First responders have a sweet lunch ahead

By Joan Hadac

Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge

(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]

Greetings everyone. I hope you are enjoying your day.

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As a salute to police and other first responders, Margaret Huitron ties a blue ribbon around a tree in front of her family’s home near 57th and Narragansett. –Supplied photo

Margaret Huitron, of Margaret’s Lemonade Stand, cordially invites all first responders to a drive up/walk up lunch between 2 and 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 at 5644 S. Narragansett. She will be serving hot dogs, chips, cookies, water and her specialty, lemonade, while supplies last.

Margaret made a poster to inform all the first responders of her free lunch and added, “This is a thank you to all first responders for all the awesome work you do!”

I’m not the only one who admires this young lady for her resourcefulness. She raised the funds through her lemonade stand, as well as Lizzy’s Baked Goods and other donors who want to remain anonymous. She is backed by All Exterior and Interior Contractors and its owner Geno Randazzo and by the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Good for you, Margaret!

Margaret, I also want to congratulate you on reaching your goal of $1,000 for fixing the statue of Jesus at Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine. Kudos to you!

Resurrection United Methodist Church, 5717 W. 63rd Place, and its pastor Rev. Delian M. Stone, is planning a back to school outdoor event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. You can reach Pastor Delian at (773) 585-5198.

Church officials and members hope this will help build relationships with residents within the community while assisting children with accumulating school supplies. The congregation is small in number but hopes to give out 100 bags of school supplies.

During this community outreach event, Resurrection United Methodist Church will offer a limited supply of refreshments, including individually wrapped cupcakes. They are also asked a couple of food trucks to take part in the event. In addition to free food, the church is offering games, haircuts and health screenings. Local businesses have been asked for their support as well. Drop by, grab some school supplies for your kids and meet your neighbors.

Hey everyone, I want to put in an extra plug for the Two Holy Martyrs (St. Symphorosa and St. Rene) Grand Raffle. The goal is to sell 2,500 tickets. You can pay $20 per ticket or get a six-pack of tickets for $100. You can pick up your tickets at the parish office, 6135 S. Austin.

The prizes are terrific. The grand prize is $10,000, second prize is $5,000 and third prize is $2,000. (I can think of a bill or six I can pay with that kind of money.) For more information, call the parish office at (773) 767-1523, email [email protected], or visit

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The raffle drawing will be held at the end of the parish picnic Sunday, Aug. 29 on the St. Rene campus, 6949 W. 63rd Place. The day begins with 11 a.m. Mass.

The thought of this fundraiser just makes me smile. Tickets are now on sale for the St. Faustina (St. Jane de Chantal) Holy Name Society’s 16th annual Cow Pie Drop at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 on parish grounds, 5252 S. Austin. Tickets are $25 each and only 700 tickets will be sold. First prize is $5,000 and each of the eight touching squares will receive $350. (In the event all 700 tickets are not sold, prizes will be awarded on a pro-rated basis.)

Tickets may be purchased at the parish office, Soukal Floral at 6118 S. Archer, Zakic Financial Services at 6617 W. Archer or from any member of the Holy Name Society. For more information, call the parish office at (773) 767-2411.

September will also see the St. Faustina Ladies Guild and St. Jane de Chantal Senior Club beginning their monthly meetings. I’ll give you more information as they get closer to their starting dates.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? Let me know at [email protected]

Lastly, I want to extend my condolences to everyone—but especially Eighth District police officers—mourning the loss of one of their own and to the families of the slain officer, Ella French, and the officer who is fighting for his life. There are no words to make it better.

Take care and I’ll see you next week.