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Good to see in-person graduations

By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

We bid farewell to June, which is unbelievable the way it flew. There are only six more months until Christmas. We say hello to National Hot Dog and Ice Cream Month, July.

School’s out for summer for Chicago Public Schools students. Their last day was this past Tuesday. There were in-person commencement ceremonies held outdoors.

Thank you to the 23rd Ward’s social media page for sharing the link to Hubbard High School’s graduation, where Ald. Silvana Tabares was the guest speaker. It was actually great to see the students in their caps and gowns as a group, along with their families.

It’s the time of year when neighbors open their garages and lawns to sales. There are many “pop-up “sales with great bargains to be found, especially in the area of used children’s items.

But did you know the City of Chicago has a set of rules covering these sales? A permit is required and can be obtained from aldermanic offices. Sales are limited to three consecutive days, starting at 9 a.m. There can be a rain date. If more than one household is participating, each household needs its own permit.

The good news is the permits are free. But advertising signs cannot be posted anywhere except on the property where the sale is held. A violation of this rule may result in a fine. During the pandemic, physical distancing should be practiced.

The Summer Learning Challenge is on at our local public libraries. It actually begins Monday, June 28 and is for children up to age 13. If they can read up to 500 minutes and complete five activities, they can earn a tote bag and be entered in an art box raffle. There are weekly raffles, prizes, and activities.

Visit your library or chipublib.org/summer for more information. The program ends Aug. 22. Per the Garfield Ridge Branch flier, the first 200 children to register will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone from McDonald’s.

Happy Birthday to my good friend, Edyta Sadowski, on June 28. We finally got to hang out on the porch. It’s been at least a year, and she lives just a few blocks away. We still have very fond memories of what was once our favorite bar on the corner, Andy’s. It’s been a few years since the bar closed. On a sad note, a few of the regular bar patrons are no longer with us.

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