Great Turnout for Fourth of July Parade
July 11, 2010
By Cheryl Petzel
Greetings fellow Oak Lawnians! Oak Lawn's fifth annual Fourth of July parade took place last Sunday on a picture perfect sunny day, and there was no shortage of parade enthusiasts, smiling children, fun and especially candy.
Spectators lined up along both sides of 95th street well before the parade started to get the best sidewalk seating.
The parade featured a cast of characters - from stilt walkers to the Little People, Chicago Sky, Benny the Bull from the Chicago Bulls, Southpaw from the White Sox, Sparky from the Chicago Fire, Staley from the Chicago Bears and, of course, the Blackhawks were represented.
There were Girl Scout Brownies and Daisies, the Harris Bank lion, servicemen and women, the Marist High School marching band, St. Gerald parish members, Pilgrim Faith members, Oak Lawn's Rotary Club, antique cars, the Oak Lawn Raiders Social Athletic Club, Oak Lawn's fire and police departments and the yellow DARE program Hummer.
Of course, no parade is complete without candy being tossed to the kiddies - and this parade had lots and lots of candy to toss.
Entertainment was nonstop. The famous Jesse White Tumblers made their first appearance in the parade, stopping every so often to do their famous maneuvers while the audience cheered them on. The Lawn Chair Dads were another new parade entry. The group performs precision "lawn chair maneuvers" wearing only boxer shorts, white tank tops, black sox, sandals and sunglasses. They drew a lot of laughs.
And what's a holiday parade without politicians? Among those taking part were U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-3rd), state Sen. Ed Maloney (D-Chicago), Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann, village manager Larry Deetjen and village trustees.
Some spectators came to see family members in the parade, while others just came to watch the fun. Erik and Carla Martin were there to see their son, Rocky, whom they said "was playing the drums in a marching band." Ralph and Cathy Ligman came from Burr Ridge to see their son, who was "in the parade driving a teal blue car."
Debbie Weston came to the parade with her elderly parents, her dog, Cocoa, and her brother-in-law, Jimmy McInerney. Brian Hoban, a member of the Oak Lawn Raiders, came with his wife, Silvia, and brought their dog, Chloe, to march in the Raiders lineup.
By all accounts, the parade was a big success and a great family event. Thanks to all the public works employees and other "village people" for their hard work.
At dusk, Oak Lawn residents were treated to an awesome fireworks show at Richards High School, 106th Street and Central Avenue. As always, the fireworks were the best!
n Here are this week's featured celebrity announcements: Happy 4th birthday to Jonathan Kohlstedt from his parents, Lisa and Pat, and sisters Grace and Jillian. Anthony Mungia is celebrating his 13th birthday. His grandparents, mom, Sharon, Sara and Frank send him their love as he becomes a teenager. Happy birthday to Alexis Smith, who's turning 19, from her parents Sue and Bob, Adam and Sandy. Linette and Roger Kane send birthday wishes to their daughter, Alexis, who's turning 20.
Birthday wishes go out to Nicole Waitkus from her family. Carla Martin's husband Erik and sons Rocky, Neo, Mocha and family wish her a happy birthday. Happy birthday to Carol Hellmann from her husband Jim and family. Birthday wishes to out to Agnes Mark from her husband Gene and their daughters. Russel Markle wishes his wife Clare a happy birthday.
Pat Carbone's children and grandchildren wish her a happy birthday. Happy birthday to my fab hubby, Tom Petzel, from me, Sarah, Reno and Sunny. Happy 55th birthday to Rob Turek from Brandy, Nemo, his friends and neighbors. Happy birthday to Aldo Ferrucci from Agnes and Gene Mark. Bernice Bubel sends birthday wishes to her son Roy. Happy birthday to Steve Rosenbaum and Sal Crivelloni.
Wedding anniversary wishes go out to the following couples: Daniel and Christine Braun on their 3rd anniversary, Don and Sue Cleland who are celebrating their 4th anniversary, Lester and Kathleen Sawicki on their 45th, David and Sandy Wills who are celebrating their 47th and Daniel and Betty Seidler on their 60th anniversary.
Condolences go out to the family of Sandra A. Heneghan (nee Mark), who unexpectedly passed away on June 13. Sandra was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister who was devoted to her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during their sadness.
Keep your fellow Oak Lawnians informed about birthdays, special events or special "stuff" going on with your family or within the community. Call me at (708) 899-9544 or e-mail me at the address above.
Until next time ...
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