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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports BankWith over an estimated one-third of American adults defined as obese, something corrective must clearly be done. Educating the next generation is one way to help fight off this epidemic. On Thursday, the Blackhawks announced a major initiative towards fighting childhood obesity: a partnership with Nettelhorst, a Chicago Public School. The campaign began this Thursday, Oct. 30, when Chicago Blackhawks team president John McDonough served as ‘Principal for a Day’ at the school. McDonough toured the facilities and classrooms and interacted with the students. “It’s a privilege for me to be able to visit with the students of The Nettelhorst School and help launch such a special partnership,” he said.

 Chicago Blackhawks Charities donated $200,000 and various team sports equipment to Nettelhorst, and will additionally create a fitness center, floor hockey court, and inter-school floor hockey league for area schools in the future. McDonough elaborated on the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle: “It really makes for a good student, and for somebody who’s going to be achieving a lot of things in life.”

The program’s goal is to instill a sense of leadership, self-esteem and self-confidence driven by active individual fitness and team sports experiences. “We admire the Blackhawks’ thought-leadership and proactive mindset in creating a partnership with Nettelhorst to offset the hardships created by decreasing government funding,” School Principal Cindy Wulbert said.

McDonough has participated in 12 ‘Principal for a Day,’ programs, which were created for community leaders to involve themselves and their organizations or associations in continued support throughout the year at their school. For adults, numerous local recreational sport and social leagues offer commercial winter floor hockey leagues, a very productive means for burning calories during the colder months.
I also participated in “Principal for a Day” yesterday too. Representing the Chicago 2016 Channel, I reported on Olympic Boxer and former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz returning to his alma mater, Carl Von Linne School.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank

In the midst of last season, former Blackhawks Head Coach Dennis Savard made an infamous rant where he called on his players to specifically be “committed to the Indian.” ”They’ve got to commit to the Indian,” Savard fumed. ”If they don’t want to commit to the Indian, let’s go upstairs and we’ll get ’em out of here.” Of course, a little over two weeks ago we learned that the Indian was not committed to Savard. On October 16th, Savard with a record of 1-2-1, was dismissed. In 147 games as Hawks coach Savard posted a 65-66-16 record. He was replaced by Joel Quenneville, former coach of the Colorado Avalanche, and scout for the organization. Under Quenneville the Hawks are 2-1-2 heading into tonight’s matchup with the Dallas Stars.

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Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

Did you happen to watch the Saturday Night Live episode a few weeks ago featuring Sarah Palin?  Chances are you did – after all, with over 14 million people tuning in it was the most watched SNL episode ever.

Benefitting majorly from that large audience was that night’s musical guest, Adele.  She’s quite popular in the UK but her soulful song “Chasing Pavements” was released in the U.S. a few months ago with only moderate success.  Since that SNL performance her song has skyrocketed up the charts and she’s now looking for a place in New York to call home, at least for a while.

I spoke to Adele this week about her SNL experience, what it’s like to be so successful at a young 19 years old, and other stuff – check out our conversation by clicking HERE.

Adele will be at The Park West on January 19, 2009.  Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (Saturday, November 1) at 10a – but you can get your tickets with a special internet presale today (Friday, October 31) until 10pm if you go to www.WTMX.com and sign up to be a “Mix Insider”.

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Chasity Chaos, NBC Chicago Street Team

One part Vaudeville, one part Burlesque, and plenty of tricks – Barry R. Bone’s BURLESQUE BROTHEL is going where no other murder mystery has gone before. Vaudezilla & Mo Roses Productions are daring to bare all in this non-pretentious who-dunnit, set in the “Red Light” of Darkroom’s swank lounge space.

The event takes place October 30, 2008 at The Darkroom, 2210 W Chicago Av, Chicago IL.  Doors open & entertainment starts at 9:00pm.

This event features audio/visual performances from Chicago’s most versatile burlesque performers: Red Hot Annie, Pearl Pistol, Salome Slaughter, Naughty Natanya, Lady Jack & Siren Jinx, and NBC Chicago Street Teamer Chasity Chaos; with special appearance by the Chicago Outfit Derby Girls.

Pre-show entertainment will include 1920’s vintage erotica as well as circus sideshow acts. Various goodies and swag bags will be distributed to all who attend. Post-show entertainment will include chocolate truffles from Coco Rouge, as well as a raffle sponsored by Chicago Avenue Salon, Pleasure Chest, G-Boutique, Platinum Partners, & Batteries Not Included. Rock band Whiskey Blonde will conclude the night with a set.

Tickets are $13 at the door. For more information, visit www.Vaudezilla.com.

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Natalia Avilez, NBC5 Street Team

Sure you’ve heard of a Haunted House, park or trail, but what about a haunted yard?

As you drive through this Northlake neighborhood, past the fog, and into the flashing lights, you will stumble upon a yard that will surely stop you dead in your tracks. Unlike many of the yards that are out there, not only will you be able to admire this Halloween display but you can actually walk through this haunted yard where you will see, feel, and hear the sights and sounds of Halloween.

What started out as a family’s love for Halloween over ten years ago, turned out to be a yard filled with over 100 decorations and animatronics including an eight-foot demon, clowns, ghosts, and witches. Although there is no entrance fee, donations are encouraged and everything that is donated is donated to a non-profit organization. So if you are wondering where to take the kids this year and you are on a budget, this is one home that you will give you plenty of tricks and treats.

Once the sun sets this Hallows Eve, make sure to head out to the haunted yard where thousands of brave souls such as yourself will make their way through the Village Haunt. After surviving the yard, make sure to check out their store where you can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa , cotton candy, get an airbrushed tattoo, or purchase some ghostly reminders for next year.

For more information including pictures and directions check out their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/thevillagehaunt

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Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC Chicago Street Team

On MySpace, a band’s profile can say a lot about their music. In their “sounds like” section, the Dollar Store says “four old punks who own some country and blues records”.

Basically, these guys have no patience for mamsy-pamsy look-at-me I’m a pop star tom-foolery. They play, they have fun, they’ll get the crowd agitated and I can guarantee there’ll be beer flowing when they take the stage at the CBGB Festival.

Speaking of which, if you want a chance to win two tickets, don’t forget to shoot me an email with Gimme CBGB in the subject line by Friday. Every week until the fest I’m picking someone who’ll get two tickets. The only caveat is you’ll be subscribed to TLT’s weekly newsletter, which is actually like a bonus prize… Last week Dana Jusahz won – Congrats Dana!

Dollar Store – One Thin Dime

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Chicago has some great neighborhoods with excellent restaurants.  The major “hoods” that I frequent are Bucktown, Wicker Park, Gold Coast, River West, River North and the South Loop.  My neighborhood in Lakeview has some pretty darn good restaurants as well.  Recently I had the pleasure of dining at another Lakeview standout on North Broadway, Angelina Ristorante.

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