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DECEMBER 2012 Volume 2 Issue 12

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Message from the Publisher A lot happens in a month. As many times as I think of what I’m going to write about in my Message From the Publisher, I change it because something else sparks my interest or happens in and around my life. This month was no different; as my Facebook friends know, I am now the mama of two new kitties. Readers meet Tank and Tiny; five week old kittens that a co-worker of mine found by his home. Since I was thinking of adopting cats again sooner or later, I couldn’t resist taking them in. I have always loved cats and I do have a 15 year old at home who is none too happy these two spitfires have entered her domain. The first day I brought them home, Dizzy ended up behind the basement wall and hid there for two days. I had to coax her out with treats and when she did come in contact with Tank and Tiny, all she did was hiss and slither by. However, she is gradually coming around and getting closer and closer without putting a scowl on her face. Then there’s Tips, our dog. His curiosity of what these furry balls of energy are never stops. At first he thought they were new toys that I didn’t have to throw for him and ran themselves. He is definitely too rough for them yet; although Tank has already slapped his face a couple of times which made Tips back away pretty quickly. Until they are bigger, unless I’m around to supervise, they are being kept in Tips’ cage where they are safe. For now though their days consist of a routine of eating, playing, pooping, and sleeping and not necessarily in that order. I have forgotten how much

fun kittens are and enjoy every minute of their antics. Unfortunately, I’m not getting much done as their irresistible cuteness overwhelms me and I end up playing with them or cuddling them in my lap. They bring a smile to my face and help to ease the stress levels. So I have to keep reminding myself that they won’t be kittens forever and life’s too short to let these precious moments go by. On that note, I found this to be very true. Happiness Is a Voyage – Author Unknown We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another. Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough, and that all will be well when they are older. Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we must deal with them. Surely we’ll be happier when they grow out of the

teen years. We tell ourselves our life will be better when our spouse gets his/her act together, when we have a nicer car, when we can take a vacation, when we finally retire. The truth is that there is no better time to be happy than right now. If not, then when? Your life will always be full of challenges. It is better to admit as much and to decide to be happy in spite of it all. For the longest time, it seemed that life was about to start; Real life. But there was always some obstacle along the way, an ordeal to get through, some work to be finished, some time to be given, a bill to be paid. Then life would start. I finally came to understand that those obstacles were life. That point of view helped me see that there isn’t any road to happiness. Happiness IS the road. So, enjoy every moment. Stop waiting for school to end, for a return to school, to lose ten pounds, to gain ten pounds, for work to begin, to get married, for Friday evening, for Sunday morning, waiting for a new car, for your mortgage to be paid off, for spring, for summer, for fall, for winter, for the first or the fifteenth of the month, for your song to be played on the radio, to die, to be reborn…before deciding to be happy. Happiness is a voyage, not a destination. There is no better time to be happy than... NOW! Live and enjoy the moment. Merry Christmas to everyone. May your holidays be filled with all that makes YOU happy! God Bless America. See you next year!

Letters to the Editor Shout Out! (From our Email Inbox) I received the letter from Schiller Park informing me that my water cont a i ned C ol i for m Bac ter i a. Although “not an emergency”, I couldn’t stop to think, “What have I been drinking?” Then I think, who is responsible for this “violation in drinking water standard” and do they still have their job? Maybe we need to bring in Erin Brockovich! Boy Scout Thanks On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 158, I would like to thank Olson’s Ace Hardware for their assistance with our Christmas light recycling project. In November the store offered a deal to its customers if they brought in an old strand of lights, the customer would receive a coupon to be used towards the purchase of new lights. Olson’s Ace Hardware very generously donated all of the old lights brought in by their customers to our troop. We recycle old non-working lights and electrical cords and will use the money to help pay for our upcoming 10 day canoe

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trip to Boundary Waters in Minnesota next summer. If the community would like to donate more of their old lights, there are collection bins at Olson’s Ace Hardware, the Park District of Franklin Park and the Village Hall of Franklin Park that will be available throughout December. We thank all of those organizations for

their commitment to he local Scouts of Franklin Park. For more information about this project, visit our website at www.boyscouttroop158. weebly.com or ema i l us at franklinparktroop158@gmail.com Again we thank you and wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. Kim Shelton Committee Chair

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EVENTS Nov. 26-Dec 14 : TOYS FOR TOTS Every 1st

and 3rd Saturday of the Month: Scamp Studios offers Toddler Time from 2:30-3:30pm. Age Appropriate arts and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult, $5 per child, 8221 W. Grand Ave., River Grove, www.scampstudiosonline.com

Dec. 1-3: TRITON COLLEGE BOOK SALE

Offering a variety of books at reasonable prices. Proceeds benefit the Triton Library Foundation and the Library Scholarship Fund, 8am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 8am-4pm Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday., www.triton.edu/new-at-the-library 708-456-0300 ext. 3478

Dec. 1: POLAR EXPRESS-FRANKLIN PARK TRAIN STATION 2:30-4:45pm Children and

parents take a ride to the North Pole to see Santa Clause on the Park District’s Polar Express.

Dec. 2: ROSEMONT’S TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Donald E. Stephens Park, Higgins

Road and Scott Street. , 6:00pm

Dec. 4-5: HIA ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Triton College Café 64. Triton’s

ospitality program will serve a holiday-inspired menu to diners. Enjoy an affordable meal and impeccable service by Triton’s students. Menu items are no more than $10., 11:30am-1pm Tuesday, Dec. 4 and 5:30-7pm Wednesday, Dec. 5. , Second Floor of the B-Building 708-456-0300 ext. 3387 to make a reservation

Dec. 6: TRITON COLLEGE BIG BAND Evening of swing, bop and latin classics and contemporary standards. 7:30pm, Performing Arts Building, Robert M. Collins Center, www.triton.edu/music Dec. 7-9: MADRIGAL OLDE ENGLISH YULETIDE DINNER EAST LEYDEN HS Annual

tradition featuring the Leyden Chamber Singers and the GraceNotes. This festive event also includes traditional medieval costumes, an appearance by the Court Jester and an authentic Olde English dinner. , Advanced reservations and payment are required. $20 per person, 847-451-3051 or www.leyden212.org/ finearts

Dec. 7: HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Park Ridge

Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Dec. 7 from 10am-7:30pm and Dec. 8 from 10am-5pm. , Horse drawn carriage rides which include a pasta dinner and visit with Santa will be available from 5:30-7:30pm on Friday. Tickets must be purchased., For further information call 847-823-4135

Dec. 8: POLAR EXPRESS-FRANKLIN PARK TRAIN STATION 2:30-4:45pm Children and

parents take a ride to the North Pole to see Santa Clause on the Park District’s Polar Express.

Dec. 8: SNOWBOTICS HANDS ON ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP AGES 8-14 $30 per Student and you take your creations home, Triton College Industrial Careers Building T-Building, 773-580-8807 or email asharris@triton.edu

Dec. 8: SANTA’S WINTER WONDERLAND Free, family event activities will include visiting with Santa, face painting, ballon animals,face painting,bonfire for roasting mashmellows,sleigh rides as well as food and refreshments. , Community Center 4501 25th Ave Schiller Park,Il , Info 847-6782550 or www.villageofschillerpark.com

Dec. 8: WINTER FEST IN CONJUCTION WITH CITY OF NORTHLAKE AND VETERANS PARK DISTRICT. 11-3pm. Games, Prizes, Crafts, Santa, Moon Jumps, Horse Carriage Rides, FUN!, FREE Grand Park Recreation Center, 44 W. Golfview Drive, Northlake, www.veteransparkdistrict.org

Dec 9: BLOOD DRIVE New Life Community Church, 9am-3pm, 2001 W. Division St., Melrose Park Dec. 9: A CHRISTMAS CAROL PLAY St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. 3pm., Lyric Opera’s Frank Babbitt, well-known Chicago actor and musician will return to present this holiday classic. Freewill donations and canned goods will be accepted to help support the Maine Township Food Pantry. , For further information call 847-8256659 or visit www.stlukespr.org Dec. 9: 4TH ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA sponsored by the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Civic Organization, 9amNoon, 2940 N. 75th Court (Corner of Wellington and 75th Ct.) Bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more and receive breakfast, a FREE picture with Santa, and a morning of fun, games, local shopping, and laughs! 708-462-2354, www.myepnco.com

Dec. 13: BLOOD DRIVE Triton College 9am-3pm, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove

Dec. 13: HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR 4:009:00pm The Best Christmas Decorations in Chicagoland.This trip will start off with a dinner at DiMaggio Café and then will be in route to enjoy caroling and other activities.The holiday tour will display the best front-yard displays in the northwest suburbs. , Fee $85 in district/$90 out of district. Tour will be led by Mary Edsy, author of the award winning guidebook, The Best Christmas Decorations in Chicagoland., www.fpparks.org

Dec. 14: BLOOD DRIVE Franklin Park Community Center 3pm-7:30pm, 9560 Franklin Ave., Franklin Park

Dec. 14: FRANKLIN PARK/SCHILLER PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUS TOUR OF HOLIDAY DECORATIONS-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC View holiday displays at Lincoln Park Zoo,

shop the Christkindlmarket in Chicago and much more! 3.5-4 hours. Pick-up at the Franklin Park Ice Arena 4:45-5pm., $15.00 per adult and $5 per children 12 and under. Deadline to RSVP is December 10th. Seating is limited to reserve early, Register on line at chamberbyohare.org or call Gaye Faro at 708-865-9510.

Dec. 15: BLOOD DRIVE Bensenville Fire

Protection District 9:30am-4pm, 500 S. York Rd., Bensenville

Dec. 15 : WINTER HOLIDAY PARTY Scamp

Studio , 8221 W. Grand Ave River Grove,IL

Dec. 15: PARENT’S NIGHT OUT Evening of activities for children held at the Schiller Park Recreation Department for children 5 and up. 4-8pm $15 first child, $10 each additional child in immediate family., Dance class, holiday craft, music, pizza dinner, movie and much more! , email registrar@villageofschillerpark.com or call 847-6718580. Dec. 15: STUDENT CREATIONS EXHIBITION & SALE Students from Nuevos Horizontes’ floral

arranging and cake decorating classes will showcase their creations and offer them for sale just in time for the holidays. Demonstrations throughout the day., 10am-1pm. Nuevos Horizontes, 1708 Main Street, Melrose Park, 708-649-2101

Dec. 16: TEMPO PREPARATORY DEPARTMENT RECITAL Formal Recital Event

featuring students ranging in age from elementary through high school on piano, violin and woodwinds., 3:30pm Performing Arts Building of the Robert M. Collins Center, www.triton.edu/music

Dec. 17: WINTER BAND CONCERT Annual

Winter Program. 40 member group performs a wide variety of pieces; overtures, marches, instrumentals and familiar holiday selections., 7:30pm Performing Arts Building of the Robert M. Collins Center, www.triton.edu/music

Dec. 18: BLOOD DRIVE CBRE-One O’Hare Center 9am-3pm, 6250 N. River Road, Rosemont Dec. 18: BLOOD DRIVE Schiller Park Community Center 2:30pm-7pm, 4501 25th Street, Schiller Park Dec. 20: THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS MONTHLY MEETING Greater O’Hare Chapter.

6:15pm Pescatore Palace, Franklin Park, River Road, Bernice Brown bernie418@yahoo.com or call: 224-622-7851 by Monday, December 17.

Dec. 20: ANIMALS AND WINTER 4:00-

5:00pm Children will learn how animals prepare themselves for the winter and learn about what happens to animals when it becomes cold outside. Children will play games and create an art project. , Sunflower Nature Center,10040 Addison Street

Dec 27 and Jan 3: WINTER ART CAMP

Scamp Studio , 8221 W. Grand Ave River Grove,IL

Dec. 29: BLOOD DRIVE Chicago Blackhawks Blood Drive, 9am-7pm, 5500 N. River Road, Rosemont

Dec. 30: BLOOD DRIVE Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 8am-3:30pm, 1101 N. 23rd Ave., Melrose Park

Dec.31: ROCKIN NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 12:00-2:00pm Bring in the New

year with family and friends. Live entertainment,piz za,refreshments,party favors,face painting and New Year’s countdown .PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Jan. 4: BLOOD DRIVE Chicago Wolves 12pm7pm, 10401 Lunt Street, Rosemont Every Thursday : INTRO TO DRAWING. TEACHES CHILDREN THE BASICS OF REALISTIC DRAWING. Ages 7-10 3:30-4:30 and Ages 11-13 4:30-5:30 , $8 per Class or $48 for 6 week session, www.scampstudiosonline.com

Wednesdays and Saturdays: CHILDREN’S OPEN STUDIO HOURS. UNINSTRUCTED ARTS AND CRAFTS TIME IN OUR STUDIO TO CREATE TO THEIR HEARTS CONTENT Weds.

4-5pm and Saturdays 11-Noon. , $5. per children. Parents must attend for children 6 and under Visit www.scampstuiodsonline.com for a complete listing of arts classes they offer. Parent-Tot, Young Artists, Teens and Adults.

4th Wednesday of Every Month: SENIOR ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE AT FRANKLIN PARK VILLAGE HALL 9am-Noon. Complete Circuit Breaker Applications.Certain Restrictions Apply., 9500 Belmont, FP., 708-547-5600

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COMMUNITY NEWS Letter By the Editor Every year, it’s been a tradition with my daughter and I to go out on Black Friday. In the beginning it was a lot of fun when we would get up at the crack of dawn and be the first in the stores to grab those deals. Then shoppers and stores got wise and started to change the rules of the game. Now it seems like EVERYONE gets up early or stays up late to find the “stuff ” that they think they so desperately need. Although still nice to spend a day with my daughter, the “thrill of the hunt” has seemed to disappear. I read an article recently entitled “Getting stuff can still leave you empty,” by Kathryn Jean Lopez, Editor at Large of National Review Online. In it she talks about a book written by James A. Roberts called, “Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy.” He assets: “Many Americans lack the ability to imagine a life but one focused on the pursuit of material possessions.” How true this is and although I am guilty of this myself at times, I am coming to the realization that “stuff ” just doesn’t cut it to make one happy. I find now what really makes me happy is helping others in any way that I can and giving, not receiving. What I’m trying to get at here is that during this holiday season, think

about all the stuff you have and the stuff others don’t. Before you spend another dime on useless items that you’ll sell in a garage sale or re-gift six months from now, take a moment to consider those truly in need of basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. There are still people suffering from hurricane Sandy and let’s not forget our military personnel. Gather up those clothes that are sitting in a closet and give to a local charity. Food pantries are desperate this time of year for donations. Volunteer some time at a soup kitchen or church where they feed the homeless. Not only will you save money for your own budget, but you’ll be helping someone who truly has a need. A few places I might suggest that could use your help are Leyden Family Services and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin Park. There is also Loaves and Fishes at St. Beatrice Church in Schiller Park and I’m sure if you look hard enough, you’ll even find neighbors, people living right next door to you or down the block, that could use your help too. As Kathryn Lopez points out in her article quoting from James Roberts’ book, “more money and possessions will not make us happier. Fewer shiny objects means more room for riches.”

Elmwood Park to take advantage of Home Energy Rebates

utilities and other stakeholders. The US Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is providing key funding for the program. According to the alliance, almost all homes let too much air escape or penetrate, and most homes have incorrectly installed or insufficient amounts of attic insulation. Under the instant rebates offered by the program, homeowners can take advantage of a $49 whole home energy analysis and save up to $1,750 off the most cost effective and permanent energy efficiency improvements: air sealing and insulating.

Elmwood Park is teaming up with an alliance of non-prof it groups, local organizations and utilities to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes this winter. It’s part of Village President Pete Silvestri’s “Go GREEN(er) Today!” initiative. Energy Impact Illinois is providing rebates to help lower energy bills and enhance property values that include 70 percent instant rebates for home energy upgrades. Local field organizer with Energy Impact Illinois Matt Elmore will be making a detailed presentation at the next Village Board meeting, which begins at 7pm on Monday, December 3. “We’re delighted to have Matt explain to the board and our homeowners how they can take advantage of these rebates and how we can all make our homes more energy efficient,” Village President Pete Silvestri said. “I urge all homeowners to make sure they’re informed about what Energy Impact Illinois has to offer.” The Energy Impact Illinois program is being led by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), along with the City of Chicago, gas and electric

“Turkey For Me & Turkey For You” Campaign 2012 East Leyden High School’s 7th Annual “Turkey for Me & Turkey for You” Campaign 2012 garnered $1,110 in grocery store gift cards and donations. All gift cards and donations will go directly to the Leyden Township Needy Families Program, an initiative that helps families living in Leyden communities. This is a new record for the in-house fundraiser, says Dominic Manola, campaign organizer. “I want to thank everyone for their generosity and efforts. It is an honor to work alongside such compassionate people who are so willing to help others in need,” he adds.

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LEYDEN BRIEFS District 212 Announces New Superintendent The Board of Education recently announced that Nick Polyak, Ed.D. has been named the next superintendent of Leyden High School District 212. His tenure with the district will begin July 1, 2013. Polyak will be replacing Nick Polyak, Ed.D. Kathryn Robbins Polyak will take who will retire on over as District 212 superintendent June 30, 2013. on July 1, 2013 Polyak is currently the superintendent of Illinois Valley Central School District #321, a K-12 district of approximately 2,200 students near Peoria. Prior to his appointment as District 321 superintendent in 2009, Polyak spent ten years in Lincoln-Way High School District 210, working as a math teacher, coach of the boys’ soccer and tennis teams, dean, assistant principal, and Director of Instruction and Staff Development. Polyak grew up in Joliet and attended Joliet Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in math and secondary education from Augustana College, and a master’s

degree in Educational Administration from Governor’s State University. While at Governor’s State, he also completed his School Business Official Certification. He earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Loyola University, receiving the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Polyak and his wife Kate have four children, ages 4 to 9. They are looking forward to relocating to the suburban area and to joining the Leyden family.

Exceptional Eagle Breakfast

The following East Leyden High School students were honored at the EXCEPTIONAL EAGLE BREAKFAST on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 7:00am in the Little Theater at the school. The monthly breakfast is held to recognize students for their extraordinary effort, special achievements, and academic excellence. Parents and nominating teachers also are invited to attend. The students and the departments they represent are: Natalia Szaflarski, Art; Michael Jardine, Business Education; Moses Diaz, English; Yeimi Garcia, ESL; Rocco DiMatteo, Family and Consumer Sciences; Arthur Bross, Individual Achievement; Gabriel Garcia, Industrial Technology; Abigail Grande, Literacy; Karina Kosmala, Mathematics; Velina

Zhelyazkova, Modern Languages; Raul Reynoso, Music; Ariana Cardenas, Physical Education; DJ Webb, Science; Madeline Obrzut, Social Studies; Maggie White, Theater; and Dulce Munoz, Student Aide.

Madrigal a Holiday Tradition at District 212 Embrace the holiday spirit at District 212 Olde English Yuletide Dinner scheduled on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, at 7:00pm, and Sunday, December 9, at 4:00pm All performances will be held in the Little Theater at East Leyden High School, 3400 N. Rose Street, Franklin Park. This annual tradition features the Leyden Chamber Singers and the GraceNotes, two a capella ensembles under the direction of Stacy Cunningham. The choruses will perform musical selections such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “Silent Night.” This festive event also includes traditional medieval costumes, an appearance by the Court Jester, and an authentic Olde English Dinner. Admission is $20. Advance reservations and payment are required. For more information about the cost and to make reservations, please call 847-451-3051 or visit www.leyden212.org/finearts.

District 212 Speech And Performance Team Excels at Competitions Cong ratulat ions to East Leyden sophomore Stephanie Feliciano and West Leyden sophomore Zac Seymore on their strong performances at the Downers Grove North Novice/Varsity Speech Tournament on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Seymore was a novice f inalist in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Feliciano was the novice tournament champion in Dramatic Interpretation. Team members continued to inspire with outstanding performances at the Downers Grove South Nov ice To u r n a m e nt h e l d o n S a t u r d ay, November 10, 2012. Leading the team was West Leyden sophomore Noe Rodriguez who tied for second place in Radio Speaking and was tournament champion in Poetry Reading. Other award winners include West junior Julius Figueroa who tied for 4th place; West sophomore Brandon Delgado who tied for 5th place; and East sophomore Arielle Strauss who tied for 6th place; all in Impromptu Speaking.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Chamber Chatter Franklin Park/ Schiller Park Chamber See the Lights! FP/SP Chamber invites the public to SEE THE LIGHTS! Friday, December 14th. View fabulous holiday displays at the world famous Lincoln Park Zoo and shop the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago in the Daly Plaza under the Christmas tree – Always a Favorite Stop. Relax in a comfortable tour bus. The Lincoln Park Zoo has a fabulous light display, a Carousel, the Park Place Café, refreshments, shopping and you can get a picture with Santa. The Christkindlmarket, www.christkindlmarket.com offers great holiday shopping with unique gifts, a great atmosphere and refreshments. You will have adequate time to walk and shop both

locations. The tour should last about 3 ½ to 4 hours. Pickup location and time 4:455pm at the Franklin Park Ice Arena, 9711 Waveland Avenue. $15 per adult and $5 per child 12 and under. Seating is limited so please reserve early. Deadline is Monday, December 10th. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Register on line at chamberbyohare.org or call Gaye Faro at 708-865-9510

Breakfast by the High School’s Advanced Catering Department

The chamber tours and hears about the Machine Tool Lab

The Franklin Park Schiller Park chamber was invited to East Leyden High School on October 31st to enjoy breakfast made by students (pictured) from the Advance Catering Department and also to tour both the Machine Tool Lab and Technical Support Intern Class. Here, on right, Karolina Moniuszko, a senior at ELHS, studies for an exam. The Chamber enjoyed a wonderful breakfast. The students did a GREAT job!

is $20 per person. They are also asking members to bring food and winter kids’ items (gloves, scarfs, and coats). These items will be donated to the churches that belong to the Chamber. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a great time and network with members. For further information on the chamber and other events, visit their website www.Melroseparkchamber.org.

Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce is holding their Holiday party on December 13, 2012 at Abruzzo’s Restaurant on the northwest corner of 15th and Division at 11:30am. A buffet lunch will be served along with a split the pot and raffle prizes. The cost to members and non-members

Rosemont Chamber Event

The Rosemont Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual holiday banquet on December 6th. Dinner starts at 5:30pm and will be held at the HyattRegency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue. Billed as the largest holiday party event of the year, the party will be celebrating the chamber’s 20th anniversary. Tickets are $65 per person. Entertainment is usually provided by students from East and West Leyden High Schools. Approximately 600 chamber members have received invitations to the event with just under 200 businesses attending each year.

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Season Ending Statistics and Stories Our trapping season is over for the year. We don’t TNR outside cats in the winter because the females bellies are shaved, leaving them exposed to the elements. Weather depending we start again anywhere between February and early April. We’re taking reservations for next season. To get on the list, visit our website. It’s been an interesting season. CatVando registered 420 TNR’s or TNA’s. We trained and supported a few dozen colony caretakers to TNR their own cats. Some reluctant at first, doubtful about the process and their abilities, concerned about how their cats would be affected, then proud and relieved after they TNR’d their entire colony. We help to change the lives of 60 cats, providing further medical care for ill or injured cats. We worked with caretakers and neighbors to help bring harmony to the community by addressing the needs who don’t want cats on their property.* We counseled dozens of people about a variety of cat related issues. We’ve found wonderful homes for a number of cats and kittens. We also were confronted with the frustration of people who don’t understand or are anti-TNR. When it’s a municipality employee, things become much more difficult. Some municipalities, like Franklin Park, understand the importance of TNR and fully support it . Just two incidences of municipalities in Leyden Township that don’t. A Health Inspector in one area threatens then gives citations for feeding cats rather than providing information on TNR. By ticketing she’s either forcing the feeders to feed at night (encouraging nocturnal to the food), or missing the opportunity to sterilize and vaccinate the cats coming to the food bowls. Instead, they are being forced to roam the community searching for food, shelter and water, some becoming sick and susceptible to illness and, of course, procreate– adding to the population. This particular community is overrun with rodents. We’ve spent time in their court defending TNR and specific colony managers on a number of cat related issues. It just makes sense to use the cats to take care of the rodents. But instead, the cats are persecuted along with their feeders – that doesn’t make sense. Villages ‘fight’ what has been proven to be the most humane, effective, economical method of stabilizing the cat populations in their community and thwart our efforts to help is a bullheaded outmoded waste of time and energy all while the cat populations and rodent populations continue to explode. It’s also illegal. Any time a tipped cat is trapped anywhere in Cook County, the Sponsoring Agency should be contacted to attempt to

return the cat to it’s colony. The County Ordinance overrules all local ordinances as proven at court last summer. See our website for Bridgeview vs Cook County. Even more frustrating is while talking to one of the village officials, he boasted he took care of his neighbors cats that were bugging him. He trapped them all and took them in to be killed. That was 10 years ago. Is he going to look at the solution provided by the Ordinance and TNR with an open mind? What should be a simple solution is made complicated by ignorance and prejudice. So yes, it’s been a long season. Please spay and neuter your pets. Educate yourself on the plight of street cats and the efficacy of TNR. When you consider adoptions consider our cats. We’re on petfinder, fb ‘like’ CatVando TNR and we’re at Pet Supplies Plus on Foster at Harlem every Saturday 11-3pm. And, be sure to get on the list for next spring! At CatVando our wish for you this season is that you surround yourself with love during the holiday and throughout the year. *If you DON’T want cats on your property, spread coffee grounds around the perimeter. About 3’ in should do it. Don’t stop there; if you put it all over your yard your yard will love you! Earth worms love coffee grounds. Earth worms are the best fertilizer for any dirt, whether it bares grass, flowers, vegetables or shrubs. They aerate the soil and their waste is pure fertilizer! (Synthetic fertilizer kills worms) Talk about a win win with a humane, inexpensive, simple solution. CatVando is an all-volunteer not for profit corporation. Our mission is to help reduce and care for cats living in our streets through a Comprehensive Trap Neuter Return Program. http://catvando.org, Like CatVando TNR on fb to follow our activities.

CATVANDO EVENTS Sunday, December 16 4-6pm. In Celebration and Appreciation For Cats and Nothing “CATTY”, just an old fashion Thank you for your help and support and for TNRing your cats this past year. Please join us to celebrate YOU! Skrine Chops, 7230 W Madison, 2nd floor. Food will be provided (by Stephanie Skrine!). Have a ‘Kitty’ cocktail at a special price, otherwise, cash bar. Bring a dessert if you’d like.” Mewsic”, raffles and more! Donations accepted! Sponsored by CatVando Saturdays, 11am – 3pm. CatVando Adoption Event. Pet Supplies Plus, Foster at Harlem

The Animal Care League Provides Shelter and Finds Homes for Area Pets People & Places is proud to bring you adoptees from the Animal Care League in Oak Park. The Animal Care League is a limited admission shelter that helps homeless cats and dogs by providing them food, shelter, medical attention and love until they can find them a forever home. Being a not for profit organization, they depend solely on the generosity of the community to help meet their goals of finding new homes for as many animals as possible each year. They also gladly accept donations to help defray the cost of housing the animals. ACL also

operates a 2nd Chance resale shop that sells all kinds of stuff; new, vintage and antique jewelry, crystal and glass, cd’s, books and more! Merchandise is mostly donated and because so many people like where the money goes, they get really nice items. If you are looking to add a new member to your family, you can view their adoptees on their website at www.animalcareleague.org or you may call them to make further inquiries about their animals at 708.848.8155. The Animal Care League is located at 1011 Garfield Street in Oak Park.

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Hi. My name is Petunia. I was so surprised to find myself abandoned by my owner, tied up to a fence in Oak Park. In fact, I was still waiting patiently for my owner to come back when a police officer came, untied me, and brought me to the Animal Care League. I was scared at first, but then I realized the folks at Animal Care League were going to take good care of me. I am a young, athletic dog who has a soft and cuddly side as well. I’m looking for someone who will take me on runs and to an obedience class or two. I would love to become a Canine Good Citizen to show the world just how great pit bulls can be. The Animal Care League is a limited admission shelter that helps homeless cats and dogs by providing them food, shelter, medical attention and love until they can find them a forever home. If you are looking to add a new member to your family, you can view their adoptees on their website at www.animalcareleague.org or you may call them to make further inquiries about their animals at 708.848.8155. The Animal Care League is located at 1011 Garfield Street in Oak Park.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Schiller Park to Host Santa’s Winter Wonderland

lighting. Open to the public, skating at the MB Financial Park at Rosemont has hours of Monday-Thursday, 4 -9 pm; Fr iday 4-10pm; Saturday, 11am-10pm, Sunday, 11am-8pm; December 21-January 6, 11am – 10pm. Extended hours when students are out for winter break. Skate rental is available.

Franklin Park Boy Scouts to recycle old Christmas lights Saturday, December 8th 3:00pm – 7:00pm Community Center (4501 25th Avenue) Santa & his friends will be there to ring in the holiday season – activities will include visiting with Santa, face painting, balloon animals, a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, sleigh rides, as well as food & refreshments. Refreshments will be provided. The Village hopes you and your family will be able to enjoy this free family event. Remember to bring your camera! For further information contact Audrey Meyers at (847) 678-2550.

Help Resurrection Lutheran Church Reach Their Goal Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has offered Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin Park a bridge grant of up to $5,000. For every dollar donated toward its basic outreach service work, between now and December 31, Thrivent will match funds at 50 cents up to a total grant of $5,000. Those interested in helping the church reach its goal, so they can continue helping the less fortunate in town can make out a check payable to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 9920 W. Grand Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131 and specify “for outreach ministry” in the memo area. For further information call 847-455-7013.

“Break a Leg” Having had an interest in theater and musicals since the age of 6, Justine Raczy, 21, of Franklin Park has pursued her love of the theater at Elmhurst College where she is majoring in musical theater. She has taken part in performances of “Quilters”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Congratulations Justine, People and Places wishes you the best of luck in the pursuit of your dream!

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Skating in the Park began at the MB Financial Park in Rosemont on November 23rd. The outdoor skating rink will be open for the winter months and visitors will skate under a multitude of holiday

Boy Scout Troop 158 of Franklin Park, sponsored by the Franklin Park Kiwanis, will be once again collecting old and nonworking Christmas lights and electrical cords for recycling this year. A drop off site will be available at the Franklin Park village hall anytime during December, and on Thursdays, December 6, December 20 or January 10 at our troop meeting at Passow School in Franklin Park between 7 – 8:30pm. The money raised from this recycling project helps to pay for our high adventure trip to Boundary Waters in Minnesota for a 10 day canoe trip in 2013. For any questions, feel free to contact Art Wason, Assistant Scoutmaster, for Troop 158 at 708-404-4152. More information is available on our website at www.boyscouttroop158.weebly.com or you can email us at franklinparktroop158@gmail.com

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Rating Raised To ‘A-’ On Village of Franklin Park GO Bonds Due To Positive Operations, Improved General Fund Balance Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services raised its underlying rating (SPUR) to A-from ‘BBB’ on Franklin Park Village’s series 2011 general obligation (GO) alternate revenue source bonds. The outlook is stable. “The raised rating reflects our view of the village’s positive operations in fiscals 2011 and 2012 as well as its improved general fund balance,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Lin Johnson. “The rating further reflects our view of the village’s very strong reserve levels,” Mr. Johnson added.

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However, just as many water main breaks can occur during other extreme weather conditions, such as a hot, dry summer when the ground is very dry, or a very wet summer. Towns experience just as many water main breaks in July and August as they do in January and February. In the winter months, though, the impact of water main breaks is higher, since the water has more difficulty draining because of frozen catch basins, and because street flooding and then freezing can affect traffic. Every day, 850 water main breaks occur in North America at a total annual repair cost of over $3 billion. This doesn’t include the high costs of emergency equipment, depleted water supply, traffic disruptions, and lost work time. Experts note that corrosion is the leading cause of this water main break epidemic. America is faced with an aging, deteriorating infrastructure system. So if you see water coming out of the ground, call your local village or police department and report it as soon as possible. And during extreme cold conditions, don’t forget those municipal workers braving the cold trying to remedy the problem as quickly as possible. Offer them something hot to drink.

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Catholic Teens Encouraged To Participate In Video Contest The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced a video contest for Catholic teens as part of the ongoing emphasis on the Year of Sunday Mass. All Catholic high school students from archdiocesan parishes in Cook and Lake counties are invited to show witness to their faith by creating an original, two-minute video about the importance of Sunday Mass. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place entries. Original videos submitted on a DVD may be created and produced by one individual or by a team of teens who agree to share the award money. A matching award will also be given to the Catholic parish, Catholic school or Catholic Church charitable organization designated by the winners. The first-prize


COMMUNITY NEWS winner and designated organization will each receive $5,000; second prize is $2,500 and third prize is $1,000. The video contest is being co-sponsored by Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Contest participants will be asked to participate in a small group reflection process called Circle of Witness for Teens, create and produce a two minute video, show the video to other teens and gather feedback and submit the completed entry form and DVD to the archdiocese. Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2013 at 5pm. Details and entry forms are available at www.archchicago.org. The new Franklin Park Big Lots located at 10205 Grand Avenue is now open. Offering bargain-priced merchandise, including brand-name closeouts, seasonal products, consumables, f urniture, housewares, toys and gifts, Big-Lots is sure to become your favorite store to shop.

Local Songwriter Promotes YouTube Video Larry Nestor, a River Grove resident and local song and book writer would like to get the word out about his music video on YouTube entitled, “Santa Doesn’t Smoke Anymore,” it was written by Nestor in the 1980’s with original illustration by Roger Mahler and featuring the voice talents of Richard Schoen. It was recently revamped using higher quality production materials. Take two minutes to listen. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=wernFh3FCcg Mr. Nestor also informed People & Places that he will have some of his instrumentals playing in the approximately one hundred and twenty Mobil gas stations on their “gas radio.” Larry is an active artist owning “Chicagoland’s Most Active Music Publishing Company,” and he states, “I may not be the “biggest” in town, but I have no doubt that I am the most energetic, with much success.”

Time for Giving During the holiday season, let’s all try

to remember those in need. Food pantries need donations, elderly neighbors could use help shoveling snow, homeless people can use a hot meal or warm clothing, and stray animals can use our compassion. Everyone can afford to do something if we just look at our own spending habits. Maybe give up a pack of cigarettes, forgo that latte or give up a dessert at dinner. Make the 24 days of Christmas a giving time. Donate one or two dollars a day to a different organization. Or pick one organization that you can donate some time to. There are numerous shelters for both people and animals that would welcome volunteers with open arms. Call any church in the area and I’m sure they would have projects that could use your help. St. Vincent DePaul Society is just one organization that helps feed the hungry. I would caution everyone though to make sure your cash donations are going to organizations that are truly worthy of receiving it and using your dollars to help their cause and not lining the pockets of highly paid CEO’s. Check out www.charitynavigator.org for listings of good and bad charities.

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Turns out the Twinkie doesn’t last Forever BY JANA STILPHEN

After negotiations with striking workers failed, Hostess, maker of Twinkies, DingDongs and Wonder Bread got approval from a bankruptcy court judge to begin winding down its operations. A sad day for Twinkie the Kid and lovers of the cream filled delight since the 1930’s. Jana was there to get the scoop! I awoke on Friday November 16th to the local news reporting that Hostess bakery had gone through with their threat of closing down, if the bakers union did not put the picket signs down and go back to work. I logged into Facebook and everyone was talking about a world with no more Twinkies or Ho-Ho’s as if it were a sign that the Mayan’s were right, the world was indeed coming to an end. I am not a fan of Twinkies myself, which was the one product that everyone was abuzz about; But I every once in a while pick up a pack of Hostess orange cupcakes. I sat there thinking to myself, no more cupcakes? My kids would no longer enjoy a Hostess snack as their parents and grandparents have done for decades before them. I decided in that moment of thought, that I was going to go find some of the Hostess treats and try to preserve them in the freezer, so that my kids (And who am I kidding, myself as well) would be allowed to enjoy the spongy cream filled products for just a little while longer. But I never expected to see exactly what I saw when I pulled up in front of the River Grove Hostess outlet at 10 o’clock that morning. The parking lot at the outlet store was full with cars, some double parked one behind the other. The street had cars parked up and down it. An NBC Nightly News reporter and camera crew chased down the people walking out of the store to get an interview, or to just film them loading their trunks with the bags that had filled their shopping carts to the brim. I wondered if there was anything left as I quickly parked my car and speedily walked to get into the store, even if I just beat a few people in, maybe I could grab a box or two of the disappearing sugary goodness. No such luck. I entered a store with empty

shelves and a line wrapped around its small interior. Not a box of Twinkies, HoHo’s, and absolutely no orange cupcakes left on the barren shelves. I saw the store manager standing at the back of the store yelling into the back storage room asking if there were any Suzy-Q’s left, of course not. How about Zingers? All gone. I approached him hoping that they might have a few packages of my favorite orange cupcakes left, seeing as they are not one of the more popular products that people would be searching out. He yelled into the back, “Any orange cupcakes?” There wasn’t an immediate answer and for a second I thought I might be in luck. Just as I thought that to myself a voice yelled back, “Nope!” So without a Twinkie, a Snowball or Ding Dong in sight, I stood there talking to the manager and a few people who had huddled around him just to chit chat about what a shame it was that an iconic American brand

After getting the sad opinions of some store employees, who all had mostly the same sentiments, I wondered to myself what all these people in line were thinking and why they had all f looded into the store. I had seen the people ducking the camera crew outside, not wanting to be interviewed, but without a camera being stuck in their faces they were more than happy to have a fleeting conversation with a fellow shopper who was leaving the store empty handed. Many people talked about having the same idea as my own, of buying up what they could get their hands on and freezing them. Another shopper said she was having a Hostess dessert bar along with her holiday pies on Thanksgiving. Another older woman with a cart full of nothing but wonder bread told me she will only make her stuffing with Hostess Wonder Bread and bought up every loaf they had left in order to keep her recipe going for as long as the bread would hold

was leaving the shelves for good. He explained to us that he had long ago took a pay cut to stay employed and keep the company moving forward. He spoke of the striking workers, and how he could certainly see things from their point of view, but to be unemployed with the holidays coming was certainly not going to make for a happy new year. He sympathized for the 18,000+ employees getting their pink slips right before Thanksgiving.

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could find for the guys, mostly boxes of Twinkies and chocolate cupcakes. He told me what had been echoed time and time again by the many people I had spoken to that day, that it was indeed a shame that all this had to happen. That it took the closing of Hostess to get people out there buying the products to keep the factories producing, to keep the store personnel working and to keep the drivers on the road. I left the Hostess Outlet store and decided to drive by the striking workers standing out in the cold. On the small street of Soreng Avenue in Schiller Park, I was greeted by traffic from onlookers as well as numerous media vans, with their antennas extended into the sky and a small tent set up to shelter the now unemployed workers from the cold. I saw people bringing in Coffee and food for the people who stood on the sidewalk bewildered by the attention they were now getting, that they could have certainly used before the announcement of the closing that was now too late. While this was a nationally explosive story, it hits us here at home a little harder. The Twinkie was invented right here in Schiller Park eighty-two years ago. Our community alone will be losing three hundred jobs, yet another factory and large office building will stand vacant here. The loss of the tax revenue will surely hurt the small village I have come to call home. I have no doubts that someone will buy the brands recipes and start recreating the Twinkie and the other treats that have become a staple for school and work lunch boxes for decades. But just as remakes of iconic films are never the same, never as good, I believe this too will be the case with whatever company picks up the rights to produce the baked goods from Hostess. It will never be the same. The taste will never quite match up with these products so many have grown to love over the decades. For those Twinkie enthusiasts out there, there are always boxes being sold on Ebay for $100 or more, just in case you want to have that one last taste of the spongy cream filled sugar loaded dessert.


How To Get Your Home Ready For Holiday Guests Family gatherings are synonymous with the holiday season. Even those families who have spread out far and wide often manage to come together at least once at the end of the year. When families include members who don’t live within driving distance of one another, those who aren’t hosting the holiday festivities must plan an overnight stay. Lodging costs can be considerable during the holiday season because hotels can quickly fill to capacity. Holiday hosts who want to go the extra mile can invite guests to forgo hotels and stay overnight at their homes, where guests can spend more time with hosts and won’t have to worry about finding lodging they can afford. Though it’s a nice gesture to host overnight guests during the holiday season, it’s also one that requires a little work on the part of the hosts, who must take time ouf of the often hectic holiday schedule to prepare their homes for guests. The following are a few pointers for hosts who want to ensure everything is ready and accommodating for overnight guests. • Take inventory of household linens. Depending on how many guests you’ll be hosting, you may need to stock up on extra linens. If only one or two people will be staying overnight, you should be able to make due with what you have. However, if you’ll be hosting a

the holidays, you will need all the space you can get, so clear the house of as much clutter as possible. Put all toys away and clear the common areas of items like shoes and clothing that can make a space seem more cramped. In addition, clear the dining room table of any items that aren’t needed at mealtime and choose festive centerpieces that don’t take up much space.

second family for the holidays, whether it’s one night or a full week, then you will likely need to buy more linens, including bedding, pillows and blankets. Take inventory of what you have and make sure you have adequate bedding for each guest, as well as some extra bedding in case of emergency. • Discuss pet allergies. Holiday hosts who have pets should discuss pet allergies with potential overnight guests well in advance of the season. If guests are allergic to your pets, then it might not be comfortable for them to stay overnight at your home. While most families would not want to shelter their pets on a holiday, doing so is an option but one that may not even be worth it. Pet hair and dander around the house might be enough to trigger an allergic attack even when the pet isn’t in or around the home, so sheltering the pet may not be a solution after all. Discuss this issue with prospective guests well in advance of the season so they have time to find affordable lodging in the event that any of them do have a pet allergy.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Important Information About Schiller Park’s Drinking Water

on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791

What does this mean?

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard Although this incident was not an emergency as our customers you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct thus situation. We routinely monitor twice per month for drinking water contaminants. We took 5 samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria on 9/5/2012. One of our samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than 1 sample per month can contain this indicator bacteria.

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria, which are naturally present in the environmet and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems. Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system’s treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing, and further testing shows that this problem has been resolved.

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• You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However if you have specific health concerns consult your doctor.

When a positive finding for Coliform is found, the procedure is to repeat the sampling at the site of the original sample and also to take a sample immediately upstream and downstream of the site. The repeat samples are to be tested for Coliform and Chlorine. Due to a communication error, the Village only performed two of the required three repeat monitoring samples on 9/6/2012 and as such they were not accepted by the IEPA.

• People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines

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As a result, the Village was issued a violation for the Coliform level. We have since taken the required samples. The results showed we are meeting drinking water standards. The Village has instituted additional internal reporting requirements to ensure that the proper procedures are followed if a positive test result is found for coliform. For more information, please contact Joe Meyers at 847-678-2550 or 9526 W. Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, IL 60176.

Schiller Park Village Board Meeting

• $4,245.12 (Pay Estimate #4) to Schroeder Asphalt Service for work on the Village Hall Parking Lot.

• Start Time 8pm – End Time 8:25pm • Trustee Desecki – Absent • Russell E. Zagorski was sworn in as a police officer. • Resignation of a Reserve Office (unnamed on agenda) to accept a position with the Rockford Police Department. • Resignation of Patrick Chojnowski as a Communications Operator. The following items were voted on and approved by the Village Board through the Consent Agenda.

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• $26,295.30 (Pay Estimate #1) to Schroeder Asphalt Services, Inc. for work on the 2012 Alley reconstruction project – Montrose to Moore.

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• Letter from St. Agnes of Bohemia requesting help with the annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Relay on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The following items were passed unanimously, absent one, by the Village Board: • Payment of bills in the amount of $1,099,574.66. • Authorize the Village to execute an agreement for electronic bill conversion. Opening a bank account to allow

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COMMUNITY NEWS electronic checks for quicker check clearance. • Approval of settlement to the homeowner at 9858 Montrose Avenue for replacement of the garage that was taken down during the Crystal Creek Improvement project. • An ordinance establishing the Crystal Creek Surplus Property Program.

Public Comment: Residents of 3735 Emerson came before the Board with concerns about the property owners at 3733 Emerson handling and storing hazardous materials

for their business and having a separate living space on the lower level of their single family home. They were extremely concerned about their safety. Village was informed of this in the past and nothing much had been done. The Mayor asked the village manager to look into it further. Village manager stated that a petition presented to the Board by Patrick Tutak requesting the removal of no parking signs on Kolze Avenue will be on the December agenda. There will be only one meeting in December on the 11th at 8pm.

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For Schiller Park residents 65 years of age and older or those who are handicapped and cannot drive, you can obtain (at the Village Hall) two books of coupons per month that can be used to pay for taxi rides. Each book has $10 worth of coupons and you only pay $5 per book. Contact the Village Hall at 847-678-2550 for further information.

Our lives are now filled with passwords and PINs (personal identification numbers) some of which we all too often don’t change or use common numbers that are easy for crooks to guess. Here are some tips taken from “Scam-Proof Your Life” by Sid Kirchheimer, to safeguard your identity, money and cellphone. • Never use your birthdate as a PIN. The bad guys know people do this. A quick glance at the driver’s license or other ID lets thieves access money at an ATM with about one in 15 stolen wallets.

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• Don’t use a string of numbers such as 1234 or 1111. These rank as the first and fourth most common iPhone PINS. • Avoid your birth year – or any year from 1950 onward. • Avoid the last four digits of your Social Security number. • Your phone number? The birthdate of a child or grandchild? Give them a pass. With an online search of public records, phone directories or newspaper announcements, an Internet-savvy crook can get that information easily.

• The street or apartment number of your home, printed on your driver’s license, is also easily found. So, what numbers SHOULD you use? The bank-assigned one is typically a safe choice, but consider these other options. • Sequences from a childhood phone number or a long-unused company ID are good choices, as long as they’re no longer listed anywhere. Also consider numbers you now dial frequently, but are hard to trace to you, such as a pizza shop. • Thieves will have a hard time guessing that your favorite holiday is Halloween (1031). Also consider PIN-izing a momentous event in your personal history such as the date you hit that gamewinning home run in Little League. • If you use a word for your PIN, how about basing it on a random phrase that you can recall, such as 6488 for “now is the time” (NITT). • Four-digit PINs are standard, but go longer if you’re allowed. The more digits, the hard to crack. Once you choose a good PIN, never carry a reminder in your wallet. At the ATM, cover your hand when typing to shield your PIN from prying eyes or scammer-installed hidden cameras. Here are the 10 PINs that cellphone thieves love. In order of popularity, the most common PINs are: 1234, 0000, 2580 (a top-to-bottom keypad sequence), 1111,

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Great Gifts For Men and Women Hoping To Get Healthier The holidays are synonymous with many things, including get-togethers with family and friends, shopping and, at the tail end of the season, resolutions. One of the more common New Year’s resolutions is a commitment to getting healthier. This year, holiday shoppers can combine the tradition of gift-giving with the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions by giving a loved one who wants to improve personal health a gift that can make keeping that resolution that much easier.

When holiday shopping this season, consider the following gift ideas for that health-conscious friend or family member who’s looking to turn over a new leaf in the new year by adopting a healthier lifestyle. • Gym Membership. Fitness centers tend to see a spike in enrollment at the dawn of a new year, as men and women who want to get healthier take the first step by signing up for a gym membership. The holiday season can be a great time to sign up for a membership, as many fitness centers waive their initiation fees in an effort to attract more customers. When trying to help a friend or family member get back on a healthy track, offer to pay a portion of their membership fees or, if their preferred club is charging an initiation fee, offer to pay that instead.

Recipients might feel more obligated to go to the gym if they know a loved one helped pay for it. • Cardiovascular Machine. Many people cite a lack of time as the primary reason they don’t exercise enough. Getting to and from the gym takes time, but having a cardiovascular machine, whether it’s an elliptical machine, an exercise bike or a treadmill, at home removes this hurdle, increasing the chances that people will exercise more often. And the potential benefits of routine cardiovascular exercise are considerable. According to the American Heart Association, as little as 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular exercise each day can significantly reduce an individual’s risk for heart disease. • Bicycle. Few activities are more enjoyable and simultaneously beneficial as riding a bicycle. Many people still enjoy riding a bike just like they did when they were children, when they might not have known just how healthy riding a bicycle was. Cycling improves cardiovascular fitness, lowering a person’s risk for heart disease while helping to build and tone muscles. In addition, men and women with preexisting joint conditions often find riding a bicycle is a great low-impact exercise that encourages them to get off the couch in a way that doesn’t aggravate their conditions. Many adults received a bicycle as a holiday gift when they were children, and those looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle might be just as excited to receive a bicycle once again. • Cookbook. Adopting a healthier lifestyle does not have to be all about exercise. In fact, eating healthier is just as important as exercising more. A common misconception about eating healthy is that healthy foods don’t boast the flavor of those irresistible, yet ultimately unhealthy, foods we can’t get enough of. However, a healthy diet can be flavorful, so help health-conscious men and women get started with a cookbook filled with healthy and delicious recipes.

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Prevent Slips and Falls This Winter Winter is right around the corner. That means that most people will be trading in windbreakers and rakes for heavy coats and snow shovels. Winter can be a beautiful time of the year, but the snow and ice that covers the landscape in a pristine sheet of white can present certain hazards as well. Walking on ice can be extremely dangerous, particularly to those people who already may have mobility issues, such as the elderly. According to the National Safety Council, slips and falls are the single largest cause of emergency room visits. Slip and fall injuries also are the third largest cause of workplace injuries, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many accidental falls occur from lack of stability or poor physical health. However, come winter, many falls can be attributed to walking on slippery surfaces covered with snow or ice. To avoid falls on ice, men and women might want to take certain precautions.

You should not take large strides or move quickly. This can definitely lead to slips and falls. Rather, leave extra time to get to and fro, especially when walking to mass transit or to and from your car when commuting.

Switch Shoes Flat shoes with rubber soles are more capable of gripping the ice than other types of shoes. Contrary to popular belief, clunky winter boots may make walking more difficult. Try rain boots instead, as rain boots typically have flatter soles. There also are many different types of shoe ice grips on the market that can be added to the soles of shoes. They easily slip on to offer more traction. Whenever possible, try to avoid shoes with already slippery soles or high heels. Carry these shoes with you and change after you are inside.

Treat walkways Keeping on top of falling snow can help alleviate slippery walkways. Use a combination of snowmelt and sand so that you can keep sidewalks clear.

Remove shoes indoors Slips and falls can happen inside a home as well. Many people have tile or laminate entryways in their homes, and these entrances can become quite slippery when snow-packed shoes warm up and the snow melts, creating a wet, slick surface. Avoid falls by placing mats by the front door and removing shoes when you enter. Stash a pair of slippers nearby into which you can change.

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Adapting to the slippery conditions could help prevent some of the falls caused by snow and ice. When walking on ice, plant feet with toes facing outward slightly, and then shuffle along. Hunching over a little and extending arms outward will help to lower your center of gravity and also offer a little more stability. Take short, flat steps so that the heels and toes of your shoes stay in contact with the ground as much as possible and offer maximum surface contact.

Carrying heavy bags can disrupt your center of gravity and contribute to falls. Whenever possible, travel light or use a backpack to evenly distribute weight to help you walk more easily. Falls on slippery surfaces can be quite dangerous. Avoid trips to the emergency room for broken bones or abrasions by slowing down, dressing appropriately and walking on paths that have been cleared of snow and ice.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Finance Director Removed From Northlake Siting negligence in the unsolved theft of nearly $99,000 from Northlake Days in 2011, Mayor Jeff Sherwin fired its finance director, William Kabler as of September 12. Mayor Sherwin said that the way the money was handled was improper and that negligence led to the theft. However, the case still remains unsolved and Mr. Kabler said that the monies were placed in his office, but that he was not in charge of security and police knew at the time where the money was. He feels Mayor Sherwin is making him take the fall because he needed a fall guy. Northlake is in the process of finding a new finance director and hopes to have the position filled by Thanksgiving.

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easier. Donations are still being accepted to help pay for the van. Visit their website at www.theunityincommunity.org Another fundraiser that the Unity in Community Foundation organized was their annual Pre-Holiday celebration at the Underpass Lounge. This year’s event helped collect donations for Lucia Ramirez and also Mike Sliwinski (seated in picture) who was badly burned in an industrial accident. Food donations were collected for the Leyden Food Pantry and The Food for Life Pantry.

Deluxe Stitcher Moving To Franklin Park Currently located on Irving Park Road near Harlem Avenue in Chicago, Deluxe Stitcher has moved to 3747 N. Acorn Lane, a 57,000 square foot property. The manufacturer of machines and parts in metal stitching was granted a 6B status by the Franklin Park’s Economic Development Commission.

Unity In Community Reaches Out The Unity in Community Foundation with the help from the COMMUNITY presented a van with a wheelchair lift to the Ramirez family. Leyden alumni answered the call for help in a big way! Lucia, you will remember, is a young woman who was stricken with a debilitating disease that now confines her to a wheelchair. The van was a God send, as they say going to the numerous doctor’s visits will be so much

Thanks to Pols Who Got it Right In the spirit of the season, we’re recognizing political figures who advanced the cause of better government following BGA investigations, regardless of their motivation. BY ANDY SHAW/BGA

Watchdogs sniff out a lot of bad behavior by public officials — some intentional, some inadvertent — and while many of the culprits ignore the disclosures, others with the power to correct the situation do just that. So, in the spirit of the season, we’re recognizing those who advanced the cause of better government following BGA investigations, regardless of their motivation.

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Northlake Truck Stop in Works? On December 6, the Northlake Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission will hear a proposal from McShane Development of Rosemont to request a special use permit of 300 W. North Avenue, the former Entenmann’s site. Proposed is for the company to build a travel center with fuel pumps, a convenience store, restaurant, vehicle wash station and mobile service center with locker rooms. Northlake officials believe it would be a good fit for the 10.38 acre site since that area has a lot of truck traffic, it’s not close to residential areas and Northlake would receive sales taxes off of the diesel fuel and gasoline sold there. If approved by the zoning board, the proposal could go before the City Council on December 17.

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The Illinois General Assembly. It took a while — decades actually — but state lawmakers finally did the right thing by eliminating the much-abused legislative scholarship program. They actually gave up a popular perk because of its misuse, which is something we don’t see very often in Illinois. Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He canceled hundreds of credit cards that city employees were using to enhance their comfort and lifestyle, not serve the public. Flowers, gifts, airline and hotel upgrades, pricey meals — even to pay traffic tickets. The mayor’s move will save taxpayers millions in unnecessary expenditures. Governor Pat Quinn. PQ has been known to change his mind on major issues, but when it comes to gambling expansion he’s consistently opposed bad bets approved by the state Legislature. Quinn vetoed a bill with overblown revenue projections, ethical shortcomings and taxpayer exposure on a Chicago casino plan. Hopefully, the next gaming bill will reflect his legitimate concerns. Illinois Senator Kirk Dillard. He persuaded the state Senate to overturn one of Illinois’ more blatant pension abuse

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Eagle Scout Flies High in Schiller Park On Sunday, November 18, Boy Scout Troop 16, Chartered by the Schiller Park Knights of Columbus, hosted a National Eagle Court of Honor inducting Jacob Molli as an Eagle Scout. Held at Schiller Park’s Community Center, the event was well attended by friends, relatives and fellow Scouts both young and old. The

ceremony was an honor to attend and witness. Jacob is an inspiration to all young men and boys who aspire to follow their dreams and accomplish great things in life. Jacob has already demonstrated his leadership abilities and determination with the achievement of the Scout’s highest honor. This is no small feat, as only 4% of Scouts become Eagle Scouts. Surrounded by his mentors Scoutmaster Wayne Bernacki and his father Joe Molli, Jacob will surely find success wherever life takes him.

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His duties, according to Mayor Stephens, include mayor, village office manager, village manager, economic development director, and director of planning and zoning department. State law requires Illinois municipalities that desire to change the salaries of its elected officials to do so at least 180 days before the next swearing in date.

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46 years is a long time to wait for an exit ramp, but in 2018, an Illinois Tollway project planned to be added to the Elgin-O’Hare Bypass project will allow southbound drivers on Interstate 294 to exit onto eastbound North Avenue. Other areas that are slated to be improved will be Illinois Route 64, U.S. Route 20, County Line Road and Northwest Avenue. The cost of the improvements is estimated at $50-60 million.

Glenview also collected from their students. All the bags of candy will be distributed to troops in Afghanistan through the Sons of the American Legion Franklin Park Post 974. Dr. Storniolo hopes to make this an annual Halloween event at his office.

Food Network For Local Firefighter David “Dewey” Atkocaitis, full-time Northlake firefighter and part-time deputy fire chief in River Grove, has always had a passion for cooking since watching his father cook while growing up. When he became a firefighter, the passion just got stronger. He has appeared on daytime’s “Regis and Kelly” for a cooking contest and also a local food show called “Feeding the Fire.” Then Dewey saw that the Food Network was looking for a home cook.

Halloween Hoot a Fun Time for All! Schiller Park held its annual Halloween party for children in Schiller Park. Games, candy, bouncy houses and of course a costume contest were all part of the festivities. See more pictures on People & Places website.

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In the October issue of People & Places, a story on Dr. Salvatore Storniolo, D.D.S. of Norridge, reported on how he and his office were collecting candy to send over to the troops. For every pound of candy brought in by children, they would be paid $1 per pound up to $5. We are happy to report that the program was a huge success. They collected almost 100 pounds of candy to donate to troops overseas. Union Ridge Elementary School was “awesome” according to Dr. Storniolo’s office. The school donated as a group and brought over 60 pounds of candy that the kids collected. Willowbrook School in

If they sold 45 items, they were able to bring a friend and have lunch together. The John Mills PTA is very fortunate to have parents and staff that support the PTA’s efforts. The money raised f rom the f undraiser goes entirely back to the students at Mills. The PTA sponsors four assemblies each year, a cultural enrichment day/week, presents a birthday book to each child, helps fund Santa’s Workshop, and will assist teachers with their “wish” list. This is only a few events that we do throughout the school year. Children and their guests had a wonderful time on the ride. For further information about John Mills School visit their website at mills.epcusd401.org

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John Mills Children Get Limo Ride Children from The John Mills School in Elmwood Park who successfully sold at least 30 items during their fundraiser were treated to a limo ride to Culvers.

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SALUTE TO OUR SOLDIERS

Leyden Township Dedicates Veterans Memorial BY AL BALDASSANO

On Sunday November 11th, 2012 at 2pm a Veterans Day ceremony was held at the Leyden Township Administrative building, 2501 N. Mannheim Road. This event was to dedicate an area inside of the Leyden Township administrative building now named “Veterans Hall”. An estimate of 500 people was in attendance. Many Veterans and their families were in attendance. It was a windy, cloudy day, but with mild temperatures. A canopy with folding chairs and a stage was set up in the parking lot. Patriotic and military theme songs were played by the Leyden High School Symphonic Band directed by Tara Cappelletti. The singing was done by Cpl Thomas Henniger USMC. After some opening marching songs a Presentation of the Colors was presented by the U.S.M.C. Color Guard. The Star Spangled Banner was sung and then an Invocation given. An honoring and welcoming speech was given by SM2 George Atkins U.S. Navy, Past Commander Rhode Post 888. Afterwards God Bless America was sung. Many local dignitaries from the surrounding suburbs of Leyden Township were in attendance. A heart felt speech was given by Bradley A. Stephens, Supervisor of Leyden Township, and Frank Bottigliero, Director of the Leyden Township Veterans Affairs.

Taps was then played along with a rifle salute done by the American Legion Rifle Team. This team consisted of members from both the Northlake Post 888, and Franklin Park Post 974. On stage were the family members of the Fallen But Never Forgotten warriors whose names were honored on special plaques, on a separate wall inside Veterans Hall. An unveiling of the stone Veterans Memorial monument was done as family members looked on. A dedication speech was made along with an Armed Service Salute. America the Beautiful was sung and then Stars and Stripes Forever were played, concluding the ceremony.

Veterans Hall was then opened for all who wished to file through to view the wall of names memorialized inside the building. This wall included two very large wooden frames holding brass placards with the names of all Leyden Township residents who served in the military. Another wall was lined with the special plaques honoring the fallen warriors.

Fresh fruit and bakery items were offered along with light refreshments to all. Most people in attendance were given a lapel pin American flag and an actual hand held size American flag to wave. This wonderfully done event was accomplished with the donations of time and materials by many, and some Township funds were involved. A similar event for next year has been briefly discussed and is still in its early planning stages.

The Fallen But Never Forgotten were: • SGT Joseph F Bonacci, U.S.Army 1942-1945 • SP4 Matthew Malczynski, U.S. Army 1966-1967 • CPL James P Califf, U.S. Army 1970-1971 • PFC Christopher Alcozer, U.S. Army 2004-2005 • PV2 Randol Scott Shelton, U.S. Army, 2005-2007 • LCPL Frederick Erik Vazquez, U.S. Marine Corps 2008-2010 • LCPL Nickolas Alan Daniels, U.S. Marine Corps 2010-2011

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Veterans Day had numerous events happening in the Leyden Township area. Franklin Park held its annual event on November 11th. Veterans Park District held a tribute on November 8th at Bulger Park and Leyden Township dedicated a new Veterans Memorial also on November 11th. Here are some pictures from that those events. Visit People & Places Newspaper’s website for more pictures.


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Montalbano, Inc.: A Cut Above the Rest When It Comes to Furniture and Charity BY BARBARA J. PILTAVER

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweet taste of low price is forgotten.” That is the saying on the back of the Montalbano, Inc. business card. A store owned and operated by Richard M. Montalbano, Sr. Located in Northlake on Lake Street, I never knew the store existed until I received a call from a woman named Flo telling me about the Order of the Alhambra and a fundraiser they were organizing involving cookbooks. Mr. Montalbano is a member of the Order and of course the store owner. We actually have two stories here, one of the store itself and another of the Order of Alhambra. Let’s start with the store. The Montalbano story starts back in the early 1920’s when Thomas Montalbano, Richard’s father, started a small woodcarving company in a garage at the age of 12. “Tommy” as he was known to his friends, loved to build furniture and he earned a reputation as the finest furniture carver in the country. The Montalbano Furniture Company’s specialty is carving the intricate, historical patterns of Baroque, 18th-century French-style and Victorian-style furniture. The furniture produced by the Montalbano family has remained handmade through the company’s 81 year history. It is the oldest American handmade furniture company that also restores, refinishes, and reupholsters fine furniture. While Mr. Montalbano gave me a tour of his facility, I was amazed at the beautiful pieces he had. He pointed out that the styles of furniture, French, Baroque and Victorian, were desired mainly by first generations of families as they felt it was the furniture of “kings and queens.” Although those styles are not exactly everyone’s cup of tea, the intricate details and quality craftsmanship could win many people over. There were bedroom sets and “sitting room” pieces that would definitely last a lifetime and could easily be passed down from generation to generation. Richard gave me history on numerous pieces and his knowledge of every style was impressive. Richard stated on his

website that “What we make is a Rolls Royce (of furniture), it will last 500 years.” Going back into the workshop, I was introduced to his experienced and hardworking staff. When Montalbano, Inc. had a manufacturing store in Bellwood, they employed over 75 people, with his father originally employing over 150. The firm now has six. Joseph, one of the hand carving masters, has been with the company for 40 years. He’s one of the best in the country. Richard pointed out that they have thousands of original hand carved designs to match any antique or heirloom that someone would wish to have restored. While there, they were working on a headboard and hand carving each detail. I was truly amazed at what they did there. Richard also showed me some furniture that once sold, will never be made again. They were one-of-a-kind pieces. Richard Montalbano continued to mesmerize me with so many other beautiful

and exquisite items and unique too. The “alter” that he showed me that I thought was made of metal, was actually a cabinet hand carved out of solid oak, made in 1625 and refinished and restored. It tells the story of King Alfred. Unfortunately, there is not enough room in this paper to tell every story. You can find out more about their history at their website, www.montalbanofurniture.com and see some pictures at peopleandplacesnewspaper.com Now on to the next part of our story. The Order of the Alhambra; an organization that has been around for over one hundred years. This is Richard’s true passion and he told me that his business is devoted to charities, especially the Alhambra. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the organization, it is a 501 c3 whose members are dedicated to assisting the developmentally and physically challenged. They sponsor fundraisers and outings for them such as visits to the

zoo, Ice Capades, baseball games, the theatre, picnics, dances, etc. The Order has received numerous awards for their work in the community, but that is not what they are most proud of. Richard explained that their reward comes from working with “God’s special people” and feel their love when receiving a hug or just seeing them smile when accompanying them on outings. Richard told this story. “We were at a dinner where members of the Alhambra and other large corporations who donated millions of dollars to the organization were in attendance. The people who they helped were all crowded around the table where we sat, laughing, talking and having a good time. The other companies questioned who those people were getting all the attention when we donated so much to them.” Richard expressed, “It didn’t matter how much money they donated, it was how much time they devoted to them and taking them on their outings that mattered most.” He told me other stories that brought tears to my eyes and talked of people who give so much of their time to the organization. Richard is so very dedicated to the Alhambra. He said there are were many times he has given away more money than he has made, but it all comes back tenfold when you see the look of appreciation on the faces of the people they help. “Money doesn’t mean anything.” Richard said. “I’d do it all over again; wouldn’t change a thing.” Currently, the Alhambra is holding a fundraiser for a cookbook called “Favorite Desserts Book” containing cherished recipes from members and family, even some recipes from the 1800’s. Each book will cost $10 and orders are being taken now. They are also looking for advertisers to take out ads in the book. Richard said these cookbooks would make great gifts; something people will be able to hand down from generation to generation. If interested in purchasing a book or ad, please contact Richard at 708-409-5100 or visit him at his store located at 134 W. Lake Street in Northlake. You can also find out more information about the Order of the Alhambra at http:// orderalhambra.org

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The name of the cookbook is “FAVORITE DESSERTS – Some Old, Some New – From Family and Friends” The International Order of the Alhambra is a group of dedicated people who assist the Developmentally & Physically Challenged. They are a 501 c(3) Organization that depends on donations. They are selling a special dessert book comprised of recipes that were given by family and friends.

Please support this worthy organization and order a copy of the cookbook today. Businesses can also place ads in the cookbook. Every dime made from the sale of the book goes to helping these very special people. $10 Donation. Pre-orders are being taken now. You will be notified when the cookbooks become available. Please make all checks payable to the Alhambra Santiago Caravan, 134 W. Lake Street, Northlake, IL 60164.

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FEATURED BUSINESSES Dragonfly Integrative Wellness: A Healing Touch! BY BARBARA PILTAVER

Wellness by definition means, “The condition of being healthy or sound, esp. as the result of proper diet, exercise, etc.” Well another way towards wellness is to visit Dragonf ly Integrative Wellness in Schiller Park. Owner/Therapist Jaime Ann Walker offers services that will most certainly make you feel healthier and definitely happier. Jaime called to place an ad in People & Places and I wanted to find out more about Dragonfly Wellness. She offered to give me a sample of her therapy to better understand what exactly she does. As Jaime suggested, I arrived at her off ice dressed comfortably in yoga pants and sweatshirt. I was a bit rushed that morning, but Jaime put me at ease and reminded me to breathe! You are welcomed into the beautiful office by the sweet smell of incense, a gentle fountain and soothing music. After filling out a brief questionnaire to give Jaime a better idea of what might ail you, we entered a peaceful room where I relaxed on a

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LIBRARY NOOK Northlake Public Library 231 N. Wolf Rd., 708-562-2301 www.northlakelibrary.org

• Dec. 4th, 2012- Season crafts: Martha Stewert Christmas! Join us between 7pm8:30pm We will be making an assortment of Martha Stewart’s best Christmas crafts. We will meet in the Quiet Study Room2nd floor • Dec. 5th, 2012- Job Clube interview preparation. Are you unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed? If you are: returning to the workforce, reentering the workforce after retirement, deciding the next chapter in your career, searching for job resources and support, in need of professional assistance, the Job Club can help. Eileen Vesey of the Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee will be present to discuss the topic of interview preparation. Meets at 6:30pm and runs an hour in the Quiet Study Room-2nd floor. • Dec. 8th, 2012- Lunch with Santa!! Lunch will be between 10:30-11:30am in the Program Room, Lower Level this program is for ages 3 and up. Santa Claus is coming to town to have breakfast with you and share in some holiday fun! Mini waffles and pancakes, sausages, milk, and juice will be served. Breakfast is for children only and reservations are required. Limit

50. Please register at the Youth Desk or by calling 708-562-2301. • Dec. 10th, 2012- Holiday Craft, Donut Decorating! What’s better than delicious donuts? Donuts that also look delicious. Learn some tips and tricks for decorating your own donut, including some holiday themed ones. Meet us at 6pm in the Lower Level Program room. • Dec. 18th, 2012- Christmas Cookie Bar! Happy Holidays from the Northlake Public Library District! An assortment of delicious Christmas cookies will be available in the lobby between 4-9pm courtesy of the library staff. • Dec. 22, 2012- Gingerbread house craft. For ages 8 and up. Decorate a gingerbread house that would make a great gift or holiday decoration. Limit 20. Please register at the Youth Desk or by calling 708-562-2301. Meets from 2-3:30pm in the Storytime Room first floor.

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8638 W. Grand Ave., River Grove Call Librarian Marissa at 708-453-4484 www.rivergrovelibrary.org • Dec. 12th, 2012- Monthly River Grove Library meeting at 7pm. • Dec. 15th, 2012- Santa will be visiting the library between 12pm & 2:30pm. All

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visitors to Santa will receive a picture to take home of your visit! This program is free and no registration is required. • Dec. 17th, 2012- The Dec. book is..... The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie Monday at 7pm. Books will be available behind the circulation desk. *REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* Contact: Marissa, Adult Librarian • Dec. 19th, 2012- Cookie Exchange! Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! Here are the rules: 1. Sign up (name and type of cookie you’re making) 2. Show up on Dec. 19th with a dozen or more cookies 3. Share 4. Enjoy with some seasonal coffees or pack a tin to-go! Wednesday at 6pm. This program is free of charge! *Registration is required* Contact: Marissa, Adult Librarian

Schiller Park Library

4200 Old River Rd., 847-678-0433 www.schillerparklibrary.org • Dec. 8th, 2012- Unforgettable Christmas! Visit the library Saturday from 1:303:30pm and watch our feature film, with juice, popcorn, and more! ** This film is rated PG. Content may not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised. **Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room**

• Dec. 11th, 2012- Joy of Christmas! Share the joy of the season and visit the library on Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm for some holiday stories!! **Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room. • Dec. 12th, 2012- Deck the tree! Visit the library on Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm, and spruce up your season with a little craft. **There is a limit of 20 children for this craft. ** Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room. • Dec. 19th, 2012- Visit the library on Wednesday from 6:00-6:45pm or 7:007:45pm and join us for some no-bake treats to celebrate the sweet season! **There is a limit of 15 children per session limited to ages 6-14 for this craft!! **Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room. • Dec. 22nd, 2012- Christmas Party! Catch a glimpse of the most popular guy of the season, at our annual Christmas party on Saturday from 1:30-3:00pm Come and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! **Please bring your own camera to take pictures!! The library will not take pictures!! ** Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room starting November 17th. There is a limit of 100 children. Entry will not be granted unless the child is signedup for the party and has an admission ticket. • Reading Time is held every Saturday at 11:00am in the Youth Services Room, all ages are welcome! No signup needed!

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LIBRARY NOOK Elmwood Park Public Library 1 W. Conti Parkway, 708-453-7645, www.elmwoodparklibrary.org

• Dec. 2nd, 2012- Sunday movie matinee featuring A Christmas Story. Join us at 1:30pm in the Ferrintino Room. • Dec. 8th, 2012- Christmas Jewelry Making! Giovanna and Pat will return to teach a workshop on how to make Christmas earrings. Materials will be provided, just bring your creativity. All participants must be 13 years of age or older. Meets at 1pm in the Lower level community room. • Dec. 9th, 2012- Family matinee featuring It’s A Wonderful Life. Join us at 1:30pm in the Lower level Community Room. • Dec. 10th, 2012- Decorate a tote bag! Join us at 5:30pm in the library lobby to print a free tote bag for yourself with screen printing! We will provide the ink and two designs to choose from. We have lots of tote bag colors, but remember, supplies are limited, so come early to get the best selection! Drop-in, no registration required. • Dec. 11th, 2012- Holiday Youth Party! Come and join us at 7pm for our holiday program! Ages 3 - 8. Meets in the Ferrintino Room. • Dec. 12th, 2012- Adult Holiday Party! Come out and enjoy the comical Christmas songs of Dave Rudolph and friends. We’ll have snacks and punch as well as a prize for the tackiest Christmas sweater. Meets at 6:30pm in the Ferrintino Room. • Dec. 16th, 2012- Family matinee featuring the movie Elf. Meet us in in the Lower level Community Room at 1:30pm. • Dec. 20th, 2012- Make your own glass ornaments! Join us at 4pm for this great craft making session.

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• Dec. 8th, 2012- Holiday Family Craft. Make your own Holiday Candle Holder! Meets at 11:00am. This event is free and open to the public.

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• Dec. 1st & 2nd, 2012- Holiday Craft days. Sessions are at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day. • Dec. 4th, 2012- Bus trip to the Chicago history Museum. Meet at the library at 9am the cost of this trip is $25.00 This behind-the-scenes tour will give you an overview of the costume collection at the Chicago History Museum. This is the second largest costume collection in the world. After the tour enjoy lunch at the North and Clark Cafe or spend more time exploring other exhibits in the museum. Very limited space on this trip due to the tight quarters behind the

• Dec. 27th, 2012- Childrens Holiday Jingo at the library. Program starts at 3pm.

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Six retired Irishmen were playing poker in Monaghan’s flat in Dungarvan when Sean O’Toole loses $700 on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other five continue playing standing up. Michael Lennon looks around and asks, ‘Oh, me boys, someone’s got to tell Sean’s wife. Who will it be?’ They draw straws. Cavan Colquhoun picks the short one. They tell him to be discreet and gentle and not to make a bad situation any worse. ‘Discreet? I’m the most discreet Irishmen you’ll ever meet. Discretion is my middle name. Leave it to me’, announces Cavan. He goes over to O’Toole’s house and knocks on the door. Brenda O’Toole answers and asks what he wants. Cavan declares: ‘Your husband just lost $700 and is afraid to come home.’ ‘Tell him to drop dead!’ snarls Brenda. ‘I’ll go tell him.’ says Cavan.

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Letters to Santa

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SUDOKU! FUN BY THE NUMBERS Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!

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1. German rapper 4. Aries sign 7. Atmosphere 8. Send payment for 10. Digs 12. Pathetically weak 13. Give a thrashing to 15. How a witch laughed 16. Being of use or service 17. Lassie’s breed 18. XXX Olympic site 21. Tax collector 22. Above average in size 23. It carries genetic information 24. E. central English river 25. Baked pastry-lined dish 26. Basics 27. Manson murder book 34. Actress May 35. Dry white Italian wine from Verona 36. Easily conversed 38. Java pepper vine 39. Eagle nests 40. Irish mother of gods 41. Belongs to St. Paul’s architect 42. Soak flax 43. CGS work unit

1. Common detergent measure 2. Island in Venice 3. Establish by law or with authority 4. Exuding a strong odor 5. Walked leisurely 6. A unit of length equal to 1760 yards 8. Return to a useful condition 9. CNN’s Turner 11. Young herring in Norway 12. Disengagement 14. The lion zodiac sign 15. Mt. Washington railroad 17. The brain and spinal cord (abbr.) 19. Last decade of the 20th cent. 20. A major division of geological time 23. Causes to expand 24. Ed Murrow’s network 25. Happening in quick succession 26. They __ 27. Perceiver of sound 28. The last part of anything 29. Top left corner key 30. Opposite of quiet 31. Knights’ outer tunic 32. Made level 33. Refutes in a legal case 36. Sound of a crow 37. In this place

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TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Family and romantic endeavors may have been put aside while work issues have been at the forefront, Taurus. It is time to shift priorities. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, there’s not much you can do to change the course of this week’s events. You might want to consider swimming with the current instead of against it. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, overanalyzing your workload is not going to make it disappear any faster. Therefore, simply take your assignments at face value and just get started. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 New experiences can be scary at first, but many times you will find that they are opportunities to learn and grow, Leo. Take full advantage of all opportunities this week. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, although it seems like you have most of your financial woes worked out, now is not the time to get too cocky with spending. Being conservative is the way to go.. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, career developments have you riding high and you’re anxious to share your news with the world. This enthusiasm can be a good catalyst for change with others. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, success may not come easy with a project you’re working on. But rest easy and take solace knowing you have tried things outside of your comfort zone. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, avoid confrontations at all costs, as this week you will not come out victorious. Keep a low profile and don’t ruffle any feathers. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, if you think about things too long, there’s a good chance you won’t act at all. Instead, consider your options quickly and then get going on your plans. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Quality time spent at home or with the family has buoyed your spirits, Aquarius. The next step on your relaxation journey is to book a vacation to a warm area of the world. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Don’t underestimate your ability to garner quite a following, Pisces. There are many people just waiting to hear what you have to say next.

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Is YOUR Soul in Order? FR. ROB SCHULTZ

Even though our culture begins celebrating Christmas earlier and earlier (even before Halloween!) I always like to remind the people in my pews that for most of this month of December we do not celebrate the Christmas season (because that does not begin until the 25th). Rather, we are now celebrating the Advent season, which is very important. Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation, but not only for the birth of Christ. Actually it is only the final week of Advent that really focuses on the birth of Jesus Christ. The first three weeks of the season mainly focus on the Second Coming of Christ. Christians refer to this as the “end times.” Secular society also talks about the end times, but the secular view usually has to do with the end of the world, whereas Christianity sees the end times as Christ’s return to earth to establish His Kingdom. I bring this up because, as you may know, some people are predicting that the world will end on 12-21-12, based on

the end of the Mayan calendar. I do not put any stock in these predictions because people have been predicting the end of the world for probably as long as there have been people in the world, and not a single prediction has yet come true. For me, as a Catholic Christian, I put my belief in the words of Jesus: “But of that day or hour [of Christ’s return], no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32). So, could the world as we know it end on Dec. 21st? Sure. But it could also end on Dec. 20th or 22nd, or in the year 2072, or 3295. We don’t know – only God does. And what exactly will happen when Christ returns? I preached about this at my parish a few weeks ago when the Gospel reading at Mass talked about this, so allow me to share some of what I said. In chapter 13 of Mark’s Gospel, when Jesus teaches about the end times, He talks about the signs that will occur (the sun will darken, etc). However, many people tend to only focus on this and forget about what He says next. Jesus says that He, the Son of Man, will come in the clouds with great power and glory, and that He will gather His elect from the ends of the earth and the sky.

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Now, for those who subscribe to Christianity, this first of all tells us that the world will not simply end. Rather, the end times mean that the world will be transformed, that Christ will establish His Kingdom on earth and show all the nations that He alone is Lord of heaven and earth (and don’t ask me what that will look like, because no one has seen it yet!) Secondly (and most importantly), Jesus said that He will gather His elect. Who are they, who are the ones whom Christ will take to Himself? It is those who strive to follow God’s will. In other words, even those who are not explicit members of the Christian Church can be saved if they sincerely tried to follow God in their hearts. But the key point here is that Jesus does indicate that there will be a difference among people. We hear this from the other Gospels as well. In Matthew 25:3146 Jesus talks about how, at the Last Judgment, God will separate us, putting some people on His right (those who did His will) and some people on His left (those who did not). Those on His right will go on to eternal life, and those on His left to eternal punishment. With that in mind, let’s go back to the prediction about 12-21-12. Whenever

end-of-the-world predictions happen some people prepare for the end by stocking up on food and supplies. But if you believe the Gospel account of the end times, then confessing our sins would be an infinitely better way to prepare than piling up all the food in the world. When we confess our sins to God we’re telling Him that we’re sorry for the times we have not done His will and we sincerely want to do better. And it is that heartfelt attitude – and not any amount of survival gear – that will put us on God’s right side when He separates us in the Last Judgment. So, for Catholics, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation is invaluable. And for people of other faiths, I would encourage you to confess to God in whatever way that your faith suggests. And that is my point with all this: we do not have to wait for the end of the world to make things right with God. We can and should do that all the time! Whatever you understand the end times to be, many of us probably agree that it will happen at some point. But regardless of when or how it happens, the most important thing is to get our spiritual affairs in order. So regardless of what does or does not happen on Dec. 21st this year, the question

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LOCAL CHURCH NEWS that we should all ask ourselves every day is: is my soul in order? Would I be ready to meet the Lord today?

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4157 Atlantic Ave., Schiller Park 847-678-0138, www.stbeatriceparish.org HYPOD tickets are now on sale! St. Beatrice’s HYPOD (Help Your Parish Out of Debt) Fundraiser is off for the 2013 season. For just $10 a ticket, you get 52 chances to win! And you can win more than once. Every week except for the last Sunday of the month, you get a chance to win $100 and the last Sunday you could win $500!!! Plus, if you sell tickets for the church and a person wins, you win also. These tickets make great gifts, stocking stuffers for Christmas, birthday and anniversary gifts too. To purchase tickets contact the rectory at 847-678-0138. Annual Christmas Party St. Beatrice will be holding their annual Christmas party on Friday, December 14th at the Comfort Suites Hotel. Tickets are $25 each and all are welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased from the rectory. Call 847-678-0138 for further information.

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St. Maria Goretti School held their 2nd Annual “Fall into Winter Fashion Show” on Sunday, November 4th at the Sheraton Four Points. Chairpersons Natalie Yorty and Kim Stewart did a great job of showing off the latest fall and winter fashions from the Gap and Old Navy. The models included students, teachers, staff and parishioners. St. Maria Goretti will be holding their annual Christmas Party on December 7th at the Comfort Suites in Schiller Park. Tickets may be purchased at the rectory.

Isn’t It Time To Count Our Blessings And Give Thanks? BY ROBERT DITURI

Isn’t this the time of the year to be thankful for Thanksgiving where families are joined and bonded with togetherness to break bread at our Lord ’s Table? And isn’t it also the time to receive Christmas as it should be where the star in the sky with its ever brightness will guide us to a manger where our Christ child will be born to save this world for all mankind? “So let me begin by saying,”

As we look back at the east coast tragedy on the Jersey Shores and the Big Apple state of New York City and the east coast regional states that were hit with devastated trouble winds and trouble waters from a full moon night that roared from hurricane Sandy, we all hope and pray that these people who were affected from this storm will find the strength to persevere and rebuild from this terrible destruction from Mother Nature’s hand. Yes, things are changing all around us with global warming proving more now than ever in its view with all its many signs, especially from the North and South poles where glaciers that now are spreading inward instead of outward that you see dissolving more rapidly off its slopes to prove our atmosphere is changing all around our revolving world globe. For example, as of recent, we are all seeing more and more earth shattering problems around us happenings with the recent flooding in the eastern USA and wars in other countries that could affect us especially with now the turmoil amongst the Jewish people and the Palestinians with signs of another Middle East war developing again. Do we want another war? Yes, even tension in Washington with President Obama in for a second term with still more problems ahead of us from both sides of the political parties still not agreeing on America’s future that is crushing and paralyzing middle-class America. Where and when will it ever stop? Maybe the signs are clear enough now to tell us it’s time to pray first and thank God for the gift of life that we all have been given; to ask for guidance in our prayers for peace among all mankind on this earth that we all share from him. Yes, people, maybe now is the time to send a message to all the officials in Washington and the world and let them know that GOD is the speaker in our house and around the world. It’s time for everyone to listen because he’s the Commander in Chief on this earth that controls the commandments for liberty and justice for all who want to listen for the people, by the people, so help us God. God Bless America.

Christifideles Award Cardinal Honors Laypeople With Service Awards Each year, the Archdiocese of Chicago gives out the Christifideles award to men and women who demonstrate dedication to the church and its ministries. On November 4th, Cardinal George gave out those awards to some local recipients. The Christif idels Award is given to Catholic laypeople who have, by

participating in parish life, demonstrated the personal and ministerial renewal called for by the papal exhortation Christifideles Laici, calling the laity to the “Vocation of responsibility for the church’s life springing from the gift and mission of their baptism.” This year’s recipients are listed below. Julie Due, Mary Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge; Marie Maggio, Our Lady of Hope, Rosemont; Barbara Piltaver, St. Beatrice Church; Pauline Cordell, St. Celestine, Elmwood Park; Jean Schneider, St. Cyprian, River Grove; John Caponigro, Divine Savior, Norridge. Congratulations!

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HOUSE AND HOME How To WinterProof Concrete • Repair existing cracks. Cracks in concrete tend to beget more cracks. To repair them, widen them to a minimum of a quarter inch with a hammer and chisel, brush away the debris, and fill with a flexible polyurethane sealant using a caulk gun.

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Some interesting facts during this holiday eating season! Are you guilty of any? • 73% of you lick the spoon while cooking • 76% of you Double-Dip

• Clean and seal. “Repeated freezing and thawing” causes both flaking and cracking, so concrete needs to be waterproofed to prevent such damage. Use a pressure washer to clean off dirst, grease, and “other bond inhibitors.” Then apply a water-based acrylic sealer using a roller, brush, or garden sprayer. • Go easy on the rock salt. To extend the concrete’s life, keep your use of rock salt and chemical de-icers to a minimum. Whenever possible, just shovel away snow or ice and let the sun do the rest of the work. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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• 63% of you eat stuff that’s not fully cooked. • 54% of you serve food dropped on the floor • 52% of you dish out food past the expiration date Unfortunately, CHEFS ARE GUILTY TOO! A poll conducted by Health Magazine found the following: 38 percent serve food that hit the f loor, 69 percent have cut off mold from something before dishing it and 29 percent haven’t had food safety training at all. No wonder 40 percent of food outbreaks come from restaurants. Check out an eatery’s health grade (try the county’s site) or look for these telltale signs: lukewarm food (the chef may not be keeping food at proper temps) perpetually empty seats (food turnover is possibly slow), and a dirty loo (the kitchen may very well be, too.)

6 Steps to Make Your Kitchen Cleaner & Safer 1. WASH UP – It’s an essential way to prevent the spread of germs – but only half of people do it.

2. TAKE TEMPS – Only 29 percent of Americans have ever used a food thermometer, but it’s the best way to tell if you cooked your meal enough to kill bacteria. Pork, ham, steak, roast, and lamb chops need to reach 145 degrees F, ground beef isn’t safe to eat until it’s 160 degrees F and poultry requires 165 degrees F. Pick up a food thermometer (digital works best) in any housewares store.

3. USE TWO CUTTING BOARDS – Designate one for meat and the other for veggies so that bacteria from uncooked beef and poultry don’t stray into your

salad. For the same reason, use separate knives for slicing meat and veggies. 4. WASH RINDS – Though 68 percent of you (and 71 percent of chefs) think poultry is the riskiest food, raw produce actually causes more cases of foodsickness outbreaks. Scrub and rinse melons, squash, and other foods with inedible rinds to remove bacteria that can transfer to the flesh when you cut into it. 5. CLEAN SPONGES – Three out of four kitchen sponges and rags tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria. Nuke sponges on medium for a minute or run them through the dishwasher, including a dry cycle. 6. WIPE DOWN FRIDGE DRAWERS – Do it at least every couple of weeks using hot water and soap.

Fight Winter Chills With Chili Few foods fit a season as well as chili fits winter. As the dead of winter looms large, foodies know full well nothing can warm the body up better than a bowl of chili. Photographer Frankie Frankeny, who along with Leslie Jonath co-authored “Soup’s On: Soul Satisfying Recipes from Your Favorite Cookbook Authors and Chefs,” (Chronicle Books), knows full well the value of a hot bowl of chili on a cold winter’s day. Frankeny’s parents have enjoyed the following recipe for “Texas Chili Soup,” which Frankeny shares in her cookbook, for years on some of east Texas’ coldest days.

Texas Chili Soup Serves 6 2 T. unsalted butter 1 c. chopped onion 4 t. minced garlic 1 lb. ground pork 1 lb. ground beef or turkey 2 cans (29 ounces each) diced tomatoes 3 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 qt. beef or chicken stock 4 stalks celery, chopped 2 T. chili powder 1 T. red pepper flakes

1 t. cayenne pepper 1 t. salt Shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, for garnish 2 green onions, chopped 8 ounces sour cream

Few foods are as comforting in cold weather as chili, including this recipe for “Texas Chili Soup.” 1. In a large pot, warm the butter over low heat and saute the onion and garlic until golden. Add the ground pork and beef and cook until browned. Drain off half of the fat. Add the tomatoes, beans, stock, celery, chili powder, pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt and simmer until the flavors meld, 30 minutes to 1 hour. 2. Serve in bowls sprinkled with cheese, chopped green onions, and a dollop of sour cream.

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$300,000 11/9/12 $160,000 11/13/12 $44,700 11/15/12 $155,000 11/15/12 $120,000 11/21/12 $185,500 11/21/12 $279,750 10/30/12 $215,000 10/30/12 $110,000 10/31/12 $106,700 11/1/12 $30,000 11/6/12 $135,000 11/9/12 $680,000 11/14/12 $190,000 11/15/12 $113,299 11/19/12 $44,000 10/26/12 $68,200 10/30/12 $160,000 10/23/12 $112,500 10/23/12 $26,500 10/24/12 $85,000 10/24/12 $76,389 10/25/12 $70,000 10/25/12 $25,000 10/26/12 $82,500 10/26/12 $60,000 10/26/12 $80,000 10/26/12 $90,000 10/26/12 $68,000 10/29/12 $41,100 10/30/12 $18,100 11/2/12 $40,000 11/2/12 $77,000 11/5/12 $86,000 11/5/12 $69,900 11/7/12 $135,000 11/7/12 $56,387 11/7/12 $124,900 11/8/12 $80,000 11/12/12 $159,900 11/13/12 $95,000 11/16/12 $115,000 10/22/12 $135,000 10/22/12 $130,000 10/23/12 $175,000 10/24/12 $170,000 10/25/12 $210,000 10/25/12 $172,000 10/29/12 $231,000 10/29/12 $280,000 10/29/12 $215,000 11/1/12 $201,000 11/15/12 $131,500 11/19/12 $320,000 11/20/12 $434,000 11/20/12 $90,500 10/22/12 $22,000 10/25/12 $24,000 10/25/12 $87,900 10/26/12 $75,000 10/29/12

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329 E Lyndale Ave $100,000 10/30/12 2743 Granville Ave $55,199 10/31/12 324 Whitehall Ave $165,000 10/31/12 22 King Arthur Ct #19 $22,000 11/2/12 213 S Prater Ave $69,000 11/2/12 55 West Dr $92,000 11/2/12 64 East Dr $75,700 11/9/12 42 Whitehall Dr $63,000 11/13/12 1815 W Oakton Ave #1B $166,000 10/22/12 1316 S Greenwood Ave $246,000 10/23/12 2173 Parkside Dr $231,000 10/24/12 817 Florence Dr $200,000 10/25/12 309 S Northwest Hwy #4 $438,325 10/25/12 2400 Windsor Mall #2G $122,000 10/30/12 1813 Newton Ave $505,000 11/1/12 1014 S Lincoln Ave $590,000 11/2/12 1317 S Grove Ave $359,500 11/9/12 309 S Northwest Hwy #2 $429,430 11/13/12 1125 N Northwest Hwy $236,000 11/15/12 418 N Ashland Pkwy $80,000 11/15/12 421 N Rose Ave $449,000 11/15/12 715 Busse Hwy #B5 $60,000 11/16/12 609 S Lincoln Ave $260,000 11/16/12 1215 S Knight Ave $310,000 11/16/12 625 S Fairview Ave $1,375,000 11/16/12 930 N Northwest Hwy #203 $143,500 11/16/12 2300 W Talcott Ave #1F1 $94,900 11/19/12 1775 Elliot St $770,000 11/20/12 8707 W Fullerton Ave $147,000 10/23/12 2521 Haymond Ave $70,000 10/24/12 2541 N Thatcher Ave #2A $40,000 10/25/12 3121 Paris Ave #202 $65,000 10/30/12 2655 Spruce St $150,000 10/30/12 2630 Marwood $163,000 10/31/12 8825 W Wrightwood Ave $50,000 10/31/12 2418 Forestview Ave $77,500 10/31/12 8227 W O'Connor Dr #GSW $30,000 11/2/12 8821 Wrightwood Ave $85,900 11/8/12 8545 W Grand Ave #3N $45,000 11/8/12 2536 West St $145,000 11/9/12 2259 Leyden Ave $193,000 11/13/12 8709 Herrick Ave $209,900 11/13/12 8541 Grand Ave #2N $52,000 11/19/12 4309 Hirschberg Ave $115,600 10/22/12 10025 W Irving Park Rd #2D $35,000 10/29/12 9431 Kelvin Ln #3135 $80,900 10/29/12 4906 Michigan Ave $70,000 10/29/12 4115 Welsey Ter $85,000 10/30/12 4432 Emerson St $72,500 10/31/12 4033 Judd Ave $192,000 11/2/12 4100 Prairie Ave $220,000 11/5/12 3822 Ruby St #2W $38,000 11/9/12 9657 W River St $195,000 11/9/12 9355 W Irving Park Rd #317 $43,890 11/12/12 4347 Atlantic Ave $165,000 11/16/12 10139 Hartford Ct. #GA $40,900 11/19/12

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Elmwood Park, IL

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DECEMBER 2012 • PEOPLE & PLACES 29


––An 18 year old Chicago man was charged on October 29th with

criminal damage to property. The man allegedly broke the window of a vehicle parked on the 7000 block of Montrose Ave.

• THEFT ––A Burbank man was arrested and charged on October 16th with ELMWOOD PARK

• ALCOHOL ––A River Grove woman was charged with DUI, Resisting arrest,

battery, assault, and operating a vehicle without insurance. Police observed the woman driving on the wrong side of the road and driving erratically in the 8300 block of W. Grand Ave. on November the 16th. After pulling the woman over, police found her asleep at the wheel and after failing field sobriety test she became very combative when officers tried to place her under arrest.

• ASSAULT ––A woman was arrested by Elmwood Park police on November 8th. after allegedly making violent threats to another person over the telephone.

• BATTERY ––A man was arrested and charged with domestic battery in the 2400 block of 77th Ct. on Oct 18th. ––An Elmwood Park man was arrested and charged with domestic battery in the 7500 block of W. North Ave. on October 18th. ––A woman from the 2500 block of N. 72nd Ct. Was arrested and charged with domestic battery after allegedly throwing a cell phone and striking someone in the eye.

• DRUGS ––A man was charged with possession of marijuana in the 7600 block of W. Berry Ave. on October 20th.

RIVER GROVE

• DRUGS ––A Franklin Park woman was Pulled over and arrested on November

10th in the 2700 block of W. Thatcher Ave. and charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, DUI and speeding.

FRANKLIN PARK

• ALCOHOL / DRUGS ––An 18 year old Des Plaines man was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and speeding on November 12th, after police pulled the driver over on the 3600 block of Mannheim Rd. He was arrested without incident.

• EVEN A ROBBER HAS A CONSCIENCE. On November 10th, a pizza

delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint and handed over $240. However, the driver pleaded with the robber telling him he had a family to take care of. The robber in turn handed back $100, took some chicken wings and then took off. This happened on the 10000 block of Crown Road in Franklin Park.

NORTHLAKE

• BATTERY ––A 27 year old Northlake man was charged with resisting arrest

and aggravated battery to a police officer on October 26th at Roy and Palmer Avenues. ––On Tuesday, October 30th, a Northlake man was shot in the face while pulling away from an establishment in the area. The victim was taken by ambulance to Loyola In Maywood and his injuries did not seem to be life threatening. Witnesses described the shooter as a black male, 5’ 6” tall, approximately 220 pounds and wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt. No suspects have been arrested.

NORRIDGE

• ASSAULT ––A 53 year old Chicago man was charged with assault and felony

criminal damage to property after he allegedly verbally abused an employee of Chase Bank on the 4200 block of N. Harlem Ave. and then damaged a computer. Bond was set for the man at $10,000.

• BATTERY ––A woman was charged with disorderly conduct on October 22nd

after an incident occurred on the 4200 block of N. Harlem Ave. She received a $1750 bond and a November 26th court date. ––A 51 year old Harwood Heights man was charged with battery at the Butera Market, 4761 N. Nagle Ave. in Norridge on Oct. 24th after he allegedly broke a window at the store and the glass reportedly injured the owner Joseph Butera, who was escorting the man out of the store following an incident with a cashier.

• CRIMINAL DAMAGE ––A Norridge landlord was charged with criminal damage to property

and criminal trespass on October 21st, after he is alleged to have removed the possessions and changed the locks on his tenant’s door without following proper eviction procedures. The landlord reportedly told police he believed the tenants had abandoned the property.

felony theft after he was alleged to have attempted to leave Kmart, 4201 N. Harlem Ave. without paying for merchandise worth $354. He received a $30,000 bond and a court date at Rolling Meadows courthouse. ––A 28 year old Elmwood Park man was arrested and charged on October 17th with felony theft after allegedly trying to leave Carson’s, 4200 N. Harlem Ave. with $59 worth of merchandise that he had not paid for. He received a $35,000 bond and a court date at Rolling Meadows courthouse.

• TRESPASS ––A Park Ridge man was charged with criminal trespass on October 26th after he allegedly went to Harlem Irving Plaza, 4104 N. Harlem Ave. after being told not to return following an earlier incident.

HARWOOD HEIGHTS

• BATTERY ––A 35 year old Harwood Heights man was charged with battery following an incident that occurred October 22nd on the 4300 block of Newcastle.

• THEFT ––A Chicago woman was charged with theft on October 15th after

she allegedly attempted to leave Marshall’s, 4725 N. Harlem Ave. with merchandise worth $183 that she had not paid for. ––An 18 year old Chicago man was charged with theft on October 19th after he allegedly tried to leave Butera Market, 4716 N. Nagel Ave. with 2 one gallon bottles of vodka worth $38.

PARK RIDGE

• SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT ––On November 13th, a man approached an elderly couple on the

1300 block of North Hamlin Ave. claiming to be a new neighbor. The man asked the husband if he would show him his backyard as he was interested in renting it to use for storage. The man became suspicious and told him he was not interested. The suspect then approached the man’s wife and asked her to accompany him into the backyard, but she too refused. The suspect then entered a van that was occupied by two other people and left. Nothing has been reported missing.

• TRESPASS ––On November 14th, a 16 year old Chicago male was arrested and charged with trespassing. Police say the teenager was seen near a home on the 600 block of N. Ottawa Ave. after he had been warned to stay away from the premises.

• ANIMAL CRUELTY ––A Park Ridge woman, Viginia E. Dinucci of Pavillion Way, was

arrested on animal neglect charges of cruel treatment and owner’s duties after nearly 100 animals, dogs, cats, rabbits and birds, were discovered in her home. Some of the animals were deceased. The animals were turned over to the McHenry County Animal Control where they were evaluated and given medical attention.

• HIT AND RUN ––A Park Ridge man was struck and fatally injured on November 5th

the patrolling police officer noticed the tires to be spares and when he looked into the vehicle saw that the steering column, radio and center console had been stripped. The officer then ran the license plate number which revealed the car was stolen from Chicago. The car was towed away, and the owners notified.

• THEFT / DRUGS ––Schiller Park Police were contacted by a South Barrington Police

Detective and asked for assistance in searching for a couple who the SPPD has had previous contact with. The South Barrington police wanted to question the Chicago couple in regards to thefts, unlawful use of credit cards and fraudulently obtained prescriptions. South Barrington Police gave the address of the couple in the 2700 block of N. Sayre in Chicago. Schiller Park police canvassed the area, speaking to residents at the apartment building and located the suspects unit. Police knocked on the door to no avail. They waited a short time and then knocked again, this time the door was answered by the male suspect who claimed he was sleeping the first time officers knocked. The male suspect allowed Schiller Park Police into his apartment and when asked where his girlfriend was, he pointed to the rear of the apartment where she was located. Police observed prescription pads and prescription bottles in different people’s names on the kitchen counter. The female suspect claimed to not know anything about them. Police also noticed several laptops and IPads in the front of the apartment. Items such as these were reported stolen in the South Barrington thefts. The female subject had outstanding warrants for her arrest in both Cook and McHenry counties and was placed under arrest. The male suspect was also told he must accompany the officers to the Schiller Park Police Department. At that time the couple asked if they could call a babysitter for their child, which the police allowed them to do. After waiting an hour for the babysitter to arrive, police transported the couple to the Schiller Park police station. All property was recovered and brought to the station for identification and processing. Police booked the female subject for her outstanding warrants and turned her over to South Barrington Police. The male subject was read his rights and agreed to talk to police without an attorney present. He admitted to having an addiction to Hydrocodone narcotic pain medication. The male suspect admitted to police that he would steal doctor’s prescription pads, forge the documents and present them at various pharmacies. He told police he took 50-60 pills a day. The male suspect was charged with unauthorized possession of a prescription form and unlawful acquisition of a controlled substance, he was then turned over to South Barrington police.

• UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON ––On November 5th, an officer observed a car going 95 mph in a 50

mph zone on Mannheim Road. The officer pulled the black Honda over and placed the driver under arrest for misdemeanor speeding (speeding over 40mph). Upon handcuffing the male subject, police searched his person and found a Glock handgun in an inside pants holster along with two handcuff keys in different places attached to his clothing. The gun was recovered fully loaded with thirteen .45 caliber hollow point bullets. A search of the suspect’s vehicle produced two pairs of handcuffs, a police scanner radio and a strobe light. In the trunk of the car, police recovered over 100 rounds of ammunition. Police asked the subject if he had ever tried impersonating a police officer, and the suspect rejected this theory and said he started carrying a gun after the Aurora, Co. movie theater shooting, even though he knew it was illegal. Police then sent out a notice to surrounding agencies inquiring if they had any reports of someone impersonating a police officer matching the suspect’s description.

on the south side of Touhy Avenue in Park Ridge. Ronald Bougan, 53, was found by a bicyclist who immediately called 911. Police believe he was killed by a vehicle which left debris as well as tracks at the scene. They are working to determine the color and make of the car. Police are seeking witnesses to the accident.

SCHILLER PARK

• AUTO ACCIDENT ––On November 4th, two vehicles were involved in a collision on

Irving Park Road and Kolze Avenue. The driver of the vehicle that struck a pole and the building housing Katz Auto, 9350 Irving Park Road stated that the second car veered in front of him, causing him to run off the roadway. The driver of the other vehicle stated the other car that veered off the road sideswiped him then left the road onto the sidewalk and into the pole and building. However the passenger riding in the car that struck the building stated that the brakes went out and that is why they could not stop. There were no injuries reported, and only minor damage.

• COUNTERFEIT MONEY ––On November 7th, police were called to the Shell gas station at

10051 Irving Park Road for a report of a fake $100 bill being passed. Police took possession of the bill when they noticed that the serial number was printed off center and the watermark was an obvious fake. The bill will be sent to the Secret Service Counterfeit Division.

• STOLEN VEHICLE ––On October 20th, a stolen 1998 Honda Civic was recovered on Eastwood Ave. near Rose Street. Upon inspection of the automobile

Residents are warned to keep their valuables locked up, doors and windows locked when not at home, vehicles locked, even if leaving it for a few minutes; that’s all it takes for a thief to take off with it. Call police if you observe any suspicious activity in your area. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination. 30 PEOPLE & PLACES • DECEMBER 2012


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