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Publisher’s Message Hey Sweetie. Yeah Tips? I hear mom has a short deadline this month and she’s really busy. How about we write the publisher’s message for her? BARBARA PILTAVER, Publisher You think peopleandplacesnewspaper.com we can do it? firstname.lastname@example.org You’re all paws when it comes to typing on the computer. Sure we can. We’ll dictate to the cats. They have nothing better to do than sleep and lick their behinds all day. Okay, but what will we talk about? How about when mom and dad took us on what they called vacation? That was kind of fun. Yeah, that sounds good. Get the cats! (A short time later…) Where should we start Tips? Well, let’s start from the beginning when mom and dad brought home that strange car for us to drive in. Oh, yeah, I remember. It was kind of cramped in there, but it had lots of windows to look out of. Dad made sure we were comfy though and put blankets down for us to sleep on. That’s right Sweetie. They packed in all kinds of stuff to bring with too; where were we going again? Some place named “Floor e da.” Dad wanted to fly there but mom said it would be an adventure driving and taking us with. Plus she said that it wouldn’t be safe taking us on a plane; whatever that is. Those are those noisy things that fly above us when we are in the backyard. Oh, those things. I’d probably get sick if I were in one of those. Glad mom said no. Yeah, dad wasn’t too happy driving, but mom said she would drive too. Okay, let’s get back to the story. We all got in and off we went. Dad was complaining about what he called traffic. We were going pretty slow and there were all kinds of cars around us. I didn’t see any other dogs though in the windows. Maybe nobody else takes their dogs on vacations Tips. We have a special mom and dad. Tips, tell everyone about the rain. Dad was driving and I heard mom say we were running into tropical storm Bill. Who’s Bill? I don’t know Sweetie, but he must be someone really mean because the rain was coming down so hard we had to pull over. Remember when we stopped at that gas station that was closed. You had to go pee so bad but didn’t want to get wet. Yeah, it was hard holding that for so long and you know I don’t like getting wet. Mom says I have a coat like a carpet and you weren’t exactly happy to be getting soaked either. Hey Sweetie, tell everyone about the hotel we stayed at. Oh, yeah, that was pretty neat. Mom asked for a room by the exit door and one we didn’t have to go upstairs. Mom and dad hurried us into the room
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after they walked us around outside for us to “go.” I really hate pooping in strange places. Doesn’t bother me Sweetie. If I have to go, I go. I happen to like marking foreign territory. Tips, you didn’t have any problem eating or falling asleep in the room. I just couldn’t get used to a strange place and bed. Mom was worried because I wasn’t really eating and drinking much on the trip. We certainly didn’t give mom much room to sleep either. The bed was so comfy! And then you had to bark when someone stuffed something under the door in the morning. That’s when dad said we should pack up and get going. Yeah, and there was some yappy dog in another room that was keeping me up all night anyway. Glad we left. Meow Tips, the cats are already getting bored and they say they have to go clean themselves. We’d better hurry the story up and just give some highlights. O k a y , Sweet ie. What do you remember most about the trip? Wel l , I remember it took a really long time to get where we were going. We’d stop every now and then and we both finally knew that when they started going fast it was time for us to sit down and sleep. Mom would occasionally give us a snack or treat. But there were a few times when we were going really slow too. I only wish we could have stuck our heads out a window. Yeah, that would have been fun. I remember when we finally did get to our other house. Mom thought it was funny how we ran through the whole place smelling everything and sliding on the wood floors. Although she was a bit upset about us scratching them. She was still smiling though. Tips, remember that big water hole in the backyard? Oh yeah, it had some kind of little green thing swimming around in it. Dad said it was a frog. I almost caught it a couple of times and mom got upset when I did actually catch it. But it didn’t taste good and I spit it out. It kind of floated on the water for a while. I must have stunned it. He
started swimming around again. It was fun chasing it around the edge. Mom and dad both went in that big water hole. They called it a swimming pool and they kept trying to get both of us to come in. They finally did but they had to drag us in, remember? Ugh! You know Tips, I don’t like getting wet even though I’m a Lab. But I at least know how to swim. You looked silly splashing around with that look of panic in your eyes trying to get to the edge of the pool! The whites of your eyes were definitely showing! Daddy had to hold on to you all the while. I know how to swim, kind of. When they took us to that dog beach I was getting the hang of it. Oh sure Tips. Once your feet couldn’t touch bottom you started again splashing around like you were drowning! Hey, I did finally get the hang of it and mom even said so. Yeah, sure. Then you got out and rolled in the sand and you were as white as I was. Mom said we both smelled like fish though and had to give us a bath when we got home. MEOW!!!! Tips, the cats are really getting paw tired. We’d better wrap this up. Okay Sweetie. I really liked it in “Floor e da.” It was a little hot though; our tongues were really hanging after walks. By the end of the week I was finally getting used to the lay of the land and liked chasing those little lizards like the one on TV. Hope mom and dad take us back there again. There’s really so much more I have to talk about. Well, I missed being home and actually missed the cats. Remember our big brother and sister who were taking care of them said they couldn’t find Tank for two days because he was so upset I was gone. They thought he ran away. Oh yeah, that’s right. Tank really loves you. He’s always rubbing up against you. I know, but I hate when he sticks his butt in my face. I guess I was home sick too. Mom said I was
whimpering the first night we were in “Floor e da” and I didn’t have my chair to sleep on. Sweetie, hope mom appreciates us writing her message this month. We’ll see Tips. Her readers I’m sure will let her know if they enjoyed our story. How does mom end her messages every month? Sometimes she says stuff like, Happy Ha l loween and see you next month. Oh yeah, and, G od Bless America!
Oct. 1 - Dec. 15: ANNUAL TOY & FOOD DRIVE
NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION MONTH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH HALLOWEEN SAFETY MONTH
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Celebrate autumn with a walk through our villages! Stop at the Norwood Park Fire Department for its annual open house, buy fresh produce at Ridgewood High School’s Organic Garden, play games at Norridge Park ga District, and join us at Eisenhower for chalk art, a kids fish pond, duct tape crafts, and more.
Get your Fun Fest Passport stamped at each stop when you donate a quarter or more for breast cancer awareness. When you have all four stamps, bring your passport to the library for a prize.
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Through Nov. 15: UNITY IN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE FUNDRAISER The Unity in Community Foundation is conducting a shoe collection drive through November 15 to raise funds for Leyden High Schools Student Community Program. Donate gently worn or new shoes at East or West Leyden High School (at main entrances), Leyden Credit Union or Village of Schiller Park. .
Through Oct. 31: PARK RIDGE FARMER’S MARKET Come see what the harvest has in store for fresh veggies, cheese, meats, flowers and much more! 15 Prairie Avenue, Park Ridge. email@example.com
October Senior Movies All shows are at the Carl Fiorito Senior Center, 2601 N. Mannheim in Franklin Park. Show times are 10 am and 1pm. Come out and enjoy a movie and popcorn. . Oct. 8 “Get Hard” October 15 “Ride” October 22 “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” Oct. 29 “Unfinished Business”
Bring an unwrapped toy or non-perisable food item. Grant Park Recreation Center, Northlake George A. Leoni Complex Melrose Park
Oct. 2: ST. BEATRICE CONCERT SERIES - A SOIREE OF SONGS St. Beatrice Concert Series 7pm,
inside the church. Featuring various vocalists from St. Beatrice and guests performing melodies of Broadway, standards, popular and classics. Tickets are $8.00 each and all proceeds go towards the fund to purchase new organ speakers which are badly needed for the church. . Further info call 847-678-0138
Oct. 2: LAST DAY OF RACING AT MAYWOOD PARK Live racing will take place for the last time at Maywood Park on Friday, October 2. . For further information and schedules visit maywoodpark.com
Oct. 4: FALL FESTIVAL THE GROUNDS AT MARGARET J. LANGE PARK 1 TO 4PM Rosemont Park District 6140 N. Scott Street Rosemont. Registration is from September 2 to September 20 (847) 823-6685. rosemontparkdistrict.com
Oct. 4: ST. ANTHONY SOCIETY BREAKFAST BUFFET Our Lady of Mount Carmet St. Anthony Society’s Old Fashioned Breakfast Buffet. 8:30 am to 1:30pm. Carmel Hall, 1100 N. 22nd Avenue, Melrose Park. $5 Adults $4 for children under 12. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, bagels, homemade bakery items, fruit, coffee and juice. All proceeds benefit the St. Anthony Society..
Oct. 4: 38TH ANNUAL EDDIE BIONDO FALL FEST PARADE - 1PM TO 2PM North Park. FREE - All ages.
Gather your friends, family and neighbors to see colorful floats, marching bands, local Franklin Park schools, horses, antique cars, clowns, local businesses and civic organizations showcasing the heart of Franklin Park. The parade marches from the intersection of Grand Avenue and Scott Street, heads east on Grand, then north on 25th Ave. (Rose Street) and ends at Addison and 25th Avenue. So come out and join in the fun!. 847-455-2852
Oct. 7: TRITON COLLEGE CAMPUS VISIT DAY, 6 TO 7:30PM. STUDENT CENTER (B BUILDING)
Prospective students can learn everything they need to know about enrolling at Triton College during Campus Visit Day. The event will discuss admission and financial aid topics, introduce students to Triton’s faculty and provide campus tours. . For more information call 708-456-0300, Ext. 3130, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OCT. 7: SPOOKY HALLOWEEN YARN WREATHS
5:30-8pm, Step-By-Step Painting Classes, Ages 8-14. Oct. 3, 3-5pm; Oct. 4, 1:30-3:30pm; Oct. 9, 6-8pm. Call for info or to register 708-217-1812, scampstudiosonline.com
Oct. 8-22: CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL North America’s oldest competitive
international film festival. Some of cinema’s greatest filmmakers have been introduced at this festival. chicagofilmfestival.com, email@example.com 312-683-0121
Oct. 9-11: ST. CHARLES SCARECROW FESTIVAL
Join generations of visitors who flock to the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest every year! For over 25 years, this award-winning festival has brought heartwarming memories to both children and adults, and is a tradition for thousands of families across the Midwest. This is a FREE event. Friday and Saturday 10 am to 9pm Sunday 10 am to 5pm. Over 100 scarecrows on display. Food, carnival, crafts, tours, make your own scarecrow too. . www.scarecrowfest.com
Oct. 10: SCHILLER PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE, 9526 IRVING PARK RD. 11 AM TO 2PM. Learn about fire safety, climb on the fire trucks, talk with the firefighters and much more. All are welcome. Free event. . 847-678-2550
Oct. 10: RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH OF FRANKLIN PARK ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST 9920 W. Grand Ave., Franklin Park, 8 am to Noon. Adults $5, Children ages 5-11 are $2.50 and under 5 Free. Everyone is welcome! . 847-455-7013 for further info.
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Oct. 11 : BIG BAND DANCE, NORTH PARK 2-4PM 10040 Addison Street, Franklin Park. Dance to the 40’s top music. All are welcome.. 847-455-2854
Oct. 11: BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON Oct. 11 & 25: ELMWOOD PARK FARMERS MARKET 9 am to 1pm. Where you can find fresh
veggies, baked goods, local art and crafts. Central Park; 75th Ave. & Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park. 708-452-7300 elmwoodpark.org
Oct. 12: HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY! . Oct. 14: RULES OF THE ROAD REVIEW COURSE
The Rules of the Road Review Course is designed to give drivers - especially senior citizens and persons with disabilities - the knowledge and confidence needed to renew or obtain a driver’s license. The review course combines an explanation of the driving exam with a practice written exam. Ages 18+ Community Center, 4501 25th Ave., Schiller Park. 10 am to 12 pm. FREE Pre-registration required. 847-671-8580
Oct. 16: GUERIN COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP DINNER Oak Park
Country Club, 6pm Cocktail, 7:15 Dinner. Join them for an evening of prestigious awards, dinner, silent auction and many opportunities to celebrate the school’s mission while raising funds to support their scholarship program. Tickets are $125 each. . www.guerinprep.org
Oct. 16: NATIONAL BOSS DAY Oct. 16-18: WISCONSIN DELLS AUTUMN HARVEST FEST Oct. 17: APPLE HOLLER TRIP - STURTEVANT, WI Enjoy the fall festivities including apple, pear and pumpkin picking, hayrides and many exciting outdoor attractions in the Family Farm Park. Shop at the country store, do some apple picking and view the 74 acre farm. Experience the fun of picking your own applies. Fee includes transportation. $25 per person. Departs at 10:30 and returns at 5:30 pm. Info 847-671-8580.
Oct. 17: HELPING COMMUNITY CATS WORKSHOP SPONSORED BY CATVANDO, Learn the simple step
by step, stress free way to help stop the proliferation of kittens and keep the cats healthy and eliminate nuisance behaviors. Franklin Park Community Center, 25th & Franklin Ave., Franklin Park.
Oct. 4: VETERANS PARK DISTRICT’S AUTUMN FEST 11 AM TO 3PM. Pony rides, petting zoo, games,
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the Eddie Biondo Fall Fest Parade. Continue celebrating at North Park with Pumpkin Fest. Here you will find loads and loads of bright orange pumpkins just waiting to be painted and taken home! The afternoon is filled with family fun, including music, games and great food. .
Oct. 4-10: FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
Oct. 17: LEYDEN FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE 1-3PM. Climb on the fire trucks, learn about fire safety and
Oct. 4: PUMPKIN FEST 2PM TO 4PM. NORTH PARK Franklin Park - FREE - The fun does not stop after
crafts, corn maze, train rides, giant slide, obstacle course and much more! Gouin Park, 2400 Scott St., Franklin Park. . veteransparkdistrict.org 708-343-5270
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Oct. 10: FRANKLIN PARK FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE 10001 W. Addison, Franklin Park. 8am-
12pm Lots of fun activities for the family. 847-678-2400, 9920 W. Grand Ave., Franklin Park. 8am-12noon, tickets $5 Adults, Children 5-11 $2.50, Under 5 Free. 847-455-7013.
Oct. 18: SWEETEST DAY . Oct. 19: BUNKO & PIZZA 11 AM TO 1PM. George Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Ave., Melrose Park. Senior gathering of food and fun. 708-716-4822
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OCTOBER EVENTS Oct. 20: SCHILLER PARK BLOOD DRIVE 1:30PM TO 6:30PM Do your part to help those who need blood. Donating is simple and fast. Receive a mini check-up too! Help volunteers reach their goal of 60 donors! Free Raffle for those who donate. Community Center, 4501 25th Ave., Schiller Park.
Oct. 23: FRIGHT NIGHT AT BULGUR PARK 5-7PM. Free Family event for Grades K-6 Wear your costume. 800 N. 17th Ave., Melrose Park.. 708-343-5270
Oct. 24: SCHILLER PARK’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY Attention Seniors and persons with disabilities in Schiller Park. Need a helping hand with some chores? The Village will be taking park in the annual Make A Difference Day helping those seniors and persons with disabilities with various chores around the house from 9 am to 1pm. Call to register for help. . 847-671-8502
Oct. 24: HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL DAY OF THE DEAD 6PM. TO 9PM Magic show, face painting, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, all free!, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines.. 847-391-5711
Oct. 24: ROSEMONT THEATRE PRESENTS BILL O’REILLY AND DENNIS MILLER Check website for info or call 800-745-3000. . www.rosemonttheatre.com
Oct. 26: BUNKO & PIZZA 11 AM TO 1PM. George Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Ave., Melrose Park. Senior gathering of food and fun. 708-716-4822
Oct. 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! CHECK YOUR LOCAL VILLAGE FOR TRICK OR TREAT HOURS.
Oct 31: HALLOWEEN HOWL 1pm-3pm, Lincoln Middle School, 9750 Soreng Ave. Food, Fun, Games, Prizes - Must wear a costume.
Oct. 30 and Nov. 6-7: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL at 7pm and Oct 31 at 2pm in the auditorium of West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Road,Northlake. www.leydenchoir.weebly.com
Nov. 14: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS- AVE MARIA COUNCIL #4456 THIRD ANNUAL POLISH DINNER To benefit St. Beatrice in Schiller Park & St. Gertrude in Franklin Park, 6:00 PM, St. Beatrice, 4134 Wagner, Schiller Park. Open Bar 6:00 – Dinner Served 7:00 PM. This year beer and wine are included in the cost of the ticket. Music & Dancing to follow Dinner. Catering by World Famous Kasia’s Pierogi, Polish Sausage & Kapusta, Chicken, Cucumbers and Sour Cream, Dumplings, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – Golabki. All this for $30 per person. SMACZNEGO - Get ready to Polka the night away! For Tickets Wayne Bernacki call 847.671.0330. Tickets are also available at the St. Beatrice Parish Office 847.678.0138. Sorry Limited Access – Not Handicapped Accessible.
Nov. 30 or Dec. 7: NORTH POLE ADVENTURE TRAIN RIDE Morning train #703 Check in at 10:15 am Departure at 11:04 am Return at 1:44pm Afternoon train #713 Check in at 2:15pm Departure at 3:04pm Return at 5:44pm Check in at the Des Plaines train station on Miner Street between Pearson and Lee Streets. August 25 to November 1 Pre Registration is Required For info or to register call DesPlaines Park District 847-391-5700
Nov. 4-6: ISLAND RESORT & CASINO The Island presents the Midwest’s finest Vegas-style gaming excitement, entertainment, hospitality and personal service. Over 1400 slot machines, blackjack, craps, poker, roulette, let-it-ride, and more! Wonderfully served meals at the all time favorite Firekeepers Restaurant or the 5 Bridges Pub & Restaurant. Wednesday-Friday. Depart 8 am Turn 7:15 pm. Ages 18 and up. For prices and further info call 847-671-8580.
Nov. 8: SCHILLER PARK’S ANNUAL VETERANS BREAKFAST. 9 AM TO NOON Schiller Park honors all veterans from Schiller Park and their families with a free pancake breakfast. Community Center, 4501 25th Ave, Schiller Park. 847-671-8502
Nov. 13: LEYDEN FAMILY SERVICE “A NIGHT TO TOUCH A LIFE” Annual Dinner Fundraiser. Mission Hills
Country Club, Northbrook. Tickets are $90 each Table of 10 $850. Help support the many programs and services Leyden Family Service offers to the community.. Linda Jensen 847-451-5095 or Louise Thompson 847-843-4903. www.leydenfamilyservice.org
Nov. 22: MAGNIFICENT MILE SHOPPING TRIP Head to Michigan Avenue for a day of shopping. Enjoy getting a head start on your holiday shopping this year. You will also enjoy Michigan Avenue’s beautiful holiday lights. $25 per person Depart 11 am and return 5:30 pm. Info 847-671-8580
Dec. 3: MARIOTT THEATRE “ELF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL” AND WILDFIRE LUNCH One of the most loved holiday movies is now a full grown Broadway musical. This heartwarming and hilarious musical is breaking box office records around the country, and arrives at the Marriott Theatre just in time for the holidays. Audiences from 8 to 80 will get wrapped up in this warm and funny new classic. $90 per person Depart 9:45 am Return 3:30 pm. Info 847-671-8580
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT TRITON COLLEGE? Triton College’s Active Retired Citizens Club announces
upcoming meetings for remainder of the year Triton College’s Active Retired Citizens Club (ARCC) has announced its scheduled meeting dates for the second half of the year. The social club provides activities, entertainment and networking opportunities to active senior citizens who are young at heart and want to expand their social and intellectual life. ARCC meetings are held on most first and third Fridays of each month starting at noon in Room R-221 of the Robert M. Collins Center (R Building) on Triton College’s campus. The club welcomes new members. Annual dues for membership are $10. For more information about ARCC call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3896.
Oct. 2: OKTOBERFEST LUNCHEON The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3896, to reserve your seat by Sept. 21.
Oct. 16: THE ART OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bob
Burton will provide some nail-biting fun as members learn more about Alfred Hitchcock, the “Master of Suspense.”
Oct. 14: TRITON COLLEGE FACULTY ARTIST SERIES, 7:30 P.M., PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF THE ROBERT M. COLLINS CENTER Two of Triton College’s music faculty members, soprano Ingrid Israel Mikolajczyk will be performing songs by Czech composer Vítzslava Kaprálová, and pianist David Flippo will be performing jazz compositions and arrangements for piano. Meet the artists in a reception in the lobby following the concert. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/Music.
Oct. 18 through Nov. 20: BERWYN ART LEAGUE, FINE ARTS GALLERY, ROOM J-107 (J BUILDING) The Berwyn Art League returns to Triton College’s Fine Arts Gallery! Artwork from members of the Berwyn Art League will include a diverse body of great accomplishments. A public reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the gallery. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/VPC.
Oct. 19: TRITON COLLEGE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE, 7 P.M., ROOM T-154 OF THE INDUSTRIAL CAREERS BUILDING (T BUILDING) Triton College’s Automotive
Technology Program will hold an open house for current and prospective students interested in pursuing a degree or certificate in Triton’s Automotive Technology Program. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3456, or visit www.triton.edu/auto.
Oct. 23: TRITON COLLEGE COMMUNITY BAND, 7:30 P.M., PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF THE ROBERT M. COLLINS CENTER In its first concert of the season, the Triton College Community Band will perform an eclectic variety of original compositions and arrangements for concert band and wind ensemble, led by Triton faculty
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OCTOBER EVENTS Josh Hernday. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/Music.
Nov. 17: TRITON COLLEGE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE, 7 P.M., ROOM T-154 OF THE INDUSTRIAL CAREERS BUILDING (T BUILDING) Triton College’s Automotive
Nov. 4: WORLD MUSIC SERIES: ALLOS MUSICA, MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE, NOON, PARACHUTES LOUNGE, ROOM B-130, STUDENT CENTER (B BUILDING) Founded in 2006 by James
Technology Program will hold an open house for current and prospective students interested in pursuing a degree or certificate in Triton’s Automotive Technology Program. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3456, or visit www.triton.edu/auto.
Falzone and featuring the oud (an ancient Arabic lute), voice, accordion, clarinet, and percussion instruments from around the world, Allos Musica explores the intersection of divergent streams of contemporary classical, jazz, and traditional music from the Middle East and Europe. This concert will be preceded by a workshop at 11 a.m. in the same location. This performance is part of a four-part series sponsored by Triton’s Visual, Performing and Communications Arts Department. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/Music. For more information about Allos Musica, visit www.allosmusica.org.
Nov. 20: MOVIE DAY Come see “High Society” with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
Nov. 20: TRITON COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR, 7:30 P.M., PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF THE ROBERT M. COLLINS CENTER In its first concert
of the season, the Triton College Concert Choir will perform a program of choral repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century. The choir is led by Triton College faculty Joann Cho. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/Music.
Nov. 6: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Benjamin Franklin comes alive with a portrayal by R. J. Lindsey.
Nov. 11: VETERAN INFORMATION SESSION, 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M., STUDENT CENTER Veterans and
Nov. 30 through Dec. 11: FALL STUDENT ART SHOW, FINE ARTS GALLERY, ROOM J-107 (J BUILDING) See the creative work of Triton College’s
their families are invited to learn about their educational options at Triton College. Admission and financial aid information will be offered, as well as information on the more than 100 programs Triton offers will be shared. Veterans will also be honored for their brave service with a free lunch at Triton’s Café 64. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
talented students with our Fall Student Art Show. This annual exhibit showcases our students’ best work over the semester, as many art pieces will be available for purchase – just in time for the holiday season! A public reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 in the gallery. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/VPC.
Nov. 13-15 and 20-22: TRITON COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS “COLLECTED STORIES,” COX AUDITORIUM, ROOM J-108 OF THE FINE ARTS BUILDING (J BUILDING) Triton College’s Performing Arts
Dec. 10: TRITON COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE, 7:30 P.M., PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF THE ROBERT M. COLLINS CENTER The Triton College
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Jazz Ensemble will present an evening of swing and bop as well as Latin classics and contemporary standards. Soloists from the Triton Jazz Band and visiting guests from the Chicago jazz scene will be featured on this concert. The ensemble is led by Triton faculty James Davis. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/Music.
Should the 2015 Major League Baseball World Series advance to five games, it would mark just the fourth time in history the World Series was played into the month of November. Normally finished before the final day of October, the Fall Classic, which is a best-of-seven series between the winner of the National League Championship Series and the winner of the American League Championship Series, will extend into November should neither team sweep their opponents with four consecutive wins. The 2001 World Series was the first to extend into November, as it came on the heels of the terrorist attacks of September 11. Baseball’s regular season was suspended in the immediate aftermath of those attacks, necessitating a later postseason that ultimately ended on November 4. The 2009 World Series also ended on November 4, while the 2010 World Series ended on November 1. This year’s series includes games scheduled in November because the regular s e a s o n did n o t begin until April 5, which is roughly one weeklater than the MLB season typically begins.
WHAT’S COMING UP AT LEYDEN HIGH SCHOOLS? Oct 1 - Faculty Football Game West Stadium, 5:45pm
Oct 1 - Homecoming Pep Rally West Field House, 7pm Oct 2 - Homecoming Football Games, 5pm Oct 21 - Fall Instrumental Concert East Auditorium, 7pm Oct 24 - Make A Difference Day Oct 31 - Musical, High School Musical, West Leyden Auditorium, 7pm Oct 31 - Musical, High School Musical, West Leyden Auditorium, 2pm Nov 4 - Career Fair and Business Expo East Leyden Field House, 12:15-3:45pm Nov 6 - Musical, High School Musical, West Leyden Auditorium, 7pm Nov 7 - Musical, High School Musical, West Leyden Auditorium 7pm Nov 10 - Veteran’s Day Music Concert, 7pm
Dec. 3: ADULT LEARNERS INFORMATION SESSION, 6 TO 7:30 P.M., STUDENT CENTER
Triton College will hold an information session for adult students (age 25 years and over) interested in pursuing their college education at Triton. Admission and financial aid topics will be addressed, and representatives from various areas of the college, including Career Services and Continuing Education, will be on hand to provide information about their respective areas. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130, or email email@example.com.
Department will perform “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies. In “Collected Stories,” prominent shortstory writer Ruth Steiner takes on a new student, Lisa Morrison. The women are teacher and student both in academia and in life, and they come from different social milieus. Ruth’s student eventually becomes her confidante and ultimately, her competitor. For her first novel, Lisa cannibalizes Ruth’s experiences, including her youthful, shattering affair with a famous poet. Literate and intellectually stimulating, “Collected Stories” confronts the great age-old topic: the conflict between the established artist and the adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend – and finally threatening rival. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 13-15 and 20-22. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for Triton students, faculty and staff and senior citizens. For more information, contact director Amy Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 4: HOLIDAY PARTY The cost is $10 for
members and $15 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3896, by Nov. 23.
Dec. 4: TRITON COLLEGE COMMUNITY BAND, 7:30 P.M., PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF THE ROBERT M. COLLINS CENTER The Triton College
Community Band will warm up the holiday season with a contemporary repertoire as well as a selection of holiday favorites, led by Triton faculty Josh Hernday. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/Music.
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COMMUNITY NEWS Rosemont Dome Hopefully Back By Thanksgiving After being destroyed by wind and rain on August 2nd, Rosemont’s dome will hopefully be in place by Thanksgiving. According to village officials, Arizona Structures will be paid $1,499,248 to prepare the dome fabric. The dome’s exposed artificial turf was being protected temporarily by a special plastic covering.
which eventually will also feature a statue of Rosemont’s first mayor Donald Stephens. The park should be completed by Thanksgiving, but the statue will not be placed until next spring or summer. The statue is being created by Timeless Creations, the same company that produced the Michael Jordan statue and Haray Caray sculpture. The price tag for the statue is expected to be around $300,000. A group of local private business leaders are raising the funds to erect the statue. Anyone wishing to donate to help defray the cost of the statue can send contributions to the Village of Rosemont Finance Dept., 9501 W. Devon Avenue, Rosemont, IL 60018.
The haunt features 20,000 sq. ft. of terror with more than 35 rooms where guests determine their own fate based on the choices they make while traversing the inescapable halls. New additions to the “haunted house” for 2015 include an insane asylum managed by murderous clowns who are killing for laughs, along with sinister caverns of darkness. Guests will travel through a maze of underworld passages, unable to rely on their sense of sight to aid them in their escape. “Disturbia” is a product of Joseph and Mike Pantano. A minimum age of 13 is recommended for the haunt and parental
Polish Americans Celebrate During October Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America’s history
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Interactive horror experience “Disturbia: Screams in the Park” is returning to the basement level of Rosemont’s entertainment district on Thursday, October 2 and will remain open through Sunday, November 1. discretion is advised. For more information visit www.disturbiascreams.com
Rosemont Plans Statue of Donald Stephens
Rosemont Outfits New Cameras in Patrol Cars
Construction of a park located in front of Rosemont’s village hall has begun. The park will include a cascading water feature
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Twelve of Rosemont’s Public Safety patrol cars will soon be outfitted with new in-car video cameras and wi-fi antennas following the village board’s recent approval to purchase the units. Once installed, the new cameras will be activated and record activity outside the patrol cars when the vehicles’ emergency lights are turned on. According to Rosemont Public Safety Sgt. Lyle Richmond, the camera system will not only protect citizens, such as drivers, when they are stopped by police, but also the public safety department. In addition, the units will be able to be integrated with Rosemont’s expanded security camera system that will allow officers stationed in police headquarters to view certain incidents such as last month’s destruction of the village-owned dome. The new wi-fi antennas will allow what was recorded to be downloaded into servers at public safety headquarters. CDS Office Technologies will provide the cameras, antennas, software and related accessories at a cost of $111,541.18.
Color Your Cares Away!
T he E l mwood Pa rk Library offers an adult coloring class twice a month and all are welcome. Classes meet at 2 pm in the afternoon. Adults are supplied with coloring books and loose pieces of white paper with intricate patterns. Coloring can be very relaxing and a stress reliever and the Adult Services librarian at the library, Marta Siuba, hopes that more people will come out and give coloring a try. For more information, contact the library or visit www.elmwoodparklibrary.org
and culture. In 2015, Polish Americans will mark the 34th Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an event, which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride. During 2015, Poles will mark the 407th Anniversary of the First Polish settlers who were among the first skilled workers in America. We, therefore, will also Salute All American Workers and urge people to purchase the products and services offered by American workers. Polish Americans will also mark the 236th Anniversary of the death of General Casimir Pulaski, Father of the American Cavalry. For additional information about these historic events and Polish and Polish American history, visit the Museum’s Internet site at: PolishAmericanCenter.com. Information about ways to celebrate Polish American Heritage Month can be obtained by visiting the Polish American Her it age Mont h Comm ittee’s site at Polish A mericanHeritageMonth.com. On this site you will find a list of “Things To Do during Polish American Heritage Month”, the 2015 coloring contest artwork for schools, and Heritage Month posters that can be downloaded and printed. Copies of the coloring contest artwork can also be obtained by calling the Heritage Month Committee, Monday through Friday between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. at 215-922-1700.
LOVE CRAFT FAIRS? Here’s a local one for you! Support the Women of the Mo o s e R iver Park Chapter 780 of R iver Grove and plan to attend their annual 2015 HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. Saturday, November 7, 10am TO 3pm. There will be raff les, door prizes, food and lots of great bargains! Admission is FREE and there is ample parking. WHERE? Moose Lodge, 8601 Fullerton Ave., River Grove. (Des Plaines River Road at Fullerton.) For further information contact Mary Ann O’Donnell at 708-227-9820.
COMMUNITY NEWS O’Hare Stadium Reunion Planned – Calling All Race Drivers And Fans!
How many of our readers remember the O’Hare Stadium at Mannheim and Irving Park Roads in Schiller Park? Well if you do or not, you are welcome to attend the 15th Annual Reunion of O’Hare Stadium enthusiasts on October 10th. Organizers want to make this the best reunion ever, so come on out and enjoy the fun. There is no admission price, just bring your memories and stories. Possum’s P ub, 2324 N. Ma nnheim Road, Melrose Park, 7 pm to ? For further information call Jean Lutz, 847-455-5833.
Schiller Park Resident Earns Scholarship C A R B ON D A L E , Ill. – Moses Diaz II of Schiller Park is the recipient of a University Excellence Scholarship at S out he r n I l l i n o i s University Carbondale for t he f a l l 2015 semester. Scholarships are based on academic merit and potential for superior achievement in college. Diaz graduated in May 2015 from East Leyden High School in Franklin Park. He is the son of Olivia and Moses Diaz of Schiller Park. An Illinois State Scholar, Diaz earned honor roll and perfect attendance in each of his four years in high school and “Exceptional Eagles” award for math as a freshman, English as a sophomore and business education as a senior. He received the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence as a senior. Diaz was a three-year member of the school’s French Club Honor Society, and he was involved with several volunteer cleanup and food pantry efforts. Diaz Plans to Major in Aviation Flight at SIU Carbondale. SIU Carbondale is in the top 5 percent of public U.S. institutions for research. The university offers 227 degree and certificate programs representing every major academic disciplinary area. In addition, a large number of scholarship opportunities are available. To learn more, visit scholarships.siu.edu/ or contact the Academic Scholarship Office, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, at 618/453-4628.
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This month’s picture comes from one of our readers who took this picture while working at Maywood Race Track. OCTOBER 2015 • PEOPLE & PLACES 7
COMMUNITY NEWS Fire Prevention Week Oct 4-10
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Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! When it comes to smoke alarms, it’s about “location, location, location”. The key message of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms. NFPA is excited to share this important information so everyone better understands the life-saving value of home smoke alarms.
About Fire Prevention Week
F i r e Prevention We ek was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conf lagration that killed more than 25 0 p e opl e, lef t 10 0,0 0 0 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
Commemorating a conflagration
According to popular legend, the f ire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you’ve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O’Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.
The ‘Moo’ myth
Like any good story, the ‘case of the cow’ has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O’Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that O’Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out - or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O’Leary herself swore that she’d been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening. But if a cow wasn’t to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the O’Leary’s may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several fires that day - in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago.
The biggest blaze that week
While the Great Chicago Fire was the bestknown blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn’t the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended. Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames
were whipping through the area ‘like a tornado,’ some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.
Nine decades of fire prevention
Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they’d been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.
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SALUTE TO OUR SOLDIERS Military Days in Franklin Park
The event will feature World War II reenactments, military equipment displays, and vendors. The Navy Band Great Lakes will also perform on Saturday at 5 pm. A BootLegger guitar signed by Iron Butterfly’s founding member Mike Pinera and BootLegger founder Chuck Wilson will be given away to a veteran at the event. This is a FREE event and all are encouraged to attend.
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Mark Your Calendars Event coordinator, Ron Ruhl, announced that Military Days in Franklin Park will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 9 am until dusk and on Sunday, October 18 from 9 am until 3 pm at 9451 Belmont Avenue in Franklin Park. Although the event honors all veterans, this year’s event will focus on honoring the community’s Vietnam veterans.
Attention all Schiller Park Vets and their families. Mayor Piltaver and the Village of Schiller Park invite all Veterans and their families to their annual Veterans Honorary Pancake Breakfast on November 8th from 9 am to Noon. Even if you had a loved one serve in the military and they are no longer with us, a family member can represent them at the breakfast and we’ll be happy to honor their service. This is the Village’s way of thanking our veterans. We hope to see you there!
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COMMUNITY NEWS Metra Launches 10th Annual Safety Contest
Contest promotes safety education in nation’s rail hub. Metra recently launched the tenth edition of its annual Safety Poster and Essay Contest, asking students to illustrate through posters and essays how everyone should “Make Safety Your Focus: Look, Listen Live” when near railroad tracks and crossings. Since 2007, Metra has been bringing safety lessons into classrooms across northeast Illinois through its Safety Poster and Essay Contest. Over the past decade, more than 28,500 students have had the opportunity to show what they’ve learned about the importance of safe behaviors around trains and railroad tracks. The contest is open to all students in grades K through 12 living or attending school in the railroad’s six-county service area. The deadline for all entries is Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Over the next few weeks, posters advertising the contest will be arriving at schools, libraries and local government centers across the region. The Safety Poster Contest is a key part of Metra’s ongoing effort to increase public awareness about lifesaving railroad safety practices. One first-, second- and third-place winner will be selected from each grade, K through 12, and awarded the following prizes: First Place: iPad Second Place: $250 gift card Third Place: $100 gift card In addition, winning designs will be featured in Metra’s safety calendar, website, station displays and on weekend passes. Metra will also recognize the school that submits the most entries in the 2015-2016 Safety Poster Contest by awarding it a new computer compatible with the school’s current system. Each school’s entries will be totaled after the contest deadline on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Students are also encouraged to enter the 2015-2016 Metra Safety Essay Contest. Contest participants are asked to describe in 300 words or less how to “Make Safety Your Focus” when near trains and railroad tracks. First-place
winners in the essay contest will also receive an iPad. For more information about the contest rules and guidelines, as well as downloadable entry forms, logos, and poster templates, please visit the contest website at www.metracontest.com. You can even submit your completed contest entry through this site. Also, become a fan of the Metra contest Facebook page for exclusive news and announcements. Any questions about the contest or materials can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Teachers will also find useful information in the Teachers Section of the website. There they will find materials such as fact sheets, coloring pages and bulletin board displays to help them integrate railroad safety messages into their lesson plans. In addition, the site includes games and information sheets designed for parents and driver education instructors. Metra has a long history of being extremely active in railroad safety education efforts. Operation Lifesaver is a railroad industry educational program that teaches train safety awareness. Metra has two Operation Lifesaver presenters who provide nearly 1,000 safety blitzes and safety presentations each year that stress the message “Look, listen and live” for schools, driver education programs and various community organizations. A video featuring a Metra Operation Lifesaver presentation can be found on our YouTube Channel atyoutube.com/watch?v=W29Ce4d--LQ. For more information about Metra’s railroad safety efforts, please visit www.metrarail.com.
New Cell Phone Store “Boosts” Schiller Park Commons BY WES HESSEL
Recently a new mobile phone dealer opened at 9278 W. Irving Park Rd., on the streetside corner of Schiller Park Commons, in the space which formerly was the DQ. Instead of ice cream, they feature 4G LTE, and Boost Mobile as their primary provider, as well as other carriers. Boost features phones such as the LG Volt 2, Alcatel OneTouch Conquest, and the ZTE Warp Elite, and this dealer, a part of chain Mirasol Mobile, has a deal for a free 4G LTE phone or $100 off
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Triton College hosts free robotics workshop for youth
River Grove, Ill. – Robots will take over Triton College on Friday, Oct. 2, when the college’s Engineering Technology Department acknowledges the North American initiative of MFG Day,™ or Manufacturing Day, which is meant to bring together manufacturers across the nation and beyond to address challenges in the field and empower a younger generation of future manufacturers. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., youth participants will enjoy engaging, hands-on activities in relation to one of the college’s innovative program offerings, Mechatronics, also known as robotics. Those who attend the free workshop will have the opportunity to meet “Tweety,” the department’s robot, as they build their own take-home projects in Triton’s laboratory. The free workshop will be held in Triton’s Industrial Careers Building (T Building). Registration is required by visiting www.mfgday.com. Space is limited. For more information about the Triton College workshop, contact Antigone Sharris, Engineering Technology program coordinator at Triton, at (773) 580-8807, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mechatronics is a growing and fascinating sector of advanced manufacturing. It is a coined term combining “mechanics” and “electronics” and is a part of many everyday items, including computer hard drives, washing machines, coffee makers and medical devices. The term is used to describe electronics that control mechanical systems, such as an electronically programmed car key that when a button is pressed, a signal will automatically open a door. Triton College currently offers a degree and certificate in Mechatronics made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TA ACCCT) program to expand Harper College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program. The four-year grant answers the need to train workers for a career in this highly
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Franklin Park’s Grand Plaza has a bargain hunters’ paradise tucked into the southeast corner of the shopping center – Big Lots is the place for bargain-savvy shoppers with everything from furniture to cosmetics, name brand accessories to things for the home, electronics, and even name brand food. While browsing the aisles of this spacious, well-lit, and organized store, I found wonderful treasures such as XOXO jewelry, Keebler cookies, and who can resist a pumpkin festival jar candle? This retailer has lots of deals - on my last visit, I took advantage of an amazing 90% off clearance section. I found some furniture teasers outside the store, and so made the wellworth it trip to the back of the store to view their wide variety of furniture and home décor. The Big Lots staff are friendly and quite helpful, led by the energetic and pleasant store manager Mickey. This is the place for a fun shopping experience, where you will always come away with something, and at a great price. On Sunday, October 4th, the buys are even better with the 20% off coupon (which can be used at any Big Lots location) found right here in the People and Places. You could start your Christmas shopping early, pick up your Halloween candy, as well as your everyday essentials, like toothpaste and laundry detergent, all for an additional 20% off during this special shopping event. Big Lots is located at 10205 Grand Ave. – visit Big Lots and buy lots for less!
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COMMUNITY NEWS Local Firefighter’s Family Needs Your Help!
We hear stories all the time about people suffering from various diseases and of course our hearts go out to them. Jim Sweeney is a firefighter with the Franklin Park Fire Department. He is married and he and his wife have a beautiful family of six as you will read below. Unfortunately, all six of their children are suffering from Lyme disease. They are trying to raise funds for not only the treatment the children need but also to raise awareness of this debilitating disease. If you can help with a donation, any amount is appreciated. If you can’t, your prayers could also help. Here is their story. I’m writing to tell you the story of the Sweeney Family, of West Chicago. Married 22 years, Jim and Wendy have six amazingly strong, brave, smart, funny, kind children. All six Sweeney children (ranging in ages 9 – 18) have chronic, (post treatment) Lyme
disease which has caused multi organ/system involvement. They have been dealing with multiple diagnoses and complications for eight years, before getting a confirmed Lyme diagnosis almost three years ago. Since then, they have been under excellent care from Lyme Literate Doctors and are on rotating drug protocols and multiple daily treatments and therapies just to help them function each day. A little about Lyme Disease… it’s known as the “Great Pretender” because it can mimic up to approximately 300 auto immune diseases or disorders. This leads patients to be diagnosed with multiple conditions before the Lyme disease is ever found. When caught early, within the first few weeks, it is a very treatable disease with a short course of antibiotics. When Lyme goes untreated the bacteria has the opportunity to go systemic, silently starting to wreak havoc on the body. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the Sweeney children have been experiencing. What’s happening is heart breaking to watch as they fade away slowly.
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Sean, Jack, Dylan, Bridget, Megan and Ryan deserve a fighting chance and they need help! The goal is to raise $450,000 and awareness about Lyme disease. This will allow all six children the opportunity to receive the much needed Stem Cell Therapy to heal and regenerate the damaged organs caused by the Lyme disease. This treatment will boost their immune system, which has been compromised and crippled, and empower their bodies to fight off the multiple diseases within. This procedure will be lifesaving and they will be able to enjoy a pain free life and start living again. We are currently in New Delhi, India at Nutech Mediworld and our six children are going into their fifth week of stem cell therapy to treat their chronic Lyme disease and the complications from it. This treatment is currently not available in the United States. Thank you for reading our story and continue to read our updates on our website. Please share our story and help us reach our goal so they can continue their treatment. The treatment is working!!!!! We are seeing more and more improvement every day! Our kids are getting their lives back after years of suffering, but they still have a long way to go. Please help us, so we can help others. To continue to read the Sweeney’s updates, learn more and donate, visit “Help the Sweeney Kids “Lick” Lyme disease!” youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-thesweeney-kids-lick-lyme-disease-/341293 With much Appreciation, Jim, Wendy, Sean, Jack, Dylan, Bridget, Megan and Ryan Sweeney
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COMMUNITY NEWS Looking For Something to Do This Fall? Visit Long Grove. From the Publisher – When our children were small, we couldn’t afford expensive vacations and i nstead to ok our kids to local areas of interest such as the Old Graue Mill in Oak Brook, but we’d always go to one of our favorite spots Long Grove, Illinois. A small, quaint town just 35 miles northwest of Chicago, near Routes 53 and 83, north of Lake Cook Road. It is filled with charm and lots to see. This time of year is always fun to visit as the town is usually decorated for Halloween. If you go during the fall color change, make sure you stop and see the covered bridge and take some family pictures. They will be cherished memories for sure. Here’s a little history of Long Grove and what it has to offer. This little crossroads was settled in the early 1800’s by German immigrants who tended their farms. They came to town to buy their supplies and have their horses shod. Farmers and craftsmen from Alsace-Lorraine, seeking freedom and prosperity, made the arduous trek across the Atlantic to America, the “Land of Opportunity.” When the Erie Canal opened in 1825, many journeyed on to the Great Lakes area for its good farmland, abundant woodlands, and plentiful
game. The crossroads in Long Grove developed where two Indian trails crossed. One trail ran northwest from the Chicago portage along the Des Plaines River through Buffalo Grove and Long Grove. The other trail came southwest from the Lake Michigan shore and continued through Long Grove to the Fox River. The first settlers in the Long Grove area were George Ruth and his family, who came from Pennsylvania, and claimed 160 acres of pristine prairie land, including all four corners of the trail crossing. Within 10 years, almost all of the surrounding land had been claimed. By 1880 Long Grove was a thriving village with two general stores, two blacksmiths, two wagon and carriage shops, a tavern (which is still in operation), a hotel, a creamery, three churches, and four one-room schools. Today, buildings in the crossroads area are marked with plaques identifying the original owners and recognizing their importance to Long Grove’s history. The signature covered bridge and the village landmarks in the historic district have all been carefully guarded as the town evolved into a unique destination for visitors seeking a distinctly preserved refuge. Though the blacksmiths, grist mills, and dairies no longer operate, their structures house a myriad of intriguing shops to visit. Historic Flag Pole on Towner Green An interesting local artifact that’s always on display in Downtown Long Grove is the flag pole on Towner Green. From the Gosswiller family
history compiled by Emma Gosswiller- When communism overran Northern Vietnam in 1954, William Umbdenstock wanted to erect a flag pole in memory of his father, Mathias Umbdenstock, who was a Civil War Veteran. The flag pole was erected on July 4, 1954 in the center of town. Here’s the local lore about the flag pole. It wasn’t just any old flag pole. It was the flag pole from Norma Sales’ farmhouse, which was located near the intersection of Long Grove Road and Middleton Road. Norma was the longtime owner of the Village Tavern, across the street from where the flag pole now stands. At one time it was close to 100 feet in height. A lightning strike on Norma’s farm is said to have damaged it and caused it to be reduced to its more modest size. Norma acquired her farm and its gigantic flag pole from Terrible Terry Drugan, who ran the Irish Valley Gang in Chicago during the prohibition times. Why such a big flag pole? It was
visible from Rand Road a mile away and was used to signal to alert Drugan if someone was looking for him. If the flag was at the top that meant it was okay to come home, if the flag was at half-mast it meant he should stay away. A charming four-season village and Illinois’ first historic district, Long Grove offers more than 60 distinctive shops, galleries and restaurants housed in authentic homes and businesses that date back to the 1800’s. These charming shops, the historic character, genuine friendliness of the merchants, as well as unique gifts, jewelry, exceptional home decor, and distinctive foods and wines are sure to catch your fancy. Visitors love the relaxed pace and the ability to wander through a bit of early Americana with its one-room schools, early taverns, and specialty shops. Long Grove is also known for its fun. Their full schedule of festivals and concerts are among Chicagoland’s premier outdoor events. Chocolate Fest in early May, Strawberry Festival in June and Apple Fest in October draw appreciative crowds, as do many other outdoor music and ethnic feasts and events throughout the year. Activities continue right through the holidays with music, winter activities and world-class shopping. Come discover for yourself why Long Grove Historic Village is often called the hidden gem in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Plan your trip today. For additional information you can call their Visitor’s Center at (847) 634-0888. Most shops are open Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. www.visitlonggrove.com
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COMMUNITY NEWS 7th Heaven Rocking Chicagoland BY KELLY NANOS
7th heaven is hitting the Chicago scene loud and hard! They have released 16 albums including their newest all original album “NEXT.” The band includes Richie Hoffher, Adam Blair Heisler, Michael Mooshey, Nick Cox and Mark Kennetz. I got the chance to speak to the founder and guitarist of 7th Heaven, Richie Hoffher. How did you start the band 7th Heaven? “The name 7th Heaven came from our drummer Mike when we were kids. It came from Bill Haley and The Comet’s song “Rock around the Clock.” It also means a state of perfect happiness. I think that sums up how we are as a band and hopefully how we make our fans feel.”
Hoffher said, “I met Mike Mooshey in 3rd grade at Brentwood Elementary School, in Des Plaines.” Together they would draw pictures of
the band “Kiss” and talked how one day they could start a band of their own. It all started in 1985. It has continued up to present day with changing band members. In 1991 Nick Cox joined the band. “He’d be a great addition to the band, not only as a guitarist but as a singer. Plus, he is a great performer,” Hofherr said. Around 2002, Richie went to a club to see a band that had a decedent singer that he was thinking of working with when he saw Mark Kennetz. (Bassest) “I was amazed on how well he played bass,” Richie commented. He had great stage ability and seemed to fit the stage well. Adam was the last member to join the band, Richie was aware of him thru the scene. On July 3rd, Richie had called Mark to see if he was available to perform at a festival on July 4th, that’s when they formally met. Kennetz said “yes.” Hoffher was blown away that he was able to learn 30 songs in less than 24 hours and he nailed it!!!! “That was impressive.” Richie said. When 7th heaven first performed for the first time on stage, what was the first song they played? “Smoking in the Boy’s Room” from Motley Crue.” What is your fondest memory on stage? “Playing a sold out show and we were opening for Kid Rock and Bon Jovi. Now that was surreal.” There are many different people to make each show successful. The crew behind the curtain is Dino, Ryan, Joe, Zach, Gary, Nick, Jake and Marc. The next time you are in line to purchase some of the merchandise 7th heaven has and someone helps you, introduce yourself to Lisa, Alan, Heather, Christine, Amy, Dick, Tina or Roy. And we can’t forget Lenny, Matt and Z who got the band to where they are now.
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River Rocks On BY ANNA HESSEL
Schiller Park’s newest night spot, River Rock at 4255 Old River Rd., is bursting with energy – from the outdoor patio, with its cream-color comfy cushioned couches and cozy tables, to its indoor eating area and four-sided bar, featuring an array of flat screen TV’s, where sports lovers can enjoy a chance to cheer on their favorite teams. Complemented by contemporary music, River Rock makes you feel at home. River Rock’s extensive menu features modern comfort food like the house blend burgers, including the signature Baja burger, 9 oz. Classic, Retro Steakhouse, and even a Sweet Pea Burger, all served with the choice of their amazing fresh-cut Yukon Gold fries or a side salad. Other delicious sandwich choices include Fischers Buffalo Chicken, Prime Ribeye Dip, and a scrumptious Lobster Seafood Roll. My favorite is definitely the Foot-Long Grilled Cheese – this is not your kids’ grilled cheese, with aged sharp cheddar, smoked Gouda, provolone, and if you like, grilled tomatoes, served with their flavorful tomato basil dip. There’s even a bacon deluxe variant, but the granddaddy of them all is the signature River Rock: a secret blend of cheese, short ribs, and peppers.
Reasonably priced side offerings are a side salad with breadstick, Yukon Gold fries with a spicy dipping sauce, red skin garlic or cheesy bacon mashed potatoes – another of my favorites here is the smoked gouda mac & cheese, reminiscent of our grade school days but all grown up for us adults. River Rock soup selections are tomato basil and baked French onion, along with refreshing salads like lobster seafood, chopped, and Caesar. This vibrant eatery is the perfect place to eat, drink, and socialize, with an interesting array of “share plates,” such as the Sliders Trio, Greek Skewers, Fried Calamari, Tempura Green Beans, Crispy Buffalo Wings, Ultimate Chicken Quesadilla, Sugar Cane Shrimp, and Fresh Guacamole - the Pulled Chicken Nachos, Pulled Pork Tacos, or Lobster Seafood Tacos are served with homemade chips. Other entrée options, which are served with the house salad, include hand carved beef of the day, fresh fish of the day, grilled Angus ribeye, Grecian skirt steak, bacon wrapped meatloaf with Merlot gravy, shortrib mac & cheese, and Mediterranean chicken. Diners can conclude their meal with delectable Crème Brûlée with fresh seasonal berries or a chocolate mousse crepe with orange zest. Craft wines, whiskies, and beers, along with mixed drinks and soft drinks are available to complement your meal. Their servers and bartenders are friendly and attentive, in a congenial atmosphere that makes you want to become a River Rock regular. Come enjoy the American fare with a modern flair.
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COMMUNITY NEWS Presence Life Connections Facilities Recognized for Outstanding Resident Satisfaction Excellence in Action award recognizes exemplary commitment to quality
Today Presence Life Connections (PLC) ministries received the Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes long term care and senior living organizations that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database. Thirteen PLC facilities received the customer satisfaction awards, including 6 local facilities: • Presence Resurrection Retirement Community – Assisted living (Chicago) • Presence Casa San Carlo Retirement Community – Independent living (Northlake) • Presence Resurrection Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Skilled care (Park Ridge) • Presence Nazarethville – Skilled care (Des Plaines) • Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Skilled care (Niles) • Presence Villa Scalabrini Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Skilled care (Northlake) “The Excellence in Action award isn’t just any quality performance award,” said Jason Stevens, Senior Vice President of Business Development at National Research. “Rather, it’s an award that defines what it means for providers to provide the right kind of care— patient-centered care—for their residents, families, and employees. It’s an honor and welldeserved accomplishment for repeat winners and new organizations alike.” The Excellence in Action awards are presented exclusively to National Research clients that use My InnerView products. Client facilities must have completed a customer or workforce satisfaction survey during calendar year 2014. Winners must have also achieved a minimum of 10 responses with a minimum 30 percent response rate and scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others” or “What is your recommendation of this facility as a place to work?” in terms of the percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent.” “Patient-centered, high-quality care is our top priority at Presence Life Connections,” said Joseph Hugar, President and CEO of Presence Life Connections. “We’re proud of the care that our outstanding physicians, nurses, aides, therapists and other staff provide to our patients and residents. It truly is an honor to be nationally recognized. I am also very proud of the administrator leadership at all of our locations. Their daily commitment to modeling resident-centered care is what sets us apart and above other post-acute and rehabilitation centers nationally.”
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Piano Recital to Benefit Community Food Pantry Olga Sklyanskaya, will perform a piano recital on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 6 pm, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Covenant Church, 3342 Calwagner Street (King & Calwagner Streets), Franklin Park. (847 678-8500) Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Olga Sklyanskaya started playing the piano at the age of six. In 1995 she moved to Chicago with her family. S he r e c e i ve d a Performance Certificate, Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from DePaul University School of Music in Chicago where she studied with Eteri Andjaparidze and Dmitry Paperno. Currently Ms. Sklyanskaya works as a vocal accompanist at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. She enjoys performing in the Chicago area as a solo and collaborative pianist, maintaining a private piano teaching studio and serving as an organist at St. Paul’s Evangelical Covenant Church in Franklin Park, IL. The program will include French Suite in G Major by J.S. Bach, 10 lyric pieces by E. Grieg and Images, Book I by C. Debussy. Admission is free. All proceeds, through free will donations, will be donated to the Resurrection Lutheran Church Food 4 Life Food Pantry. Please join us for an evening of glorious music and fellowship. Light refreshments will be served following the concert.
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Laurance Nestor, a local author, song writer and entrepreneur who lives in River Grove, is working to produce a full-length animated musical entitled Swing Fever, set in the present time and in 15th century Scotland, when King James II bans golf as his archers are practicing their swing and not their marksmanship. He is looking for investors to contribute $100-500 each to put together a 3-minute animatic with song to help showcase the project to a producer and large investors. All investors will be vested in the final film and receive an equitable share (percentage) of the gross profits of the film. For more information, please contact Larry Nestor at firstname.lastname@example.org mail to P.O Box 226, River Grove IL 60171
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 5 Ways Your Health Insurance Plan Might Change in 2016 What changes can I expect from my employer’s health insurance plan during open enrollment for 2016? Employers are just starting to announce their health insurance options for 2016, and you may need to make your decisions during open enrollment in the next month or two. The National Business Group on Health recently came out with its annual survey of large employers, which offers the first glimpse of the changes employees are likely to see in their health plans for 2016.
1. Higher premiums. Large employers expect their health care costs to increase by about 5% for 2016 - the same size increase they expected in 2014 and 2015. They plan to pass along some of the extra cost to employees but more of it to dependents, with employees contributing 20% of their own premiums and 24% of the premiums for dependents (higher-income employees may pay more). About one-third of the companies plan to add a surcharge for spouses who could
get coverage elsewhere but don’t. But very few (only 4%) plan to exclude spouses who have similar coverage available through their own employer. 2. More high-deductible health plans. Employers are continuing to try to contain rising costs by forcing employees to take more control of their health care: 83% of large employers plan to offer a consumer-directed health insurance plan in 2016 (primarily highdeductible health insurance paired with a health savings account). Half of the employers plan to offer the high-deductible plan as an option, and 33% plan to offer it as the only option. More than half contribute to employees’ HSAs, giving them tax-free money for medical expenses; some add more if you participate in a wellness program or take a health risk assessment. For more information about HSAs, see FAQs About Health Savings Accounts. 3. Restrictions on expensive drugs. Employers identified the cost of specialty drugs as one of the major causes for health
care cost increases, and they’re imposing more restrictions on coverage. More than threequarters of the employers surveyed plan to use prior authorization for some of these specialty medications - requiring physicians to fill out forms explaining why you need the specific drug. Three-quarters plan to use step therapy, covering the drug only after you’ve tried a list of less-expensive medications first. 4. New telemedicine options. Nearly threequarters of the employers will offer telemedicine, which provides virtual visits with a doctor, as an option. “It’s still primarily phone-based, but the video component is starting to take off,” says Karen Marlo, vice president of benchmarking and analysis for the National Business Group on Health. “You can take a picture of a rash with your phone and e-mail it to someone who can look at it, for example. It’s a good way to provide good quality care at a lower cost, and
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ONCC Selects Committee to Review O’Hare Nighttime Noise Abatement Program Nine members representing Chicago and suburban communities near O’Hare International A irport were named today by O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) Chair Arlene A. Juracek, mayor of Mount Prospect, to an ONCC Ad Hoc Fly Quiet Committee to review and recommend modif ications to the airport’s nighttime noise abatement program. The initiative follows an assessment by the Federal Aviation Administration (FA A) of interim environmental conditions due to the O’Hare Modernization Program and the Chicago Department of Aviation’s (CDA) recommendations for modifying the Fly Quiet Program, which were announced during meetings with community groups held this summer.
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“ T he sole pur pose for t h i s ad ho c committee is to look at t he Fly Quiet Program and find ways we can provide relief for residents who are impacted by noise,” said ONCC Vice-Chair Joseph Annunzio. “We will call upon both SOC and CDA consultants for their recommendations, as well as O’Hare Air Traffic Control, airlines and their pilots. We won’t compromise safety, but stay focused to reach a consensus and present our modifications to the FA A,” he said. ONCC is an intergovernmental agency, established under the Illinois Constitution of 19 70 a nd t he I nt e r g ove r n m ent a l Cooperation Act, consisting of 55 voting members compr ised of mun ic ipa l it ies and school districts that represent nearly 1.3 million residents affected by O’Hare operations.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Rivers Casino Fined
The Illinois Gaming Board fined River’s Casino $2 million at a gaming board meeting held in August. The fine stems from Rivers allegedly failing to obtain the minimum required number of bids prior to hiring a cleaning service. Rivers was also accused of repeatedly violating the terms of its approved promotions and did not obtain board approval for promotions which involves various games offered to patrons. Two high-level Rivers employees received suspensions without pay due to the fines.
Gasoline at $2 by Christmas Will Be Windfall for U.S. Motorists
would be down 17 percent from the $2.437 reported by the agency Monday. Gasoline over the four-day U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend was almost a $1 cheaper this year compared to last year, the lowest price in more than a decade, translating to a cumulative savings for U.S. motorists of about $1.4 billion, according to GasBuddy.com, which tracks gasoline prices. Source Bloomberg Mark Shenk “This is a powerful stimulus putting tangible money in consumers’ pockets,” said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital LLC, a New York-based hedge fund that focuses on energy. “Retail sales for back-to-school, Halloween and the holiday season should be strong as a result. The other major benefit is that consumer confidence gets a boost whenever gasoline prices near $2 a gallon.” Gasoline prices usually fall after the end of the summer months when demand peaks as Americans take to the highways for vacations. This year the decline should be the biggest since the last recession.
U.S. motorists will have more to spend at the malls this holiday season as gasoline pump prices drop near $2 a gallon at the end of the year. Gasoline has reversed a 38% jump in the first half of 2015. Prices, already the cheapest for early September since 2004, will drop another 41 cents by December to about $2.03, the Energy Information Administration said in its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook. That
Franklin Park Ice Arena Reopens
After a four month shut down of the facility, the Franklin Park Ice Arena reopened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 12. Franklin the Penguin, the arena’s mascot, made his first appearance in 25 years with a whole new look. Also in attendance was the Chicago Wolves mascot and Tommy Hawk from the Blackhawks. The festivities included free skating, demonstrations as well as lessons. There was also a DJ, photo booth, free food and giveaways. The newly remodeled facility included the installation of a brand-new refrigeration system and mechanical room equipment. It also refurbished the lobby and added a more energy-efficient heating system. The Park District offers skating lessons, ho s t s ho c key leagues and of fers three synchronized skating teams. Lessons wil l again begin in the fall for the more than three hundred k ids who take them.
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BUSINESS BEATS Avoiding or Getting Out of the Credit Card Trap BY DAVID LUKAS, LEYDEN CREDIT - PRESIDENT/CEO
Last month I wrote about the levels of Credit Card Misery. The path starts rather innocently when you’re using your favorite credit card to make the majority of your purchases. Perhaps that card has a rewards program and that’s why you’re using a credit card. As long as you’re paying that card off in full each month, charge away and take advantage of your rewards!
Problems start to arise when you’re no longer able to pay that card off in full each month. The minimum monthly payment of 2 ½% - 3% of your balance may seem like a great deal when money is tight, but take a closer look at your statement. Newer rules require that all credit card statements show you how long it’s going to take you to pay the card off by only making the minimum monthly payment. Congress generally doesn’t get a lot right as far as I’m concerned. But, by requiring this information be given to consumers, they did something very right. The numbers are very eye opening. Only paying the minimum required on a credit card should be a last resort. One thing to consider when reviewing this information on your statement is that it’s based on the current balance and does not take into consideration any future purchases. Any purchases or cash advances will lengthen the repayment period based on only making the monthly minimum payment. When you find yourself getting into this situation, what actions can you take to avoid getting sucked deeper into the levels of credit card misery? The first thing to do is pay more than the minimum. How much more? Pay as much as you can afford. How do you decide how much you can afford? There are no magic wands, silver bullets, or Patronus charms that will give you that answer. It takes time, effort, and a great amount of attention to detail. You have to start tracking everything that you spend money on and I mean everything. This is the start of a budgeting process. It’s good if you can do this for at least a full month and better if you can keep track of your expenses for two months or even three. You have to be meticulous in keeping track of how much you spend and what you’re spending it on. Every dollar adds up and it adds up quicker than you can imagine. There are a multitude of tools that you can use to help you keep track of your expenses. There are many free Apps that you can download to your smartphone, or you can go old school and keep track with pencil and paper. You can enter receipts into a spread sheet. As I said, there
are a lot of ways to do this and lots of tools to help you out. You’re going to want to break your expenses down into some common categories, such as: rent/mortgage, groceries, utilities, clothing, dining out, gas, car maintenance, phone/cable/ internet, entertainment, etc. A lot of the tools that you can download will already have these categories set up for you. You may want to further break down the categories into Needs vs. Luxuries and then you’ll have a category somewhere in between. Once you start tracking every item that you’re spending money on, it should become obvious where you can start cutting back on certain expenses, or make choices for a less costly alternative. As an example, can you eat your meals at home and/or pack a lunch instead of eating out two to three times a day simply for convenience sake? It’s easy to spend $5 to $10 a day eating out for lunch. How much does it cost you to bring a lunch? Can you save $4 a day on lunches? That’s $20 a week or $80 a month. You can do the same thing with your morning coffee/breakfast. Take a look at your phone and cable package, can you save money there? There are many areas to change spending habits and save money. Make no mistake, spending money is a habit. Before you make that next purchase, ask yourself, “do I really need that?” If the answer is yes, then ask yourself if there is a less expensive alternative. After you’ve tracked every expense that you’ve incurred for a month or two, add it up, take a close look at what you’re spending and compare it to your income. Where are you at? Which is greater, income or expenses? If your expenses are higher, then you have a problem. You need to take steps immediately to change your spending habits. Cut anything that is a luxury until you’re income exceeds your expenses. When it comes to your necessities, see if you can find less costly alternatives. Reevaluate your necessities to make sure they really are necessities. How much are you able to cut your expenses? Next month I’ll describe what to do with the money you’re saving and what’s the best way to start paying down your debt. If you have any questions, please feel free to write me at email@example.com. I’d also love to hear about how you’re saving money by changing your spending habits.
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NESTLE-PURINA is a Pet/Care center located in convenient locations around the United States and within the Chicago suburbs. They are dedicated to the complete welfare of animals of all kinds … dogs, cats and many more.
NESTLE-PURINA offers career based job opportunities in warehousing, maintenance and production. All positions have salary ranges of $18.00 to $25.00 per hour, many with no experience necessary … except for the love of animals. As part of the Warehouse Team in a pet food factory they offer employment as a warehouse staff. The jobs involve fork truck operation, loading and unloading loads into and out of trucks and inventory functions. Again, experience not necessary … however, it would help. Training is provided. Under the Maintenance Team, in an industrial setting, they have employment w it h in t he mecha n ica l a nd electr ica l equipment area. Experience may not be necessary, but knowledge in sheet metal fabrication, welding and in hydraulic controls would help. W i t h i n t h e P r o d u c t i o n Te a m manufacturing knowledge may help, but is not necessary. The individual may need a background on making improvements in products prior to getting to the market area. The ability to make a quick product adjustment and/or change would be an asset. NESTLE-PURINA has job positions all over the USA. If interested, you may want to visit their web at www.careers.netleusa.com to get to their readily available positions by clicking the “SEARCH JOBS NOW” icon and choosing the area where you may want to work.
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There will be a networking event on October 6 at 8:00am at Zagone in Melrose Park. If you like Halloween and all things creepy, you are not going to want to miss this. Join us for a tour of Zagone Studios in Melrose Park. The Zagone family has been the leading innovator and manufacturer of Halloween masks and accessories for over 40 years. They moved into Melrose Park about a year ago as part of an expansion plan. The tour will be a step by step review of the Zagone Studio’s facilities and process. Almost every step of production is done by hand with a high degree of artistic focus. Check out their website at zagonestudios.com/ to see some of the artistry of Halloween. Zagone Studios is located at 4533 W. North Ave. Melrose Park, IL 60160. Open to Chamber members only.
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OPINIONS Commitment is Not a Dirty Word FATHER ROBERT SCHULTZ
If you’re like me, you sometimes look around and ask, “What has the world come to?” You may have your own list of things that would cause you to ask a question like that. One such thing that prompted me to ask that question was a news story last month about a website (I don’t want to use their name and give them any free publicity). This website made the news because it had been hacked and its members’ personal information was compromised. But that’s not why I bring it up here. What I want to focus on is what kind of website it is. Apparently this site offers married people a discreet way to meet other married people and have an affair. In fact, the tagline of the site is: “Life is short. Have an affair.” And in the name of the website, in place of the letter “O” is an image of a wedding ring. And that’s when I asked myself, “What has the world come to?” Now, you might say, “C’mon, Father, that’s the world today. People ‘get together’ with each other through social media all the time.” But while there may be truth to that (e.g., Facebook is increasingly listed as a cause for divorce), the primary purpose of social media is not to elicit
affairs and break up marriages. But that seems to be precisely what this website is all about – it was created specifically to enable people to cheat on their spouses. And so again I ask, “What has the world come to?” And yet, I also think that we should not really be surprised at something like this, especially when we increasingly see popular media portraying sex as simply a one-night stand, as something recreational, as something with no strings attached. The whole notion of commitment is absent from the popular culture’s view of sex. In fact, you could say that “commitment” has become a dirty word. But as with everything I write here, my point is not to dwell on the negative, because as a person of faith I believe that the light is always stronger (and much more attractive) than the darkness. So, where can we see light in the notion of commitment? How about a certain Mass that takes place at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral every year. It is a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop to honor and bless all couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and who were married within the Chicago Archdiocese. Every year the Cathedral is packed for this Mass, so much so that the couples are not allowed to invite other family members to join them. And every year the Archdiocesan newspaper publishes quotes from some of these couples regarding their opinion on how to make it to 50 years of marriage. Some of the quotes from this year’s couples include: “You’ll have your ups and downs, but love and your faith in each other will keep you going.
Sometimes you have to grin and bear it, more or less. Say, ‘I’m sorry.’” “Neither one of us considered divorce, because we made a commitment ‘for better or for worse.’” “Saying I’m sorry goes a long way, even if you feel you’re in the right. If it’s hard to say it out loud, put it in writing. It always helps to seal it with a kiss and a hug.” “You have to have commitment to do everything in life. When you have faith, you can call on God to help.” There’s that word again, “commitment,” a word that popular culture seems to either not understand or simply wants nothing to do with it. Another way that the light of commitment shines in the darkness is through those who give their lives to God, whether through ordination or consecrated life (also known as religious life, i.e., nuns, sisters, and brothers). In fact, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be observed from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016 to celebrate and draw attention to those who
embrace a life of poverty, chastity and obedience in order to serve God and others. One of those people is Sr. Jaime, a friend of mine from a prayer group to which I belong. On Sep. 10, 2015 Sr. Jaime professed her first vows with the religious community of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago (she is pictured below at the First Vows Mass; she is the fourth one from the left). This community lives and works at Mission Our Lady of the Angels on Chicago’s west side, in one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. By taking her first vows, Sr. Jaime publicly committed to spending one year living and working with the Franciscans to serve the poor, and if God calls her she will eventually take her final vows with the community. In other words, she will commit the rest of her life to serving God as a Franciscan sister. And incidentally, I believe that she will take her final vows, because when I spoke to her before the Mass, even though she was nervous, she talked about being filled with joy, and you could see that joy on her face. I contend that that kind of joy comes from commitment, from a willingness to commit to something outside of yourself, something larger than your own needs and desires. That can happen in marriage; that can happen in a life serving God; that can happen in many other ways, but the key is that it requires commitment. Commitment is not meant to be a dirty word. It is meant to be a joyful word.
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OPINIONS & MORE Jean on the Scene Restaurant Review: Garden Bee Thai Eatery In the last several years, there has been a very big interest in culinary medicine where food is used to help prevent illnesses. In fact, some medical colleges now are starting programs in culinary medicine. All I know is that when I feel like I am getting a cold or the flu, I head down to the local Thai Restaurant. I immediately feel better.
Garden Bee Eatery, and all of them will make you feel good on a lousy cold day. One of the other healthy soups is the chicken rice soup which is chicken broth with cooked rice, mushrooms, ginger and green onions; and the bowls are big! In addition to soup, there are curries. One of the most popular curries is the panang chicken curry. It has dried chili peppers, galangal, lemongrass, coriander root, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, shallots and peanuts. It too is coconut milk based. The curries also will warm you up and make you feel instantly better. If you have never had Thai cuisine and are curious, then the best way to experiment is the lunch buffet which is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet has a wide selection of all of the most popular Thai dishes.
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We hear a great deal these days about how healthy Asian food is especially Chinese and Japanese food. These diets are typically low-fat, high fiber, and largely vegetarian. Thai cuisine is very different than your typical Asian diet and is often overlooked as far as its healthiness. The delicious food of Thailand is rich in saturated fat from coconut milk and features many meats and fish. What is intriguing is the fact that Thailand has the lowest rates of cancer, for both men and women of all the 50 countries studied by the World Health Organization. Thai food is known for its use of fresh (rather than dried) herbs and spices. Common flavors in Thai food come from garlic, galangal, coriander/ cilantro, lemon grass, shallots, kaffir lime leaves and chilies; and all of these are thought to have medicinal value. Additionally, coconut milk is in a lot of dishes. Coconut milk and oil contain fat - but this is good fat... Coconut milk is supposed to lower bad cholesterol, boost immunity, and provide valuable fatty acids which most people in the west are lacking If you want to try some of these popular dishes and possibly prevent future health woes, head on over to Garden Bee Thai Eatery in Northlake. This establishment has been at this location since 1986 and was known formally as Salai Thai. Don and Sue Onkananuwonk are the owners, and in December of 2014 decided to change the menu and the name to Garden Bee Thai Eatery. The whole family helps out in the restaurant. It is a comfortable space located in a small strip mall off of Wolf Road. I usually order the Tod Yum Soup which is the best thing to get when you feel a cold coming on or the flu bug. It is a delicious coconut milk based soup that has a unique sour and spicy taste. This spicy Thai soup will instantly clear your sinuses and warm you up. The soup also comes in chicken flavor. Tod Yum soup is one of the most popular dishes in the world. It is being studied by researchers to find out if has cancer fighting qualities. Soup is an important dish in Thai Culture. There are seven different soups offered at
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Leyden Football Season Opens Congratulations to the Leyden football team for beating Fenton High School 42-7 in their
season opener on August 28th. Leyden football coaches Tom Cerasani and Tony Zitzka were coming off a disappointing 2- win 2014 season and were pleased with the team’s performance. Leyden rushed for 189 yards on 31 plays. Results for subsequent games were as follows: Vs York – Loss 14-21 on September 4th. Vs. Proviso East on Sept. 12 – Won 4412. Later games did not make press time. For further information such as game dates and times and results, please visit their website at leyden212.org and click on athletics.
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I bought this camera as a way of getting various points-of-view. For example; strap it to my dog to get a dog’s point-of-view as she is walking, a roller skater’s point-of-view as he skates, mount it on my bike to record the terrain as I am riding, mount on my car’s dashboard to record the open road. The more adventurists will record parachuting, hang gliding, boating and surfing. The possibilities are endless. I would like to mention that this camera can take photos and 1080 hi definition video. I will post some footage on the newspaper’s website.
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AROUND TOWN SCHILLER PARK CAR SHOW
The Village of Schiller Park held its annual Car Show and Family Fun Day on August 30th. Over 200 cars were on display, along with vendors, food, games and rides for the kids. There was live entertainment from Looney Train, a magician, DJ (Fuzzy Dice Productions), an artist that did cartoon drawings and of course lots of fun! Locals as well as visitors enjoyed the festivities; even our four legged friends came out as well as cars of every size. The weather, although overcast, was perfect with no rain. It was a wonderful time had by all!
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Even though it rained the entire day for the annual Route 66 Car Show, they still a great turn out of all kinds of unique vehicles. Even Elvis showed up!
PATRIOT DAY EVENTS AROUND TOWN
9-11 events on Friday, September 11th, were held in many different towns. Schiller Park held their annual event inside their fire station and later their crew went over to the Irving Park Cemetery for their annual memorial ceremony. Several other fire departments also attended along with dignitaries and even bagpipers.
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AROUND TOWN ST. CELESTINE’S 50TH REUNION CLASS OF 1965
OWL RESCUE Terri Laysath is a photographer who happened to capture the rescue of an owl that got caught up in a soccer net that was left up in the forest preserves. Concerned citizens called the Forest Preserve District and representatives from the River Trail Nature Center came out to rescue the great horned owl. Pictured are Ryan DePauw (holding owl), Elizabeth Lamont and Sara Detolve.
SISTER FRANCIS FORMER PRINCIPAL AT ST. BEATRICE SCHOOL TURNED 85 AND HER BIRTHDAY WAS CELEBRATED AT A 50TH REUNION OF THE CLASS FROM 1965 SHRED EVENTS
Commissioner Silvestri and State Rep McAuliffe sponsored a shredding event at the Salvation Army in Norridge; A perfect time to meet with constituents.
SCAMP STUDIOS IN RIVER GROVE HOLDS CHILDREN’S PAINTING WORKSHOPS.
This is one example of a step-by-step painting the children’s class completes.
Schiller Park held their shred event on September 19th. Mayor Piltaver met with some of the residents who took advantage of the free shredding. She took pictures of our public works employee Ken Traska helping unload bags and Joey Bianca employee of Shred It shredding it away.
CHALK ART FESTIVAL AT WINSTON PLAZA. During the summer, Winston Plaza held a chalk art festival and contest. Here are the great pictures that were created by some of the young artists. Photos curtesy of Kelly Nanos.
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LEYDEN HIGHLIGHTS Faculty Football game is a freewill donation that will help support the Leyden Family Fund. Immediately following the game is the annual Homecoming Pep Rally starting at 7pm to 9:30pm, in the f ield house at the West campus. The pep rally is free and the public is invited to attend.
Faculty Football District 212 New Principal Game Fundraiser Celebrates at West Leyden Kicks Off Homecoming 2015 High School Homecoming activities are a Leyden Tatiana Bonuma, Ed.D. began the 2015-2016 Homecoming community favorite. And this year’s 2015 school year as the new principal at West Leyden celebration includes the events and traditions High School. She replaced former principal Wil Weekend District 212 Seeks the students, staff, and community members Wagner who retired on June 30, 2015. Always a crowd pleaser, Leyden’s much look forward to and enjoy every fall. Formerly an assistant principal at the school, Alumni Award anticipated East vs. West Faculty Football Game T he week-long celebrat ion k icks- of f Bonuma is beginning her ninth year at the West is on tap for Thursday, October 1, 5:30pm to with Spirit Week and includes the much campus. Prior to Leyden, she was an associate Nominations 6:30pm in the stadium at West Leyden High anticipated East vs. West Faculty Football principal at Grayslake North Community High School, 1000 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake. The game is a fundraiser and all proceeds from the event will go to the district’s Leyden Family Fund. Established last year, the fund provides aid to Leyden students and their families who are in need of financial assistance. Since the fund’s inception families from both campuses have received monetary assistance, says Jason Markey, principal at East Leyden. “We are a community as a school and we want to make sure that we look out for one another,” Markey says. “Whether it is through these larger fundraising efforts or small gestures that most never see, our faculty, staff and students are always making sure that our Leyden family is taken care of.” To date $1000 has been dispersed to those in need; and $1100 remains in the fund. Event organizers hope to increase that amount signif icantly as a result of the game. Admission to the East vs. West
Leyden High School District 212 is seeking alumni nominations for induction into Leyden’s Alumni Wall of Fame. The induction ceremony and celebration will take place in September 2016 during homecoming weekend. The nomination criteria includes the following: the nominee must have graduated from Leyden at least ten years ago; he or she has achieved an outstanding level in his or her field and has made significant contributions to that f ield; and the nominee exhibits outstanding leadership, character, and service. The Alumni Wall of Fame is established in both buildings where plaques and pictures of distinguished alumni are on display. Nominate online by visiting www.leyden212.org ; click on “Alumni Info” and then “Wall of Fame”. Nominations must be received by December 15, 2015, to be considered for the 2016 Wall of Fame induction.
Game, 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the stadium at West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake. The game is a fundraiser and all proceeds from the event will go to the district’s Leyden Family Fund. The organization provides aid to Leyden students and their families who are in need of financial assistance. Immediately following the game is the annual Homecoming Pep Rally 7pm to 9:30pm in the field house at the West campus. On Friday, October 2, the varsity football game features the Leyden Eagles against the Downers Grove South Mustangs, 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the stadium at West Leyden. The sophomore football game will be played from 5pm to 6:30pm, also in the stadium at West. A we ek of home c om i ng a c t iv it i e s culminates with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 3, from 7pm to 10:30pm in the field house at East Leyden.
School, and a dean of students at both York Community High School and Larkin High School. In addition, she was the ESL/Bilingual divisional chairperson at Larkin High School and prior to that she taught ESL/Bilingual and Spanish curriculum in District U46. Bonuma has a bachelor’s of arts degree with a triple major in Marketing, International Studies and Spanish; a master’s degree in Secondary Education in Spanish, Business, and Social Studies; ESL/Bilingual endorsements from NationalLouis University; and an educational doctorate in Educational Administration from Aurora University. Superintendent Nick Polyak notes that Bonuma’s “professional experience, academic preparation, and exemplary personal qualities provide a solid foundation for a successful principalship. Her passion for education, genuine concern for students, strong work ethic, and collaborative leadership style are among her strongest assets.”
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4200 Old River Rd., 847-678-0433 www.schillerparklibrary.org • Lego Club (All Ages, Limited to 25 participants) LEGO Club will meet monthly from 6:30-7:30pm We will provide the Legos and a suggested project, all you need is your imagination. Projects will be on display monthly in the Youth Services Room! Lego donations are very welcome. Donations can be dropped off at the Youth Services Room during regular library hours. Oct. 1st
• All Hallows Read! (All Ages, Limited to 24 participants) Visit the library on Tuesday, Oct. 6th from 6:30-7:30pm and enjoy our spooktacular craft and story time
materials and your imagination. The library will provide the paint and other decorating supplies. No carving permitted! Registration begins Oct. 8th.
• Something Spooky! (Ages 5 and Up, Limited to 20 participants) Join the library on Wednesday, Oct. 7th from 6:30-7:30pm and get creative with a festive craft!
• Say Boo & Scary On! Don’t forget to stop at the library on Halloween Saturday, Oct. 31st from 9am-4:45pm for some indoor trick-ortreating! No registration required.
• Made From Scratch! (Ages 6-17, Limited to 15 participants/per session) Visit the library on Wednesday, Oct. 14th from 6-6:45pm or 7-7:45pm and create some hair-raising edible treats!
• Hallo-Teen Party! (Ages 11-17) Teens and Tweens in costume or not are welcome to join our Halloween Party on Wednesday, Oct. 28th from 6-7pm We will have games, prizes, treats and more! The party is limited to 25 teens!
• This Is Halloween! (Ages Newborn-10) Calling all mummies, daddies and kiddies! Join us for our annual Halloween library party on Saturday, Oct. 24th from 1:30-3pm for children ages Newborn-10 only. Games, stories and fun for everyone, and bring out those cameras to get your picture taken with the Great Pumpkin! There will be a costume contest for different age groups at different times; Newborn-3 years old will be at 1:45pm 4-6years old will be at 2:15pm, 7-10 years and up will be at 2:45pm The judging will be held in the Youth Services Room. Please bring your own camera to take pictures! The library will not take pictures! There is a limit of 100 children. Schiller Park residents only! Entry will not be granted unless the child is signedup for the party and has their ticket.
• Children’s Movie Afternoon! (All Ages) Join the library monthly at 1:30pm and enjoy our feature film, snacks and more. Times posted and movie ratings may vary. Oct. 3rd…..Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie, • Spanish Story & Craft Night! (All Ages, Limited to 24 participants) Join the library monthly, from 6:30-7:30pm and listen to some Spanish-told stories and make a craft. Oct. 19th • Visita la biblioteca cada mes, de 6:30- 7:30pm y escucha algunas historias en español. Octubre 19 • Books By…Story & Craft Night! (All Ages, Limited to 24 participants) Join the library monthly from 6:30-7:30pm and enjoy stories from our monthly featured author, a felt story and craft! Oct. 20th…..Stan & Jan Berenstain,
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• Family Bingo For Books! (Ages 3 & Up, Limited to 20 participants) Join the library monthly, from 4-4:45pm or 6-6:45pm for an old-time favorite! We’ll have prizes and treats! Only one session per night allowed per family. Multiple registration is not permitted. Oct. 8th • Family Movie Afternoon! (All Ages) Join the library monthly at 1:30pm and enjoy our feature film, snacks and more. Times posted and movie ratings may vary. Oct. 17th … Hocus Pocus, • Computer Class-Sign-up is required prior to the date of the class. Walk-ins are not permitted. • Introduction to Email and Media on Demand. The library will be offering an introduction to email and Media on Demand on Saturday, Oct. 31st from 9:30am -11am This class is designed to familiarize participants with email and the Media on Demand website. Participants must be comfortable using a keyboard and mouse and should be able to navigate the internet in order to attend this class. By the end of this session participants will: · Understand basic email and Media On Demand concepts · Create a free, personal email account and register with Media On Demand There is a limit of 6 adults per class and is limited to Schiller Park residents only. • Book A Tech-Get help with basic computing every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the month. Call 847-678-0433 to set up an appointment. Unless otherwise noted, participants must register prior to attending the programs.
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• Lego Club-Who doesn’t love Legos? You will get to build whatever leaps into your imagination! Lego Club offers a time to relax, create, innovate and collaborate. Limit 30. 6-7:30pm MEETS Oct. 2 AND 16 • Friendship Quilting Club-Join us for crafting and camaraderie. Whether you are a newcomer or a long-time quilting enthusiast, you’re invited to learn new techniques, talk about fabrics, and share patterns. 10am-12pm MEETS Oct. 7 AND Oct. 21 • Cuentos en Español-Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this weekly Spanish storytime. Learn traditional songs and rhymes and listen to stories from Hispanic countries
around the world. Limit 20. All Ages. 6-7pm MEETS Oct. 7 AND 14 • Parker's Storytime-Join us as we explore the alphabet and follow the five basic principles of “Every Child Ready To Read” with books, songs, and rhymes in this fun storytime. Limit 20. Ages 3-5-years-old with caregiver. 4-5pm MEETS Oct. 8 AND Oct. 27 • Full STEAM Ahead-Join us as we travel full STEAM ahead into science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Ages 6-8. 4-5pm MEETS Oct. 8 AND Oct. 22 • Morning Movers-Develop your child’s early literacy skills through songs, rhymes, reading, and play. Limit 15. Ages 0-3-years-old with caregiver. 10-11am MEETS Oct. 9, 16, 23 AND 30. • Friday Flicks-Join us on Fridays each month to watch a newly released movie! This month's movie is The Age of Adaline (PG-13), starring Blake Lively & Harrison Ford. 2-4pm Oct. 9- 6-7:45pm. Cinderella (PG), starring Lily James & Cate Blanchett. • Fall Centerpieces-Join us and make a decorative fall centerpiece to brighten up your table. Limit 20 people per session. 6-8pm MEETS Oct. 14 AND Oct. 21 • Oct. 3-Arts & Snacks-Drop in for some art! Create a masterpiece at your library. We will have all sorts of art supplies available and a bunch of snacks to keep you going. Open to teens and adults. 1-3pm • Oct. 5-No Bake Halloween Treats-Do you want to be a big hit at the Halloween party this year but don’t have a lot of time? Welcome to the world of no bake desserts! Learn how to make several fun and easy treats all without the use of an oven. Come hungry! Open to adults and teens. Limit 25. 6-7:30pm • Oct. 10-Friends of the Library Meeting-The Friends of the Franklin Park Library support the Franklin Park Library by providing volunteer services, sponsoring library events, and funding library programs. New members are always welcome. 9:30-10:30am • Oct. 10-Knit & Crochet Group-New members always welcome! Join fellow crafters from every skill level. Learn tips and tricks and share projects you’re creating. 1-3pm • Oct. 12-Fire Safety Day-Learn about fire prevention from the Franklin Park Fire Department. We will also meet several firefighters and see the inside of the fire engine! Limit 60. 10-11am • Oct. 12-Zumba® Kids-Enjoy your day off of school with a kid-friendly class! All kids must have signed parental/guardian permission. Limit 20. Ages 7-11-years-old. 4-5pm • Oct. 19-Coloring Party for Adults-Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! Join us for a stressrelieving evening of coloring! Coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided for use, but feel free to bring in your own art supplies, too. 6-8pm • Oct. 20-Nonfiction Book Club-We will be discussing The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk starting a month before the discussion date. 7-8pm • Oct. 24-Friends of the Library Membership Party-National Friends of Libraries Week is
LIBRARY NOOK Oct. 18-24, 2015. Celebrate with us during our annual Friends of the Library Membership Party. We will have food and drinks for you to enjoy and a prize raffle for everyone to enter. 1-3pm • Oct. 26-Tales from the Library-Get ready to hear and share scary stories and eat some delicious s’mores. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight. Limit 30. Ages 9-12. 6-7pm • Oct. 28-Scrapbooking Club-Bring your photos, unfinished scrapbooks, and any material you’d like to trade with others. Ages 13 and up. 6-8pm
• Trivia Night at Baciami Restaurant: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7-9pm
Young Adult Programs & Events
• Magic the Gathering/Yu-Gi-Oh!: Every Wednesday, 4-6pm (Ages 10-18) • Minecraft for Teens: Wednesdays, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, 4-5pm (Grades 6-12) • Young Adult Council: Thursday, Oct. 8, 7-8:30pm (Grades 7-12) • Friday Free Play: Fridays, Oct. 9 and Oct. 23, 3-5pm (Grades 7-12)
• Oct. 29-Halloween Storytime-Join us for spooky tales and sweet treats as we trick or treat around the library. Stick around afterwards as we announce the winners of the pumpkin decorating contest. Limit 60. 6-8pm
• Geocaching Adventure: Monday, Oct. 12, 1-3pm Learn to use GPS coordinates to track down a real-life treasure hunt. (Grades 6-12)
• Oct. 30-Anime Club-Watch your favorite anime and draw your own manga while feasting on Japanese snacks! Ages 12-17-yearsold. 6-7:30pm
• Learn Cupcake Decorating: Monday, Oct. 19, 7-8pm (Grades 6-12)
• Oct. 31-Toddler Art-Get your toddler ready to read through art. Join us for stories and handson activities to nourish your creative toddler. Remember that creativity can be messy so bring a smock. Limit 40. Ages 2-4-years-old with caregiver. 11am-12pm
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• Friday Film Lovers: Every Friday, 1:30pm Enjoy a matinee featuring a classic, foreign, or documentary film. Please call or visit our website for this month’s titles. • DIY 101- Homemade Natural Beauty Products: Monday, Oct. 5, 7-8pm • Adult Coloring Club: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7-8pm and Saturday, Oct. 17, 2-3pm Join us for a relaxing and fun adults-only coloring session.
• Dungeons & Dragons: Thursday, Oct. 15, 5:30-8:30pm (Grades 7-12)
• I Want to Cook: Chicken Parmesan: Monday, Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30pm (Ages 10-18)
Project Next Generation (PNG) classes teach kids in grades 6 & up a variety of technology skills in a fun and relaxed classroom atmosphere. Registration is required for all PNG classes.
• PNG: Makey Makey Music (4-part class): Oct. 6, 8, 13, and 15; 4-5pm Let’s use Makey Makey sensors to create our own beat machine out of stuff we have lying around and then build a song around our creations! • PNG: Hour of Code: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4-5pm Not only is coding massively important to the fabric of your digital world, coding can also be pretty fun! Sign up for this quick introduction to activities on Code.org and play fun games while learning the fundamentals of basic coding. • PNG: LED Ghosts Thursday, Oct. 29, 4-5pm Let’s make some spooky D.I.Y. “ghosts” using ordinary items and some simple L.E.D.’s (light emitting diodes), batteries and magnets!
• Wednesday Matinees: Every Wednesday, 1:30pm Watch popular new releases on the big screen. Delicious popcorn provided. Please call or visit our website for this month’s titles.
Pre-Teen Programs & Events (Grades 3-6)
• Excel 2010 Basics: Thursday, Oct. 8, 7-8:30pm
• Nail Polish Art: Monday, Oct. 19, 4-4:45pm Nail polish isn’t only for your nails or strictly for girls. Join us for a class where we take nail polish into the realm of art masterpieces.
• Homebrewing Club-Brew Day: Saturday, Oct. 10, 10am-1:30pm Patrons age 21+ are welcome to come learn basic brewing techniques as we brew a batch of beer in the Library. Patrons must attend the entire brew session to attend the bottling next month and take home the finished product. • Chair Yoga: Mondays, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26, 1-2pm • Basic Computer Skills: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7-8pm • Adult Book Discussion-The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7-8pm • Eat & Make-Pumpkin Mac & Cheese and Painted Pumpkins: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-4pm • Social Media Monday-Learn about Twitter: Monday, Oct. 26, 7-8:30pm
• 8-Bit Art: Monday, Oct. 12, 7-7:45pm Join us as we use perler beads to make your very own vintage looking art!
• Panels Comic Book Club-Flight Explorer and Mystery Boxes: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4-5pm Join us this fall as we discuss different comic books. Each month’s books will be available at the Youth Services Desk one month before the program. • Tweens Read Book Club-Masterminds by Gordon Korman: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4-4:45pm
Kid Programs & Events
• We offer numerous story times for kids ages 0-5 throughout the week, including story times in Spanish and Polish. Please visit our website or call for additional story times.
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LIBRARY NOOK • Family Movie: Cinderella (2015): Thursday, Oct. 1, 7pm
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• Fancy Nancy Party: Thursday, Oct. 8, 4-5pm We know Nancy is fancy but how about you? Come in your fanciest clothes for games, crafts and fantastic fun based on the popular series! (Grades K-2)
• The Sinking of the Eastland-Thursday, Oct. 1st, 7-8pm-Presenters from the Eastland Disaster Historical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Eastland, Chicago’s greatest loss of life tragedy. View dozens of photograph, a first-hand narrative by descendants of a survivor, and animations depicting the disaster.”
• Culture Club-Mexico: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4-4:45pm Join us for stories, songs, games, snacks and more that explore another part of the world! (Grades K-3) • Black Cat Story Time: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4-4:45pm Join us for black cat, stories, songs, and a craft. (Ages 4-8) • Fire Safety Story Time: Thursday, Oct. 22, 4-4:45pm Enjoy stories & a craft all about fire safety. (Ages 4-8) • Dave Herzog Marionettes: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7-8pm Dave’s back with his creepy crew of Halloween Marionettes. (All ages) • Family Pumpkin Carving: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7-8:45pm We’re carving pumpkins for Halloween. There is a limit of 15 kids for this program. (Ages 5-10 with parent)
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4613 N. Oketo Ave., Harwood Heights 708-867-7828, www.eisenhowerlibrary.org Penny Blubaugh: firstname.lastname@example.org • Writing Contest for Kids and Teens Starts Today! Thursday, Oct. 1st, 10-1 am-Give us your best story! Keep it shorter than 1,501 words, double spaced and typed in 12 point Times New Roman. Turn in in your story at the Eisenhower Public Library before Monday, November 30th at 5pm. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age category and winning stories will be printed in a book for all of our writers.” • Suspect Cinema: To Kill a Mockingbird Thursday, Oct. 1st, 1pm; Nineteen EightyFour-Friday, Oct. 2nd, 1pm • Anonymous Teen Writers-Thursday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 4-5:30pm-Writers in grades 7-12 are invited to join in on a weekly hour and a half of socializing, discussion, and, of course, writing! Share
• Civil War Book Discussion-Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 10-11:30 am-Join Tom DeFranco for a monthly discussion of Civil War related books, events and historical figures.” • Fall Family Fun Fest-Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 10 am-4pm-Celebrate autumn with a walk through our villages! Stop at the Norwood Park Fire Department for their annual open house; buy fresh produce at Ridgewood High School’s Organic Garden; play games at Norridge Park District; and join us at the library for chalk art, a kids’ fish pond, duct tape crafts, and more. Get you Quarter Pass stamped at each place when you donate at least 25 cents for breast cancer awareness. Get all four stamps and bring your pass to Eisenhower Library for a prize.” • Individual Computer Help-Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 2-4pm-Have a computer question you need help with? Sign up for a session with a technology clerk. Come prepared with questions to ask, or a specific thing you want to learn about.” • Preschool Playtime-Monday, Oct. 5, 19, 26, 2:30-3:30pm-Looking for a place to hang out this Fall? Come see what creative fun we are offering for little ones and their caregivers in the Storytime Room. We will rotate activities and materials to keep things interested. Preschool Playtime will not be staff supervised. Per library policy, children under the age of seven must be attended by a parent or caregiver age 14 or older at all times while in the library. Ages 12 and under (Drop-in)” • What Really Happens in the Emergency Room? Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 6:30-7:30pmAging experts from A-Abiding Care, providers of in-home senior health care throughout Cook County, will answer questions and offer information to help you make the best possible health care
choices for a better quality of life. You’ve just arrived at the Emergency Room. Now what? An ER nurse will tell you what to expect from arrival to discharge. • Advanced Computer LiteracyWednesdays, Oct. 7th, 14th & 21st, 2-3pmContinue learning how to use a computer in this three-part Computer Literacy Series.” • Gardening Club-Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 6-6:30pm -Join us on the first Wednesday of every month to talk about bulbs, bushes, berries and begonias. We’ll discuss everything from window boxes to victory gardens. The library is even offering access to its public spaces to those with a green thumb.” • Love That Coleus? Save It and Plant It Next Summer-Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 6:30-8:30pm-Amy Greenamyer returns to help you and the Eisenhower Gardening Club learn how to take cuttings from various annuals and grow them in the future.” • Polish Heritage Book Club-Thursday, Oct. 8th, 3-4:30pm-Join us every other month on the second Thursday, between 3 and 4pm for a book discussion group focused on literature related to Poland and Polish culture.” • Writers of the Future-Thursday, Oct. 8th, 4:30-5:30pm-Want to be an author? Come to our kids’ writing group to share your stories and develop your writing skills! Grades 4-6. (Registration Required) • Classic Film Series: The Invisible ManThursday, Oct. 8th, 1-4pm-A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, becomes murderously insane. Directed by James Whale. Starring Claude Rains and Gloria Stewart. Film historian Ralph Amelio leads a discussion following the movie.” • Messy Hands, Busy Minds-Saturday, Oct. 10th, 10-11 am-Is there anything more fun than getting your hands dirty and messy? No! Create fun designs with finger paints, mold moon sand into new shapes, explore the sensory bins, and more! Children must be supervised by an adult and we highly recommend wearing old clothes. Ages 2-7. (Registration Required)”
• Friends Book Sale-Saturday, Oct. 10th, 2-4pm-Look for the Friends of the Library in the Book Sale room on the first floor, next to the Quiet Room on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month to support the library and find great deals. Hardcovers, DVDs and CDs: $1.00. paperbacks: 50 cents.” • Left Behind: An Executor’s Tale-Sunday, Oct. 11th, 2-3pm-After the untimely passing of her sister, Laura Bruzas was named executor. In this humorous and informative program, Bruzas shares what she wishes she would have known in order to avoid the subsequent sleepless nights. This program is for you if you’re interested in preserving family peace and financial resources after the death of a loved one.” • Coffee with the Director-Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 5-6pm-Have questions about your library? You’re invited to stop in at Fannie Schmoe’s Bakery for a free cup of coffee with library director Stacy Wittmann and share your thoughts, comments and suggestions.” • Modern Times Film Series: American Sniper-Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 6pm-The Modern Times Film series showcases new additions to the library’s movie collection. Join us this month for American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper as a real-life Navy SEAL sniper who, despite saving countless lives, struggles with life back home.” • Kids Gaming-Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 4-6pm-Smash, capture, and craft with other local gamers at the Eisenhower Library. Bring your own handheld device to play, or use our in-house game platforms to join forces. Each session will host different tournaments with bragging rights going to the top players. Grades 2-6. Drop In.” • Library Board Meeting-The monthly meeting of the Eisenhower Library Board of Trustees • Job Networking Group-Saturday, Oct. 17th, 1-3pm-Mingle with others looking to expand employment opportunities through lectures and workshops with career development professionals.” • Podstawy emaila/Polish email-Saturday, Oct. 17th, 2-3:30pm-Klasa wyjasnia zasady
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readings, and performances that bring Poe’s disturbing poetry and stories to life.” • Modern Times Film Series: American Sniper Oct. 27th, 2-4:30pm-The Modern Times Film series showcases new additions to the library’s movie collection. Join us this month for American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper as a real-life Navy SEAL sniper who, despite saving countless lives, struggles with life back home.” • Puppets for Teens and Adults: MéfiezVous de la Vache-Garou!-Oct. 28th, 7-8pm-Beware the Werecow! The Sea Beast Puppet Company presents an evening of scary stories, creepy comedy, and terrifying twists, all set in the sticky swamps of Louisiana. Don’t miss the fun, the terror, and some harsh acts of puppeton-puppet carnage! For adults and kids over 12.” • Citizen’s Utility Board Clinic-Oct. 8th, 6-7:30pm-Want lower rates and better service from your utilities? Bring your phone, electric, and/or gas bills for evaluation by the Citizen’s Utility Board. Presented by the offices of Representative Martwick and Senator Mulroe.
Differences between apparitions and ghosts
Seeing a ghost
“A ppa r it ion” a nd “ghost” a re of ten used i ntercha ngeably, but such usage is incor rect. T he term “appar it ion” is used for any kind of visual, paranormal manifestation, while a “ghost” is just one t y pe of appa r it ion. Ot her appa r it ions m ay b e i n a n i m a t e o bj e c t s , a n i m a l s , l ight s, or orbs. Ghost s a re def i ned as spi r it u a l ent it i e s , wh i c h u s u a l ly a re human. Typically ghosts are conscious of themselves and their surroundings. People have various explanations as to why ghosts continue to stick around long after their bodies have expired. Some may be comforting living relatives, while others may be seeking revenge. Ghosts may not understand they are actually dead and, as a result, may frequent the places they found most comforting while they were living. Some ghosts are confused and just don’t know what is going on.
• Halloween Free Comic Book Day with Artist Angel Onofre-Oct. 31st, 12-2pmPick up your free Halloween comics and meet local comic artist Angel Onofre at the same time! Check him out at www.angelonofre.com” • Traps and Tricks of the Job Search-Oct. 31st, 1-3pm-Discover the traps of the job search and learn new tricks to set yourself apart from the competition. Deb Berger and Lori Howard will teach you critical secrets to transform your job search for today’s market.” • Halloween Trick or Treat Tour-Oct. 31st, 1:30-4:30pm-Come in costume and go on a Trick-or-Treating tour around the library. Finish the tour with some Halloween fun in our Storytime Room.” • Veterans Photo Wall SubmissionsHonor the active military members or veterans you know by submitting their names and service information for our Veteran Wall. If you have a photograph (from their service days or more recent), we will scan the photo and immediately return it to you. All military/time periods are welcome. The Veteran Wall will be on display in Kids World during the month of November.
The 411 on “Ghosts” While many people are content to limit their hunt for ghosts to Halloween, plenty of others devote their time to the study of the paranormal. Parapsycholog y is t he study of paranorma l act iv ity and beings, which may be intertwined with spectrology, or the study of ghosts and phantoms. Those who spend t i me st udy i ng ghost s a nd phenomena that def ies explanat ion do so to get closer to the truth and better understand strange occurrences.
Some people are simply more in tune with the paranormal world than others. T hose w it h an open m ind may have a better chance of crossing paths with a ghost and recognizing the encounter. Many ghost-hunting organizations and scientists c apt u re ele c t ron ic voice phenomen a , or EVP, on t ape as a n indicat ion t hat ghosts may be present. Those interested in learning more about ghosts or those who hope to seek ghosts can explore the International Ghost Hunters Society, the Ghost Investigators Society or GEIST web for more information on EVP and ghost sightings. A nother way to potentially encounter a ghost is to visit an area where many people died suddenly, such as a former battlef ield. According to Studies of the Paranormal, a person is more likely to encounter a ghost in a home or another building than at a cemetery. According to experts, many ghosts are not a round to ha r m ot hers. However, poltergeists, which are another type of spi r it or d i semb od ied energ y, c a n b e destructive. Some believe they create loud noises, throw objects and even start f ires. Ghosts may be the subject matter of Halloween scary stories and movies, but plenty of people are convinced they are rea l a nd move a mong t he l iv i ng seen and unseen. Various organizations exist to study ghosts and ot her paranorma l activity.
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Fall foliage is beautiful to behold, but when left on the ground too long it can be a hazard to your pets. It’s helpful to remove the leaf piles before they accumulate moisture, which promotes bacterial and mold growth. Pets ingesting these microorganisms can incur digestive tract issues causing diarrhea, loss of appetite or vomiting.
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Won’t be long now and we’ll be wearing coats and bracing against the cold. It always sneaks up on us even though it happens every year. Living in the Midwest, we know it’s coming but sometimes we’re just not prepared. We need winter coats, long underwear (some of us smart ones anyway!), sweater, and boots and to get those things we had all summer to do, done. Dogs sometimes need coats and boots*. Cats need shelter and a water source along with a feeding station to prevent the dry from getting snow logged. Shelters vary. Of late, it’s become fashionable to have architects design housing for ferals and they’ve come up with some unique designs. A few of our registered caretakers have built really great shelters of their own design. At our workshops we help people make simple shelters out of Rubbermaid containers, insulation and (country) straw. We also modify large dog carriers, 1/2in them and creating 2 houses. Instructions for them can be found on line. If you have no internet access, you can call us for info. Most designs we’ve seen for the Rubbermaid’s have one entrance/exit. We always make 2 openings, in the event another critter invades. We also put the openings at the very top of the box so it doesn’t get covered by snow. Whatever housing you make, be sure to use straw and not fabric as bedding. Fabric gets wet, freezes and thaws, making things very uncomfortable for the resident cats. Country straw from feed stores or farms works better than the city or decorative straw. City straw is split, with very little insulation value and its short pieces. If you’re one of our Registered Colony Caregivers and need housing but can’t build, please contact us. We have a number of houses people have donated.
Cats also need a water source during winter months, it’s easy for them to dehydrate and have fewer defenses against the cold. The best way to assure drinking water is a heated water bowl. Even if you have no outside plug, a heavy duty extension cord can be worked out. Depending on the number of cats drinking, a gallon size is usually best. Even the top of the heated water bowls can freeze in subzero so a little box or shelter for them can come in handy. A feeding station with some sort of roof is helpful. This can be anything from a barrel on its side, a large carrier, 1/2’d, or something on a stand with a roof. Raccoon proof feeding stations have aluminum f lashing along the sides of a raised bed to prevent raccoons from climbing onto the feeding station. No matter how you decide to provide shelter, water and feeding station, do it with respect for your neighbors. Make things as attractive as possible. Don’t make your cat space an eye sore. Sometimes people don’t like cats. Don’t give them something more to complain about! October is our last month before closing down for the season. Check our website for our last two workshops. Complete an On Line TNR Application. We have a number of colonies ahead of you but we just might fit you in this season to avoid those February and March kittens. *Dogs need boots to protect their skin from street and sidewalk salt. It dries their pads, they crack and become sore and sometimes infected. Some breeds have hair between their toes and get ice balls. CatVando NFP Corp is an all-volunteer 501c3 corporation whose mission is to help care for and reduce the number of cats living in the streets of our communities teaching respect for life through our work. 708-829-6013 email@example.com catvando.org f b CatVando TNR
October is AdoptA-Shelter-Dog Month. How Can You Help? BY JANE HARRELL
October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and there are more dogs in need than ever. Check out the articles here for great information on adopting a dog, a dog adoption checklist, tips for the first thirty days of dog adoption and more! But what if you can’t adopt? Here are some easy ways you can still help: 1. Donate your Facebook status. Just paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your page: “October is Adopt-AShelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog! https://www.petfinder.com” 2. Tweet, retweet and repeat the following (or your own brilliant message): “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog! https://www.petfinder.com #savedogs” 3. Contact your local shelter or rescue group (you can search for groups near you here) and ask if they have a donation wish list or other flyer they’d like to you to post around your office or neighborhood. They may be holding special events for Adopt-A-ShelterDog Month which you can help promote. 4. Share an adoptable dog or a Petfinder dogadoption Happy Tail on your blog, Facebook or Twitter (hashtag #savedogs) page each day of the month. 5. Sign up as a foster parent or shelter volunteer then tell your friends how great it is. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to find out how you can help. 6. Add a Petfinder widget or banner to your Web site or blog.
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November 21: CATURDAY NIGHT FEVER COMEDY SHOW 6:30pm, Benefit for CatVando, Friendly Tap, 6733 Roosevelt, Berwyn, 70’s attire encouraged! $25 at door or $20 pre-pay on catvando.org by November 15
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7. Write an op-ed about the importance of pet adoption for your local paper. 8. Contact your local shelter or rescue group and offer to photograph their adoptable pets and upload the pics to Petfinder. 9. Donate to your local shelter or rescue group or to the Petfinder.com Foundation in honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. 10. Pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation. Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other up-and-comers about animal shelters and why Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and pet adoption in general, is important. SEPTEMBER 2015 Serving YOUR Community The Official Paper of the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce
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CROSSWORD PUZZLE CLUES ACROSS 1. Mythological bird 4. Norwegian sea inlets 10. Military mailbox 11. Curved span 12. One hundred grams 14. Chest muscle (slang) 15. Old Portuguese pennies 16. Remove connection 18. Gas storage container 19. Conakry is the capital 20. Erstwhile 24. W. Australian capital 26. Dr. Laura’s initials 27. Death notice 28. Irtysh River city 30. So. Am. country 31. Last in an large series 34. Term for alternative musical passage 36. 12 37. A nestling hawk or falcon 39. Vice president 40. Detailed criteria for a piece of work 41. Six 42. Gossipy 46. Relating to the body 48. Incendiary liquid used in firebombs 51. Plunder 52. Niger capital 53. Game of chukkas 54. Genus Hedera 55. Government prosecutor 56. Plural of genus 58. Born of 59. Livebearers tropical fishes 60. Doctor of Education
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FOR THE HEALTH OF IT • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
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• Walk around your building during a break • Start a recreation league in your company and get everyone you can involved in kickball, dodge ball or a running club. • When traveling, walk around while waiting for your plane. Take a jump rope or resistance bands and get a quick workout in your hotel room, or simply take advantage of the available fitness center or swimming pool. • Use the farthest parking spot and walk a few extra steps to your work’s entrance.
Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found that breath testing can reveal potential heart disease and artery problems quickly and efficiently. Testing 31 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) together with 34 healthy control subjects, the study found that concentrations of volatile gases such as propanol, ethanol and ammonia were significantly different among the heart disease patients. It also found that the breath can reveal specific details about the heart’s condition. The breath test can be analyzed in fewer than 30 minutes.
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If you are like most people who work full time, you spend more time working than working out. Use these tips from the American Heart Association to work a little fitness into your busy day without missing a meeting or important email. • Take a brainstorming session for a walk around the building.
NEED SLEEP? Try these simple techniques Sleep impacts how you feel throughout the day and nutrition plays a big role in how well you sleep. Try these foods to help naturally produce serotonin and a good-night’s sleep. • Complex carbs like cereals, brown rice and whole grains aid in sleep. Avoid simple carbs like cookies and cake, as sugar will reduce serotonin levels. • Lean proteins like low-fat cheese, chicken, turkey and fish • Warm milk, tea with chamomile or peppermint • Fresh herbs like sage and basil contain chemicals that reduce tension
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You’re Not Too Young to Have a Stroke: Here Are 5 Symptoms When it comes to your health, chances are your biggest concern isn't having a stroke. That's only a problem elderly people have to worry about, right? Not so fast.
While the majority of strokes do occur in people ages 65 and older, about 10 percent of all strokes happen to those under 45—and women are more at risk than men. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, each year more than 100,000 women under the age of 65 will have a stroke. That means you or someone you know could be affected at some point in her life—and sooner than you’d expect. There are a few reasons women tend to have a higher risk of stroke than men. Even though the biggies, like smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes affect both genders, some risk factors are reserved for women, says Andrew Stemer, M.D., director of the stroke program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Pregnancy is one of those, especially in the third trimester and in the weeks and months postpartum, he says. Some of this has to do with hormonal changes. And if you find yourself on bed rest, this causes blood flow to slow in the veins, which makes you a little more prone to clots. Taking oral contraceptives may also put you at an increased risk of stroke. And women who experience migraine with aura (when your headache is joined by a neurologic symptom, such as those sparkles in the corner of your eye) are at higher risk, too. "All those things together seem to have a cumulative effect of increasing stroke for women," says Stemer. The most common type, ischemic strokes (which account for about 80 to 90 percent of all
2. You Have Trouble Speaking. This symptom comes in a few forms: Your speech may be slurred or you may have difficulty just getting the words out. You also may struggle to comprehend what other people are saying. Stemer notes that there is a spectrum of severity from mild to severe. While we all have moments where we can’t think of a word or get a word out correctly, “most people know themselves or their own body well enough to recognize this is transient or applies only to a certain word,” says Stemer. “I would say if someone is alarmed with a speech difficulty, either slurred speech or being unable to speak—having words stuck on the tip of their tongue for example—it is time to seek care immediately.” Basically, if it feels like anything out of the ordinary, you should seek medical attention ASAP. 3. You Get a Severe Headache. This is more likely to occur in hemorrhagic strokes, which happens when, "instead of a pipe getting blocked, a pipe springs a leak, and you have bleeding in the brain," he says. Hemorrhagic strokes are a lot less common than ischemic strokes, accounting for about 10 to 15 percent of all strokes—but they do have a higher mortality rate. 4. You Lose Some of Your Vision. Much like the limb weakness or numbness, vision problems are also usually one-sided. But instead of losing sight in one full eye, you're more likely to lose the same field of vision in both eyes (for example, neither eye can see to the left.) This is because "the eyeball itself and the optic nerve are fine, but where that information goes to get processed in the brain is what can be damaged," says Stemer. 5. You Experience Sudden Onset of Any or All of These Symptoms. The hallmark sign of a stroke, sudden onset of these warning signs
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cases), occur when a clot prevents enough blood and oxygen from getting to the brain, says Stemer. "In the stroke field, they say 'time is brain,'" he says. Meaning the longer you wait, the more time there is for permanent damage to occur. Aside from keeping up a healthy lifestyle, your best defense is catching the symptoms early and getting to an ER stat. Here are the major warning signs: 1. You Feel Weak or Numb on One Side of Your Body. Suddenly losing strength or being unable to feel a limb on one side of your body is a common sign of stroke, especially in the arm and leg. One side of your face may also droop.
FOR THE HEALTH OF IT should be your biggest indicator that you need to get to the nearest hospital immediately. These symptoms come on very quickly, but not all need to be present to warrant a trip to the ER.The bottom line: "If there's any sudden onset of a new neurologic symptom that affects one side of the body, then I would go to the emergency room right away," says Stemer. "It may be a migraine or something else that's benign, but the problem is if you don't go in, then you'll have missed your opportunity to really treat the stroke." If you think you might be having one, act fast—even if it turns out to be something not so serious, it’s better to be safe than sorry. SOURCE: WOMEN’S HEALTH
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Metra to Allow Pets on All Weekend Trains Action follows successful initial pilot program on Metra’s Rock Island Line. The Metra Board of Directors today voted to expand its “Pets on Trains” pilot program to allow small pets in carriers on all weekend trains beginning Oct. 10, after a successful pilot program on weekend Rock Island Line trains. “We are pleased that the test on the Rock Island Line went well and that we can now offer this option to all of our customers,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “It’s in Metra’s best interest to offer a program like this that serves our riders and, for some, makes travel by train an even more convenient choice.” Metra started looking into allowing pets on trains after it was presented with a petition. Metra staff then surveyed other mass transit agencies and found many of them have policies allowing small pets aboard their trains and buses without any issues. Metra also consulted with its Citizens Advisory Board and surveyed its riders before the three-month pilot program began July 4 on weekend Rock Island Line trains. The pilot program will now expand to all Metra lines starting Oct. 10 through Jan. 31, 2016. Metra’s “Pets on Trains” rules are based on policies used by other agencies with successful programs: • Only small pets in enclosed protective carriers are allowed.
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If you’re one of the more than 29 million Americans who regularly use painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen – including over-thecounter brands like Advil, Motrin and Aleve – the government has new words of warning for you; using these drugs increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
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You may already be qualified – although you might need a certificate to prove it. • Patient advocate - Support patients as they navigate the health care system. Growth projection for health care social workers, which include some advocates: 26.8% • Interpreter - Use your fluency in English and other languages to provide translations in health care and other fields. Growth projection: 46.1% • Dietitian - Hospitals, retirement communities and companies with wellness programs hire dieticians to do nutritional screenings and meal planning. Growth 21.1% • Fitness trainer There’s a big need for trainers who design workouts for people ages 65 to 90. Growth: 12.5%
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Studies reviewed by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel last year found mounting evidence that NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure whether or not a person has heart disease. Those with a history of heart problems are at the highest risk. “No matter who you are, your risk increases, “said Bruce Lambert, director of the Center for Communication and Health at Northwest University, who specializes in drugsafety communication. A new warning on prescription and overthe-counter NSAIDs will point out that the increased risk can occur even within the first few weeks of taking the drug and might rise with high doses taken for an extended period of time. The new warning does not apply to either aspirin or acetaminophen. SOURCE: AARP BULLETIN CANDY SAGON
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• Eco-landscaper - Green thumbs willing to train in horticulture and landscape design can join the burgeoning field of “sustainable” gardening, which uses less water. Growth of landscape designers: 14.3% • Accountant/financial manager - Good with numbers? Help businesses, nonprofits and others with payroll, accounts payable, taxes and financial reports. Growth: 13.1% • Home modification professional - Retrofit houses to meet the needs of older homeowners. Growth for construction managers, which includes some home modification professionals: 16.1% • Personal financial advisor - Help consumers with taxes, investments and estate planning. Growth projection: 27% SOURCE: AARP BULLETIN – GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT AFTER 50 FOR DUMMIES BY KERRY HANNON (AARP.ORG/JOBSFORDUMMIES), BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS GROWTH PROJECTIONS FOR 2012 TO 2022.
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Come visit the relics and preserved body of St. Maria Goretti. Presented from Italy to America on October 13 at St. John Vianney Church in Northlake, 46 N. Wolf Road, 708-562-0500. Veneration of St. Maria Goretti at 9 am. Solemn Mass in her honor at 7 pm and public veneration will end October 14 at 6 am.
communities of low-income and ethnic families that already live in more polluted areas and food deserts, and adopt policies that will instead protect both customers and their own businesses. Combined, these discount chains have annual sales totaling more than $36 billion and operate more stores nationally than Walmart. The CHS is asking for a comprehensive set of reforms; communities need to let dollar store chains know that they want safer products and join local and national efforts advocating for nontoxic products. S c rol l to D ol l a r Store Rep or t at HealthyStuff.org for the complete test results. Take action at nontoxicDollarStores.org. Source: Natural Awakenings May, 2015
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“A Soiree of Songs” is a concert being held at St. Beatrice Church on October 2nd at 7 pm inside the church. The concert will feature various vocalists from St. Beatrice and guests. Hear some of your favorite melodies from Broadway, standards, popular and classic music. All tickets go toward the funding of new organ speakers which are badly needed. Tickets are $8.00 each and can be purchased at the door or church rectory. Come on out and enjoy a night of live entertainment. For further info contact the rectory at 847-678-0138.
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Stores Filled with Toxic Products HE A LTHYST UFF, A PROJECT OF THE Michigan based Ecology Center, in collaboration with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions CHS), has released a report, “A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals,” about toxic chemicals found in dollars store products. It includes test results for 164 dollar store products such as toys, jewelry, school supplies and household items and found that 81 percent contained at least one hazardous chemical above a level that generates concern.
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PETE ON THE STREET Where did we find Cook County Commissioner Pete Silvestri this month?
He visited Elmwood Park Fire Department safety fair with Lt Mike Terzo, paramedics, and other firefighters.
At the Grand Opening Ceremonies for Rich’s Fresh Market in River Grove.
Sponsored a trip to the Botanic Gardens with River Grove Seniors
Enjoying the Taste of St. Celestines in Elmwood Park
• Natural disasters cost the U.S. about $25 billion in losses in 2014. At least $4 billion of those losses were caused by the ongoing drought in the West, while state and federal governments spent another $3.9 billion preparing for, fighting, and recovering from wildfires. • Because crippling air pollution is darkening the skies in major cities, China has shut down all four if its largest coal-fired generating plants and plans to close 2,000 coal mines. The government says it is replacing coal with natural gas and nuclear, hydroelectric, wind and solar power. • The world is about to get a lot more crowded. Right now there are roughly 7.3 billion people on Earth, but the United Nations predicts that by 2050 the global population will swell by one-third, to some 9.7 billion. SOURCE: THE WEEK
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HOUSE AND HOME Ten Key Tax Facts about Home Sales In most cases, gains from sales are taxable. But did you know that if you sell your home, you may not have to pay taxes? Here are ten facts to keep in mind if you sell your home this year.
1. Exclusion of Gain. You may be able to exclude part or all of the gain from the sale of your home. This rule may apply if you meet the eligibility test. Parts of the test involve your ownership and use of the home. You must have owned and used it as your main home for at least two out of the five years before the date of sale. 2. Exceptions May Apply. There are exceptions to the ownership, use, and other rules. One exception applies to persons with a disability. Another applies to certain members of the military. That rule includes certain government and Peace Corps workers. For more information about these exceptions, please call the office. 3. Exclusion Limit. The most gain you can exclude from tax is $250,000. This limit is $500,000 for joint returns. The Net Investment Income Tax will not apply to the excluded gain. 4. May Not Need to Report Sale. If the gain is not taxable, you may not need to report the sale to the IRS on your tax return. 5. When You Must Report the Sale. You must report the sale on your tax return if you can’t exclude all or part of the gain. You must report the sale if you choose not to claim the exclusion. That’s also true if you get Form 1099S, Proceeds From Real Estate Transactions. If you report the sale, take a look at the Questions and Answers on the Net Investment Income Tax on IRS.gov or call the office. 6. Exclusion Frequency Limit. Generally, you may exclude the gain from the sale of your
main home only once every two years. Some exceptions may apply to this rule. 7. Only a Main Home Qualifies. If you own more than one home, you may only exclude the gain on the sale of your main home. Your main home usually is the home that you live in most of the time. 8. First-time Homebuyer Credit. If you claimed the first-time homebuyer credit when you bought the home, special rules apply to the sale. For more on those rules, please call. 9. Home Sold at a Loss. If you sell your main home at a loss, you can’t deduct the loss on your tax return. 10. Report Your Address Change. After you sell your home and move, update your address with the IRS. To do this, file Form 8822, Change of Address. You can find the address to send it to in the form’s instructions on page two. If you purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you should also notify the Marketplace when you move out of the area covered by your current Marketplace plan. Source: Evenhouse & Company Certified Public Accountants, Elmhurst, Illinois
women and children are injured each year. Cooking accounts for the greatest percentage of residential fires, followed by arson. Dryer vent fires are also a big concern. FEMA says that smoke, rather than the fire’s flames, is responsible for 75 percent of all deaths by fire. In addition to physical injury and material damage, fires can cause a host of problems. Psychological distress, monetary damages and loss of pets may come with fires. Loss of irreplaceable personal items is also a concern. Although fires can be devastating, they’re also highly preventable, and smoke alarms and a home fire safety plan are two precautionary measures everyone should take. Creating an evacuation plan doesn’t have to be complicated. Such a plan can be established in a few minutes and then reinforced through practice every so often to keep everyone fresh on what to do. • Begin by assessing the layout of the home. Figure out the two best exits from the home.
October is Fire Prevention Month
• Know how to gain access to the exits, including the best path to take to avoid injury. It’s a good idea to consider a few different scenarios. A kitchen adjacent to the upstairs staircase may become engulfed in flames and make exit by way of staircase impossible. Just because you have doors to the outside doesn’t mean they’ll present the best type of exit.
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Keeping family members safe from fire involves establishing a fire safety plan.
• Sketch out the layout of the home and the escape plan. Smoke can make it difficult to know up from down. Be sure everyone can reach the exits even if vision is obstructed. Try it with your eyes closed. • Check fire alarms routinely, and change batteries at least every year. • Make sure windows can be easily opened if they are an exit point. Keeping family members safe from fire involves establishing a fire safety plan.
• Make note of who will be helping children or the elderly out of the home.
People rely on fire and smoke detectors to help keep them safe in their homes. Though fire and smoke alarms are effective, a firm fire safety plan that will keep everyone calm should a fire occur could make the difference between life and death. The U.S. Fire Administration says that more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires, while roughly 18,300 more men,
• Establish a place where the family will meet outdoors. This area should be far enough away from the home so that everyone will be safe from smoke, flames and falling debris. Fires may ignite fuel explosions, so be sure the meeting spot is a good deal away.
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• Do a few practice runs so that everyone will be accustomed to getting out quickly. • While in most cases it is better to escape and let the fire department extinguish a fire, in the event of a small fire, occupants may be able to stanch it with a personal fire extinguisher. Follow the acronym PASS to properly put out the fire. –– PULL the pin in the extinguisher. –– AIM the nozzle or hose at the base of the flames. –– SQUEEZE the trigger. –– SWEEP the foam across the fire base; do not just aim in one place. Fire safety is very important. In conjunction with smoke alarms, a fire safety plan can help everyone get out alive. Many local fire departments will be holding open houses to recognize Fire Prevention Month. Schiller Park and Franklin Par will be holding theirs on October 10th. Contact the departments for further information.
SAVE YOUR CANDY! Some children amass quite a pile of candy from their t r i c k- o r- t r e a t i n g efforts. It may be too much to eat in the next few weeks, even f o r c a nd y lovers. According to “Better Homes and Gardens,” many different types of candies can be frozen to preserve their freshness. Fudge, pralines and caramels freeze well, and even chocolate-covered candies can be frozen with ease. Use an airtight freezer bag or container to keep frozen candies as fresh as possible and not susceptible to moisture infiltration.
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around 1:20 pm. Christina L. Morales was arrested and charged. AUG 22 - Police reported a suspicious circumstance when they found a box with a dead chicken inside at the intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Jerome Drive. SEPT 9 - Police charged Michael Johnson with retail theft for an alleged incident that took place at the Home Depot store on North Avenue. SEPT 9 - A gas station owner on the 2200 block of Mannheim Road was struck in the face with a can of bug spray when he confronted another man with trying to steal it from the store. After the man threw the can, he ran away.
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.
AUG 21 - A blue Mitsubishi vehicle on the 2400 block of Westbrook Drive had an Amazon TV fire stick and $45 stolen from it. No forced entry was observed. A surveillance camera caught the crime. AUG 22 - The owner of a 1994 Toyota Camry called police when he reportedly saw someone rummaging through is card while it was parked in the 2200 block of 17th Avenue around 3:29 am. When police arrived they found Victor Lalo of North Miami Beach Florida pretending to be asleep in the car. Police arrested him and charged him with criminal trespass to a vehicle and resisting and obstructing a police officer. His court date was October 1. SEPT 5 - Items valued at over three hundred dollars was allegedly stolen from the Jewel store on Grand Avenue in Franklin Park by Wayne Edwards. He was charged with retail theft. SEPT 8 - An owner of a vehicle reported tools valued at over $3,600 were taken from a storage locker when he was attempting to perform maintenance on a semi-tractor in a condo association’s parking lot. SEPT 6 - The driver and passenger of a Pontiac were stopped close to a liquor store near Wrightwood Avenue and Mannheim Road in Melrose Park around 1:35 am when they were approached by two men who appeared to be displaying gang signs. When the driver attempted to drive away, the rear window of his vehicle was shattered. Police are investigating. NORTHLAKE AUG 21 - Auto Zone on North Avenue reported a theft around 8:53 am. Raymundo Morales was charged with $500 and under theft. AUG 24 - Home Depot on North Avenue reported a retail theft
SEPT 7 - Police charged Hiram DeHoyos of Chicago with battery after he allegedly threw a wadded up napkin and hash browns at a McDonalds manager on the 4100 block of North Harlem Ave. DeHoyos admitted he was upset and got into an argument with the manager because he didn’t get the hash browns he ordered. The manager also said she was “chest-bumped” several times during the incident. POLICE IN NORRIDGE ARE WARNING RESIDENTS TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS WHEN PARKING THEIR VEHICLES IN DRIVEWAYS OR ON THE STREET. August proved to be the highest month for break-ins on vehicles so far this year. Items most frequently stolen are loose change, wallets, sunglasses, GPS units and radios. Most thieves look for cars that are parked in dark alleys or streets and hidden from sight. They are reminding residents to lock your doors (most of the vehicles that were vandalized were left unlocked), park in well lighted areas and call police if you notice anything at all suspicious in nature. Taking extra precautions can prevent crimes.
AUG 30 - Jose Gonzalez Jr, 24, of Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, operating a car without insurance, disregarding a stop sign and failure to reduce speed after he hit the back of a parked car which proceeded to hit other cars and destroy some landscaping at a home. This happened at the corner of 75th Avenue and Cortland Street. All toll, four cars were damaged, two of which were parked. Mr. Gonzalez had a court date of Sept 25. SEPT 9 - Police responded to a domestic issue on the 7900 block of Westwood Drive and ended up charging Alexander Delvalle of Elmwood Park with two counts of battery and two counts of resisting a police officer after Delvalle would not follow the police officer’s instructions. He has a court date of Oct. 23. SEPT 6 - Police charged Jeremy Chilton of Oak Park with retail
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theft after he attempted to leave a store located on the 2400 block of Harlem Avenue without paying for an item. He was stopped by store security and has a court date of October 9. SEPT 13 - A 16 year old was robbed of $50 by two teenage boys, a 17 year old from Hanover Park and a 15 year old from Elmwood Park, who brandished what turned out to be a pellet gun. The incident happened near 76th Ave. The offenders were charged with aggravated assault and unlawful restraint. The 15 year old was also charged with possession of marijuana.
AUG 14 - Police charged Karl Finan of Des Plaines with failure to have a valid license. Finan is a cab driver and was stopped by Rosemont police for a random taxi inspection. He had a drivers and chauffeur license, but they were not showing to be current in Illinois. His court date was Sept 10. AUG 10 - After reviewing security videos from stores located in the Fashion Outlet Mall, police charged Patrick Kwiatkowski of Chicago with felony retail theft and counts of obstruction of identification and unlawful possession of fraudulent identification. He allegedly stole a coat from Ermenegildo Zegna valued at $4,000 and a pair of jeans from Hugo Boss. Neither item was paid for. When he attempted to drive out of the parking mall, he was stopped and questioned. He produced identification cards with a wrong name, wrong age, and an address in Canada. He had a hearing date on August 12. AUG 8 - After having a verbal argument with another audience member at the Allstate Arena concert, Kurt Aufmann of Chicago was charged with trespassing for failure to leave after security warned him three times to leave the premises. After being charged he was released on his own recognizance and had a hearing on Sept 10 at Rosemont Village Hall. AUG 30 - Security was called to Toby Keith’s after Bryan Kruizenga of Oak Lawn was found trying to sneak in the back service entrance to the bar. When the manager tried to stop him, Kruizenga allegedly became violent, hit the manager and tried to bite him. He was charged with battery and had a court date of Sept 24. AUG 25 - Police took into custody a landlord with multiple apartment buildings in the village after he was accused of altering court paperwork to try and evict tenants from an apartment in the 10400 block of Ethel Court. Domenic Santoro was charged with a misdemeanor charge of “simulating the legal process” after he served the tenants with a court summons, allegedly from the Clerk of the Circuit Court asking for $1,650 plus costs and setting a July 10 court deadline. The tenant appeared in court but there was no record of the case in the court files. When Santoro would not appear for an interview, police arrested him. His court date was set for Oct. 7. SEPT 5 - A security officer at Toby Keith’s bar found two men in the bathroom with a package which police later found to contain one gram of cocaine. Omar Villanueva of Franklin Park was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. His court date is October 2. AUG 30 - Two occupants in a vehicle parked on the top floor of the parking deck at 9423 W. Higgins were found to be smoking what smelled like cannabis. Officers found three small bags of green leafy material, approximately 2 grams which field tested as cannabis. Also found was a small smoking pipe, all of which were confiscated. Michelle Gomez of Maywood, the driver of the vehicle, admitted the items were hers and was charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. She had a court date of Sept 24.
AUG 24 - A residential burglary was reported to police in the 9200 block of Seymour Avenue. Approximately one hundred dollars’ worth of prescription drugs was reportedly taken. The owner of the apartment stated that he returned to his apartment to find the rear door open and the apartment
ransacked. No sign of forced entry was found. AUG 25 - A Chicago man reported his wallet missing to the Schiller Park police after he visited a gas station on Irving Park Road. He remembers leaving it on the counter, but the station owner did not find it. The wallet contained several credit cards, driver’s license, social security card, insurance card and $125 cash. The victim called and cancelled all the credit cards but found someone had already made an unauthorized, three hundred dollar purchase on one of the cards. Police supplied the victim with identity theft literature and complaints were signed. A fter investigation by police and viewing surveillance tapes, officers were able to identify the person who took the victim’s wallet from the gas station. He was found to be employed by a local parking garage as a driver. Officers were able to interview him and the alleged offender admitted to taking the wallet, removing the cash from the wallet, but then arranging to give the wallet to a “friend he knew who cracked cards.” The defendant denied any usage of the victim’s credit cards. Police continue to investigate the matter. AUG 27 - Police arrested a Schiller Park man for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Cannabis and speeding after they observed the defendant traveling at a high rate of speed down Lawrence Avenue. He was clocked at 89 mph in a 45 mph zone. His court date is set for October 9. SEPT 1 - Officers responded to a retail theft at a gas station on Irving Park Road. Three occupants of an SUV fled the scene, were pulled over and questioned about the theft of two 12 packs of beer. Complaints were signed and offenders were charged with one count of retails theft. Court was set for October 8. SEPT 3 - Juny Chung, 36, of Schaumburg was charged with improper lane usage, DUI drug and no valid insurance after officers observed him driving erratically in the 4100 block of George St. Chung was unable to perform field sobriety tests and officers found numerous opened and used needles in his vehicle. His car was confiscated and towed. His court date was Sept 18. SEPT 5 - Police were dispatched to a hotel on Mannheim Road for a suspicious incident. A witness said that she saw two men in the parking lot crouching down around parked vehicles. When the witness yelled “Hey!” both men ran to a silver minivan and the van took off. Vehicles in the parking lot were observed and it was found that four vehicles had the spare tires stolen. Police are investigating.
MAN RUNS ONTO WRIGLEY FIELD - CHARGED WITH FELONY
Schiller Park man is facing a felony charge after he ran onto A Wrigley Field during a September 6th Cubs game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Christopher Hilton of the 9800 block of Garden Court was intoxicated and ran onto the field during the game at around 3:25 pm. A bat attendant tackled him in front of the visitor’s dugout; Chicago Police responded and took him into custody. He was charged with one felony count of criminal trespassing in a place of public amusement. His court date was in September.
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Plenty of Off Street Parking 10314 Front St., Franklin Park – 847-671-2890 FOR SALE - Lots of Elvis knick knacks, clown collectables, wall pictures, bells. Low Price. Great for gifts. Call Stan at 847-671-2890.
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The Rotary Club of Chicago O’Hare has regular weekly meetings on Thursdays from Noon until 1:30 at the Great Escape Restaurant in Schiller Park. They welcome new members and invite you to join them. The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. They encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise; they are committed to Service Above Self. If you are interested in joining, contact Larry Fritz at 708-602-9930, or visit their website at www.rotarychicagoohare.org.
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GALAXY BANQUETS & CATERING 4663 N. Ruby, Schiller Park (847) 928-0187 www.galaxybanquets.net KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AVE MARIA COUNCIL #4456 LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS Serving our church, community and country for over 50 years! Our council serves St. Gertrudes in Franklin Park and St. Beatrice in Schiller Park. The Community benefits from our fundraisers such as the Tootsie Roll Drive and pancake breakfasts, to name a couple, helping people with intellectual disabilities and future seminarians. Meetings are held at 8pm at St. Beatrice School Hall on the 1st Wednesday of the month for business meetings and 3rd Wednesday of the month for social meetings. If interested in joining the Knights please call Richard Mohrhusen at 847-455-5795. Find out how you can not only enrich your own life, but the lives of others. CALL TODAY FOR INFORMATION!
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CLUTTER CUTTER ADS FOR SALE Vintage Samsonite Suitcase $50. 773-763-1399 FOR SALE Collection of stitchery kits, fabrics, frames, thread, and pattern books $45. All 773-763-1399 FOR SALE Figure Skates Used, very good condition Black size 4; Black size 7; White size 6; $50 per pair. 773-763-1399 FOR SALE New in-box LadderMax Stabilizer $60 firm, Lg. round dome George Foreman Elec. Grill w/stand 110watt $45 OBO, 2 sleeping bags (almost like new) $40 each, 2 Nylon Tents 10’x10’ $100 each, Primos Ground Max/Hunting Blind $100, Fishing items, Bell & Howell Movie Projector $50. 708-297-1916 ask for Fred FOR SALE One pair girls Jackson ice skates, size 5 w/ultima blades $75. One pr. Pattern 99, k-pick blades size 9 ¼ $75. 847-678-6375 FOR SALE 9 Patriot lighting low voltage landscape spot light fixtures, black finish $50. 847-678-6375 FOR SALE Lots of Elvis knick knacks, clown collectables, wall pictures, bells. Low Price. Great for gifts. Call Stan at 847-671-2890. FOR SALE Gas Lawn Mower - $50 Spreader $25. Bolt of material and matching wall paper. Best Offer. For further info call 847-455-0991. FOR SALE 24 foot extension ladder with stabilizer $75 847-671-3151 after 6:PM FOR SALE Massage Table by Oakworks w/ bolster, face cradle and carry case $250.00. Call 847-962-9455 FOR SALE Collectible Harley Davidson Unisex Bicycle…Limited Edition…Like New Condition. $800 Firm. 708-917-9108 FOR SALE Yellow 12 volts mars light $3 obo. 16 ft Aluminum extension ladder $60 obo. 7 ft wooden step ladder $20. 708-562-0145 Sam FOR SALE 8-9 foot pre-lighted Christmas Tree with stand and storage bag, non smoking family, really good condition. $45 Frank or Denora 847-678-2016 FOR SALE Bemis floor model Humidifier $50 obo. - Brass & Black fireplace hearth tools $45 obo 708-453-7748 After Sept. 30th 708-409-2176 FOR SALE Antique Oak Rocker with leather seat. $50 obo. 708-453-7748 After Sept. 30th 708-409-2176 FOR SALE Singer sewing machine straight stitch. Good condition $150 OBO 224-595-2899 FOR SALE Rumoldi 4 thread surger sewing machine. VGC $450 OBO 224-595-2899 FOR SALE Wood trimmed glass top coffee table with ball clawed legs. VGC $125 obo 224-595-2899 FOR SALE Solid wood queen headboard and night stand. Call for info $100 obo 224-595-2899 FOR SALE 8-9 foot pre-lighted Christmas Tree with stand and storage bag, non smoking family, really good condition. $45 Frank or Denora 847-678-2016 or 847-207-2294
FOR SALE Pogo Stick $25. 773-763-1399 NEW MEMBERS WANTED Looking to improve your green thumb and “grow” friendships? Look no further than the Triton Community Horticultural Club. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month on Triton’s Campus, Robert Collins Center, Room 209. Yearly membership fees are just $12 which helps support a club scholarship. For further information call Rose at 773-237-3529. FOR SALE Lighted Old Style beer wall sign. 36 x 14 x 5 $70 OBO 708-456-5548 FOR SALE Pool table and stand with seven pool cues. 45 x 76 slate top Formica sides. $200 OBO 708-456-5548. FOR SALE 6 round bar stools. Black vinyl seats with chrome legs and foot rests. $25/each OBO. BUSINESS FOR SALE BY OWNER Looking for buyer of bar with profitable income. Franklin Park. For info call 847-671-2890.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! OCTOBER 12
Happy 24th Anniversary! Barb and Mark Huizenga
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Happy
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Happy 10th Birthday To My Son Daniel This is your golden birthday year. Born on 10-10-05 at 10:01 pm. Love, Mom OCTOBER 2
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Happy 85th Birthday! Elizabeth Piltaver
Many are your gifts. A heart that knows love, a soul that knows joy, a spirit that knows giving. Thank you for being everything to us in all that you do. To the best mother, grandmother, mother-in-law and friend. May God bless you with many more healthy and happy years. We love you dearly, John and Barb OCTOBER 16
Matthew Bond OCTOBER 17
Veronica Giamorrino OCTOBER 19
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SERVERS AND DRIVERS Hubcaps Pizzeria, 847-928-2278
HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STUDENTS TO WORK BANQUETS Mirage/Four Points Hotel, Schiller Park. Contact Jimmy at 847-671-4230. LIMOUSINE DRIVER (ROSEMONT) Limousine company looking for limousine driver. Full time, part time or weekends. Call 773-619-3088 LIMOUSINE DISPATCHER (ROSEMONT) Limousine company looking for a dispatcher. Full time, part time or weekends. Call 773-619-3088 COOK AND SERVER WANTED Full and part time available. Johnny’s Grill. Contact Leslie 708-345-1314
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