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By Christa Torres Ctorres@ontnews.com On the morning of Friday, March 1, Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, signed an executive order establishing the steering committee of the Millennium Reserve at the new and under construction, William Powers Visitor Center. Members of the committee including; Arnold

Randell, 10th Ward Alderman, John A. Pope, Marc Miller, John Rogner and numerous others were present to speak about the impact the reserve will make to the area. The Millennium Reserve Initiative is Illinois’ contribution to President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Reconnecting Americans, and especially

children, to the great outdoors. The Calumet Core Project Zone will have over 15,000 acres of open space and 53 miles of trails that will be connecting to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. “I think there’s a spiritual quality that we all get from being out in nature and this is one of the best nature areas in all of America,” said

Governor Quinn. “[There’s] so much diversity located in this region and we want to make sure people have the opportunity to enjoy that.” The Millennium Steering Committee is composed of individual regional leaders who understand and know the calumet region.

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(IB), beautiful campus and outstanding staff all serve the neighborhood well in preparing our youth for high school and beyond.

John A. Pope 10th Ward Alderman

Everyone talks about “good communication” as being the cornerstone of any successful relationship. My office strives to effectively communicate with all residents and businesses of our 10th Ward. Attendance and hosting countless community meetings, mailings, flyers and faxes are commonplace in the daily life of the aldermanic office. Additionally, I am constantly on the streets driving, walking and speaking with individuals to ensure that I, and my office, am aware of what is happening in the neighborhood. Social media has grown rapidly in recent years and the 10th Ward Office has evolved with our website and re-launch of our Facebook page. All these mediums are to ensure there is a constant and easy means of communication among all of us. The value of a traditional neighborhood newspaper is another way of keeping up with current events. Our Neighborhood Times (ONT) has been a leading and growing force in this regard. As such, I am pleased to announce that my office will be writing a column in ONT to expand our communication efforts in the 10th Ward. I hope you enjoy this and share this and other information with family and friends. Marsh School in the Vets Park community is one of the best schools on the southeast side. It provides a challenging academic program for its more than 800 students. The International Baccalaureate

I am so pleased that the 10th Ward, Marsh School under the leadership of Principal Joe Torres and the Chicago Police District, hosted 2 meetings to help improve the Vets Park community. Several dozen parents attended a Parent Patrol meeting in the hopes of forming a group to improve upon the already outstanding achievements being realized at Marsh. I am pleased to announce that the Marsh School Parent Patrol has been successfully operating since midFebruary. When neighbors wanted to address issues on their block they asked me for assistance. Again, my office, Marsh School and the 4th Police District hosted a Block Club training session. Local residents including parents and their children joined me for a very productive Saturday morning meeting. The block clubs are in their infancy stages with growing interest. Our ability to work together is critical to improving the quality of life for all. There are many resources available to aid us in this effort. While we all lead very busy lives I encourage all to take a little time to get involved. This may be as simple as introducing yourself to a neighbor, attending a school or other community meeting, or contacting my office. As spring approaches I look forward to a renewed sense of optimism and cooperation from the entire 10th Ward. John A. Pope 10th Ward Alderman

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While the school does exceptionally well, like all schools and communities, it has its challenges. A troubled student, neighborhood crime and the need for greater involvement should encourage us to cooperatively work to identify solutions to address those issues and improve our quality of life.

Mrs. Babrbara Drosos Will Celebrate her 90th birthday on March 25th, 2013. A party is planned by her five sons and their families: Michael (Doris), Charles (Barb), Jerome (Judy), Bernie (MaryAnn), and John. She has ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Nick and Nate. Mrs. Drosos is a memeber of the St. Columbia Parish, CAPS and Golden Agers. In good weather, You can often see Mrs. Drosos riding her hot pink Schwinn around Hegewisch and East Side.

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John Rogner, chairman of the committee and of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said it best, “the goal is to create a region that’s in transition and turn [it] into a vibrant urban space; one that equally values and promotes healthy nature, industry and community.” A great deal of state investment money has been put into the Millennium Reserve project thus far. Nearly $700,000 in grant money from Federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been awarded for Greencorps Chicago and ‘Green Infrastructure’ projects. Monies will be allotted in assisting with job training, classroom and field experience for Greencorps Chicago trainees and will help with projects in seven south suburban communities. Some of the investment money can already be seen with the near complete construction of the William Powers Visitor Center. The facility will give visitors to the area the opportunity to explore exhibits on the natural

features and human history of Wolf Lake. An exciting investment from the Federal Costal Program for schools within the Millennium Reserve, will be offering programs in which nearly 5,000 youth a year can learn about fishing, outdoor recreation and potential career paths in related fields. The program will include professional

fishing instruction, fishing equipment and opportunities to fish within the Chicago region. “It really is holistic in the sense that we’re engaging the community, the environment and the industrial users,” said Alderman Pope. “That’s really what’s necessary for a

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successful project here [and the] Millennium Reserve does aim to do that.” For a full list of the established Steering Committee Governor Quinn approved and for more detailed information and/or boundaries of the Millennium Reserve, go to http:// www2.illinois.gov/gov/millennium-reserve/ Pages/default.aspx.

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City Colleges of Chicago opens up 24 new adult education off-site locations, 3 in Calumet Area By Vanessa Villarreal Vvillarreal@ontnews.com Hector Ochoa, a 19-year-old Slag Valley resident, started GED® classes at Olive-Harvey College’s South Chicago Learning Center, 3055 E. 92nd St., in October. He said he understands how important it is to get his GED and likes the fact that his classes are close to home – and free. He also said there’s no set date for him to finish his classes—another plus. “You can take as long as you need and when you feel you’re ready, you take the GED test and you’re finished,” Ochoa said. “When I’m done, I’m going to look into other programs with the City Colleges.” According to the 2010 U.S. Census, almost 330,000 Chicagoans – or about 1 in 6 city residents over 18 years of age – never graduated from high school. The mayor’s office recently reported that only about 45,000 people are enrolled in a GED® or English-as-a-second-language program (ESL) in the city. So the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) worked with community groups to identify areas in need and came up with a plan to open 24 new adult education off-site locations—three in the Calumet Area alone (see off-site locations list below). And if you’re at least 18 years old, as usual, the classes are free. “By reorganizing its adult education system and increasing the number of instruction sites around Chicago, City Colleges is addressing the high need for GED® test preparation and ESL classes in neighborhoods that have been until now underserved,” Jeremy Gantz, Media Relations officer, City Colleges of Chicago Communications Department, said. “Because of this initiative, more free classes are being offered in areas that most need them, giving hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans more convenient opportunities to pursue a path to

college and a career. Areas with new sites include far-South Side neighborhoods Hegewisch, East Side and Roseland.” The mission of the Adult Education Division of the CCC is to provide adults with preparatory and developmental instruction in adult basic education, citizenship, ESL, and/or GED® to meet students’ individual goals such as post-secondary education, employment skills training, and/or personal and career enhancement. “Learning is a life-long pursuit and it is incumbent upon us to ensure Chicagoans have access to quality education programs that supports their success, from pre-k to college and beyond,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “From day one we have been working to make the kinds of strategic and effective investments that promote a strong and vibrant workforce and support the success of our residents, from early education to continuing adult learning.” In addition to increasing the number of adult education off-sites, CCC is also making sure that every site is directly affiliated with a nearby City College. With this change, the adult education classes remain current and if students are interested in continuing their education further, there is an easy pathway to other CCC programs. “By expanding our adult education offerings in previously underserved neighborhoods, from Woodlawn to Roseland to Avondale, City Colleges is addressing a profound need and is expanding opportunities for countless more Chicagoans to pursue a path to college and career,” said City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman. To enroll in adult education classes, students must be at least 18 years old. However, 16 and 17 year-olds may register with an official release letter certifying that they are no longer attending high

school. For more information about CCC’s adult education programs, go to http://www.ccc.edu/ departments/Pages/Adult-Education.aspx. Twenty-five new adult education off-site locations: • Burroughs Elementary School/Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, 3542 S. Washtenaw - Brighton Park • Kelly High School/Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, 4136 S. California Ave. - Brighton Park • Davis Elementary School/Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, 3014 W. 39th Place – Brighton Park • Center of Higher Development, 3515 S. Cottage Grove – Oakland/Douglas • Woodlawn Community School, 6657 S. Kimbark Ave. – Woodlawn • Woodlawn Resource Center-Metropolitan Family Service, 830 E. 63rd St. – Woodlawn • Liberation Inc., 6810 S. Ashland Ave. – West Englewood/Ashburn • George Washington Elementary School, 3611 E. 114th St. – East Side • Metropolitan - Marsh Elementary School, 9822 S. Exchange – South Chicago • Langston Hughes Elementary School, 240 W. 104th St. – Roseland • Metropolitan Family Services, 235 E. 103rd St. – Roseland • Ismaili Community Center, 1124-30 W. Rosemont Ave.—Edgewater • Onward Neighborhood House, 5423 W. Diversey Ave. – Belmont-Cragin • Darwin School, 3116 W. Belden Ave.—Palmer Square/Logan Square • Avondale-Logandale School: 2945 North Sawyer Ave. – Logan Square • Lorca Elementary School: 3231 North Springfield

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“I make music because I really want [it] to be my livelihood. I came to realize you don’t have to be famous to have a career in music.”

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Spotlight

Matthew Jus’ J Bright

By Anthony Vasquez Avasquez@ontnews.com

Jus’ J. Matthew Bright developed a talent and love for music while in his high school choir. Bright enjoyed it so much that he decided to pursue a career making music, “I make music because I really want [it] to be my livelihood. I came to realize you don’t have to be famous to have a career in music. It's definitely an aggressive business but I love challenge.” Bright had been recording hip-hop demo tracks with a friend, when the two decided to bring in rock instrumentation in the form of guitars and bass. The results did not sound right to Bright. To rectify this, they decided to incorporate a heavier influence from rock, utilizing drum fills and guitar solos on the tracks. What really helped define his sound, according to Bright, was Scream-o, which Bright describes as "a death metal growl or power punk scream." Bright says of his mash up style “with just the right amount of balance it works out." From that perfect genre bending balance, Jus’ J was born. Bright, now known as Jus’ J, recorded and submitted the song “Fade Out” to publishers in the Los Angeles industry.

Jus’ J received word back from them only two days later. The song was among 20 selected to be considered by producers to be featured in a film Lionsgate was releasing, “Setup.” A month would pass as the selections were narrowed down to a final three songs. In the end, producers chose “Fade Out” to appear in the film, starring actor Bruce Willis and rapper 50 Cent. Jus’ J says he was ecstatic and explained the experience of hearing his song in a movie was surreal. The song is played during the film and can also be heard at the menu selection screen of the blu-ray. The experience is one Jus’ J hopes to recreate with future songs. Jus’ J described the music industry as aggressive, but he certainly seems to be rising to the challenge. J’s real-life persona is also capitalizing on his love for music by contributing to ONT’s music reviews. It doesn’t look like this artist is going to fade out anytime soon. You can find Jus’ J’s album “Audiohead on….” And look for his reviews in upcoming issues of ONT.

Get to Know Jus’ J Biggest musical influences: John Mayer, Common, Linkin Park, Jay-Z and The Foo Fighters Who headlined the first concert you attended: John Mayer Name two things you love about the city of Chicago: The skyline at night and the Chicago Bears If you could be any other musician in any genre, past or present, who would you be: I would want to be John Lennon. He wrote a lot of songs and lyrically one of my favorite writers. If your life was a song, what would the title be: Free Spirit Ride Name one of your top favorite albums: Abbey Road - The Beatles


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They rock your body and rock your soul. MC’s Nasa773 and Merk One, bassist Ryebread, drummer Mike Lyon and guitarist A.D. 6, are the south side natives collectively known as Free AJents. The band has shared the stage with the likes of RZA, (of the Wu-Tang Clan) at The Double Door in Chicago this past summer, along with Hed PE, a rock band that has national acclaim, reaching the Billboard Charts.

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By Matthew Bright mbright@ontnewscom

“A review of the new single by Free AJents titled ‘Fallout’ and info on the release of their new album ‘To the Top”

Their new single “Fallout” starts with a PSA sample and then leads into a powerful, raw, dynamic verse delivered by Merk One, reminiscent of Sen Dog from Cypress Hill. The verses lay on top of incredible power chord leads from the electric guitar, high velocity tempo hi-hats and thumping snares, memorable rolling drum fills, and energizing crescendos that lead into an electric musical chorus that excites. Lyrically the chorus when it drops is muddled and hard to make out initially, but rebounds nicely and draws you back

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in after the first line of the chorus. Nasa773 goes on to drop the second verse with a delivery that is comparable to Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. A clear and clean mix during the verses, Nasa773 and Merk One convey a classic rap style with great believability and zero drop in their energy.

Merk Ones’ “Dead bodies everywhere the end is near, can’t be afraid of death because death is already here” ends a verse that is metaphorical in its interpretation, because the literal sense is too dark and violent which might lead to a lack of appeal. Nasa773 drops his verse and ends with “When the smoke clears it’s just me and my roaches wondering if the universe even noticed” not only fitting the title of the song, “Fallout” but paints a picture only true MC’s can. This verse depicts nuclear fallout “that only roaches will survive” however Nasa773 still remains.

How is this possible? A picture painted with words by another genius writer and MC. The single and along with the band’s overall sound is comparable to the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Beastie Boys and Linkin Park, which is all pretty good company. The overall song is a great offering from a promising band and look forward to hearing more. The band’s newest single “Fallout” and other great tracks can be found on freeajents.com or reverbnation.com/ freeajents. Subscribe to their YouTube Channel “ajent36” for videos and updates from Free AJents or you can follow them on twitter @freeajents. Their latest album “To the Top” is set to release on March 16th, 2013 with a release party at Mark O’s 435 Ridge Rd, Munster IN.

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people a lot faster. Is it such a crazy notion to suggest, in order to purchase a gun, a person should be required to obtain an “operators” license, as opposed to simply an owner’s license? How about requiring a minimum of a two week course in order to learn how to “operate” your weapon? This ultimately could be a nice revenue stream for the city and the additional expense might actually prohibit some people who weren’t serious about owning a weapon to begin with don’t you think? Does requiring gun owners to learn how to use their weapon safely and responsibly somehow equate to attempting to take guns away from the populous? Again, I think that is absurd. Speaking of being responsible, have you ever heard the term “Straw Purchasing”? Straw purchasing is when a person legally buys a gun or guns with the intent to sell them to others who can’t legally purchase or own weapons. Did you know that current federal law does not explicitly ban straw purchasing? Let me give you an example of a scenario that I am sure plays out more times than anyone would like to admit. Say a person went to buy a few guns legally, outside of city boundaries of course, because gun sales are explicitly prohibited in Chicago. What do you think happens if one of these weapons ends up being used in a crime? Under current law, pretty much all the original purchaser has to do is say is that the guns were lost or stolen and, “Sorry for not letting you know.” Unless there was a blatant transfer of the weapon, all the original purchaser will receive is a proverbial slap on the wrist. How could there NOT already be laws requiring a person to notify the authorities when a gun goes missing or gets stolen? Furthermore, how in the world could anyone think that wanting to pass a law requiring gun owners to be more responsible for their property is equivalent to an attempt to take anyone’s right to bear arms from them? Even common sense suggestions such as these are being challenged as unconstitutional by some. I would think any rational person, gun owner or not, American or otherwise could see that we need to, at the very least, make current, legal gun owners a little more responsible for their property. Any rational person should agree that we need more regulation when it comes to purchasing guns and weapons of war have no business in the hands of anyone other than highly trained military and municipal personnel. I would also hope that a rational, thinking person should be able to realize that my making such suggestions does not mean I am anti-American. Most of us down here at ground level already know something more has to be done. Perhaps starting with small legislation like a strict ban on straw purchasing is a good start. But what does any of it really matter when here, in Chicago, despite some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, we still had over 500 murders due to gun violence in 2012? I don’t know what happened to everyone these days but it seems no one can think about much of anything rationally anymore. Please send all comments and feedback to sgomez@ontnews.com

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Jadah Jones arrived at LEARN as a shy and wary 6th grader, unsure of her future. She was struggling academically and, as Jadah describes, “often felt discouraged.” Two years later, Jadah’s family beamed with pride as she marched down the aisle at LEARN’s 8th grade graduation. She earned a place on LEARN’s High Honors list and was recognized as one of the top 10% students in her class. A stack of acceptance letters from Chicago’s most selective college prep high schools kept rolling in. Today, Jadah is a junior at Francis W. Parker School with a $24,000 scholarship. Jadah acknowledges LEARN Charter School for preparing her for high school and instilling in her the ambition to reach her full potential. She is grateful for the support and encouragement that transformed her life in only two years. Stories like this are not uncommon. A parent of a LEARN alumnus emailed a LEARN Principal to acknowledge and thank one of her daughter’s elementary school teachers: “I would like you to know that my child’s teacher was more than an instructor; he is a mentor as well. He took extra time to guide her during her 4th-8th grade years; he took time to confer with [her] if he noticed a drop in her grade or any struggle that prevented her from learning as much as she can; he pushed her to the limit and taught her that with hard work and research, she could stay on top.”

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