Mary Stanek

Mary Stanek

Will March enter like a lion or a lamb?

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By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 284-7394

We welcome March – does it come in like a lion or a lamb?

“Beware the Ides of March”, Shakespeare. The quote refers to betrayal and the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. However, we do not have to beware until March 15. And we never have to beware of the pop band Ides of March, which was named after the Shakespeare quote, while we sing along to Vehicle!

Thank you to the custodian and maintenance workers that have been around Peck School the week past. They hopped on board their Genie S60 and fixed the outdoor lights. It was pretty dark and scary walking around the school those long winter nights – but now the school is lit up like a Christmas tree! (The Genie s60 is a man lift, ideal for working at heights.)

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Soon time will be changing and there will be longer daylight along with more joggers and dog walkers. I hand it to our standard dog walkers who come out in the cold and dark every evening – the terrier group, Sparky, Fit, Cheese, Buddy, Kratos, Loki and Oliver’s sweetheart, Miley, just to name a few.

If you graduated from Curie High School in the class of 1983, a reunion is being planned. The date is July 22 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago SW-Burr-Ridge, 300 S. Frontage Road, Burr Ridge. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/536644667647.

Want to try and save money on your future property tax bills? Two tax appeal workshops will be held at Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St., on Wednesday, March 8 or Tuesday, March 14, both from 5 to 7 p.m. If interested in filing an appeal for 2022 property taxes, please bring your property index number located on your recent tax bill.

Thanks to 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn and State Rep. Angelica “Angie” Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd), as well as the Cook County Board of Review for offering this service.

Join Chicago Artopia for a free concert at the West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St., this Saturday, March 4. The musician/artist is David Chiriboga featuring Spanish guitar. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is one in a series. I will mention more in April.

Thanks to Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Commander Bryan Spreyne, Sgt. Matt Malloy and the officers of our district. They recently came out to meet with members of the West Elsdon community for Conversations with a Commander, to discuss the community’s safety.

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Red Stars reportedly seeking Chicago stadium

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Tigers roar on Marist volleyball courts

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Fixing the storm’s damage

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Looks like March may go out like a lion

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Spread the love. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796. . March comes in like a lamb – it goes out like a lion! A sneak peek at the weather forecast for the next 10 days does show some mild days. So, we welcome…

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Weather cooperated for Marine’s return

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