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No shortage of birthdays this month

December 18, 2020

We’ve got quite a few birthdays to celebrate in the upcoming week. Birthday wishes go to Diane Marszalik Domalewski on the 19th. Diane is a fellow classmate of mine from St. Turibius. Her father, Mr. Frank Marszalik, sent me a little note back in August, which I enjoyed reading and receiving.

Happy Birthday to our cousin, Marlene Stanek Kautz on Dec. 20. Marlene grew up in the Archer Heights community and attended both St. Bruno and Lourdes High School.

We can’t forget Mr. Kenny Ivancicts, the former “mayor” of Marquette Park, happy birthday. My husband keeps in touch with Kenny and he is doing quite well. I am sure my dog Oliver and Elsa, the St. Turibius convent dog send birthday wishes to their favorite teacher, Kristen Phillips on the 20th too. Birthday wishes are sent to my next-door neighbor Wilson Poggi on the 21st. To Nikki Kutcha who celebrates her birthday on the 24th. Nikki is the daughter of my dear friend Judie Amato. And finally, we celebrate the big birthday next Friday on Dec. 25.

There are just few days left to participate in the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) small business raffle. Each raffle ticket is $10 which gives you a chance to win 1 of 5 raffle baskets valued at $150 each. The baskets include gift certificates to local restaurants and benefits the GRCC and local small businesses. While supplies last, a free commemorative mug will also be given to those that enter. You can pick up tickets at the Archer Heights Credit Union, Niego Real Estate or Midway Storage. I bought my ticket on line at garfiledridgecc.com. The drawing will be held on Dec. 22.

There is some talk of a Holiday Art Walk down Pulaski on Dec. 22. As of this writing the plans are tentative awaiting logistics. A flyer will be announcing the final plans. Violeta from Alderman Tabares’ office is organizing the event. So, for more information please visit the Alderman’s website at [email protected], or look for flyers in the neighborhood.

The pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and 1st grade students of St. Bruno received a visit from St. Nicholas, virtually. The younger students were able to tell St. Nicholas what they wanted for Christmas while the 6th grade students studied Jesus’ ancestry. And the whole student body participates in a virtual Advent prayer service every Monday.

And so it is a different world for now. No close contact, most things virtual. Please every one of you have a safe and healthy Christmas Eve and Christmas, keeping gatherings small. It will just be me, my husband and Oliver, as it was for Thanksgiving. But that is not going to stop us from Wigilia (Polish Christmas Eve) this Thursday night. Bring on the oplatek (Christmas wafers), herring, fish, kapusta (sauerkraut), and pierogi. And since it will be a small celebration, I just may opt out the fish for lobster. And if my Hispanic neighbors want to bring me over some of their delicious homemade tamales, I would be happy to receive them (hint, hint!). Merry Christmas everyone.Ê

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