Kathy Headley

Kathy Headley

Liths lead aid drive for Ukrainians

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By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

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As war rages on in Ukraine, the needs of Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania have been noticed by the local Lithuanian population. As always, Nativity BVM Parish has done its part to help.

Undergarments for women and children are in particularly short supply for the refugees. During Lent, the parish took up a collection and sent more than $1,500 to Lithuania to help with this particular need.

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If you pick up this newspaper early and want to give Mom or Grandma a personalized Mother’s Day gift, the Greater Southwest Development Corp is sponsoring a free professional portrait with moms and their families on Thursday, May 5 in the Monarca Event Room, 3300 W. 63rd St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop in and take advantage of this opportunity.

Registration is still available for last-minute participants in tomorrow’s (Saturday, May 7) Go Run Marquette Park. I know sometimes we wait to see what the weather is going to be like! The free 5K or one-mile event is presented by the Chicago Area Runners Association; and while it is timed, it is open to runners, walkers or joggers. All ages, all paces, all abilities are welcome. Register at gorunchicago.org. Meet up at the starting line, just west of the running track off Kedzie Avenue and Mann Drive.

The Cubs Rookie League Baseball sessions at Marquette Park filled up quickly, but if your children or grandchildren ages 6-12 are still hoping to participate, waiting list registration is open. Register online at anc.apm.activecommunitites.com. During these sessions, kids learn the basic skills of batting, sliding, pitching and catching. These sessions are free, sponsored by the Chicago Cubs and run until June 10. They are held on Fridays at the park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

As I’m sure you will recall, the Rev.Thomas Mescall, former pastor of St. Adrian Parish, passed away in February of this year at age 74. A Memorial Mass for Father Tom will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m. in St. Adrian Church, 7000 S. Washtenaw.

Due to the Archdiocesan Renew My Church process, many parishes have found themselves in a different situation than they had hoped. This is a bit east of us, but I know from talking to you over the years that many who read this newspaper were originally from St. Kilian’s Parish. With that in mind, the closing Mass at St. Kilian Church will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow in the gym. No reservations are necessary, just return for one last time.

Last week on our visit to 1992, we learned that John Rackos, owner of a local grocery store, was hosting a celebration in the store’s parking lot in honor of Greek Easter. The address of his store was 8215 S. Kedzie. Bill J. recognized Bargain World Super Foods right away. On the next block from his house, Bill’s mom shopped there regularly. While Bargain World was a Certified store that also carried imported foods, included in this week’s specials was a “Special Special” on Kourtaki Patraiki Roditis at $3.99 a liter. I have it on good authority that John Rackos was a good man, quite generous to local organizations – civic, business, churches, schools, Little League, Scout troops and more.

Back in 1992, it was during this past month that a Chicago Lawn pioneer passed away. Some of you may remember her as she was a member of Marquette Park Presbyterian Church, an active volunteer at the church, and a member of the Marquette School PTA, Marquette Manor Women’s Club, volunteer at the West Communities YMCA during the planning and construction there and, well, it seems like, you name it, she did it or at least helped with it. Her name was Ivy Wahlen and she died at the age of 98.

Now we must buy a nice bouquet of flowers for Mom for Mother’s Day. Thirty years ago we had a few choices, but the shop on 63rd and Fairfield is the one we decide on. I know you remember the name on this storefront, don’t you? Even if you never bought flowers here, you have to have passed it a million times.

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Evergreen Park’s competitive dance team performs a routine that vaulted the Mustangs to sixth in the state on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Competitive Dance State Finals | Evergreen Park has sixth sense again

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer BLOOMINGTON — For the second straight year, Evergreen Park’s competitive dance team qualified for the second day of state competition. For the second straight year, the Mustangs were the first team to perform on the second day. And for the second straight year, they finished sixth in the…

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Area Sports Roundup: Shepard, Sandburg and Marist win cheerleading sectional titles

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The area collected three sectional cheerleading championships and head into the state competition with a head of steam. Sandburg, Marist and Shepard came out of sectional competition with trophies and will compete in the IHSA state finals, to be held Friday and Saturday at Grossinger Arena at Illinois…

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Looking for work? Check out this job fair Tuesday in Bedford Park

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Grace Hynes, a senior at the University of Chicago and a Mother McAuley graduate, shot 17-for-36 from the field and 10-for-13 from the free-throw line during a two game stretch that included a win over previously unbeaten New York University. Photo courtesy of University of Chicago Athletics

College Notebook | Grace Hynes helps Maroons end NYU’s unbeaten run

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Viking girls are golden

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Warn of burglars in Garfield Ridge

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Spread the loveFrom staff reports A cluster of residential burglaries in Garfield Ridge has prompted police to issue a warning to the community. Crime scenes include: 5200 block of South Normandy on Jan. 1. 5600 block of South Mobile on Jan. 7. 5300 block of South Mason on Jan. 10. 6000 block of West 60th Street…

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Bust accused shooter in Clearing

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Spread the loveBy Tim Hadac Chicago Police and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force visited Clearing late last month to apprehend a man wanted in connection with a West Side shooting. Shaheer Muhammad, 24 of the 3800 block of West Grenshaw, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at a home in the 6000 block…

McKendree sophomore tight end Jordan Sprycha, and Oak Lawn alum, finished third on the Bearcats in receiving touchdowns with five, and tied for sixth in both receptions (22) and receiving yards (193) for the 2022 season. Photo courtesy of McKendree Athletics

College Notebook: Ex-Spartan Sprycha balling with Bearcats

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Spread the loveBy Mike Walsh Correspondent The fall of 2022 was successful both in the classroom and on the football field for Jordan Sprycha. In the classroom, the Oak Lawn graduate was one of eight McKendree University chosen to the 2022 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team. CSC Academic All-District Award nominees must be a…

Brother Rice’s Ahmad Henderson shoots a game-winning 3-pointer against Fenwick his sophomore season. He has also had last-second game winners in his junior and senior seasons. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Hoops Wrap: Ahmad Henderson’s late-game heroics lift Rice over Marist

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer There is no rule that says Ahmad Henderson needs to sink a game-winning basket at least once a season. If there was such a rule, the Brother Rice senior would follow it to perfection. Henderson worked his closing-seconds magic in one of the area’s hottest rivalries in a…

Evergreen Park's competitive dance team is heading back to the state meet after winning its first sectional. Evergreen Park High School photo

Area Sports Roundup: Evergreen Park dancers make history with first sectional crown

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Evergreen Park was the only team from the area to place in the state’s top 12 in competitive dancing last season. The Mustangs, who finished a program-best sixth in the state in Class 1A in 2021, are seeking an even better showing this year. Evergreen Park made history…

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