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JANUARY 2012 Volume 2 Issue 1
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MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER Lose weight – Start an exercise program – Stop smoking ; The top three New Year’s resolutions made each year. According to research done by Proactive Change (www.proactivechange.com);” 40-45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year.” The research also shows that 75% of us can hold on to that resolve for one week; 71% for two weeks; and 64% for one month. After six months our staying power drops to 46%. From my own personal perspective, I think we lose sight of our goals mainly because we word them in a way that our subconscious minds simply say, “STOP, I can’t do this any longer.” However, the older I get the better I become at making resolutions or setting goals that actually work for me. See, in the past, I used to say, “I’m going to lose weight.” Somehow it kept finding me and my weight lose goals would soon fade like the fad diet I was on at that time. Now I say,” I’m going to eat less or only half of what’s on my plate.” Now that works much better for me; as it doesn’t seem to deprive me of what I like to do and that’s enjoy food! Small baby steps can help you accomplish
To the Editor… Can somebody tell me how the hell is Dist. 212 going to get the money to pay for a personal computer at East Leyden for each student? Oh, wait; It will be me!!! Second, no one from the school board asked me. Third, the average income for household citizens of Franklin Park is about 45-50 thousand dollars. Fourth, the kids were breaking down doors this Christmas to pay up to four hundred dollars for Michael Jordan shoes, and me, the over taxed citizen will have to foot the bill for the computers and union salaries for the teachers and the military has to reject many recruits because they are stupid! Welcome to my insane world. Wish I was back in Vietnam! Gene Korous, Franklin Park
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Thanks for the great color photos of the children’s art work. I must say the drawings by the West Leyden High School Student were incredible! What an awesome gift idea by her sister. I have to say, my mom used to get another paper for years…after several recent issues she canceled her subscription. The paper was nothing more than ads and an occasional story of interest. Your paper is filled to the brim with local news and goings on, it is a good old fashioned reading experience. It is clear to see that people not only enjoy reading it but, submitting pieces. Keep up the good work! Happy Holidays! Donna Vessini, St. Celestine
larger goals. Here are some for instances. “I’m going to start exercising.” How about instead,” I’m going take a ten minute walk once or twice a day and breathe in the fresh air.” Not only have you set a goal, but you’ve included an action step and a benefit too. Trick your subconscious into thinking that what you’re doing is enjoyable and the likelihood that you’ll keep your resolves will be greater. Here’s another one. “I’m going to start saving more money.” How many times have we all said that? Instead, “I’m going to cut out my daily $4.95 latte or bring my own lunch to work.” Figuring a five day a week purchase times 52 weeks in a year, would
add up to $1,287 in savings! A great start to an emergency fund or a small vacation. See, getting your subconscious to think small really can help you achieve big results, and the New Year is the perfect time to start. Remember the old saying, “How do you eat an elephant?” Well, start eating away at your New Year’s resolutions, “one bite at a time!” This month’s issue has some great information to help you achieve your goals or set new ones. We love to hear from our readers; write us and let us know your resolutions, tips and/or accomplishments. Also, resolve to send a loved one a message for Valentine’s Day or if you’re a business, thank your customers with one of our Valentine Heart Ads! Check out our back page for information. BEST WISHES TO ALL OUR READERS FOR A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR! THIS OR SOMETHING GREATER!!!!
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Open Forum & Public Comment “What’s On Your Mind?” Here’s your chance to tell it like it is on any issue important to you or you feel is significant.
Keep the Cell Phone Ban in School I just read the article about East Leyden High School (December 22nd FP HeraldJournal), “has proposed a more nuanced policy for students using cell phones and other electronic devices.” They are proposing loosening up the school’s blanket ban on electronic devices and allowing limited usage. Are you kidding me? Do you really think kids are going to “rise to the new level of responsibility” and refrain from using their cells phones for passing answers to each other or texting when they are supposed to be paying attention to the teacher during class? Children, and I do think they are still children in high school, should NOT be allowed to use their cell phones at all during school time. This is a time for learning, not texting or listening to their iPod. The article stated that restrictions will still apply in locker rooms and bathrooms and they would be off limits to taking photos. And who is going to police this? Can you just imagine what kind of pictures are going to show up on their
Facebook pages? When the inappropriate photos start to show up, who’s going to be held responsible; the kids or the assistant superintendent who suggested this new policy? It was stated in the article, “Look at adults in meetings. They have their phones out at all different times. Are we doing students a disservice by telling them to put it away?” No, you are NOT. They are not CEO’s of companies and allowing this will only justify the rude behavior that some “adults” display when they use their cell phones inappropriately. Yes, we live in an electronic world, but children did just fine years ago without cell phones in school and they’ll do just fine now. What’s the old saying, “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile?”
What’s the story? Does anyone know what is going on with the Horseshoe Lounge? Are they rebuilding, tearing down or what? Has the case ever been solved? We have more boarded up businesses, homes and empty storefronts in Schiller Park every day.
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2 PEOPLE & PLACES • JANUARY 2012
Jan. 18: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS NETWORKING EVENT Franklin Park/Schiller
Park Chamber of Commerce, Pescatore Palace Restaurant & Banquet Hall, 3400 N. River Rd., Franklin Park. 5-7pm. Complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and 50/50 raffle. 708-865-9510, www.chamberbyohare.org.
Jan. 19: FRUIT DAY Elmwood Park Seniors,
2 Conti Pkwy, Elmwood Park. 708-452-3962, www.elmwoodpark.org
Santa Workshop in Schiller Park, December 10, 2011. Jan. 3: ELMWOOD PK, H.S Booster
Club Meeting, Elmwood Pk H.S, Elmwood Park, 7pm-8pm, 708-452-7272, wwwelmwoodparkhighschool.org
Jan 4-25: WINTER FAMILY FUN - EVERY WEDNESDAY Ages 2-5 with an adult. Seasonal activities; art projects, stories, games, songs and a snack $25/$30 Extra child $10 , Bulger Park, Northlake, 6-7 pm, 708-538-0101, www.veteransparkdistrict.org
Jan. 5: COOKING & RECIPE CLUB Prepare and share Appetizers $5.00 person $7/00 O/D, Westdale Park 3024 Sandra Ave, Melrose Park, 4:30p,-6pm, 847-451-5144, www.melrosepark.org
Jan. 6: COCHIARO’S MOVIE NIGHT Drop off your child for G rated or PG movies, pizza and beverage 6pm - 8pm, $5.00 child/ date $7.00 child date, o/d, Leyden Township Community Center , Melrose Park, 6pm-8 pm, 847-451-5144, www.melrosepark.org
Jan. 6: WHITE PINES GOLF DOOM INDOOR GOLF OUTING Franklin Park/
Jan. 11-Feb 15: INTRO TO PAINTING Ages 10-12, Basic principles of drawing and painting $35.00 Child / $40.00 O/D, Leyden township Recreation Department , Melrose Park, Wednesday 6pm-6:45pm , 847-451-5144, www.fpparks.org
Jan. 11-Feb 15: ADVANCE DRAWING
from Schiller Park, 8am-4pm, 847-671-8580, email@example.com
cardio workout all while sitting down. Beginners class for seniors $4 per class, Community Center, Franklin Park, 9:30-11:30am, 847-455-2852, www.fpparks.org
Jan. 12: SENIOR MOVIES Elmwood Park
Seniors, 2 Conti Pkwy, Elmwood Park, 10am and 1pm, 708-452-3962, www.elmwoodpark.org
Jan. 12: MAGIC CLASS Learn ropes, coins and card tricks. Ages 5-12 $20.00, Elmwood Park District, Elmwood Park, 6:45pm-7:45pm, 708-452-3935, www/elmwoodpark.ord
week hit the town with your friends and go to a new place.$28 (Fee covers two nights), Transport from West Leyden HS, Northlake, 6pm. www.veteransparkdistrict.org
Junior Golf for girls and boys 5-17, $99.00. Jan 8-Feb 12, 2012, Elmwood Park District, Bensenville. You are responsible for your own transportation, 6-7 pm, 708-453-3962, www.elmwoodpark.org
Jan. 13: TEENS ON THE TOWN Each
Jan. 14: RIDGE WOOD PARENTS CLUB
and dancing with old and new friends, Center at North Park, 2pm-4pm , Franklin Park, Park District Cash Bar available. 847-455-2852, www.fpparks.org
Ridgewood High School Parents Club Bingo, Ridgewood High School, Norridge, 6pm
Jan. 8: CHICAGO WOLVES Norridge
$5 adult, $3 child, St. Beatrice School, 4141 Atlantic Ave , Schiller Park, 7:30am-Noon, 847-678-1752,
Jan. 9: COOKIE MONSTERS Ages 2-4 with Parent, reading and eating of cookies, Norridge Park District, Norridge, 2pm-3pm. www.norridgepk.com Jan. 10: CRAFTS AND CARDS Elmwood Park Seniors, 2 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park, 1:00 PM, 708-452-3962, www.elmwoodpark.org
Jan. 15: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PANCAKE BREAKFAST Pancake breakfast,
Jan. 16: FOUR WINDS CASINO TRIP
Fee include $10 for the slots and a buffet lunch $38R/$42NR , From Franklin Park to New Buffalo, MI. Must be 21 or older to participate, 8:45am4:30pm, 847-455-2852, www.fpparks.org
Jan. 17: BENSENVILLE LIONS DINNER MEETING Bella Vista Banquet Hall, 205 Main
Jan. 26: HORSESHOE CASINO TRIP HAMMOND, IN $30 per person , Departs
week hit the town with your friends and go to a new place $28, Pick up is at Grant Park , Northlake, 6pm. www.veteransparkdistrict.org
Feb. 4: FIRST AID, CPR & AED FOR ADULTS CHILDREN & INFANTS Franklin
Park Community Center, Franklin Park, 9:30am1:30pm, $50R/$60NR, www.fpparks.org
Feb. 10: ANNUAL INSTALLATION DINNER Mont Clare/Elmwood Park Chamber of Commerce. Royal Gardens Banquets, 2515 N. Harlem Ave., 708-456-8000, www.mcepchamber.org.
Feb. 10 & 11: DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE Dinner, dancing, flowers, photo with Dad. Center at North Park, In district $30/couple, out of district $40/couple, $15 each additional sibling. Must register, Park District of Franklin Park, Space limited, 7pm-9:30pm, 847-455-2852, www.fpparks.org
Mar 9: 6TH ANNUAL ST. BALDRICK’S EVENT Watch for more information on the
Jan. 11-Mar 7: SIT AND BE FIT Get a full
Jan 7: LEYDEN ACT PREP ACT is the most
Pk.$24.00 ARC 25.00 R 29.00 NR, Allstate Arean Rosemont Participants are responsible for their own means of transportation, Rosemont, 3pm. www.norridgepk.com
Jan. 26: SENIOR TRIP HORSESHOE CASINO Elmwood Park Seniors, 2 Conti
Parkway, Elmwood Park. 708-452-3962, www.elmwoodpark.org
Jan. 12: WHITE PINES GOLF DOME
Jan 8: BALLROOM DANCE Socializing
Presented by the Schiller Park Lions Club, Schiller Park Community Center, 4501 N. 25th Ave., 12-5pm, Donation: Adults $8, Children 6 -11 $4, Children 5 and under Free. Bring a non-perishable item for the Leyden Food Pantry and receive a FREE raffle ticket for each donated item. Call Lion Ken or Lion Glenda Wagner, (847) 678-3918
Ages 10-12 , Review basic skills, still lifes, figure drawing,$35.00 Child / $40.00 O/D, Leyden Township Recreation Department, Melrose Park, 5:15pm 6pm, 847-451-5144, www.fpparks.org
Schiller Park Chamber of Commerce. Your $30 “Green Fee” Includes: Two hours of unlimited driving range, use of the virtual golf simulator, dinner from Ozzie’s including sandwiches and pasta salad, entry into a variety of contests which include closest-to-the-pin contest, 2 drinks (beer or wine included). 708-865-9510, www.chamberbyohare.org. widely accepted college entrance exam, West Leyden H.S., Northlake, Registration forms due to the cashier by 3:30pm. www.leyden212.org/
Jan. 22: 15TH ANNUAL PASTA DINNER
Jan. 27: TEENS ON THE TOWN Each
event coming to the Hanging Garden’s Banquet Hall in River Grove. Sponsored by the Franklin Park Firefighter’s Association. Last year’s event raised close to $140,000 for children’s cancer research. Form your team now! Shaving heads saves lives! Visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/17/2012.
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COMMUNITY NEWS Record Year For Chicago Area As of Friday, December 30th, Chicago stood at 49.81 inches of precipitation according to the National Weather Service. That includes the record setting snowfall and rain we experienced this past year. 2008 was the wettest year with 50.86 inches. That means 2011 is only 1.05 inches behind 2008. With the amount of damage residents endured, it’s doubtful anyone would hope to set any more records before the New Year hits. The mild weather we’ve had so far this fall and winter are welcome to stay.
Dist 81 School Board Report BY TERRY DOODY
School Board Meeting of December 14, 2011 • Tax Levy PowerPoint Presentation showing a request for an increase of 5.11%. • Comments and questions from two residents complaining of continued tax increases and overspending. • Approval of minutes and payroll. Authorization to pay bills in the amount of $256,461.60. Payroll amounts November 15th $393,809.22 Gross and November 30th $403,863.37 Gross. • Examples of Excellence – Performance by the Music Department Band and Choral groups. • Old Business – Work still being performed on balconies at Lincoln. Board policies gone over last month were put up to vote, including changes to General and Professional Personnel policies; all instructional policy changes passed • Finance Report – State is tardy in paying money to the District. • New Business – Adoption of Tax Levy, Passed 6-0 Absent 1. Authorize reduction of certain fund levies for 2011, Passed 6-0 Absent 1. Use contract of Facility by Bretford Manufacturing, Passed 6-0 Absent 1 • Public Participation – Questions to Board pertaining to monthly bills, tax levy, and school buses. Most questions were not answered or were deferred to the Communication Director who was unable to attend that evening. Next School Board meeting will be held on January 18th, Lincoln Middle School’s Little Theatre at 7 pm. All residents of the district are encouraged to attend. The agenda for the meeting is available on the District 81 website prior to the meeting at http://www.sd81.org/
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This year, the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Civic Organization kicked off its third annual Toys for Tots Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Zoar Lutheran Church in Elmwood Park. As in the past, families, friends and residents came together to make this event a smashing success. Well over 300 residents attended to show their support for children in need. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus made a special appearance to take pictures with all the children and to pass out toys to each boy and girl. Along with Santa, the United States Marines’ arrival had children staring with awe as well as parents thanking them for the selfless job they provide. Putting together an event such as this could not be possible without the volunteers and support of our residents and businesses. The EPNCO would like to send out our deepest and most sincere thanks to Mike T. of Schultz Supply, Christ Panos, John Mori of Mori Milk and Tom Samatas. We can’t forget to mention Rich Mazzulla of Baciami Pizzeria and Angelo Lollino of Massa Cafe and Caffe Italia for providing food and supplies as well as making breakfast for all who attended. We would also like to thank all our volunteers including Anthony Donato and the Lady Tigers, Pastor Guyman, Tracy O’Lear, Nick Schiullo, Dean Pritt,Alisa and Giana Lollino,Tory Nuzzo, Alexandra Fosco, Lynzi Misuraca,and Bailey Perez. As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the accomplishments of the EPNCO in 2011 and look forward to another successful year in 2012!
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All in Favor? Schiller Park Village Board Meeting
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The Mayor and Village Board on Tuesday, December 13 discussed and/ or voted on the following items: Absent: Trustee R. Desecki • Consent agenda included reports from the Fire Department & Emergency Services Bureau for September, Economic Development’s Building Official, Housing Coordinator and Health Inspector for November, Street Department and Vehicle Maintenance Division for November, Water and Sewer Department for November and Police Department for October. • Payment to Bulley & Andrews Contractors in the amount of $113,552.78 for Village of Schiller Park Phase II Upgrades. • Request from the Schiller Park Lions Club to use the Community Center on Sunday, January 22nd to hold their annual pasta dinner. • Award contract for 2011 Valve Repair Program to On The Mark Company, the only responsible bidder in the amount of $21,175.00. • Award contract for 2011 Valve Replacement Program to Neri Brothers Construction, Inc., low responsible bidder, in the amount of $33,960.00. • Payment of village bills in the amount of $900,720.42 • Proposal for a Collection Agency Agreement with Illinois Collection Service, Inc. and authorize Village Manager to execute the Agreement. • Proposal and appeal to Commonwealth Edison in regards to utility relocation in connection with the Crystal Creek project. Cost to Village approx. $112,000. • Resolution commemorating the honoring the 50th Anniversary of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church. • Passage of the Annual Tax Levy Ordinance for the Fiscal Year beginning May 1, 2011 and ending April 30, 2012. Amount of Levy passed unanimously by Board 2%. • Passage of 10 ordinances abating certain tax levies for the tax year 2011 for various series of G.O. Bonds. • Passage of ordinance increasing the number of police officers by one temporarily. • Passage of ordinance making parking on the side of the SP Library where the book return is located a 15 minute only parking area.
BY ROSE GREEN
The Mayor and Village Board members on December 5, 2011 discussed and voted on the following items. All board members were present. • Trustee Ruhl reported there has been three water main breaks in the last week and said this is normal due to the shifting of the ground and temperature changes. • Trustee Brime encouraged residents to call the village about pot holes when they are small so they don’t get bigger. Smaller pot holes are easier and less expensive to fix. • The blood drive on December 16th is being held in honor of Lois and Mark Johnson for all their work and dedication with past drives. • The comptroller reported the City of Chicago is passing on the rising cost of water service to the surrounding areas. He estimated that after four years the village would go from $2.6 million per year for water to $4.8 million per year. He encouraged the Board to increase the water rates 25% to avoid putting a burden on the general fund. This would cover the increase and add about $650,000 to the general fund while only adding about $5.50 to each water bill. • The comptroller also suggested the Board consider keeping their portion of the property tax levy flat. • The consent agenda was passed in its entirety and notable items include: – Approval of expenditures in the amount of $2,803,099.18 – An ordinance amending the zoning map to re-zone 9470 King Street from restricted industry to R-2 single family. Due to illness, Reporter, Rose Green was unable to attend the Board meeting on December 19th. However, the following key items of interest on the agenda were as follows: • Annual Tax Levy Ordinance • An ordinance authorizing the permanent closure of Gage Avenue at Ruby Street, the removal of the traffic signal at the intersection of Ruby Street and Pacific Avenue and installation of a four-way stop sign. • Approved minutes of the December 19th meeting will be posted after the next Board meeting scheduled for January 9th at 7 pm. They can be viewed at www.vofp.com
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Property owners wishing to appeal their 2011 taxes which are payable in the fall of 2012 can receive free assistance from the Leyden Township Assessor’s office. Appeals will be accepted by the Cook County Board of Review from December 22nd through January 20th. Help will consist of filing an appeal and finding comparable properties. The township office is located at 2501 N. Mannheim Road and is open from 9 am to 4 pm. You can call ahead at 847-455-8616, but the office does not take appointments. Visits take from five to 10 minutes. This free service is open to property owners of Elmwood Park, River Grove, Franklin Park, Schiller Park, unincorporated Leyden Township and the Leyden portion of Northlake, Norridge, Rosemont, Melrose Park and Park Ridge. Taxpayers are encouraged to ask for assistance on appealing their taxes, as the assessed value is the only thing you can control.
Two Democrats and one Republican will be running in the 78th state representative district race. Camille Y. Lilly, who has held the seat since 2010, will be facing Michael D. Nardello in the Democratic primary in March. The lone Republican is Ralph P. Vara of Oak Park. The District includes most of Oak Park, parts of Chicago’s Austin and Galewood neighborhoods and significant portions of Elmwood Park, River Grove and Franklin Park with patches from Belmont to North Avenue and from Harlem to Dora Street. Kathleen Willis of Addison, Democrat, will be facing off against current State Rep. Angelo “Skip” Saviano, Republican. Saviano has been the 77th district state rep since 1993. The new boundaries for the 77th district includes all or portions of Melrose Park, Stone Park, Northlake, unincorporated Leyden Township, Franklin Park, Bensenville, Wood Dale and Addison. The 39th Legislative District which includes most of Melrose Park, Elmwood Park, River Grove, Franklin Park, Schiller Park, Northlake and most of Rosemont, parts of Bensenville and a considerable amount of Chicago and Oak Park, has State Sen. Don Harmon, who has served since 2003, running unopposed. In the 5th Congressional district, which contains Elmwood Park, River Grove, Schiller Park, Franklin Park, parts of Melrose Park, Stone Park, a chunk of the North Side of Chicago, along with Oak Brook and Hinsdale within its boundaries, Congressman Mike Quigley is running unopposed in the March primary. He took over the 5th district from Rahm Emanuel in 2009. However, one Republican, Dan Schmitt of Chicago will be running against him in the general election.
Poverty in Our Schools? According to an article found in the December 14th issue of the Des Plaines Journal, many area schools, according to the U.S. Census, saw a rise in the number of school aged students under the federal poverty line. Some of the highest rates of child poverty were found in East Main School Dist. 63 that serves Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Niles and Glenview at 19.5%, Rosemont School District 78 at 19.1%, and Leyden High School Dist. 212 at 17%. PROPER GARBAGE CAN PLACEMENT When placing your garbage cans at the curb, remember that the handle and wheels should be away from the curb.
BGA’S Top Ten Working for, “integrity, transparency, and accountability in government...” The Better Government Association, BGA, announced its Top Ten Investigations of 2011. Investigations such as, “Why Townships Don’t Add Up”, “Sticker Shock: Platinum Pensions for State Pols and Community College Retirees”, “Four Towns Owe Chicago More Than $15 Million for Water, “ and “Utilities Brighten Up IL Legislators’ Campaign Funds”, bring to light inefficiency, waste and expose corruption. Check out the BGA’s website and read why, in the words of President and CEO Andy Shaw, “We need to eliminate the ‘corruption tax’ we all pay when our government is run for the benefit of the politicians and insiders, and not for the people.” www.battergov.org/about_us/top_ten_ investigations_from2011.aspx.
New Law For Disposing of Electronic Equipment As of January 1, 2012, a new law prohibits disposing electronic equipment at the curb. Both Schiller Park and Franklin Park have free drop off locations for residents. Current law requires computer monitors, televisions and printers to be diverted, but under the new law, that list is expanded to include keyboards, portable music devices, scanners, VCRs, video game consoles and more. Visit your village’s website for further information and for complete lists of acceptable items. E-waste items left at the curb will be left behind by waste haulers and marked with a sticker. Residents will then be required to dispose of the item(s) at a designated electronic recycling center.
…And Another Law Come January 1st Buckle up! And that means back seat passengers too. Starting January 1st, Illinois will require all passengers, including previously exempt back seat passengers age 18 and older to buckle up. It was noted that 64% of back seat passengers killed in accidents were not wearing seat belts. The new law allows police officers to stop a car if they spot an unbuckled rider. Fines start at $25.
U.S. Postal Service Warns of Spam S ome post a l c ustomers a re receiving bogus e-mails about a package delivery. The e-mails contain a link that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your PC. The e-mails claims to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. You are instructed to click on a link to find out when you can expect your delivery. But Postal Inspectors warn: Do NOT click on the link! Like most viruses sent by email, clicking on the link will activate a virus that can steal information such as your user name, password, and f inancial account information. What to do? Simply delete the message without taking any further action. The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program. If you have any questions about a suspicious postal email or wish to report spam, contact the Postal Inspection Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT... Jobs Lost in Melrose Park Alberto Culver will be closing in Melrose Park in 2013 and Unilever, who acquired Alberto Culver last year for $3.7 billion, will begin laying off at least 600 employees in the next few months. Workers will not be the only ones to suffer from the closing; The Village of Melrose Park will also be losing one of its biggest water customers. The Alberto Culver name has been around since 1955.
Triton Prepares Students for Success Current and prospective students at Triton College can undertake a mission for the spring that is far from impossible. Recognizing students’ needs for convenience and flexibility, “Mission: Admission Possible – Code Name: Success” offers access to everything students require to register for spring classes all in one day. Students choosing to accept this “mission,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, can take placement exams, complete the orientation process, meet with academic counselors and register for classes, all at the Triton College Student Center, located in the B building on the main River Grove campus. Students will also have an opportunity to meet with financial aid advisors and complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the same day. There will be tours, music, refreshments, prizes and a free class raffle worth $275. Students must register for classes on Thursday, Jan. 12 to be entered into the raffle. Spring classes being January 20th, so don’t delay. To RSVP or for more information, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3130 or e-mail email@example.com.
Congratulations to Local College Scholarship Winners $1,000 scholarships were awarded back in November to 10 local high school graduates of 2011 and five college students by the Auxiliary and medical staff of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. The students were selected on the basis of grades and expressing an interest in pursuing careers in the medical field. Local Recipients included: Audrey DelGiudice of Schiller Park, Royal Alyce Johnson of Melrose Park, Emma Lambert of Elmwood Park, Elizabeth Pasquini of Melrose Park, Anca Rascol of Schiller Park and Elizabeth Reed of Northlake.
Thinking of a Picnic? 2012 Picnic permits will be sold beginning January 3rd from 8 am to 4 pm at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County General Headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest or online at www.fpdcc.com. On line sales can be done 24 hours a day. Picnic permits must be obtained by groups of 25 or more and only two picnic permits per person or organization are allowed per year. One of the most popular groves for picnics in 2011 was Schiller Woods in Chicago/Schiller Park.
Speaking of Scholarships Triton College offers Scholarships and many go unused because students may not know about them or think they won’t qualify. Call 708-456-0300 or visit the Financial Aid Office in Room B-216W to
find out how to apply for these valuable funds. In addition, Robert Morris University has announced that residents of Bensenville, Addison, Schiller Park, Franklin Park and Northlake may apply for new scholarship grants being made available to those in the community wishing to pursue a bachelor or master’s degree. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis to accepted students and are subject to change. For further information contact them at 630-787-7805 or visit their website at www.robertmorris.edu . Don’t wait, apply now!
encourage residents to help keep those hydrants clear if they have one near their home. The Park Ridge Fire Department alone has close to 1,400 hydrants in the city of Park Ridge. It is nearly impossible for the Fire Department to clear each and every one of them. This holds true for other area departments as well. As a result, residents are asked to lend a hand and clear away accumulated snow. If possible, make sure a three-foot perimeter exists around the hydrant so firefighters have access to it in case of an emergency. Be a junior firefighter and help out!
Rosemont News The Economy’s Toll On Tuesday, December 13th, Rosemont dedicated the new $16 million dollar Tri-State Toll-way ramp that will direct northbound traffic off the toll-way and into the village near the Rosemont Theatre, the convention center and The Park at Rosemont entertainment district that’s slated for opening in March. The ramp will not only feed Rosemont and its many destination points and hotels, but serve as an alternate access to O’Hare Airport. It will also have the ability to send tens of thousands of cars into the village once the new 120-store fashion outlet mall that will open in late summer of 2013. Rosemont officials have taken steps to acquire approximately 15 acres of prime pieces of real estate west of the Tri-State Toll-way commonly known as the AMB and Hoffman properties. Although no specific plans for the property have been made, it could one day be the site of a major development.
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ILLINOIS CHILDREN LIVING WITH UNEMPLOYED PARENTS: 2011: 296,800 2007: 168,600
ILLINOIS CHILDREN LIVING WITH PARENTS UNEMPLOYED SIX MONTHS 2011: 158,500 2007: 51,900 HOMES LOST TO FORECLOSURE BETWEEN DEC. 2007 AND NOV. 2011: Chicago area: 138,254 (one in every 27 homes) DOUBLED UP FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 2011: 21.8 million 2007: 19.7 million MEDIUM U.S. HOUSEHOLD INCOME: 2011: $49,445 2007: $52,823 ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE Current: 10 Percent 2007: 5.1 Percent
Taxing Times! The Village of Franklin Park’s tax levy will remain flat for 2011 property taxes payable in the fall of 2012. The Village of Schiller Park has raised their tax levy by 2%. Northlake and Elmwood Park have also raised their levies. In addition, most school districts and library districts in the area have increased their tax levies ranging from 2-10%.
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Please help us find homes for these and all the cats in CatVando’s care. We’re a Trap Neuter Return Group. Cats and kittens in our care take our time and money. As much as we love them, they take valuable resources away from our main purpose: to help reduce and care for the numbers of cats living in our streets. We’re already stretched paying TNR and medical costs for cats
abandoned to foreclosure and eviction. We need adoptors! In addition to the kittens, we have a number of cats, once homeless or in need of medical care, now healthy that need homes. We’re particular about who adopts to assure the best life for the critters and the best match for each. We don’t do TNR during the winter months but it’s time to get on the list for next season. Weather dependant, we start back again early April. To get on the list, go to our website and download our colony management forms, complete them and email or snail mail them back to us. We take cats in the order we receive them. Please don’t wait until you see a pregnant cat and call for immediate attention.
Pets of the Month Red, Powder and friends! Red & Powder are two of five litter mates looking for a home. They are mini-kittens with the physical abilities of cats twice their size. They are adorable hoots! One female, a calico tabby mix with 4 males of various colors and tabby markings. A powder grey tab, a brown tabby, a distinct black and grey tab and a grey muted
tabby. We’re looking for two homes for them. We adopt our kittens, especially the young ones, in pairs. Rather than end up with an extra going out alone, we’re hoping someone will adopt three. They keep each other company when you’re busy and you get to watch them play and cuddle together. Double the joy! And what’s one more!
CatVando is a Trap Neuter Return Group working in our communities. All cats come spayed or neutered with age appropriate shots, a microchip, are free from fleas and parasites and are tested for feline disease. Call (708)829-6013 or visit www.catvando.org and catvando.blogspot.com.
The Animal Care League Provides Shelter and Finds Homes for Area Pets People & Places is proud to bring you adoptees from the Animal Care League in Oak Park. The Animal Care League is a limited admission shelter that helps homeless cats and dogs by providing them food, shelter, medical attention and love until they can find them a forever home. Being a not for profit organization, they depend solely on the generosity of the community to help meet their goals of finding new homes for as many animals as possible each year. They also gladly accept donations to help defray the cost of housing the animals. ACL also operates a 2nd Chance resale shop that sells all kinds of stuff; new, vintage and antique jewelry, crystal and glass, cd’s, books and more! Merchandise is mostly donated and because so many people like where the money goes, they get really nice items. If you are looking to add a new member to your family, you can view
Xena, a female Cattle Dog Mix
their adoptees on their website at www.animalcareleague.org or you may call them to make further inquiries about their animals at 708.848.8155. The Animal Care League is located at 1011 Garfield Street in Oak Park.
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Xena is a Cattle Dog mix that came to the ACL from a rural shelter in the South. She’s a very affectionate gal, but true to the nature of her breed, she’s also very smart and active. We anticipate that she will need approximately an hour or two of running and hard playing exercise per day. Xena loves working with her person and would make a great agility or obedience dog. That said, with some time and energy,
Xena is sure to become an awesome family dog. Because of her bounciness and herding behaviors, Xena would be best in a home with children over 10 years old. Xena is not completely housebroken yet, though she has been in a foster home for a few weeks and has had very few accidents. Xena gets along with other dogs but does come across pretty dominant initially. Experience with the breed is a plus.
The Animal Care League is a limited admission shelter that helps homeless cats and dogs by providing them food, shelter, medical attention and love until they can placed in a loving home. Contact the ACL at 1011 Garfield St., Oak Park. Shelter Phone: (708)848-8155, reclaim a Lost Pet: (708)848-0172. www.animalcareleague.org. JANUARY 2012 • PEOPLE & PLACES 9
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View December in Pictures There was so much activity during the month of December around Leyden Township; Holiday parties, concerts, beautiful decorations, festivities for children and adults alike! There was the Tree lighting and arrival of Santa on the fire truck in Franklin Park, carolers serenading the anxious children waiting to board the Polar Express to the “North Pole”, Northlake’s and Schiller Park’s Christmas wonderlands that even Congressman Quigley attended. And we couldn’t forget all the beautiful holiday decorations that so many homes displayed around the area. Our staff photographer, Gene Majewski, had to occasionally hitch a ride with Santa in order to make all the events! Visit the People & Places Facebook page to see more of the great pictures he took including pictures from the Schiller Park Library’s annual Christmas party. If you took pictures, feel free to post them on our page. It’s a great way for friends and neighbors to experience the smiling faces and wonders of the Christmas season! www.facebook.com/leydenpeopleandplaces
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JoRide Bicycles Donation “It’s amazing to be a part of it.” This was what Mary Kay Betz, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Illinois, exclaimed when asked about the JoRide bicycle donations they recently received. It was an early Christmas for 60 recipients on December 11, 2011 when the Konica Minolta Colorful Tomorrow Foundation distributed the special bikes for children that have problems riding conventional two wheel bicycles. Two Schiller Park children, RJ and Brody McCampbell, were the happy recipients of two JoRide bikes. Mary Kay said that children who the Autism Society has worked with in the past were chosen to receive the bikes based on whether or not they knew how to ride a bike already. She explained that many special needs children are unable to ride bicycles and these pedal-less bikes are specially made for them. Konica Minolta has distributed hundreds of Jo R ide bicycles throughout Illinois. In past issues of People & Places, we have published articles authored by Steve Cohen called “Special Needs
Special Times” Steve is the manufacturer and P resident of JoRide Bicycle. Here, in his own words, is how he came up with the JoRide bike.
(L to R) James Norberto, Konica Minolta Corporate Communications Key Coordinator; Velinda Cox, Vice President of Konica Minolta Marketing & Business Development; Steve Cohen, President, JoRide Bicycle; Judi Cluff, Coordinator of SEDOL OT & PT; Tom Moline, Superintendent (SEDOL). Seated - Joey Cohen
“Over the past couple of years, I have tried in vain to teach my autistic son Joey how to ride a standard pedal bicycle. After knocking his legs into the pedals time and time again, he, not
surprisingly, lost interest. Meanwhile, he still desperately yearned to be able to go riding with his siblings and peers. For years, I have pulled Joey around in a Burley (a pull-behind bicycle trailer for children). Now eleven years old and too large to fit in a Burley, I thought his bicycle days were over. That’s when I began tinkering with his bike. The modified version I came up with was the prototype for JoRide. And thanks to his own JoRide, Joey no longer takes a passive backseat in the Burley. He loves to actively ride just like other children, and he is content for HOURS just watching the movement of the wheels that he is accomplishing all by himself. JoRiding has provided my son Joey with balance skills as well as newfound confidence and independence. It can accomplish the same benefits for any rider. Perhaps even more importantly, it helps individuals who have previously felt left out because they couldn’t ride a typical two-wheel bike get on one and immediately get moving with others.” JoRide Bicycles were created for individuals with special needs,
regardless of age or physical limitation, to create the ability, freedom, independence, comfort, and stability to learn how to ride a bike. The bikes are designed to increase balance skills, self-confidence and independence. They promote fitness and can be used in adaptive physical education classes as well as assist with occupational therapy. If you would like to learn more about JoRide bicycles visit their website at www.joride.com. You can also email Steve Cohen at Steven@JoRide.com
Congratulations to the Lady Gators Guerin Prep’s girls’ basketball team of River Grove defeated the St. Viator Lions in the semifinals of the 29th annual Snowflake Tournament with a score of 50-49. They will now advance against Glenbrook North in the championship game.
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SPORTS Ladies Celtics Win IESA State Basketball Championship
Ptack. We are extremely proud of the team, coaches and parents!
St. Celestine Catholic School in Elmwood Park is celebrating the 41-28 victory of its 8th Grade Ladies Celtics
Leyden’s basketball team has had a good start to the season, with an overall record of 5-3. The Eagles started off 3-0 with the wins against Evergreen Park (55-41), Ridgewood (53-49), and Westmont (52-35). The boys then suffered a close loss to Norridge prep on November 26th (36-38). Senior, Alex Herrera, has had a standout season thus far being named player of the game four times already. The boys played a close conference game against Morton on December 16th, 2011. In the fourth quarter Leyden lead 48-47 with just less than six minutes left to play. The Mustangs took the lead with the score being 54-52 and 1:25 remaining. Only a few shots stood between the Eagles and another victory, but the boys missed the key shots and were forced to foul in order to stop the clock. Morton then made 6 out of 9 free throw shots, leading to an Eagle loss, 6053. Patrick Listwan was named player of the game, with 11 points total.
Basketball Team. The team, which has been undefeated since 5th Grade, won over the Monroe Bartonville team for the IESA State Basketball Championship Thursday, December 15th in Springfield, Illinois. Under the coaching direction of John McKenna, Head Coach, and Jorge Diaz, Assistant Coach, the 8th Grade Ladies Celtics Basketball Team includes: Judi Aldape, Kaitlin Aylward, Jennifer Carvajal, Desiree Diaz, Shannon Faherty, Emily McCarthy, Sarah McKee, Annie McKenna, Vicky Nega, and Elizabeth
Leyden Boys Basketball BY STEPHANIE ELLIOTT
Although, catching a break from school for the holidays, the boys played in a Christmas tournament that began on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011. With the season just getting started the boys have plenty more games to be played. If the rest of the season goes well, the Eagle’s basketball team will be playing all the way up until the end of February, when playoffs start.
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The girls play most home games on Saturdays at the Edge in Bensenville. The Edge is located at 735 E Jefferson Street in Bensenville. Come out and support the Leyden Girl’s hockey team. For more information and how you can support the team visit http:// www.eteamz.com/leydengirlshockey
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Just this year, a Girl’s hockey team was created under the Leyden name. The team consists of girls from local area high schools. The team is open to any girl attending Leyden, Elmwood Park, Fenton, Maine South, Maine West, Alcott, Northside Prep, Von Steuben and Walther Lutheran. They are led by head coach Tony Guida and assistant coach Stephanie Orchard.
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Men’s Basketball League The Park District of Franklin Park is looking for men to join their Men’s Basketball League this January. It is a 10 game regular season and single elimination tournament. Teams must have uniforms. Mondays or Wednesdays January 25-April 25. Game times 7, 8 and 9 pm. Fee $575 per team ($100 deposit due upon registration) Location Community Center Gym. Manager’s meeting January 18th 7 pm Community Center. For further info contact the Park District of FP at 847-455-2852 or visit www.fpparks.org
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SALUTE TO OUR SOLDIERS Searching for Closure Mrs. Ethel Bell of Schiller Park recalls memories of her brother George F. Rosecrants, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army. She is still praying that someday they will find his remains. In her own words, she writes, “George was always in uniform; boy scouts during childhood and then joined the National Guard after graduation from Lane Tech. After being discharged from the National Guard, he joined the regular army and made PFC, then Corporal and then Sargent. He was in the Medical Company, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was in Alaska for training, Fort Lewis in Washington and then was shipped out to Korea. Korea, the forgotten war; how soon we forget. George wrote often from wherever he was at and we would write back. My parents were very upset that he was going to Korea and many times they cried for him. How we heard of my brother being missing in action was through an article in the paper my father read in the Chicago Tribune. (See article. Name in article was spelled incorrectly.) After reading the
article, my father wrote many letters to Washington hoping to know what happened to his son. No one came to talk to us. My father passed away and my mother said he died of a broken heart. The Defense Department finally declared my brother George died in a prisoner of war camp. His remains have never been found. I married in 1958 and my mother passed away in 1967. When my four brothers and I would get together, we always talked of George believing that he was alive somewhere. My four brothers and
ATTENTION ALL MILITARY VETERANS The American Legion Wants You! Join your comrades in arms and support the Americanism we represent! Wounded and aging veterans at Hines Hospital Local charitable events in our communities Social events • Picnics • Christmas parties for Children • Legion sponsored adult dance nights • Local school awards and scholarships • New Years Eve celebrations • Special events promoting patriotism – Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Parades & more!
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sister-in-law have all passed on, so it’s only me now along with lots and lots of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. My son and his son are all Army. My son has been to Korea and it’s nice to know that he probably walked in my brother’s footsteps. In 2005, a Genealogist for the Army got in touch with me through the obituaries. I was in shock when she mentioned my brother George’s name. I have in my keeping one letter that declared my brother died in a POW camp on March 31, 1951. My mother was not notified of that until February 1, 1954. I also have in my possession all the many medals that show his courage and love of the Army and doing what he loved best, being a medic. The Army did send someone to take my DNA in hopes of finding my brother. There had been a few times when North Korea was giving back remains of soldiers; I waited and called, but George was never among them. I still get invitations to come to Washington to be with families of the Cold War and to also get a guided tour of the Pentagon. I also get a Christmas card from President Obama and family in recognition of Staff Sargent George F. Rosencrants for courage, love and respect for our Country. God Bless America. We are of one people.”
Welcome Home! In the early morning hours of December 21st, family and friends along with police and fire escorts welcomed home Army SPC Derrick Ross of Schiller Park, 23. The fanfare began at O’Hare Airport and continued through the streets until they reached his home. Over 100 people attended the event along with members of the Wounded Warrior Program. Derrick is here for two weeks and then it’s back to Seattle, Washington for more therapy. Derrick was severely injured in Afghanistan after his Humvee rolled over an improvised explosive device or IED. He has endured nine surgeries with four more to go, and had rods placed in his leg. His parents Ken and Beatrice Ross were thrilled to have him home for the holidays. Derrick, who is a combat engineer, has served two tours of duty with the Army and is considering reenlisting. People & Places Newspaper wishes Derrick a speedy recovery. THANK YOU for your service to our Country! Another soldier returned home on December 20th. Angel Guma of Franklin Park, 26, was stationed in
Afghanistan for almost a year. He was a graduate of West Leyden High School and joined the Army Reserves. Guma’s return was also met with family, friends and an escort of fire engines, ambulances and police cars.
Special Extra Earnings for Military Service Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit. To see if you qualify and for more information visit www.ssa.gov/ retire2/military.htm
Free Academic Review Session Triton College is hosting a free academic review session for all veterans to prepare them for the mandatory placement testing in effect at the college. On Thursday, Jan. 12, veterans can gain an understanding of what testing consists of with review sessions in math, reading and writing from 9 a.m. to noon, in Room A-102 of the A-Building, on Triton’s campus in River Grove. • MATH REVIEW – 9-10AM • READING REVIEW – 10-11AM • WRITING REVIEW – 11AM-12NOON
The review sessions are open free to veterans in the community. Following the sessions, there will be an opportunity to tour the campus, meet with a counselor, take the placement test and register for classes all in one day at Triton’s “Mission: Admission Possible – Code Name: Success” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the same day. The event offers access to everything students need to register for spring classes all in one day. Veterans who attend the review sessions will be entered to win a free class at Triton College for the spring 2012 semester, valued at $275. Triton College is located at 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, Ill. For more information or to RSVP for the review sessions, contact the Academic Success Center at (708) 456-0300, ext. 3341.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Put SALUTE in the subject line. We will print one or more a month, space allowing.
Make Quick Money BY ERNIE BROWN
There are ways to make money right around, or in, your own home. Students from school can do them! Following are three examples … (1) hosting Pampered Chef Products; (2) Cleaning Houses and (3) Village Work. All are right in your neighborhood and can be very profitable.
HOSTING PAMPERED CHEF Hosting Pampered Chef could help you earn a bit of cash. Plus, it could be fun! The Pampered Chef signs up stay-at-home consultants to perform cooking demos right in your own kitchen using Pampered Chef Products. Visit their web at www.pamperedchef.com.
CLEANING HOUSES There are people that will pay to have their houses cleaned to avoid housework. Avoid cleaning agencies, where you’ll get paid $10.00 p/hour and work like a dog. Instead, develop your own cliental base and put $20 p/hour directly into your own pocket. Page’s Personal Cleaning offers a guide to starting in house cleaning. Visit their web at www.pagespersonalcleaning.net .
VILLAGE WORK There are always jobs available right on your own block! In the winter people always want their sidewalks shoveled free of snow. In the summer grass cutters are needed. Even racking leaves in the fall!! Drop a note at your neighbor’s door advertising your service and you’ll be surprised the response you’ll get!!
Ernie Brown is a retired businessman from Franklin Park who is volunteering his talents to write articles for People & Places. Should you wish to comment on any of his articles, feel free to contact him at email@example.com
Loving Technology BY JEAN M. DUGO
Greetings and Happy New Year! I’ve provided some fun and useful resources related to the start of our New Year.
What Is Tasting Table? Tasting Table is a free daily email publication that delivers the best of food and drink culture to adventurous eaters across the country. http://tastingtable.com/li/join?utm_source=ev.1006
Career Development Information to help you look into your career prospects • Illinois Career Resource Network: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/ • Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ • Choosing a Career: http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/
IRS In 2012, Many Tax Benefits Increase Due to Inflation Adjustments http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=248485,00.html
New Year’s Resolution Blog http://newyearresolutionblog.blogspot.com/
Today in computer history from Computer Hope http://www.computerhope.com/
Wikipedia gives a nice definition of social media http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media
Jean M. Dugo loves technology, education and computers. For future issues, I would like to answer your technology questions. Please feel free to email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Increase Sales in 2012 One Thing Any Small Business Owner Must Start Doing Today
BY KALIN MARINOV
If you are a small business owner that has weathered 2011 CONGRATULATIONS! A lot of businesses went underwater. Although bad news for them, the good news is, you will have less competition. Additional bad news is the economy most likely won’t improve significantly in 2012. However, that does not mean you have to surrender, because there are plenty of things that can be done to insure a prosperous 2012. I want to talk about one of them that you can start doing today; collecting your customer’s information - name, address, date of birth and email address. One may think that customers will be unwilling to provide you with that kind of information, but it is not true. If they trust you, they will be happy to do it. Of course you have to give them an incentive to do that - a discount or promise to get deals unavailable to the general public. Now you know their age, gender, what they have bought and their birthdays. You can use that data in numerous ways. The most obvious ones are sending a birthday greeting card with a special offer or notifying them about new products or services you offer they might be interested in. A not so obvious way is to start sending them a newsletter (printed or electronic one) to keep reminding them of your business and what it stands for. This way you will be on the top of their minds; and because you have invested time in building relationships, you will be their top choice when they need your product or services again.
Kalin Marinov specializes in creating programs for small businesses that reactivate past customers and increase profits instantly. He can be reached at email@example.com
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SENIOR SNIPS Simple Ways to Be More Active Everyone knows how exercise can improve your health or simply keep you healthy, but some of us just can’t fit it into our busy schedules. Here’s the good news. You don’t have to follow a structured workout program, as long as you get enough physical activity in your daily routine. For example, one study found stair-climbing, as little as 6 minutes a day, can help lower your triglycerides. Other daily activities add up too. Here’s how many calories a 150-pound person burns in 30 minutes of doing these household chores. Moving Furniture
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The Super Seven to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
depression. That’s good news for the brain, because depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Did you know that more than 50 percent of Alzheimer cases may be preventable? In fact, research suggests that there are seven key healthy lifestyle changes people could make to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Although further research is needed to confirm if there is more than just a causal link between these Super Seven and Alzheimer’s, these changes still offer plenty of other good health benefits:
• GO TO BED. Getting a good night’s sleep can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, so get your ZZZ’s because new research suggests that developing type 2 diabetes may up your chances of getting Alzheimer’s.
• TAKE A CLASS. Higher education and working the brain is linked to lower rates of Alzheimer’s.
• WALK OUTSIDE. People who exercise outside – versus at the gym or inside the house – have less
• DROP A FEW. Becoming obese at middle age may be connected to higher Alzheimer’s risk.
• GET MOVING. Inactivity is linked to greater Alzheimer’s risk, so take a daily walk. Walking every day can prevent your brain from shrinking too.
Can’t remember your best friend’s phone number, what you had for lunch or where you left your car? Think it may be Alzheimer’s? Tell your doctor; several easy-to-remedy culprits can cause memory lapses, including: ✓ A sluggish thyroid ✓ Low blood sugar ✓ Insulin resistance or diabetes ✓ Blue moods or depression ✓ Sleep apnea ✓ Prescription drug interactions ✓ Use of OTC sleep aids
• DON’T SMOKE. If you do, quit. Smoking nearly doubles up the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. • EAST MORE BANANAS. The potassium in this cheap and plentiful year-round fruit can help lower your blood pressure by as much as two to three points! And low blood pressure at middle age may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
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Boost Your Immune System for Optimal Health The strength of a person’s immune system is generally what determines if he or she gets sick. If two people are exposed to the same germs, the one with a weaker immune system tends to get sick. Medical experts often agree that the elderly and the very young can experience serious and adverse reactions to seemingly mundane illnesses. Simple colds or the flu can turn into pneumonia and other life-threatening situations if left untreated. The culprit is often an underdeveloped or compromised immune system. As you age, your physiology changes. Bones become less dense, hormones fluctuate, and you may experience a weaker immune system. As a result, seniors are more susceptible to illness than their younger counterparts. But boosting the immune system by changing your diet, exercising and getting outdoors can be a way to stay healthy. Doctors say that it is possible to boost your immune system. The secrets lie in understanding how the immune system works -- and how your everyday life can offer you greater protection.
In simple terms, the immune system is a network of cells and organs that block unwanted visitors from wreaking havoc inside of the body. Should a germ get by, the body has strong defenders that can eliminate the threat. These are known as antibodies. When you get an inoculation, a small amount of an offending particle is put into your body so that your immune system can develop antibodies against it. Should you be exposed to that type of invader again, you will possess the antibodies to fight it.
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Your immune system can lose some of its protective properties if it is faced with a constant onslaught of diseases and must overcompensate for poor health habits. But there are ways to get your immune system back in fighting shape. • Get plenty of sleep. Mom was right ... lack of sleep can affect the body’s ability to function correctly, which includes fending off disease. Routine
sleep deprivation can definitely affect overall health.
body. Water is necessary to flush out toxins that could lead to disease.
• Reduce stress. Stress can have a number of negative health implications. It slowly wears away at the immune system and leaves you susceptible to a host of illnesses. Take measures to reduce stress as much as possible to be healthier.
• Eat a rainbow of foods. Brightly colored foods are full of the antioxidants you need to improve health and keep the immune system in top form. Tomatoes have lycopene, berries are a great addition to your diet and beans are high in fiber that keeps the digestive system working correctly.
• Exercise. Moderate exercise has been shown to improve immune system function. However, overdoing it and running yourself ragged can actually be detrimental. Brisk walking or bike riding can be a great form of moderate exercise. Always check with a doctor before exercising to be sure it fits with your lifestyle. • Engage in intimate relations. Sex causes the body to release IGA, proteins from the immune system that help the body fight infection. Feel-good brain chemicals also play a part in fending off outside invaders. • Drink plenty of water. As you age, the thirst reflex becomes less pronounced, and a loss of taste may mean you pass up foods with a high water content. Dehydration can wreak havoc on the
Senior airfare discounts aren’t extinct, but they certainly can be hard to find. Each carrier has its own rules, minimum ages and restrictions. You may have to phone to get the savings. Here’s a quick rundown: • Southwest had discounts for 65 plus on all domestic routes • American, Continental and United offer discounts on select routes for 65+ • Delta discounts vary by age and apply only to flights from three Latin American Nations. • US Airways provides no senior discounts.
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Horoscopes ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you may have trouble connecting with family this week. You are very busy with personal issues and other obligations. It may seem frustrating, but keep your head up. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you have a generous spirit, but sometimes you can be just a little bit too generous. Don’t go overboard this week when buying gifts for those close to you. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you have always been very practical when it comes to matters of ﬁnance. Sometimes, however, the lure of shopping can try your resolve. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you are in a high point in your career, and you don’t want to lose the momentum. But you could feel pulled in too many directions this week to impact the job. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 You have unusually low levels of energy this week, Leo. There isn’t much you can do about it other than prioritize your tasks so you can accomplish the most pressing things.
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VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, any trips that you are planning this week could be delayed by some mechanical difﬁculties. You’ll get there eventually, but it could take a while. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, don’t take anything at face value this week and try to avoid gossip as much as possible. This is achieved by surrounding yourself with gracious people. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 You are bound to have a good time this week, Scorpio. It’s because you will be spending time with your family. Enjoy as much time together as you can, including a good meal. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 This is the ideal week to stay inside as much as possible and read or get busy work taken care of. Although it may not be exciting, it doesn’t require a lot of energy. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, this week you may have plans to spend some romantic evenings at home with your partner, but things don’t always work out as expected. Schedule more time later. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, it may seem like the walls are closing in on you, but that’s just because you need a change of scenery. Trade in dull responsibilities for something else. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, this week you may ﬁnd it difﬁcult to concentrate. This is out of character for you, but everyone has an off-day. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS January 8: David Bowie, Singer (65) January 12: Andy Lawrence, Actor (24) January 9: Dutchess Catherine, Royalty (30) January 13: Orlando Bloom, Actor (35) January 10: Rod Stewart, Singer (66) January 14: Jason Bateman, Actor (43) January 11: Amanda Peet, Actress (40) THIS MONTH’S CHUCKLE! A doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired. At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her. As the young doctor was looking through these, his eyes grew wide as he realized she had a prescription for ‘birth control pills’. “Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are BIRTH CONTROL pills?” “Yes, they help me sleep at night.” “Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely NOTHING in these that could possibly help you sleep!” She reached out and patted the young Doctor’s knee. “Yes, dear, I know that, but every morning I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16-year-old granddaughter drinks. And believe me; it helps me sleep at night.” JANUARY 2012 • PEOPLE & PLACES 19
A New Year Marks a Great Time to Reassess Your Career The dawn of a new year is a great time to take stock of several things in your life, including your career. The spirit of rejuvenation that characterizes a new calendar year makes this an ideal time to examine your job, where it’s going and if there’s anything you can do over the next 12 months to further your goals and aspirations. When reassessing your career, ask yourself the following questions and be honest when answering them.
What don’t you enjoy about your job?
Is now a good time to move on?
Everyone has things about their job they don’t like, be it location of the office in relation to your home or poor relationships with coworkers. If the things you don’t like are relatively insignificant and you can’t think of any issues that are pressing, then you might be happiest staying in your current position.
The onset of a new calendar year is a great opportunity for professionals to reassess their careers and where they want to be in a year’s time.
What do you enjoy about your job?
Is your career interfering with your life?
The grass always seems greener on the other side, but most people, when being honest with themselves, will admit there are several things they enjoy about their current career and the company they work for. When answering this question, consider those things you do at work that you enjoy and would like to continue doing every day. If the things you like most about your current job (i.e., free coffee every morning) are not terribly important in the grand scheme of things while the things that you feel should be a priority (i.e., sense of fulfillment, passion for your work) are nonexistent, then perhaps a change is in order.
When reassessing your career, it helps to determine if your work is interfering with your personal life or enabling you to lead a fulfilling life away from the office that includes ample time to spend with family and friends. Though a higher salary at another company might be enticing, if that salary costs you precious time with your family, then it might be in your best interest to stay put. The flip side to that coin is if your current position pays well but you must sacrifice family time to maintain your career, then perhaps a change that allows you to
live a more fulfilling personal life is in order.
Is advancement possible? To many people, the opportunity to advance within a company is enough to entice them to stay. When reassessing your career, ask yourself if advancement is realistic and where you might be 12 months from now. If opportunities for advancement are there, then this might be a better bet than starting all over again elsewhere. If you see yourself in the same position and earning the same salary 12 months from now, then it might be time to begin exploring other options.
Another thing men and women must consider when reassessing their careers is the economic climate. Of course, the economy has not been thriving for the last several years. As a result, many people have understandably clung to their jobs, fully recognizing the high unemployment rate has created a highly competitive job market that offers no guarantee of finding work. However, as much as the economy has struggled, for some people, the last few years have been a good time to make a career change. This all depends on your field of work and whether it is thriving (some fields have actually fared well throughout the recession) or struggling. If your research determines it’s an especially risky time for you to change careers, it’s probably best to put a career change on the back burner for the time being. When reassessing your career, a host of factors will eventually influence your decision. But the dawn of a new year makes a great time to begin the process of determining if continuing on your current path or choosing another path is best for you.
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As I walked into the store where Kissed By The Sun Creations is located, I immediately noticed a uniqueness you would not find in other stores. Even the mailbox outside the shop is embellished with different colored stones decorated by its owner, Victoria Onorato. I was immediately greeted by a friendly smile and warm handshake. As we walked around her studio, Victoria explained that she started her business from the small beginnings of her garage selling her creations at craft shows. She explained that after getting hurt at work, she started developing her creations with the only thing, along with her imagination, that worked at the time, her fingers. If asked, Victoria finds it difficult to explain exactly what she does. When I looked around, I could only describe it as, “new created from old”; art that lights up. You’ll find centerpieces for the table, bird feeders and baths, hanging art, wall art, and even glass tables. No two pieces are alike; each one individually created from one woman’s flair for the extraordinary out of the ordinary. When you go into Victoria’s workshop, you see all types of different materials that she works with. Discarded china, vases, cups, glass, brass, plates, just about anything you can think of. She hunts for glass from estate sales to flea markets. She also does custom work with items brought in from customers who want grandma’s depression glass made into something useful instead of collecting dust in a cabinet somewhere. Her inspiration most of the time comes at night while sleeping. “I’ll actually see the pieces coming together in my very vivid dreams, and the next day I go to work creating that piece.” Each piece of art is unique and can take up to a week to prepare and cure. She makes sure that all her materials are weather and mildew proof to insure a long life for the customer. Victoria commented that sometimes a piece of glass will sit for weeks or even months until she finally finds the perfect pieces to go with it. Not only is her art beautiful, it’s useful and affordable. Most of her items are equipped with a solar light on top. When charged, it can illuminate a porch, deck, or even inside the home for hours on end. These attractive pieces would serve anyone well during a power outage. Victoria said that many seniors find her pieces worthwhile because when living on a fixed budget, these lights can serve as a night light or a welcoming light when coming home to an empty house. Prices for her art can range anywhere from $25 to approximately $145 for a glass table. Visit her store today at 7450 W. Belmont in Chicago and tell her People & Places sent you! Visit Kissed by the Sun Creation’s website at www.kissedbythesuncreations.com or call 773-576-2548. You can also email Victoria at email@example.com
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4157 Atlantic Ave., Schiller Park SAVE THE DATE – January 15, 2012. The Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast in the school hall from 7:30 am to Noon. Adults $5, children under 11 $3, kids 2 and under eat free. Join the Knights for breakfast and help us support priesthood vocations. Tickets will be sold in church on January 8th at all the masses and at the door.
HYPOD – Help Your Parish Out Of Debt 2012 HYPOD tickets are available from the ushers after all the masses, at Sunday Bingo or from the Rectory. Tickets are only $10 and
are good for 52 drawings a year. Prizes include $100 every week (40 drawings) and 12 drawings at $500 the last Sunday of every month. Even the seller has a chance to win! First drawing will be Sunday, January 1, 2012, so the sooner you buy a ticket, the more chances you have of winning.
GIVE A LASTING GIFT The St. Beatrice Prayer Garden of fers ever yone, even nonparishioners, an opportunity to give a lasting gift to themselves or someone else. Brick pavers can be ordered for the garden by calling the church rectory or filling out an order form available at the exits of the church. Remember a loved one, important event or even a pet and your brick will become a permanent part of the grounds at St. Beatrice. Call and order now to ensure spring installation.
St. Maria Goretti will publish a special 50th Anniversary Book to celebrate their Golden Anniversary. Photos will be taken in mid-January and there is NO CHARGE for the photo. Each family who takes a photo will receive a free family photo from Lifetouch. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of St. Maria Goretti’s history. For further information contact Liz Lynch at 847-322-7257 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE! 15th ANNUAL ST. MARIA GORETTI SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION Will be taking place on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Each year, over 200 people attend the auction and this is a major fundraiser for the school. Contributions such as prizes (which are entirely tax deductible) are welcome. Tickets to attend the event will be available soon. For further information contact the Auction Committee at 847-678-2560.
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She was St. Maria Goretti’s long time Sacristan, taking care of Father James Blazek’s vestments and all details of the sacristy for many years. She was deeply devoted to her church. She was also a member of the Women’s Club since its beginning, a member of the Schiller Park Autumn Leaves, an associate of the Sisters of Nazareth, and a recipient of the Christifedelis Award from the Chicago Archdiocese. She had a warm smile and funny joke for everyone she met and she will be greatly missed by both family and friends.
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St. Maria Goretti Church lost a beloved and cherished member this past December 10, when Theresa Marczek passed away after a short illness. Theresa was the loving wife of Joseph Marczek for 50 years, a mother of four, and had six grandchildren.
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St. John Vianney School will be marking its 60th anniversary on July 21, 2012 with a huge alumni party for teachers, parents and grads from 1955 to present. For further information call Mary 15 708-562-9225.
Local Churches • Elmwod Park Bible Church. 2334 N. 75th Ave., Elmwood Park, 708-453-4012, www.elmwoodparkbible.org Sunday Service 10am Sunday School 11:15am • First United Methodist Church. 9857 Schiller Blvd., Franklin Park, 8 47- 455 - 58 58 , www.franklinparkumc.org, Handicap Accessible, Sunday Worship 9:30am Rev. Denise Janssen, Pastor All are Welcome, & all means all! • Grace Lutheran Church. 2700 N. Harlem Ave., Elmwood Park, 708-453-4897, glcofficep@sbcglobal. net Sunday worship 10am, Rev. Allen Belanger, Daniel Durbin, Youth Pastor
• Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church. 9711 W. Devon Ave., Rosemont, 847-825-4673 • Resurrection Lutheran Church. 9920 Grand Ave., Franklin Park, 847-455-7013, www.rlcfp.org Food Pantry Mon 12-3pm Pads - Loaves & Fishes, Tuesdays • River Grove Bible Church. 2550 Rhodes Ave., 708-453-1290, River Grove, Richard Wahl, Pastor, www.rgbible.org Service at 10:30am • St. Celestine Catholic Church. 3020 N. 76th Court, Elmwood Park, 708-453-2555, Fr. Jeffrey Grob, Pastor, www.stcelestineparish.org Weekend Mass Schedule, Sat. 5pm, Sunday 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 & 4:30pm. Daily Mass Mon-Fri 6:30 and 8:00am Sat. 8am Visit their website for a complete listing of services. • St. Gertrude Church. 9617 Schiller Blvd., Franklin Park, 847-455-1100 • St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church. 215 Ridge Terrace, Park Ridge, 847-825-7605 • St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. 3342 Calwagner Street,Franklin Park, 847-678-8500, www.stpaulsuccfp.org Sunday Worship 10am Handicap Accessible Rev. Jaron Burdick
Ambassadors of Mary A re you f a m i l i a r w it h t he Ambassadors of Mary? They have been around since 1954 and are people like you and I. “Ambassadors” bring the statue of the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima into their homes for a week. The idea is instead of having to travel to Fatima to see the Virgin, the Virgin comes to you. You then open your home to neighbors, friends and family to say the rosary together. The statue is escorted to your home at 1 pm on a Saturday and the Virgin stays with you until noon the following Saturday. A vase of f lowers and candle are provided to adorn her. At the time of arrival, a rosary and the Liturgy to the Blessed Mother is said. When she is picked up, a rosary and the Enthronement to the Sacred Heart is said. During the week of the Virgin’s stay, you are asked to say a daily rosary to her at a fixed hour each day and invite your friends and neighbors to join you. It is a privilege to have her stay in your home and a blessing. One of the ambassadors said that once she
leaves, the home feels like something is missing. Her presence truly blesses the home. If you would like to have the Pilgrim Virgin as a guest in your home for one week, contact Alice Danhoffer at 847-678-2033. She can provide further information for you. Or, contact the Ambassadors of Mary at 2250 N. McVicker Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639.
The spiritual benefits of the “Pilgrim Virgin” project should be obvious to any Catholic. Besides producing more sacrifices and more Rosaries, it actually assures you of a personal visit of herself to them. For more information, visit www.ambassadorsofmary.com
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4200 Old River Rd., 847-678-0433 www.schillerparklibrary.org With a few more finishing touches needed, the new computer wing is just about completed at the Schiller Park Library and the staff will be preparing the official dedication to take place in February. Tina Setzer, the Schiller Park Library Director, was informed from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office that the Schiller Park Library has successfully completed all of the requirements for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program. Once approved, this grant will provide additional public access computers for the community’s use. The library should know in January if the final report for the grant was approved.
COMPUTER CLASSES Computer classes will be offered on Saturday February 11 and a repeat session on March 10. These classes are designed to familiarize participants with electronic mail, Facebook, and Craiglist. Applicants should have at least basic knowledge of a computer and be comfortable using a keyboard and mouse. Registration is accepted
for only one date per person. There is a limit of 8 adults for each class and is limited to Schiller Park residents. A $10 refundable deposit is required at time of sign up which will be returned on the class date. Sign up begins January 14th.
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We all know that January is the beginning of the New Year and the time to make New Year resolutions. This is so because the month was named for the two-faced Roman god Janus. His two faces allowed him to look both backwards into the old year and forwards into the new one at the same time. With that in mind the library’s winter reading program this year kicks off with the theme RESOLVE TO READ. The program will run from January 9th to March 17th. You can resolve to read in any fields that interest you. Learn to greet people in another language, play the flute, or discover the secret lives of plants. Learn about your food type, plan a trip, or read that series of books you have been thinking about for a while. Use this year to develop that exercise program, or tackle that back porch problem. Read poetry, or scripture. Read whatever you want, but this year resolve to improve your memory, your mind, your creativity, your self confidence and your professional skills. READ. This year we would like to challenge our
Brighten up the dark winter days and come warm up at the library on Tuesday, January 24th from 6-8 pm for our feature film, popcorn and more.
I CHOO-CHOOSE YOU Get on board for Valentine’s Day at the library on Tuesday, January 31st from 6:30- 7:30 pm and listen to some love-inspired stories.
PUPPY LOVE Visit the library on Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30-7:30 pm and show your affection and craft up a little something for your sweetheart. There is a limit of 20 children for this craft.
SLUMBER STORY NIGHT Visit the library on Tuesday, February 28th from 6:30-7:30 pm dressed in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to hear some bedtime stories. The above programs require sign up at the front desk prior to attendance.
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QUILTERS CIRCLE The Library’s Quilters Circle will be celebrating its 3rd year at the Franklin Park Library this March. To celebrate “National Quilting Month,” the Library will be featuring a display of quilts during the month of March. This January, the group, facilitated by Margaret Mischnick and Lys Shradeja, will initiate a new class format. Starting with the January 4th meeting, the class will be divided into two segments. The first 45-60 minutes will include demonstrations of quilt blocks or other sewing/quilting projects. Everyone is encouraged to share ideas and
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KNITTING & CROCHET GROUP Join us on the second Saturday of each month to learn tips for knitting and crocheting or to share projects you’re working on. The group, led by librarian Karen Gurski, will be open to people of all skill levels. Come in and learn how to knit that scarf you’ve had your eye
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CONVERSATION CIRCLE Our Conversation Circle will begin again on January 17 and will meet every Tuesday evening at 7 pm. This Circle will run for 12 weeks, with the last session on April 3rd. The Conversation Circle is a place to practice English conversation skills in a friendly, informal setting. While any topic (except religion and politics) can be discussed, the focus of this new Circle will be “slang expressions”. So, start making a list of strange or not quite clear expressions that you heard over the holidays. We will explore them and many others during the Circle. Please join us on January 17th at 7 pm.
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Resolutions for your home Many people feel a new calendar year symbolizes a fresh start. Perhaps nothing illustrates that better than the popularity of New Year’s resolutions, which people make in an effort to improve their quality of life both in the year ahead and the years that follow. Popular plans include resolving to lose weight or quit smoking. But homeowners can make resolutions for their homes as well. The following are some resolutions to ensure your home has as good a year as you do over the next 12 months. Clear away clutter. Spring is the season most people associate with clearing a home of clutter, but the immediate aftermath of the holiday season marks a great time to begin tidying up. During the holiday season, homeowners often arrive home to a mailbox filled with holiday catalogs. In addition, extra rolls of wrapping paper, packaging tape and holiday cards can transform a normally neat and airy home into a cluttered space with little room to breathe. Instead of waiting for spring to clear out clutter, resolve to spend some time each month getting
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Most homeowners might be surprised to learn their set-top cable or satellite boxes, when coupled with a digital video recorder, are quite possibly gobbling up more energy than their refrigerator. Such was the findings in a 2011 study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which found that a high-definition cable or satellite set-top box, when combined with a DVR, used more kilowatt hours per year than a new Energy Star rated 21 cubic-foot refrigerator. While few homeowners are likely willing to give up their cable service or DVR, you can ask your service provider for Energy Star 4.0-rated devices to help reduce energy consumption. Grow a green thumb. A lawn is the first thing passersby notice about a home. No matter how beautiful the home itself is, if the lawn is not wellmaintained that is what most people are going to remember. This year, resolve to grow a green thumb. Though spring and summer are considered the seasons for lawn care, winter is not necessarily a bad time to get started. Clear away any fallen branches and rake away the last of
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the required down payment, are out of work, lack enough income or are burdened by large debt loans. Banks are requiring higher credit scores and nearly 60 percent of U.S. households don’t have the required scores above 700 to get a prime mortgage according to an Associated Press analysis of Fair Isaac Corp. or FICO, and other credit score data. The average U.S. credit score is 661.
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Those homeowners who wish to refinance find it difficult because of shrunken home values that have reduced the total equity in their homes to under 40 percent – the lowest since the Great Depression. Another stumbling block is the high cost to refinance; closing costs and appraisal fees usually add up to 1 percent of the loan’s value, so unless they can reduce their rate by a full percentage point, it’s not worth refinancing.
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LAW AND ORDER Protect Kids From Poor Environmental Factors in the Year Ahead As many across the globe adopt more eco-friendly lifestyles, protecting the environment remains a top priority. The popularity of hybrid cars continues to rise while more and more communities are recycling and reusing. Each of those things is an effort to decrease carbon footprint and protect the environment from human behaviors that can be harmful to the planet. But what about protecting kids from the environment? According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, children might be especially vulnerable to adverse contaminants in the environment. That’s because a child’s bodily system is still developing, and kids eat more, drink more and breathe more in proportion to their body size. In addition, kid’s behaviors can expose them to more chemicals and organisms. But parents can protect their kids from potentially harmful environmental factors in a number of ways.
Help kids breathe easier One of the best ways parents can protect kids is to take steps to help them breathe easier. By doing the following, parents can do just that.
• Quit smoking. • Quit smoking in the home or in the car. • Keep the home clean, routinely removing dust and mold. • Eliminate pet dander, which can trigger asthma attacks and allergies, around the house. • Monitor ozone levels and keep kids indoors on ozone alert days when air pollution is high. • Reduce motor vehicle idling.
Protect kids from lead poisoning L ead poison ing is a not her environmental factor that puts kids at risk. The United States banned the use of lead-based paint in 1978, but homes built prior to 1978 were not under restrictions. That means lead exposure is still a possibility in older homes, so parents should take the following safety measures to ensure their kids aren’t at risk. • Have homes built before 1978 tested for lead paint. • Have kids’ blood tested for lead. These tests can detect high levels of lead and are most important for children between the ages of 1 and 2. Levels of lead in a child’s blood typically increase rapidly from six to 12 months of age and often peak somewhere between 18 and 24 months. • Wash children’s hands before they eat, and be sure to wash bottles, pacifiers and toys thoroughly and often.
a male, possibly Hispanic, with a slight goatee and long black hair asked her if she wanted a ride home. The victim stated no and began to run northbound on Ruby. The driver of the Jeep drove away southbound after sounding the Jeep’s horn. • DEC 11 – CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. Two strands of Christmas lights were reported damaged by a resident in the 4500 block of Hirschberg Ave. The reporting officer observed that both sets of lights were cleanly cut in one place. It appeared the strands were cut by a wire cutter. The resident did not sign a complaint but asked if the offender is found, they would like restitution for the damages.
SCHILLER PARK • NOV 9 – THEFT. A CD Changer and Garmin GPS were stolen in the early morning hours from a Mercedes Benz in the 4000 block of Scott Street. Offenders broke the passenger side window and damaged the center console and glove compartment. Approximate amount of damage came close to two thousand dollars. • NOV 9 – THEFT. A 2004 Mitsubishi was broken into and a radar detector was stolen. Damage was estimated to be $550. • NOV 11 – THEFT. A USB cable and Garmin GPS were stolen from a red Mazda in the 4000 block of Judd Street. Damage was estimated at $610. Schiller Park police noted the above incidents seemed to be related. All three victims were friends and notified each other through Facebook about the damages to their vehicles. The complainants found it suspicious that only their vehicles were damaged but did not suspect anyone to be the offender. No arrests have been made. • NOV 16 – SUSPICIOUS CHARACTER. A resident of Schiller Park filed a report with the police department stating that while walking home by the Metra Station on Ruby Street, she observed a red Jeep drive by her twice. On the third pass, the Jeep stopped and
• DEC 9 – SUSPICION OF DRUGS. Police were called to the Candlewood Suites by the hotel manager because of noise coming from a room and on the suspicion that marijuana was being smoked. The officer responding found two occupants in the room. Subjects were informed by the officer that they were no longer welcome in the hotel. The officer asked for identification and found one occupant to be wanted for an outstanding warrant in Schaumburg. Karissa T. Smith of Blue Island, was arrested and transported to the SP police department. Bond was posted and a court date was set. It is unknown if either occupant was arrested on drug charges. • NOV 19 – FIRE CALL. Fire department personnel responded to a call at 9514 Lawrence Avenue for a person stuck in the elevator and an activated fire alarm. While investigating, white smoke was found coming from the elevator room. Further investigation revealed the belt on the elevator motor burned up. Personnel ventilated the building and reset the alarm. No injuries were reported. • FIRE CALLS. Nov 15 – Limo fire Nov 18 – Person stuck in elevator Nov 19 – Several Sparking Wire calls Nov 20 – Call for person with their finger caught in a lid. Nov 26 – House Fire Dec. 1 Smoke in Building, two year old locked in vehicle and unresponsive man in a car. Dec. 2 – Elevator Rescue Dec. 3 – Unresponsive man in car Dec. 5 – Rescue man with hand caught in machine, working fire in Franklin Park, and another
• Wash windows and window sills to protect kids from dust and peeling paint contaminated with lead.
• Do not run cars or lawnmowers in the garage. • Install CO detectors throughout the home, inspecting each detector at least once a year.
Protect kids from CO poisoning
Protect kids from the sun
Carbon monoxide poses a significant threat to adults and children alike. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. Parents can help kids avoid falling victim to CO poisoning in a variety of ways.
Overexposure to the sun is another environmental risk that can prove harmful to kids.
• Have fuel-burning appliances, furnace flues and chimneys professionally inspected once a year. If any problems arise, address them immediately. • Never use gas ovens or burners for heat. • Never use barbecues or grills indoors or in the garage. • Never allow kids to sleep in rooms with unvented gas or kerosene space heaters.
• When kids are going out in the sun, make sure they are wearing hats, sunglasses and protective clothing. • If visiting the beach or spending ample time outdoors during the warmer months, always apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF, or sun protection factor, of 15. • Keep infants out of direct sunlight. • Minimize the amount of time kids spend in the midday sun, typically between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is most intense.
More information about protecting kids from the environment is available at wee.epa.gov.
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elevator rescue. Dec. 6 – Another five people trapped in the same elevator. Dec. 9 – Gas leak and smell of gas in a building. • FIRE CALL. During the month of Nov, Motor vehicle accidents with injuries were reported at 9245 Irving Park Road, one on Lawrence Avenue, Two on the I-294 (which the Schiller Park Fire Department services), and Two at River Road and Lawrence Avenue.
premises. He posted bond and was released with a court date set for January 17th.
NORTHLAKE • THEFT. A patron of Old Country Buffet reported having their wallet stolen on Dec 18th from their purse hanging on the back of a chair. The credit card inside was later used to make at purchase at the Target store in Melrose Park.
• ROBBERY. The Jewel Food Store was robbed of an estimated $3-400 on Dec 19 by a man who claimed he had three guns.
• THEFT. Christmas decorations were reported stolen on Dec 15th and 17th from the 7700 block of Sunset Drive and 75th Court and 75th Avenue. Suspects removed items from a nativity scene, two Christmas penguins and a 3 foot Santa Clause.
• ROBBERY. A store in the 9600 block of Grand Ave was robbed on Dec 21st of $2,184 by a man who put his hand in his jacket and claimed he had a gun. • BURGLARY. Radar detectors were reported stolen on Dec 19th and 20th from the 3500 block of Dora Street and 3200 Block of Mannheim Road. Both were stolen after the vehicle windows were broken. • THEFT. A garage on the 2900 block of Scott Street was robbed on Dec 20th of more than six thousand dollars’ worth of generators, compressors and hand tools. • THEFT. A wallet was stolen on Dec 8th from an employee of the Attic Resale Shop at 9774 Grand Avenue. By the time she realized her wallet had been stolen, her credit card had been used three times by the thief for $832 in charges.
PARK RIDGE • POSSESSION OF A FIREARM. On Dec 21st, In connection with an investigation by the FBI, an organizer for the annual Taste of Park Ridge festival was charged with three counts of possession of a firearm without a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card and also with unlawful possession of firearm ammunition. No FBI charges were filed, however Park Ridge Police took the suspect into custody after a search warrant found weapons on the man’s
• VEHICLE DAMAGE. A window was smashed on a vehicle on the 2700 block of 77th Avenue on Dec 15th. Nothing was reported stolen from the car. • THEFT. A snow blower was stolen from a garage on the 1700 block of 77th Court between Dec 12th and 16th. And a car wash business was burglarized on the 7900 block of Grand Avenue on Dec 17th.
RIVER GROVE • DUI. Five DUI arrests were made between Dec 17th and 18th. All five were charged with driving under the influence along with one being charge for texting while driving, two for improper lane usage and no insurance, and another for no driver’s license.
LEYDEN TOWNSHIP • VEHICLE DAMAGE. On Dec 4th a vehicle was vandalized on the 200 block of Grand Avenue and a burglary occurred at a residence on Dec 3rd on the 2200 block of Emerson Avenue. • CAR FIRE. Dec 9 – A car on the 10200 block of West Medill caught on fire after the owner tried to start it. Firefighters were called and the blaze was extinguished after about 20 minutes.
Residents are warned to keep their valuables locked up, doors and windows locked when not at home, vehicles locked, even if leaving it for a few minutes; that’s all it takes for a thief to take off with it. Call police if you observe any suspicious activity in your area. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.
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