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Room to grow at new dollar store

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

I finally went to the new Dollar Tree at 8444 S. Pulaski. It is a very big store and parking lot. It has the usual fun and useful dollar store items. Everything is still $1. There are lots of empty shelves and room for more merchandise. Eventually, I think this store will be packed with lots of things. I must say, there are a lot of arts and crafts items. If you are the creative type, head over there for holiday art supplies.

I also visited the Archer Heights Branch Library, 5055 S. Archer. As you know, the West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St., is still closed for building improvements and isn’t scheduled to open until December. In the meantime, I’ve been visiting other neighborhood libraries.

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The Archer Branch is such a beautiful building. It is airy and light. I appreciate the nice parking lot, too. Did you know that this location first opened in September 2000? The staff is helpful. There are Polish and Spanish materials available. Their hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call them at (312) 747-9241 for more information. I’ll be visiting this lovely library again as I wait for the West Lawn Branch to reopen.

The next CAPS meeting for Beats 813 and 833 will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St.

Sadly, there is no Beat 823 meeting this month. I believe there will be a meeting next month.

Eighth District Police did schedule a public meeting for Oct. 20. Billed as a “Community Conversation,” it was the first of two meetings to help police shape their District Strategic Plan for 2022. It is all part a consent decree designed to mandate greater transparency and accountability for CPD.

Unfortunately, I didn’t receive the information in time to share the details. The meeting was scheduled to take place online. Many people don’t have online access. I hope they can have an in-person meeting in the future so that all residents can have a voice.

Envision Community Services, 4324 W. 63rd St., is now offering unemployment help to residents on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. They also can assist with SNAP and EBT aid. Call them at 773-899-2897 to schedule an appointment.

St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 3741 W. 62nd St., has formed a play group called Little Tigers for moms, pops and tots. It is open to all people in the community with a child age 1 to 3 years. On Friday, Oct. 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., they will be hosting a free, outdoor pumpkin patch event. There will be singing, dancing and arts and crafts. Call to register at (773) 735-0772. All are welcome.

Congratulations to our West Lawn runners who participated in last week’s Chicago Marathon. We are proud of Mireya Robledo, with a finish time of 5:14:12; Rebecca Ann Romero, with a time of 5:57:14; Andres Maldonado Perez, 5:03:27; and Zeke Robles, 5:08:38. Amazing athletes!

The Bank of America sponsored the Chicago Marathon, but most of their branches in our neighborhood remain closed. The branches at 6115 S. Pulaski and 5231 S. Pulaski have been closed for more than a year. The one at 56th and Kedzie is open; but my husband, Roman, went there the other day and the line to get in went around the block. He went there because he wasn’t able to access his account online and couldn’t pay bills online. This meant late charges. He finally got in touch with someone on the phone, but the call took approximately two hours. What’s going on?

Roman wants to remind everyone that National Hug a Drummer day took place on Oct. 8. He said he is accepting hugs for the entire month.

Speaking of my husband, today is National Nut Day.

Finally, as glorious summer has ended and beautiful autumn is coming to an end, I quote my brother Steve: “Don’t be sad it’s over, be glad it happened.”

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