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11-20-03 StellFoster columist. Phoby Jim Frost Sun-Times.

11-20-03 Stella Foster, columist. Photo by Jim Frost Sun-Times.

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Updated: July 14, 2012 6:10AM



JUST IN: Israel’s Midwest Consul General Orli Gil is saying goodbye to Chicago. Gil returns to Israel late this summer after serving four years in Chi-Town. She will be replaced by Consul General designate Roey Gilad.

Gil’s Deputy Consul General Shahar Arieli also is leaving his post and returning to the homeland after serving two years and will be replaced by Anat Sultan-Dodan. Both officials will be farewell-feted July 10 at a private home.

THE OBAMAS’ Kenwood/Hyde Park neighborhood will be on a major lockdown this weekend, especially Saturday afternoon when there will be additional security checkpoints added at 50th & Woodlawn and 50th and Ellis and around Greenwood street. The president and wife, Michelle, will be in town this weekend for the wedding of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, attorney Laura Jarrett, and attorney Tony Balkissoon on Saturday. I broke this story about the upcoming marriage in my May 10 column. So stay away! Congrats to the happy couple!

MAYOR RAHM Emanuel took time out from all of his city headaches to call and congratulate Chicago playwright Bruce Norris, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Clybourne Park,” won a Tony Award for best play on Sunday. He also did the same for its director, Pam MacKinnon.

ITALIAN Ambassador to the U.S. Claudio Bisogniero speaks Thursday at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ luncheon.

GLENCOE Native Bill Wolkoff, now a screenwriter in Los Angeles, is a staff writer on the new “Tron Uprising” animated show that airs every Thursday on Disney XD Channel. ACTION:

Funnyman Kevin (“Think Like A Man”) Hart at the United Center Sept. 29 . . . For you drinkers, Highwood’s “Bloody Mary Fest” is June 24.

AWARDS: The New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church & Pilgrim Development Corp.’s “Legacy Gala” is June 24 at New Zion Banquet Hall. The honorees include Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks and Chaz Ebert, Roger’s lovely wife.The Chicago Urban League’s Andrea Zopp will keynote.

AROUND TOWN: Popular blogger Irene Michaels celebrated her birthday with oodles of friends last week, including her beau Arny Granat, at Three Forks. At the party, socialite Cookie Cohen excitedly showed off her fab engagement ring from her sweetie, Stuart Feinberg.

THE SIGHTS: The Bears’ Israel Idonije dined at LaScarola . . . ex-Hawk Chris Chelios dined at Carmine’s.

BIRTHDAYS:Juanita Jordan, Lee Blackwell Baur, Chris Curse and anniversary wishes to Ernie Banks & Liz.



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