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AUGUST 23, 2013

Vol. 57 No. 46

A Better Path

Residents say biking around Niles is a ‘pain in the butt’ By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

As part of its ongoing bicycle plan, Niles hosted a Milwaukee Avenue Design workshop to gather more neighborhood input to continue to flesh out the longterm bicycle plan. The open house-style meeting was held Aug. 7 at the Niles Public Library and featured interactive activities that allowed Niles residents to tell members of Niles

Multi-Modal Plan Steering Committee and Sam Schwartz Engineering how they felt about the proposed changes to Milwaukee Avenue. “Getting around Oakton and Harlem is a pain in the butt,” said Eric Weickart-Smith, 27. She and her husband moved to Niles to raise their two children, ages 7 and 5, because Niles is touted as a great place to raise a family.


Amling’s 4th July Parade in Niles from 2011.

See BIKING, page 3

Skokie police investigate shooting near Niles West High School By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

Authorities in the Skokie area are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for firing multiple rounds at a passing vehicle Aug. 13. The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Skokie Boulevard near Niles

Center Road, mere minutes away from Niles West High School. Police said no one was hurt. The incident prompted Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen to issue a statement Aug. 16 that expressed outrage at the random violence involving handguns “indiscriminately discharged in our streets” and asked the community to take action by being active in their neighborhood

watch organizations and to not hesitate reporting suspicious activity to police. “Each of us walk the same Skokie streets and have the same concerns about safety,” said Van Dusen’s statement. “We all have the same passion to maintain our wonderful community. It takes positive, joint efforts to succeed in the fight against small elements of crime.”

The Chicago Crime Commission said there are at least three gangs active in the area Skokie area. A report published last year by the commission said that fractionalization of some of the larger gangs into smaller ones has become one of the driving factors for increased in violence as they fight over the control of territory. Previously, Skokie police

arrested a 17-year-old involved in a May shooting at the intersection of Skokie Boulevard and Golf Road, about five minutes south of where the Aug. 13 shooting incident occurred. At press time, police were investigating the incident and requested that anyone with information contact the Skokie Police Department’s Investigation Division at 847- 982-5958.






Cook County wants unincorporated Maine Township absorbed by Niles, surrounding villages By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

Since the 1990s,unincorporated Maine Township, one of the largest and most densely populated sections of Cook County without a municipal government, has been left to its own devices by neighboring municipalities and Cook County. However King Harris, chairman of the Cook County Task Force on Unincorporated Land, is now calling for all unincorporated properties to be annexed at some point in the near future. Mayors from Park Ridge, Niles, Des Plaines and Glenview and the supervisor of Maine Township were invited to meet with the task force Aug. 7. Cook County has been planning this move since at least 2012, when Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told members of the Northwest Municipal Conference that she wanted to make Cook County more efficient by accelerating the merge of unincorporated areas into Cook County and pooling the tax revenue. “Cook County’s taxes are subsidizing the unincorporated area’s services; this is an example of inefficiency that we are working to correct,” she said. Officials have described unincorporated Maine Township, which has about 26,000 residents within a 4.5-square-mile area, as a blighted area for years. “It’s always been there and always been a problem,” said former Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase to media in 1997, when a new law finally gave Maine Townships the power to issue citations for such offenses as not getting one’s garbage picked up, littering and for abandoning vehicles. “It’s a cancer, and any kind of deterioration spreads. There’s no way of stopping that.” Unincorporated Maine Township is one of the largest unincorporated areas in the entire state and has had infrastructure issues, such as substandard

stormwater facilities, for many years. When township officials tried to implement a plan to improve its drainage system, they were told state law prohibited them from spending money on the project. Because of this, severe flooding at the Dee Road and Colonial Ridge subdivisions just north of Park Ridge remain a constant issue. Additionally, Park Ridge Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Police say a faction of the Latin Kings street gang has declared territory in the neighborhood around Maine East High School. Because of this, both departments say they patrol the area before and after school to create “safe passage” routes for students to get between home and school. Harris said the message the task force got from neighboring mayors was that they wanted to see a comprehensive plan for Maine Township before they consider annexing any part of it. “Each of these communities have one. There is no comprehensive plan for unincorporated Maine Township, and there probably should be,” said Harris. Additionally, unincorporated Maine Township doesn’t have enough commercial land left to interest its municipal neighbors into annexation deals. Under Blase’s long tenure as mayor of Niles, the village annexed large swaths of nearby retail centers to capitalize on the village’s retail tax, a primary source of general revenue for the municipality. However while retail tax revenue from commercial businesses would be limited, as most of unincorporated Maine Township is residential, municipalities that annex parts of the unincorporated land stand to add property tax revenue to their coffers. “It probably won’t happen for another 15or 20 years,” said Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo. “I do think it’s a good idea, though.” Przybylo said he believes See MAINE, page 5


Eric Weickart-Smith fills out a pamphlet with her opinions on the proposed changes

BIKING Continued from page 1 However, once she and her family started to cycle around Niles, she quickly realized that many of the intersections in the village have pedestrian crossing lights too short for pedestrians or cyclists to cross. She also feels that major intersections in the village have a high volume of automobile traffic that makes a simple trip like going to pick up groceries on her bike a real challenge. “We want people to become more aware of bicycling in Niles,” said Joe Reichert, owner of Amlings Cycle in Niles and is part of the steering committee overseeing the bike plan. “There are lots of opportunities to cycle here, but it’s a suburb and a lot of people just drive three blocks to jewel.” Reichert wants to help change that kind of behavior. Stacey Meekins, senior planner at Sam Schwartz Engineering, echoed that sentiment. The Aug. 7 open house was divided into

two halves. The first involved village officials and staff touring the section of Milwaukee Avenue to discuss the proposed changes. The second half of the open house involved artist renditions of street frontages, sidewalks, parking lots and pedestrian routes on poster boards. Residents could give their opinion on the changes via pamphlets they could fill out. The Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) adopted a long-term bicycle plan in 2010, and since then, Niles has been working to refine the large scale plan in order to implement it more responsibly locally. “We’ve got this wonderful thing called the North Branch Trail,” said Reichert. Part of the plan involved connecting neighborhood street and bike path networks into the main thoroughfares of Niles and then in turn connecting that combined network with the Cook County’s North Branch Trail. “One of the routes that’s going to be on the village website is called ‘Commute Niles,’ he said. This bike path throughout the village will be designed for commuters that want to get to

the Metra stations in Morton Grove or Park Ridge using their bicycles. Additionally he said another map called “Shop Niles” will show a bike path that will run through Golf Mill Shopping Center, Oak Mill Mall and extend as far out as the small shopping area in Civic Center Plaza. “There are ways of getting around in Niles that are pretty easy,” said Reichert. “[The Shop Niles route] will even take riders as far out as the Leaning Towner YMCA.” Additionally Niles is planning a Bike Niles event for Sept. 14 at Culver School. It will feature a family fun ride, helmet fittings, bike safety checks and a performance by Matt Wilhelm, an X-Games silver medalist in BMX cycling. Prior to settling in Niles, Weickart-Smith and her husband moved around quite frequently due to their careers. She’s an interior designer, and her husband was in the military. Now that they’ve planted roots in Niles, they hope the community will listen to her and other residents’ concerns and modernize its infrastructure.


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.



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Nothing to report.



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Zachary Bosy, 19, of the 300 block of Edgemont, Park Ridge, was arrested Aug. 8 on the 700 block of N. Prospect for Zero Tolerance.


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Miles Malin, 19, of the 200 block of E. Edgemont, Park Ridge, was arrested Aug. 8 on the 700 block of N. Prospect for Zero Tolerance.


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Manish Patel, 20, of the 9400 block of N. Greenwood, Des Plaines, was arrested Aug. 7 on the 200 block of S. Vine for Theft.


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Anthony Franceschi, 22, of the 1800 block of W. Birch, Park Ridge, was arrested Aug. 8 on the 1800 block of Birch for Battery.





A 15 yr old from Park Ridge was arrested Aug. 8 on the 2600 block of Windsor Mall for Possession of Cannabis and Curfew.


A 16 yr old from Park Ridge was arrested Aug. 8 on the 2600 block of Windsor Mall for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


A 16 yr old of Park Ridge was arrested Aug. 8 on the 2600 block of Windsor Mall for Curfew.


A 16 yr old from Park Ridge was arrested Aug. 8 on the 2600 block of Windsor Mall for Possession of Cannabis and Curfew.


A 14 yr old from Park Ridge was arrested Aug. 8 on the 2600 block of Windsor Mall for Curfew.


Heather Tehnesky, 33, of the 2300 block of N. Lincoln Park, Chicago, was arrested Aug. 7 on the 200 block of S. Vine for Unlawful Use of Credit Card.


Pena-Santos, 23, 11 Israel of the 8200 block of W. Dempster, Niles, was arrested Aug. 9 at the intersection of Oakton & Western for No Valid DL, Disobeyed No Turn on Red Sign and Failure to Wear Seat Belt. Shaun Phillips, 20, of the 800 block of University, Matteson, was arrested Aug. 9 on the 0-100 block of Busse Hwy. for Disorderly Conduct and Air


Rifle Possession Prohibited. Vera Eliashevsky, 61, of the 1100 block of S. Rose, Park Ridge, was arrested Aug. 11 on the 1100 block of S. Rose for Battery.


Kimberly Pierson, 49, of the 1900 block of Parkside, Park Ridge, was arrested Aug. 11 at the intersection of Dempster & Potter for D.U.I., B.A.C. Over .08, No Valid Insurance and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident.


Mario Raddi, 60, of the 8900 block of W. Grand, River Grove, was stopped on the 100 block of S. Northwest


Hwy. Aug. 10 and arrested after he was found to have a warrant for Theft/Deception Warrant in DuPage County.

Bret Neu, 49, of Villa Park was arrested Aug. 10 on the 8500 block of Austin for Suspended DL.

Morton Grove

Rayman Shaba, 43, of Des Plaines was arrested Aug. 11 on the 9300 block of Marion for Suspended DL.

Aida C. Blake, 51, of Chicago was arrested Aug. 9 on the 6100 block of Dempster for Battery and Trespass to Property.

Alex Brown, 26, of Morton Grove was arrested Aug. 13 at the intersection of Dempster and Ferris for Suspended DL.


Michael A. Beck, 22, of Morton Grove was arrested Aug. 10 on the 9100 block of Mamora for Leaving the Scene of an Accident.







Park Ridge police arrest three linked to pickpocket crew By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

Authorities in Park Ridge and Northbrook arrested three women suspected in a pickpocket enterprise that targeted dozens of people across the northwest suburbs. “They were organized,” said Park Ridge Police Deputy Chief Lou Jogmen. “It was a criminal enterprise that affected a lot of people.” Authorities became aware of the pickpocket operation when reports of wallets stolen from restaurant patrons began appear at multiple northwest suburban police departments about six months to a year ago. A pattern emerged when several police reports featured wallets that were taken from restaurant patrons who hung purses over the back of their chairs or left them in the adjacent seat. Northbrook officials described the “pickpocket crew” as “prolific” in its use of stolen credit cards used to purchase gift cards or electronics.The crew then would attempt to resell the items they had purchased with the stolen cards. Area detectives from Park Ridge and Northbrook participated in a meeting of a task force run by the

MAINE Continued from page 3 residents of the unincorporated area should be made aware if plans for future development are put together, adding the other half the equation is looking into the cost of the absorbing the area’s infrastructure. However, many other officials consider the potential added property-tax revenue not worth the trouble. They cite the cost of repairing the area’s infrastructure, absorbing the area’s police and fire protection, as well as its code enforcement and construction permitting services as the reason they haven’t tried to absorb the unincorporated area. Specifically Park Ridge Mayor David Schmidt said the area’s issues with severe flooding and street gangs would need to be resolved before Park Ridge could consider annexing anything. “This time, they aren’t asking us to annex land, but to take over services, like police protection,”

Special Prosecutions unit of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office July 22 to form a plan to deal with the crew. Then on July 23, a mall security guard at Northbrook Court saw suspects believed to be involved in the pickpocket operation and notified police. Northbrook police say they took five people into custody, resulting in three arrests that day. Park Ridge detectives were then able to link two of the three arrested to two thefts from patrons of Uptown restaurants between May 22 and July 13, Jogmen said. Star L. Davis, 44, of Riverdale was charged with a felony count of being an organizer of a continuing financial crimes enterprise, police said. As Davis is believed to be the crew’s leader, she faces additional charges for theft and theft by deception, officials said. The second suspected crewmember is Tracy Musiala, 22, of Hoffman Estates. She was charged with one felony count of having a continuing financial crimes enterprise, police said. Later, Northbrook police identified the third suspect arrested as Angel R. Wingard, 48, of Chicago. She’s charged with one felony count of having

said Schmidt, who is skeptical of the plan. He doesn’t think it makes sense for Park Ridge to take responsibility for additional areas in need of flood infrastructure that also has a gang problem. There is a precedent for unincorporated areas without a strong retail center being skirted by nearby municipalities in the northwest suburbs. Before its eventual incorporation into Chicago in the 1960s, the strip of land that comprises the 6500 block of Milwaukee Avenue was itself unincorporated. Nicknamed the “Sin Strip,” it was considered a lawless area to the south of Niles that village police and other officials were powerless to regulate for years. Maine Township Supervisor Carol Teschky said she is still opposed to the annexation of unincorporated Maine Township, saying people who have chosen to live in an unincorporated area do so for “their own reasons.” “I like it the way it is,” she said, adding, however, she does feel the area needs more help with its flooding situation.

a continuing financial crimes enterprise. Jogmen said more charges in relation to the pickpocket

crew could be forthcoming, as authorities believe there are more people involved. As of press time only Davis, Musiala and Wingard

had been charged. All three will appear at the Cook County District 2 courthouse in Skokie in the coming weeks.






The Affordable Care Act “What You Need to Know.” 9 a.m. 6140 Lincoln Ave. Morton Grove. Join the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and our panel of experts as we discuss the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact businesses. Our experts will speak about what every business needs to know to make an informed decision. Learn how to decide what is right for your business, what is needed for compliance with the act and by when business owners need to do it. To reserve your place please call Debbie Juris at (847) 965-0330 or email:

Film: La Sirga (2012, NR, 1 hr. 22 m in., French and Spanish with English subtitles). 2 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove.Alice is devastated by war memories. She tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a decadent hotel on the shore of a lake in the Andes.

AUGUST 23 Standard Bank Stadium Concert Series: TributoSaurus Becomes “The Who.” 7:30 p.m. 14011 Kenton Avenue, Crestwood. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Find more info at

AUGUST 24 Standard Bank Stadium Concert Series: American English to Perform “Sgt. Pepper’s”“1” and other Fab Four Faves. 7 p.m. 14011 Kenton Avenue, Crestwood. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Find more info at sbstadium. com.

AUGUST 26 TLC: Total Learning Community afterschool program. Nelson School 8901 Ozanam Ave., Niles & Melzer School 9400 Oriole, Morton Grove & Mark Twain School, 9401 Hamlin, Niles. Join our national award-winning afterschool program, returning for its 13th year. This program is at all District 63 elementary schools. Give your child something productive to do every day after school, in a safe, positive learning environment supervised primarily by District 63 classroom teachers. For more information or to register, contact Pamela Surber at the TLC office at 847-827-4137 or visit our website: www.emsd63. org/subsite/TLC

AUGUST 27 3rd Annual Dinner with Ditka. 6:30 p.m. Mike Ditka’s Steak House, 100 E Chestnut, Chicago. Join ‘Da Coach’ and Kids Have Hope for the 3rd Annual Dinner with Ditka event. The evening will be full of drinks,

live music, a four course meal and silent auction to support them in their mission to end child abuse in Chicago. Single tickets are available at $150 and tables of 10 can be purchased for $1400. All proceeds go to the Kids Have Hope foundation and their programs to educate children, parents and the communities about child abuse prevention and detection. Tickets can be purchased in advance of the event by events. For more information please contact Melissa Moss at

AUGUST 28 SCORE Small Business Counseling. 9 a.m. Niles Public Library, 6960 W Oakton St, Niles. Take advantage of private one-hour sessions of business coaching. Counselers from the Chicago Chapter of SCORE® will be at the Library to advise small business owners and start-ups with planning, marketing or financial solutions. The sessions are free but you must make an appointment. To set up your appointment online, visit the counseling page at If you have questions, call SCORE at 312-353-7724 or email info@

ONGOING Sounds of Summer Looking to add a note to your summer? Don’t miss a

beat 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday. There are different concerts every Thursday and Friday all summer. Admission is free. The concert takes place at Harmony Park, at Vail Avenue and Campbell Street, in Arlington Heights. For information, go to TOPS. 5-7 p.m. every Monday at the Niles Park District Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard Street, Niles. This not-for-profit weight loss organization meets every Monday. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Sandie at 847-691-7122. FISH Seeking Volunteers. Due to the economy, FISH is experiencing over a 40 percent rise in ridership. It is straining both the volunteer service level and budget. Since 1971, FISH volunteers have been serving Park Ridge and Maine Township residents by providing free rides to medical appointments. To continue to provide a high level of service to all residents of Maine Township, FISH needs volunteers. Can you spare four hours per month to drive neighbors to medical appointments? To volunteer, call Ed Oken, President, 847 696-0761. Meet US Rep Schakowsky’s Representative. 9 a.m. to noon at the Park Ridge Library.A member of U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky’s Evanston office will be at the library every Wednesday morning to answer your questions about government, health care, retirement issues, immigration visas, and anything else related to federal benefits. For more information, contact Ann Limjoco at 847-328-3409. Stroke Club. 3-4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Center for Advanced Care, Room 1220, 1700 Luther Lane, Park Ridge. This is a free program for stroke victims and survivors (plus a guest). Free parking is available in the attached parking garage. For more information contact Meg Potterfield, 847723-4765 or Dorene Wlodarski, 847-296-2470. TOPS Club. 8:30-10 a.m. every Tuesday at the Feldman Rec Center, 8800 W. Kathy Lane, Niles. Lose weight with TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Everyone is welcome. Call Dorene Wlodarski, 847-2962470 or Lenore Lunquist, 847729-2530 for more information.

News Briefs Pastor at Our Lady of Ransom Church in Niles dies Rev. Thomas Michael Enright, 75, passed away at his home in Seneca Aug. 10. Most recently he was associate pastor of Our Lady of Ransom Church in Niles for the past six years. Previously Enright served at St. Mary of the Woods in Chicago, St. Teresa’s in Palatine, St. Joseph Church in Wilmette, St. Alphonsus in Lemont and Transfiguration Church in Wauconda. He was remembered as a “caring and gentle pastor.”

Aurora cops honored for rescue of Niles police commander, his son and others from river Niles Police Commander James Elenz and his son were on an outing to the Vermillion River in Oglesby this past June when they got swept up against the Buzzi Unicem Dam. After holding on for about 40 minutes Colin Fath, Graham Fath, Matthew Grammas and Tyler Fredrickson saw them and were able to pull Ryan Elenz into their raft. As the boys continued to look for help Sgts. Rick Ahlgren and Daniel Eppard of the Aurora police department arrived and worked together to help bring the entire group to safety. “It was pretty dangerous. We could see them holding on and they were pretty terrified,” said Eppard, who along with Ahlgren were off duty at the time. Eppard threw a rope and pulled everyone to safety. The two Aurora police officers were honored Aug. 13 for their actions. “I don’t know how we would have made it out of there. I don’t think we would have,” said John Elenz, adding that he’d be forever grateful for Eppard and Ahlgren.

ForuM Letters to the Editor New liquor commissioner a fair shake?

Because our mayor has a liquor license, the Village must, by a new state law, hire a lawyer to be the town’s Liquor Commissioner (LQ) for a measly $150-$220/ hr. The position is to be filled by the Board of Trustees with the mayor recusing himself from the selection process because he has a liquor license. Some trustees voted to give village attorney Annunzio the task of setting up the search process. He narrowed the responses to four resumes and then touted one of them. Apparently the winning candidate came from a family that owned a restaurant that impressed Mr. Annunzio and may have tipped the scales in her favor. Now the Board of Trustees hired, and not unanimously, such an attorney based SOLELY on the recommendation of the village attorney, Mr. Annunzio. Trustee Palicki and I objected since it is extremely odd to hire someone for a sensitive position SOLELY on the suggestion of Mr.Annunzio. He told the media that “he did not directly advertise the job” but did so by “word of mouth”

(and we have no idea who heard his wonderful words). Trustees were not informed of his verbal activities, or to what groups he actually did “advertise,” or to what special ears absorbed his oral supplications. Our televised trustee meetings may not win any primetime viewing awards, but they do provide a convenient record of who said what and when. At our May 14th meeting Mr. Annunzio claimed (see and hear on our website at 22:20 minutes on that date) that he would advertise in the lawyers’ bar journal, local papers, and so forth. We believed him. He told us recently that lawyers, like himself, are held to higher ethical standards. So we believed him. But we never saw anything and he never sent us any such promised advertisements. The trustee excitement rose to great heights at the May 20 meeting: Ms. Matayas wanted a “physical interview” (44:25) and Mr. Alpogianis wanted an interview too (54:20). Mr. LoVerde (1:05) and Mrs. Palicki (1:07) encouraged advertisements and Mr. LoVerde wanted a solicitation letter (1:10). Mr. Annunzio informed us that attorneys must carry their own malpractice

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insurance. We expected him to verify such insurance. A candidate who was not selected complained that the “winner” didn’t have such insurance. Mr. Annunzio hadn’t checked! When we started the job search some months ago, I provided the board with a list of fifteen items which should be discussed with candidates, items pertaining to reporting procedures, documentation of visits, etc. - the kinds of things which guarantee proper business conduct. What happened? Nothing. Trustees never interviewed candidates, never saw any and yet were to make a decision about an important job merely by reading a resume and believing that Mr. Annunzio has some special insight into resume reading. Would this be done if we were seeking a chief of police, a fire chief, a village manager? We all know the answer. I never met Ms. Shain, nor would I know her if she walked up to me. I never heard of her and obviously nothing of her biography until the resume trustees received from the scrutinizing Mr. Annunzio. Board trustees never were given the opportunity to interview her and other applicants to find the right mix. A most peculiar situation given that the Trustees who voted for Ms. Shain have voiced so much support for “management” and “metrics.” The recent newspaper article noted that resume analyst Mr. Annunzio said “Shain’s connections to Banks had nothing to do with his choice for her.” Many of us asked: Who is Banks? Obviously Mr. Annunzio knew. Result: Banks is the recently former alderman and Democratic Committeeman of the 36th Ward. Banks served for years and years on the Cook County Democratic Central Committee with former Maine Township Democratic Committeeman (Mayor) Przybylo. Coincidence? Mr. Annunzio is quoted in the media as favoring her selection because “she is totally independent and understood the system.” Understood the system? What SYSTEM? He then is quoted as saying “I didn’t want to hire someone everybody knew.”Who’s everybody? Mr. Annunzio doesn’t know who I know let alone the other trustees. Odd. Mr. Annunzio was not empowered to hire anyone, just present candidates to the Board of Trustees. Common sense and common courtesy (to the candidates and to the trustees) would be to have

THE BUGLE AUGUST 23, 2013 candidates appear before the Board of Trustees (the people that actually do the hiring) for a question and answer session, the kind which sensitive positions require. Instead we are supposed to rely on the judgment of Mr. Annunzio. This process of hiring can lead to some serious problems. First, this kind of hiring will easily discourage future competent applicants from applying for positions in Niles, perhaps rightfully believing that they have no real chance for employment. It’s not fair to them. It’s highly unlikely anybody would apply for a job under these kinds of procedures. Second, it casts a shadow over current village employees and how they were selected and hired. It’s not fair to them.And it’s not fair to us. - Niles Trustee Chris Hanusiak

An update for the new school year Dear Parents, I hope that you enjoyed summer with your families and are excited to begin a new school year. I am writing to update you on several initiatives that we believe will better prepare our more than 2 million Illinois public school students to succeed and become contributing citizens. A few years ago, a group of governors and state school chiefs, including myself, began a grassroots effort to develop a common set of more rigorous learning standards for students in grades K-12, whether they lived in Illinois or Idaho. These new Common Core Learning Standards have been adopted by more than 40 states and set clear expectations for what we want our students to know and be able to do in math and English language arts. With these higher standards also comes the need to ensure students are performing at a higher level. Just as we raised the bar in 2010 by adopting more rigorous learning standards, we also raised the bar on the state’s annual standardized achievement tests (also known as ISATs) for students in grades 3-8 by increasing the performance expectations on the 2013 test. By raising performance expectations on the ISATs, we are seeing a drop in the 2013 test scores for elementary students and schools. This does not mean that students know less or that teachers don’t provide good instruction, but it does give us an earlier indication of where students perform in terms of


college and career readiness. Before this adjustment, the ISAT was not a good measure of college and career readiness; that important information wasn’t generated until students took a test in 11th grade called the Prairie State Achievement Exam (also known as the PSAE), which includes the ACT. This is far too late to know that a student will not be prepared for success after high school. We have observed this disconnect when comparing ISAT scores, which showed 82 percent of elementary students met or exceeded standards in 2012, with our PSAE scores, which showed only 51 percent of 11th graders met or exceeded standards that same year. Students did not fall behind when they left grade school, but they faced a higher bar. This year, all students, in grades 3-12, are being measured against the same bar. We know that it’s not easy to suddenly see a drop in your student’s or school’s scores but we also know our state has great teachers and leaders who are working hard every day to prepare your children for these new,higher expectations for learning. Several other states are taking similar measures. In the spring of 2014,elementary students will once again take the ISATs, with questions written to the Common Core.Then, in 201415,Illinois is preparing to distribute new online assessments that are being specifically developed to align with the Common Core.The new tests will demand students show more critical thinking, problem-solving and excellent writing skills. Students will be assessed at least twice within a year’s time span in order to better gauge progress and help their teachers identify specific areas of need and provide appropriate interventions to support student success. As we change the way we assess students, we are also improving the way we report those results to you.This year, Illinois will debut a simplified, more consumerfriendly 2013 school and district report card that offers facts such as extracurricular activities and school honors to showcase the unique qualities of our schools.We hope that the redesigned report card for schools, districts and the state will better inform and support community-wide discussions about educational opportunities in your local schools. Sincerely, Christopher A. Koch, Ed.D. State Superintendent of Education



taKe 5 Crossword Puzzle

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Down 43 Lipstick mishap 45 Springs, in a way 47 Ref’s decision 48 Test-drove, with “in” 51 Environmental activist Jagger 54 Copyeditor’s catch, hopefully 55 Commentator Coulter 56 16th-century Spanish fleet 60 Science fiction prize 63 Macroeconomic theory to explain inflation 66 Faded in the stretch 67 Dust Bowl migrant 68 Denoting a loss, as on a balance sheet 69 Every twelve mos. 70 Unites 71 Napoleon, ultimately

1 Guesstimates at Maryland’s BWI 2 Name on a dictionary 3 Involve oneself 4 Roughly three miles 5 Push the wrong button, e.g. 6 Candlelight visitor? 7 Et __: and others 8 Trillionth: Pref. 9 “You’re not the only one!” 10 Block 11 Is way cool 12 Coastal area 13 “The Wonder Years” years 18 Whirlybird 19 Prefix with mural 24 Near the center 26 Shady group? 27 Ties up the line 28 Element element 29 High, as a kite 30 Quay 31 Pitcher Nomo 35 “Jeopardy!” category

36 Mischief-making Norse god 37 Henry VI’s school 39 “Rosy-fingered” time of day, per Homer 41 “Counting Sheep” mattresses 44 Postgame rundown 46 “I just had an idea!” 49 __-minded 50 Egyptian with a riddle 51 Like some limericks 52 “. . . the bombs bursting __ . . .” 53 California pro 57 Karaoke prop 58 Stomach product 59 Unenviable grades 61 Highlands native 62 Merrie __ England 64 Joseph of ice cream fame 65 Diner dessert


Horoscopes It’s difficult to carry a cup full of coffee without spilling anything when it’s filled to the brim. In the week ahead, remain reasonable and don’t overdo it when you’re brimming with energy.

Meet some helpmates. This week, there will be plenty of time to share with a special someone, even if it means taking work home. Your social life may revolve around the job or work.

Enlarge the scope of your money-making activities in the week ahead. You should take the time to plan ahead and visualize ways to manifest a secure and harmonious financial future.

Bet on a sure thing. Review what you’re doing right that brings you peace and happiness. In the week to come, you may achieve an understanding about how a relationship affects finances.

During the upcoming week, you could be fooled into thinking you’re right when you are wrong, or vice versa. Remain organized and be a stickler about attending to duties for the best success.

Relationships can experience a growth spurt in the week ahead. Treating partners like friends and joining together to plan for the future can widen the field of mutual harmony.

Looking for love in all the right places might be the song you sing in the upcoming week. If you’re already in a steady relationship, everything should go exceedingly well. Attract new admirers.

Focus on creating and improving enduring relationships. This is a great week to make joint plans or to execute them without rocking the boat. Row your boat gently down the stream.

Due to your enthusiasm to make major changes, you may scatter your energies like confetti. In the week ahead, don’t forget that someone must sweep up the mess you leave behind.

Strike a balance between doing the right thing and doing everything to succeed this week. Your ambitions could be sidetracked by altruism but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Concentrate on achieving clarity in the week to come. You may run into a few people who frown on your dreams or seem controlling. Remain clear about what’s really important.

Charm them and disarm them in the week ahead. Your people skills are in top form, but in an effort to please all the people all the time, or to seem like a trendsetter, you could overspend.



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INSIDE: Maine East soccer looks to continue success, page 12; Maine South girls cross country hopes to return to state, page 14



Several locals to keep an eye on in fall By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

The prep football season gets under way next weekend, but boys and girls golf is already going strong, and other sports such as soccer and tennis will start competing before the Friday Night Lights’ switch is flipped on. There’s plenty of star power to be found outside the hash marks and sidelines of the gridiron. Here are 10 non-football athletes from schools in its coverage area (listed in alphabetical order) who will undoubtedly make some noise in their respective sports before all is said and done this fall: •Leia Atas, junior, Maine South girls golf—Look for Atas to have a bounce-back season after the two-time state qualifier slipped individually at last October’s rain and lightning-shortened tourney from her freshman to sophomore year (97th last season; tied for 58th in 2011). Atas helped lead the Hawks to state as a team in 2012, and with a strong nucleus back from that club this season, Maine South is in good position to earn a repeat trip this October. •Matt Coronado, sophomore forward, Maine East boys soccer—The graduation of allstater Rami Dajani leaves a big hole in the Demons’ offense, but Coronado emerged last season to score 12 goals and should soften the blow. Coronado will be one of leaders for the young Demons, who graduated only five seniors. He played in Europe this summer with USA Soccer, and that experience—combined with playing next to Dajani last season—will pay dividends. •Leigh Friedman, sophomore, Maine South girls tennis—Last season, Friedman became the first Hawk to qualify for the

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Jenna Zitkus looks to return to state for Maine South.

state tournament since 2010, and she undoubtedly will be one of the better players in the area this fall. Friedman polishes her skills competing in United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments. She’s been working on her conditioning, mental toughness and stroke production during the off-season. Former Maine South coach Jo Ann Bondi said last year that Friedman has the ability to be a top 16 player at state. •Jessica Ilc, junior, Maine East girls tennis—The Demons’ No.1 singles player has improved noticeably since her freshman

season. She’s won matches in sectional tournament play and could be knocking on the door to challenge for a state berth this season. •Alex Koziol, junior forward, Maine South boys soccer— Koziol exhibited a knack for scoring goals in key situations throughout the 2012 campaign for coach Dan States and the Hawks—a season during which the Hawks advanced to the sectional semifinals. He’ll continue to be an offensive force this year for the Hawks, who pride themselves on playing stingy defense.

•Nate Lee, senior, Niles West golf—Lee, whom coach Mitch Stern said plays the game pretty much like a professional would play it, is the total package on the golf course. The three-time state qualifier finished in an eight-way tie for 25th in Class 3A at state during last year’s tournament, and could challenge for a top-10 finish at state this year. Emily Leonard, senior, Maine South girls cross country— Leonard is the leader of a Hawks’ cross country team that’s qualified for state each year she’s been on the team. After registering top-10 finishes

individually the past two years at state, you can bet Leonard will be in the thick of things once again come early November at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Leonard also is a perennial state qualifier in track. •Olivia Rusek, senior outside hitter, Niles West—Rusek was already one of the CSL South’s best at her position in 2012, and the proverbial sky’s the limit for the Ball State University recruit in this, her senior year. The school record-holder for most kills in a season (352, set last See LOCAL, page 15




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Maine East will have to replace All-State forward Rami Dajani this year.

Demons look to continue success By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

The graduation of Rami Dajani—the All-State forward who was a four-year varsity player at Maine East—is, to be sure, a huge loss for coach Vic DiPrizio’s Demons going into the 2013 season. Dajani, now at Division I Alabama-Birmingham, is Maine East’s all-time leading scorer who tallied a combined 62 goals his junior and senior seasons. The Dajani-led Demons also advanced to the sectional finals in 2011. But DiPrizio isn’t pressing the panic button by any means. He adheres to a philosophy of putting freshmen players on varsity; thus, the Demons are less susceptible to senior turnover.

“If you’re good enough to play at a freshman, you’re going to be on the varsity,” DiPrizio said. “We’re in a great position this year and next to reap the benefits of all this.” The Demons, 12-8-1 last year, started three freshmen during 2012. One of those freshmen, Matt Coronado, played alongside Dajani. Coronado netted 12 goals last season, and while DiPrizio indicated that Coronado doesn’t pick up the scoring void left by Dajani, he is looking for Coronado to be one of the club’s key players. Coronado gained extensive experience as a part of USA Soccer’s U15 national team, which has played in England, Portugal, Poland, Germany, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. “Matt is a special player in his own right,” DiPrizio said.

Maine East’s other two freshman starters from last year, Mumen Hussein and Wilson Noriega, will play outsidemid/forward and defender, respectively. DiPrizio said he’s expecting big things from Hussein, Noriega and two seniors: midfielder-forward Dino Tijanic and goalkeeper David Patyk, who is beginning his second season as the starter. DiPrizio pointed out that senior defender Marco Marin has over two years of varsity experience. Marin’s defensive mate, Joe Swoboda, a junior, was brought up to the varsity during the Demons’ playoff run two years ago. Junior midfielder Matt Pytel also has been playing on varsity since his freshman See DEMONS, page 15


Fall season offers plenty to look forward to With the fall season fast a p p ro a ch i n g , there are a lot of things across the Voyager Media coverage area that I am looking forward to.

FOOTBALL The most intriguing thing to me this year is to see where the big three recruits end up. Bolingbrook defensive back Parrker Westphal,Plainfield South linebacker Clifton Garrett and Notre Dame running back Chris James are all getting recruited by major Division-I programs. In fact,all are being recruited by my favorite team, the Tennessee Volunteers, which makes things that much more interesting. Time will tell how good all three play their final season and where they end up playing, as well as when they decide to sign. •I am also looking forward to seeing if a team can return to the state finals after we were shut out last year. Maine South, Benet and JCA all came close last year. Maine South and JCA lose their star players in Matt Alviti and Ty Isaac, respectively, but Benet returns quarterback Jack Beneventi. •Finally, I am anxious to see what team will make a surprise run this year. Last year it was Downers North in both the regular season and the playoffs, as the Trojans went all the way to the final eight. Not many thought they would even make the playoffs.

VOLLEYBALL Coming off back-to-back state titles, all eyes will be on Benet to see if it can three-peat. After losing a bunch of Division-I players from the team two years ago, the Redwings were just as strong last year. They have some big losses again this year but return both middles and will be a tough out in the playoffs once again. •JCA is a team that has also had a lot of success in recent years, but came up short of state last year. The Angels are another

team that always seems to reload, but it will be tough for them to get past Wheaton St. Francis. •The Voyager Media volleyball teams have had some playoff success in recent years in addition to Benet and JCA and it will be interesting to see if that will continue again. Niles West has won a pair of regionals, but lost a lot of those players. They do return Olivia Rusek though. Plainfield North won a regional last year with a very young team and could be a darkhorse to rival Benet in the sectional.

SOCCER The DuPage area has been strong in recent years in boys soccer and I expect to see more of the same this year. I am looking forward to seeing if any of them can make a run at a state title. Lisle has been a contender in 1A, while Benet, Downers South and Downers North have had strong programs in 3A. •Last year the Southwest Prairie Conference got over the hump and got a regional title. However, it was Romeoville who did it. The Spartans have some players coming back as they go for a repeat performance.

•Speaking of repeat, Plainfield Central looks for an unbelievable eighth straight SPC title. The Wildcats have proven themselves year after year, but still are looking for a regional title.

OTHER SPORTS The biggest thing in any other sport that I am excited about is to see how high Downers North swimming can finish. With the Sims sisters and others who have had success, the sky is the limit for the Trojans. •Our cross country teams have had some big time success in recent years, especially on the boys side. Last year Maine South was fifth, Plainfield South sixth and Minooka 16th.All three squads suffered some losses, but I will be interested to see if they can match last year’s success. We had four girls teams advance to state in Maine South, Downers South, Lockport and Minooka and time will tell if the total can be matched or surpassed this year. •I am also looking forward to seeing what individuals step up in golf and tennis. Follow Scott @Taylor_Sports






Maine South hopes to return to state By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

There’s an entire season of cross country to be run, but who could blame the Maine South girls team if it casts a collective eye every so often in the direction of Peoria’s Detweiller Park throughout the year. Perennial All-State and AllConference runner Emily Leonard, who’s finished among the top 10 at state each of the past two seasons, is now a senior. And she has a strong supporting cast who were part of the Hawks’ Class 3A 10th-place state squad last November. Mirae Mastrolonardo, a senior who was 79th at state; sophomore Gina Johnson; and senior Cailin Eckart were, like Leonard, All-Conference selections in 2012. All four were joined by returning

sophomores Olivia Ryan and Julia Sirvinskas downstate. “With these six, we should have a nucleus to do very well this season,” Maine South coach Jeff Downing said. “We need to stay healthy and be able to train hard, and if so, hope to do even better than last year. “Our team goals stay similar to last year: Compete for a conference title, compete for a regional title, qualify for state by finishing in the top five at the sectional meet, and finish as high as possible at state.” Resurrection, which won a Class 2A regional last fall, are led by three-time GCAC allconference senior Hannah Witczak. She qualified for the state meet in 2011, but was injured in regionals last year and didn’t make it back to state. Seniors Kathleen Hughes and Mike Sandrolini/Bugle Staff

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Maine South’s Emily Leonard finished ninth in the state last year.

Sports STATE Continued from page 14 Sarah England, junior Carissa Fagiano, and sophomores Marya Cunningham, Maureen Gillespie and Alex Figueroa return from the regional title squad. Niles West welcomes back All-CSL performer Christine Mujica, a junior; seniors Taylor Genis Gillian Flippo and Jamie Rohn; and sophomore Danielle Karp. Junior Katherine De Lara and freshman Merima Mackic also could see varsity action. Maine East and first-year coach Alyssa Carter have senior and team captain Alex Plezia, and juniors Jessica Cuevas and

DEMONS Continued from page 12 year. The veteran Maine East coach is pleased with how the team performed during summer league play. The Demons (61-1 in the summer) defeated Glenbrook North, to whom they lost in the regionals. They also tied defending 3A state champion Warren and knocked off Stevenson, which advanced to the state semifinals. “I’m very encouraged about what the year might bring for us,” DiPrizio said. •Notre Dame finished with a 9-8-2 overall record last season and lost leading scorer Brett Bartes to graduation. Yet coach Reggie Lara likes the makeup of his 2013 Dons, who had two freshmen, two sophomores and a handful of juniors in their 2012 starting lineup. “We’ll have more experience and skill in our midfield than previous Notre Dame years,”

LOCALS Continued from page 11 year), Rusek possesses the ability to slam down a kill from either the front or the back. She also gets the job done defensively, as evidenced by her 248 digs, which was second on the team last season. •Edan Scott, senior, Niles West girls swimming—Scott is already

Leslie Christiansen leading the way. Cuevas and Christiansen both qualified individually for sectionals last year. “The team has great positive energy, and all of the girls are hard-working and dedicated to improve,” Carter said.



Maine South enjoyed a banner 2012 season, motoring to fifth place at state in Class 3A—the best team finish in school history. But graduation has taken a toll on the Hawks, who’ve lost five of their top seven runners from that squad. The two holdovers from state, senior Jack Carpenter—whom coach Greg Nordahl says should be an All-Stater in 2013—and

junior Paul D’Ambrosio, will set the pace for Maine South, along with senior Paul Tobin and junior Henry Mierzwa. Juniors Jason Friesl, Ben Steffen and Aiden Gaskin, and sophomore Ralph Patejunas, are competing to be the No. 5 runner. “We are a top 20 (state) team with top 10 potential that has a lot to prove,” Nordahl said. Notre Dame also experienced a record season during 2012, qualifying for state as a team for the first time in school history in Class 2A. But like Maine South, the Dons were a seniordominated team. Sophomores Robert Kostecki—an all-ESCC runner— and Matt Contreras, along with junior Sayeed Mohameed, ran on the state-qualifying team. Look

for juniors Connor Widelka and Saxon Kotowski, as well as senior Elijiah Mendez, to also contribute this season. “We have several runners that ran in big races last year,” Dons coach John Barrett said. “We are young, but talented. I think we will run a lot more in a pack than we did last year. I’m expecting good things as we had a good summer of running.” Niles West has a lineup dominated by upperclassmen. Seniors Sergio Dorando, Kyle Kent and Matt Henry are joined by juniors Theo Beck, Adrian Vargas, Mateen Hussani and Alec Tulsky. “We have a strong group of runners that really pushed the mileage this summer,” Wolves

coach Mike Grossman said. “This is a young team that has a lot of potential. We will try our best to win a top spot in the conference.” Maine East junior Anthony Misiak, a two-time sectional qualifier, is back as the Demons’ top runner. Joshua Madsen, a junior, also gained varsity experience last year. Meanwhile, junior Yousif Khoshaba (a transfer student) and sophomore James Lui are running cross country for the first time. “The strength of this team is in our sophomores and junior classes,” Maine East coach Chris Peters said. “How they develop will play a big role in how successful we are.”

Lara said. “Overall our team has a lot of speed as well. I think we’ll surprise some of our conference opponents.” The Dons welcome back senior goalkeeper Robbie Hill, a two-year starter who recorded a school record nine shutouts last year. He’s a co-captain along with senior midfielder Lucas Carlson, a three-year starter. Sophomore defender Nate Adams started every game last season on the varsity. Newcomers to watch for include junior defender Joe Hilger and sophomore midfielder Jack Wernet. •Maine South boasted one of the area’s best defensive squads during 2012 en route to winning a regional championship and finishing 14-5-5. This season, the Hawks will have to overcome the loss of 14 seniors, five of whom were all-conference players. However, Maine South has three senior defenders with varsity experience: Tatsuya Takizawa, Sebastian Bielecki and Ryan Moran. The Hawks’

midfield looks good as they return juniors Michael Banas and Adam Wozniak, along with senior Brendan Faley. Junior forward Alex Koziol is an emerging scorer, junior Henry Mierzwa also is back at forward, and senior Eric Sanetra may take over as the starting goalkeeper after serving as the backup last season. •Niles West could be a surprise team despite going 3-13-3 overall and 0-3-2 in the CSL South last year. The Ljubic brothers, Robert and Mario, will be playing next to each other at midfield this season. Robert, whom Wolves coach Scott Ackman believes is an NCAA Division I caliber player, returns from a torn ACL he suffered early last season. Senior Hubert Szelag played outside-mid last year, but moves to forward for 2013. Another senior, Thomas Dynek, is the team’s top returning defender. Bolstering the lineup are forward Yogi Bajric and outside defender Nick Dotsenko (both sophomores),

along with central defender Kevin Sanchez and goalkeeper Carlos Lome (both freshmen). “The team is pretty young, but they are very experienced,” Ackman said.“They all play club

soccer, most for FC Chicago. We also were involved in several summer tournaments and leagues, so they were able to get a lot of playing experience.”

best girls swimmer the school has ever produced. Last November, she became the first Niles West competitor to win state medals in two events—the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle—and with state and national record-holder Olivia Smoliga having graduated, expect Scott to be in the running for the state 50 championship. She bettered her state time last year in the 50 despite placing seventh (she was fifth at state in 2011).

•Jenna Zitkus, senior, Maine South girls swimming—Zitkus certainly knows her way around the state meet swimming pool, having qualified for state either as an individual or as part of a relay team every year since her freshman season. She went downstate in both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke last season and took part in Maine South’s qualifying 200 medley relay team.




Logano making a case for the Chase Add another name to the Chase conversation. Joey Logano started Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from the pole, and after a convoluted mix of strategy and racing incidents, it was Logano who claimed the victory and established himself as a contender for a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The victory was Logano’s first of the season, his first at Michigan, his first for Penske Racing and the third of his career. Kevin Harvick ran second, followed by Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer. The victory moved Logano from 16th to 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 17 points out of 10 place.The youngest winner in MIS history also is in play for a Wild Card, with two spots available

to the drivers in positions 11-20 in the standings with the most victories. “This is huge for our Chase hopes,” Logano said. “We needed this to have a shot at getting in the Chase. We’re close now, but we can’t make any mistakes.This sure does help a lot.” Mark Martin took off after a restart on Lap 178, as Kurt Busch, Logano and Harvick battled for the second spot behind him. But Martin was short on field, and after the running order shuffled out with Logano in second and Harvick in third, the pursuers began to close in on the leader. But Logano, 23, who came to the public eye as a 14-year-old with praise from the 54-year-old Martin, couldn’t make the pass for the lead, even though Martin was trying mightily to save fuel. “I noticed he was lifting early,

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Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 44th Annual Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 18, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

because I was catching him on entry (into the corners),” Logano said. “He was able to pull me on exit. I wanted to get by him, because I knew the 29 (Harvick) was fast, too… “It is so cool to be here in Victory Lane. It’s crazy racing Mark Martin, my childhood hero. I was able to race against him in Pocono last year for the win. It is so cool racing against a guy like that But when Martin slowed in Turn 3 on Lap 197 and brought

his car to pit road for fuel, Logano shot past him into the lead with Harvick in hot pursuit. Logano held the top spot for the final four laps and took the checkered flag by 1.018 seconds over the No. 29 Chevrolet. To Harvick,the race was decided on the final restart. Harvick lined up inside Martin with Logano’s No. 22 Ford behind the No. 29 Chevy. Series leader Jimmie Johnson couldn’t exorcise his Michigan

jinx. After wrecking his primary car in Saturday’s practice, Johnson started Sunday’s race from the rear of the field in a backup car. He took the lead on Lap 43 during a cycle of green-flag pit stops, but shortly thereafter Johnson exited the race because of an engine failure. After Sunday’s race, the two cars are tied for the final Wild Card spot, with the No. 56, driven by Martin Truex Jr. holding the tiebreaker based on quality of finishes.


Prior to the start the GEICO 400 on Sunday, Sept. 15, fans with a Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience pass will be able to participate in a walk around the track at Chicagoland Speedway led by members of the Coca-Cola Racing Family. The Coca-Cola Family Track Walk program is an experience that encourages health and happiness and brings the community together. It provides thousands of fans with the chance to get out and get active by taking a lap of their own with their favorite drivers – on foot. Chicagoland Speedway fans will have an exclusive opportunity to participate in the event, as the Coca-Cola Family Track Walk only visits three tracks in 2013. In order to gain access to the pre-race track walk, in addition to having a GEICO 400 race ticket, fans will need to purchase a Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience pass which is available for $50, a benefit that is free for 2013 Season Ticket Holders. All fans with a GEICO 400 race ticket will have the ability to access the track immediately following the conclusion of the race. Fans will be able to sign the start/finish line that some of their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers crossed including the winner of this year’s GEICO 400. For tickets to the GEICO 400, the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola, and/or the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race visit our tickets page or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).

STANDINGS 2013 Sprint Cup Series 1) Jimmie Johnson 813 2) Clint Bowyer - 41 3) Carl Edwards -51 4) Kevin Harvick -64 5) Kyle Busch -107 6) Matt Kenseth -125 7) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - 134 8) Brad Keselowski -146 9) Kurt Busch -148 10) Greg Biffle -150 11) Kasey Kahne -154 12) Martin Truex, Jr. -1860

2013 Nationwide Series 1) Sam Hornish Jr. 2) Elliott Sadler 3) Regan Smith 4)Austin Dillon 5) Brian Vickers

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2013 Pure Michigan 400 RESULTS 1. Joey Logano 2.Kevin Harvick, 3.Kurt Busch 4. Paul Menard 5. Clint Bowyer 6. Marcos Ambros 7. Kasey Kahne, 8. Jeff Burton 9. Greg Biffle 10. Carl Edwards 11. Juan Pablo Montoya 12.Brad Keselowski 13. Ryan Newman, 14. Austin Dillon(i), 15. Matt Kenseth 16. Martin Truex Jr., 17. Jeff Gordon 18. Aric Almirola 19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 20. Denny Hamlin




A lighter take on a summer favorite Deep in the dog days of summer, one of the best ways to relax is to sit back and enjoy your favorite refreshing drink and a cooling snack. I won’t guess what your favorite summer drink might be, because there are so many to choose from. But I suspect that, at some time or other, many people will serve a bowl of guacamole and some chips. Over the past few decades, the mashed-avocado dip called guacamole has become one of North America’s most popular dips. That’s a very recent rise in popularity, considering that its history dates back some five centuries to the Aztec civilization in Mexico. But avocados themselves only began to make their way onto U.S. tables in any noticeable way around the 1950s; and even then, you would sometimes see the pear-shaped green fruit, a staple of Mexican cuisine, being strangely described as “Indian butter.” Today, many of us love to spread avocado on thickly - not just with chips, but also in salads, as featured ingredients or garnishes for appetizers and main dishes, and as sources of rich flavor and texture inside sandwiches. Which leads to a dilemma, as it’s all too tempting to eat too much of that delicious, buttery-tasting ingredient. Avocados are rich in fat, which provides almost three quarters of their total calories. Yes, those fat calories come mostly from heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, but they’re fat nonetheless, and smart eaters usually aim to limit their total daily fat intake to a third or fewer of total calories. So, ideally, a little guacamole should be made to go a long way.

Shelled edamame are a healthy and delicious addition to guacamole.

That’s one of the reasons behind the recipe I’d like to share with you today: my Edamame Guacamole. Even more of a newcomer to our tables, the steamed and usually chilled green soybeans known by their Japanese name, edamame, have become a widespread snack over the past decade or so. With their light flavor and the simple fun of popping them out of their pods, they have spread from sushi restaurants to other, eclectic

restaurant menus and through the refrigerated and freezer cases of wellstocked supermarkets to home tables. Edamame are little nutritional powerhouses, packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And just 29 percent of their calories come fat, most of which is the heart-healthy polyunsaturated or monounsaturated kind.

Since edamame are so mildly flavored and virtually the same color as guacamole, it made sense to try including them to lighten up that dip. And I think the result will surprise you not only in how beautiful it looks but how fresh it tastes. Add some tortilla chips that you ovenbake instead of fry, and you’ve got an indulgent-feeling late-summer snack that you could actually call healthy.

EDAMAME GUACAMOLE WITH OVEN-BAKED TORTILLA CHIPS OVEN-BAKED TORTILLA CHIPS: 12 corn tortillas, each 6 inches in diameter 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt (optional)

EDAMAME GUACAMOLE: 1 cup shelled edamame 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium-sized ripe Hass-style avocados 1 jalapeÒo chili, halved, stemmed, seeded, deveined and coarsely chopped (optional) Salt Freshly ground black pepper Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

Serves 10 to 12 First, make the Oven-Baked Tortilla Chips. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Meanwhile, lightly brush the tortillas on both sides with the olive oil and, if you like, lightly sprinkle with salt. Stack the tortillas and, with a sharp knife, cut them crosswise to make 6 wedges each. Spread out the wedges on a baking sheet. Bake until crispy and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through. Remove from the oven, let cool to room temperature, and store in an airtight container until serving time. For the guacamole, put the edamame, sour cream, lime juice and olive oil in a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade. Pulse the machine on and off until the mixture is pureed, stopping once or twice as necessary to scrape down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula. With a sharp knife, carefully cut the avocados lengthwise in half, cutting around the pit. Twist the

halves between your hands to separate them. With a sharp-edged tablespoon, scoop out and discard the pits. With the tablespoon, scoop out the pulp from each avocado half into the processor bowl, discarding the peels. If you like, add the jalapeÒo. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Process until the mixture is smoothly blended, stopping once or twice to scrape down the bowl and, if necessary, adding a little more salt and pepper to taste. Carefully remove the blade from the processor bowl. Transfer the guacamole to a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro. Place the bowl in the center of a platter and surround it with the tortilla chips. Serve immediately. (c) 2013 WOLFGANG PUCK WORLDWIDE, INC. DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.



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Is coworker a liar or just unrealistic? Q. I work with a person who was just promoted to lead. My problem is he always promises to get tasks I need done and then makes excuses. We just had someone quit, and I know he has a lot on his plate, but I am tired of him lying. Is there a way to get him to deliver what he promises? A. Yes, but you have to find out what is realistic for him to promise. Your coworker sounds like a classic case of over promise and under deliver. The problem is he can’t stand to disappoint anyone, including you. I know it seems counterintuitive that a person who doesn’t want to disappoint others ends up breaking so many promises. From your coworker’s perspective, immediate approval is much

more powerful than long-term conflict. When people ask him to help, he keeps saying “You bet!” and thus feels popular. In his mind he probably thinks he can do everything he promises. Then he ends up facing a stack of work even Superman would find daunting. Right up to the moment he fails to deliver, he most likely tells himself he’ll get it done. Unfortunately, if you try to get him to apologize after he drops your ball, you’ll discover he is full of more excuses than accountability. Remember this is a guy who doesn’t want anyone to be mad at him. Keep in mind, he doesn’t intend to lie to you, he is just bad at judging his limits. Instead of accusing him of lying, you need to help him be realistic if you want to avoid

disappointment. Next time you ask him for help, tell him point blank you need him to evaluate what else he has on his plate. Make it clear that you’ll be much less upset if he sets a realistic but longer time frame than if he fails to deliver. You’ll find that a little empathy with him will go a long way. Think of times you also were overly optimistic about your promises. Make it clear you appreciate that his heart is in the right place when he offers to help. Make it equally clear that you know he doesn’t want to get a reputation for not following through on promises. Many adults simply don’t do what psychologists refer to as causal thinking.They are unable to see that if they do action A, they will set in motion a chain of events where B, C and D logically follow. The ability to see the consequences of our actions in the future is actually

a mature skill that few adults possess. Most adults think in younger and more emotional ways about the future. Your coworker thinks,“If I tell everyone I would help, everyone will like me and that makes me feel good right now.” He doesn’t think longterm about the consequences of constantly disappointing his team. Many of my clients that have learned causal thinking get upset with people at work and ask me during sessions, “What are they thinking to act like this?” I point out that the reality is their coworkers aren’t thinking. When you point out the negative consequences to your coworker’s behavior, his need for approval will help him become realistic. You’ll enjoy being able to count on him. He’ll learn that long-term trust beats short-term popularity any day!

Last Word(s) Q. I made a mistake at work and fixed it, but now I feel guilty that I never mentioned the problem to my boss. Should I confess my mistake? A. No, confession may be good for your spiritual development but it’s a bad idea for your career success.

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


Buying a house with 403(b) money Dear Dave, Should I take advantage of a 403(b) withdrawal in order to buy a house? Bryan Dear Bryan, I wouldn’t do that because it really doesn’t accomplish anything. The only money you can take out is what you’ve put in, and any growth you’ve

experienced has to stay in there. Basically, it’s a retirement plan, and I wouldn’t monkey around with retirement money to buy a home. My advice is to make sure you’re debt-free and have three to six months of expenses set aside in an emergency fund.Once you’ve taken care of those issues, you can pile up some cash in a money market account toward purchasing a home. You won’t earn a lot, but it’s a safe place to park your cash when you’re saving up for a big purchase. When it comes to saving and investing, I’m a big fan of mutual funds. The problem in this scenario is that if you start sticking money in mutual funds, then the market is down when you’re ready to buy, you could’ve lost some money. That’s not the route I’d want to go if I’m in your shoes, Bryan. I’d forego the opportunity to make money in order to keep it safe for this goal. —Dave





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. Issues in the News • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays This dynamic, refreshing class is led by long time leader of this program, Arlene Golub. This group 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. Please call the NSC at 847-5888420 for more information. 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). Bridge Players Needed – All Levels

Come and join our social bridge group. We meet every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m at the Niles Senior Center. For information contact Jaymi Blickhahn at (847) 599-4220 Cubs vs Brewers at Milwaukee’s Miller Park •10 a.m.Thursday, Sept. 19; $62M/$67NM. Join us as we head to Miller Park to see our Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. The seats are in section 109. Fantastic seats. Lunch will be on your own.

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 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. Volunteer needed Volunteer help needed at the reception desk of the Center of Concern in Park Ridge. This 35 year old social service agency helps maintain senior citizens in their homes and provides housing assistance enabling them to live with dignity and independence. Call Jim at 847-823-0453. Very flexible hours and other volunteer opportunities are available.

The Center for Concern Unless otherwise noted, all services are offered at The Center of Concern offices at 1580 N. Northwest Hwy., Suite 310, in Park Ridge. For services that require an appointment, call 847-823-0453 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Preparation of simple wills and durable powers of attorney for health care and property also is available by appointment. Homeowners desiring additional income, companionship, or the ability to remain in their homes may wish to consider The Center of Concern’s shared housing program. Residents are matched


with screened applicants who possess a temperament suitable to shared accommodations. The Center of Concern also offers friendly visitors for the homebound, programs designed to prevent homelessness, and volunteer opportunities in the office and in the field. The Center’s web site is www. Blood pressure & blood sugar • 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24

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. Volunteer opportunities Do you have great people skills? Do you enjoy reception work? North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove has opening for people to help at our front desk, greeting guests, directing calls, and assisting with registrations. Please contact Volunteer Services at 847.784.6052 for details. Square Dance • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 Can’t tell a Do Si Do from a Do Si Don’t? No worries! The experienced dancers from the Glenview Squares Square Dance Club will provide a Square Dance demonstration and instruction, and then everyone can join in the fun! Enjoy this afternoon of dancing. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by Concentra. $8 member; $10 non-member.


Book Talk: Banned and Challenged • 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Celebrate your freedom to read whatever fits your mood or disposition by checking out classic or contemporary titles that at one time have been banned or challenged. Presented by the Morton Grove Library Reader Services Librarian Megan Rosol. Remember your Library Card to check out books on site! No fee registration required. Sit and Get Fit • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 3 – Oct. 24 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. $49 member; $59 non-member Healing Our Losses: Bereavement Support • Fridays, Sept. 10 – Oct. 25 Have you lost a spouse, partner, or other significant adult during the past year? Please join us for a new 8 week support group beginning Friday, September 6th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Subsequent meetings will be on Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25. Our support group is offered free of charge but registration is required and group size is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Mary Senn, LCSW, at 847-663-3072. August Renoir: His World, French Fashion and Chicago • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 Travel back in time with Art Historian Claire Cross for the life, times, and loves of this most popular artist who See SENIORS, page 22



SENIORS Continued from page 21 was appreciated early on by discerning collectors, many of whom were Chicagoans. Renoir was the least intellectual of the avant garde in the last quarter of 19th century Paris, but his works have a distinctive elegance and a timeless appeal. Explore his relationship with women’s fashion as well as with others of the impressionist group, and how Renoir’s working class background affected his attitudes. How and when did he become successful? Find out all this and more while viewing beautiful color slides of his paintings, some of which are currently exhibited at the Art Institute. $9 member; $11 non-member. Presidential Histories • Tuesdays, Sept.10 to Oct. 1 Barry Bradford will enthrall you with intriguing insights, little known stories, and wonderful video clips in this heavily requested series. Barry will explain the personal life stories of four of our most fascinating presidents—from Ike’s deep religious faith to JFK’s serious medical problems— and bring the lives of these powerful men into clearer focus. Please register for each week you plan to attend. Dwight D. Eisenhower • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, $9 member; $11 non-member

John F. Kennedy • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, $9 member; $11 Lyndon B. Johnson • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, $9 member; $11 non-member Richard M. Nixon • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, $9 member; $11 nonmember Great American Songbook: Words and Music • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 11,18 Only two of the great American songwriters of the Golden Age were composers who wrote their own lyrics. Cole Porter adored Irving Berlin but they were as different as different can be. Irving Berlin, an immigrant from a Yiddish speaking home, became the beloved master of the American vernacular. Cole Porter, the scion of a wealthy Indiana family, went to Yale, graduated to Paris and wrote the most sophisticated lyrics ever to grace the Broadway stage and Hollywood musicals.Tom Harris will examine their lives and play music of these geniuses of American music as interpreted by the great pop and jazz singers. $16 member; $20 nonmember Lunch & A Movie: Amour • 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 Enjoy an Academy Award nominated movie, great company and a tasty lunch!

Amour was the winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Award Film of the year. Amour tells the story of Georges and Anne, who are in their eighties.They are cultivated, retired music teachers.Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack.The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.This film stars Best Actress Nomine Emmanuelle Riva and is rated PG- 13. Lunch will include croissant sandwiches.This film has English subtitles. $6 member; $8 non-member. How to Choose the Best Medicare Prescription Benefit Plan • 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 Overwhelmed by prescription drug benefit options? Christine Bumgardner Senior Health Insurance Program Specialist will help you understand the ins and outs of Medicare Part D Coverage and learn to evaluate your best options for prescription drug plans. After the presentation, schedule an appointment to work with a Senior Health Insurance Specialist to choose the best policy. Presented in partnership with the Morton Grove Commission on Aging. Registration required for this free program. The Book of Proverbs • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 Source of timeless wisdom, and passages from it are quoted often. The Book of Proverbs is filled with an understanding of life and the world based on

human experience. Join Hyma as she discusses how these ancient proverbs still resonate for us today. $8 member; $10 non-member AARP Driver Safety Class • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept 25, Oct. 2 The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed as a driving refresher for motorists age 50 and older.The course includes information on safer driving habits, how to avoid driving hazards, changes in roadway conditions, safety equipment on your automobile, as well as a discussion of when to consider driver retirement.The class also covers much of the information needed to pass the Illinois State license exam and reviews the eyesight, hearing, and physical changes that drivers experience as they age. Completion of the two-day class may entitle the participant to a discount on his or her auto insurance. Please check with your insurance carrier for further details. A $12/$14 fee payable to AARP due in class. Prior registration required. Hand-Crafted Greeting Cards • 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 25 Make your own beautiful greeting cards! First timer and seasoned card makers will all enjoy this workshop and the finished cards created.You will receive a pre-assembled card kit that includes everything you need to create a holiday or occasion card. Instructor Kathy Martin will share her expertise and passion for paper crafting.

$15 member; $19 non-member . Romans to World War II • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 25 In this initial program in this series, Jim will show slides that illustrate historical military events from the Roman times up to World War II. Jim will wear a vintage military uniform, discuss the clothing, accoutrements, and weapons of the time, and present a slide program illustrating Living History. $8 member; $10 nonmember Protecting Our Legal Rights • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 30 Court decisions go well beyond simply the rights of the litigants. Court decisions can establish legal principles guiding later decisions that often deal with constitutional issues.Your participation and discussion are invited as Attorney Melvin Merzon shares some very interesting cases, including: freedom of speech in conflict with military needs; a six-year jail sentence of a 15 year old after his obscene phone call; whether a public school student violates separation of church and state by passing out invitations to her Christmas party; and when does a yoga class become a forbidden religious experience in a public school. $8 member; $10 nonmember.

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When should you take Social Security benefits By Jill Schlesinger Tribune Content Agency

In 2013, 37 million Americans will receive Social Security (SS) retirement benefits totaling $47.4 billion. Clearly, Americans have come to rely on Social Security retirement income, with more than half of married couples and nearly three-quarters of unmarried persons receiving 50 percent or more of their total income from the program. Still, the SS system remains more complicated than you might expect. Unfortunately, there is no simple response to one of the most frequently asked questions that I field: “When should I claim Social Security benefits?” The answer depends on your individual circumstances, but the good news is that there are a great many tools available now to help you navigate the process. First things first: to qualify for retirement benefits, you need to have worked at least 10 years. You can check out where you stand with Social Security’s easy-touse online benefits statement at www., which is what you used to receive in the mail. (For those over 60, you should still be receiving paper statements via “snail mail.”) The statement shows your annual earnings history, which is actually a helpful stroll down your employment history lane. Your statement will provide your estimated monthly SS payment at your “full” retirement age (FRA). Full retirement age varies on when you were born: If that was before 1938, your FRA is 65 years old; from 1938 to 1942, your FRA rises by two months for each additional year; between 1943 and 1954, it’s 66; from 1955 to 1959,

SENIORS Continued from page 22 From Betty Boop to Sophie Tucker: The Great Songs of the 1920s and 30s and the Women Who Sang Them •1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 Love Me or Leave Me, Some of These Days, I Wanna Be Loved by You... Hear these songs as you have never heard them before. Playing the ukulele and singing, Peggy Mistak will trace the history of these songs, the men who wrote them and the women who sang them, along with interesting glimpses into their lives. $8 member; $10 non-member Painting with Acrylics • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2

it rises 2 months per year; and from 1960 on, the age is 67. You can choose to claim benefits as early as age 62, but your benefit will be permanently lower - for some as much as 25 percent less. This is when the decision-making comes in. When does it make sense to file early? At your full retirement age, or should you wait until the maximum benefit age of 70? There are a number of tools that can help you crunch the numbers. AARP has a free calculator ( social-security/social-security-benefitscalculator), and there are a several paid calculators that may intrigue you, including MaximizeMySocialSecurity. com, and

Delve into acrylic painting and create your personal masterpiece! Artist Mila Ryk will provide a comprehensive introduction to this medium and use the color wheel to help with composition and mixing colors. Fee includes instruction and materials. No prior art experience needed! $79 member; $95 non-member I-Cash: Discovering Hidden Treasure • 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 The State of Illinois has 1.7 billion dollars in unclaimed assets- is some of it yours? Join us for this information program and learn if you have hidden assets through Illinois State Treasurer’s I-Cash program. Registration required for this free program. Here’s the general gist: delaying Social Security makes financial sense, with one caveat: You have to live long enough for the trade-off to work. In other words, if you knew when you are going to die, I could tell you when to file for SS! In essence, you make a bet on your life expectancy in deciding on when to file. If you delay retirement until after your FRA, you are entitled to “delayed retirement benefits,” or 8 percent a year more for each full year that you delay, until age 70. Sounds like a sweet deal, but of course you are not receiving the monthly income for those years. Here’s how the numbers break down:

If you live beyond 78, it makes sense to forego SS between the ages of 62 and 66; if you live beyond 82 1/2, it makes sense to delay SS until the maximum level, at age 70. You may be wondering,“How do I know when I’m going to die?”You can take an educated guess based on your general health and your parents’ health, or you can plug in your personal information at www., which may help you get closer to a more data-driven number. These mathematical acrobatics could be moot for some people who lose their jobs sooner than expected and desperately need income. If you do claim benefits early, and then are lucky enough to land a job, you will be subject to an annual “earnings test,” or threshold, which, for those people reaching FRA after 2013 is $15,120, and for those reaching FRA in 2013 is $40,080. Social Security withholds $1 for every $2 earned above that year’s threshold, until you reach full retirement age. The ratio changes to $1 for every $3 earned during the year you reach full retirement age. It may seem complicated - and it is ... it’s Social Security! - but doing your due diligence on when to claim benefits can make a huge difference in your financial comfort during your golden years.

(Jill Schlesinger, CFP, is the Emmy-nominated, Senior Business Analyst for CBS News. A former options trader and CIO of an investment advisory firm, Jill covers the economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign on TV, radio (including her nationally syndicated radio show), the web and her blog, “Jill on Money.” She welcomes comments and questions at


Acting & Improvisation • 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursdays, Oct. 3 - 24 Ever want to try acting? Explore improvisation, role playing, and acting exercises and unleash your inner actor. This class will give you the opportunity to reclaim the past, enhance your present and inspire your future. Seasoned actress and instructor Lorelei Goldman will teach you how acting can add zest to life.$35 member; $42 non-member

Historian Barry Bradford will explain the dynamics of each team, shot plenty of fantastic film clips, and share enthralling stories of some of the classic movie teams of all time! Please register for each week you wish to attend. • Oct. 8: Bogart & Bacall • Oct. 15: Tracy & Hepburn • Oct. 22 Jack Lemon & Walter Matthau • Oct. 29: The Marx Brothers

Great Screen Teams • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8 – 29, $9 member; $11 non-member Their names are forever linked together: Bogart & Bacall; Tracy and Hepburn; Jack Lemon & Walter Matthau; and The Marx Brothers. In this fast, fun and fascinating film series, cultural

Verdi’s La Traviata • 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 As Verdi’s most popular opera, La Traviata runs the gamut of emotions from gaiety to intense sadness. Bob Levi’s unique lecture focuses on where music from La Traviata can be found in popular culture. Scenes

from Pretty Woman, other movies, telecasts and advertising comprise the program. The “Brindisi” Drinking Song and “Sempre Libera” represent melodies familiar to everyone. $8 member; $10 non-member.



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