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What to do with Chicago? Layla knows

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

What would you do if you were mayor of Chicago? I bet we all have some pretty good ideas. I invite you to call or text me with your thoughts.

I asked this question of a young friend of mine whose name is Layla. She and her mom and dad live in West Lawn. I recently went out to dinner with Layla and her mom, Jennifer.

Layla didn’t hesitate to answer my question. She said if she were the mayor, she would send someone to help clean her house. You see, Layla always helps her mom clean their entire house. She said she’s tired of cleaning and wants some help. I had a good chuckle about that.

Layla is a very special young lady. She is a student at St. Nicholas of Tolentine School and just graduated from kindergarten. Her favorite subjects are math and art.

In addition to being a great student, Layla is a Daisy Girl Scout and a terrific cookie salesperson. She sometimes goes to work with her mom, who works at West Lawn’s finest pizza place, Palermo’s. Layla sits in the kitchen and helps to roll cutlery in napkins.

Layla and her mom regularly take long walks through West Lawn. They bring trash bags and pick up any garbage they see along the way.

Thank you, Layla, for being such a good helper!

I just wanted to tell you about a youngster who is making a positive difference in her family and in our neighborhood.

Congratulations to the 2021 graduates of Hubbard High School! I don’t know how our students coped with the scholastic challenges of the past year and the disappointment that came with canceled sports and activities. You are strong and brave. Best wishes to each one of you as you continue learning and growing.

Congratulations to Queen of the Universe School on being awarded a grant from the Enchanted Backpack organization. Enchanted Backpack is a charitable organization based in Bensenville. It serves needy elementary schools in Northern Illinois. Enchanted Backpack will be giving Queen of the Universe school a generous gift of much needed supplies. They will soon be delivering brand new books, winter coats, hats, art supplies, recess equipment and games. What a great way for Queen of the Universe to start the coming school year!

If you have driven on 76th Street just west of Pulaski, you probably noticed some much-needed street repairs finally being done. The road had been a crumbling mess of a street, full of potholes.

This long overdue attention is good news, but the problem is that only the city owned section of the area is being repaired. The rest of the street, from the west end of Daley College to Kostner, is not being repaired. I am told this section is privately owned by Ford City Mall, the Dart Corporation and condominium associations. Countless vehicles have been damaged over the years. Something should be done about this. Many West Lawn neighbors agree with me.

West Lawn neighborhood advocate Eddie Guillen said, “Let’s see what we can do to bring more awareness to this. It’s not fair for our neighbors to go through this every day and suffer with unnecessary vehicle maintenance.”

I agree. This situation needs attention.

There is an event going on in West Lawn and all over Chicago called “Paint the Town Blue.” The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is asking all restaurants, bars, hotels and businesses to sell blue, silver and gold stars to customers, which are then displayed in their establishments. You can buy a star and have it displayed with or without your name on it.

The money raised will support families of fallen and catastrophically injured CPD officers. When you eat and shop in West Lawn, ask the management if they are participating in this worthwhile fundraiser. Let’s support those who sacrifice to serve and protect us.

I would like to wish my hubby, Roman, a delightful birthday. He will be 72 years old on July 6. May the next part of your journey through life continue to be one of musical creativity, good health and happiness. Ro just joined a new rock and roll band. He’s still got what it takes!

Happy Fourth of July to everyone! How fortunate and blessed we are to call ourselves Americans.

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