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Another one bites the dust

Well, we have witnessed the demise of another Westside business due to the lack of participation by the neighborhood.

El Naranjo, at the corners of Demorest Road and Sullivant Avenue, officially closed their doors this evening. This store was a real boon to our neighborhood but I had so many people tell me that they wouldn’t shop there because it was run by minorities.

Their meat counter was far superior to any of the national branded stores in the area. They had a superior bakery that out did the former store there and I should know, I used to work for the bakery under the former occupant. The staff was the most friendly and courteous people I have found in a long time. Even if you didn’t know Spanish that well, they would always go out of their way and find somebody who knew what I was looking for.

I chuckled to myself one day when one of the managers was packing my groceries and said “Oh, somebody’s having spaghetti and meatballs tonight, can I come over?”

They were all wonderful, and now they are gone.

“And another one bites the dust, and another one does, and another one does, and another one bites the dust.”

Thank you, El Naranjo, for the time you spent with us. You will be missed as a great contributer to this community.

I am of Polish descent, so this is not a opion based on ethnicity, I embrace the diversity!

Ron J. Koziol,



A big "Thanks" to all 

Westgate Recreation Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave., would like to thank everyone that made this year’s annual Easter Egg Hunt a huge success. A very big “Thank you” to our sponsors the Westgate Community Council (CRC) and the Hilltop Lions Association. Other donations and prizes came from  Arby’s, Brookshire Foodliner, Frishes, Hilltop Business Association, Hometown Buffet, Josies, Joseppi’s Pizza (Lincoln Park), McDonald’s, Next Day Signs, Storage USA, Westway Paint and Body Shop, Wendy’s and Western Lanes. Volunteers from the Westgate Community Recreation Council, Boy Scout Troop #33, Fire Station House #12, Friends of Westgate Park and other recreation center friends were present to help run the event. Thank you all for a fine job!


Carol Adams, Center Manager

Westgate Recreation Center

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