Garfield Ridge salutes first responders

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Neighborhood Watch holds first ‘Meet Your Beat’ By Joe Boyle The Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch organization held its inaugural community event to salute police and firefighters Saturday at St. Faustina Hall. And members and residents were in agreement on one thing — this won’t be the last. The neighborhood event was provided for Garfield Ridge…

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Party becomes humanitarian effort for migrants

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By Kathy Headley What started out as a nice spring block party quickly took a turn, becoming an emergency situation. As venders began arriving on the Friday morning of May 5, the warm air and slight breeze looked to predict the beginning of a perfect day for a block party. Hosted by SANAD (Social Services Assisting Neighborhood…

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Rashid surprises Zalewski in 21st District Dem primary


By Steve Metsch Abdelnasser Rashid beat incumbent state Rep. Michael Zalewski in the 21st District’s Democratic primary Tuesday, with strong support from suburban Cook County residents. According to unofficial totals, Rashid received 3,893 votes (52 percent) to 3,637 for Zalewski (48 percent). Rashid had just 215 votes (31 percent) to Zalewski’s 480 votes (69 percent)…

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Garfield Ridge native is new Vikes’ volleyball coach

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From staff reports A Garfield Ridge native has been named head boys’ volleyball coach at St. Laurence High School. Laura Bugarin “brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to the Vikings, with 11 years of coaching experience for 1st Alliance Volleyball Club, Illinois’ top USA Volleyball (USAV) club and a nationally ranked program,” school officials said. Coaching some of the…

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