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Citizen Week of Sept. 12, 2018

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Seven of Chicago’s South Suburban Fire Departments, including the Homewood Fire Department, will receive federal funds, totaling $1.5 million, through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Photo Credit: Provided by the Homewood Fire Department.


Seven of Chicago’s South Suburban Fire Departments will receive federal funds, totaling $1.5 million, through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The grant recipients were chosen by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. See more on Page 3

Art Scene: Rebel Poet Philippe Petit to Speak at Catskills' Literary Center — Page 2 Politiscope: Happy midterms! Here’s a rundown of the best political zingers in history — Page 3 |


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Rebel Poet Philippe Petit to Speak at Catskills' Literary Center Poetry Barn recently announced that Philippe Petit, best known for his 1974 illegal high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, will lead a lively conversation on creativity and risk-taking on Oct. 7. Lissa Kiernan, Poetry Barn's director, says, "It's an honor to host Philippe Petit, whose accomplishments are a poetic blueprint for how to balance risk-taking with technique and determination." Mr. Petit has said that walking on the cable was an effort to "extend the boundaries of poetry." Philippe Petit. His Photo by Chrisa Hickey appearance opens the Poetry Barn's doors to the public during their Peak Color Poetry Retreat, Friday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 8. The rest of the retreat will revolve around a daily workshop, "The Living Object: Image & Movement," led by award-winning poet Judith Vollmer. Participants will work with prompts and found objects and study poems by highly visual poets. Mr. Petit's presentation begins at 4 p.m., with tickets offered at $20. In addition to his motivational speech, he will also read his first poem, published at age 17. A literary center located in New York's Catskill Park, Poetry Barn offers workshops, readings, retreats, and the largest independent poetry lending library in the region.

Poetry Barn Interior, showing shelves and Ashokan High Point.


Creative Architectural Walking Tours Now Available in Spanish Chicago Detours is now welcoming Spanish-speaking guests to experience their signature “Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour with Pedway,” with Spanish-language tours offered at 12pm on both Fridays and Saturdays. Sebastian Izquierdo, who was born in Colombia, is Chicago Detours’ new Spanish-speaking tour guide. He has worked as a realtor, English teacher, photographer, amateur historian and more. He graduated from Temple University, Japan Campus, with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs. Izquierdo spent his youth in various Chicago neighborhoods. This two-hour walking tour weaves through the inside of buildings in downtown Chicago and some of the underground Pedway system. Chicago Detours’ highly-trained professional tour guides connect the architecture, history and culture of Chicago as they lead

guests through a wide variety of buildings, including a modernist structure, a church in a skyscraper, a historic department store, see sparkling mosaics, and the opulent 19th-century former public library.

As the guide shares stories and information, guests get to share iPads that have historic photos and video clips that help paint a picture of the past. Tour topics delve into overlooked stories and fresh concepts, like the psychology behind the modernist architecture of Chase Tower or the curiosities of historic toys from Marshall Field’s department store. Youth enjoy the interactive dynamic as guide asks questions to prompt discussion. Plus, there's a game and the winning contestant gets a prize! Founded in 2010, Chicago Detours has 5 stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. The "Loop Interior Architecture Tour” shares stories and places that locals don’t even know about. The commentary and stories presented by Chicago Detours guides – all of whom have a background as educators and are trained in lively presentation skills – enliven the past and delve into what truly

makes Chicago culture unlike elsewhere. Groups meet just inside the historic Marquette Building, at 140 S. Dearborn. The tour walks 1/2 mile through the Loop before arriving at the Chicago Cultural Center two hours later. The price of $26 per person includes tour guide commentary, shared use of iPads, and extras. Reservations are required for these Spanish-language tours, and can be made on their website, Private group tours are also available. About Chicago Detours: Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. The tour company is a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and is one of very few tour companies in Chicago that has received a five star rating on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

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Happy midterms! Here’s a rundown of the best political zingers in history BY CHRIS LAMB

Labor Day marks the beginning of the decisive, final stretch of the U.S. political campaign season, when candidates prepare to debate one another by practicing their ad-libs or “zingers,” as they’re called, hoping to have the last word with voters. I dedicated my book, “I’ll Be Sober in the Morning: Great Political Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes,” to Dan Quayle, the former vice president who was left red-faced and stuttering by Democrat Lloyd Bentsen during a vice presidential debate in 1988. In a political debate, the ability to deliver a response that leaves an opponent speechless can be a potent weapon. To win a battle of wits requires qualities that are rare – or at least medium rare – in politics – a good ear, good timing, a nimble brain and a sardonic wit. British politician Winston Churchill understood the secret behind the spontaneous putdown.

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“All the best off-the-cuff remarks are prepared days beforehand,” he said. The ability to deliver a sharp wisecrack can be a potent political weapon. A verbal comeback can be both a bludgeon to injure an opponent or a shield to deflect a opponent’s unwanted advances. But perhaps most importantly, it can establish one’s superiority over his or her rival. In the dog-eat-dog world of politics, nobody wants to end up as the bone.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD COMEBACK? Churchill, whose trenchant wit is prominently featured in my book, inspired the book’s title. As the story goes, Churchill was drinking heavily at a party in 1946 when he bumped into Bessie Braddock, a political rival. “Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk,” Braddock scolded him. “Bessie, you are ugly, and what’s more you are disgustingly ugly,” he responded. “But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.” Churchill’s wit could cut deeply. This approach works better in England than in the United States, where a sarcastic quip may regale party loyalists but runs the risk of turning away undecided voters. Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Dole twice ran for president and lost each time in part, observers said, because his sense of humor was widely viewed as mean-spirited. By contrast, Abraham Lincoln’s

humor was often self-deprecating, which elicited sympathy from the audience rather than scorn. During one of Lincoln’s debates with Stephen Douglas in 1858, Douglas called Lincoln “two-faced.” Lincoln responded by saying, “I leave it to my audience. If I had another face, would I wear this one?” TURNING THE TABLES During one of the Democratic Party presidential debates in Iowa in 2007, a journalist asked then-Sen. Barack Obama how he could promise a significantly different foreign policy from former President Bill Clinton, given that several of his advisers once worked for the Clinton administration. Before Obama could answer, Sen. Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and the frontrunner to win the Democratic Party’s nomination, interrupted him. “I want to hear that,” Clinton said, provoking laughter. Obama paused momentarily and replied, “Well, Hillary, I’m looking

forward to you advising me, as well.” The audience laughed, and so did the other Democratic candidates on stage – except for Clinton, whose self-satisfied smile turned to a grimace. Clinton scored political points of her own during a presidential debate in 2016. When Republican candidate Donald Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “no respect” for Clinton, she responded: “That’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president.” Trump then countered with “No, puppet, no puppet, you’re the puppet.” When Trump feels wronged, he goes on Twitter and responds with the finesse of a knee to the groin. His comebacks are more like something you would hear on an elementary school playground than something you could read in my book. Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former staffer, Continued on page 4


$1.5 Million In Federal Grant Money Awarded To Several South Suburban Fire Departments Continued from page 1 BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

Seven of Chicago’s South Suburban Fire Departments will receive federal funds, totaling $1.5 million, through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The grant recipients were chosen by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. Local AFG Program recipients include; the Burnham Fire Department, $134,855, the Crete Township Fire Protection District, $27,000, the Flossmoor Fire Department, $348,992, the Harvey Fire Department, $921,300, Glenwood Fire Department, $8,234, the Phoenix Fire Department, $54,959, and the Homewood Fire Department, $$58,210. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, state fire training academies, and nonaffiliated Emergency Medical

Services organizations. Nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations are public or private nonprofit entities that provide medical transportation and are not affiliated with a hospital. They serve an area where emergency medical services are not already provided by a fire department, according to FEMA. The AFG funds are meant to be used for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to current standards, enhance the efficiency of operations, foster teamwork, and support the strength of the community, according to FEMA. With the grant money they receive, the Homewood Fire Department will finally be able to update the station’s exhaust removal system which will benefit the health and well-being of the staff members as well as eliminate the long-term costs they were anticipating for operating and repairing the outdated system. Any money left over will be used for fire officer development training, according to Deputy Fire Chief, Steve DeJong. “Getting the grant money is really going to help us maintain the overall safety and health

of our firefighters by allowing us to keep a clean environment in the firehouse. The receipt of this grant money will help us overall in the process of being able to continue with our normal projects and still fulfill these other needs without taking funds away from something else,” said DeJong. To be eligible for the AFG Program, each fire department, nonaffiliated emergency medical services organization, and state fire training academy must first submit an application. Each application is evaluated and ranked based on the substance of the application, relative to the established funding priorities, according to FEMA The applications that are ranked as the highest priority for funding undergo even more evaluations that are conducted by a panel of peers, from the fire service and non-affiliated emergency medical services organizations. Applications that are considered for an award will undergo an extensive technical review prior to an award offer. Everyone at the Homewood Fire Department is feeling extremely happy and fortunate to have received the grant money, according to DeJong.

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Eat Healthy with Seafood Family Features - Eating healthy isn't always easy, and when your family is rushing around in the evenings it can seem like a daunting task to put a well-balanced, nutritious meal on the table. However, cooking at home with a lean protein you can feel good about serving, like seafood, is one way to serve up quick, good-for-you meals. In fact, one-third of people surveyed reported they increased their fish consumption at home last year, according to Datassential. Research published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" showed eating seafood 2-3 times per week can improve brain, eye, heart and prenatal health. Seafood also provides unique

health benefits as one of the best sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats essential to human health and development. As only one out of 10 Americans meets the Dietary Guidelines recommendation of two servings of seafood per week, National Seafood Month is a great time to incorporate more seafood into you and your family's meals. Check out these tips from the Seafood Nutrition Partnership: * Make a game plan or meal plan for the week to figure out when you can incorporate seafood into your meals. * Stock up on canned and frozen seafood at the grocery store and keep an eye out for sales or

coupons. * Make easy swaps, like using white fish or shrimp in tacos instead of beef or a salmon patty instead of a burger patty. * Try doubling recipes so you only have to cook it once but can reap the benefits of eating seafood twice in one week. * Use kitchen gadgets like slow cookers and pressure cookers to prepare seafood-based meals in a pinch. For recipes, ideas and inspiration for eating seafood at least two times per week, visit or follow #Seafood2xWk on social media.

Recipe courtesy of Michael-Ann Rowe on behalf of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 1/8 cup canola oil 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 medium onion, quartered 2 cups broccoli florets 1 lemon, half sliced and half juiced, divided kosher salt, to taste freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 pound white fish (such as snapper, grouper, flounder or barramundi) 4 tablespoons olive oil fresh rosemary sprigs (optional) In pan over medium heat, heat canola oil about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, onions and broccoli to pan; cook 5 minutes, uncovered. Drizzle lemon juice over vegetables and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place fish on top of vegetables in center of pan and place two lemon slices on top of fish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover pan and cook on medium heat 10-12 minutes depending on thickness of fish. Drizzle olive oil over fish and top with rosemary, if desired, before serving. Source: Seafood Nutrition Partnership


Happy midterms! Here’s a rundown of the best political zingers in history Continued from page 3 “a dog”; Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary”; and “Cheatin’ Obama.” STAYING POWER Technology makes it possible for Trump’s insults to live forever on Twitter. But technology has also makes it possible to preserve videos of memorable comebacks such as the following:

When Ronald Reagan ran for a second term as president in 1984, he was in his 70s and critics wondered if he still had the vitality for the office. This criticism intensified when Reagan struggled during his first debate with Democratic challenger Walter Mondale. At the beginning of the next debate, a reporter raised the question of his age to Reagan, who was prepared with a response.

“I want you to know that I will not make age an issue in this campaign,” Reagan said. “I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Reagan was easily re-elected. In 1988, George Herbert Walker Bush selected little-known Sen. Dan Quayle as his running mate. The youthful Quayle deflected concerns about his age and inexperience by

comparing his experience to John F. Kennedy, who also had relatively little political experience before seeking the presidency in 1960. Quayle’s handlers told him not to bring up the comparison during his televised debate with the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Lloyd Bentsen. Quayle ignored the advice. When the issue was raised during the debate, Quayle answered, “I

have as much experience … as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency.” Bentsen was ready. “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” Chris Lamb is a Professor of Journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

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NEWS Online competition would net $10,000 for Special Olympics

The public is being asked to vote in an online competition to choose the country’s top transportation project and a chance to earn $10,000 for an Illinois-based nonprofit.

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The Interstate 55-Lake Shore Drive interchange reconstruction is a finalist in an online competition to choose the country’s top transportation project and a chance to earn $10,000 for an Illinois-based nonprofit. The Illinois Department of Transportation will donate the prize money to the local Special Olympics if the project receives the most votes. The public is encouraged to vote early and often — individuals can vote once a day — at until the competition closes Sept. 22. “We are proud to be recognized for the hard work we do every day for the people of Illinois and excited to have the opportunity to give back to a great local organization,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “With the public’s help, we will not only bring home the award, but $10,000 for Special Olympics athletes.” The I-55-Lake Shore Drive interchange emerged as Top 12 finalist out

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of the 79 projects submitted nationwide for the America’s Transportation Awards hosted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Socrata, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The project team at IDOT was recognized not only for rebuilding one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure in the Midwest, but for an innovative technique that employed the use of a temporary bridge to accommodate traffic during construction, saving the public countless hours of delays by avoiding extended closures and detours. The $135 million project was completed on time and on budget last year. The choice of the Special Olympics to share in the award is especially noteworthy. The first Special Olympics was held 50 years ago this summer at Soldier Field, which is next door to the improved interchange that enhanced access to the iconic stadium and numerous other institutions along Chicago’s lakefront.

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NEWS Indiana University enrollment features record freshman class, highs for minority student population As of Aug. 27, the official IU census day for the fall semester, Indiana University enrollment this fall semester featured the largest freshman class in its nearly 200-year-old history, while the diversity of IU's student

body continues to grow. Minority students now constitute a quarter of IU's degree-seeking population. For the second consecutive year, IU's student body contains more than 20,000 degree-seeking minority students,

setting a new record for diversity at the university. Total official enrollment was 91,515 degree-seeking students on seven campuses, a small decline of 0.7 percent from fall 2017.

A grand opening ceremony was recently held for the Blue Cap Food Pantry located on 2155 Broadway St. in Blue Island. The Food Pantry is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will be mostly operated by people with intellectual disabilities. Photo Credit: Provided by Blue Cap

New Food Pantry Doubles As A Community Resource And Vocational Program BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

A grand opening ceremony was recently held for the Blue Cap Food Pantry located on 2155 Broadway St. in Blue Island. The Food Pantry is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will be mostly operated by people with intellectual disabilities as a way for them to learn vocational skills and prepare for future employment opportunities. The Blue Cap Food Pantry will be open exclusively to residents of Blue Island and Robbins on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and recipients must bring a photo I.D. and a piece of mail to prove residency. Eligible recipients may only receive food from the Pantry once a month.

Blue Cap is an organization which offers a variety of programs providing educational, vocational, therapeutic, and residential services to infants, children, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities on the south side of Chicago and in more than 30 suburban communities. “We are an agency that takes care of nearly 200 people from childhood all the way through senior citizen age with intellectual disabilities,” said Jill Hart, director of community relations at Blue Cap. For quite some time, Blue Cap operated a state-funded sheltered workshop where day program participants found work doing final checks on things like the valves and springs of already manufactured products. At some point, the state decided to defund the shel-

tered workshop and Blue Cap found themselves with a completely empty facility. “We ended up with this huge space that used to be a sheltered workshop and we have all these people that we take care of and we had to find another way to fill their day. That’s how we decided to turn the former workshop space into a food pantry which will serve the community,” said Hart. Now, Blue Cap participants will be working in the Food Pantry and learning vocational training, inventory skills, and interacting with their community. “The people that we take care of with intellectual disabilities will be working in the food pantry as part of their day program and then for a lot of them, depending on their ability, it will prepare them for an outside job

and community employment. So it’s kind of a vocational thing for the people that we take care of,” said Hart. The Greater Chicago Food Depository will be providing most of the non-perishable food in the Food Pantry but Blue Cap is still in need of donations to satisfy the need for perishable items like milk. “We’ll be doing a lot of fundraising in order to get perishable item’s and to keep them stocked so that we can continue to provide this service for our community and our neighboring community,” said Hart. The Blue Cap Food Pantry is the first time the Greater Chicago Food Depository will be partnering with a pantry that is operated by people with intellectual disabilities, according to Hart.

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Marybeth Beno named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year at South Suburban College Marybeth Beno, of Flossmoor, was recently presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award at South Suburban College. The recognition represents a culmination of emotions rooted in 35 years of distinguished, loyal service to students of all ages and backgrounds. For Beno, who will be retiring at the end of this academic year, it was always about the students. “I feel very honored. It’s always nice to be recognized for doing a good job, especially after pouring your entire heart and soul into your career for over three decades,” said Beno. Beno ran into one of her former students who let her know if it weren’t for her teaching methods and encouragement, he wouldn’t have made it through her class and engineering school. “When students thank you at the conclusion of a semester, or when you run into a former student who tells you that your class made a difference in their lives, it’s the best feeling!” Beno is a firm believer that community college is the best place to start for college degree seekers. All three of her children attended SSC before completing their Bachelor’s Degrees at DePaul and Purdue and becoming gainfully employed in their chosen fields. “Faculty and staff here really care about one another and the students. Our decisions are based on student needs and student success.” Beno said receiving the award and reflecting on her career is bittersweet knowing she’s facing her “last syllabus, last PowerPoint, last final exam week... I will miss the students, my office, and seeing my friends every day. But, with every ending, there’s a new beginning. I have three little people who mean the world to me. Mikey is 4, Sydney is 1, and Haley is brand new. I will see them as often as I can and watch them grow.” Marybeth Beno always wanted to teach. She played school with her sister when she was young, and she was always the teacher. They had a blackboard in their basement and worked on math problems together. Soon, it will be time to dust off the old blackboard for her three little people.

Marybeth Beno, of Flossmoor, was recently presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award at South Suburban College.

Chicago Council of Lawyers Opposes the Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court The Chicago Council of Lawyers, a non-partisan public interest bar association, recently opposed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a a letter to Congress. Although the Council

has not traditionally spoken out regarding Supreme Court nominees, a Chicago Council of Lawyers, press release called current circumstances, “extraordinary,” and said the Council could not “remain silent.” The

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