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Good manners need to make a comeback

October 23, 2020

My friend, Tanya, told me she is reading a book called Four Departments, which was written in 1880. It is about manners. Some of it is outdated, but fun to read, like the proper way to enter a carriage while wearing a hoop skirt.

Most of it is about manners and being considerate and kind. I can’t help but say that manners seem to be on the decline. It seems to be – every man for himself, now-a-days. You’ve probably seen this yourself over the years.

Tanya said, “We have devolved, instead of evolved, in the last 140 years. When and how did this happen? Can we fix it?” Good question, Tanya!

Written on the first page of the book: To go through this life, with good manners possessed. Is to be kind unto all – rich, poor and oppressed. For kindness and mercy are balms that all heal. The sorrows, the pains, and the woes that we feel.”

Hopefully, good manners will come back in fashion. I am quite sure that you, dear readers of my column, know the joy that comes with being polite and kind.

In the meantime, something we can do to be considerate is to let our mailman know if we receive mail that is addressed to others. My neighbors had three pieces of mail with my correct name and address on them, but just let the letters sit in the front entrance of their house/apartment for several days or more. Their landlord came by and noticed my mail and gave it to us. One letter was from Medicare and was important. Unfortunately, it was outdated.

Our mailman delivered them to the wrong address. This happens a lot. I’m used to this kind of service. I was disappointed that my neighbors couldn’t be bothered to walk a few feet to my house and drop them in my mail container. Manners don’t cost a penny, just a little time.

Have you driven on Pulaski near 76th Street? The overpass is completely gone. It looks so strange and open and empty. The Illinois Department of Transportation has begun improvements. The bridge or overpass has been completely removed. Plans for a safe pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of Pulaski between 76th and 77th streets are planned. The northbound left turn lane on Pulaski and 76th will be extended. Good news for all who turn there to go to Daley College and Ford City Mall and the Dart Container Styrofoam drop-off area.

I received a few calls about the Chicago Lawn (8th) District CAPS Beats 813 and 833 meetings. I got in touch with their office on Oct. 14 and was told, “Not sure if we will have another meeting since we are not able to access the West Lawn Park (field house) now. No official word yet.”

I hope these meetings will start up again. If you hear anything, send me a text or call and leave a message. Beat 823 usually meets at the 8th District Police station, 3420 W. 63rd St. I’ll let you know when their next meeting is scheduled.

Churches have opened up once again for indoor services. St. Mary Star of the Sea, 6435 S. Kilbourn, will be taking reservations for Saturday and Sunday Mass. Call the parish office at 773-767-1246. The office is now open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. They encourage all to stop by and let them know if there’s anything they can help you with. Also, don’t forget to get your Queen of Hearts raffle tickets.

Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish (formerly Queen of the Universe), 7114 S. Hamlin, is now back to their regular schedule of Mass time and confession. They ask all to arrive 30 minutes early so that everyone can be seated on time. Call for more information at 773-582-4662. Reserve your spot by 5 p.m. Friday for all weekend Masses by email at [email protected]

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 3721 W. 62nd St., has Saturday and Sunday Mass in English and Spanish. Sign up online for Mass on their website at stnicksparish.org or call 773-735-1121 for more information.

Thank you to St. Nick’s and the Increase the Peace Youth Organization for distributing free, fresh produce to West Lawn residents on October 17. Your outreach is much appreciated.

Would you like to know more about West Lawn’s own retirement village, Autumn Green at Midway Village, 6700 S. Keating? Autumn Green invites you to an online afternoon of music and games in a lively atmosphere. They say it’s the ideal time to make new friends as you discover more about the fun filled environment at Autumn Green. Call them at 773-582-2888 to register. They will send you information and login instructions. The online event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at noon.

Lawn Lanes bowling alley, 6750 S. Pulaski, has specials every day. There is open bowling every Tuesday from 12:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday Date Night features open bowling from 1 p.m. to midnight. Sunday is Fun Day Family Bowling. For only $51.95 per family (up to 6 people), your group can get two hours of bowling, shoes and house bowling balls. Call Lawn Lanes at 773-582-2525 for more information on their other daily specials.

The Calvary Lutheran Church Seniors would like to wish Lorrie Losh a very happy birthday. Lorrie’s birthday is on Oct. 29. May our Lord bless you with a delightful day! Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 6149 S. Kenneth. Call them at 773-767-7400 to learn more about their church and services. All are welcome.

Thank you for reading my column.

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