Kathy Headley

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A time to honor Gold Star moms

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

This Sunday, Sept 26, has been designated Gold Star Mother’s Day. This is the first year it has appeared on any of my calendars; but in researching it, I found it has been around for a long time.

In 1936, the 74th Congress declared, “The last Sunday in September shall hereafter be designated and known as Gold Star Mother’s Day, and it shall be the duty of the President to request its observance as provided for in this resolution.”

Going back even further, to the First World War, a practice began where families displayed a flag with a blue star signifying that a family member was serving in the war. Later, a gold star flag went up when the family lost a son or daughter while serving in the Armed Forces.

In the coming weeks, I will change the Chicago Lawn Historical Society case at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library to honor our first Gold Star Mother, Augusta Eagle, who lost her son in World War I.

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If you were watching the White Sox game on Tuesday the 14th, then you heard the terrific rendition of the National Anthem performed by six Ritamen at the opening of the game. Performing were St. Rita Band Director John Donovan, John Perovich ’78, Chudi Martin ’20, Ethan Chalmers ’23, Brother Joe Roccasalva OSA, and Cameron Patterson ’23. Wonderfully done.

Did you hear Sandwich Break is coming back to the neighborhood? I was happy to hear Stephen will be serving up his barbeque pulled pork sandwiches and his Puerto Rican Cuisine at 3259 W. 63rd St. Sandwich Break is the first place where I tried a jibarito, and it quickly became my favorite item on his menu.

Time is flying and before we know it, the winter recital will be coming up at Teatro Tariakuri, 3117 W. 63rd St. The dance school is offering pre-ballet, ballet and tap on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome or register on the spot. They are a non-profit community arts school established here in 2004 offering both children and adults affordable access to an array of performing arts classes in dance, theatre, and music. For more information, call (312) 532-2774.

This Tuesday, Sept. 28, the Tween Book Club meets at the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, from 5 to 6 p.m. This is for kids ages 10 to 13 and will take place in person and on Zoom. This month the club will be discussing Locker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell and working on an activity related to the book. The library has copies of the book available. Registration is necessary ahead of time and must be done by Sunday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact the library at (312) 747-0639.

Then on Wednesday, Sept. 29, teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to stop by the library to pick up a Grab and Go: Bath Bomb Kit between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. The kit includes all the materials needed to create your own bath bomb. The Grab and Go kits are available while supplies last.

Save the date for the official grand opening of Monarca Insurance and Financial Services, 3300 W. 63rd St., on Saturday, Oct. 2. Jeanette never had a grand opening for her business because she opened in the middle of winter, so she is celebrating now. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature food, vendors, live music and kids’ crafts.

When last we met, I wondered if anyone remembered the name of the fish restaurant on 65th and Kedzie in the late ‘70s. Mary C. was the first to come up with Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips, followed closely by Paul M. Rich G. said his sister worked there in high school. And she did not like the idea that her clothes always smelled like fish when she left. I don’t blame her. The fish was good, and I wish it were still there; but I wouldn’t want my clothes to smell like fish.

I’m pretty excited about this question for next week. I just learned about this and I wanted to share it with you. Now whether you were around in the 1950s or 1970s you might know the answer. This is a two-parter. Who was Nick Noble and what was his connection to the neighborhood?

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