Ramones are gone, but memories still jumpin’
By Peggy Zabicki
Your correspondent in West Lawn
3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327
On this day (Aug. 6) in 1996, the Ramones (a famous punk rock band) performed for the last time. The concert took place at the Palace in Hollywood.
On that day in Chicago at my house, my kids and I were jumping on our indoor trampoline to the songs of the Ramones. Our favorite song was I Wanna Be Sedated.
We had actually been jumping and dancing to the Ramones for several years before that. It was good fun. I can’t imagine how anyone could listen to this music and not get on their feet or sit and dance in their minds. Somehow, in some way, you can always dance.
In my mind I am dancing with joy because the ASTRRONGU Youth Council continues to meet every week Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This dedicated, positive youth outreach group offers tutoring, community service hours, field trips, giveaways and more.
Their meetings are conveniently located at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski. Call for registration information at (773) 234-2225 or email at [email protected]
Queen of the Universe School, 7130 S. Hamlin, is seeking a physical education teacher to work two days a week at their school and two days a week at Our Lady of the Snows School, 4810 S. Leamington. The position has full-time benefits. Interested candidates should email Queen of the Universe Principal Linda Kelly at [email protected]
It is also fall registration time at Queen of the Universe. They offer PreK through eighth grade classes, financial aid and scholarships. Call them at (773) 582-4266.
St. Mary Star of the Sea School, 6424 S. Kenneth, is also open for fall registration. Call them at (773) 767-6160 for more information and to schedule a tour.
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church is now collecting canned foods, pasta, rice, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, diapers and baby food to be distributed to various community groups. The donation bins are located at the rectory entrance, 6435 S. Kilbourn.
On Saturday, Aug. 28 from 6 p.m. to midnight, St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish is having an outdoor Vegas Night fundraiser. I bet this event will be lots of fun. Call the church for more information at (773) 767-1246.
A paper shredding and prescription drug drop-off event is set for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 62nd and Lawndale. Please remove all staples from the paperwork, and keep your prescription meds in their original containers.
This useful public service is sponsored by 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, in partnership with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police.
On that same day, you might as well head over to Kennedy High School, 6325 W. 56th St., and drop off unwanted electronics like TVs, radios, tape players, etc. Their collection event will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This useful public service is provided by 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn and State Rep. Angelica “Angie” Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd). Call (773) 581-8000 for details.
A nice West Lawn neighbor called to thank me for sharing the library information last week. She let me know that the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place, is also another great library to visit as we wait for the West Lawn Branch at to re-open.
I’m glad she called. The Clearing Branch is a terrific place to go. The building is modern and inviting and has lots of parking. The inside has an interesting set up and design. You will want to spend several hours there. Call them at (312) 747-5657 for more information.
I also want to thank her and all of you who called or texted me last week with words of support and encouragement in regards to the negative way I was treated at the 7-Eleven at 59th and Pulaski. I shared my experience in last week’s newspaper and received an overwhelming amount of positive words from thoughtful readers. I really appreciate all of you.
I would like to wish a blessed and happy birthday to Ann from St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. Ann recently celebrated her 100th birthday! Congratulations and best wishes to you!
Cheerleading State Finals: Sandburg takes fourth behind conference rivals
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer BLOOMINGTON — Sandburg’s competitive cheerleaders finished fourth in the SouthWest Suburban Conference meet on Friday and Saturday. Wait. That wasn’t an SWSC meet. It was the IHSA state meet, held Feb. 4 at Grossinger Arena in Bloomington. The Large Team division had the feel of an SWSC meet,…
Area Sports Roundup | Nazareth girls clinch conference crown with win over Carmel
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Nazareth’s girls basketball team is eyeing a Class 3A state championship after finishing second to Carmel a season ago. The Roadrunners whipped the Corsairs, 48-24, Feb. 4 to win the East Suburban Catholic Conference for the second straight year. It marked coach Ed Stritzel’s 400th career victory. Nazareth…
Girls Bowling | Reavis wins second straight regional crown; Argo’s Sara Flynn take indie title
Spread the loveBy Mike Walsh Correspondent Two years, two consecutive regional championships for Reavis’ girls bowling team. The Rams made it back-to-back titles in an impressive manner, topping the 13-team field at the Reavis Regional with a pinfall total of 4847, topping second-place Argo (4684) by 163 pins at Palos Lanes in Palos Hills Reavis…
Porfirio resigns township post to take Senate seat
Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch Mike Porfirio is now a state senator and the Township of Lyons Board of Trustees has a vacancy. Porfirio submitted his resignation as a trustee, which was accepted by the board at its Jan. 10 meeting. Porfirio was elected to the Illinois Senate in November, and was sworn in as…
Super Hero fun at Our Lady of the Snows
Spread the love Catholic Schools Week was plenty of fun this year at Our Lady of the Snows School, as students were encouraged to dress as a super hero. Parents interested in checking out the school, 4810 S. Leamington, for 2023-24 are encouraged to call (773) 735-4810. – Supplied photo
Tri-State lane closures start Monday as area ramps prepare to reopen
Spread the loveOvernight lane closures are scheduled next week to shift traffic on Interstate 55 and on the northbound Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) between Willow Springs Road and Plainfield Road and reopen the ramp connecting northbound I-294 to southbound I-55 and Wolf Road. On Monday, February 6, beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing until 5…
BEDS Plus Soup & Bread event to raise money to assist the homeless
Spread the love By Steve Metsch One way to warm up on a cold winter’s day is with a bowl of soup. And on Sunday, soup lovers can sample 20 different soups and also get the warm feeling received by helping a local charitable organization. BEDS Plus, which helps the homeless through the southwest suburbs,…
Leadership program open at Marquette Park
Spread the love. By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 . Once again it is time for the Sports and Recreational Leadership Program at Marquette Park. This After School Matters program is a great opportunity and filled up quickly last year. Open to current Chicago…
Kids making good news in the community
Spread the love. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 . Aristotle said, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” It gives me great pleasure to write about some of the awesome things the youth in our community are doing to help…
No shortage of eatery ideas
Spread the love. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 . I want to thank everyone who called and texted me with restaurant recommendations in the past two weeks. I had asked in a previous column for suggestions for local eateries. I got lots of very nice calls from some…
Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling
By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People who’ve been subject to fingerprinting, face or retinal scans as either employees or customers of Illinois companies have five years to file lawsuits if they believe the business violated a stringent state privacy law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week. It’s the latest in…
Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker this week asked the College Board for more information about its reasoning for changing the final framework of a new Advanced Placement course in African American studies after it had been criticized by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Although we are pleased to…
Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages
By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois schools are still grappling with a teacher shortage that seems to only be getting worse, a recent survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools shows. This mirrors the state’s own data, which shows Illinois’ teacher shortage is at the highest level in…
Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May
By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol news Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday. That’s the same day President Joe Biden will end the national public health emergency, which…
CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD — A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only to the 800…
Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only…
Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Elgin-based School District U-46 Superintendent Tony Sanders will become the next state superintendent of education. Sanders, 53, will succeed Carmen Ayala, who announced in November that she would retire effective Jan. 31. ISBE said Sanders will take…
Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Sustained higher-than-predicted state tax revenues have in recent months given lawmakers a level of budgeting flexibility that is, at least in modern times, without precedent in a state with a reputation for perilous finances. For the current fiscal year and the one before it, that’s led…
‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A law recently signed by Gov. JB Pritzker will extend the deadline for the state to transfer criminal defendants deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial from jail to a mental hospital. That same bill, House Bill 240, also gives nursing homes in Illinois two more years…
Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS [email protected] Longtime Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel has joined the Capitol News Illinois team as a full-time state government and politics reporter. She’s had a number of assignments covering the Statehouse and Illinois government since the 2014 legislative session, most recently serving as Statehouse editor for NPR Illinois from 2020 until after…