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FEBRUARY 21, 2013

Vol. 57 No. 20




n the wake of the largest annual deficit in the U.S. Postal Service’s history, the agency has announced a plan to cut Saturday mail delivery. While the plan remains uncertain, it is equally uncertain what the move will mean for customers, small business owners and Page 3 employees. Jonathan Samples/Bugle Staff

Thomas Rojas, who has worked as a letter carrier in DuPage County for 2.5 years, organizes mail before heading out on his route.



Park Ridge extends O’Hare expansion impact survey By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

Park Ridge officials have decided to extend their survey on the impact the next stages of O’Hare expansion will have on residents for a few more weeks. Park Ridge O’Hare Airport Commission has been directing residents to its online survey at http://www.surveymonkey. com/s/OAC2013Survey. The survey is part of the commission’s research into the level of residents’ awareness of airport issues, including what Park Ridge residents should expect with the next stages of O’Hare expansion.

The survey’s data will be presented to Park Ridge officials and the public by March at the latest. “We’re doing the last push for the rest of the week and the weekend, maybe a bit longer,” said Park Ridge City Manager Shawn Hamilton. “I think that I checked earlier today, and I believe that we had about over 200 responses so far. We have a final marking push to get people to take the survey.” He said once the numbers are tabulated, the commission plans on getting that data out at the next scheduled airport commission meeting.

St. John Brebeuf honors student accomplishments at assembly Saint John Brebeuf School in Niles ended the second quarter of the 2012-2013 school year with an assembly honoring all the accomplishments of students in sixth through eighth grade. Students were honored for achieving the first or second honor roll and were also recognized for participating in the Science of Fair. Additionally 14 students were also recognized as “Peacekeepers,” students that were chosen by their peers who go above and beyond in the classroom by helping, caring and showing compassion to their classmates. SUBMITTED PHOTO

In a letter send out Nov. 26 to state and federal elected officials, Park Ridge leaders said: “In November 2008, the first new runway in 40 years opened at O’Hare, sending as many as 400 flights daily down Belle Plaine Avenue. For residents close to the new runway, there are days when flights as loud as a lawn mower occur every 45 seconds for hours on end. Pollution is increased, safety is a concern, sleep is disrupted, outdoor areas cannot be used for conversation, and the quality of life has decreased considerably.” When the letter was originally sent

out, it asked state and federal officials to take into consideration the people affected by O’Hare’s expansion. And it was not long after the letter was sent that Park Ridge officials began to try to get residents in the area interested in the affects the project could have on their community. Early in December, another organization, the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, had started to arrange for the soundproofing of homes affected by the noise from the planes.The soundproofing is being provided to homes that have a noise level that falls above a certain number

of decibels due to air traffic. The ONCC was established in 1996 and is dedicated to reducing aircraft noise in the communities around O’Hare International Airport. In November, ONCC member Jim Argionis said some homes in the area were already soundproofed, while others are scheduled to be. He said the O’Hare expansion project will entail closing down certain runways over Arlington Heights and opening additional ones with flight patterns over Park Ridge, leading to more noise pollution there.




Postal service hopes 5-day service will cut costs By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

In the wake of the largest annual deficit in the U. S. Postal Service’s history, the agency recently announced a plan to deliver packages and parcels Monday through Saturday but limit mail delivery for Monday through Friday starting Aug. 5. The proposed move is expected to save the Postal Service $2 billion annually, said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe in a released statement. But with a fiscal year deficit of $15.9 billion in 2012,it is not certain just what the move will mean for the agency’s bottom line. “We understand that the situation of the Postal Service and our need to cut cost and generate revenue at the same time,” said Beverly Howard, spokesperson for the Central Illinois District of the USPS.“We’re always doing things to keep us viable. We still have to do what’s necessary to reduce cost, and, at the same time, generate revenue.” Howard said the scheduling plan is necessary, but added it is up to Congress whether it will be implemented. “We were hoping we would have gotten some type if comprehensive postal legislation done to help us out,” Howard said.“We’ve been looking for that for quite some time and haven’t received it. Our hands are kind of tied, so we’re really going to need some type of postal legislation.” While the plan remains uncertain, it is equally uncertain what the move will mean for customers, small business owners and employees. Donahue said the equivalent of 22,500 jobs would be lost due to the proposed schedule change through eliminating overtime, attrition and union buyouts. The

Central Illinois District has 10,912 employees and includes the entire state south of Rockford with the exception of Chicago. Specific details of the plan are still unclear, and that lack of clarity has some employees wary about what the proposed schedule change could mean for their carriers.

Carriers concerned “I thought, ‘Wow, am I going to have a job?’” said letter carrier Thomas Rojas, describing how he felt after hearing about the plan.“Is it going to affect my job, my hours, my pay? I have a wife and kids.How is it going to affect my life?” Rojas, who has been working with the Postal Service for two and a half years, said he hasn’t heard much from his supervisors about what the move good mean in terms of job security or relocation, which adds to his concerns. However, he said hopes his is not one of the jobs that will be lost or relocated. “I love this Job, being gout here on my own,” he said.“I want to stay in this area here. I’m used to the people. I just love my job here, and I hope I get to keep it.” “Employee impacts would be non-existent,” said Sean Hargadon, a spokesperson for the Post Office. “We would have them either petition to get on other assignments, go to attrition or choose retirement. We don’t lay off employees. Usually that’s how that works.” Employee attrition is when an employee retires or voluntarily leaves their job. When an employee is laid off the company seeks someone to replace them. But in cases of attrition, after the employee leaves voluntarily, the job vacancy is left unfilled, or that job role is eliminated altogether. Information released by the Post Office claims that

by transitioning to the new schedule, it will save 45 million work hours, or the 22,500 jobs being reported as lost. However, the Post Office’s pursuit of attrition and elimination of overtime over layoffs, when combined with previous cuts and consolidations, will mean an additional workload placed on existing employees. Since 1999, the USPS workforce has been cut by more than 300,000. Customers of the Postal Service were less moved by the schedule change, as most seemed content with the decision. “I feel very strongly that they should have done it a long time ago,” said Downers Grove resident Joe Spivak. “They have to start running this more like a business and do away with waste. There’s waste in the United Postal Service that would exist nowhere in the private sector. This is definitely a step in the right direction.” Karen Ramanauskas was less supportive of the decision but said the Postal Service should do what needs to be done. “Actually, I like to have my mail on Saturdays, because I don’t do the online bill paying,” she said. “On the other hand, if it’s saving the post office money, I can understand where they’re coming from by cutting the Saturday service. But if it was up to me, I’d like to keep the Saturday service.” Kevin Keogh said he doesn’t feel the move will impact residential customers all that much. “As a resident, I don’t see it as a problem, because you still have mail Monday through Friday,” he said. “Business? That could be another issue.” Questions surrounding small businesses prompted one local chamber leader to reach out to

members to gauge their reactions. “I haven’t heard back any feedback from members … but I know they said that kind of statistically that Saturday wouldn’t matter to residents but only have a slight impact on businesses,” said Katie Schneider, executive director for the Niles Chamber of Commerce. She said that currently,the chamber was reaching out to its member businesses to see how moving to the new delivery schedule it would affect them, if at all.

Lawmakers worried Still, some area lawmakers are worried about the effects the schedule change could have on the disabled, seniors and veterans. For instance U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D, IL-8) sent a letter to Donahoe asking that the Post Office continue delivering medications to all Americans six days a week. “Whether it is a homebound senior that cannot walk or drive to the pharmacy, or a Veteran who lives in a rural area with limited access to the prescription drugs they need, many of these home delivery beneficiaries

cannot afford to go without their medications for days,” said Duckworth in the statement. She also said that she wanted to express concern with the end the United States Postal Service’s tradition of six-day mail delivery and its effect on the growing population of seniors, servicemen and women, Veterans and disabled Americans who rely on home delivery of their prescription drugs. Eighty-five members of the House of Representatives signed Duckworth’s bipartisan letter to Donahoe. Currently federal legislation will prohibit the Postal Service from adopting a five-day schedule, but that legislation will expire in March. Donahue has asked Congress to allow the agency to implement the new schedule starting Aug. 5. If Congress does not prohibit the new schedule, the Postal Service would still deliver packages and prescription drugs six days a week, and post offices currently open on Saturdays will continue to operate, allowing customers to drop off mail and purchase stamps or other materials.


Police Blotter


The following items were compiled from the official reports of the Morton Grove, Niles, and Park Ridge Police Departments. Appearing in the police blotter does not constitute a finding of guilt, only a court of law can make that determination.




Niles Daniela Pietrukaniec, 52, of the 7600 block of N. Long, Skokie, was arrested Feb. 2 for Retail Theft on the 7300 block of Melvina.






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Amanda R. Grzetic, 21, of the 8700 block of Elmore, Niles, was arrested Feb. 4 at a residence on the 8700 block of Elmore for Aggravated Assault


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Gusti Petrov, 35, of the 6000 block of N. Jersey, Chicago, was arrested Feb. 5 near the intersection of Caldwell & Lexington for driving with a Suspended DL.


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Julie J. Waryck, 21, of the 26000 block of N. Highland, Mundelein, was arrested on Feb. 5 for Retail Theft on the 6100 block of Touhy.


Edward J. Simmons, 21, of the 5600 block of S. Maplewood, Chicago, was arrested Feb. 6 near the 5700 block of Touhy for driving with a Suspended DL.


Jeffrey A. Siegel, 26, of the 8000 block of Elmwood, Skokie, was arrested Feb. 6 near the intersection of Harlem and Chase for driving with a Suspended DL.

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Anakaren MariscalAlvarado of the 40 block of N. East River Rd, Des Plaines, was arrested on Feb. 6 in a parking lot 9500 block of Greenwood for Leaving The Scene of an Accident.


Sharon Nikho, 19, of the 4800 block of W. Grove, Skokie, was arrested on Feb. 6 for Retail Theft on the 6100 block of Touhy.


Atra R. Ishaya, 29, of the 8600 block of Milwaukee, Niles, was arrested Feb. 7 for Retail Theft on the 6100 block of Touhy.


Michael Potrzeba, 29, of the 6600 Albion, Niles, was arrested Feb. 7 for Domestic Battery after turning himself in to police on the 7000 block of Touhy.

Laura M. Walsh, 44, of the 6800 Northwest Highway, Chicago, was arrested Feb. 9 on the 5600 block of Touhy for Criminal Trespass to Building and Disorderly Conduct.

K. Whittle, 46, of the 11 Brian 7100 block of Lee, Niles, was arrested Feb. 8 near the 7400 block of Harlem for two counts of DUI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Hernandez, 38, 15 Wilson of the 2700 N. Melvina, Chicago, was arrested Feb. 10 on the 8600 block of Milwaukee for DUI.


Nina Zwaig, 44, of the 9100 block of Terrace, Niles, was arrested Feb. 9 for was arrested on the 8800 block of Golf for DUI.


Oweiss Ahmad, 26, of the 8800 block of Grand, Niles, was arrested Feb. 9 on the 9000 block of Greenwood for DUI.



T. Eck, 27, of the 1600 16 Erik W. Morse, Chicago, was arrested Feb. 10 on the 5600 block of Touhy for Retail Theft. Glenn Davis, 27, of the 400 block of W. Touhy, Des Plaines, was arrested Feb. 11 on the 7900 block of Milwaukee for driving with a Suspended DL.


Carlos A. Cuellar, 33, of the 5000 block of Lincoln, Morton Grove, was arrested on Feb. 11 for two counts of DUI on the 7900 block of Milwaukee.


Batgerel Mashbat, 37, of the 2300 block of S. Lexington, Mount Prospect, was arrested Feb. 11 on the 9100 block of Golf for DUI.


Nicholas T. West, 32, of the 70 block of W. Drive, Northlake, was arrested Feb. 11 on the 5700 block of Howard for Aggravated Assault and Criminal Damage.


T. Roman, 26, of the 21 Mark 710 block of E. Shabonee Tr, Mount Prospect, was arrested Feb. 12 at Golf Mill Center for Retail Theft.

Park Ridge Stephen Chacko, 36, of the 9100 block of N. Delphia, Des Plaines was arrested Feb. 4 on the 200 block of S. Vine for Disorderly Conduct.


Michelle Karabetsos, 19, of the 1200 block of S. Linden, Park Ridge was arrested on Feb. 5 at the intersection of Touhy & Delphia for DUIDrugs, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Valid Insurance, No DL.


Chaquina Hunter, 26, of the 1200 block of S. Lawndale, Chicago, was arrested Feb. 8 on the 100 block of Euclid


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Niles moves forward with environmental action plan By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

At a Feb. 12 public hearing, the Niles Board of Trustees and interested residents sat through a presentation of the Niles Environmental Action Plan. “Niles is being really forwardthinking,” said Kristen Ihnchak, a senior planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. She was there to present the plan’s proposed initiatives to the board at the hearing. “The plan has a lot of recommendations that have a lot of different topics.” CMAP was created to integrate planning for land use and transportation for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents by 2040, CMAP has established coordinated strategies that help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, housing,

“Niles is being really

forward-thinking. The plan has a lot of recommendations that have a lot of different topics.” Kristen Ihnchak, planner,Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning economic development, open space, the environment and other quality-of-life issues. One of those recommendations in Niles includes updating the village’s development regulations to remove barriers and encourage sustainable practices, the adoption of a municipal policy to build any new village facilities and retro-fit existing facilities to recognized green building standards. Additionally Ihnchak said creating a green handbook and pursuing LEED, or similar, certification for a municipal facility is an additional step that could be taken.

The Niles Environmental Action Plan is just one of the many that CMAP has helped create. Currently CMAP is providing technical assistance to about 100 communities to create comprehensive plans with environmental sustainability. For Niles, the initial steps of this process began in July of last year involved four Steering Committee meetings, stakeholder interviews and meetings with village staff.

Bike, pedestrian plan One area that Niles is currently working on, but still has much to do,was in the creation of a villagewide bicycle and pedestrian plan. CMAP recommended the village promote alternative transportation and permit and/ or require the installation of bicycle facilities throughout the community. “We tried; it’s just not a safe environment,” said Niles Assistant Village Manager Steven Vinezeano previously about creating dedicated bike lanes

on Niles’ Milwaukee Avenue. He added that Illinois officials have repeatedly told Niles they don’t want bicycles on that section of the road due to the perceived danger that motorists would cause cyclists. Vinezeano has said that on Milwaukee Avenue between Albion Avenue and Gold Road, the chances of adding a bike lane are non-existent. But the village, in its comprehensive transportation plan, is very interested in pursuing a villagewide bicycle plan in the near future. However, CMAP already has worked with the Cook County Forest Preserve District to extend the North Branch Bicycle Trail, the longest linear trail in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s system.

Trail to be extended Currently, the trail ends at the intersection of Devon and Caldwell, but the trail will now be extended three miles south, as far as the Irene Hernandez

Woods at Foster and Kostner. This route extension will allow cyclists to merge onto City of Chicago on-street bike lanes to reach the Chicago lakefront trail without having the navigate streets not friendly to bike traffic. The trail will run through Niles and Morton Grove and end at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Once all the expansion is completed, the trail will connect to the Greenway Trail in Lake County, as well as to Metra and PACE lines. At the meeting, Trustee Joe LoVeerde asked Ihnchak if her experience partnering with Cook County Forest Preserve District could lead to the village adding sections of the forests they oversee as more green open spaces under the purview of Niles. Vinezeano said continuing to connect bike and pedestrian access to the Cook County Forest Preserve’s trails will create the perception of more open spaces for Niles residents.

Park Ridge police arrest three for house, car burglaries not charges will be filed at the end of an investigation,” said Des Plaines Police Chief William On Feb. 7 the Park Ridge police Kushner in a public statement department arrested three on Feb. 12. suspects,twoinconnection However, Chicago to home burglaries in police charged the community and one Poplawski with three in connection to vehicle counts of residential burglaries in the area. burglary and Dybala The arrests of Mariusz with two counts of Poplawski, 24, and residential burglary Sebastian Dybala, 23, both Poplawski on Feb. 7. Poplawski is of Des Plaines on Feb. 7 being held on $50,000 were coordinated by three bail and Dybala is being law enforcement agencies. held on $100,000 bail. Park Ridge and Des Park Ridge Deputy Plaines police worked Chief Louis Jogmen said together to observe the that his department two men after they were was not planning notified of a possible on filing additional burglary of a condo charges against the Dybala building in the 8700 men at this point in the block of W. Bryn Mawr investigation. Ave. Chicago police then The other arrest arrested the two men on Feb. 7 was of as the burglary police Michelle Karabetsos, witnessed Poplawski and 19, of Chicago. She is Dybala allegedly commit alleged to be one of happened in Chicago. the suspects that have The two men are linked burglarized several Karabetsos to more than one burglary automobiles in the area. and Des Plaines police say Officers responded early that their investigation of Poplawski that day to a call that suspicious and Dybala’s is ongoing. people with flashlights that were “I cannot tell you whether or allegedly looking into parked cars By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

on the corner of Meacham Avenue and Elm Street in Park Ridge. When they arrived to investigate, officers were able to locate two subjects matching the description given by the caller, which led to the arrest of Karabetsos. She was with another female suspect but that suspect was released without charge as there was no evidence to charge her. Karabetsos allegedly entered three cars but only took change from one of them. Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Karabetsos with felony burglary to motor vehicle and she is being held on

$10,000 bail. “This is yet another excellent example of the public helping us to keep the community safe. Had it not been for the individual

that called, our officers may not have been in the area in time to observe and interview the suspects,” said Park Ridge Chief of Police Frank Kaminski.



BLOTTER Continued from page 4 for No Valid DL and Expired Registration. Dennis Bereza, 19, of the 200 block of N. Aldine, Park Ridge, was arrested Feb. 8 at the intersection of Potter and Dempster for DUI-Drugs, Improper Lane Usage, No Valid Insurance.


Alejandro Casas, 21, of the 4600 block of N. Winthrop, Chicago, was arrested Feb. 10 at the 100 block of N. Dee for Driving without a DL, No Valid Insurance and Speeding.


Asturrizaga , 24, of 27 Nicholas the 2400 block of Madiera Ln., Buffalo Grove, was arrested Feb. 10 at the intersection of Greenwood and Cedar for Disobeying a Red Light and DUI. Dartaneyal Langston, 21, of the 900 block of N. Drake, Chicago, was arrested Feb. 10 on the 1900 block of S. Cumberland for Retail Theft.


Eric Biarnesen, 18 yrs, of the 8000 block of N. Ottawa, Niles, was arrested Feb. 10 at the intersection of Higgins and Dee for DUI-Drugs, Possession of Cannabis, Loud Muffler, More Than One Passenger, Failure to Secure Passenger.


Morton Grove Sair Arapovic,21,of Franklin Park was arrested on Feb. 9 at the intersection of Dempster and Waukegan For DUI Alcohol.


Elizabeth Bolin, 19, of Park Ridge was arrested Feb. 9 at the intersection of Dempster and Narragansett for DUI Alcohol.


Kenneth F. Wallegnberg, 47, of Morton Grove was arrested Feb. 9 on the 6700 block of Palma for DUI Alcohol.


Obituaries Dorothy Beverly Dorothy Alice Beverley nee Majewski. Age 87, Forever 29.   Beloved wife of the late Bernard.   Loving mother of Bernie, Susan, Pauline (Ray) Boness and Michael (Sandra).  Dearest grandmother of 8.   She is survived by her brother Edwin (Rose) Majewski and sisters Janet Lizewski and Virginia Majewski. Loving Aunt of many nieces and nephews and a friend

James Lowder James Lane Lowder, age 67, served in the USN Submarine Fleet during the Vietnam War; Beloved husband of Pamela nee Voegel; Loving father of Michael (fiancée Mary), Jonathan (fiancée Sally), and Karen. Dear brother of Arthur (Lydia); Fond uncle of Jim (Emily) and Tim; Preceded in death by his parents James and Adeline Lowder.   Visitation was 3 to 9 p.m.

Frank Tomasiewicz Frank “Jerry” Tomasiewicz, age 70, U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam, beloved husband of Patricia nee Wolkowicz; loving father of Daniel (Melissa) and Caryn Tomasiewicz; dear brother of Joseph (Theresa) and Ken (Judy).

Genevieve Trasatti Genevieve Trasatti; of Morton Grove, beloved wife of the late Joseph; loving mother of Joseph (Nancy), Jean Andersen (Larry Stotts) and Carol Trasatti; cherished grandmother of Bransom (Jill) Trasatti and Jimmy Euting; dear great grandmother of Vincent,


IDES recovers $44 million from cheats

Martin Martinez, 30, of Park Ridge was arrested Feb. 11 at the intersection of Dempster and Ferris for driving with a Suspended DL.

In 2012, more than $44 million was recovered from 20,000 people who wrongfully collected unemployment insurance, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Feb. 13. Federal tax returns were

Jose Zamora-Melina, 30, of Chicago was arrested Feb. 11 at the intersection of Grosspoint and Lincoln for driving without a Valid DL.


News to many. Visitation was 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles.  Funeral was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, to St. John Brebeuf Church for 11 a.m. Mass. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery. Dorothy was a librarian with the Niles Public Library for many years, and a member of many organizations. Her loving and vivacious spirit will be dearly missed. Sunday Feb. 10 at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Funeral Services were Monday, Feb 11, to St. John Brebeuf Church for Mass.   Interment was at Maryhill Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated.   Mr. Lowder was an employee of the CTA for 29 years, Aldridge Electric for over 10 years, and a member of IBEW Local No. 9. Visitation was at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, on Sunday, Feb. 10. The funeral was Monday, Feb. 11 to St. Paul of the Cross Church for Mass. Entombment was at Maryhill Mausoleum. Memorials maybe sent to the Alzheimer Association.

Nikko and Dante; Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, Funeral was Friday, Feb. 8 to St Martha Church for Mass. Interment was at St. Adalbert Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to to the American Cancer Society or to Heartland Animal Shelter.

confiscated from those who refused IDES’ offer of a repayment plan. So far this year, IDES has asked the Internal Revenue Service to seize an additional $226 million from 71,000 people who either purposefully defrauded the IDES or should have known they were not entitled to the temporary benefits.

North Shore offers support services to Morton Grove North Shore Senior Center is now offering support services for older adults at its Morton Grove location in the American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. These programs and services are valuable resources for individuals and families, particularly because they foster the well-being of older adults. This type of support allows seniors to avoiding costly nursing home stays, and provides them with the type of assistance they might need to remain independent in their own homes. “North Shore Senior Center, with its long and successful history in the area of social services is pleased to bring new offerings to the Morton Grove

community,” said Elizabeth Gordon, director of the organization’s Evanston Social Services Office. “These include a support group for family members taking care of loved ones, onsite assistance by trained staff with Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) applications, and help for Medicare beneficiaries by Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors. Residents are invited to call the main Morton Grove Social Services Office number, 847.663.3072, to obtain additional information or to make an appointment to meet with staff. The Social Services Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Morton Grove Chamber honors 2012 VIP of year Members of the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce honored the 2012 VIP of the Year, the Business Member of the Year and congratulated the newest Chamber Board of Directors at the 2013 VIP And Installation Dinner on Feb. 7 at Chateau Ritz in Niles. This annual dinner honors a Morton Grove resident who makes a difference within the community and a Chamber Business Member who has not only been involved within the Chamber but also within the community. The 2012 VIP, Kristina Otte, devoted the last three years to developing the Morton Grove Chamber Farmers Market. She recruited a group of community volunteers to help her bring the market to where it is today. Through Kristina’s efforts, Morton Grove has a fresh market for all citizens to buy quality fresh foods for their families. The Business Member of the Year is Minuteman Press, 6038 Dempster St. Morton Grove. Bea and Ken Lipski not only run a thriving business in Morton Grove, but also make time to help at Chamber and community events. During the Installation of

the 2013 Board, Mayor Dan Staakmann introduced the new board and charged the officers with their duty. Frank Tennant administered the oath of office. The 2013 Board of Directors is: President – Richard Block, Creative Promotional Products; Vice President – Jeannine Como, Dr. Robert E. Antman DDS; Treasurer – Teresa Hoffman Liston, Teresa Hoffman Liston Attorney at Law; Secretary – Deborah Manno, MB Financial Bank; Past President – Christina Marino, Century 21 Marino; Directors: Mark Albers, the Mark Albers Company, Cindy Kopczyk, Inland Bank, Bea Lipski, Minuteman Press, Ron Lundin, Lin-Mar Motors and Mark Matz, Big City Entertainment. Special recognition also was given to the Chamber Milestone Anniversaries which included: China Chef for 35 years of membership, Classic Design Awards, Giordano’s of Morton Grove, Creative Promotional Products, and Skokie Valley Air Control for 25 years of membership, and the final recognition went to Bonnie Burnett, who recently retired from village service but continues to help the Morton Grove Chamber.

ForuM Guest Columnist

‘Inalienable’ not the same as ‘unalienable’


group of people get together and vote. A majority decides, and then you have to do what they say, right? Not in America. Our country, unique in the world, was founded on individual rights. Not group rights or community rights, but rights attached to you, the individual. Our modern government education has done a perhaps intentionally dull job of teaching the how and why of America’s Founding. For instance, the distinction of “unalienable” and “inalienable’ rights has largely been lost. The final published and signed draft of the United States’ Declaration of Independence reads:“… all men are created equal, that they endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” It further stipulates that these rights are “self-evident.” It certainly wasn’t a selfevident truth for most of human

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history. From the earliest written history, some human beings were always under the power of other human beings.That changed with the Founding of America. Note the words inalienable and unalienable. Today, they’re taken to mean essentially the same thing, but they didn’t at the time of the signing and for over a century afterward. Black’s Law Dictionary, the premier and most used legal reference of the times, defines “inalienable” as not subject to alienation, and “unalienable” as incapable of being aliened.That is inalienable rights may be given up with your consent; unalienable rights cannot ever be taken away, even if you consent. The other distinction in American liberty is that our liberty is God-given.The reference to a Creator is fundamental to any type of real, See DUBIEL, page 22

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Illustrated Opinions

Letters to the Editor By their fruit you shall know them “When you have personal integrity, nothing else matters. When you don’t, nothing else matters!” ~ Benjamin Franklin Dan DiMaria has been an elected official for years, just now proudly promising to bring new business, listen to residents and even reinstitute the Council of Condo Associations (among other claims). Promises are easy to make, easier to deliver when what you’re promising has already been accomplished by others. For instance, the Condo Association is up and running for years, not requiring DiMaria’s help to “reactivate”it as claimed in his campaign literature. DiMaria has made loud statements about being uninformed, yet gets informational packets as do all elected village officials. Why was he so mistaken? Slipshod research, outright political dishonesty? More troubling are DiMaria’s activities surrounding a run

for Niles Township Republican Committeeman earlier this decade after leaving the Village Board. Something went terribly wrong concerning his petitions for candidacy.The details of what happened are public record.The Election Board heard testimony from candidate DiMaria himself about the irregularities and rendered the following about Dan DiMaria: “On another, deeper, level, we are appalled at the behavior confessed to by the candidate. It has no place in the public arena. We are, however, equally troubled by his legal position that as a candidate for public office he is to be held to no higher a standard in respect to upholding the election laws than any other person. We completely reject this assertion. The notion that a candidate could condone, and even commit, the conduct the Candidate here did and, as a consequence, suffer no more than the minimal impact of the loss of a few signatures is completely unacceptable.” ~

County Officers Electoral Board 05COEB TC05 1-6-2006 Trustee Dan DiMaria wants to be our Village President (or Mayor) of Morton Grove .That position requires more than a desire to hold office and I believe that Mr. DiMaria has been tried and found wanting. I will vote for Mayor Staackmann on February 26. “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm they do does not interest them. Or, they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in an endless struggle to think well of themselves.” ~ T.S. Eliot Patrick Kansoer Morton Grove Opinions printed on this page, whether in Letters to the Editor or in columns or cartoons, are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily of this newspaper, its publishers, editor or employees. Only editorials reflect the views of the newspaper.



DCFS hazing probe found evidence of abuse, neglect at District 207 The Department of Children and Family Services said that they have substantiated the neglect and abuse claims leveled against two soccer coaches named in the hazing scandal at Maine West High School. This closes yet another formal inquiry into the conduct of the coaches Michael Divincenzo and freshman coach Emilio Rodriguez. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office also has an ongoing criminal investigation into the matter. Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly said the DCFS finding that allegations were “indicated” — or substantiated — adds no pressure to prosecutors conducting Alvarez’s “top-tobottom” review of the case and that DCFS investigators face a lower burden of proof than prosecutors. The northwest suburban school district didn’t wait for either investigation to end before voting to fire the men, varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo and freshman coach Emilio Rodriguez.

Niles West names Ness as new principal Niles West assistant principal of student services Jason Ness has been named the next principal of the school, effective July 1.The District 219 school board approved his transfer at its Feb. 11 meeting. Ness has led the school’s student services programs since he became assistant principal in 2009 and was responsible for guidance and college counseling, social work and nursing services, crisis intervention, coordinating response to intervention and student scheduling. From 2007 to 2009 Ness was the principal of Niles Central, where he instituted a number of changes to provide a positive, incentive-based system for students to better meet their individualized learning plan goals. He began with D219 in 1999, when he was hired as a school psychologist at Niles North High School. Ness is a clinical psychologist. He received his doctorate in school psychology from Loyola University of Chicago in 2004, with specialization

in learning, assessment and school administration, D219 said. He earned a master’s degree in school psychology from Governors State University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Ness will be replacing former Niles West principal Kaine Osburn who recently announced that he would be leaving the school to become deputy superintendent of Naperville School District 203.

Oakton to participate in ‘One Billion Rising’ Oakton Community College’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program is joining organizations from more than 160 countries around the world to participate in “One Billion Rising,” a campaign calling for one billion men and women to raise awareness about violence against women. At Oakton, students, faculty, staff, and community members will gather, dance, and sing “Break the Chain,” One Billion Rising’s theme song.The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the main lobby of the college’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road) and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Ave.) More than 75 participants are expected to take part in One Billion Rising at the college’s campuses this year. V-Day, a global activist movement dedicated to ending violence against women and girls, is coordinating the event. Feb. 14 marks the group’s 15th anniversary.The One Billion Rising event is free and open to the public. More information about the world-wide campaign can be found at and

Niles student named to UWW Dean’s List Darcy Foreman of Niles, has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Dean’s List for the 2012 fall semester. Students on the dean’s list have demonstrated their academic abilities by receiving a grade point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester.The Registrar’s Office reports 2,917 students were selected for the Dean’s List for the fall semester.

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INSIDE: Wolves wrestler medals at state, page 12; Maine South swimmers, divers advance to state meet, page 13



Hawks win fourth straight regional By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

Before Maine South took the floor for the Feb. 14 regional title game against Maine West, Jacqui Grant and Regan Carmichael joked about the prospect of cutting down the nets—the time-honored tradition reserved for a team that wins a particular tournament or championship. “Regan was saying, ‘Cutting down the nets, yea, it’s a hobby of mine,’ ” Grant said, laughing. The Hawks’ postseason success in recent years has provided Carmichael and Grant with plenty of opportunities to hone their netcutting skills. And the senior duo was busy snipping away once again after the Hawks defeated Maine West 51-35 to win the regional crown. The title is Maine South’s fourth in a row and eighth in the past nine years. Grant has taken part in all four regional title celebrations; Carmichael three. “I love cutting down nets,” Carmichael said with a grin. “It never grows old,” Grant added. “It definitely is great to once again win it.” Maine West (13-15) jumped out to a 7-2 lead after Hawks got off to a slow start, missing their first seven attempts from the floor. However, Carmichael’s jumper capped a 6-0 run that put the Hawks ahead 8-7. Maine South head coach Mark Smith said he wasn’t overly concerned about the team’s start, because his players were getting open looks. “Our first two offensive possessions were really good,” he said.“We got three looks on each of the possessions. We got six shots, and all of them were misses.” The Warriors led 12-11 at quarter’s end, but that lead would be their last. Carmichael drained a three-pointer to start the second quarter, and then Grant went to

work inside. She tallied eight of her team-high 19 points during the quarter, while Maine South’s defense held Maine West scoreless the entire eight minutes. The Hawks (25-3) led 24-12 at the break. “I didn’t realize it was a shutout,” Smith said, “but I knew we held them down. Jacqui played really, really tough in the second quarter and in the second half, as well. She really got physical, and we found her (inside) and we scored.” Grant and Carmichael combined for 14 of the Hawks’ 17 third-quarter points, which helped Maine South’s lead balloon to 4122. Carmichael finished with 16 points, a total that included three, 3-pointers. She also had five steals and five assists. Grant led the team with seven rebounds. The Hawks’ victory enabled them to advance to the Loyola Academy sectional semifinals Tuesday night. Second-seeded Maine South tipped off against No. 6 Resurrection, which ousted Glenbrook South 52-46 Friday to win the Glenbrook North regional. The two teams last met in the sectional semifinals in 2011—the year Maine South advanced to the state final four. Resurrection led that game with less than two minutes to go before Maine South rallied for the win. “We have a lot of respect for Resurrection,” Smith said. “They take care of the ball. They’ve got a really nice shooter this year (senior guard Liz Rehberger).” The Hawks are in much better shape going into sectionals this week than they were a year ago when Loyola ousted them in the sectional semifinals. “We had four girls with the flu,” Smith recalled. “One didn’t play, and the other three tried but weren’t really effective.” Grant also missed last year’s matchup with a sprained ankle.

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Maine South seniors Regan Carmichael (left) and Jacqui Grant hold up the regional championship trophy after the Hawks defeated Maine West last Thursday.

“It’s definitely going to be a fight every game,” Grant said. On Feb. 12, Maine South opened its own regional by cruising to a 49-21 win over Leyden.The Hawks sprinted out to a 13-0 lead to start the contest and led comfortably throughout, including 42-9 going into the fourth quarter. Grant was the only Hawk in double figures with 12 points. •Resurrection sent two CSL teams packing last week at the Glenbrook North regional en route to capturing that crown. The Bandits knocked off the host school 59-49 in their regional opener Feb. 12 and surprised No. 3-seed Glenbrook South 52-46 Friday for the championship. Resurrection led going into the fourth quarter, but Glenbrook South knotted the score, 40-40, midway through the period. The Bandits then went to a 1-2-1-1 full-

court press and forced three GBS turnovers, which resulted in five unanswered points. With under a minute to go, Kate Moriarty’s layup sealed the victory. Moriarty finished with 12 points, while Liz Rehberger scored a team-high 18. “We were well-prepared for both teams,” Bandits coach Keith Miniscalco said.“Glenbrook South, they’re huge. The girls practiced hard and did a lot of good things. Once again, our defense came through.” •Maine East advanced to the championship game of the Evanston regional by virtue of its 51-34 triumph over Niles West Feb. 12. It was the Demons’ first trip to a regional title game in eight years. The Demons had three players in double figures, as Shaylee Sloan led the way with 16, while Maria

Protic and Janelle Alba Garner each scored 11. Maine East took a 19-17 lead at intermission, but outscored the Wolves 19-11 in the third period to surge ahead 38-28. The Wolves concluded a tough season in which they won only four games. Senior Molly Kleppin was Niles West’s top scorer with 12. The Demons tangled with No. 1-seed Evanston for the title last Thursday, but their season ended as the Wildkits pummeled them, 60-30. The Demons managed just one field goal during the first half. Alba Garner had eight points for the Demons; Sloan and Protic ended up with six each. However, Maine East (15-15) will be in a position to have one of its best seasons in recent years next year with its entire starting lineup returning.




Wolves’ Monreal-Berner medals at state By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

The trip from Niles West High School in Skokie to Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign is 152 miles one way. And Niles West senior Vaughn Monreal-Berner is thankful that his friends, family and teammates made that weekend jaunt to see him place sixth in the state of Illinois at 182 pounds. “I will never forget how many of my teammates came and watched me,” he said. “I really appreciate that. They are the ones that push me in the room, so I am glad my family and teammates came here.” Monreal-Berner battled the whole tournament, eventually falling 7-0 in the fifth-place match to Jimmy Mickens of Mt. Carmel. “Right now it doesn’t feel

good, but I’m sure it will when I look back,” Monreal-Berner said of his journey. He opened the tournament with a 6-3 win over Joe Young of Thornton Fractional South, but then was defeated in the quarterfinals 3-1 by eventual state runner up Donnie Bell of Homewood- Flossmoor. In his first wrestleback match, Monreal-Berner defeated Ned Valtchev of Stevenson by technical fall in 5 minutes, 44 seconds. He knew it was important to win matches convincingly to keep his confidence high. “Any match I can win like this, I will win like this,” he said after the wrestleback opener. “My dreams are sending me to the medal stand and that is where I am going to end up.” Lincoln-Way Central’s Brendan Ditchman tried to derail Monreal-Berner’s dreams in the

wrestleback quarterfinals, but the Niles West senior got the job done and pulled off a 5-3 overtime win to seal his place on the medal stand. “It is do or die every match after you lose, but I was mentally prepared every match because of my coaches and my teammates,” Monreal-Berner said. “It is all about who wants it more. It is one match at a time. My coaches prepared me for this.” Monreal-Berner would lose in the wrestleback semifinals to Sharod Wilson of Joliet Central 8-3. As happy as he was that his teammates made the trek to Champaign, he hopes the young Wolves in the crowd can learn from what he did and use it as motivation to get their own state medal. “I hope they see this and I hope they can get on the top of the podium and I think a lot of

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Vaughn Monreal-Berner placed sixth in the state for Niles West.

them have the chance to do it either next year or in the years to come,” Monreal-Berner said. Notre Dame had a trio of wrestlers at the state meet, but only one of them was able to compete in more than one match. Jimmy Gallardo earned a 4-0 win in his first match over Colin Kenyon of New Trier before falling to Lockport’s Brian Rossi via pin fall in 3:08 in the quarterfinals. In the wrestlebacks, Gallardo was pinned in 3:30 by Jim Pellegrino of Sandburg. At 152 pounds, the Don’s Sean Heneghan was defeated in the opening round 6-0 by Sandburg’s Mitch Cook. By state tournament rules, when Cook

was defeated in the quarterfinals by Minooka’s Corbett Oughton, Heneghan was eliminated from the tournament. At 285, Gino Orlandi suffered the same fate, as he fell to Downers Grove South’s Mike Hobbs via pinfall in 3:41 in his opening match. Hobbs then lost to state runner up Andrew Geers of Neuqua Valley 12-0, eliminating Orlandi. Maine South’s Terry Caulkins was also a victim of the rule at 126, as he lost to Marmion’s Jake Field via pinfall in 5:53 to open the tournament and then was eliminated when Field lost by a 15-0 technical fall to Jordan Northrup of Harlem, the eventual state runner up.




Maine South swimmers, divers state-bound By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

The smile on Mark Padron’s face said it all as he received his first-place medal after winning the 50-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Glenbrook North boys sectional swimming meet. Not only did Padron capture the top spot, he equaled the 21.91-second clocking that automatically would have qualified him for this weekend’s state meet at New Trier had he not placed first. “I’m very psyched,” Padron said.“I’ve been working all year, and that time really proved it.” Padron’s finish is just one of the day’s success stories for the Hawks, who placed third in the team standings with 167 points behind sectional champion Glenbrook North (185) and Conant (167). The junior also is part of Maine South’s statequalifying 200- and 400-yard relay teams. Meanwhile, the Hawks’ diving tandem, consisting of senior Robert Mazza and junior Andrew Grabowski, gained at-large berths to state after finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. Mazza ended up with a score of 396.65, and Grabowski posted a 379.85. Maine South coach Don Kura, named sectional Coach of the Year after the meet by his fellow coaches, said his team’s performance left him “almost speechless.” “It’s one of those things where you tell guys all the time what they’re capable of and how good they can be,” he said. “These guys really bought into it, and they believed it. They were all in right from the beginning. They really earned this, so it was awesome.” Padron, in particular, was all in from the get-go this season. “He got an understanding of how good he could be,” Kura said. “I’m just so excited for him.” The 200 freestyle relay, which Kura said has been Maine South’s best relay all season, proved it by turning in a first-place time of 1:27.41, which also bettered the state qualifying standard of 1:28.01. Seniors Matt Kramer and Tom Larocca, along with junior Makai DeNeve-Arnam, joined Padron on the winning squad. “They went in and took care

of business today,” Kura said. “They knew they could go fast; it was just a question of them getting in and doing it.” Larocca swam the anchor leg after he had just finished competing in the 500-yard freestyle. But he wasn’t about to allow fatigue to prevent him qualifying for state. “My legs were dead, but it was all mental,” Larocca said. “It feels great. Four years I’ve wanted it. I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I was going to make state this year.” Lacrocca, Kramer, DeNeveArnam and Padron completed the afternoon by taking second in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:14.29, which came in just below the qualifying standard (3:14.97).

MAINE EAST Senior diver Jeremy Rohrman will represent the Demons at state this weekend following his third-place showing on Saturday. Rohrman, who’s making his second consecutive state appearance, totaled 427.50 points. Junior Mike Babula just missed qualifying in two events: the 50 and 100 freestyle. Babula took fifth in the 50, but his time of 22.31seconds was a shade above the 21.91 qualifying mark. In the 100, Babula placed sixth in 48.81. He needed to turn in a time of 48.09 or under to qualify. Maine East coach Peter Przekota said he is looking for Babula to advance to state in both events next year. “Going into it (the 100 freestyle), he was at 50.8, so it was a really good drop for

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Maine South’s Makai DeNeve-Arnam swims the second leg of the Hawks’ state-qualifying 400-yard relay team at the Glenbrook North sectional held Saturday.

him,” Przekota said. “He’ll be a senior next year, so hopefully he learns from it, and next year, he goes out with a bang.”

NOTRE DAME The Dons failed to qualify for either an individual or relay squad for the state meet, but coach Ricky Espinosa said he likes the progress Notre Dame’s swimming program is making. “Considering that we’re very limited in our resources, we do See STATE, page 15




Hawks net top sectional seed for first time By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

Maine South and Notre Dame’s boy’s basketball teams rely on air-tight defense, players filling specific roles and playing disciplined basketball to win. This formula certainly has worked all season for the Hawks and Dons—each 20-plus win clubs who are the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, in the Glenbrook North Class 4A sectional. Maine South, a No. 1 sectional seed for the first time in school history, hosts its own regional, which starts Monday, Feb. 25.The Hawks won’t take the court until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, when they clash with the winner of Monday’s Lincoln Park vs. Lake View play-in game. The Dons, meanwhile, are slated to tip off at the Glenbrook South regional beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the winner of the Von Steuben-Maine East play-in contest. The Demons are the 18th seed, and Von Steuben is 17th. No. 9-seeded Niles West also is part of the Maine South regional.

The Wolves will take on eighthseeded Glenbrook North at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 27.

MAINE SOUTH The Hawks have been on fire ever since completing play at the prestigious Proviso West Holiday Tournament, where they suffered back-to-back losses for the only time this season. They’ve won 14 straight, including a 49-46 overtime victory over New Trier Friday to capture their first league CSL South since moving from the North to the South division in 1999-2000. Maine South (25-3) had one regular season game remaining: at home opposite CSL crossover foe Glenbrook North. That game took place Tuesday. Maine South head coach Tony Lavorato said he’s honored the Hawks secured the No. 1 seed. “I believe it was well-deserved,” he said.“The seeding is something where it’s more of what you’ve done in the past,but you don’t win games based on your bracket.” The Hawks have consistently been ranked among the top 25

Chicago area teams in various media polls since December. Squads such as New Trier (No. 3 seed), Niles North (fourth) and Loyola Academy (fifth) also have cracked the top 25. However, the Dons have been consistently ranked among the top 10 teams all season. “There’s five ranked teams,” Lavorato said. “We have a very deep and talented sectional.” The Hawks possess the ability to take the ball inside with 6-foot-4 John Solari and 6-6 Danny Quinn. The seniors also are formidable rebounders. Senior guard Frank Dounis is a reliable scorer and playmaker, and sophomore Caleb deMarigny has matured at point guard. Andrew Palucki, a junior, gives the Hawks steady minutes while George Sargeant, a 6-7 sophomore, provides a spark off the bench. “We’ve got to continue to play very good team basketball,” Lavorato said. “We have to share the ball offensively. Defensively, we have to keep the ball out of the lane, contest shots and limit our opponents’ offensive rebounding potential. Those are big keys no

matter who we play.”

NOTRE DAME The Dons, like Maine South, have experienced only one stretch this season in which they dropped two in a row. That occurred during the first weekend of February when Notre Dame bowed to Carmel and Loyola Academy on consecutive days. But senior Matt Mooney missed most of the Carmel game after injuring his back early in the contest, and didn’t play at all in the loss to Loyola. Mooney appears to be back at full strength after scoring 21 points in a Feb. 9 victory against Providence St. Mel, and the Dons are completely healthy for the first time in the New Year. Prior to Mooney’s injury, senior Justin Halloran missed five weeks with a fractured knuckle on his right (shooting hand) index finger. “We didn’t have a good week when we lost those two games,” head coach Tom Les said, “but would like to build some momentum going into the tournament.”

Les tipped his hat to Maine South for getting the No. 1 seed. “It’s a compliment to anyone who gets seeded No. 1 seed or the top four to eight seeds,” he said. “From a coaches’ perspective, it’s always nice to have that honor, but to win a sectional you have to beat teams in the sectional. Seedings don’t always go as planned. Anybody can beat anybody on a given night.” The Dons (20-5) suffered a setback Friday, losing to Marian Catholic, 55-50, but Marian also is a top-10 Chicago area team. Notre Dame is getting strong play from three seniors—guards Jack Maestranzi and Donte Stephenson, and forward Eddie Serrano—and athletic 6-3 junior shooting guard Duante Stephens, who already has a scholarship offer on the table from Miami of Ohio. Seniors Billy Hirsch and Danny Lazarra have been getting more minutes off the bench in recent games. “We don’t have a big inside player, so the majority of our See SECTIONAL, page 15

Sports STATE Continued from page 13 a great job with what we have,” he said. “We don’t have our own pool, and we don’t have equipment. The pool that we do rent out, we’re only allowed three lanes and about an hourand-a-half of practice a day.” Espinosa said junior Elijah Mendez, who competes in four events—the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 medley relay and

SECTIONAL Continued from page 14 offense is on the perimeter,” Les said. “When we shoot well, we play well. But no team shoots it well every night, so defense is going to be a huge part of our success for the tournament.”

NILES WEST NilesWest takesa winning record into its regional opener, and the Wolves could present problems

400 freestyle relay—could be one to watch next season. “He has great potential,” Espinosa said.

NILES WEST At Saturday’s Glenbrook South sectional—a meet dominated by two-time defending state champion New Trier—Niles West divers David Heller and Jeremy Sands registered scores of 359.35 and 345.70, respectively, and were in the hunt for at-large state berths.

for Glenbrook North with their senior core that includes guards Joe Younan and Ahmad Gibson, center Mohammed Qureshi, and forwards David McCoy and Alex Darville. McCoy recently returned to the lineup after being out over three weeks with a fractured sternum. Younan, considered to be one of the top three-point shooters in the CSL, has scored 20-or-more points in a handful of games recently. Gibson has stepped it up offensively the past few contests, and junior guard Romeo Magloire has developed into a

However, both ended up not making the cut after individual diving scores from around the state were finalized Saturday night.

GYMNASTICS Maine South senior gymnast Haleigh Sir was tied for 18th place in the floor exercise following last Friday’s preliminaries at the state gymnastics meet held at Palatine High School. Sir’s finish prevented her from

solid complementary player for the Wolves. If Niles West gets past Glenbrook North, it likely will face Maine South in the regional title game on Friday, March 1.The Hawks have defeated the Wolves twice in CSL South play this season.

MAINE EAST Like most young teams, Maine East struggles with consistency game in and game out. The Demons start a sophomore point guard, Abby George, and 6-4



advancing to the finals, which were held Saturday. However, her score of 9.25 wasn’t far behind Geneva’s Ashley Puff, who earned the last qualifying spot in the final round. Puff scored a 9.375. “I was really happy with how my routine went,” Sir said.“I had a few mistakes at the end, but I was just glad to be there. “I knew that if I hit my routine that I would have a chance of maybe making the top 10. But with that routine, I was around where I should have ended

up.” Friday marked the final time Sir will compete as a member of the Maine South squad, but she began completing her club season this week. Sir also qualified for state in the floor exercise as a sophomore. “It was very emotional finishing my floor routine at state,” she said. “All my teammates were there and they were all hugging me after. I’m going to miss it a lot. I’ve had a lot of fun the last four years.”

freshman Ezeke Omeke, who’s not afraid to battle inside the paint for points and rebounds. A victory over Von Steuben gets Maine East a date with Notre Dame on Tuesday, Feb. 26. •Notre Dame held a 44-43 fourth-quarter lead over Marian Catholic, but the Spartans outscored the Dons, 12-6, the rest of the way for their ESCC win. Mooney torched Marian Catholic for a game-high 27 points in the loss, and Halloran contributed 12. •Maine South was on the ropes against the Trevians Friday, trailing

43-41 with about a minute to go in regulation. But Solari hit two free throws to tie the game and sent it into overtime. Palucki and Solari (team-high 12 points) each had buckets early in OT to propel the Hawks to victory. The Hawks also went to overtime to defeat New Trier in January. •Niles West was a 70-46 winner over Waukegan in CSL South action Friday. McCoy scored 14 points in his return. Darville led the Wolves with 17 points, while Gibson (11) and Qureshi (10) also reached double figures.

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Cold shooting second half costly for Benet By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

The law of percentages has a way of working out. In the Benet Regional final Thursday, Feb. 14, the host Redwings, the No. 6 seed in the Oswego Sectional, were on fire from beyond the arc and built a 15-point lead on No. 3 seed Naperville Central. However, as hot as they were in the first half, they were that cold in the second half, and fell to the Redwings 44-42. “It was a good game,” Benet coach Peter Paul said. “It was a game of halves. The first half was ours, and the second half was theirs. We couldn’t buy a basket. There was a lid on it, and it didn’t matter how hard we tried. All in all, I thought it turned out well. We’re young, and now there’s a regional title at stake. We had our opportunities and fell short.” “We didn’t play bad; our shots, in the second half, we just couldn’t make any,” Benet senior guard Christen Prasse said. “That’s what stinks about it. We played our hearts out on defense and rebounding, but we just couldn’t get our shots to fall, and they were hitting their shots. I couldn’t ask for anything more from the team. I’m proud.” Benet drained five threepointers in the first half and built leads of 21-8 after the first quarter and 35-20 at the half. They would make just two field goals in the second half, both inside the arc, as open three-pointers weren’t falling, and inside shots were getting stuffed by 6-foot, 2-inch Victoria Trowbridge. Still, the Redwing defense kept them ahead, and they took a 40-32 advantage into the fourth quarter. Neither team made a field goal in the fourth quarter until Naperville Central’s Shannon Ryan hit a contested three with two minutes left in the game to make it 41-36. Benet made one of two free throws for the second straight

trip, and another quick threepointer made it 42-39 with 1:35 left. “We were trying as hard as we could,” Paul said. “Maybe we started taking the air out of the ball a little early. When we look at the tape, we had our opportunities and just didn’t take advantage.” On the play, St. Louis University-bound Prasse took a pair of elbows and was taken out of the game to get checked out. Without their senior leader, the Redwings were able to draw a foul, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Ryan promptly drilled Naperville Central’s third straight three-ball to tie the game. However, Naperville fouled Benet on the other end, but two more missed foul shots allowed Central a last opportunity. Benet was just 2-for-7 from the line in the last 2:12. “That’s what we talked about,” Paul stated. “The kids that we had in there are our best free throw shooters. We just couldn’t get it done.” After milking the clock, Central got it inside to Trowbridge, who scored with eight seconds left to give them the lead. Benet came back down the court and got the ball to Prasse, whose three-point shot beat the buzzer, but was off the mark. “We knew they weren’t going to lay down,” Paul said. “We knew there was going to be a run at some point. We just ran out of time and didn’t quite stop them.” Emily Schramek led the way with 14 points for Benet, while Prasse added 11. With Prasse being the lone senior starter, not many thought they would even be in the situation to win another regional title. “My coach was saying how all my best friends left me, and he thought it was going to be hard for me this year, but it wasn’t,” she said. “They (this year’s team) are all my best friends

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Benet’s Christen Prasse tallied 11 points in her final high school game, a 44-42 loss to Naperville Central Thursday.

now. They will be there at my wedding and everything. “At the beginning of the season before we started playing games, I didn’t think we would get this far, but when we stepped out on the court, I knew we were going to do good things, and we did. We just fell short in the regional championship.” Voyager Media teams winning regional championships were Romeoville, Bolingbrook and Maine South in Class 4A, while Joliet Catholic Academy brought home a Class 3A regional title.

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Health & Fitness



Three super foods that can improve your health By StatePoint Media

In a world where fatty, fried and frosted foods are often the cheapest, quickest and most readily available options, it can be easy to forget the true purpose of eating -- to healthfully fuel our bodies. “The higher-quality fuel you put in your body, the better you will function. The right diet can potentially prevent you from developing certain diseases and conditions,” says Gerry Cysewski, Ph.D., co-author of “Spirulina: Nature’s SuperFood,” and Chief Science Officer of Nutrex Hawaii, a nutritional supplement manufacturer. And despite what many people think, healthful eating doesn’t have to come at the price of taste or time. Foods rich in nutrition can make quick snacks and be incorporated easily into your favorite dishes. Here are ideas for how to fit three superfoods into your diet:

Blueberries Skip the sodium overload of chomping on chips and lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and even the common cold with some blueberries. Blueberries are full of flavor as well as antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, Vitamin C and potassium.

While they make for a great snack on their own, blueberries are also delicious as a yogurt, oatmeal or cereal topper.

Spirulina For a wealth of protein,vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, take a cue from the ancient Mayans and Aztecs and incorporate spirulina in your daily diet. Hawaiian spirulina, a microalgae-based superfood, contains more than 100 nutrients, and a three gram serving contains higher levels of key antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals than five servings of fruits and vegetables. “A single serving of spirulina is like a rainbow of good nutrition, containing the orange of betacarotene for immune system support, the yellow of zeaxanthin for eye and brain health, the green of chlorophyll for anti-toxin health benefits, and the blue of phycocyanin for inflammatory balance,” says Cysewski. What’s the best way to get your daily dose? Consider taking pill supplements, or if you prefer, mix spirulina powder in dips like guacamole or hummus. Or for a tasty breakfast, lunch or snack, try this smoothie recipe: Blend these ingredients together and serve immediately:

• 1/2 cup yogurt • 1 cup of fruit juice (apple, orange or pineapple) • 1 or more of the following: 1 papaya, 1 peach, 1 mango 1/2 cup of boysenberries or raspberries • 1 teaspoon Hawaiian Spirulina powder More information on the benefits of spirulina can be found at

Spinach Popeye was onto something when he downed those cans of spinach. The dark leafy greens contain minerals, vitamins, pigments and phytonutrients that benefit eyesight, blood pressure, muscles, bones, skin and a healthy nervous system. For a low-fat, low-calorie source of iron and protein, put the burger down and eat spinach instead. Opt for the fresh variety, swapping out iceberg lettuce in salads, or sauté lightly with olive oil and garlic for a great side. Spinach is also tasty in omelets and makes a healthy alternative to ground meat in lasagna. With a little creativity, giving your body the right fuel it needs to stay healthy can be convenient and delicious.


For a wealth of protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, take a cue from the ancient Mayans and Aztecs and incorporate spirulina in your daily diet.

New treatment for coronary artery disease patients By StatePoint Media


Whether you are at-risk for developing a heart condition or you’re one of the 13 million Americans who suffer from coronary artery disease, arming yourself with the facts you need to stay healthy can help. February is National Heart Health Month and it’s a great time to learn about coronary artery disease, its symptoms and about the latest developments in treatment.

Improved treatments

Coronary artery disease Coronary artery disease is caused when plaque buildup creates blockages or narrowings in the arteries. The blockages restrict blood flow and reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to the heart, potentially putting a person at risk for a heart attack. Common symptoms of coronary artery disease include chest pain, shortness of breath,


FFR technology offers physicians a better assessment of where blood flow blockages occur in the coronary arteries and whether treatment to open an artery narrowing, along with medication, can help lower a patient’s risk of chest pain and heart attack.

fatigue and overall weakness. Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent and manage coronary artery disease. These

include managing obesity and high blood pressure, living an active lifestyle, making healthy dietary choices and stopping

Staying on top of the latest medical advances helps ensure you and loved ones secure the best treatment available. One advancement in treatment is supported by new results from the FAME 2 Study funded by St. Jude Medical and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that use of a blood-flow measurement technology, called Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) during treatment of stable coronary artery disease will result in better health outcomes. FFR technology offers physicians a better assessment of where blood flow blockages occur in the coronary arteries and whether treatment to open an artery narrowing, along with medication, can help lower a patient’s risk of chest pain and

heart attack. From less likelihood of a patient being readmitted to the hospital for urgent care, to a reduction in health care costs, FAME 2 research demonstrates that patients who receive FFRguided treatment experienced better outcomes than those treated with medication alone. “The FAME 2 Study results offer further evidence that FFR should be considered the standard of care for treating patients with coronary heart disease,” said Frank J. Callaghan, president of the Cardiovascular and Ablation Technologies Division at St. Jude Medical. If you believe you have coronary artery disease, consult your physician for additional information and to determine best treatment options. More information on FFR is available at:



Business & Real Estate

Why is the boss blowing his top? Let wife handle her Q. My boss seems to be completely miffed by an expense report I didn’t file. I just can’t believe he doesn’t have more important things to be upset about. He is ready to fire me because I didn’t file one small report. Is there any way to get at what is really going on? A. You are wise to realize it is absolutely not the expense report that is making him want to fire you. If you want to keep your job, you need to find out which of two situations is going on: 1. He thinks this expense report is an example of a problem he has had over and over with you. 2.The expense report is a trigger for some large emotional issue for your boss. Your problem solving will be entirely different depending on which of these two scenarios you think is going on.Start by honestly considering whether you tend to screw up paperwork. There is a personality type at work that tends to enjoy big picture issues and blow off administrative tasks as petty.Have you tended to ignore administrative tasks? If your boss is the opposite personality profile (called on “S” on the Meyers-Briggs test) then details are his life. For you to blow off paperwork is tantamount to you declaring war on what he values. Even if you think curing cancer is the point of your job, if you don’t file the right paperwork, he will fire you. If you’ve been inadvertently disrespectful to your boss’s administrative priorities, immediately admit your error and strive to make paperwork important. You will save your job and amaze your boss.

If, however, the problem is your boss has an emotional issue that has been triggered by you not filing paperwork, a different approach would be indicated.Let’s say that your boss has a huge issue with people thinking he is stupid. Let’s say he believes you think that his request to submit an expense report is ... well, stupid ... can you see the problem here? People don’t always get mad at us for logical reasons at work. People often are walking around with a long history of emotional issues in one particular area, and then we step right on that land mine. If your boss has been triggered emotionally by your behavior, you need to meet privately with him.You need to tell him you know it might appear to him that by not filing your expense report you are criticizing his management. You need to ask him to give you information about what it meant to him that you forget to file that report. In our workplace, the devil really is in the details of what an action, a word or a behavior means to someone else. We swim in a sea of symbols with other people who are also making up stuff about what we say, do or don’t do. By the way, even if you do think your boss’s request to file paperwork is stupid, if this is his issue and you want your job, please don’t confess this. Before you fix a problem in your workplace, you want to start by assessing the origins of the problem. Otherwise, all your solutions will miss the target. You can’t fix an issue that you start by misunderstanding.

mom’s overspending Dear Dave, My mother-in-law has a serious credit card problem. She can’t afford stuff, but she shops anyway, acquires more and more credit and thinks she’ll pay for it all later somehow. Her husband has bailed her out a few times, but he’s unwilling to do it anymore. My wife and I, and her sister, want to address this issue, but where do we start? Jonathan Dear Jonathan, First of all, you need to stay out of the discussion. This is something for her daughters to handle, and her husband needs to be part of it, too. He’s closer to this and feels the effects more than anyone else in the family. They need to sit down with her in a closed setting, where there are no interruptions, no television and no one else. Start with the fact that they love her and care about her deeply. This part is really important. But they also have to walk through what’s going on, and let her know they’re tired of watching her destroy herself and her marriage with this immature and irresponsible behavior. Everyone involved should understand going in that they’re likely to receive a volatile, angry reaction from this lady. Sometimes people get ticked off when they hear the truth, especially when it’s connected to their own misbehavior. It may even be a good idea for your wife, her sister and your father-in-law to get some advice from a family

counselor beforehand. What we’re really talking about here is an intervention. If she were a drunk, you’d want to try and make her see how alcohol was hurting her and the relationships she has with her family. Basically, she has a credit card addiction, and it’s wreaking havoc on her marriage and their financial well-being. Show as much love and understanding as possible, but someone has to say something and draw a line in the sand. Otherwise, this behavior will eat everyone alive! —Dave

Closing whole life Dear Dave, I want to get out of my whole life policy. Should I formally close out the old policy, or just stop paying the premiums? Anonymous Dear Anonymous, Close out the old policy once you have a good, term life insurance policy in place. I recommend 15- to 20-year level term insurance equal to 10 to 12 times your annual income. For instance, if you make $40,000 a year, you should have $400,000 to $500,000 in coverage. Term life insurance is much less expensive than whole life. Plus, did you know that you lose the part of your whole life policy known as the “savings plan” or “cash value” when you die? They only pay the face amount of the policy. So, close it out and stop pumping money into that thing! But don’t leave yourself uninsured. Make sure you have the proper coverage in a term policy first. There is never a good time to save money inside a rip-off, whole life, cash value insurance plan! —Dave Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times bestselling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at





Senior Style Niles Senior Center For a detailed description of programs & activities or to ask about membership or registration requirements, please check the Naturally Active Program Guides or call the Niles Senior Center at 5888420. Information about the Niles Senior Center can be found on the Village of Niles Website at Click on “Departments” (upper left), and then Click on “Senior” You can now see what’s new at the Senior Center. Advanced registration is required for programs. For a detailed description of programs & activities or to ask about membership or registration requirements, call the Niles Senior Center at 847588-8420 Individuals must be a registered member of the Niles Senior Center to receive the member price. Non members are invited to participate in programs at the non-member price. For more information about membership and programs, contact the Senior Center. Got the dot? It may save your life Assist first responders with the information they need. Become part of the Illinois Dot Program. The Illinois Dot Program is a statewide

initiative designed to provide vital medical information on vehicle drivers and passengers. Information contained on the medical card can assist first responders in the “Golden Hour” immediately following a serious crash. This can very well mean the difference between life and death. For more information, please contact the Niles Senior Center (847 588-8420). Songs by the Fireside • 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 Get out of the cold, and enjoy a cozy afternoon at the Center, featuring the feel of a fireplace, hot cocoa, and beautiful songs that will make you want to take in the classic and popular standards or sing along. Lunch will include salad, baked chicken, baked potato, and a delicious dessert. $8M/$12NM Issues in the News • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays This dynamic class is led by Arlene Golub. It is filled with folks from all walks of life, retired or not, who want to keep abreast of a broad spectrum of what is occurring locally and worldwide. Issues for discussion are brought up by class participants, and everyone’s opinion is valued. Call 847-588-8420 for more information. “Sunset Boulevard” at Drury Lane

Theatre • 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard,” based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 film with the same name, weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by Tinseltown with the advent of “talkies.” Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When Norma meets struggling circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Before the show, dine at Drury Lane on the chef’s soup of the day, bread, butter, veggies, a potato, and a choice of fettuccini Alfredo and sweet peas, or chicken breast marsala with a mushroom marsala sauce. $64M/$69NM. Registration required. Cadillac Palace Theatre & The Signature Room • 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 Head downtown to get a behind the scenes tour of the The Palace Theatre. The Palace Theatre opened at the corner of Randolph and LaSalle Streets in Chicago on Oct. 4, 1926. Designed by legendary theatre architects the Rapp Brothers, the theater’s interior featured a splendor previously unseen


in Chicago — a breathtaking vision inspired the palaces of Fontainebleau and Versailles. Following the tour, we will head to the Signature Room, located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock. The group will have a private lunch buffet in the The Chicago Room. This is a corner room with floor to ceiling windows facing south and west, the best view in the house. $60M/$65NM.

Park Ridge Senior Center The Park Ridge Senior Center is now accepting half-price memberships that run through June 30, 2013. Cost for a single resident is $22.50; resident couples, $34.00: non-resident single, $31.50 and non-resident couple, $48.50. There are special rates for those members 90 years of age and older. Call the center at 847-692-3597 for further details. Non-members can drop in and pay a $2 fee to participate at the Center. This is


a good way to become familiar with all the activities. Bridge If bridge is of interest there are several opportunities to enjoy the game. Groups meet on Friday mornings, Sunday afternoons, and Couple’s Bridge meets the first Thursday of the month. Call the Center at 847692-3597 for more information or to be put in tough with one of the group moderators. Membership dues Membership dues for the 2012- year are being accepted. The dues are: single $45 resident/$63 non-resident and couple (must reside in the same household) $68 resident/$97 non-resident. Bring in a new member and receive a $5 gift card. Ask the front desk for more details. Exercise class Jo Buck continues her exercise classes at 9and 10:30 See SENIORS, page 22



SENIORS Continued from page 21 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This class covers a variety of movements including stretching, strength training and floor exercise. The first class is free. After that it is $2 each time you come. Ongoing activities Following are number of ongoing activities at the Center: • Woodcarvers meet Thursdays at 9 a.m.…a free activity: • Gamers, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays play dominos, hand and foot, scrabble for rummikube … also free. • Ceramics students meet 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays and work on projects of your choice. There is a charge of $7 per class. • Pinochle players meet the second Monday,Third Thursday and every Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. • Table tennis players start play at 1 p.m.Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All abilities are welcome for this free activity. • Bocce ball players gather just north of the Center at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Ken Hewelt is bocce master and will explain how the game is played. • Have you ever thought of tap dancing? This is a fun way of exercising. The class is at 12:30 p.m.Tuesdays.The fee is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. • The Opera-Arts Discussion group will meet promptly at noon Thursday, Jan. 24. The program will feature “The Barkleys of Broadway with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in their final pairing and the only one in technicolor,. The story mirrors real-life creative tensions the two share. Fred’s number,“Shoes with Wings on”, is astounding. As always, refreshments will be served after the programs. • The film “The Life of Timothy Green” will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for nonmembers. • The regular monthly luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. Musician Patti Ecker will bring everyone out of the winter doldrums with her Smiling Through performance. Lunch will be catered by

Inglenook. Cost is $17 members, $21 non-members.

Morton Grove Senior Center

North Shore Senior Center offers programs, classes, activities, and travel opportunities for adults at the American Legion Memorial Civic Center at 6140 Dempster Street. You may register for all programs at the Center or call 847-470-5223. Lunch & Bingo Join us Wednesday for lunch from a local restaurant and a lively Bingo session with prizes. Ireland: Celts, Druids, Vikings • Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 The Irish have long been considered the best story tellers because their culture is rich in both facts and legends. Using images and anecdotes, Lisa Didier presents the real history of the Celts, the Druids and the Vikings and how their influence shaped the history of the Emerald Isle. . $8 members; $10 non-members. Call 847-4705223 for more information or to register. Food at the Time of the Bible • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 Biblical history virtually begins with an act of eating in the Garden of Eden. Food continued as a mover and shaker of the history of the time. We will look at the fascinating and surprising ways in which food and Scripture are linked. Fees are $8 member; $10 non-member.To register for this program, or seek additional information, call 847-470-5223 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Television Commercials: Opera in Surprising Places • 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, March 3 Advertising agencies frequently incorporate opera music into their clients’ television commercials. Opera melodies often (but not always) invoke sophistication by aligning the product or service with class and elegance, as well as provide brand identification. Bob Levi’s entertaining program demonstrates the use of opera music in domestic and foreign television advertising through selected video clips. $8 members; $10 non-members. Call 847-470-5223 for more

information or to register.

information or to register.

Frances Perkins and Her Successors • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appoint a woman to the Cabinet as the Secretary of Labor some 13 years after women finally were legally allowed to vote. From then on, progress was surprisingly slow. President Jimmy Carter was the first to appoint more than one woman. Historian Bill Haase profiles all of the women in the US Cabinet and explores their impact on our government. Of these, Frances Perkins, the first appointee, is still an unsung hero. $8 members; $10 nonmembers. Call 847-470-5223 for more information or to register.

Alicia: My Story • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 11 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. It is important to know the history of the Holocaust. We need to remember the story, and in order to be remembered it has to be seen and told.There have been many accounts of survival during the Holocaust, but very few of a woman’s active heroism - particularly if that woman was a young girl when she began saving lives of people she did not know. Alicia faced a terrifying and violent world and managed to retain her faith in humanity, in God, and in her people.This one-woman performance is a complete theatrical experience. Scripts are adapted directly from the character’s own writings; the performance lasts 45-50 minutes, followed by questions to the character, and then to the actor. $8 members; $10 non-members. Call 847-4705223 for more information or to register.

Book Talk: Travel Adventures • 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 From ancient cities to the European countryside to the world’s highest mountains, journey across the continents in these great nonfiction picks. Join Debra Wischmeyer from the Morton Grove Library to travel through the pages. Don’t forget your library card, since books will be available for checkout.This program is free, but registration is required. Call 847-470-5223 for more information or to register Down California’s Golden Coast • 1 – 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 Between his corporate servitudes in Hawaii and Sydney, Australia, Bill lived in Orange County, California. Highway #1 is etched through extraordinary scenery where the Coastal Ranges meet the Pacific Ocean. After inspecting the essentials of San Francisco, we will leisurely motor through the charming seaside villages of Carmel and Monterey, home to Cannery Row and the famous 17 Mile Drive.Then we gasp at the dramatic chasms of Big Sur and drive to the Hearst Castle, the largest European style mansion in the US. We stop for coffee at Solvang, a postcard Danish village, and dream of our vacation home on the slopes of Santa Barbara. Our delightful journey ends in Newport Beach, with a side trip to Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Climb Aboard! $8 members; $10 non-members. Call 847-470-5223 for more

Better Balance • 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5 to April 4 This class is designed to enhance core strength, balance, coordination, stability, and flexibility. Balance and stability training can directly improve all aspects of daily living. New participants, an assessment with fitness center staff is required at least one week prior to first class. Fees are $45 member; $55 non-member.To register for this program, or seek additional information, call 847-470-5223 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sit & Get Fit • 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5 to April 4 Move your feet in your seat! Join this multi-level class suitable for those with limitations who are seeking to improve muscle tone, strength, and stamina. Standing exercises improving lower body strength and balance will be incorporated for those participants willing and able. New participants, an assessment with Fitness Center staff is required at least one week prior to first class. Fees are $45 member; $55 non-member.To register for this program, or seek additional information, call 847-470-5223 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DUBIEL Continued from page 7 unalienable right. Without a God, your rights are just so much air and like a cloud, can just blow away. Rights in the absence of the Divine God of the Bible become subject to the folly and whim of the majority or the most powerful or the most ruthless.Tradition will not protect you, nor the state, nor the hope in the kindness of strangers. Human history is clear – conquer or be conquered. It is a dog-eat-dog world. But America is different; it was founded to be different from Europe or Japan or China or anywhere else on earth. With our God, we are given rights no man can take away.They are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”Without a moral context, built upon the Judeo-Christian values of our Founders, the idea of rights is a bitter joke.There are philosophers and learned ones who now call for scrapping the Constitution as a relic of a bygone era. Their siren song is modernity and the cloudiness of history.They prey upon your ignorance and trust. Like confidence men selling snake oil or magicians promising a rabbit in every pot, they lie. There are only two ways to preserve your individual liberty. History is clear you cannot count on other people to keep you safe and sound.That’s really the idea behind slavery. If you value freedom, you’ll fight for it yourself, everywhere and at every chance. If you value individual liberty and unalienable rights, you’ll also believe in God. Is it any wonder that our government education system has clouded our rights in political correctness and driven God from our classrooms?



Retire Smart: Overcoming vicious cycle of greed and fear By Jill Schlesinger Tribune Media Services

The stock market has been on a roll, reaching new five-year highs and approaching all-time nominal (not inflation-adjusted) highs, which is tempting many investors to jump back into the fray. TrimTabs reports that investors have poured a recordsetting $55 billion into equityrelated mutual and exchangetraded funds in the first four weeks of 2013, but is the optimism warranted? There are a number of very good reasons for the rises in stocks. First, let’s look abroad, where the outlook has improved. After two years of non-stop worry about the European “PIIGS” (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) and the debt crisis, the euro zone is no longer on the precipice of disaster. Additionally, when China’s redhot property market imploded, many worried that the Chinese

government would not be able to manage an orderly coolingoff, its economy would come to screeching halt and the miracle would come to end. That muchfeared “hard economic landing” in China never came to fruition and recent data suggest that the country is resuming a more consistent pace of growth.Finally, the election of a new government in Japan has been a shot in the arm for that country’s multidecade economic stagnation. In the U.S., the Congressional decision to delay the debt ceiling debate until May eased investors’ concerns in the near term.There are other political and fiscal deadlines that loom, but none quite as severe as a potential U.S. default. Another bright spot is the housing market, which bottomed in 2012 and is starting to contribute to economic growth, rather than detract from it. Perhaps the biggest boost to stocks has come from the Federal Reserve, which is likely

to maintain its low interest-rate policies (including the monthly purchase of $85 billion worth of bonds) until the national unemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent. Taken together, these factors have created a tailwind for stocks. But does that mean you should be more aggressive with your retirement assets? The answer is a resounding NO! If you have been avoiding risk for the past few years, you have done so for a reason: you did not want to take the stock market roller-coaster ride. Now that equities are up about 5 percent this year (not to mention that they’ve more than doubled since their low in March 2009), your inclination to dive back into stocks could just be because of the pesky voice of Greed whispering in your ear. You might remember that guy, the one who persuades you that you are missing out on market booms after prices have already gone up. Greed is usually right

about the market for a short time. Then, when the bottom falls out, his alter ego, Fear, shows up to convince you to sell everything. All of the sudden, your emotions ensnare you in a Greed/Fear tugof-war in which you are buying high and selling low. Compare that with a balanced approach that helps keep those emotions in check. Investors who create and adhere to long-term plans periodically rebalance their retirement accounts. Here’s an example of how it might work in practice: Joe has been retired for five years and manages his investments by himself. Every few months, he checks his accounts to make sure that his 50-50 split between stocks and bonds remains in balance. When he last checked, his equity position had swelled to 55 percent because of the recent stock market rise. He diligently sells 5 percent of his stocks and rotates the proceeds

into bonds. In other words, he forces himself to sell high and buy low, the exact opposite of what happens when Greed and Fear control his investment decisions. The benefit of rebalancing is that instead of chasing stocks higher, you can be confident about selling as the market makes new highs and equally confident that you will buy when it drops to the lows. Following a disciplined approach is never more important than when the market swings in either direction, and Greed and Fear come a-calling. Protect yourself and your assets by avoiding emotion-driven decision making. Jill Schlesinger, CFP, is the Editor-atLarge for She covers the economy, markets, investing or anything else with a dollar sign on her podcast and blog, Jill on Money, as well as on television and radio. She welcomes comments and questions at

Mayo Clinic: Take steps to sharpen memory as you age By Tribune Media Services

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it true that there are things I can do to prevent memory loss as I age? I’m 48 and feel like my memory is very poor compared to just a few years ago. ANSWER: Commonly,memory becomes less efficient as we age. Although there’s no surefire way to prevent memory loss, you can take steps that may help. If memory loss begins to interfere with your day-to-day activities, though, or if changes in memory concern you, talk to your doctor. As people get older, the number of cells, or neurons, in the brain decreases. That decrease can make it harder to learn new things or remember familiar words or names.You may have difficulty recalling names of acquaintances, for example, or trouble finding your reading glasses or car keys. Some people become concerned that those memory lapses could signal the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. That’s rarely the case. A number of lifestyle changes can often help sharpen your memory. First, stay active physically and mentally. Physical activity increases blood flow to your body, including your brain, and that can help your

memory. So, take a brisk walk, or go biking, swimming or skiing. Do whatever you enjoy to stay active on a regular basis. Physical activity helps keep your body in shape, and intellectual activity can do likewise for your brain. Reading, writing, attending movies or plays, playing games or discussing current events can be mentally engaging activities. Again, find the activities you like, and stick with them. Second, stay or get involved in a social network. As you get older, avoid the tendency some people have to withdraw from others. Interact with your family and friends, civic organizations, a faith or other community. Being with others can help lower your risk of depression and reduce stress. Both may have a role in memory loss. Third, eat a healthy diet. In

general, a diet that keeps your heart healthy can do the same for your brain. Such a diet typically includes whole grains; lean meat, poultry and fish; and at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Also, drink plenty of water and limit the amount of alcohol you drink, as dehydration and too much alcohol can both lead to confusion and possibly memory loss. Fourth, stay organized. You can structure daily activities to decrease the likelihood that you will forget what you need to do or where something is located. Making lists, putting items away where they belong and getting rid of unneeded clutter can help. Finally, as much as possible, focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking may feel efficient but can become stressful and distracting. Neither is good for

your memory. If you try these lifestyle changes and memory still seems to be a significant problem, or if you’re worried about recent memory changes, make an appointment to see your primary care doctor. The doctor can discuss your symptoms with you and review your family medical history and medications or dietary supplements you’re taking. In some cases, memory loss can

be a side effect of certain drugs. Your doctor may also talk with you about your stress level or any major life changes you’ve experienced. Together, you and your doctor can sort through the issues that may be contributing to memory loss and decide on the best course of action. - Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.,Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.



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