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Peggy Zabicki

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Seeking solutions to gang crime

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church Parish held their annual carnival earlier this month. I wrote about it weeks before it took place. Many people attended and had fun.

But then, two people were shot. These people are in stable condition. The shooting was gang related, police have said.

How long are we going to let gangs decide what goes on in our neighborhood? When will they be held accountable for their actions? What are politicians doing about it? When will Chicago police be allowed to do what needs to be done to keep us safe?

A friend of mine was at the carnival, enjoying food and fun and carnival rides with her two grandkids. They heard gunshots, and the kids dove onto the ground, crying. How sad for the children. How terribly sad.

I was going to go to the carnival. It is only two blocks from my house. Hubby and I decided to go to a festival in Oak Lawn instead, because there were some bands we wanted to check out. Hundreds of people were there. According to an Oak Lawn volunteer security person I spoke to, the worst thing that happened was that a guy got drunk and fell asleep in a flower bed.

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It’s a shame that we can’t even enjoy activities in our own neighborhood anymore. I got more phone calls from West Lawn neighbors last week than I’ve ever gotten before. Everyone has ideas on what they’d do if they were in charge. I am thankful for all your calls. I want to know what the people who are actually in charge are going to do.

Here’s some good news. My friend, Jennifer, is expecting a baby boy. She is due in just a couple of weeks. As many other people in Jennifer’s life, I am looking forward to meeting the baby. Jennifer’s daughter, Layla, is going to make a terrific big sister. I am so happy for the whole family. I am happy because life goes on. As long as babies are being born, I believe that everything is going to be OK.

Richardson Middle School, 6018 S. Karlov, is in need of substitute teachers. The school is also hiring lunchtime and recess helpers, crossing guards and safe passage workers. Call 773-535-8640 for more information on how to apply for these jobs.

West Lawn community advocate Eddie Guillen continues to make a difference in the lives of children and adults by organizing sports activities. Eddie is now putting together a coed softball team for adults age 18 and up. They will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St. If you would like to join, text 773-304-4073.

The next CAPS meeting for Beats 833 and 813 will take place at West Lawn Park on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Let’s work with our police to make our neighborhood safe.

The Clearing American Legion Post 600, 4352 W. 63rd St., will be having a rummage sale on Saturday, Sept. 25th from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 773-767-0230 for more information.

Thank you for reading my column and for calling and texting me. Much appreciated! Thank you to Pat for your recent mailing. Made my day!

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