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Mt. Greenwood’s post office could be named after ‘Herbie’

  The House of Representatives Monday passed Congressman Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) bill, H.R. 3085, renaming Chicago’s Mount Greenwood post office as the Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office Building.

Johnson, known as “Herbie,” died on November 2, 2012, at 54, while battling flames in the attic of a two-story home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The building is located at 3349 West 111th Street in Chicago. H.R. 3085 now moves on to the Senate.

Palos Heights Tastee-Freez named Kindness Company of the Month

Tastee Freez in Palos Heights has been named “Kindness Company of the Month” by an organization dedicated to spreading kindness.

Diane Goerg, owner of the Tastee Freez at 11906 S. Harlem Ave., was given the award by Donald Triezenberg, a local business owner and “community champion” sponsor of The Kindness Revolution, a national not-for-profit dedicated to building a better world by encouraging kindness.

“It was a total surprise,” Goerg said about winning the award. “I had no idea I was receiving the honor, which saluted her “dedication to great service, kindness and generosity within the community.”

God’s son enjoyed God’s gift to us

Best of The Wine Guy

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  Many people, for various reasons — religious, health or otherwise — question whether they should drink wine. Some believe wine to be no different than other alcoholic beverages, and that imbibing is morally wrong, dangerous or unhealthy.

  Well, wine is not wrong, dangerous or unhealthy if drunk in moderation. Drinking too much water can kill you, which just goes to prove all things, even those most essential to life, must be done in moderation.

  If everyone understood the health benefits of wine and that it can be a part of the daily diet with no adverse health effects, the world would be a healthier, happier place. It is a clinically-proven fact that wine can help people live longer, healthier lives than teetotalers.

Shredding and e-recycling Saturday at Worth Township

Worth Township offers a shredding and electronics recycling event this Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the township, 11601 S. Pulaski Road.
People are encouraged to bring in their unnecessary and sensitive documents along with out-dated electronics. Shredding papers with sensitive information such as social security and credit card numbers is a good way to prevent identity theft. Electronic waste (e-waste) consists of computers, televisions, monitors, laptops, cell phones, DVD players, etc.
Worth Township is at 11601 S. Pulaski in Alsip. The event is sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Burke (D).

BTG hopes ‘Firecracker Contest’ is red hot

  “The Miss Firecracker Contest” is a play by Beth Henley which will be performed by the Beverly Theatre Guild May 16 through May 18 at the Morgan Park Academy Arts Center’s Baer Theater.
  Fred Eberle, a lifelong resident of Beverly/Mt.Greewood and Jeff Ortmann of Oak Lawn are the producers of this Southern Gothic comedy/tragedy. The director, Beth Lynch-Giddings from Blue Island, captures this play’s quirky characters while producing a positive message about self-confidence, courage, perseverance, and compassion with warmth and humor.
  It takes place in a small Mississippi town in the 1980’s on the 4th of July weekend during the town’s annual holiday celebration. Pageants, particularly in the South, are important events and truly exemplify all the qualities one would expect to find in a Southern woman, as well as stressing the importance of class and community. Often in Southern pageants, the winner is chosen not because of her beauty or merit, but simply because of her family connections, social standing, and the values of her community. This is where these characters of Miss Firecracker give us the humor and what the perception of how important, or not, a pageant is like in their small town.
  Carnelle, played by Kathy Oliva (Crestwood), is an orphan with more than just a spotty reputation around town. She has entered the pageant which she has been talking about for years. Her pampered first cousin Elain, Laura Wolframski (Chicago), has come to town to deliver a speech for the Miss Firecracker Contest which she won 14 years earlier and made her a local celebrity. Elain’s brother Delmount, played by Brian Whitlock (Beverly), shows up unexpectedly, determined to sell the family home his mother left him and start a new life following a stint in a mental institution.
  Elaine Cosgrove Casey (Alsip) is playing the sweet and quirky seamstress, Popeye, who is a new comer to town and falls in love with Delmount instantly. While Tessy, Katy Franklin (Oak Park), who has a past with Delmount, runs the contest backstage. At the contest, Carnell meets an old boyfriend, Mac Sam played by Jason Taylor (Pullman), a carney who is sickly but still gets a kick out of life.
  A Dinner/Theatre Promotion from Jenny’s Steakhouse 111th Street (11041 Menard Ave, Chicago Ridge) for all three shows for $39. For more information and to make reservations for this package deal call Jenny’s Steakhouse at 708-229-2272.
  All performances will at the Baer Theater located at Morgan Park Academy Arts Center, 2153 W. 111th Street in Chicago. The May 16 and 17 performances at at 8 p.m. and the May 18 matinee is at 2 p.m.
  To reserve tickets call 773-284-8497 or order on line at www.BeverlyTheatreGuild.org. Tickets are $20 and discounted Group Sale Tickets are available.
— Submitted by Beverly Theatre Guild