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Bulldogs on the Square

Postby Big Dog » Sat May 21, 2005 3:33 pm

Some photos of the bulldogs on the square have been posted on our photo gallery site.


Be sure to vote for your favorite! (click the link at the bottom of each photo)

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Postby Ray Gun » Sat May 21, 2005 4:02 pm

My Favorite:

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Postby jesus loves you » Thu May 26, 2005 7:19 pm

The dogs are cool! My kids love them. To all the sponsors and organizers - Great Job!
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Postby !I Like to Watch! » Fri May 27, 2005 1:53 pm

To the outspoken critics of everyone in the current administration. :oops:
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Postby Wild Man » Sun May 29, 2005 8:31 am

Vandals damage Wendy's bulldog

CROWN POINT | Members of Stewards of the Square say they aren't going to let a few vandals ruin their summer project.

At least three of the fiberglass bulldogs on display on or near the Old Lake County Courthouse Square have been vandalized, including one in front of Wendy's, 151 Main St., early Saturday morning.

The Wendy's bulldog, painted with salads, burgers and fries by a local artist, was mounted on the sidewalk in front of the store near the street, said Jim Evans, vice president of Barney Enterprises, which owns the restaurant.

Organizers of the bulldog project hope to draw visitors to the downtown area with the fiberglass artwork.

Evans said the Wendy's bulldog cannot be repaired. The dog's feet were broken off and the dog was split at the seam, he said.

Mary Jo Klepsch, of the Stewards of the Square, said every public art exhibit experiences some vandalism.

"There's always somebody who doesn't respect public art," Klepsch said.

Though she had not seen the Wendy's dog after the incident, Klepsch said she believed the dog can be repaired.

"Wendy's was a really cute dog. I think it'll be back in front of Wendy's before you know it," Klepsch said.

Evans said he would like to see the person responsible for damaging the dog come forward.

It's highly unlikely, Evans said, that the dog was destroyed by accident. He believes someone intentionally drove onto the public sidewalk and struck the fiberglass bulldog.

Crown Point police said they also believe damage to the bulldog was not an accident. Police said they are investigating the incident, but have no suspects.

Two bulldogs on the Old Lake County Courthouse Square were reported vandalized Thursday, one in front of Crown Point Travel, the other in front of Bank One.

Klepsch said those dogs have been repaired.

Despite the reports of vandalism, the bulldogs seem to be a hit, Klepsch said.

"We're trying not to focus on the negative because so many people are enjoying it. The response has been overwhelming," Klepsch said.

Businesses purchased white bulldogs from Stewards of the Square for $1,300 each, then decorated their bulldogs with colorful themes and designs.

The bulldogs will be on display through Labor Day and will be auctioned Sept. 10.

Most local businesses unveiled their bulldogs during an unleashing party last weekend at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

"The community is trying to do the right thing and just one or two people out there don't have their head on straight," Evans said. "It's unfortunate. Hopefully someone will come forward or get caught."

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Postby Wild Man » Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:24 pm

Good dogs, bad vandals

CROWN POINT | People enjoying the downtown bulldog art exhibit Tuesday were upset at the reports of vandalism, but not altogether surprised.

Several dogs have been damaged since they were put on display about a week ago by the local group, Stewards of the Square.

Crown Point police still don't have leads on who might have driven a car into a bulldog in front of the Wendy's at 616 N. Main St. The dog has been removed from its spot on the sidewalk in front of the store. Police don't believe the incident was an accident.

"The way it was done it would have to be intentional," Patrol Cmdr. Jim Poling said.

A number of bulldogs were hit with felt pen graffiti, which has been cleaned off. While others, including a dog modeled after the courthouse with its own clock tower, had pieces broken off and are being repaired. The bulldog dressed up like a bumblebee in front of Bryan's Florist has had its stinger stolen twice already, store owner Jeri Bryan said.

Bryan said she was contemplating setting up a video camera inside her store to monitor the bulldog, but decided not to after hearing Crown Point police increased its patrol of the downtown. Poling said the downtown will have a "very concentrated extra patrol" from 6 to 8 p.m., when the area has been attracting the most people.

Kathy Buettner, who works at a downtown store, said she thought the problems were terrible but wasn't surprised given the number of youngsters in the area and bars on the square.

Nathalie Pennington, of Highland, was in the city Tuesday to see the decorated bulldogs. She recalled that in Highland, which had a similar art project in 2003 involving ducks, a duck was stolen and later found on a high school gym roof.

Cedar Lake resident Joyce Carpenter also was downtown with her Chihuahua, Poco, checking out the big dogs.

"It's a shame that people can't let the good things that happen be, and just enjoy it," she said.

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Postby Wild Man » Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:19 am

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Little Lady

Postby Catra » Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:59 pm

All the bulldogs are indeed unique and have drawn quite the crowd to see them. But I would personally like to hug the creator of the "Ladybug" bulldog, that has to be by far the most cute one of the bunch. Whoever wins Miss Ladybug in the auction is going to be very lucky.

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Postby Black Mamba » Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:28 pm


My personal favorite.
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Vandalism of bulldogs keeps C.P. cops running

Postby Big Dog » Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:51 pm

CROWN POINT | Dogged patrolling by police led to the arrest of four men last weekend in connection with the vandalism of bulldogs in the city's public art project.

In addition to the arrests, three other bulldogs were reported damaged last weekend.

The arrests were made early Sunday.

Police said Patrol Cmdr. Jim Poling saw a man damage a bulldog in the 100 block of West Joliet Street at 3:02 a.m. Sunday that is decorated to look like the old courthouse. Gregory M. Scott, 21, of Hobart, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and public intoxication through Crown Point City Court, police said.

At 3:30 a.m., police said Cpl. Frank DeFazio saw two men kicking and urinating on a bulldog at the intersection of Court and Joliet streets. Jeffrey J. Hearne, 35, of Tinley Park, Ill., was arrested on a public intoxication charge, and Richard G. Hanson, 36, of Monee, Ill., was arrested on charges of public intoxication and criminal mischief. The men were charged through Crown Point City Court, police said.

At 3:35 a.m., police said Patrolman James Borgioli saw a man running down the sidewalk in the 100 block of West Clark Street with a hat from one of the bulldogs on his head. Robert R. Strehl Jr., 21, of Cedar Lake, was arrested on charges of public intoxication and criminal mischief and charged through Crown Point City Court.

All four men were taken to Lake County Jail.

They also will be charged with violating the city's newly strengthened ordinance regarding the prohibition of damaging public art, police said. On June 6, the City Council added language to its ordinance on vandalism, specifically including public art projects such as the decorated Fiberglas bulldogs. It allows for fines of up to $2,500 for each offense.

Also this weekend, three bulldogs, including ones with doctor and construction themes, were reported damaged.

In the past two weeks, a dog in front of the Wendy's on North Main Street was likely hit by a car, and dogs with courthouse and motorcycle themes were damaged. Others were defaced with marker. Last week, police said they were looking at pressing charges against someone who might have been trying to steal a bulldog just north of North Street.

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Crown Point puts teeth in bulldog patrol

Postby Big Dog » Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:54 pm

Crown Point police have given new meaning to canine patrol - especially to four guys who perhaps thought they'd top off a booze buzz with a bulldog vandalism chaser early Sunday morning.

Frustrated and annoyed by the assault on the Fiberglass fidos, police pledged "very concentrated extra patrols" of the downtown between 6 and 8 p.m., when the square has seen the heaviest traffic of those visiting the public art project.

That was a start, a Times editorial two weeks ago acknowledged, but presuming that the cowardly crime of vandalism was not committed in such public view, we also recommended careful policing of the bulldog display area in off-peak times, including the dead of night - when crowded sidewalks wouldn't inhibit teen vandals and drunken louts.

A bolstered police presence was probably not the nightcap the four guys were expecting at 3 a.m. Sunday, but a vigilant Crown Point police force nailed a Hobart guy who allegedly damaged a bulldog in the 100 block of West Joliet Street, nabbed to two Illinois men who they said were kicking and urinating on a dog at Court and Joliet street and grabbed a Cedar Lake guy who sprinted from the square with a bulldog's hat in hand.

Their antics landed them housing at the Lake County Jail.

There's a message here, friends. Crown Point will not tolerate abuse of its art display.

The City Council just last week added teeth to its ordinance on vandalism, specifically including public art projects such as the bulldogs. Mess with the dogs; pay a fine of up to $2,500 for each offense.

Crown Point's popular Hometown Festival Days opens Friday night with the Corn Roast. The event draws scores of people to the city.

In preparation for the company, Mayor Dan Klein and Crown Point police have enlisted the support of volunteers to keep an eye on the city's bulldog art display.

Enjoy the festival. Check out the dogs. But beware. These dogs have teeth.

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Postby Catra » Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:29 pm

Well, I'm not at all pleased to know that people have been so ignorant to abuse displayed art, but it I'm glad to know that it hasn't been Crown Point residents doing the damage. I assumed that there would be one or two idiots who would vandalize the dogs. Just a shame non-residents can't see how neat they are.

A friend and myself walked the town sidewalks to get a closer view at the dogs a few days after they were placed, and to see all the parents and grandparents with children and how much the kids got into them was truely nice. Just a damn shame other people can't see the beauty in things.
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Postby steve1234567890 » Tue Jun 21, 2005 10:40 pm

I don't really like the dogs since I think they don't really represent the community as a whole... they are more representative of the high school and middle school but not really the community. And even though I don't think its the best choice I appreciate that the community did it and think its a shame that people are destroying it.
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Wounded bulldog makes comeback

Postby Wild Man » Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:08 pm

CROWN POINT | A vandalized bulldog made it back on its feet Friday - thanks to a little help from a local orthopedic surgeon.

The city's street crew reinstalled the Wendy's bulldog in front of the Main Street restaurant early Friday. Part of the Stewards of the Square's summer public art exhibit, the bulldog originally was placed in the same spot, along with 57 others around the city, in mid-May. But within a week, the Wendy's bulldog, painted with salads, burgers and fries by a local artist, had its back feet cracked and sheared off.

Crown Point police said it appeared a car had hit the fiberglass animal and indicated they didn't think it was an accident.

Mary Jo Klepsch, of Stewards of the Square, said the dog was being installed with casts on its hind feet to cover up its wounds, as well as a crutch.

A local orthopedic surgeon who did not want to be named did the work, Klepsch said.

"It was that or not put it in an exhibit," she said.

The Wendy's bulldog is one of several dogs placed around the downtown that have been damaged. A dog with a model of the old courthouse on its back has been hit multiple times, and a bulldog with a motorcycle theme on Joliet Street was decapitated by a semitrailer rounding the corner to Court Street.

Two people arrested and charged with criminal mischief after bulldog vandalism incidents are scheduled to appear in Crown Point City Court in early August.

Klepsch said she wanted to do something in this instance because the business paid to sponsor and decorate the bulldog, but hasn't been able to display it since it was damaged.

"I hope people think it's funny," Klepsch said. "Because we felt bad that the dog was out of the exhibit."

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Postby Big Dog » Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:31 am

Crown Point, Woo!

CROWN POINT | The city wooed the Cubs' most famous fan Monday.

Greeted by friendly shouts from local residents, Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers visited Crown Point's downtown square to check out the fiberglass bulldog decorated with Cubs memorabilia and named "Doggie Woo Woo," in his honor.

Wickers, known for his cheer of "Cubs, Woo!" said he felt honored that the dog's sponsor, Bret Bologna, included him. The bulldog, one of 58 placed across the city as part of The Stewards of the Square's summer public art display, has the Cubs' logo, Ron Santo's stats and a portrait of Wickers, missing a few teeth and in mid-yell, on his tail.

"It's just great that they thought about the Cubs," said Wickers, who claims to have been a fan for all of his 64 years.

Wickers said he learned about the bulldog from Joann Hoffman, who lives in St. John and whose son Paul Hoffman has made a documentary about Wickers called "WooLife." First screened in April, a distributor is being sought for the movie, according to Janet Tabit, Wickers' longtime friend.

In his first trip to Crown Point, Wickers spent most of his time in the square. After meeting Mayor Dan Klein, a local proudly bought Wickers a snack from Madalyn Beasley's hot dog cart.

And when the occasional White Sox fan drove by shouting out in support of their team, Wickers didn't seem to mind, talking about the Cubs' odds of making it to the World Series this year.

"They've got a good chance," he said. "You gotta win your ballgames. It's not over 'til it's over."

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