Chet the Jet Working Away!

Posted: September 29, 2014 by mccompany in Entertainment, On Campus, On the Street

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Apartments: 

Melrose Park – $690 month Includes ALL UTILITIES. Cute & bright, newly remodeled spacious studio, suitable for ONE person. Separate kitchen, full size fridge & stove, nice size bathroom. Ceramic tile in bathroom & kitchen. Furnishings in kitchen/bathroom.

Private off street parking. Washer/Dryer on premises. Close to public transportation. NO smoking, NO pets. 1st & last month security, credit check/references. Email sandraargento@sbcglobal.net

 

AUSTIN AREA NEAR OAK PARK, IL! BLOCKS FROM GREEN LINE TRAIN! NICE STUDIO APARTMENT AVAILABLE NOW!! HEAT INCLUDED!!

$550 STUDIO APARTMENT AVAILABLE NOW!!! HEAT INCLUDED & LAUNDRY!! (AUSTIN AREA)

**TRIPLE PLAY PACKAGE**

EACH UNIT IN THE BUILDING FEATURES A TRIPLE PLAY PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES CABLE, INTERNET, & A LANDLINE PHONE! THIS PACKAGE IS VALUED AT OVER $175…WHAT A SAVINGS!!!

FEATURES: NICE COZY STUDIO APARTMENT, HEAT INCLUDED, CEILING FANS, LAUNDRY ON SITE, INTERCOM ENTRY, NEAR CTA BUSES & GREEN LINE TRAINS

LEASE TERMS: -12 MONTH MINIMUM LEASE, 1ST & LAST MONTH RENT AT LEASE SIGNING, NO EVICTIONS, MINIMUM 1YR ON CURRENT EMPLOYMENT, MUST BE ABLE TO PROVIDE LAST YEAR TAX INFO – W2 AND 1040 FORMS, CREDIT & BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED, VERIFICATION OF LANDLORD AND EMPLOYMENT REQUIRED, NON REFUNDABLE APP FEE. Visit website at http://www.renthotproperty.com.

-CROSS STREETS: CENTRAL AVE & WEST END AVE (WEST CHICAGO)

 

Jobs:

Target: Target is now hiring for the seasonal/ holiday positions. To apply, visit target.com/careers

Burger King: The Brickyard location is currently looking for part time crew for various jobs including cooks, cashiers, etc… you can apply in person or burgerking.com under the careers tab.

Menards: Located at 8311 W North Avenue, looking for manager trainees, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree for management training program. If interested in the position call 708-450-5680 or by email at MELPHR@menards.com

T.J. Max: Now hiring for sales associates for their store located at 2155 W. 22nd street, Oakbrook, IL 60521. The salary is from $8.25 – $9.25. Applicants must be fun, friendly, and energetic and team driven. Full and part time experiences now available, no experience necessary. Call for appointment (630) 573-9410 or stop in to speak to a manager on duty.

Jimmy John’s: Forest park location is hiring, call 708-488-9070 or email at JJOFFORESTPARK@ATT.NET

Wing Stop: Two locations in Northlake and Elmwood Park, IL looking for both full and part time staff. Starting salary is $10.00 per hour for cashiers and sales. If interested, fax resume to 708-531-1414 or 708-452-0072, or email at Mnardello2002@yahoo.com

Galewood Starbucks: Located on north and Harlem, looking for smiling faces, outgoing personalities, hard workers, multitaskers for full or part time positions. Apply at starbucks.com/jobs

 

Chet the Jet is Back!

Posted: September 26, 2014 by mccompany in Entertainment, On Campus, On the Street

NEVER GIVE UP sf

Madden Brothers AlbumLogo_Greetings_300GRAYBy: SJ Neri

Benji and Joel Madden, twin brothers, and former front men of the very successful band Good Charlotte bring us a new sound…well, sort of. As I listened to their album, Greetings from California, I couldn’t help but think the sound was familiar. Then my daughter proclaimed, “They kind of sound like The Beach Boys”. Ah, of course! Like always with an album review, I listened to the whole album several times. I right away knew the title fit the album perfectly. Having been born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, I have only visited California (I have family there). I do, however, know this album encapsulates the feel and vibe that is always there in Cali…one I confess I do not always possess…optimism. I tried to fight it, but these damn songs just made me feel like maybe this world is not the horrible cesspool that mass media has led me to believe.

As I visited The Madden Brothers website, I learned of the origin of this album, which seemed too perfect. In 2012, while visiting fellow artist Pharrell Williams in Miami , the brothers spoke of wanting to get back to classic rock. This led Williams to make a comparison to The Eagles, which gave the brothers even more inspiration. That night, the brothers wrote California Rain (track 10), which Benji says is “…about the music industry. California is a magical place and we liken it to the dream.” Joel adds, “The song sums up our experience-past, present and future. We still believe in the dream.”

If you are a fan of Pop Rock, you will find songs you enjoy, and even love, on ‘Greetings from California’. Dear Jane, the album’s first track, reminds me of cruising with a group of friends. Up-beat, and fun, you can almost feel sunshine on your face. Track 03, Brixton, is very Beach Boys, in the very best way possible. The song takes you back to carefree days. Track 05, We Are Done, already has an official video. Although this song is smooth, and reassuring (and for some reason makes me want to learn to surf), it is actually about standing up for yourself. “We want to inspire people to speak up” says Benji. The video promotes a message not only of standing up for one’s self, but of tolerance, and acceptance. One of my personal favorite tracks is Track 11, Brother, which boasts some rich vocals, promotes a feeling of unity and heart. The album ends with my other personal favorite, Track 15, Empty Spirits. This song delivers wonderful vocals, background violins, and epic acoustic guitar. ‘Greetings from California’ nails it’s landing, with a perfect 10.

Track List:  

01 Dear Jane (Intro)

02 Dear Jane

03 Brixton

04 Out of My Mind

05 We Are Done

06 U R

07 Jealousy

08 Love Pretenders

09 California Rain (Intro)

10 California Rain

11 Brother

12 Bad

13 Abby

14 Suddenly

15 Empty Spirits

The Day I Met Robin Williams

Posted: September 11, 2014 by mccompany in Entertainment, On the Street

Rwilliams_1By: SJ Neri

This is my favorite picture of Robin Williams. In 1992, at the now closed Fine Arts Theater at 410 S. Michigan Ave., I snapped this picture of Robin Williams myself. Williams was there for a premiere showing of his film ‘Toys’. I did not have tickets for this showing, as you needed special ones in advance, but a friendly cop let me into the hallway to snap a few pics. I overheard from Williams’ publicist that he was not going to stay for the whole showing of the film. So, on that cold, rainy Wednesday evening, I waited outside for the off chance I may actually get to meet him. Over an hour later, a white haired man I recognized as director Barry Levinson came out by himself. He glanced over at me, I smiled and nodded, and he half-heartily nodded back (looking at me as though I were crazy). A minute later, Robin Williams emerged with his wife, and Mrs. Levinson. The four of them stood there and talked a moment, and five feet away I had to talk myself into going up to Mr. Williams. I was terrified of the very thought of facing him, but I finally found the nerve, and as his back was to me, I had to tap Mr. Williams on his large, puffy, green parka. He turned and fixed his beautiful blue eyes on me, and I smiled and asked for an autograph. He smiled and said “Oh, sure.” His party floated toward the limousine parked at the curb several feet away. No one else was out there on Michigan Avenue. So for a span of three minutes, it is just Robin Williams and I, standing in the dark…alone. So, what do I say to the man I have been watching and idolizing for so many odd years? Absolutely nothing…I choked, big time choke. I did not pay him one compliment, did not name any of my favorite films, nothing. He handed me back my pen and paper, and I managed to squeak out a “Thank you very much”, to which he smiled at me with those brilliant eyes, and spoke to me in that kind, warm, reassuring voice of his, “You’re welcome”. For many years after that day I had kicked myself in the ass for not saying a word to him. He still remains the most famous person I ever came face-to-face with.

Fast forward to Monday, August 11, 2014, while I was at my part-time library job a woman approached my counter looking for a Robin Williams movie (‘Bicentennial Man’). While I searched the computer to see if we had it, she mentioned how sad it was about his death. I cocked my head to the right, like dogs do when you speak to them, and said “I’m sorry, are you talking about Robin Williams the actor?”. Her eyes got big, “Yes, it’s been all over the news.” When she walked away, I leaned over to my co-worker and asked “Have you heard anything about Robin Williams’ death?” He looked at me, wide eyed and confused as he shook his head “no”. As I hurriedly typed it into Google, I murmured “No.. please, and please don’t let it be a suicide.” But there it was, all over the internet, and I felt as though I had been kicked in the heart. It was difficult to read about it while still at my work station, because I just wanted to let go and cry. One of my workplace responsibilities is to create a graphic display for a celebrity who may have passed away, and gather his/her movies or CD’s to put on display. Searching for favorite pictures, finding quotes, tracking down his films we have on our shelves…I did all that in a cloud of complete disbelief. I was in shock. This beautiful, brilliant man…that no one has ever come close to in comparison…was now gone. My co-workers could see how it affected me, it showed on my face, in the gait of my walk, and they actually tried to console me. I know there are many people who think “How can anyone get this upset over someone they don’t even know?” Artists put themselves into their work, be it music, writing, filmmaking, dancing, painting, or acting. If you saw a few of his films, you knew him. If I could go back in time, to that three minutes I had with Robin Williams…I still don’t know exactly what I would of said…but it would have been something. Anything! If you have something to say to someone…say it now.