A red Christmas so far

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Those dreaming of snowflakes and snowmen in the early part of December were disappointed. But the lack of snow only caused Santa Claus to switch from a sleigh to a vintage fire truck. For two days earlier this month, Santa Claus and volunteers from the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch rolled up and down the streets…

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College students should study abroad

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Editor’s Note: This op-ed was distributed by Capitol News Illinois on behalf of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. By John T. Shaw I have some simple — and unsolicited — advice for Illinois college and university students: Do everything possible to study abroad while…

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Lies about SAFE-T Act unleashed ugliness

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By Rich Miller Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) headed up her chamber’s efforts to amend the controversial SAFE-T Act this year. The day before the bill came up for a vote, I asked her what were, in her opinion, the largest misconceptions about the 2021 social justice reform law. Gordon-Booth pointed to…

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Challenging minds, changing lives

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Gebel named MCC’s Teacher of the Year By Tim Hadac Speak with parents of students at Byrne Elementary School about Robert Gebel, and you’ll hear their insights into the character of the man recently named the Midway Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Teacher of the Year. “His passion for teaching and helping his students is outstanding,”…

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St. Bede gets a new crossing guard


Concerns over kids’ safety on 83rd Street By Tim Hadac A struggle this school year to get a crossing guard stationed at a grade school in the Scottsdale neighborhood appears to have a successful outcome. Children and parents at St. Bede School, 4440 W. 83rd St., now have a crossing guard for both morning arrival…

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Small salesman, big results

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Victor Duque Jr., a preschooler at Our Lady of the Snows School, accepts a 5-pound World’s Finest chocolate bar from OLS Principal Christina Avis as a reward for being the top seller of World’s Finest bars in the entire school in OLS’ recent fundraiser. Victor sold a whopping 480 chocolate bars. In addition to the…

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Gratitude is not just on Thanksgiving

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Thanksgiving 2022 has come and gone, but in this special season of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on the blessings we’ve received and return the favor, so to speak. So please make time to slow down a bit and…

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Biz leaders back to serve seniors

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Offering home safety help By Tim Hadac For the second time this year, three leading businesses serving Clearing and Garfield Ridge are stepping up to serve the community’s elderly residents. All Exterior Contractors, Mike Riordan State Farm Agency and First Rate Realty—all members of the Midway Chamber of Commerce—are teaming up to offer safety inspections of seniors’ homes, all…

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Santa stops by St. Symphorosa

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Santa Claus himself was a guest of honor at an open house held earlier this month at St. Symphorosa School. In addition to meeting the Jolly Old Elf, boys and girls at the event made Christmas ornaments and enjoyed holiday-themed treats. Parents of prospective students toured the school. Parents who missed the event but want…

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Time to don those ugly sweaters


By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Happy Ugly Christmas Sweater Day to all. This is a real national holiday celebrated on the third Friday of December each year. If you don’t have an ugly Christmas sweater you can create one by wearing a red or green sweater and…

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