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Dear Readers, First, I would like to thank everyone who is reading People & Places and those who have taken out a subscription to the paper. Your support is truly appreciated. Please pass the paper on to your neighbors and friends and encourage businesses you frequent to advertise in the paper. Submit your ideas for future articles, Open Forum opinions and Letters to the Editor. We could also use submissions for classified ads, kid’s drawings, picture of the month, salute to our soldiers and community news. One particular item in this issue that I would like to bring attention to is a fundraiser (see page 8) being held for 4 year old Gracin Stilphen of Schiller Park who has congenital Nystagmus, a muscle control problem in the eyes. He is in desperate need of surgery, which


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insurance has denied, so this event will help fund the surgery. Please take time to attend or contribute to this worthy cause on October 7th at Rog’s Pub & Eatery. In closing, as the autumn leaves start to fall, take time to reflect on the past summer. Some memories may be bleak, considering the devastation many people suffered during the floods. Others may be of a wonderful vacation or family reunion. Still others may be of just another summer that was way too short! Whatever your memory, be thankful for your blessings (and everyone has some), for if you focus on what you have, it will increase. If you focus on what you don’t, you will have even less. As Bing Crosby sang in White Christmas, “If you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep, and

you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.” Thank you again for your support! See you next month! Barbara Piltaver, Publisher/Editor People & Places Newspaper, 847624-1413

Letters to the Editor Congratulations

Thank you for your efforts to publish this paper, so nice to read local news. Marion Chruscial, Schiller Park

Reflection on 9-11

I remember 9-11 like it was yesterday. I drove right past O’Hare airport leaving work from Wood Dale after the planes crashed into the towers, I was in a panic thinking there was going to be more attacks and that I was not home for my children. My son was only 1½ years old and so this past weekend I sat with him watching a two hour special on what happened that day when he was too young to understand what was going on. How time flies but the memory will always be there. One more thing I forgot to mention is when I was driving past O’Hare Airport there were no planes in sight because they were ordered to ground all flights. What an eerie feeling that was. I have video of the attacks that I filmed from the news reports and

I did not share those with my son because it was late. My daughter only remembers how I kept her from school that day and she too did not see the attacks because she was too young to watch and understand what was happening. The video depicts the horror of that day and it’s pretty graphic but I think I will take some time out to let my son see it and explain to him that not everyone in this world is good that there is real evil out there and how this country has pulled together since then. What the devil intended for evil, God turned it around for good, meaning the attacks were committed to destroy our financial stability and our feeling of security but it made us stronger as a nation. There were countless acts of kindness towards one another in the days and weeks following those attacks. Denise Jordan Villasenor, Leyden Township

Opinions Matter

I live in the Franklin Towers in Franklin Park. I just received your serving Leyden Township People and Places and just waned to make a comment that if this is going to continue, this is great. As a senior, this gives you a chance to hear what people have to say, but I will be making, or at least I can make opinions and so can others and I greatly appreciate it; hope it continues. Thank you. Leona Weaver, Franklin Park

I really enjoy having the paper! Thank you! We needed this paper for a long time! Great job! Carol Bloomfield, Schiller Park

Sincere congratulations and best wishes for success with your wonderful paper. I’m so glad I have subscribed to it. I also want to mention that my daughter and I visited LePoulet Restaurant two weeks ago and we both enjoyed the food very much. I wish them lots of luck in their new venture. Virginia Zawistowski, Schiller Park

We will publish only signed letters with name, address and phone for verification purposes. Letters will not be returned. Letter content is not necessarily the opinion of the newspaper. Send letters to: People & Places Newspaper, 4303 Atlantic Ave., Schiller Park, IL 60176 or email

CALENDAR OCTOBER 2: PROJECT HEART WELL 5K WALK/RUN School District 81 Community Foundation 9 am start Info 773-412-0183 OCTOBER 2: EDDIE BIONDO FALL FEST PARADE Park District of Franklin Park 1 pm Info 847-4552852 Pumpkin Fest immediately following parade at North Park OCTOBER 2: 5K PARKS FOUNDATION FUN RUN/WALK FOR ALL AGES $20 entrance fee Info 847-455-2852 OCTOBER 8: AUTUMN FEST Gouin Park, Franklin Park 11am-3 pm OCTOBER 8: CRUISIN N GROOVIN CAR SHOW 9am-3pm North Ave. & 9th Ave. OCTOBER 8: AUTUMN FEST 11am-3pm Gouin Park, Franklin Park. Food, rides, petting zoo and activities Info 708-343-5270 OCTOBER 9: ANNUAL “WALK FOR SIGHT” Sponsored by Lions of Illinois Vernon Hills. Info 847-546-1993 OCTOBER 15: WINSTON PLAZA’S GRAND RE-OPENING SUPER EVENT 12-3 pm Refreshments, Train Rides, Giveaways, Entertainment. OCTOBER 23: LEYDEN TOWNSHIP HALLOWEEN BASH Ages 0-11 Yrs. Noon to 2 pm. $5 admission fee which includes lots of goodies, picture, pumpkin and access to games & contests.

OPENING SEPTEMBER 30TH: SCREAMS IN THE PARK AT ROSEMENT Chicagoland’s newest haunted Halloween attraction. OCTOBER: LEYDEN COAT DRIVE Needed new/unused coats for needy students . Info 847-451-5144 OCTOBER 12: FREE FLU SHOTS Sponsored by Elmwood Park Neighborhood Civic Org. and Walgreens. Free to all seniors 65 and older. Must present Medicare card. Visit the Walgreens at North & Harlem from 8am-10pm. OCTOBER 22: 4TH ANNUAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY Events held in both Schiller Park and Franklin Park. Info 847-678-2939 OCTOBER 22: CPR/AED CLASSES 9:30am-12:30pm Fee Ages 14+ years old. Info 847-451-5144 OCTOBER 28: FRIGHT NIGHT 5-7 pm Bulger Park, 1601 Hirsch St., Melrose Park – Free Admission OCTOBER 28-29: ARROW’S 16TH ANNUAL HAUNTED HIKE DesPlaines Methodist Camp Ground, 2000 East Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL Concessions, Face Painting, Fun & Free Games, Food! For more info or OCTOBER 28: FRIGHT NIGHT K-6TH Grade Bulgar Park, 5-7 pm, 1601 Hirsch St., Melrose Park FREE Info 708-343-5270

Just Believe Believe it or not, when you get a cold, your perception of how a medicine will work can make a big difference in how long your cold may last. If you “believe” say, Echinacea will help you feel better, it just might! In fact, in tests conducted at the University of Wisconsin, researchers found that those test subjects who rated

Echinacea as an effective cold remedy actually had their colds shortened by 1.3 to 2.6 days, even though Echinacea doesn’t always help other people. So the next time you get a cold and you take a cold remedy, “expect” to feel better and try saying, I believe, I believe, I believe!


NOVEMBER 11: VETERANS DAY HONOR A VET Attend a local Veteran’s Day Service

OCTOBER 31: SP HALLOWEEN HOWL 7-8:30 pm Bluthardt Center Ages Toddler to 10 yrs. Old. FREE

Park District Info:

Franklin Park: Leyden Township 847-451-5144 Schiller Park: Veterans Park District


FIRE DEPT. OPEN HOUSES Franklin Park, 10001 W. Addison: October 15, 10am-1pm Northlake FPD, 70th Anniversary: October 8, 12-3pm, Northlake Fire Station Leyden FD: OCTOBER 22, 1-3PM Norwood Park: OCTOBER 8, 12-3PM

NOVEMBER 2: CAREER FAIR AND BUSINESS EXPO Farina Field House at East Leyden HS. 1:305:30pm Info 847-451-3031 or NOVEMBER 6: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS Fall BACK One Hour - Set Clocks Back & Change Smoke Detector Batteries

If you’d like to advertise your community or church event in People & Places (space permitting), send your information to or call 847-624-1413. Posts must be received by the 15th of the month.

NOVEMBER 10: VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE 10 am Bulger Park, 1601 Hirsch St., Melrose Park

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

For Further details ContaCt American Legion Post 974 Veterans Still Serving the Community

Gene Korus Vice Commander

9757 Pacific Avenue • Franklin Park, IL 60131 Post Phone 847.678.7474 October 2011 • People & Places 3


Dist. 81 School Board Meeting Highlights School Board meeting held on September 21, 2011. BY TERRY DOODY

• Budget Hearing; includes 5% increase over last year which now exceeds $15,000,000 • Presentation on Special Education Program • Old Business; Building Project updates, finance report, and FOIA update

Special Olympics Event T hink pul l ing a plane is impossible? Think again! On Saturday, September 24, 26 teams consisting of 20 members were “pulling” for the 3rd Annual Special Olympics Plane Pull “fueled” by UPS to benefit Special Olympics. It sounds like an impossible task, but it can be done, as the Chicago Police Dept. Team proved. In 8.44 seconds they pulled a 99 ton, UPS B757 aircraft! You had to see it to believe it and People & Places Newspaper was there to get the scoop. The thought of pulling a plane may sound crazy, but it’s fun, competitive and a teambuilding experience! Each team had to raise a minimum of $1,000 and this year the teams raised

more than $60,000 for the 27,000 athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Imagine yourself in the picture above and think about forming or joining a team for next year’s event. Open Division teams consist of the general public and Public Safety teams are law enforcement off icers, f iref ighters, EMTS’s, medical and military personnel. For further information and a full list of winners visit their website at You can also still contribute to Special Olympics by sending in your donation to: Special Olympics Illinois, Attn: Plane Pull, 605 E. Willow Street, Normal, IL61761 Make Checks payable to Special Olympics Illinois.

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• New Business; Administrative Compensation Schedule, Endorsement policy, grants received, annual holiday party. • Approval of budget by a vote of 6 yes and 1 no. • Hiring a Director of Communications • New procedure for disposal of surplus property.

• Public comments addressed the extent of FOIA’s by board members, updated website, snow removal contract, or lack thereof, and questions pertaining to new budget. The next Board Meeting for District 81 will be held on October 19, 2011 in the Little Theatre of Lincoln School at 7 pm. All District Residents are encouraged to attend. The majority of our tax dollars are controlled by the schools and as taxpayers; you have a right to voice your opinion on how that money is being spent. If you don’t like high taxes, attend School Board Meetings in your town.

Community Briefs “All In Favor?” Schiller Park Village Board Meeting Highlights The Mayor and Village Board on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 voted on the following items:

• Approval of Resolution authorizing the disposal of baseball equipment.

• Authorize payment #3 to Arrow Road Construction for labor and materials, 2011 Paving Program in the amount of $2,584.44

• Issuance not to exceed $2,675,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds.

• Changes and updates to the Health Code in the Municipal Code • Changes regarding Sign Codes. Large A-frame signs are no longer legal to display. • Payment of bills in the amount of $903,971 • Ratify acceptance of temporary and permanent easements for the property located at 4034 Denley

• Resident from 4462 Emerson requesting that obstructions in Crystal Creek be removed as requested last month. • Resident of 4303 Atlantic asked for clarification on items voted on by Board. Next Village Board Meeting October 11, 8 pm – Village Hall.

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Two old ladies have played bridge together for many years, and naturally they have gotten to know each other pretty well. One day, during a game of cards, one lady suddenly looks up at the other and says, “I realize we’ve known each other for many years, but for the life of me, I just can’t bring it to mind... would you please tell me your name again, dear?” There is dead silence for a couple of minutes, then the other lady responds, “How soon do you need to know?”




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Sun, Fun And Solemn Remembrance September 11, 2011 turned out to be a beautiful day with plenty of sun and warm temperatures. Being the 10th anniversary of the terrorists attacks on our Country, several towns held ceremonies to commemorate and show reverence to those who died. Park Ridge and Schiller Park officials and honor guards unveiled the actual artifacts they received from the World Trade Center during their ceremonies. Touching memories and testimonials were conveyed to audiences that attentively listened to the speeches. Those who spoke and most audience members

remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when the attacks took place. However, one gentleman stated, “It’s good to remember what happened on 9-11, but we must not forgot other attacks like Pearl Harbor and the thousands of soldiers who gave their lives in foreign wars.” The photos below depict some of the events and activities that took place that day. Schiller Park’s car show offered, food, kid’s activities and over 150 cars. St. Gertrude Parish in Franklin Park held their annual taste and also featured a 9-11 ceremony.

Franklin Park Chiropractic Offering complete care for Body, Mind & Spirit.

I had the pleasure of receiving a tour and interview with Dr. Vincent Domingo of the Franklin Park Chiropractic Center located at 3545 Rose Street in Franklin Park. Although not a patient of Dr. Domingo, I felt the caring nature and concern he shows towards his patients during our talk. Dr. Domingo started his chiropractic career at the Franklin Park Chiropractic Center in 2004 as an associate and later took ownership of the practice in 2006. Along with his associate, Dr. Patrick LaBelle who joined his friend in 2008, they work hard to treat the 70-120 patients they see each week. Both doctors hail from Canada and fate now has them working together. Their combined experience in every aspect of chiropractic care, gives patients every option to help relieve, eliminate or prevent problems before they become serious afflictions.

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The office is much bigger than it appears from the outside. The rooms contain everything Dr. Domingo and Dr. LaBelle need in order to offer chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, traction (spinal decompression & flexion distraction), nutrition counseling, on-site radiology, and other therapies including electric stimulation and ultrasound. On average, the doctors spend 30-40 minutes and sometimes an hour with each patient. Dr. Domingo expressed that Franklin Park Chiropractic offers patients quality, individual and affordable care to help patients realize their total health potential by maintaining wellness. Just talking with Dr. Domingo, I could see his caring nature and his willingness to work with each patient individually. According to their website, their office is a “comprehensive facility ready to serve the healthcare needs

of you and your family. We are dedicated to providing pain relief, functional rehabilitation, and preventative healthcare for patients throughout the Chicagoland area.” With that in mind, the doctors are assisted by Krystna and David, Licensed Massage Therapists, and their Administrative staff Justyna and Jeannine “Neenie”. Their combined efforts help patients stay comfortable and keep things running smoothly in the office.

Dr. Domingo’s philosophy, “I believe that to give a patient proper care, you must treat the person, not just the condition.” Dr. LaBelle’s?, “In sports, it’s all about getting the athlete back into playing condition as quickly as possible. I’d love to use that experience to get you back to work and play ASAP.” If you’d like to make an appointment with the Franklin Park Chiropractic staff, call 847- 671- 0555. The Franklin Park location has office hours Mond ay t h rough Sat urd ay for your convenience. Same day appointments are often available. Visit their website at and subscribe to their monthly e-newsletter which is loaded with health research, tips and events to help you reach your health goals.


Recycle on the Run! Boy Scout Troop 158 of Franklin Park is running a shoe recyclingdrive, sponsored by the Park District of Franklin Park. Shoe drive kick-off: Oct.2nd at the “Pumpkin Fest” (North Park) we’ll have a table where you can drop of your old or unwanted shoes, or you can call or email us to have your shoes picked-up from your house.

Shoe Drop-Off Locations:

• North Park Centre & Community Center (on Franklin Ave.) • Franklin Park Village Hall

Winter's Story the camera, she actually came over and “smiled”. She then started “talking” to us. Her trainers said that after the movie was shot, Winter enjoys and plays up to the attention. We were able to see the real story behind her rescue and rehabilitation and look forward to seeing the movie adaptation. It was an honor to meet Winter in person, who has inspired so many people. I’m sure it’s a movie the whole family will enjoy. If you’d like more information on Winter, visit


Winter is amazing; and I don’t mean the weather. Winter is a dolphin rescued after being caught in a crab trap. She eventually lost her tail. Winter’s story, Dolphin Tale, is out on the big screen and in theaters now. We had the opportunity to meet Winter in person when we visited the Florida Clearwater Marine Aquarium in early September. The picture below was taken as Winter posed for me. I was taking pictures of her swimming and when she spotted

• Shoe pickup: shoes must be left with a copy of our flyer and inside an old jewel bag! • Pick-up crews will be at the fest ready for your call!! • Cut-off date for shoe pick-up will be Sunday Oct.16th Hope to see you at Pumpkin Fest!, 847-732-7318


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2nd Installment Property Taxes Due Soon The second installment of the 2010 property taxes for Cook County residents will be tentatively due the first week of November. The “official” due date has yet to be determined as calculations concerning property values and tax rates still need to be finalized by the Cook County Assessor and Clerk’s Office. After the receipt of the bills, there will be a number of ways property owners

can pay their taxes; on line, by mail, in person or at any Chase Bank location. Visit the treasurer’s website for further information; There you can also enter your 14 digit Property Index Number to see if there are any outstanding balances, check on exemptions, etc. Taxpayers can also call 312-4435100 for information in English, Polish, and Spanish.

County Clerk Releases Tax Rates The Cook County Clerk’s Office released the tax rates that will determine your soon to be in your mailbox tax bill. Just because your property values have fallen, doesn’t mean your tax bill will. Below are some of the tax rates for Leyden Township compared to the previous TAXING DISTRICT Bensenville Elmwood Park Franklin Park Melrose Park Norridge Northlake Park Ridge River Grove Rosemont Schiller Park School Dist. 81 School Dist. 212

2010 0.420 1.799 1.702 1.291 0.199 1.296 0.657 1.211 1.811 1.714 3.159 2.223

year’s rates. Once you see the increases, it might prompt you to get more involved in your local school board policy making and spending as well as your local government. To see the full tax rate schedule, visit 2009 0.414 1.538 1.582 1.219 0.092 1.157 0.577 1.049 1.654 1.480 3.068 1.989

% CHANGE 1.45% 16.97% 7.59% 5.91% 116.30% 12.01% 13.86% 15.44% 9.49% 15.81% 2.97% 11.76%

Show Support for a Local No-Kill Pet Shelter There are thousands of animals in need of a loving home, many who never find one and end up being euthanized. Consider supporting a local shelter with either cash donations, supplies or volunteering your time. Consider also taking part in GOTOROVERS.COM’s 5K Fun Run/Walk for Pets to benefit the Animal Care League

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of Oak Park, IL. Race will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011 starting at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Race begins at 7:30 am. $20 entry fee which benefits the Animal Care League directly. Visit for further information and on-line registration form.

Gracin Has a Vision Gracin Stilphen of Schiller Park has congentital Nystagmus, a rare muscle control problem with the eyes. Nystagmus causes the eyes to constantly swing back and forth in a pendulum style movement. If that were not enough, Nystagmus causes other problems such as visual acuity and migraines. Gracin needs corrective surgery, but has been denied by insurance. The complex surgery can only be performed by a few doctors in the world and fortunately, there is one in Akron, Ohio. However, without insurance coverage, the surgery

will cost thousands of dollars. You can help Gracin and his family with the cost of this surgery by attending a benefit to raise funds on Friday, October 7, 9 pm at Rog’s Pub & Eatery, 4255 Old River Road, Schiller Park. There is a $10 donation at the door. There will be a DJ and dancing, tattoo artist, raffles, drink specials and a whole lot of fun! Please come out and support Gracin’s pathway to vision. Gracin’s Facebook Page; http:// or

Love Antiques? T h e L e e R oy H a r t u n g Collection located in Glenview, a massive collection of artifacts that includes 76 antique cars, dozens of motorcycles, thousands of small vintage items, such as toys, political buttons, porcelain signs, gas pumps, furniture, fishing tackle, automotive emblems and police and fire memorabilia is going up for public auction on November 3-5 with preview showings on November 1-2. Most of the collection came from within 15 miles of Chicago. The publisher of People & Places and her husband had the privilege about 20 years

ago to tour the barns the collection is stored in. “It was definitely like walking back into time. We were not allowed to take pictures and we had to make an appointment to view the collection. There were items in there that we have never seen before. It was truly amazing.” You will find everything from a plane from WWII to a discolored human skeleton inside a casket. If you are interested in purchasing any of the items or just visiting the auction, go to for information on times and procedures for the auction.

Storm Damage May Be Tax-Deductible Although homeowners do not always get assistance from FEMA for flooding damage, it is possible damages may be tax-deductible on your income tax return. The general rule is that casualty losses for your home, household items and vehicles are deductible for federal income tax purposes. An individual must file a timely claim with their insurance company, and in essence only the unrecovered loss after insurance proceeds and salvage value is tax-deductible. Personal casualty losses are reported on Form 4684 in Section A. Individuals who have suffered a casualty loss can also review Publication 584, a workbook on

this topic; Business losses are also recorded on Form 4684, but in Section B, and are covered in their own workbook; Publication 584B. Deductible casualty losses are transferred from From 4684 and reported on Schedule A as an itemized deduction. Casualty losses are usually required to be filed in the tax year in which they occurred. Consult your tax preparer or accountant for clarification and further information on tax deductible eligibility. For those residents who suffered a casualty loss this past summer, take advantage of any tax deduction you are entitled to in order to help soften the blow. Source: MSN Money


Salute to our Soldiers Past and Present

FEMA Denies Flood Assistance for July Storm The request for an official State and Federal disaster declaration relating to the July 23rd flooding has been denied by IEMA and FEMA which means that no assistance from them will be forthcoming. Although officials are trying to protest that decision,

it is doubtful the decision will be reversed. Although financial assistance was denied, if you visit FEMA’s website at www.fema. gov you can obtain a wealth of information and some helpful articles on f looding clean-up, preparedness and disaster contacts.

Recession? Not at Rivers! In the first two weeks of the grand opening, Rivers Casino had over 270,000 people come through their doors spending over $17 MILLION gambling. The latest figures report the Des Plaines casino is the only Illinois Casino that showed an increase in income in August over July. All

other Illinois Casinos showed a decrease in business. Since August, River’s Casino has generated $51.5 MILLION in revenue from its July 18th opening. How do you feel about the River’s Casino? Let your opinions be heard in People & Places Open Forum section or Letters to the Editor.

Looking for Something to Do Other Than Video Games? Join the Boy Scouts of America! If you are a boy between 11 & 17 and interested in joining the Boy Scouts, contact Wayne Bernacki, Scoutmaster at 847-671.0330. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and

develops personal fitness. The Boy Scouts of America believesand, through over a century of experience, knows that helping youth is the key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. For more information visit

Lawrence Allred 1923-2011 lived in Schiller Park and graduated from Leyden High School in Franklin Park. He was a WWII vet who, after the war, returned to Schiller Park and started a business building homes. He eventually moved to Wood Dale and had a retirement home in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Allred designed or built or was the general contractor of each of the homes he had owned over the years. He had a successful business career in the Chicago area with partnerships in several different companies. At 87 years of age, Mr. Allred lost his battle with Alzheimers. He is survived by a son, a daughter, sister, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The Army’s 236 year history will be getting a new National Army Museum located just 16 miles south of our nation’s capital on 41 acres of Fort Belvoir. It will stand six miles from Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, the Army’s first Commander-in-Chief. Nearly $60 million in donations and pledges have been contributed toward the Museum’s construction and ground breaking should take place next year. In the words of Alfred Dunn, Founding sponsor of the museum, “For over 236 years, we Americans have owed our freedoms to the men and women of the United States Army. Many members of our community have proudly worn the uniform of the U.S. Army. I ask that you help make everyone in your community aware of this long overdue national project by running a story on plans to build and open this important new museum on June 14, 2015, the Army’s 240th birthday.” If you would like more information on this museum or wish to contribute to its construction, visit the Army Historical Foundation at Information submitted by Eugene Piltaver, Franklin Park If you have a current or past soldier you would like to honor, send your photo and small article to People & Places, “Salute to our Soldiers”, 4303 N. Atlantic Ave., Schiller Park, IL 60176. Or, email your submission to Put SALUTE in the subject line. We will print one or more a month, space allowing.

Letters For Hospitalized Veterans Leyden Township Community Center will be making cards and writing notes of appreciation to Veterans in V.A. Hines Hospital. These letters have brought much joy to the men and woman who served to protect us. Knowing that we care, can make a huge difference in their recovery. New and unused magazines are also a special treat. V.A. hines Hospital has over 600 full time patients/residents. Letters may also be dropped off at the Leyden Community Center anytime before Tuesday, November 8th. All well wishes will be brought to the hospital on Thursday, November 10th, so they will reach all the Veterans by November 11th. Our goal is to reach all 600, so start

writing and drawing, children are encouraged to participate. Thank you for taking the time to show you care for those who have given so much for our Freedom! For: All ages When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 Time: 5:30 7:30 pm Where? Leyden Township Community Center 2620 N. Mannheim Road.

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Back or Neck Pain? If you are in need of chiropractic services, look no further than 9707 Franklin Avenue in Franklin Park. Dr. David Jordan can help. He’s been in practice for over 25 years and has helped thousands of patients achieve pain free lifestyles. Dr. Jordan not only offers treatment

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Both Schiller Park and Park Ridge Fire Departments are selling T-Shirts to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Show your support by purchasing one of these shirts. Contact Park Ridge Fire Dept. at 847-318-5284 and ask for Dave Malcombson and Schiller Park at 847-678-5136.

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A Taste of Italy in Our Own Backyard! After two years of construction and extensive renovation, Positano’s Restaurant opened in July 2009 at 3537-39 Rose Street in Franklin Park. During this construction period, they paid attention to every detail, from the kitchen to the dining room, restrooms, floors, etc. Nothing was overlooked. The result is a beautiful restaurant with great ambiance. They are also very proud of their friendly and knowledgeable staff. It is always their goal to assure their guests enjoy a good experience at Positano’s. From the delicious, freshly prepared meals in their kitchen to the attentive service in their dining room, their staff makes sure of this every time. Positano’s has seating for over 100 guests. Their party rooms have become very popular for special occasions, such as ‘birthdays, showers, high school reunions, graduations, rehearsal dinners, and luncheons. Positano’s offers a choice of pizza & pasta parties, buffet, plated, or family style dinners.

In addition, they have a very nice memorial luncheon menu. They also cater all types of special occasions, including business luncheons and meetings. At Positano’ s, they have great specials most days of the week. On Mondays and Tuesdays, pizzas are half price. Their pizzas are great and everyone that tries them loves them. On Wednesdays, pastas are half price. They offer a delicious and extensive selection. Both, the pizza and pasta specials are for dine-in,

take out, or delivery. Positano’s also offers wine bottles at half price all day Wednesday, for dine in only. They are aware that many people are experiencing difficulties during these tough economic times, and so they have been offering these terrific values, for well over a year. Positano’s is proud of the good relationship they enjoy with the community and believe in giving back. They do this by partnering with schools, churches, and local organizations to raise funds.

Today, more than ever, fundraising for special programs is very difficult. They extend discounts on pizzas to local schools and churches to help with their fundraising efforts. In addition, they host fundraisers at Positano’ s where they donate back a percentage of sales for the day or days selected. It is easy and fun for the schools, churches or organizations. They just get the word out to their staff and members regarding the fundraiser, and they do the rest. These events are very enjoyable and mutually rewarding. They appreciate the opportunities they have to work with and support local programs and community efforts and extend an invitation to others who may be considering a fundraiser. People & Places Publisher has had the pleasure of dining at Positano’s several times since its opening. Their food is delicious and service outstanding and their pizza is a personal favorite. Dine in or carry out, you’re bound to love Positano’s!

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Northlake at Diversy and Wolf that is ridiculously long on a side street that has no one coming out of it. Can’t someone adjust these lights?

Hi this is Kathleen. Just picked up the second issue (of People & Places) and it’s wonderful; Enjoying a cup of coffee while reading it. Thanks again for all your hard work.

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Hi, my name is Christina I live in Schiller park, I want to say thank for the new newspaper. Schiller Park needed this. It is very good.


I have noticed that Schiller Park has the highest property taxes than the surrounding suburbs. It is terrible to pay $6,000 and even more for property taxes when we don’t have anything fancy in the village. We only have one Aldi Plaza and nothing else for the village. I still can’t find an explanation why the property taxes are too high. The village

should do something to lower the property taxes, instead of increasing them. It’s hard to pay them in these days.


What to do? What do you do with a neighbor that lets their proper ty become unkempt? Broken railings, missing railings, dog dirt piled up in their yards, bushes out of control and so forth and so on!


Why oh why can’t people clean up after their dogs? When I see that I offer them a plastic bag and they walk away leaving dog’s duty in the spot! If I knew where you lived I would pick it up and drop it off on your stairs!


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Cats and the Community. Love them or not, they’re here. Every community has cats, numbers vary by neighborhood. Some are indoor/outdoor pets, some are pets

that have been abandoned, and some are feral, born in the streets. Cats happen; it is how we deal with them that makes the difference. Due to the economy, a number of foreclosures and evictions, more and more pets are being abandoned. Pets or Strays, as we call them, are less fortunate than your typical feral cats. Ferals are born in the street and are somewhat ‘streetwise’. They either find a caretaker who feeds them or provide for themselves. Completely on their own they survive, or not. Abandoned pets have yet even harder times. Used to being sheltered and cared for, suddenly they find themselves on the street, hungry, thirsty and cold. Shelters are full to the brim and can’t take more. All animal rescue groups are stretched to the max with the issues surrounding animals during a time when people have trouble paying their bills. The best most ‘strays’ and ‘ferals’ can hope for is to find a compassionate person who will care for them inside or outside of the house. Someone who will save them from starvation and disease.

Pets left behind are usually not sterilized, and this adds to the existing population of feral cats that are not sterilized as well. Cats

multiply very quickly - you may be seeing one cat now, but it can turn into 30 cats in one year. Average litter is 3 and up to 8 kittens. A kitten born in the spring can have her own in the fall (at 6 months). It soon becomes a huge problem, which as a community, we need to address in the most humane and civilized fashion. Cats are our neighbors, and we should be treating them as such. Owned or not, they need food and water. They need to be spayed and neutered. They need to be cared for - inside or outside of our homes. More of us need to reach out and start taking care of the cats. Problems arise when very few people in an area feed. Cats naturally gravitate towards food and water. A number of cats in these pockets increases and become a nuisance to neighbors. When there are more caretakers, the territory for cats becomes bigger and it softens the blow. It also relieves the financial burden for each caretaker. With few feeding many, things get expensive. And, they need to be sterilized, vaccinated and registered.

Yard cats can be a joy! Most people that feed derive pleasure by merely watching them even though they can’t always pet them. They’re great for rodent abatement too! And they can be a tax write off - anyone working with a charitable organization in animal rescue can write off all expenses involved in the care, sterilization and vaccination of the cats. We have a number of cats who have lost their home and feeder, and we’re looking for new inside or outside homes for them. They are already sterilized and vaccinated. Most are 3-7 months old. If you or your business would be willing, we’d love to help you provide them a safe haven. A go od comprehensive Trap Neuter Return program significantly reduces a number of kittens born to the street. It

is very difficult to trap cats and these programs are most successful with the help of people who feed and take care of cats. If you are already feeding outside cats or thinking about it, please, give us a call. Together we can start working on keeping the population of cats under control and maintaining the existing cats as our happy neighbors. Next month we will explain the Trap Neuter Return process. In the meantime, if you want to help please give us a call or email us.

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St. Beatrice Parish Cardinal George Visits

St. Maria Goretti “Fall Into Winter Fashion Show”

Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Noon, Mirage Banquets at Four Points Sheraton. Dinner, Sweet Table, Fashions for children and adults from Dress Barn and Old Navy. Raffles; Bears tickets, Split-The Pot & more! Adults $30/Children $15 For further info contact the church office at 847-678-3988.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 9-11 am in the Rectory Meeting Room. Bring Medicare Part B Card or $25.00.

Recycle Reuse

Do you have old printer cartridges or cell phones you don’t know what to do with? Bring them to St. Maria Goretti School. Their Funding

On 9-11, Cardinal Francis George visited St. Beatrice and presided over the 12:15 Mass for Life. A reception afterwards allowed visitors to take pictures with the cardinal and enjoy some refreshments.

Factory Recycling Program supplies cash to purchase needed equipment or supplies for the school. Call the school at 847-678-2560 for further information.


Looking for an excellent academic program and all around curriculum? Look no further than St. Maria Goretti School. Classes are offered from Pre-K through 8th Grade. For further information call 847-678-2560.

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50th Anniversary

Liz Lynch of the Parish is working on the 50th Anniversary Book for September, 2012. If you have any information or old photos that might benefit the book, please contact her

$10,000 RAFFLE EXTRAVAGANZA on October 30th. Look for the ad in this issue for further information.

Adult Confirmation

Are you an adult who has not celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation? Preparation groups are forming now. To register or for information please telephone 312-534-8047 or go to


St. Beatrice holds Bingo every Sunday at 3pm. Don’t miss the

The Loaves and Fishes Meals for the Needy will begin again on Friday, October 14th at 6pm with dinner served promptly at 6:30pm. Volunteers and donations are always welcome for this nourishing program. Call 847-833-9176 for further information.

Carson’s Community Days

St. Beatrice will be selling Carson Coupon Books for $5.00 to benefit the parish. Each book contains over $200 in exclusive coupons plus a $10 off coupon on any $10 or more purchase! Books will be sold after all masses or call the Rectory for further information at 847-678-0138.

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Resurrection Lutheran Church Resurrection Lutheran Church, located at 9920 W. Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, sponsors a number of community outreach services. These services are available to our larger community. Recently, RLC shared a portion of their proceeds from the 17th Annual Rummage Sale with Leyden Family Services. The following programs are offered at RLC; Loaves and Fishes (a free hot meal program between the months of October and May) on Tuesday evenings; PADS (a safe, free place to sleep overnight on Tuesday evenings), Food for Life (our food pantry supported entirely by donations of

food, school supplies, etc.) Please, any donations of food must be within the expiration time. Other outreach programs include; collecting personal care products and making lap quilts for the Veterans at Hines Hospital, collecting no longer useful hearing aids and eye glasses for Lion’s Club. The public is invited to visit Resurrection Lutheran Church for its Sunday morning services and check out the outreach programs by calling the church office or visiting our website at You may also call 847-455-7013 for further information.


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Marathon Man

As reported in the last issue of People & Places, Father Robert Schultz of St. Beatrice Parish is preparing to run in the Chicago Marathon, not only to reach his own personal goal, but to raise much needed funds for repairs to the school building. Here, in his own words, he reflects on the preparation for the race. “On October 9, 2011, I will be tackle the marathon running distance of 26.2 miles. When I turn 40 in two running for the first time in the Chicago Marathon. Ever since people years, my goal is to compete in an have found out that I’m training for Olympic distance triathlon, which it, they sometimes ask, “Did you run would be double the length of the a lot in high school and college?” The longest triathlon that I’ve ever done. answer is no. Not being very athletic My family, friends, parishioners at as a youth, I never dreamed that as St. Beatrice, and parishioners from an adult I would do anything so my former parishes have been very physically challenging as a marathon. supportive of me. I am running not only for me, but for them! Their faith I did not begin to run regularly until in me will certainly help propel me to around the age of 30. In the last eight years I’ve also that finish line! And if I do indeed found myself doing other things that cross the finish line (only with God’s I never dreamed of doing. Thanks to help), I want to let everyone know – the inspiration from a friend, I first especially young people – that all things are possible with God. I would began running, then added biking, often say that I could “never” do this and then added swimming (after or that, but I discovered I was the only never really knowing how to swim person stopping me from doing those at all). I now compete regularly in triathlons, and even though I am only things. Therefore, use your talents average at best, the joy that I get from to give God glory. As the Scottish being in these races is something that Olympian runner Eric Liddell said, I never imagined possible for me. The “When I run, I feel His pleasure.” triathlons I do are all sprint (shorter) And as St. Irenaeus said, “The glory distances, so my goal this year is to of God is man fully alive.” If you’d like to help Father Rob reach his goal to help with needed repairs to the school, contribute to St. Beatrice by mail or at the church rectory. Call 847-678-0138 for further info on how to donate. It’s tax deductible!

“When I awoke the morning of August 22, 2011 and raised my bedroom blind, I saw this beautiful sky and knew I had to try to capture it. I shot this from my backyard.” “Butterfly on yellow flower.”

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Dining with Bonnie and Jerry DaLuciano. . .a homemade taste of Italy in our very own backyard.

With the arrival of September in Chicago and the cooler weather that accompanies it, Bonnie and I decided to address a desire for some comfort food and nothing comforts hungry Chicagoans quite like homemade Italian cuisine. This month’s culinary journey takes us to DaLuciano in River Grove.

standard 200% mark-up, on average. That being said, the prices are a bit high for River Grove, though the experience is worth it in most cases. It seems to average out. RATING:

The moment you step into this unassuming restaurant, you are embraced by warmth. From the hostess and decor to the staff, the atmosphere of DaLuciano is akin to a warm blanket on a cool, rainy night. The colors are inviting, the decor is clean and simple with nice, elegant touches. The restaurant is quiet enough to carry a conversation comfortably and soft music plays in the background. The only complaint (and it is a small one) is that we found it to be just a bit too bright. Otherwise, very well done. RATING:


To make up for last month’s disappointing mussels, Bonnie and I tried again and this time were quite pleased. The freshness of the seafood was evident and the flavors all around were clean and focused. Most of what we ordered was made from scratch on premise and the care shined through in the individual dishes. Our only complaint here is that the sauces were a bit loose and

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should have been reduced a bit to concentrate flavor. High points: Mussels, Minestrone, house dressing (Italian, of course), Zuppa di Pesce (assorted seafood over pasta) and the veal. One final word on quality: if you ever even thought you may enjoy a cannoli, this is place. Homemade and perfect. Not too sweet (a typical fault of most cannoli) and the zest was evident. Beautifully executed. RATING:

and frozen to-go selections as well. None of these items were tasted, so they are not included in the ratings. The pizza will be sampled in an upcoming local pizza review.

While DaLuciano is certainly not breaking down the doors of culinary innovation, it does offer traditional Italian menu items and execution, which, in most cases, is precisely what the clientèle are looking for. However, we are not exactly devoid of Italian dining options in Chicago and the lack of creativity is keeping this score down. RATING:

It is important to add a disclaimer before we conclude. DaLuciano offers both an extensive Gluten-free menu (almost unheard of in the industry) and also features a thriving pizza business

While lacking a bit of innovation, DaLuciano thrives on it’s traditional Italian fare and welcoming atmosphere. Fans of grandma’s tomato sauce and ravioli will feel right at home, which we are willing to bet is exactly the point. RATING:

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While certainly not inexpensive, DaLuciano delivers on flavor and, as is typical for Italian restaurants, portion size. You certainly won’t be leaving hungry and will most likely be taking leftovers home with you. Also, it is important to note that the vast majority of the menu is made from scratch, which is labor intensive. While the wine list offered impressive depth, it lacks vintage listings (which may indicate low turnover, making proper storage a concern) and featured an industry

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Wining with Jerry Welcome back. I believe we left off with taste. Tasting requires you to appreciate the flavors in the wine and how they marry with the scents you have previously identified. This marriage is important, as what we taste is in large portion a reflection of scent. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself why everything loses flavor when you are sick and have a clogged nose. When we eat, we engage the retro-nasal passage that actually continues to smell as we chew, or in this case, sip. The best method for tasting wine properly involves placing the wine in your mouth and slowly drawing air over the top through a slow inhalation. This creates a bit of a slurping sound that permeates every tasting room I have ever been in. It is a talent that comes with practice. Don’t be afraid to try, even if you end up spilling a bit of wine down the front of your shirt. I know the first time I certainly did! Next, again try to identify the flavors present in the wine. Are they fruit driven or more earthy? Do you taste fig, currant, kirsch, toast, mushroom, truffle, lemon grass, tobacco or clove? There is nothing wrong with any description you come up with, truly. I have heard some intriguing descriptors in my time

acidic wine will often come off as bright, lively, refreshing and juicy. This is caused by your body’s natural reaction to acid. When you put something acidic in your mouth, you tend

and, so long as they get the point across, they were perfectly acceptable. Next is texture. This is much easier to appreciate. Texture is a relation of acid, tannin, glycerin and a few other components. There are all sorts of methods wine makers can use or manipulate to influence texture in wine. Different grapes behave differently on their own. Some are very tannic, naturally. Tannins cause the rough texture you feel on your tongue when you drink hot tea gone cold. In wine, tannins can be rough and aggressive or velvety and caressing. Usually trannins are only discussed with red wine. With white wine, much of the texture is derived from the wine’s acidity. An

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Halloween Costumes for 2011 What would Halloween be without costumes? Each year children and adults alike mull over the most creative or spookiest costumes to don before heading to parties or trick-or-treating events. Some of the most popular costumes will take their inspiration from the current crop of movies that appeared on the silver screen this year. If you are still looking for inspiration for costumes, consider these ideas.

Edward, Bella or Jacob

“Twilight” fans still abound in record numbers. As the big screen conclusion of the saga begins, there will still be plenty of tweens and teens who want to dress up as their favorite werewolf or vampires.


For those who can’t get enough of the silver screen’s most enduring simians, Halloween revelers can dress as their favorite chimp Caesar right from “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” World supremacy is not necessary, but garnering the most candy from trick-or-treating just might be.


This year movie viewers have been introduced to a new crop of classic crime fighters. In “Thor,” a mythical warrior is cast out of his native Asgard to live on Earth among humans. Halloween trickor-treaters may relish in donning their own Thor-inspired coat of armor.

Green Lantern

Rounding out the list of superheroes is the Green Lantern. Played by Ryan Reynolds, the hero is a test pilot who is granted a mythical green ring that gives him otherworldly powers. The fantastical green costume and mask seem tailor-made for Halloween.

Captain America

Another superhero featured on the big screen in 2011, Captain America will no doubt capture the attention of Halloween celebrants. Trick-or-treaters can adopt Captain America’s iconic red, white and blue shield and costume and show some patriotism in the process.

Captain Jack

Although the latest installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series is without Keira Knightly or Orlando Bloom, fans can still don their best Captain Jack swagger and pirate garb once more. There are plenty of other 2011 headline makers that are bound to turn up in Halloween costume incarnations. From Lady Gaga to Charlie Sheen to the lovable Smurfs, expect to see characters from Hollywood in all aspects of Halloween fun.

Safety First on Halloween For kids, few holidays are more anticipated than Halloween. The chance to dress up in costume and patrol the neighborhood with friends while collecting treats is the highlight of many a child’s autumn. For parents, anticipation is replaced by anxiety. While kids are out trick-or-treating, parents may be home or at work hoping their kids are safe and sound. Because Halloween is so popular among kids, it’s hard for parents to forbid trick-or-treating. But parents should instruct kids on the following tips to ensure this Halloween is as safe as it is fun. • Strangers’ homes are off limits. Make sure kids know they should never enter the home of a stranger, no matter how friendly or welcoming that stranger may seem. • There’s no going it alone. Kids should not be permitted to go out alone. When trick-or-treating, kids should always be accompanied not only by their friends, but there must be at least one adult chaperone present at all times. Parents should get together several weeks before Halloween to determine who will chaperone, where kids will be trickor-treating and during what hours. • Choose safe costumes. Kids should wear costumes made of light colored material. If a child insists on a favorite costume that uses largely dark material, attach reflective tape to the costume so your favorite reveler is easily visible to motorists during twilight and nighttime hours when it’s not always easy for drivers to see.

TOP 10 HALLOWEEN FILM FAVORITES Though no holiday season has inspired more films than the Christmas season, Halloween is no stranger to the silver screen. While the horror movie genre has experienced a rebirth of sorts over the last decade, the following classics are still the must-see movies for Halloween aficionados.

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6. Carrie 7. The Shining 8. Poltergeist 9. A Nightmare on Elm Street 10. Scream

• Stay close to home. Kids should stay in their own neighborhood and only visit homes of neighbors they know. Advise kids to steer clear of homes whose doors are hidden from street view. Chaperones should accompany kids to the front door if visibility from the street is poor. • No toy guns. Toy guns are just asking for trouble, as many of today’s replicas are easily confused with the real thing. Play it safe and choose costumes that aren’t accessorized with toy guns. • Bring a flashlight along. Night falls quickly in late October, so kids and chaperones alike should carry a flashlight to improve their visibility and make them more visible to passing motorists. • Stick to the sidewalks. Trickor-treaters should stick to the sidewalks and always cross the street at corners. Don’t walk in the street, and never walk between parked cars when crossing the street, as it’s especially difficult for motorists to anticipate pedestrians walking or running from behind parked cars into the street. • Be wary of masks. Many masks restrict a child’s vision, so look for one that provides sufficient visibility. If a child’s favorite mask is low on visibility, make children agree to remove their mask when crossing the street. Parents understandably worry when kids go trick-or-treating. But a few simple safety lessons shared with children can ensure everyone gets home safe.

Fun alternatives to trick-or-treating Jack-o-lanterns and costumed kids are among the many things people instantly associate with Halloween. So is the tradition of trick-or-treating, where kids go door-to-door asking for treats that may make dentists cringe. While trick- or-treating is something most kids love, for parents the safety concerns can be overwhelming. Kids innocently knocking on strangers’ doors and asking for candy is not necessarily the safest way a child can spend an autumn afternoon. But parents concerned about their children trickor-treating can embrace several fun alternatives to trick-or-treating that still embody the spirit of Halloween.

Host a haunted house.

A haunted house for kids and their friends allows children to dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy their favorite treats while being scared witless. Parents can join in the fun by dressing up in

providing treats in much the same way kids would get them if they trick-or-treated the old-fashioned way. Once kids complete their jaunts through the mall, they’re likely to head home with a bag filled with goodies and maybe even some coupons or gift certificates to their favorite stores.

Camp out.

their own costumes. At the end of the night, award the child who had the best costume, and be sure to send each child home with a package of goodies.

Set the tone for the event a week or so before Halloween by hosting a jack-olantern carving that encourages kids to carve their own unique designs in their very own pumpkins.

Make your own Halloween treats.

Go the retail route.

Invite kids into the kitchen to create their own Halloween treats. Make sure chocolate is a key ingredient and invite kids’ friends over for a tasting or even to join in the fun of cooking.

Recognizing the safety concerns associated with traditional trick-ortreating, many of today’s community centers and malls open their doors to costumed kids on Halloween,

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Be sure to check your local town or village’s rules for trick or treat days and times. Most times would be listed on the village’s website. Stay safe and be sure to check all candy before eating!

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• Carry a lump of bread in your pocket when walking in the dark to serve as an offering to ghosts. • Don’t look at your shadow in moonlight on Halloween night. Otherwise, you will die within a short period of time. • When a person lived a good life, flowers will grow on his grave. If he was evil, weeds will grow. • Never slam a door; otherwise, you could hurt a ghost and risk haunting. • Holding your breath while driving by a cemetery keeps evil spirits from entering your body. • If a bat flies around a house three times, it is a death omen. • Ringing a bell on Halloween will scare evil spirts away. • A bat that enters a home may have been let in by a ghost.

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• If a candle goes out on its own on Halloween, it is thought a ghost has come to call. • A burning candle inside of a Jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps evil spirts at bay. • You invite bad luck into your home if you allow a fire to burn out on Halloween. • A person born on Halloween can both see and talk to spirits. • Seeing a spider on Halloween could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you. • If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween, don’t look back because it could be the dead following. • Knock on wood to keep bad luck away. • If a bat flies around a house three times, it is a death omen.

Another safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating is to host a campout under the full moon of Halloween. Kids can invite their friends over for some backyard camping, while Mom and Dad make s’mores and share spooky stories. Decorate the yard with fake tombstones and other Halloween-themed decorative items, and make sure each kids goes home the following day with his or her own bag of treats. Though traditional trick-ortreating gets all the glory, there are several alternatives that are just as fun and much more safe.

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Why Organic Hair Color? What could be causing my hair coloring allergies?

Women want to look young and beautiful at every age, in order to do that, the gray hair has to be covered. Due to this, women turn to the hair coloring aisle of the local retail store. The problem is that most women do not read the ingredients or if they do, they do not realize the harm these ingredients can do to their hair and their body. Many men and women alike have an allergic reaction from one or more of the substances used in the creation of the hair coloring dye. If you notice the warning on the back of the hair dye, it explains how you should perform a patch test. This is to ensure that you do not have any reactions of the hair coloring product. The sad news is that you could have other symptoms that could be from the ingredients in the hair dye that are not the same as the symptoms seen with allergies.

Personal care products just like diet supplements are not regulated by the federal government. This means that no testing is done to learn if the product is safe for humans to use or consume. These products are sold to the public without any testing at all, therefore; the manufactures could be using all kinds of harmful or allergenic ingredients in the creation of their hair coloring products. The Environment Working Group has at least 456 hair dyes in their database from which 400 of the products are considered dangerous. The reason they are listed in this manner is that the ingredients have been found to be toxic, linked to various disease, or cause conditions such as cancer, reproductive toxicity, organ toxicity, allergies, irritation of the lungs, and more. A few of the ingredients you should watch for that may be found in the hair dye product causing your hair coloring allergies include coal tar, formaldehyde, and PPD. Coal tar is found in around seventy one

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Paraphenylenediamine, which is found in the majority of permanent hair dyes. PPD has been proven to cause sensitization dermatitis, bronchial asthma, and throat irritation. In studies performed by the European cosmet ic regulatory committee (COLIPHA), confirmed that PPD causes bladder cancer.

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percent of hair colors which can be the cause of the irritation to the skin and was found to cause cancer in animals. Formaldehyde is an ingredient that is most often heard of in the preservation of cadavers. This product has been found in several beauty care products including hair coloring. This chemical has been proven to cause reproductive problems as well as cancer. PPD or

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Why the Majority of Businesses Fail and What to Do About It


We have all heard and read stats that 80% of all businesses started in a particular year would not exist in 5 years. Some of the reasons but not all are lack of experience, lack of capital, lack of planning and over expansion. Now, when we know them we can act on that to significantly increase our chances for success. And that’s what I want to do with this column – to help you grow your business by attracting more customers both online and offline and keeping them coming back. I can’t help you with finding money to start or fund your growing business. There is no way for me to know how you plan your business because every person and every business is different. However, I can help you attract more and better customers and retain them.

How can I make such a bold statement? I can because all businesses in their core are similar – they offer products and services that satisfy needs and wants. Plus, human’s nature has not changed much since Adam and Eve so you can be sure that what works for selling products in a specific category more likely will work for selling unrelated products in a different category. So the whine “But my business is different” is no longer an excuse for not trying new things. So starting with the next issues I will be discussing different ways to attract more and better customers, how to retain them and make them spend more with you.

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Baby Boomers Prefer Sports Cars People born between 1946 and 1954, collectively known as Baby Boomers, are trading in their family vehicles for something with a little more power -- sports cars. When the nest is empty (and sometimes before), the vehicle of choice becomes a sporty, fast little ride that may be the envy of all who see it. Convertibles are a popular choice among this demographic, as are other roadsters that turn heads. Here are some of the more popular models you’ll see cruising the roadways with Boomers behind the wheel, according to statistics from • Chevrolet Corvette: The quintessential American sports car, Corvettes are especially popular among Baby Boomers. Boomers flock to Corvettes more than any other age group, with nearly 64 percent of buyers belonging to the Boomer generation. • Volvo C70: A turbo-charged, 5-cylinder engine provides enough power to give a thrill to many Boomers. And with a convertible top option, it’s possible to have a breeze running through their receding hairlines, too. • Mercedes Benz SL: If it’s status and substance that Boomers desire, then there’s no looking beyond a Mercedes. Affluent Baby Boomers can enjoy a V8 engine and plenty

The Lexus SC 430 convertible is one of the many sports cars that Baby Boomers tend to gravitate toward.

of electrical gadgets to make their rides fun. • BMW 6 Series Convertible: Another premier car for the elite Boomer, the BMW sees 80 percent of its sales going toward Boomers. The 6 series is quick and has understated good looks, which also helps the vehicle serve as a status symbol for those behind the wheel. • Porsche Boxter: For those who have always aspired to be behind the wheel of a Porsche, the Boxter is small and sporty, perfect for handling the turns on the way to a country winery or maneuvering around traffic in an urban setting. According to industry experts, Baby Boomers have long driven the direction of the automotive industry. Many desire to stay away from the brands and styles their parents drove, preferring something with more pep and style.

In addition to the makes and models mentioned, CNW Marketing Research, a firm that looks at the reasons behind car purchases, says Boomers make purchases not only for the style of the car but also for the image the brand offers. The firm

lists these vehicles as other popular purchases among Baby Boomers. • Dodge Viper • Toyota Avalon • Cadillac DTS • Chrysler 300 • Jaguar XK • Lexus LS 600h • Lexus SC 430 • Audi A8/S8 • Infiniti FX • Lincoln MKZ Form and fashion drives the purchase of many Baby Boomers looking for a new vehicle. With more disposable income, many can afford to splurge on a car that is sporty and will garner “oohs” and “ahhs” from others.

Men and women who die without a will do not automatically have their assets seized by the government. When men and women die without a will, they leave what is known as intestacy. The only time a deceased person’s assets end up with the government is when the deceased has no living next of kin. Should a man or woman with living family or dependents perish without a will, a formula is then used to distribute the deceased’s assets. While this formula ensures family or dependents get some of the deceased person’s assets, it does not necessarily mean the deceased’s wishes will be honored. To ensure their wishes are honored, a person must have a will in place. Otherwise, the formula will be used to distribute assets. Contrary to popular belief, children do not have to be born from legal marriage to share in the distribution of assets. What’s more, laws have changed to include de facto partners in the distribution of assets when the deceased leaves no will. Previously, this only applied to spouses. However, now same sex-couples have entitlements when their partners die without a will. To determine the rules of asset distribution when a man or woman dies without a will, consult an attorney.

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Library Loses Pillar The staff of the Franklin Park Library and the entire village of Franklin Park sustained a great loss when Mark Johnson died suddenly on August 27th. Mark worked at the Library for 34 years, had a generous nature and strong ties to the community. Mark was the Local History Department. He preserved photos, newspapers, donations of furniture, and lots of ephemera. He collected stories, made contacts and answered questions, many, many questions. Mark was the force behind the Local History Club; he arranged the interesting presentations that formed a center piece for each meeting and he single-handedly prepared the club’s newsletter. But Mark was so much more to us. He was the editor of the library’s Newsletter and planned all of our adult programming. Having worked here so many years, he was the bearer of much of our institutional memory; he had seen four directors come and go, and he kept in touch with most of our past coworkers. Mark was our


outreach librarian and made sure that the Towers got regular visits and that our homebound patrons got new reading matter. Mark was our community’s contact person for the Voices of Vision Program which makes talking books and braille books available to those with serious visual impairments. Over the years, Mark was also the creative force behind the many library displays which brought smiles to the faces of both children and their parents. Because of the suddenness of Mark’s passing, we are struggling to carry on. If you worked with Mark, or if you are one of his homebound clients please contact us at 847-455-6016 and help us reconnect with you.

College application deadlines are getting nearer, and ACT/ SAT exam dates are approaching. Also, the energy of autumn leads many people to think about selfimprovement. However, test prep classes can cost anywhere from $100 - $1000 and in today’s economy few people can afford those fees. That is why it is important to be aware that one of the perks of having a Franklin Park library card is that your card gives you access to the online resource LearningExpress Library. W hatever your goa l, LearningExpress Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of the Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right

for you. Learning Centers include topics related to: • Elementary School • Middle School • High School • College Preparation • College Students • GED Preparation • Job Searching • Workplace Skills • Jobs & Careers • Skill Building for Adults • U.S. Citizenship • Recursos para Hispanohablantes Basically, users of LEL can create their own accounts and enter the Learning Center of their choice, and get access to eBooks, study guides and practice tests related to that area. LEL comes with a number of tutorials to help you get started on your own, or, feel free to come in to the library and ask our Reference Staff for help getting started. Call 1 847 455 4016 ext 2 to schedule your time .

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Get involved! There is something for everyone including story time programs, reading clubs for kids and adults, tutoring, crafts, gaming & yu-Gi-Oh tournaments, e ve n c l a s s e s f or S p a n i s h speakers! Check their website for information. Hispanic Heritage Month – Saturday, October 8 2-3 pm. Performance by Ruben Pachas of the Peruvian Folf Dance Center. Potluck reception to follow. Info at Ghost Hunters at the Library – Saturday, October 22, 2-3 pm. Representatives from the Paranormal Moms Society will give a talk and presentation on g-g-ghost s! For more information call adult services at 70 8 - 562-2301 a nd v i sit Free Family Movie in Spanish – Saturday, October 29, 2-4. “El

• Oct. 11: Scares Are In The Air Come listen to some creepy, crawly stores! • Oct. 18: A Little Bite Of Fright Craft project for Halloween Limit of 20 children – register at front desk

Bolero de Raquel” with Cantinflas. For all Ages. Popcorn and Beverage supplied. Registration required.

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Construction of the new computer facilities will hopefully be complete by November. Coming soon to the Schiller Park Library Kindlefriendly “e-books”! Check out

books for your Kindle without ever leaving your home! You will have three weeks to read the book before it electronically returns itself to the library. For further information on e-books call or visit the library. Did you know you could access your library account from home, renew checked out items online, place items on hold from home, and pay your fine on line? Simply go to our website and click on the “Swan” online account services.

• Oct. 25: Pumpkin Decorating Pumpkin decorating with paint and other imaginative materials. No carving permitted. The library will provide the paint and other decorating supplies – you simply provide the pumpkin. ONE BIG SCREAM - October 29th from 1:30-4 pm. Halloween Party at the library. Costume contest, goodies and fun! Limit of 100 children. Pre-registration required. Wednesday, October 19 – 6:307:30 pm Polish Story Night! Come listen to some Polish told seasonal stories.

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How sleep affects work (and vice versa) People often discuss how sleep -and often lack thereof -- can affect work performance. However, not as many people are studying how work impacts the ability to sleep. Research from the University of Pennsylvania published in SLEEP found that work time is the largest influence on how long an individual sleeps on both work and leisure days. It’s not just in North America, either. A 2005 study found that 36 percent of women in Finland had trouble sleeping at least once a week that year; 27 percent of men in the study said the same. But just six years prior in 1999, only 26 percent of women and 20 percent of men were reporting sleep problems once a week in the country. Experts suggest the reason for this drastic change can be attributed to both occupational stress and abnormal working hours. Similar to how stress affects sleep, work has profound implications on sleep as well. When their schedule calls for it, shift workers must alter their body’s natural circadian rhythm in order to switch from sleeping at night to day. Some employees work long hours with only short bursts of sleep available before they have to report back to work the next day. According to the Better Sleep Council, sleep deprivation currently

• While there is no magic number, sleep experts say a person needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night to function at his or her prime. Individuals should also make efforts to improve their quality of sleep. Here are a few ways to do so. • Invest in a new mattress if yours is old and no longer comfortable. This will alleviate twisting and turning -- and potentially waking -- from an uncomfortable mattress.

Work performance and ability to sleep are intertwined. Striking a balance between responsibilities at work and the ability to get sufficient rest is essential to personal health.

costs U.S. businesses nearly $150 billion annually in absenteeism and lost productivity. It may pay for employees and workers to collaborate on the best strategies for improving morale and performance by matching working hours with sleeping habits. This way each gets the best of both worlds. Not getting enough sleep can impact personal health in many ways, including: • Elevated risk of getting major illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

• Inability to concentrate or poor decision-making. • Putting the body in a state of high alert, increasing the production of stress hormones. • Weight gain, either through stress or eating at times when the body is not accustomed to eating. • Affecting skin and other tissue appearance. • Poor reaction times, which can lead to accidents. • Increased risk of developing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.

• Keep the bedroom for sleep and intimacy only. If there are stressors or stimulating things in the room, like a computer or television, they may impact sleep. • Limit caffeine intake, particularly several hours before bedtime. • Maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule each and every day -even on the weekend. If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, consult with a doctor. Insomnia is very common, and there are different treatment options that can help you get rest. Sleep and work are often intertwined and can impact each other. Because sleep is vital for maintaining health, it’s important to strike a balance so that sleep can be achieved.

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1. Put the mustard seeds, ginger and red chiles in a blender along with 5 tablespoons of water and whizz to a fine paste. Set aside the paste and continue with the recipe. 2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large pot and add the onion. Fry until golden, then add the cabbage. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes until just translucent and sprinkle in the ground spice mixture and salt. 3. Add 1/4 cup of water and cook uncovered until the cabbage is done but still crisp. Remove from the heat and set aside. 4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a separate pan and add the panch phoron. When it crackles, pour the oil and the seeds over the cabbage. Mix well. Serve hot, ideally with Luchis or with rice and Bengali Dal. To make the panch phoron, cooks can mix equal quantities of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, black mustard seeds, and nigella seeds.


Fall Lawn Care Warm-weather days will soon be a thing of the past and that means prepping the home and landscape for the arrival of winter weather. Even though it may be blanketed first by leaves and snow, lawns need treatment now to be sure they overwinter successfully. In fact, lawn experts say there is significant root growth that takes place during the winter -- growth homeowners won’t necessarily see. People should continue to water their lawns throughout the autumn if there isn’t significant rain and to aerate it as well. Applying a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen can help foster strong root growth. Also, keep up on removing leaves that have fallen. Not only will they stifle the lawn, but they may cause excessive moisture and mold to grow while inhibiting sunlight from reaching the grass as well. Before winter arrives, take the time to sow some grass seeds into the bald patches, if any. By late fall the lawn will stop taking up nutrients in preparation for winter.

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Rain flowing over windows, doors, and siding can rot fascia as well as door and window framing. It can erode the soil around your home and damage its foundation, and also cause a wet basement, mold, and mildew. To help keep gutters operating properly and to protect your investment, try these tips:

Using the right tools makes gutter cleaning faster and easier.

1. Think Safety First. Always use a solid, quality ladder to reach your gutters. Safety glasses and gloves are a good idea, too. And watch out for power lines. 2. Use the Right Tools for the Job. In addition to needing something to contain gutter debris, you’ll also need a tool to scoop it out. The Gutter

Getter Scoop from Working Products, Inc. is a good option. It’s the only flexible scoop shaped to fit all gutters, plus it will keep your hands away from the debris. 3. Don’t Over-reach. Over-reaching can destabilize your ladder and cause you to fall. Instead, consider using a special tool to extend your reach. The Gutter Grabber is a cleaning tool on an extension pole that lets you clean up to 18 feet of gutter without moving your ladder. 4. Check the Downspouts, Too. If the spout is clogged, a coat hanger or the handle of your Gutter Grabber can help get the debris out of the spout. Then, use a garden hose to flush out any remaining debris. For stubborn clogs, it may be necessary to remove the downspout and back flush it with the hose. Covering your downspout with a strainer such as the Gutter Getter Big Top Downspout Strainer will help reduce future clogging, too. 5. Clean Gutters Anytime They Need It. Most homeowners know they need to clean their gutters in the fall. But once you understand the importance of gutters, you’ll know why its vital to clean them out anytime they get full. To protect the value of your home, keep your gutters clean throughout the year.











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Save money with an intimate, elegant night in

Mak ing date night as memorable as possible is a goal for any couple, whether that couple is celebrating a silver anniversary or enjoying their first date. But with the economy struggling, many couples have been forced to improvise when it comes to date night. One of the most popular ways to make date night memorable without breaking the bank is to have an intimate and elegant even ing at home. Even ings in come w it h a l l t he good things an enjoyable night out on the town provides, such as good company and a delicious meal, but none of the baggage like waiting for a table or finding a place to park or getting a large D'Amato Bakery!bill at the end of the evening.

For men and women uncertain of which wine to pair with their meal, has an easyto-use wine pairing guide that offers suggestions for each course, including appetizers and dessert.

Go Gourmet

Just because you won’t be dining at a 5 star restaurant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy gourmet cuisine. The Internet is a great place to find easy-to-follow recipes ideal for chefs of all skill levels. Mimic meals you might enjoy at a favorite restaurant, complete with appetizer, entree and, of course, dessert. Especially ambitious couples can even prepare their own desserts the night before.

Don’t Ignore the Decor

An elegant and intimate night in should extend beyond the meal. Pedersen encourages couples to be sure to eat by candlelight and dress up the dining room’s decor with a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Fresh cut flowers purchased from the grocery store won’t break the bank, but they will go a long way toward creating a romantic date night atmosphere. Nowadays, the economy has many couples scrambling for ways to save money. Instead of forgoing date nights altogether, couples can simple enjoy an intimate night in for two. May we suggest a good bottle of wine as recommended by Jerry Your Wine Guy and a delicious loaf of Bread from D’Amato Bakery to compliment your elegant night in?

Make the Perfect Pair

No gourmet meal is complete without the right bottle of wine. In lieu of a costly night out on Monica Pedersen, interior designer the town, couples can enjoy a and host of HGTV’s Dream Home romantic night in with all the trappings of a traditional date. and Designed to Sell, suggests something from Napa Valley 7/5/11 5:54 PM winery Rutherford Hill owned like any other date, even if it is a by the Terlato family. Winemaker night in. Dress for the occasion When in Rome ... Marisa Taylor Huffaker hand crafts just as you would if you were 9416 West Irving Park Road “When in Rome, do as the a collection of Napa Valley wines going out on the town, forgoing Schiller Park, Illinois 60176 that make a perfect complement to Romans do.” The same principle 678-0400 those comfortable sweatpants and a host of(847) gourmet dishes. can be applied to spending an hoodies for more elegant attire intimate and elegant night in with “I’m a fan of Rutherford Hill, that sets the nightStorefront apart from a Monday-Saturday Hours: 7:00 a.m. - wedding,” that special someone. When on a which was served at my 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 weeknight. a.m. - 3:00 p.m. typical date, it helps to treat the date just says Pedersen.

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Fun By The Numbers


Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! Here’s How It Works:

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

Horoscopes ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 There’s no easing the tension between two people in the house, Aries. The constant bickering is leaving you weary, but the best you can do is vacate the premises.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you might find yourself in a pickle this week unless you act quickly and authoritatively. Swift action makes it possible to contain the potential damage.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Others don’t understand your motives, Sagittarius, and you kind of like the air of mystery you impart. Just don’t gloat too much about your interesting persona.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, just when you thought you had everything worked out, someone throws a monkey wrench in all of your plans. You will just have to quickly adjust.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you can only coast along for so long. Sooner or later you will have to put some real effort into your future plans. Start thinking about it.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Carpicorn, all of the struggles you’ve endured in the last few months will pay off with some just rewards soon enough. Hold on a little longer.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, it’s hard to fight through all the clutter and excess in your life, but now is the time to weed through what you have and start thinning out the unnecessary stuff.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you can’t help but feel like you’re on cloud nine this week. It’s full of love and romance, and it’s something you have been craving for a long time.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, sometimes you pick the most inopportune moment to get started on a project. It’s foolhardy to expect others to share in your enthusiasm at these times.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, discretion is advised when you are presented with a situation that is outside of your usual circle. Tread lightly on tricky ground for the time being.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Sometimes your patience is tested, Scorpio. But others don’t realize your need to have some alone time, so let them know in a calm and respectful way.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, spend your time wisely because soon you won’t have a minute to spare on anything. You will be all-consumed with work.

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Artwork submitted by Kayla Blomquist, Schiller Park

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Hey Kids, have your parents send us your original artwork, comic strips, drawings, short stories or poems to People & Places. We’ll print them in upcoming issues

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Safety Measures to Take When Banking Online

Legal Brief In mid-2011, roughly 200,000 Citigroup credit card customers received some startling news. Hackers had accessed the gigantic bank’s system, a security breach that exposed account holder’s names, e-mail addresses and account numbers to hackers. News of the breach created a sense of panic among Citi’s customers. Despite the fact that customers’ social security numbers, dates of birth, card expiration dates, and card security codes were not compromised, the breach did leave those customers whose information was accessed susceptible to further fraud. Having names and matching sensitive information, such as e-mail addresses and account numbers, enables hackers to potentially perpetuate mass fraud, leaving Citi customers at great risk.

The Citi breach wasn’t the only breach to cause panic. Shortly before Citi revealed its security had been compromised, a banking breach at the People’s Federal Credit Union in Texas was victimized by hackers who used a software program to generate debit card numbers which they then used in other states that do not require PIN numbers to make a transaction. That breach left many of the credit union’s customers with nothing in their accounts, though the credit union insisted the money would be replaced. In Australia, a security breach caused a handful of banks to cancel credit cards in an effort to protect customers. These incidents occurred within weeks of one another, leaving many account holders wary of online banking. While it’s safe to assume there will be future security breaches, that doesn’t mean banking customers should abandon online banking. But it may mean customers should take security more seriously. The following security measures are some of the ways men and women can protect themselves from criminals looking to access their information. Be wary of junk e-mails. Junk e-mail is less prevalent than it


• ATTEMPED ROBBERY - On August 11,

2011, a dark skinned male approximately 5’10” and weighing around 200 lbs. walked into the Schiller Park TCF Bank and handed a written note to the teller stating, “Give me your money.” The teller asked the subject if he wanted to withdraw money from his account in which he replied, “give me the money drawer” while shaking the note at her. When the teller did not respond, the suspect mumbled something and then left the bank. He was last seen walking down Irving Park Road towards Wendy’s. No arrest has been made.

• BURGLARY ALERT - Reports of vandalism

and repeated attempted burglaries were reported in the Wesley Terrace area by a resident calling this newspaper. Be on alert and keep your doors and windows locked.

• DEADLY CRASH - After losing control of

his Harley Davidson motorcycle on River

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once was, but that doesn’t mean it’s now harmless. In fact, hyperlinks within junk e-mails are one of the more common ways hackers gain access to private a information. Such links will likely take consumers to sites that look very similar to their bank’s Web site, and it’s there where consumers find themselves in deep trouble, entering personal information that they’re essentially handing over to criminals. Banks do not use e-mail to contact their customers about account balances or other sensitive information. Even if the e-mail appears legitimate (and it likely will), do not click on the link within it. Instead, go directly to the institution’s Web site and login from there. Protect mobile devices. Mobile devices are the same as computers and they need the same protection. More and more people bank through their mobile devices, but those people might be surprised to know mobile banking apps are not always very secure. When downloading apps for your phone, always research their security before downloading and always update the mobile device security software as frequently as possible. Change passwords. It’s getting increasingly difficult to remember

passwords. The more people go online, the more likely they are to be asked to create a username and password. Each is required for e-mail accounts, online banking, accessing bills online, and just about anything else that involves sensitive information. While it can be difficult to keep track of all those usernames and passwords, it helps to change them frequently and to never use the same password for multiple accounts. It’s especially important to have a unique password for online banking. In addition, make answers to additional security questions something only you would know. For example, if asked for your high school’s mascot, say “meatloaf” or “hot dog” instead of the school’s actual mascot. Such answers are more likely to be known by you and you alone. Monitor accounts online daily. In response to the Citi breach, many customers may have considered closing online accounts. However, such a measure makes it more difficult to monitor financial activity. Instead of eliminating accounts, people can monitor their online accounts on a daily basis. This makes it easier to customers to detect fraud and report it to their financial institution immediately.

Road in Schiller Park, Ramon J. Szara, 47, • BURGLARY was reported on the 2800 of Morton Grove, lost control of his vehicle block of Pearl Street. A garage side door and crashed. He suffered fatal injures and was kicked open and an air conditioner was pronounced dead at Gottlieb Hospital. was reported stolen. There were no witnesses to the crash which • AN ALCOHOL RELATED ARREST was left over 250 feet of skid marks. Schiller made on September 10th at Mannheim Park Police are investigating. Road and Fullerton. • HIT & RUN - Sept 8 – A driver wearing a postal uniform was seen leaving the scene at River Road and Irving Park Road in a 4 NORTHLAKE door Silver Honda • STOLEN PHONES - On September 2 at Northlake Middle School, two iPhones were reported stolen and on September LEYDEN TOWNSHIP FRANKLIN PARK 5, a 1992 Acura Legend was stolen at the • STOLEN VECHICLE - On September • CAR CRASH involving a police vehicle Sehll Gas station on Mannheim Road. The occurred at Franklin Avenue and Rose on 3rd, a vehicle was stolen from the 900 owner had left the car running with the keys Friday, September 23rd. The officer had block of LaPorte Avenue. More than in the ignition and unlocked. his emergency lights on but apparently the $300 was stolen from the 2400 block of vehicle who broadsided him didn’t see the • A BURGLARY occurred in the King Arthur Mannheim Road. Robberies were reported squad coming through the intersection. Only on September 2nd on the 2500 block of Court apartments after a window was left minor injuries were reported, but the squad Mannheim Road and at the intersection unlocked. Two flat screen TV’s and a car was totaled. of Mannheim Road and Fullerton Avenue. Playstation were stolen.


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IN LOVING MEMORY Michael Stanley Numerowski - April 5, 1925 to September 21, 2011 World War II Marine. Married to the late Eleanor M. Numerowski. Father to son Michael J. and daughter Deborah Cousineau. Resident of Grace Park Condominums in Schiller Park. Services were held.

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LEYDEN ALUMNI & FRIENDS REUNION All graduating classes are welcome to attend. Saturday, October 15th, Rog’s Pub & Eatery, Schiller Park, 8 pm.

ST. CELESTINE SCHOOL 75TH ANNIVERSARY Dinner and Auction on October 22, 2011 Spread the Word! All are invited to attend. Celebration Mass at 5 pm; Dinner and Festivities begin at 6:30 pm and include a gourmet dinner buffet, desserts, drinks, entertainment, decade rooms, silent auction, raffle baskets, a grand raffle and diamond raffle. Please visit and click on 75th or Alumni tabs for further information, downloadable invite/ reply, donation and sponsorship forms and advertising forms. This event will be held at the school, 3017 n. 77th Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707.

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When the alarm sounds, the men and women of our fire departments answer the call without hesitation, saving thousands of lives and homes from devastating fires. In fact, last year alone, United States fire and rescue departments responded to more than 400,000 home fires. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 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. During Fire Prevention Week, we salute these brave men and women, who risk their own lives protecting the lives of others. We recognize that each of us has a responsibility to exercise awareness and caution in preventing fires by putting safety first.

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