made a great choice picking Cicero for your restaurant,” Dominick said.

Craig Pesek, who is in charge of new businesses for Cicero, said that the Town has an aggressive commitment to reach out to businesses and show them what Cicero has to offer.

“Cicero was named one of the safest cities in America in 2010. Our community is growing. We have many new businesses already opened and many more coming and Sonic joins this excitement which is good for our residents, our businesses and the Town’s future as a place for families,” Pesek said.

Joining in the opening ceremony were Cicero Trustees Dennis Raleigh, Victor Garcia, Larry Banks and Lorraine Walsh, Collector Fran Reitz, Assessor Emo Cundari and Supervisor Joe Virruso. From Sonic, officials included the new restaurant’s co-owner Janet Perry, manager Melissa West, and partner Reeder Ratliff.

Officials from Cicero Departments also attended including Building Commissioner Tom Tomschin and Fire Commissioner Ron Opalecky. Jay McGreevy, who represents one of the region’s largest appliance distributors, was also in attendance. He was instrumental in bringing Sonic to the Town, Dominick said.

Many members of the news media and the public also attended the ribbon cutting event including Hector Concepcion who is a candidate for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

The proposal to license Fuller’s and the Sonic’s restaurant received the unanimous support of the Town of Cicero Board at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.

Perry owns and operates four of 14 Chicagoland Sonic restaurants in County Club Hills, Crest Hill, Lockport, and Joliet. The Cicero location will be the 15th Sonic Drive-in restaurant in the Chicagoland area.

Photo Caption:

Town President Larry Dominick and Town officials join in cutting the ribbon on another new business in Cicero, Sonic Drive in Restaurant (29th and Cicero Ave). Pictured are (from left) Assessor Emo Cundari, Collector Fran Reitz, Sonic Gen. Mgr. Melissa West, Sonic co-owner Janet Perry, Sonic co-owner Mike Perry, appliance business supplier Jay McGreevy, Sonic partner Reeder Ratliff, Cicero President Larry Dominick, Trustee Larry Banks, Trustee Lorraine Walsh, Town Supervisor Joe Virruso, Trustee Victor Garcia, Building Dept. Commissioner Tom Tomschin, and 3rd District Congressional Candidate Hector Concepcion. (photo courtesy Gerardo Lopez).

El Presidente Municipal Larry Dominick y Funcionarios Municipales acompañaron en cortar el listón de otra nueva empresa en Cícero, el Restaurante Sonic Drive en (la 29 y Ave. Cícero). Retratados son (de izquierda) el Asesor Emo Cundari, la Recaudadora Fran Reitz, la Gerente General de Sonic Melissa West, la copropietario de Sonic Janet Perry, dueño de Sonic Michael Perry, proveedor de aparatos para el negocio Jay McGreevy, socio de Sonic Reeder Ratliff, el Presidente de Cícero Larry Dominick, el Síndico Larry Banks, la Síndica Lorraine Walsh, el Supervisor Municipal Joe Virruso, el Síndico Víctor García, el Comisionado del Depto. de Edificios Tom Tomschin, y el Candidato del 3er Distrito para el Congreso Héctor Concepción. (foto cortesía de Gerardo López).

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cicero-Berwyn Officials cut ribbon on 44th Annual Houby Day Festival

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Cicero Town President Larry Dominick joined Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero in cutting the ribbon on the 44th Annual Houby Day Parade that will begin Sunday at 12 noon at Central and Cermak Road and march west to Berwyn.

Each year, the two municipalities co-sponsor the popular annual festival and parade which honors the longstanding settlement of Czechs in the Cicero-Berwyn communities and the Western Suburbs.

“We are looking forward to another great festival and parade,” Dominick told the gathering.

This year’s Houby Day Festyival features a unique “Mushrooms on Parade” display of four foot tall mushrooms that have been sponsored by local businesses and organizations and painted to reflect the local communities culture and traditions.

Houby is the Czech word for mushrooms which has become the symbol for the annual Fall celebration. The parade will end in Berwyn at Oak Park and Cermak Road.

Last year, the parade attracted more than 25,000 people. It is sponsored each year also by Berwyn Main Street.

Pictured from left: Joining Dominick and Lovero at the ribbon cutting were emcee and former Cicero Assessor John Kociolko, Cicero Supervisor Joe Virruso, Trustee Dennis Raleigh, Cicero Collector Fran Reitz, Trustee Victor Garcia, Cicero President Larry Dominick, State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero, Trustee Larry Banks and Cicero Assessor Emo Cundari. (Photo Courtesy Gerardo Lopez).

Pictured from left: Cutting the ribbon are Trustee Lorraine Walsh, former Cicero Assessor John Kociolko, Trustee Dennis Raleigh, , Trustee Victor Garcia, Supervisor Joe Virruso, President Larry Dominick, State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero, Collector Fran Reitz and Trustee Larry Banks. (Photo Courtesy Gerardo Lopez)

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Dominick receives "Sons & Daughters of Italy in America" Man of the Year Award

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Dominick receives "Sons & Daughters of Italy in America" Man of the Year Award

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick was recognized for his staunch defense of Italian Americans and the rights of all ethnic and racial groups at the annual dinner of the Sons & Daughters of Italy in America organization.

The group presented Dominick with the 2012 Man of the Year award at a dinner banquet held at the Alta Villa Banquets in Addision on Friday Sept. 21.

Awards were also presented to Jim Andrews (2012 Humanitarian Award), Frank Lucchesi (Special Recognition Award) and Enzo Grisi (Community Leadership Award).

The Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is an organization committed to pursuing a greater appreciation of our Italian heritage and culture through integrity, family and unity. They are a not-for-profit social service organization dedicated to serving the community regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. They support a variety of social service facilities, including Clare Woods Academy in Bartlett, Little Angels in Elgin, and Campanelli Park in Schaumburg. Members helped establish Schaumburg’s SeptemberFest as a regional event and have an ongoing presence there each year and they recognize the leadership of individuals throughout the Chicagoland region.

"I am honored to accept this award fro the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America," Dominick told the gathering following the dinner presentation.

"I have always pledged myself to recognize the rights of everyone in this great country of America and to respect every ethnic, religious and racial group. We are all American and we are all proud. I know I am."

Monday, October 1, 2012

Seniors join in celebrating OktoberFest

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Senior citizens join Town President Larry Dominick at the first annual OktoberFest that was held on Saturday Sept. 29 in the Town Hall Plaza. Thousands of residents attended the festival which featured a dozen restaurants offering unique ethnic foods from bratwurst to tacos. OktoberFest featured a special Tented section for seniors who were able to relax and enjoy the many bands and entertainment groups featured at the festival.

The entertainment included performances by Tumbleweed, The Chauffeurs, and Kick Back City.

"This was a great event. So many residents participated in this Fall tradition and I was pleased to see so many of our great local restaurants showcase their menu items. It was good for everyone and I want to compliment the work of this year's OktoberFest committee," said Town President Larry Dominick.

The food booths included many great restaurants such as Al's Pizza, Henry's Hot Dogs, Klas Restaurant and many more. There was a "Beer Garden" and games and inflatables for the children.

Special tents serving for seniors and for military families and veterans offered a place to relax and to enjoy refreshments served compliments of the Town of Cicero.

Town Collector Fran Reitz, who helped coordinate the launch of this first annual event, said, "We are very thrilled with the response and turnout from the community. Our residents enjoyed the Oktobefest festival and we're looking forward to making this an annual Fall event. It's perfect for our families, seniors and our youth. And it showcased so many great restaurants from the Town of Cicero. We're looking to have even more participate int he future."

(Photos courtesy Gerardo Lopez)