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A View into Lakeview Food Pantry

“Opened in 1970, we originated from the efforts of a few dedicated neighbors who wanted to help people in their community who were struggling to secure the food they needed.”

A few good neighbors and some hard work is all it took to start Lakeview Food Pantry. Now it is one of the largest and most successful pantries in Chicago! Between two locations, they serve over 1.5 million pounds of food each year and are one of the founding organizations of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Their original building is at 1414 W. Oakdale Ave. but they have a newer building at 3945 N. Sheridan Rd.

In addition to having fresh food, they offer tons of services like job application help, mental health counseling, among other things to help the people in their community stand on their own two feet and become a more independent member of society. The organization doesn’t ignore the fact that many of its clients might have other issues than just hunger and they want to help those issues at their core. It’s programs like this that help Lakeview Food Pantry standout.

Being one of the most successful food pantries in Chicago, Lakeview Food Pantry takes a lot of man and woman power to keep it running. They now have over 1,000 volunteers operating for both locations. Volunteers of any age are welcome but special restrictions are put on people younger than 16. T

he holiday season is always a good time to get into the spirit and help out your fellow humans. Anyone interested in helping Lakeview Food Pantry can sign up here: http://www.lakeviewpantry.org/become-a-volunteer.html

Lakeview Food Pantry is “committing to it’s community” with more than just food and I can’t wait to help out this wonderful organization.

For more information and ways to help go to: http://www.lakeviewpantry.org/

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Millennials Have Become the Target for Scammers, Better Business Bureau says.

The Better Business Bureau says Millennials are becoming the target for scammers and their scam tracker is a quick way to find out if someone is trying to scam you.

Reports are rapidly increasing from young adults claiming to be scammed or effected by identity theft. Millennials appeal to scammers because more often there aren’t any negatives on their credit reports. And growing up with the internet, young people are more willing to provide their personal information online.

“Please stay away from anybody online who’s promising you goods or services but needs your personal information cause most likely that is a scam,” said President of the Better Business Bureau, Steve Bernas.

An easy way to find out if something is a scam is the scam tracker that BBB.org offers on their website. The scam tracker provides a list of scams by searching keywords in just moments. The Better Business Bureau can only prevent people from getting scammed. If the scam has already occurred you’re at a lost.

Staying safe on social media is just as important for your personal life as it is for your business. Take heed to these 3 P’s of social media safety!

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Paul McCartney’s Beatles Catalogue finally comes home!

After more than half a century Sir Paul McCartney will finally own the rights to his own music.  “The song publishing business can be quite lucrative” McCartney told Michael Jackson back in the 80’s, while the two were collaborating.  Jackson quipped to McCartney I’m going to own yours!”.  A few years later when ATV music came up for sale, Jackson purchased it for $47.5 million, acquiring about 250 Lennon-McCartney songs as part of the 4,000 song library owned by the company.  The deal soured McCartney’s and Jackson’s friendship, as Sir Paul felt he and Lennon had been taken advantage of as youngsters and his friend, Michael Jackson, was now in a position to right an old injustice.  Jackson didn’t see it that way, claiming it was “just business” and the two drifted apart.

The Beatle was non-too happy to see his music being used for commercials.

In 1995 Jackson sold half of ATV to Sony and together the two formed Sony/ATV Music Publishing, with Jackson and Sony each owning 50 percent of the company.  A few years before his death, Sony made a deal with Jackson, to help him with his financial troubles in exchange for half of his 50% of the company, giving Sony 75% ownership of the music catalog.  Last year (2016), Sony announced it’s intention to purchase the rest of the company from Jackson’s estate for a whopping $750 million.  Putting Paul McCartney even further away from his dream.

Copyright laws to the rescue!  

The US Copyright Act of 1967 states – for songs published before 1978, rights can be reverted back to the original author after 56 years.  The Beatles released their first album in 1963, and their first single “Love Me Do” was released in 1962, making it 56 years old in 2018.  In 2015 McCartney began the steps to reclaim his music, including filing a lawsuit for them.

This summer Paul McCartney secured the rights to his music in a private settlement with Sony.  So, a big win for one of only two surviving Beatles, who has been on a journey to own the rights to his own music for nearly 50 years!