Restaurant Reviews

ALEXANDRO’S ITALIAN GRILL

For people like me, who spend their evenings visiting many Italian establishments, baffled by crowded, multipage menus and gorging on similar variations of pasta primavera, bolognese sauce, and fried calamari, escaping to Alexandro’s Italian Grill was a delight.  Located on a nondescript corner of New Grace, this bespoke Italian restaurant is a Roman-inspired trattoria that serves up very much old-school Italian favorites with homemade pastas, made fresh on-site.  The modest little restaurant occupies a single long room, with a bar in the back for eating and one in the front for sipping wines.  The proprietor, Armando Taormina, supplies many...
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AND THE BAND PLAYED ON!!

by Rosalie Hernandez – Guess Who is marching in the upcoming Rose Bowl Parade? No, not Mama Lulu. Guess again. After receiving and judging hundreds of video submissions from high school bands around the country the Rose Bowl organizers selected our very own Belvedere Marching Band from Andrew Coulter High School in Godfrey as one of its participants The 86 member band led by Dr. Craig Daniels and Choreographed by Bob Jones will perform in the parade and then relax and enjoy a well-deserved break for the day at Disneyland. As you can imagine there’s tons of work to be done. Anyone...
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ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY

  by Sienna Jennings To celebrate black history month, New Grace’s Antioch Baptist Church presented a program honoring the memory and accomplishments of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.  The packed audience was treated a video montage and oral history presented by Pastor Theodore Mathias.  This journey began with Dr. King’s days as the Pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church through Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, the signing of the Civil and Voting Rights in 1965 at the White House.  We saw highlights of the peaceful sit-ins and marches and the ensuing brutality and violence that accompanied the stride to...
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CHANGES COMING TO ST GEORGINA

By Bobby Joe Beckman New development planned for condemned warehouse district. The twelve block area of St Georgina  has been vacant since  MacDouglas Fertilizer Manufacturing closed their doors in 2012 and a high crime zone according to New Grace Sheriff  Ozell ‘Ozzie’ Keith. It was announced in January that the firms of Litvinov and Rakovsky Construction and Galaxy Developers had successfully purchased the entire area. Their application for permits to build a mixed use complex was opposed by many civic organizations, but after months of hearings the permits were issued. The project will be broken into five stages and...
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COMING EVENTS

by B J Beckman – THANKSGIVING DOINGS United Community of Churches and Services, UCCS OPEN HOUSE will be held again this year.  For those new to New Grace a group of church and community leaders formed the UCCS to provide interfaith services and programs for the community such as thrift shops, food pantries, preschools, after school and mentoring to name a few.  OPEN HOUSE on Thanksgiving Day was started two years ago to provide more than a meal but a homey atmosphere and companionship.  Residents of New Grace are welcome to come and spend the day at specific sites...
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FUNDRAISERS SCHEDULED FOR LINDLEY LIBRARY

by B J BECKHAM County officials announced yesterday that the Lindley Branch of the New Grace Public Library which was destroyed by fire on September 14, 2015 will find a new home. After the court ruled on June 5, 2016 that the land which the Lindley Branch sat on will revert back to the estate of Homer Hampton, the county started a search for a new location. Three pieces of land are being considered. Even though the county has insurance, creating a new library for Lindley was not planned into the budget. The county is hoping to raise he money for...
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HALLELUJAH IT’S LEAP YEAR

by Rosalie Hernandez It’s time for the every four years Leap Year Going Crazy Family Fun Day.   This time we’re celebrating on Linley Commons Saturday February 27th from 10AM to 3PM.  Admission is free.  You may bring your own refreshments and picnic or purchase food, drinks and snacks.   All persons regardless of age will receive a free lunch with proof of February 29th birthday. Some scheduled events are: Leap Frog Leap of Faith Leapin’Lizards (lizards will be provided) Leaps and Bounds Leap for Joy Leap Out of the Bag (newer version of out of the Box) Look Before You...
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HALLOWEEN 2015

by Rosalie Hernandez – Minions, Princess Anna and Elsa time 20, aliens, ghosts, witches and chipmunks under the age of ten had a boo-ful of fun and adventure at the annual Great Pumpkin hunt on Lindley Commons Saturday afternoon.  Children and parents from every corner of New Grace came ready to hunt for pumpkins, toys and treats.  Refreshments were in keeping with the festivities:  Pumpkin juice for punch, haunted houses and spiders for cookies, and every treat that could be imagined by parents was offered and quickly enjoyed.  The costume parade was a great success.  Roosevelt Electronics provided what...
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JULY 4TH – A HIGHLIGHT OF UPCOMING EVENTS

 by SHANNON LONGNECK PRIDE IN DIVERSITY PARADE The tenth annual Pride in Diversity Parade will be held on Main Street Monday September 7th. The parade will start at Sycamore Blvd. at 9am and continue to Oak Park. The Diversity Celebration will begin at the end of the route at 11am. Live bands will play on two stages and many of our fine local food trucks have reserved spaces. Mayor Ashani Postley of New Grace will give a welcoming speech scheduled for noon. THE FABULOUS FLOAT FEST     Rent a tube or bring your own float and join your...
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