Thursday, December 20, 2012

Missing disabled young men sought in Cicero

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Missing disabled young men sought in Cicero

The Cicero Police are working with a family to locate a young disabled member of their family, Jose Velasco, who has been missing since Sunday.

On Sunday Dec. 16, 2012 at 0654 hrs, Jose Velasco went missing from 2311 S. 50th Ave, Cicero. IL.

Jose suffers from an extreme mental disability, and only knows himself as being "Chewy".

The subject's family related that Jose does not know his address, or the resident phone
number, and may be looking in house windows, attempting to recognize his family.

If anyone responds to a call of a suspicious subject, or a person looking in windows, this could possibly be subject.

If located, please contact Detectives Auriemma or Perez @ 708-652-2130 Ext 813

Subject Information:
Jose Velasco Aka: "Chewy"
2311 s 50th Ave. Cicero, IL. 60804
DOB: 07/27/1969

Male, Hispanic 180 lbs., medium complexioned, black hair, brown eyes, medium build.

Subject was last seen wearing a brown-tan colored jacket, unknown colored shorts, and black
and white, Nike gym shoes.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cicero Police join Target to organize “Shop with a Cop” Toy Drive for disabled children

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Cicero Police join Target to organize “Shop with a Cop” Toy Drive for disabled children 

Nearly two dozen disabled children from Cicero were treated to a special toy drive organized by the Cicero Police Department called “Shop with a Cop” that is coordinated with the Cicero Department of Disabilities and funded with a donation from Target on Saturday.

Police Chief Bernard Harrison said that Target donated $200 for each child. Police working with Town President Larry Dominick and the President's Office for People with Disabilities helped identify the needy families.

“There is nothing like seeing the face of a little child beam with excitement when they get a toy for the holidays,” Harrison said. “It was especially meaningful to help these children coming in the wake of that horrible tragedy in Newton, Connecticut.”

“President Dominick has helped organize several events every year to bring donors and children in need together. This is just one of several that have taken place in the Town,” Harrison said noting that last week, the town hosted a children’s clothing and toy drive that attracted more than 2,500 children.

Clerks from various departments at Town Hall also collected toys and donated them to needy children, also.


Monday, December 3, 2012

More than 2,000 children attend President Larry Dominick's Annual Christmas Toy and Clothing drive

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More than 2,000 children attend President Larry Dominick's
Annual Christmas Toy and Clothing drive

Town President Larry Dominick and members of the Town Board handed out toys and clothing at an event that has become one of the most important annual events for the Cicero community.

More than 2,000 children and their parents waited in line at the Cicero Community Center on Saturday Dec. 1 to meet Santa Claus, receive a Christmas toy and winter clothing from President Dominick.

"To many families who are hard pressed in these harsh economic times, this is something they look forward to," Dominick said as he handed out clothing items including hats and gloves to children who clutched toys given to them by Santa.

"Many families can't afford Christmas and I think that is a shame. This is something we have been doing each year to help these families in need. No child should be alone on Christmas and every child should receive a Christmas present."

Several Town officials joined Dominick at the event which was also sponsored by the Cicero Youth Commission and Executive Director Wayne Porod including Supervisor Joe Virruso and Trustees Larry Banks and Victor Garcia.

"It's so nice to see the big smiles on the faces of the children," Virruso said. "Every child should be smiling and I am glad the Town and President Dominick are able to help these families."

Banks added, "This is something we have been doing for many years and the families appreciate the fact that the town is able to help them through the Cicero Youth Association and also through the President's office."

"This is an important event for the children and the families and seeing the big smiles on the faces of the children is very exciting," Garcia said.