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JENNIFER'S NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS YOU CAN USE!

Jennifer Garrity - Dean's Team Customer Service CoordinatorREAD ABOUT LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS HERE! 

EDGEWATER - Kilmer School parents push for traffic light.  The intersection of Clark and North Shore is a dangerous intersection that is heavily used by students and parents walking to Kilmer School.   About a year ago Maria Celso and her three children were grazed by a car as they crossed "There is a (police) crossing guard there, but cars don't respect or obey the crossing guard," Celso said through an interpreter. "Every day, someone always almost gets hit."

While all four were treated at a local emergency room and released that same day, the experience left them bruised and shaken.   Last week, about 30 parents congregated at Clark and North Shore before morning classes started at Kilmer, passing out flyers underscoring the need for a traffic light. 

Organized by Organization of the NorthEast (ONE), parents had gathered to hold Alderman Joe Moore, 49th, to a campaign promise that he made during an ONE-sponsored aldermanic debate last winter that he would put a traffic light on the corner this year.  "The event was a public show of his commitment to getting the traffic light," ONE youth organizer Teresa Neumann said. "We want to hold him to his word. He made this commitment and we want to make sure that it happens."   To read more, click here.

JEFFERSON PARK - Reading scores up despite challenges of English learners, special-needs students.  Northwest Side schools have had gains on the reading portion of the 2007 Illinois Standards Achievement Test which are significant given those schools' large number of English-language learners and special-needs students, principals at some Northwest side schools have said. 

Irving Park Middle School Principal Carmen Sanchez said 95 percent of students at her school are Hispanic, and many speak English as a second language.  "Because of that, we make sure every teacher is a reading teacher," she said. "Even the math teachers focus on reading and written, extended response."  This year 79 percent of Irving Park Middle School's eighth-graders were meeting or exceeding state reading standards, an 11.4-percent jump from last year's scores.

"Our reading scores have increased for the last four years in a row," she said. "If you can see consistent increases, you're doing something right."   To find out more, click here.

NILES - Honest Abe Lincoln's statue is back together.  If you've driven passed the intersection of Milwaukee and Touhy, and seen the beautiful fountain, chances are you've caught a glimpse of Abe too.  Jeff P. Carland is the artist who created this sculpture. 

The head of the Abraham Lincoln's statue has been returned to the village of Niles water fountain.   On Sept. 20, Niles police caught a man in a wedding party taking Lincoln's fiberglass head into his limousine, across the street from the police station on Milwaukee and Touhy avenues.   The man whose party had been posing for photos with the statue when the head broke off, told police officers that he had planned to return it.  He was cited with a ticket for damage to village property.   Click here to read the entire article.

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DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD REPORTER,

JENNIFER GARRITY

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2007 2:40 PM by Dean's Team

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