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St. John Brebuef feeling the enrollment pinch By Rick Kambic Staff Reporter While Catholic schools throughout the country celebrate their religious heritage this week, many in the Midwest are seizing the opportunity to pitch their services in hopes of keeping their schools open. For Niles, St. John Brebeuf is the only remaining Catholic elementary school and its enrollment dipped 72 students from last year.

“We’re very fortunate that we still have 356 students here,” Principal Margaret Whitman said. “It’s less than we’ve had in the past, but 356 is still a pretty healthy number.” Tuition does increase from year to year in accordance with the school’s needs, but Whitman said the enrollment fluctuations haven’t caused any unreasonable changes. However, she admits that paying See SCHOOLS, page 4

JANUARY 27, 2011

Vol. 56 No. 15



Second-lowest bid takes ethics review contract By Rick Kambic Staff Reporter

The Niles Board of Ethics decided upon Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins Ltd. to review a proposed ethics ordinance for legal and constitutional issues. Five firms responded to the village’s request for proposal, with prices ranging from $3,000 to $14,800. Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins (KTJ) submitted a $5,200 proposal, but will be replaced by the second-ranked firm if services cannot be provided in a timely enough manner. The board spent most of its Jan. 18 meeting comparing KTJ’s proposal to the $6,500 offer from Ancel Glink, a Chicago-based firm with suburban and central Illinois offices, but settled on KTJ after revisiting a positive experience several years ago with the firm when it conducted a seminar

for the village. Both KTJ and Ancel Glink have been active in the Northwest Municipal Conference, for which Village Trustee and Board of Ethics member Louella Preston has been the Niles representative for 23 years. Village Manager George Van Geem and Village Attorney Joe Annunzio said they too were comfortable with both firms and could go either way. However, the only firm to not submit a few notes on the draft ordinance — Holland & Knight — was also the only firm that called the village regarding the missing last page of the document. But the firm’s $3,000 bid was thought to be too low, so the board presumed an error had been made and moved on. Board members were also concerned about formulating a timeline, as the Village Board was scheduled to meet on

Jan. 25 and bids ranged from 20 hours to 90 days needed for completion. Chairman Joe LeVerde wasn’t satisfied with the projections and said he would tell KTJ to give a more reasonable schedule. But Preston was worried about presenting the report to the Village Board without trustees having enough time to individually review the information. She asked that trustees get two weeks with the report before commenting or voting on changes. “We started on this in May of ’09, so one more month isn’t going to change it,” LoVerde said. “What’s important is that this document is completed properly. I still think that some of these quotes are made to look like this is a long, detailed process when they’ve probably done thousands of these in no time.” Concerned about how

to handle KTJ’s report and suggestions, the board members decided to defer those decisions. “The Ethics Committee is going to take the review from the attorneys and bring it to the Village Board,” LoVerde said. “If there are any changes needed, it will take place at the Village Board level.” During the October Village Board meeting, LoVerde expressed his concern with the draft document after a July 20 Board of Ethics vote sent the document to the village trustees. Mayor Robert Callero granted LoVerde’s request to have an independent law firm review the proposal, despite Preston’s objections and questions about why the ethics materials weren’t even prepared for the board meeting.

Five Firms bidding Holland and Knight


Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins $5200 Hinshaw & Culbertson Ancel Glink

$6000 $6500

Raysa and Zimmerman $14800


Down Syndrome Center ‘a jewel within Illinois’ By Rick Kambic Staff Reporter

Already the only one of its kind in the Midwest, the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital moves forward with plans to expand its facility after recently bringing home its second international award in two years. Doctors Brian Chicoine and Dennis McGuire recently accepted the 2010 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Award of Excellence in Medical Outreach during the foundation’s Down Syndrome Symposium in Denver.

The two men were recognized for growing their program into the largest in the United States and for also advancing the Down syndrome community by co-authoring a pair of books, “The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome” and “Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome.” The Park Ridge center provides primary health care, annual evaluations, and regular followup visits for specific medical and psychological issues to teen and adult patients from all over Illinois. Having served nearly 5,000 patients since the facility

opened in 1992, Chicoine said that traffic is 10 times what most programs throughout the world get. In 2009, Down Syndrome International recognized the Adult Down Syndrome Center and its staff of 11 shortly after a summit in Dublin, Ireland. Gov. Pat Quinn praised the hospital’s successes on Oct. 30 when he awarded $1.3 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding to expand the center to twice its current size. “As people with Down syndrome are living longer and healthier lives, the need for services is increasing in Illinois

and throughout the country,” Quinn said upon awarding the funds. “These capital funds help ensure that those with Down syndrome will get the care they need to live healthy and productive lives in Illinois.” Lutheran General already owns the property that the new facility will be built on and is currently seeking construction permits from Park Ridge. The project is expected to break ground in April and be completed by December. “Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center presents a national model of medical care for adults with

Down syndrome, a jewel within the state of Illinois,” Chicoine said. “We are thrilled to be able to expand our capacity to help meet the medical and psychosocial needs of more patients and families.” The Adult Down Syndrome Center was founded in 1992 as part of an initiative by the National Association for Down Syndrome. Area families with ageing Down syndrome children were calling out for help because they could no longer benefit from the high-quality services for children.

Village discusses safety after attack on uniformed officer By Rick Kambic Staff Reporter

A community service officer from the Niles Police Department was attacked and robbed on Jan. 18 while en route to a PNC bank with a deposit from Village Hall. The 53-year-old victim had come to a stop sign at Davis Street and Grace Avenue when an unknown individual approached his vehicle asking for directions. Another person suddenly appeared, showing a weapon and demanding the money. Pepper-spray was used to stun the officer before he was stabbed in the shoulder. “The victim was in a police uniform in an unmarked police vehicle,” said Sgt. Robert Tornabene of the Niles Police Department. “We consider that

about as brazen as can be.” Police are uncertain if more than two individuals were involved, but aren’t ruling it out. Other details, such as whether the attack may have been planned, are unavailable as to protect an ongoing investigation of high priority. “Of course, we’re investigating it like we do with all crimes – as veraciously as possible,” Tornabene said. “But whenever it involves a police officer or police employee, we’re going to have even more diligence because of the risk to the general public since these people are brazen enough to attack law enforcement.” Niles Village Manager George Van Geem could not disclose how much money was taken in the robbery, but said community

service officers will no longer deliver future deposits. “We’ve reviewed the way we transport money and we’re going to hire an armored car service,” Van Geem said. “It’s definitely more expensive than having a current employee take it over, but employee safety is our No. 1 concern.” For the days it will take to enter a contract, Van Geem said an armed police escort will accompany whoever delivers deposits. He said some village employees are unsettled by the attack and will continue to be until arrests are made, but extra police patrols have not been requested for village facilities. “I’m not a police officer, but I don’t feel like there was a target on any government agency,” Van

Geem said. “It seemed like a typical robbery.” The Niles Chamber of Commerce is also concerned about personal safety. Executive Director Katie Schneider was stunned to hear

the details of the attack and has asked police to brainstorm tips on how local businesses should safely make deposits to banks, at least until arrests have been made.



Job shadowing program gives students head start In these challenging economic times, a unique program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge is giving students at Maine East and Maine West High Schools opportunities to establish a career path in health care, well before graduation. The Maine Township Job Shadowing Program, part of the schools’ Healthcare Careers class, enables students to spend time with Lutheran General Hospital nurses, observing all aspects of nursing and health care while gaining hands-on experience in a professional clinical environment. The skills and knowledge gained through the Job Shadowing Program can lead directly to employment after high school, college tuition assistance and the possibility of a nursing or other professional clinical position at Lutheran General. Maine East graduates Michelle Papciak and Monica Ostrega took advantage of the job shadowing opportunity followed the path set by the program and currently are working as registered nurses at Lutheran General Hospital. “The Job Shadowing Program has been really great for me,” said Papciak. “The program helped me figure out my path early on, and gave me the experience,

SCHOOLS Continued from page 1 for private school itself has become challenging for many people. “It’s a big sacrifice to send your kid to Catholic school and a lot of people have depended on their overtime hours or a second job in order to make it work,” Whitman said. “Those things have disappeared for a lot of people and they had to make difficult decisions about their children’s education.” Neighboring parishes are holding their breath for St. John Brebeuf after the other Catholic schools closed down. A number of priests said their churches tried to funnel their

skills and motivation to become a nurse and do what I love to do.” Through the Healthcare Careers class, the two women and participated in the shadowing program together. With the experience they gained, they were able to secure part-time positions as nursing care technicians (NCT) at Lutheran General quickly after their graduations. After a year of employment, Papciak and Ostrega were eligible for $8,500 in tuition assistance for nursing school through Advocate’s Advancing Careers through Education (ACE) program. The pair, best friends since kindergarten, continued their parallel paths by using the tuition assistance to graduate from North Park University’s school of nursing, Ostrega in 2009 and Papciak in 2010. With their new credentials, and the advantage of their NCT experience at Lutheran General, both were hired soon after graduation as nurses at the hospital. “I really encourage students who have interest in health care to check out programs like Job Shadowing at Lutheran General,” said Ostrega. “I learned a lot, all the nurses I got to work with were great, and it set me up for a successful future.”

Each fall and spring semester, students enrolled in the schools’ Healthcare Careers class sign up for the Job Shadowing Program and are bused to the hospital twice a week to shadow nurses from more than 20 departments, working in many different specialties and sub-specialties. Among the areas that students get experience in are neonatal intensive care (NICU), pharmacy, pediatrics, rehabilitation, medical imaging and patient transport. Every effort is made to give the students a real feel for all aspects of the job, and program participants attend Lutheran General associate orientation, are issued hospital identification badges and uniforms and are expected to follow hospital policies and procedures. After completion of the program and class, which includes keeping a shadowing journal and a writing paper on the semester’s experience, students are recognized at the hospital with a graduation ceremony. Started in 1997 with a small group of Maine East students, the Job Shadowing Program currently accepts 42 students per semester. The program is free to all participants, and all necessary supplies are provided by the school and Lutheran General Hospital.

remaining students, as well as any curious families, across town to St. John Brebeuf. “Yeah, when those schools closed our enrollment went up and then leveled off a little, but we don’t really continue to get kids from those parishes anymore,” Whitman said. St. Issac Jogues’ enrollment peaked at more than 1,700 in the 1970s, but the school closed in 1991 when its student population fell below the Chicago Archdiocese’s mandated enrollment of 200. Morton Grove’s St. Martha attracted plenty of Niles families, but it too fell below 200 students and closed the school in 2000 after 10 years of steady decline brought its 1999 enrollment to 54 students. The most recent closure was in

2004 when Our Lady of Ransom couldn’t keep 200 students in its school. The Rev. Chris Gustafson was new to the parish when the school was closing, but he still caught plenty of details about the situation. “Our enrollment did dip below the (required) number,” Gustafson said. “I remember conversations after the fact discussing Baptismal rates from the previous five years and how those numbers had been steadily declining, indicating that there would not be enough enrollment to hold up the school.” He said the weekly religious education program has been holding firmly at 200 students in past years and the number of parishioners has slightly increased as well. However, he said the

Toastmasters hosting speaker/trainer/coach On Feb. 24, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. the Park Ridge Toastmasters club will host a presentation by Lillian D. Bjorseth, cofounder of the highly successful Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza. The event will be at the First United Methodist Church on 418 W. Touhy Avenue in Park Ridge. This free presentation is open to the public. Lillian D. Bjorseth is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer, coach and author. Her dynamic presentations on the essentials of business networking and effective communicating are transformational. Her professional activities include inspirational keynotes, workshops, in-house training, entertaining luncheon or dinner talks and skills coaching. Lillian was named 2010 Member of the Year by the National Speakers AssociationIllinois Chapter (NSA-IL), 2009

Outstanding Chicago Speaker by Red Carpet Concierge, a Great Woman of the 21st Century, an Influential Woman in Business and is listed in more than a dozen Who’s Who. She’s a member of NSA-IL, an instructor in North Central College’s Community Development program and cofounder of Cornucopia,a Chicagoarea woman’s organization. The mission of Park Ridge Toastmasters is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop and practice communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. This group is part ofToastmasters International – a nonprofit organization serving more than 250,000 members in 106 countries. Contact Cruz M. Bernal-Albano at 847-720-4600, or for more information


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surrounding communities have been changing. “Generally, I think it’s an older community but all parishes tend to go through cycles like that based on the demographics of their areas,” Gustafson said. “We have our original parishioners and their kids have grown, and it’s an expensive area for younger families to move into.” Growing diversity has also impacted the Catholic schools, especially from first generation Americans. “Sometimes there’s an immigrant population, which is true with Mexico and Poland, that isn’t used to paying for a private school or a Catholic school because there was no such thing in their previous country,” Gustafson said. But alumni families that send

If you go: St. John Brebeuf Open House •  Sunday, Jan. 30 •  10 a.m. •  8301 N. Harlem Ave. Niles •  (847) 966-3266 Tour the school, meet the parents and teachers, have refreshments and take part in some fun activities.

generation after generation to St. John Brebeuf appear to be keeping the school in good standing with the Archdiocese.

Niles park district Visit Bright Beginnings Preschool Parents interested in Niles Park District Bright Beginnings Preschool 2011-12 school year are invited to observe our preschool classes in action. Class observation is the week of February 7 during our scheduled preschool classes. An appointment is required to visit a classroom. Our evening Open House is Wednesday, February 9 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Howard Leisure Center, Grennan Heights and Oakton Manor. Please call the Howard Leisure Center (847) 967-6633 to make an appointment or to have information mailed to you. Preschool Registration will take place on February 28 for

residents and March 7 for nonresidents.

Cinderella Ball at Howard Center It’s time again for Niles Park District’s Cinderella Ball on Friday, February 11. Girls are invited to ask the favorite man in their life (dad, grandpa, uncle) for an evening of fun. Girls in grades K-6th will enjoy an evening of dancing to a live DJ, games, prizes, and refreshments. Event is held at the Howard Leisure Center from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Fee is Res $40; Non-Res $50/ per couple, $20 for each additional daughter. To register, come to the Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard Street or call (847) 967-6633.






Niles art show. Through the month of January, art students from Niles West will be exhibiting their original work such as paintings, photography, computer art,collages,and mixed media in the Baxter Room of the Morton Grove Public Library.

Best Picture film series. 2 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Throughout the month of February, the Niles Library will be showing four best picture romances. This week, it’s ‘Out of Africa.’ For more information call the library at 847-663-6405.

Babytime. Continuous year round drop-in program for children ages birth to two years old with an adult. Includes stories, songs, fingerplays and an extended playtime afterward at 11 a.m. Mondays at the Niles Public Library, 6960 West Oakton Street, 847-663-1234.


Rise & Shine Storytime. Drop in to hear some stories, sing some songs, and do some wiggling at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Children ages 2-6 with an adult at the Niles Public Library, 6960 West Oakton Street, 847-663-1234. Veterans History Project. The Morton Grove Library has partnered with the Morton Grove Historical Museum, American Legion Post 134, Morton Grove Family and Senior Services, and the North Shore Senior Center of Morton Grove in developing an oral history of veterans’ remembrances of wartime experiences and building the Museum’s collection of photographs, documents and artifacts. If you are interested in recording stories of military service, call 847-965-0203 to schedule an interview. Applications for volunteers are available through all five of the sponsoring organizations, and on the Village of Morton Grove’s website, www.mortongroveil. org Knitting club. Mondays 4-5 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. No registration required. Bring a project or learn a new one. Ages 6 and up.

JANUARY 27 The Power of Your Story: The How and Why of Memoir Writing. 1:30 p.m. Presented at The Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit Ave., Park Ridge. According to presenter Karen Larsen of Generation Connection, “We all have a story. No other person has lived your life and only you can tell that story best.” There is no charge for the program and light refreshments

will be served. For further information or reservations, which are required, call 847-8251161 Ext. 129.

JANUARY 29 Card making extravaganza. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library while supplies last. Just in time for Valentine’s Day,the library will be converting the Baxter Room into a greeting card studio with a variety of stations for you to use.Assistance and instruction as well as supplies will be provided for making Valentine cards for the special people in your life. You can print from a computer, use stamps, cut outs, and a wide variety of artistic techniques to create customized cards. No experience is necessary.

FEBRUARY 1 Best Picture film series. 2 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Throughout the month of February, the Niles Library will be showing four best picture romances. This week, it’s ‘You Can’t Take it With You.’ For more information call the library at 847-663-6405.

FEBRUARY 8 Best Picture film series. 2 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Throughout the month of February, the Niles Library will be showing four best picture romances. This week, it’s ‘Casablanca.’ For more information call the library at 847-663-6405.

FEBRUARY 9 Bright Beginnings open house.7-8 p.m. at the Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard St. in Niles. Parents interested in Niles Park District’s Bright Beginnings Preschool for the 2011-12 school year are invited to the evening open house. Call the Center at 847-967-6633 for more information.


Family chess. 4-5:30 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Beginners and experienced players of all ages are welcome. For more information call the library ay 847-929-5101.

Legal Pitfalls for Social Media in the Workplace. 12-1 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Hear Rick Biagi from Neal & McDevitt, LLC, Intellectual Property and Marketing Attorneys speak on the issue of how social media is impacting the business landscape and the legal pitfalls that come with such a seismic shift on how businesses communicate. There is a $15 charge for this event, or buy 5 lunches for $50. Register by calling Brenda at 847-2688180.



Drama club. 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn to love acting and meet new friends with fun-filled activities on stage in the Baxter Room. For more information, call the library at 847-663-6405.

Spaghetti dinner. 4:45-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 418 W. Touhy Ave. in Park Ridge. The Park Ridge ‘Noon’ Kiwanis Club will serve its annual All You Can Eat spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $10 for adults and

$5 for children aged 6-12. Kids under 6 eat free. The dinner tickets also include a Pickwick Theatre coupon. Proceeds support community orgaizations and projects. For tickets call Tim Coyne at 847-384-9209 or Dave Donovan at 847-692-9077. Cinderella Ball. 7-9 p.m. at the Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard St. in Niles. Girls in grades K-6 are invited to ask the favorite man in their life (dad, grandpa, uncle, etc) for an evening of dancing to a live DJ, games, prizes, and refreshments. Fee is $40/couple for residents, $50/couple for non-residents, and $20 for each additional girl. To register, visit the Howard Leisure Center or call 847-9676633.

FEBRUARY 12 Teen crafts. 2 p.m. at the Niles Public Library.Teens can decorate a dazzling picture frame with their personal twist. Customize it for a Valentine’s Day gift. Crafter Linda Williams will assist teens in the Library’s board room. For more information call the library at 847-663-6405.

FEBRUARY 14 Valentine at the library. 6 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Do something special for your sweetheart and don’t pay a dime. Spend Valentine’s Day evening at the Niles Public Library, indulging in yummy Valentine’s Day desserts, listening to heartwarming poetry and short stories, and enjoying musical entertainment. For more information call the library at 847-663-6405.

Senior coffee hour. 10:30 a.m. at the Niles Public Library. Come enjoy the post-Valentine’s Day concert of love songs and other favorites while having hot beverages and sweet treats while listening to a toe-tapping performance by the popular ‘Ed and Gene Duo.’ For more information call the library at 847-663-6405.

FEBRUARY 18 Family support group. 7-8:30 p.m. at the Nesset Center, 1775 Ballard Rd in Park Ridge. The National Alliance on Mental Illness - Cook County North Suburban invites families of adults coping with mental illness. Find support and connect with others with similar issues in their families. Program meets on the third Tuesday of every month, is free, confidential, and requires no registration. Free parking. For more information, call 847-7162252. Documentary. 4 p.m. at Ezra Habonim-Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 W. Dempster, Skokie. Presentation of special documentary film on U.S. tax dollars funding terrorist’s state. Mr. David Bedein, Director of Resource News Agency, will speak to the audience after the screening. For more information call 847-675-4141.

FEBRUARY 22 Best Picture film series. 2 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Throughout the month of February, the Niles Library will be showing four best picture romances. This week, it’s ‘The English Patient.’ For more information call the library at 847-663-6405.

FEBRUARY 27 Golden Notes. 2 p.m. at the Niles Historical Museum, 8970 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Niles. The Golden Notes from the



Boxes of happiness delivered to you There’s a sweetness in the air. It’s a mix of soothing vanilla, hearty peanut butter and a dash of chocolate mint. Yes, friends, it is Girl Scout cookie season. Across the suburbs smiling youngsters in smocks and sashes are hawking $4 boxes of a Great American favorite. They are at your doorstep, in front of the supermarket, outside the coffee house. And they are tempting you. I must say up front that I am currently a Brownie leader and a former scout, so my take on this season may be skewed to the positive, but still I delight each year when the cookies cross my doorstep, like a little piece of delicious childhood wrapped in a cardboard box. I remember the days of my own youth, selling cookies door to door in my neighborhood.Thirty years ago, we were allowed to sell our wares as far as our little feet could carry us. Blocks and blocks and blocks I

traveled, and while not everyone purchased a box, I had very few doors shut in my face. Girl Scout cookies made people happy then, and they still do today. There is a pure simplicity to the Girl Scout Cookie, and that’s why it is beloved, here and abroad. Each year, tens of thousands of boxes are donated to our American soldiers overseas. The boxes, sent through Operation Care Package, each are wrapped in a letter or coloring page from a scout, and delivered to an individual soldier. Many of these men and women return letters and photos from Iraq, Afghanistan and other places in the world, sharing their appreciation and a bit of their experiences with the scouts. But our children can’t go doorto-door at the distance they once did. A suburban environment that leaves many of us strangers See HAPPY, page 23

Why Niles Works As you know Niles is finally being recognized as the “most affordable”place to raise children in America. How did that come about? For nearly forty years Niles grew its business tax base through sales taxes while, during the latter half of that period, the population stayed nearly flat. Opening a business in Niles was so easy that people joked, “In Niles the Mayor puts your sign up himself.” After the subsequent FBI investigation and a conviction we now understand why Niles was so pro-business and so flexible when it came to accommodating businesses large and small. Despite the exmayor having ulterior motives in this, the program worked and Niles thrived. Our businesses are the proverbial Golden Goose, keeping our property taxes low, services high and making Niles affordable. Had spending been held in check over the last decade Niles wouldn’t have had any budget problems whatsoever. As it is with careful planning now there isn’t a reason to raise taxes, but simply manage spending down

while letting revenues grow naturally. All of that can go down the drain in an instant if we don’t carefully maintain the same laissez faire (‘leave it alone’) atmosphere that turned Niles into a sales tax juggernaut. That means, make it easy to start and run a business in Niles. There are many challenges ahead as we move from one era to the next and we don’t want to kill the Golden Goose, but the real goal is to keep the eggs coming? Chicago, Springfield and Cook County continue to take actions that make Illinois less and less desirable to businesses. Small business growth is critical to job creation by a 25 to 1 job ratio when compared to big business. Small businesses infill our malls and dot our roadways. They sell shoe repair, fast food, wedding dresses, pastries, meat, engine repairs and a whole gamut of other items you’d never think of.

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These same small businesses are currently starved not just for customers, but for capital.This is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Minor increases in business costs from taxes or regulations can mean the death of a small business. Their thin margins simply earn a living for the owner and nothing more. A vacant commercial space is automatically entitled to a 50 percent tax reduction. This will reduce the tax monies available to schools, our library and parks, and the Village itself. Who will make up this shortfall? It will come out of your pocket sooner or later. Government has shown that it is voracious in its desire for money. At a time when each government body should be reducing taxes to put money back into the productive sector and restart the economy they’re instead raising taxes and increasing regulations. That’s a dangerous and volatile mix. Voters and taxpayers should be very concerned about the business climate in Niles, because without thriving small businesses Niles won’t be affordable anymore.



Dist. 207 honors January’s best for improved work Three seniors selected by Maine Township High School District 207 as “207’s Best” for January were recognized during a Board of Education meeting Monday. All three – Timothy Bauer of Maine East, Jessica Galbraith of Maine West and Jazmine Green of Maine South – were recognized for improved performance. In her introductory letter,West Principal Dr. Audrey Haugan noted that Jessica’s academic performance as a freshman and sophomore was “average at best” and seemed to match a relative disinterest in school. That changed, Dr. Haugan wrote, during Jessica’s junior year, when she earned a grade point average of over 3.0, a performance that she is maintaining as a senior. Dr. Haugan quoted counselor Brian Nagorzanski as stating that Jessica “found a work ethic” that took her in a much different direction. Jessica also has become more active in extracurricular activities. She serves as a Warrior Pride mentor, participated in the winter play and has been a member of the track team. Jessica told the Board of Education that she plans to study illustration at Columbia College. In his introductory letter, South Principal Shawn Messmer wrote that “academics are only one part of the school experience,another

questionable conduct, inside of school and out. But, he wrote, “Jaz returned to South in her sophomore year a more mature and focused young woman.” He quoted one teacher as saying, “Seeing what she went through, then to turn a corner in school today and see her smiling, going to class, with a clear focus on her future is so

truly inspiring.” Jazmine said she plans to attend community college next fall en route to eventually becoming a counselor. East Principal Michael Pressler stated, in his introductory letter, that Tim has “truly turned his life around.” During his first three semesters at East, Mr. Pressler

wrote,Tim accumulated multiple suspensions for a wide variety of infractions. Outside of school, he was making poor choices that also landed him in trouble. But during his junior and senior years, Tim’s contacts with the Dean’s office have all but vanished. He has found constructive alternatives to his previous conduct by playing football and basketball and performing in the spring musical and V-Show and doing volunteer work at East. Mr. Pressler’s letter quoted East Varsity Football Coach Gabe Corey, who noted that “when (Tim) found a program that valued discipline, he thrived. When he was tested, he surpassed expectations.” Tim told the Board he will attend North Park University and play football next fall. The “207’s Best” program recognizes outstanding students monthly throughout the school year. Academic achievement awards are given in four months. Extracurricular achievement, community service, improved performance and electives/ performing arts are given one month each. Teachers nominate students, and an executive committee makes final decisions. Honorees are then recognized by the Board of Education, which instituted the program.

advantages of enrolling in a PLTW class: PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics, and science and PLTW graduates earn higher GPAs as college freshmen. After the presentation, ask questions of the engineering teachers, watch demonstrations, and tour the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Engineering labs. For more information visit or contact (847) 626-2079.

registration for District 219 Summer School will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 4 for current sophomores, juniors and seniors who reside in District 219. All camp participants, current freshmen and eighth grade students may use the on-line registration process beginning Tuesday, April 5. In-person registration for open Summer School classes will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 10, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, June 13 in the Board Room of the Niles Township High School District 219 Administrative Offices, 7700 Gross Point Road, Skokie. The summer academic session starts Friday, June 17 and runs through Friday, July 29. Monday,

July 4 is a non attendance day. Classes will be at Niles North High School, 9800 North Lawler Avenue, Skokie. Students of private or parochial schools who live in the District 219 attendance area may obtain a login and password to use the on-line registration process. Contact Donna Slabas at the District 219 Administrative Offices at (847) 626-3977 to set up an appointment. Bring a utility bill and a driver’s license or state ID. After receiving a login and password, you may use the on-line registration process beginning April 4 (for current sophomores, juniors and seniors) or April 5 (for current freshmen and 8th graders). The on-line registration URL is http://

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Timothy Bauer, left, of Maine East, Jessica Galbraith of Maine West and Jazmine Green of Maine South.

important goal is creating good citizens. We are proud of Jazmine because of that second mission – she is a model citizen. She is most improved because she did not start out that way.” Mr. Messmer’s letter explained that Jazmine struggled as a freshman and had frequent contact with South’s Deans due to poor decisions and

District 219 briefs Jan. 27 sophomore college night at West The college search and application process can be very confusing. District 219 sophomores and their parents are invited to begin the journey at Sophomore College Night from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 27 in the Auditorium at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton, Skokie. This free informational session will cover the following topics: standardized testing, high school course requirements for college, college selection process and finances. The speaker is Bethany Forrest from the University of Alabama. For more information, please contact Dan Gin, College and Career Counselor, at (847)


Engineering open houses Feb. 1, 2 District 219 incoming freshmen and current students and their parents are invited to attend the 2nd annual Engineering Open Houses at the high schools to learn more about the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering Program. D219 currently offers a six-year course sequence with college credit. The Niles North Engineering Open House will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1 at 9800 Lawler, Skokie and the Niles West Open House will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2 at 5701 Oakton, Skokie. The opening presentation will discuss the

On-line summer school registration April 4 Though summer may seem far away, it is not too soon for students to start making plans for Summer School. On-line




THE BUGLE JANUARY 27, 2011 1 Declare as true 5 Machu Picchu

47 Sault __ Marie, MI

15 Writer Bellow 16 Dutch flower

55 Part 5 of quote 59 Attribute

resident 9 Persian rulers 14 Japanese soup

48 Turns inside out 51 Book div. 53 Plunders

17 Martial __ 18 Start of Ashleigh Brilliant quote 20 Impassive 22 Play for time

23 Part 2 of quote 25 Alone 30 Holds sway

32 __ Sue Martin 33 Friend in France 36 Former D.C. hostess Perle 38 Actress Moran

39 Part 3 of quote 41 Part 4 of quote 44 Waikiki dance 45 Yellow-fever mosquito

Don’t let a chance for some fun today pass you by. The workweek ahead will be a busy one and a little time spent doing what you enjoy will recharge your batteries. A romantic interest may be a little more romantic than usual tonight.

I n f o r m a l settings are where you will be most at home. You may look great in a tie or a dress, but you’ll be far more comfortable in jeans this week. Designate time for your own pursuits and bypass the needs of others.

Don’t get in over your head this week. In trying to be helpful, you may offer to solve a problem that you are neither qualified nor capable of handling. There’s no shame in asking for help when you can’t figure out your next move.

You’ll find no enjoyment indoors. Get out and discover ways to have fun in the great outdoors. Some fresh air will be just the thing to raise your energy level for the coming week. When shopping, looking is much cheaper than buying.

For once, you can put pleasure before business. There will be plenty of time for work in the week ahead. Do spend time in pursuit of something or someone that really grabs your interest. Let your hair down.

Get out your calculator. Your prowess with numbers comes into play this week, as you lend help to someone with their books or make precise measurements for mundane tasks. Find little ways to show loved ones you really care.

Get your kicks while you can as a busy week lies ahead. Take some time to enjoy the simpler pleasures in life. You can earn both gratitude and karmic benefits by lending a helping hand to someone who needs it.

Dust off the address book and invite friends and family over for a wingding this week. Surrounding yourself with loved ones will be just what the doctor ordered to bring a much-needed smile to your face.

Dreams don’t always come true this week. An intricate pipe dream may temporarily seem like the answer to all your problems but when you eventually look at it practically, it’s just so much smoke.

A little pride in your appearance can go a long way toward drawing notice from those in power who can start you down the road to success. Conduct yourself as a professional and no one will question that you are this week.

You can’t tell what’s in the center of a chocolate without taking a bite. While outward appearances may seem unattractive, what lies beneath the surface may be far more appealing. Accept nothing at face value in the week ahead.

You’ll need to think on your feet this week. No matter how much training or whatever your qualifications, sometimes the only way to get through a situation is just to follow your instinct and do what you think is right.

61 Talk and talk 62 End of quote

67 Lhasa __ 68 Blazing 69 Unit of loudness

70 Singing Diamond 71 Skin cream 72 Writer Bagnold 73 Writer Quindlen

1 Gather together 2 Taste for objets d’art 3 Bar legally 4 More promising 5 Ending for a belief 6 Those opposed 7 Follower of a charismatic leader 8 Otherwise called 9 Stanley Kowalski’s cry 10 What say? 11 King or carte leadin 12 Towel word 13 Health resort 19 Failure 21 Bread fragment 24 Cordon __ (master chef) 26 Prayer closer 27 Gull-like birds 28 George who was Mary 29 “Divine Comedy” poet 31 Como __ Usted?

33 Was sore 34 Purple hue 35 Wight and Anglesey 37 Verdi heroine 40 Canvas cover, briefly 42 Bennett of Random House 43 Up and about 46 Greek letter 49 Not this, informally 50 Noble address 52 Tennessee’s lizard? 54 Expire 56 Loose cattle 57 Pine sap product 58 “__ Gay” 60 Singer Tennille 62 Trigger treat 63 ET’s vehicle 64 Malleable metal 65 Three in Italy 66 Sen. Kennedy


Last Week’s Answers Jumbles: SWOOP WALTZ REFUGE LAVISH Answer: Why the price of the firewood was reduced TO “HEAT UP” SALES


INSIDE: Maine South steamrolls Evanston in girls basketball, page 12; buy sports photos online at



Hawks’ effort leads to first place By Rob Valentin Sports editor

It takes a team effort win a tournament title. That’s exactly the Maine South approached the Central Suburban League Conference Meet last Saturday at Glenbrook South and it paid off as the Hawks nudged out Deerfield 230-228 for first place. “All week we were just talking about how guys were coming through for the team,” senior heavyweight Sean Sullivan said. “Only winning by two points, definitely everyone contributed to it.” Sullivan was one of three individual champions for the Hawks, who also had four runnerups. The senior, who was a big part of the football team that won a state title, absolutely dominated in the two day meet, pinning all three of his opponents. His quarterfinal win came just 36 seconds into the match as he capitalized on a mistake by Glenbrook North’s Jordan Sachs. “It’s basically the way my season has been going,” Sullivan said of the quick pin. “I just would have liked the match to go a little longer so I could practice some technique.” His second match, against Deerfield J.J. Nawrot, lasted a little bit longer but Sullivan pinned him 22 seconds into the second round. “He definitely surprised me,” Sullivan said.“He started charging into me. I know how to counter but at the time I didn’t. I ended up throwing him out of bounds and I could have scored some points there. We kind of traded off pushing on each other. He took bottom. I worked my arm bars and my head levers. He tried to scoot out of it but I had it in tight and every time he moved I got tighter and tighter.”

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Maine South’s Mike Williams wrestles at 125 pounds in the Central Suburban League meet last Saturday at Glenbrook South.

WRESTLING HIGHLIGHT: Maine South won the CSL meet last weekend with 230 points. The Hawks edged out Deerfield by two. COMING UP: The Hawks will prepare for the IHSA state regionals in two weeks.

Sullivan faced Maine West’s Robbie Jones in the championship and made quick work of Jones, pinning him in 59 seconds. “I hadn’t wrestled him before and I didn’t know what he had,” Sullivan said. “I watched one of this other matches and I wasn’t that impressed. I hit a quick drag on him, went to his leg

and basically turned him from there.” Sullivan is 30-1 on the season and will prepare for regionals where he’s one of four ranked heavyweights in the York Regional. Sullivan is ranked higher than two of the other three, but that doesn’t mean much. “Right now there’s four ranked guys at my regional so basically one good wrestler isn’t going on to sectionals,” Sullivan said. “Rankings mean absolutely nothing to me. All my football season we weren’t ranked. Then at the end we were No. 2.” Carrying on the family name

on Saturday was Tom Brewster. A year after Joe Brewster won a conference title, Tom Brewster was able to navigate his way to a CSL South title at 135. “I knew as a freshmen it would be hard for me,” Brewster said.“But I just went in and tried as hard as I could. I felt pretty confident because I went 5-0 in all my CSL South matches. Brewster pinned Evanston’s Marcus Wallace in the third round to advance to the semifinals where he faced Glenbrook North’s Jim Flanaghan. That match would be much closer but a pair of take downs and an escape by Brewster led

to a 5-0 victory setting up the championship match against Maine West’s Jake Korbecki. “I felt nervous but I’ve been wrestling my whole life so I just kept thinking ‘It’s just another match. Come out on top.’” That’s exactly what Brewster did. He got a take down in the first period for a 2-0 lead and took a 3-2 advantage after getting an escape after a takedown in the second. Korbecki chose down in the third period and Brewster rode him out to earn the title. I feel awesome about it,” Brewster said of taking first. See SOUTH, page 16



Groessl thrills crowd at half

Hawks stay red hot in CSL

By Rob Valentin Sports editor

By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Spencer Groessl is an accomplished high school athlete. The Maine South senior made it to the Class AA boys golf state finals as an individual last fall and he was a key component of the Hawks’ volleyball team that took second in state in 2009 and third in 2010. But Groessl’s most thrilling singular moment may have come last Friday during a girls basketball game. With Maine South ahead 36-14 at halftime, Groessl was brought onto the court to compete in a contest, which seemed almost impossible. He had 20 seconds to hit a free throw, layup, three-point shot and half-court shot. Groessl stepped onto the court and proceeded to hit all four shots with about seven seconds to spare.The crowd went wild as each person in the gym won 12 free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. “The pressure was intense so this was right up there (with going to state),” Groessl said half jokingly.“It feels good.” “Hopefully my shot will carry over into the rest of the game and maybe one of the girls will hit a half-court shot,” Groessl said. “I practice them all the time. I practice those more than free throws so I was more nervous shooting the free throw.” Girls basketball coach Mark Smith heard about the contest earlier this season and was skeptical that anybody would be able to achieve the feat. “I was at a sophomore game when I heard about (the contest),” Smith said.“I thought they should give away a car if somebody can do that in 20 seconds.” A little less than a year agoAustin Hylander hit the same four shots — in 30 seconds — at halftime of a Ohio State University basketball game. He was the first person to win in the four years the contest was held His prize? Free tuition for a year valued at $8,000. That would be the equivalent of 17,777 wings. That’s if you go to Buffalo Wild Wings on 45 cent wing night. Groessl only gets 12 wings, like every other fan in the gym. But he’ll have a memory that lasts a lifetime.

There’s been only one sure thing in the Central Suburban League South this season. While any team can and has won on any given night, Maine South has dominated the conference

night in and night out. The Hawks took another step forward last Friday as they pounded Evanston 52-39 to improve to 17-6 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the CSL South. “The kids are focused and we spend more time preparing the gameplans,” said Maine South

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Michelle Maher hits one of two three-pointers.

head coach Mark Smith. “Four of our six losses have come in backto-back games. When we don’t prepare for teams we struggle. When we prepare for teams — and we know our conference pretty well — we play pretty well.” The Hawks came out bombing from the get-go. Jacqui Grant and Kaitlyn Mullarkey knocked down back-to-back buckets for Maine South and Evanston quickly called a timeout. The TO didn’t work as Michelle Maher drained a pair of threepointers for the Hawks. The Wildkits took another time out, but the Maine South blitzkrieg kept coming as the Hawks took a 20-6 lead after the first quarter. “We were saying let’s start off with a bang and we did,” said Grant, who had 13 points on the night.“Our key was to be physical but don’t foul.” By halftime the Hawks found themselves ahead 36-14 as Evanston had no answer for Maine South’s dangerous insideoutside game. Playing with such a big lead, the Hawks struggled a bit in the third quarter as Evanston pulled within 40-20 by the start of the fourth. The Wildkits hit some three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to make the score a bit more respectable. “We do get pumped up for them,” said Hawks’ guard Michelle Maher, who led the way with 14 points. “I think we’re a lot more focused and we know we can compete with any team in conference.” Friday night’s win over Evanston provided one last chance for Maine South to win the hearts of sectional coaches who voted on sectional seeds yesterday. “We think we’re deserving of the No. 1 seed in our sectional,” Smith said.“Obviously, Loyola, we have a lot of respect for. They’ve had a fantastic year. We’ve had eight common opponents and they’re 7-1 and we’re 9-0 against those opponents. “But having said that it’s not just the number of the seed that matters. It’s where you’re going to play the regional, who you have in the opening round and who you end up playing and if the matchups are good.” What makes Maine South’s dominance so impressive is where they came from. Except

GIRLS BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHT: Maine South rolled to a 52-39 victory over Niles West after starting the game on a 17-2 run. COMING UP: The Hawks will play host to Niles West on Friday night in a CSL South game.

for a shocking win over New Trier in the regional final last season, the Hawks struggled against CSL South opponents. “Not a lot of people thought that we would come from 2-8 in conference (last season) with basically the same team and do what we’re doing this year,” Smith said. “But we had high expectations for this group.” “We just prepare really good for each game,” Grant added.“We go out and play hard and do our thing.” Maine South did suffer one setback last week as they fell to Naperville Central 45-34 in a Sweet 16 Tournament game on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Hawks were without Maher and struggled offensively. Still, they had a chance late. A field goal by Grant (16 points) with just over six minutes to play in the game cut Naperville Central’s lead to 36-34. But the Redhawks pulled away thanks to Maine South missing its final 10 shots of the game. The Hawks can clinch the CSL South title outright next Friday if they knock off Niles West. The Wolves are 5-2 in conference and lost to Maine South by 14 earlier this season. “We’re two games ahead and have a little cushion,” Maher said. “It’s nice that we have that cushion.” Grant had a monster game scoring 22 points to go along with 16 rebounds and eight blocks the first time the two teams met. The Hawks will have to contain Niles West’s Jewell Loyd, who is one of the best players in the nation. “We just have to do our thing and do what we did last game,” Grant said. “It worked last game so we’ll stay with it.” Loyd said the key to slowing down Grant is to get physical. “I’m not surprised she said that and I’ll be ready for that,” Grant said. “She’s a very good player. She’s very physical and she knows what she’s doing.”



Loyd’s 39 can’t get Wolves past New Trier Rob Valentin Sports editor

Jewell Loyd is willing to do whatever it takes for her team to win. Unfortunately the 39 points she poured in against New Trier last Thursday night just wasn’t enough as the Trevians left Skokie with a 60-54 Central Suburban League South victory that ended a seven game Niles West winning streak. “I wasn’t really getting the shots I wanted to take,” Loyd said. “Yeah, I scored 39 but we lost so

GIRLS BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHT: Niles West dropped a 60-54 Central Suburban League South despite 39 points from junior Jewell Loyd. COMING UP: The Wolves travel to Maine South for another CSL South game on Friday night.

it means nothing. I think we got away from the offense and that’s what got us behind.” The game was back and forth early on but Niles West (16-7, 5-2) started to establish itself late in the second quarter, leading 23-21. Nicole Moy had a field goal and Loyd knocked down a long three-

pointer that was nothing but net at the buzzer. That put the Wolves up 28-21 heading into the third quarter. But Niles West didn’t carry any of that momentum into the second half as New Trier (14-7, 3-4) came out of the break and scored seven straight points to tie the game up at 28-28. “I think coming out of halftime we didn’t come out as strong as we wanted to,” Moy said. “We were laid back and they got five points right off the bat. We just can’t do that coming out of halftime. You

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Niles West Jewell Loyd scored 30 points in a loss to New Trier last Thursday night.

have to come out of halftime, rejuvenated, make a statement and finish the game.” The Wolves offense started to become stagnant so Loyd had to try and take things over. New Trier took a 43-42 lead into the fourth quarter and finally made its move clinging to a 45-

44 lead after a Loyd bucket. The Trevians’ Maggie Lyon had backto-back baskets, the latter being a three-pointer to put New Trier up 50-44. Niles West kept fighting and pulled within 52-51 after a threeSee WOLVES, page 16



Monreal-Berner captures CSL championship By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Vaughn Monreal-Berner may be a sophomore but he wrestled like a senior at last Saturday’s Central Suburban League meet by winning the title at 189 pounds. “I was really happy to win it as sophomore,” Monreal-Berner said. “It means a lot to me. It was one of my goals this year and it means a lot to accomplish the goal to be a conference champion. Now I want to win regional and qualify for state.”

WRESTLING He opened the meet with a bye and wrestled Niles North’s Mike Lazzar in the quarterfinals and pinned him 1:34 into the match. “I wrestled him all through the offseason and he’s a friend,” Monreal-Berner said. “I noticed that he was giving me the outside single and it opened up a cradle.We were standing up and he left his head down I brought his head to his knee. There was no way he could escape and I had a good tight grip.” That put him into the semifinals against Evanston’s Dillin Randolph where he won a 7-1 decision. “I got an early lead with a head lock,” Monreal-Berner said. “That gave me a two-point lead and then I got a reversal. I gave him a point by letting him stand up and then I got another takedown.” In the championship match

against Maine South’s John Gobbo, Monreal-Berner went on the offense early and often, cruising to a 17-6 victory. “In the first period he shot in on me in a single but I got a takedown,” Monreal-Berner said. “I took him to the back with a cradle, the same as I did with Lazaar but I couldn’t pin him. Then I caught him with a headlock and then I got three for a near fall.” Teammate Elias Shiheiber (135) had to settle for third place after a tough loss to Maine West’s Jake Korbecki in the semifinals. “I had Korbecki at the beginning of the season and he beat me but I knew he wasn’t an offensive guy,” Shiheiber said. “He just waited for me to shoot and make a mistake. “It wasn’t what I was expecting but third is good. What I’m really looking forward to is regionals and sectionals and making it to state.

MAINE EAST The Blue Demons are a young team but the seniors are trying to instill a never give up attitude. Leading the way is senior captain Vlad Vilme, who went 0-2 on the day but fought hard. “(Saturday) really brought out the flaws in me,” Vilme said “It showed where I can improve. I haven’t had the best season I could have but I’m progressing. There are other kids that are better than me but I can keep up with any kid no matter what.”

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Maine East’s Vlad Vilme (bottom) battles in the CSL meet.

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Niles West’s Elias Shiheiber tries to escape from the grasp of a defender in the CSL Meet.



Dons finish dual season with 29th win By Rob Valentin Sports editor

Notre Dame finished its dual season with a 29-1 record after steamrolling its way to four wins last week. The Dons started the week with a 41-16 victory over Carmel in an East Suburban Catholic League game.

WRESTLING Notre Dame took a long bus ride over the weekend to compete at Edwardsville. The Dons went 3-0 on the day beating Bethalto Civic Memorial 61-14, Moline 58-9 and Edwardsville 52-10. Winning has been something almost expected for Notre Dame this season. The Dons have 10 wrestlers with at least 25 wins and three with at least 30 wins.

WOLVES Continued from page 13 point play by Loyd but New Trier answered with a field goal with 3:36 to play. Neither team found the bottom of the net for the next 2:40 and Niles West had to resort to fouling. New Trier took advantage by hitting all six of its free throws in the final minute to seal the win. “We came out strong but we didn’t finish it,” Loyd said. “We stopped attacking the basket and had stupid fouls and that’s what got them in the bonus early.” “We’ve shot the ball well late in games the last few weeks but we just shut down,” Niles West head coach Tony Konsewicz added. “We’re three feet away and we can’t put it in the basket.” Niles West came into Thursday’s game against New Trier with hopes of a CSL South title. The road to a conference title is much harder with Maine South having zero losses.The two teams square off on Friday night at Maine South. “Personally, I think I need to be more selfish and get me going quick where we have a lead,” Loyd said. “Then get everyone else going.” The Wolves will have their hands full with Maine South’s Jacqui Grant. The 6-foot 3-inch sophomore scored 22 points and

Leading the way for Notre Dame this season has been Jimmy Wallenberg (145, 34-3), Matt Sommers (103, 30-4) and Colton Kelly (189/215, 30-5). Other top wrestlers for the Dons this season have been Scott Smith (112, 28-10), Sean Heneghan (125, 27-9), Tim Donnelly (130, 29-7), Jimmy Biancofiore (140, 26-10), Joe Cortese (152, 27-8), Kevin Stahmer (171, 29-6) and Quinn Machain (26-7). Notre Dame travels to Marian Catholic this weekend for the ESCC Tournament.The following week the Dons will host an IHSA Regional.

BOYS BASKETBALL Notre Dame The Dons went 1-1 in a pair of nonconference games last week. Notre Dame lost to Peoria Notre had 16 rebounds and eight blocks in a in a 50-36 win on Dec. 13. “She’s tall and skinny and we’re short and strong,” Loyd said.“We’ll body her, give contact and maker her work through it.” “We’re going to struggle with her size a little bit,” Konsewicz said. “But we’re working on a couple things already that we want to try and do against Maine South. Last time we played them we shot 31 percent from the field and you’re not going to beat many teams shooting 31 percent from the field.” The Wolves were also eying a good seed in the sectional with Thursday’s game being one of the last to leave an impression on the coaches in the sectional who vote for the seeds. “You’re supposed to win at home,” Loyd said. “Hopefully this doesn’t bring us down in the seeding.” NilesWest beat NewTrier earlier this season but that doesn’t mean as much with the current loss. “There’s no doubt this hurts our seeding,” Konsewicz said.“People remember your latest games and we talked about that today. Not only was this important for the conference race, but it was important for the seeding as well. This one hurts.” “We just had a seven-game winning streak,” Moy said. “We just need to be more consistent and have other girls step up.”

Dame 62-52, Monday, Jan. 17 in the River City Shootout in Peoria. Fortunately, the Dons (16-3) were able to bounce back last Saturday at Whitney Young by handling Von Steuben 60-37 behind 21 points, five rebounds and two blocks from Chievous. Rodney Pryor added 13 points in the win. Notre Dame has a pair of games this week as they host St. Viator Friday in an East Suburban Catholic Conference contest at home on Friday. Sunday they travel to Loyola University’s Gentile Center in Chicago to face St. Ignatius.

Maine South The Hawks (15-6, 3-3) started off the week strong picking up a pair of wins in the Galesburg Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament. Maine South rolled past Marian

Catholic 71-45 behind 25 points from Matt Palucki. The Hawks then pulled out a close one against Minooka, winning 53-51. Casey Bruce had 22 points while Palucki chipped in 11. However, Maine South struggled in its only Central Suburban League South game falling to Evanston 51-43 last Friday. Bruce led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds while Palucki had 12 points and five rebounds in a game where he got knocked around by a physical Wildkits team. The Hawks will get back into CSL South action when they travel to Niles West on Friday night. Maine South beat the Wolves in the team’s first meeting.

Niles West The Wolves (10-8, 2-4) came up

short in its only game last week falling to New Trier 64-56 last Friday in a CSL South contest. Niles West struggled on defense, especially against the Trevians 6-foot 7-inch center, Connor Boehm, who scored a career-high 33 points. Leading the way for the Wolves was Tony Pierce (22 points) and Donte Logan (18 points). The Wolves host Maine South on Friday in a conference game and travel to Buffalo Grove on Saturday in a nonconference game.

Maine East The Blue Demons (3-14, 0-6) dropped its only game last week, falling to Highland Park 60-27 in a CSL North contest. Maine East hosts Maine West Friday in another conference game



Area gymnasts shine at Niles West MAINE SOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL 1. Downers South (16-3) 2. Notre Dame (16-3) 3. Lockport (14-5) 4. Plainfield Central (14-4) 5. Plainfield South (12-5) 6. Maine South (15-6) 7. Plainfield North (13-6)

GIRLS BASKETBALL 1. Bolingbrook (16-2) 2. Minooka (16-3) 3. Maine South (17-6) 4. Niles West (16-7) 5. Romeoville (16-4) 6. Downers South (13-7) 7. Downers North (9-8)

GIRLS BOWLING 1. Plainfield Central 2. Minooka 3. Plainfield South 4. Lockport 5. Joliet West 6. Plainfield North 7. Downers South

BOYS BOWLING 1. Plainfield Central 2. Romeoville 3. Lockport 4. Notre Dame 5. Bolingbrook 6. Minooka 7. Plainfield South

WRESTLING 1. Minooka 2. Plainfield Central 3. Notre Dame 4. Lockport 5. Downers North 6. Joliet West 7. Bolingbrook

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Niles West’s Callie Sher continues to prove herself to be one of the top floor performers in the area. She plans to add a few more events to that list soon. Sher took third on floor (9.1) on her final routine in her home gym.

GIRLS GYMNASTICS “It’s not the best floor I’ve ever done, but I’m happy with my floor overall this year,” Sher said. “I put in a lot of new skills. I’m trying to go to my full potential and I think I’m getting as close as I can right now.” Sher added a flyaway full dismount to her uneven bars routine Saturday. She fell once off beam and again failed to land her handspring front vault in a meet after making them at practice Friday. “I pray to make it. I just want to prove to everyone I can make it,” Sher said. Freshman Valerie Fung competed on three events with junior Kelly Sanks, recovering from an ankle injury, competing on the uneven bars. Besides losing senior Emily Fung, Valerie’s sister, to a preseason knee injury, the Wolves recently have lost senior Heather Funai and junior Jenny Marin for the rest of the season. Funai tore her ACL at the Niles North Invite Jan. 15. “We’re fighting away. We’ll just keep on going,” Niles West coach Pam Foerch said. “Val has stepped up as a freshman. She’s still a little nervous competing and it shows. We’ve just got to get her competing, competing, competing so she gets comfortable.”

SOUTH Continued from page 11

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“Most of the kids on the team didn’t get (a conference title) until their junior or season year and I get it my freshman year. I worked so hard all season long.” Maine South’s other individual champion was Terry Calkins (112) while Alex Gutierrez

After being sidelined by an ankle injury that occurred two days before the season opener, Maine South junior Allegra Miller looks more than recovered As the last performer on beam Saturday, Miller, a 2010 sectional qualifier on the event, turned in an 8.3 to tie for 13th and tied for 14th on vault (8.325), her other event, in her second meet this season. “I had no falls on beam again. I was a little shaky, but I think it went well,” Miller said. “I hope for conference to also be doing floor.” When Miller severely sprained her left ankle, a broken ankle was feared initially because of so much swelling and discoloration. While sidelined, she proved to be a good team leader, being kind of an “extra coach” to motivate and help her teammates, especially on the freshman and junior varsity levels. Miller made her season debut in Thursday’s dual victory over Evanston, scoring an 8.7 on vault and 8.4 on beam. “I was so excited to be back,” Miller said.“I wasn’t really nervous. I was just more excited and had so much adrenaline and I wanted our team to do well.” “She’s one of our stronger girls so it’s been tough not having her,”Maine South coach Tessa Robinson said.“(And) there’s still a skill on beam she’s not doing yet.” Sophomore Haleigh Sir was a team-best eighth Saturday on uneven bars (8.175), the only event she competed on as she rests a minor ankle suffered at the Niles North Invite Jan. 15. Sir competed on uneven bars and beam Thursday.

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Niles West’s Callie Sher competes on the uneven bars.

Halfway through her beam routine, Maine East junior Tori

Walley got a strange feeling. “I’ve kind of been messing up my full turns and tuck threequarters, so I stuck them and I went for my last jump series and dismount,”Walley said. “I kind of was like, ‘This could be a stuck beam routine.’ My stomach was turning.” Walley finished her routine without a hitch and was rewarded with a career-high 7.375. The Demons’ only higher scores came from sophomore Kathy Kolodziejeski on vault (7.55) and junior Anne Kaczkowski on floor (7.5). Walley said her previous best score on beam was 6.6. “When I dismounted, I was so happy. I kind of knew it would be high, but it didn’t even matter

because I knew that today would be kind of harsh judging,”Walley said. “I’ve had cleaner routines, but definitely (this is) my most proud routine because I stuck it.” Walley was joking that someone at a recent meet thought her mother was firstyear Maine East head coach Amanda Harrison. Still, Walley gave Harrison plenty of credit for helping her to mentally prepare with good advice and breakdowns of routines. “(With Walley’s beam routine) we usually have a fall. It was really nice to see it stuck for the first time,” Harrison said. “Beam is always like our worst event. It was nice to end on that note on beam today.”

(103),Tony Mastrolonardo (119), Juan Diaz (130) and John Gobbo (171) all went home with second place finishes. Diaz got to the championship match against Maine West’s Rico Zayas thanks to a pin in the quarterfinals and a 12-5 decision in the semis. “He got a take down but I was able to get a reversal and tie it up,” Diaz said. “But he was able to get an escape and then got

another escape and I was down two points with 30 seconds left. But I was happy because throughout the whole season I was 5-0 so getting to second was big for me. Hopefully I’ll have a redemption match against (Zayas) in regionals.” Diaz and all his teammates have a crossover against Maine West and Deerfield this weekend and then it’s all hands on deck in preparation for the York

Regional. “Our coach (Craig Fallico) told us that we have a good chance of winning the regional this year,” Diaz said. “He tells us that every tournament is a training ground to make it through regionals.The CSL tournament was good for us because we know we can make it through since every person scored points in their weight class.”




Taking wind out of defensive co-worker’s sails Q. No matter what I do with one of my co-workers, he tells me the job I did is not good enough. He also finds some flaw in everything I do. I’m ready to either give up or scream at him. I love your advice and thought you might have a better idea. Help! A. Some folks believe in the old adage that the best defense is a good offense. The logic behind this thinking is that if they can just keep pointing fingers at you, then no one will look very closely at their imperfections. Now that you’ve discovered your co-worker is deeply insecure, here’s how you handle him. Ask to do some brainstorming privately with him regarding your work projects. When you have him alone, say, “I need to do a better job of making sure I

understand what exactly you want from me on this project. I know you know that if I don’t have all the details in advance, you will always find something that could have been done better.” You are now going to appeal to your co-worker’s need to look perfect by adding: “I can guarantee that if you don’t provide me with enough detail up front, you will not get everything you wanted. I’ve realized that you do not want to look like you’re not being clear or setting up co-workers to fail.” He will, of course, insist that it is true he is being perfectly

clear and completely supports his co-workers. The beauty of this approach is that he now must either get more specific or knock off his constant criticism. Realize that many people suffer from some version of your co-worker’s bad habit. In the workplace, many of us don’t stop to consider the YouTube video we are aiming to get from a co-worker. We seem to put a lot of stock in other people’s telepathic ability. We then get really upset that people don’t deliver what we want. Some of my clients tell me it almost feels like to cheating to define what we want others to do and to say, and then (gasp), yes, tell them. The truth is, most people around us prefer that we be happy with them, rather than

to make us feel disrespected, unsupported or undermined. If we are willing to take the risk to speak up more often, we set up the conditions for a happier, more productive workplace for everyone. Just make sure that when you speak up, you don’t close your co-worker’s ears by saying things like, “I’d really like it if you’d stop being such an idiot!” Keep in mind that criticizing or labeling people is a way of having a tantrum and has nothing to do with effective communication. Statements like, “I’d really like it if I could have your report first thing on Monday morning so I can make you and our team look good when I meet with our boss,” will go much further than backhanded blame.

The last word(s) Q. My job has gone through about five crises in the last two years. Is there any way to get over being scared of what is coming next? A. Yes. Use your anxiety to be prepared for the scenarios that keep you awake. Then you can be prepared instead of scared.

Daneen Skube, Ph.D., executive coach, trainer, therapist and speaker, also appears as the FOX Channel’s “Workplace Guru” each Monday morning. She’s the author of “Interpersonal Edge: Breakthrough Tools for Talking to Anyone, Anywhere, About Anything” (Hay House, 2006). You can contact Dr. Skube at www. or 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., #2845, Issaquah, WA 98027. Sorry, no personal replies. (c) 2011 INTERPERSONAL EDGE



Get back to the basics with hearty winter soup How wonderful it is when you come across a magicalseeming, easy recipe that helps you produce not just one delicious result but instead an endless variety of meals, each of which seems even better than the last. Cooks treasure recipes like that, passing them down from generation to generation. That is certainly how I feel about the pureed soup of winter vegetables that my grandmother taught my mother how to make, and my mother then taught me. No matter what fresh ingredients my mother had on

hand when the weather was cold, she always got wonderful results with this recipe.And, thinking back to my youth, those soups she made were even more surprising because, in the early days, we didn’t even have a refrigerator. What we did have was a wonderful vegetable cellar, where the temperature was constantly around 40 degrees F. In the autumn, when my mother

harvested the root vegetables from our garden, she would nestle them in a bed of sand in the cellar.There they hibernated, waiting to be awakened to play a part in hearty meals all through the winter. No matter what vegetables she brought up from the cellar, in whatever combination, my mother turned them into wonderful soup. That’s the beauty of her recipe. Start with the kind and number of vegetables I give you in the recipe. Add more carrots and less of the parsnips, turnip, and rutabaga, and you get a carrot soup. Leave out the carrots and

you get a beautiful ivory-colored winter root puree. Use just potatoes and leeks and you’ll have the classic leek-and-potato soup. Always include some potato, though, to help make the puree smooth and thick. You can also change the soup to your tastes in other ways. Use water or any kind of broth you like. Add a smoked ham hock, some chopped bacon or ham, or smoked turkey to simmer with the vegetables. Puree the soup as coarsely or finely as you like. (My mother used a hand-cranked food mill, but a food processor or blender will work fine, too.) Leave it dairy-


6 cups water or organic store-bought chicken broth 3 medium organic carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped 2 medium organic parsnips, peeled and coarsely chopped 2 organic celery stalks, coarsely chopped 1 large russet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 large turnip, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 large organic leek, white part only, trimmed and split lengthwise, thoroughly rinsed, and cut crosswise into slices 1/2 large rutabaga, peeled and coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped Italian (flat-leafed) parsley 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 1 pinch ground coriander 2 tablespoons whipping cream 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/2 cup sour cream Minced fresh dill or thinly sliced green onion, for garnish If using a pressure cooker, put the water or broth in the pressure cooker and, with the lid off, preheat it on medium-high heat until the liquid begins to simmer.Add the carrots, parsnips, celery, potato, turnip, leek, rutabaga, parsley, salt, pepper, and coriander. Secure the pressure cooker lid. When high pressure has been reached, reduce the heat to low and set a timer for 12 minutes. When 12 minutes are up, turn off the cooker or remove it from the heat and release the pressure, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If using a soup pot on the stovetop, in the pot combine the water or broth, all of the vegetables, parsley, salt, pepper, and coriander. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer until the vegetables are tender and the soup is fragrant, about 45 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Carefully remove the lid from the pressure cooker or uncover the pot. With an immersion blender, puree the soup to the desired consistency, as coarse or smooth as you like. (You can also puree the soup in small batches in a blender or food processor, or through a food mill.) Stir in the cream and butter and adjust the seasonings to taste. To serve the soup hot, ladle it into heated serving bowls. Add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of dill or green onion to each serving. To serve the soup cold, transfer the entire batch to a large heatproof bowl. Let it cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hour or overnight until thoroughly chilled. Ladle into chilled bowls and garnish with sour cream and dill or green onions. (c) 2011 WOLFGANG PUCK WORLDWIDE, INC.

free or enrich it with cream, half-and-half, creme fraiche, or sour cream. One thing my mother always liked to do was bake some white bread cubes in the oven along with a little bacon until golden, then scatter the tasty mixture over each serving. You could just as easily top the soup with grated cheese, or chopped fresh herbs, swirl some pesto into it, or leave it plain. You see? There are so many ways to get delicious, satisfying results from just one recipe. I’ve already begun to share it with my four sons, yet another generation.






Would rising rates bail out retirees? Ultra-low interest rates brought on by the 2008 financial crisis have been great for borrowers, but they’ve been a nightmare for retirees who depend on low-risk yield on savings to meet living expenses. Over the past several years, many retirees living on fixed incomes have been forced to cut expenses, eat into principal or rely on higher-risk fixed income investments or stocks. “Low rates have helped the economy to stabilize,” says Barry Glassman, president of Glassman Wealth Services. “It’s been good for the banks, housing and the federal government, which has a lot of debt. But that benefit has been at the expense of retirees.” But Glassman thinks the recent rise in interest rates is just the start of a period of substantially higher rates. “We’re coming to an end, in the near term, of the Fed artificially keeping rates low.And high deficits mean the supply of debt from the government won’t stop - but demand from the Fed to buy it will. That means we’ll see interest rates heading higher - not into the stratosphere, but a plateau higher than we’re at today. It could take 18 to 24 months, or it could happen in six months.” The recent jump in rates has meant a rout in the value of bonds

Niles Senior Center February Registrations Drop off registration for programs advertised in the January/February Naturally Active began January 7. Walk-in registrations began Wednesday, January 12th. Non-members should contact a program coordinator as to when they may register for classes and

and some bond funds. But Glassman argues that the longerterm trend will be positive for retirees. “Retirement could be saved for a lot of people if long-term certificates of deposit get to five percent sometime in the two years. “If retirees can earn five percent with very low risk, that will be very competitive with a higher-risk option like stocks. At that interest rate, there will be a huge wave of demand from retirees who will want to lock in at that rate for 10 years. They’ll take money out of money markets and the stock market to do it.” The financial stress retirees have been coping with isn’t limited to interest rates, of course.The erosion of traditional defined benefit pensions means that just 20 percent of private sector workers can count on monthly pension income. And Social Security is replacing a smaller percentage of income due to the increasing full retirement age implemented in 1983, rising Medicare Part B premium deductions and more Social Security income is subject

to income tax. Inflation also poses a big threat to retirees. Social Security hasn’t paid a cost-of-living adjustment for the past two years and its formula doesn’t recognize the higher rates of medical inflation experienced by seniors. Nearzero interest rates on money market funds and certificates of deposit exacerbate inflation’s impact. But if Glassman is right, we could be on the verge of a significant shift in the investment landscape as the baby boomer age wave accelerates and demand for low-risk investments accelerates. As Glassman puts it: “Five percent is the new eight percent.” What will higher rates mean for housing? Not much, Glassman argues. He thinks most people who can refinance their mortgages already have done so. And the government can’t keep rates at ultra-low levels indefinitely in hopes that housing will recover.“Housing’s recovery will be much more sensitive to employment than interest rates,” he says. “Getting the jobless rate down will do more for housing than anything else.” Surprisingly enough, rates have been rising despite a massive push by the Federal Reserve in the opposite

direction via the massive $600 billion bond-buying spree known by the short-hand QE2 (second round of quantitative easing in monetary policy, aimed at stimulating the economy). But Glassman doesn’t see that getting in the way of rising rates over the longer term. That’s because bond investors are looking down the road to the point in the future when the QE2 bond purchases end. As the program ends, demand for bonds will lessen, but supply will stay high; that will push bond prices lower and yields higher. “Given how the economy is recovering, investors are already looking beyond the end of QE2 and demanding higher yields today,” Glassman adds. “As we hear more good news about earnings and employment, investors are going to be even more confident that there will not be a quantitative easing trilogy -QEIII.”

programs at the Niles Senior Center. Generally, non-members must wait until five (5) days prior to an event’s/program’s confirmation due date. For more information about program eligibility, contact one of our program coordinators.

forms are available at the Front Desk, Membership Service Desk or on-line.

Cook County Assessor’s Office will offer an informative presentation on understanding your tax bill. Learn what the bill numbers represent and what they mean to you.

Individuals must be a registered member of the Niles Senior Center to receive the member price. Membership application

Understanding your Property Tax Bill, Friday, Jan. 28th, 10:0011:00 Free A representative from the

Mark Miller is the author of “The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for Money, Work and Living” (John Wiley & Sons/ Bloomberg Press, June 2010). Subscribe to Mark’s free weekly eNewsletter at Contact: (c) 2011 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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Starting January 26th, Qualified Seniors May Call The Senior Center to Schedule Your Free Appointment – Appointments may only be scheduled through the TAX APPOINTMENT LINE 847 588-8440. Tax law changes enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama in December mean a delay in filing taxes. Our first appointments will be February 14th to give the IRS time to reprogram its processing systems. If you are unsure when you will be ready to file, contact the tax line. If you don’t have all your forms, don’t wait until the arrive to schedule an appointment, ask to be scheduled in late February or March. Table Reservations Now Being Taken for Annual Rummage Sale If you are interested in reserving a table for this year’s April 30th Rummage Sale, contact Jaymi Blickhahn (847 588-8420) as soon as possible. There are limited spaces available. A $5 donation for your table is required to reserve your table. The Rummage Sale is set for Saturday, April 30 from 9AM1PM. Art Institute of Chicago Trip & Lunch, Wednesday, February 9, 9:30-2:30 $61M/$66NM. Explore on your own the wondrous art collections of the Art Institute that represent the world’s most diverse artistic traditions. Explore modern, classical, American, African, Asian, and other art forms. Included in the fee is motor coach service, lunch at the Art Institute in the new Millennium Room. Lunch includes hot seasonal soup, grilled chicken breast with Swiss chard, sautéed tomatoes, and a tarragon sauce, coffee, tea, white tea, and lavender cheesecake. Art Institute policy does not allow for meal substitutions. This trip requires walking. Nite Club in the Afternoon starring Jimmy Niteclub, Fri., Feb. 18, 12:00 $13M/$18NM Join us for a fabulous afternoon of entertainment by Jimmy Niteclub who will be singing your favorite songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,

Perry Como, and others. Prior to the show, you’re sure to enjoy our catered lunch featuring your choice of a half-slab of ribs or Grecian Chicken, both served with a baked potato, salad, roll and dessert. Reserved seating sheet is available at the Front Desk. WINTER CLASSES SET TO BEGIN Call Senior Center for class descriptions. Late enrollments are accepted. Carving Center, Thursdays, January 13- March 10 1-3PM $45M/$50NM Crochet Away with Lucille, February 2- March 2, 10:3011:30AM $25M/$30NM Intro to iPad – Thurs., Feb 10 Free 10-11AM OnLine Coupons and Discounts, Tuesday Feb. 15 1-2:30PM $10M/$15NM Shopping OnLine, Thurs., Feb. 17, 1-2:30PM $10M/$15NM Banking OnLine, Tuesday& Thursday, Feb. 22 & 24 1-2:30 $20M/$25NM Uploading Photos, Tuesday & Thursday, March 1 & 3 $20M/$25NM Quilting – Call Center for Current Information

We Need to Talk: Conversations with Older Drivers, Mon. Feb. 7, 2-3:00PM Free Because driving represents independence and freedom for most older adults, the idea of limiting of giving up driving can be a deeply personal and emotional issue. That’s why AARP created information to help families address sensitive subjects and foster meaningful conversations. Please join Dr. Om Jahari for this very important seminar on how to stay driving longer- safely, and when it is appropriate to stop. Lap Robe for Veterans in Need of Yarn Donations Our dedicated volunteers make lap robes for veterans throughout the year using donated yarn. We have been out of yarn for several months and are looking for donations of clean, full 4 ply yarn. Please contact MaryAnn at the Center or drop by with your donations. Caregiver Support Available at the Senior Center If you have questions about resources to assist a caregiver or would like to participate in a caregiver support group, please


again? Starting at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 28, Bob Burton, Professor Emeritus of Communications at Oakton Community College, shows his video featuring clips of some of the best movie memories.  From Chaplin to Connery, from Capra to Spielberg, they’re here to see and enjoy.  After viewing the video, enter the Movie Memories trivia contest.  Fee of $5 includes program and refreshments.   FEBRUARY MONTHLY  DINNER DELIGHTS LUNCHEON    Dinner Delights  can be made The doors will open at noon easy and enjoy the taste of on Monday, February 21 for the home cooking without all the February monthly luncheon.  work.  The choice can be made Lunch will be served at to take  dinner home or eat at 12:30 p.m. and will include the Center.  Meals are $6 each spaghetti with meat sauce, or $7 with dessert.  Family of 4 garlic bread, salad and dessert.  only $25 with dessert.  February Entertainment will be provided by Tom Stanfield, a vocalist 9 meal  consists of macaroni who also plays the piano and and cheese, broccoli, side salad trmpet.  His program will be a and garlic roll.  On February 23 patriotic salute to Presidents.  it’s Western chili mac and corn Fee of $11 includes lunch bread.  Registration for  Dinner and entertainment.  Members Delights is taken at the Center, should make reservations online or at Maine Park.   following current policy.  NEW FUNDRAISER   For every meal purchased MOVIE MEMORIES Why are come movies See CENTERS, page 22 worth watching over and over contact Bev Wessels at 847-5888420. Niles FREE Bus: How it Works, Every Friday at 10 AM. Meet Tom Surace,Transportation Supervisor for the Village of Niles, who will explain how to use the FREE Bus. Call 847-588-8420 to register.

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CENTER Continued from page 21 January through March at All on the Road Catering, 114 Main St., Park Ridge, by a Senior Center member, $2.00 will be contributed to the Center. Pick up a punch card at the Center and have it punched each time you purchase a meal.  After all punches are used, leave the completed card with All on the Road Catering.  A new card can be obtained at the Center at Any time.

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a discount on all programs, activities, and trips, Program Calendar & Newsletter six times per year, information on local, state, and federal issues affecting seniors, and invitations to special events and presentations. Membership dues are $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple/household for a full year. Everyone welcome! Call North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove at 847-470-5223 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or stop by the Senior Center, 6140 Dempster Street in Morton Grove, to become a member.

North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove The North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove, located Center at 6140 Dempster Street, offers programs, activities, and travel opportunities for adults. All programs and membership are operated by North Shore Senior Center based in Northfield. You may register for all programs at the Senior Center or call 847470-5223.

The Bottom Dollar: Healthy Eating on a Budget Food is expensive.Healthy food can be even more expensive. Nutrition expert Ashlee Roffe of ProvisionsRD will explore ways to incorporate budget- friendly foods into your life. Learn to maximize your food dollars while also enjoying great tasting and low cost meals. Presentation is Wednesday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m., and is $4 for MG members and $5 for non-members. For more information or to register contact 847-470-5223.

Senior Center Membership Become a member of North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove (NSSC in MG) and enjoy opportunities to live longer, happier, healthier lives through an array of programs, activities, trips and services. NSSC in MG Members receive

De-Mystifying Annuities with MarSue Durrbeck, Financial Coach We are living longer than ever, and the array of financial products to help us save and plan for these years has grown very large. Annuities offer a number of options for

providing a lifetime income, but many people shy away from them because they can be so confusing. This session will explore how annuities work, help you evaluate companies and their products, and how to choose payout options. Presentation is Monday, February 14 at 1:00 pm, and is $4 for MG members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information or to register contact 847-4705223. Clubs and Special Interest Groups NSSC in Morton Grove has many clubs and special interest groups that meet weekly, such as bridge, Mah Jongg, Canasta, Humanities Treasures, Needlework, Poker, and more. New members are always welcome. Most clubs have a $6 MG member and $9 non-member fee per term. Registration required for all clubs and special interest groups. Health Screenings Morton Grove Family and Senior Services Department offers health screenings available at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster Street. Diabetes Screenings will now be held every Tuesday from 9 -10am. Blood Pressure Screening will be held every Tuesday and Friday from 9 -11am. Both are free of charge. Cholesterol Screening will be held the first Wednesday of each month. Cost: $10 for residents

over age 65. There is a $12 fee for residents under 65 and for non-residents. Prime Care Resources will be providing the health screenings. Appointments are necessary for cholesterol screening. Call 847-470-5223 for an appointment. Podiatry Screening and Nail Care Dr. Jeffrey Garrard will provide basic foot care and nail clipping on the first Tuesday of each month between 10 am and noon. Cost:  Medicare will be billed.  Non-Medicare clients will be charged $35.00.  Appointments are required.  Call 847-470-5223 for more information or to make an appointment.

MaineStreamers The Maine Township MaineStreamers program offers a variety of opportunities for residents 55 and older. All residents and property owners are invited to apply for membership. Membership includes a free subscription to the MaineStreamers monthly newsletter, which details all activities for the upcoming month. Most activities take place at Maine Town Hall located at 1700 Ballard Rd. in Park Ridge. Members pay individually for whichever activities they want to participate in. Valentine Ornament Craft Class Tuesday, February 1 1:30 p.m.

to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $6 – Registration Required Creating valentines the ol’ fashion way with a modern sparkle. Join us as we combine vintage ephemera, pretty papers, and chenille to make lovely valentines. Everyone will come away with their own little creations. Travel Fiesta Party Friday, February 4 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Joe Conroy of American Classic Tours will preview some of the 2011 trips we have planned. Come, get a sneak preview of each trip and be informed before you make your decision. Refreshments and a door prize raffle will be held. Registration required.

Day Trip The following Day Trip is currently on sale. In order to sign up for a Day Trip you must first sign up to be a member and then a reservation form will be sent to you.To become a member call the MaineStreamers at 847-297-2510 and ask for an application. All Day Trips depart from Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles. Taste of Chicago Trip (Chicagoland Area) Tuesday, March 8 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. $77 members / $82 guests See SENIORS, page 23


SENIORS Continued from page 22 World re-nowned restaurants, diverse ethnic cuisine, and the entrepreneurial spirit come together to form an exciting food culture in Chicago. Join us on a journey to see how Chicago Cooks! Taste the delicious baked goods made from time-tested recipes at a family-owned Italian Bakery. The bakery began in Little Italy and it continues to this day along with the familyowned candy business. Enjoy a visit to Chicago’s unique Italian Grocery over 100 prepared specialties are featured at this neighborhood landmark in Little

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Bright and shiny that night The Park Ridge Community Stars were out in force on Jan. 22 at the Chamber’s annual dinner. Here, l to r, are Maine Township Clerk, Gary K. Warner, Chamber Director Alexander Barton, Chamber Outgoing President Dave Donovan, Past President Dick Barton, and Township Highway Commissioner Robert Provenzano. Warner and Provenzano are also past winners of a Community Star Award. Dick Barton was also presented with the President’s Award by Donovan that night in recognition of his many contributions to the Chamber and Park Ridge. The new 2011 Board was inducted by Mayor Dave Schmidt.

HAPPY Continued from page 6 to our own neighbors also cuts short their fund-raising opportunity. That’s why these days you see our scouts selling cookies from booths in front of Sam’s Club and Jewel. Also a challenge is the very fact that we live in a world chock full of fund-raisers. There are band members selling chocolate bars and homeschooled kids selling newspaper subscriptions. We buy wrapping paper and Boy Scout popcorn, flower bulbs

and magazines. Schools host bake sales and spare change drives while cheerleaders wash cars. And of course, there’s Market Day. All of these fund-raisers are equally important. They provide the means for class trips and equipment, camping excursions and museum visits, projectors and patches and more. In scouts, they often allow for reduced troop dues so children from families that can’t pay still can participate in a program that teaches leadership, citizenship and instills confidence in its young members. So when you see our girls at your doorstep or out

front of your nearby grocer, consider buying a box. Keep it for yourself or donate it to our servicemen and women overseas. And if you don’t make a purchase, give a smile and some encouragement. Selling to the public is tough for youngsters, and the whole process raises confidence as well as funds. In return, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you helped a good cause. Your tastebuds will thank you as well. Sherri Dauskurdas Bugle Staff


Italy.Taste the delicacies and hear about the history of the sore and neighborhood. Enjoy lunch at a charming French Bistro, Bistro Margot in Old Town. The menu consists of your choice of the day of Corque Monsieur (ham and cheese sandwich) and frites or vegetarian quiche and salad. Dessert features profiterole. Savor the scents at a one of a kind spice shop. This family owned business supplies the freshest spices and herbs from around the world. Visit an old fashioned chocolate shop reminiscent of those in small resort towns. Three generations have been making candy since 1963. Watch them make candy and take home a taste!




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