Let’s all ‘get behind the vest’

By Joan Hadac

Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge

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Hi everyone. I hope you’re enjoying the mild days of September. Fall is here and brings with it many community events I hope you can take part in.

Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch and St. Daniel the Prophet Parish are offering a delicious way to start out your Sunday, Oct. 3 with the fourth annual Get Behind the Vest Pancake Breakfast.

You can enjoy wonderfully tasting pancakes from 8 to 11 a.m. when you drive through the parking lot, 54th and Natoma. It’s a drive-through event because of the pandemic. You don’t have to get out of your pajamas. Just hop in your car and pick up an order or three.

There will be a walk-up station for those who don’t want to go through the drive-through line. Each order includes three pancakes and a sausage patty and costs $5 each (cash or check only).pancake100321

The event helps the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation purchase protective vests for CPD officers. It costs $500 per vest; and as everything else, vests have a shelf life. The goal is to provide the safest, most intact vests to protect our officers. So not only will you enjoy a great Sunday morning breakfast, but you will be helping those who serve and protect us.

When I talked to Tabares about this event, she wanted to extend her thanks to the many volunteers who will be helping at the event. She also mentioned the community’s businesses who have also chipped in to make the pancake breakfast even more successful, including Three Sons Restaurant, who committed to donate the pancake batter; McDonald’s, who will take care of the sausage, syrup and butter; Triano’s Pizza, who will cook up pizzas for the volunteers after the event; and Shop and Save, who will serve pastries to the volunteers in the early morning, as well as provide ice, water and other items.

For more information, or if you want to donate to the Get Behind the Vest program, call the 23rd Ward office at (773) 582-4444.

Get ready to shred

The beginning of October sees 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn and State Rep. Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd) hosting a shred day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in the west parking lot of the headquarters, 6500 S. Pulaski.

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This is a great way to safely get rid of old documents you no longer need, but do not want to just throw out. For more information, call the Quinn-Guerrero Service Office at (773) 581-8000.

When you get your property tax bill do you think, this is unfair, it’s too much? Well, you can learn how to appeal those property taxes courtesy of Quinn and Guerrero-Cuellar when they host a property tax appeal seminar on four separate dates. The first is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St. If you can’t make it during the week, there is another property tax appeal seminar set for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at Hale Park.

More seminars will be held toward the end of the month, one from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 on the second floor of the service office, 6500 S. Pulaski. The last property tax appeal seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 on the second floor of the service office.

Here’s your chance to learn about appealing those property taxes. For more information, call the Quinn and Guerrero-Cuellar service office.

‘I’m with Byrne’

The Byrne Elementary School PTO is hosting a drive-through fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at McDonald’s, 6720 W. Archer.

When you approach the first window, hand them a flyer if you have one. If not, just tell the McDonald’s employee, “I’m with Byrne.” They will take your order, and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to Byrne.

When you reach the second window, pay for your order, but remember to bring cash for tips and apple pies. There is a $1 minimum charge for apple pies. For more information, call the school at (773) 535-2170.

I hope you have a tremendous week and I’ll talk to you soon.