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darkness, I couldn’t wait to scroll through my camera to see the shots I had taken. I always hope that I captured that one special picture. When our trip ended, we got off the plane at O’Hare and the twenty degree temperatures and jet fueled air slapped my face back to reality. I already longed to be back on those beautiful beaches again. My only consolation was that I had my photos to bring me back, if only in my mind.

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Back in January, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit sunny Florida for a few days. We were able to leave Chicago’s cold, dreary weather and smog infused air. Although we left at a time when the local weather was going to hit upper fifties here, it could not compare to the sunny, low to mid eighty degrees we enjoyed every day. Soaking up the vitamin D while we walked the beach felt so very good on our ghost like skin leading to a not so healthy mild sunburn. Ahh, but we at least were able to carry some of that warm sunshine back home with us! One of my favorite pastimes while there is to go down to the beach and watch the sunsets. I never tire of witnessing such magnificent displays, as every “show” is different. Plus, admission is free! Novices leave when the sun disappears from the horizon, but fail to wait for the final act as the best colors come out when the curtain goes down. I can take over a hundred pictures at each sunset and enjoy looking at them over and over again. I treasure them as I never know when I will witness my last one. You can see some of the pictures I took at our website Another nice thing about taking time out to sit and wait for the sun to set is the interesting people you meet while there. I watched as a man practiced his Tai-Chi and found out later he worked in the film industry and was from Canada housesitting for a month. Another lady shared my first name, lived nearby and frequently came down to just, “take it all in.” I also met some four-legged friends and took some pictures of them also enjoying the outdoors and beautiful scenery. Amarillo was a white lab mix who was rescued from the beaches of Mexico. He waited patiently while his owner practiced his Tai-Chi and wandered over to me to say hello. He gladly posed for pictures and welcomed my belly rubs and ear scratches. Since I was missing my two dogs, his presence gave me a little feeling of home and contentment. My other photogenic furry friend was a black lab whose name escapes me (although I remember his owner said he was named after a horse), but he too gladly posed for pictures with me catching a beautiful shot with a gorgeous backdrop behind him. As I pedaled my bike back home in the


Things at the Piltaver House are getting interesting to say the least. I feel like I now have four small children in the house again. My two kitties are now turning into two terrors as they are finding new things to venture into and get in trouble with. Anything not cemented in place is getting knocked down or swatted around on the f loor. I can’t tell you the number of pens I’ve lost so far. I have also resorted to my squirt bottle of water to discourage the never ending scratching on anything that is vertical. These two nocturnal creatures are now banished to the basement at night since their elephant like romping through the house can lead to lost sleep and a rude wakeup call, as Tank jumps on your head and bites your hair to wake you up to get fed. Their personalities are coming out though and I find that Tank will most definitely be my lap cat

and Tiny will be Mr. Independent and only allow pettings on his terms. As for Tips and Sweetie, they are adjusting well together giving way to episodes of tug of war with their rope or fits of wrestling on their overstuffed chair. Mom at times has to break it up and get the look of, “but mom we were just playing.” Their expressions and antics always make me smile, unless of course they have my favorite shoe in their mouth! And, although we discourage sleeping on the couch, I walked into the room one day to find Sweetie out cold on our basement couch with Tank curled up right next to her. Awww, if only we all could get along that well.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hearts and hugs to all my readers and advertisers. See you next month. God Bless America!

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Now through Feb. 13: HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION Triton College Art Gallery Fine Arts

Building J, More than 200 art pieces displayed from area high school art students. 708-456-0300 ext. 3589,


Fifth Ave. River Grove Earth & Sky Shows 7:30pm and Laser Shows 9pm Fridays and Saturdays, Children’s Shows 2pm Sundays; and Sunday Sampler 3pm, Sundays. Note the 7:30pm Saturday Feb. 23 show will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch. $8 to $10 for adults and $4 to $5 for children and senior citizens, 708-583-3100 or

Feb. 5: CPR/AED TRAINING Ages 16 years and

up, 6-9pm $50R/$60NR, Community Center, 847455-2852,


Collecting of toiletry items, paper goods, office supplies/equipment and other items to benefit West Suburban PADS in Maywood, Drop off items at 2000 Fifth Ave. River Grove.


Hirsch Street, Doors open at 5pm and show starts at 7pm. 21 and Older $25 per person, Melrose Park, 708-343-5270 Tickets on sale now!

Feb. 14 & 15: WASHINGTON SCHOOL DIST. 81 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE LITTLE MERMAID 9:30am Thursday, Friday, 9:30am and 6:30pm, Lincoln Middle School, Schiller Park

Feb. 15-March 22: FRIDAY FISH FRY’S SPONSORED BY THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL #8070 OF NORTHLAKE St. John Vianney Village, 46 N. Wolf Road, Northlake 5pm to 7pm, Adults $6.50 Children 12 and under $3.00

Feb. 16 & 17: TRITON COLLEGE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS “ANOTHER BONE” 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday, Cox Auditorium, Room J-108 Fine Arts Building J, $8 tickets for Triton Students, faculty/staff, $10 general admission. Cash only at box office. 708-456-0300, ext. 6932,

Feb. 18 & March 4: NO SCHOOL HOLIDAY CAMPS Boys & Girls 5-12 yrs. Old. 8:30am to

5:30pm. Play games, make a craft, bake goodies, watch a movie and lots of fun! Bring a sack lunch. $20 children $25/OD $10 for each additional sibling $15/OD, Leyden Township-Registration required. 847-451-5144


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advantage of free health screenings, including blood pressure readings and a dietary and physical assessment. 1 to 2pm. Student Center Cafeteria, B Building, 708-456-0300 ext. 3322


and 9am to 1pm Thursday Room B-130B of the Student Center Building B, Bring 2012 taxes or documentation to suppport their untaxed income to receive assistance with their FAFSA. 708-456-0300 ext. 3155 or email, finaid

Feb. 21: ANIMAL CARE LEAGUE WORKSHOP Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Sew cat nip toys and bag dog treats for furry friends 3:30pm,

Feb. 23: PRO CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING american Legion Hall, 9757 Pacific Ave., $10 tickets all ages show. Franklin Park,

Feb. 23: MONTHLY SKYWATCH AT CERNAN EARTH & SPACE CENTER Triton College, $8 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens, 708-456-0300 ext. 3372,

Feb. 25-April 19: “MY HOME IS MY BRAIN” Paintings and Drawsings by Gabriel Villa, Triton College Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building J, 708-456-0300 ext. 3589, www.triton. edu/entertainment

Feb. 28: SCHOOL DISTRICT 81 DR. SEUSS NIGHT Come hear Dr. Seuss books read by area teachers, village trustees, firefighters, police, and many more community members. Cakes, raffles, snacks and fun!


PARK DISTRICT OF FRANKLIN PARK UPCOMING EVENTS Visit their website for further information

Feb. 5, 6pm-9pm: CPR/AED TRAININGADULT & CHILD PLUS INFANT CPR & FIRST AID This course includes CPR and training in using

an automated external defibrillator (AED) on an adult or child victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Certification is good for 2 years.

Feb. 8, 7pm-9:30pm and Feb. 9, 6:30pm9pm: DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE A lovely

evening for daddies and daughters of all ages! Includes a delicious dinner, music, dancing all night long, flowers, a photo with Dad, and a special treat! Register early; space is limited.

Feb. 8-9 7pm-, Feb. 9 7am: OVERNIGHT SKITRIP IPRA’s All Night Ski Trip to Galena’s Chestnut Mountain. Enjoy a night of skiing, playing games and hanging out overnight with teens from all over Illinois.

Feb. 10 and Mar. 10, 2pm-4:30pm: BIG BAND DANCE Dance all afternoon to the sounds

Banquets, 4200 River Road, Schiller Park. Irish Dinner, Live Entertainment, $25 per person. Contact Wayne Bernacki at 847-671-0330

of the great bands from the ‘40s and ‘50s. The park district will provide soft drinks, coffee and snacks. A cash bar is also available.


Feb. 14, 10am-5:30pm: BOBBY VINTON AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE Fee includes lunch

Maria Goretti Church Sunday, March 10 after 11am mass. Celebrate St. Joseph’s Day with pizza, pasta, salad, dessert and friendship. Monetary Donation, Call Liz for more info 847-322-7257

Mar. 10: BOY SCOUT TROOP 158 PASTA DINNER Franklin Parkamerican Legion Hall, 9757

and transportation. Registration deadline January 10. This is a cooperative trip with the Rolling Meadows Park District.

Feb. 15 and Mar. 22, 7pm-9pm: TEEN NIGHT Listen to music, hang out with friends and play games.

Feb. 21, 7pm-8:30pm: GARDENING CLUB MEETING What we will do is provide people a place to grow their own food, create a place for people to learn how to garden and mentor gardeners (young and old). We have two locations: James Park, 10600 James Street, and North Park, 10040 Addison Street.

Feb. 26, 5pm-6pm and Mar. 19, 6:45pm7:45pm: MAGIC CLASS Children guaranteed a

great time as they learn fascinating tricks from the Magic Team of Gary Kantor! Pre-registration required.

Mar. 2, 12pm-2pm: MOTHER SON BOWL Put on those bowling shoes and hit the lanes for cosmic bowling with Mom at Brunswick Zone in River Grove. Mar. 6, 10am-5:30pm: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE Fiddler on the Roof is a celebration of life and all its challenges. Lunch on your own at a local restaurant. Registration deadline is March 1. This is a cooperative trip with the Rolling Meadows Park District.

Mar. 18, 9:45am-10am: FOUR WINDS CASINO If you are looking for excitement, Four

Winds Hartford is the place to be. This facility has the latest slot machines, table games and a second location of the popular Timbers Restaurant. Includes $15/Instant Slot Credit, $10 food voucher and motorcoach transportation! Registration deadline March 11. This is a cooperative trip with the Rolling Meadows Park District.

Mar. 22, 8pm-8:15pm: FLASHLIGHT EASTER CANDY HUNT This Easter candy hunt

will take place in the dark, so bring your flashlight to help find all the candy hidden in the park. Don’t forget a container to hold all of your goodies! Bring your camera; the Easter bunny will be there!

Pacific, $7 for adults $5 for seniors and children under 12. All you can eat. www.boyscouttroop158., 847-288-0459 Kim Shelton

Mar. 16: 3RD ANNUAL VICTORIAN TEA PARTY IN SCHILLER PARK This annual event is a perfect time to show off your Easter Bonnets. For more info contact June Oulund, 847-671-8513

DAILY LUNCHES FOR SENIORS Franklin Park Community Café open to all seniors Age 60 and over, 11:30am Monday through Friday, 10040 W. Addison. Café Opens at 9am and closes at 2pm In additiona, the Café schedules movies and guest speakers and other events. Suggested donation for meals is $2.75 to $3.00. First lunch is always FREE!, For information call 847-678-8777, This program is part of Cook County’s Community Nutrition Network Triton College Hospitality Program Café 64 offering a variety of buffet style meals, as well as delectable desserts and more created by Triton’s students. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC White Table Cloth Lunch 11:30 to 1:30 on Tuesdays $12. White Table Cloth Dinner with bar service 5:30pm to 7pm Wednesday evenings $15. Open for Casual Lunch on Thursdays 11:30pm to 1pm. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Triton Bakery is open Tuesday through Friday 11am to 2pm and offers Fresh Breads, Cakes, Pastries, and more. You can place advanced orders too! , Triton College Room B-201 For Reservations call 708-456-0300 Ext. 3387 or email, Closed on school holidays and breaks,

PORTAGE PARK INDOOR FARMER’S MARKET: 4050 N. Milwaukee, 10am to 2pm Feb. 3, 17, March 3, 17, April 7, 21, May 5. Missing the wonderful Farmer’s Market? Visit Portage Park’s indoor Market. Fresh vegetables, baked goods, Baklava, vegan baker, fresh meat right off the farm, crepe maker, tamale maker, homemade soaps and much more!

Friday Evenings Feb. 15th thru March 22nd St. John’s Vianney Village 46 N. Wolf Road. Northlake 5p.m - 7p.m Enjoy a delicious fish dinner in a friendly atmosphere Adults $6.50 Children (12 and Under) $3.00 Extra piece of fish $1.50

Includes: 2 pieces of Battered fish, Buttered Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Bread and Butter, Beverage and Desert. Sponsored By: Cardinal Cody Knights of Columbus Council #8070 Northlake, Illinois

Proceeds from this event will help sponsor the Knights of Columbus Charitable Works.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Franklin Park Troop 158 Hosts Pasta Dinner SUPPORT TROOP 158-March 10th Boy Scout Troop 158 in Franklin Park, sponsored by the Franklin Park Kiwanis, will soon be hosting their 9th annual

Pasta Dinner. This event is the Troop’s biggest fundraiser of the year and will be held on Sunday, March 10 from 1-5pm at the Franklin Park American Legion Past #974, located at 9757 Pacific in Franklin Park. The cost for this all-you-can-eat dinner is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. This includes allyou-can-eat meal, desserts and fun! Over 50 door prizes, raffle baskets, and raffles prizes are expected. Raffle tickets are $1

each or 6 for $5. All proceeds from the dinner, benefit Boy Scout Troop 158 and will be used to support our troop for new equipment and to help pay for camping trips this summer to Wisconsin and for a high adventure trip to Boundary Waters in Minnesota.. For more information about Boy Scout Troop 158 please visit our website at or email us at franklinparktroop158@ Phone calls can also be directed to Kim Shelton at 847-288-0459. Thanks for your support!

As always, the Cat and the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 will be on the loose! Cake, raffles, snacks and fun!

School District 81 Upcoming Events!

LMS Bands to Perform at Chicago Wolves Game

Dr. Seuss Night: Thursday, Feb. 28, 6-7:30 pm, Washington School. Teac her s, pa rent s , s c ho ol board members, village trustees, f iref ighters, police off icers & many more community members will read Dr. Seuss’ most beloved books at this annual event! The evening will also feature readings in Spanish, Polish & Bulgarian.

Quigley Goes “Undercover” at Dinkel’s Bakery

Washington’s Musical Thursday: February 14-9:30am Friday, February 15, 9:30am & 6:30 pm All performances @ LMS Theater. The Washington Chorus is excited to present their musical production of The Little Mermaid to you! The show will feature many talented soloists and tap dancers. Come out to support our students and see a great performance!

School District 81 is proud to announce that the Lincoln Concert and Symphonic Bands will be performing at the Chicago Wolves game on Wednesday, February 20th vs. the Abbotsford Heat. The LMS bands are part of the pre-game entertainment that will take place in the concourse during the hour before the game. Best wishes for a great performance to our students who will be representing School District 81 and our community!

Rolling out the dough at Dinkel’s Bakery U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) toured Dinkel’s Bakery and worked as a baking assistant during his first Undercover Congressman event of the new Congress.“Dinkel’s Bakery is a culinary icon and a prime example of American entrepreneurship in our District,” said Quigley. “As a familyowned and operated business for four generations, the Dinkel Family has a unique perspective on how the challenges facing small businesses have changed over time and what I can do to help as a member of Congress. Working



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COMMUNITY NEWS H.R. 328 creates a f ive-year pilot program that would expedite the disposal of the most profitable properties by removing red tape and increases transparency by creating an online database for all property owned by the federal government. Additionally, the bill would permanently modernize the existing disposal process by reducing administrative overhead, creating new agency incentives, and requiring greater accountability from federal agencies. Rep. Quigley has been committed to good government reform since his election to Congress in 2009. He is the

author of Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget, a report which offers 60 recommendations to save $2 trillion over the next 10 years, and co-founder of the Transparency Caucus, which seeks to enact legislation that will bring openness and accessibility to the federal government. Guided by principles of the Simpson-Bowles budget alternative, Rep. Quigley has led a push for a “3B Budget Plan” that is bipartisan, achieves big deficit reduction, and balances spending cuts with tax reform. He currently serves on the House Committee on Appropriations.

Congressman Quigley learns the proper technique for creating the perfect raspberry linzer tart from Dinkel family member Luke Karl. alongside local business owners and their employees is more valuable than reading any memo in DC.” W hi le v isit ing Dinkel ’s Baker y, Quigley met with owner Norm Dinkel and dozens of employees. Working alongside Mr. Dinkel are his daughter and son-in-law, Sandgren and Luke Karl, and his son, Eric Dinkel. The business was founded in 1922 by the owner’s grandfather, Joseph Dinkel, an immigrant and master baker from Bavaria, Germany. Today, it continues to provide the community with the same standard of quality workmanship, original recipes, and delicious goods. The company has also expanded sales worldwide Dinkel’s Bakery is located on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. Quigley’sUndercover Congressman series has allowed him to directly connect with constituents in their daily lives and better understand the concerns and challenges they face. Since taking office in 2009, Quigley has performed a wide range of jobs including delivering mail and pizzas, assembling pinball machines at the Stern pinball factory, spending the day as a zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and picking up garbage and recycling with sanitation departments. Quigley’s Undercover Congressman series has been featured onNBC5 Chicago and in Roll Call and the New York Times.

Quigley, Chaffetz Move to Cut Wasteful Federal Property Spending Bipartisan bill eases administrative burdens, provides financial incentives and increases transparency.

WA S H I N G T O N — To d a y, Congressmen Mike Quigley (D-Ill) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) reintroduced the Excess Building and Property Disposal Act (H.R. 328) to cut wasteful federal property spending that costs taxpayers $1.67 billion annually. The bill passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in the 112th Congress. “This bill will cut millions of tax dollars wasted each year maintaining unnecessary properties, and ensure taxpayers are no longer flying blind when it comes to the value of real property the government owns and administers,” said Rep. Quigley. “The House passed this bill last year with strong bipartisan support, and similar measures are under consideration in the Senate, so there is no reason for Congress to delay in passing these commonsense and responsible reforms.” The federal government is the largest single holder of real property in the United States with more than 900,000 buildings and structures. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the government held 77,700 buildings identified as either not utilized or underutilized and spent $1.67 billion dollars operating and maintaining them. Staff members from Rep. Quigley’s district office visited an Illinois property, reportedly worth more than $8 million, that costs taxpayers $80,000 a year to maintain. While the facility was recorded as being in excellent condition, staff saw the exterior overtaken by vegetation and the interior looted by vandals “With the national debt rising to over $16 trillion, the government can no longer foot the bill for vacant building and unneeded or underutilized proper t ies. G overnment proper t y that serves no public good should be immediately returned to private ownership,” said Rep. Chaffetz. “We were able to pass identical legislation through the House in the 112th Congress with unanimous bipartisan support. In the 113th, Congress I hope we can turn this common sense legislation into law.”

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Melrose Muscle Therapy reveals a new menu of offerings to include new body treatments, featured products, packages, and signature favorites. Melrose Muscle Therapy introduces all new body treatments with options designed to provide an array of beauty outcomes. For silky smooth, replenished skin, there is the Chocolate Indulgence Body Massage that uses a cocoa infused oil, while the luscious smelling Hot Toddy for the Body Scrub exfoliates and moisturizes your skin with the help of organic brown and white sugars, vanilla, and jojoba. For those who prefer an aromatic treatment, the Sweet Coffee Body Scrub is designed to buff away dead skin cells while firming your skin. New products used in all treatments are handmade by owner and massage therapist, Luisa Berardi Caraballo. Want a great way to warm up during these chilly winter months? Melrose Muscle Therapy has two options for you, Paraffin Dip, a deeply moisturizing treatment for the hands which soothes muscle tension and arthritis pain, and one of our most popular treatments, the Hot Bamboo Massage. Feel the warmth of heated bamboo melt you into a deep relaxation. Hot Bamboo Massage

is perfect for people who love deep tissue techniques to soothe sore muscles. Not only are new treatments on the menu, but there are new items available in the Melrose Muscle Therapy store as well. There are literally hundreds of different things we can add to bath water to help us relax, unwind, relieve aches and pains, etc., but how about having the same in the shower? Now you can. Melrose Muscle Therapy has Aromatherapy Shower Discs which release the essential oil used in them in a steam form as the disk dissolves, giving you the same therapeutic benefit as soaking in the bathtub. Currently available in grapefruit, lavender, or orange.

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Advertising In People & Places Newspaper Make Sense $$$ Most residents/consumers in a town would love to shop locally, but many people don’t know what businesses are around their area. A business could be offering just what they are looking for, but unless the consumer knows about that business and where they are located, they will go elsewhere or on-line to do their shopping. Therefore, advertising in a local newspaper such as People & Places makes sense. A local restaurant owner in a northwest suburb said this about his advertising. “We’ve tried just about everything, from Google Ads to Groupon, but local paper advertising is the most effective, “ says Richard Hunter, who spends a few hundred dollars a month on advertising. “We get the biggest impact reaching out to people in a 2-10 mile radius of our restaurant.” People and Places Newspaper was started because the publisher felt that the average resident and consumer wanted to know what was going on in and around their towns. People and Places feels that every one can relate to the idea that local news matters and local business matters. Unfortunately, most consumers who are busily driving to work or rushing the kids here and there, don’t

pay attention to the many shops, restaurants and stores around them. That’s why it is so important for local businesses to advertise their wares and/or services. Businesses need to keep their names out there. Consistency is the key to getting more business. If a person keeps seeing a company, business or restaurant name month after month, they are more than likely to give that company a call when they need to purchase a product, get their car repaired, order a pizza or dine at a restaurant. For businesses that say they can’t afford to advertise in these tough times, we say, you can’t afford not to! People and Places Newspaper’s goal is to attract local advertisers by giving readers relevant content and target distribution in their respective towns. What we hear and what our readers say is they read the paper from cover to cover. It tells them about the areas they live in and that’s why they love it. Advertisers would be wise to anchor either the inside back cover or back page to get the most exposure for their money. People will patronize the businesses in People & Places. Are you advertising in People & Places? If not, call today to 847-260-5670. New advertising opportunities are available.


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Property Taxes Arrive

By now, most of you should have received your 1st installment notice for your property tax bills which are due March 1st. The amount shown on your bill represents 55% of your last tax bill. A refreshing addition to the bill lists the primary taxing districts that receive part of your payment. This information allows you to track your local government’s financial performance. This information shows the amount of monies owned by a taxing district, annual spending a taxing district approves for a fiscal year, total a taxing district is obligated to pay retirees and beneficiaries, total a taxing district does not have in its pension fund to pay retirees and beneficiaries, and calculation of the amount of pension assets divided by its pension liabilities. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas believes government debt is the major reason tax bills are going up and she has been on a mission to inform taxpayers just what their governments owe. Pappas said this data and the data posted online should help taxpayers vote with their feet when it comes to determining a place to live. She believes this information will call to light the fact that when purchasing a home, they are purchasing the credit card debt of (up to) 14 governments.

Train Horns Keeping You Up? Although train horns are a way to warn motorists and pedestrians of the hazard presented by an approaching train, at times they can be excessive. If you feel a train engineer has sounded the train horn excessively, you can complete the on-line Alleged Violation Reporting Form found on the Federal Railroad Association’s website at the following link: gov/app/violationreport.

15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party Mark your calendars and don’t miss the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party hosted by “Tex” John Mick. This is a fun event and all proceeds benefit the Christmas Cheer Foundation. Friday, March 15, 2013 6pm to Midnight, The Underpass Restaurant and Lounge, 9400 W. Grand Avenue, Franklin Park, IL. THE BEST corned beef and cabbage dinner you’ll ever want

FP Police Station Slated to Be Completed By Summer of 2013

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Franklin Park’s “state-of-the-art” police station is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2013. The 36,500 square foot facility will help provide the necessary resources that will allow Franklin Park’s police department to be among the best and most cutting-edge law enforcement agencies in the region. Police Chief Mike Witz will be conducting tours of the old and new facilities in March. To register for the tour, which will be open exclusively to Franklin Park residents, please contact Chief Witz at 847-671-8203. Further information will be available soon.

2012-2013 Metra Safety Poster & Essay Contest Metra is proud to announce the Seventh Annual Metra Safety Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Take Care, Be Aware: Look, Listen and Live.” The Safety Contest is a key part of Metra’s ongoing effort to increase public awareness of lifesaving railroad safety practices. One first, second and third place safety poster contest winner will be selected from each grade, K-12, and awarded the following prizes: 1. First Place: iPad 2. Second Place: $250 Gift Card 3. Third Place: $100 Gift Card In addition, winning designs will be distributed to more than 2,000 schools in Northeastern Illinois, featured in Metra’s Safety Calendar, on the contest website, in station displays and on monthly tickets. Metra will recognize the school who submits the most entries in the 2012-2013 Safety Poster Contest by awarding it a new computer compatible with its current system. Every school’s entries will be totaled after the contest deadline on March 15, 2013 and a computer will be presented to the winning school. Students, don’t forget to also enter the Annual Metra Safety Essay Contest for your chance to win an iPad. Contest participants are asked to tell us in 300 words or less how you “Take Care, Be Aware” to promote safe behaviors near trains and railroad tracks. Within this site, you will find a complete listing of all contest rules and guidelines as well as downloadable entry forms, logos

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and poster templates. You can even submit your completed contest entry through this site. Also, become a fan of the Metra contest Facebook page for exclusive news and announcements. Teachers, we invite you to visit our Teachers Section, where you will find materials such as fact sheets, coloring pages and bulletin board displays to help integrate railroad safety into your lesson plans as well as games and information sheets designed for parents and driver education instructors. Welcome and good luck, we look forward to receiving your talented entries!

Elmwood Park Opt-In Electric Aggregation Approved Board okays new interior lighting upgrades, solar compacting units Homeowners and eligible small business owners in Elmwood Park will soon have an opportunity to take part in a voluntary opt-in program for electric aggregation under a resolution approved by the Elmwood Park Village Board. The village will work with the Illinois Community Choice Aggregation Network to conduct a competitive solicitation process to select an Alternative Retail Electric Supplier to serve electricity accounts at prices lower than those offered by Commonwealth Edison.

Pictures of the Month “This is an opportunity to help our residents and small businesses save money on their electric bills,” Village President Pete Silvestri said. “This is completely voluntary. No one has to join, but we certainly encourage as many homeowners and small businesses to consider participating as possible.” Village Manager Paul Volpe said he hopes to recommend a provider to the board in early March, at which time a second public meeting would be held to further explain the program to residents. Board members a lso approved acceptance of two state grants that will be used for interior lighting upgrades at all municipal buildings in Elmwood Park. Material and labor costs will total about $70,000, all of which will be provided by grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation. The board also gave approval to the purchase of eight solar powered waste and recycling stations as part of the new streetscaping in the Harlem and Grand Avenue area, which is undergoing a major redevelopment. One side of the station will accept and compact waste, while the other side will be reserved for recycling. Both sides are enclosed and hold five times the capacity of a traditional waste container. Because the garbage is compacted, fewer pickups will be required. The units will be paid for with funds from the local Tax Increment Financing District.


COMMUNITY NEWS Rosemont News The Rosemont Chamber of Commerce is

offering two scholarships to college-bound high schoolers. Only chamber members, their children, or employees of companies belonging to the chamber and their children are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 4 pm, Friday, March 29 at the chamber office, 9501 W. Devon Ave., Suite 700, Rosemont. Applications and scholarship guidelines are available at The chosen students will each receive $2,500 to be used exclusively for their college tuition fees.

St. Baldrick’s Event Nearing!

Franklin Park Firefighters spearheaded by FF Dan Colantuano, are busily getting ready for the 7th annual St. Baldrick’s event to be held on March 8 at the Hanging Garden Banquets in River Grove starting at 5:30 pm. They are looking for more “shavees”. Currently they only have 41 shavees registered. Last year we had 269 shavees at the event. RIGHT NOW is the time to get registered. Please take a few minutes to register by at mypage/17/2013. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dan via email or cell phone at 630-417-061.

Worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than aids, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.

Schiller Park Girl Scout Troop Forming Looking for a fun group to have your girls get involved in? Look no further than Girl Scouts. A new Daisy group (Service Unit 401, Troop 40620) is forming in Schiller Park and they welcome girls age 5-7 yrs. Old. For further information on how to join contact, Jennifer Rosado 708-802-4621 or email her at Jennifer explained the group will be doing crafts, sharing stories, brain storming community projects, etc. We are currently working on our cookie sales until Feb. 14th. Girl Scouts, “Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

Proposed Parking Garage in Schiller Park? A special meeting was held on December 18 by the Village Board in regards to an Ordinance approving a redevelopment agreement with the West Gateway 2 Redevelopment Project Area. Kevin Barr, Village Manager confirmed the meeting was in regard to the sale of property and proposed construction of a 1500 stall parking garage on the property known as 10328 W. Belle Plaine Ave., in Schiller Park. Anyone interested in finding out more about this planned construction is encouraged to attend the public hearing on February 20 at 7pm in the Schiller Park Village Hall, 9526 W. Irving Park Road. The public will be given an opportunity to be heard with respect to any issue pertaining to the proposed zoning relief.

Achieving Eagle Scout: Mayor Silvestri congratulates Brian Bocka on achieving Eagle Scout status from Troop 690 at St Celestine’s parish. Bocka is a freshman nursing student at Illinois State University and a 2012 graduate of Elmwood Park high school. Thomas Michael Burnson was also honored for achieving Eagle Scout status in Troop 690 and he is at Purdue University. 8 PEOPLE & PLACES • FEBRUARY 2013

Local Boy Forms Team to Fight Cancer & Needs Your Support! According to his mother, nine year old Johnny Blomquist of Schiller Park is, “one of the toughest kids you will ever meet. He has overcome every obstacle that life throws his way and he has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met. A couple of examples of this is he got his hockey team together to help serve dinner to the homeless, he makes sure that nobody on the playground is excluded from anything that he is a part of and one of his favorite days of the year is donating his time to help with The Special Needs Competition at the local ice arena which he has been doing now for the last three years. “ His mother continues with, “Johnny has been playing hockey since he was five and a half years old and one of his “things” is his hockey hair. There has been a constant battle at our house when it comes time for haircuts during hockey season (which for us, the season lasts nine months out of the year). Last year during one of these arguments, one of Johnny’s uncles was over and made a deal with Johnny that he wouldn’t have to cut his hair for the next five months. The catch was when he cut it, he had to shave it all off. My nine year old wasn’t sure about this until he heard that it would help little kids with cancer. He didn’t

think twice and he was in.” Click on the attached l ink to see Johnny’s incredible event last year. watch?v=s2XoPe7zwOw The St. Baldrick’s event was such a life changing experience for Johnny that he decided to put his own team together to raise money to help kids with cancer. He has already recruited seven kids 10 or under along with a couple of adults for this team and he’s not done yet! Taking part in the St. Baldrick’s event last year not only helped kids with cancer, but helped Johnny see the importance of helping other people. One final thing about Johnny, he makes this very personal. If you took a few minutes to watch the You Tube video, you saw Dylan who was the little boy that Johnny honored last year. This year, Johnny has decided to honor a little girl in his sister’s class named Kaya who has battled cancer and is in remission! He knows that the money he raises will directly help children like Dylan and Kaya. If you can help him with a donation, it will go a long way to supporting a very important cause as well as helping Johnny towards another one of his goals! Please go to his link: participants/mypage/582811/2013 to make a donation. JANUARY 2013


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Village President Silvestri joins trustees Jeff Sargent, Al Fang and Sam LaBarbera, as well as Senator Don Harmon and former State Representaive Skip Saviano at the groundbreaking of the new Centennial Park at 76th and Armitage Avenues. The park will be completed by spring.

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Want to fly? Rosemont may give you the chance. Discussions are currently underway with a company named iFly that when completed will offer to nearly anyone the chance to experience the sensation of flying. iFly allows anyone who is in good health and at least 3 years old the chance to experience the realistic thrill of freefall in a controlled environment. Details of when and where iFly Rosemont will be located and when operations will begin have yet to be worked out. Construction of the new fashion outlet mall is scheduled to be completed by August 1. Although billboards may seem like a nuisance, they mean big money to villages that own them. Rosemont just recently renewed an agreement with United for the continued use of a billboard that is seen by tens of thousands of motorists every day traveling to O’Hare Airport. The three-year agreement has United paying Rosemont $82,866 PER MONTH or a total of $994,400 per year. The village currently owns 12 billboards; you do the math. Plans to erect another billboard will promote the MB Financial Park at Rosemont and various businesses that will pay the village fees.

the Triton College Board with seven candidates running hoping to earn the voters confidence on April 9th. Three incumbents, Diane Viverito (18 years on board), Irene Moskal DelGiudice (24 years on board) and Thomas Gary (4 years on board), will go head to head against the four new-comers Vanessa Moritz, Charles Fredrickson, Tom Welsh and Colin Brady. Trustees serve four-year terms on the board. Triton College has a $55 million dollar operating budget.

Local Politics Schiller Park’s Vision for the Village Party holds Fundraiser Barbara Piltaver, candidate for Village President of Schiller Park and her slate of candidates will be holding a fundraiser on February 8th at the Allegra Banquets/ Comfort Suites in Schiller Park. The Mardi Gras themed event will be held from 6 to 12am and tickets are $40 per person. Dinner, entertainment by Anthony Cassano, two live bands, fortune tellers and lots of beads are all part of the planned event. Proceeds will help support their campaign. Other members of The Vision for the Village Party are Patrick Tutak for Village Clerk and Moses Diaz, Joseph

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Northlake Although Northlake’s mayor, city clerk,

treasurer and three of the city council seats will be unopposed, the third ward incumbent alderman Richard Riesterer will go against two challengers; Stanley Papke and Joseph Johnson. Riesterer who has been in office for ten years would like to focus on infrastructure and street improvements and continue to support the police department. Johnson, who works for a finance company and grew up in Northlake, is running for the first time and seeks better communication between the city government and the residents. Johnson has a background in finance industry and coursework in business administration and feels he would make an effective alderman. Stanley Papke is not new to politics and has served as alderman twice before. He would like to see the city government keep out of real estate and is interested in the council’s role in hiring police officers. Papke has served as police commissioner and as an electrical inspector for the city.

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Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin Park welcomed Rev. Carlos Ortiz at a mass on February 3rd. Rev. Ortiz will serve a one-year term at the church as sole pastor. The West Suburban Bar Assn is working with Maybrook Chief Judge Cheryl Ingram on developing improvements for the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood. Pictured are Assn President Fred Serpe, past President Mary Jane Hemza Placek, Judge Ingram and County Commissioner Pete Silvestri.


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ALL IN FAVOR Schiller Park Village Board Meeting January 8, 2013 BY BARBARA PILTAVER

• Called to Order 8pm Adjourned 8:18 pm • Absent: Trustees Clementi and Desecki • Vicent L. Cavalieri was sworn in as a Police Office. • Probationary Police Officer Russell Zagorski resigned to join the Chicago Police Department

• Payment to Spire Electric Company in the amount of $6,897.35 to install energy efficient lighting. • Payment of $29,625.85 to DiMeo Brothers, Inc. for completed work associated with the Crystal Creek Phase IIB Utility Relocation Project. • An Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Chicago for Storm water Discharge improvements. • (Note the Village Manager explained that for the monies approved for the lighting project, the village needs to front the costs now. However, a grant is expected to be received that would pay all of the expense except for $2,500.)

• Payment of bills totaling $639,296.69.

• Resolutions were passed authorizing the Disposition of Certain Village Property and approve a Class 7B property tax classification for the property commonly known as 4155 N. Mannheim Road. (7B Tax explanation: An incentive designed to stimulate larger commercial developments in areas “in need of commercial development”. Projects or those portions of projects which qualify will be assessed at 10% during the first 10 years, 15% during the 11th year and 20% during the 12th year.)

• Payment of $14,800 to Acres Group to renew landscape maintenance contract for various sites within the Village.


The Board approved the following: • Payment of $9,499.00 to Rag’s Electric Company for completed work on the lightning protection project at the Irving Park Road Lift Station. • Payment of $39,049.50 to J & T Service, Inc. for labor and materials associated with the 2012 sewer repair project.

• Payment of $16,301.35 to Helsel Jepperson Electrical, Inc. to purchase energy efficient lighting.

January 22, 2013 • Called to order 8:04pm Adjourned 8:20pm • Absent: Trustees Clementi and Desecki

The Board approved the following: • Final payment to ComEd to move utilities for Crystal Creek Project in the amount of $40,515.63. • Payment of $1,222.66 to Schroeder Asphalt Services, Inc. for alley reconstruction project. • Payment of Bills in the amount of $179,781.75

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• Payment of $22,000 to Rag’s Electric Co. for labor and materials for the lightning protection project.

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• Payment of $20,500 to Landview Excavating, Inc. for demolition services of the village owned property at 9826 W. Lawrence Ave.

• The Board approved payroll in the amount of $824,751.21.

• Proposal to renew the local program agreement for elevator regulations with the State Fire Marshall.

Citizens wishing to be heard: • Resident of the 3700 block of Emerson came before the board with the same problem he presented to the board in November; Neighbor running business out of home with hazardous materials and renting out basement as apartment. He was upset that it’s still business as usual for the neighbor and it doesn’t look like Village is doing anything about it. Mayor asked Village Manager to take resident’s phone number and get back to him.

• The Board authorized the payment of bills in the amount of $157,355.42.

Public Participation • Resident Dolly Joseph inquired if the District 81 vehicles driven by employees were for personal use and asked why the employees drive the vehicles home. Board President Mary Ann Desecki responded that District 81 vehicles are not for personal use, and that the two employees who drive the vehicles home are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. President Desecki stated that the District needs to insure the safety of the buildings in conditions of snow storms, floods, and in emergencies. • Annual Dr. Seuss night at Kennedy School on Thursday, February 28 at 6:00

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ALL IN FAVOR pm. Volunteers are needed. Contact Ms. Michelle Morgan at Kennedy School for further information. . • Resident Roy F. McCampbell stated that perspective has been lost at the Board of Education meetings. Mr. McCampbell stated that we have a wonderful education system that continues to improve. Mr. McCampbell also stated that as we move forward toward the election, the Board of Education needs to have a better understanding of the community. Mr. McCampell stated that we have a great education system because historically the community and district have rubbed elbows. • Resident Tina Ewanio questioned the action item on the agenda to approve the contract of the Director of Buildings and Grounds. Mrs. Ewanio inquired if this is a new contract, a renewal of contract, or for a new employee, and why a contract is necessary. Mrs. Ewanio also asked if the contract was being written due to the recent questioning about employeedriven vehicles. President Mary Ann Desecki responded that the contract was for the current Director of Building and Grounds, and that it was an oversight that the Board was correcting for not having the Director of Building and Grounds under contract previously. President Desecki responded that the contract has nothing to do with the inquiries regarding employee-driven vehicles. • Resident Kathleen Janis stated that transparency in government helps with understanding what is taking place at the board meetings. Ms. Janis requested a brief explanation of the policies and bills before voting to give the community a better understanding of what goes on at the board meetings. • Teacher Kitch Gorzynski congratulated the District 81 teachers who recently received the National Board Certification, noting that now District 81 has the distinction of employing six National Board Certified teachers. Mrs. Gorzynski stated that the rigorous process includes an estimated 500 hours of work and is the highest level of certification in the United States. Mrs. Gorzynski stated that the two teachers who were being recognized at the evening’s meeting, Ms. Barbara Folan and Ms. Louise Stompor, passed

the certification review on the first round, when the typical passing rate is 30%. • Teacher Louise Stompor congratulated Dr. Kimberly Boryszewski on the extension of her contract as Superintendent of Schools, on behalf of the SPEA. Ms. Stompor also congratulated the Board on behalf of the SPEA for their decision to continue moving School District 81 in a positive direction. • Teacher DJ Narvaez reported that the second annual Project HeartWell 5K Run/Walk event raised a total of $5,000, which is an increase of $1,000 from last year’s proceeds. The proceeds will benefit: St. Beatrice Catholic Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Gift from the Heart, Partners in Mission, and grants for Kennedy, Washington, and Lincoln schools. • Resident Andrea Jaffray requested consideration for an issue related to her child who attends Kennedy School. Dr. Boryszewski responded that a meeting between herself, Ms. Jaffray, and Principal Kartsimas would be scheduled to discuss the issue. • Dr. Boryszewski thanked Detective Tom Henn District 81 School Resource Officer, and Dr. Kristin Kopta, Principal of Washington School, for their quick response to a situation.

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– Jessica Donato also reported that in regard to the cafeteria budget, the cost of food and delivery is increasing. • FOIA Update: – Member Fritz asked if the two FOIA requests were met by the district. Jessica Donato stated that one was sent out, and the other was scheduled to be sent out the day after the board meeting.

Old Business -Action • The Board of Education approved the employment contract for Director of Buildings and Grounds. • Discussion: Member David Stachura asked if the Director of Building and Grounds was currently taking courses, how many courses he has taken so far, how long he has been working for the district, and asked why he had not taken courses previously. Dr. Boryszewski responded that the employee had taken six courses since September of 2012, which was upon her request, that the employee has worked for the district for 22 years, and that she could not speak to the employee’s coursework history

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New Business-Information • The Annual ED-RED Legislative Dinner and Workshops will be held this month. • The Leyden Area Board Dinner was also mentioned as an upcoming event. • The IASB West Cook Spring Dinner Meeting has been scheduled.

New Business-Action • The Board of Education approved the resignation of a teacher as presented. • The Board of Education adopted Resolution #13-05 AUTHORIZING NOTICE TO REMEDY TO TENURED TEACHER. • The Board of Education approved the hirings, resignations, retirement, and long term substitute teacher agreements as presented. • Public Participation: NONE • Next regularly scheduled School Board Meeting: • February 20th, 2013 7:00pm Lincoln Middle School, 9760 Soreng Avenue, Schiller Park. Visit

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Village Expands Free Rides For Seniors ELMWOOD PARK – Elmwood Park seniors are taking advantage of a new Dial-A-Ride program that provides rides to and from many locations in the Elmwood Park area throughout the week. As a result, hours for the new service are being expanded. Service is now

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LEYDEN BRIEFS available from 7am until 2pm Monday through Friday and from 8am to 12pm on Saturdays. “We are so glad that seniors are utilizing this service, especially during the cold winter months when it’s harder to get around,” Village President Pete Silvestri said. “We see this as an important service the village provides to our seniors and residents with special needs who need a little extra help picking up groceries and other errands.” During December, the first month the service was offered, the village provided 69 rides. In January, that number jumped to 176 pick-ups. Anyone needing a ride must call Village Hall at 708-452-7300 to schedule an appointment. Elmwood Park has partnered with Pace, the suburban bus agency of the Regional Transportation Authority, to provide the Dial-A-Ride program. The village rents the bus for a nominal fee, coordinates all scheduling of services and supplies the driver. Stops include stores and offices throughout town, Harlem & Irving Mall and shops in Oak Park. Seniors can also contact Village Hall to request a list of high school students who are available to shovel snow during the winter. Students typically charge $10 per house. However, when there is a snowfall of six inches or more, the village provides the service at no cost through a voucher program.

District 212 Students Exhibit Works at Triton College Annual High School Art Competition District 212 art students currently have artworks on exhibit at the Triton College Annual High School Art Competition. Leyden students’ works, along with works of students from other high schools within Triton’s district, are on display now through Thursday, February 14, 2013, in the art gallery located in Building J on Triton’s campus. A reception for the artists and their guests will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm The exhibit features 200 artworks created by local high school students, and selected for their excellence by the faculty of the college’s constituent public and private high schools. The array of work in all media is a testament to the students’ talent and dedication to the visual arts. Winners of the competition are announced at the end of the exhibit. The exhibit and the artists’ reception are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 708-456-03000, ext. 3589; or visit

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The Unity in Community Foundation, will be awarding $4,000 in scholarships to Leyden High School Seniors. Once again we will be awarding the Lucia Ramirez Community Involvement Scholarship to an East and West campus senior in the amount of $1,000 each. New this year is the Smerz-Horvath Athletic Scholarship for $1,000 each, also available to an East and West campus senior. All Leyden High School seniors are encouraged to visit their counselor’s office for these and other scholarship applications. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to The Unity in Community Foundation’s scholarship fund, please feel free to contact Tom Brimie at, Help us put UNITY back into CommUNITY!

Eighth graders slated for admission to East Leyden High School this fall were given a taste of high school during an open house for prospective students. “Taste of East” was held on January 24th beginning in the school’s auditorium. The event welcomed all incoming freshmen and their parents. After a brief presentation incoming students and their families went to the f ield house where they had the opportunity to learn about core program classes, elective courses, ACCESS, and athletics. Representatives from each department were available to discuss course options with students and family members. T he informat ion helps prospective students make decisions concerning course selections.

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Franklin Park Manila Lion’s Club Announces Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year The Franklin Park Manila Lion’s Club each year pays tribute to a Franklin Park police officer and fireman. This year’s choices were Lara Hill from the police department and Lt. Robert Beuse from the fire department. Lara was recognized for her outstanding work in the State’s Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign and contributions to the department’s child safety seat program. Ms. Hill is an 18 year veteran and has served as a patrol officer, school liaison officer and field training officer. Lt. Beuse was selected due to his heroic efforts when he assisted in rescuing a civilian from a burning apartment building

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2012 Was Hottest on Record For U.S. America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced. That’s a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998. Breaking temperature records by an entire degree is unprecedented, scientists

say. Normally, records are broken by a tenth of a degree or so. “It was off the chart,” said Deke Arndt, head of climate monitoring at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., which calculated the temperature records. Last year, he said, will go down as “a huge exclamation point at the end of a couple decades of warming.” The data center’s figures for the entire world won’t come out until next week, but through the first 11 months of 2012, the world was on pace to have its eighth warmest year on record. Scientists say the U.S. heat is part global warming in action and natural weather variations. The drought that struck almost two-thirds of the nationa and a LaNina weather event helped push temperatures higher, along with climate change from man-made greenhouse gas emissions, said Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.

Boy Scouts Earn Awards at Court of Honor Boy Scout Troop 158 in Franklin Park, sponsored by the Kiwanis of Franklin Park and Benmsenville, recently had their January Court of Honor. The following awards were earned by the Scouts. Merit Badges were awarded to Giovanni Diomede for Citizenship in the Community, Gren Mendoza for Citizenship in the Community, Pat Shelton for Communications, and Junior Vega for Citizenship in the Community. S ever a l S cout s a l s o a c h i eve d Advancement to their next rank-Janes Adamczyk earned the rank of 2nd Class Scout. Giovanni Diomede and Jimmy Rasmussen earned the rank of 1st Class Scout and Gren Mendoza earned the rank of Life Scout. Junior Vega also recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was acknowledged. Scoutmaster John Mazur and Assistant Scoutmaster Ben White were also recognized for their recent leadership awards from Twin Lakes District of the Des Plaines Valley Council. Congratulations to everyone. Information about Boy Scout Troop 158 is available by visiting our website at or email us at

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Schiller Park Lion’s Club Luncheon The Schiller Park Lion’s Club held its annual Pasta Dinner on Sunday, January 27th. This delicious event raises needed funds for the world’s largest service club organization with 46,000 local clubs and 1.35 million members. Their mission is to do whatever is needed to help their local communities. They are most notably known for helping children who need

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Winter has f inally arrived! The Chicagoland area has been spoiled for a record 335 days without any measurable snow. That came to an end on Friday, January 25 when 1.1 inches was recorded at O’Hare International Airport officially breaking the area’s snowless streak, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record stretch of no snow of 310 days was set in 1940. Friday’s snowfall also marked the latest it has gone in the season before an inch of snow has fallen. Unfortunately, when no snow falls, people seem to forget how to take precautions on the roads. During the morning rush hour on January 25th by 7:15 am, the state police responded to about two dozen accidents on area roads. One accident involved nine cars. The average snowfall for Chicago is 18.3 inches. When it snows, leave earlier to where you are going and slow down. And remember, BEFORE leaving the house, clear all snow from car windows.

Although the long-awaited, $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project will not be completed until around 2025, Federal officials have already signed off on plans to convert the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway into a wider, longer, “all-electronic” tollway with an estimated 20 cents a mile toll that would access the western edge of O’Hare Airport by 2018. The new booth-free tollway would constitute the first all-electronic toll road in the Illinois Tollway system. Officials have yet to decide where the toll sites will be and it’s possible travelers might have to pay more than one toll during their drive. Still to be determined is how to charge drivers without

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Chicago Tribune Investigation The Chicago Tribune newspaper published an article on January 6 that explained how small suburbs exploit tax loopholes. The Village of Franklin Park was mentioned in the article detailing how Franklin Park taxpayers have paid about 30 percent more in municipal property taxes than what tax caps would allow. The article stated that Franklin Park had alternate revenue in hand to make payments on a loan of infrastructure loans, yet they raised taxes anyway. The article explained that this showcases yet another way the deals can backfire on taxpayers. The article pointed out a number of ways Franklin Park used accounting maneuvers to raise property taxes without voters’ OK in a way that gets around tax caps. “In all, the 2010, 2011 and 2012 bills were about 30 percent more than what tax caps indicate they should be. It has cost the average homeowners a total of $530 more since 2010.” Mayor Pedersen in the article commented on the increase and stated he has put the village on a much stronger financial footing. However, other residents, in particular those running against Pedersen in the next election, are questioning the tactics and are upset that property taxes are going through the roof. To read the full article, go to http:// ct-met-risky-borrowing-20130106,0,1377519. story?page=1

Fire Causes Roof Collapse

An extra-alarm fire on January 2nd at Intent Auto Body, 3305 N. Mannheim Road in Franklin Park caused the roof to cave in. Firefighters from at least 10 area departments helped Franklin Park firefighters battle the blaze. The fire started around 12:30pm and firefighters had it under control within ninety minutes. During the fire’s most intense time, with f lames leaping up several stories in the air, several drivers on the nearby Mannheim Road Bridge caused at least

three minor gaper accidents. According to Franklin Park Fire Chief Steven Iovinelli, investigators found that the fire was caused by welding being done on a car in the shop. An engineer is determining whether or not the building is salvageable and the insurance company is trying to determine structural damage to see if the building is worth saving.

Cemetery Issue Finally Buried

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay a church $1.3 million for a plot of land that included a historic cemetery but was sought for the expansion of O’Hare International Airport. This month’s settlement ends a fiveyear legal battle over the land. Attorney Richard Friedman works for Neal & Leroy, the firm that represented the city. He says a judge was able to get the sides to agree on compensation and avoided taking the issue to trial. The St. Johannes Cemetery was started by German pioneers in 1849. The city acquired the land in 2010 from the St. John United Church of Christ through an eminent domain lawsuit, and about 1,500 bodies were disinterred and reburied elsewhere. But the two sides had continued to argue over fair compensation.

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State Rep. Kathleen Willis Opens Office Those constituents served by newly elected State Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77th) will now be able to visit her office which will be located at 112 N. Wolf Road in Northlake, Illinois. The 77th Illinois House district includes Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park and Wood Dale. The office will be open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays except on Wednesdays when it will stay open later, until 7 pm. It will also be open from 10am to 1pm the first Saturday of each month. The office phone number is 708-562-6970. You may email State Rep. Willis at A website has not been launched as of yet. Willis plans to create seven citizen advisory committees. The committees will focus on different topics covering education, seniors, women’s issues, Latino issues, public safety, environmental concerns, economic development and small business issues. To join a committee or get more information, call or email her office. Also, Willis is requesting nominations for a local business of the month that helps residents or local charities. To submit a nomination, include the name and address of the business and examples of charitable activities. Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Willis will visit a nominated business each month and present them with a certificate.

BGA-Too Many Boards for us to Support BY ANDY SHAW/BGA

Illinois is home to more than 300 separate tax-payer supported boards and commissions, many of them costly and of dubious value. It’s a poster child for government excess — watchers watching watchers — that should have been streamlined years ago. Run a business? Perform a public service? Have a civic interest? Enjoy a hobby? Then chances are the State of Illinois has a board, a commission or panel watching over you. Il l inois is home to more than 300 separate tax-supported boards and commissions, many of them costly and of dubious value, starting with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Advisory Board and rolling through the alphabet to end with the Youth Development Council. Taxpayers are covering the salaries and benefits of board and commission members who “oversee” a wide range of functions that probably don’t need another layer of oversight, including elections,

utilities, liquor control and property tax appeals. It’s a poster child for government excess — watchers watching watchers — that should have been streamlined years ago. In fact, when Gov. Pat Quinn took office in 2009, replacing impeached and nowimprisoned Rod Blagojevich, he pledged to dump the most unnecessary boards and commissions — that’s a lot of them — and make the rest more efficient. But four years later the situation, incredibly, is actually worse, not better. In June of 2010, there were 333 state panels, according to a report by the Illinois Auditor General. Today, there are 346, based on a recent count by the BGA. Almost 40 of those boards pay their members a total of more than $8 million a year in salaries and benefits. The rest hand out nearly a million a year in per diem fees and expense reimbursements. Salaries range from $117,043 for members of the full-time Pollution Control Board, which holds hearings and reviews environmental cases — that’s arguably necessary — to $15,000 for the part-time Employment Security Board of Review, which backstops decisions on unemployment insurance claims. Really? One of the best gigs is the part-time Human Rights Commission, whose 12 members are paid $46,960 a year, plus health and pension benefits, for working an average of 13 hours a month, according to a 2011 BGA investigation. That’s almost as much as the average salary of a fulltime state employee. Some boards and commissions are created by the Illinois General Assembly, but most are under the governor’s purview, Quinn’s promise to cut and economize also included a pledge to depoliticize panels that, in many cases, serve as landing pads for connected insiders and cronies who leave fulltime sinecures but want to remain on the public payroll in some fashion. Case in point: The aforementioned Human Rights Commission, which includes f ive politically inf luential Democrats named to the panel by — you guessed it — Democrat and selfproclaimed reformer Pat Quinn. In fairness, Quinn’s been dealing with bigger financial issues, including a massive public pension debacle, a budget crisis and a mountain of unpaid bills. But a governor with an army of minions should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. A spokeswoman for Quinn tells the BGA that he remains committed to his original reform agenda and will lay out a game plan in his upcoming budget address. It’s about time, and we’re looking forward to hearing his new and improved strategy. But please: Don’t call for the creation of a new board or commission to review the current ones. That would be adding insult to injury. Andy Shaw is President & CEO of the Better Government Association. He can be reached at and 312-386-9097.

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• February 2nd- Triton College offers English classes on Saturday mornings at the library. Register in person 9am12pm or call the college at: (708) 4560300, ext. 3609 • February 4th- Chocolate Iron Chef. Use chocolate and other tasty ingredients to create a delicious masterpiece 6:307:30pm • February 6th- Cover letters 101. re you unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed? If you are: returning to the workforce, re-entering 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 present. 6:30-7:30pm. • February 9th- Illinois Worknet. Provides FREE Job Counseling/Placement every Second Saturday of the month, 1:303:30pm • February 19th- Book Club. Book clubs invoke a like-minded community by bringing together people with a passion for reading. Pick up your copy of our selected title at the reference desk. Third Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm • February 20th- Everything FAFSA. Find out everything you need to know about the FAFSA! 6:00-7:00 pm

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• February 3rd- Excel Basics class. Come boost your computer skills and improve your resume by attending this course in Excel Basic at 3pm. • February 8th- Drop in Tech Help. Bring your tablet, smartphone, eReader, or laptop in to the Library for help getting started with accessing the Internet, learning your device’s features, and using the Library’s digital services. We can also help you with email, social networking or general Internet questions from 2-6pm. Also Sunday the 9th from 2-4pm.

• February 19th- Sharpie Tye-Dye for Teens. Use sharpies to make awesome tiedye items!! For ages 10-18 from 7-7:45pm. • February 26th- Trivia Night at Circle Inn. Trivia Night is Back! Join us at Circle Inn (7707 Westwood Drive) for a night of Trivia. Bring your friends and form a team of up to 4 people or meet new people and team up. We’ll have prizes for the winners! From 7-9pm. • Come to the library every Wednesday for a movie matinee. Fridays are also Film lovers Friday. Both begin at 1:30pm. Call the library for the weeks movie selections.

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• February 5th- Basic Online Safety. Learn how to keep your information safe when browsing the internet. We will discuss passwords, antivirus software and malicious downloads. 7-8pm • February 9th & 23rd- Mini Book Sale. Hosted by the Friends of the Eisenhower Library. Hardcovers $1, DVDs $1, CDs $1, and paperbacks 50 cents. Located in the book sale room on the first floor, next to the Quiet Room from 2-4pm. • February 10th- Petra’s Recession Dixieland Jazz. Just in time for Mardi Gras -- Petra’s five piece band (singer, guitar, upright bass & 2 horns.) Don’t forget your Mardi Gras beads. From 2-3:30pm. • February 17th- Kids Decoupage Notebooks art class. Grades 2-6, Registration is Required. From 2-3pm. • February 20th- Handwriting analysis. See what your handwriting says about you! 6:30-7:30pm. • February 23rd- Improve your Memory! Dr. Burton Fischman will help you achieve your potential and boost your confidence by learning memory improvement strategies! 2-3pm. • February 28th- Email Basics. Learn the basics of Email, this class uses Gmail. 10:30-11:30am.

• February 27th- Family Movie night. Once you register, you’ll be able to cast your vote for the movie of your choice! Snacks will be provided. 6-8pm. • February 28th- Teen Chocolate Party! Teens in grades 7-12 will have plenty of chances to satisfy their sweet tooth, so be sure to be here. Registration is required. 4-5pm.

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• February 3rd- Super Bowl party! Join us on game day for some footballrelated trivia and games and, of course, tailgate-worthy eats! Adults and Teens are invited to attend. Please register by February 2. Party from 2-3pm. • February 4th & 11th- FAFSA form help. Please bring your Chromebook or laptop if you have one. Runs 6-8pm both sessions. • February 8th- Friday f licks! This month, join us as we watch Clint Eastwood as an aging professional baseball scout who takes his adult daughter along for one last recruiting trip. Rated PG-13. Refreshments will be provided. Starts at 1pm. • February 9th- Tweens! Superhero Cartoon Drawing. The library will provide snacks. Ages 9-12. Starts at 3pm. • February 14th- Kids zone! Come and decorate Valentine’s cookies, ages 4 and up at 4pm. • February 23rd- Movie day! Come with your friends for a fun movie. The library will provide snacks. All ages, starts at 2pm. • February 26th- Romantic Chocolate Desserts. Chef Michael Maddox returns to show you some creative desserts as well as methods and techniques in preparing them. There is a charge of $3.00 per person and sign-up must be done in person. Starts at 7pm.

Schiller Park Library

4200 Old River Rd., 847-678-0433 • February 5th- Conversation Hearts. Join the library for Valentines Day inspired stories between 6:30-7:30pm. Please signup in the Youth Services Room. • February 6th- Valentine’s Day Craft from 6:30-7:30pm. There is a limit of 20 children for this craft. Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room. • February 13th- That’s Amore! Visit the library on from 6:30-7:30pm and tell someone you love them with a little craft. There is a limit of 20 children for this craft. Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room. • February 16th- Cruising through the Library. Visit the library from 1:00-3:00pm and watch our feature film, with juice, popcorn, and more! This film is rated G. Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room. • Reading Time is held every Saturday at 11:00am in the Youth Services Room, all ages are welcome! No signup needed!


River Grove Library

8638 W. Grand Ave., River Grove Librarian Marissa, 708-453-4484 • February 7th- Chocolate tasting, door prizes. Program is free, but registration is required. 7-8pm. • February 25th- Book club monthly meeting. This months book is The Zookeepers Wife. Books are available behind circulation desk. Starts at 7pm. • February-Every Wednesday at 7pm is evening tales all month long.

Melrose Park Public Library 801 North Broadway 708-343-3391 Closed Sundays

• February 11th- Beginners Week Boot Camp Computer Class. Learn the basics of computing in this 4 continuous day class with our newest Reference Librarian Molly from 2-3pm.

• February 12th- Valentines Day card Craft. Program for children grades K-6th.Registration is required. 4-5pm.

• February 12th- Family movie night featuring Frankenweenie. Starts at 7pm.

• February 19th- Teen Book Club. Talking, eating, and hanging out with your friends and throw in a book! This program is for teens going into 7-12 grades. Registration is required. 5-6pm.

• February 18th- Mulled Wine Workshop. Learn the process of making your own mulled wine! Space is limited, so sign up now! Ages 21 and up only. 6:308:30pm.

creations. For kids in grades K-6 and registration is required. 4-5pm.

• February 18th- The library will be closed today.

• February 20th- We’ll be using different kinds of art supplies to make beautiful

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CHAMBER CHATTER Franklin Park/ Schiller Park Chamber of Commerce Scholarship The Franklin Park/Schiller Park Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year. Advancing the educational aspirations of local students to become professionals, leaders and valued citizens of our communities supports the purpose of the Chamber to create a strong association between two villages to promote business growth. Open to all Franklin Park and Schiller Park residents, the application may be accessed by contacting the Scholarship Chair, at Please include a contact phone number also. Applications and all required information must be received by May 1st, 2013. The Franklin Park/Schiller Park Chamber of Commerce will award one $1,000 scholarship to a full-time student based on the following criteria: educational goals, grade point average, campus/community involvement, and application content and quality. Applicants must be accepted as a fulltime student at an accredited college,

university, community college or trade school in the United States and have had a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school. In addition, applicants must be a resident of Franklin Park or Schiller Park, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA, and have developed in a leadership role in school, the community, employment, etc. T he f ina l award select ion wi l l be completed by the end of May, 2013. Please direct any inquires to info@

Upcoming Chamber Events • February 7-Business After Hours PNC Bank-Chamber Members Only

Hostess Picks Lead Bidders For Twinkies Brand ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hostess has picked a lead bid for its famous Twinkies. The bankrupt company said late Wednesday that it has selected a joint offer from two investment firms — Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC — as the lead bid for its Twinkies and other snack cakes. Hostess says the two are teaming to on $410 million bid for the snack-cake business and five bakeries. The “stalking horse” bid would set the f loor for an auction process that

lets competitors make better offers. A judge would have to approve any final sale. In an interview on CNBC Thursday morning, Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn said he expects the auction for the cakes to be “wild and wooly.” Twinkies and other cakes could return to shelves during the back-toschool season, he said. After years of management turmoil and turnover, Hostess declared in November it was going out of business and selling its brands. The company already announced separate lead bidders for its other brands including Drake’s cakes and Wonder bread. The offer sets the stage for the return of Twinkies and other Hostess cakes to supermarket shelves under new management, which could mean stepped up marketing for the spongy yellow cakes with mysterious cream filling. Although supermarkets saw a run on Twinkies when news hit in November that Hostess was

• February 20-Multi-Chamber Business After Hours Event at Triton CollegeChamber Members Only • March 13-Business After Hours at Tuscano’s Restaurant-Chamber Members Only. Check their website for registration and latest information. Dates and Times Subject to Change • Many area chambers are offering scholarships to high school students. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply.

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OPEN FORUM / BUSINESS BEATS going out of business, the company’s sales had been declining amid changing tastes and a lack of investment in marketing. In bankruptcy proceedings, Hostess has stressed that it needs to move quickly in the sale of its brands to capitalize on the outpouring of nostalgia and media coverage prompted by its demise. The longer the cakes and breads are off shelves, the more people will become accustomed to eating cakes and breads by rivals, the company has said. Still, Hostess cakes generated significant sales to the end. For its final year, Twinkies pulled in about $76.2 million, according to Hostess. Hostess Donuts brought in $384.6 million and CupCakes brought in $138.1 million. The figures exclude sales at WalMart Stores Inc. Hostess Brands Inc., based in Irving, Texas, has been filing the bids for its brands in stages. Flowers Foods Inc., which makes Tastykakes and a variety of breads, was picked as the lead bidder for six of Hostess’ major bread brands, including Wonder. United States Bakery Inc. was picked as the lead bidder for a number of smaller bread brands. Hostess had been making its second trip through bankruptcy reorganization last year and hired Rayburn as a turnaround expert. Rayburn announced in November that the company would have to shut down after workers at its second biggest union

went on strike and the company couldn’t reach a deal on a new contract. The shuttering means the loss of roughly 18,000 jobs in total. Hostess has said the wind down is expected to take about a year, with the company retaining top management during that time to see through the process. The bakers union said in a statement that it looked forward to working to bring Hostess cakes back to store shelves. The statement noted that it is “engaging with bidders who recognize the value” the union can bring to the ongoing business. On Monday, the company requested in a bankruptcy filing to stop making payments to its retiree benefits as of Feb. 28. It had already stopped making contributions to employee pensions in August 2011.

Open Forum CORRECTION In the January issue under the Open Forum Section “A Thanksgiving Feast,” the writer was referring to the Schiller Park Village Hall and not the Franklin Park Village Hall. People and Places apologizes for the error.

Taxpayer Alert Dist. 81 approved a 3 year “employment contract” for the district director of buildings and grounds. His current pay of $83,110.36 which includes pay raises

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determined by the board, 20 vacation days, 15 sick days, 2 personal days and ALL insurance premiums for him and his family, also the use of a district 81 pick-up truck to drive up and back from home to work. Oh, and we pay the insurance and gas for that too. This came right after the superintendent’s million dollar plus contract was approved. Remember this on April 9, 2013. “It’s not for the children…” (Called in by phone)

Hold the Salt! I understand that area villages haven’t had a lot of winter to use much of their salt stock piles, but it seems they are going a bit overboard at times. There are piles of salt at the ends of streets and sometimes even in the middle of the streets. “Salt storms” are stirred up when everything dries out because the streets are white! Is this a true concern for the safety of residents or just another “look what we’re doing” right before an election? (Called in by phone)

What’s Healthy? Trying to keep within my New Year’s resolutions, I went out to the grocery store and purchased three boxes of “healthy” cereals. Simply paying attention to the nutrition labels, I didn’t realize until I went to the check out that the cereals cost me over $15. $5 for a box of cereal? May be healthy for my body, but doesn’t do much to keep my budget healthy. (Sent by email)

Poopy Park My dogs and I frequent the dog park in Schiller Park and find it frustrating that other patrons don’t take the time to pick up their own dog’s poop. Simply because I don’t want my dogs or myself stepping in it, I end up picking it up. I find this rude and inconsiderate of these people who want to use the park but don’t take care of it. I’ve also found on several occasions that a dog or dogs will tear a toy apart and the owners just leave it there. This again is not only inconsiderate but can be dangerous if a small dog were to pick up a piece and end up chocking on it. Come on; be responsible PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOGS! (Received by mail)

GOOD INFORMATION Although opening my tax bill was not a pleasant experience considering the huge amount of taxes we pay for the tiny little house we have, I found it refreshing to see that at least the Cook County Treasurer is trying to help us see where exactly our tax monies are going. Whoever came up with the “Debt Disclosure Ordinance” has my vote. This is vital information that most people were not aware of. It also shows how important it is to vote in our local elections. It is here, in your own backyard, that your vote counts the most. If you don’t like what you see on your tax bill, then vote the people out who created it! I plan on voting on April 9th, do you? (Sent by email)

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A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little gray hair he had left. “Amazing,” he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, “What am I doing? I’m too old for this,” and pulled over to await the trooper’s arrival. Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch, and said, “Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I’ve never heard before, I’ll let you go.” The old gentleman paused. Then he said, “Years ago, my wife ran off with a State trooper. I thought you were bringing her back.” “Have a good day, sir,” replied the trooper.

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LOCAL CHURCH NEWS Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) Offers Scholarship The ACCW is offering a scholarship for a young woman who belongs to a parish in the Archdiocese, is graduating from high school and continuing her education. If you know of a young woman who qualifies, applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013. The scholarship will be awarded by Francis Cardinal George at the Fall Assembly Breakfast on October 19, 2013 to be held at the Drury Lane Oakbrook. Information and applications are available on the website at

Essay Contest For Seniors In Catholic High Schools The Office for Catholic Schools in partnership with the Catholic New World, Seniors at Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to write an essay of no more than 600 words answering the question: “Where do I find God in my life? How do I share God with others?” First place prize is $1,000, second place is $500 and third place is $300. The winning essay will be published in a May issue of the Catholic New World. Essays must be received no later than April 1 and include the student’s name, address, email address, contact phone number and school name. Send entries to editorial@ (include “Essay Contest” in subject line) or Essay Contest, Catholic New World, 3525 S. Lake Park

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St. Maria Goretti 3929 N. Wehrman Ave., Schiller Park 847-678-3988

St. Maria Goretti school kicked off Catholic Schools week by first holding an open house on Sunday, January 27. Visitors were given tours of the school and an opportunity to talk with teachers and staff. The following day, Senior Citizens were treated to a spaghetti luncheon sponsored by the Beta Club. The children were absolutely wonderful graciously serving the guests lunch. Afterwards, the children from each school grade performed various songs, poems and readings with the theme of “Shaping America’s Future.” The crowd was truly entertained and the children did a GREAT job! Be sure to visit to view more pictures from the two events.

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SAVE THE DATE March 9, 2013, St. Maria Goretti Spring Gala – Auction, Dinner, Dancing, Cash Bar. Auction items are needed and ads are being taken for the ad book. Ticket information is coming soon.

BIRTHDAY WISHES Father Jim celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday, January 27th. H A PPY BIRTHDAY AND MANY MORE!

On Wed., Ja nu a r y 2 3, 2 013, St. Cyprian e i g h t h graders, along w it h Si st er Kathleen and Mrs. Kmiecik, set out to help feed the starving children of the world! The group went to the Schaumburg, IL meal-packing site for Feed My Starving Children. There they worked diligently packaging dinners for children living in Kenya. Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. They have three meal-packing sites in Chicagoland, which help feed 90,000 children every day for a year. The idea is a simple one; package meals that are specifically formulated for malnourished children, and ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Our students scooped chicken broth, dried vegetables, soy, and rice into a plastic bag. The bags were weighed, sealed, and packed in cartons ready to be shipped. At the end of the two hours spent scooping, weighing, sealing, and packing everyone gathered around the packaged food and said a prayer to bless all the children who are

St. Maria Goretti Church

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LOCAL CHURCH NEWS in such need of daily food. Here is what the 8th graders had to say about their experience: • I felt really happy knowing that I was helping to feed kids. – Jake • I think it was a fun way to help children around the world. – Brice • I felt like I really made a difference in helping the children of Kenya. I hope to do it again sometime. – Mike • I felt proud to make a difference and help the children turn from hopeless to hope. – Antonio • We take everything for granted, but now I know that we should count our blessings. -Nick • It was a great experience helping them package food for those who wouldn’t get any food otherwise. – Kylie • I felt sad for all of the people we watched in the video. – Mike • Everyone there was so nice and outgoing, and willing to help others. – Sabrina

St. Beatrice Parish

4157 Atlantic Ave., Schiller Park 847-678-0138, Mark your calendars. St. Beatrice in conjunction with St. Maria Goretti Church will be hosting a Lenten Mission on February 25, 26, and 27. Guest speakers

will present programs that will enrich your Lenten experience • Monday, Feb. 25th, 7:00pm at St. Beatrice: Experiential Meditation on the Crucifixion. Speaker: Fr. Terry Deffenbaugh • Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 7:00pm at St. Maria Goretti: Eucharist: Pathway to Spiritual Transformation & Invitation to Spiritual Healing. Speaker: Dr. Mary Amore • Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 7:00pm at St. Beatrice: Eucharist: Invitation to Spiritual Healing & Renewed Call to Discipleship. Speaker: Dr. Mary Amore • Dr. Amore will also be speaking at all the Masses on Feb. 16-17. D r. Mary A more holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Liturgy and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies f rom C at hol ic Theological Union. Dr. Amore is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation, as well as numerous articles on spirituality. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Mary is a presenter of workshops, retreats and parish missions. Dr. Amore is the Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries in Lombard.

F r. Te r r y Def fenbaugh, O. S . A ., i s a n Augustinian priest. He sp e c i a l i z e s i n ministry to youth, in addition to counseling and giving retreats. He has received the Catechetical Ministries Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago in recognition of his work as a youth retreat leader. Fr. Terry has written more than thirty articles and five books, including No Longer A Stray: The Gospel According to PupPup.

St. Beatrice Women’s Club The Women’s Club will hold their next meeting on Monday, February 18 at 7 pm. It will feature a Valentine’s Day Sing-a-Long directed by member Betty Rutan. All women are invited to join us. They will be coordinating their “Bunny Bake-Sale” which will be held on March 23 and 24 with Karen Lima as the chairperson. The “It’s a Family Affair Fashion Show” will also be discussed and it will be held on Sunday, April 14 at 1 pm. Fashions for children and adults will be presented. Tickets will be $35 for adults and $15 for children. A pro-life baby shower to benefit the Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland will be held on February 16 and 17 after all the masses.

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SALUTE TO OUR SOLDIERS Cup of Joe for a Joe Program

Green Bean Coffee offers a program where you can purchase a cup of Joe that will then supply a troop or troops with Green Bean Coffee. You are also able to send a personal message to the troops and the troops can respond back, if they choose, to your message. Each $2 donation provides a different service member with a Cup of Joe gift. Once you choose how many troops you’d like to support, you will be able to write your personal message that will be delivered with each of your cup of Joe gifts. You pay by credit card or PayPal. The message you write is delivered to our troops by email and the freshly brewed cups of coffee are served at Green Beans Coffee cafes on the bases where they’re deployed. There is a really interesting video on the Green Bean

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Van T. BarfootNot a Local, But a Soldier You Should Know

he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war. And if that weren't enough for a day's work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions. That probably didn't make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after also serving in Korea and Vietnam , a well deserved Congressional Medal of Honor. What did make news... was his Neighborhood Association's quibble with how the 90-year-old veteran chose to

Remember the guy who wouldn't take the flag pole down on his Virginia property a while back? You might remember the news story about an old man in Virginia who defied his local Homeowners Association, and refused to take down the flagpole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it. Now we learn who that old man was. On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg , Texas . That probably didn't make news back then. But twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy , that same Van T. Barfoot, who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers. His advance took him through a minefield but having done so,

ATTENTION ALL MILITARY VETERANS The American Legion Wants You! Join your comrades in arms and support the Americanism we represent! Wounded and aging veterans at Hines Hospital Local charitable events in our communities Social events • Picnics • Christmas parties for Children • Legion sponsored adult dance nights • Local school awards and scholarships • New Years Eve celebrations • Special events promoting patriotism – Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Parades & more!

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fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home. In December 2009, the homeowners' association (HOA) of the Sussex Square, where Barfoot lived in Henrico County, Virginia, ordered him to remove the 21 foot flagpole from which he flew the American flag. This news story first became public when Barfoot's son-inlaw reported the story on local talk radio show, Elliot in the Morning. Fox News and several other national news networks picked up the story. The HOA retained Coates & Davenport to help enforce their order. The association's bylaws do not forbid flagpoles, but the HOA ruled Barfoot, then aged 90, would not be allowed to use it "for aesthetic reasons" saying the flagpole was “unsuitable.” Barfoot contested the order and received support from politicians, including Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb, and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. “In the time I have left,” he said to the Associated Press, “I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference.” Barfoot won when the association dropped its request on December 8, 2009, effectively ending the controversy. And if any of his

neighbors had taken a notion to contest him further, they might have done well to read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it indicates Mr. Van Barfoot wasn't particularly good at backing down. Second Lieutenant Barfoot's official Medal of Honor citation reads: For conspicuous ga l lantr y and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot (then Tech. Sgt.) moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his Thompson Submachine gun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot's extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of pointblank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers. Barfoot was one of the country's last living Medal of Honor recipients from World War II. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War and earned a Purple Heart. He reached the rank of colonel before retiring from the Army. In retirement he lived in Amelia County, Virginia and later, Henrico County, Virginia, near his daughter. On October 9, 2009, the portion of Mississippi Highway 16 which runs from Carthage through his hometown of Edinburg to the border between Leake and Neshoba counties was named the "Van T. Barfoot Medal of Honor Highway Van T. Barfoot died at the age of 92 on 2 March 2012 after suffering head trauma from a fall. WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE AND BECAUSE OF OLD MEN LIKE VAN BARFOOT!

What do you feed your cats (and dogs)?

Have you ever read the ingredients of your cat food? Chances are the first ingredient is corn and/or a by-product followed by a lot of other grains and by products. Most are fillers, that according to some professionals, is at the root of a lot of the diseases they’re experiencing. Low grade systemic inflammation, obesity, diabetes, cancer, allergies-all the health issues facing humans. Unfortunately it’s not just the filler, it’s the rendered proteins like diseased body parts, beaks, feathers, feet and faces. A high grade Grain Free food is the way to go but be careful, the same people that manufactured the filler food are now manufacturing the no grain food. When profit is the bottom line, quality comes into question. Consider the price per pound of corn or wheat vs muscle meat or fish and you’ll know why company’s manufacture cat food that’s not so good for cats Better foods are more money short term but long term, far less. First, cats eat less because the foods are more nutrition packed, they don’t have to eat by the corn to get to the nutrients. Second, if the cat eats food that nurtures and gives it’s body what it needs to be healthy, there are less visits to the vet and a longer healthier life. At CatVando, we’ve been feeding grain free (and appropriate supplements) since our first rescues, who came in sick and/or with terrible allergies and they are now, (a dog and a cat) healthy, vibrant beings. Just saying you might want to check it out.... and don’t always depend on what your vet says, no offense but vets get very little nutritional training. There’s some great sites to investigate-google ‘grain free food’. Dr. Becker, a holistic vet from Tinley Park and one of Dr Marcola’s on line team has a great newsletter and articles on all forms of pet health. Having said that, some outside cats are fortunate enough to get any food. As long as the package meets the AAFCO nutritional levels, it’s far better than nothing! And speaking of pet health, spay and neuter them! Our TNR season is starting in February, weather permitting. Let this be the year you stop the population in your yard or in your house. FEBRUARY ONLY! $10 TNR Package Cook County pays $40 towards the $50 TNR fee through CatVando. At that price many of our appointment for the month have been filled but we still have openings. Act now to get your cat spayed or neutered, rabies and distemper shots, Revolution for fleas ticks, some mites and parasites, a micro-chip and a wellness exam for $10. For a February appointment, go to our website . click on Cat Caretaker and follow the instructions. Once that’s complete, call us for an appointment. If you don’t have access to the internet call and we’ll send you the forms. If you have to leave a message, say your name, your phone number and address and the number of cats to TNR or TNA and we’ll call to set the date. Resistant to TNR? Why? Because you think it’s traumatic for the cats? Of course it is but the cost is far outweighed by the benefits. Also, we take great care to assure the easiest transaction for the cats. Many a nervous caretaker has fretted about how cats would be ‘in the traps’ and were much relieved by how stress free the process was. And, far better than ‘more kitties’!!!~! Trap Neuter Return is the only effective, humane method of caring for the cats while assuring their population doesn’t grow. TNR breeds compassion, not cats. CatVando is a 501©3 volunteer based Trap Neuter Return Group. We also have cats for adoption! 708 829 6013 – Like us on Facebook CatVando TNR

CatVando’s Kitty Cat Fashion Show & Adoption Event • • • • •

All Participants welcome Saturday, February 16, 11am-3pm Show starts 12:30, Registration 11am-12noon Elmhurst Animal Care Center, 850 S Riverside Dr Elmhurst, IL 60126 Games, raffles, vendors, sketch artists & photographers

Help CatVando! An unsprayed female cat, her offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter, can produce this many cats: This is only a conservative estimate! A female cat has a litter at a time. An intact male can impregnate a female daily! The only humane, effective, economical method of reducing and caring for cats living in our streets is TNR – TRAP NEUTER RETURN.

1 yr – 12 2 yrs = 57 3 yrs = 376 4 yrs = 2,107 5 yrs = 11,801 6 yrs – 66,088 7 yrs = 370,092 8 yrs = 2,072,514 9 yrs = 11,606,077


The Animal Care League Provides Shelter and Finds Homes for Area Pets Celebrating 40 Years! 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. View their adoptees on their website at or call to make further inquiries at 708-848-8155. The Animal Care League is located at 1011 Garfield Street in Oak Park.

Pet of the Month Scooby, 8yrs old Male, Australian Shepherd

Scooby was transferred to Animal Care League from Sangmon County Animal Control after his owners surrendered him. He is a happy, older dog in his golden years. He would love a home with a family, where he can live out his life as a pampered, spoiled, pet. We’re hoping Scooby can find a home that embraces him for who he is now and enjoys each day with him despite the reality that Scooby is an older dog and doesn’t have the many years to live that a puppy or younger dog might. Scooby is housebroken and adores the company of other dogs. Because Scooby is much happier in his foster home, he can be viewed at the Animal Care League by appointment. Call 708-848-8155 to schedule a visit 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 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.



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!

CROSSWORD PUZZLE 3. A Far East wet nurse 4. Axiom 1. Jam into 5. The frame around a door 5. Egypt’s capital 6. Fruit drink 10. Disfigure 7. Ugandan Pres. Amin 13. Biblical Hamath 8. Real Estate Services 14. Vipera berus 9. Brass that looks like gold 15. The three wise men 16. “The foaming cleanser” 10. Nutmeg seed covering spice 17. Earthquake 11. River in Austria 18. Breezed through 12. Eliminates 19. South Pacific island 15. Canadian province 21. Legal possessors 20. Green, Earl Grey and iced 23. List of dishes served 22. Four ball advancement 25. Jai __ 24. Vaselike receptacle 26. Superhigh frequency 25. Highest card 29. Farm fanbatic 26. Unction 34. Double agents 27. 1st of the books of the 36. No (Scottish) Minor Prophets 37. Peninsula off Manchuria 28. Symbols of allegiance 38. As fast as can be done 30. Farm state (abbr.) 31. A citizen of Iran 39. Apulian city 70121 32. More dried-up 40. Talk show host Philbin 33. Alt. spelling for tayra 42. USA’s favorite uncle 35. Perfect examples 45. More coherent 41. One point E of SE 46. PBS drama series 42. Secretly watch 49. Retirement plan 43. Three toed sloth 50. Be obedient to 44. __ student, learns healing 51. French river 53. __ fatale, seductive woman 45. Liquid body substances 47. Act of selling again 56. Made a surprise attack 48. Stroke 60. Winglike structures 52. Selector switches 61. Belittle oneself 53. Speed, not slow 65. Department of Troyes 54. City founded by France Xenophanes 66. Mains 55. Picasso’s mistress Dora 67. Shoe ties 57. Having two units or parts 68. A carefree adventure 58. 2nd largest Spanish river 69. Mariner or sailor 70. Modern chair designer 59. Delta Kappa Epsilon nickname 71. ____ Gin Fizz cocktail 62. The cry made by sheep 63. Air Cheif Marshall CLUES DOWN 64. Perceive with the eyes 1. Chew the fat 2. A prince in India


Hor oscope s ARIES-Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, be on your best behavior this week. Acquaintances both new and established will have their eyes on you, and it is essential that you make a good impression. TAURUS-Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, although you may not be able to see into the future, you can plan for what may happen in the next few days. Now is the perfect time to check in with friends. GEMINI-May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, get all of your work ducks in a row because you want to ensure you are up for the next promotion or pay increase. Now could be the time to make work your top priority. CANCER-Jun 22/Jul 22 You may find that you have an easy time of reading people this week, Cancer. Use this trait to your advantage to find out how certain people feel about your new ideas. LEO-Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, don’t get too excited when things seem out of whack this week. Keep calm and find out how you can set things on the right course. Lead by example, and others will follow. VIRGO-Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, try not to participate in any new activities this week. You are already over-extended. Clear your to-do lists before you take on any other responsibilities. LIBRA-Sept 23/Oct 23 Show others how good their lives can be if they just follow a little of your own advice and take cues from what you have done already, Libra. Expect a few converts. SCORPIO-Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you may be more focused on your fantasies and dream life than what is going on in your real life for the next few days. Just don’t wander around in a fog for too long. SAGITTARIUS-Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, it may be hard to concentrate this week, especially with so many ideas floating around in your head. But do your best to stay focused. CAPRICORN-Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricron, lend a helping hand when you see an opportunity to do so. Donate your time to someone in need or help a friend or family member complete a project. AQUARIUS-Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, clarify your needs and wants. Until you can delineate between these factors you may be spending unnecessarily, which is not what your budget needs. PISCES-Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, it may take a few days for you to handle things, but don’t let that dissuade you from trying. Set your own timetable.

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HOUSE AND HOME Stop the paper influx

“Taming the mail pile is all about making decisions before anything hits your counter,” says professional organizer Charlotte Steill, owner of Simply Put Organizing. “Create three zones for what comes in: one for recycling, one for filing, and an action pile for bills, invites, and anything that needs follow-up.” Most important, cut down on the tsunami of mail by registering for paperless bills and signing up at, a free service that lets you opt out of mailers.

Bag your manuals

This crafty idea was inspired by Jenny Lynne, whose blog insidejennyshead., is chock-full of fun stuff.

Nail That Job Interview – Avoid these mistakes From applicant tracking systems to appropriate résumés, there are more than enough hurdles to overcome before getting a job interview. The interview itself might be the biggest challenge for some job seekers, who leave having no clue how it went.

Quick: Where is your microwave owner’s manual? Next time you buy a new appliance, seal its paperwork in a Ziploc and tape it to the back of your machine.

Prevent laundry calamities

Use a dry-erase marker to jot down on your washing machine items that shouldn’t go into the dryer. (Notes will disappear with the swipe of a paper towel.) Now your pretty new sweater won’t turn into a handme-down for the neighbor’s pug! Sanely shuttle groceries You’ll never lose a carton of eggs or a runaway can of tomatoes again if you keep a laundry basket in the trunk of your car. It’s great for stowing groceries while driving, and for unloading once you’re home.

Master Your Power Strip

Make sense of a row of identical-looking cords on a fully loaded power strip by using plastic bread-bag tags to label cables. Hang your scarves like a pro Thread scarves though shower-curtain rings attached to a hanger for wrinkle-free, easy-to-see storage.

Ca reerBu i lder sur veyed h i r i ng managers to find out what’s going on in job interviews and why a promising candidate may not get picked. Six factors contributed to why interviews go badly for some, and while these mistakes may not seem substantial on their own, the job market is still too competitive to allow these simple errors to slide. When asked to identify the top mistakes made by job seekers during interviews, hiring managers reported: Mistake No. 1: Appearing uninterested -- 62 percent of employers Tip: Body language and how you respond to the interviewer’s questions may be sending a different message than what you mean. Be attentive during the interview, sit up straight and make eye contact with your interviewer. Take your time responding to give thoughtful answers that convey your interest in the position.

Mistake No 2: Answering a cell phone or texting -- 60 percent Tip: As soon as you enter the site for your interview, turn your phone off and put it away. While it may be tempting to use your phone while you’re waiting or leave it on silent, don’t risk your chances of getting the job because you wanted to check your phone. Focus your attention on the interview. Mistake No 3: Dressing inappropriately -- 60 percent Tip: While what you wear on the job will vary by industry and company, the standard and most appropriate look for a job interview is a business suit or “business casual,” a collared shirt and dress pants. You should look and feel professional so both you and the interviewer can focus on your answers and not on your clothing. Mistake No 4: Talking negatively about a current or previous employer -- 58 percent Tip: Interview answers can walk a fine line between showing your appreciation for past employers and asserting that the current job opportunity is preferable. Stay positive during your interview and concentrate on how your past roles have prepared you for the current role. If you did have a negative experience, keep your answer short and end on a positive, such as what you learned from it. Mistake No. 5: Failure to make eye contact (72 percent) or smile (42 percent),

bad posture (38 percent) and a weak handshake (28 percent) Tip: While interviews can be stressful and nerve-wracking, do your best to appear confident and friendly by preparing for your interview and practicing your answers ahead of time. When you’re adequately prepared, your confidence and smart answers will wow the hiring manager. Mistake No 6: Not providing specific examples -- 34 percent Tip: When answering your interviewer’s questions, remember that they’re trying to make a smart business decision about whom to hire. While you may think that you’re the most creative, capable and taskoriented candidate, it’s best to provide quantifiable proof of your worth, such as how much new business you brought in or the top ways you saved your company money. What else can job seekers do to prepare for interviews? “A job interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences out there, so it’s important to plan and practice,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Have a friend run through a mock interview with you, asking questions you think will come up and some curve balls you’re not expecting. Thoroughly research the company ahead of time, and draft responses that incorporate your accomplishments. The more prepared you are, the less likely you are to run into mishaps.” Source

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OPINIONS Bob’s Perspective: It Takes You To Conquer Kids Cancer By Bob Dituri BY ROBERT DITURI

Each year the Fra nk l in Park f iref ighters and its passionate volunteers organize and host this annual celebration spending countless hours working together to achieve their goal by raising money for children with cancer. On Friday, March 8, 2013, they will be hosting their annual St.Baldricks fundraiser at the Hanging Garden’s Banquets, 8301 Belmont Ave in River Grove IL. One of the reasons they are so successful is because it takes the shavees and the beauticians and you countless donars to support the event. If you want to help just reach into that silver lining in your pockets for a few extra dollars of cash that you don’t know what to do with or, that piggy bank of small change that needs to be shaken free with care and give now. Yes, it takes all of us especially you large corporations and small businesses in all the communities to understand and realize that you are also a big part of all of this. You can make a difference by fulfilling these children’s dreams who have cancer by putting a smile on their faces. Remember funding and research works together hand and hand; the faith of human dignity is in our hands to give these kids a gift that will keep on giving. I feel that there is a passage way of hope and accomplishment for these kids if only we can help not only them but, their parents and family get through all of this without them being overwhelmed by not letting them give up with disappointment. Yes people, they need a chance to have hope and to know that deep down inside of their hearts and minds that God is working through all of us to help them all get better. Remember everyone, childhood cancer takes the lives of one of every five children diagnosed with this disease. My call again is to the parents of many places and you corporations and small businesses of many that these words of ink will reach all of you knowing that your children are well and healthy and how you can make a difference by helping. Then you remind yourself what kindness can do for so many of these kids and parents that need our help right now until there is a cure. Thank you Firefighters and its many volunteers that continue each year for your time and commitment that support the way to conquer kids cancer. Note: Make checks payable to the Franklin Park Firefighters Assoc. and send to The St. Baldricks Committee; P.O. Box 1175; Franklin Park IL, 60131.

Letters to the Editor THANK YOU MELROSE PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE On behalf of Sacred Heart Parish in Melrose Park, I would like to thank the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce for their generous donations to our Parish Ministries this past Christmas Season. They donated many toys to our toy drive to help the needy children at Stroger Hospital for Christmas. They also donated food to our monthly Parish Food Pantry Collection which serves the needy families within our Parish boundaries. They also donated clothes to our monthly Parish Clothing Drive for the needy families served by Catholic Charities. To Rich Battaglia and all the members of the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce, thank you and God Bless you for all your help and support! For more information about any of our ministries please call Sacred Heart Parish at 708-344-0757 or visit or email Again we thank you and wish all a Happy and Blessed New Year! Joe Augelli, Parish Business Manager Sacred Heart Church, Melrose Park

School District 81 Election There is a local election for members of the Schiller Park D81 School Board occurring in April, 2013. I am a current Board Member up for re-election and I’d like to offer my thoughts on what is happening in this school district and how the outcome of the election will affect those who live in this School District. First of all, there are 5 members of the Board who have been handpicked by the Mayor of Schiller Park (as evidenced by lega l disclosure documents filed with the State Montana D2, C om m ittee ID 8883, http:// CommitteeDetailCandidates. aspx?id=8883). In both the last election (2011) and now in the current election (2013) the Mayor continues to spend money from her political war chest to elect the individuals she wants to the School Board. (You will see this in the form of fancy campaign literature and yard signs that will be festooned throughout the community by her patronage army of Village and School District employees.) This action is, in the opinion of many, unethical as the Village and School resources are meant to be used to provide service to the community, not for political gain and greed. Ultimately this behavior, if successful, will give more power and control to a single individual than they were meant to have by law. The Mayor is supposed to manage only the business of the Village of Schiller Park, not the School Board, which has its own $16 million dollar budget to manage. Secondly, the Board consists of seven elected members. Of the five members who were financially supported by the Friends for Anna Montana party, 2 are


finally retiring from the Board after having spent millions of our tax dollars through Board actions that they controlled at the behest of the (also hand-picked) former and current Superintendents. The incumbent candidates include another ‘Friend of the Mayor’—who was appointed to the Board after losing her first election attempt--- and me, an independent and fierce advocate of the taxpayers and school district families. The Mayor’s School Board ticket includes three new hand picked candidates. My ticket includes a professional accountant (to provide a sorely needed pair of eyes on the financial aspects of the District), and two long-time residents who have had their eyes opened to the mismanagement and chicanery that occurs rampantly in this School District. Finally, I believe that you and your neighbors work very hard to pay your monthly bills and your taxes and many of us struggle to keep afloat in today’s bleak economy. The biggest monthly expense we have, next to the rent or mortgage, is our PROPERTY TAX BILL, and the BIGGEST SPENDER of that property tax money is SCHOOL DISTRICT 81. I have worked tirelessly on your behalf to expose (through the Freedom of Information Act) wrongful and imprudent spending by the District. In some cases, the District responded by changing the improper spending (e.g., taxpayer-funded Christmas Parties, blatant ‘give aways’ of taxpayer-funded assets), but there remain many other practices that should be examined. Having a vocal public voice at the meetings helps, but the current Board needs a change in membership and leadership…Please, learn how the money has been funneled out of the classrooms and into the pockets of the few ‘chosen ones’ and say “NO MORE…!” at the polls in April! David C. Stachura, Board Member District 81, MSgt., Ret., U.S. Air Force, Schiller Park

Is Christianity Fading in America? FR. ROB SCHULTZ

A parishioner shared with me a newspaper editorial and asked my opinion on it. A f ter reading it, I decided to comment on it for my article here. Bonnie Erbé, the editorial ’s author, made two arguments: (1) the “dominance” (her word) of Christianity is fading in A merica, and (2) this decline of Christianity’s inf luence is a good thing for our country. Regarding the latter point, Ms. Erbé opined that Christianity is oppressive and domineering, as she wrote: “Sometimes, pop and political culture give one the idea we are a decidedly, oppressively Christian nation that does not take it lightly when we deviate from church dogma.” When I read that sentence I said to myself, “Is she serious? She really believes that our pop and political culture communicate the message that

America is ‘oppressively’ Christian and we do not tolerate anyone straying from what Christianity teaches? Is she living in the same country that I am?” I do not mean to dismiss the author’s view, but I honestly do not see how she can reach that conclusion. In terms of our pop culture, I could list countless examples of how religion in general and Christianity in particular are insulted and attacked – sometimes just for laughs, but sometimes in a very mean spirit. People who believe in God are often portrayed as stupid, uneducated and gullible. A nd when it comes to religious values, does Ms. Erbé really believe that “reality” TV shows convey Christian teachings and are intolerant of anything else? Really? In terms of our political culture, if our nation is so oppressively Christian, then why is the Catholic Church suing our federal government to stop the Health Care mandate, which would impose government control over the Church, thereby stripping her of her First Amendment rights? Incidentally, Ms. Erbé did address this topic, but she said that the Church was blowing things out of proportion, and that the Church is the one trying to control the government, not vice versa. But let me get back to her two main points. Regarding the decl ine of Christianity’s inf luence in America, I do agree that this has been happening, but I would actually take it further. A lthough Christianity is the main target of secular forces, I would argue that secular inf luences are tr y ing to push religion in general out of the picture. An anti-religion sect of atheism is growing in our nation (not all atheists, mind you; many atheists have no problem with religion). This sect is trying to force God out of the picture altogether. And this leads to Ms. Erbé’s second point, that the decline of Christianity is a good thing for our society. I do not understand this argument at all. Would we rather have our young people exposed to positive religious values, or would we rather that they model their lives on TV shows like “Jersey Shore”? Should we be surprised if young people turn to negative inf luences when we take positive ones away from them? After the horrible school shooting in Connecticut, a message made its way around the internet, and I agree with it. It said: “God, why don’t you protect the children in our schools? And God said, ‘Because I am not allowed in schools.’” Finally, even though I do agree that religion is not as inf luential as it was decades ago, I think it’s too early for Ms. Erbé to celebrate Christianity’s decline. Surveys continue to show t h at , compa red to ot her n at ion s (especially in Europe), the United States has a much higher percentage of people who regularly attend worship services. In my book, that is and always will be a good thing for our one nation under God.


“Bite’s From the Booth by Betty” “Bite’s From the Booth by Betty” will be a new feature offered by People & Places Newspaper. Here is an explanation of how the article will work from “Betty.” “I need to be anonymous when I go into an establishment. Along with whomever I go to eat with. Only two people know who I am, that is how it will have to stay. I want to be served and eat the exact same food on my plate as every other customer receives that comes into eat. No matter where I go to review. No one will know I’m coming, because no one knows who I am. Worst case scenario ALL restaurants around our area will be on top of the game, for they will not want to get a “BAD BITE, review” I will critique everything from décor, General feel of the establishment, servers and service, prices, portion sizes, taste of the foods, cleanliness (utensils, plates, f loors, general eating area, bathrooms) parking. Everything that you as a customer would look for when you go out to eat. I want to review local restaurants around O’Hare Airport Area. Bensenville, Rosemont, DesPlaines, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park and Schiller Park. I promise I will give an open and honest review in “BITES FROM THE BOOTH.” We all work hard. I want you to have the BEST experience possible when you go out to dine. Whether it is at a deli or high end steak house. As stated earlier, we

are all working with a little thinner wallet now a day, so I will review one or two restaurants a month. If it’s a higher end steak huse, I will critique that place for the month. I am paying for this out of my own pocket; any money doesn’t grow on the tree in my back yard. (I wish) I LOVE to eat, all different ethnicities of food. Italian, Mexican, Thai, Irish, German, Polish Yum Yum!” I am from Schiller Park and have lived here for well over 25 years. I received my January 2013 copy of People &, Places. I really love the local neighborhood paper. It tells all of us what is going on in and around our town as well as surrounding towns. As I was reading, I saw an article for a new restaurant, “Now Open in Schiller Park. Richie’s Restaurant,” 9812 W. Lawrence Ave., Schiller Park, IL 847-928-8500 My companion (who will remain anonymous) and I decided to try the new place in town. Richie’s use to be Mamma Kay’s... The new owner has done some

major over haul. The bones (layout) of the restaurant are the same. However, they installed booths, new tables & chairs in the dining area; lots of new fresh paint. The ceiling, the walls, it looks so much brighter in the restaurant now. Both the women’s and men’s bathrooms have been totally re-done. Both are handicapped accessible now. Not all new ceiling fixtures but the vents and audio speaker covers have been nicely repainted. The ceiling fans look original. Richie’s has a very large menu; from breakfast anytime to dinner. Open 6am to 2am. The server was very prompt and courteous, If she didn’t know the answer about the food, she went and found out. I like that. She took our order, and everything got to the table as ordered. I had a breakfast plate, of scrambled eggs, hash browns & corned beef hash, with toast. My companion had a Bacon Cheese Burger, with fresh cut fries. Everything we ordered was cooked to our request and was very good tasting. Portions were good size for normal eaters. I was full when I was done, and still had

some left on the plate. Fair prices, for both of us were around $20.00, comparable to local Denny’s or Dappers. Later that same week we ordered a pizza for delivery. Again prices comparable to other local pizza places. Taste of the Pizza GREAT, BUT, crust?? It seems either pre-made or sat around for a long time. It was VERY DRY, hard and crunchy. I am hoping it was just a bad batch. I will try it again just to make sure... Everything at Richie’s Restaurant is really nice and clean. It is all new, so I will have to go back and hope that they maintain what they started. Parking: a bit iffy, there is a very small back lot that is a bit tricky to get out of, you have to back all the way out of your spot onto the alley, No parking in front (Lawrence Ave) Side street parking very limited as well. There is a HUGE lot right across the side street. HOWEVER, NO-PARKING, TOW ZONE... saw NO HANDICAPPED parking. All in all, it was a pleasant experience eating there. I am sure I will go back for breakfast or a burger. I will give the pizza another try. It did taste good, just the crust wasn’t good. Prices fair, parking iffy, Next month, my article will be much shorter I won’t have to introduce myself and what my purpose is. Till Then…Bon Appétit from Betty!


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––An Elmwood Park man from the 2700 block

of 73rd Avenue, was taken to Loyola Hospital on December 15th after crashing his vehicle near Brookfield Zoo. The 28 year old man was allegedly intoxicated and under the influence of marijuana when he crossed four lanes of traffic on 1st Avenue and ended up in a wooded area, where his car came to rest and caught on fire. ––On January 4, a police officer was injured while responding to a domestic violence incident on the 2800 block of 73rd Court. While trying to separate a man and wife who were arguing, the offender, who is 6’ tall and weighs about 300 pounds, allegedly hit the officer twice in the eye with a closed fist. David Cicero appeared in court on January 9th to face charges. His wife, Jennifer Chandler was also arrested and charged with two counts of battery and resisting a police officer.


––A Northlake woman was sentenced to one year

probation after pleading no contest to tying up and blindfolding her two children in a Kansas state Wal-Mart parking lot. Her husband also pleaded no contest for the same incident and is awaiting sentencing. ––A Northlake man has been accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in December. He was arraigned recently in a DuPage County courtroom where he pleaded not guilty. Adam Belmont, 23, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and abuse of a corpse. 25 year old Alyssa Van Meter sent a text message to a friend warning that “Adam just broke into my apartment,” before her death.


––A 23 year old Chicago woman was charged with leaving the scene of an accident on November 22nd. The woman allegedly hit and damaged a car in a parking lot in the 8500 block of Lawrence Avenue.


––.A 31 year old Chicago man was charged with

theft on November 22nd when he allegedly tried to leave Kohl’s, 4220 N. Harlem Avenue, without paying for $69 worth of merchandise. ––A 28 year old Chicago woman was charged with felony theft on November 23rd after she allegedly tried to leave Carson’s, 4200 Harlem Avenue, without paying for jewelry totaling $277.


––On December 22nd, a man walking in the

3800 block of Ruby was allegedly knocked down and robbed by two offender described only as white males. The two men asked if the victim was affiliated with any gang and after being told no, one of the men made a gang sign gesture with his hand. One of the offenders then reached into the victim’s pocket taking $30 and the two men ran going northbound on Ruby with the victim chasing after them. The victim lost sight of the offenders and returned home and called the police.


––Schiller Park police were contacted by

Franklin Park police on December 17th to help search for three Hispanic men who had ran from Franklin Park police, one of whom had dropped a gun while being chased. A Schiller Park officer noticed two Hispanic men running down Mannheim Rd. then onto Schiller Blvd. The police officer ensued in the chase and caught up with the two men and placed them both under arrest. Franklin Park police advised that one of the two men was a known high ranking gang member in a gang in the Franklin Park and Stone Park area. The third subject was never found.


––Police were contacted on December 19th

by a receptionist at the Comfort Suites on River Road for a report of criminal damage to property. A guest at the hotel noticed a car in the parking lot of the hotel had a broken out rear drivers side window. The police searched for the owner using the cars license plate and discovered it was a man who had parked his car at the hotel and left on his honeymoon on December 14th and would not return until December 22nd.


––A man in the 9800 block of Leland called

police on December 20th to report the theft of a package delivered to him that was left on his front porch by FedEx. It was confirmed that the package had been delivered to the home on that day. The package contained merchandise worth $40. ––On December 27th a woman who lives on the 4000 block of Wehrman contacted police to report a theft from her home. The woman alleges that a white man in his 20’s or 30’s knocked on her back door claiming he needed to dig in the her yard because of a water problem on an adjacent block. The woman walked with the man to the rear of her property near the garage where the man said they needed to dig. The man was also using a handheld radio at the time. She said they talked for 7-10 minutes and then the man left. She had noticed a faded red vehicle in her driveway but could not see the door to her home. The woman believed that someone could be inside her house and called police who searched and found no one inside the home. Upon searching her home the woman noticed $3500 in cash and approximately $7200 worth of jewelry missing. ––Police were called to the Comfort Suites on River Road on December 29th for a report of damage to property and theft. A cargo van that was parked in the hotel parking lot had its cargo door lock punched out and $1,800 worth of tools missing. ––January 9 – While checking vehicle registrations on the 9300 block of Irving Park Road, an officer found a vehicle that was reportedly stolen out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The vehicle was returned to its owner.


––On December 8th, a man is said to have

pushed his way into the home of an 87 year old woman. The man reportedly told the woman he needed to do some electrical work and asked her to turn off her television and lights. After insisting the man leave her home, he left and

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 • FEBRUARY 2013

she discovered drawers open in her bedroom. Nothing was reported to be missing.


––Two people were charged with battery after

an incident on January 3 at the Kings Bowl. Natalia and Christine Olson allegedly threw some punches and a glass at two victims during a fight. ––A man was beaten on January 1 in the parking garage in Rosemont by a group of unknown Hispanic men.


––After leaving a purse on a couch in Toby

Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, a victim reported it stolen between 11:30pm Jan. 5 and 2am Jan. 6th. ––A car parked at the CTA lot at 5700 River Road had its front passenger window smashed on January 8. Reported stolen was a purse and $15 in cash.



young woman was charged with Prostitution after officers arranged to meet her in a hotel for $140 for a half-an-hour on January 10 in a hotel on the 9700 block of Bryn Mawr.


––After trying to climb onto a stage at Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill, Delarissa Morris of South Elgin was removed and charged with criminal trespass.


––Even furry friends have heroes. Two dogs were

rescued from the Des Plaines River on January 4th after they fell through the ice while being walked by their owners. The two Labrador retrievers were pulled from the river by FF John Paczesny and FF Lt. Joe Lambert with the use of a 14 foot pike pole. Also on the scene were FF Mike Kus, Chris Gornick and Jeff Leisser. FF Lambert related that after he got one of the dogs to shore, the dog shook himself off and leaned onto Lambert and licked his pants. Seems even dogs know how to say thanks.


––On January 15, a Melrose Park mother of

three was shot to death in her garage at night. Maricela Vera, 41, was robbed and shot on the 1800 block of North 21st Avenue. Vera’s father and 12 year old son heard shots fired from the garage and ran out and found Vera. Police combed the neighborhood but no one was in custody. Police are unclear if one person was involved or more.

Drugs/Prostitution January 30 – In May 2012, an investigation was started based on a tip that was provided to the Schiller Park Police Department regarding possible prostitution and drug activity in the 9800 block of Linn Avenue. During the course of the investigation, it is alleged that the suspect, Keith Williams, recruited women into prostitution with monetary promises and a place to live. Subsequently, it is further alleged that the suspect used crack cocaine and heroin to addict the women to the substances. As a result, the women would not be allowed out of the Linn address and could not move freely about without being accompanied by the suspect or others in his employ. Shortly after 6am on January 30th, the Schiller Park Police Department in conjunction with Illinois State Police and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office served an arrest warrant in the 9800 block of Linn. Williams, 52, of the 9800 block of Linn Avenue was arrested for investigation of Human Traff icking/Involuntary

Servitude. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez described the Schiller Park house belonging to Mr. Williams as “a sex trafficking house of horrors.” Williams and his associates, cousins Roman Kurek, 49 and Sylvia Topolewski, 37 were accused on February 1st of recruiting young homeless women and forcing them to perform sex acts for profit. Kurek and Topolewski were also charged with involuntary servitude and trafficking in persons along with promoting prostitution (Kurek) and prostitution (Topolewski). Alvarez said Williams who went by the street name “Shampoo”, controlled as many as six women by locking them in his Schiller Park house and another home in Chicago and literally fed them heroin and crack on a silver platter. Victims who failed to turn over their money or angered Williams were beaten, starved and urinated on, Alvarez said at a Friday news conference. Williams was being held on a $650,000 bond and Kurek and Topolewski were each being held on a $350,000 bond.


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