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Vol. 57 No. 48

Skokie celebrates seventh consecutive season of ... Jim Golomb driving his Amphicar aka “the boat car.” The Amphicar was manufactured in Berlin from 1962 to 1967.

Classic cars at are featured at Westfield Old Orchard’s parking lot.

MONDAY MOTORHEADS By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

The seventh season of Monday Night Car Shows in Skokie’s has come to a close.The fifteen-night summer event is one of the more popular car shows in the northwest suburbs, attracting around 400 vehicles every week with an average of between 750 and 1,500 people each week.This series, based out of the Westfield Old Orchard parking lot across the street from Niles North High School, features live music, food vendors, and raffles. “I remember when we were just twenty cars parked on Oakton,” said Rick Glickman, the president and founder of Monday Night Car Shows.“I really appreciate everyone and all their

help since we started this.” Glickman founded the non-forprofit organization dedicated to classic cars about three years ago with the goal of advancing the classic car hobbyist community through community awareness, camaraderie, and contributions to programs that teach automotive skills to the next generation through scholarships. The fifteen shows usually begin in May and run through the beginning of September from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The penultimate car show of the 2013 season was held Aug. 26 and featured classic cars dating back to as early as the Jazz Age. “These newer cars all look alike,” said Marty Brown. He owns a 1930’s two-door ford sedan that he restored

to pristine condition and is part of a car club that specializes in automobiles from the early half of the 20th century. “Driving these cars you’re really in a fishbowl, people looking in and asking questions about it. I think that people really like the antique style.” Glickman said that he hopes that next year’s event grows to more cars and attendees and the night of the second to last event asked members to be sure to tell Westfield that they wanted the car show to return in 2014. “It’s really interesting,” said Tyler Monte, 12. His parents brought him to the car show and he said his favorite cars there were the Corvettes.“I really like those because my favorite Transformer, Sideswipe, he’s a Corvette.”


The front of a 1948 Bentley owned by Toney Pedroza. He drove his daughter to her prom while dressed up in a tux. Only 4,000 of these cars were manufactured.




New victim sues school over abuse Dr. Audrey Haugan, principal of Maine West High School. The lawsuit names Maine A new victim has come forward Township High School District in hazing scandal at Maine West 207, Maine West Principal Audrey High School that has resulted in Haugan and former Maine West the termination of employment of coaches Michael Divincenzo and two coaches and investigations into Emilio Rodriguez. the school’s administration. The Previously the Cook County 16-years-old victim, being called State’s Attorney charged former John Doe for privacy reasons, Maine West Coach Michael filed this latest suit Aug. 26 and is Divencenzo with one count of the fifth student alleging he was a hazing, three counts of battery victim of hazing at the school. and four counts of failure to report In the civil complaint filed by abuse as mandated by law in his attorneys at the firm of capacity as a teacher Romanucci & Blandin, and coach. Cook County the alleged victim says State’s Attorney Anita he suffered physical and Alvarez described the sexual assault at the hands former coach’s behavior of multiple students in as both “heartbreaking September 2012 when he and outrageous” but said was a freshman member that their five-month of the school’s soccer investigation revealed team. that Divencenzo’s Divincenzo Attorney Antonio actions were not sexual Romanucci claims that in nature. Because of athletic coaches were aware of the this Divincenzo will not be facing incident but failed to intervene on felony charges. Alvarez also said the students’ behalf or to report the that they misdemeanor charges incident to the proper authorities. against the six Maine West soccer “As a parent, there is nothing players who previously petitioned more devastating than to find out to juvenile court have been that your child was hurt. When I dropped. received the call from the dean Additionally a report compiled that my son was a victim of hazing by Sergio Acosta of Hinshaw & I could not believe what I was Culbertson on the behalf Maine hearing. Before this phone call, we West High School District 207 believed that our son was safe at said district officials responded school,” said John Doe’s mother in appropriately when they became a statement released Aug. 27. “The aware of the hazing. That report sport that he once loved became a states that both district officials sport that he no longer wanted to and Maine West High School’s be part of, he became depressed staff acted properly and promptly and angry most of the time” when the reports of hazing were Her statement also called upon made in September 2012 and parents to stand with their children recommended the district create and insist that the school district and implement a “hazing action maintain a rigorous, vigilant plan” and update its policies on protective stance against hazing in bullying, harassment and hazing in all sports and for parents to let their order to better protect students. children know it’s okay to speak The scandal surrounding Maine up about this kind of behavior. West led to Gov. Pat Quinn signing “I’m aware that [Romanucci] has legislation from state Rep. Marty announced a new filing but we have Moylan of Des Plaines and state not seen or read the complaint. We Sen. Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge may have comment after we read to create new criminal offense in and examine it,” said David Beery, Illinois for failure to report hazing Director of Communications for Aug. 16. The new law went into Maine Township School District effect immediately. 207. “Governor Quinn’s signing of Romanucci says he plans to that bill is a direct result of the work consolidate the latest allegations we have done around this issue,” of suffered physical and sexual said Romanucci. “It sends a crucial assault with the previous suits message to the adults in the room he filed against Maine Township that if they stand idly by while this School District 207 and called type of abuse occurs, there will for the immediate termination of indeed be consequences.” By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter



Real estate assessments for Niles Twp. inside Today’s issue of the Niles Bugle, distributed in the village of Niles contains a 140 page supplement of the Real Estate Assessment list for the Township of Niles. This list is prepared by the Assessor of Cook County, Joseph Berrios. The list is arranged by street name and then by house number under each street name. The listing gives the assessed value of all properties in the township. Under state and county law the assessed value of a house should be 10 percent of its market value and a commercial value is assessed at 25 per cent of its market value. Assessor Berrios points out that one of the important uses of the listing is to allow property owners

to see how the value of their home compares to the value of other properties in their neighborhood. The Assessor’s office does not set the tax rates in the county nor does it collect property taxes. Berrios says, “The job of the office is to see that a property owner pays only his share of the cost of police, fire, schools and other government services, based on what his property is worth. Our job is to see that all property owners are treated fairly.” The Assessor reminded property owners that this week they received an individual notice about their property assessment in the mail; and that it contained information to help them understand their

assessment. Assessor Berrios has redesigned the assessment notice to include more information than ever. “This new notice provides taxpayers with all the tools necessary to determine if their assessments are accurate and fair,” Berrios said. “They shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to find out what comparable properties are assessed at in their neighborhoods. We’re going to cut out some of the hurdles that have been in place for years.” Property owners who want further help should call the Assessor’s office at 312-443-7550 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday or come to 118 North Clark Street, Room 320,Chicago,IL.

News Briefs All-American Girls Baseball League member dies Josephine D’Angelo was one of the pioneering baseballplaying women whose story was told in the movie “A League of their Own,” died Aug. 18 at the age 88 at Resurrection Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Park Ridge. Ms. D’Angelo is also survived by her nephews, Joseph and Dominic Rubino. Services were held at Suerth Funeral Home.Those who came to pay their respects received a unique prayer card. Instead of a picture of a saint, it featured a photo from “JoJo’s” playing days that made it resemble a baseball card.

Labor day weekend begins with storms Aug. 30 had powerful thunderstorms that knocked down both trees and power lines. It also brought the threat of flooding to Chicagoland. High winds arrived around 5 p.m. and throughout the evening reports of hail, stormrelated damage, and even fires that may have been caused by lightning began pouring in. Niles, Morton Grove and Skokie experienced widespread blackouts and trains on Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific North lines were halted temporarily due to high winds. ComEd reported nearly 63,000 customers were without power that night.

Morton Grove trustee resigns after home purchase Tony Kalogerakos, who was elected a Morton Grove village trustee on April 9 after serving a term as village clerk, has given notice he will resign from his trustee post as of Sept. 15. He said the decision came about after he had the opportunity to purchase a bigger house in a neighboring town. “I have been privileged and honored in serving the Village Government the last 5 years, both as a Village Clerk and Village Trustee. Living in Morton Grove has been great,” See BRIEFS, page 5



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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Marta Zherebtska, 40, of the 3000 block of W. Cortland, Chicago, was arrested Aug. 23 on the 7200 block of Milwaukee for two counts of DUI.



Mohamed Zoubai, 29, of the 4900 block of Albany, Chicago, was arrested Aug. 23 on the 7200 block of Milwaukee for two counts of DUI and Uninsured Motor Vehicle.


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Jose L. Almazan, 21, of the 7900 block of Caldwell, Niles, was arrested Aug. 24 on the 7900 block of Caldwell for Domestic Battery.





Miguel Almazan, 21, of the 7900 block of Caldwell, Niles, was arrested Aug. 24 on the 7900 block of Caldwell for Domestic Battery.


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Agnieszka Matyszczyk, 19, of the 1400 block of Crain, Park Ridge, was arrested Aug. 24 on the 7500 block of Milwaukee for two counts of DUI.


Gerald R. Nix, 71, of the 7300 block of Nora, Niles, was arrested Aug. 24 on the 7000 block of Touhy for two counts of DUI.


Duriusz Masa, 46, of the 1700 block of Sidewinder Ct, Henderson (NV), was arrested Aug. 25 of the 8100 block of Milwaukee for two counts of DUI.


Edgar Chavez, 20, of the 8000 block of W. Foster, Niles, was arrested Aug. 25 on the 9000 block of Milwaukee for Mob Action.


Danny Machado, 23, of the 8200 block of Oak, Niles, was arrested Aug. 25 on the 9000 block of Milwaukee for Mob Action.



Wynne Fadrowski, 33, of the 8900 block of Wisner,

Niles, was arrested Aug. 25 on the 8900 block of Wisner for Domestic Battery.

Park Ridge A 16 yr old from Park Ridge was arrested Aug. 26 on the 100 block of Wilma Pl. for Criminal Damage to Property.


Sean Trathen, 28, of the 10100 block of Palmer, Melrose Park, was arrested Aug. 22 on the 2800 block of Oakton for two counts of Criminal Damage to Property,Theft of Coin


Operated Machine and Criminal Trespass to Real Property. Alfredo Urbano-Morales, 30, of the 8800 block of Robin Dr., Des Plaines, was arrested Aug. 27 on the 2600 block of W. Dempster for Failure to Reduce Speed and No Valid DL.


Charles Schulze, 18, of the 400 block of N. Rose, Park Ridge, was arrested Aug. 28 at the intersection of Sibley & Florence for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Morton Grove woman dies after car crash in Skokie By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

A Morton Grove senior citizen died after being involved in a single-vehicle crash by Oakton Street and LaCrosse Avenue. Nela Tarnopolsky, 87, was driving south on LaCrosse Avenue around 2:52 p.m. Aug. 24 when her vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. Skokie police responded to the accident, and Tarnopolsky was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston for treatment. She died Aug. 25 from injuries sustained in the crash. Authorities are investigating the crash and say that Tarnopolsky may have suffered from a medical problem prior to the crash.


Community Notes Niles water dispute with Glenview resolved The settlement was scheduled to be considered by the Glenview Village Board of Trustees Sept. 3 and was approved Aug. 27 by the Niles Village Board of Trustees. Upon both boards’ approval, the villages would request that Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rita Novak dismiss both the lawsuit filed by the Village of Niles in June 2011 and the counterclaim filed by the Village of Glenview in July 2011. A court date is scheduled September 27, but may be rescheduled earlier. “We believe it is in the best interests of both the taxpayers of Niles and Glenview that the Villages resolve this matter and move forward,” Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo said. “We plan to build upon our recent successful collaboration with Glenview for police dispatch services and continue to explore other shared services and cooperative opportunities as a way to mutually reduce costs and improve service

delivery to our communities.” Terms of the settlement include: • An amendment to the Water Supply Agreement to be executed by both parties sets a rate for water provided by Niles to North Maine Utilities at an amount equal to 10 percent less than the lowest offered by Niles to any user within its corporate boundaries, effective July 1, 2013 through the expiration of the agreement. • A one-time sum of $500,000 shall be distributed to Glenview from the $6.758 million in water payments that were deposited by the Village of Glenview into an interestbearing escrow account since April 2011. In April 2013, Judge Novak authorized Glenview to receive $1.07 million from the account and Niles to receive $2.08 million from the account, based on a joint request from Glenview and Niles to release the funds. • No further litigation will be forthcoming in regard to the issues, and each village will be responsible for its own legal

Senior citizen dies after being hit by car while crossing intersection By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

An 84-year-old man was hit and killed by a car at the intersection of Oakton Street and Knox Avenue. The victim was attempting to cross south on Oakton Street around 6 a.m.

BRIEFS Continued from page 3 he said in a statement.“I am excited to see Morton Grove continue to move forward.”

Authorities investigate Advocate Data theft The theft of four computers from Advocate Medical Group in July allowed data from more than 4 million patients has been exposed. Federal regulators and the Illinois Attorney General’s office are investigating the thrft

when a car headed east hit him Aug. 29, Skokie police said. As of press time the victim’s name had not been released. Skokie police contacted the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force – Major Crash Assist Team to assist with the ongoing investigation of the incident.

and say the computers - which contained private information on patients, including social security numbers - is the second largest loss of unsecured protected health information reported to the Department of Health and Human Services since it started requiring notification of such incidents in 2009.Advocate could be fined for not protecting the private health information but patients could also be at risk of fraud from the thieves.The computers were taken from a Park Ridge office, but contain information from anyone who has visited Advocate Medical centers across the region, including in Morton Grove and Niles.

expenses. “We are pleased that we have been able to end litigation through this settlement. Both Villages will benefit by avoiding future litigation costs,” Glenview Village President Jim Patterson said in the release. “We now look forward to addressing how to manage future water costs for our residents and customers.”

Morton Grove Woman’s Club Philanthropy Luncheon Oct. 19 This will be the 60th anniversary of the club which will feature the theme: “Remember When.” It will be held at Victoria Beau Jolie, 9950 Lawrence Avenue, Schiller Park. The event begins at 11 a.m. A donation of $40 will cover the cost of the lunch and “Echo’s of Time” will provide entertainment.To RSVP please contact Doris Welter at 847-9980211.

Fear City open auditions for the 2013 Halloween Season

Fear City will host open Auditions for its 2013 Halloween Season at 8240 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove. Starting Aug. 31 Fear City will be seeking Locally talent for this year’s haunt season. If cast, you will become part of a 100+ ensemble cast, taking part in Actor Workshops and Rehearsals. Some of our character positions will be paid while others will be volunteers. There will also be behind the scenes positions (Interns, Costumers, Lighting and Sound Tech’s) available. There will also be opportunities to be seen through multiple public and media appearance throughout this seasons run. Visit http://fearcitychicago. com/jobs to apply.

Tell the Village of Niles how to improve biking and walking The Village of Niles would like residents to take a brief survey to help them improve the bicycle and pedestrian experience in the area. The survey can be taken online at http://


NilesTransportationSurvey. Additionally, Niles will be hosting a Bike Event Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Culver School, 6901 W. Oakton St.

Maine Township Community Garage Sale Sept. 28 Maine Township residents can reserve space for the Annual Maine Township Community Garage Sale beginning Monday, Aug. 5. The date for all others is Monday, Aug. 12. Benefiting disadvantaged children and hungry families, the event will be held rain or shine, Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge. Spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis while they last. Spaces, which are eight by sixteen feet, are $20 each. Table rentals are available for $10. For more information, please call Ed Beauvais 847297-2510 X270 or email him at Information is also posted on the Maine Township website at



SEPT. 4 Anshe Tikvah High Holiday Services. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire.A high holiday experience welcomes and inspires all Jewish beliefs. Features voices from the Chicago Symphony Choir. Welcomes the deaf and hearing impaired community with an ASL interpreter. Offers Children’s and Torah-Tot services. Provides childcare.

SEPT. 5 Healing Our Losses: Bereavement Support. 10 a.m. North Shore Senior Center, 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove. Please join us for a new 8 week support group beginning Sept. 6. 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 847663-3072.

SEPT. 6 CureSearch Cure for Childrens Cure Walk. 8:30 a.m. Soldier Field’s Stadium Green. CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit foundation which raises funds to support targeted and innovative children’s cancer research. Join CureSearch by walking with Team Ester on September 7th 2013 or you can come join us to donate and have fun and register day of at the registration tent. There will be fun and games

for the family to enjoy. www. FILM: Meet Me in St. Louis(1944, NR, 1 hr 50 min). 2 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. Cast: Judy Garland, Marga- ret O’Brien

SEPT. 7 Bowling Benefit Blast. Brunswick Zone, 7333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Niles.The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation proudly presents a Bowling Benefit Blast on at the Brunswick Zone bowling alley in Niles. Bring your best game, as well as family and friends, for a fun-filled afternoon in support of an amazing cause. Tickets to the Bowling Benefit Blast include pizza, soda pop, munchies, bowling shoes and an afternoon on the lanes.A cash bar also will be available. Help further your support of The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation’s mission by purchasing raffle tickets for your chance to win a Brunswick Indigo Swirl bowling ball.Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for children under the age of 12.Advanced tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at karendovecabralfoundation. org/events. Please email info@

Calendar with any questions. Jane Austen Festival: Film and Tea (2005, PG, 2 hrs 9 min.). 2 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s most popular novel, MGPL is sponsoring a Jane Austen Festival. Join us for tea and the start of a film festival of movies based on Jane Austen’s celebrated novels. Starring Keira Knightley, Talulah Riley, Rosamund Pike, Donald Sutherland, Sylvester Morand, Simon Woods. Mr. Bennett is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters. Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennett dies, their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. For the Bennett sisters, many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness. Call 847-965-4220 or visit for more information.

SEPT. 9 Pages Book Discussion: The Scorpio Races. 7 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 5405 Touhy Ave., Skokie. Join us for a book discussion of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Nineteenyear-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever

to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Meet up with us monthly to chat about these fresh, popular reads. Discussion materials are available on the book display located near the south entrance of the library. Pages meets at Barnes and Noble at 5405 Touhy Ave. in Skokie. Call 847-965-4220 or visit for more information.

SEPT. 10 Museum of Science and Industry: The WOW Tour. 9 a.m. North Shore Senior Center, 6140 Dempster St. Morton Grove. Our day at the Museum will start with a Wow! Tour - a one-of-a-kind experience in your favorite exhibits. Led by an energetic MSI facilitator, you’ll learn fun and little-known facts about the Coal Mine, the Baby Chicks, and the 727.You will also enjoy exclusive access to areas not open to the general public. You will be provided with a food court voucher for lunch and have time to explore on your own. Finally sit back and relax in the Omnimax Theatre to enjoy a scientific adventure in Chicago’s only five-story, domed, wraparound theater. Fee includes tickets, lunch, and transportation. Departs from our Morton Grove location. Call 847-470-5223 to register. $69 member; $85 nonmember

SEPT. 12 Best Bridge Ever! 9:30 a.m. North Shore Senior Center, 6140 Dempster St. Morton Grove. Learn to play the best bridge of your life with Silver Life Master Patricia Braun.This class is designed to informally review bidding, play of hand and defense techniques for those who already know the basics of Standard American Bridge.The format is an eight hand, pre-dealt game. Each hand is discussed to examine the potential to play the best hand possible.Take home records are available each class. This supervised play allows you to catch mistakes and learn from them immediately. Call 847-4705223 to register. $49 member; $59 non-member

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 6960761. 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, 847-7234765 or Dorene Wlodarski, 847296-2470. 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, 847-296-2470 or Lenore Lunquist, 847-729-2530 for more information.

ForuM Our View

Good and evil exist only in moral world


an an athiest be good? At first glance you’d say yes, wouldn’t you? But by what standard would you be grading – the Christian moral standards, dominant in the West, or which? “Good” doesn’t mean anything without an objective standard. Imagine for a moment two baby atheists shipwrecked on either side of an island. Up the middle of the island is an impassable mountain range that keeps both sides separate. One of the atheists is rescued by a group of Christian monks who raise him with morality derived from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Despite not believing in God, our young atheist, named Peter by the kindly monks, learns to respect their moral code, even going so far as to live by it. Peter can see that the Christian moral

standards bring happiness, peace and prosperity to this side of the island. On the other side of the island the atheist baby is saved by a pack of wolves.They name him Paul (rhymes with growl). Paul learns to fight and hunt. He survives only by his wit and cunning. Soon he becomes leader of the pack and via his superior intellect the pack thrives.The only law that Paul knows would best be termed: The Law of the Jungle. On the mountain range grows a bush that once a year produces a fruit so delicious as to make men crave it beyond all other things. Peter, desiring to please the monks whom he considers very highly, trudges up the mountain in a quest for the berries thay are See DUBIEL, page 8

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Niles appoints director Leaning Tower in need of repair of family services By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

Niles trustees approved Mayor Andrew Przybylo’s appointment of Anthony J. Hollenbeck as the village’s director of family services Aug. 27. Hollenbeck has 20 years of experience with behavioral health and management. He has a background teaching at Dominican University and running the Healing Center of Chicago, said Niles Village Manager Steve Vinezeano. Hollenbeck said it was a pleasure and honor to be appointed to the position and that he looked forward to serving the community. Niles Family Services is the family counseling division of the Human Services Department of the Village of Niles. It was established in the 1970s to provide counseling services to Niles residents to help resolve a variety of personal problems. These include dealing with job loss, family conflicts, single parenting, marital concerns, and difficulties in school among others. The village said it had 35 applicants to the family director

DUBIEL Continued from page 7 now in season. He hopes to do something kind for his saviors and friends. Paul, too, starts up the mountain. He’s simply looking to quench his desire for the fruit. He is very hungry. Peter finds the only patch of bushes on the island and fills a basket, picking every last berry available. By sheer chance, Paul finds a path up the mountain that leads him to the very spot that Peter is picking the last berries. Observing Peter, Paul realizes that there won’t be any berries left. Contemplating further, Paul, living by the Law of the Jungle, realizes that Peter is an existential threat to his supremacy as leader of the wolf pack. Immediately, Paul attacks Peter beating him into submission.As Paul prepares his final killing strike, Peter


Anthony J. Hollenbeck (center) shaking hands with Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo.

position and that Hollenbeck was one of the top four candidates for the job. The Niles Village Board voted to dismiss previous Niles Family Services Director Seth Knobel when allegations that he charged village employees’ spouses and families for his services as director of the village’s family services when he shouldn’t have. The board then appointed Kelly Mickle, the current director of Senior Services, as acting director of Family Services while they searched for a replacement. Now that Hollenbeck is the new director he will earn $90,000 per year.

cries out for mercy.What should Paul do? In the end Paul kills Peter. Keep in mind that both are atheists.Which one is evil and which is good? By what standard will you judge them? Both reject the notion of a God, an objective moral authority. Each is a god unto himself, subject only to himself and deciding independently what is “good” or “bad”. You see, outside of the liberty of Western thought, wholly based on Christian morality, you cannot make a judgment. It is to each his own to decide good from evil. At its very heart liberalism is non-judgmentalism taken to its logical and idiotic conclusion. For good or bad to exist, in some objective sense, you need a God and a particular one: A God who is love, who is the creator and who continues to have a vested interest in his creation. Otherwise, the difference between good and evil is simply a matter of opinion.

The Niles board of trustees discussed the merits of spending village money to repair the Leaning Tower of Niles, which it leases but doesn’t own. At the Aug. 27 board meeting the trustees voted in favor of using Wiss, Janney & Elstner Associates, Inc. to evaluate the landmark and determine the full extent of the tower’s damage. The engineering firm’s report would also give an estimate on how much it would cost to repair the leaning tower. “I think I’m one of the last people to find out that the village doesn’t own the tower,” said Trustee Rosemary Palicki. Both she and Trustee Chris Hanusiak voiced concern about spending village money to repair property it doesn’t own. The Leaning Tower of Niles was completed construction in 1934 and was intended to be the centerpiece of the Ilg Hot Air Ventilation Company’s employee park. The tower, at 6300 W. Touhy Avenue, is a half size replica of the original tower in Pisa, Italy, which is Niles’ sister city. In 1964 it was donated to the YMCA which had situated into the location that employee park was once at. However the YMCA was not able to maintain the tower and in


Industrialist Robert Ilg completed the Leaning tower of Niles in 1934.

1995 it agreed to lease the tower to the Village of Niles for $1 per year until 2059. Then Mayor Nicholas Blase and the board of trustees started a $1.2 million renovation of the Leaning Tower of Niles in 1995 that was completed a year later. According to Niles Village Manager Steven Vinezeano the tower is structurally sound but the walls are getting worn down from freeze-thaw damage to concrete elements, cracks in columns, and dislodged pieces of concrete. “It’s not ours, why to we keep on putting money into it?,” asked Hanusiak.

The village’s 2014 budget approved $40,000 for tower repairs and another $35,000 to repair the Leaning Tower Fountain. The Niles Department of Public Services however said the damage to the tower could be more extensive than and cost more than the $40,000 that was appropriated for repairs. Trustee Joe LoVerde said he was sad to hear talk of letting the tower go as it was an icon associated with Niles, featured prominently on various village publications and it’s official website. “This is the only one of its kind in the U.S.,” said LoVerde, stressing that the tower is a landmark that’s been Niles since day one. “We need to know how much [the repairs] will cost,” said Mayor Andrew Przybylo, adding that he wanted to wait until the engineering firm completes its report before moving forward on any acions. “We have an area that needs looking at and if we need another TIF that’s what we’ll do.” Palicki said she wanted the board to determine how much commitment Niles is willing commit to the tower’s repair before the village’s lease ends. Regardless, one of the terms of the current lease is that the village would keep the tower premises in good condition and repair at its sole expense.

Niles awards key to village to returning Army veteran camp in Fort Benning, Ga. a year later. Walchli was soon transferred to the 10th Mountain Division’s headquarters in Fort Drum, NY and then was Mayor Andrew Przybylo issued a proclamation deployed in March of 2011 with the 3rd Brigade thanking U.S. Army Cpl. Michael Walchli for his Combat Team to join the Task Force Spartan Team service in the War in Afghanistan during the Aug. 27 stationed in Kandahar. He spent one year leading meeting. The proclamation an infantry platoon in the included a “key to the southern Afghanistan desert. village” for recently returned Since being honorably soldiers to U.S. This key is discharged and returning the first ever to be awarded home Walchli is working in to a veteran. Additionally the construction and wants to Niles Chamber of Commerce pursue a career in public and Industry presented the service or law enforcement. During the meeting Walchli returning veteran with a offered Mayor Przybylo a restaurant gift certificate. military challenge coin he Walchli graduated from received after his first firefight. Maine South High School in The coin was in honor of the 2006 and worked part-time mayor’s late niece, Vanessa with the Public Services Przybylo Kolpak, who died Department of Niles. In ALEX V. HERNANDEZ/STAFF REPORTER in the Sept. 11 attacks on the 2009 he enlisted with the Mayor Andrew Przybylo (right) with World Trade Center. Army, reporting to boot By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

taKe 5 Crossword Puzzle

Across 1 In secret 8 Picks up slowly 14 Staunch 15 Tank top? 16 Divine dinner 17 Bergman of film 18 Pricey order from a butcher 19 Caldecott Medal winner __ Jack Keats 21 Tropical cousin of the raccoon 22 Capital of Lithuania? 23 1971 Matthau film directed by Jack Lemmon 25 “__War”: Shatner series 26 One involved in litigation 28 Hard times 30 Parenthetical passage 32 Sommelier, often 33 Pitchman’s pitches 35 Became less ardent 36 Aesop character,

Down usually 37 Skunk cabbage and jack-in-thepulpit, e.g. 38 Much-devalued holding, in modern lingo 40 Yorkshire river 44 Rule, in Rouen 45 Overpromoted 46 Common URL finish 47 Cub Scouts pack leader 49 Stem-to-branch angle 51 Radiohead frontman Yorke 52 Eat one’s words 54 Pervasiveness 56 ‘90s Seattle-born music style 57 Lively musical passages 58 Regard 59 Plays for a fool

1 Ornamental gilded bronze 2 Developed, in a way 3 Fork-tailed bird 4 Original network of “Fraggle Rock” 5 Unnamed alternative 6 Radio game show with a panel of gifted children 7 Apricot-like shade 8 Hatchback with a TSI engine 9 Home of counterculture? 10 Logical term 11 Sculptor’s framework 12 Put in order 13 Person in a picket line 14 Raconteur’s repertoire 20 Justice Dept. bureau 24 Lame excuse 27 “Spider-Man” director Sam 28 Female poet known to

friends as “Vincent” 29 Oral Roberts University site 31 Dramatic transformation 33 Plays for a fool 34 Halle Berry’s hairstyle 35 Like a good witness 36 Not in custody 37 Like some spore reproduction 39 Place for a rest cure 41 Suzuki of the Mariners 42 Act the cheerleader 43 Winged statuettes 48 Swim meet division 50 Reader’s Digest co-founder Wallace 51 Harbor vessels 53 President pro __ 55 Logical letters


Horoscopes Partaking of forbidden fruits can land you in a jam. In the week ahead, be sure to remain on the up and up. Pursuing a fantasy or hiding the facts could be counterproductive.

Where there’s a whim there’s a way. In the upcoming week, you may find yourself at the mercy of the fleeting impulses of higher-ups. Don’t let issues of trust put you off your game.

Making money the oldfashioned way might be the priority in the week ahead. You’re happy to socialize or play with the kids, but when the work week starts you’re ready to go.

Fair weather friends show their true colors. It is possible that this week an incident concerning trust will illuminate a situation to the point that you can take dynamic action.

Party hearty. If you have a day off, spend it networking with new people or visiting places you’ve never seen before. Don’t make any crucial commitments in the first half of the week.

Breaking up is hard to do. In the upcoming week, you may be faced with a situation in which you must walk on eggs. You could be attracted to someone who is simply wrong for you.

Since Venus is in your sign there’s no reason to ignore an invitation or social occasion whenever possible. In the week ahead, your closest companions may be riveted on work and accomplishment.

Work hard and prosper. Reliance on self-discipline and organization will help you get ahead this week. When those in charge are impulsive, stick to the plan like glue.

Take a walk on the whimsical side. You may take pleasure in doing what comes naturally. A friend may seem unreliable even though a charming facet of character emerges.

You’re determined to not be distracted. Romance and fun may beckon this week, but remain focused on the job at hand. You may be more successful with business than pleasure.

The flames of a fad might be fanned by friends. If you don’t take your wallet with you this week you won’t be tempted to use the credit card to buy something that is just a passing craze.

All your charm is back on the farm. In the week ahead, you might attract people who just don’t fit well into your life. Beware of causing a misunderstanding with loved ones.



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INSIDE: Maine South boys golfers win tournament, page 12; Hawks girls golfers eye return trip to state, page 13



Maine South falls to Montini By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

The clash between two perennial state football powers Saturday afternoon—four-time defending Class 5A champion Montini and Maine South, which captured three straight 8A crowns from 2008-2010—lived up to its preseason billing. Although the Hawks’ streak of 25 consecutive regular-season victories came to an end after falling to the host Broncos, 2119, Maine South had a chance to win it on the final play of the game. Senior Alec Basso—the Hawks’ new quarterback who’s replaced graduated all-stater Matt Alviti—lofted a pass in the end zone as the clock wound down. The pass ended up being intercepted, but it didn’t take away from what turned out to be a standout debut for Basso. Basso completed 24 of 35 for 340 yards, threw two touchdown passes and ran for another TD. “Alec Basso stepped up huge,” said Maine South wideout George Sajenko, a senior who himself enjoyed a big day, catching four passes for 130 yards—including a 62-yard touchdown that put the Hawks in front, 7-0, with 5.7 seconds left in the first quarter. “He got all the reps behind Matt last year. He played great.” “He made some really nice throws,” added coach David Inserra. “We played extremely hard against a tremendous program. If we continue to play that hard we’ll be OK. We’ll correct the mistakes.” Senior cornerback John Hader came up with two firsthalf interceptions—the latter a pick in the end zone that saved a touchdown before halftime.

Yet on their previous offensive series, the Broncos were able to tie the game, thanks to Terrance Savain’s 3-yard run. Montini went ahead 14-7 early in the third quarter; however, Basso finished off a 13-play, 70yard drive by rolling out and flipping a 3-yard TD pass to Vinny Labus (seven catches, 67 yards). Montini held on to a onepoint lead (14-13) when Maine South missed the point-after kick. Basso’s 5-yard keeper with 2:48 to go in the game put Maine South within two points, 21-19. Junior Justin Fahey pounced on a Montini fumble during the Broncos’ ensuing series, which set up the Hawks’ final drive of the game. •Notre Dame capitalized on five turnovers en route to a 4421 triumph in its opener at home against Prairie Ridge. Senior Chris James rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns, while senior quarterback Ryan Greene—making his first varsity start—went 11 of 12 for 130 yards, ran for a touchdown and also dumped off a screen pass to Pat Cravens which Cravens turned into a TD. “We executed well on offense and, and defensively we stopped their option for the most part,” Notre Dame coach Mike Hennessey said. “It was a satisfying first win. We ran ball very effectively, though we were very efficient what we did with short passing game.” Senior Dan Dietz helped break the game open for the Dons when he raced 96 yards on a kickoff return for a touchdown that upped Notre Dame’s lead to 30-14. Tom Simon also had a 22-yard field goal. •Niles West junior quarterback See FALLS, page 14

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Justin Fahey recovered a fumble for Maine South in a 21-19 loss to Montini Saturday.




Hawks win golf tourney; East soccer wins opener By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

Maine South (305) won the season-opening Maine/Niles Shootout golf tourney, which involved runner-up Niles West (311), Maine West (336), Niles North (348) and Maine East (355). Maine East junior Orio Yamat, who played on the Demons’

varsity team as a freshman but didn’t compete last season, was the tournament’s medalist with a one over par 72. A three-way tie for second was between Skylar LeVine of Niles West and Anthony Celiano and Joey DeFrenza of Maine South (each shot a 75). The Wolves’ Nate Lee, a threetime state qualifier, carded a 76, while Maine East’s Anthony

Calderone and Maine South’s Tim Zelek each shot 77s. The Hawks’ Tommy Deeter and the Wolves’ Roy Slowiak each had 78s. •Maine East posted a dualmeet victory, 171-189, against Waukegan on Aug. 20. Yamat shot a 37 to lead all golfers, Calderone added a 39 and Andrew Fox a 40. On Aug. 26, Maine West edged the Demons, 178-179. Yamat again was the medalist with a 38; Calderone finished with a 42. •The Demons also bowed to Glenbrook South the next day, 151-175. Yamat and Calderon each shot 37s, just one stroke behind the medalist from GBS. •Maine South dropped a dual to York, 155-159 on Aug. 28. However, Celiano took medalist honors with a 37. Joey Mirabelli contributed a 39 and Deeter a 40. But the next day, the Hawks upended Maine West, 151-161.

Deeter and Celiano were Maine South’s co-leaders as each shot a 37. Tom Zelek and Christian Cho also scored 38 and 39, respectively.

GIRLS GOLF Maine South (168) whipped York (186) and Willowbrook (217) in a triple-dual meet held Aug. 49. Leia Atas tallied a 39 to lead the Hawks, followed by Annie Krall with a 41. Katie Krass and Brittany each finished with 44s.

BOYS SOCCER Maine East won its seasonopener on Aug. 27, getting a goal in the final 1:13 to nip Elk Grove, 4-3. Joey Swoboda tallied two goals, while Dino Tijanic and Mumen Hussein had single goals. •NilesWest played Ridgewood to a 1-1 tie on Aug. 29. Marcel

Matuszek scored the Wolves’ lone goal.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Maine South’s Katherine Miles finished with five kills and three aces to lead the Hawks past Prospect, 20-25, 25-20, 25-20 in their season-opener on Aug. 28. Allie Fredrickson finished with four kills. •Maine East was handed a 25-19, 25-23 season-opening loss by Vernon Hills on Aug. 28. Hannah Farley netted six kills and 10 digs, Miranda Duro tallied 17 digs and Maggie Chwieralski had five kills. The Demons earned their first victory of the year on Aug. 30, knocking off Leyden 25-19, 1825, 25-13. Chwieralski collected seven aces nine kills, and Farley delivered 10 kills. Sarah HuaPham added 25 assists and 10 digs.


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Leia Atas and Maine South hope to get back to state.

Hawks eye return trip to state By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

Maine South’s exciting run to last October’s Class AA girls state tournament—it beat out 2011 state-qualifying teams Loyola Academy and Highland Park at sectionals to get there—comes with it the expectations of a repeat trip downstate since the Hawks return several golfers from that squad. Hawks coach Jeff Hamann is aware of the expectations, yet that comes with the territory. “If there weren’t expectations, then there’s something wrong,” he said.“The girls expect success; they know what they’re capable

of. The expectations are there, but you can’t worry about expectations while you’re playing the game of golf.” The Hawks’ top four—a quartet which Hamann says he’d put up “against anybody in the area”—consists of two-time statequalifying junior Leia Atas, junior twin sisters Annie and Katie Krall, and senior Brittany Lung. “We’re very excited about those four returning,” Hamann said. Lung has been playing in the No. 1 slot for Maine South during the early going, and while Hamann says she’s playing well, he adds that “I wouldn’t say she’s our clear-cut No.1. As the year

goes on, it’s between those top four, I think, but right now she’s playing No. 1.” Hamann said the Hawks are hungry for an even better season, but it’s not going to come easy. “We have unbelievable competition in our area—the New Triers, the Loyolas, the Glenbrooks and the Prospects of the world,” he said. “Last year, we had a great year and we’re very, very proud of it. I really believe that if we’re just relaxed and not worried about the expectations, and just play to the best of our ability, that’s when we’ll play our best golf at the end of the year.” See GOLF, page 14





FALLS Continued from page 11


Tommy Galanopoulos threw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns in the Wolves’ 56-35 mauling of Ridgewood Saturday afternoon. The season-opener

was scheduled for Friday, but like so many other contests, it was moved to Saturday due to lightning and thunder storms. Two of those TD passes went

to senior wideouts Garrett Iverson and Andrew Mihulet, respectively. A third touchdown play featured Mihulet catching a pass from Galanopoulos and

then lateraling it to Quran Spillman, who raced into the end zone. Galanopoulos also ran for a score.

Moro and Kat Holyk.

“With the one-two punch of Orion and Anthony, the team has a newfound confidence and we’ve already seen good momentum,” Demons coach Tony Montesano said. •Maine South senior Joey DeFrenza, who shot a 75 at last year’s conference meet, is back to lead the Hawks, who lost six seniors to graduation. Senior Joey Mirabelli and Anthony Celiano, a junior, also gained varsity experience during 2012. Coach Steve Scholl said he expects juniors Tommy Deeter and Chris Brendza, as well as sophomore Tim Zelek, to make an impact this year. “I’m encouraged by the improved play of my sophomore and junior players,” Scholl said. “I know the players have some lofty expectations on the season.They

all know that as a team we have enough depth to compete with a lot of other schools.” Niles West welcomes back one of the state’s top players, senior Nate Lee—a threetime state qualifier who could challenge for the individual state championship. “In my eyes, I’m shooting for a top-10 for him at state,” said Niles West coach Mitch Stern. “There’s some amazing golfers in Illinois, him being one of them. He would like to win the whole thing.” The Wolves also have a strong supporting cast with sophomore Skylar LeVine, and seniors Andy Garcia, Brett Pechter, Roy Slowiak, Pat Corlaciou and Jeremy Erjavac— all returnees. Juniors Tyler Stegich and Bennett Underwood are new to the varsity club. “I think we’ve got more guys

who can shoot low scores,” Stern said. “There are not necessarily going to do it day in and day out like we would expect from Nate and Skyler, but there’s more opportunity for our three through nine players to put up a good score.” •Notre Dame is coming off an overall 8-5 dual meet record in 2012, and lost just one of its top golfers from that team. Coach Bob Beckman said his top five should be seniors Sean Furman, Will Clarke and John Draths, and juniors Kyle Kolodziej and David Steinle. Senior Will Walsh also figures into the mix. “By all accounts we should be a much better team this year from last year’s team based on current talent of players overall,” Beckman said.


Continued from page 13 •Niles West is fielding a varsity team for the first time this fall. Coach Bob Lee said sophomores Sara Dym and Katrina Nickells, and senior Susan Klaisubhan, have emerged as three of the Wolves’ top golfers based on tryouts. •Resurrection and coach Caryl King have team MVP and captain Lauren King, Emily Bernath and Allison Coonley back. They’ll be joined by newcomers Kathryn


Maine East received a boost when junior Orion Yamat— who qualified for sectionals as a freshman in 2011 but didn’t compete at all last season— returned to the team this year. In July, Yamat won the Chick Evans Junior Amateur tourney. Juniors Anthony Calderone, Andrew Fox and Tommy Dosek, and senior Tommy Dosek, also are returning lettermen. Juniors Colleen Scholz and Michal Kanczuga round out the team.



Valley View schools set for rematch By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Before last season,theValleyView School District made a decision that its two teams, Bolingbrook and Romeoville, would face each other in a football game in the preseason meeting. Prior to last season, the cross-district game had not been played since 1999. The game last season was played at Romeoville and this will be the first meeting in the decade at Bolingbrook High School. Last year, the Raiders (1-0) rolled through that game 46-10, however, the Spartans (1-0) kept it close early, trailing only 6-3 after the first quarter before Bolingbrook pulled ahead in the end. Bolingbrook rallied off three scores in less than four minutes to pull away for the win. With Aaron Bailey at Illinois, this season’s Bolingbrook team will rely on its defense, as it did two years ago during its Class 8A state title run. Defensive back ParrkerWestphal, a major college recruit, will pace that Bolingbrook defense that will feature players such as Tuf Borland, twins Jacob and Julian Huff and lineman Micah Dew-Treadway. That Raider defense will face new Romeoville quarterback Kelvin Jones, who was able to get varsity experience a year ago when he filled in for the injured Jake Bambule. Jones’ will have a big tight end target to throw against the Bolingbrook defense in the form of 6-foot,4-inch,230 pound Mickey Crnkovich. The Romeoville running game

will feature speedy senior running back Miguel Ford and power back Gil Whitaker. When Bolingbrook has the ball, they will also have a new quarterback at the helm in Quincy Woods. Just like Jones, Woods was able to get varsity snaps a year ago, subbing in for Aaron Bailey when he was injured a year ago. Woods will have senior running back Jaden Huff, a four-year varsity player and three-year starter at running back. Huff is being recruited by several schools, including Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Western Illinois. The Raiders also get kickerAdam Klein back from injury this season. He connected on 80 percent of his extra points as a freshman on the state final game, including hitting big PATs in the state quarterfinal contest against Naperville Central, which came down to converted extra points. When Bolingbrook does have the ball, it will put Romeoville’s top recruit Anthony Love on the field. The 6-foot, 2-inch defensive end is being recruited by several Division-I programs. He will be joined on the defensive line by Caleb Purham, a converted linebacker. At the linebacker position, Whitaker will lead the pack as a he will play offense and defense. The defensive backfield will also be littered with two-way players,as Ford, Hunter and receiver/backup quarterback Mark Hammond as well as D’Lante Dawson. Follow Mark @2Mark_My_Words

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Romeoville and Bolingbrook renewed their rivalry last year for the first time since 1999.



Fans keep FORTUNE 500 companies in NASCAR Nearly one-in-four (117) FORTUNE 500 companies use NASCAR as part of their marketing mix, according to an analysis of sponsors currently in the sport when compared to the magazine’s annual list released this month. For the second consecutive year, the number of FORTUNE 500 companies involved in NASCAR increased; and is an eight percent improvement over 2008.The analysis encompassed companies currently involved as a sponsor of NASCAR’s sanctioning body, teams, tracks and/or as media partners. “There’s a reason the number of FORTUNE 500 companies invested in NASCAR remains higher than any other sport,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s chief marketing officer. “Our fans are among the most brand loyal in

all of sports. Some of the world’s biggest, most recognizable and profitable brands utilize NASCAR as a critical and powerful part of their marketing mix because it works for their business.” Findings from a study commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Toluna prior to the start of the 2013 season show that approximately one out of four NASCAR fans strongly agree that they support NASCAR sponsors more than sponsors of other sports. “The current sponsorship landscape is as competitive as it has ever been,” said Michael Waltrip, founder and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. “Our partners continue to choose to use our team to drive their brands because we have had success demonstrating value in their investment, proven by our

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McDonald’s and 3M are two of the FORTUNE 500 companies that use NASCAR as part of their marketing mix. The number rose 8 percent from 2008.

recent partnership renewals with NAPA Auto Parts and other major corporations.” “Regardless of a company’s entry point into the sport, the demand for a quantifiable return on investment expands across all levels of sponsorship,” said Joie Chitwood III, president of Daytona International Speedway. “We take pride in delivering a best-in-class experience and valuable branding opportunities to a number of powerful

companies on an annual basis.” To be eligible for the FORTUNE 500, a company must be based in the U.S. and publicly traded. Though many companies on the FORTUNE 500 utilize NASCAR as part of their business-building strategy to develop their customer base, strengthen market share, and increase value for their shareholders, only industry partners, media partners, and licensees involved in the sport

were counted in the analysis. Companies invested in the sport solely as advertisers were not counted. Although being a FORTUNE 500 company is the gold standard of success for publiclytraded companies in the United States, there are several global corporations currently involved in NASCAR that were not included in the analysis because they do not meet FORTUNE’s criteria.


Jim Cornelison, the Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer, will perform “The StarSpangled Banner” prior to the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Chicagoland Speedway. Cornelison, who has belted out the anthem for the current Stanley Cup Champions on a full-time basis since 2007, is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University’s Masters of Music program has also performed at numerous Chicago Bears games and at Medinah Country Club for the 2012 Ryder Cup. For the third consecutive year, Chicagoland Speedway will host the first race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this September – the first of ten ‘playoff’ style NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in pursuit of the 2013 championship. The 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick off the weekend on Friday, Sept. 13 along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series returns with the GEICO 400 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup concluding the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 15. For tickets to the GEICO 400, the Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola, or the 225, click here or call 1-888629-RACE (7223).

STANDINGS (through Bristol due to holiday deadlines) 2013 Sprint Cup Series 1) Jimmie Johnson 821 2) Clint Bowyer -18 3) Carl Edwards -53 4) Kevin Harvick -61 5) Kyle Busch -82 6) Matt Kenseth -85 7) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - 107 8) Kasey Kahne -120 9) Greg Biffle -123 10) Joey Logano -136 11 Brad Keselowski -140 12) Kurt Busch -142

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

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2013 Ford City 250 RESULTS 1. Matt Jenseth 2. Kasey Kahne 3. Juan Pablo Montoya 4. Brian Vickers 5. Joey Logano 6. Paul Menard 7. Jeff Gordon 8. Marcos Ambrose 9. Greg Biffle 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr 11. Kyle Busch 12. David Ragan 13. Jeff Burton 14. Clint Bowyer 15. Aric Almirola 16. Travis Kvapil 17. David Stremme 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr 19. Jamie McMurray 20. Mark Martin

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Hard for criminals to get life insurance Dear Dave, My husband was recently denied term life insurance because he has a criminal record from a long time ago.The good news is that, in a year, he’ll be far enough removed from the incident that he’ll be eligible for a policy. He has a whole life policy for $75,000 from before, which he doesn’t plan to cancel.We have two small children, so is there another kind of policy he could get in the interim? Dana Dear Dana, If you can’t get term life insurance, you can’t get whole life. It’s the same underwriting process. I only recommend term policies, but under these circumstances I’d keep the whole life in place because he’s basically uninsurable. There are a couple of things you can do in this kind of situation. One thing is to get a mortgage life insurance policy. These are usually available without any kind of major inspection, and they pay off your mortgage, in full, in the event of death. It’s about 10 times more expensive than regular term insurance, but at least it will pay off the house. Another thing to look into is an automatic issue-type policy. Lots of banks offer these when you open an account. Usually, they’ll send you an offer for a $10,000 life insurance policy. But if you pick up four or five of these, then he’s got another $50,000 on top of the $75,000 already in place. It’s still not enough, but it’s better than nothing.

But I wouldn’t spend a lot when he’s only got a year left until he can get some good, proper coverage. I recommend people have eight to 10 times their annual income in life insurance coverage. —Dave

Finding good tenants Dear Dave, I have a townhouse I’m preparing to rent. Do you have any advice for evaluating potential tenants? Chris Dear Chris, The first thing I’d do is pull a credit bureau report. I’m not really worried about their credit score; I just want to see if they have a history of late or missed payments.Talk to some local property management firms and see who they use to pull these reports. I’d also recommend doing a background check on the potential renters.Talk to the owner of the last place they rented as well as the one before. I advise this because there are some dishonest landlords out there who will tell you that a bad tenant is wonderful just to get them out of their property. A lot of things, though, are simply common sense measures. Have them fill out an application, which includes their income and a list of their debts. If they make $2,000 a month and have $2,500 a month in debt payments, you don’t want them as tenants. In this scenario, a smile and “I promise I can pay it” won’t work. —Dave



Sick of next big idea? Get results instead Q. I work for an organization that seems to be committed to the next Big Idea. It has vision statements, abstract goals and no specific plans. I’m a relatively new hire and trying to be successful. Is there a way to succeed when I have no idea what my employer really wants? A. Yes, you will need to insist methodically and patiently on getting the people around you to give you behavior you can see as if on a video screen. If you try to guess at the definitions attached to the abstract language you are hearing, you’ll only guarantee your failure and confusion. In the last 10 years, organizations have gone through an explosion of vague language that substitutes for concrete planning. Anytime a team or manager is uncertain of the steps to achieve a goal, abstract language ends up replacing strategy. Most managers and organizations have realized that most people most of the time will be too anxious to admit they

have no idea what labels like teamwork, customer satisfaction and excellence really mean.Thus, many people get away with looking like they know what they are doing without having any actual steps in mind. Be aware that when you ask for concrete behavior, actions and results, you will at first get blank stares. Give people time and room to save face and go off to figure out what they are talking about. Otherwise your coworkers will be embarrassed and they’ll attack you for asking reasonable questions. Most of us know that on the job we want to make money, enjoy our work and earn the respect of our coworkers. Just as in our personal lives, we seek goals like “happiness.”The trouble is most of us haven’t defined specifically what these ideas mean. The only way we can develop an action plan for success is to know exactly where we want to end up. If we define more money as obtaining

10 percent more customers, we can plan for that outcome. If we vaguely say we want our department to be “more profitable” it is pretty hard to figure out what to do tomorrow. Many of my clients create a lot of suffering for themselves when they assume that they don’t understand something at work because they are too dense.The truth is this: if you don’t understand something on the job, there’s a good chance nobody else is really clear about the problem either. Your ability to gently help your coworkers figure out what concrete result they want will be less impressive than spouting another Big Idea at your next meeting. But your contribution to facilitating an action plan will lower everyone’s anxiety and increase everyone’s productivity. After a while you’ll become a sought out internal consultant to people who see that when you’re around, Big Ideas turn into something even better - results. Daneen Skube, Ph.D., executive coach, trainer, therapist and speaker, also appears as the FOX Channel’s “Workplace Guru” each Monday.







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 588-8420. 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 847-588-8420 for more information. Got the dot? It may save your life Assist first responders with the information they need.

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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. Fall BBQ Presented by Men’s Club. Say “Goodbye Summer” and “Hello Fall!” Our burgers & brats are sure to have your mouth watering, especially when served with tasty bean salad and German potato salad. The fabulous Travis Morris will be here as Elvis for an afternoon of music & dancing. Raffle. Reserved seats. Doors open at 11:15am. Celebration of Life Luncheon for Cancer Survivors • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, Survivor $3M/$4.50NM, Angel $5M/$7.50NM Presented by the Cancer Survivors Group. Light up your life! Celebrate with the angels who helped you. Enjoy lunch, music, speakers, and more! Retro Cocktails • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, $25M/$30NM. Presented by a Master Mixologist from the Food Network’s Big City Chefs. The retro-drink culture is officially in vogue, from the TV show Mad Men to the speakeasystyle cocktail bar. Many of today’s popular cocktails originated over 100 years ago, but each of the following drinks has enjoyed a resurgence today. We will listen to Sinatra, and learn how to make

the coolest classic cocktails in town. Featuring: classic gin martinis, line gimlets, salty munchies, and more. Hooked on Fishing • 8:a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Busse Woods, in Elk Grove Village. Cost includes morning snack & juice, bait, and lunch. You must register at least one week prior to the outing. Wii Bowling Tournament • 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, $2M/$3NM Refreshments will be served, and prizes awarded. Remember, call to schedule Wii practice time.

Park Ridge Senior Center 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 nonmembers. 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. Medicare counseling

• Tuesday, Sept.17, by appt. (sponsored by the federallyfunded Senior Health Insurance Program) Legal counseling • Saturday, Sept. 7 and 21, by appt.   Alzheimer’s caregivers support group • 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9    Grief and loss support group • Wednesday, Sept. 11 and 25  (please call first)   Coffee, Classic Cars, and Connections • 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 All new classic car series designed to bring folks of all ages together over their love of classic cars.  This Center of Concern event will take place in the parking lot of the Park Ridge Public Library.  Stop by to get a close-up look at sought-after classic cars as owners and attendees alike share their cherished car stories and memories. Check out pre1980 muscle cars, sport cars and luxury cars.  This event is just one example of how The Center of Concern is bridging the generational gap while furthering its mission to provide support to seniors and the entire community.  Go to www. to register for this event.   Blood pressure & blood sugar testing • 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28 (no appointment needed)   Benefit for The Center of Concern • 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 28, Ridgmoor Country Club 6601 West Gunnison St. Chicago, 708-867-8400   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. See SENIOR, page 21


SENIOR Continued from page 20 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, please call 847-8230453 Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Friday 9 a.m. to noon. 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. 

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 847-4705223. 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. Lunch & Bingo Join us Wednesday for lunch from a local restaurant and a lively Bingo session with prizes. July 24: Great American Bagel — Bagel sandwich, soup & cookie July 31: Pizano’s — Pizza & salad 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 847663-3072. 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 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 nonmember.

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 nonmember John F. Kennedy • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, $9 member; $11 See SENIOR, page 22



SENIORS Continued from page 21 Lyndon B. Johnson • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, $9 member; $11 nonmember 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 non-member 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.

women who sang them, along with interesting glimpses into their lives. $8 member; $10 nonmember

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 .

Painting with Acrylics • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 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

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 non-member 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 non-member. 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

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. Great Screen Teams • 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8 – 29, $9 member; $11 nonmember 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 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 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.




Germany’s fairy-tale dream town: Rothenburg


hirty years ago, I fell in love with the picturesque village of Rothenburg, in Germany’s Franconian heartland. At that time, the town still fed a few farm animals within its medieval walls.Today its barns are hotels, its livestock are tourists and Rothenburg is well on its way to becoming a medieval theme park. But Rothenburg is still Germany’s bestpreserved walled town. Countless travelers have searched for the elusive “untouristy Rothenburg.” There are many contenders (such as Michelstadt, Miltenberg, Bamberg, Bad Windsheim and Dinkelsbuhl), but none holds a candle to the king of medieval German cuteness. Even with crowds, overpriced souvenirs and a nearly inedible pastry specialty (the overpromoted, fried ball of pie crust called a Schneeball), Rothenburg is still the best. Save time and mileage and be satisfied with the winner. By the way, there are several “Rothenburgs” in Germany. Make sure you are going to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (on the Tauber River); people really do sometimes drive or ride the train to other, nondescript Rothenburgs by accident. In the Middle Ages, when Frankfurt and Munich were just wide spots in the road, Rothenburg was Germany’s second-largest city, with a whopping population of 6,000. Today, it’s the country’s most exciting medieval town, enjoying tremendous popularity with tourists without losing its charm. There’s a thousand years of history packed between its cobbles. To avoid the hordes of daytrippers, I like to spend the night. While 2.5 million people visit each year, a mere 500,000 book into a hotel room. Rothenburg is mine after dark. In the deserted moonlit streets, the sounds of the Thirty Years’War still echo through turrets and clock towers. A walking tour helps bring the ramparts alive. For the serious side of Rothenburg’s history, you can take the tour offered by the town’s tourist office. But for a thoroughly fun


The town fountain is flanked by characteristic half-timbered buildings, once filled with grain and corn to enable the town’s inhabitants to survive any siege.

hour of medieval wonderment, take the Night Watchman’s Tour ( watchman jokes like a medieval Jerry Seinfeld as he stokes his lamp and takes tourists on his rounds, all the while telling sliceof-gritty-life tales. For the best view of the town and surrounding countryside, climb the Town Hall tower. For more views, walk the wall that surrounds the old town.This 1.5mile stroll atop the wall is at its most medieval before breakfast or at sunset. Rothenburg’s fascinating Medieval Crime Museum, all unusually well-explained in English, is full of diabolical instruments of punishment and torture. Some visitors react with horror, others wish for a gift shop. For a more kinder-friendly spot, there’s the Doll and Toy Museum, with two floors of historic playthings. St. Jakob’s Church contains the one must-see art treasure in Rothenburg: a glorious 500-yearold altarpiece by Riemenschneider, the Michelangelo of German

woodcarvers. For a closer view of this realistic commotion of Bible scenes, climb the stairs behind the organ. It’s Germany’s greatest piece of woodcarving. Warning: Rothenburg is one of Germany’s best shopping towns. Do it here, mail it home and be done with it. Lovely prints, carvings, wine glasses, Christmas tree ornaments and beer steins are popular. (OK, I admit it, my Christmas tree sports a few ornaments from Rothenburg.) One of the ornament shops has an excellent little German Christmas Museum upstairs. Its unique collection is much more than a ploy to get you to spend more money.You’ll take a look at tree decorations through the ages, Christmas tree stands, minitrees sent in boxes to World War I soldiers at the front, early Advent calendars and old-time Christmas cards, all thoughtfully arranged and described. To hear the birds and smell the cows, take a walk into the Tauber Valley.A trail leads downhill from Rothenburg’s idyllic castle gardens to a cute, skinny, 600-year-

old castle, the summer home of the town’s mayor in the 15th century, Mayor Toppler.While called a castle, the floor plan is more like a four-story tree house. It’s intimately furnished and well worth a look. On the top floor, notice the 1945 photo of a bombed-out Rothenburg. From the mayor’s house,the trail continues downstream along the trout-filledTauber River to the sleepy village of Detwang.It is actually older than Rothenburg and has a church with another impressive Riemenschneider altarpiece.To see more of the rural countryside (old mills,apple trees,and chickens),rent a bike for a breezy half-day pedal around the river valley. In the night, I’m happy to find myself alone with Rothenburg. The winds of history polish half-timbered gables and blow through the grooves of centuries of horse carts. Sitting in a mossy niche in the town wall, I finger the medieval stonework. Notching my imaginary crossbow, I aim an arrow into the dark forest that surrounds the city. Even now, it feels good to be within these

protective walls, where modernday travelers meet medieval wayfarers.

If you visit SLEEPING: Hotel Kloster-Stuble, deep in the old town, fills two medieval buildings connected by a modern atrium (splurge, www. Gastehaus Gerlinger rents four comfortable rooms in a pretty 16th-century house with a small terrace (budget, www.pension-gerlinger. de ). EATING: Gasthof Goldener Greifen serves quality Franconian food at a good price and a smile (Obere Schmiedgasse 5, tel. 098612281).The dark evocative pub at Hotel Altfrankische Weinstube serves hot food and local beer until the wee hours (Klosterhof 7, tel. 09861-6404, www. ). GETTING AROUND: Rothenburg is best seen on foot. No sights are more than a 15-minute walk from the train station or each other. TOURIST INFORMATION:



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