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Spoke too soon on street upgrade

August 7, 2020

Remember last week when I told you about the nice surprise the city had for us fixing the sidewalks on the north border of Marquette Park, new curbing and corner entryways on the north side of the street and the whole street being graded and repaved?

Well I may have jumped the gun a little on that one. Just so you don’t get an unexpected surprise, almost everything is completed. And it is a smooth trip down Marquette Road – as long as you don’t hit those sewer covers that are still sticking up. When that last truck of asphalt came down, I was sure they were there to finish the job, but apparently not. Hopefully the street will be completed soon, but until then, get ready to veer left and right at a moment’s notice until they finish.

I shared a link with you a couple of weeks ago to take advantage of a Citizens Utility Board webinar on cable bills and robocalls. Two of the most common complaints CUB hears from consumers is that they are getting barraged with robocalls, and their TV bills are too high. I signed up and I actually learned a lot about the difference between traditional cable, Satellite, Tele TV and Online Streaming.

One thing that came up was the idea of saving money by jumping back and forth between providers or services. You can lose more than you gain if you don’t pay close attention. Cheaper is not always better. Since it was a half hour webinar, I can’t go through everything here but I would suggest that next time it is offered, you might want to take advantage of the program. One warning on robocalls which you may already know, be careful and do not answer a simple yes to the “person” on the other end, especially if the “person” asks Can you hear me? as your answer can be spliced with other audio to make it seem you have agreed to something.

Esmeralda Cossyleon, manager at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, says that she is very happy to be up and running even if services still have to be limited.

Current library hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 – 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 12 – 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 5p.m. One-on-one computer services are still suspended due to social distancing. However, patrons are more than welcome to sue the computers for one hour per day. She says the library is also providing Virtual Programs for kids. Patrons can visit the library to provide their information (email), so they can send them the Zoom links.

Actually, I am looking forward to getting in there and changing the display in the Chicago Lawn Historical Society glass case. I think it is getting very dusty, having sat untouched for these past months.

Coming up next month is the 93rd anniversary celebration of Nativity BVM Church. Daily novenas will be offered from Sept. 6 through the 13th at 11 a.m. The novena will conclude with a Siluva commemoration Mass on Sept 13 at 11 a.m.

Now back to 1970. Last week we talked about Eddie Thompkins and his popular Barber Shop at 2508 W. 63rd St. Thanks to regular reader P.D., our question to ponder for the past week has been: For many years before and after 1970, there was a catering business, a delicatessen, just down the street from Eddie’s place on 63rd Street. Does anybody remember the name? Since no one has guessed that one yet, we’ll let it go for another week. Put on your thinking caps and let us know if you remember, OK?

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