Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

Busy month at Envision Community Services

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. When first celebrated, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day. This day marked the end of World War I and was formally recognized on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. I thank America’s veterans who have served in all wars.

Envision Community Services is having a Halloween candy giveback program. You can donate your leftover candies, which will be given to our deployed military troops and veterans and first responders. Give a sweet treat to our heroes serving overseas and those here at home. These treats are much appreciated.

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Peggy Zabicki

Hurry and drop off your donations by today, Friday, Nov. 12 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Envision’s headquarters, 4324 W. 63rd St., or at their other location, 5680 S. Archer. Call Envision at (773) 899-2897 for more information.

Envision is hosting a turkey drive to help those in need. If you would like to help them, you can donate a turkey or canned or non-perishable foods. Drop off donations at 4324 W. 63rd St. by Nov. 22.

The CAPS Beat 823 monthly meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District police station, 320 W. 63rd St. This will be a great opportunity for neighbors to finally get together in person instead of online. Call (312) 747-8724 for more information.

I am hoping the ongoing problem of drag racers will be dealt with. The drivers of these loud vehicles continue to violate speeding laws and noise ordinances. Often, they meet at the large, empty parking lot at the former Kmart store at 71st and Pulaski. They speed around the parking lot, do wheelies, donuts and other stunts which create loud disturbances at late hours.

I’ve been told nothing can be done. I would think at the very least, the two entrances to this area could be blocked with chains or other materials after the businesses in that lot are closed for the evening.

I’ll be glad if and when the old Kmart building is used for a new business. My friend, Jennifer, thought of a good use for this gigantic building. She suggested using it as a youth activities center with gymnastics, sports and other indoor activities. Our young people need indoor activities during winter months. Perhaps the Chicago Park District could purchase and use this space. Most indoor activities at West Lawn Park are filled up quickly. There’s just not enough room there for all the kids in West Lawn to participate in their indoor classes and sports. Jennifer, I like your ideas.

West Lawn Park does have a new outdoor activity for adults during the winter months. A new coed flag football team for those 18 years and up is now forming. They will be meeting every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the park at the corner of 66th and Keeler. The team will be playing and preparing for the upcoming Community Turkey Bowl. If you are interested in joining, just show up on Wednesday nights. They are looking for a volunteer coach and assistant coach.

I complain often about the drag racers breaking laws and disrupting our lives. I’m grateful there are young people in the neighborhood spending their time in a positive way. The St. Mary Star of the Sea varsity coed soccer team recently won the Southwest Catholic Soccer Association Championship. Congratulations!

The students at St. Mary Star of the Sea School in preschool through second grade will be promoting a Campaign For Kindness Project. The students are collecting pet items for local animal shelters. They are asking for donated items like pet food, pet toys, collars and leashes. If you would like to donate to their project you can place items in their donation boxes located at the back of the church at 6435 S. Kilbourn on Nov. 13 and 14. Call the church at (773) 767-1246 if you need more information.

I’ve gotten a few more calls about the Bank of America branch at 61st and Pulaski. It has been closed for more than a year now. One neighbor told me she has an account there, but does not have internet access. She didn’t have any luck calling them, because the automated answering system they have can be confusing with all their options.

I visited their website and all I could find out is that they won’t be opening until sometime next year. In the meantime, customers can go to their branch at 6331 S. Archer. They are open on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call the Archer branch at (773) 735-8222. Bank of America also has a branch at 4200 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, which is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Condolences to the family and friends of Claudine Salerno on her passing. Ms. Salerno lived in West Lawn and worked at Lawn Lanes. May she rest in peace.

Thank you, one and all, for all your texts and calls this week.

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