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Spring break was a real whirlwind

Between home showings, writing up contracts, shuttling kids to their practices/games/activities and last minute income tax preparation, I totally missed last week’s column deadline.

Now I have a whole lot to write about! My boys were on spring break and it was nice to do some fun stuff with CAR (Chicago Area Project). On Tuesday, we did Easter Bunny canvas paintings, on Wednesday, we went bowling, and on Thursday we painted some flower pots. On Friday, I enjoyed watching my older two sons participate in Stations of the Cross. On Saturday, I took my youngest to the Easter egg hunt held by the Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch and had his picture taken with the Easter Bunny. It was such a joy to see so many neighborhood faces gathered around smiling as the little ones hunted for their eggs. Did anyone do anything fun over the spring break?

A couple of weeks back I challenged you to look around for greatness in our community. I had my own personal encounter the other day. I was driving westbound on 84th Place and sat at the corner of Cicero Avenue, waiting for traffic to pass so I can head northbound when I noticed a big pick up truck driving eastbound slowly cutting across Cicero traffic motioning with his hand (“Stop). Huh, I was intrigued.

I observed the driver of the pickup truck and what he was doing when I noticed an elderly man walking on the other side of the truck alongside him! The driver was halting traffic so the man could cross the street! And guess what; the cars stopped! No cars honking their horns, no angry drivers–for a moment, everyone just paused. My heart melted.The man waved thanks and everyone went along their way. Could you imagine the impact this had on that man? I thank all those who stopped and especially the courageous driver of that pick up truck!

Another story comes from my brother and sister-in-law who live in the area. They intended to go to St. Bede for Palm Sunday Mass. However, being the new parents that they are, they were running late. They opted to run over to St. Denis instead. They were welcomed so warmly. They told me about all the lovely people there who came over and “ooh’d and ah’d” at my adorable nephew. This made me realize how being aware of all your options in your neighborhood can really be beneficial!

Does anyone have any great stories for me? Please reach out to me as I’d love to hear and be able to write about it!

If you shop on Amazon and have been affected by the mail delays in our area, you may want to consider using the new Amazon locker located at the Charter Fitness at 7600 S Pulaski which is now up and running! Amazon lockers are a secure alternative, which is free to use instead of having items shipped to your home address.

Durkin Park Elementary School’s Parent Committee held CPR certification courses for its parents on April 23 and 24. They will also be having a family movie night today from 5-7 p.m. for the Mexican Celebration known as “El Dia Del Nino” which translates to “Children’s’ Day”.

Reminder: the SNW will be having a general membership meeting on Saturday, April 27 from 10-11am at Scottsdale Park. A guest speaker will be present to speak about identity theft.

The Alderman will have his next “Coffee & Conversation” event on Saturday, April 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Oak Street Health, 3348 W 87th St. You’ll need to rsvp your attendance by calling (773) 284-5049. Consider attending if you have questions you need answered or simply want to voice your concerns. I recommend if you are going to go once, go twice and thrice. Be the squeaky wheel so you are heard and your concerns are handled accordingly.

Durkin Park Bulldogs’ flag football teams will be taking on Claremont on Saturday April 27 at 3 and 4 at Sara E. Goode High School. Come out and cheer for them!

The next CAPS meeting will be held on May 2 at 7 p.m. at Bogan High School. Please consider attending to voice your concerns.

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