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Sentinel The Shorewood

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

State of the Village By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

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sk Mayor Rick Chapman what Shorewood means to him, and he’ll tell you: it’s all about the people. That was the overarching message of his 2012 State of the Village Address last week-Putting people back to work.Giving people a break on their taxes. Bringing people, and their businesses to Shorewood. Chapman said he was both “proud and lucky” to be offering his tenth of such speeches to the Shorewood community. “I’ve got a good story to tell,” he

Happy Easter!

“Zero percent of zero… is zero.” Rick Chapman, Shorewood mayor said “So it’s easy for me. Shorewood seems to be in good shape.” Chapman said that 201213 continued to be a time of recovery for the village, as it has begun to see a resurgence of sales See ADDRESS, page 2

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ADDRESS Continued from page 1

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Troy Students of the Month for January 2012 Shorewood Lions Club / Wm.B. Orenic Intermediate School Sixth Grade Students and Troy Middle School seventh and eighth grade Students of The Month for the month of January, 2012 are from left to right seated front row 6th graders, Alex Lopez, Eileen Carney, Cheyenne Angus and Dakota Wascom, back row standing 7th graders Rio Strama, Kathleen Holt, 8th graders Annamarie Rogalski, Desmond McDonald, Alexis Zaide, and ACA/AMA Rebecca Jurasits, (not pictured 7th grader Jana Gautschy.)

tax revenue. December 2011 saw the first month sales tax revenues exceeded $300,000 since fiscal year 2007-08. Tax rebates offered to big box retailers also are coming to an end, and the village is beginning to see more and more tax dollars come in to fund the village coffers, he said. Additionally, Chapman told the audience there had been no village layoffs since 2009. “The downturn from 2009-10 caused us to re-think how the village staffs and services its community,” he said. “Through that, we have become more efficient.” That efficiency-minded government also turned its attention to construction and infrastructure, said Chapman, who praised a 2011 partnership with the City of Joliet to extend a sewage and water system along Black Road. The project, which was cumbersome to commuters, was well worth the struggle, Chapman said, as it resulted in better water service

for Shorewood residents and a more comprehensive system for Joliet’s West side. Shorewood loaned Joliet the $14 million for the project, and is being repaid with water service. “Instead of having to build a treatment plant at up to $28 million, we tied into Joliet. That increased capacity and cut our costs in half,” he said. “We also save on chemicals, staffing, and reduce the environmental impact. Everybody wins.” Shorewood now has double the capacity it currently needs, and is poised to begin more development within the village limits. “It could save us hundreds of millions of dollars should we grow past county line road,” he said. That’s good news for a mayor that wants to get construction moving again. “I want to see some pickup trucks leaving the driveways that haven’t for awhile,” Chapman said. “Everybody needs to chip in and help get people out there laying concrete, cutting wood.” To that end, and just hours after his address Chapman led the Village board to vote in reductions for village

development fees. Cuts were made to everything from capital improvement fees to building permits, tap on fees, and school fees. And that’s okay, Chapman said, because it’s all in and effort to spark development. “If you’re not building the house, no one is getting anything,” said Chapman. “Zero percent of zero… is zero.” Development means infrastructure improvements. Beyond the water, Shorewood needs road repair, Chapman said. Up to $1 million needs to be set aside for road improvements, much of it funded through the 2011 one percent home rule sales tax increase. That increase went into effect last summer, and as part of the plan, village property owners have already begun to realize rebates on their taxes. It’s something Chapman plans to continue annually, as the sales tax dollars continue to flow in. “It’s not just about projects,” he said. “It’s about people. And if everybody helps, we can get this country moving again. Can 15,000 people in Shorewood change the world? Maybe not. But 15,000 Shorewoods can.”


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Easter Events

Local events and activities scheduled for Easter celebration Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

If you haven’t had your fill of Easter treats and activities, here are a few across the area to fill your “baskets” and your schedule:

Living Stations of the Cross, Joliet St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church, 706 N. Broadway, Joliet, will have Living Stations of the Cross at 9 a.m.Thursday April 5 and Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue until midnight. All are welcome to attend.

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celebrate the season Saturday April 7 from 9 a.m. on with a host of Easter events, presented by MainStreet Plainfield. Families can have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Larry’s Diner, or lunch with him at Bin 48, then “Hop The Bunny Trail.” Children can pick up a passport at any participating business and travel the Bunny Hop Trail through the downtown business district and get their passport stamped as they search for the Golden Egg. A coloring contest, inflatable jump house (weather permitting) and face painting also are scheduled, and candyfilled eggs will be handed out to youngsters at the Plainfield Fire Station on Des Plaines Street. Adults can enjoy a free wine & chocolate tasting from 6-9 p.m. at Wine & Cheese by TCC, or try their hand at the Egg Throw at Moe Joe’s during its

annual Bunny Bash from 7-10 p.m. For more information, call Susan at MainStreet Plainfield at (815) 609-6130 or visit www. mainstreetplainfield.org

Hippity-Hop Easter Egg Hunt, Shorewood Children of all ages and their families are invited to the 8th annual Hippity-Hop Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday,April 7, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood. More than 10,000 eggs have been ordered and filled for this year’s indoor and outdoor egg hunts, divided by age group. Locations: • Toddlers up to age three will meet indoors in the Balloon Pit. • Children age four to eight should meet outdoors south of

Joliet charter school proposed Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Joliet families may soon have an alternative to traditional public schools. District 86 School Board members listened to a proposal last week for a charter school partnership that would offer 120 middle school students an expanded curriculum, including writing, foreign language and global culture. If approved, the program would begin in fall 2013 with sixth and seventh grades. Each year as those students progress through middle and high school, the program would continue adding 60 students per year until the charter school is serving about 420 students in grades 6 – 12. According to the proposal, the school’s curriculum would be aligned with Illinois’ state common core standards. The proposal came in from Rising Champions College Preparatory Academy, the brainchild of veteran educators Nadege Myers,a former University of Phoenix faculty member, and Vanjiia Hughes, a doctored educator and educational presenter with Bea Young and

Associates. According to the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Illinois charter public schools serve more than 50,000 students and school leaders have autonomy

over a collective budget of 500 million dollars a year. Longer school days and a longer academic year can be offered in a See CHARTER, page 8

the patio. • Children age nine to 12 should meet outside north of the patio. The egg hunt will feature prizes for everyone along with plenty of kid-friendly entertainment including: Photos with the Easter Bunny starting at 11:15 a.m., a petting zoo; caricature and portrait artists; Those Funny Little People; Chuckles the Clown; Juggler and magician; face painting; games, prizes, popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies. The egg hunt event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 815-6090669.

Child Evangelism Fellowship Egg hunt, Shorewood Child Evangelism Fellowship is having their Sixth Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. April 7 at 305 Channahon Street, Shorewood. This is a free event for boys and girls aged 5-12 years old. There will be games, a Bible lesson, memory verse, and egg hunt. This event is open to everyone and sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship. For more information log on to http://www.cef-will.org/home/ special-events.


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Truth or DARE?

As traditional drug education struggles with funding and effectiveness, alternatives are being sought to stem the rise in addiction By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Heroin use is on the rise in the suburbs, particularly among young people.As access to the dangerously addictive drug continues to abound, educators and parents are beginning to question how much teens really know about drug use. Drug education typically begins in the younger grades, around fifth or sixth, hopefully when children are old enough to become aware of what drugs are, but before they are directly faced with the choice of using them. Historically, the drug education program of choice has been DARE, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It’s a program designed to give kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. Once implemented in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world, DARE is a police officerled series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. However, funding cuts have reduced the number of schools and communities offering the DARE program, and even where offered, some research is suggesting the message isn’t reaching the kids at the highest risk. In 1998 the DARE program failed to meet federal guidelines that they be

both research-based and effective. To date they have not met those guidelines,thereby disqualifying the organization from receiving further federal grant money and making it harder for schools and towns to administer the program. Still the need for drug education persists, apparent in the rise of heroin arrests and overdoses in our communities. Will County officials report there were 30 heroin overdoses last year across 14 towns. DuPage reported 59 seizures and undercover purchases in 2011. Naperville alone had 47 heroin arrests last year. With many believing that marijuana, Ecstasy, and other drugs are a gateway to heroin use, the need for education is greater than ever. According to Kathleen Burke, president of the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, one

problem is the message kids receive about the consequences of drug use. “The war on drugs is often looked at from a legal standpoint,” she said.“Kids are introduced to the legal consequences, and they were taught what they drugs looked like, what they do to your heart rate— but when they looked around, they found those consequences weren’t happening to the people around them who were using the drug. It seemed irrelevant.” With all the information available on the Internet, young people are getting mixed messages about drugs, as the tolerance level for marijuana use has shifted, as has prescription drug use. The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC) in partnership with the Reed Hruby Foundation and the Illinois

Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University is developing one of the world’s first heroin education and prevention programs. The goal of the program is to stop

the growing trend of heroin abuse across America. Today, Robert Crown is teaching See DARE, page 19


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Joliet Township Animal Control Center passes inspection By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter

Amid allegations of unsanitary conditions and animal abuse, the Joliet Township Animal Control Center passed a surprise inspection by the Illinois Department of Agriculture last Tuesday. Joliet Township Supervisor Daniel Vera said that the results of the inspection proved that the allegations of animal cruelty were “completely unfounded.” “The IDA inspector came in unannounced as they always do,”Vera said.“Phone complaints were called in. He was assigned to come out there and he realized [those complaints] were unfounded. He was not happy when he left.” According to Vera, the inspection was prompted by a number of phone calls the IDA received. Vera said he felt the complaints were from friends of an animal control officer who was recently terminated. Since then, the center has come under fire from protesters. Bryan Jones was fired last month for taking a 3-year-old Chihuahua home without permission. Jones worked at the center for 14 years and says he took the dog because he was

worried it would be put down. Dave Carlson, candidate for the Will County state’s attorney’s office, sent out a press release last week calling for an investigation into the allegations and criticizing current state’s attorney James Glasgow for his handling of the situation. “Specifically, these accusations, if true, constitute specific violations of the Illinois Human Care for Animals Act and should be dealt with both swiftly and appropriately,” Carlson said in the release. In a recent phone interview, Carlson said that constituents have e-mailed and called him with their concerns, and he was pleased to hear the news of the inspection. However, he said that it is still the responsibility of the state’s attorney to look into these allegations. “From what I know it sounds like the Department of Agriculture went in and it passed, although I don’t know what the standards were,” Carlson said. “As the chief law enforcement officer in the county [the state’s attorney] has the access and the resources to look into not just an inspection but also to look into things that have happened in the past.”

Charles Pelkie, a spokesman for the Will County state’s attorney’s office, downplayed these criticisms saying there is no evidence that abuse is taking place. “Our office is not a primary investigation agency,” Pelkie said.“Protestors have not raised these issues with the Joliet Police Department or any other proper authorities. We have contacted [the Joliet Police Department] and they have not received any complaints.” So far there have been no formal complaints made with the Joliet Police Department. According to Pelkie the state’s attorney’s office does not investigate until they receive reports from Joliet. Pelkie went on to say that the inspection is further evidence that the Joliet Township Animal Control Center is meeting standards. “Even if you know an inspection is coming, it is extraordinarily difficult to clean a facility and get it so it can pass,” he said. “We have confidence that the Animal Control office is running a good facility.” Carlson said his main concern is making sure these allegations are investigated to determine their validity.

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Calendar APRIL 6 Ellis House Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at the Ellis House and Equestrian Center, north of Route 52, between Ridge and Grove Roads. Night includes tractor-pulled hay rides, bonfires, face painting, and pony rides ($3 per ride or $5 for two rides). For more information visit www.ellishec.com.

APRIL 7 Easter Egg Extravaganza.Doors open at 9:30 a.m. at the Shorewood campus of Child Evangelism Fellowship just one block west of I-55 and Route 52 junction at Channahon Street.This free event is designed for all children between the ages of 5 and 12. Events will include games, an egg hunt, a Bible lesson, snack, and more than 25 prizes and candy for all. Children are asked to bring a container for the egg hunt.The event will conclude at 12:15 p.m.For more information,check the organization’s website at www.cef-will.org or call 815-741-9357.

APRIL 9 Titanic Remembered. 6–8 p.m. in the Banquet room at the Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth Street, Lockport.To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the

sinking of the Titanic, the Lockport Branch Library presents a special historic program. Travel back in time with professional dramatist Denise Vanaria, playing the role of Helen (Mrs. Thomas) Andrews, wife of the Titanic ship designer who perished when the Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. Contact the Adult Services Desk at 815-838-0755 to register for this free program. Duct Tape Club. 6:30-8 p.m. at the Crest Hill Library. Learn to make a duct tape wallet, a hat, a pencil case, or anything else. Bring your imagination and ideas, the library will provide the tape and supplies. For grades 7-12. Sign up at the reference desk.

APRIL 11 How to dispose of medication. 9-9:45 a.m. at the Troy Township Community Center, 25448 Seil Road, Shorewood. Troy TRIAD is hosting this informational seminar on how to properly dispose of unneeded or expired medications, and how to properly dispose of hazardous waste.No medication or hazardous waste will be collected at this seminar. Registration is free, but seating is limited. Call 815074401968 to reserve a seat.


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The following items were compiled from the official reports of the Joliet Police Department. 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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Koya D. Duria, 23, 316 N. Bluff, Joliet, was cited on March 19 on E. Cass and Harwood for driving while license suspended, speeding, and child restraint violation.. Duria was held on an active Will County warrant.

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An 83-year-old man stated that he was outside of his residence in the 1100 block of S. Briggs when a male Hispanic, about 5-feet 8-inches, 200 pounds, carrying a clipboard, exited a van and approached him. The unknown subject identified himself as an employee of ComEd and stated that he needed to inspect an electric pole at the rear of the victim’s property.The victim and the subject walked to the back of the property. After a 10-minute conversation, the subject left in his van.The victim later realized that he had been robbed of $5,000 and suspected that a second individual must have been hiding in the back of the van, entering his home while he was in his backyard.

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Vladimir V. Tanev, 29, 16575 Christopher Drive, Lemont, was arrested on March 20 on N.W. Circle Drive and E. Washington for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a steroid.

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Person(s) unknown entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a GPS unit on March 21 in the 2400 block of Nuclear Drive.

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Isaac Lopez, 45, 109 S. William, Joliet, was cited on Mach 21 on Knapp and Weber Road for driving while license revoked.

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Prisciliano Ramos, 35, 211 Iowa Ave., Joliet, was cited on March 19 on W. Laraway and Manhattan Road for obstructed license plate, failure to signal and driving while license suspended.

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9 Dickens, Joliet, was cited on March 22 on E. Cass and Pickwick Road for no safety belt, improper lane usage, and possession of a controlled substance.

entered an unlocked vehicle on March 23 in the 25000 block of W.Tow Path Lane and stole a GPS unit, ceramic brake pads and a water filter.

Matthew J. McMahon, 28, 524 E. North Street, Lockport, was arrested on March 22 on Essington Rd. and Vimy Ridge Drive for DUI, no seat belt and speeding.

Jarvis T. Perkins, 26, 7 N. Hickory, Joliet, was cited on March 24 on Gaylord and Theodore for speeding and driving while license revoked.

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An employee at Berland House of Tools, 1695 New Lenox Road, stated that at about 11a.m. she heard what appeared to be someone walking on the roof of the building.She also heard banging. A second employee then went onto the roof and discovered that a PVC drainpipe from an air conditioning unit had been damaged, and a vent grill to one of the air conditioning units had been removed.

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Emanuel Sanchez-Perez, 28, 661 Chase Ave., Joliet, was cited on March 22 on Collins and Ohio for permitting an unauthorized person to drive his vehicle. Juan A. Sanchez, 25, 661 Chase Ave., Joliet, was cited for no headlights, driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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Eric L. Gates, 32, 618 N. Briggs in Joliet was cited on March 24 on N. Briggs and E. Cass for driving while license suspended, improper lane usage, speeding, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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Michelle Johnke, 21, 400 S. Briggs, Joliet, was arrested on March 24 on Black Road and N. Larkin for DUI, speeding, and an improper turn at intersection. Antonio Hernandez, 24, 418 Columbia, Joliet was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol and no seat belt.

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Ricardo Rodriguez15 Juan Diaz, 34, 1102 Ridgewood Ave., Joliet was arrested on March 24 on E. Cass and N. Hebbard for driving without headlights, no valid driver’s license, no proof of insurance and DUI.

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Person(s) unknown broke all the windows, except

the windshield, out of a vehicle on March 24 in the 200 block of N. Hebbard. Person(s) unknown jacked up a 2009 Chevy HHR and removed the front left tire of the vehicle on March 24 in the 2400 block of Grape.

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E. 4th Street, Lockport, were arrested on March 21 in the 1300 block of Highland Avenue for residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of cannabis over 30 grams and possession of a controlled substance.

J. Lohan, 38, 2714 Misty 18 Lisa Brook Lane, Joliet was arrested on March 24 on Maple Road and Violetta Avenue for DUI and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Gregory A. Moffatt, 37, 1808 S. State Street, Lockport, was arrested on March 23 on S. Briggs and Bruce Road for DUI, driving too fast for conditions, improper turn at intersection, possession of cannabis under 30 grams and possession of drug equipment.

Eric W. Hamilton, 31; Mark A. Casillas, 32; and Angela M. Disera, 26, 1350 Sterling Ave., were arrested on March 25 for endangering the life or health of a child. Hamilton and Casillas were also held on active Will County warrants.

Person(s) unknown broke into a residence on March 24 in the 100 block of Barry Avenue and stole a Playstation 3 gaming system, a game controller and two games.

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Lockport Amy J. Steffgen, 36, 16426 S. Dorchester Place, Lockport was cited on March 19 on W. 159th and I-355 for disregarding a traffic control device after she entered the intersection and struck another vehicle.

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Zane J. Werner, 23, 1413 Pioneer Road, Crest Hill; and Keith R. Schranz, 19, 422

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Tristen Fowler, 29, 16515 S. Evans, South Holland, was arrested on March 26 on Hawthorn and Princeton for possession of cannabis under 30 grams and disobeying a stop sign.

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Timothy P. Pickett, 22, 1524 Centennial Drive, Joliet, was cited on March 26 on Caton Farm and S.Weber Road for unlawful use of a license plate cover, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving while license suspended.

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Forum In the March 28 article “Good Day for an Easter Parade,” it was stated that Joliet Academy was represented in the parade. However, it was actually St. Joseph Academy who was represented in the parade. The Bugle apologizes for the error.

Letter to the Editor

No more talk killed in the Lane Bryant case— which has gone unsolved since February 2, 2008. Glasgow has a history of blunders like the false imprisonment and accusation of a respected police officer in the Honey Bee Murder case and the complete bungling of the Riley Fox murder case, Glasgow is the last person I would expect touting a dog aimed to calm interviewees. Al Willis Joliet

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Letter to the Editor

Correction

Over the next few months, the residents of Will County are going to be reading about 16-year-incumbent Will County State’s Attorney rolling out different, “warm and fuzzy” programs like Glasgow’s recruitment of a dog to help with the state mandated Child Advocacy Center. However, the citizens of Will County need to cut through his, “dog and pony shows” and ask Glasgow to focus on the real issues as prosecutor— like finding the murderer of the five women

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Renovations at the library At our monthly meeting this month, much was discussed. We do meet every third Monday of the month at the Romeoville White Oak Library. The front entrance of the above library should be ready about 0326-12.This will be impressive. The summer reading program for the children should be ready possibly by June 1. All children are encouraged to sign up. As a past employee of the library (children dept.) I sincerely recommend it. The Lockport White Oak Library bid will open 03-14-12, and will close 04-10-12

The Crest Hill White Oak Library bid will be open 04-0212, and close 04-25-12. The Romeoville Library has two flower gardens. They are beautiful to see when you are downstairs. There will be more news to follow on this nature gift that the library is fortunate to have. In the future, the friends of the library will sponsor some events. As friends of the library, our mission and purpose is to help and support all three libraries’ endeavors. Our direction is to connect and encourage all

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patrons (young and old) to obtain any knowledge they need. The Village of Romeoville is continuing to grow in all aspects. We have new and old Romeoville. We are a great and informed village, with our three White Oak Libraries as a true asset. Again, our main purpose is to lift up everyone in the communities of the White Oak Libraries. This is to believe in their leaders and themselves. Our future generation (our children) need what we inspire. Shirlee J. Pergler Friend of the Library


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Dental patients’ smiles shine for local foundation Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Patients who frequent the Shorewood Family Dental Care Clinic are getting clean teeth for a great cause next week, as the local dental office hosts a benefit event for Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates Foundation. On April 13 from 3-7 p.m., the dental hygienists will offer professional cleanings in return for a $30 donation as part of the Wiggin’ Out benefit. JOHA is a multi-physician practice in Joliet with Satellite Offices in Morris, Flossmoor, Bolingbrook, and Glen Oaks.

CHARTER Continued from page 3 charter school format, in order to get the most out of the educational calendar. Charter schools also set their own class size and teacher ratios, so teachers can give more one-on-one attention to each student. The proposal submitted to District 86 recommends no more than 20 students per class. According to INCS, a system of checks and balances is automatic at charter schools. In exchange for their increased autonomy, charter schools are held directly accountable to their local school board and to the State of Illinois for maintaining high academic standards. A site for the proposed school has not been selected, but school representatives have discussed several district possibilities. The school board is reviewing the proposal and will make a determination later this month.

Currently JOHA has more than 100 employees to provide care to more than 5,000 patients. As an offshoot of the practice,The JOHA Foundation was formed in 2000 to help bridge the gap during treatment and recovery by providing support and education to cancer patients and their families. The hygienists at the center hope to raise enough funds through cleanings and other donations to pay for five wigs for women in need. The wigs range in price from $200-300. Reservations are requested and the donation holds the appointment, and, according to the clinic, only a few spots

remain. “It’s crazy how much support we are getting, said hygienist Meredith Holcombe. “It’s a really great opportunity to help out some women who don’t have insurance, or who are underinsured.” Holcombe said the dental center takes part in a variety of charitable activities throughout the year, and that the idea for this one came out of a desire to do something for mothers in need around Mother’s Day. The entire hygiene team at Shorewood Family Dental has been involved in the project, and reservations have hit 45 of

48 appointments they need to fill to hit their goal professional cleanings for the benefit of the foundation.

For more information, contact the Shorewood Family Dental Care practice at (815) 725-5991.


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1 Burn badly 6 The lightning bolt on Harry Potter’s forehead, e.g. 10 Squirrel away 14 “__ World”: ticklish Muppet’s “Sesame Street” segment 15 Woody Guthrie’s son 16 Candy that comes in twos 17 Winter Olympics event with gates 20 Invoice fig. 21 Place for inks or oinks 22 Subtle vibes 23 One stalking lions or tigers 28 It.’s continent 29 Raw rocks 30 “Octopus’s Garden” singer Ringo 33 Talk show guest’s blatant promotion

35 Swelled head 38 T-bone with a warm, red center 42 Colorful card game 43 Lends a hand to 44 Lecture rooms 45 Abel’s assassin 47 Jazzy horn 48 Lass awed by the big city, maybe 54 Bright 55 Sis’s sib 56 IM offerer 58 He “runs through the town ... in his nightgown” 63 Thomas __ Edison 64 Tater __: Ore-Ida product 65 Big tractor name 66 Movie house suffix 67 Allergy trigger, often 68 Passover dinner

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1 Nintendo competitor 2 Start up the mountain 3 Italian violin maker 4 Chaney of horror 5 “Spring ahead” hrs. 6 Witch trials town 7 Whooping bird 8 Entirely 9 Kanga’s kid 10 Vain walks 11 In the loop 12 Anglican parish priest 13 Flames that have cooled? 18 Box for practice 19 Horse’s hair 24 Spice Girl Halliwell 25 Ashram authority 26 Store posting 27 Craving 30 Sch. in Big D 31 Commandment count 32 Hubbub 33 Painting reproduction 34 Schoolboy 35 Slippery fish

36 “For Me and My __” 37 Gives the nod 39 Postal sackful 40 Layered haircut 41 Crosstown bus alternative 45 Auto finish protection 46 Height: Pref. 47 Chilly powder? 48 What the nose knows 49 “Circle of Friends” writer Binchy 50 Newspaper bye lines? 51 Seize (from) 52 Gathered, as fallen leaves 53 Orleans’s river 54 Exchange 57 Ogle 59 India Inc.? 60 Gehrig who played with Ruth 61 Credit card users may be asked for them, briefly 62 Society page word

You can’t just say you are free of prejudices, you must be free of them. During the first half of the week, you may be challenged by others to perform at the optimum and criticized if you aren’t politically correct.

Communication conquers discord. Information is something you can distribute, but communication is getting through. There may be days in the week ahead when you can sidestep a serious misunderstanding.

Think like Einstein. He said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” In the week to come, you might be called upon to tackle problems in unique ways.

Take April Fools’ Day jokes in stride. In the week ahead, you will find that your business aspirations get a boost and the work you’ve done to improve your public image begins to pay off.

You can enjoy sentiments without drowning in sentimentality. In the upcoming week, you can keep your head above water and maintain harmony - as long as you don’t fall prey to a bid for your sympathy.

The April Fools’ joke is not on you. Someone might try to persuade you to accept poor advice or a bad situation in the week to come. The joke will be on that person when you don’t fall for it.

Live to fight another day. You may fight through a few bad days to get to the good ones in the week ahead. Your perception of what is right and wrong may be challenged by others.

Horns can turn into halos. Your loved ones might escape your understanding off and on during the week to come. Your dedication and passion, however, will highlight and augment your essential harmony.

Sometimes honesty as the best policy is just too honest. It may be wise to play your cards close to your vest. In the coming week, you may feel pressured to keep your head in the midst of family crisis.

Push on past the pitfalls. Some people are never more righteous than when they are in the wrong. By sticking to your guns in the week ahead, you will be able to overcome adverse situations.

In some instances, a pawn is more powerful than a king. Don’t let the little things that cause aggravation take control of your emotions in the week to come. Remain vigilante; money can slip away.

Make a fresh start each day. In the week ahead, make sure you never go to bed with unresolved arguments brewing in the background. Someone might hide their anger or pretend to accept your views.

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When the siblings opened the shoe repair shop, they became -- “SOLE” BROTHERS

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Indians win third WJOL title By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

The game most everyone predicted would be played last Saturday at Silver Cross Field between Joliet Catholic Academy and Providence Catholic happened a game earlier, as Lemont and Minooka defeated the state-ranked teams and advanced to the final game of the WJOL/Joliet Central Area Baseball Invite.

BASEBALL Minooka jumped ahead early and held off a late Lemont rally to win the title, 9-5. It is their third championship in the seven years of the tournament. “This feels good. We know the quality of the baseball in this area is really good,” said Minooka coach Jeff Petrovic. “We know that we have flown under the radar so far this season. We are not going to be world beaters, but we can sneak up and win a lot of baseball games. “We have killed some pretty big critters so far this year. We beat Andrew who only has one loss, we beat Providence who only had one loss, we beat JCA who only has one loss.These are all highly touted teams. If you can’t get confidence from that, I don’t know where it is going to come from. This is a really good win tonight. It is a real feather in their cap.” Minooka (6-3) got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Junior right fielder Carson Neushwander started with a double and was driven in by junior third baseman Joe Carnagio, the tournament MVP. Dane added a two-RBI single to get Minooka started The two juniors were at in again when Minooka added four

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Tournament MVP Joe Carnagio had a pair of RBI in the Indians’ title game win over Lemont.

more runs in the fourth. This time Carnagio started things off with a double to left and Neushwander and Nick Fleischauer drove in the runs as Minooka opened a 7-0 lead. “Nuesh has really been hitting all year and we have really counted on him,” Petrovic said. “Joe is really coming on and he has a lot of confidence right

now. Hitting is contagious. When a couple of guys get on, the rest of the team can’t wait to get in there and bat. “High school pitchers are going to make mistakes. The job of a hitter is to take advantage of those mistakes and lately we have been able to do that.” Minooka beat Joliet Catholic 4-2 in the semifinals earlier in

the day to advance to the title game. Neushwander (three hits) had a two-out RBI single in the first inning and two-out RBI triple in the third. Tyler Thorson and Carnagio had two hits each.

LOCKPORT The Porter came into the WJOL

Classic on a high note, winning three of its first four games. However, they lost all three in the tournament, including a 4-3 loss to Joliet West in the seventhplace game and a 10-3 loss to Plainfield Central earlier in the day Saturday. “We love playing in this See WJOL, page 17


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JCA and Providence meet for third in WJOL Invite By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

In the game most everyone predicted would be played last Saturday at Silver Cross Field, Joliet Catholic Academy and Providence Catholic happened a game earlier, meeting in the thirdplace game of the WJOL/Joliet Central Area Baseball Invite.

BASEBALL In the contest, Providence slipped past Joliet Catholic 4-3, the same score of last season’s WJOL championship game. “This tournament is good,” said JCA coach JaredVoss.“Some things that maybe are weaknesses come out in competitive situations. We know where we are at and we are still off to a good start.We will continue to get better. We made some mistakes and gave them some runs.” The Celtics (6-2) jumped out early and mounted a 4-0, thanks in part to three Hillmen errors, but Joliet Catholic (4-2) fought back and posted three runs in the top of the fifth.

JCA scored thanks to a single from Adam Collins, who scored on a double from Andrew Gudac. Singles by Nate Searing and Zach Melone drove in runs. Alex Voitik, one of JCA’s better hitters left runners on with a chance to tie the game. “That is kist Alex trying too hard if that is possible,” Voss said. I never fault their effort on the field. This team wants it so bad and Alex will come through for us. I told those guys, this game is hard enough to play without putting more pressure on you and making it harder.” Earlier in the day, the Hillmen fell to eventual tournament champion Minooka, 4-2. Alex Voitik singled and doubled, but JCA stranded nine and had two runners thrown out on the bases.

JOLIET WEST Although Joliet West’s 4-3 win over Lockport was for seventhplace in the tournament, Tigers coach John Karczewski knows what it means to bet the Porters. Mark Gregory/Bugle staff

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JCA’s Zach Melone had an RBI single in a 4-3 loss to Providence Saturday at Silver Cross Field.


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Pizza anyone? Joliet Catholic Academy senior defensive end/tight end Josh Falk, left, takes a bite of pizza at the United Cerebral Palsy pizza eating fundraiser at Giovan’s Pizza in Crest Hill. Members of the JCA and Providence football teams battled for the trophy, which went to the Celtics.

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Joliet’s Turner in NCAA finals By Mark Gregory Sports Reports

BASEBALL 1. Downers South 2. Plainfield North 3. Niles West 4. Minooka 5. Joliet Catholic 6. Maine South 7. Plainfield Central

SOFTBALL 1. Benet 2. Downers North 3. Plainfield Central 4. Lockport 5. Minooka 6. Plainfield East 7. Plainfield South

GIRLS SOCCER 1. Downers South 2. Plainfield North 3. Plainfield Central 4. Lockport 5. Maine South 6. Plainfield South 7. Bolingbrook

BOYS VOLLEYBALL 1. Downers North 2. Benet 3. Minooka 4. Downers South 5. Plainfield North 6. Maine South 7. Bolingbrook

BOYS TRACK 1. Plainfield South 2. Minooka 3. Maine South 4. Niles West 5. Plainfield North 6. Joliet West 7. Benet

GIRLS TRACK 1. Plainfield North 2. Downers South 3. Downers North 4. Bolingbrook 5. Lockport 6. Niles West 7. Westmont Rankings are compiled by Mark Gregory and Scott Taylor.

For four years, Joliet resident Kaila Turner made a nearly 30 mile trip every day from Joliet to Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights.

SPOTLIGHT There she was a four-year starter for the Spartans girls basketball team, helping them to a combined record of 105-25 during her career. Turner averaged 9.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals over her career, posting 1,231 career points. Those stats earned Turner a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, where she is a junior on the No. 2 ranked women’s basketball team in the nation. The Irish faced Baylor Tuesday night in the finals of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. On the season,Turner has seen action in all 37 of the 38 games this season for the Irish and is averaging 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. She posted a career high 17 points in a win against Mercer earlier this season. “This is a great school and I could not be in a better place right now,” Turner said. “I have gone through things I never would have experienced. I am thankful to be where I am today. Playing basketball at Notre Dame has really elevated me as a person.”

A product of St. Patrick’s Grade School, Turner said she returns home as much as she can. “I am back as much as I can,” she said. “I love Joliet. It is my home and I love going back there.” Last season, Turner was a reserve point guard, playing behind Skylar Diggins, one of the premier point guards in the nation.This season, she is backing up both backcourt positions, as the Irish utilize her abilities as a floor leader and a scorer. Last year Turner appeared in all 39 games for the Irish, averaging 2.7 points per game. She was second on team in assist to turnover ratio (1.30) and free throw percentage (.828) and was third in three-point percentage (.322) and assists per game average (1.7). In Turner’s freshman season, she saw action in 21 games, averaging 1.9 points per game. The Notre Dame success fits right into what Turner knows from high school. During her senior season in 2008-09, Turner led Marian Catholic to a 30-5 record as she averaged 10.8 points and 3.6 assists per game, as the Titans fell in the IHSA Class 4A sectional final, the same fate the team had her junior season, when they went 23-6. Turner posted career bests of 13.4 points and 4.2 assists per game. Turner averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 assists per game as a sophomore, helping the Spartans to a 29-4 record and a third-place

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finish in Class AA. Marian Catholic was defeated in the state semifinals to eventual state champion Fenwick, who was led by current Irish teammate, forward Devereaux Peters. Other than Peters, Plainfield native and Montini Catholic product Whitney Holloway is also a guard on the Notre Dame team. And when the Irish defeated then-No. 8 Tennessee by 28 points on Jan. 23, Turner was able to guard Bolingbrook product Ariel Massengale. Next season, Niles West’s Jewell Loyd will join the Irish, adding another Chicagoland product to NCAA women’s basketball, which makes Turner proud. “We all played AAU against each other and it is nice to see everybody going well and going

Kaila Turner to big time schools,” she said. “It is nice to see those familiar faces and get the Joliet and Chicagoland area known for girls basketball.” mark@buglenewspapers.com


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Newman wins at Martinsville In the wake of a controversial late-race caution, Ryan Newman spoiled an afternoon of Hendrick hegemony with an opportunistic victory in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. After Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson dominated the action for 497 laps, an untimely caution flag flew on Lap 497 and sent the race to overtime, after David Reutimann stalled on the frontstretch. Gordon and Johnson stayed out on old tires as the lead-lap cars behind them came to the pits for tires and fuel. On the restart on lap 504, Clint Bowyer took Johnson and Gordon threewide into the first corner, and all three cars spun, ruining a potential 200th victory party for Hendrick Motorsports. After the dust settled,

Newman cleared runner-up AJ Allmendinger on the second lap of a green-white-checkeredflag restart and held on to win by .342 seconds. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. The victory was Newman’s first of the season, his first at Martinsville and the 16th of his career. It was the third win of the year in six events for StewartHaas Racing. “I felt like I wasn’t racing AJ on that restart -- I felt like I was racing Junior behind me,” said Newman, who overcame a pit road speeding penalty and earned a free pass to the lead lap under the third caution before rallying to win. “It was really important to me to not spin my tires and get a good start and race AJ and try to eliminate the 88 (Earnhardt) from the race for

the win.” That’s exactly what Newman did. Over the final two laps, Newman and Allmendinger raced each other hard and cleanly, with Newman taking the green flag from the inside lane and Allmendinger lined up to the outside. “He ran me really clean,” Allmendinger said. “He didn’t shove me up the racetrack like he could have. He gave me the opportunity to beat him on the outside there. We were just not turning good enough in the center (of the corners) there on the restart. “But we had a shot at it. That’s all you can ask for.” The suspense and hard racing of the final two laps was overshadowed by the intensity of criticism in some quarters -notably the Hendrick domain --

PICK VS. PROS

RESULTS The Chase again this year starts at Chicagoland Speedway with the Geico 400 on Sept. 16 Driver

1. Greg Biffle

Pts. Diff. 226 0

2. D. Earnhardt Jr. 220 -6 3. Tony Stewart

214 -12

4. Matt Kenseth

214 -12

5. Kevin Harvick 214 -12 6. Martin Truex Jr. 214 -12 7. Denny Hamlin

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8. Ryan Newman

202 -24

9. Clint Bowyer

192 -34

10. Jimmie Johnson 189 -37 11. Carl Edwards

179 -47

12. Brad Keselowski 175 -51

Points are given to each driver by place, with 43 points going to a first place finish and one point going to a 43rd-place finish.

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OFF WEEK

Scott Paddock, Pres., Chicagoland Speedway

THIS WEEK’S PICK:

Last wk: Hamlin (6th) Total Pts (6 races): 183 Scott Taylor, Bugle Staff

OFF WEEK THIS WEEK’S PICK: OFF WEEK

Last wk: Gordon (14th) Total Pts (6 races): 173

167 -59

14. Paul Menard

166 -60

15. Jeff Burton

164 -62

16. Kyle Busch

151 -75

17. Juan Montoya

146 -80

18. Regan Smith

146 -80

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19. Aric Almirola

144 -82

Last wk: Burton (22nd) Total Pts (6 races): 157

Totals through 6 of 36 races

THIS WEEK’S PICK:

Last wk: Truex, Jr. (5th) Total Pts (6 races): 193

13. Joey Logano

20. A.J. Allmendinger143 -83

Sat., April 14, 6:30 p.m., FOX

Mike Guglielmucci, WJOL Racer’s Forum Last wk: Hamlin (6th) Total Pts (6 races): 165

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for Reutimann’s failure to bring his car to pit road. Reutimann broke a suspension part in the late going but remained on the track.Then his engine failed, and his car came to a stop at the end of the frontstretch.

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NASCAR Continued from page 15 likely would have finished there under any circumstances. “But there’s no . . . it doesn’t seem like there could be a logical reason for him to end up stopped on the track. “He was running around slow; you got a problem, you really . . . get down and get on pit road. I don’t believe he had any trouble getting down. When we went by him the first time, he was low. I would like to hear a good excuse, to be honest with you, because I’m sure it would be laughable.” Reutimann shares his ride with Danica Patrick, in an arrangement between Tommy Baldwin Racing, which fields cars for Reutimann, and StewartHaas, which is supporting a 10race Cup schedule for Patrick. A motivating factor in Reutimann’s staying on the track was his desire to keep the car in the top 35 in owners points -- and thence exempt from qualifying on speed -- until Patrick’s next scheduled Cup start May 12 at Darlington. “I just hate that I was involved

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Ryan Newman (No. 39) slides by as Clint Bowyer (No. 15), Jeff Gordon (No. 24) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48) spin to cause the final caution during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

in anything that changed the complexion of the race, so I’ve got to apologize to the guys that it affected,” Reutimann said after the race. “It broke a tie rod or something like that. I was just trying to limp around there. We needed to finish the next couple of laps to try to stay in the top 35. “The thing quit going down the back straightaway, and it shut off. I just didn’t stop there

intentionally. I know it sucks. I hate it for everybody that it affected, but I mean I can’t get out and push the thing . . . I was just trying to finish the day out and trying to stay in top 35, which is why we were trying to limp around out there. They gave me the black flag. We were coming to pit road, and it shut off. And that’s far as I could go.” Gordon had led 322 laps before Johnson passed him for the top

spot on Lap 356. That brought Johnson all the way back from a pit road speeding penalty incurred on Lap 100 under the first caution of the race. Johnson was flagged for speeding on exit and restarted at the tail end of the field. Denny Hamlin beat both Johnson and Gordon off pit road on Lap 363, during pit stops under caution for Travis Kvapil’s spin in Turn 2, but Johnson

regained the lead on Lap 393, passing Hamlin to the inside through Turns 1 and 2 after dogging the No. 11 Toyota for more than 10 circuits. Gordon regained the lead on Lap 497 moments before the caution for Reutimann’s disabled car slowed the race. The eighth caution for the Bowyer/Gordon/ Johnson wreck extended the race to 515 laps, 15 past the scheduled distance.


Sports JCA Continued from page 12 Anytime you can beat Lockport, it is huge,”Karczewski said.“That’s where I come from, coaching under Jimmy Hall, you know they have a quality program. Looking at this tournament, you never

WJOL Continued from page 11 tournament because we know every game going to be a good game and you have to come ready to play in all of them,” said Lockport coach Andy Satunas. “Unfortunately, they put three up early on us we were able to come back and I was happy about that. Austin Mastella singled and

thought Lockport would be 0-3 here, but better them than us.” Matt Koran doubled twice and Jeff Gersch had a double and single for West. “I’ll take three doubles for those two guys anytime,” Karczewski said. “Matt has been struggling lately and it is just a matter of time for him.” mark@buglenewspapers.com

doubled, while Josh Altmann and Jeff Pattison doubled for Lockport (4-4) against West. Austin Kolmodin had a two-run double against the Wildcats. Despite losing three games, Satunas likes where the Porters are. “We are lucky,” he said. “In the first eight games of the year, we are 4-4 and we got a lot of learning opportunities out of it. We have some things we have to get better at.” mark@buglenewspapers.com

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DARE Continued from page 4 kids exactly what happens to the body, what addiction really is, and how to negotiate social acceptance among their peers. “Kids need to understand addiction, to know exactly what happens to their brain when the drug is taken,” she said. They can understand that. Let’s teach them that addiction is both emotional and physical, that it’s more likely if there already is addiction in the family. These are things no one wants to talk about.” But, she said, it’s necessary if the message is going to get through. “DARE hasn’t proven effective, and I know they are re-vamping it, she said. “But kids are skeptical. They don’t like to be lied to and that don’t like when we exaggerate. We are using too many messages that aren’t authentic.” A study of suburban young people using heroin, completed last year at the center, found that more than one third of the research sample began using heroin while they were in high school and were from all socioeconomic groups. It also showed a substantial lack of knowledge among users about the relationship between prescription pain pill abuse and heroin use. “The study shows a need for comprehensive drug education, which starts young and continues into high school,”Burke said.“But it’s not the same conversation, it builds. You have to address the changes they go through every year if you are going to really meet their needs for information. We have to help them learn more and know more.” Burke said the key points are still transitional times, such as the move from elementary to middle school, or from middle school to high school. These are the times when schedules are changing,routines are changing, friendships and interests are shifting, she said. In Plainfield Community Consolidated District 202, which serves more than 30,000 students across Will County, attitudes about drug education are beginning to change as well. One high school social worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said the school is beginning to “break the silence” when talking about drugs with teens. “In the past, we didn’t want to overeducate out student,” she said. “But when we are talking about heroin, we are talking about kids dying. It’s so dangerous, so available, so cheap, that we have to be more

specific about the risks.” Additionally, the social worker attest, schools need to address student drug use with support programs rather than the common approach of removing the child from the school environment entirely. Within District 202, kids who are using drugs or who are found in possession of drugs at school may be placed in the Catalyst program, which combines a consistent school environment with added counseling and group dynamics to address their addictions. “We have to address their belief system, address why they are tempted in the first place,” she said. Challenge them in small groups while keeping them in the school context. Schools are not the problem. The schools are the solution.” Parents are part of that solution as well, she added. And while there’s a natural tendency for teens to separate from parental control, she said it is imperative that they stay involved.“We still need them to be our partners in this,” she said. One creative technique Burke would like to see utilized is to talk

about drug use in forums outside health class. It’s more effective if it’s spread around, she said, and kids won’t be as likely to tune out. “Let’s discuss it in other areas of the curriculum—we can talk about addiction in science class. We can discuss the drug trade in social studies. Let’s get our coaches warning kids about pushing past their limits. It stops presenting drugs as a kids’ problem, and starts putting it where it belongs, as a societal problem.” That, in a nutshell is the approach Burke and her colleagues are trying to translate into DuPage and Will County schools. Already the Robert Crown Center is working on curriculum-based education at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, and is beginning to work with the Will County Superintendent’s office on programming for schools in this area. “It’s all about communication,” said Burke. “You have to talk to the kids and offer real information about what the drugs do. But let’s keep it going by being available to hear those things you might not want to hear.That’s our strategy.”

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