Father ‘paves’ way for new St. Rita parking lot

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By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Anyone within the last 50 years or so, that has visited St. Rita Parish, whether to attend Mass or perhaps a graduation or any event really, if you have parked in the parish parking lot entering off of Fairfield Avenue,…

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Youth in A Better Community classes are offered


By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 Here’s some good news. The Southwest Regional Senior Center at 6117 S. Kedzie is offering exercise classes once again. The classes take place Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m, and also on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. Line dancing classes take…

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Fourth of July activities begin month of fun

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By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 284-7394 I wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. If your kids are looking for some fun and reading, Sts. Bruno and Richard School will be hosting “Paletas in the Park” at the corner of 49th and…

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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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Park Lawn dedicates Chicago Ridge facility 

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By Kelly White  Park Lawn, which provides services that promote choice and access to community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, held a grand opening of its new Chicago Ridge location on Tuesday with an open house.  Park Lawn’s mission focuses on encouraging people with disabilities to discover their passion, to take pride in their…

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Chicago man charged in Evergreen Park fatal shooting 

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By Dermot Connolly  A Chicago man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend in the Mariano’s store in Evergreen Park on July 13 is being held without bail at Cook County Jail.  Evergreen Park Chief Michael Saunders said Armoni Henry, 21, reportedly a resident of the Ashburn neighborhood in Chicago, was identified by witnesses as…

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Police ID Burbank woman slain in home 

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By Bob Bong  Burbank police have identified the 77-year-old woman who was discovered dead in her home last week during a well-being check.  Police said the victim was identified as Mary Sarolas.  Police said they responded to a call for a well-being check at 2:44 p.m. on July 18 in the 8500 block of South…

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SAFE-T Act ruling came down to semantics 

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Both the majority and minority opinions in the Illinois Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the SAFE-T Act last week claimed the other side was ignoring the “plain language” of the Illinois Constitution. Each focused on a single, but different word. As the all-Democrat majority noted, the judiciary must look at the “plain language used in…

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Coin collectors celebrate Morgan silver dollar release 

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To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the last issue of the Morgan silver dollar, the U.S. Mint announced it would re-mint the Morgan silver dollar beginning in 2021. I am a big coin collector and my favorite coins are the Indian head pennies, buffalo nickels, Mercury dimes, the old 3 cent pieces, the half pennies,…

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Comings & Goings: County approves $37 million Central Avenue bridge project

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By Bob Bong The Cook County Board of Commissioners has approved $37 million for the reconstruction of the Central Avenue bridge over the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal in Stickney and Forest View.  An additional $1.7 million was approved to replace sidewalk curb ramps along roadways throughout the county.   The projects are designed to boost…

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