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MAY 2013 Volume 3 Issue 5

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Message from the Publisher Dear Readers, April, what a crazy month. Torrential rains, cold weather like it was still winter and some days so beautiful you didn’t want to go to work. Just this past week, we had the air conditioning on one day and the next day we had the heat on. Only in Chicago! The rains were the big topic of April 18th and unfortunately, many people are still feeling the effects of those devastating floods. Looking at some of the pictures from around the area, one can only imagine what those people are going through, again. Seems like the “hundred year floods” are occurring year after year instead of every hundred! Many of the towns are scrambling to apply for federal funding as is Franklin Park who sent out letters to residents asking for everyone to submit loss expenses to the village. We hope that the powers that be will assist those residents in any way they can. Let us not forget to help our neighbors in any way we can also. Plus if you can’t physically help, the American Red Cross could use financial help through donations. Visit their website to see how you can donate. May brings Mother’s Day and Memorial Day which for me is a double edge sword of happiness and sorrow. 20 years ago this year, my father, Charles Wurm, passed away on Mother’s Day. I remember it like yesterday as I was the one who discovered him. It appeared he had passed away peacefully while sitting in his favorite kitchen chair. It is a memory that is hard to erase from one’s mind and Mother’s

Day only tends to feed the recollection. Although both my parents have passed, I cherish the memories I have of all the good times we shared during my youth and as I became a wife and mother myself. My parents enjoyed all their grandchildren so much and Mother’s Day was always a joy for my mom with all twelve of them coming over to visit. I only wish my children could have known their grandparents longer. Memorial Day is the day to pay tribute and memorialize the more than one million men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to their country during their service. When I attend Memorial Day ceremonies, it saddens me that the faces in the crowd are mostly aging ones with only a hint of youth; mainly children being dragged by the hand to attend. Memorial Day should not be remembered as the “beginning of summer” but for a time to reflect on the freedoms we have due to the many who died serving their country. Make it a point to attend an area service. And here’s a bit of trivia courtesy of Wikipedia. “On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the halfstaff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who


resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.” So remember, while you are out barbequing, enjoying your three day weekend, watching the Indy 500, take pause to either attend a Memorial Day ceremony or at least stop for a few minutes with your family to give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy due to the sacrifices of the brave. We love to hear from our readers. Send us your comments and/or photos of your Memorial Day Memories. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL THE MOTHER’S OUT THERE AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor:

Dear Residents of Schiller Park,

Thank you to my supporters

The purpose of this letter is to publicly thank all of the voters who supported the candidacy of the “Top Four” in the April election for the School District 81 School Board. You elected David C. Stachura, John Kowalski, and Tina Ewanio to serve for the next four years as your representatives. During the campaign we focused on problems that we are anxious to resolve: overspending, lack of transparency, and politically-driven-- rather than policydriven-- decision-making. We are committed to raising the standard of governance in the District by properly orienting new members, supporting their professional development through programs provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards, and establishing a means of communicating our actions clearly and frequently to you—the stakeholders of the community. We intend to hold the Administration accountable for implementing the vision and achieving the goals we, as your elected representatives, put forth. New Board Members will be sworn in and officers elected at the May 7, 2013 (7 p.m.) meeting at Lincoln Middle School. We welcome your attendance at this or any future meeting as we begin our important work of governance in the District. We look forward to providing the leadership you deserve to provide a quality public education for children of the community while applying prudent decisions concerning your tax dollars. With our sincere thanks— David C. Stachura, John Kowalski, Tina Ewanio

The Vision for the Village Party candidates would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the kind support you showed us this past April 9th. Even though the weather was cold and rainy, you exercised your right to vote and came to the polls. We are proud to say that Schiller Park had the 4th highest voter turnout in Cook County! The campaign trail was long and hard, but we enjoyed meeting you at the doors, talking to you on the phone or greeting you at our functions. The new friendships we formed were the greatest outcome of the election. We all look forward to working with every resident to build a community of neighbors that will strengthen our town. Even though Barbara and Moses were the only two elected from our party, Patrick, Joseph and Sandra will continue to be active, hardworking members of our community. We all look forward to working together with residents towards a brighter future for Schiller Park. We also wish to congratulate the other winners from the election, Claudia Irsuto for Clerk, Larry Fritz and Rick Desecki for Trustees, David Stachura, Tina Ewanio, John Kowalski, and Allison Downs for District 81 School Board and Mary Tedei and Jennifer Jones for the Library Board. Thank you again for your support. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 847-624-1413. Have a safe and wonderful summer. Sincerely, Barbara J. Piltaver, Patrick Tutak, Moses Diaz, Joseph Kisiel and Sandra Rosario, Vision for the Village Party

I would like to thank my family, friends and supporters for the time spent helping me with my campaign. In a democracy it is important to stand up for our beliefs. I feel that I have accomplished this. I’m proud of the campaign we waged in bringing forth the issues that affect all of us. Along the campaign trail, I met thousands of people and I’m grateful for the positive response we received. On April 9th, the voters spoke and unfortunately our campaign was not successful. To those that voted for me, I would like to thank you for your vote of confidence. To Barrett F. Pedersen, I would like to congratulate you on your win. I look forward to working with you in the future for the betterment of the residents of our district. Christopher Litwin Franklin Park APRIL 2013 The Official Paper of the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce

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May 3-12: TRITON COLLEGE PRESENTS “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” WEEKDAY PERFORMANCES 7:30 pm, Saturday 2 pm and Sundays 2 pm. Tickets are $12, $10 for Triton students, faculty/staff and senior citizens. Held in the Triton College Performing Arts Center, R Building, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. 

May 17-19: FRANKLIN PARK ICE ARENA’S SPRING ICE SHOW Show Times: May 17 & 18 7 pm,


areana. All ages welcome. Moms skate for $1.00 8:30pm9:50pm

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May 8: WELLNESS CHIROPRACTOR DR. JEFFREY C. SMITH D.C. Will teach you techniques to laugh your way through stress, increase your energy, and live a longer life in his humerous and informative presentation. FREE. Sponsored by the Friends of the Elmwood Park Library.


Garden Club at the Parks and Recreation Center Plant Exchange,At this meeting only. Bring one take one


Franklin Park - community Center 9560 Franklin Ave. Presentation.What is and how to prevent elder abuse. Presenter is elders rights and social services specialist. Limited space Pre-registration required 847-455-2852

May 9: BINGO Franklin Park -American Legion Post

974 ,for Bingo 9757 Pacific Ave F.P. info 847-678-7474


Mousetrap -Spring Play - 7pm West Leyden High school auditorium located at 1000 Wolf Road Northlake. A murder mystery by Agatha Christie Students $2.00 / Adults $3.00

May 10: HAND CAR WASH The Rhodes Music

Parent’s Association is sponsoring a $5 Hand Car Wash from 3 to 6 pm, Rhodes School, 8931 Fullerton, River Grove. Rain Date May 17th


Sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. Leave a sturdy bag of non-perishable items out for your letter carrier. 847-455-5396.

May 11: MELROSE PARK LIBRARY’S 3RD ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR 10 am to 1 pm. Representatives

May 18: MOTHERS DAY SKATE Park Ridge Oaton Ice

May 12: TREAT MOM TO MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH  Mother’s Day Brunch at White Pines Golf Club & Banquets 500 W. Jefferson Ave. in Bensenville. With 6 Seatings from 9:30am-2:30pm call 630-766-0304 for information and reservations

May 15: SECRETARY OF STATE SUPER SENIORS  Franklin Park - Secretary of State Super Seniors 9:30am - 2pm at F.P. community center 55years and up Rules of the Road class held (30 to 11. Drivers license and state ID may be obtained between 10 and 2pm Pre-registration required. 847-455-2852


Help for Homeowners by Fannie Mae. Help for Home owners Event at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center - Hall G 555 North River Road Meet with your mortgage company or a HUD approved housing expert. Call 1-888-995-4673 or go to Village of Rosemont website

May 16: BINGO Franklin Park -American Legion Post 974 ,for Bingo 9757 Pacific Ave F.P. info 847-678-7474

Schiller Park & Bensenville Chamber of Commerce. For info call 847-451-8134 or email Sponsorships available

June 6-9 : RAILROAD DAZE COMMUNITY EVENT  Franklin Park - Railroad Daze Thurs 6/6 5-10pm, Fri. 6/7/ 5-10pm, Sat. 6/8 10am-11pm, Sun.6/9 12pm-8pm more info. F.P. Village community Center. 847-455-2852



June 6-9: ELMWOOD PARK VILLAGE GARAGE SALE Elmwood Park Village Garage Sale. Questions

2013 To begin promptley at 6:30pm will be at Rosemont Theatre. 5400 N. River Road,Rosemont, IL for further info East Leyden office phone 847-678-3375. or West Leyden Office info 847-451-3122 . Our congratulations to all the Graduates.

Bensenville. For Info call 847-678-0138

August 26: SCHILLER PARK POLICE FOP LODGE 170 Fox Run Golf Links Shotgun Start 12pm, Info contact

please call Village Hall. 708-452-7300


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Credit Union. 10:30 am to 6 pm. Complimentary meal which also includes chips and water. 2701 N. 25th Ave., Franklin Park. 847-455-8440

May 23: BINGO Franklin Park -American Legion Post

Visit for a complete list of events including maps and links to event websites.

June 8: FRANKLIN PARK’S FIRST ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR 8am-5pm. 847-671-8240

974 ,for Bingo 9757 Pacific Ave F.P. info 847-678-7474

May 24: FRANKLIN PARK - POOL ON PACIFIC SEASON OPENS Franklin Park’s Pool on Pacific 9715


8am-1pm at Central Park, Fullerton and 75th More info call Elmwood Pk Village 708-452-7300

Pacific Ave. season opens at 12:00pm More info on pool call 847-455-2852 or go


June 14-15: JOB FAIR 10am -5pm for the Fashion



Outlet Mall of Chicago. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 555 N. River Road, Level 2

Bensenville Waterpark season opens 11am 1100 W. Wood Street 630-755-SWIM (7846) 11:30am 4001 Scott St. pool phone 671-8585 More info. call S.P. Recreation Center 9635 Irving Park Rd 847-671-8580

at North Park located at 10040 W. Addison F.P. is the place for extraordinary and diverse performaces on Thursday evenings in June, July and August. One Foot in the Groove is an eight piece rock band with a dynamic horn section. North Park .Franklin Park - 7pm - 8:45pm

May 25: OPENING DAY FOR PARK RIDGE FARMERS MARKET The Committee is going strong

June 22 & 23: CIVIL WAR WEEKEND Civil War

getting ready for the season. New Vendors this season are LeFlour Bake Shop, Yada Yada Crepes, Pappardelle Pasta & C & D Family Farms. C & D Farms will be selling pork, beef, lamb, goat, chicken and farm fresh eggs.

Weekend Free Event Bensenville at Fischer Farm 16W680 Old Grand Ave - Sat 6/22 10am-4pm & Sun. 6/23 10am3pm Bring the family at Fischer Farm. Walk with us into the early 1860’s see what the life of a soldier was like. This is a Free Event.


Park located at 10040 W. Addison F.P. is the place for extraordinary and diverse performaces on Thursday evenings in June, July and August. 7th Heaven members are lifelong friends. We hear they leave it all out on stage with their energetic, crowd-pleasing performances. North Park .Franklin Park - 7pm - 8:45pm

Residential Cleaning ate Special rTime for First ers Custom

July 16: ANNUAL GOLF OUTING Franklin Park/

Begins 8am-1pm. Corner of 25th Avenue and Franklin Avenue, 847-678-480

Sponsored by Cat Vando. Pacini Auto Body, 1615 N. Mannheim Rd., Stone Park. 708-829-6013

974 Pancake Breakfast 9757 Pacific Ave. F.P. more info 847-678-7474

Shotgun Start, Makray Memorial Golf Club. Contact: Larry Fritz, 708-602-9930



May 26: AMERICAN LEGION PANCAKE BREAKFAST Franklin Park - American Legion Post


974 ,for Bingo 9757 Pacific Ave F.P. info 847-678-7474

is partnering with the Veterans Park District to give you a chance to try out a free Zumba Class. 11:30 am. Info call 708-343-3391 or visit



May 30: BINGO Franklin Park -American Legion Post

May 18: FREE ZUMBA CLASS Melrose Park Library

Elmwood Park - Farmers Market 8a.m. - 1pm at Central Park Fullerton and 75th More info call Elmwood Pk Village708-452-7300

Family. Rides, Bands, food vendors. 400 N Wolf Road at Centerpoint Preserve 3 day event. Rides, Bands, food vendors.

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June 2-30: NORTHLAKE DAYS Fun for the entire

-Memorial Day Parade. Over 80 year tradition started in 1922. Honoring all Service men and women who died for our country. Parade starts 11am at Onanhan School 6634 W. Raven concluding at Taft High school. Thank You to our Service Men and Women and our Veterans. more info or to donate for this event call Corrine Schreiber 7734951. If you would like to volunteer for this event call Bea McDonough office at 773-763-3606

Sunday May 19 2 pm Tickets on on Sale May 6 Admission $8.00 per person. For further info call 847-671-4268 or email

from Westlake Hospital will provide health information and a number of free health screenings, including glucose, cholesterol, bone density, and blood pressure. 708-343-3391

at the Village’s Veteran’s Memorial site at 9500 Belmont Avenue. The ceremony will honor our deceased Franklin Park veterans from all service branches and will feature the American Legion Franklin Park Post 974 doing the military formalities, the ceremonial Laying of The Wreath and 21 Gun Salute as well as a reading of the names of the departed veterans. 847-678-4800 or

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COMMUNITY NEWS Triton’s Cernan Center Announces May/June Show Schedule Children and adults alike can add enjoyment to their leisure time by attending a program at Triton College’s Cernan Earth and Space Center. The upcoming schedule, which runs now-June 2, 2013, is as follows: Earth & Sky Shows On Orbit. Take a virtual tour of the International Space Station with this videobased program that features NASA footage taken by astronauts. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. (The 7:30 Saturday evening program will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch on May 18.) Skywatcher’s Guide. New! Each month, this mini-show keeps you up-to-date on what’s happening in the current sky. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. (The 7:30 Saturday evening program will be replaced by the Monthly Skywatch on May 18.) Laser Motown. This laser show features 12 classic Motown hits, including songs by Diana Ross, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and more. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Pop Rock 2 Mini Laser Show. This sampling of songs from the Cernan Center’s collection

of laser light shows features The Lion SleepsTonight, Purple People Eater and When I’m Sixty-four. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Our Place in Space. Hosted by several animal characters, this show explores the causes of day and night, the importance of our sun, the beauty of the constellations and the variety of objects in the universe. 2 p.m. Sundays. The Friendly Stars Mini Show. Hosted by an animated sun (named Sol), this children’s mini show describes the very basics of astronomy, including stars, the sun, planets and the current season’s star pictures. 2 p.m. Sundays. Stellar Extremes. This program explores the extremes of stars, from the smallest to the largest, the hottest to the coolest and the normal to the incredible. 3 p.m. Sundays. Mini Legends Mini Laser Show. This sampling of songs from the Cernan Center’s collection of laser light shows features songs by Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. 3 p.m. Sundays Admission and Additional Information Admission for Earth and Sky Shows, Children’s Shows or Monthly Skywatches: $8 adults; $4 children 2 to 12, and senior citizens 55 and over; children under 2 – free; and Triton College students with current semester ID – free (courtesy of TCSA). Admission for Laser Light Shows: $10 adults; $5 children 2 to 12, and senior citizens 55 and over; children under 2 – free; and Triton College students with current semester ID – free (courtesy of TCSA). For more information about the Cernan Center, its programs, field trips or events, call

(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372. For public program information, please call our Program Line at (708) 583-3100. Show titles, dates and times are subject to change. Please visit the Cernan Center’s website at or shop our Yahoo! Store online at: Located on the campus of Triton College in River Grove, Ill., the Cernan Earth and Space Center houses a 100-seat dome theater, featuring star-f illed planetarium shows, wraparound films, children’s shows and laser light shows, along with a Space Hall and Star Store gift shop. The center is open seven days a week.

Elmwood Park Sister City

In recognition of our fifteen year Sister City relationship between our communities, Eastbrook/Westbook Rd. is designated as honorary Frosinone Italy Place. There is a Piazza Elmwood Park in Frosinone, Italy our sister city about one hour southeast of Rome. Several residents from the area, including Mario Silvestri, the president’s father, attended the dedication. The late Frank Grimaldi, also from that area, spearheaded the sister city program.

Angelo Caputo owner and founder of Caputos chain of food stores, founded in Elmwood Park in 1958, celebrates the dedication of the village’s new Gateway Fountain at Grand and Harlem with Village President Silvestri and incoming president Saviano!


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The AARP Drive to End Hunger joins the National Association of Letter Carriers again for the nation’s largest single-day food drive. On SATURDAY, MAY 11, leave a sturdy bag of nonperishable foods next to your door or mailbox before your regular mail delivery. Letter carriers and volunteers will deliver the donations to local food banks. Learn more at

you are interested in finding out more about the Nordic Auto Plow go to and watch some of the videos.

TCF Hosts Customer Appreciation Day

Why Didn’t We Think of That?

If you are tired of the back-breaking shoveling that you experience every year during winter, then you might be interested in entrepreneur Rich Behan’s invention – the Nordic Auto Plow. This 50-60 pound plastic plow, which even a pregnant woman can attach to a vehicle, can clear a normal size driveway in about sixty seconds. The plow was launched on line last November at retailers such as Sears, Home Depot, Menards and Bolingbrook-based Power Equipment Direct and has projected sales at $2.5 million both on line and in stores. The plow can be purchased on eight major websites and in twelve retail outlets, including Ace and True Value hardware stores. Depending on what type of vehicle you are purchasing it for the price ranges from $390 to $650. Since shoveling snow can raise the risk of heart attack among men who aren’t physically active, it is no wonder that the majority of the Nordic investors are Chicago area physicians. With the help of mechanical engineers, the project came to life after two years and $250,000 working on prototypes. For the price of a higher priced snow-blower, you can save yourself the back breaking and heart attack producing trouble of shoveling. If

Earth Day Parade in Franklin Park.

Although heavy rains the day before put a damper on the planned festivities at TCF Bank in Schiller Park, they still managed to hold their Customer Appreciation Day. Rachel O’Halloran, Branch Manager offered cookies and a raff le to thank their many customers who attended. TCF is a full service bank with that neighborhood touch. Stop by and meet with the staff and say hello. From Right to Left Ruben Martinez, Sylvia Mlicki, Rachel O’Halloran, Nicole Perez, Afaf Alaraj, Trudy Chirwa, Val Manivong

Property Tax Relief Signed

Governor Pat Quinn on April 25th signed into law a measure to save Cook County seniors up to $240 on their next property tax bills, with more modest savings built in for younger homeowners. The legislation will raise exemptions this year from $4,000 to $5,000 annually for Cook County seniors 65 years and older who pay real estate taxes. The so-called senior homestead exemption will rise by the same amount next year for seniors in other parts of the state. The increased exemptions are estimated to create annual savings for seniors of $110 in Chicago, $150 in the north suburbs and $240 in the south suburbs, the Cook County Assessor’s office said. Source Zach Buchheit

Park Ridge Man Arrested

Edward J. Novak, the 58 year old for-profit owner of Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago was arrested and charged with running a massive kickback scheme, paying doctors to refer cases to Sacred Heart’s facility at 3240 W. Franklin, regardless of medical need so that they could scam Medicare and Medicaid out of cash. Allegations included a ghoulish scam where doctors deliberately over-medicated patients so that only the whites of their eyes were visible. Then, when the drugged patients were too drowsy to breathe unassisted, a surgeon had the excuse he needed to perform a tracheotomy. The surgery which involves cutting a hole in the patient’s neck was performed on 28 patients, five of them dying within two weeks. This was three times the Illinois state mortality rate average. With each procedure though, the hospital collected up to $160,000 thanks to hefty government payments it received for the surgeries and lengthy hospital stays. Four doctors from the hospital along with Novak’s chief financial officer all appeared in federal court facing charges of also ordering unnecessary emergency room visits, fraudulently referring patients to nursing homes and ambulance services with which the hospital had a relationship and even doing penile implants almost daily only to cut back once Medicare reduced its implant payments. The investigation is ongoing and the FBI has been working with the doctors’ coworkers who were recording them as they schemed. The top Health Department investigator in Chicago, Lamont Pugh III, encourages anyone with information about Sacred Heart to come forward.

American Red Cross Helps Flooding Victims The American Red Cross began handing out cleaning kits to thousands of flood victims throughout the Chicago area, including Bellwood, one of the city’s hardest hit areas. Red Cross began its effort to provide homes with cleaning supplies Saturday, April 27, handing out kits that included rakes, mops, bleach, garbage bags and other cleaning supplies, an effort they

plan to continue throughout the week. Bellwood mayor Frank Pasquale said that nearly half of the towns 6,000 homes were flooded in the torrential rain that hit Chicago earlier this month. Red Cross has been assisting the area for more than nine days, offering shelter and other forms of support to flood victims throughout Chicago. CEO of the American Red Cross in Greater Chicago Fran Edwardson said the relief effort is the largest the company has implemented in more than 10 years. Residents said the cleaning supplies provided much-needed assistance after their homes were destroyed by flooding waters. Edwardson said the company will continue to hand out cleaning kits throughout the city and offer necessary relief until their services are no longer needed, but they expect the mobile distribution to continue throughout the week. Source If you need assistance visit the American Red Cross at or American Red Cross of Greater Chicago The Rauner Center 2200 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 729-6100

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Northlake Woman Near Boston Bombing A Northlake woman who ran the Boston Marathon and had only completed the race 20 minutes before was in a changing tent when the two bombs went off. The bombs exploded a few seconds apart near the finish line of the race. Three people were killed and at least 170 people were wounded. Volunteers quickly told everyone to exit the area. Dina Jones said she was impressed by the Boston Police and how quickly they moved to get people out of the area. Although she had to walk a mile and a half to find her family, she was grateful everyone was safe. Her family was only a block away from where the explosions took place.

Volunteers helped collect donations for Misericordia on Saturday, April 27th. From left to right - Pete the Painter, Mary Ann and Rick Desecki, John Laera and Barbara Piltaver.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Wounded Warrior Project

The Schiller Park Firefighters Association (SPFA) is coordinating a fundraising event this summer to benef it the W o u n d e d Warrior Project ( W W P ) ™ , which provides assistance to physically and/or mentally injured military servicemen and their families. In an effort to raise money for this worthwhile cause, the SPFA will be selling specially designed sand camouflage-colored t-shirts beginning this summer. All full-time personnel of the Schiller Park Fire Department (SPFD) will be wearing these shirts on-duty through the 4th of July to raise public awareness for this campaign. T-shirts (ranging in size from SM-XXL) will be made available for purchase by the public on May 1st, 2013 at the Fire Department or the Village Hall of Schiller Park (both located at 9526 W. Irving Park Road) during normal business hours. T-shirts will cost $20 each for sizes SM-XL and $22 for XXL sizes. In addition, the SPFA will also be selling these t-shirts at various events throughout the village during the summertime. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go directly to the WWP. If you would like more information on the Schiller Park Firefighters Association and/or this fundraising event, please visit our Facebook page ( or contact us at (847)-678-5136.

Flooding Leaves Another “Bite”

Get that bug spray and citronella candles out. As if the f looding wasn’t enough, a spokesperson for Roselle-based Clarke, an environmental company that manages mosquito abatement programs for multiple communities said that floodwaters will produce an emergence of floodwater mosquitoes very soon.

Floodwater mosquitoes are known as “nuisance mosquitoes, because they tend to be aggressive biters and they can be very nasty. However, these are not to be confused with the Culex genus of the pests which carry the potentially lethal West Nile virus. Flood water mosquitoes can lay eggs that literally last for years in grass, and when they’re flooded, you will get a nasty outbreak of nuisance mosquitoes. These mosquitoes like it hot though and cooler temperatures slow the pests down. Eventually the hot weather will persist along with the familiar sounding “slap” of trying to kill that scratch causing bug. Memorial Day should prove to be a feast for both man and insect.

Rosemont Plans New Walkway

Rosemont Village Board members approved a resolution that starts the process of applying for a $1 million federal grant to help pay for an elevated pedestrian skybridge linking their new Fashion Outlet Mall with the villageowned parking garage. The skybridge would allow shoppers and employees in the mall a convenient indoor walk to access the shopping center and garage. The existing skybridge links five local hotels which would give access to their patrons to the mall. When the mall opens on August 1st, it is estimated that between 700 and 1,400 people will work at the outlet mall. The $1 million grant would only cover a small portion of the estimated $7 million total cost with the balance being shared with the Village of Rosemont and the owners of the outlet mall.

Area Campaign Results

“Your vote counts” definitely had meaning in many of the Cook County races such as Lincolnwood, Countryside and Stickney; some being decided by as little as one vote. In Leyden Township, Schiller Park had the closest race with just a 10 vote difference. Here are the winners of Village President for surrounding municipalities: “Your vote counts” definitely had meaning in many of the Cook County races such as Lincolnwood, Countryside and Stickney; some being decided by as little as one vote. In Leyden Township, Schiller Park had the closest race

with just a 19 vote difference. Here are the winners of Village President for surrounding municipalities: Melrose Park Franklin Park

Park Ridge Elmwood Park Norridge

Schiller Park

Ronald M. Serpico, Sr.* Jesus Martinez Barrett Pedersen* Juan Acevedo Christopher Litwin David Schmidt* Larry Ryles Joseph Ponzio Angelo Saviano* James Chmura* Thomas Benigno Ricardo Mora Anna Montana Barbara Piltaver*

3,548 1,386 1,551 1,213 196 5,614 3,432 2,050 2,559 1,910 1,403 266 1,201 1,211

71.91% 28.09% 52.40% 40.98% 6.62% 62.06% 37.94% 44.48% 55.52% 53.37% 39.20% 7.43% 49.79% 50.20%

Uncontested Races The following races were uncontested with the current Village Presidents retaining their seats. Northlake River Grove Rosemont

Jeffrey Sherwin Marilynn May Bradley Stephens

School District 81 Results David Stachura* Tina Marie Ewanio* John Kowalski* Allison Downs*

1,183 1,086 1,104 989

*Indicates Winner. Totals as of 4-30-2013. For the rest of the results for Clerk and Trustees, please visit David Orr’s website at

Voter Turnout for Local Elections Elmwood Park Franklin Park Melrose Park Norridge Northlake Park Ridge River Grove Rosemont Schiller Park

35.79% 29.7% 44.57% 42.41% 9.67% 34.87% 11.21% 24.56% 47.16%

Fire at Rivers Casino

A small fire broke out at the Rivers Casino at 8:02 am on Sunday April 7th but was quickly put out by Des Plaines firefighters. Rosemont Fire Department also assisted. The fire started in a wall behind a fireplace in the casino’s smoking lounge. Part of the wall and tiling surrounding the fireplace had to be removed so special foam could be used to extinguish the flames.

Firefighters had it under control within 20 minutes. Although the fire appeared accidental, investigators were still working to determine the cause of the blaze. Fortunately it was minor and no injuries were reported.

Auxiliary Police Officer Retires

After 37 years with the Franklin Park Police Department as an auxiliary police officer, Harvey Hobik retired on April 1. Harvey started in 1976 when he needed a part time job. He was paid approximately five dollars an hour back then. People & Places publisher Barbara Piltaver remembers Harvey as the smiling face with the “radio” voice. Congratulations Harvey – Enjoy your retirement.

Thank You Irene Delgiudice

A f t e r 24 years serving on the Triton College board, Irene Moskal DelGiudice will be leaving. She attended her last board me et i ng on April 16 . DelGiudice lost her bid for re-election on April 9th although running was a last minute decision for her. Irene has been a long serving advocate of honesty in government and a lone voice for the people when it came to controversial spending practices or policy. She has been a resident of Schiller Park since 1957. She retired from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office in 2006 after 18 years. In addition to Triton’s Board, DelGuidice was a long-time member of the Schiller Park District 81 School Board, where she was integral in getting sound-proofing for the area schools. She also served as a Schiller Park Village Board trustee. DelGiudice plans on running for the position of President of the Polish American Congress in 2014. People & Places wishes Irene best wishes on her future endeavors. THANK YOU for your years of service to our community.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Troop 16 Goes To Camp

S ch i l ler Park Troop 16 par t ic ipated in the 2013 Blackhawk Distr ict Spr ing Camporee at Oh-Da-Kota Scout Camp in Burlington, Wisconsin on April 19-21. Twelve members of Troop 16 registered to attend this event. The theme was based on the popular 1975 British movie, Monty Python’s “Quest for the Holy Grail.” Scouts arrived on Friday evening to set up tents and establish camp. The original version of the “Holy Grail” movie was shown in the Camp Program Center. On Saturday morning, after a hearty breakfast the Scouts rotated through 3 activities, testing their Scouts skills in First A id, Knots and Plant Identif ication. A fter lunch, the Scouts rotated through 3 additional activities. T h e Tr o o p e n j o y e d a d i n n e r o f Jambalaya & Tacos before marching down to the Camp Fire Bowl for a huge bonf ire with skits and songs provided by the Troops. On both nights, temperatures dipped below freezing and the Scouts and Leaders put i nto pr ac t ice t hei r C old-Weat her Camping skills. I’m glad to say everyone survived. A f ter t he Su nd ay mor n i ng worsh ip service, awards were presented. With a perfect score, Troop 16 took home the f irst place blue ribbon as the only Troop to complete the Quest for the Holy Grail. It wa s successf u l weekend a nd t hey Scouts enjoyed the theme–based activities. New Scouts ages 11-17 are welcome to join at our next two Troop meetings on May 2 and May 9 @ 7:30 PM. Meetings are held at the Schiller Park C om mu n it y C enter, 4501 Nor t h 25t h Avenue, Schiller Park. Our next campout is scheduled for May 17-19 in Wild Rose, Wisconsin at the Napowan Adventure Base. For more information about joining Scouts, contact Scoutmaster, Wayne Bernacki at 847.671.0330 Boy Scout Troop 16 is proudly sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Ave Maria Council #4456.

Fundraiser for World Language High School’s Costa Rica Club

District 212 Spring Production The Mousetrap

Nancy Georgetta of Franklin Park is taking a group of nine high school girls to Costa Rica! As they near their travel date of June 25th of this year, they are still quite far from their goal. Their students are from one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods: the southwest side’s Little Village. They deserve to get out and broaden their horizons. Each all-inclusive trip is $2,000 to send our top-performing and most dedicated girls on the trip of a lifetime. Please consider supporting them! Visit for more information or to donate to the cause. A fundraiser will be held at Richie’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge, 9810 W. Lawrence Avenue in Schiller Park on Friday, May 24th. Please consider attending or donating for this cause.

District 212 Fine Arts Department presents The Mousetrap, a murder-mystery play based on an unpublished short story by Agatha Christy, on Friday and Saturday, May 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake. In this “who dun it” thriller, eight people are snowed in at a guest house. Everyone, including Mollie and Giles Ralston who own the house, and the four invited guests, are rather eccentric. Then there are the unexpected guests – a man who turns up seeking shelter after his car is stranded during the snow storm, and a ski– loving detective in pursuit of a murderer. Not long after everyone settles in, there’s a murder. This prompts the detective to assemble the guests and interrogate them one by one. It’s not an easy task as each guest avoids the truth either by lying or silence. Can the murderer be caught before more deaths occur? You will have to see this quintessentially English mystery to find out. This production is composed of students from both campuses. Admission is $2 for students with a valid ID and $3 for adults. For more information, please visit

District 212 Annual Pops Concert at West Leyden District 212 invites the community to attend its Annual Pops Concert on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the field house at West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake. A favorite with community members, this event showcases the talents of hundreds of Leyden’s band, choir, and orchestra students performing a variety of exciting music. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

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invited to participate as well as to attend the show.” The show is free and open to the public. Online registration is available and there is no registration fee for exhibiting vehicles. Instead, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to the Leyden Food Pantry. For more information about the car show, please contact Rob Paczkowski at 630-989-1610 or email

District 81 Board Highlights April 17, 2013 Payment of Bills • The Board authorized the payment of bills in the amount of $158,874.25 • The Board approved payroll in the amount of $795,539.91.

Public Participation • Resident Mr. Alex Jaffray requested a private executive session discussion between the Board of Education and a few members of his family. • SPEA President Roula Karras Abajian spoke on behalf of the SPEA, thanking outgoing Board Members Mr. Don Delaney and Mrs. Carol Fritz, and welcoming the new Board of Education members. • Example of Excellence - Honoring Board Members Delaney and Fritz • Dr. Kimberly Boryszewski presented outgoing Board of Education members Don Delaney and Carol Fritz with a video featuring the students and faculty thanking them for their collective 56 years of dedication, commitment and service to School District 81.

12th Annual 2012 Car Show at West Leyden District 212’s If It Has Wheels Club presents the 12th Annual 2013 Car Show on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 10am-4pm at West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake. The show features cars, trucks, motorcycles, and race cars. Leyden students are the judges and trophies are awarded. A raffle will be held and food will be available. “Our goal is to promote our love of all types of vehicles and to showcase all types of vehicles from students’ everyday cars to show cars,” says Robert Paczkowski, club sponsor and a science teacher at West Leyden. “The community is

Old Business • Finance Update: Chief School Business Official Jessica Donato informed the Board that the state of Illinois is behind in payments and that the Spring tax payment has been received by the District. • There were no questions regarding the Memorandum of Understanding with Ameresco.

New Business • The Board of Education approved the Comprehensive Schoolwide Plans for Kennedy, Washington and Lincoln Schools as presented.

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Students held a bingo session for seniors in April. They played several games and offered prizes for the winners. Everyone had a good time and the students were wonderful.

Village President Silvestri, village coordinator Jim Parenti, Chairman Noreen Lundin and CoChair Jennifer Carbonara accept an award for the Elmwood Park Relay for life event held each summer to raise funds to fight cancer.

Commissioner Silvestri, Alderman Sposato, Representative Lilly and trustees Al Fang and Jonathan Zivojnovic join Emma Cavazos in the opening of her American Family insurance office on Grand east of Harlem

Elmwood Park held a recycling event that proved to be VERY successful

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford joins Village President Pete Silvestri, Carl Sarno and staff at Jim and Pete’s restaurant on April 4


The St. Beatrice Women’s club held “It’s a Family Affair” Fashion Show on Sunday, April 14 at Victoria’s Beau Jolie Banquets. Emcee was Rich Laren and DJ was Julio Cuomo. Father Rob Schultz had a surprise birthday cake brought out to him and attendees enjoyed a wide variety of womens’ fashions from the Dress Barn along with children’s clothing too. The afternoon was a huge success for the group.


Village officials join neighbors in naming the 2700 block of Trustee Carmen Forte recently retired from the Elmwood 76th Ct as Honorary Alan Bennett Way. Bennett served in a Park Board of Trustees. Forte was elected in 1991. L to variety of village positions most notably trustee for 37 years, R. Trustee Forte, his wife Nancy and Mayor Silvestri. acting as deputy village president for the last decade.

Leyden Credit Union held it’s annual Shred Day on April 20. They had so much brought to them they had to turn people away! They are planning on holding another one soon. Watch their website for further information.

The Park District of Franklin Park held its annual Earth Day on Saturday, April 27th. It was an absolute beautiful day that included kite flying, energy displays, kids’ projects like mud painting and planting their own herbs, and a tree planting among other activities. Congratulations to the Park District organizers who planned out a perfectly green day! 8 PEOPLE & PLACES • MAY 2013

The Unity in Community Foundation presented scholarships to several East and West Leyden students. Presenters were Lucia Ramirez for the Lucia Ramirez Community Involvement Scholarship. Sarah Smerz, and Sandy Smerz Horvath and Jake Horvath for the Smerz-Horvath Athletic Scholarship. Recipients included Susana Gonzalez from West Leyden, Jamie Garza from West Leyden, Richard Krajewski from East Leyden and Cody Hankins from East Leyden. Each received a $1,000 scholarship. Also presenting was Unity in Community co-founder Trustee Tom Brimie. GREAT JOB!


On April 18, 2013, heavy rains hit the area resulting in severe flooding. O’Hare reported close to 8 inches of rain falling in a 48 hour period. The Des Plaines River spilled over its banks flooding numerous roadways, homes, businesses and underpasses.



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A group of friends and relatives held a fundraiser for Schiller Park resident Terry Doody at St. Marie Goretti school hall. Terry has been battling a brain tumor. Raffles, split the pot and even a bake sale were held at the well-attended event. The family was grateful for the many donations they received.

Upcoming events for the chamber include a Business Before Hours Networking Event and tour at Life Fitness on May 8th from 7:309:30 am, and a business after hours tour & popcorn tasting on June 19th from 5-7pm at Popcorn Palace in Schiller Park and their annual golf outing which is scheduled for July 16th. Businesses are encouraged to join the chamber to take part in these informative and fun networking events. Question? Call Gaye Faro at 708-865-9510

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This and That A Pig by any other name? The pork industry is renaming various cuts of meat to give them “consumer-friendly” names. The National Port Board has been given approval from the USDA to rename pork chops “porterhouse chops,” “ribeye chops,” and “New York Chops,” depending on the cut, while pork butt – which is from the shoulder – will be labeled “Boston roast.” Source Chicago Tribune

explosion, the Deepwater oil spill (2010), the Virginia Tech Shootings (2007), Columbine (1999), the Oklahoma City Bombing (1995) and the Branch Davidian tragedy (1993) all occurred between April 15 and April 20. The Washington Post

Saturday Delivery Stays? The U.S. Postal Service announced it had abandoned, at least for now, plans to end Saturday deliveries.

Who Do You Trust? A new survey found that Amazon is America’s “most reputable” company, just edging out last year’s winner, apple. The “least reputable” list included oil giants Exxon-Mobil and BP; big banks like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Citigroup; and bailed-out insurer AIG. Source

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Admission of Guilt 49% of American adults admit they text and drive even though they know it’s unsafe. 43%


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Some Things Never Change The most common job category for women today is the same as it was in 1950; secretary. Almost 4 million people work as secretaries and administrative assistants, and 96 percent of workers in these roles are women. Source

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Bidding For Shop Around A new survey found that Medicare Savings it pays to shop around for Get ready for the next big thing in Medicare: competition. Starting July 1, a bidding program for some medical equipment and supplies will expand from nine metro areas to an additional 91, including New York and Chicago. Savings during the program’s first year of operation in 2011: more than $202 million. Disposable diabetic test strips are an example of the huge savings: under a new national mail-order program, the average Medicare-allowed monthly payment to providers will fall to $22.47 from $77.90; beneficiaries will pay $4.50 instead of nearly $16. Prices for other items are expected to average 45 percent less including oxygen equipment and wheelchairs. Medicare estimates that competitive bidding, expanded under the health care law, will save taxpayers $25.7 billion over 10 years, and beneficiaries $17.1 billion. “As long as quality is safeguarded, you’ve got a win for the Medicare program and a win for the Medicare beneficiary,” says Stuart Guterman, executive director of the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System.

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Senior Homeowner Exemption May Rise

Cook county senior citizens could save about $200 annually on their property tax bills – and younger homeowners a smaller amount if Gov. Quinn signs new legislation passed the week of April 8th. The legislation passed last week by the Illinois General Assembly calls for raising exemptions for older homeowners across the state in an effort to hold down tax bills. The so-called homestead exemption in Cook County for senior citizens would rise from $4,000 annually to $5,000.

Money Mistakes to Avoid

There are a few boneheaded financial moves that should be avoided at all costs, said Brett Arends in The Wall Street Journal. Do not dip into your retirement savings to send your kids to college, for instance. A degree has become a protection racket – you can’t get a job without one, but consider a public university instead of a “country-club college.” And loyalty to your employer should never extend to owning a lot of stock in the company. If it goes under, you can lose your job and your savings all in one fell swoop. Finally, don’t take Social Security too early. An employee earning $50,000 a year who starts claiming Social Security at age 62 typically receives about $1,000 a month. Just by holding on until the age of 70, that amount would double.

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As the population ages and lives longer, dementia has become one of the country’s most expensive medical conditions, with $109 billion in direct medical costs in 2010, a new RAND study found. The medical cost of dementia exceeds that of both heart disease, at $102 billion, and cancer at $72 billion.

Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills, if they don’t accurately project their income. President Barack Obama’s new health care law will offer subsidies to help people buy private health insurance on state-based exchanges, if they don’t already get coverage through their employers. The subsidies are based on income; the lower your income, the bigger the subsidy. But the government doesn’t know how much money you’re going to make next year. And when you apply for the subsidy, this fall, it won’t even know how much you’re making this year. So, unless you tell the government otherwise, it will rely on the best information it has; your 2012 tax return, filed this spring. What happens if you or your spouse receives a raise and your family income goes up in 2014? You could end up with a bigger subsidy than you are entitled to. If that happens, the law says you have to pay back at least part of the money when you file your tax return in the spring of 2015. That could result in smaller tax refunds or surprise tax bills for millions of middle-income families.




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COMMUNITY NEWS Elmwood Park Budget 2013/2014 Highlights Advances progress already made to keep Elmwood Park clean, safe and beautiful. Vi l lage budget holds l ine on property taxes. ELMWOOD PARK – Village President Pete Silvestri’s proposed budget for 2013-2014 holds the line on property taxes, following a five percent decrease for FY 2012-13. The spending plan also makes continued progress in public safety and beautification measures throughout the community. “I’m very pleased with this budget, the final one I will submit as Village President,” Silvestri said. “We realize homeowners are still recovering from the recession, and that’s why it was important for us to keep property taxes stable while also delivering on the needed services and initiatives that make Elmwood Park such a great community.” The budget funds additional hours for auxiliary police and three Community Oriented Policing Strategy (COPS) meetings during the year. The Police Department will also continue to automate its processes by implementing a new document management system. The plan also provides additional funds for the maintenance of vacant buildings and for rodent and mosquito control, while also providing funds for the Keep Elmwood Park Clean, Safe and Beautiful campaign. “We have once again managed to prioritize our spending and take innovative steps to fund the programs we need,” Silvestri said. Economica l ly sensit ive revenues are projected to rise, ref lecting the continuation of a modest recovery. Sales tax revenues, income tax revenues and real estate transfer tax are all projected to post modest gains next year. The budget also ref lects the use of bond proceeds and Water Fund revenues to implement the Village’s Flood Mitigation Project. The budget continues to fund the recently added services for senior citizens including the village’s free bus rides and snow removal programs. The Board also approved the expansion of Teen Night to every Saturday throughout the year as well as funding to provide additional hours at the parks and

recreation center for teens on Saturdays and Sundays. “This budget builds on the accomplishments we have made by working together as a community,” Silvestri said. “Through wise investments and a bold vision, we have positioned Elmwood Park for a bright future for many years to come.” More information on the 2013-14 budget can be found on the Village’s website,

Elmwood Park Breaks Ground for Flood Mitigation Project

ELMWOOD PARK – The village’s major f lood mitigation project is now underway, a f ter of f icia ls and community leaders gathered Monday to break ground. The start of the program, designed to bring welcome rel ief to proper t y owners t hroughout Elmwood Park, follows months of planning and engineering studies as well as input from the public. “This is an important day in the history of Elmwood Park,” Village President Pete Silvestri said. “For too long, our property owners have had to worry about the next big storm. This project will go a long way toward relieving those concerns.” Initial work involves the construction of approximately 7,000 feet of storm sewer, ten concrete junction chambers, catch basins and manholes as well as the replacement of roughly 3,600 feet of 8 inch water main along 80th Avenue from Fletcher to Westwood. Currently, the village is serviced by combi ned s ewer s wh ic h convey b ot h

domestic sewage and storm water runoff to a treatment facility. The f lood mitigation project will separate storm water from domest ic sewage, helping to a l lev iate f looding for homes in the immediate area while also benefiting the entire village by increasing overall storm water capacity. A signif icant amount of construction during this f irst phase of the project will occur in the northern part of Elmwood Park, including the Westwood Subdivision. Approximately 250 acres of the village will directly benefit from the separation of the storm and domestic sewers. The village also plans to replace most of the water mains that are uncovered during the installation of the new storm sewers. The village is also moving forward with installing new and separate storm sewers f rom areas on the south end of town including the area around 76th Avenue and Palmer Avenue. The storm water will f low through new sewers in the alley located south of Armitage Avenue. All of the storm water will f low to a detention area being constructed in the Oak Park Countr y Club (OPCC.) A new pump station being constructed this year at the southeast corner of the OPCC will eventually discharge the storm water collected into the Des Plaines River. The Village Board voted Monday to approve an agreement with the OPCC, allowing the construction of the detention basin, the pump station and the necessary s e we r p i p e s r u n n i n g t h r o u g h o ut a significant portion of the Club’s property. “I would like to thank the OPCC Board, st a f f a nd memb er sh ip for t hei r f u l l cooperation on this issue,” Silvestri said. “They were incredibly helpful, allowing us to move forward on this very important project.” “W h i le t h is is t he most sig n i f ica nt project we have undertaken to address our f looding problems, it is not the first,” Silvestri explained. “Over the past several years, we’ve installed f ive underground vaults, which hold about 250,000 gallons of storm water. We’ve also created several new neighborhood parks and constructed four “Green Alleys” to reduce the volume of storm water runoff.” More information on the Flood Mitigation Plan can be found on the village’s website

Walther Lutheran High School Senior signs with University of St. Francis Edeko Signs Letter of Intent to University of St. Francis

Isimeme Edeko is ready for the jump to college athletics Walther Lutheran High School is proud to announce that Senior Isimeme Edeko has signed a letter of intent to the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Edeko brings four years of varsity experience to Coach Steve Lawrence and the Fighting Saints Women’s Track Team. “What stood out to me about St. Francis was their team dynamic. The team is a family, just like my teams here at Walther Lutheran have been,” Edeko responded when asked about her choice of St. Francis. “The girls on the team want to win and do big things. This really resonated with me because I want to win and help this program grow,” she added. Coach Lawrence was all smiles as Edeko completed the signing and had this to say, “We are excited to have Isi join our program. To add a person with her strong character and leadership to the University is a great accomplishment. With her success at the State level during her time at Walther Lutheran we have confidence that she will contribute right away as a freshman on the National level. She knows how to handle the big moments because she has been there before.”

Isimeme Edeko pictured with (from left to right) Walther Track Coach Rachelle Richmond, her Aunt Monica Edeko, her mother Angelique Connor-Edeko, and St. Francis Track Coach Steve Lawrence

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Isimeme Edeko lives in Bellwood, and attended Walther Lutheran Academy, Forest Park before transitioning to high school at Walther. Thus far during Edeko’s four years at Walther she has been a part of consecutive Girls Track Runner-Up State Titles. Is a four year varsity basketball player, with a 4th place State finish in 2013. Additionally she is an active member of multiple extracurricular clubs.

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Students from District 81’s Lincoln Middle School 6-8th grade participated in the school play “The Wizard of Oz” The children did a fantastic job and received standing ovations! Future Thespians in the making.

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Village Trustee Forte Steps Down, Zivojnovic Steps In ELMWOOD PARK – Village President Pete Silvestri has appointed Jonathan Zivojnovic as the newest Trustee on the Village Board, following the resignation of Trustee Carmen Forte. Zivojnovic, 32, is a local realtor and President of The Mont Clare-Elmwood Park Chamber of Commerce. “I want to thank President Silvestri for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees and the administration to continue to make Elmwood Park such a great place to live and work,” Zivojnovic said. Forte has served as a Trustee since 1991. He read his letter of resignation to the Board at Monday’s meeting, stating that he was stepping down to devote more time to volunteer work and community service. “I look forward to staying in Elmwood Park for many years, and to maintain an active role in our community,” Forte said. He said he hopes to spend much of his volunteer efforts at the Library and with youth-related programs. Meanwhile, President Silvestri announced that the village will honor former Trustee Alan Bennett by renaming the 2700 block of 76th Court “Alan Bennett Way.” Bennett’s 37 years as Trustee make him the longest serving Trustee in village history. The official ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Monday at the corner of Diversey and 76th Court. In other action, the Board approved contracts for this year’s sidewalk removal and replacement program, tree trimming, the tree planting program and the village’s asphalt repair program.

Northlake Hit Hard By Rains BY AL BALDASSANO

After a couple of weeks of dreary rainy days in Chicago and the outlying suburbs, a supersize storm was the finale. On Thursday April 18th a very large rain producing storm left 7” of rain within 24 hours in Elmhurst, and 6.5” in Northlake. At this point the local streams and creeks were already near capacity. This storm was the proverbial ”straw that broke the camel’s back” situation. The ground was also very saturated causing water to pool in the low-lying areas. This included residents’ yards and basements. In Northlake the Addison Creek spilled its banks at a southward bend between Parkview, Edwards, and Countryclub. The water reached out across these streets and into homes. The water stretched out west to Williams. Many of these homes were flooded at this site. Barricades were put up by city workers to prevent motorist from attempting to drive through. On North Avenue, the underpass for the railroad was closed due to flooding through Saturday when it was opened again.

ELMWOOD PARK – Village officials, staff, community leaders and residents will gather for three special dedication ceremonies on Friday, May 3. The first ceremony will be held to dedicate the new beautiful Centennial Park at the corner of Armitage and 76th Avenue/76th Court. The park was developed on the former site of the Elmwood Park Presbyterian Church. It features recreational activities for all ages, especially active seniors. “We’re excited to see this park develop so quickly on a location that has played such an active role in the community,” President Pete Silvestri said. “I’m thrilled we’ll be able to enjoy it this summer and in the years ahead.” The second dedication ceremony will follow at 10 a.m. on the northwest corner of Grand

and Harlem. The event marks the substantial completion of the streetscaping of Grand and Harlem including the construction of the “Elmwood Park Gateway Fountain.” “This was once a vibrant area that needed a boost,” Silvestri said. “We have seen a lot more business activity with the addition of the new Caputo’s. We look forward to welcoming the new McDonald’s later this year. The streetscaping elements we have introduced to the area mark the progress we have made and set the tone for the future.” The third event takes place at 10:30 and will reveal the village’s “Sister City Piazza” with an honorary sign dedication to the City of Frosinone, Italy, at the corner of Eastbrook/ Westbrook Drive and Fullerton. “Frosinone is a beautiful city in central Italy. It was badly damaged in World War Two, but has been rebuilt into a very modern community,” Silvestri said. “We’re delighted to share this “sister city” relationship with them.”

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We have a new grocery store in our area. Mariano’s Shop well. Eat well. Live well. That is the motto for the new gourmet store. Located at 7401 W. Lawrence Ave. Harwood Heights, IL Mariano’s Harwood Heights Store: 708-867-8543 hours: 6am-10pm. With a full service pharmacy 708-867-8564. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, and Sun 10am-4pm. The pharmacy also offers a prescription savings club. The Grand Opening for Mariano’s was April 16, 2013 . I think it had to be a huge success as the store was booming with business. This is a beautiful new grocery store that offers so much more than your weekly groceries. At Mariano’s they have freshly made to eat in or to go meals, for lunch or dinner. There are at least a dozen cafe style tables to sit and enjoy your choices to eat or drink. With over 100 hot and cold food items to choose from. Sushi Bar, Barbeque Bar (you can smell the BBQ and smoker as you enter and leave the store) There is a Soup and Salad Bar, Pizza Bar, also a coffee bar, juice/smoothie bar. Hot foods made to order (Paninis etc.), a $6.00 or $10.00 meal you can order. At the grand opening a pork chop dinner was the dinner of the day. The dinner menu changes daily. The chef cooks it on a grill, right there in front of you. Everything looks so good and fresh. Mariano’s has a full service deli, lunch meat, ethnic foods, fresh fish and cheeses,

hand pulled pizza’s which look very good. Fresh pies, breads, cookies, pastries and other bakery goods; and this is just the beginning! As you get into the grocery store area, they carry 350 cheeses, 900 wines, 350 ales, stouts and beers. The produce section is fresh looking and beautifully presented with every color of the rainbow vegetables and fruits you can imagine – all the way to purple sweet potatoes. There is so much at this store. You have to go check it out for yourself. Mariano’s offers a savings card (like Jewel, Walgreens) Apply at their kiosks or customer service desk. There is ample parking. The grand opening parking was a little dicey finding a spot. Once the store gets known, customers are aware of what Mariano’s offers, I’m sure the parking situation will settle down.

I Love this store. I am so happy one has opened in our area. It is a beautiful store and they carry everything for every ethnicity. Mariano’s offers week-end workshops (for children). For information, check out or their Facebook page. Registration is required to these workshops. Mariano’s offers their own brand of products, Roundy and also bi-weekly ads to save you money. And Wednesdays gives shoppers an opportunity to double the coupons. You must have a Mariano’s Rewards Card and your transaction must be $25 before tax and after all store coupons and discounts have been applied. Some restrictions apply. The one thing I must point out to the Harwood Heights Police Traffic division; The light at Lawrence Ave, needs to be timed for a much longer left turn onto Lawrence Ave. The traffic lines to turn left onto Lawrence Ave were very long. By state law, once a pedestrian steps off of the curb, the driver must stop/ yield to the pedestrian. The pedestrians were not watching the “do not walk or okay to walk lights”, by the time people wandered across the street only one or two cars were able to make the left turn onto Lawrence Ave. That was a bit of a mess. If customers for Mariano’s have to sit through 3-4 traffic lights, they won’t be coming back to shop at Mariano’s.

Twinkies on the Return!

Emporia, Kan.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and the Atwater Village section of Los Angeles, Cramer said. At least some of those will resume operations simultaneously with Georgia. Emporia, which is already hiring, according to listings on online job sites, will likely be among the reopened locations, he said. Corporate operations will be run out of Kansas City and Dallas. But when Twinkies return to the shelves after an absence of more than six months, it will find competition. Flowers Foods, Inc., which purchased some of Hostess’ other assets, has its own Twinkies lookalikes. Its Blue Bird brand sells Bingles while its Mrs. Freshley label sells Dreamies cream-filled cakes. McKee Foods’ Little Debbie brand also makes its own Twinkies twin called a Cloud Cake. The name’s even trademarked. Grupo Bimbo already makes a Twinkie lookalike called Submarinos that are available with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry filling. New owners have assured Twinkie fans that they haven’t changed any ingredients and that once the yellow cake filled snack returns it will deliver the same “delicious, fattening” enjoyment it has in the past. Source NBC News

More Twinkie News! Hostess announced on Monday, April 29th that it will open bakeries in Schiller Park and Indianapolis, following announcements last month that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands. The current owners are trying to revive operations in order to get Twinkies, Ho Hos and other popular snack cakes back on shelves by the end of July. The company has begun accepting applications at some sites and begins hiring in May. The company expects some locations will begin operating in late May.

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Twinkies may return to store shelves this summer -- but may face some competition from imitation brands that popped up in its absence. According to executives from Hostess Brands LLC, Twinkies will hit store shelves nationally by late July All of the classic Hostess snack brands will return, some making their return in August and September. Hostess Donettes and some of the snack cakes will be among the first to return. The bulk of the Hostess Snacks brands the public knows best -- Twinkies, Cup Cakes, Ho Hos, Zingers, Ding Dongs and Suzy Q’s -- were purchased in April for $410 million by hedge funds Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. Other Hostess lines, such as Wonder bread, went to affiliates of Flowers Foods, while its Beefsteak bread brand was snatched up by Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V. Hiring has already started so Hostess Brands, LLC can resume operations at the Dolly Madison Bakery in Columbus, Ga., one of the locations shuttered in November. Besides the Georgia location, Hostess Brands, LLC also bought plants in Schiller Park, Ill.;

to driving under the inf luence of alcohol, marijuana or prescription drugs, according to a new survey by SADD and insurer Liberty Mutual. And they don’t view themselves as a danger! Almost 20 percent of those who drink and drive and 34 percent who smoke pot and drive say it improves their driving, according to the survey of 11th and 12th graders. SOURCE SUN-TIMES NEWSPAPER

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contest, Wendy’s would win hands down. According to data from Technomic, a food industry market researcher and consultant, the Dublin, Ohio-based chain was preferred by consumers over Burger King and McDonald’s in food quality and taste and flavor. It wasn’t even close. Wendy’s was rated excellent by 50.9% of consumers for food quality compared with 44.2% for Burger King and 37.4% for McDonald’s, according to Technomic Consumer Brand Metrics. The numbers for food taste and flavor were just as stark. Wendy’s scored 56.5% in that category, surpassing Burger King’s 49.4% and McDonald’s 40.7%. The data are based on interviews with consumers who have visited the chains within the last 30 days. Source MSN Money Do you agree?

COMMUNITY NEWS ALL IN FAVOR: Schiller Park Village Board Meeting April 23, 2013 Start Time 8:08 pm Adjourned 8:28 pm Absent - Trustee Clementi Voted on and approved by the Village Board • Request from Knights of Columbus Boy Scout Troop #16 to hold Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day, June 14th at Clock Tower Park at 7 pm • Payment to Alliance Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $192,377.48 for US Route 12/45 Mannheim Road & United Parkway Improvements. • Ratification of a Joint Agreement between IDOT and the Village in regards to Mannheim Road Improvements • Revise the 2013 Pavement Striping Program Contract awarded to Mark-It Corporation for a new total of $18,270.00 • Authorize a letter of interest to the State of Illinois, stating a positive interest in the creation of a “fifth lane” on Irving Park Road from 25th Avenue to Judd Avenue. • Payment of $3,310.51 to Schroeder Asphalt Services, Inc. for 2012 Alley Resurfacing Project. • Payment to Arrow Road Construction Company in the amount of $4,316.95 for 2012 Resurfacting Program. • Payment to Suburban General Construction, Inc. in the amount of $8,985.92 for the 2012 Paving Program. • Ratify change order no. 1 for the 2012 Sewer Cleaning and Televising Contract with the Hydro-Vision Technology Company to increase by $6,489.85. • Payment of $12,410.77 to Hydro-Vision Technology Company for the 2012 Sewer Cleaning and Televising. • Payment of bills in the amount of $574,262.50 • Village to formally adopt the 2012 International Energy Code Update and request preparation of the appropriate ordinance for adoption. • Authorize an extension of the new roadway going on to the proposed entrance of the planned Parking Garage Project. • Payment of $13,500 to Landview Excavating, Inc. for the demolition of village owned structure located at 9826 Lawrence Avenue

Other matters: • Acceptance of the written request to participate from a resident as part of the Crystal Creek Surplus Property Program. (Vote was taken, Trustee Tole Abstained) • A resolution was adopted terminating Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Benefits for the Village President. • An ordinance was adopted approving the Annual Budget, FY 2013-14 • An ordinance was adopted amending Ordinance No. 12-2886 (FY 2012-13 budget amendments) • Mayor made numerous appointments of parttime police officers effective May 1

Elmwood Park Chooses First Energy for City Electricity Supplier ELMWOOD PARK – The Village Board has approved a one year contract with First Energy Corp. to provide electricity to homeowners and small businesses under a voluntary opt-in electric aggregation program. Under terms of the agreement, First Energy agrees to provide electricity to residents and small business owners at 5.2 cents per kilowatt hour. Commonwealth Edison’s current rate is 8.8 cents per kilowatt hour, although ComEd is expected to lower its rate later this year. Customers will still receive their bills from Commonwealth Edison, which will continue to charge a separate distribution fee. “This is a completely voluntary program,” Village President Pete Silvestri said. “We certainly encourage as many homeowners and businesses to sign up, but no one has to join.” The next steps involve First Energy sending letters to homeowners and merchants, informing them of the opportunity and explaining how the program works. Opting-in can be done by phone, through the mail or over the Internet. “The important part of this agreement is that First Energy agrees that its rate will never be higher than Commonwealth Edison’s,” Silvestri explained. “With skyrocketing gas prices and just about everything else going up, it’s nice to give residents the chance to save some of their hard-earned money.” Village Manager Paul Volpe said First Energy could begin providing electricity under the new plan as early as this summer, in time to help lower the cost of air conditioning.


An open house was held on April 25th at Northlake’s newly remodeled city hall, between the hours of 5:30 PM and 9PM. Mayor Jeff Sherwin and other city officials were present to greet residents and guests. A string quartet was center stage playing music through the evening. Food was served with hors d’oeuvre’s, deserts and beverages all available to visitors. About two-thirds of the building has been remodeled in a modern business look. Light colored wood tones and common brick walls meet to punctuate a use of the old with the new building materials. The art deco is done with artifacts and photographs highlighting Northlake’s history. The new layout is arranged to help expedite city services to residents. All this beautifully done in an impressive way in which residents can be proud of.

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• May 7th & 9th- Microsoft Word. Learn the basics of using MS Word. $20 Fee includes Part 1 & 2 of this Microsoft Word class. Must register and attend both sessions. 7-8:30pm. • May 8th- Build your Resume Online. Come prepared with your work history and we’ll show you how to create a beautiful resume in one of 5 classic styles. Your resume will be created in a PDF format that you can send off to prospective employers or print, 7-8pm. • May 11th- Mini Book Sale, 2-4pm. • May 17th- Basic Online Safety. Learn how to keep your information safe when browsing the internet. We will discuss passwords, antivirus software and malicious downloads. 3-4pm. • May 20th- Adult pen and ink writers group. 6:30-8:45pm. • May 22nd- Individual Computer Help. If you have a computer question that you need help with, sign up for one 25 minute time slot with a technology clerk.Register early and come prepared with a list of questions that you would APRIL 2013

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like to ask, or a specific thing you want to learn more about. 6:30-8:15pm, register for your session. • May 23rd- Make a leather wristband craft. Join Sara from The Chicago School of Shoemaking and learn how to cut, decorate and finish your own leather wristband. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or dusty, $20 fee. • May 25th- Mini Book sale, 2-4pm. • May 28th- Internet Plus. This class is meant to follow the Internet for Beginners class and will cover topics like searching, bookmarks, and online safety, 7-8pm. • May 31st- Senior Spelling bee! Adults 50 and older compete in local spelling bees throughout the state. Champions progress to regional competitions to be held June-July 2013. The final level of competition concludes at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Senior Citizen’s Day on August 12, 2013. Join us from 1-5pm.

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• May 13th- Fiction Book Club. The Guernsey Literary And Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Pick up your copy starting a month before the discussion at the Circulation Desk. Then join us to learn more about the book and partake in a lively discussion. Treats will be served too, 7-8:30pm. • May 11th- Friends of the Library. Attend our monthly Friends meeting at 9:30am and help us plan our fundraisers to support the Summer Reading Program. • May 11th- Knit and Crochet Group. Join us on the second Saturday of each month at 1pm to learn tips for knitting and crocheting or to share projects you’re working on. • May 15th- Pigeon Party!Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mo Willems’ iconic and hilarious book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Join us for crafts, fun games, and a chance to win prizes. And don’t forget, the pigeon is not invited. 4pm, All Ages • May 18th- Join us for Family movie day at 2pm.

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• May 20th- Teen Advisory Board. We’re meeting at a new time, 4pm! Are you looking for some summer volunteer opportunities? Be sure to attend this meeting! We will be discussing the Summer Reading Program and other upcoming events. • May 23rd- T:ween Scene: Wii Craft at 2 pm. Do you like playing Wii games? Do you enjoy crafting? Let’s do it together! Join us for an exciting program made just for gamers and crafters. There will be multiple craft tables set up and a variety of Wii games to play during this event. • May 23rd- Teen Movie Night! Is the book better than the movie? Celebrate the last day of school by joining us for a special screening of the movie based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s award winning book at 6pm. • The second Friday of every month is Friday Movie Day at 1pm!

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4200 Old River Rd., 847-678-0433 • May 8th- Mother’s Day Surprise! Visit the library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and surprise mom with decorating some yummy no-bake treats! There is a limit of 15 children limited to ages 6-14 for this craft!! Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room. • May 14th- Visit the library 6:30-7:30 p.m. and hear some stories that will get you ready to head out into our Summer Reading Program. Please sign-up in the Youth Services room.

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• May 7th- Community Safety Day. The American Red Cross will be joining us to teach us about disaster preparedness and emergency care. Starts at 7pm. • May 8th- Historical Society, 6:30-8:30pm. • May 11th- Third annual health fair! Representatives from Westlake Hospital will provide health information a number of free health screenings. Free Health Screenings for Glucose, Cholesterol, Bone Density, Blood Pressure and BMI. 10am-1pm. • May 13th- Library Board Meeting, 7-9pm. • May 18th- Zumba! We’re partnering up with the Veterans Park District to give you a chance to try a free Zumba class at 11:30am.

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• May 25th- Introduction to basic computer function. The library will be offering an introduction to basic computer functions on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. No prior computer knowledge is necessary. By the end of this session participants will become familiar with fundamental mouse and keyboard functions and be able to search the internet. • There is a limit of 6 adults for each computer class and is limited to Schiller Park residents only. There will be a $10 refundable deposit required at the time of sign-up that will be returned on the class date. Please sign-up in the Youth Services Room.

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LOCAL CHURCH NEWS Catholic Charities Mother’s Day Collection Your Mother’s Day gift to Catholic Charities provides food, housing and counseling. It supplies safe, dependable childcare. It makes maternity, adoption and teen parenting programs available. It supports older adults with home-delivered meals, in-home care, and nursing home care. 92 cents of each dollar you give goes directly to help someone in need. Learn more at

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Baby Bottle Project Please pick up a baby bottle to help support the Women’s Center of Chicagoland. The Women’s Center is a pro-life crisis pregnancy center that helps women in need to choose life and to care for their babies. You can find the baby bottles at the exits of church. Please return the bottle to church at any of the masses on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12.

Woman of the Year – Eleanor Vogel St. Beatrice Women’s Club has chosen Eleanor Vogel for the “Woman of the Year”. She will be honored at the ACCW gathering on May 18 at Elmcrest Banquets and at the Women’s Club Installation Dinner on May 20 at Legends (in the Comfort Suites Hotel). All women of the parish are invited to join us. Members may also invite their husbands or a friend. The cost is $17. For reservations or more information call JoAnn 847-678-2452.


Last month our nation experienced three terrible events in less than one week: the Boston Marathon bombings; the explosion at the fertilizer plant in Texas; and the massive f looding in our area that destroyed the possessions of many people. So, in less than one week, we saw three examples of evil. Now, there are actually two types of evil. There is moral evil, which is when people intentionally choose evil over good (e.g., the Boston bombings). There is also natural evil, which is when things become disordered in nature (because God originally created our world to be beautiful and ordered). So, when we experience things like natural disasters, and even when we see things like accidents (like explosions), those are examples of natural evil – they are either things that were not designed to be part of nature, or they are bad things that

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happen, but not as a result of human choice. Whatever the type, all evil comes from the same source: original sin. The entrance of sin into our world threw everything out of order. And because we were hit with three big evils in just a few days, it was a prime time for the false prophets to swoop in. In the Gospels Jesus warns us about false prophets, those who try to lead people away from God. When these three events occurred in April, it was a perfect time for some people to say: “There is no God. How could God allow this? Where was God? God is not good because He does not care about us. Stop believing in God because it won’t protect you from evil.” These are the voices that arise whenever and wherever evil occurs. Their basic argument is: evil exists; therefore a good God cannot exist. But the key to remember is that God existed long before evil ever did (because only God is eternal). God respects our freedom by giving us free will, but that means that we can say no to God, which was the Original Sin of our first parents. But that does not mean that evil is greater than God. How can it be, if God was here first? Goodness (God) is always stronger. After all, evil is essentially nothing – it is defined as the absence of good. So, something (the good) carries more weight than nothing (evil). Look at how the goodness of humanity was revealed in response to those three events: the many people who rushed to help the victims of the Boston bombings; the rescue workers who went into the plant in Texas while it was burning, knowing that it would probably explode; and here at home, how many of you

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West Leyden Inducts Newest National Honor Society Members The West Leyden chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 39 new members into the organization on Monday, March 18, 2013, in the auditorium of the school. The candidates were selected from a pool of 240 eligible students by a faculty committee. Criteria for selection is based on each candidate’s character, academic excellence, service to the school and the community, and outstanding leadership skills. The newly inducted students are: Jonathan Alioto, Diana Almanza, Kaina Arias, Jovani Blas, Jaqueline Carmona, Juan Castaneda, Alex Chaidez, Ulises Covarrubias, Kassandra Diaz, Melissa Dobry, Daniel Dominguez, Julius Figueroa, Alexis Garcia, Edith Garcia, Lesley Garcia, Angelina Herrera, Antonio Hinojosa, Ashley Kvistad, Leslie Lopez, Nancy Lopez, Rosa Martinez, Yamilex Monarrez, Krist Monroy, Julisa Nevarez, Melissa Nevarez, Jenny Nguyen, Stephanie Nguyen, Jency Patel Ashley Pesch, Vanna Pethsomvong, Alejandro Ramos, Marlene Saucedo, Luis Miramontes Solis, Clarissa Valle, Alyssa Vargas, Katherine Vazquez, Yaritza Velasquez, and Sara Wojtasik.

Student Of The Month Breakfast At West Leyden The following West Leyden High School students were honored at the Student of the Month Breakfast held on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in the Eagle’s Wing at the school. The monthly breakfast is held to recognize students for their extraordinary effort, special achievements, and academic excellence. Parents and nominating teachers also are invited to attend. The students and the departments they represent are: Erin Harmon, Art; Suzette Ruvalcaba, BRIDGE/LIFE; Ricardo Torres, Business Education; Chris Callejas, Credit Recovery; Susana Gonzalez, District ExcellencePrincipal’s Award; Mike Bojarski, English; Kimberly Salazar, Family and Consumer Sciences; Jaime Castro, Guided Study; Yanier Diaz, Industrial Technology; Carly Hayes, Literacy; Juan Trinidad, Mathematics; Juhi Desai, Modern Languages; Jennifer Guevarra, Music; Janaida Hernandez, Music; Honeida Leon, Personal Achievement; Justin Mozelle, Physical Education; Michael Patino Cuero, Science; Haley Allen, Social Studies; and Stephanie Deutscher, TAPESTRY.

East Leyden Receives 2011 Educational Alliance Grant East Leyden High School has received a $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to support the school’s mathematics curriculum. B & D Gasoline, Inc. of 9000 West Belmont Avenue in Franklin Park worked with school officials to secure the grant, which was made possible by funding from the ExxonMobil Corporation. The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools. ExxonMobil believes that as members of the community, local retailers are best qualified to work with local

educators to help identify schools and programs most in need of support. B & D Gasoline, Inc. met stringent eligibility criteria before applying for and being awarded this grant, including having a commitment to provide a superior buying experience for customers.

West Leyden Science Olympiad Regional Medalists Congratulations to the West Leyden Science Olympiad Regional Medalists who competed at the regional contest on March 9 at the College of DuPage. The following students placed in four different categories. Sophomore Stephanie Uriostegui, Boomilever - 2nd Place Junior Grace Wischmeyer, Magnetic Levitation Vehicle - 4th Place Seniors Juliani Rada and Justin Thomas, Thermodynamics - 4th Place Seniors Juliani Rada and Justin Thomas, Chemistry Lab - 5th Place

District 212 Offers Annual Leyden Sports Academy Leyden High School District 212 athletic department is offering its annual Leyden Sports Academy (LSA) this June. The four-day sports camp will be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 3 and 4, at the East campus, 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park; and on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5 and 6, at the West campus, 1000 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake. The camp is free to all incoming freshmen attending Leyden high schools as well as students entering 8th grade. The sports academy is designed to help incoming freshmen – athletes and non-athletes – identify the characteristics that define a champion in the classroom and on the playing field. Participants will have the opportunity to sample many of Leyden’s sports programs, to meet with the coaching staff, and to talk with Leyden varsity athletes. The goal is to provide participants with a rewarding, memorable experience; and to help students make the transition from Jr. High and middle school to high school. Leyden Sports Academy participants can also enroll in any of Leyden’s two-week, sportsspecific summer camps for a nominal fee. For more information, call 847-451-3071 or 847-451-3137; and visit

District 212 Summer Recreation Program Leyden High School District 212 is offering the 2013 Summer Recreation Program to students who live in District 212. The program offers numerous sports activities for both boys and girls and includes baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. The fee for students in grades 9-12 is $40 for one camp and $10 for each additional camp. The fee for students in lower grade levels is contingent on the activity. For more information about programs, dates, times, locations, fees, and registration, please contact the athletic department at 847-451-3071. Information also is available online at

In addition, students may register in the athletic office at each campus between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Registration is also accepted online via Leyden’s Web store.

Exceptional Eagle Breakfast At East Leyden The following East Leyden High School students were honored at the EXCEPTIONAL EAGLE BREAKFAST on Thursday, April 18th. The monthly breakfast is held to recognize students for their extraordinary effort, special achievements, and academic excellence. Parents and nominating teachers are also invited to attend. The students and the departments they represent are: Jonathan Santos, Art; Dominick Sarno, Art; Maraceli Favela, Bilingual/ESL; Clint DeLeon, Business Education; Kendall Duwal, English; Angie Nicasio, Family and Consumer Sciences; Vanessa Portillo, Family and Consumer Sciences; Michelle Styrczula, Individual Achievement; Tom Kubas, Industrial Technology; Joshua Ventura, Literacy; Jesus Rodriguez, Mathematics; Cristian Silva, Modern Languages; Michalina Szelazek, Music; Albert Arabik, Physical Education; David Senk, Physical Education; Michelle Bogdan, Science; Shannon Le, Social Studies; Justyna Chojnowski, Student Activities; Timmy Corr, Student Activities; Denise Moran, Student Aide; David Heusel, Theater; and Rebecca Strauss, Woodmen of the World Award.

The golf outing helps support district athletic programs and the Leyden Athletic Scholarship Fund that benefits Leyden student-athletes. The registration and payment deadline is Friday, May 24. For more information, or to register for the event, please contact Steven Siekierski at 630- 935-5721 and; or Randy Conrad at is also possible online at Click on “Web store” and then on “courses, tests, and events” and follow the prompts. In addition to the golf outing, sponsorship opportunities are available. These include Gold Donor at $500, Ace Donor at $250, Eagle Donor at $100, and Birdie Donor at $50. A Gold donation will earn one free individual golfer spot and dinner. For more information about sponsoring a hole or making a raffle donation, please call Steven Siekierski or Randy Conrad.

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District 212 Summer Learn To Swim Program For Children The summer session of Leyden’s Learn to Swim Program for children ages 3 to 13 will be held in three two-week sessions, Monday through Thursday, beginning with Session I, June 10 – June 20, Session II, June 24 – July 5, and Session III, July 8 – July 18. Class times are 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Each class is 35 minutes long. Sessions will be held at West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Rd, Northlake. The in-district fee is $40 per session, and the out-of-district fee is $45 per session. The program covers skills that include water orientation and safety to advanced stroke techniques. Participants can register for the program online through Leyden’s Web store or in the athletic office located at each campus from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call the athletic office at 847-451-3071and 847-451-3137, or go to

District 212 Hosts 2013 Eagle Scramble The Athletic Department at Leyden High School District 212 is hosting the 2013 Eagle Scramble golf outing on Thursday, June 6, 2013, beginning at noon at White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson St., Bensenville. The cost is $125 per player for the 4-person scramble and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart and dinner. The event also features contests and raffles. Pertinent times include registration beginning at noon; free range balls from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.; call to carts at 1:15 p.m.; and the Scramble shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Dinner, golf, awards, and the raffle will begin at 7:00 p.m.

District 212 Hosts 25th Annual William H. Fern Awards Ceremony

Students, faculty, and staff from Leyden High School District 212 were honored at the 25TH Annual William H. Fern Award Ceremony held on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium at West Leyden High School. The awards were instituted by William Fern, a former District 212 teacher who began the award program after he retired from teaching several years ago. Award winners include high school juniors, teachers, and staff members. Faculty and staff choose the winners by voting for those who have exhibited extraordinary effort, talent, and dedication to their goals and work. In recognition of their accomplishments, each winner receives a monetary gift from Fern. Fern Awards and Outstanding Achiever Awards For a full list of award winners for t h is award a nd ot hers, please v isit

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Local Veteran From Elmwood Park Takes Honor Flight On April 17, Raymond Stompor of Elmwood Park and nearly 100 other WWII veterans took the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to visit the WWII memorial and other sights. His daughter Louise Stompor accompanied him as his companion on the trip. Ray was born in Chicago in 1926. He grew up on the northwest side and attended St. Ladislaus grade school. He graduated Lane Tech High School in 1944. He was drafted out of high school and served in the Navy as a Navy Electrician’s Mate on the USS Huntington CL 107. He tested engines and electrical workings. When he returned from active duty, he eventually got a job at International Harvester where he worked for 45 years. He married Joann in 1964 and is celebrating 49 years of marriage. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

scaffolding on the side of the ship to paint it white from top to bottom. As is the custom with the Honor Flights, the veterans were greeted at Midway Airport when they returned home with uniformed sailors saluting, a high school marching band, police officers, firefighters, girl and boy scouts, and of course family members with signs welcoming them home. Hundreds of people lined the baggage area and shook hands with each of the men and women who were part of the trip. Ray was overwhelmed with the fanfare and just couldn’t believe what he was part of. If you’ve never experienced a welcoming home at Midway, take the time to do so one day. It is an experience you will never forget.

Interesting facts: He started smoking in the Navy. Cigarette companies gave sample packs to the men. He was able to by a carton for 50 cents. His least favorite part of ship time was hanging by a rope and

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Submarine Disaster Remembered On April 10, 1963, 50 years ago this year, the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history took place. Ceremonies in Portsmouth, N.H. were held to commemorate the event and honor the 129 Navy crew members and civilian technicians who lost their lives in the accident. The second USS Thresher (SSN-593) was the lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines in the United States Navy. Her loss at sea in the North Atlantic during deep-diving tests approximately 220 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts, on April 10, 1963 was a watershed event for the U.S. Navy, leading to the implementation of a rigorous submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE. Measured by lives lost, historic context and significance, the sinking of Thresher was then, and remains today, the world’s worst submarine disaster. As the first nuclear submarine lost at sea, its disappearance generated international shock and sympathy. When it was designed and built Thresher was the most advanced attack submarine of its time: it was faster and quieter than any submarine ever built, and able to dive deeper than any submarine in the world. SSN 593 was considered the most advanced weapons system of its day, created specifically to seek out and destroy Soviet submarines. Its new sonar (both passive and active) was able to detect other submarines and ships at greater range. The Thresher fulfilled every expectation as the most advanced nuclear attack submarine in the world Having been “lost at sea”, Thresher was not decommissioned by the U.S. Navy and remains on “Eternal Patrol.” On 9 April 1963 Thresher, then commanded by Lieutenant Commander Wesley Harvey, got underway from Portsmouth at 8AM and rendezvoused with the submarine rescue ship Skylark at 11AM to begin its initial post-overhaul dive trials, in an area some 190 nmi (220 mi; 350 km) east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. That afternoon Thresher conducted an initial trim dive test, surfaced and then performed a second dive to half test depth. It remained submerged overnight and re-established underwater communications with Skylark at 6:30AM on the morning of the 10th to commence deep-dive trials. Following standard practice, Thresher slowly dived deeper as it traveled in circles under Skylark - to remain within communications distance - pausing every additional 100 feet of depth to check the integrity of all systems. As Thresher neared her test depth, Skylark received garbled communications over underwater telephone indicating “... minor difficulties, have positive up-angle, attempting to blow.” When Skylark received no further communication, surface observers gradually realized Thresher had sunk. By mid-afternoon a total of 15 Navy ships were en route to the search area. At 6:30PM, the Commander Submarine Force Atlantic sent word to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to begin notifying next-of-kin - starting

with Commander Harvey’s wife - that Thresher was “missing”. By morning the next day all hope of finding Thresher was abandoned and at 10:30AM the Chief of Naval Operations went before the press corps at the Pentagon to announce that the submarine was lost with all hands. President John F. Kennedy ordered all flags to be flown at halfstaff on 12–15 April in honor of the 129 lost souls. An extensive underwater search using oceanographic ship Mizar and other ships mounted immediately and they soon found shattered remains of Thresher’s hull located on the sea floor. The Navy believes the failure of a brazed weld allowed sea water to spray onto electrical panels, causing an emergency shutdown of the sub’s nuclear reactor. The ballast system also failed, preventing the sub from surfacing. Filling with water, Thresher descended deeper and disintegrated under the crushing force of the ocean. When the Court of Inquiry delivered its final report, it recommended that the Navy implement a more rigorous program of design review and safety inspections during construction. That program, launched in December 1963, was known as SUBSAFE. From 1915 to 1963, the U.S. Navy lost a total of 16 submarines to non-combat accidents. Since the inception of SUBSAFE only one submarine has suffered a similar fate, and that was the USS Scorpion (SSN-589), which sank in 1968 for reasons still undetermined: the Scorpion was not SUBSAFE certified. In Carpentersville, IL the Dundee Township Park District named a swimming facility in honor of Thresher

Hypoallergenic Pets More Hype Than Fact Allergy sufferers are often advised to steer clear of pets, as brushing up to a cat or dog can trigger an allergy attack or a rash. Those with pet allergies may be willing to spend any amount of money to get a pet that is dubbed “hypoallergenic.” Although there are some breeds of dogs and cats that are less likely to trigger an allergic attack, some research indicates that a hypoallergenic pet is a myth. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one out of every four people struggles with allergies and asthma on a regular basis, and 15 to 30 percent of these cases are dog- or cat-related. Those with allergies may think a hypoallergenic pet will be the answer to their watery eyes and sneezes. But a study published in the American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy raises issues about hypoallergenic dogs. People who spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on a dog purported to be hypoallergenic may just be wasting their money. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit took dust samples from 173 dog-owning households, where 60 breeds were represented, including 11 breeds that are considered to be hypoallergenic. What they discovered was that homes with allegedly hypoallergenic pets contained just as much of the prime dog allergen, known as Can f 1, as those of the other breeds. According to senior author and epidemiologist Christine Cole Johnson, “There is simply no environmental evidence that any

particular dog breed produces more or less allergen in the home than another one.” That doesn’t mean that all dogs produce the same amount of allergen as others. In fact, genetics and environmental factors, including how often a dog and a home is cleaned, can contribute to the dander and allergens produced by a particular dog. Dogs within the same breed may vary as to how much Can f 1 one dog creates compared to another. In essence, one labrador may induce an allergic reaction, while the other doesn’t even cause a person to sneeze. The hypoallergenic label is often given to dog breeds that have short fur or do not shed much. But allergens are not attached to the fur. They are actually a secretion from the skin that produces an allergic reaction from dogs and the saliva of cats. Unless a geneticist is able to create a cat without allergens in saliva or a dog that does not secrete allergens from the skin, no pet will be hypoallergenic. That isn’t to say choosing a dog that sheds less may be beneficial, since dander with allergens is generally attached to shedded fur. Here are a few dog breeds that may be better for people with allergies: Poodle, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Portuguese Water Dog, Schnauzer, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Maltese.

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Buster, 2 year old Male Pit Bull Terrier

Hey I’m Buster! I was wandering around Forest Park, when a nice police officer brought me to the Animal Care League. I like it here, but I can’t wait to find my forever home. I love to roll around in the grass and relax in the sun. If you pledge to take me on daily walks and give me some aerobic exercise, I promise to relax quietly by your feet while you watch T.V. or work on the computer. I’m a heavy chewer, so it’s really important to me that my new family gives me lots of sturdy toys and bones to gnaw on. I’m currently in training and have already learned “sit” and am working on “down.” I’m housebroken and crate trained.

Truffles, 3 year old Female Siamese Mix Truffles and Mocha were adopted together from ACL 2 years ago. Their owner could no longer care for them and returned them to ACL. Truffles and Mocha both have a very calm and sweet demeanor. They are both very affectionate and love human attention. They get along well with other felines and would do well in a multi-cat household. This pair is recommended for a quiet home with older, respectful children. Truffles and Mocha are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.

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.

Cats and Cat Feeders in Your Community BY ELLEN MILES

People who feed community cats have been notorious for their secretive and clandestine ways. Misunderstood perceptions are sometimes held against them and in some cases, especially with the elderly, it’s led to isolation. Some of our community elders are alone, with friends far away or long since dead, or abandoned by their families. To many, the cats are their only connection to the outside world. As a community, we should embrace our Elders , help them out whether they feed cats or not. Help them like you’d like to be helped when you’re in their shoes, God forbid. People who feed cats, no matter their age, are paranoid for good reason. Old methods of trap and kill or ticket and fine have been common. Sometimes, especially the elderly and timid have been left to the mercy of unscrupulous Code Enforcement personnel. And all told it was illegal to feed and care for cats. Things have changed!!! People who feed cats can legally come out of the closet! There is help for them and for the community. As of November 2007, every municipality in Cook County is covered by the CC Ordinance, ‘Management of Feral Cats’. The Ordinance promotes humane, responsible care and reduction of our community cats through a program that sterilizes, vaccinates and promotes responsible cat care. Cats are humanely trapped, taken to a vet and after recovery, returned to their home territory. Feeders and the cats in their care are protected as registered cat caretakers. They and the community get help. As a Registered Caretaker, no more fines, threats and trap and kill. For the caretakers, the cats and the community, no more kittens, fighting, yowling, or ‘spray wars’ marking territories. Cats are healthy, well cared for and safe in their home territory and the colony stabilizes. It’s a winning

solution. If you’ve been threatened with a fine or told to stop feeding the cats in your care, call us. We can help. In larger colonies (cat families) , cats can really become a nuisance. Cats multiply rapidly and spread when they’ve outgrown their territory, segmenting into other areas of the community to start their own families. Whether you feed or there are cats in your community, it’s time to TNR your community cats. Whether you feed cats or live in a neighborhood with cats and want to be part of the only effective ,humane, economical way to reduce and care for the cats in your community attend a free TNR Workshop on May 4 (1st Sat every month)at 1pm at the Franklin Park Community Center on 25th & Franklin or on Saturday May 18, (3rd Saturday of every month) Quinn Community Center @ St Eulalia’s Church, 8th & the Eisenhower (door #1). Learn how you can help yourself, your neighbors and the cats. And, with or without cats, be mindful of the Elders of the community and sensitive to their ways and needs – they could be you some day. CatVando NFP Corp is a 501c3 not for profit Comprehensive TNR Group based in Maywood, IL. For more info or to apply for TNR assistance, to volunteer, to support our work or sign up for our newsletter, visit, ‘Like’ CatVando TNR on fb to learn daily activities and see some of our adoptable cats and kittens or find us on for more of our adoptable cats and kittens. Or, if no access to the internet, call 708-829-6013! TNR breeds compassion, not cats. CatVando a 501©3 Comprehensive TNR Group supported solely by donations. For more info, visit our website, 708-829-6013 – Like us on Facebook CatVando TNR to follow our activities.



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



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Hor oscope s ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, something irresistible keeps grabbing your attention. Don’t overindulge too much or you will regret the decision later on. Exercise moderation. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you may be tempted to run away from a challenging situation, but it is in your best interest to hunker down and face the problem. You won’t be going it alone. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you seem to quickly conquer tasks that others struggle with. It could be thanks to your ability to focus, but look over your work to make sure it’s correct. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, while many things come easily to you, there is one particular situation that continually proves problematic. You might have to scale a few mountains to handle it. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, this week you might be better off tackling things on your own instead of looking to others for support. This will help minimize any potential distractions. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 You have a few secrets you are not willing to share just yet, Virgo. That’s alright. Keeping some of your agenda private will inspire curiosity and be to your advantage. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you may be trying to get a certain person alone so you can have some one-on-one time together. A rendezvous is possible this week. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you are at an impasse because you are secondguessing some of your most recent decisions. You may need to shift your focus to get back on track. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 The old adage that if you want something done right you have to do it yourself rings especially true this week, Sagittarius. Your skills are put to the test. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, there is a certain window of time this week when you will be extremely efficient and effective. The other times you may as well throw in the towel. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you have to work out a few loose ends before you are free for a much-needed vacation or just time spent doing whatever it is that makes you happy. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, sometimes love can cause pain, but this is the way to grow and learn from mistakes. There are lessons to be learned in a few days.

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MONEY MATTERS Your Personal Information Up For Sale! Think your earnings are a matter between you, your employer and the IRS? Think again. That information may well be in the hands of Equifax, the credit-reporting giant. Its subsidiary, The Work Number, has amassed what may be the world’s largest private database of personal financial information; 222 million employment and salary records from thousands of employers. Companies pay The Work Number to verify information about potential employees and also give it access to their workers’ human resources data, which could include Social Security numbers and information on health care providers. And it’s all for sale! The buyers include mortgage lenders, credit card companies and even debt collectors, according to a report by NCB News. Equifax insists it’s all legal, but some privacy experts worry that electronic warehousing of such data attracts hackers and identity thieves. Elizabeth De Armond, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, says data breaches occur regularly and that “Equifax is not in the business of keeping valuable data secret – quite the opposite.” Equifax paid $393,000 last year to settle charges filed by the Federal Trade Commission that it improperly sold information about homeowners who were late on mortgage payments. Federal law allows you to review and dispute information in The Work Number’s database: Go to, click “Help” and then “How to get your Employment Data Report.” Source AARP Bulletin, April 2013.

Cleaning Up Your Credit Report It’s time to get a credit report checkup, said Russ Wiles in the Phoenix Arizona Republic. Of the 200 million or so American with active credit files, only about one fifth make the effort to obtain their reports in a given year, even though credit reports routinely contain errors. Start by getting recent

copies of reports from all three major credit bureaus – Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion – via If you spot an error, write a dispute letter to the credit bureau. The credit-reporting agency then has 30 days to respond and correct your credit report. Remember that there isn’t just one type of credit score, and the scoring process can vary. As credit agencies have seen more and more borrowers with adequate means simply walk away from mortgages when they’re underwater, they now monitor not only borrowers’ ability to cover a loan but also their willingness to pay.

Are Americans Getting Poorer?

The government spent $74.6 billion on food stamp benefits last year, up from $30.4 billion in 2007. With 15 percent of Americans now receiving food stamps, the program’s budget is equivalent to the combined budgets of the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Department of the Interior. Source The Wall Street Journal.

Have You Earned Your Million Yet?

It takes the average American household about 25 years to earn a million dollars – the fastest rate of any country. In Mexico and Romania, by contrast, the average family would take more than three centuries to rack up $1 million in pretax earnings. Source The Economist

Find a Job and Career With the Comcast Call Center … BY ERNIE BROWN

If you are interested in customer care … it’s time to turn that interest into pure excitement. COMCAST is seeking dynamic people who will bring excellence as well as their own unique style to their jobs. They want their business to grow, of course, but they, also, want to make sure their employees and communities grow as well. They are aware that the contributions their employees make are vital to the company’s success.

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The job responsibilities include the handling of incoming calls and/or in-person lobby traffic. This includes resolving customer billing issues and/or explaining COMCAST CABLE products and features. Their benefits include comprehensive dental and vision plans, along with paid time off for vacations and holidays. Comcast, also, offers their employees a 401K retirement plan and an attractive stock purchase plan. They offer college tuition reimbursement, life insurance and much more. If interested, you may want to visit their website and check out their career listings. Make your next internet endeavor.

New Car Not in the Budget For Many Families Having a family, owning your own home and driving a new car is a common goal of many people. But at least one item on that list has now become much less affordable for the average person. Now that many of the auto-buying incentives instituted to help reinvigorate the auto industry have expired, the average consumer is being priced out of a new vehicle. According to data from, the average automobile -- at a cost of $30,500 in 2012 -- is now more expensive than ever before. Furthermore, information from a 2013 Car Affordability Study conducted by said that most households across America cannot afford a car payment on a new vehicle. In fact, it was determined that only residents of Washington, D.C., with an annual income of roughly $86,000, could afford the average sticker price of a new vehicle and the roughly $550 per month it would cost to finance that vehicle. When factoring in housing costs, insurance and the cost of food, only average citizens in San Francisco, Boston and Baltimore are within spitting distance of being able to afford a new car. The research used certain qualifiers in determining the maximum amount the average family could pay for a new car. Researchers calculated 10 percent of the monthly, median gross household income for each metropolitan city and subtracted the average monthly insurance premium. The site also considered three key factors, often referred to as the “20/4/10” rule, which involves a down


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Take a box of Angel Food Cake mix (just the contents of the box, no need to follow the directions on the box), & combine it with a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple in its own juice. (No need to use a mixer, just stir it by hand) When you do this, something magical happens. The mixture starts to froth & it turns into an amazingly airy, fluffy bowl of deliciousness right before your eyes. Once it’s all mixed up, simply pour it into a 9 x 13 cake pan & bake 350 for 30 minutes

payment of at least 20 percent, auto financing lasting no longer than four years and principal, interest and insurance not exceeding 10 percent of a household’s gross income. Using that as a foundation, the study determined most households cannot afford the mean price of $30,000 for a new car and must look to other options, including previously owned vehicles or leasing a vehicle. Dealerships now offer warranties and certification on preowned vehicles that not only make them more affordable but also offer peace of mind to owners worried about buying a lemon. Furthermore, many preownedvehicles are lease turn-ins that are only three years old and have few miles on them thanks to mileage restrictions common to many leasing agreements. Consumers looking for an affordable vehicle might want to downsize their next car or go without certain options. Cars rolling off of the assembly lines are packed with many features that some buyers can do without. If you desire all of the bells and whistles in your vehicle, you may want to consider a compact car that boasts the desired features instead of a midsize one. The smaller vehicle might have a lower sticker price, and you will still get the options on your list.

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JUST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT Are eye ‘floaters’ dangerous?

Does anyone remember the Star Trek movie when they travel back into time and Bones (the doctor) is in a hospital and runs into a patient who is having kidney dialysis? He gives her a pill and later in the movie we find out she grew a new kidney. Well, read the following article; it may someday come true!

Dark spots, specks, “webs,” and other shapes that seemingly dance around in a person’s field of vision are often referred to as “floaters.” Such floaters are typically harmless, but there are instances when they can be indicative of something more serious. The perception of floaters in the eye is called myodesopsia. They are particularly noticeable when looking at a light-colored background, such as the sky.

Made to Order Organs

Scientists have grown an artificial kidney for the first time, raising hopes that human kidneys and other organs could one day be manufactured to order. Researchers used chemicals to strip a rat kidney of its original cells, leaving behind a collagen scaffold. Then they bathed the structure in stem cells and neonatal kidney cells. The cells grafted onto the scaffold and grew new kidney tissue that functioned like the original – though less efficiently – filter waste and produce urine when transplanted into a rat. In theory, the technique could one day be used to create customized livers and hearts. “If this technology can be scaled to humansize grafts, patients suffering from renal failure who are currently waiting for donor kidneys could theoretically receive an organ grown on demand,” Harold Ott, head of the Massachusetts General Hospital team that grew the rate kidney, tells New Scientist. “ “ It would solve the donor organ shortage.” In the U.S., just 18,000 of the 100,000 people waiting for a kidney receive one in any given year. An organ generated from a patient’s own cells would not be rejected by the immune system – a problem that causes almost half of transplanted kidneys to eventually fail.

The Perfect Sunscreen

More than one out of three American do not ever use sunscreen, including 27.3 percent of people who were previously diagnosed with a form of skin cancer. Source As the days get longer (and the rays get stronger), you need more sun protection. Find the best product for you with help from Mona Gohara, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale. One way to avoid cancer is to avoid UV Rays. Exposure can put you at risk of skin cancer, so wear broad-spectrum sunscreen, and never use a tanning bed. SUN SITUATION: You work in a windowless office and get sun only en route to public transit. SOLUTION: Choose a mineral powder with titanium dioxide, which physically blocks UV rays for instant protection without the hassle of apply cream sunscreen, Dr. Gohara says. SUN SITUATION: You have a half-hour commute to work with the sun beating through your car window. SOLUTION: On top of your usual daytime SPF moisturizer, apply a broad-spectrum stick product to exposed areas such as your left cheekbone and left arm. SPF 30 is recommended. SUN SITUATION: You spend a few hours browsing the farmers market on Saturdays. SOLUTION: Protect your face with at least an SPF 30 lotion, but use a mineral-bases sunscreen all over your body too. “The calves are the most common place melanomas show up in woman.” Dr. Gohara says. SOURCE HEALTH.COM


What causes floaters? Floaters are formed when very small pieces of the eye’s gel-like substance, called vitreous, break loose in the inner back portion of the eye. Vitreous is the part of the eye between the lens and the retina and contains a clear jelly called the vitreous humor. The vitreous has a gel-like consistency initially, but as a person ages the vitreous begins to dissolve and liquefy. Some of the undissolved gel particles can break off and float around in the more watery center of the vitreous, forming floaters. Shadows from the floating particles, and not the debris itself, are what you actually see in the eye. As light passes through the eye, shadows from the particles are cast onto the retina. They seem to move around in the eye following the rapid movement of the eye.

When should I be alarmed? Most eye floaters are quite common and not dangerous at all. However, consult an eye doctor if the floaters interfere with your quality of life or impair your ability to read or drive a car. If floaters suddenly increase or are accompanied by light flashes or losses in peripheral vision, this could be a sign of a serious condition known as retinal detachment. The National Eye Institute offers that a retinal detachment occurs when any part of the retina is lifted or pulled from its normal position at the back of the wall of the eye. Left untreated, a retinal detachment can lead to permanent visual

impairment or even blindness in a matter of a few days. Surgery is required to seal any holes in the retina or to reattach the retina to the back of the eyeball.

Prevention and Treatment Many eye conditions, including floaters, are a hereditary condition. If someone in your family is prone to severe eye floaters, there is a good chance you may experience the same. However, taking some precautions can help improve eye health and reduce your risk of developing floaters. • Avoid excessive rubbing of the eyes. • Do not sleep face-down where the eyes will be rubbed in sleep. • Recognize some medications carry side effects that can affect the eyes. Talk to an optometrist about medications you take and discuss potential alternatives. • Avoid risky sports. Head and eye trauma can lead to new eye floaters. Blows to the head and face can cause vitreous material to detach. If you have f loaters that are dense and numerous, a procedure called a vitrectomy may be recommended. This procedure removes the vitreous gel along with the floating debris, replacing the gel with a salt solution. A vitrectomy is a potentially risky procedure, so it’s often reserved only for those suffering from severe floaters. Experimental laser therapy to dissolve the floaters is another potential treatment option, though this procedure is still being studied and isn’t widely used. Most floaters are left untreated, and patients are advised to simply live with them and learn to cope. Eye floaters are common and usually carry no risks. If they become prevalent or are accompanied by flashes of light, visit your eye doctor as soon as possible.

Medical Visits by the Numbers 19 23 17 24 5 Minutes Minutes Minutes Minutes Minutes Average length of a doctor’s visit.

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Average wait to see an optometrist the shortest for any specialist SOURCE HEALTH.COM

Average wait to see an orthopedic surgeon – the longest for any specialist

Average wait before patients start to lose, well, patience!

JUST FOR THE HEALTH OPINIONS OF IT Catholic Priest Under Attack For Standing By Church Teachings BY AL BALDASSANO

A Fr. Greg Shaffer is the chaplain of the Catholic Newman Center on campus at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Recently a group of pro-homosexual students have band together to force Fr. Shaffer off campus because he opposes abortion and samesex marriage. Fr. Shaffer defends these church teachings in his sermons, RCIA classes, and Bible study classes. This group of students are pressuring top university administrators to act on his forced removal. Fr. Shaffer cites freedom of religion and freedom of speech in his defense. For more information and to support Fr. Shaffer with an electronic petition please and a website called The Chaplain We Know. Information for this article was provided by TFP Student Action Director John Ritchie through an interview.

Blossoming Hope For Our New Pope Francis BY ROBERT DITURI

Pope Francis gave us all new hope and energy in his inauguration mass to his audience of viewer and pilgrims that gathered from all over the world to see and hear the new holy father speak and pray in deeply rooted prayer. In his own words he says now is the holy time, an occasion to restore sacredness of all life and feed those hungering and poor for the meaning of truth and peace from our hearts. Whoever and whatever it is provides the focus and goal for Christians to do what is right. Pope Francis’ focus is meaningful that life finds joy and peace in sharing oneself with others in lifegiving relations. Yes, people of many places it’s called generosity of spirit. Within that, we can build on in all communities that we live in here and around the world. Only by love will we achieve this by listening to each other and working with each other. It means working for the common good of all. It will be the strength that our holy father Pope Francis will bring to us, along with his faith and presence and love that will provide us with hope to meet the future of this ever-changing and blinded world we live in. Yes, we have a new friend of the poor and a new open heart for the poor. Our strength of faith and the power of love provide us hope to meet the future with our first new pope from Latin America; Francis. Many will ask, “Will he be the one who will give us the meaning and fulfillment that we need to listen to?” “Will he be the new pope that will teach us what God desires and not what you desire?”

Can the Vatican in Rome get used to a new way of church business or will it be the new way of holy business? With all of this in mind, what is the real concern and message of importance that all Catholics want to hear that has made so many of them turn away and drift away from their faith? Yes, over one billion Roman Catholics all over the world are all waiting publicly to hear from our Holy Father on what he plans on doing with the sexual abuse charges against children from Roman Catholic priests. The following explanation is to help all of us understand the importance as Catholics, that we need honest answers worth following. Yes people, not only will Pope Francis take control at a time of critical importance and great concern for the poor, but he also has to face the change and challenge of an uncontrolled government of the church or Curia. Now that he will be in control, he personally and privately needs to give great attention to the Roman Catholic world and try to change what has been made wrong and now make it right. Before we invoke on anything else, the real problem remains now to draw on religious faith back into the church instead of outside of the church and save the tradition and hope for those who have lost their religion affiliation and moral obligation as Catholics to come back to church. Yes, the biggest challenge problem for Catholics today is connecting Jesus with the church, because now there are 60% of Catholics that have cut off touch with the church. The message is not to resist hope, peace, and prayer, but only strength of the cross. Now is the time not to be traditionally afraid of our shadow of common sense values, but remember always to put God first above all things and everything else will follow and begin to blossom in your hope in faith. God bless Pope Francis who will be the wind beneath our wings.

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And, despite this trend, she left over $150,000 unspent in her account. I expect she will sue her campaign manager for malpractice – or for mortification. * In a prior column, I disparaged Piltaver as a “goody-goody” candidate with nary a clue as to win. I was wrong. She was well-known, had a following, kept trying, and there was fatigue with Montana.” No matter what the margin, it seems to me that Ms. Piltaver has won and for Anna Montana to continue with a recount in this day and age of electronic voting is ridiculous. The voters have spoken, and it’s not right for her to hold the village hostage. Concede, bow out gracefully and move on. Let’s give Ms. Piltaver a chance to follow through on her promises. And just so you know, I voted for Montana, so I’m not being prejudice to one side. Andrew (Sent by email)

Not All Bad Although I had my share of water in my basement during the flooding, I can’t say it was all bad. The one thing nice is that neighbors actually talk to eachother during a crisis. They offer to help and make sure everyone is okay. Misery loves company, but sometimes that can be a good thing. (Sent by email)

From a Resident Back in January, People & Places did an article

on Schiller Park resident Mary Ann Vandersnickt Naedelen who celebrated her 90th birthday in January. Well, we visited her again to find she is

Passing Through The Years BY MARY ANN VANDERSNICKT

As I sit all alone on a cold wintery day, gazing out through a frosted window pane; What to my dreary eyes do I see? Children jumping, playing and laughing with glee. Many a thought running through my mind, thinking of the weeks, months, and years that have passed by. Wishing that I again was small, among the children one and all. The days have come and gone, whether they be happy or forlorn. When a youngster – cares are light, days are filled with happiness from morn till night. Off to school each day they go. Big brother, big sis, and little Joe. Each school term has swiftly passed by, out of grades and into high. Graduation has rolled around; Boys and girls out into the world, planning future days ahead. Old age suddenly creeps upon them, cares are many and burdens to carry. Oh yes! We each have our own lives to live. Some filled with happiness, some with sorrow. I’ll live my best and hope for another tomorrow.

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–– A 55 year old Elmwood Park man from the 300 block of North 78th Avenue, was charged on February 23rd with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a seatbelt and improper lane usage.


–– The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the death of a four month old girl in her home in the 2300 block of North Harlem Avenue. The childs mother claims she found the infant on her stomach in a baby swing unresponsive on April 22nd. She called 911 and was given instructions on how to perform CPR on the girl until paramedics arrived. The infant was transported to Gottlieb Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. This incident is still under investigation and no charges are pending against the child’s mother at this time.


–– An Elmwood Park man was arrested on March 2nd and charged with retail theft. Donald Parry, 54 is alleged to have taken various items from Caputo’s Fresh Market without paying for them.


–– Sergio Diaz, 25 of Melrose Park was arrested on April 8th at Medill Avenue and Scott Street and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. –– James Jones, 51 of Franklin Park was arrested on April 12th in the 2500 block of Scott Street and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. –– James Kathrein, 52 of Northlake was arrested on April 13th at Mannheim Road and Diversey Avenue and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.


–– A 30 year old Chicago woman was arrested on March 30th and charged with retail theft, Takesha Craig is accused of taking alcohol and jewelry from a grocery store on the 10000 block of Grand Avenue without paying for it. –– Tequila Dashae Murry, 21 of Chicago was arrested on March 30th and charged with retail theft, after she allegedly took alcohol and jewelry from a store in the 10000 block of Grand Avenue, without paying for it.


–– Michael Miceli of Chicago was arrested on April 6th at North Avenue and Railroad Avenue. He was charged with improper lane change, speeding, illegally transporting alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol. –– Edward Ortega, 19 of Burbank, was arrested at Laporte and Diversey Avenues and charged with failure to signal, illegally transporting alcohol, no insurance and driving under the influence of alcohol.


–– A 32 year old Chicago man was arrested on April 5th and charged with felony retail theft. Michael Ward is accused of stealing 4 smartphones with a retail value of $899.52 from a store on the 100 block of North Avenue.

–– Ryan Boskovits, 20, of Norridge, was charged on March 19th with aggravated assault following an incident on the 7700 block of Strong.


–– A 42 year old Chicago woman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident that occurred March 22nd on the 4100 block of Harlem Avenue.


–– A 24 year old Chicago woman was charged with theft on March 29th. Keila Vallecillo is accused of trying to leave Carson’s, 4200 N. Harlem Avenue, without paying for approximately $350 worth of merchandise.


–– Michael Markowitz, 36, of Norridge was charged with eight counts of violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; four counts of trafficking in counterfeit drugs or goods using a counterfeit mark; and three counts of smuggling. Markiewicz owns Belmont Pharmacy at 6148 W. Belmont and was indicated for allegedly illegally buying counterfeit Viagra and Cialis from China, then dispensing the bogus medications at his pharmacy, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office. The now-suspended pharmacist ordered three shipments of counterfeit Viagra from China, including one that also contained fake Cialis, and sold them drugs from December 2010 through August 2012, according to federal prosecutors. The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation suspended Markiewicz’ pharmacist license and revoked the license of Belmont Pharmacy in November 2012, but the store continues operating as a nutrition and herb retailer, according to prosecutors.


–– A Norridge resident and a Chicago Resident were charged with possession of marijuana on March 27th following a traffic stop near Foster and Oketo Avenues.


–– A resident on the 700 block of South Home Avenue reported a burglary of a shed and a fire pit on March 27th. The shed contained lawn furnishings and landscaping equipment A door to the house was also forced open , but nothing was reported stolen. –– Three vehicles were reported to be burglarized on March 28th. All the vehicles were parked in the 800-900 blocks of West Touhy Avenue. All three incidents occurred between 9:30 and 10:30 in the morning, and involved the theft of purses. A gold colored Honda Civic was reportedly seen in the area. –– Sometime overnight on April 14th-15th, a case of paperwork was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 1400 block of South Vine Avenue. The paperwork was later found on a neighbor’s lawn. –– A vehicle was burglarized sometime overnight on April 14th-15th on the 1600 block of South Washington Avenue. Headphones and DVDs were reported taken.


–– An 18 year old Park Ridge woman was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on March 31st.


–– -The windshield of a vehicle was reported damaged on April 14th in an alley on the 800 block of South Prospect Avenue. Three male juveniles are suspected of throwing rocks that caused the damage.


–– A restaurant on the 100 block of South Northwest Highway, reported the theft of a donation jar containing an unknown amount of cash on March 25th. –– The Park Ridge Country Club reported seeing two men in a green pickup truck removing scrap metal from the club. The metal reported taken was a washer, dryer and heating unit. –– Sometime between March 23rd and 24th a real-estate sign was reported stolen from a yard on the 300 block of Grand Blvd.

–– On March 28th, four exterior mirrors were reportedly stolen from a 2003 Cadillac Escalade parked on the first block of South Summit Avenue. –– On April 10th, an iPhone was reported stolen from a bag at Maine South High School. –– On April 14th, a wallet was reportedly stolen from a purse left in a shopping cart at Dominick;s, 1900 S. Cumberland Avenue. –– On April 17th, two wallets were reported stolen from purses in two separate incidents after someone bumped into the women. Both incidents happened on the first block of South Northwest Highway.



–– A teenage girl riding her bicycle on the sidewalk on the 9300 block of Irving Park road was struck by a vehicle leaving a private drive on April 14th. The vehicle later determined to be a 2005 Chevy Malibu, continued to drive away from the scene of the accident. The girl was transported to Gottlieb Hospital by Schiller Park EMS.. The driver was later determined to be a Schiller Park resident from the 4100 block of Wehrman. He was given a court date of April 24th at Rolling Meadows courthouse.

–– A Melrose Park man was convicted of 5 counts of attempted murder of a police officer. Rashaun Carlisle, 31, was sentenced on March 29th to 60 years in prison for the shooting of two police officers. Carlisle got into a fight with rival gang members in the parking lot of a liquor store in the 1600 block of North Mannheim in Stone Park on May 8, 2010. Carlisle went home and got a double-barreled, sawed-off shotgun from his closet and loaded it with two shells, prosecutors said. He got back to the parking lot and found Stone Park police had cleared the area of all but one remaining person. He stood in the middle of Mannheim Road and fired two shots directly at the police officers. One officer was struck in the face and neck, and was permanently disfigured. The other officer was struck in the chest.


–– A glass light pole cover was broken on March 19th on the 4500 block of Grace. A rock was found lying among the broken glass in the yard.


–– A patrolling police officer discovered spray painted graffiti on the side wall of Fun and Games Preschool, 9629 Irving Park Road on March 20th. Four letters were written in black spray paint.




–– A man cleaning the dog park in the 4500 block of Ruby Street found a cash register drawer and cash till containing a roll of pennies in a grassy area. Police noted the drawer was dirty with debris and spider webs and believe it had been there for some time. The cash drawer was taken to the station and placed in evidence for future reference.



–– A 66 year old Bloomingdale man was arrested February 23rd in the 8000 block of Grand Avenue and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.


–– A Schiller Park man passed out at the wheel and hit another Schiller Park resident’s car on March 30th on Denley Avenue. Two people were taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.

–– Jimmy Chesser, 67 of the 2600 block of Elm Street died on April 22nd, after a physical altercation at his home. An autopsy report lists his cause of death from an irregular heartbeat, heart disease, coronary artery disease, stress from a physical assault as well as blunt force trauma. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. River Grove police are investigating the incident and have no information to release at this time.


–– A 34 year old River Grove man was pulled over on I-57 after driving 135 miles per hour. He told the officer that he was the designated driver and wanted to get his intoxicated passenger home safely. He was issued a citation for speeding 40 mph over the posted 65 mph limit.


–– April 19 – A patron at the Adobe Gilas Restaurant was arrested after refusing to pay a $39 bar bill. Alaa Harzain, 31 of Chicago was taken into custody and handcuffed after he struggled with officers. He was charged with theft and resisting arrest. –– April 18 – An accident occurred in the 10600 block of Higgins Road and Armins Danilcenko, 22 of Glendale Heights was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after he was located and stopped on the second level of the O’Hare parking garage. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. –– April 21 – Police pulled a vehicle over on the 5400 block of Pearl Street after the driver allegedly made a turn at a high rate of speed and swerved between lanes. Upon inspection of the vehicle the driver, David Turpin, 43, of Chicago was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while under the influence of alcohol. Cocaine was also allegedly found in the vehicle.


–– April 18 – A traffic crash at River Road and Darcy Avenue involved a 63 year old Schiller Park man and a 48 year old Oak Lawn Man. The 63 year old told police his boot stuck in the accelerator causing him to strike the rear of the other driver. –– April 17 – While driving east on Balmoral Avenue, a 59 year old Norridge woman apparently went straight through the t-intersection, driving over a curb and into bushes. Injured and unconscious, she was taken to Resurrection Medical Center for treatment.


–– A vehicle in the 9400 block of Lawrence Court was burglarized on April 8th. The vehicle owner reported the locks to his Honda Civic were broken and someone went inside the vehicle and reportedly stole 2 Bosch drills and a Bosch Radio.


–– Justin Blum, 24 of Schiller Park was charged with criminal trespass to property on April 5. He was allegedly involved in an altercation at Adobe Gilas’ Bar in Rosemont and refused to leave when asked by Adobe Gilas’ employees. He allegedly bent a metal railing, knocked over a pile of newspapers, and kicked over a sign, police reported.


–– Rosemont police charged an 18 year old Schiller Park man with public indecency and possession of drug paraphernalia on March 28. An officer allegedly saw the man stop his car at Scott Street and Hope Drive, get out, and allegedly urinate on the street. During a search of the vehicle, police recovered a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue.


–– This was not reported to police, but a resident let People & Places know of an incident that happened at their home on Atlantic Avenue in Schiller Park. They reported they found their security light on their garage not going on. Thinking the bulb burned out, they went to change it. What they found instead is someone had blacked out the bulb with spray paint and found their garage had the markings of someone trying to break in.

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 • MAY 2013


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