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Pitties to parade at Feed Store

By Joan Hadac

Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge

(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]

Our friends at the Feed Store, 5408 S. Harlem, are holding their annual “It’s a Pittie” event to showcase Pit Bulls in need of adoption, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

This is a fun time, even for folks like me, who already have a dog adopted from a shelter and have no plans to take on another.

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Four-legged sweeties available for adoption, like Dino, are expected to steal hearts at the annual It’s a Pittie rescue event at the Feed Store, 5408 S. Harlem. –Supplied photo

These cute and friendly pitties will steal your heart or at least brighten your day.

It’s a Pittie Rescue is a non-profit based in Peotone. It is an all-volunteer, all-foster organization dedicated to rescuing, re-habbing, and re-homing the Pit Bull breeds and “educating people about one of America’s most loyal and kind breed, one dog at a time,” the group says.

Its pitties are placed into foster homes until they are ready to be adopted by responsible new owners. Their adoption fee includes a spay/neuter, heartworm test, vaccines and a microchip. While in their foster homes, the dogs are also working on learning things like crate training, potty training and basic commands so they can be a good fit with their new homes.

Thanks to Brooke Bestwina and her Feed Store crew for hosting It’s a Pittie.

  • While police Beat 811 (Garfield Ridge, west of Central Avenue) has less crime than almost all other beats in the city, none of us should ever take that for granted.

To keep it that way, all of us should play some active role in crime prevention, even if it just means knowing who our next-door neighbors are, as well as those across the street and the alley. That’s a good start to building neighborly networks so we can better keep an eye out for each other and each other’s property.

Another way to get involved is to attend our monthly CAPS meetings. The next one for Beat 811 is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Ward Hall, 52nd and McVicker.

Beat meetings are a great way to meet and get to know our frontline police officers, as well as like-minded residents of the community. This meeting also serves as the monthly meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch.

So please mark your calendar and plan to be there. My thanks to Marilyn Koperniak for sharing this useful and important information.

  • For those of us in Clearing, the CAPS Beat 812 meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Two Holy Martyrs Parish’s Sharp Center, 5940 W. 62nd St. Beat 812 covers all of Clearing, west of Central Avenue.

At the meeting, the Clearing Night Force will celebrate its 25th anniversary. The CNF is the oldest neighborhood watch still in existence on the Southwest Side, and its stalwart members deserve a hearty thank-you from us all.

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But none of us should take the CNF for granted. New members are always welcome, and needed. Please consider attending the Beat 812 meeting and joining their ranks.

My thanks to Marie Zilka for sharing this useful and important information.

  • If you are a crafter or vendor, several spots may still be available at THM Parish’s 7th Annual Holiday Extravaganza, set for 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Sharp Center.

The booth fee is $40, and the table fee (two chairs) is $45. Electricity hook-up will cost you $5.

This is a popular annual event that typically draws a good crowd. To reserve your space, please call Taura Basulto at (708) 634-6748 or email her at [email protected]

My thanks to Lara Hess for sharing this information with me.

  • We’ve all heard quite a bit about the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and all the good it does for families of fallen CPD officers. But what about our county law enforcement officers?

Well, the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County is holding its 17th annual Fall Fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park.

Admission is $35, and the event will include a food buffet, beer, wine, soda, games, prizes, a silent auction and more.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling (708) 424-6749.

Thanks to POMFCC President/Founder Ed Sajdak for letting me know about this.

  • The St. Jane de Chantal Senior Club’s annual Christmas party is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 6 at Mayfield Banquets, 6072 S. Archer. The cost for a full family-style dinner and holiday fun is $30 for members and $35 for guests.

Checks should be made payable to the St. Jane Senior Club. Doors open at 11 a.m., and dinner will be served at noon. Reservations may be made by calling Carol Lewandowski at (773) 586-9572. My thanks to Carol for sharing this cheerful bit of holiday news.

  • Finally, I write this just before I fly over to Virginia to attend the Baptism of my fourth grandson, Patrick Fulton Smith. (Yes, he is named after the legendary Bishop Fulton Sheen.) By the time you read this, I should be back in the neighborhood, filled with echoes of hugs, kisses and a special warmth only a grandma can feel.

If you have news to share about your Clearing or Garfield Ridge school, church, Scout troop, veterans post, library, civic association, social club or even personal information like a birthday, a birth announcement, engagement, wedding, anniversary or whatever, please share it with me. It is my pleasure to do my best to make this your column as much as it is mine.

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