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  • BRIDGEPORT NEWS 3506 S. HALSTED ST. • 773.927.0025 • FAX: 773.337.6995 • CHICAGO, IL. 60609



    J. Feldman, Publisher

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 6th, 2020

    J. Racinowski, Editor

    VOLUME 80 - NO. 44 Free Home Delivery

    A Different Kind of Mother’s Day this Year...

    READ the BRIDGEPORT NEWS online at www.bridgeportnews.org

    Due to the COVID-19 virus the

    Stay at Home Order was extended in Illinois

    through the end of May.

    We might not be able to see

    our Moms, Grandmas, Great-Grandmas

    in person this year.

    Luckily we live in a day and age

    where we have other means of

    communicating with our loved ones.

    Remember to take advantage of these

    services on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th

    and let Mom know how much she

    is loved and missed.

    Happy Mother ’s DayHappy Mother ’s Day

    Remember the Face-Covering/Mask Requirements Now in Effect

      As of May 1, 2020 individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social dis- tance. Face-coverings or a mask will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask. See this month’s Alderman’s Corner article to the left for more details.

    Every Day is Mothers Day!!   Recognizing the tremendous generosity from its customers and others, The Polo Inn Bridgeport U.S.A. is providing delicious home-cooked meals from its Bridgeport kitchen to Chicago women in shelters, on the streets, women hospice caregivers, and women supporting families...NOT just on May 10th, but EVERY DAY since they appreciate “…a good meal in their tummies” not just on holidays, but EVERY DAY!!   Monetary donations may be given “In Honor” or “In Memory” of a special person by calling in credit card data to Martin or Megan at The Polo Inn Bridge- port U.S.A. @773-927-7656. Such gifts will be posted on ThePoloInn.com/ EDIMD and Facebook. Each meal includes 10.75% sales tax and a 20% gratuity to Polo’s terrific staff who make this all possible.   Since 1985, chef-owner Dave Samber and his Polo Staff continue to bring You “Something different . . . something wonderful!” The Polo Inn Bridgeport U.S.A. is located at 3322 S Morgan Street, Chicago, IL. Visit ThePoloInn.com for more information.

    De La Salle Announces New Girls Softball Coach  

      De La Salle is proud to announce that Frankie (Francesca) Castagna has been chosen as the new head coach for the Meteors varsity girls softball pro- gram.   Castagna, a member of De La Salle’s Class of 2012, had spent the last two seasons as an assistant softball coach at her alma mater.   Last season, the Meteors finished with an overall record of 14-12 and won the Illinois High School Association’s Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship before falling in the Class 3A Nazareth Academy Sectional semifinals.   In 2018, De La Salle won the IHSA Class 3A Lindblom Regional title before a loss in the Class 3A Lemont Sectional semifinals ended its season.   As a student-athlete at De La Salle, Castagna was a four-year member of the girls basketball and girls softball programs while also excelling in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society.   As a senior, she garnered All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference accolades in both softball and basketball. During her playing career at De La Salle, Castagna was a four-year varsity performer in softball and a two-year varsity athlete in basketball.   She then attended and graduated from Lewis University in 2016, tying the Flyers’ single-game record for RBI with seven during her senior season.   “I am very grateful to be able to come back to my alma mater and coach the game that I love,” Castagna said. “I am extremely excited to be given the op- portunity to be the varsity softball head coach.   “It’s an amazing opportunity that I have been given to continue to grow the game and to pass along my experiences and knowledge to these young women.” #WeAreD.

    Skin Cancer Awareness Month Reminder: Obtain Vitamin D Safely

    Through Diet and Vitamin Supplements The Skin Cancer Foundation Cautions Against Unprotected Sun Exposure

      Vitamin D is essential for strong bones and a healthy immune system. While a limited amount of the vitamin can be obtained from exposure to the sun’s ul- traviolet (UV) radiation, the suggestion that the best way to obtain vitamin D is through sun exposure is both misleading and dangerous. The health risks of UV exposure — including skin cancer — are serious and well-documented. While many people have found their time outdoors severely limited because of COVID-19, some may misguidedly forgo sun protection completely in an effort to obtain vitamin D. Instead of damaging your skin, The Skin Cancer Founda- tion suggests you get your vitamin D from sources like oily fish, fortified dairy products and cereals, and supplements.   “Too many people believe that exposure to the sun’s radiation is the optimal way to obtain vitamin D, and that using sunscreen leads to vitamin D defi- ciency,” says Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Founda- tion. “In reality, unprotected UV exposure can put people at risk for potentially life-threatening skin cancer, and it isn’t the most effective way to reach your vitamin D quotient.”   Humans can produce only a limited amount of vitamin D from UV radiation. For Caucasians, that limit is reached after just five to 10 minutes of midday sun exposure. After reaching the limit, further exposure will not increase the amount of vitamin D in the body. Rather, it has the opposite effect: the vitamin D stored in the body begins to break down, leading to lower vitamin D levels. Spending time in the sun (whether outside or beside a window) in an attempt to achieve higher vitamin D levels can have serious consequences for the skin, however. About 86 percent of melanomas (the most dangerous of the three most common skin cancers) and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are asso- ciated with exposure to UV radiation. To lower your risk of developing skin cancer, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended sunscreen use as part of a complete sun protection routine, including seeking shade and cov- ering up with clothing. Since some types of UV rays can penetrate window glass, this should hold true even on days you do not venture outside. Studies have shown that regular use of an SPF 15 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen reduces your chances of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 per- cent, melanoma by 50 percent and premature skin aging by 24 percent.   Researchers have never found that everyday sunscreen use leads to vitamin D insufficiency. It’s more than possible to maintain healthy vitamin D levels while incorporating sunscreen and other sun protection into your daily routine. Vitamin D can be obtained with far safer and more effective options, including oily fish (like salmon, fresh tuna, trout and sardines) and cod liver oil, as well as from fortified orange juice and milk, yogurts, and some cereals. Supplements are also readily available and inexpensive.

    James Ward Preschool Applications   James Ward Preschool application for the school year 2020-2021 begins on Tuesday, May 19 (tentative date). We currently have 40 seats available.   Please go to Chicago Early Learning.org at http://chicagoearlylearn-

    ing.org to apply. If you need any assistance with your online application, please call Chicago Early Learning Hotline at 312-229-1690 or contact James Ward school at 773-534 9051. Please leave your name and a call back number and we will return your call as soon as possible.

    Gio’s Restaurant Will Be Open on

    Mother’s Day   Gio’s Cafe & Deli, 2724 S. Lowe Ave. will be open on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th from 11am to 7pm for Delivery and Pick-Up orders. Regular and Catering Menu Items will be available. Call 312-225-6368 to check the dinner specials. Look for our ad in this week’s Bridgeport News. Thank you to all our customers who have continued to support us during this unforseen time. We appreciate all of you! We are all in this together.

    Oscar’s Jewelers is Moving

      We will soon be mov- ing to 744 West 35th Street. A half a block East of our current loca- tion. We are seeing cus- tomers by appointment only. Call 773-376-5444 to schedule your visit. Look for our ad in this issue of the Bridgeport News for more details!

    Alderman’s Corner   I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. I know this has been a difficult time for everyone. I want to thank all of our Essential Work- ers for all they are doing. From all of our doctors and nurses, First Responders, to restaurant workers, to Streets & Sanitation and Water Management work- ers, construction workers

    and all who are helping us live somewhat normal lives, your commitment is truly appreciated.   The Stay At Home Order from Governor Pritzker w


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