Mary Stanek

Mary Stanek

Restaurant wall comes alive with art

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By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394

Soar up high with the beauty and grace of a butterfly–Unknown author.

My favorite watering hole in years past, Andy’s, at 57th Place and Pulaski, has been a restaurant now for a few years. I recently noticed what they did with the outer wall on 57th Place. It is beautiful. An array of butterflies is flying out of the wall into the sky. It is a pleasure to look at.

The butterflies appear to be monarch butterflies, which are known for their migratory patterns. From the northern United States they travel many miles to their wintering spots in Mexico and Southern California.

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The Sts. Bruno & Richard School Breakfast with Santa will be held on the 18th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free, but there will be items for purchase such as breakfast, photos and raffle tickets. This event will be held at the Kenneth campus gym, 5025 S. Kenneth.

The Staneks have been a part of the St. Bruno community for many, many years. Thus, remembering Deacon Sal Villa, who has ministered for half of a century at St. Bruno, a celebratory Mass of Thanksgiving will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Bruno Church in his honor.

All parishioners are encouraged to attend this Mass. Afterward please join Deacon Sal in the school campus hall. For more information, please call the parish office at (773) 585-1221.

The next general membership meeting of the Archer Heights Civic Association is Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Richard Parish Hall. It is predicted to be crowded. Rocc Bolden from U-Haul Company of South Chicago will present some design concepts for the future U-Haul storage facility near the Cicero Avenue Corridor. The drawing of the prizes for the annual fundraiser will also take place. Finally, this will be the first meeting were cake and coffee will be served, thanks to the lifting of the pandemic restrictions.

AHCA President Thomas S. Baliga made a very good point in a note in the group’s December newsletter. In a nutshell, he pointed out that at this time of year, we no longer see neighbors interacting with each other and children playing on our blocks. What we see are dark, deserted strips of concrete. So, doesn’t it make sense to leave the porch light or living room light on to help light up our blocks? It will also help the workers coming home from their jobs in the dark feel more secure.

Even walking my Oliver gets a bit creepy now after 5 p.m. What was the parade of dogs around the school starting at 6 p.m. or so, now starts by 4 p.m.

Happy Birthday wishes go to Sister Mary Beth Bromer on the 12th.

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