Saturday, February 26, 2011

Manhattan Irish Fest 2011

Manhattan, Illinois will celebrate its 17th Irish Fest March 4th and 5th.

Manhattan Irish Fest will have activities for all age groups:

CHILDREN AND YOUTH:





ll Children's and Youth Activities will be held at the Manhattan Park District Recreation Center 397 S State St.

Scheduled Events:
Friday March 4 --
6:00 - 7:00 -- Stormin' Norman (DJ)
7:00 - 7:45 -- Street Worthy (Band)
7:45 - 8:30 -- Stormin' Norman (DJ)
8:30 - 9:00 -- Street Worthy (Band)
9:00 -10:00 -- Stormin' Norman (DJ)
Saturday March 5 --
 9:00a -- Noon   Warming StationOperation Care Package will be selling Hot Chocolate and Coffee.
12:00 noon-5:00p: Games & Prizes:Carnival Games-- Big Mouth,Frog Hop,Star Darts, Boom Blasters, Shuffle Bowl, Teen High Striker, Fat Cats, Skee Roll, Tip-A-Troll, Rock Band, Flip Books, Wax Hands and Sand Art.
12:15-12:45:Bag Piper - Interactive
12:45-1:00Irish Step Dancers
1:00-2:00The Magic Dentist
6:00p - 9:00p
6:00 - 6:45 -- Street Worthy (Band)
6:45 - 7:30 -- Stormin' Norman (DJ)
7:30 - 8:00 -- Street Worthy (Band)
8:00 - 9:00 -- Stormin' Norman (DJ)
9:00p
Building Closes
           

ALL AGES:             



Cultural Area 
St Joseph’s Grade School 
Saturday, March 5, 2011 
9:00 Irish Mass at St Joseph Church 
9:00-4:00 Trinity Knot Irish Store 
9:00-4:00 Concessions 
1:00 -1:15 Stock Yard Kilty Pipe Band 
1:15-1:30 Triallta Irish Step Dancers 
1:30 - 2:00 Manhattan Music Angels 
2:00 - 3:30 Author & Folk Singer 
Lee Murdock 
Other Activities 
Saturday, March 5, 2011 
9:00am Mass – St Joseph’s Church 
Noon-2:00 Caboose - Historical Society 
11:00am Parade- Downtown 
1:00 Rugby – Central Park 
Manhattan Morrigans 
2:00 Rugby – Central Park 
Manhattan Shamrocks 




ADULTS:

Friday, March 4, 2011 – 21 and older only 
5:30-6:00 Irish Music 
6:00 - 8:00 James & Wright - 
Righteous Hillbillies 
8:00 - 8:30 Grand Marshal/King & 
Queen 
8:30 - 10:30 Fisticuffs 
10:30 Last Pour 
11:00 Tent Closed 



Saturday, March 5, 2011 
Entertainment Area 
Manhattan Central Park 
Friday, March 4, 2011 – 21 and older only 
5:30-6:00 Irish Music 
6:00 - 8:00 James & Wright - 
Righteous Hillbillies 
8:00 - 8:30 Grand Marshal/King & 
Queen 
8:30 - 10:30 Fisticuffs 
10:30 Last Pour 
11:00 Tent Closed

The Manhattan Irish Fest is sponsored by the Irish American Society of County Will.  






Learn to Cook Outdoors with the Forest Preserve District of Will County

Program on Dutch Oven Cooking Sponsored by Forest Preserve District of Will County

"Dutch Oven Cooking," a free, adult program sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County, will be Sunday, March 6, 10:00 a.m., at Riverview Farmstead, in Naperville.  Registration is required.

Dutch oven cooking is a traditional way to cook outdoors.  This program will offer various methods and uses for Dutch oven cooking, provide some historic background, and demonstrate different techniques and recipes.

This program will take place outdoors over uneven, natural terrain.

Riverview Farmstead is located on Book Road between 111th and 119th Streets, in Naperville.
For information and registration, call 815-886-1467.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Jesse Jackson at Homegoing Celebration for Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet

by ann baskerville

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is speaking now at the Homegoing Celebration for Civil Rights Leader The Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton.

Watch online now: http://www.mtzionjoliet.org/MZBC_TV.html

Jesse Jackson came to Joliet to honor Singleton, a man who marched with Dr. King.  Jackson came from Madison, Wisconsin where he participated in labor rallies and is headed back to Madison to speak to a group of Madison East High School students tomorrow.

Jackson honored The Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton and his tireless work for justice.

Here is a historic photo of the Revs. Singleton and Jackson from 1974.

Jackson said of Singleton, "he never missed a chance to fight for justice.  It's not enough to say he fought the good fight....cuz, really, it ain't finished...This is a comma, not a period.  Tomorrow we get up on our journey to keep the Singleton dream alive."

"We thank God for the life of the Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton....For every picket line he walked, for every hand he held out...for every head that leaned on his shoulder, we thank God for him tonight"

Homegoing Celebration for the Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton available to be viewed online

The Homegoing Celebration for local Civil Rights Leader the Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton will be held today in Joliet at 6pm at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet.  

Update: New Online Streaming Site for The Rev. Dr. Singleton's Homegoing Celebration:
Singleton's funeral services will be available to be viewed online at: http://www.mtzionjoliet.org/MZBC_TV.html

Singleton was the pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet for over 40 years.  Prior to becoming pastor
at Mt. Zion, Singleton served the Russell Street Church in East St. Louis, IL and the Colette Street Church in Danville, IL.   Under Singleton's leadership, Mt. Zion's membership grew from 100 to 2,000 members.


Singleton was the founder and past president of the Joliet Affiliate Rainbow/P.U.S.H. Coalition and he served as the religious coordinator for the Illinois Rainbow/P.U.S.H. and iNational Board Member. 


Update: View Rev. Dr. Singelton's Homegoing 
Program and Booklet and Musical Tribute Program.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Warehouse Workers for Justice will support workers marching to demand billing and payment records at Reliable Staffing in New Lenox, Illinois




The group Warehouse Workers for Justice, a group in Will County that meets at Sacred Heart Church in Joliet, has released a press release, read the entire press release:


"Temp warehouse workers take action over missing wages
Reliable Staffing workers demand improved conditions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2011


Press contact:  Abraham Mwaura, Warehouse Workers for Justice: 312.775.2154 abe@warehouseworker.org
Chris Williams, Attorney WHLC: 312.795.9115 cwilliams@workers-law.org

Who:  Employees of Reliable Staffing agency, local clergy and community supporters

What:
  Employees of Reliable Staffing agency will attempt to collect billing and pay records from the temp staffing agency.  Workers have complained about problems with their pay to the company and delivered written requests for records from the company but have not received records they are entitled to by law.  A community delegation will be there to support employees claiming thousands of dollars in owed back wages.


When:  Monday, February 21 at 11 a.m.

Where:  14422 Edison Dr # A, New Lenox, IL

Visual:  Workers and community supporters will march in to demand billing and payment records that would serve as proof of wage theft.

Workers at Reliable Staffing in New Lenox, IL are fighting for wages still owed to them after the Christmas season.  Several warehouse workers employed by the agency at area warehouses approached Warehouse Workers for Justice for assistance when they discovered that they had not been paid for all the wages they were due.

"The checks were always short," said Robert Hines, who worked as a Reliable employee at the WalMart warehouse in Elwood.  "When I asked a supervisor about it they told me that they don't handle that and gave me the run around.  I worked hard for peanuts."

A delegation of Reliable employees, joined by community supporters, will confront Reliable about work place abuses and make a final attempt to get copies of their billing and payment records.  Workers believe these records will prove that they were shorted hours, not paid their legally owed show up pay, not paid overtime and in some cases were paid less than the legal minimum wage. 

The workers have joined in delegations of warehouse workers who have been going to Springfield to demand fair wages and an end to the perma-temp system in Will County warehouses.  A report released last year showed that 63% of workers in Will County warehouses are temps, earning poverty wages with few benefits."

Will County News called Reliable Staffing in order to get their response.  Will County News left a message and asked Reliable Staffing to call back with their response.  If you are from Reliable Staffing and reading this, you can also email your response to: willcountynews@gmail.com

UPDATE: In a Herald-News article regarding this issue--"The group said the requested records will prove Reliable employees were underpaid, not paid overtime and, in some cases, were paid less than the legal minimum wage.


But Reliable CEO Dan Gallagher said that is not true.
He said he has extensive records that show “every minute and every piece of work the individual did.” The problem isn’t his company’s pay system, it’s unproductive workers, he said. He also said he would be willing to spend a half hour with any employee who had payroll questions."



Saturday, February 12, 2011

Funeral Arrangements for the Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton, Funeral Service to be available online

Long-time pastor and Civil Rights leader the Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton died on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois, where he served for over 40 years as pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and fought for Civil Rights and Justice.

According to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Website, funeral arrangements are as follows:


Funeral Arrangements

Body will Lie in Repose for Viewing
Sunday, February 20, 2011 from 3pm to 9 pm
Monday, February 21, 2011 from 10am to 6 pm

Homegoing Celebration
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 6pm

Internment
Tuesday, February 22, at 10am

Singleton's funeral services will be available to be viewed online at: http://www.mtzionjoliet.org/MZBC_TV.html

You can also watch The Rev. Dr. Singleton's final sermon "Route 66" on this site.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Death of Joliet Civil Rights Leader The Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton

The Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton--who served as pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet for over 40 years and was currently serving as pastor emeritus at Mt. Zion--passed away February 10, 2011.   Funeral arrangements are pending, according to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church website.


According to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church website, Rev. Singleton marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the struggle for Civil Rights.  Singleton worked tirelessly to help people find jobs, homes, and re-gain their rights.


Singleton spread the gospel throughout the world.  Prior to becoming pastor at Mt. Zion, Singleton served the Russell Street Church in East St. Louis, IL and the Colette Street Church in Danville, IL.   Under Singleton's leadership, Mt. Zion's membership grew from 100 to 2,000 members.


Singleton was the founder and past president of the Joliet Affiliate Rainbow/P.U.S.H. Coalition and he served as the religious coordinator for the Illinois Rainbow/P.U.S.H. and iNational Board Member. 


Singleton served countless community organizations and received numerous awards from local organizations.


Recently, Singleton spoke regarding labor issues raised by the local group Warehouse Workers for Justice.  At a January 2010 ecumenical celebration of  Martin Luther King Jr. birth, Singleton put the current labor issues in a historical context:


"The Rev. Isaac Singleton also addressed the crowd in Mt. Zion Baptist Church and spoke of the progress made by the black community, and of the struggle ahead.
“I remember when we couldn’t go downtown and buy nothing,” Singleton said. He also recalled “sitting on the back of the bus in Joliet.”
“I think about how far God brought us,” Singleton said, later adding,” We are really not that much better off than we were years ago.
“We’re not where we ought to be, and we’re not where we should be,” the reverend said. “But you have come along way.”
Most importantly, Singleton said, men and women of all races need to “stick together as people.”
“As people of the United States of America,” he said, “and more specifically, Joliet, Illinois, because we can make a difference.”"
You can listen to the ENTIRE audio of The Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton's last sermon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church here.  Listening to the congregation respond to Singleton, it is clear the love and dedication Mt. Zion feels for their pastor.  


Here is a video of The Rev. Dr. Isaac Singleton's last official sermon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church:




Thursday, February 3, 2011

Photos of Blizzard 2011 in Will County

Bitter cold moved into the Joliet area after Wednesday's blizzard, as evidenced by the steam coming off the Des Plaines River

Sunset after the Blizzard of 2011

Drifting snow around a farm building in Manhattan, Illinois

Cows explore a snow drift in Manhattan, Illinois

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Will County Blizzard 2011: Manhattan Township

Will County rural roadways were covered with large snowdrifts after a night of blizzard winds.  Here are two photos of Gougar Road, just south of Manhattan, Illinois.

Blizzard 2011, Manhattan Township

Blizzard 2011, Manhattan Township

Thankfully, Manhattan Township plows were out in force and had the road clear before noon:

Blizzard of 2011 on a Will County Farm

Cattle eat morning feed during the Blizzard of 2011

Snow drifts along a Will County Barn

Cow drinking water during the Blizzard of 2011.  Thankfully, the electricity stayed on, allowing electric heaters to keep the water from freezing

Farmer's footprints through a snowbank along the barn.

Will County Farmers contended with blizzard conditions as cows were fed this morning
Snow continues to fall and drift as farmers complete morning chores during the Blizzard of 2011

Cows eat hay during the Blizzard of 2011 in Manhattan, Illinois