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An Artist's Love, A City's Mission, Our Firefighters' Cause

A look back at Chicago Heights Patch's most compelling, powerful and thought-provoking stories of last week.

An Artist's Love, A City's Mission, Our Firefighters' Cause

Big Cleanup a McEldowney Park - (Monday, Oct. 3)

 in Chicago Heights needs to be cleaned up and restored to its original greatness, according to Historic Preservation Committee member Pete Petrouski. Petrouski made it his mission to gather as many people as possible to help start the process of improving the area.

Last weekend was a great jump-off, with Mayor David Gonzalez, the , the , volunteers from , Chicago Heights Rotary Club, Cook County SWAP and many others coming to help out, including plenty of Heights residents.



Alzheimer's Doesn't Stop This Artist - (Tuesday, Oct. 4)

Am I the only one amazed at how many Remarkable Residents there are in Chicago Heights?

Last week we met Tessie Baffes, a 87-year-old woman at who paints pictures and sells them. Tessie suffers from Alzheimer's and, at times, slips back onto 1982, but she has never forgotten her true identity as an artist. This is a truly inspiring and touching story about the power of love.



Heights Firemen Fight Breast Cancer - (Wednesday, Oct. 5)

This was a great video story that featured sporting pink tees, all in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

At the Oct. 3 city council meeting, the department honored Chicago Heights Chief of Staff Lisa Aprati and Code Enforcement employee Sharon Dieringer as breast cancer survivors. The next day, firefighter Bryce Meyers took a moment to explain why the department was participating this year.

Not So Sure About a New Shark's - (Wednesday, Oct. 5)

 is preparing to open a new restaurant in South Chicago Heights. A couple of the village trustees aren't to excited about the opening, though. The reasoning? They believe the new restaurant would be in direct competition with Long John Silver's and Kentucky Fried Chicken.



Heights to Lose Lab to Crete - (Thursday, Oct. 6)

Last week we saw proof that the fight to keep businesses in Chicago Heights continues as Silliker Inc., an international network of food testing and consulting laboratories, announced it would be opening a new lab in Crete.

Employees of the Chicago Heights lab will transfer to the new facility along with employees of the South Holland lab. Ald. Josh Deabel, said he is none to happy about the move, especially since he used to work at the Chicago Heights lab.

Also, given all the business news last week, we decided to ask the question,  Leave a comment on that article to add to the conversation.

That's it for the Week in Review. Vote for the top story in the poll below.

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