Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Larry Dominick presents ... Keep Cicero Clean Program

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Larry Dominick presents....Keep Cicero Clean Program 

TOWN-WIDE CLEAN-UP DAY Saturday, May 18th

Volunteers meet at PSO Building Parking lot (5410 West 34th Street) at 9:00 am on May 18th, Lunch will be served to volunteers at 1 pm at the Community Park on 34th and Laramie

President Larry Dominick is acting on his promise to Keep Cicero Clean.

On Saturday, May 18th, President Larry Dominick, the Town Board of Trustees, several departments from the Town of Cicero, and hundreds of volunteers will take to the streets of Cicero for a Spring cleaning.

Your involvement in this effort would be most appreciated. Please take the time during the week of May 13th through May 20th to clean your property and place the trash in the alley for pick up by the Town of Cicero Public Works Department. Preferably one-day prior to regularly scheduled trash pick-up day.

The Town of Cicero, along with volunteers from your community, are joining together in an effort to Keep Cicero Clean. We ask that you keep this movement going forward by doing your part to Keep Cicero Clean through the following:

• Put out all extra garbage in the alleys Monday, May 13th - Saturday, May 18th.
• On Saturday, May 18th, a town-wide clean-up will be conducted.
• Contact the Rodent Abatement Department at 708-656-RATS (7287) to report sightings of rodents, or to obtain a Rodent Abatement Waiver Form for your property
• Call or text 708-878-3731 to report Graffiti, identify the address and the location of the graffiti on the property, also e-mail graffiti@TheTownofCicero.com

KEEP CICERO CLEAN Extra Trash pick-ups May 13th thru 20th (Clean your yard, garage, basement, etc. and put all trash neatly in the alley for Public Works to pick-up throughout the week. Trash must be out by Saturday, May 18th). Preferably one day prior to your regularly scheduled trash pick up-day.

MANTENGA CICERO LIMPIO Coleccl6n de Esceso de basura del 13al 20 Mayo (l.impie SU yarda, garaje, Sotano, etc. y ponga toda la basura cuidmlosamente en el callej6n para que Obras PUblicas las pueda recoger durante la semana. I.a basura debe estar ajuera el sabado, 18 de Mayo)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Cicero Firefighters play Chicago Fire in Wheelchair basketball game

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Cicero Firefighters play Chicago Fire in Wheelchair basketball game

Cicero – Members of the Cicero Fire Department strapped themselves in wheelchairs to play a charity game March 28th at the Cicero Community Center against the Chicago Fire, a Chicago based disabled sports team.

The Chicago Fire team, won, but it was close CEO and Founder of the Midwest Wheelchair & Sports Social Club Keith Wallace said in an interview after the game. We allowed them to purchase some points. 

The Midwest Wheelchair & Sports Social Club hosts exhibition games to raise funds to cover the costs for the Chicago Fire to travel to local & national competitions. The group has been playing wheelchair basketball as the Chicago Fire since 2005.

“We didn’t make the finals this year and the money we raised was donated to West Suburban Special Recreation Association which helps organize similar sporting events around the Cicero area,” Wallace said.

“We appreciate the support that we get from the Town of Cicero and President Larry Dominick. Cicero has a strong commitment to supporting the disabled.”

Last year, he said, the Chicago Fire did make the competition and traveled to Denver, Colorado to compete in the National Tournament. But this year, they did not, although raising money to help provide for other Individuals with disabilities to participate in a sport is winning enough, Wallace concedes.

The Midwest Wheelchair & Sports Social Club not only sponsors wheelchair basketball, they also sponsor Wheelchair softball. The wheelchair softball team is called the Chicago White Sox. The Wheelchiar White Sox won the Division 2 National title in August last year. The tournament was held at US Cellular.  Games are often played against police and fire departments in Chicago and in the suburbs to raise funds to help pay for the equipment, and other expenses including travel, Wallace said.

“We’re always looking to bring in new members. If they have a physical disability, they can just call us. They can live anywhere. Even if they are outside of the state, we will help get them connected with the team closest to them. The first step is just to be interested in playing and we’ll help put them in the network to play,” Wallace said.

“It gives the players a sense of normalcy that allows them to be competitive and compete. Everyone likes to compete. It puts everyone on an equal playing field and they can prove they have talent as well.”

Some individuals are born with disabilities and seem to cope easier than those who had no disabilities but acquire them as a result of an accident or physical trauma.

“The games motivates them to overcome whatever disabilities they may have. It’s a coping thing to get them to look past the disability and see not what you can’t do but to see what you can do,” Wallace said.

“It’s different for those who acquired a disability compared to people who were born with disabilities. It’s harder for people who have acquired a disability, especially in sports. If we have someone who has played basketball and then became injured, it is harder to get them to play wheelchair basketball because it’s not the same. It’s a whole different psychological challenge.”

Wallace said that his group will help any disabled individual who wishes to participate in the wheelchair sports competition. You can call him at 773-220-4522. If you are in this region, you can joint their group. If you are in a different region of the state or even the country, Wallace said, he can help connect you with a wheelchair athletic group near you.

For more information visit the web site: www.mdwssc.org