Joan Hadac

Joan Hadac

Plenty of news in Greater Ashburn

By Joan Hadac

Greater Southwest News-Herald correspondent-at-large

(708) 496-0265 • [email protected]

This week, I’m filling in for Laura Ortega, the Greater Southwest News-Herald’s correspondent for Greater Ashburn (the Wrightwood, Ashburn, Parkview and Scottsdale neighborhoods). So let’s get right to it.

  • A friendly game of 16-inch softball (Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch versus Chicago Police) is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at Rainey Park, 4350 W. 79th St. Should be quite a bit of fun, assuming the weather cooperates. Stop by and cheer on the players! Thanks to RE/MAX Mi Casa and Nisreen Salman-Hernandez for sponsoring the game.
  • The next flea market at St. Bede Parish is set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the west end of the church parking lot at 83rd and Kostner. If you are selling, you must bring your own table and chairs.

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  • If you want to sign up your children for Religious Education at St. Bede Church for the 2022-23 school year, registration begins Monday, June 6. For details, call (773) 884-2000.
  • Recently baptized at St. Bede are Mason Brown, Madelyn Rose Brown, Yareth Álvarez, Felipe Sánchez, Joziah García, Julián Benjamín Figueroa, Juan Vargas, Bruno De Anda, Lucas López and Nuvia Álvarez. Congratulations!
  • The Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch’s next general meeting is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16. It will be held via Zoom. Go to tinyurl.com/SNWJune2022Meeting to join.
  • Eighteenth Ward Ald. Derrick G. Curtis will present his annual pet health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at his ward office, 8359 S. Pulaski. Staff from Chicago Animal Care and Control will provide such services as vaccinations and micro-chipping. Dogs must be leashed, and cats must be in secure carriers. Services are available to 18th Ward residents, who must present an ID. For details, call the ward office at (773) 284-5057.
  • Congratulations to the winning student government candidates for 2022-23 at St. Rita High School. Sophomore class officers are Thomas Healy, Francisco Juarez, Marty McMullin, Aidan O’Brien and Tommy Perry. Junior class officers are Owen Cooney, Sean Larkin, Richie Lippert, Liam Nolan, Dom Polselli and Raymone Saffold. Senior class officers are Charlie Armbruster, Collin Gerger and Joey Larkin.

Senior Student Government Secretary is Noah Robinson. Senior Student Government Vice President is Owen Manning, and Senior Student Government President is Joey Kuska. Many all of you serve with wisdom and humility.

  • Save the date! The Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch is having a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Angie’s Sports Bar & Pizzeria, 8352 S. Pulaski. Headlining the event will be Ed Hill & The Unusuals, an outstanding classic-rock cover band. Free admission. Angie’s owner Robbie Corso is generously donating a portion of all food/beverage sales to the SNW. Plus, I hear there will be a friendly dance contest, so sharpen your moves and get ready to groove!
  • Well, that’s all for this week. Time for dinner, and rest assured I’ll keep it local. I never understand why some folks reflexively rush off to the suburbs to eat when we have good choices right here in the neighborhood. So tonight, it’s carryout from Caribbean Jerk Palace, 3792 W. 79th St. I think I’ll order the jerk tilapia with a side order or rice and peas. My husband is going with the beef short ribs and a side of candied yams, and my younger daughter chooses the jerk tacos with a side of fried plantains. All three of us will have the peach cobbler for dessert. Check out Caribbean Jerk Palace online.

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