Death Notice - Ted Clark

Ted Clark
  Ted Clark, 87, of Chicago Ridge, died March 19 at home. Visitation was held March 22 at Lack & Sons Funeral Home in Hickory Hills. A funeral Mass was held March 23 at Our Lady of the Ridge Church in Chicago Ridge. Interment was private.
  Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Harriett; his son, Steven; and one grandchild.
  Mr. Clark was born in Chicago. He worked as a locomotive engineer with the Belt Railway of Chicago for 37 years. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, and was a member of the South Suburban Civil War Roundtable, the Midwest Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans, and the Sherlockians, the latter an international group of people who share a love for Sherlock Holmes.

Volley for Charity

  Volleyball players and teams are needed for the Volleyball for Charity 33rd annual Coed Volleyball Tournament and Party to be held Saturday, April 6 at the Chicago Ridge Park District, Saint Xavier University and Marist High School.
  All proceeds from the event will benefit individuals with developmental disabilities at Park Lawn. Players and non-players are welcome to attend the After Tournament Party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Beverly Country Club 87th S. Western Ave. in Chicago. Attendees must be 21 years old. There will be an open bar all evening, two hours of assorted food and hors D’oeuvres, cash raffles, music and dancing. NCAA Final Four games will be televised.
  Tournament team fee is $300 and which includes up to eight T-shirts. The tournament and party package is $400 and includes games, T-shirts and up to eight tickets to the after-tournament party. Regular after tournament party tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 online, by calling 802-1123, or at the door. To register or for more information visit

Tears, hope drive Astros' St. Baldrick's record high

Tears, hope drive Astros’
St. Baldrick’s record high

From Bob McParland
High School Dist. 218

  Shirley Jones hopes her son, who right now fights for his life, will become the new face of cancer for students and staff from Shepard High School.
  After the St. Baldrick’s Foundation assembly — tears, hugs, and applause filled the gym — in which the Shepard community set a new record with more than $20,000 in donations, Jones felt assured.
  Jones, who works at Shepard in security and as a Crestwood police officer, has watched her son fight for his life. The assembly at Shepard proved incredibly emotional for Jones and her son. Feeling the love and support of the Shepard community heartened them.
  “The support from the staff and student body is amazing. I know I reached so many kids [through a speech she wrote for the assembly.] I want them to know this is one of the faces of cancer. They donated so much and I am so proud of them,” Jones said.
  After Dean of Students Jacki Frederking read the speech that Jones wrote about her son, all 2,000 students and staff members stood and applauded. Then they went to work shaving heads, the traditional method that St. Baldrick’s has employed to raise more than $100 million for pediatric cancer research in a little over a decade.
  “He was surprised,” said Jones, whose son did not graduate from Shepard. “He was greeted with so much love and support. At the end of the event he and I had such an emotional moment. We were honored to have shared it with our Shepard family. Yesterday was for St. Baldrick’s, but it was so much more to us.”
  Jimmy, who just turned 19, learned he has stage four Hodgkins lymphoma in December. After several weeks of tests and multiple visits to emergency rooms, the family received the devastating news.
  “When we walked out into the hall [a doctor had asked to talk with her] I knew, I just knew. They said Jimmy’s chest is full of growth, cancerous tumors. They immediately admitted him. He had several surgeries and biopsies,” Jones said.
  First thinking they caught the disease at stage two, doctors told Jones that the cancer in Jimmy was stage four. Today, he not only fights the cancer, but seizures and heart failure as well.
  “Having my son fight for his life is by far the most emotional thing I have experienced. I am scared every time I leave him. He is now in the beginning stages of heart failure and he has seizures,” Jones said.
  The weeks leading to the St. Baldrick’s event, and the assembly itself, made Jones and her son feel like they would not need to fight alone.
  “Now every time we go to the hospital, there’s something else. So, St. Baldrick’s was so much more to us. Today we fight, tomorrow we will be fighting too,” Jones said.

Talkin Poker - By Tony Dunst

Hwang’s aggression
pays off at the Borgata
  The final table of the recent Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City, N.J., was one of the most entertaining I’ve seen during my time with the World Poker Tour. It wasn’t because the table was packed with big-name pros playing up or melting down for the cameras. In fact, the table was the opposite, made up of lesser-known players conducting themselves very seriously and in near silence throughout.
  The chip leader was an unknown young professional named Andy Hwang. He came to the final table with 9.5 million in chips, but by the time play was four-handed, he was down to 4.5 million and in third place.
  Hwang had lost many of his chips to an online player on his left named Matt Haugen. In 2010, Haugen was the winningest player in multi-table tournaments on Full Tilt Poker - and Full Tilt was at the peak of its tournament volume that year. Haugen had played an excellent final table, which he began in third but now was leading. He had been trading small pots back and forth with Hwang, and it was clear that there was now enough history between the two for things to escalate. In a series of three consecutive hands, Hwang launched himself back into the chip lead.
  First, Hwang opened the 100,000-200,000 blinds for a raise to 450,000 with Ad 2s, first to act, leading to a call from Haugen with 7s 5s on the button. The player in the big blind, James Anderson, also made the call, and the players went to the flop three-handed.
  The flop came Jh 4s 3d, and when Anderson checked, Hwang bet 625,000. Haugen called, both for the value of his draw and with the intention of taking the pot away on later streets if Hwang checked to him. Anderson folded, and the two rivals saw the turn, which came 9d. Hwang moved all in for 3.2 million with just ace high and a gutshot straight draw, leading to a quick fold from Haugen.
  The very next hand, Anderson raised the button with Js 8d against Hwang in the big blind. With Ad 5h, Hwang reraised to 850,000, a play he had been making often against Anderson up to that point. Anderson had been folding to Hwang’s small reraises, but this time he made a four-bet of just over 1.4 million. Hwang went all in, and Anderson was forced to fold.
  In the hand after that, Hwang raised from the small blind with Qd 10d, and Haugen called from the big blind with 10c 4c. Both players started the hand with around 6.5 million, and when the flop came Qc Js 2c, Hwang put out a bet of 450,000. Haugen raised to 900,000, and Hwang made a surprising reraise with his top pair to 2.25 million.
  Haugen needed a moment to think, and when he was done he announced that he was all in. Hwang called immediately, showing that he fully believed he had the best hand and was willing to put his tournament life at stake. The board ran out 6h Ad, and in three hands Hwang had gone from 4.5 million to over 13 million, giving him a chip lead he would never relinquish.
  Hwang had realized that Haugen would adjust to his recent aggression and would probably be willing to get all the money in with several draw combinations that were well behind Hwang’s top pair. The three of us providing commentary in the WPT booth could hardly believe how fast the money got into the middle, but there was never any doubt in Andy Hwang’s mind.
  (Tony Dunst is a poker pro and host of “Raw Deal” on World Poker Tour telecasts. Catch him every Sunday night on FSN.)

Beverly Breast Cancer Walk set to go on Mother's Day

  The 14th annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk will be held this Mother’s Day, May 12.
  This very special event is the largest walk in Chicago’s Southwest area with proceeds to benefit Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

  The three-mile route starts in Ridge Park (96th and Longwood Drive).
  To help alleviate parking, a bus service will transport walkers from the east end of Little Company of Mary’s parking lot at 95th and California between 7 to 7:40 a.m. and drop off at 95th and Longwood Drive. Return transportation continues until 10:15 a.m. Also, participants who are unable to walk are invited to ride the trolley throughout the route.
  The annual event has raised more than $1 million for breast cancer treatment.
  Register early to receive a free T-shirt with your $30 entry fee. The entry fee for children ages 18 and under is $15. Same-day registration is $5 more and T-shirt availability is not guaranteed.
  To register for the 14th annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk, visit or call 229-5066.
  For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center visit myhealth or call 229-4050. To schedule a mammogram, call 499-8550.