Mary Stanek

Mary Stanek

Look on the bright side on the calendar

By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394

We welcome winter on Tuesday, Dec. 21, the winter solstice. While wintery weather isn’t really something some people look forward to, one good thing comes from Dec. 21: it is the shortest day of the year.

However so slowly, daylight will begin to get longer. There will be daylight for only 9 hours, 7 minutes on Dec. 21; but by Dec. 31 there will be 9 hours, 11 minutes of daylight.

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I would like to thank Ron Kotwasinski for his help in clarifying Hubbard High School’s history. He was kind enough to send me a photocopy of an article (“The History of Hubbard High School”) in his student handbook. It’s a great article. I will summarize it.

Hubbard High School has been an autonomous secondary school since September 1963. Prior to that, the name Hubbard was attached to a regular elementary school, a junior high school, a remedial school, a branch elementary school and a branch high school, all of which occupied the original building erected in 1929. This original building has a record of long service to the community as a multiple service educational facility.

The tradition of Hubbard runs deep in the community. The article mentions much more as well. If any of you would like a copy, I can scan it and email or send it to you. Please just call.

So the proof is in the pudding on Hubbard. Now I will ask my dear readers once again about the candy shop on Pulaski, off of Archer, where the Honda dealer exists now. The gentleman I am having this discussion with will not even consider that I may be right, along with some of my readers who remember this shop. He insists on proof, not memory. If you have any pictures, recollections, memories, old candy boxes, etc. please call or write.

Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares paid a visit to Palermo’s of 63rd Street. She presented a City Council resolution to owner Frank Caldarone, honoring the popular pizzeria and restaurant on their 60th anniversary. Congratulations for the many years of service to the community.

On Dec. 18 there will be a Small Business Christmas Shopping event located in the back of the plaza at the Hilton Garden Inn/Midway, 6530 S. Cicero, Bedford Park. The event runs from 4 to 10 p.m. There will be 30-plus small businesses to support.

Happy Birthday to my St. Turibius classmate, Diane Marszalik Domalewski, on the 19th. On the 20th birthday wishes go out to both my dog Oliver’s and St. Turibius convent dog Elsa’s teacher, Kristen Phillips.

Marquette Park’s very own Kenny Ivancicts will also celebrate his birthday on the 20th.

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