Aldermen honor long-time block party organizer

2013-08-22T22:10:00Z 2013-08-22T22:29:24Z Aldermen honor long-time block party organizerGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 22, 2013 10:10 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | The City Council paid tribute Thursday to a longtime resident of Greenbay Avenue who organized the annual block party held by and for local residents.

Without opposition, the council approved a resolution praising the memory of Adolph Aguilar, who died in March.

Aguilar was a longtime Greenbay Avenue resident who took it upon himself to organize the annual event in which residents of the street held a large party and got to know each other better.

First Ward Alderman Eric Schneider said he sees the block party as a significant event for his constituents.

“It’s so important to break down the barriers that can keep us apart,” he said.

The resolution was presented by Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush and the City Council at a meeting attended by Aguilar’s family, friends and neighbors.

Also approved by the City Council was a measure scheduling this year’s Greenbay Avenue block party for Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. Schneider said this year’s party was being named for Aguilar as a tribute to his years of work to make his neighborhood a better place to live in Calumet City.

The city’s Public Works Department will provide barricades and trash receptacles for the block party and also will notify police of the event.

The block party was not the only such event that will be held this weekend. A block party along Memorial Drive from Mackinaw to Greenbay avenues will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

In other business, Qualkinbush said city officials are meeting with Waste Management and Robinson Engineering to come up with a plan for how to use a $50,000 state grant received by Calumet City to enhance its recycling efforts. Qualkinbush said the city must come up with about $16,000 in matching funds to get the state grant.

The council also plans to approve a resolution next month praising Police Deputy Chief Dante Zorzi, who retired recently after 29 years with the Calumet City Police Department.

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