by Kathy Brocks 03/08/2016
A 4 Alarm fire Photographed by Josh Boyajian, Tim Olk, Daniel Schell and Paul Biasco, DNAinfo media, this morning at the Buyer’s Flea Market devastated the west side community of West Humboldt park. The Buyer’s Flea Market is at 4545 West Division Chicago Illinois. Local businesses noticed smoke and several people running out of the building around 9:40 am today. Cars parked on the roof of the flea market fell into the roof of the burning building. Cars underneath the structure caught fire shooting flames out of the openings of the building on the ground level. This brutal blaze almost took the life of a woman trapped in the bathroom. A Chicago Fire fighter rescued the woman. The woman refused additional treatment beyond immediate care. It is unclear if any of the vendors or employees are undocumented workers. The Chicago Fire Department ordered all fire fighters out of the building due to the increasing danger of the structure becoming unstable.
The Buyer’s Flea Market held about 4000 vendors who sold food, clothing and household items. The rooftop parking area held 1100 spaces with two additional locations for parking. The contract between the Buyer’s Flea Market owner and the vendors stated that all outside vendors must take their merchandise with them upon close of business.
The inside vendors are offered space and storage at an additional cost. The Buyer’s Flea Market is so popular and successful it has a vendor space waiting list. The flea market doors only opened on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is not known whether any of the vendors had insurance on their inventory as is a norm for business owners and entrepreneurs. It is also not clear whether or not the Buyer’s Flea Market owner’s insurance will be in effect due to the inspection failures from 2014. The DNAinfo online Chicago edition news media also reported that the Buyer’s Flea Market did have plans for making repairs.
Photos reveal the horror of the loss of 500 families in this community. Some reported losses estimated at $25,000. It is too early to know the cause of the fire and whether or not the Buyer’s Flea Market Owner will rebuild the Flea Market.
The State of Illinois lists the Buyer’s Flea Market owner as Gregory Morand and agent Lee R Bookman. The Buyer’s Flea Market began some 35 years ago in 1980 with only 8 vendors. The National Association of Flea Markets statistics states there are 1100 registered flea markets with traffic flow of 150 million people making purchases yearly exceeding $30 billion in sales.
ACAW Media will keep you updated on the progress and options for the entrepreneurs of the Buyer’s Flea Market.
Tim Olk Photo source,2016/3/8, 6:30 pm, http://chicagoareafire.com/blog/2016/03/chicago-4-11-alarm-1-special-and-haz-mat-level-i-3-8-16-more-2/
National Association of Flea Markets,2016/3/8, 6:30 pm, http://www.fleamarkets.org/
Buyer’s Flea Market 2016/3/8, 6:30 pm , http://www.buyersfleamarket.com/about/
It’s a Yes!
Saturday I saw a musical reading of a stage play called “The Inheritance” written by
Monica Patton and Bobby Daye. Sonia Surratt is the director and Mahmoud Khan is the musical director. Premise: bastard daughter with chip on her shoulder returns home to a drug addict mother after the death of the matriarch.
The breakdown, Fania (Fa-ni-a)Bourn plays the daughter, Milla. Chawanya (Cha-wan-ya) Hayes plays Wilhelmina, upper crust drug addict mother; Renee Lockett is Louisa, the housemaid and long time friend of Milla’s grandmother; Gabriel Mudd is Leland, the nephew of Louisa and in love with his cousin Milla. Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz is Arnaud the married man Milla is scooting around in her bed. Anthony Turner is Tommy, the successful drug deal/addict boyfriend of Wilhelmina.
Ensemble cast, Adam Lasalle is Mr. FItzpatrick the lawyer; Erica Deloach is Violet, funny gospel singer and the 911 operator, Marc Rogers is Mr. Wellington Drummer is Christopher Singleton.
After the play completed the audience got to ask questions. So that the writers can determine what needs improvements.
The cast was very convincing. The audience was fully invested. We did get a bit thrown off by the song during the funeral scene. It wasn’t your typical sound, but it stole the scene. You could not help but to laugh.
Chawanya Hayes as WIlhelmina was so good, Most know Chawanya from her music. Fania Bourne as the angry 28-year-old in need of love truly showed why she got the lead. Makes me wish I had seen her in dream girls also. All of the actors were just a delight to watch.
We, the audience, genuinely liked this production. This is a good date night theatrical performance. Check with eta creative arts for a full production schedule.
Fabian Bourn is a Mom first then an actress who kicked the but of illness. Fania’s social media Facebook page shows posts for five different plays and musicals. The titles are: In De Beginnin’ , Dream girls as Deena, , To Kill A Mocking Bird as Calpurnia, The Who’s: Tommy as Acid Queen and Hairspray-as an extra dancer. If Fania is pushing this hard in 2017 as she did in 2016 the breakthrough to success is within reach. You can see the talented and hopeful Fania Bourn on January 21, 2017 at the eta Magic Box series “The Inheritance” musical reading. Admission is free for two show 3 p.m and 7 p.m., 7558 South Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois.
Singer Chawanya Hayes performing in a staged musical reading, “The Inheritance” presented by the eta Magic Box series, January 21, 2017, two shows 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., 7558 S. Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois, free admission but donation suggested.
Chawanya Hayes is a great singer you ought to hear. You have heard her music on LUTG RADIO and many other music outlets.
President Obama welcomes our 2016 Chicago World Series to the White house, January 16, 2017. President Obama an openly Chicago Whitesox fan for life took this day, the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday celebration, to honor a team that fought hard in unity to achieve a victory long out of reach for 108 years. President Obama’s great humor brought smiles to the faces of the Chicago Cubs, press core and the over 4000 you tube watchers. This moment as President Obama recounted the play-by-play of the win sent me back to the moment of happy anxiety awaiting the moment that we all believed when Rizzo tossed the last ball of his career to seal the win. It was intense. Today , joy is the word. Just looking at all these men in class photo form smiling.
You remember when you would day-dream about being the world series champs and being celebrated by the president. You may have been in fourth grade, high school or college. Although, it was a rare dream which always happened to someone else, today its official, The Chicago Cubs are no longer dreaming. Our 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series Champions are the heroes of little kids in Chicago and all over the world. The cool thing about the Cubs is they are not just heroes on the field, they also give back to others by volunteering over 1400 hours this past year. #FlyW
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, salted the streets last night in preparation of the expected weather causing icy streets. Although the temperatures are in the 20’s and near 30’s and above with humidity of 66% with an actual feeling of 12 degrees. The up and down temps causes the snowfall to melt and freeze which forms ice on the roads. IDOT asks that resident and visitors be careful while driving down the highways, streets and parking lots.
— IDOT (@IDOT_Illinois) January 13, 2017
“Glad I can say I was a part of this presidency” direct quote from Biden. President Obama awards Vice President Biden the the Medal of freedom.
Vice President Biden chokes backs tears giving thank you speech. Lauding praise over President Obama and Michelle. Biden heralds Michelle as the best first lady among many. Biden says although he gets to be the last voice in Obama’s ear on major decisions, ultimately Obama made the decisions and did it well. Biden exclaims the pleasure of watching a finely tuned mind at work in President Obama.
Biden quotes Irish Poet Seamus Heaaney-“you carried your own burden and very soon your creeping symptom of privilege disappear.”
and says”I know i do not deserve this honor, this is from the generosity of your spirit.” Meaning out of the generosity of President Obama. Biden also received a Gold Medal of Freedom award from the President of Kosovo Fatmir Sejdiu in May 21, 2009
This is the press release from the United States of America Intelligence Community known as the CIA, Central Intelligence Agency, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, NSA, National Security Agency. These three groups believe Russian operatives at the instruction of Russian leader Vladimir Putin infiltrated U.S. computers, performed hate campaigns and other things to generate the outcome of Donald Trump being elected as President of the United States of America. Read this document for yourself. Also go to the CIA page and read up on the Cold War a report generated by the CIA.
LUTG RADIO summary of press release,
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