Marta Jewson

Nov 222012

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen, photo by Marta Jewson for

As they handed out hundreds of turkey plates, each with all the fixings, volunteers at the annual Bridge House / Grace House Thanksgiving dinner described Thursday morning as their chance to give back.

“I’ve done this for a few years,” said volunteer Dat Nguyen from the serving line. He added, “My family lives all over the country, so this is my time to help out.” Continue reading »

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Nov 112012

Larry Jones sits in the VFW Post at Lyons and Annunciation. Retired from military service after 40 years, Jones says the younger generation is reinvigorating the VFW Post. (photos by Marta Jewson for

Post Commander Marshall Hevron

When Marshall Hevron first walked in the door at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8973 in Uptown in 2005, only five other members were regularly attending meetings, and they had all served in World War II, decades removed from Hevron’s service in Iraq.

“The VFW and American Legion took off after World War II and built up a big infrastructure they just can’t maintain now,” said Hevron, noting the smaller size of their corner store post was a blessing in disguise. Continue reading »

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Nov 092012

TJ Quills has transformed into “Annex,” after a visit from a cable TV reality show. (photo by Marta Jewson for

TJ Quills has a new owner, a new look, a new name — essentially, a complete overhaul of the Maple Streeet bar, thanks to Bar Rescue, a reality show on SPIKE TV. Continue reading »