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Those who served have heart

August 14, 2020

Last Friday was Purple Heart Day. I want to say a belated thank you to all who have served and sacrificed in our military.

My dad served in World War II. He kept a journal during his time in Europe. At one point, he spent three days in a foxhole, but kept that journal close to him. During those days, he heard the sound of the enemy approaching. He heard guns, he heard men crying. He smelled smoke. He held onto hope. He wrote.

Most important, he came home. He came home with a ragged journal and shrapnel wounds on his shins. My dad never received a Purple Heart, but his wounds were a badge of honor in my eyes.

There are 13,000 police officers in Chicago. There are approximately 100,000 gang members in Chicago. Gangs are responsible for so much of the killings, gun violence and destruction that happen every day in Chicago.

Next time you hear about the police taking too long to respond to a crime, keep these numbers in mind. The police are doing the best they can with the tools and support they are given. Be part of the solution. Be brave. If you see something, say something.

On Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. there will be a CAPS meeting for Beats 823 and 825. I am so glad that these meetings with the community and police are starting up again. The CAPS meetings give us a chance to find out what’s going on in our neighborhood and to connect with our police.

The meeting will take place at the 8th District police station, 3420 W. 63rd St. Masks are required. I suggest calling the community policing office a couple of days ahead of time at (312) 747-8724 to make sure of the date. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18, but there have been recent changes on the police calendar.

There will be an online movie discussion on Aug. 19 hosted by the West Lawn Branch Library. The movie is Da 5 Bloods, directed by Spike Lee. This movie is available on Netflix. Be sure to watch the movie before the discussion. If you need more information or would like to register for this discussion, email librarian, Jose Gallegos at [email protected]

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) invites all residents of the 3rd Congressional District (this includes West Lawn) to participate in a photo contest. You can use any kind of camera you like. Acceptable photos should be taken in and around the 3rd District on any subject.

There will be three age categories: Youth – 5 to 17 years old, Adult – 18 to 64 years, and Senior – 65-plus. Submit your photos using JPEG attachment by email to [email protected] Include your name, address, age group, name of photo, where the photo was taken and why you chose to submit your photo. Include your permission to share your photo on the congressman’s website. Call his office for more information at 773-948-6223.

There is a new West Lawn online group called, West Lawn Community Freecycle and Donate. This is a Facebook group in which you can post photos of items you no longer need and want to give away. You can also visit the Facebook page to see photos of free items available to all West Lawn neighbors. This is a place to safely give and receive free things like books, toys, clothes, household items and more. If you need more information or help, send me a text. I’ll be happy to help you get connected with this nice neighborhood group of people helping people.

A big thank you to 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn for your quick help with some graffiti, garbage pickup and mail delivery issues. Much appreciated. Call the alderman at (773) 581-8000 or (773) 581-1313 if you are having problems with these or other issues.

Happy birthday to Elaine Le Bron from all your friends at Calvary Lutheran Senior Club. Elaine, I really appreciate your kind and helpful notes. May Aug. 17 be filled with joy, fun and yummy birthday cake.

Condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Al-Hassan on his recent passing. Mr. Hassan taught computer classes at Richardson Middle School. May he rest in peace. If the parents of his students feel that their children need counseling to deal with this loss, they can email counselor Kevin Tate at [email protected]

Today is National Creamsicle Day. Creamsicles were invented by Frank Epperson in 1905. He figured out how to coat a vanilla ice cream bar with orange sherbet. You may be wondering what the difference is between Creamsicles and Dreamsicles. Creamsicles are made with milk, and Dreamsicles are made with ice milk. I should probably celebrate this important day by eating a Dreamsicle.It is also International Rose Wine Day. I may have to celebrate that, too!

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