Celebrating culture in color

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A colorful display of young talent filled the stage at Hubbard High School recently, at Ballet Folklórico Estrella Del Mar’s annual showcase. The event provided an evening of music, dance and culture from several dozen students at St. Mary Star of the Sea School. The children are under the tutelage of the troupe’s co-founder and…

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Celebrating real men on Father’s Day


By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Happy Father’s Day to all the strong, male, father-like figures in our neighborhood. I will try to name just a few. We have Faras, the security and safety fellow at Peck School. He is young and has…

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‘Our friend Pat’ will be missed

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By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Recently Chicago Lawn lost a longtime resident that many may have known, Pat Buckley. Presiding at her funeral, Father Homero Sanchez, pastor of St. Rita of Cascia Parish, referred to her so appropriately as “our friend Pat.” Neighbors…

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A sweet treat to start the month


By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Are you looking for a special gift for that special someone? Look no further. I received a dozen chocolate covered strawberries from a friend last week. They were big and flavorful. The chocolate coating was rich and sweet. The strawberries were beautifully packaged. Best of all,…

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Let the fun begin

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St. Dan’s Summerfest returns after absence By Tim Hadac After an absence of several years, the St. Daniel the Prophet Parish’s Summerfest returns this week. The family-focused event is set for Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19 on parish grounds at 54th and Nashville. One of the area’s most popular parish carnivals, Summerfest disappeared…

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Dogs have their day at GRCC parade

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Charlene Lynn and her Rottweilers (Maverick and Raven, both 3 years old; and 17-month-old Athena) clearly had a good time. At times it was difficult to figure out who was smiling more–dogs or their owners–at the annual pet parade hosted at Wentworth Park by the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce earlier this month. GRCC President…

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Kaegi unveils new tool to view property assessments

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From staff reports Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi recently released a data dashboard that displays where property assessments rose and fell in every Chicago neighborhood following the city’s 2021 reassessment. The dashboard may be found at cookcountyassessor.com/ChicagoDashboard. Chicago’s total Assessed Value (AV) grew 31% since its last reassessment, from $35.87b in 2018 to $47.02b in 2021. Residential…

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Offer history hike to senior citizens


By Tim Hadac Senior citizens are invited to take a “walk and talk” hike at the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, near 48th and Harlem, on Thursday, July 7. A mini-bus will depart at 9 a.m. from Hope Church Midway, 6059 S. Archer, and return by about 1 p.m. The one-mile hike will be held…

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We need to get tough on more than guns

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By Ray Hanania I agree that there needs to be some tougher requirements to owning a gun, and that we should ban the sale of automatic weapons or owning an operable automatic weapon in a collection. But despite the high-profile killings that the news media showcases, such as the tragic massacre of 19 children and…

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