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Skinny Williams Jazz Concert for Haymarket Center

Dear Friends and Supporters of Haymarket Center,Just a reminder of the Skinny Williams Jazz Concert fundraiser for Haymarket Center on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.  Click on the link below as it will offer you a sample of Skinny’s wonderful sound. He is a dynamic performer and we are fortunate to have such a great artist perform for our fundraiser on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from...
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Saving a Chicago beach

This isn’t just any beach in Chicago I’m trying to save. In my opinion it’s the greatest beach in Chicago I’m trying to save. Chicago is known throughout the country for its beautiful front yard – we call it Lake Michigan. With its miles and miles of flowing tresses bordering one entire side of Chicago, many beaches are described as home to thousands of people from Memorial Day to Labor...
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Diamonds are a retailer’s best friend

“Others are on their way,” she said. “They will come armed with revenge. My little brother’s death will not go unnoticed...not by you or the venomous terrorizers who keep fighting over rocks they call precious. Precious to whom? Not my people. They will come, just like me. This is in no way over. The diamond owners and intermediaries must end their hold over our children and my country....
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Haymarket 676 Stair Climb

Haymarket Center is a comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment center located in the West Loop. Each year since 1986 Haymarket has held a summer festival thanking the staff and volunteers for the tremendous work they do. Haymarket supplies FREE food, rides, animals, arcades, photographers, etc. to all who come to the Festival (mostly staff, their family members and donors). Alderman...
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Cancer: are they really looking for a cure?

I remember when I felt the lump in my breast. It felt huge. I would like to say I was calm, but I can’t.  I…freaked…out.  At the time I had two little kids (three, counting my husband) and I was only 35 years old. I had just been to my doctor’s office and was told everything was fine.  My mammogram exam showed nothing significant. However, the very-next-week the lump found...
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A seasonal cure for homelessness

It is that time of the year. Ok, let me stop for a moment before I convulse with joy. I feel especially blessed to not only have a job, but a job that lets me enjoy it and the people I work with. I come home to an apartment that makes me feel safe and secure. I am thrilled that I have been able to spend quality time with my daughter and other loving relatives this...
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Feeding Illinois birds is a no-no

Since last speaking with you I mustered up an army of 48 people to help clean up 55th and 57th Street beaches in Chicago for Adopt A Beach Day.  Although we all felt we were doing something wonderful, we found ourselves clearing away trash that should not have been on the beaches. Crap like condoms, baby diapers, tampons, and other stuff were thrown in bushes and trees and found under rocks...
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Growing season was about sharing

I made several mistakes this planting season. Duh.Let’s start with: - listening to everybody but the pros and my gut;- planting tomatoes too close together even though I knew to plant two feet apart;- planting cucumbers too close together (after awhile they become one property);- planting too few onions, too soon, too close together;- Not buying a heat lamp; (even though the beets and jalapeno...
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