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It’s a day to delight in donuts

Today is National Donut Day! Each year we celebrate this important holiday on the first Friday of June. The event was first created by the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to honor those who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Happy National Donut Day to all.

Huck Finn Restaurant and Donuts, 6650 S. Pulaski, is now open for carry-outs. This is good news because the restaurant was closed for quite a while. Call them at (773) 581-4285. I wouldn’t mind having one of their yummy donuts. I especially like their giant donut big enough for several people (or one hungry news reporter).

The Dunkin’ Donuts at 6955 S. Pulaski has been open during the pandemic. You can use the drive-through or go inside to purchase their delicious donuts. One of my readers called me and said she saw a line of people inside the restaurant–picking up donuts to go–and several were not wearing masks. So, perhaps it’s safer to use the drive through. Call them at (773) 585-5999 if you have any questions.

If you go to any of our wonderful West Lawn restaurants, be sure to check your receipts. One restaurant in our neighborhood listed a “COVID 19” tax on their receipt. This is illegal. The city can set tax prices and raise them, but individual stores cannot. Stores can raise prices of food and other goods for any reason they want, but they cannot make up a tax.

If you see this tax on your receipt, make a copy and send it to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 800, Chicago, 60602. You can also email the department at [email protected]

For more information call the department at (312) 744-6249.

Thank you to 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez for this information.

Hopefully, some of our restaurants used the quarantine time to thoroughly clean their kitchens and washrooms as they prepare to fully open in the days to come.

Thank you to the readers who have been in touch with me about our restaurants and also about other neighborhood concerns. I’ve had a lot of conversations lately about irresponsible drivers breaking the speed laws when driving down our alleys and streets. One resident did succeed in getting speed bumps installed on his street. This is something that precinct captains and aldermen traditionally help their residents with.

Unfortunately, most of the people I’ve talked to recently don’t even know who their precinct captains are. I don’t know who mine is either. Calls to aldermen have had mixed results.

I remember many years ago having a precinct captain who obtained a petition for everyone on my block to sign because of a young man who speeded down our block every day. Two speed bumps were installed and this solved the problem before anyone got hit or injured. After the driver and his family moved, the speed bumps were removed and we haven’t had any problems since then.

I don’t have to tell you how dangerous speeding drivers can be. I was told that this problem can be brought up at CAPS meetings and our ward meetings when they start up once again.

People have mixed feelings about speed bumps. While they do cut down on speeding, they can also damage your car. In the winter, when snow covers the ground, you can’t always see the bumps. If your street is one of the many that do not get plowed in a timely manner, you are out of luck.

In the meantime, as we look down for signs of driving challenges like speed bumps and potholes, neighbor Joe Guzman encourages us to look up at the moon. He recently shared information online about the moon and its crater rims that form X and V shapes only for a few hours at the beginning of each month. During clear summer nights, the moon offers some spectacular sights during all of its quarters.

Neighbor Liz Seminary shared a beautiful photo online that she took of a rainbow over West Lawn. The rainbow was formed on a day last week when it was sunny but raining at the same time. Thanks, Liz!

Good news. Home Depot at 7200 S. Cicero is now hiring. Go to the store for a job application, apply online at homedepot.com or call (708) 728-9200.

Also hiring is Tony’s Fresh Market (former location of Food 4 Less at 7770 S. Cicero). Call (708) 733-7337. The store is scheduled to open on June 10.

Last, but not least, I’d like to wish a happy birthday to Rose Ferrarini from her daughter, Dawn, and all their many family members and friends. I hope your birthday and the coming year bring joy and happiness to you.

Thank you for your calls and texts.

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