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A WBEZ91.5 crew couldn't leave Berwyn without a 'World' tour

February 5, 2013 02:20 PM
 
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That yellow and red blur? That's Winnie the Pooh getting freshened up at the laundromat.
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The World’s Largest Laundromat has no shortage of things to brag about. And its manager, Mark Benson, has no qualms about doing the bragging.

Benson says the laundromat, rebuilt after a 2004 fire, has 157 washers and 144 dryers. It provides entertainment with 16 flat-screen televisions, an eight-foot-tall bird aviary, a children’s play area, an Internet café, and free performances by clowns and magicians. It feeds its customers with a deli-style vending area and, on some evenings, free pizza. It heats its water with 36 rooftop solar panels.

And now Benson can boast about something else. He has started helping his customers, most of whom have roots in Mexico, get answers to questions about U.S. legal status and the ever-changing U.S. immigration enforcement landscape.

Last fall Benson contacted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which agreed to dispatch agents to run an information table during peak laundromat hours. The agents have now done so on three occasions.

The questions have ranged from how to get a tourist visa for loved ones back home, to the application process for getting work papers under President Barack Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy.

“We advertised it but we saw it as a service to our customers,” Benson said. “You’re here on a Saturday for two hours doing your laundry, and you can get those questions answered while you’re here.”

Berwyn’s version of Ellis Island, in other words, is a laundromat.

http://www.wbez.org/news/beyond-bungalows-berwyn%E2%80%99s-creative-side-105351 

 

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