Bolingbrook Father Petitions Village to 'Stop the Violence'

A break in a fence line between a subdivision and townhomes is a "gateway for persons involved in criminal activity," the petition says.

A Bolingbrook man has launched an online petition to close an opening in a fence line between his neighborhood and the subdivision of townhomes on Fernwood Drive. 

Christopher Montrose has garnered 123 supporters so far on his online petition. He's looking for 200 total. 

Read the full petition on Change.org

Montrose is a single father of four who lives on Harwood Drive. The street dead ends behind Rocket Ice Arena, abutting Lot O of Fernwood Drive. 

He writes on Change.org that on Sept. 15, someone tossed his 15-inch high cement statue through his children's bedroom window.

"Seconds later, (he heard) the blood curdling scream of my own children and then them running out of their room...Unfortunately, glass was thrown through the room and into the hallway. And on top of that, now I have children afraid of their own bedroom."

Montrose writes that the opening in the fence line is "a gateway for persons involved in criminal activity." Montrose and those commenting on the petition have mentioned multiple residential and car burglaries and graffiti. 

"We as residents of this block are in need of help to get this issue resolved. Our homes, our property, and our children are falling victims to the ongoing crime that this opening allows."

The petition will be sent to the village of Bolingbrook.  

The following is the petition letter: 

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Village of Bolingbrook.

Remove a foot traffic opening in a fence line.

The opening in this fence line is a gateway for persons involved in criminal activity. Multiple residential, vehicle break ins, as well as ongoing property damage. This opening is also access for people to engage in drug sales as well. We as residents of this block and others against drugs and violence are in need of help to get this issue resolved. Our homes, our property, and our children are falling victims to the ongoing crime that this opening allows. 


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Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo October 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Good choice Mario, maybe start a group in your neighborhood. Here check this out. http://www.bolingbrook.com/index.php?page_id=33
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo October 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The Bolingbrook Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is seeking new areas in which to start a Neighborhood Watch Program.
Sarah Walker October 10, 2012 at 01:23 PM
a few years ago, all of us in westbury were told the opening on harwood to Fernwood, could not be closed due to emergencies and that is the way the kids to get to Brooks Middle School. There is so much garbage on Harwood from that opening, that is also on Glengary, Fairwood, Edgehill, Delmar, Cypress and Briarcliff. I see more cops in dunkin donuts than patroling neighborhoods. Unless they live on the street or have family on the street, they VERY RARE are seen on these streets. I have lived here my whole life and seen good and bad. Beaconridge was always not BAD they a few bad seeds, I played there as a kid, but wont let my kids now. As for Fernwood i was around when they built the homes it looked like it was going to be so nice, but it turned to shit quickly. So y hasnt claar done anything to fix the problems. Dont give me the crap that he has so much on his plate. This is his JOB! He has KNOWN about ALL the problems around here, beaconridge,fernwood, westbury, and who knows where else in this town. If we have to start taking over our own blocks than we should get paid just like cops. Our taxes are sky high in this town, and our houses are worth shit right now, cause of all the vadalizing and crap around here. CHANGES all around needs to be done! I am pretty sure not all of beaconridge or fernwood are bad and they need to take there streets back as well. Make it safe for ALL the kids to be out until the street lights come on.
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo October 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Sarah, If you speak to the mayor personally, you would know what he really thinks. Have you called him or stopped by to see him on your behalf? He speaks to anyone who calls on him. His door and phone is always open. If you say differ I really doub you have tried. Having a neighborhood watch, does not make you a cop and does not authorize anyone to place judgement in your own hands. You are the eyes and ears and let the police handle the rest. Cops do get breaks just like anyone else and where they choose to stop is up to their preferance, coffee sounds good to me.I have been around here for many years and involve myself in community events. I am also proud of where I live, because of the many good people here. Your always gonna find some bad apples no matter where you go. I think our homes have fallen due to the economy and this is worldwide. Do you not read the papers?? Foreclosures every where. Think before blaming others for what others have done. We need people pulling together and not always blaming or always complaining. Goodness that ryhmes. Have a Happy day!!
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo October 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Oh and Sarah, just to add, you sound like someones who cares. I am not bashing or anything, just so you know. Thank You!!
Pro Life Crusader + October 11, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Rich Hilliard?? Give me a break!
Mickey October 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
If the cops won't do anything, I think the neighbors there should is start a "civil" war on these terrorists. Meaning, every neighbor should be trained in rifle shooting & blow up these jack asses when they see them coming. 2nd amendment still stands.
Christopher Montrose October 11, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Goose, for one internet is not capitalized mid-sentence. Second, your ignorance and blatant threat to someone has just got your comments flagged. This is not what this was intended for. Mickey, there is no justice and it would be us sinking to the standards of the people by doing such an act. There is a right way, and a wrong way. Our streets don't need what happened in Florida to happen here. Thats not how this is going to be. Thank you for your input, but a 'civil' war would only be civil if we do this without resorting to more violence.
Gladys Kravitz October 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Hey Chris I read on the Will County Circuit Court site that you are a convicted thief. Is that true?
Mickey October 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Thanks Christopher. Just so mad at these terrorists bothering nice people. Guess I watch too many movies. :-). & for the record, I was one of the first to sign your petition. I was very quick to sign it. I, too, am a long time resident of Bolingbrook. I just hope they all get caught & thrown in prison. & as for this goose character. It's hilarious "it" assumes I'm a male. Nope, sorry. All female. Haha!
Mickey October 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Hey Lenny's mom, what does that question have to do with this article? Left field...
Christopher Montrose October 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Gladys, your research is correct. But before any assumptions are made by anyone or yourself I strongly suggest that you read this comment. Yes, I am an convicted felon. I have committed retail theft, and was to support a habit of TWO people. This was for drugs, and I payed my debt in many, many ways. I will not go into specifics of what is behind all of that, its not really anyones business. That was years ago, time has passed. I have completed my parole successfully, I have given back to my community ten fold. Was I wrong for what I did?? Yes. Am I remorseful for what I have done?? Each and every day. The past not only affected myself, but it affected family, friends and caused alot of damage. Sooooo, Gladys, I am not sure what it is that you are trying to prove here with your comment. But unlike some, I dont run and hide from my past. I use it as a stepping stone to make my life better, more productive. Is that what you wanted to hear???????????
Christopher Montrose October 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Colleen Meeker October 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Wow lots of negativity towards people...this petitions sole purpose is to keep our village, our neighborhoods , our streets safe for our children and all it is is adults on here pointing fingers and threatening each other. It's a Damn shame no one can see past that and figure out how to help in their own neighborhood.
Pro Life Crusader + October 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Since when is a fence a Police issue! Give me a break already!
Christopher Montrose October 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Everyone keep running your fingers till your heart is content. To sit there and honestly think your going to affect me with that, your mistaken. To sit on a website and completely show your ignorance and lack of.....well lack of a brain, just proves that some people just don't get it. These are the people that will drag every bit of good in a neighborhood down. I know who I am, I know where I come from. However, I got a right as an American to keep my family, my neighbor, and anyone else from having to put up with what is going on. So please, I am driven on negativity, I enjoy it thoroughly. It makes me wake up in the morning and look forward to each day. I have proved so many wrong in my life, but there's more room on my list. So call me what you will, dump on me all you want. I will stand strong, I will not give ground. And besides..... Grade school children call names on the playground... How old are you??
Pro Life Crusader + October 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Make Bolingbrook a gated community so no one can't get in with out a security clearance !
Vera volpe argentata October 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Better Yet , Make Bolingbrook a gated community so no one can't get OUT with out a security clearance.
Vera volpe argentata October 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Christopher. You say you are driven, but did you ever get around to fixing the expired license you were ticketed twice for? The hits just keep coming. Stick around folks and don't forget to tip your waiter.
Vera volpe argentata October 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Christopher... "To sit there and honestly think your going to affect me with that, your mistaken" YOU'RE mistaken.
Vera volpe argentata October 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
That fence really needs mending, now we know who the real threat to the neighborhood is.
Pro Life Crusader + October 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Fake Vera why don't you go too bed with your mother already!
Vera volpe argentata October 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Chris, When are you going to realize that I am a neighbor of yours? I don't need to ask around about you, I already know.
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo October 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM
People on here got a little crazy. Bashing and saying nasties. If someone was once bad or made a mistake and now in life is on a differant path I commend them. So this goes to Chris, you need not argue with these trouble makers. You might be someone that can share your story and put others on the right path. Troublemakers are like bullies. They only keep doing their thing when they have people to do it to. When there isn't anyone around they get bored and move on. Most troublemakers suffer from some sort of social problem and they just can't get along with other people no matter what people do to try. So don't waste your time arguing or trying to rationalize with them. Just walk away, don't respond. Chris if changes are within you then please refrain from certain words, these words don't make you look good. Keep up the positive with you.By the way,yes, there are 2 differant Veras on here, but the same name used. Best of luck to you and remember, don't respond, let it go.
Tina Marie Montemagni-Invergo October 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Also Vera Volpe Argentata means "real silver fox" in english
Melissa Sersland (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
There were four "Vera volpe argentata" registered yesterday, alone. There are about 15 registered on the site. Just an FYI.
Vera volpe argentata October 12, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Thank you sweet Melissa.
Mickey October 12, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Thanks Melissa also for cleaning up the trash here. This is a good cause & some just want to defile it with there smack talk:
Kim Brown October 13, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I live on hardwood drive and have for 50 (yes 50) years. My family is the most impacted by the fence as is it against our property. We will sign the petitionand hope it works but we have seen the fence closed before and they just tear it down. We have people who live on fernwood drive park their cars on hardwood drive just so they don't have to worry about their cars. But since when do we offer free parking, for the residences of fernwood! We have called the police and are told we have to call at 2:00 am (great but people have to work) they block mailboxes, trash pick ups, and yet nothing will be done. I have two handicapped parents and we worry about violence in the area as well as accessibility for for emergency vehicles if needed.
mario perez October 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Another incident at 109 Jamestown Lane in Beaconridge. BPD had to come and break up a fight between 2 males in parking lot K at 4 am Saturday morning. About 10 people standing around, along with a baby and 2 small children. I am sure it would have been worse if BPD had not responded so quickly. One male taken away via ambulance. How long do we have to put up with these people? Can't believe I have to put up with their disturbances day in and day out!


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