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7th Grader’s Effort to Help Teacher Inspires Big Donation

Also in this week's 'Good Reads,' a local cop has 50 parrots in his home and Patch readers have a bone to pick with the post office over missing mail.

Written by Emily Stone.

It’s the weekend, and that often means you want to take a break from the news of the day. Each week, we’ll compile a list of “good reads” from Patch sites around the area. They’re happy or compelling or otherwise interesting stories for your weekend reading pleasure.

7th Grader’s Effort to Help Teacher Inspires Big Donation

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of DJ Irizarry, 12, Glenview State Bank vice president David Kreiman is making a surprise donation of keyboards to a music classroom at Gemini Junior High School.

Meet The Cop With 50 Parrots

Tucked away in a small pocket of unincorporated Cook County, is a very loud room with 35 large cockatoos. The sound can be startling, but sometimes you might hear a "hello" over the symphony of squawks.

USPS Says Mail Went Out Normally This Week; Patch Readers Say No Way

After not receiving mail Monday or Tuesday, I checked with Patch readers who resoundingly reported the same problem. Yet the USPS spokesman said all carriers had been out all week.

Chicago Wolves VP Honors Firefighters Who Saved His Life

Wayne Messmer honored the two firefighters who saved his life after he was shot in the throat during an armed robbery in 1994.

Readers Vote On The Cold: "Hate it; hate it; hate it."

Reader reactions to the recent bitter cold temperatures ranged from pure hate to a few hearty souls who love it.

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