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Peggy Zabicki

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Halloween is all about the little ones

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

If I still have any candy left by Halloween, I will be handing out candy bars to all the trick-or-treaters. There are spooky creatures in my house that have been invading my Halloween candy supply. I am looking forward to seeing all the neighborhood kids in their costumes. It’s all about the children.

I used to buy Halloween candy and decorations at my nearby Walgreens at 59th and Pulaski. It sure looks empty at that corner since the building was completely torn down. I talked to a Walgreens representative recently, who told me that she does not have an exact date on which building will begin, but she did reassure me that our Walgreens is on the list for new construction.

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There are 118 Walgreens in Chicago. Of those, 70 sustained damage during the rioting and looting of 2020, in response to the death of George Floyd. Walgreens has positive plans in response to the situation and plans to spend $35 million for construction and repairs to their stores.

The police have been working hard to find and arrest all criminals guilty of vandalism. Video evidence has been obtained. A federal grand jury has charged a Cicero man with arson for setting fire to our Walgreens at 59th and Pulaski. Thank you to all who serve and protect and take action to keep us safe.

I’d like to congratulate our West Lawn runners who participated in the Chicago Marathon a few weeks ago. I mentioned them in a previous column, but my news about them may have been omitted from the print version of this newspaper. 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 Malnado Perez, 5:03:27; and Zeke Robles, 5:08:38. Congratulations to all!

Bank of America sponsored the Chicago Marathon. I’m grateful for their support but I wish they would give some attention to their neighborhood banks. The Bank of America at Pulaski and 61st has been closed for over one year, and so has their branch at 52nd and Pulaski. The branch at 56th and Kedzie is open. but there is always a line going out the door and around the block. Recently, many of their customers could not gain access to their accounts or pay their online bills. This resulted in late charges for many bank customers.

Bank of America, the Chicago Marathon is over. It’s time to focus on your customers.

Here’s some good news. 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn has monthly meetings for senior citizens at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski. If you would like to be placed on his mailing list to receive notices about the meetings, just call his office at (773) 581-8000.

You may bring a friend if you’d like. These meetings give us a chance to let the alderman know about our concerns. One of my concerns is the problem with the drivers who speed around our neighborhood at all hours in their loud cars, creating dangerous traffic situations and breaking noise ordinance laws. I’d sure like to know what can be done about that.

I do want to thank Alderman Quinn for reaching out and providing an opportunity to connect with him in person. This is the best and most important thing an alderman can do for the people he serves.

Over a year ago I mentioned the sorry condition of the viaducts at Central Park Avenue, from 59th Street to 63rd Street. As you may remember, I reported that the 59th Street viaduct was finally repaired.

I assumed that the rest of the viaducts were also repaired. I recently drove along Central Park Avenue and saw that the viaduct at 61st Street is still in poor condition, with peeling paint and structural damage. I was so disappointed to see this. I thought the work had been completed after all this time. I hope this work will be completed soon. I’d hate to think that the rest of the viaducts will sit neglected and forgotten.

Envision Community Services, 4329 W. 63rd St., has been helping neighborhood residents with a variety of services like EBT and SNAP aid and employment information. Envision has opened a second location at 5680 S. Archer, in Garfield Ridge. They are having a Red Carpet Gala on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. at their new location. There will be a tour and dinner. Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance for $45 or can be purchased for $60 at the door. Call them at (773) 899-2897 for more details.

Envision has a vision: “To create a safe environment where participants become empowered and positively engaged through a holistic service approach while incorporating partnerships to attain the ultimate goals of leadership, education and employment.”

Calvary Lutheran Church Seniors would like to wish happy birthday to Xueyan Zhen (Oct. 20) and Lorrie Losh (Oct. 29). May the dear Lord bless you both. The Calvary Seniors would also like to extend condolences to the family of Judy Lynch on her passing.

Thank you for being in touch, dear readers.

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