“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
I was able to fill up two bags of food," Camacho said.Photos show her haul: Hamburger Helper, oatmeal, granola bars, cleaning wipes, flour and more."When they threw away that stuff, it was basically like having a pantry in my yard. It should have been in a pantry in the first place or a woman's shelter — anything would have been better than" throwing it out.A TV show dumped sealed food and cleaning items into a dumpster (left) after finishing filming in North Lawndale, residents said. Neighbors went into the dumpster to get food and household supplies (right) they don't normally have easy access to since the area is a food desert. [Courtesy Kimberly Camacho and Jayleen Sandoval]Food desert realities Camacho was one of those who had mistaken the set for a real store this summer, growing excited when she spotted it because she's "aware [North Lawndale's] a food desert."She'd look inside at the fake store's packed shelves and think, "Wow, wish I could have those chips," she said.The student quickly realized the store wasn't real and kept getting groceries the only way she often can in North Lawndale: visiting local food pantries, which requires waiting hours in line to grab household necessities, and spending hours coordinating twice-a-month visits to a grocery store in southwest suburban Cicero.The Cicero trips are a "hassle," Camacho said, but they're the easiest way she can access cheap groceries as a North Lawndale resident. There are no major grocery stores near her home.Camacho spends days organizing the trips with her sister: They have to find a date that works for both of them so they can help each other and share a Link card for savings, and they plan their purchases carefully since they'll have to go weeks without another visit to a grocery store.Traveling to Cicero might take almost as much time as going to a store in the city, but at least Cicero doesn't have the same taxes as Chicago does, Camacho sa...
The service day began and ended with prayer services. Included was a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs for the students.St. Mary's president Mike England spoke to the students before they consumed a morning snack and gathered their tools. He then helped coordinate things from outside the school building, keeping an eye on his phone. Soon after the students and teachers fanned out in the neighborhood, England received a voice message from a resident of the Boulevard Heights neighborhood thanking the students for their work and calling it "a sight for sore eyes."The clean-up project is in its third year, and streamlined organization allowed the school this year to expand the territory that is covered. "It's a tremendous thing for St. Mary's and a tremendous thing for our neighborhood," England said.England explained the clean-up is an example of a lesson that "life is not just about you. It's about what you can bring to others. Today's about giving back. Our young men get it. They're out here working so hard because this means something to them."It didn't take Van Valkenburg's crew long to get one side of the street corner looking spotless. "Some of you grab these bags," he said. "We're going to start to move on." Bookmark/Search this post with ... (St.Louis Review)
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The Baltics were the fastest growing destination for containers moving through Hamburg.Hamburg’s container traffic shrank 0.7 percent in the first quarter on lower Asian shipments, widening the gap between the German port and its top rivals Rotterdam and Antwerp, which recorded growth in the quarter.Europe’s third-largest container hub handled 2.2 million TEU in the first three months of the year as loaded containers stalled at 1.9 million TEU while empty boxes declined 4.9 percent to 307,000 TEU.In sharp contrast, Rotterdam boosted traffic by 8.8 percent, its biggest ever quarterly increase, to 3.3 million TEU as surging transhipment traffic consolidated its position as Europe’s top container port.Second-ranked Antwerp’s traffic rose just 0.7 percent to 2.48 million TEU, ending a long run of market-beating increases that pushed it above 10 million TEU for the first time in 2016.Hamburg’s key Asian traffic was 3 percent lower at 1.2 million TEU, with trade with China, the port’s most important destination, slipping 2 percent to 637,000 TEU.Traffic with Russia sur... (JOC.com)