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Pandemic can’t stop parent mentors

May 22, 2020

Last week we talked about the Parent Mentors group from the Southwest Organizing Project receiving the LISC award for their work in the classrooms of our local grade schools.

What are the parent mentors doing now, when there are no classrooms to mentor in? They are helping out in other aspects of family life through SWOP’s system of care with wellness checks, assistance with unemployment filing, Census work, etc. Imelda Salazar told me, “They didn’t want to sit back–even though they could have–but they wanted to help.” Isn’t that great to hear?

Another good thing to hear: over the last few weeks, the children of Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish (a combination of the former Queen of the Universe and St. Adrian parishes) wrote letters of encouragement to the doctors, nurses and COVID-19 patients at Holy Cross Hospital this past week. The nurses and doctors, in turn, made signs expressing their thanks. Photos of the staff holding up the signs were forwarded to the parish. That was a nice idea.

Happy birthday wishes to Dana Varaneckas of Nativity BVM Parish.

Kathy Faulkner was given some photos from Eberhart School. They are the 1948 faculty and second through fourth grade class photos from 1948 to 1953. She is willing to give these to anyone who would appreciate them. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll get you in touch with her.

New sidewalks are going in on the northern perimeter of Marquette Park. Looks like it will be all the way from California to Central Park, too. Work is progressing pretty quickly.

I’m excited to learn that public libraries might be opening soon–with some restrictions, of course. I was ready to put up a new display in the Chicago Lawn Historical Society glass case at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library in March; but things changed and all of sudden life as we knew it simply closed. So, something to look forward to will be a display centering on the Grand Trunk Train Depot and restaurants that called it home. Thanks to Jan Paplauskas we have some bricks from the building in our collection, too.

Last week Greater Southwest News-Herald Editor Tim Hadac offered a $20 gift card to one of our favorite restaurants (hint: They are always at the Taste of Chicago) to the first person that could recall the lyrics of the Maria High School song. Much to my surprise, no one has yet to get the entire song right. You all have the refrain down pat–that’s for sure. But, so far at least, the verse seems to be the problem, especially the third line. Let’s give it one more week. Call me if you know it!

Now back to 1980. Last time I shared an advertisement with you from a restaurant at 3356 W. 63rd St. It was promoting its “extra-large new square big dish sponge pizza.”

The name of the restaurant was Sassano’s, and they promoted their business as being “the home of homestyle cooking.” Joe C. was able to explain to me what kind of pizza that was. The square and big dish was obvious, but what in the world is a sponge pizza? Well, Joe, who likes to cook, tells us it involves preliminary preparation of the yeast dough the night before and it gives the crust a bit of a porous (or spongy) texture. Thank you, Joe.

Now let’s say we wanted to pick up some groceries, maybe make our own pizza. Maybe buy that red box of Appian Way Pizza in a box. Remember that? We are on Kedzie. We can go to the Jewel at 57th and Kedzie or we can go to this grocery store, almost across the street, at 5821 S. Kedzie. I can’t give you their slogan because the rhyme will certainly give it away. Do you remember it?

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