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Posts from July 2012

Graduation Even A Bit More Special for These RP Residents

Graduation is even more special for a group of new Americans who reside in the Rogers Park community. Rogers Park resident Judith Gramer devotes nearly all of her free time, money and her entire over sized heart helping to be sure that a special group of youngsters avail themselves of opportunity in their new homeland. "Mike. They are refugees. Not immigrants." she recently corrected me in a recent email exchange. Judith went on to explain: "All of the youngsters are Burmese but came to us from refugee camps in Thailand. Their families were rigorously interviewed before being offered refugee status by the US. They came to Chicago just less than 5 years ago and each girl has acclimated to the environment, excelled at school, all with current GPA's between 3.5 and 4.0.
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Posted by Mike G on July 09, 2012 |

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Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “Rogerspark.com,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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