Cal City has a lot going on

2013-06-06T00:00:00Z 2013-06-06T00:39:14Z Cal City has a lot going onGeorge Grenchik Times Columnist
June 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

- St. Andrew church is having its 40th annual Summer Fest on June 29 and 30 on the parish grounds at 768 Lincoln Ave. in Calumet City. Festivities are from 6 to 10 p.m. June 29 and from 2 to 9 p.m. on June 30.

There will be a raffle of three pairs of premium Bear Club seat tickets, a bean bag tourney. The Polka band Downtown will play from 4 to 9 p.m. on June 30. And of course, there will be the usual abundance of great food, libations, and fellowship.

Graduates of St. Andrew School are asked to gather on June 29 at the fest, especially the classes of l983, l988, and 1993, to relive the old days and support the parish.

For more info call (708) 862 4165.

- Park activities are starting up. The Fun Center is open and registration is ongoing for the numerous park programs and activities. It’s irksome to hear some people complain there’s nothing for kids to do when there is a boatload of programs and activities provided by the Calumet Memorial Park District. Go figure.

- Farewell and good luck to two old line Calumet City notables. Tom (Yogi) and Carmie Neugebauer. Yogi was a postal worker for many years in town and he and Carmie were for 25 years the owners/proprietors of a longtime Calumet City landmark, Rose and Crown Lounge. Rose and Crown, like many other Calumet City establishments of days gone by, is now an empty lot.

I got to know Yogi and Carmie, like I did so many other folks, by teaching their children, Tim and Tom. Tim was lost to a tragic accident many years ago and Tom is living near Dallas which is where Yogi and Carmie will move.

There is a farewell gathering for them at 2 p.m. June 22 at Boss’ Lounge at 148 155th St. in Cal City. Good luck to you in your new home.

- For those of you who knew Father Leo Mahon, former pastor at St. Victor parish, there is a memorial Mass for him at 4 p.m. June 22 at St. Victor Church, 553 Hirsch Ave. Father Bill Stenzel will preside. There will be a time of fellowship in the church hall after the Mass. Contact me for details.

- Three of the eight outstanding achievers from Bishop Noll’s graduating class this year are former students of mine from the former Bishop Noll Prep Academy. Tommy Abbott, Eddie Rivera and Shannon Figueroa, with Tommy Abbott being the class valedictorian. They were feted along with teachers they chose as inspirations to them, at a banquet at the school. I was humbled to be asked by Tommy to be his guest. Congrats, too, to my neighbor Cal Citian, Doug Roach, who was named salutatorian.

Kudos to Brayden Banske upon his appointment to West Point. This appointment was a struggle considering you need your congressman’s letter to gain entry to West Point and his (and my) congressman, Jesse Jackson Jr., resigned last year, citing health concerns. Congtrats, too, to Adam Collins who was accepted to the West Point prep school from where he, too, will be at West Point.

It certainly does an old teacher's heart good to see the kids do well.

Thanks for reading.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. George Grenchik is a longtime Calumet City resident and retired instructor at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. He can be reached at

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