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Serving YOUR Community - Compliments of Our Subscribers and Advertisers The Official Paper of the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce

NEW ADVERTISERS THIS MONTH... Ambit Energy O’Hare Airport Taxi Zerillo Realty

Ken’s Christmas Trees (see back cover)

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Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Business Beats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Chamber Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Classifieds/Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Community News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Crossword Puzzle & Sodoku . . . . . . . . . . 37 Horoscopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 House and Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 In Case you Missed It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 January Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Just for the Health of It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Leyden Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Library Nook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Local Lifestyles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Mike’s Tech Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Opinions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Pet Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Publisher’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Recently Sold Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Restaurant Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Salute to Soldiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Senior Snips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 This and That . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Triton Tidbits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Winter Weather Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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WHAT’S IN THE PAPER… Around Town. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Business Beats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Celebrating the Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Classifieds / Announcements . . . . . . . . 39 Community News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Crossword & Sudoku. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 December Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Finances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Horoscopes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 House & Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 In Case You Missed It. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Just for the Health of It. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Leyden Highlights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Library Nook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Local Lifestyles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Opinions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Pet Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Publisher’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Recently Sold Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Salute to Our Soldiers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Senior Snips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Triton Tidbits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26


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LCU will pay off your loan from the dealer/bank & give you a new loan with same number of payments remaining. Enjoy a new lower monthly payment . Subject to qualification. Restrictions apply. *FLOOR RATE IS 1.9% APR. Offer does not apply to existing LCU auto loans. EXPIRES JANUARY 31, 2017. Promotion is valid only on loans of $10,000 or more for 36 months or more. Documentation of current loan must be presented. APR = Annual Percentage Rate.


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Membership open to all who live, work, or worship in the townships of: Leyden • Addison • Elk Grove • Lyons • Maine • Proviso • York

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Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Business Beats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Chamber Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Classifieds/Announcements . . . . . . . . . 39 Community News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Crossword & Sudoku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Horoscopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 House and Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 In Case You Missed It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Just For the Health of It . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Leyden Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Library Nook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Local Church News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 March Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Mike’s Tech Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Opinions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Pet Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Publishers Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Recently Sold Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Recipe of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Restaurant Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Salute to Our Soldiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Senior Snips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 This and That . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Triton Tidbits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

JULY 2017


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Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

2701 N. 25th Avenue • FRANKLIN PARK Chamber Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 • 847-455-8440 Classifieds/Announcements . . . . . . . . . 39

Community News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 ShopLocal OPEN TO THEHoroscopes & Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 BankLocal COMMUNITYHouse In Case You Missed It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

July Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Just for the Health of It . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Legislative Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Leyden Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Library Nook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Local Lifestyles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mike’s Tech Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Opinions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Pet Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Police Blotter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Publisher’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Recently Sold Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Recipe of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Restaurant Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Salute to Our Soldiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Senior Snips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Soduku/Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Triton Tidbits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25


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Business Beats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Celebrating Mom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Classifieds/Announcements . . . . . . . . . 39 Community News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 For the Health of It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 For Your Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Horoscopes . . 2701 . . . . . N. . . .25th . . . .Ave. . . . . . . . . 26 House and HomeFRANKLIN . . . . . . . . .PARK . . . . . . . . . 19 In Case You Missed It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Legislative Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Leyden Highlights847-455-8440 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Library Nook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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DECEMBER 2017 Volume 7 Issue 12

Serving Leyden Township and Surrounding Communities Since 2011 4303 N. Atlantic Avenue Schiller Park, IL 60176 Phone: 847-260-5670 Fax: 847-678-2939

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People & Places Newspaper is dedicated to promoting local business and news. We want people informed, educated and entertained and aware about what’s going on in their own towns as well as surrounding communities. We want to help businesses succeed as well as supply news you can use and more!


We need our readers to be our eyes and ears when it comes to local news and events. If you know of an event or hear of a story that you feel would be interesting to our readers, please let us know. We invite our readers to submit editorials, comments in our Open Forum, photos, news tips, questions and ideas. Call us at 847-260-5670 or email us at You can snail mail us also at 4303 N. Atlantic Ave., Schiller Park, IL 60176


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Publisher’s Message As we enter into the final month of the year and prepa re for the upcoming hol idays, I must stop and ask the proverbial question, “Where did the time go?” Are you thinking BARBARA PILTAVER, Publisher the same? I look back at last year’s publisher’s message and I could pretty much just reuse it. A year has already passed? Time flies; and as I reflect back on the past year’s events and happenings, both good and bad, I must thank God first and foremost that I am still here. I’m sure if you all took stock of the events that shaped your 2017, you will find all kinds of events and memories that defined it. Let’s face it; life happens, and we all experience good, bad, and ugly during our lives. This past year for me has been quite eventful. 2017 started out with a wedding in January and a new wonderful son-in-law and then an election and job loss. Then another wedding in May adding a beautiful daughter-in-law to our family and continued with my daughter presenting us with another beautiful granddaughter. Later in the year, I lost a dear friend in death suddenly. In between all of these events, life adds its little appetizers and entrées as I call them which can be both pleasurable or sour tasting. These can include family weddings, birthdays, illnesses, vacations, deaths, job losses, new found jobs, new friendships or loss of some too. These little tidbits of our lives can add uncertainty, happiness, sadness and every emotion in between. I’ve come to realize that the saying, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” is so very true. There are many

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things that are out of our control and many things that happen to us that we can’t take back. But it’s how we deal with it that controls our future, our health, our existence. If you’ve been reading my publisher’s messages for a while, you probably are saying that I’m being a broken record seemingly conveying the same message over and over. But the older I get, the more I realize how important it is to live the moment. As they say, repetition makes it a habit. This holiday season, savor every minute of every day; embrace your loved ones, make this last month of the year the best ever. 31 days of deep breaths focusing on the here and now! Slow down, look around and react to life’s moments with a positive attitude. I will leave you with a passage by Phillip James Bailey. We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives Who thinks most—feels the noblest—acts the best Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away *** The Giving season is upon us and I will remind everyone that the local food pantries are in need of non-perishable items or you can donate a gift card from a local grocery store. Leyden Family Service Food Pantry and Resurrection Lutheran Church are two places in Franklin Park which accepts donations. Also, if you are making contributions to charities, be sure your dollars are being used to fund the charity and not the CEO’s who run it. Go

to to see how each dollar is distributed. The website also offers a wealth of informative articles that will help you make informed decisions on who to contribute to and also how to avoid scams. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you to our readers, our advertisers and all the people who help make People & Places Newspaper possible every month. Have a blessed and happy holiday season. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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EVENTS December 2017

December is AIDS Awareness Month, Bingo’s Birthday Month, National Human Rights Month, National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, Operation Santa Paws, Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month, Worldwide Food Service Safety Month



1 PM. Triton’s R Building Auditorium, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Tour the campus, learn about the college experience from admission representative, faculty, and students, obtain info on programs, get the facts on funding your education. Attendees can enter a raffle to win a free three-credit hour course. Lunch will be served - bring your family and friends. 708-437-6915 ext. 3130 or register at

Des Plaines Toastmasters meet monthly 7-8:45pm on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood, downtown Des Plaines. They are looking for new members who want to develop public speaking and leadership skills. No prior speaking skill required! Each new member is assigned a mentor-coach to help you compose and present speeches better using the proven Toastmasters International educational program and materials. Visit as often as you want before Deciding to join (new member fees, monthly dues apply).

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Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. New members are always welcome! We play Bingo. For further info call Joe Marczak at 847-678-3264.

December 17 Through Dec. 12: VETERANS PARK DISTRICT

FOOD DRIVE. Bring nutritious, non-perishable canned At The

CatVando. Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th Ave., Brookfield. Food at 5:30 pm, Show starts at 7 pm. $30 at door. Early bird ticket discount $25 from by 11/29


Dec. 2: VENDOR/CRAFT FAIR Lincoln Middle School,

9750 Soreng Ave., Schiller Park. Come join over 30 vendors and crafters just in time for the holiday season. Support the ABC Parent group in Schiller Park. Gifts & Crafts, Homemade Décor, Fashion & Jewelry, Clothes, Candles, Food, Fun, Raffles. 9 am to 2 pm.

Dec. 2: CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY PRESENTS BELIEVE Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road,

Rosemont. 800-745-3000

or packaged food items (no glass) to Grant Park, 44 W. DuPage County Golfview Drive, in Northlake or the George Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17thFairgrounds Ave. in Melrose Park, through December 12. New toys/games can also be dropped off at these locations 1060 E. Peterson Rd. through Dec. 12.



Dec. 2: VENDOR/CRAFT FAIR Lincoln Middle School,

Grayslake, IL 600300

Township’s Breakfast Santa. Enjoy breakfast and take SHOWWith HOURS: free pictures with Santa. Price Sunday 8 am -All3 ages. pm / 9:30am-11am. $5 $5; $10 O/D. Must register by Tuesday, November 22. Children 12yrs & younger free with adult. Free parking. Dec. 1: JOHNNY MATHIS Rosemont Theatre, 5400 00’s of Treasures! Antiques Old Toys Estate Jewelry N. River Road, Rosemont. Country Furniture Advertising Items and More! 800-745-3000

Dec. 1, 2, 3: ANIMAL CARE LEAGUE HOLIDAY Zurko Promotions • Phone: 715-526-9769 BAZAAR Get your Christmas ign up at forShopping specials!done and

help stray animals at the same time. 1003 Garfield, Oak

Park.REGULAR Fun and festivities, new and gently used gift items, $1.00 OFF ADMISSION Decorations, cards, gift wrap, baked goods, pet gifts, holiday


baskets plus a basket raffle, music by local entertainers, chair massages by Stephanie Skrine, refreshments and even a quick tour of the shelter will be available. Get a photo for your holiday cards when Santa arrives on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday, Dec. 3, noon to 2 pm. Bring the whole family and the pets. Friday, Dec. 1 3 to 9 pm, Sat. Dec. 2 - 9 am to 3 pm., Sunday, Dec. 3/ 11 am to 2 pm.

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CatVando. Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th Ave., Brookfield. Food at 5:30pm, Show starts at 7pm. $30 at door. Early bird ticket discount $25 from by 11/29 9750 Soreng Ave., Schiller Park, 9am-2pm.

Dec. 2, 9, 16: POLAR EXPRESS Sponsored by the

Park District of Franklin Park. Enjoy Christmas caroling, cookies, milk and an interactive holiday story as we make our way to the North Pole by train. The 20-minute trip to the North Pole (Elgin Train Station) ends with Santa boarding the train, greeting every child and distributing a special treat. Santa will ride the train with us back to Franklin Park. Dec. 2, 2:30pm to 4:45pm., Dec. 9 , 4:30pm to 6:45pm, Dec. 16, 12:30pm to 2:45pm. All boarding at Franklin Park Train Station, 25th and Pacific Avenue. Registration is required and PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to register, spaces fill quickly!









Dec. 7-10: ROSEMONT CHRISTMAS CLUSTER DOG SHOW Donald E. Stephens Convention Center -















Dec. 8-10: INTERNATIONAL GEM & JEWELRY SHOW Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Rosemont















Dec. 7-10: B96 PEPSI JINGLE BASH Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, or 800-745-3000

Rosemont or 847-692-2220


Dec. 9 & 10: THE NUTCRACKER Ballet

Legere presents the 33rd annual production of The Nutcracker featuring guest artists Marcus Romeo & Bella Ureta courtesy of the Cincinnati Ballet, Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director. Dominican University Performing Arts Center. For more information regarding tickets, the backstage tour, and field trip performances, call the Dominican Box Office at 708-488-5000

Dec. 9: SHOPKINS LIVE  Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. 800-745-3000




Dec. 3: MARC ANTHONY Allstate Arena, 6920

Milwaukee, Niles. Entertainment provided by Jimmy Kilian and Honky Chicago. Doors open 11 am Dinner 12 pm, Music 1-4 pm. Cash Bar Admission $38 per person. RSVP by November 27. Tickets can also be purchased at the SPA meeting Nov. 7th at the Lone Tree Manor. Info Richard Kula 847-823-6358, 1931 Newton Park Ridge, IL 60068 or call Freida Holowicki 847-588-2106

Dec. 4: AMERICAN LEGION FAMILY FREE MOVIE NIGHT ”Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)”

Movie starts at 7pm, American Legion Hall, 9757 Pacific Ave., Franklin Park For info call 847-678-7474 or

Dec. 6: ADVENT RETREAT - ST. BEATRICE A walk with our Blessed Mother to the birth of Jesus. Join St. Beatrice for a night of prayer and reflection on Wednesday, December 6th at 7 pm. At St. Beatrice Church featuring Fr. Dominic Clemente. Fr. Dominic is a young charismatic speaker who was recently mentioned in a Time Magazine article entitled “The God Squad: The Next Generation of Catholic Priests.” The event is FREE - refreshments will be served. Invite your friends. Presented by the Knights of Columbus. ALL ARE WELCOME! Info 847-678-0138 Dec. 6: MUSIC OF THE HOLIDAYS CONCERT West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Road, 7 pm. Students, families, and the community are welcome to join this festive seasonal concert celebration; an inspiring evening of rich musical experiences performed by our dedicated, talented students. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC or 847-451-3049

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Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 W. Lake Street, Melrose Park. 10 am to 4 pm. Browse and shop our vendors, crafts, home-baked goods and attic treasures. Enjoy a light lunch and sing some Christmas carols too! Info Call Darlene at 708-506-5515 or the church office at 708-343-1000.

N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, or 800-745-3000

Rosemont. 800-745-3000

31 or 847-692-2220

Center, 4501 25th Ave., Schiller Park, 2 pm to 6 pm,. Santa and Mrs. Claus (bring your camera), sleigh rides, balloon animals, carolers, roasting marshmallows, refreshments and fun. FREE

Dec. 3: MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSIAN NUTCRACKER Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road,


Tower Park on Irving Park Road. Holiday songs and prizes. 847-671-8502

Figure Skating

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Speed Skating


The MAP of Hope Foundation, a local charitable works organization, will host a Breakfast with Santa to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Villa Brunetti Banquets, 9755 Grand Ave, Franklin park. 10 am to 1 pm. Adults $15 Children $5 12 and under. All are encouraged to bring a pair of NEW pajamas as a donation. No tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Santa, entertainment, special appearances. Advance ticket purchased mail checks to MAP of Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 1110, Melrose Park, IL 60161-1110 or conveniently use PayPal by sending funds to the MAPOFHOPEFOUNDATION@ GMAIL.COM. For more info on supporting this event, contact Mary Ann Paolantonio at 708-279-0519.



26th Annual Special Needs Skating Competition! Franklin Park Ice Arena, January 6, 2018 Show your support for this unique community event and create an easy advertising opportunity for your business at the same time! Special needs skaters from around the Chicagoland area will gather in Franklin Park to compete in Speed Skating,

Figure Skating, Sled Hockey, and Ice Hockey events. Last year’s event brought out 115 participants! Thanks to the support of local business and significant underwriting by the Park District of Franklin Park, we are able to offer this all day event at entirely no charge to the competitors, complete with awards, a catered lunch and goody bag for all.

Please help us to continue this great tradition! We kindly ask for your generous support of this event. See page 2 for details on how you can help make the day of these special needs athletes all while advertising your business to the thousands of patrons who utilize our arena & website on this very special day and everyday!

Thank You to Last Year’s Sponsors! Silver Sponsor Reebie Storage & Moving Co.

Platinum Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

John O’Brien American Family

Sloan Valve Company In-Kind Sponsor

Insurance Agency

Franklin Park Fire Department

Goody Bag Donations - Cadbury North America, Chicago Blackhawks, Rush Impressions Mail To: Park District of Franklin Park Ice Arena 9711 Waveland Ave Franklin Park, IL 60131

Contact: Anne Raucci or Carla Deak Phone: 847-671-4268 or



parishioners for a fun filled afternoon and holiday celebration with the parish family. Comfort Inn, 4200 River Road, Schiller Park. 2 pm. $25 per person includes a complete dinner and entertainment. Tickets on sale after all masses or at the church rectory during the week. 847-678-0138

Dec. 10: PARK DISTRICT OF FRANKLIN PARK BIG BAND DANCE North Park 2pm to 4:30pm. Ages 18 and up. Dance all afternoon as the big band era comes alive at North Park. The Park District provides raffle, soft drinks, coffee and a cash bar. $10 per person, pay at the door.

Dec. 14: HOLIDAY LUNCH Noon, Norwood Park Senior Center, 5801 N. Natoma Ave., Chicago 773-775-6071

Dec. 15: YOUNG AT HEART CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE American Legion Hall, 9757 W. Pacific Ave.,

Franklin Park. 5:30-10 pm Reservations Required. Member $30 Guests $35 Cash Bar. Music by Spencer Keyes Trio. Pizza Appetizer, Salad, Chicken Parmesan, Pasta, Green Beans, Dessert, Coffee and Tea. Bottle of wine on each table during dinner. Dinner will be served promptly at 5:30 by the students from Leyden High School. Dancing starts at 7pm. Large dance floor, plenty of free parking. Tickets can be purchased at the dance on December 1st or call 773-203-2053 to make arrangements to send a check. Payments must be made by Dec. 12th.

Dec. 15: MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS  Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. 800-745-3000

Dec. 15: IMPRACTICAL JOKERS “SANTIAGO SENT US” TOUR Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, or 800-745-3000

Dec. 16: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Bulger Park,

Melrose Park 10 am to Noon. Registration Required. Different fees for age groups or call 708-343-5270


Open House 6:45-8:45pm, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St., downtown Des Plaines, program demonstrates the Toastmasters International educational program with some audience participation. Visit Eventbrite ( for event details, free ticket, or to contact event host. Handicap accessible; free parking in city garage. 847-823-1777

Dec. 19: SCHILLER PARK BLOOD DRIVE Give the gift of life - 1 pm to 7 pm. Community Center, 4501 25th Avenue, Schiller Park

Dec. 20: TIS THE SEAON LUNCH Bulger Park in

CHICAGO WOLVES ICE RINK IS NOW OPEN! NOW - DEC. 22: MON - THUR: 4pm - 9pm FRI: 4pm - 11pm SAT: 11am - 11pm SUN: 11am - 9pm DEC. 23 - JAN. 4: Open daily from 11am - 11pm *For holiday hours and cancellations, please refer to our website

Melrose Park. Noon to 2 pm. Fee is $17 and includes a spectacular Christmas lunch and the Mike Valentine Christmas Show plus a give-away and raffle prizes. or call 708-343-5270

Dec. 20: SANTA VISITS HOMES IN FRANKLIN PARK 5:30-9pm. All Ages – Santa Clause is coming to

town early this year and can stop by your home! For one special night in December, Santa will be visiting homes in Franklin Park, bringing children a special gift. Visits will be a maximum of 10 minutes. For more information Park District of Franklin Park at 847-455-2852.

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Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe 847-835-5440

Through Jan. 1: ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53 Lisle, 630-968-0074


Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago. 773-684-1414



American Legion Post 974 will be hosting a Stand Down to help the homeless. They will be serving a hot meal and distributing comfort items. Donations of coats, shoes, warm clothing, blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, as well as toiletries, are needed. Please bring your donations to the Franklin Park American Legion Post, 9757 W. Pacific Ave., Franklin Park Tuesday through Friday after 3 pm. For more information or to arrange a different time, please call 847-560-0459.


Senior Citizens Commission invites you to join them for a trip to Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan. Thursday, Feb. 22, Bus leaves Grant Park, 44 W. Golfview Dr., at 8 am sharp. Leaves Four Winds Casino at 2:30 pm sharp. Fee $28 includes Deluxe Motorcoach, $10 Lunch, $15 Instant Slot Play. Five hours of gambling. For reservations call Don Koca at 708-562-7983 or Christina Maggio 708-562-7473


42nd Street, Drury Lane Oakbrook November 16, 2017, Registration required for all programs. Fees may apply for some trips/programs. For registration and/or information contact Jamie Losurdo 847-455-8616 Ext. 5119.

Magical Christmas Market Comes To River Grove! Chicago’s Magical Christmas market is worth wrapping up warm and stepping outside for, with tempting food from around the world, warming cocktails and the chance to turn Christmas present shopping into a fun day out rather than a dreaded chore.

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Through Jan. 7: ZOOLIGHTS Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001

3rd Annual Drop & Pop. Enjoy tons of prizes, music, entertainment, food and grand prizes! Balloon drop at 12pm. 10:30am-12:30pm. Ages 3-10 years old. $10;$20 o/d. $5 per additional household member! Parents are FREE!.

JAN. 6: 26TH ANNUAL SPECIAL NEEDS SKATING COMPETITION Franklin Park Ice Arena, 9711 Waveland Ave., Franklin Park. Special needs skaters from around the Chicagoland area will gather to compete in speed skating, figure skating, sled hockey and ice hockey events. 847-671-4268

The market will be the perfect place to stop by and pick up some festive treats, from foodie fare and fashion accessories to Christmas decorations and unique gifts. Come take a picture with Santa, sip on spiced wine, check out the huge tree, enjoy elaborate decorations and live entertainment. It will all be a magical experience for the whole family right here in River Grove. The market will be open from December 14th through December 24th at 8001 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove.

History of Christmas Markets

Something happens at this time of year all across Northern Europe. Pretty little

UPCOMING EVENTS stalls huddle together, filled with glistening decorations, handmade figurines, and local produce. The sounds of children’s laughter, sleigh bells, and choir singers fill the night air. Mouth-watering aromas of sizzling bratwurst, gingerbread, and toasted almonds waft through the stalls. The Christmas markets are here, signaling the beginning of Advent. For centuries, Christmas markets brought cheer to weary villagers and added a touch of light and color to the long winter nights. Our story begins in the late Middle Ages in parts of the former Holy Roman Empire. The precursor to Christmas markets is thought to be Vienna’s Dezembermarkt (December Market), dating back to around 1296. Emperor Albrecht I granted shopkeepers the rights to hold a market for a day or two in early winter so that townspeople could stock up on supplies to last through the cold months. Wintermärkte (winter markets) began to spring up all over Europe. Over time, local families started setting up stalls to sell baskets, toys, and woodcarvings alongside others selling

almonds, roasted chestnuts, and gingerbread. These were often bought as gifts to give away at Christmas.

It was the winter markets that eventually became known as Christmas Markets—the earliest of which are claimed to be in Germany: Munich in around 1310, Bautzen in 1384, and Frankfurt in 1393. Today, during the lead up to Christmas, most towns of moderate size across the Europe have a Christmas market. Several cities in the UK, US and Canada also hold Christmas markets, where visitors can enjoy traditional foods and warm drinks.


COMMUNITY NEWS Local Resident Pens Children’s Book Rosario Vazzano was born and raised i n S c h i l ler P a rk . Growing up with one brother and two stepbrothers, Rosario was always busy balancing sports and school. He attended District 81 from Kindergarten through 8th grade and graduated from East Leyden in 2005. Rosario earned a B.A. in Economics and Business

Working in education as a paraprofessional and teacher, Rosario has been aware of the anxiety that many children face on a daily basis. Rosario said “I feel that if we show children at a young age that learning at a different pace is something that is normal, then we can make attending school a lot easier for kids.” Other than teaching, Rosario also has a small tutoring business where he helps educate students of any age in subjects that they struggle in. Rosario’s book Nothing to Fear can be found on A book signing is planned for the near future.

Congratulations District 89

District 89 middle school students from both Irving Middle School and Stevenson Middle School participated in the Proviso Math and Science Academy math competition on November 8, 2017. Our students won a total of 14 out of 42 certificates, so exactly onethird of the winners were from D89. Stevenson Middle School Team also placed 3rd overall in the competition! There were 7 total districts competing and a total of 9 teams. The schools were from Northlake, Berkley, Westchester, Forest Park, Bellwood, and of course Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview. Way to go Tigers and Pirates!

Management from North Eastern Illinois University. Upon graduating, Rosario took a job as a paraprofessional at Lincoln Middle School in Schiller Park. There Rosario fell in love with teaching and decided to return to school to receive a Master’s degree in Education. Earlier this year, while in his second year of teaching at Saint Maria Goretti, Rosario decided to dive into his bucket list and write a children’s book to help educate young children about dealing with anxiety; something that effects over 25% of children in the United States. Rosario’s idea for the book came from his own personal life, as a child who dealt with anxiety when it came to attending school. With the help of his parents, Rosario was able to overcome childhood anxiety and thoroughly enjoy school. He hopes the book shows children that everyone learns differently and at a different pace and that it is ok if you can’t answer a question that someone else could.

ATA Martial Arts Hosts Training

On Friday, November 17, ATA Martial Arts in Franklin Park hosted and event with special guest 8th Degree Black Belt, Rick Whitehead. Chief Master Whitehead gave instructions for those who attended in “active shooter training.” The training was aimed at informing attendees on what to do and how to survive an incident involving gun violence. The training was not only informative, but fun! However, this was only an introduction to the training, as complete training takes much more time. Master Whitehead is a retired police officer from Evanston whose duties included serving as a sniper on the S.W.A.T. team. ATA Martial Arts is located at 9670 Franklin Avenue in Franklin Park. For further information on their programs visit their website at or call 847-349-5425.

Collecting for Those in Need

Roosevelt Elementary School located in Broadview, IL held a canned food drive this November under t he d i re c t ion of Mrs. Carol Doss, the school’s Physical Education Instructor. The students collected over 800 cans as well as boxed dried food items which will be distributed to several local food pantries. One of the food pantries, located at Broadview Baptist Church, will be sending this donation down to Houston to help families still recovering from the devastating flood which occurred earlier this year. “We are grateful for the efforts of our students and staff, and due to their generosity, many families in our community will have a Happy Thanksgiving,“ said D89 Communications Coordinator Luisa Berardi, “This is what being a part of #D89Community is all about.”

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Illinois State Police 100th Anniversary Logo Contest

Design Contest Celebrates Approaching Illinois State Police Centennial Milestone Springfield – Illinois State Police (ISP) will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2022. In anticipation of the anniversary, the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation (ISPHF) is hosting a logo design contest open to active and retired ISP employees and the general public. The 100th anniversary logo will be used in making commemorative stars, patches, car decals, letterhead, challenge coins, yearbooks, apparel, web design, advertising, and collectible memorabilia. Logo design judging criteria will include professionalism, theme, color, integrity and nostalgia.

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Professional: This logo may be featured on websites, social media platforms and other mediums (stationary, pamphlets, pins, etc). As a result, while we want the logo to be eye catching, it must still be legible. Theme: Logo must promote the 100th anniversary of the Illinois State Police. Color: There are no limitations, and any colors may be used; however, the logo must look good in color (if any) or black and white. Integrity: Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. Logos must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting. Nostalgia: The logo should celebrate the past as well as the future of the ISP. Contestants are limited to a maximum of three design entries. The ISP Logo design contest begins November 1, 2017, and ends March 1, 2018. Designs should be submitted to: Paintings and drawings on canvas may be delivered to ISPHF 100th Anniversary Logo Design Contest; c/o ISP Public Information Office; 801 S. 7th St., Ste. 1100A; Springfield, IL 62703 Logo design judging will be conducted by the 100th Anniversary Committee in April, 2018. The top three logo design winners will receive $500 for 1st Place, $200 for 2nd Place and $100 for 3rd Place. Participants with accepted logo artwork will receive a specialized ISP patch card and a certificate signed by the Director of the ISP. All logo design submissions will become the property of the Illinois State Police.

Local Knights of Columbus Council Receives Top Award Schiller Park, IL – November 1, 2017 Knights of Columbus Council #4456 of Franklin Park and Schiller Park has received t he d i st i nc t ion of Star Council, the international organization’s top award. The Star Council award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. The award was presented to the members by District Deputy Jeff Griggs. on October 4, 2017. Over the last year u nder the leadership of Past Grand Knight Eric Tragarz the council has accomplished activities in the areas of church, community, council, culture of life, family and youth. These endeavors included, sponsoring loaves and fishes, the intellectuals with disabilities drive, baby bottle campaign, U. S. Veterans breakfast, and soccer challenge. Throughout the year many other activities were embraced and completed by the council. Being an active council requires a lot of dedicated Catholic gentlemen who take pride in making a difference. This council has just celebrated its 60th anniversary and continues to make their presence felt. With more than 1.7 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. In 2016, the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed $177,500,673 million to charity and rendered 75 million hours of volunteer service.

New Awana Club Crossroads Church of Hillside is excited to

announce the opening of a new Awana Club starting January 8th. Awana Kids Club will meet every Monday night from 6:30 to 8:15 for boys and girls grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. Sparks Club is for Kindergarten through 2nd grade, Truth and Training Club is for boys and girls 3rd thru 6th grade.  There is an ample amount of well trained leaders to be with your children during the night. At Awana club, boys and girls have lots of fun playing games ,meeting new friends, singing songs, learning Bible verses, hearing Bible stories, earning many awards, competing in contests and much, much, more. There is no charge for boys and girls to come out to this club and they may join it anytime throughout the year.  Books and uniforms are purchased separately. Crossroads Church of Hillside is located at 5152 Butterfield Road in Hillside. You may call 708-499-8717 for more information or visit our website for more information. 

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State Fire Marshal Warns Illinoisans of Recall Notice for Kidde Fire Extinguishers Consumers should contact Kidde for Free Replacement Extinguisher

CHICAGO – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) warns of an important recall notice for Kidde brand fire extinguishers. The company announced a recall of fire extinguishers with a plastic handle due to a failure to properly activate during a fire emergency. The recall affects 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017. The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: extinguishers with plastic handles and pushbutton Pindicator fire extinguishers. Affected consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement fire extinguisher. Contact Kidde toll-free at (855) 271-0773 or go to and click on “Product Safety Recall” for additional information. For a full list of affected Kidde f ire extinguisher models, please click here.

Hit in the Pocketbook Again

Beware a new airline penalty charge for having to check overhead baggage at the gate, according to travel expert George Hobica (Founder of The fee is charged to passengers with “Basic Economy” tickets offered by United and American airlines. That new ticket does not allow overhead baggage, only under-the-seat or checked baggage. So if you carry overhead baggage up to the gate, not only will the airlines force you to check it and charge you a checked baggage fee, typically $25, they also will charge a penalty of $25.

Ready to Buy a Car?

T he b e s t times to buy a car: Mondays, w h e n discounts average 8.1%, because few people take the time to test-drive and negotiate at the start of the workweek. December, when SUVs, including luxury models, get price drops as dealers try to earn year-end sales incentives and bonuses, New Year’s Eve, when monthly, quarterly and annual sales goals all merge – December 29 and 30 are almost as good for buyers. May, if you are looking for a midsize SUV, since new models start coming out in June. October for big

pickups – the biggest discounts are on October 30. November for compact and midsize sedans – the biggest discounts are on mainstream cars often used for commuting. Source: Analysis by TrueCar, reported at

Quick Holiday Returns?

Quick returns this holiday season: Walmart recently announced Mobile Express Returns, which it claims will enable customers to return items bought on-line to physical stores in about 30 seconds. Walmart customers initiate a return on their smartphones using the Walmart app, which then generates a code that they scan at the store as they hand off the item to be returned. Only items bought on (and sold and shipped by Walmart) are currently eligible for this return program, though Walmart plans to roll out the service to items bought in-store early in 2018. Source:

Are You Harboring Germs?

Here are some often ignored areas in your home t h a t c a n m a ke you sick; Vacuum cleaners can harbor bacteria that can cause breat h ing problems – clean the f ilter often, open windows when vacuuming and wear a mask while cleaning. Refrigerator shelves and drawers can harbor bacteria – clean shelves and fruit and vegetable drawers regularly with warm water and baking soda, and wash fruits and vegetables before refrigerating them. Bath mats may contain mold, dust mites and bacteria – wash them several times a month. Blenders can collect microorganisms at the bottom – take a blender apart and wash it after each use, before putting it away. Source:, a selfimprovement website.

Hines VA Hospital Needs Items for Veterans The Voluntary Service Office at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital located at 5000 S. Fifth Avenue accepts items throughout the year to support the thousands of veterans who are patients and outpatients at the facility. The Comfort Needs List can be downloaded from the website at Individual/travel sizes of toiletry items are preferred. Currently, items needed include; alcohol-free aftershave and mouthwash, lip balm, combs, puzzle games books, deodorant, disposable razors, hand and body lotion., new undershirts (all sizes), new underwear (all sizes), playing cards, shampoo, shaving cream, new sweatpants and sweatshirts (all sizes) new winter gloves and winter hats. Items can be dropped off at Voluntary Service, Building 9, MondayFriday, 7 am to 3 pm. Call the Voluntary Service staff at 708-202-2523 for more info.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Check Out The “Rack”

Nordstrom Rack has a new location at Harlem Irving Plaza. The 33,000 square foot store opened on October 26th. The grand opening gave waiting customers chances to win gift cards and a $1,000 shopping spree. The new store joins more than 140 national, regional and local specialty retailers currently at the HIP.

DECEMBER CHECKLIST • Cold/flu sufferers beware: Over-the-counter remedies that treat multiple symptoms, such as cough and fever, may have ingredients that are the same as or interact with drugs you already take. Consult your physician to be sure that a multiple-symptom drug is safe for you.

Rosemont Kicks Off the Holiday Season Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens kicked off the holiday season on November 24th with the “Light Up The Park” tree lighting event which included visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, ice carving, and free horse-drawn sleigh rides around the park. More than 80,000 holiday lights throughout the park were illuminated. This also was the official opening of the ice rink which is open to the public every day now until January 4, 2018. In addition to special holiday hours, the rink will also be open on select Sundays through February 25. Admission to the ice rink is free. Guests are invited to bring their own skates. Skate rentals are also available onsite for $8.

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No Shortage of Money Here!

People seemed to have no shortage of money when it comes to gambling. The October numbers for adjusted gross receipts for the area casinos is mind boggling. Des Plaines Rivers Casino brought in approximately $36.12 million dollars with Harrahs in Joliet coming in at $15.33 million! Over two hundred and fifty thousand people visited Rivers. All toll, 934,901 people visited the top ten casinos spending over $114.54 million dollars!

• Max out contributions to employee retirement plans: Check 401(k), 403(b) or similar accounts to make sure that you have contributed as much as you can by December 31. Ask your financial adviser about the IRS limits – or search “pension plan limitations 2017” at Contributions to IRAs, Keoghs and SEPs can be made through April 15 (sometimes even later). • Save when shopping online: Friday, December 15, is FREE SHIPPING DAY! It starts at midnight eastern time. Participating stores are listed at FREESHIPPINGDAY.COM • Sing your way through the season: Research suggests that singing, especially in groups, releases hormones and other substances that can decrease anxiety, depression, loneliness and stress. • Take better family portraits: Stabilize your camera on a tripod or other surface – or lean against a tree or wall. Practice using the camera’s timer. Tape a stuffed animal or other fun object to the top of the camera so that kids will look there. Have people hold hands or look toward someone else to show connectedness. Outdoors: Avoid direct sunlight. Open shade makes for good photos.

Operation North Pole Candy Drive

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Clue, Wiffle Ball, Paper Airplane Enter Toy Hall Of Fame

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Me et Ma rc us Harden. Marcus is the new managing partner at the LongHorn Steak house in Norridge. People & Places caught up with Marcus on the phone and asked him about his career and goals. Marcus is originally from Gary, Indiana and attended grade school and high school there. He is the oldest with four sisters and two brothers. During high school, he was student body president and even prom king. His first job at age 16 was for Old Country Buffet. He

fell in love with meeting/serving new people and food. Since his first job, he has always worked in the restaurant business including Five Guys and Taco Bell. After high school, Marcus attended Marian University while working full time and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business. He is currently working on his Master’s degree on line all the while working for LongHorn, which offers flexible hours so he can take a few classes at a time. His career at LongHorn started in 2013. At that time, he brought six years of previous management experience and a wealth of leadership experience. His success at other restaurants, along with his strong work ethic and business acumen, helped him rise through the ranks. When asked if there was anyone in particular that was a mentor to him he replied, “Yes, my previous director, Jamie Rofip. She had a huge inf luence on my career and realized I was capable of more. I worked with her for three years and she developed me and encouraged me to go back to school.” His goals for the future include continuing to grow his career with Darden (LongHorn) and move up the ladder. He’d like to travel and continue to serve. He receives great pleasure from doing community service work with soup kitchens, community grants and fundraisers such as “dining for dollars”. His current focus now is taking care of guests and the 65 team members he oversees. He credits all his team members and managers for helping him get to where he is today.

From talking with Marcus, you could tell he is a man who knows where he is going and determined to follow his dream. His family is very proud of him, especially his parents. When asked if he had any advice for young people just entering college he stated, “Whatever you decide to major in, make sure it’s something you enjoy and stick with it.” He continued by saying, “Success can happen. I never thought I was capable of finishing school, but with hard work and a positive attitude, anything is possible.” Congratulations Marcus on your new career. We will encourage our readers to visit you at LongHorn and greet you with “People & Places sent me!”

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I have been involved with public access television since 1993 when I began taking classes at the Comcast Public Access studios in Elmhurst, Illinois. The classes cover the basic elements of TV production such as camera, audio, lighting, directing, editing and so forth.

After that you and your classmates work on a final group project and you must pass a written test before you can become a certified producer. Since I became a certified producer, I have worked on many shows such as The Matt Kissane Show, No Limit, The Larry Conklin Show, Outspoken with Karon Gibson, The Greg Show and The Computer Coach. I have also produced three of my own shows. Someone In Your Community, Dancing Chicago Style and my current program, The Larry and Mike Show that I co-produce with my friend Larry Conklin. I currently work the audio board on The Gentleman Grochowski Show which can be seen in the northern, southern and western suburban regions of the Comcast viewing areas.

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This month’s column is going to stray a bit from its usual theme of financial education and money saving tips. So, please indulge me for my more introspective thoughts this month. As I write this, we’re nearing Thanksgiving, with Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner. This is not my favorite time of year. My mother passed away on the Sunday of Thanksgiving week 31 years ago. Thanksgiving has been bittersweet ever since. She was taken away too young at the age of 46 by cancer. Not having a mother around for the holidays from the age of 18 does make a difference in how one views those holidays. Her absence diminishes the present holidays in a certain way and makes the memories of

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ENTERTAINMENT Shuffle Off to Drury Lane for “42nd Street” BY ANNA HESSEL

Patrons of Drury Lane Theatre, at 100 Drury Ln. in Oakbrook Terrace, can find the “Sunny Side” to every situation, because Drury Lane is simply the best. This spellbindi ng production of the 1930’s themed musical is both energetic and heartwarming. The action takes place in both

New York City and Philadelphia, with upbeat musical numbers such as “Go Into Your Dance”, performed at the “Gypsy Tea Kettle”, complete with pots and pans percussion, and such classics as “Lullaby of Broadway”, “I Know Now”, and “About a Quarter to Nine”. Audiences will spend the duration of this performance on the edge of their seats. The Act One finale of “We’re In The Money” is by far the most exhilarating dance number I have ever seen – bags of coins are cascaded into circular discs for this incredible ensemble’s dancing feet to tap upon, and not one step is missed. This staging, with enchanting melodies by Harry Warren, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer

and Al Dubin, pays homage to the art form of tap dance - the tap sequences are completing mesmerizing. Gene Weygandt, whom audiences will recognize as the cold-hearted battalion chief on “Chicago Fire”, and club owner Dennis Dupree in the prior Drury Lane show “Rock of Ages”, gives a simply flawless performance as Julian Marsh, with his show stopping vocals and exquisite stage presence. Former Chicago Soul Child Donica Lynn captivates the audience with charm and wit. Cedric Young as Abner Dillon is believable and entrancing, and in the role of diva Dorothy Brock, Suzzanne Douglas is absolutely bewitching. Ingenue Peggy Sawyer, played by Kimberly Emmanuel, is vivacious and enchanting. Phillip Attmore (Billy Lawler) and Justin Brill (Bert Barry) handle their characters with finesse and pizzazz. With amazing musical arrangements by Grammy-nominated Everett Bradley, superb direction by Michael Heitzman (making his Drury Lane debut), stellar music direction by Roberta Duchak, stunning costume design by Emilio Sosa, brilliant lighting design by Mike Baldassari, exemplary sound design by Ray Nardelli, and eye-popping scenic design by Collette Pollard, “42nd Street” shines. No review of this staging would be complete without the mention of the vibrant choreography of Jared Grimes. Don’t miss Drury Lane’s latest musical extravaganza, running through January 7th, 2018.

“The Book of Will” Brings to Life the Bard’s Guard BY WES HESSEL

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ENTERTAINMENT Shakespeare himself, and the book is the first major collection of his plays, commonly referred to as the “First Folio”. We find ourselves at the play’s opening with the three remaining players of “The King’s Men”, the Bard’s great original company, in 1619, three years after “Will” has passed, who mourn not only him but the rampant corruption of Shakespeare’s work. The trio of John Heminges, Henry Condell, and Richard Burbage discuss, argue, and coerce each other to the point of agreement that the solution to preserving the Bard’s actual work is publishing a definitive collection of his plays, but this requires rights and recompense (i.e. money). But those three are not the only movers and shakers to push the project forward – gifted show playwright Lauren Gunderson also brings to life another oft-quoted old saying, “behind every great man, there’s a great woman”, or in this case three great women: Heminges’ wife Rebecca and daughter Alice, and Condell’s wife Elizabeth. It is in the interaction between these six players, Shakespeare rival Ben Johnson, and those who the group needs to publish the folio, that the play surges forward, with great success, both dramatically and comedically. The drama is in the wheeling and dealing it takes to bring the “Book” to fruition, almost worthy of Machiavelli and Medici, not to mention modern corporate conniving, and the comedy in the main characters’ own desires to see it done, as well as personal preferences in it. Jim Ortlieb gives us a well-worthy conflicted but loyal John Heminges, in great conjunction and chemistry with Renign Altay’s Rebecca, who she lovingly creates as the head cheerleader, main instigator, and literally, chief bottlewasher, since most of the action takes place in the Heminges’ alehouse next door to the vaunted Globe. Here I would be remiss to not mention Richard and Jacqueline Penrod’s perfect period scenic design, which makes excellent use of the multiple stage levels and props. Gregory Lenington’s Henry is the life of the publishing party, while brooding privately but also celebrating pertly with wife Elizabeth, as portrayed by the also as lively McKinley Carter. William Dick and Austin Tichenor give genuine great humanity to the larger-than-life characters of Ben Johnson (Dick), and Richard Burbage and William Jaggard (Tichenor), both also giving great wit to those three. Thomas Cox as play scribe Ralph Crane dearly demonstrates how the “little people” can become quite big, and Luigi Sottile (Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard) snaps life into his dual depictions, particularly Isaac in becoming his own man and being bewitched by Alice,

sprightly and sweetly played by Dana Black. Ms. Black’s characterization of Alice’s love of all things Shakespeare joins us in a mutual admiration society of possibly the world’s greatest playwright. Sam Hubbard’s Marcus is a hands-off (at least the pages) hearty handling of the printer’s helper. Brought together by the definitive direction of Jessica Thebus, with marvelously moody lighting design by Paul Toben, superb sound design and very original yet period perfect music by Rick Sims, and courtly and uncommonly costumed by Janice Pytel, “The Book of Will” is a most absorbing and intriguing piece of historical (and hysterical) fiction. Running through December 17th, make sure to book some time with Will.

The Second City Presents Their 106th Mainstage Review BY ANNA HESSEL

The Second City theater company, located at 1616 N. Wells Street In Chicago, is now staging “Dream Freaks Fall from Sp ace”, their 106th main stage review. This iconic Chicago comedy institution doesn’t disappoint with this hilarious production. Giving rise to the careers of Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Jordan Peele, Jayne Eastwood, John Candy, Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Jane Lynch, Shelly Long, Martin Short, Bill Murray, Tim Meadows, Fred Willard, Ryan Stiles, Joan Rivers, Catherine O’Hara, Barbara Harris, Isabella Hofmann, Jackie Hoffman, Bonnie Hunt, Allen Arkin, Joe Flaherty, Kate Flannery, Jeri Hall, Valerie Harper, Joe Nunez, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, Peter Boyle, Sharon Jordan, David Razowsky, Ron West, and countless others, the current troupe of Second City continues this tradition of excellence. Directed by Jeff Award winner Ryan Bernier, with excellent sound design by Chicago native Vinnie Pillarella (also the musical force for the 105th review “The Winner...of Our Discontent”), this very talented ensemble of Tyler Davis, Nate Varrone, Kelsey Kinney, Tien Tran, Jeffery Murdoch, and Ryan Asher lampoon everything from Ubering to Etsy stores; political satire and audience participation make this performance a must-see for anyone who appreciates the finest and fiercest in comedic entertainment. Come and get your laugh therapy at Second City.


LEYDEN HIGHLIGHTS Gregory Ignoffo of Leyden High School District 212 Named Illinois Outstanding School Board President

Gregory Ignoffo, president of Leyden High School District 212’s Board of Education, received the 2017 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award for t he st ate's Outstanding School Board President. The award recognizes extraordinary local leadership. Ig nof fo ha s been a member of District 212’s school board for 18 years, serving as its president for the past 12 years. “Greg Ignoffo leads for the whole child, whole school, and the whole community,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “He makes sure every student in his district has the opportunity to prepare for college and a career. He believes Leyden students are the engines powering a healthy and thriving future for the community.” Under Ignoffo’s leadership, Leyden became one of the first of three school districts in the country to implement Google Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education in a one-to-one technology environment. The initiative secured a device for every student. But because not all students had Internet access in their homes, the district partnered with Sprint’s ConnectEd Initiative to acquire WiFi hotspots for all students in need. “Every superintendent should have the good fortune of having a board president like Greg Ignoffo,” said former Leyden superintendent Dr. Kathryn Robbins. “A gifted communicator, listener, and decision-maker, Greg is generous with his time and expertise and has been instrumental in Leyden’s numerous successes

through the years. He ensures that every student has the support, resources, and opportunity to pursue his or her passion, and he is enormously proud of their accomplishments.” Ignoffo led his board in working with the district’s administration and staff to devise and implement academic and social as well as emotional support. The district’s student achievement and graduation rates have been escalating thanks to initiatives such as the Freshman Academy, a program for incoming ninth-grade students at risk of falling behind; a daily mentoring program; online credit recovery; and a summer program to help students succeed in taking Advanced Placement courses the following year. “Greg Ignoffo is a perfect example of what the leader of a high school board should be,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. “He shows tremendous skills in conflict resolution as well as being a sincere local leader. When Greg asks, ‘What's best for our students?’ he truly means it and will stop at nothing to make sure that is the most important issue when making a decision.” Ignoffo made stakeholder feedback and community engagement a priority in developing the plan for the $80 million renovation project for two high schools. The renovations include a new daycare and preschool facility that will provide a daycare option for local families and also be a hands-on learning center for students to earn industry child care credentials. District 212’s numerous awards and distinctions demonstrate Ignoffo’s continuous pursuit of improvement and excellence in serving students. The district AdvancED District Accreditation recognition in ; the College Board National Advanced Placement District of the Year in 2014; Chicago Tribune Top 100 Workplaces for four consecutive years including 2017; the National School Board Association Magna Award; Digital Content and Curriculum Award, Center for Digital Education; and District of Distinction, District Administration Magazine in 2015. ISBE created the Burroughs Award in 1991 in memory of the late ISBE Chairman Thomas Lay Burroughs. The award recognizes extraordinary local leadership, in particular in advancing student learning and educational excellence, expanding equal educational opportunities and resolving major crises or difficulties. ISBE presents the award each November in Chicago at the Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

District 212’s Music of the Holidays Concert Ring in the holidays at Leyden’s 23rd Annual Music of the Holidays concert on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the auditorium at West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake. Under the direction of music teachers Bryan Miller, Stacy Cunningham, Michelle Vazquez, and Brandon Pemberton, hundreds of band, choir, and orchestra students from both campuses will perform seasonal favorites such as “Carol of the Bell,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” sing-a-long. We welcome students, families, and our community to join us in this festive seasonal concert celebration,” said Bryan Miller, Leyden’s music department chairperson. “Over the past 23 years, this concert has been a Leyden holiday tradition. We invite everyone to join us for an inspiring evening of rich musical experiences performed by our dedicated, talented students.” The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact and 847-451-3049.

Leyden’s Annual Olde English Yuletide Dinner Be of good cheer and embrace the holiday spirit at District 212’s 23rd Annual Olde English Yuletide Dinner scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 1st and 2nd, at 7:00 p.m.

and Sunday, December 3rd at 4:00 p.m. All performances are held in the Little Theater (in this case, the medieval Castle) at East Leyden High School, 3400 N. Rose Street, Franklin Park. Celebrate by attending this annual tradition featuring the Leyden Chamber Singers under the direction of Stacy Cunningham. This merry event also includes traditional medieval costumes and an appearance by court jesters. Each course of the authentic Olde English Dinner is heralded by trumpet fanfare and served by the melodic maiden GraceNotes. Tickets are $21 per person, and advance reservations and payment are required. To reserve your choice of dates and to purchase tickets, visit For more information please call 847-451-3051.

West Leyden Student Of The Month Breakfast The following West Leyden High School students were honored at the Student of the Month Breakfast held on Thursday, November 9, 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. –– Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sara Carrillo –– Business Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crystal Gonzalez –– Principal’s Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liliana Gaona –– English. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniela Ruelas –– Family & Consumer Sciences. . . . . . . . . Julieta Urbina –– Guided Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roberto Villegas –– Industrial Technology. . . . . . Bryan Arredondo Pizzaro –– Literacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amber Rhodes –– Mathematics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yolanda Carreno –– Modern Languages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dariel Nuñez


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Annual Career Fair & Business Expo Offers Job Opportunities Leyden High School District 212 and The Chamber by O’Hare hosted the 11th Annual

Career Fair and Business Expo on Wednesday, November 8, 2018, in the field house at East Leyden High School. The fair was free and open to students, parents, community members, and businesses. The event attracted about 1100 visitors. This year’s expo featured local businesses and current business partners offering information on seasonal, part-time, and fulltime employment. Representatives from Triton College also were available to offer information

The following East Leyden High School students were honored at the EXCEPTIONAL EAGLE BREAKFAST on Thursday, November 16, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. 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: Destiny Velez, Art; Ana Zuniga, Bilingual/ELL; Kamil Poplawski, Business Education; Nayeli Contreras, English; Jonathan Jaimes, Family and Consumer Sciences; Summer Lawrence, Individual Achievement; Lorenzo Ramirez, Industrial Technology; Nicholas Lazarek, Literacy; Ryan Smith, Mathematics; Julia Werynski, Modern Languages; Gianna Cabrera, Music; Heidy Simon, Physical Education; Ocean Johnson, Science; Roaa Marei, Science; Iva Nikolova, Science; Tania Robledo, Science; Hanna Stocks, Science; Jakub Lesny, Social Studies; Justin Mesa, TAPESTRY; and Emily Sutter, TAPESTRY.

on continuing education opportunities to those community members interested in pursuing a new career or learning new skills. “The career fair has something for all of our students,” says Leyden’s Frank Holthouse, Director of Careers and Community Outreach. “Going through the career fair and engaging with the companies helped students h one their soft skills. They practiced how to introduce themselves. They practiced answering typical questions that might be asked of them at an interview - as well as appropriate questions they should ask at an interview.” A total of 80 businesses participated, giving job-seekers the chance to meet with company representatives, and in some cases, fill-out job applications on the spot. Some of the businesses, companies and organizations that were represented include Franklin Park Fire Department, Russo Power Equipment, Panera Bread Company, Brookfield Zoo, and representatives from branches of the United States military. Ma ny compa n ies were h i r i ng a nd several conducted on-site interviews. “As a comprehensive high school district, it is important for students to consider all options after high school,” Holthouse notes. “Events like this help make students more aware of the opportunities that await them.” Visitors also had the chance to talk with counselors from District 212 and Triton College to learn about the latest trends in career planning and technology.

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A Little About CatVando BY IRIS LEDFORD

Greetings. I’m a CatVando volunteer, writing this issue’s article. Our founder, who works tirelessly, is taking a well needed respite. Yes, it’s the time of year when people across the country will take stock of things in life they’re thankful for. Along with eating large amounts of food, of course! Speaking of eating, many cats and even people would go hungry, if not for CatVando.

CatVando sponsors over 400 cat colonies, across 24 west suburban zip codes. Many of our colony caregivers are financially and/or physically challenged. Like Ms. Ernestine, who is 83. She called to ask if we could take her cats because she couldn‘t afford to feed them. She loves her cats. She traverses down 6 stairs, with a knee at right angles and crawls back up just to feed them. CatVando provides the food for her to feed her colony. CatVando sometimes gets food passed on from a local food pantry and uses it to help people like Ms. Ernestine. Another case of CatVando helping both people and animals involves Kay, a Hillside resident. We trapped, neutered and spayed her backyard cats, in 2012. Kay, a senior, has a number of health issues. She doesn't have family in the area. Over the years, when hospitalized, she has asked for help with the cats. CatVando volunteers always stepped up to assist. During recent foot surgery, one volunteer went daily, for about two months, to care for her cats. In April, 2017 Kay entered the hospital for kidney issues. During this

time, CatVando founder went to feed the cats, assess situation and discovered unhealthy living conditions. The kitchen was hazardous, with the table holding piles of debris, sink plugged up and recycling overflowing the bins. We feared social services might take her away. She needed and requested help. Volunteers spent weeks cleaning and hauling things out, while respecting her possessions and privacy. Kay still doesn't have the strength to feed her inside and outside cats so volunteers have filled that need daily. One volunteer spends every weekend in her house. Another volunteer, who was a social worker, is working to get Kay hooked up with social services. The last time Kay was in the hospital, the social worker and staff remarked at how lively she is now - it's because she hasn't been alone. CatVando will not abandon her. Our small band of volunteers make miracles like these happen often. It takes countless hours, dollars and tremendous resources. Requests for help come in daily. It’s gut wrenching when we have to say “sorry” but are limited to money and

volunteers on hand. We don’t have any paid positions. Our work is supported by people with big hearts. Folks like you, who care enough to read about what we do. You can understand why many of us are thankful for CatVando. We hope you are too. Enough to aid cats and people like Ms. Ernestine or Kay. There are so many ways. Through our wish list on Amazon, help sponsor a cat for $5 -20 monthly, or sponsor a TNR for $50 per cat, donate any amount, volunteer or anything you can think of. If you work for a company that does matching funds, think CatVando. Think CatVando for your year end giving. Until next time, wishes for a wonderful and safe holiday. CatVando NFP Corp is an all volunteer 501c3 Trap Neuter Return Rescue Group working in the western suburbs. We are solely supported by donations and a few small grants. All donations are tax deductible and we’re always looking for good dependable volunteers! To contact us or follow our work:; fb: CatVando TNR; twitter: Cat VanGogh; 708 829 6013

Things to Consider Before Giving Pets as Gifts The blissful image of a young child or a significant other receiving a pet as a holiday gift compels many shoppers to give pets as gifts come Christmastime. But pets are unlike any other holiday gift, as pets are living things that require food, shelter and attention. Because pets are unlike video games, diamond pendants and other popular holiday gifts, shoppers must consider a host of factors before deciding whether or not to give pets as gifts this holiday season.

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Some people, including many who profess to love pets, cannot have pets of their own because of allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as three in 10 people in the United States have pet allergies. Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, but gift givers who intend to give their loved ones a dog should still confirm if the recipient has a dog allergy before adopting or purchasing the animal. The AAFA also warns against looking for pets that are described as “hypoallergenic.” While some people are more sensitive to certain breeds of cats and dogs than others, there is no guarantee that a particular breed of cat or dog will not cause an allergic reaction.


There are good times to give pets as gifts, while other times can be tough. Pets need time and routine to acclimate to their new environments, so avoid giving a new pet to a family about to embark on a lengthy holiday vacation. Families staying home for the holidays and taking time off from school or work may be most capable of welcoming a furry new addition into their homes. If you want to give a loved one a pet for the holidays, delay giving the gift until things have returned to post-holiday normalcy.


Pets can be expensive, especially in the first year. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the first-year cost of owning a dog is nearly $1,300, while the first-year cost of cat ownership exceeds $1,000. These estimates include the cost of food, shelter and medical exams, among other things. Before giving a pet to a child, consult the child’s parents to determine if the family can afford adding a pet to the family. If parents need some financial help to afford the pet, include supplies like bowls, leashes and toys in your holiday gift. Pets can make for wonderful gifts. But such gifts should only be given after careful consideration of a host of factors.

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

CROSSWORD PUZZLE CLUES ACROSS 1. Large jug 5. Anwar __, Egyptian statesman 10. Punjab province capital 12. Evoke 14. Data 16. Exists 18. Supervises flying 19. Having eight 20. Right-handed page 22. NHL great Bobby 23. German municipality 25. Negotiate 26. Keyboard key 27. Youngster 28. Medical decision (abbr.) 30. Ribonucleic acid 31. One-time Levi’s chairman Walter 33. Cold region 35. Type of plywood 37. A way to unfreeze 38. Winter melon 40. Dispute 41. An expression of imagination 42. Human gene 44. Touch lightly 45. Computer giant 48. Garlands 50. Franz van __, German diplomat 52. Vineyard 53. Elk or moose 55. Moved quickly 56. Swiss river 57. Rhode Island 58. Fall into disrepair 63. Ancient Roman virtue 65. Removes 66. Slovenly women 67. Comedian Rogen

CLUES DOWN 1. Extremely high frequency 2. Court 3. Make a mistake 4. Change the appearance of 5. Long-haired dog 6. The Greatest of All Time 7. Designer Christian 8. Blemished 9. Atlanta-based rapper 10. Deceivers 11. One who supports disorder 13. Colossal 15. A team’s best pitcher 17. Comfort in a time of sadness 18. Opponent 21. Professionals might need one 23. Captures geographical data (abbr.) 24. Senior officer 27. Sacred Islamic site 29. Egyptian unit of capacity 32. Comedienne Gasteyer 34. Performer __ Lo Green 35. Having only magnitude, not direction 36. Cleft lip 39. Payroll company 40. Prohibit 43. Stroke 44. Does not acknowledge 46. Hillsides 47. Austrian river 49. Passover feast and ceremony 51. Golf score 54. Hair-like structure 59. Check 60. Extract metal from this 61. Tell on 62. Powdery residue 64. A part of the mind

Hor oscope s ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you are giving off serious relationship vibes this week, and others are sure to take notice. If you have a partner, you can strengthen the bond. If not, a good match is in sight. TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you may hit the employment jackpot this week. Those résumés you have been putting out or that promotion you were vying for will be worth the effort. GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, the best thing you can do to rekindle a friendship is to spend some time with this person reconnecting. Enjoy a dinner for two or involve yourselves in another activity. CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Those around you know the way to Cancer’s heart is definitely through his or her stomach. Plan an entertaining night out enjoying the newest restaurant in town. LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, receiving compliments from others certainly provides an ego boost. But you may want something more substantial from a relationship this week. VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, this week you may be tempted to put off some of your more challenging projects at work and focus on yourself. It’s okay to have some “me” time. LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, a huge turning point in your relationship is ahead. Communication will help forge a deeper connection between the two of you. SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, the best ways to get what you want are to share your desires with others. They may have some solutions you’ve overlooked and can be sources of inspiration. SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, it may take a little time to get used to a new relationship or job. After a few weeks or months, you can sort out what works and what needs some extra effort. CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, expanding your horizons comes easily when you have close friends who invite you along on all of their adventures. This could prove to be a week with lots of inspiration. AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Mending fences can take a while, but you have the opportunity for some real healing this week, Aquarius. Explore all of your options to get closer to someone. PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 You are in an enviable position this week, Pisces. Your finances are in good order, your circle of friends has expanded, and you are happy at work.

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276 S. Addison St. 1041 S. Center St. 313 Poplar Ave. 917 Brookwood St. 176 Barron St. 17W076 Center St. 137 E. Grand Ave. G-D 185 May St. 11 W. Green St. #304 17W335 Stone Ave. ` 1215 Glendale St. 443 Rose St. 429 S. Walnut St. 17W063 Bryn Mawr Ave. 741 S. Center St. 243 Barron St. 846 S. Addison Rd. 202 S. Addison St. 1003 Argyle St. #10A 210 Jacquelyn Dr. 181 Judson St. 247 Miner St. ELMWOOD PARK 1633 N. 79th Ave. 2129 . 76th Ave. 1814 N. 76th Ct. 2020 N. 73rd Ave. 2W 2303 N. 72nd Ct. 1742 N. 73rd Ave. 2209 N. 76th Ave. 1731 N. 75th Ct. 2831 N. 73rd Ave. 1938 N. 75th Ave. 1835 N. 79th Ct. 7830 W. North Ave. #309 2451 N. 72nd Ct. 3E 1700 N. 78th Ct. 2413 N. 76th Ave. 3W 7929 W. Grand Ave. #204 3133 N. 77th Ave. 2734 N. 76th Ave. 7234 North Ave. #914 7847 W. Oakleaf Ave. FRANKLIN PARK 3101 Sarah St. 3423 Ruby St. 3146 Scott St. 2501 Ernst St. 3122 Lee St. 2704 riverside St. 3033 Atlantic St. 2843 Atlantic St. 9604 Johanna Ave. 3245 Calwagner St. 3441 Louis St. 3333 Ruby St. 9723 Richard Ave. 9528 Nerbonne Ave. 2721 Louis St. 2843 Hawthorne St. 9534 Davis St. 3045 Sunset Lane 2721 Sarah St. 3220 Pearl St. 2546 Oak St. 2514 Rose St. 3344 Rose St. 2710 Calwagner St. HARWOOD 4744 Newland Ave. HEIGHTS 4833 N. Olcott Ave. 508 7525 W. Lawrence Ave. #206 4900 N. Oconto Ave. 7628 W. Lawrence Ave. 1B 4532 N. Narragansett Ave. 4705 N. Newland Ave.









SOLD PRICE $160,000 $257,501 $177,000 $185,000 $220,000 $272,500 $83,700 $120,000 $100,000 $245,000 $175,000 $200,000 $250,000 $255,500 $267,000 $212,501 $268,000 $289,900 $65,000 $315,000 $240,000 $263,000 $252,000 $190,000 $250,000 $82,500 $199,000 $293,000 $246,500 $213,478 $336,000 $456,000 $530,000 $82,555 $135,100 $355,000 $129,000 $84,000 $210,900 $392,500 $79,000 $196,000 $208,000 $320,000 $340,000 $300,000 $210,000 $155,000 $119,900 $215,000 $135,000 $400,000 $150,000 $131,000 $205,000 $190,000 $243,000 $145,000 $183,000 $280,000 $215,000 $272,500 $175,000 $99,417 $128,400 $169,000

SALE DATE 10/20/17 10/20/17 10/25/17 10/25/17 10/25/17 10/25/17 10/26/17 10/26/17 10/27/17 10/27/17 10/30/17 10/30/17 10/30/17 10/30/17 10/31/17 11/2/17 11/2/17 11/3/17 11/7/17 11/14/17 11/15/17 11/17/17 10/20/17 10/24/17 10/24/17 10/25/17 10/25/17 10/25/17 10/26/17 10/27/17 10/27/17 10/30/17 10/30/17 11/6/17 11/8/17 11/9/17 11/10/17 11/13/17 11/13/17 11/16/17 11/17/17 11/17/17 10/20/17 10/20/17 10/21/17 10/23/17 10/24/17 10/25/17 10/26/17 10/26/17 10/27/17 10/28/17 10/30/17 11/2/17 11/2/17 11/6/17 11/6/17 11/9/17 11/9/17 11/9/17 11/10/17 11/13/17 11/14/17 11/15/17 11/16/17 11/17/17







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2203 Gustave Ave.

11556 w. Grand Ave. 2835 Pearl Ave. 2317 Atlantic Ave. 2740 Landen Dr. 3001 Pearl Ave. 908 N. Roy Ave. 908 N. Harold Ave. 10104 Belden Ave. 10415 Dickens Ave. MELROSE PARK 1019 N. 11th Ave. 10439 W. Lyndale Ave. 132 N. 16th Ave. 10515 Nevada Ave. 1666 Charleston Ct. 1640 Clinton Ct. 1824 N. 21st Ave. 1218 N. 15th Ave. 1111 N. 17th Ave. 1747 N. 21st Ave. 1218 Park Dr. 1528 N. 18th Ave. 1620 Broadway St. 1645 N. 20th Ave. 113 N. 23rd Ave. NORRIDGE 4037 N. Overhill Ave. 5020 N. Knight Ave. 8637 W. Argyle St. 4856 N. Delphia Ave. 4813 N. Ozark Ave. 4525 N. Opal Ave. 7122 W. Montrose Ave. 4352 N. Oketo Ave. 4735 N. Thatcher Ave. 7943 W. Executive Ct. 4230 N. Oriole Ave. 4420 N. Canfield Ave. 4920 N. Clifton Ave. 5105 N. Overhill Ave. 4106 N. Odell Ave. 4921 N. Orange Ave. 5021 N. Leonard Dr. 7801 W. Argyle St. 4023 N. Oriole Ave. 7846 W. Lawrence Ave. D 8157 W. Courtland Ave. NORTHLAKE 77 N. Wolf Rd. #301 6 Belle Dr. 21 King Arthur Ct. 21-9 261 Macarthur Dr. 524 LaPorte Ave. 42 West Dr. 39 West Dr. 4 Hayes Dr. 416 LaPorte Ave. 240 Bernice Ave. 615 N. Roberta Ave. 125 N. Roberta Ave. PARK RIDGE 2000 Parkside Dr. F1 1333 W. Touhy Ave. #202 2917 Lahon St. 1511 Good Ave. 2205 Glenview Ave. 311 N. Lincoln Ave. 415 Vine Ave. 1115 S. Delphia Ave. 1232 Grove Ave. 1506 S. Cumberland Ave. 1210 W. Elm 2204 Oakton St. 431 Warren Ave. 41 Morris St. 612 S. Delphia Ave. 120 N. Northwest Hwy 505 500 W. Thames Rd. 2H












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1212 S. Delphia Ave. 1405 Devon Ave. 260 Ashbury Circle 1029 S. Hamlin Ave. 916 Wesley Dr. 1324 Good Ave. 1413 S. Ashland Ave. 900 Vine Ave. 2820 Cherry St. 832 Goodwin Dr. 1208 W. Elm 2500 W. Talcott Rd. 201 50 S. Dee Rd. D 1745 Pavillion Way 508 801 Courtland Ave. 718 N. Washington Ave. 716 Wisner St. 1601 Habberton Ave. 203 Wisner St. 1419 W. Touhy Ave. #4 546 N. Rose Ave. 10 Meacham Ave. 2004 W. Sibley St. 2025 Newton Ave. 1004 N. Clifton Ave. 535 N. Dee Rd. 1911 Habberton Ave. 413 S. Western Ave. 238 N. Delphia Ave. 201 N. Greenwood Ave. 802 S. Greenwood Ave. 1209 Castle Dr. 1 N. Dee Rd. 1H 8 Imperial St. 1963 W. Touhy Ave. 201 Thames Pkwy. 13 940 Northwest Hwy. 204 1301 Park Ridge Blvd. 1313 Vine Ave. 106 N. Knight Ave. RIVER GROVE 2336 Elm St. 2615 West St. 3009 Paris Ave 202 2560 N. West St. 3161 N. Paris Ave. 203 2617 Rhodes Ave. 9007 Fullerton Ave. 2430 N. Spruce St. 2578 Spruce St. 2239 N. Leyden Ave. 2731 Hessing St. 3101 N. Paris Ave. 107 2568 N. Spruce St. 2720 West St. 8530 Grand Ave. 9028 Fullerton Ave. 2531 Thatcher Ave. 2C 2659 N. Clarke St. 8639 Carey Ave. 8015 O'Connor Dr. 6C 8310 O'Connor Dr. 8355 O'Connor Dr. 2579 Maple St. SCHILLER PARK 9451 Kelvin Ln 2886 10153 Hartford Ct. 2A 4440 25th Ave. 9815 Lawrence Ct. 1D 4626 Kolze Ave. 9355 Irving Park Rd. 101 9666 River St. 4935 Michigan Ave. 9355 Irving Park Rd. 521 4043 Wehrman Ave.





SOLD PRICE $362,500 $375,000 $430,000 $756,500 $330,000 $392,000 $441,250 $600,000 $347,000 $283,000 $442,300 $179,000 $274,000 $270,000 $525,000 $718,000 $359,000 $612,000 $715,000 $127,000 $250,000 $620,000 $860,000 $282,500 $320,000 $275,000 $330,000 $332,000 $380,000 $311,000 $317,500 $420,000 $460,000 $530,000 $312,000 $134,500 $200,000 $455,000 $570,000 $774,000 $212,500 $116,100 $128,000 $279,000 $115,000 $168,000 $190,000 $194,000 $225,000 $134,000 $425,000 $109,000 $150,000 $227,000 $285,000 $252,000 $99,000 $216,500 $285,000 $142,000 $380,000 $410,000 $295,400 $111,000 $130,000 $225,000 $87,000 $225,000 $148,000 $238,559 $170,000 $152,500 $252,500

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Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness

“ T he pa st t wo winters across the state of Illinois have been rather mild with little snow and ice. That may not be the case this coming winter season.” s a id C h r i s M i l l e r, warning coordination met e or ol og i s t w it h the National Weather Ser v ice in L incoln. “People traveling need to be aware that most w i nter t i me t ra f f ic accidents occur with minor amounts of snow or ice, particularly when it has been a long time since we've faced those types of road conditions. The key is to just slow down to give yourself enough time and distance to stop your vehicle.” Follow the Ready Illinois Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages for winter preparedness tips through the season.

SPRINGFIELD – Early chilly temperatures experienced across the state were a reminder that the cold, snow and ice of Illinois winters will soon be upon us. To help people prepare for potentially dangerous winter weather, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies highlighted winter weather preparedness. “According to the National Weather Service, there hasn’t been a winter in Illinois without at least one winter storm in the past century,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “During the winter of 2014-15, we had nine winter storms. To ensure you and your family stay safe no matter how bad the weather is this winter, please take a few minutes now to prepare.” Joseph said IEMA and the NWS developed a winter weather preparedness guide to help people understand winter weather risks, along with tips for staying safe at home, in the car and at school. It also includes lists of suggested items for home and vehicle emergency supply kits. The guide is available on the Ready Illinois website at

Preparation is Key: ‘Winter Weather – Get it Together’

IDOT, ISP, Tollway urge motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions SPRINGFIELD – As bitter cold creeps into Illinois, the state’s frontline weather responders remind motorists that preparation can help take the bite out of winter this season. The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway encourage motorists to prepare for wintry driving conditions and remember: “Winter Weather – Get it Together.”

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• Slow down. Slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking all are required in winter driving conditions. • Drop it and drive. Put down the handheld devices – it, too, is the law in Illinois. • Don’t crowd the plow. A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you. • Avoid using cruise control in snow and ice. • Watch out for black ice on roads that appear clear but can be treacherous. • Be especially careful approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shady areas. All are prone to icing. • Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route. Consider taking public transportation if it is an option. • Prepare an emergency kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first-aid kit. • Carry a cell phone and a car charger in case of emergency. • Follow Scott’s Law. Slow down and move over for stopped emergency, construction and maintenance vehicles. • For a list of suggested maintenance for your car, visit the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s winter driving website. • For more winter driving tips, check out this short IDOT video.

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Throughout the winter, especially during adverse conditions, motorists should practice basic winter driving skills and build extra time into their schedules. As part of the “Winter Weather – Get it Together” campaign, all travelers are encouraged to follow these simple rules and tips during the coming months: • Always wear a seat belt. It’s the law in Illinois.

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"Winter weather causes extremely dangerous driving with black ice and white out conditions," said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. "Plan ahead by checking your windshield wipers, vehicle fluid levels, proper tire inflation and tread depth. Remember to avoid unnecessary lane changes and as always, reduce your speed and increase following distances. Don't crowd the plow. Give them room to work. A snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you." Before leaving the house, drivers are encouraged to check for continually updated information on winter road conditions, weather radars, road and bridge closures and other traffic-related information. The site was recently redesigned in a mobile-friendly format providing a more convenient way to access important information quickly. The winter road conditions map gives travelers the ability to zoom in to their location, travel route or destination and get real-time road conditions. At any time, motorists can check travel conditions by calling 1-800-452IDOT (4368) or 1-800-TOLL-FYI.

For the upcoming winter, IDOT will have more than 1,700 trucks available for deployment to plow almost 16,000 miles of roads statewide, the equivalent of driving from Springfield to the tip of South America and back. Last year, IDOT spread almost 305,000 tons of salt statewide. This winter, salt domes throughout the state are at capacity, with more than 550,000 tons on hand. Four hundred brand-new snow plows are ready to be deployed throughout the state. The new trucks are more energy efficient and will reduce air pollution. The Illinois Tollway is prepared to deploy its fleet of 196 snowplows for winter storms and has stockpiled more than 87,000 tons of salt to keep its 294-mile system of five tollways clear and safe for its 1.6 million daily drivers. Please follow IDOT on Facebook and Twitter for updates on travel throughout the winter.

Recipe For Healthy Holiday Foods SPRINGFIELD – Starting with Thanksgiving and going through New Year’s Day, it’s the time of year for family dinners, parties, and other gatherings where food is served. But the merriment can turn to misery if the food makes you sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 48 million people a year get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. “While most healthy people who become sick with a foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, will get better without seeing a doctor, others can experience severe illnesses,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “By taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect yourself and those around you from an unhappy holiday.” Typical symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms, which can start anywhere from hours to days after consuming contaminated food or drinks. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Those at risk of more severe and even life-threatening foodborne illness include older adults, infants, young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. Fortunately, there is a simple recipe that can help you stay healthy.

HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPE 1. CLEAN. Keep everything in the kitchen clean, including your hands 2. SEPARATE. Separate raw meats from other foods 3. COOK. Cook and keep food at the right temperature 4. CHILL. Refrigerate food promptly A good rule of thumb is, make sure hot foods are hot (above 140˚F) and cold foods are cold (below 40˚F). Don’t eat food that has been sitting out for more than two hours if the food is not being kept hot or cold. More information on Food Safety During The Holidays can be found on the IDPH website.


JUST FOR THE HEALTH OF IT Antibiotics – You Don’t Always Need Them SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognized U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week in November to help decrease the misuse of antibiotics and protect people from the dangers of antibiotic

resistant bacteria. Antibiotics do NOT cure viral infections such as colds, flu, most sore throats, most coughs and bronchitis, many sinus infections, and many ear infections. “Antibiotics are crucial in treating many diseases. However, when antibiotics are used incorrectly or unnecessarily, which happens more than 50 percent of the time according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bacteria become resistant to antibiotics,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “As bacteria become more resistant to antibiotics, those bacterial illnesses will be more difficult to treat or untreatable.” According to the CDC, each year in the United States at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Since 2012, IDPH has maintained antibiotic stewardship initiatives engaging health care facilities across the state. This November, Illinois’ program is expanding its focus to dentists, w h o c o mpr i s e t h e fourth-highest antibiotic prescribing group in the United States. In

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Best and Worst Foods for Your Health New evidence suggests that what you eat can influence your risk of various diseases. In a study published in March 2017 JAMA, scientists determined the top foods likely to lead to death from cardiometabolic health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Based on data representative of the U.S. population, the researchers concluded that some foods that are detrimental to health are consumed in excess. These include sodium, processed meats, unprocessed red meats and sugar-sweetened beverages. Meanwhile, foods that are beneficial to health aren’t consumed enough, researchers said. These include nuts, seeds, fish, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil. Mayor Clinic doctors advise eating a diet focused on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, low-fat dairy products, healthy fats such as olive or vegetable oils, and lean proteins, including fish and beans. Approximately three-fourths of the sodium people consume comes from processed food. If you think you might be getting too much sodium in your diet, consider eating mostly unprocessed whole foods and adding flavor with spices rather than salt.

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SALUTE TO OUR SOLDIERS Governor Rauner and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Announces ‘Honor 200’

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Bicentennial campaign will Honor 200 Illinois Veterans

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Governor Bruce Rauner and Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Jeffries are announcing the launch of HONOR 200, a signature program of the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, honoring the work of 200 veterans whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty. “Illinois veterans have played a critical role in defining our heritage,” Governor Rauner said. “They’ve served our country, protected our freedoms, and many of them continue to be a positive force in their communities. It’s only fitting that we honor them and recognize their contributions to society.” “It is a very special privilege to honor our veterans,” IDVA Director Jeffries said. “Honor 200 provides us with an opportunity to showcase our veterans and the values they have when it comes to serving our communities.” The IDVA will work with veteran’s organizations throughout the state to promote HONOR 200 and solicit nominations for those who will be recognized as part of the program. Nominees will be evaluated on their achievements and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community. Anyone can nominate an Illinois Veteran. Written nominations can be sent to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, 69 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at The Official Illinois Bicentennial Celebration will begin this December 3rd, 2017 with events in Springfield and Chicago. The celebration will continue with programs and events throughout 2018, ending with the Bicentennial Birthday Party on December 3rd, 2018 at the United Center. The HONOR 200 veterans will be recognized during the Birthday Gala. For information on the Bicentennial and to find out how your community can participate go to

Veteran Resource Guide Released at Chicagoland Veterans Expo Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care released the “Veteran Guide to Health, Home and Honors” on Saturday, Nove mber 4th at its 2017 Chicagoland Veterans Expo. The guide is a 116page comprehensive resource for veterans which contains information about medical benefits, financial assistance, honoring ceremonies and more. The expo, which was held at Presence Resurrection Medical Center, was attended

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than 11 million hours in service to America’s veterans. Visiting veterans at the hospital to hear their stories can lift their spirits and aid in their recoveries. In addition, veterans’ hospitals may have volunteer opportunities that make it easier for hospitals to operate at optimal capacity. • Help a neighbor. Unfortunately, many veterans return home with injuries that affect their ability to make it through a typical day without assistance. Disabled veterans may be unable to do their own grocery shopping or maintain their homes. If a neighbor or nearby veteran is facing such hurdles, offer to do his or her shopping or mow his or her lawn. Such tasks won’t take much time but can make a world of difference to veterans. • Offer professional services free of charge. Professionals who want to help veterans can offer their services free of charge. Accountants can offer to prepare veterans’ tax returns for free, while attorneys can provide legal advice to veterans who need it. Contractors can help disabled veterans by offering to make alterations to their homes for free or at cost. • Employ social media to help local veterans. Many people who want to help local veterans might not be able to do so more than one day per week. But some veterans may require daily assistance. Men and women can start a locally-based Facebook group for fellow members of their community who want to pitch in to help local veterans. Such a group

Veterans present at the expo received free copies of the guide book, along with free flu shots, blood pressure screenings, resume and job search consultations and more. If are a veteran or you know a veteran who might benefit from the “Veteran Guide to Health, Home and Honors,” you may download a free copy at We_ Honor_Veterans. Please contact Katie Kirby at for a print copy of the guide.

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Millions of men and women serve in the military and make the sac r i f ices t hat such service requires. Risking their lives to serve their c o u nt r i e s , ve t e r a n s sometimes endure mental and physical trauma, returning home to face uphill battles as they deal

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can make it easier to share information and arrange help for veterans in need. Many veterans return home from serving overseas in need of help. Offering such help can improve veterans’ lives while letting them know their efforts and sacrifices are appreciated.

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Canceling Credit Cards: Does it Help or Hurt Credit?

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Credit cards offer many advantages, including providing a measure of insurance when making purchases and enabling an individual to develop a healthy credit score through prompt payment of balances. According to a 2016 Gallup report, about three out of four adults in the United States have at least one credit card — many people have two or three.

It can be wise to close credit cards with high annual fees if the benefits of the cards are no longer proportionate to the amount spent on the fees. If cards are being held only for perks, it may be possible to find a different card that does not charge an annual fee.

Age of credit history

Discover says that if a consumer must close a credit card account, he or she should avoid closing the oldest one. The longer an account has been open, the better it is for a credit score because it establishes a long credit history. According to FICO, the length of consumers’ credit histories account for 15 percent of their credit scores.

Fraud or theft

While there is no magic figure for how many credit cards is the “right” number to have, those shiny plastic cards can have a significant impact on consumers’ financial well-being. People looking to reign in spending or consolidate may make the decision to close cards, but not without wondering if closing accounts is beneficial or detrimental to their financial reputations. The experts at Credit Karma say that there is a common belief that closing a credit card account will always negatively impact one’s credit rating. But that isn’t always the case. Getting the facts about when it can be advantageous to close accounts or keep them open can help consumers maintain strong financial reputations.

Utilization ratio

Financial gurus at say that closing credit cards can affect the percentage of consumers’ available credit, which may affect their credit ratings. Closing a particularly high-limit card will increase the percentage of used available credit when spread out across the remaining cards, also known as the utilization ratio. A higher percentage of used available credit can negative affect credit scores. Consumers who currently carry high credit card balances may be smart to keep existing lines of

In the event a card is stolen or used fraudulently, consumers may opt to close the account so no other purchases can be made. However, creditors also work around this by keeping accounts open and simply issuing a new card number. If the decision is made to close a credit card, do not do so while there is an available balance; all balances should be paid off before an account is closed. It’s also unwise to close a credit card simply to remove poor payment history from one’s record. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, negative data such as late payments remain on a report for up to seven years after the account is closed. Closing a credit card account has its advantages and disadvantages. Consumers should investigate the risks before closing a given account.

What Consumers Can Do After a Data Breach As the summer of 2017 drew to a close, news broke of a data breach at the credit monitoring agency Equifax. Reports suggested the breach might have compromised the sensitive personal information of as many as 143 million Americans, or roughly half the adult population of the United States.

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In the digital age, consumers are more vulnerable to such breaches than ever before. Data stolen as part of the Equifax breach included names, social security numbers and birthdates, among other personal information. Consumers concerned about data breaches can take certain steps to determine if they have been compromised while also taking measures to safeguard themselves against future breaches.

When breaches happen

News of the Equifax breach understandably inspired panic among consumers, and future data breaches will be no different. Hackers who gain access to consumers’ personal information can steal identities, file false tax returns, take out loans in unsuspecting consumers’ names, and commit a host of other crimes that can negatively affect consumers’ credit ratings and compromise their ability to secure loans in the future. When a breach happens, consumers should do the following. • Contact the agency that was affected. After acknowledging it had been breached, Equifax set up a website ( html) where consumers could find out if their information had been compromised by the breach. When using such websites, consumers should make sure they are using secure connections, as they will be asked to enter personal information. • Examine credit reports. Even if individuals’ personal information was not compromised, they can monitor their credit reports for suspicious activity. Many credit card companies now provide monthly credit report updates to cardholders. Individuals should monitor these to see if any new accounts have been opened without their knowledge. If ratings suddenly plummet despite relative inactivity from consumers, they should contact one of the major reporting agencies for a thorough report. Such reports are typically free once per year.

Future breaches

Breaches are seemingly inevitable in the digital age. Concerned consumers can take steps to protect themselves against future breaches. • Continue monitoring credit reports. Individuals should take advantage of the monthly credit rating reports offered by their credit card companies even if no breaches have been reported. Hackers may

sell consumers’ information, which thieves can then sit on for years before ultimately using to commit financial fraud. Routine monitoring can help consumers instantly address any suspicious activity before things spiral out of control. • Place a fraud alert on all accounts. Fraud alerts warn creditors that individuals may have been compromised by past data breaches, forcing them to verify that credit or loan applicants are legitimate before they can open any new accounts or take out any loans. • File taxes as early as possible. Criminals with access to consumers’ personal information can file false tax returns and steal their refunds before consumers even realize they have been victimized. File early, before thieves have had a chance to file false returns. Consumer data breaches can affect every facet of consumers’ lives. Knowing what to do when such breaches occur and how to reduce their risk of being victimized can help consumers when the next breach occurs.

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New antitheft Medicare cards will have beneficiary identifiers but not your Social Security numbers, gender or signature. The cards – to be mailed starting April 1, 2018 – are intended to make it harder for thieves to steal people’s identities. The new identifiers will include both numbers and letters and will be used for billing, to verify eligibility for services and to check claim status.

Dementia Linked to Birthplace

Where you are born may be associated with your risk for developing dementia, even if you later move far away, a new study suggests. The report in JAMA Neurology found higher dementia rates in those born in nine states (mostly in the South) that also have high rates of stroke deaths. Researchers examined medical records of 7,423 members of Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Records were first collected between 1964 and 1973, and reviewed again for dementia diagnoses between 1996 and 2015. They found that the risk of dementia – adjusted for age, sex and race – was 28 percent higher among people born in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia. “We found place of birth to be robust risk factor for dementia,” wrote the study’s authors. “Although you can’t change where you were born,” said Paola Gilsanz, lead author of the study, “you can work toward maximizing overall brain health by following the recommendations of the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Heart Association.” SOURCE: AARP BULLETIN

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Freebie hea lt h scams occur yearround, but Medicare’s o p e n e n r o l l m e nt period, which runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, offers crooks special opportunities for Medicare-related schemes to steal your identity. For example, it’s fluvaccine season, when free health services and screenings pop up. Some are legitimate. But others are set up by scammers who rent booth space or storefronts to swipe Medicare and health insurance numbers. Stick with programs you can verify or that are trusted pharmacies, medical offices or government buildings. Have you seen advertisements for supplies and equipment that are “no cost to you” or “covered by Medicare”? Some products are unsafe. Others have little value. For example, the back braces frequently promised for free in robocalls and postcards closely resemble $20 models available at retail stores. Yet scammers bill Medicare or your health insurer hundreds or thousands of dollars and pocket the money. And without a doctor’s prescription, the equipment that was supposed to be covered by Medicare probably isn’t, leaving you with the bill. Other schemes angle for a credit card number to allegedly cover shipping charges. Your account is then hit with overcharges or fees, or even sold to other scammers. Also beware of sound-alike names, like the National Diabetes Association instead of the legitimate American Diabetes Association. And watch out for any requests for personal data. If the stuff were really free, such information wouldn’t be needed. Remember: Medicare doesn’t call or visit to update your information. Go to to learn more about identity theft and avoiding scams. SOURCE: AARP BULLETIN

St. Maria Goretti Prepares to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week Schiller Park, IL November 17, 2017 – St. Maria Goretti students and faculty are eagerly preparing to celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week (CSW) from January 28th through February 2nd, 2018. Our theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week is “History Throughout the Ages.” Students from all grade levels, prekindergarten to grade 8, have begun learning about history spanning from the 1920’s to the year 2020. Which was your favorite decade? Join us at St. Maria Goretti CSW Open House on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm and travel through time! Goretti students will showcase what they’ve discovered and they will share information and interesting facts about each decade of time they were assigned to focus on. The school will kick-off the celebration with a Family Mass at 9:00am immediately followed by the open house. Catholic Schools Week is always a great opportunity to learn more about the value of a Catholic education. It is also our official start of the registration period for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in learning more about St. Maria Goretti please contact the school office at 847-678-2560 or via email at

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OPINIONS Christmas, Saints, and Salvation BY FATHER ROB SCHULTZ

Whenever I write my December art icle for People & Places I try not to stand on a soapbox and rant – but I usually fail! My December “platform” is not directed at everyone, but only those who follow the Christian liturgical calendar. My “issue” is the fact that the season of Advent (which is meant to be a time to prepare for Christmas) is pretty much overlooked, and instead we begin celebrating Christmas right after Halloween (it used to be right after Thanksgiving, but even those days are long gone). So, not only is the preparation time swept away, but the actual celebrations are looking less and less like Christmas. I understand that not everyone celebrates Christmas, of course, and I’m certainly not saying that everyone should. What I’m saying is that Christianity understands Christmas to have a particular meaning: the Christmas season begins, not when advertisers say it does, but with the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25th, and this celebration lasts for several weeks after Dec. 25th (because the joy of celebrating the Savior’s birth cannot be contained in one day). But this Christian understanding is being inf luenced by the

surrounding secular culture that talks about a generic “holiday season” of lights and shopping, and whose holy day is Black Friday. So, for Christians, one way to keep Christ in Christmas is simply by praying. Christmas is about the salvation that God gives us in the gift of His Son Jesus. And because God continues to offer us that gift of salvation every day, He also gives us the prayers and guidance of the saints to help lead us to that salvation. The saints are our intercessors because they are always praying for us from their place in heaven; they’re praying that we might join them there one day. This is why we can always ask the saints to pray

to God for us (it’s the exact same principle as if you were to ask a family member or friend to pray for you). So, one way to focus on the meaning of the Advent and Christmas seasons this year is to focus on prayer, and we can always ask the saints to assist us in prayer (and by the way, anyone and everyone can ask for the saint’s prayers, no matter which religion you subscribe to, even if you don’t subscribe to any). Moreover, there are many patron saints whom we can turn to for specific requests. For example, since we’re talking about Jesus’ birth at Christmas, did you know that there are patron saints for mothers? One of them is St. Anne, Prayer to who was the mother of the Saint Maria Goretti Blessed Virgin Mary, and the grandmother of Jesus Heroic and angelic Saint Maria Goretti, we kneel before you to (so St. Anne is also the honor your persevering fortitude patron of grandparents, and to beg your gracious aid. along with her husband St. Teach us a deep love for the precepts Joachim). Another patron of our Holy Church; help us to see of mothers is St. Monica, in them the very voice of our Father in heaven. who was the mother of May we preserve without stain our the great St. Augustine. white baptismal robe of innocence. Monica’s husband and May we who have lost this son were far from God innocence kneel humbly in Holy and the Church for many Penance; and with the absolution of years, and she prayed for the priest may the torrent of Christ’s years for their conversions precious Blood flow into our souls and give us new courage to carry (which eventually did the burning light of God’s love happen for both of them!) through the dangerous highways of There are also patron our life until Christ our King shall saints of youth, including call us to the courts of heaven. St. A loysius Gonzaga.

While still just a boy himself, Aloysius taught catechism (Catholic doctrine) to poor boys. He died at the age of 23 – he was tending to plague victims in Rome in 1591 and he caught the disease. Another patron of youth is St. Maria Goretti. Her story of bravery is well-known. In 1902 she was attacked at the age of 12 by a man who tried to rape her. She fought him off, saying that it was a sin and that he would go to hell. He stabbed her fourteen times. She died in the hospital two days later, but not before forgiving her attacker. While he was in prison he had a vision of Maria from heaven offering him white lilies, and this vision led to his conversion. In fact, he, along with Maria’s mother, attended the ceremony in Rome to canonize Maria Goretti as a saint, and to this day it was one of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization in Rome.

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OPINIONS Now, there are a multitude of saints for a multitude of other things, so I certainly cannot list all of them here. But if you’re interested, check out some saint websites, such as www. This is a good site because it not only gives you a brief history of each saint, but it also allows you to search them by many different categories. For example, you can search for saints who were: popes, priests, nuns, missionaries, converts, parents, married, widowed, deaf, blind, died as children, died as martyrs, worked as artists, lawyers, nurses, poets, secretaries, soldiers, teachers, first responders, etc., etc., etc. In other words, you name it, and there is probably a patron saint for it! Again, I mention the saints in this month’s article because they focused their lives on Christ, and (for Christians, at least) the focus of Christmas is Jesus Christ. As we celebrate the salvation that was made possible by Jesus’s coming into the world, let us also rejoice that God gives us so many brave men, women, and children – the saints – who help lead us to that salvation, to that place where there is only joy, peace, and love. Have a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!


It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already here; 2017 had some rough moments and we lost a number of talented celebrities, two of whom I simply have to mention: David and Della, may you rest in peace. As we prepare to celebrate, who can forget decorations? I sometimes wish my husband would; don’t get me wrong, I love a tasteful wreath on the door and a holly berry candle on the mantle, and this year, thanks to my recent DNA test, we will be including a menorah along with the family creche, however, my other half is not quite a Clinton Kelly when it comes to holiday embellishment. As I sit watching a Hallmark Christmas movie, I glance up in horror to see my spouse, attired in a Cubs Santa hat and f lashing Christmas tree tie, hanging jingle bells on the bathroom doorknob. I cautiously enter the powder room, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland, and I wonder what the heck happened to my bathroom. Gone are the lace-edged fingertip towels and ceramic soap pump; replacing these tasteful items are Hallmark’s Jolly in the John (a talking snowman, holding a plunger, telling our guests they “look a little flush” and singing the “Potty Song”) - my husband loves this little guy as much as he loves his Saab - and joining good ol’ Jolly is his pet reindeer, another Hallmark creation, with a roll of toilet paper on one of his antlers; rounding out the tacky trio is Mr. John’s “wife”, a plastic snowwoman soap pump. Purple garland adorns the shower curtain rod, and the shell toilet seat is now covered with a giant Santa face, gloved hands covering his eyes (do you blame him?) My attractive celery green with chocolate brown polka-dots bathrobe

has been replaced with a latch hook creation of eight tiny reindeer, a rather unfortunate garage sale find. I turn to flee this holiday horror to find my other half nailing mistletoe above the necessary room door. Taking my refuge on the couch and resuming my holiday-inspired film, I take a fortifying sip of my mocha latte as my husband makes his way to the kitchen with a devilish glint in his eye, our jingle bell-collared puggle Maggie in tow; in my better(?) half’s hands he is carrying Rudolph pot holders and a Grinch tea towel. Visions of plastic glitter sugar plums strung on the stove dance in my head, threatening a migraine. Did I just see our cats Zoe and Latte wearing kittysized elf ears? Does murdering a spouse still hold a life sentence? I am the first to admit I have one of those aluminum trees (mine is pink), and a hodge-podge of sentimental ornaments, but over the years my spouse has acquired a plethora of assorted kitschy Christmas items, right down to the glow-in-the-dark snowman boxers. We have certainly decked the halls with a unique bevy of holiday décor, but always in the theme of “peace on earth and goodwill toward men”; yes, Virginia, I married a man with style.


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TRITON TIDBITS Chicago Fed Official Discusses Fiscal, Economic Policy During Latest ‘Executive Series’ River Grove, Ill. - A group of about 100 business and accounting students gained an eye opening understanding of the Federal Reserve System during the latest installment of the Triton College School of Business’ Executive Series on Oct. 31. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Economic Outreach Specialist Cindy Ivanac-Lillig engaged the group by breaking down the Fed’s role in creating and implementing fiscal policy as well as economic policy. “People come together to protect and promote our standard of living,” Ivanac-Lillig told the group of the importance of fiscal policy. “Money is a really good proxy for standard of living” As for monetary policy, she gave examples of how the government’s investments lead to economic growth opportunity. “Forty or 50 years ago, you invested in a space program that brought you the internet,” she remarked during her presentation. Triton’s School of Business Faculty Chairperson Dr. William Griffin says he

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Triton Awarded $650,000 Grant to Support Students Pursuing GeoEngineering Careers River Grove, Ill. – A new program at Triton College will provide scholarships, mentoring and other resources to students pursuing careers in geology, environmental science, engineering and related fields. The GEN IUS (Geo-Engineering Innovations through Undergraduate Scholarship) project is supported by a five-year grant of $650,000 through the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technolog y, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. Nearly $400,000 in grant funds will support student scholarships, with the remainder of the funds to cover equipment, research, mentoring and other support services. “We are highly pleased to support the efforts of the faculty, Dr. Sheldon Turner & colleagues, and the Grants Office in the development of a relevant program of study with scholarship opportunities and resources for capable students to create positive, environmental impact within our communities” said Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore. The GENIUS project will help mitigate the regional need for more and better prepared geoscience and engineering technology

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TRITON TIDBITS Triton’s LGBT Student Group ‘Common Ground’ Receives OPALGA Founders Award River Grove, Ill. - Triton College’s gay-straight alliance student group, Common Ground, and Oak Park-River Forest High School’s A Place for All received the 2017 Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) Founders Award at this year’s annual scholarship fundraising gala. The gala took place at the Oak Park Carleton Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 18. Common Ground faculty advisor Dr. Michael Rosanova says he is proud of accomplishments that members of the group have achieved because of the broad range of students that Triton educates. “The irony is that the vast majority of LGBT support services have concentrated on fouryear colleges and large universities rather than two-year community colleges like Triton where the need is greatest and the results are likely to have the greatest impact,” Dr. Rosanova said. “I am glad that OPALGA has chosen to honor the unique contribution and the true significance of Triton’s Common Ground.” The OPALGA was founded in 1989 in order to encourage institutional change and

to promote the community life of both LGBT neighbors and non-LGBT friends and allies in the Oak Park area. The OPALGA Scholarship Program has provided financial support to LGBT youth, LGBT allies, and to the children of LGBT families since 2012. Applicants for the OPALGA scholarship have come from high schools such as Oak Park-River Forest High School, Triton College, other colleges and professional training programs, including educational institutions with no formal support for LGBT students. Triton College nursing student Emily Mason is among this year’s recipients of an OPALGA scholarship. Mason, a Proviso West Graduate, was selected to receive the scholarship after writing an essay focusing on the struggles she encountered in gaining acceptance from her family as a member of the LGBT community.

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Mason says the support she received from Triton College, particularly from members of Common Ground, helped her find success and happiness in both her academic and personal life. “It gave me the opportunity to socialize with more individuals beyond the classroom, and it gave me confidence to help people understand that as individuals, your voice is everything,” Mason said. “There’s no such thing as wrong, so the best thing is to speak out, be verbal, be aware, and be positive in the community.” Since 1997, OPALGA has awarded the OPAL (Oak Park Area Leadership) award to individuals and organizations that are considered worthy of recognition by OPALGA for their

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River Grove, Ill. – Increased educational programs and training focusing on sexual assault and domestic violence prevention will further ensure the safety of students and community members on Triton College’s campus. Triton was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to implement the new programs in partnership with the River Grove Police Department and Oak-Park-based Sarah’s Inn, a domestic violence resource center. Grant funds will support the newly formed Triton Col lege Coordinated Community Response Team (TCCRT), which will implement a mandatory sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking prevention program for all incoming Triton students. Increased training will also be offered to River Grove and Triton College law enforcement personnel as well as other campus employees to help them more effectively respond to sexual assault and domestic-violence-related incidents. Additionally, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence will have 24-hour accessibility to confidential victim services and advocacy offered through Sarah’s Inn. The Department of Justice received 106 applications for OWV grants requesting over $34 million. Triton was one of only 53 projects selected for funding. For more information on programs offered through the United States Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women Grant and related services offered by Triton College, contact Dean of Student Services Corey Williams at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3868, email, or visit



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River Grove, Ill. - Triton College’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties is looking for volunteers 55 years of age and older who want to help out one of its partners in Oak Park. The Animal Care League in Oak Park is in need of volunteers to assist with shelter support; dog walking, cat care and small animal care and socialization; transport; adoption events and fostering, as well as serving as office assistants and greeters. Volunteer opportunities are also available in the 2nd Chance Shop, a resale shop benefitting the Animal Care League. New volunteers must attend an information meeting. RSVP engages Americans age 55 and older in citizen service. Funded by the federal government through the Corporation for National and Community Service and matched by Triton College, RSVP of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties provides volunteer opportunities to those individuals interested in giving back to their community. For more information on these volunteer opportunities or how RSVP can help you recruit volunteers, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3603 or 3835, or email

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TRITON TIDBITS Hellcab, Directed by Triton Faculty Sommer Austin, Premiered at Den Theatre Chicago, Ill. – A special 25th anniversary production of the classic Chicago play Hellcab will have a decidedly ‘Triton College’ flavor. A production of Agency Theatre Collective, Hellcab premiered on November 17th at Chicago’s Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Playwright Will Kern’s Hellcab, which tells the story of a day in the life of a Chicago cab driver as she encounters some of the city’s strangest characters just days before Christmas, is directed by Triton College Performing Arts faculty member Sommer Austin. “I think it’s the type of play that a lot of people will enjoy even if they are not necessarily ‘theatre goers,’ because it has that kind of appeal to everyone, and it’s a working class story,” Austin said. In addition to Austin, Hellcab’s cast includes Triton Theatre Department costume designer Kate Jacobsen, while theatre faculty member Andrew Gallant serves as the play’s technical director and Triton Theatre Department department lighting designer Ellie Humphrys will serve in the same role for Hellcab. Furthermore, Triton faculty member Patrick Kane and automotive students assisted in securing and transporting the automobile that will be featured in the play. “Kane was instrumental in helping us figure out the engineering challenge of getting this car dismantled and up to a second story theatre, and we are grateful for his talents as well as those of the automotive students,” Austin said. Austin and Gallant have taught performing arts classes at Triton College since 2012, while playing prominent roles in Triton’s Theatre Department. Austin established the Tritonysia play festival in 2017, featuring short plays written by Triton College students, faculty, staff and community members. Gallant has directed several plays at Triton, including the Fall 2017 production of Waiting for Lefty. Austin is the co-founder and managing director of The Agency Theater Collective and co-founder/owner of Green Shirt Studio. The performance schedule is Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Dec. 17. Tickets are pay-whatyou-can for all performances. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call the Den Theatre Box Office at 773.697.3830.

Stevenson Middle School 7th Grader Selected to Serve as Triton’s President for a Day River Grove, Ill. – Qualities of inspiring role models and leaders was the theme for Triton College’s President for a Day challenge, which brought seventh grade students from District 89 schools to campus for a day of activities on Monday, Nov. 13.


Prior to their visit, students participated in an essay contest in which they wrote about leaders whom they admired. Stevenson Middle School (Melrose Park) student Shantiah Watt was selected as the winner, earning her the honor of President for a Day. She chose NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson as the subject for her essay. “I wrote about Katherine Johnson because she is very similar to me,” Shantiah said. ”She is an African American woman good with Science and Math, and she is a great role model.” The students visited several areas of campus during their visit, including the newly renovated East Campus Greenhouse and the Engineering Technology lab. Triton faculty and staff engaged the group in discussions on sustainable gardening and sustainable building practices, highlighting how these concepts are present in their everyday lives. The group also enjoyed lunch with Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore, during which they discussed qualities that make good leaders and role models, highlighting the subjects of their essays. “The students of District 89 schools were thoughtful and engaging, and I truly enjoyed spending time with them,” President Moore said. “I am confident that they will succeed in any path they choose, and I hope to see them back campus as visitors and students in the near future.” For Shantiah however, the day didn’t end there. As part of her presidential duties, she reviewed college materials and offered positive input. She also provided feedback about programs currently under development at Triton that will provide additional support to students. “It was a lot of responsibility, and I was into that,” Shantiah said of her experience. “There were also fun parts.” The President for a Day challenge is part of the Office of the President Initiatives aimed to strengthen relationships with students and community members from within the Triton College district. We look forward to expanding the initiative to include other schools and organizations within Triton’s district.










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• MAD SCIENCE CLUB – Mon., Dec. 11, 4-5 p.m. (Grades K-2, registration required)

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• PAJAMA STORY TIME – Wed., Dec. 13, 7-7:45 p.m. (Grades 3-8, registration required) Bring your jammies and a special friend for bedtime stories and songs. • OUTDOOR HOLIDAY STORY TIME – Thurs., Dec. 14, 4-4:45 p.m. (Ages 3-8, registration required) Join us for a special outdoor story time among the holiday decorations in front of the civic center. • FLOOR YOGA – Mon., Dec. 18, 7-8 p.m. (Adults, registration required)

of their reusable bags for $3 and fill it with as much as you want. Then, bring it back to future sales and fill it again for $3. 5-8pm • DEC. 2 - FRIENDS FALL BOOK SALE – Looking for a great deal on new or gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and videos? Come to the Friends of the Library’s fall book sale! The Friends are offering a special deal: buy one of their reusable bags for $3 and fill it with as much as you want. Then, bring it back to future sales and fill it again for $3. 10am-2pm • DEC. 4 - CODING CLUB – Join us to experiment with coding and uncover all the wonderful things you can do with computers & robots! Grades 3-6. 4-5pm • DEC. 5 - HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE CRAFT – Create your own beautiful holiday centerpiece that can be used all season long. Registration is required. Adults only. Limit 20 per session. 2-3pm

• MINI CANVAS PAINTINGS – Tues., Dec. 19, 7-8 p.m. (Grades 3-6, registration required)

• DEC. 5 - TWEEN TUESDAYS – Are you looking for a place to hang out with your friends while learning, creating, and exploring? Join us once a month for games, crafts, and snacks. Grades 4-6. 4-5pm

• MIDKIDS READ – Wed., Dec. 27, 4-5 p.m. (Grades 3-6, registration required) Join us as we talk about One Mixed Up Night by Catherine Newman. Pick up a copy at the Kids & Teens desk.

• DEC. 5 & 19 - TABLETOP GAMING CLUB – Grab some friends and visit your library to play from a selection of classic and new tabletop games. This program is for teens and adults. 6-8pm

• MEET THE ARTIST – Frank Stella – Thurs., Dec. 28, 4-5 p.m. (Grades 3-6, registration required)

• DEC. 6 - LIBRARY QUILT & SEW CLUB – Join us for casual discussion about quilting & sewing, and showing completed projects.

• PETE THE CAT STORY TIME – Tues., Dec. 19, 4-4:45 p.m. (Ages 4-8, registration required)

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• DEC. 16 - ARTS & SNACKS – We will have all sorts of art supplies available and a bunch of snacks to keep you going. This program is for teens & adults. 1-4pm • DEC. 18 - CALDECOTT CLUB – How is an award-winning picture book chosen? Find out when you have a chance to read, view, and talk about possible 2018 Caldecott contenders. Those who attend at least one club date will receive an invitation to the voting party in January. Grades 1-6. 4-5pm • DEC. 18 - SCRAPBOOKING CLUB – Get those old pictures organized! Learn new techniques and share ideas. Please bring your own photos, unfinished scrapbooks, and any materials you’d like to trade with others. This program is for teens and adults. 6-8pm • DEC. 27 - FAMILY BINGO – Play BINGO and win prizes! 3-4pm • DEC. 28 - ARTING AROUND – Unleash your creativity over break! We will provide supplies for you to make art and hang out with friends.

All experience levels welcome. Grades 3-6. 4-5:30pm • DEC. 28 - YOU PICK FLICKS – Join us for our new program where YOU get to pick the movie! We will select a few titles and let you make the final choice. For kids of all ages. 11am-1pm • DEC. 29 - FAMILY DANCE PARTY – Put on your dancing shoes, bring your family, and join us for a fun interactive program featuring music, movement, and more! All ages. 4-5pm • DEC. 29 - ANIME CLUB – Come join us at Anime Club! Draw and paint your own manga. Snack on delicious Japanese snacks. Watch your favorite anime. Grades 7-12. 6-7:30pm

• ABC ADVENTURES – Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:00am –11:00am. Join our interactive playtime for fun with stories, music, puzzles and toys. Ages 1-5. • MASTER MAKERS – Tuesday, December 19, 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Join us and build some amazing structures using many unusual materials. Ages 8 -12. • WACKY WEDNESDAY – Wednesday, December 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Read, learn, and play in crazy and unpredictable ways. We will have different activities each month. Ages 7-12.


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• HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, December 9, 11:00am – 12:30pm. Gather together at the library for a festive Holiday Open House! Join us in celebrating this holiday season with delicious treats to eat and drink, music, and much more. A very special surprise visitor is also invited to drop by the library. Who could that be? Come on in to find out and join the party! All ages are welcome.

• LEGO CLUB – Tuesday, December 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Calling all Builders! The library will supply the Legos, you bring your imagination. Ages 5 –12.

• ALL DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. P lease see the website, or call us for updated programming information. All programs at the library are free but registration is required unless otherwise noted. MPPL card holders have first priority. To register, or with any further questions, please call (708) 649-7400.

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• THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2-4 P.M. DROP-IN. GAMING TOURNAMENT – For ages 8 and up. Refreshments will be served.

• SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1-3 P.M. DROP-IN. - FAMILY SCIENCE EXPO – Explore different science activities throughout the library at our Family Science Expo. Take our MakeyMakey, Ozobot, Sphero, or Snap Circuits for a test drive, or experiment with some simple science activities. • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2-3:30 P.M. LIMIT 24. - HOLIDAY CRAFT – For ages 8 and up. Deck the halls with a homemade craft that would also make a great holiday gift. • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2-2:45 P.M. DROP-IN - PICTURE BINGO FOR AGES 3-6 • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 3-4 P.M. DROP-IN - BINGO FOR AGES 7 AND UP • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2-4 P.M. DROPIN. - MIDWEEK MATINEE – For school-aged children. Enjoy a recent movie release and snacks provided by the library. • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M., DROP-IN. - KIDDIE COUNTDOWN: A FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION – Celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family. Wear some fancy party clothes and join us for a story and craft as we count

• SATURDAY, 2-3 P.M., DECEMBER 16. DROPIN. - TWEEN SPACE – For ages 9 and up. Tween Space is the place to enjoy crafts, snacks, science experiments, movies, and many other activities with other kids your age!


• ATTENTION! T he Northlake Public Library District has a brand new “Library of Things”! – We’ve gathered a collection of objects, tools, and electronics free to checkout with your library card. We will be adding more items on a regular basis so check back often for an updated list (http:// If you have suggestions for things to add to the library, please feel free to email us at askus@” • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7-8 P.M. ‘I SAW IT ON PINTEREST’: CRAFTING NIGHTS – Obsessed with Pinterest’s DIY ideas but never get around to trying them for yourself? Join us for fun and easy crafting

nights; supplies are limited so registration is preferred. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30 P.M. DECEMBER 13 - PUBLISHER - MS OFFICE SERIES – MS OFFICE Series: We’ll be covering all of the basics in-depth for four different MS Office 2013 programs, Word in September, Excel in October, Powerpoint in November, and Publisher in December. • THURSDAYS, 7-8 P.M. DECEMBER 14 COOKBOOK BOOK CLUB – We’ll pick a cookbook, you’ll select and make a recipe, and then we’ll all get together to share and enjoy our creations! Pick up your copy of the book and claim your recipe at the reference desk.


• LOS MARTES, 6-7 P.M. - CLASES DE CONVERSACIÓN – Practique su inglés cada martes. Conversa con estudiantes de inglés y hablantes nativos. Los temas cambian cada semana para aprender vocabulario. • SÁBADO, 16 DE DICIEMBRE, 1-2:30 P.M. - POSADAS – Celebremos la temporada navideña con piñatas, artesanías, y ponche y atole. ¡Todos están invitados!


• FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2-3 P.M. - DIY CANDY CANE WREATHS – Make easy to create candy cane wreaths with a few simple steps that will add a festive touch to your holiday decor.


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• LETTERS TO SANTA – Mr. Claus has asked the Library to help him collect your letters this year. Remember to tell him how good you have been this year and all about the presents you want. Make sure to include your name and address on your letter so Santa is sure to find your mailbox. Letters should be placed in the special mail box in the Youth Services Room. We are collecting letters starting on November 25th. Please make sure to get your letter to the Library by Thursday, December 14th so Santa Claus gets your request on time. • CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS – Registration is required for most programs! Register in the Youth Services Room or by calling 847-678-0433. Email registration is not permitted. Programs may be cancelled due to minimal registration. The cut-off date for registration is two days prior to each program. • TOT STAY & PLAY – (Ages 1-4 with a Caregiver) Babies, toddlers and caregivers will enjoy short books and rhymes together. Stay for 15 minutes of free play after each

session at 10:00 a.m. December 7th, No registration required. • KIDS CREATE! – (Ages 3-10, Limited to 20 participants) Join the library from 6:007:00 p.m. for some creative festive crafts. December 6th, Registration in progress • SPANISH STORY & CRAFT NIGHT! – (All Ages, Limited to 20 participants) Join the library monthly, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and listen to some Spanish-told stories and make a craft. December 12th, Registration in progress. • VISITA LA BIBLIOTECA CADA MES, DE 6:007:00 P.M. – Y escucha algunas historias en español. Diciembre 12 registracion comienza Noviembre 21. • POLISH STORY & CRAFT NIGHT! – (All Ages, Limited to 20 participants) Join the library monthly, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and listen to some Polish-told stories and make a craft. December 19th, Registration in progress. • ODWIEDŹ BIBLIOTEKE MIESIĘCZNIE OD 6:00PM-7:00PM a by posłuchać opowiesći po polsku. 19 Grudnia: Rejestracja zaczyna się 28 listopada • ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE! (All Ages, Limited to 20 participants) Visit the library on Tuesday, December 5th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and enjoy our craft and story time to get you stirring for the holiday season. Registration in progress. • EDIBLE CREATIONS! (Ages 6-17, Limited to 15 participants) Visit the library and create some festive edible treats! December 13th from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Registration in progress. • HERE COMES SANTA! (All Ages) Join the library Saturday, December 16th for some holiday cheer to celebrate this time of year from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Please bring your own camera to take pictures! There is a limit of 100 children. Entry will not be granted unless the child is signed-up for the party and has an admission ticket. Registration in progress. • STEAM LIBRARY LAB (Ages 6-17, Limited to 15 participants) Visit the library monthly, for a hands-on program based on S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) concepts. December 21st from 6:007:00 p.m., Registration in progress. • SCRAP CRAFTS! Join the library on your winter break Tuesday, December 26thJanuary 6th and help us use up our leftover extra crafts from some of our previous programs. You may pick up a craft with instructions to complete at home or work on the craft at the library. No registration required, while supplies last only!

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• DROP-IN COLORING CLUB – (All Ages) Join the library for the latest coloring craze, from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Coloring sheets and supplies will be provided. While supplies last. December 2nd, No registration required. • BINGO FOR BOOKS! (Ages 3 & Up, Limited to 20 participants) Join the library monthly, from 1:30-2:15 p.m. for an old-time favorite! We’ll have prizes and treats! December 30th, Registration begins December 9th. • FAMILY MOVIE AFTERNOON! (All Ages) Join the library monthly at 1:30 p.m. and enjoy our feature film, snacks and more. Times posted and movie ratings may vary. December 9th… Holiday Movie Registration in progress

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS tosses three bags of gold coins down the chimney. The man’s daughters had done the laundry prior and left their stockings hanging by the fireplace to dry. The gold landed in the stockings, thus starting the Christmas stocking tradition.

The History of Christmas Stockings Just when the excitement of opening presents abates after the last of the packages under the Christmas tree have been torn open, children and adults alike may discover that there are more treats to be had nestled inside of stockings hung on the mantle. The hanging of Christmas stockings is a tradition with an extensive history. Several legends attribute the hanging of stockings to different people or events. Here is a look at some of the stories that have made Christmas stockings so popular.

Italian Good Witch

One stocking story does not attribute the tradition to Santa, but to a kind-hearted Italian witch named “La Befana.” La Befana arrives on a broomstick the night of January 5 and fills the stockings of good children with sweet treats and toys. Bad children are awarded lumps of coal. La Befana is also credited with being the old woman who the wise men ask for directions to Christ’s manger in the Christ child’s story. After turning down an offer to accompany them, La Befana later carried gifts in search of Christ. Christmas stockings have become part of holiday traditions, and this beloved tradition has its own unique history.

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Rather than hanging stockings on Christmas, many countries celebrate Saint Nicholas Day on December 6, and this is when stockings are proudly left out for treats. The small, inexpensive trinkets are later unwrapped and enjoyed on Christmas Day.

Dutch Heritage

One tradition says that, in 16th century Holland, children kept their clogs filled with straw in front of the hearth for Santa’s reindeer to find. They also left treats for Santa Claus. In return, Santa would leave gifts in the clogs. Over time, stockings were swapped out for clogs.

Merchant’s Family Story

A popular tale tells the story of a merchant, his wife and three daughters. After the wife falls ill and dies, the man becomes devastated and squanders all of his wealth on frivolous things to mask his sadness. When it comes time for the daughters to marry, the man does not have money for a dowry. St. Nicholas hears of the plight and knows the man would be too proud to accept charity. Therefore, St. Nicholas anonymously

For much of the world, December 26 represents just another day. However, in Canada, the United K ingdom and other former and current British colonies, December 26 is a day to celebrate Boxing Day. Boxing Day is a significant holiday for people with ties to Great Britain. The holiday began more than 800 years ago during the Middle Ages and gets its name from alms boxes, which were collection boxes that were kept in churches to collect money for the poor. On Boxing Day, the boxes are traditionally opened so that contents can be distributed to needy people. Boxing Day also references a time when servants of affluent individuals were given a day off so they could spend time with their families. The servants normally would have to work on Christmas, and Boxing Day was their respite. These servants may have been given small gifts and boxes of leftovers to take home. December 26 also marked a day when postal workers, butchers, milkmen, and other people who plied their trades might collect their Christmas box or tip. Boxing Day celebrations in modern times are quite different from those of the past. Today,


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TIPS WHEN BUYING A NATURAL CHRISTMAS TREE Many people harbor strong opinions with regard to which type of Christmas tree they want to purchase. Some cannot live without a natural, freshly-cut Christmas tree, while others prefer the convenience of artificial trees. Those who insist on a natural tree might want to consider the following tips when buying what’s likely their biggest decorative item of the holiday season. • Ask when the tree was cut down. Precut trees may be cut down weeks before they’re sold. So if you’re buying a precut tree, chances are the tree was cut down much earlier than you think. This doesn’t mean the tree won’t make it through the holiday season, but a tree that was cut several weeks ago should have some of its bottom trunk removed before it’s placed in the stand. This will make it easier for the tree to consume water. This step likely isn’t necessary if the tree was cut down the same day you bring it home. • Have the tree shaken before taking it home. A tree should be shaken in a shaker before you put it in your car and bring it home. A shaker removes any debris or dead needles from the tree, which can save you the trouble of cleaning up all of those dead needles from your living room floor later on. • Have the tree wrapped before taking it home. A tree should also be wrapped in twine before taking it home. The twine should be tight enough to keep the tree’s branches from blowing in the wind when you attach the tree to the top of your vehicle. If possible, keep the tree wrapped in twine as you place it in the stand. This makes the tree easier to control. • Choose the right location. When looking for the right place to set up your natural tree, it’s best to choose a spot that’s cool and free of drafts. The tree should not be placed near heat sources, including appliances, fireplaces or vents, because such heat sources create a safety hazard and can make it difficult for the tree to retain moisture. There should also be ample space between the top of the tree and the ceiling. • Place some covering on the ground beneath the tree. Even a freshly cut natural tree will shed needles over the course of the holiday season. Before placing the stand in the location you’ve chosen, put some type of covering, such as a tree bag, beneath the stand so it’s easier to gather all those needles once the holiday season has ended. • Remember that natural trees are thirsty. Men and women who have never had a natural Christmas tree in the past might be surprised at just how thirsty natural trees get. The stand’s reservoir should have lots of water, which should never dip below the stump. If the water dips below the stump, you might be forced to cut a little more off the bottom of the trunk to ensure the tree will make it through the holiday season. That can be a hassle once the tree has been decorated, so be sure to check the water in the reservoir at least once per day to maintain adequate water levels. Boxing Day provides a chance to shop sales and exchange gifts received on Christmas. However, people can put their own unique spins on the Boxing Day festivities. Go horseback riding. December 26th is also the feast day of St. Stephen, who is the patron saint of horses. Celebrants can enjoy a stroll on horseback, watch a horse race, visit a farm to interact with equines, or engage in other horserelated activities. Donate to charity. To pay homage to the early traditions of Boxing Day, individuals can spend time filling boxes with nonperishable foods or belongings before donating them to charity. People also can volunteer for church functions that involve helping the needy. Tip service providers. Use Boxing Day as a chance to tip doormen, postal workers,

favorite delivery persons, salon employees, or other service workers with whom you routinely interact. Celebrate Wren’s Day. Wren’s Day also takes place on December 26. This is a Christmastime tradition with Celtic roots. While the traditions surrounding Wren’s Day vary in different parts of Europe, the myth most widely told in Ireland is that God wanted to know which bird was the king of all birds, ultimately noting the one who flew the highest and longest would earn the distinction. The birds took to the air, with the eagle outlasting all other birds until it began to drop. When the eagle began its descent, a wren appeared from under its wing and soared higher and further than all other birds. Boxing Day can be enjoyed in many different ways.

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Behind the Scenes of Two Beloved Holiday Films Holiday movies have a way of making audiences laugh and cry while inspiring those warm and fuzzy feelings that perfectly complement the season of family and giving. Depending on the individual, favorite movies may include old classics or new releases. A lot of work goes into making movies, and holiday films are no exception. Fans may be surprised by some of the events that went on behind the scenes of their favorite holiday films, as well as background information about the actors and settings of the movies. Get into the festive spirit by learning about the following beloved holiday films.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

Anyone who has ever wondered what life would be like if they took a different path or made different decisions can relate to this classic Christmas film. It’s difficult to make it through the holiday season without seeing “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and many people make it a point of to view it every year. The following are some interesting tidbits about George Bailey and the film that put savings-and-loan managers on the map. • The movie began as a short story titled “The Greatest Gift.” Writer Philip Van Dornen Stern was unsuccessful at shopping the story and turned it into a Christmas

card for 200 friends and family. A producer at RKO pictures got a copy and purchased the movie rights for $10,000.

Peter Billingsley. The movie was based on autobiographical tales penned by author and radio personality Jean Shepherd, who narrates the film. • The movie was a low-budget film that used virtually no special effects. It also used tracking shots instead of Steadicam.

• Many now agree that Jimmy Stewart was the perfect choice to play lead character George Bailey, but studio heads originally had Carey Grant in mind for the lead. The role went to Stewart when Frank Capra signed on to the film and named Stewart his leading man.

• The setting for the movie is based on Shepherd’s hometown of Hammond, Indiana. Shepherd grew up on Cleveland Street and went to Warren G. Harding Elementary School. However, the movie was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The house from the movie still stands in Cleveland. Part of the decision to film in Cleveland stems from the willingness of Higbee’s department store to allow crews to film inside the store.

• Although Donna Reed was a seasoned actress prior to the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” marked her first starring role. • Bedford Falls, the fictional town in the movie, is reportedly based on upstate New York towns Bedford Hills and Seneca Falls. Nearby cities like Rochester and Buffalo are referenced in the movie. However, the movie was not filmed on location. It was filmed in the summertime on a back lot in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. • The movie received a technical Academy Award for the snow effects, which were created by using a “snow” mixture of water, soap and a fire-fighting chemical called Foamite.

• The movie was not well received upon its release in 1946. The film received mixed reviews, which might surprise those who consider it a cinematic classic.

“A Christmas Story”

An equally beloved holiday film and a cult favorite, “A Christmas Story” follows a 1940’s Indiana family anchored by Ralphie, the cynical but lovable schoolboy played by actor

• Darren McGavin played Ralphie’s father, a role he won over Jack Nicholson. McGavin might have won the role because of Nicholson’s typically large salary demands. • For the scene in which “Flick’s” tongue sticks to the flagpole, a hidden suction tube was used to safely create the illusion that his tongue had frozen to the metal. • Three leg lamps were made for the movie, and all three broke during filming.

Make Worship an Integral Part of the Holiday Season The hustle and bustle of the often hectic holiday season can make it easy to overlook religion during this special time of year.

Come the holidays, adherents of Judaism celebrate Chanukah while many Christians celebrate Christmas. Though different, the two holidays share some similarities. In celebration of Chanukah, families gather for an eight-day commemoration to honor the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and a miracle in which a small amount of oil illuminated a menorah for eight days. Perhaps because it falls during the holiday season, Chanukah has become one of the most wellknown Jewish celebrations, even for those who do not adhere to the Jewish faith. For devout Christians, Christmas isn’t about eggnog and Santa Claus. Christmas (Christ’s Mass) is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the son of God.

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Christmas is a day of great joy in the Christian faith because it marks the beginning of Jesus’ time on earth. Both Chanukah and Christmas, while joyous celebrations, are laced with solemnity. The Second Jewish Temple was desecrated by GreekSyrians, who had erected an altar to Zeus and sacrificed pigs within its sacred walls. At this point in time, Jews had to practice their faith in secret, reading the Torah underground and using dreidels to simulate games and confuse Greek soldiers. However, the Jews, led by a small group of rebels known as the Maccabees, persevered, marking the joy of Chanukah for years to come. The period leading up to Christmas known as Advent is a time for repentance

and preparation for the grace and miracle of Jesus’ birth. According to, the word “advent” is derived from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning “coming.” Advent is a time to both reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Much like Lent, Advent is intended to be a season of fasting, prayer and reaching out to God. During the holiday season, houses of worship customarily host prayer sessions and special holiday-related events. The faithful are encouraged to participate in these events in celebration of their faith. Prayer can help remove distractions during the holiday season, helping individuals reconnect with the true meaning of the holiday season.


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Healthy Resolutions for the Year Ahead Many people see the dawn of a new year as the perfect time to implement changes that they hope will have positive impacts on their lives in the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions have a way of falling by the wayside as the year progresses, but sticking with the following healthy resolutions can have lasting impacts on the lives of men and women. READ MORE. Many adults wish they had more time to read, but busy schedules filled with commitments to work and family can make it hard to pick up a book every day. But perhaps more men and women would find time to read if they knew doing so could add years to their lives. In an analysis of 12 years of data from the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health found that people who read books for as little as 30 minutes a day over several years lived an average of two years longer than people who did not read at all. SLEEP MORE. More time to sleep might seem like an unattainable goal for many men and women. But the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute notes that ongoing sleep deficiency can increase a person’s risk for chronic health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends adults age 18 and older get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night.

working fewer hours may also make men and women more productive. A recent experiment funded by the Swedish government compared nurses at a retirement home who worked sixhour days on eight-hour salaries to a control group that worked the more traditional eighthour workday. Nurses in the experimental group reported having more energy in their spare time and at work, which allowed them to do 64 percent more activities with facility TURN OFF YOUR DEVICES. As recently as 15 years ago, many adults made it through their days without smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and other devices that are so prevalent today. While it might seem impossible to live without such devices in the 21st century, turning them off can have profound impacts on people’s quality of life. A 2013 survey of more than 1,000 people conducted by the resilience platform meQuilibrium found that 73 percent of respondents felt their devices contributed to stress in their lives. The American Psychological Association notes that stress can negatively affect the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory system and the nervous system and potentially increase a person’s risk for heart disease and gastrointestinal problems. WORK LESS. Working fewer hours may help many professionals cut back on their stress, as the APA notes that 65 percent of Americans cited work as their primary source of stress. But

residents. Nurses in the experimental group also took half as much sick time as those in the control group. As a result, the study’s authors ultimately concluded that productivity can increase with fewer hours worked. Committing to hea lthy New Year’s resolutions can have profound and unexpected consequences that can greatly improve one’s quality of life.

CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR IN TIMES SQUARE Thousands of people gather within a relatively small area in New York City each December 31st as they await the tradition of the annual Times Square New Year's Eve countdown. Millions more tune into the festivities to watch the ball drop on television or via streaming services. The sparkling sphere begins its descent at 11:59 p.m. while a chorus of voices counts off the final moments of the year. With the arrival of the new year, people embrace, cheer and make their resolutions with hope for a prosperous year ahead. Although many other New Year's celebrations take place, the revelry in New York City is arguably the most famous celebration in the world. According to the Times Square Alliance, New Year's celebrations in Times Square began in 1904. But it wasn't until 1907 that the first New Year's Eve ball made its descent from a flag pole atop One Times Square. The first ball was made of iron and wood and featured 100 lights. Today's ball is a geodesic sphere that is 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. Waterford crystals and LED modules complete the design. The Alliance says the ball features a new design for 2017.

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Commission Silvestri acted a Chief Judge at the Lion’s Club’s Chili cook off along with other local elected officials

Commissioners Silvestri and Boykin join Superintendent Arnold, art groups and Oak Park River Forest High School artists at the dedication of the public art project at forest preserve sites at Lake and Harlem and Chicago and Thatcher in River Forest. Local Schiller Park resident and world traveler Irene Moskal DelGuidice traveled to Poland for the 100th anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.

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The Manila Lions Club of Franklin Park held their annual Thanksgiving dinner for seniors or the otherwise needy on November 22nd at the Franklin Park Community Center. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner was served along with entertainment and a cash raffle. Photos by Mike Mikrut 36 PEOPLE & PLACES • NOVEMBER 2017


The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida opened an exhibit called "Star Wars and the Power Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, Republican of Costume". It was a fascinating display of all the Women of Park Ridge President, Susan Kelly Sweeney, costumes used in the Star Wars films. The force was and guest speaker/book author W.C. Augustine, strong! attended the Republican Women of Park Ridge’s meeting in November. The meeting was held at the O’Connell Community Building in Park Ridge.

Wayne Bernacki of Franklin Park with daughter Brooke at the Order of the Arrow’s Haunted Hike in October. She was dressed as “Psycho Cinderella” and volunteered for two nights leading visitors on a 45-minute hike through the haunted campgrounds at the historic Methodist Campgrounds in Des Plaines. Nearly 3000 people attended “The Haunted Hike Rocks” event this year. It is sponsored by the Order of the Arrow/Lakota Lodge “Scouting’s National Honor Society” Proceeds from the event raises funds to maintain camps and to buy new canoes, kayaks and shotguns for the shooting ranges at Napowan Adventure Base in Wild Rose, Wisconsin.

Also in attendance were local Republican political candidates, including Niles resident Chris Hanusiak (running for Cook County commissioner 13th District and Niles Township Committeeman); James Dodge (running for Illinois Treasurer); and Park Ridge resident Marilyn Smolenski (running for State Representative 55th District). Mr. Augustine discussed his two novels, Atlas Rising (Tate Publishing) and For the Common Good. Both books are available in bookstores and on The books are considered “political thrillers set in the future.” Photo Credit David Lewis

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employee opened a drawer and removed money and placed it into the backpack. The suspect then struck him on the back of the head and fled the store. The man stole more than $12,000. NOV. 3 - RETAIL THEFT – Police arrested Israel Griffin of Elmwood Park with retail theft after allegedly taking product from the Binny’s Beverage Depot on North Ave without paying. He has a Dec. 8 court date.

These incidents were among recent official reports from area police departments. Our readers are reminded that an arrest does not automatically mean guilt. Only a court of law can decide that.


OCT. 17 - BURGLARY – Thieves forcible entered a home in the 2700 block of 74th Avenue and stole jewelry of an unknown value. OCT. 17 - THEFT FROM AUTO – a Honda Accord parked in the 2000 block of 73rd Court had four wheels reported stolen. OCT. 17 - THEFT FROM AUTO – A 2013 Jaguar parked in the 7800 Cressett Drive had three custom rims stolen. OCT. 18 - THEFT FROM AUTO – A 2005 Pontiac Aztec parked in front of a home in the 2200 block of North 74th Avenue had it’s catalytic converter stolen. OCT. 18 - THEFT FROM AUTO – A 2011 Hyundai parked in the 2400 block of 76th Avenue had its catalytic converter removed. OCT. 18 - RETAIL THEFT – A suspect ran from a Walgreens store located on North Avenue after apparently stealing a carton of Newport cigarettes valued at $101. OCT. 19 - UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON – After a traffic stop, police found a stick of dynamite in the center armrest of a vehicle owned by Joar Reyes of Elmwood Park. Reyes was originally pulled over for having a dark tinted windshield. After smelling a strong odor of cannabis, police searched the vehicle and found a large clear plastic bag containing 510 grams of cannabis along with a microphone with a working siren that could produce multiple sounds that could mimic those produced by a police car. Not only was Reyes charged with unlawful use of a weapon, but with possession and delivery of cannabis, having an obstructed windshield, having an unreasonably loud horn and failing to have a driver’s license. He had a court date of Nov. 1 OCT. 27 - CANNABIS – Police found two men sleeping in a car parked in the 2700 block of 72nd Court and detected a smell of cannabis when they tried to wake them up. Jamison Morrell of Elmwood Park was charged with possession of cannabis when police found 30 grams of the drug in his car. OCT. 29 - CANNABIS – Police charged Vivian Salazar of Elmwood Park with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia after she nearly struck two parked cars. Police detected an odor of cannabis, found the drug, a digital scale and a pipe containing cannabis residue in the car. NOV. 2 - ARMED ROBBERY – Police are investigating a robbery that took place at the Walgreens store located at 7200 W. North Avenue. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man with a heavy build, approximately 6’1” to 6’2” tall. At the time of the robbery he was wearing blue jeans, black boots, a black hoodie with the hood up and a black backpack. The man had black pointy hair under the hoodie and had a full beard that appeared pointy at the end with untrimmed sides. The man entered the backroom where an employee was counting money and brandished a small silver handgun. He threw a backpack on the floor and motioned to the employee to open the safe. The

OCT. 24 - AUTO THEFT – A 2016 Toyota RAV4 was reported stolen from the parking space of an apartment building in the first block of King Arthur court. OCT. 24 - THEFT FROM AUTO – The owner of a 2012 Toyota parked in the first block of King Arthur Court reported a wallet, containing $200 and various forms of identification was stolen from the vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry.

NOV. 5 - RETAIL THEFT – Walgreens reported $150 worth of electronic razors stolen by a man who taunted the clerk and escaped in a red Kia sedan.

NOV. 3 - RETAIL THEFT – An unknown offender stole a pair of work boots from the Walmart located on North Avenue. He fled into a Pontiac and headed east on North Avenue.


NOV. 8 - RETAIL THEFT – Officers issued a local ordinance ticket to Andre Needham of Chicago for allegedly leaving the Walmart on North Avenue without paying for some of his items in his cart.

NOV. 1 - TRAFFIC – Danzel Colon of South Elgin was charged with criminal trespass along with three Chicago teenagers for possession of a stolen auto and possession of stolen property.


OCT. 18 - THEFT – A mountain bike was reported stolen from a garage in the 10100 block of Dora Street. It was valued at $999. OCT. 20 - BURGLARY – Police found no sign of forced entry in an apparent robbery of a home in the 2400 block of George Street. Approximately $3,000 in cash and the title of a 2007 Ford Ranger were reported stolen from a dresser drawer in the upstairs bedroom. OCT. 20 - RETAIL THEFT – Police arrested Robert Bolden of Chicago and charged him with felony retail theft after he allegedly took numerous items from the Jewel/Osco store without paying for them. OCT. 23 - AUTO THEFT – The owner of a 2003 Ford Escape reported it stolen from the 2800 block of Lincoln Street. NOV. 3 - CRIMINAL DAMAGE – Offenders spray painted white paint onto the passenger side doors, the bottom of the rear bumper, top of the trunk and below the gas cap on the passenger side, the roof and the front hood. The Volkswagen was parked in the lot at Nelson Steel, 9400 Belmont Avenue. NOV. 3 - THEFT – An employee at Cortina Tool in the 10000 block of Grand Avenue reported a wallet stolen which contained a Mexican consular ID, a debit card and $12 cash. NOV. 4 - TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS – Police charged Blair Cox of Evanston with speeding and driving without a valid license after he was pulled over on Mannheim Road going nearly twice the posted speed limit. NOV. 4 - DUI – Police found Jennifer Jimenez of Chicago slumped against the driver’s side window of her car parked in the area of Grand Avenue and Scott Street. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. NOV. 6 - BURGLARY – A 2009 GMC van was parked in the 2500 block of Willow Street and reportedly had $3000 worth of miscellaneous tools. The van’s alarm was not armed. NOV. 6 - BURGLARY – Police believe an offender may have gained entry into a garage in the 2500 block of Maple Avenue by removing a screen and opening a garage window. Tires, a power washer, a pulley set and misc. tools valued at $3500 were reported stolen. NOV. 7 - BURGLARY – A home owner in the 3600 block of Dora Avenue reported having $950 worth of tools stolen from the residence which was being remodeled.

VARIOUS - TRUANCY – Five West Leyden High School students were issued local ordinance citations for truancy. They ranged in age from 15-17


OCT. 15 - MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT – The owner of a black Mitsubishi Lancer reported to police that she parked her vehicle in the south parking lot of 5100 River road while she attended a show in Rosemont. When she was returning to her vehicle, she observed her vehicle backing out of the parking spot she had left it in. When she ran towards her car, she saw three or four male subjects in the vehicle and driving away. The driver was described as male, white, approximately 16-17 years of age wearing a baseball cap. Complaints will be signed if offenders are found. OCT. 16 - THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE – The owner of a 1997 Nissan reported to police that a tool box filled with misc. tools was stolen from his vehicle while parked in front of his house. The doors were left unlocked. OCT. 17 - MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT – The owner of a red Chevrolet Malibu reported her car stolen and that it was parked directly in front of her home. (SP did not supply P&P with an address or block). Complaints will be signed if offeder is located. OCT. 19 - MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES – Officers arrested Hector Ortiz-Lopez of Northlake after officers pulled him over in the 9300 block of Lawrence Avenue for not having his headlights or taillights on. Ortiz could not provide a driver’s license or proof of insurance. He was charged with driving without lights when required, no valid driver’s license, no valid insurance. His court date was Nov. 17 OCT. 26 - CRIMINAL DAMAGE – Officers were called to the 10000 block of Hartford Court for a report of a vehicle damaged. The owner of a 2004 Ford Explorer found his car had been spray painted on all four sides with black paint. Officers checked nearby garbage cans in an attempt to locate the can of paint to no avail. They did not observe any cameras in the area either. Complaints will be signed if offender(s) is located. OCT. 31 - CRIMINAL DAMAGE – The owner of a 2015 Ford Fiesta reported to police that he found his car damaged around 9 am. An unknown offender drilled holes into every part of the vehicle and scratched an offensive statement onto the trunk lid. The offender also scratched two “x’s” and a line into the passenger side mirror. The owner did not recall any altercations with anyone and did not know who could have done this. Damage was estimated at $10,000.


NOV. 2 - THEFT – The owner of a girl’s Huffy mountain bicycle, purple in color, reported it stolen after it was chained to a bike rack at Lincoln Middle School.

OCT. 22 - THEFT – Thieves removed two gray Halloween tombstone decorations from the lawn of a home located on the 400 block of North Geneva Avenue.

NOV. 8 - DECEPTION/CREDIT CARD – Police took an in station report from a person who noticed two unauthorized purchases on her credit card. One was for $95.47 and another for $351.56. Both items were being shipped to a Chicago address. The complainant had the debit card in her possession. She called her bank and cancelled the card. Complaints will be signed if offender is caught.

OCT. 19 - RETAIL THEFT – Police arrested Garmon Delmar of Chicago after he allegedly took items from a Walgreens store and placed them in his pants without paying. The items were valued at $55.

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OCT. 29 - BATTERY – After stepping in to help a friend who got into a verbal argument with another patron at the Five Roses Pub, Gregory Krupa of Norridge was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge. He is accused of hitting an Indiana man in the face and wrestling with him on the floor. He had a Nov. 16 court date. OCT. 29 - THEFT – An employee of Saks OffFifth was arrested on a Felony 3 charge of theft (over $300) when the loss control supervisor checked video surveillance and saw Anwae Hneti of Palos Heights moving a necklace around the counter area and then conceal it on her person. She was arrested when she came to work the next day. The necklace was valued at $1,500. NOV. 5 - BATTERY – Security officers arrested Ryan Rowe of Itasca after a female patron at a bar accused him of grabbing her. This led to a struggle between Rowe and the security guards when they tried to remove him from the establishment. Rowe is accused of kicking on officer in the shin and spitting at another. He was charged with a Felony 2 Aggravated Battery. NOV. 5 - BATTERY – While attending a concert at Joe’s Live, a man walked up behind another and placed his hands on his shoulders thinking the other man was his cousin. At that point, the man swung his elbow backwards, breaking the man’s nose. Sherman Kyamilov of Schaumburg was arrested on battery charges. The victim was sent to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment and signed complaints. Kyamilov has a Dec. 4 court date. NOV. 5 - CRIMINAL TRESPASS – The manager of Moretti’s on Higgins Road called police after a man refused to leave the restaurant after becoming belligerent and threatening the staff. He apparently came into the bar area, sat down and put his leg up on another chair with an ice pack on it. He said he was in a motorcycle accident. He also appeared to be intoxicated. Gene Uzunov of Rosemont was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and denying him access to Moretti’s for six months. His court date is set for Dec. 14.


NOV. 3 - DOG RESCUED – Firefighters in Norridge rescued a family dog named Rex from a house fire in the 4100 block of North Ozard Avenue. The owners were not home at the time of the fire and when they returned asked firefighters if they had found their dog. The fire was contained by that time and a standby firefighter crew from Franklin Park were sent back into the house where they rescued Rex. The fire appeared to be electrical in nature with extensive damage. NOV. 7 - IDENTITY THEFT – Police arrested Breeann Taylor of Chicago with identity theft in connection with a car break-in where the victim’s credit card was used to rack up more than $1,000 in purchases at stores at Harlem Irving Plaza. The victim had parked her car in the Xsport Fitness parking lot on Harlem Avenue and returned to find her vehicle had been broken into. Other items missing included a brown Louis Vuitton handbag, jewelry, a FOID card, a driver’s license, four credit cards, a bouquet of flowers and balloon, as well as $300 in cash. While the victim was speaking with police, she received notice that her credit card was being used racking up charges totaling over a thousand dollars. The suspects were brought to the Norridge Police station. NOV. 13 - CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROEPRTY – Police were called to the 4900 block of Clifton street and arrested Vuk Zec of Norridge after he reportedly tried to gain entry into the house. They had been looking for Zec for a criminal damage charge in which he was alleged to have kicked in the door of a 2006 Chrysler. NOV. 16 - THEFT – Security observed Dorota Wilczewska of Schiller Park select four jewelry items valued at $94.94 and conceal them in her purse.

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