Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

Blue Angels were most impressive

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

I went to a North Side beach last Friday with some family members. We forgot that the Blue Angels were in Chicago, performing that weekend. What a nice surprise! Their precision is wonderful to watch. They are a great example of teamwork. We watched the sky as they practiced for their Saturday and Sunday performances.

The Blue Angels group is a flight demonstration squadron of the United States Navy that was formed in 1946. Their mission is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. May they continue to inspire us. Our country could certainly use a lesson in teamwork these days!

Universidad Popular, 3702 W. 60th St., will be focused on teamwork when they present an event called, “We Play Juntos.” The Spanish word juntos means “together.”

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I do know that Universidad Popular has stated that their focus is “to create safe spaces for community wellness.” Another way of putting it is that this fine organization wants to be an alternative to negative activities going on in our neighborhood. They want to open their doors to all people and provide positive and encouraging activities.

Their upcoming event will offer fun and games like volleyball, soccer and football. There will also be yoga and Zumba exercise classes, as well as face painting and water balloons. Join the fun on Friday, Aug. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The good people who live on the 6600 block of South Karlov are having a block sale on the weekend of Sept. 9, 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. My friend, Marie, said everyone is invited to check it out and go home with some great bargains. This sounds like fun to me!

Anyone looking for a job at a legendary neighborhood restaurant? Palermo’s Pizza, 3751 W. 63rd St., is now accepting applications for employment. Visit in person or call (773) 585-5002 for more information. If you call, you should order one of their delicious Sicilian style pizzas while you’re at it.

Kids are all back in school now. I remember when public schools started after Labor Day. I think summer vacation should take place during the months of July and August. September means the end of summer and the beginning of autumn and a new school year. Starting back to school in the fall would give families a true summertime vacation and would save money on air conditioning, too.

If I were in charge, I would have kids go to school during the month of June and have a longer winter vacation. There would be a week off around Christmas and approximately four weeks to be used during the month of February. Traveling to school can be challenging when we have snowstorms. Plus, this would save schools money on expensive heat during our coldest month.

Kids could have some required reading to complete but best of all, they could spend some time outside playing in the snow. Parents might choose to take their vacations from work in February instead of the summer. This might be good for the economy, too. Anyhoo, just some thoughts from me, your loyal neighborhood reporter.

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