Rich Milz with the Blackhawks Celebration Info!

Rich Milz with the Blackhawks Celebration Info!

The CTA is offering more service on its trains and rerouting buses Friday to accommodate the city’s rally downtown for the Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup win.

Transit officials suggest using the “L” to travel to the event. Service will be added to all eight rail lines after the morning rush through midday. The CTA is detouring 30 bus routes for the party.

More information about the changes can be found on the CTA’s website.

Streets from Randolph Street to Balbo Avenue from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive will be closed, as will Columbus Drive from Randolph to Roosevelt.

Metra officials also said service will be added to the commuter trains to accommodate crowds. Riders can buy a $5 unlimited-ride ticket that will be good for Friday only.

The ticket is available at ticket agencies now and will be for sale on trains Friday. Metra is encouraging riders to buy the tickets in advance, and also warning customers that no bicycles or alcohol will be allowed on trains Friday.

— Tribune report

Rich Milz likes Chicago Bike sharing program

Rich Milz likes Chicago Bike sharing program

From Rich Milz via the Chicago Tribune

The first 700 bicycles painted “Chicago blue” will make their debut on city streets Friday, vastly outnumbered and upstaged by red and black.

For any celebrants along the Blackhawks parade route who might want to pedal part of the way on one of the new Divvy bike-share program bikes, though, you’re on thin ice.

Of the more than 40 bicycle docking stations scheduled to be in operation Friday for the launch of the service, none of the handful of stations along the Hawks Stanley Cup victory route will be open, officials said.

“It’s for the safety of the people and the equipment,” said Elliot Greenberger, marketing director for Divvy, which is operated by Alta Bicycle Share Inc., Chicago’s partner in the $22 million bike-share experiment.

Seventy-five stations downtown and in River North will be fully stocked with the three-speed bikes and ready to roll by Sunday, Greenberger said.

The Divvy program was to begin June 14. It was delayed because equipment arrived late and over concerns that more testing was needed to avoid software and equipment problems that occurred with the fledgling bike-share program in New York, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The Divvy’s daily rental fee is $7, which allows an unlimited number of trips up to 30 minutes each over a 24-hour period. After 30 minutes, additional fees apply.

More than 1,500 annual memberships, priced at $75 and $125 based on the features included, have been sold since registration began at the end of May, Greenberger said.

A pre-launch event for up to 200 “founding” annual members will be held at Daley Center Plaza on Thursday evening, officials said. Participants who have RSVP’d and registered their key fobs, which are needed to unlock Divvy bikes at the stations, will be able to check out bikes and ride them to other docking stations.

A list of Divvy stations is posted at each station and available online at divvybikes.com.

Also by Thursday evening, the locations of all active Divvy stations and a real-time tracking system that shows available bikes and empty return slots at each station will be listed on Cyclefinder, an app available for Apple and Android devices.

Under its city contract, Divvy must operate 3,000 bikes and 300 stations by the end of August and expand to about 4,000 bicycles and 400 stations covering much of the city by next spring.

Rich Milz with Chicago Blackhawks Charities!

Rich Milz with Chicago Blackhawks Charities!

What a great time to give to a great cause on behalf of a great team!

Who?

As the official charity of the Blackhawks, Chicago Blackhawks Charities pledges to support programs and institutions throughout Illinois that work towards creating a better tomorrow for the youth of today. CBC believes in a series of fundamental principles that collectively serve to support local citizens and better the lives of youth in and around the city of Chicago.

We believe in…
• aiding those who are homeless, ill, abused, or otherwise at risk
• treating individuals suffering from physical injury or disability
• promoting health, fitness and teamwork
• repressing risk-related behavior such as drug use, gang involvement and crime
• facilitating positive educational experiences that illustrate the power of learning

What?

Since it began in October of 1993, CBC has granted over $9 million to local non-profit organizations that concentrate on any of the five specific areas on which CBC focuses. During the 2010-11 season CBC and the McCormick Foundation distributed over 1 million dollars among 25 organizations, including the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Common Threads, the Snow City Arts Foundation and more.

How?

Chicago Blackhawk Charities raises money year-round through fundraising events, game night initiatives, and the generous donations of fans and corporations. CBC is then able to aid the Chicago community by distributing funds raised to local non-profit agencies in the form of grants.

Where? Everywhere. In the fifteen years Chicago Blackhawk Charities has been in existence, the organization has touched the lives of over 5,000,000 youths across the state. And counting!

When? Always. In or out of season, the Chicago Blackhawks and the CBC pledge to be a year-round positive presence in Chicago with scheduled event appearances and a strong commitment to community service.

Why? Our unique position in the community gives us a rare opportunity to be an impacting force not just on the ice, but outside the rink as well. We view our special relationship with the city of Chicago and our fans as a way to create better tomorrows for the youth of today.

None of our players made it to the National Hockey League alone…
It is our duty and pleasure to assist young people in reaching goals of their own.

Detective Rich Milz Salutes Cicero Police Department!

Detective Rich Milz Salutes Cicero Police Department!

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Man held in slaying of Cicero restaurant owner

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A Chicago man has been arrested and charged with the death of a popular pizzeria owner in Cicero.

Staff report

7:15 p.m. CDT, June 22, 2013

 

A man charged in the fatal shooting of a Cicero restaurant owner who was trying to protect his wife this week was ordered held without bail today.

Matthew A. Brown-Turner, 25, has been charged with murder and attempted armed robbery in the fatal shooting of Giovanni Donancricchia, 64, early Thursday morning. Brown-Turner, who court records show lives in Buffalo, N.Y., was ordered held in a Cook County Bond Court hearing. Donancricchia saw Brown-Turner enter the back door of his restaurant, Albano’s Pizza, about 12:30 a.m. and followed him to the counter, where he saw Brown-Turner pointing a gun at his wife, Angela, 62, police said. “Giovanni observed the offender with the gun and entered through the swinging door and physically confronted the offender, giving his wife time to escape from the area,” town officials said in a statement. “Giovanni followed her out but then returned to confront the offender again and was shot once in the chest.” The robber fled down an alley, police said. Later that day, someone called police and said Brown-Turner had been watching news of the robbery and said he had been involved. The witness gave police the name and address of the suspect and he was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday, police said. “During subsequent interviews, the subject made statements implicating himself in the attempted robbery and the murder of Mr. Donancricchia,” the town said. Charges were filed Friday evening. Donancricchia’s son, Saverio, said his father and mother, Angela, had closed the restaurant, 5913 W. Roosevelt Road, around midnight and locked the front door. Saverio said his mother told him that the gunman came in the back door and snuck up behind her before putting a gun to her head. Saverio said that while his mother tried to open the cash register, Giovanni, who had been in a walk-in cooler, came running from the back of the restaurant. His mother screamed “Give him what he wants,” the son said. Giovanni told his wife to go outside and call the police. Saverio said his mother ran out the back door and heard a gunshot about 30 seconds later.   Giovanni said his mother and father immigrated to the United States from Italy in the late 1960s. His father was a well-liked neighborhood businessman who ran the restaurant for 25 years, he said.   Saverio said his family decided on Friday that they will reopen the restaurant on June 28.   “My father built his business for 25 years and to shut down his dream won’t make sense,” he said. “We also want to reopen in his memory and to continue his legacy.” Saverio said his mother, two adult sisters and possibly other family members will run the restaurant.   He said his family plans to hire off-duty police officers at the restaurant for safety purposes.   Giovanni and his restaurant were featured on the Travel Channel’s “Chowdown Countdown” and on “Chicago’s Best,” which airs on WGN-TV and CLTV.

Brown-Turner, formerly of the 1200 block of North Mayfield Avenue in the Austin neighborhood, pleaded guilty to felony drug possession in May 2009, according to court records. He had been arrested on suspicion of heroin possession after police caught him in the 3100 block of West Jackson Boulevard about 6:50 p.m. on April 4, 2009, according to police and court records.

At the time Brown-Turner turned himself in to police in the Cicero slaying, he was wanted on a warrant for violating his probation in the drug case, for which he had been sentenced to two years of intensive probation, according to court and sheriff’s records. He had been cited repeatedly for violating probation before disappearing in March 2011 and having a warrant issued for his arrest, according to court records. The drug-case warrant was served in court today, according to court records.

Although Cicero officials said Brown-Turner had been living most recently in Chicago, court records give his address as the 100 block of Potomac Avenue in Buffalo, N.Y.

Tribune reporter Liam Ford and freelance reporter Joseph Ruzich contributed.

Detective Rich Milz City Of Chicago Pot Hole Request

Detective Rich Milz City Of Chicago Pot Hole Request

Rich Milz thinks this online feature is great!

This service request allows for Chicago residents to report street surface potholes. Please include the location of the pothole when making the request.

Potholes are typically irregularly shaped pavement holes.  If the problem appears to be a utility cut (usually a square cut for water or sewer repairs) or a sinkhole (usually a dip in the pavement or a void, often near a manhole or catch basin), please call 311 directly.

Richard Milz and the Senior Weight lifting Record

Richard Milz and the Senior Weight lifting Record

What a great story!

91 Year-old Sy Perlis Breaks World Senior Weightlifting Record

By Good News Network Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recreation Sports

weightlifting senior Sy Perlis-USA Today video snapshotA World War II veteran shattered the world record for the bench press in his age group last weekend, with a lift of 187.2 pounds – 50 pounds more than the previous record.

Sy Perlis from Arizona, who works out five days a week, was the lone competitor in the 90-year-old and over division.

 

(WATCH the video below, or READ the Reuters story in the Chicago Tribune)

 

Rich Milz Kicked Up Macaroni and Cheese

Rich Milz Kicked Up Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 roasted poblano pepper, diced
  • 2 links smoked chorizo sausage, 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup roasted, fresh yellow corn
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • Several grinds freshly ground white pepper
  • 6 oz grated Jarlsberg
  • 6 oz grated Hickory Smoked Jarlsberg
  • 6 oz grated Gruyere
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon Hot Mexican-Style Chili Powder
  • 1 cup grated Jarlsberg
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere