Sharing warmth this Christmas season

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. By Alexis Bocanegra Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (773) 949-1509 • grcl.alex23@gmail.com . ’Tis the season for giving and serving our community. With Thanksgiving behind us, one important thing to take away from the turkey dinner is gratefulness. There are many blessings that one can count around the dinner table and others…

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The 2024 ballot starts to take shape

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. Candidates file petitions  . By Tim Hadac Without a doubt, the campaign for president will draw the lion’s share of attention in 2024. But in that struggle’s shadow, candidates for other public offices have finished filing their nominating petitions. They now await the sometimes inevitable election-board challenges from their political opponents. On the Southwest…

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Church carnival closing

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. Two Holy Martyrs’ Family Fest is finished  . By Tim Hadac Clearing’s last church carnival has folded its tents, apparently for good. The news came via a two-page announcement in the weekly parish bulletin of Two Holy Martyrs Parish. “This is a difficult decision that was not made abruptly nor rashly, wrote the Rev.…

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Cool Kids see Santa

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. Several dozen special-needs boys and girls were let in early at the Midway Chamber of Commerce’s annual Snack With Santa, held earlier this month at Mayfield Banquets. The special time was the brainchild of the Midway Cool Kids Club, a social club founded earlier this year by Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors. The…

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Nazareth Academy girls’ art on religious Christmas cards

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. From staff reports . Two local girls are among four students at Nazareth Academy whose works of art are available on the CSJ (Congregation of St. Joseph) Ministry of the Arts website for free download Christmas cards. “These four incredible art students have become part of the tradition honored by the CSJ Sisters to…

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Unique, cheerful, local crafts at Hale Park

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. By Tim Hadac Editor Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound . I’ve never been one to decorate for Christmas, just for the sake of decorating. And I’m not a fan of many of the things we see these days. I’ll take a pass on Christmas decorations that involve images of celebrities, pro sports logos, off-color jokes,…

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Keeping fighters flying

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  Garfield Ridge native Brandon Tapia recently graduated from U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training with honors – a recognition earned by only the top 10% of each class. After Air Force BMT, airmen begin technical training to learn the technical skills needed to perform in their career field specialties. The field Tapia will be…

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Offer cash reward in Chrysler Village slaying

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. By Tim Hadac . Someone somewhere knows who shot and killed Misael Sanchez. To help bring that person forward, the Cook County Crime Stoppers group is offering a cash reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the killer’s arrest. Sanchez, 23, was shot in the 5200 block of West 64th Place (close…

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Catholic schools dilemma

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. After loss in Springfield, advocates search for a Plan B . By Tim Hadac After a clear defeat in Springfield earlier this month, supporters of the state’s Invest in Kids scholarship program—which includes a number of Catholic school parents on the Southwest Side—are searching for a Plan B. “What we do at this point…

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