RAHM EMANUEL, GUTIERREZ & MORENO CUT RIBBON FOR NEW BASEBALL FIELD ROBERTO CLEMENTE COMMUNITY ACADEMY

RAHM EMANUEL, GUTIERREZ & MORENO CUT RIBBON FOR NEW BASEBALL FIELD ROBERTO CLEMENTE COMMUNITY ACADEMY

On Monday, March 19th, 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson and José López, to cut the ribbon on the new athletic facility at Roberto Clemente Community Academy. The field will support school sports, as well as recreational programming for the entire community. “Investments in world-class academic institutions like those at Clemente not only support the students of Chicago; they are investment in our residents and the future of our City,” said Mayor Emanuel. “These brand new athletic fields will help both students and west side residents to stay engaged and on track to a brighter future.” The fields at Clemente will be used primarily for softball and baseball; Clemente field now has spectator seating, improved lighting, underground drainage infrastructure and storm water management and other amenities. “I am thrilled that we can provide our residents and the hard-working students at Clemente with the high-quality athletic fields they deserve,” said Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, 1st Ward. “Ongoing community investments like these fields would not be possible without the commitment and determination from our local leaders and students.” Roberto Clemente Community Academy is now home to a 120,000 square foot competition-size synthetic turf field for baseball and softball, and a sodded turf for practice and recreational use. Additional updates include team dugout areas, a press box and dual scoreboard, and removable outfield fencing with foul poles, a ball stopper system and backstop; the $3.9 million investment was funded by the Capital Improvement Tax. “This athletic facility will help students at Clemente lead healthy, active lives while providing experiences that will instill the invaluable lesson of teamwork,” said Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Dr. Janice Jackson. Clemente has continued to make academic gains since 2011 and graduated its first wall-to-wall IB class in 2016. In 2012, Clemente was the third school to announce wall-to-wall IB programming, which was first at Back of the Yards and Nicholas Senn High School. Chicago is home to the largest network of IB schools in the nation, with 52 schools (22 high schools and 30 elementary schools) currently serving more than 26,000 students enrolled in IB coursework citywide. “Coupled with our strong academic programming, this high-quality athletic facility provides Clemente students with a well-rounded education in the Humboldt Park community,” said Roberto Clemente High School Principal Fernando Mojíca. “With the support of previous administrators and future-focused parents, Clemente is now a world-class neighborhood school with students graduating and going to college in record numbers.” Under Mayor Emanuel’s leadership, there have been significant ongoing investments to underdeveloped parts of the neighborhood. Among these investments is a $3.5 million facility for La Casa Norte, one of Chicago’s most innovative non-profits that can now serve more residents. Signioficant investments were made to develop affordable housing, and include Borinquen Bella L.P. North & Pulaski Senior Housing, Children’s Place Association LLC, Nelson Mandela Apartments, among others. These developments are in addition to the more than $8 million in Chicago Housing Authority investments to modernize, retrofit and update buildings across the neighborhood. “Chicago’s Puerto Rican community has an incredible friend in Mayor Emanuel, and I appreciate his support as we continue to invest in Humboldt Park and welcome families with open arms,” said Luis V. Gutierrez, US Representative, 4th District. “When tragedy struck Puerto Rico, we got to work right away in Chicago, and I am immensely proud of our continued efforts to help them rebuild and recover.” Humboldt Park, a community anchor, has seen more than $8 million in investments to support upgrades since 2011, including the construction of artificial turf athletic fields, improvements to the swimming pool and rehabbed field house.

José E. López, PRCC Executive Director states: “ The renovated Clemente Field, on one side, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture on the other side, now bookend ‘the magical urbanism’ taking place on Paseo Boricua.”

In his remarks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated baseball and softball field of Roberto Clemente Community Academy, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s Executive Director, Jose E. López, extolled the amazing achievements and developments of Paseo Boricua–the commercial and cultural Puerto Rican Strip along Division Street–since its creation 25 years ago. In this pedacito de patria, Chicago’s Puerto Rican Community has built what López described as a true reflection of ‘magical urbanism’ particularly informed by all the new developments this area encases, and which have been wholeheartedly supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He challenged those who have advanced the narrative “of the tale of two cities” to visit Paseo Boricua, and they may discover a third city emerging on this mile-long corridor. In this strip they will uncover how a deeply committed community has engaged the imagination of this Mayor, and how he has responded by wholeheartedly supporting these efforts which include the following: • the Nancy Franco Maldonado Arts Building – an $11,000,000, 24-unit building that will provide living and work spaces for community artists • an 84 unit “teachers” village apartment complex to be created in the shuttered Von Humboldt School building providing affordable housing for teachers in the community, and a critical space for action and reflection • an early childhood educational center, inaugurated on March 3, 2018, which will provide a quality educational experience for 150 children, 0 – 5 years, with wrap-around social emotional services in a dual language setting. The Consuelo Lee Corretjer/Nancy Franco Maldonado Parent Development Center will house this innovative program in an aesthetically pleasing, child focused space. In closing, López stated this is just the beginning. There is a lot more to come for this corridor. He then introduced CPS/CEO Dr. Janice Jackson whom he called “a young”, innovative educator who will shape a new urban education. He acknowledged her support of the Community as a Campus initiative which is now being implemented in Humboldt Park, and which has received a $250,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

On Thursday, March 8th of 2018, Women for PASEO: Raise Your Voice Program celebrated International Women’s Day by putting together a community discussion with special speaker; Dr. Rebecca M. Singer from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Over forty-five participants were in attendance. The discussion included interactive activities and education on how domestic violence affects the overall health of the community and personal health. A participant closed the conversation by sharing an emotional piece of poetry that focused on women empowerment. The community discussion was followed by a full hour of physical activity led by Lisa Gonzalez and Carmen Rivera.
Join us at our monthly Self-Empowerment group: for a self-defense class 4/20/18 4pm-6pm . RSVP by calling 773-342-0855
Collaboration, not Segregation, for Fortification and Integration

Collaboration, not Segregation, for Fortification and Integration

by Anthony DeJesús, Integrated Paseo, PRCC

United and undivided is what is necessary for minority communities to prosper, flourish, and succeed. There are many afflictions that affect minority communities in this day and age. The prevalence of theHuman Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one, substance abuse another, and the lack of hope for a better future. There are programs that exist for the purpose of helping individuals overcome these adversities. Integrated PASEO, A Puerto Rican Cultural Center program, is such a program. Integrated PASEO visited Rincon Family Services to provide free HIV and Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV) screening, testing, and referrals for treatment as well as prevention, education, and care services. The Integrated PASEO program collaborates with many communities and organizations to increase awareness and provide services.
Another collaboration, in which Integrated PASEO participates, is with the Garfield Park Community Center on weekdays, Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Through this collaboration, individuals can receive free HIV and HCV testing and screening, free harm reduction kits, free female and male condoms, and free packages of lubrication.

Integrated PASEO is housed at Norwegian American Hospital. Every weekday, Monday through Fridayat anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Integrated PASEO offers FREE testing to individuals for HIV, HCV, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s). For those who screen positive, a FREE referral is made for treatment; any individual who screens positive for substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are allowed to participate in the FREE “Seeking Safety” Counseling Program.

Annual Diabetes Awareness Month event

Annual Diabetes Awareness Month event

By Jenny Jara, Diabetes Empowerment Center Outreach Worker

As the colder months approach, so does this year’s flu season, making it crucial for community members to take action in preventing influenza and its complications. For the month of October, the Greater Humboldt Park Community Diabetes Empowerment Center (DEC), in partnership with Walgreens, administered a total of 84 flu shots to community members. In addition to providing this free service, DEC provided basic heart screenings, nutrition education, cooking demonstration, physical activity and referrals.

Please join us for our annual Diabetes Awareness Month event on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. We will have Free; A1C testing, the flu shot once again, heart screenings, food demonstration, physical activity, food and free raffle. DEC, 2753 W. Division St. Chicago Il 60622. 773-342-0855, facebook.com/diabetesempowermentcenter.
Join the 14th Annual Haunted Paseo!

Join the 14th Annual Haunted Paseo!

Featuring Interactive stations &
Healthy Treats for Children of All Ages
Donations requested (individual-snack size):
· Fruit Gummies · Pretzels · Juice boxes * Plain cookies
· Mini water bottles · Low-fat granola or cereal bars
· Baked chips · Popcorn · Sugar-free gum · Stickers
Donations can be dropped off at:
*DSBDA 2459 W Division St,
contact: Nayda  773-782-0454
*Puerto Rican Cultural Center 2546 W Division St,
contact: Viola 773-394-4935
Ultima Fin de Semana de La Cosecha

Ultima Fin de Semana de La Cosecha

Por Cristian Roldan, Programa La Cosecha

Cordialmente les deseo invitar a último fin de semana del Farmers Market. Aproveche la última oportunidad para consumir productos frescos este fin de semana, libres de químicos y cultivados en nuestro proprio barrio con el objetivo de mejorar nuestros hábitos alimenticios con el fin de crear una comunidad más saludable y consciente de lo que consume. Ha sido una tarea ardua y retante el cultivar productos orgánicos en nuestra propia comunidad. Recuerde que todo producto es libre de pesticidas y fertilizantes artificiales. Todo estara a mitad de precio. Así que porfavor tome la tarea de pasar y aproveche para consumir productos locales y frescos. De lo contrario habrá que esperar hasta la próxima temporada.
Ha sido un reto producir con las limitaciones de conocimiento sobre agricultura y sería una verdadera lástima que se pierdan los productos. Les deseo dar las gracias a todos por patrocinar el programa, en especial a Juanita, Danette, Eduardo Arocho y sobre todo a José López, nuestro más fiel cliente.
Recuerde que estaremos el sabado en la esquina de California Ave y Division Street el sábado y en North Ave. Y Artisan St. el domingo.