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Shane O’Connell (right) explains the natural, humane methods Grass Fed Eats uses in raising its livestock. --Photo by Joan Hadac

Shane O’Connell (right) explains the natural, humane methods Grass Fed Eats uses in raising its livestock. --Photo by Joan Hadac

Always something new to learn

By Joan Hadac

Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge

(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]

Learning has been a lifelong passion of mine. When online, I search for subjects I want to learn more about, because something I don’t know about struck an interest in me.

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Back in the day, and please don’t ask how far back or what day, I would look things up in an encyclopedia. There are times, too, where I learn something because it’s part of the job I hold. I like it because it expands my knowledge and I can take the new skill with me wherever I go.

It’s been true in my journalism career and my new job at Chicago Glass Blocks, 6036 S. Central. Who knew when I stepped into this new world almost three months ago, I could and would learn so much about glass block windows, mortar and plumbing supplies? (They have a great assortment of products; contractors, as well as the general public should stop by to see what they offer.) I’m still learning from the experts there, and you can too.

In this job as a writer/columnist, I learn about what’s going on in the neighborhood. There’s always something happening in Garfield Ridge and Clearing. The city is opening up again, so events opened to the public will become more and more common and start to fill up our calendars. If you or your organization is planning an event open to the public, let me know. I’ll try to publicize it for you. I write this column about a week and half before it’s published, so I have early deadlines.

Chances to get involved

One of those things is the chance to help support the police via 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares. She offers us all a chance to join the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Paint the Town Blue campaign. Stop by the office, 6247 S. Archer, and donate $1, $5 or $20 to get a star on Tabares’ wall. The event is going through Friday, July 2. Call (773) 582-4444 for more information. This is your chance to Paint the Town Blue.

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Shane O’Connell (right) explains the natural, humane methods Grass Fed Eats uses in raising its livestock. –Photo by Joan Hadac

The Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s farmers market is held from 3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through September in the Mayfield Banquets parking lot, 6072 S. Archer. There are a variety of vendors waiting to serve you their best, including locally owned Grass Fed Eats. Shane O’Connell, the man behind the table with delectable meats and poultry, is from Garfield Ridge. I love the local connections!

Speaking of the Chamber, let’s all give a big thanks to GRCC President Mary Ellen Brown and her board for rescuing the Patriot’s Day Parade. (Read all about it today’s Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound.) See you on Archer Avenue on July 1?

Movies back in the parks

The Chicago Park District is offering Movies in the Park this summer. You’ll be treated to the 2019 movie Aladdin starring Will Smith as the genie from 8:30 to 10:38 p.m. Thursday, July 15 at Vittum Park, 5010 W. 50th St. All movies start at dusk, so the start time is approximate. This movie is rated PG and is 128 minutes long. There is no fee, and all ages are invited.

In accordance with Be Safe Chicago Guidelines for Parks and Recreation Activities, participants will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing—according to the Park District website. For more information, call (773) 284-6022.

Another Movie in the Park to look forward to is Jurassic Park. This 1993 classic is being shown from 8:15 to 10:22 p.m. Thursday, July 22 at Wentworth Park, 5625 S. Mobile. You’ll see dinosaurs run amok at a dinosaur theme park after a major power breakdown. The movie is rated PG-13 and is 127 minutes long. Remember, all movies begin at dusk, so start times are approximate. For more information, call (312) 747-6993.

And finally

Finally, please allow me to be the first to wish you and yours a pleasant and safe Independence Day—and by safe, I’m thinking especially of fireworks. Please leave them to licensed professionals, and keep fireworks out of the little hands of your children and/or grandchildren.

May your Independence Day also be full of meaning. Folks, the Fourth of July must be much more than cookouts and fireworks. If it’s just another day off, we might as well not have it.

It’s about our nation’s independence—something many people fought and died for. In fact, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was captured by the British, imprisoned and tortured simply because he signed the document.

There are plenty of interesting items about Independence Day, all just a screen tap away. I suggest visiting the Library of Congress (loc.gov) or the History Channel (history.com).

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Smooch from a pooch

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By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Hi everyone. How have you been surviving January? This is one month I always hope flies by. If the sun is out, the temperatures are, or feel like they are in the subzero range. If it’s cloudy, which is most of the…

Former Mother McAuley star Hannah Swiatek (right) smiles and walks off the court with Justene Charlesworth after a recent University of St. Francis victory over Cardinal Stritch. Photo by Jeff Vorva Former Mother McAuley star Hannah Swiatek (right) smiles and walks off the court with Justene Charlesworth after a recent University of St. Francis victory over Cardinal Stritch. Photo by Jeff Vorva

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By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Hannah Swiatek comes off the bench for the University of St. Francis and is averaging 3.1 points per game. But when called on for the biggest shot of her college career, the 5-foot-8 junior guard from Oak Lawn delivered. Swiatek scored the winning basket in a wild 99-97 overtime road…

Mother McAuley’s Bella Finnegan launches a 3-point attempt over St. Laurence’s Lilliana Magana as Vikings coach George Shimko looks on in a game on Jan. 11. Finnegan scored her 1,000th career point in the game. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Stagg’s Laila Barakat and McAuley’s Bella Finnegan hit 1K career points; Richards’ Kortz gets 300th win

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Look what Laila Barakat started. The Stagg senior basketball star hit a milestone when she scored her 1,000th career point against Richards on Jan. 8. That was the first of three notable career accomplishments achieved the following week. It was followed by Mother McAuley senior Bella Finnegan scoring her 1,000th…

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Tax exemptions will be automatic, Kaegi says

From staff reports In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s office will continue the automatic renewal of the Senior Freeze, Veterans with Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities Exemptions. The Homeowner and Senior Exemptions will continue to auto-renew every year. If a homeowner received any of these five exemptions last year…

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Ailing eagle on the mend

Several blocks northwest of Garfield Ridge—just west of 47th and Harlem–motorists late last month noticed an eagle flying low and acting erratically. The Villa Park-based Chicago Bird Collision Monitors was contacted, and its volunteers found and captured the majestic bird. It was transported to a facility owned and operated by Glen Ellyn-based Willowbrook Wildlife, where…

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Can’t we just fast-forward to spring?

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Hi everyone. Is it spring yet? Is the pandemic over yet? Not that I’m impatient or anything. I want to move forward past all the negative COVID-19 has brought to my life and everyone else’s life. I want to see the rebirth…

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Scavenger Sale different this year, Pappas says

From staff reports Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ 2022 Scavenger Sale will look different, as the Treasurer’s Office takes steps to help small developers, homeowners and investors rebuild neighborhoods and create generational wealth. Under Illinois law, the Treasurer’s Office is required to conduct a Scavenger Sale every two years, offering at auction the taxes on…

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Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

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