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By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

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Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2022. Let’s see what this year throws at us. Whatever it is we will survive and get through it with a little patience and kindness. People seem to be low on both.

I just realized that I did not buy any new cake pans this Christmas season. You all know by now that I have more cake pans than Wilton! I just can’t help myself–I love them. I still have a couple that I bought last year and haven’t used yet. Maybe watching a few episodes of Hoarders has subconsciously helped me out.

Dozens of Amazon warehouse workers staged a walk out at two Chicago locations to demand higher pay and better working conditions. One of the locations is located on 51st Street in Gage Park, where starting pay is $15.80 an hour. They are asking for a $3 raise.

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The strike was to begin at 8 a.m. About 25 overnight workers staged a rally in the parking lot. More than half of the employees walked out early, leaving boxes piled up for delivery. Delivery stations are the last stop before they are sorted and loaded in vans and trucks and make their way to your front door.

I was a little concerned about coming home from work that day, but I did not witness anything. It all looked like business as usual. The Amazon trucks seemed like they were out in full force, making deliveries, but only time will tell. I have noticed lately my packages barely make the porch. On several occasions I have had to walk down the stairs to get the package. I’m not complaining–I know they have a lot to do–I’m just glad they are still there.

The Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship at St. Gall will officially open on Jan. 13 at 8 a.m. There is a practice application on the Gage Park Chicago Illinois Facebook page if you would like to read the qualifications.

Let’s lighten the mood a little with some “Dad” jokes. Why do you need a jeweler on New Year’s Eve? To ring in the New Year. What did the ghost say on New Year’s? Happy Boo Year. Why should you keep your money in the freezer? So you always have some cold cash.

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