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Message from the Publisher What’s on your mind? Doesn’t it always seem that when you ask someone how they are or bring up a subject that is currently in the news, everyone has an opinion? Most then express their opinions without letting you get a word in edge wise; although it’s a great way to work on one’s listening skills. However, it amazes me that even though People & Places offers an opportunity to send in their letters or opinions to the paper, few, if any, take advantage of the opportunity. Our Open Forum remains empty this month as no one called, wrote in or even emailed their thoughts. We received a few Letters to the Editor, but not nearly as many as I’d like to see. Yet, if you go to any social media website, there are literally millions of comments posted every day. Mind you, I realize that internet access is the way to communicate by the masses now a day, but there are also thousands of people who still don’t have internet access and depend on newspapers for their daily dose of information or simply prefer having that piece of paper in their hands while they enjoy their morning coffee. The Journal Topics in Des Plaines offers a “Speak Out” section in their paper and each week it’s loaded with opinions ranging from someone complaining about dogs pooping on lawns, to which politician is ticking someone off that week. I’m sure it allows for people to not only let off steam but get other people thinking and forming their own opinions too. Somewhere, a person is either agreeing or disagreeing with what they are reading. Someone, especially in our reader’s circulation area, has to have an opinion. So why don’t they write in? Granted, People & Places is not a huge publication, but it definitely reaches the reading


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public and on a c o n s e r v a t i ve e s t i m a t e approximately twenty-thirty thousand people. People & Places was created to help engage the c o m m u n i t y, promote local businesses and keep people informed. However, it would be nice to hear from our readers on a regular basis also. So I encourage all my readers to send me your comments, suggestions and opinions. The stronger your involvement in the paper, the bigger the paper grows and stronger the community becomes. Send YOUR thoughts and submissions to - So, WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there. Be sure to read our Tribute to Fathers page; and getting back to my original message, I’d like to thank the few people who took the time to send in their submissions of recognition to their dads. It was so nice reading the wonderful tributes and an honor to publish them. June 14th is Flag Day. It commemorates the adoption of the f lag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. The United States A rmy also celebrates


the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson i ssued a pro c l a mat ion t hat of f ic i a l ly established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. And summer off icially begins on June 21st – The Summer Solstice which marks the longest day and shortest night of the year. Enjoy every second as the days get shorter from that point forward. But didn’t I just put my winter coat away? Have a safe summer everyone and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: Until we are able to develop a mechanism for informing the public about matters considered and acted upon by the new Board of Education for School District 81, we will be sharing highlights from our meetings with you. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us convey information as we work through this transition period. Since the April, 2013 election, the Board has held a Regular Board meeting (April 17, 2013) and 3 Special Board meetings. The agendas and minutes of these Board meetings are posted on the District website ( Use the left menu to find information under “Board of Education.” The 1st Special Meeting of the Board of Education resulted in the election of the following Board Officers: President, David C. Stachura; Vice-President, Pat Godziszewski; Secretary, Tina Ewanio. A variety of committee appointments were made. The 2nd Special Meeting of the Board resulted in setting meeting dates for the New Year, appointment of new legal counsel to represent and advise the Board on legal matters, and action to change some procedures at the District. The 3rd Special Meeting of the Board resulted in the appointment of Special Legal Counsel for an ongoing matter from the previous Board. The District is also seeking to f ill t he posit ion of CFO a nd Busi nes s Manager due to the resignation of the current CFO and Business Manager. It should also be noted that there have been

several residents in attendance at each of the Board meetings who have addressed their questions, comments and concerns to the Board and Administration. It is evident from some of these remarks that politics/misinformation is alive and well in our community! The Board is looking forward to our annual Board Retreat scheduled for mid-June when a facilitator from the Illinois Association of School Boards will be in attendance. This event is closed to the public. We look forward to developing District goals at the Retreat as well as orienting new members (they have already attended new Board member workshops to accelerate the process!). Within the scope of the new school year, we will review our policies and procedures within the District and require compliance. We will scrutinize the budget plans of the Administration and ensure that tax dollars are spent prudently. We will draw back the curtain to let the sun shine on a transparent agenda and actively and properly share information with the community. We will authorize the Administration to work toward achieving District goals and will monitor performance regularly. I would simply like to thank the voters again for placing your trust in us to carry out the important work of the Board. It is with your ongoing support that we can continue to offer a high quality education to the children of the District without causing undue hardship to the taxpayers. Sincerely, David C. Stachura President, School District 81 School Board

Dear Editor, Frankly, I think we need to hear more about funding for classroom programs and renovation, teacher salaries and experienced new hires, library book buys, computer-lab upgrades and educational outings…instead of some questionable “beautiful memorial garden” that as I see it few, if any, tax-paying residents requested, asked for, demanded. The pricey, 4-color, slick, 4-page flyer that recently came in the mail announcing this boondoggle of a memorial project (partially paid for by the sale of sponsored walkway bricks) surely shows Ridgewood High Schools’ budget is bursting at the seams. Expensive, new-and-improved baseball fields along with full fencing and landscaping, new football surroundings including field, scoreboard, stands and track, new school air conditioning, building add-ons, extensions and face-lifts, etc. all suggest they’ve got more money than they need. And, in a said cost-cutting measure, how many teachers were let go just several years ago? Norridge-Harwood Heights residents ought to view some of these meaningless expenditures with a curious eye. Since RHS is a school (not a lively student social association), perhaps instead of educationally-challenged, dollar-draining sports accommodations and schoolyard gardens, smaller class-sizes, for one, ought to be the primary focus for the future. And we thought there was a “times-are-hard” recession going on – Silly us. Sincerely, Mrs. Charles Dennisson, Norridge

June 1,8,15,22,29: TEEN NIGHT 2 Conti Parkway. Open Gym at 4:30pm food arrives at 6p June 6-9: RAILROAD DAZE Community Event Franklin Park-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri. 5-10pm, Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun.6/9 12pm-8pm. More info. F.P. Village Community Center. 847-455-2852



begins- 10am CASH only 100 N. Church Rd. Viewing of said Unclaimed property will begin at 9am-Auctioning will begin at 10am. Cash Only, to the highest bidder. Bikes, tools, personal property

July 8-18: LEYDEN HIGH SCHOOL LEARN TO SWIN PROGRAM Children 3-13. All Classes held at West Leyden High School at 1000 Wolf Rd., Northlake

July 3: ROSEMONT FIREWORKS SHOW 4th of July Fireworks Show 10pm

June 7-9: ELMWOOD PARK VILLAGE GARAGE SALE EVENT Questions please call Village Hall


July 4: 4TH OF JULY PARADE Elmwood Park 10am.

June 8: WALL THAT HEALS PIG ROAST Fundraiser 5-11pm for more information call Michelle Milewski 630-860-2600 ext. 109

June 22: SCHILLER PARK- MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK Free Event This Weeks feature is : Dark Knight




June 24-July 5: LEARN TO SWIN PROGRAM at




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

June 9: THE FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY The only feast honoring St. Anthony in the Chicago Area 10:15-11:30am, 1101 N. 23rd Ave., Melrose Park 708-344-4140

June 10-20: LEARN TO SWIN PROGRAM AT LEYDEN HIGH SCHOOL Session 1 Children 3-13. All

classes held at West Leyden High School, 1000 Wolf Road in Northlake


Senior Center, 2601 N. Mannheim Rd., Franklin Park. Bring your yellow 2011 second installment tax bill. Make your reservations today. 847-455-8616 or


Event MB Financial Park, 7pm, Rosemont. Hi Infidelity & Fireworks show

June 14-15: FASHION OUTLET MALL OF CHICAGO JOB FAIR 10am-5pm. Donald E. Stephens Convention

Center, 555 N. River Road, Level 2

June 14: ROSEMONT-CONCERT Not a Free event

This is a Free Event The early 1860’s see what the life of a soldier was like. Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 10am-3pm Bring the family at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Old Grand Ave.

Rises. PG 13 movie length approx 165 min. Stalica Park @ River Rd. Movies will begin at dusk. Movies in the park 8:30-11:30 Concession stand will be open.

8am-1pm at Central Park Fullerton and 75th. More info call Elmwood Park Village 708-452-7300 Leyden High School, Children 3-13. All Classes held at West Leyden High School, 1000 Wolf Rd., Northlake


Free Event MB Financial Park, 7pm, Rosemont. Spazmatics & Fireworks show


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


Fun for the entire family. Rides, bands, food vendors. 400 N Wolf Road at Centerpoint.

rides, crafters, raffles, parade food and fun! For further info call 708-343-8700



June 30: PIE EATING CONTEST 4pm. Rossi Pavilion

MB Financial Park in Rosemont 4, 7 and 10pm Northlake Must be 18 years or older to sign up. Applications available at Northlake City Hall


Thursday, June 6 5:00pm till 10:00pm

July 18-19: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK- 98 DEGREES- BOYZ II MEN Not a Free event. Allstate


Friday, June 7

Carnival Only

Unlimited Ride Special $ 20.00

5:00pm till 11:00pm

HAG ‐ 6:30pm Classic Rock Chicks! 

Lounge Puppets ‐ 8:30pm 80's Hair Bands  

Tower park at Calwagner St. & Franklin Ave. Great Variety of Food | Beer & Wine Garden Train Viewing & Walk-On Displays (Saturday only) Carnival | Great Entertainment | free admission farmers market & craft show (Saturday only) ATM available

June 6 - 9, 2013

MB Financial Park, 7pm Rosemont 16 Candles


Donald E Stephens Convention Center. $10 admission. 20th 5-9pm, 21st & 22nd 10am- 6pm, 23rd 10am-3pm


Bulger Park 708-343-5270


JUNE 28-30: NORTHLAKE DAYS Music, carnival

open to the public around the clock at 735 E Jefferson, Redmond Soccer Field

July 18: R-GANG MUSIC IN THE PARK 7:30-9pm

Free Event MB Financial Park-7pm Rosemont American English

June 20: ROCKIN IN THE PARK CONCERT Free Event MB Financial Park, 7pm, Rosemont, Kashmir & Fireworks show


to the Public Rain or Shine, July 11 Lucky Town (Country), July 18 Party Crashers (80’s, 90’s and Now), July 25 Chicago Tribute Band 6:30-8pm. 708-410-1723

District. 708-343-5270 MB Financial Park in Rosemont 7, 8:30 and 10pm

Railroad daze

Concert Free Event MB Financial Park-7pm Rosemont Libido Funk Circus , 60’s to 90’s music


Allstate Arena-Fleetwood Mac

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

Augie’s Car Shows, Romano’s Italian Food & Café, 10000 W. Grand Ave., Franklin Park Weather permitting. For Additional info contact Augie at 708-296-6584

JUNE 27: MUSIC IN THE PARK-BILLY CROFT & THE 5 ALARM 7:30-9pm, Grant Park Veterans Park

June 28-30: NORTHLAKE DAYS 2013


Village Circle and ending at Eastbrook/Westbrook Drive on Fullerton Avenue Fireworks Show 9:30pm. Elmwood Park High School, 8201 W. Fullerton. Food Vendors and refreshments being served. Concert by R Gang at 7pm.

For more information: 847-671-4800

No Bikes · No Sk ateboards · No dogs Saturday, June 8

Saturday, June 8

Train Viewing

10:00am ‐ 3:00pm Unique Walk‐on Train Display!

Sunday, June 9

11:00 am till 11:00 pm

12:00pm till 8:00pm

Carnival Only

Unlimited Ride Special $ 20.00

Carnival 12:00 pm till 5:00pm Unlimited Ride Special $20.00

4 Friends of Latin Jazz 11 am ‐12:15 pm

Brock & Abrams ‐ 1pm The Screamin’ End ‐ 3pm                    60’s & 70’s                             50's, Rockabilly, Blues            

Ride the Orbiter!

Free Event MB Financial Park-7pm Rosemont Modern Day Romeos

August 15: GUITARRA AZUL Bulger Park 7:30-9pm

- Bulger Park 708-343-5270

KATHLEEN WILLIS STATE REPRESENTATIVE 77TH DISTRICT Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings: June 5, 10am - Senior Citizen Issues June 12, 10am - Economic Development June 18, 5pm - Education Issues June 24, 4pm - Public Safety June 26, 6pm - Women’s Issues. For further information call 708-562-6970 or email

American English ‐ 5:30pm 7th Heaven ‐ 8:30 pm Complete Beatles Tribute # 1 Festival Band



8am-12pm starting June 1st

Due to 4th July Holiday, Concert this week is on Wednesday Rosemont. Free Event MB Financial Park-7pm Rosemont Arra & Fireworks show NW corner of Franklin Ave. and 25th/Rose Street

Questions? (847) 671-4800 or visit

Concert Event 7:30-9pm. This Weeks Band is: Allison Wonder Band. All are encouraged to bring a folding chair or a blanket to sit on. MAY 2013 The Official Paper of the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce

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COMMUNITY NEWS 2013 Miss Illinois Pre-Teen National American Pageant Finalist After being recommended by one of her teachers, Yahaira Camila Espino a 6th grader from Washington School (District 81)

in Schiller Park has become a State Finalist in the 2013 Miss Illinois Pre-Teen National American Pageant. Yahaira is 10 years old and enjoys activities such a reading, writing, playing basketball, swimming and spending time with her family. She also loves playing the trombone and guitar. Yahaira will compete in the crowning of Miss Illinois PreTeen on August 4th and 5th at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Judges will score contestants on the following categories; Formal wear 30%, Personal Introduction 30%, Interview 30% and Community Involvement 10%. We wish Yahaira much success in her endeavor! For more information on NAM, visit

Dam Removal Benefits Schiller Woods BY MARCUS BENESCH

On a hot summer afternoon in June of 2012, an excavator rigged with a jack hammer was about to mark a historical moment for the Des Plaines River downstream in Riverside. For the first time in almost two hundred years, the section of river in Riverside and Lyons returned to a free flowing stream, unimpeded by a man made dam. In 1826, settlers built the first makeshift large dam in the river bend upstream of the Old Chicago Portage. Since then, the dam which would later be known as Hoffman

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Dam had been rebuilt, modified, and closely protected by the citizens of Riverside with an emphasis on historical preservation. The whole village of Riverside is protected by national landmark status for being an early planned park like community. The developer, who also designed New York’s Central Park, included the sweeping bend in the river along with the dam and the large pool of water created by the dam. After thirty years of protests, lots of debate, and scientific study, the dam was finally removed along with two smaller dams. One of which was in nearby River Grove. The main reason for the removal of Hoffman dam was to restore an exhausted ecosystem upstream of the dam. For long the dam had prevented fish to migrate upstream after their seasonal migration downstream. It had also been the site of many deaths and was a major hazard to boaters and kayakers. Before the removal, electro-shocking was done by I.D.N.R. to sample specie above and below the dam. Downstream of Hoffman dam biologists were reporting over thirty three species of fish, while upstream of the dam they only sampled fourteen specie. The objective of the project was to re-join these two separate ecosystems into one healthy stream. Unlike a lot of the rumors, this project had nothing to do with flood control. In almost a year since the removal of the dam, the diversity upstream has increased tremendously. The state of Illinois even sponsored a stocking of a hundred and twenty six tagged smallmouth bass for stream survey.

This brings me to a feel good story for our section of river in Schiller Woods. After stocking the smallmouth bass in Lyons in late October, a few of the stocked fish have already made their way up to Schiller Woods, along with other game species like channel catfish and walleye, providing proof of the migration that these fish desperately need. The state is asking anyone who catches a smallmouth bass with a tag near its top fin, take note of the tag number and immediately release the fish. Then report the fish to the Illinois Stream Survey hotline.

Todd Kutchinski poses with a 4lb Smallmouth bass that he caught in Schiller Woods on the Des Plaines River. This fish is part of the recent stocking done downstream by IDNR. Without the recent removal of river dams nearby, this fish would not have been able to migrate up into Schiller Woods.

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POOL IS NOW OPEN! • Pool on Pacific, 9715 Pacific Ave. Bring the whole family. • All Ages, Pool Pass or Daily Admission

Kids Outdoor Garage Sale

2012-2013 Tot School

Afternoon Adventure Camp

• Mon, Wed and Fri and/or Tues, and Thurs, Sept 5– Dec 7, 9:15pm-10:45am, Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

• Session I: Tues/Thurs, June 4-June 27, 9–11am; Mon/Wed Fri, June 3-June 28• 12–3pm

• Ages 24–35 month, call for pricing

2012-2013 Kindergarten Enrichment

• Sat, June 15, 9am-2pm, Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave

• Mon-Fri, Aug 15-Dec 17 12:30pm –- 3:30pm, Sunflower Nature Center at North Park, 10040 Addison Avenue

• All Ages, $10 per space

• AGES 5–6, Call for pricing


Family Campout • Sat-Sun, June 22-23, 5pm-8:30am, North Park. 10040 Addison Street • All Ages, $10 R/$15 NR

5K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Mini Mile

Tot Camp • Session I: June 3- 28, 9-11 • Session II: July 8-Aug, 2 9-11am, Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave.

• Sat, Sept 14, 9am (5K) 10am (Kids Mini Mile), North Park. 10040 Addison Street

• Ages 24-35 months, Fee: $135 R/$145 NR

• Ages 12 & Up (5K) and 11 and Under (Kids Mini Mile), $20 per person; $25 per person day of race

Sunshine Camp

Youth Programs After School Program • Mon-Fri, Jan 7-May 22, 3-6pm, Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave. • Grades 1-8, Daily fee $9 and $3 for transportation, $11 for non-District 84 schools

• Mon, Wed and Fri and/or Tues Thurs • Session I: Tues/Thurs, June 4-June 27, 9–11am; Mon/Wed Fri, June 3-June 28, 9–11am • Session II: Tues/Thurs, July 9–Aug 1, 9–11am; Mon/Wed Fri, July 8-Aug 2, 9–11am, Sunflower Nature Center, 10040 Addison • Ages 3–5 ½, 2-Day $110 R/$120 NR, 3-Day $160 R/$170 NR

• Session II: Tues/Thurs, July 9–Aug 1, 9–11am; Mon/Wed Fri, July 8-Aug 2, 12–3pm • Location: North Park, 10040 Addison • Ages 3–5 ½, 2-Day $115 R/$125 NR, 3-Day $165 R/$175 NR

Discovery Day Camp • Mon, Wed and Fri and/or Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri, North Park, 10040 Addison • Session I: May 28-June 14, 9am-3pm (Before and After Camp available) • Session II: June 17-July 5, 9am-3pm (Before and After Camp available) • Session III: July 8-26, 9am-3pm (Before and After Camp available) • Mini Session I: July 29-Aug 2, 9am-3pm (Before and After Camp available) • Mini Session II: Aug 5-9, 9am-3pm (Before and After Camp available) • Ages 4-14, Session I: 5-Day Camp, $225 R/$275 NR, 3-Day Camp, $170 R/$195 NR

Teen Programs Teen Nights • Fri, May 17, 7-9pm Location TBA; Call the Park District at 847-455-2852 to find out location! • Grades 6-8, Fee $5 at the door


Aquatic Programs • Narwhal Swim Team • Mon-Thurs, June 10- Aug 1, 6-7:30pm • Location: Pool on Pacific, 9715 Pacific Ave. • Ages 6-18, $150* the registration fee includes competitive suit, swim cap and t-shirt that represent their team

Adult Programs and Trips Knitting, Crocheting & Needlepoint Club • First and third Tues of each month, 1-2:30pm, Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave. • Ages 18 years and up, Free

Adult Fitness Programs • The Park District offers various fitness classes including Adult Aquacize, R.I.P.P.E.D., Yoga, Total Body Fitness, Step, Zumba, Zumba Toning with Mat Pilates, Adult Hip-Hop Cardio and Table Tennis.

FitnessCenter • Now offering junior memberships for ages 11—17!!! The Park District offers more classes and activities than what’s shown here. Visit for a full listing and more information.


Elmwood Park News Saviano inaugurated as Elmwood Park Village President ELMWOOD PARK – Angelo “Skip” Saviano was sworn in as Elmwood Park Village President Monday May 6th while Gina Pesko took over as Village Clerk. Saviano replaces Pete Silvestri, who served as Village President for 24 years. Pesko replaces Elsie Sutter, who served 22 years. “I want to express my gratitude to the people of Elmwood Park for their support,” Saviano said. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve you. I am looking forward to the future.” The Village Board also welcomed two new board members, Angelo Lollino and Anthony Del Santo. Saviano, addressing a large crowd at the Elmwood Park Parks and Recreation Center, outlined his agenda for the next four years. The first item on the agenda is public safety and maintaining the village’s status as a safe place to raise a family or to live on your own, and to grow old. The new village president also wants to increase services for seniors. He said one of his first tasks will be to hire a senior advocate to be a liaison and an advocate for the village’s older residents. Saviano talked about the expansion of the parks over the years and declared his intention to continue to expand programs for youth. Saviano went on to outline his aggressive plans for economic development and his desire to take the burden off residents by keeping a lid on property taxes and fees. The new village president noted that Elmwood Park was recently given a AA rating by Standard & Poor’s. “We’re a village that’s fiscally sound. S&P recently affirmed our ‘AA’ credit rating. That allows us to borrow at lower interest rates and that’s a savings to taxpayers.” Saviano also said that he has already begun the pursuit of an underpass at the Grand Avenue grade crossing. Making Grand Avenue more accessible would play an important role not only to enhance public safety but would also to relieve traffic congestion and help spark additional economic development. “It’s a question of both public safety and economics,” Saviano said. “People avoid the trains crossing Grand Avenue, and the businesses there suffer as a result.”

Saviano, a former State Representative in the Illinois General Assembly, has been helping to support legislation to create the Elmwood Park Railroad Relocation Authority, which would spearhead the underpass project. “As a State Rep, I was involved in the creation of the underpass at Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. It took many years, but it greatly improved the lives of our citizens,” Saviano said. “We want to do the same here in Elmwood Park.” Flood mitigation is also high on the list of Saviano’s priorities. The new Village Board voted in support of a $1 million disaster recovery grant application that Saviano said will be used to help fund the village’s flood mitigation project. The village broke ground on the flood mitigation project just last month.

Village to waive all permit fees associated with flood clean-up ELMWOOD PARK – Elmwood Park Village President Angelo “Skip” Saviano announced that the village is waiving permit fees for all construction and repair efforts related to the devastating flooding in April. “People have suffered enough from the floods,” Saviano said. “I just felt it wasn’t necessary to burden them any further with additional fees involved in restoring their homes and putting their lives back together.” Permits will still be required for repairs, but fees normally associated with such permits will not be imposed for any work related to the flooding. Normal inspections will still be required. Building inspectors will determine if the work being conducted is related to the flood. Saviano also said he has been in contact with Village Manager Paul Volpe and Department Heads to assess the village’s response to the flooding. While he thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication in keeping residents safe, Saviano said he wants to look at several new ideas that could help bolster response efforts in the event of future storms or other natural disasters. “We may not be able to control when and where Mother Nature will strike next,” Saviano said. “But, we must do all we can to make sure

we’re prepared so that our residents are as safe as possible.” Anyone with ideas or concerns about the village’s flood response is encouraged to call Village Hall at 708-452-7300.

Farmers’ Market ready to launch 2013 season in Elmwood Park ELMWOOD PARK – The village’s Farmers’ Market returned to Central Park on Sunday, May 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. A community bike ride also took place that morning that started at the Central Park Gazebo and followed the south side bike path, returning to the park for the Farmers’ Market. “I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects for this year’s Farmers’ Market,” coordinator Meredith Conn said. “We’ll have booths, tables and stands filled with all kinds of fruits, vegetables, meats, some prepared foods and tasty treats.” Conn said that once again, growers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan will participate, bringing in a bountiful mix of fresh produce, whole organic grains, cheeses, salsas and jams. “We had such a tremendous turnout last summer. I expect we’ll see even more folks stopping by to shop and take in the fun atmosphere.” The Farmers’ Markets will be held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from June through October. Meanwhile, Village President Angelo “Skip” Saviano told the Village Board Monday that there is a significant increase in the number of

This and That A California woman desperate to quit cigarettes slapped a police officer in the hope she would be sent to a smoke-free prison. Police said that Etta Lopez, 31, waited outside a Sacramento jail and struck the first cop she saw. When arrested, she explained that she needed to quit smoking. Lopez got her wish: She was sentenced to 63 days in prison for battery of a peace officer. SOURCE – THE WEEK

Phone Deals As one of his last acts as village president, Pete Silvestri named the 2400 block of Eastbrook/Westbrook Rd as Honorary Frosinone Italy Place. Frosinone is the first province outside Rome and has been Elmwood Park’s sister city since the mid 1990s. Pictured are Mayor Silvestri, village officials and Mario Silvestri, the mayor’s dad.

local restaurants that plan to participate in this summer’s Taste of Elmwood Park. The three day food festival runs August 16, 17 and 18. “We’ve received commitments from so many of the great restaurants throughout town,” Saviano said. “This will truly be a taste of what our local food establishments have to offer.” Saviano said it’s important to boost local participation as the village prepares for its 100th celebration birthday next year. “We really hope to celebrate in a big way, and local involvement will play an important role in that.” Another sure sign of summer is the opening of Elmwood Park’s Aquatic Center. The outdoor zero-depth pool and playground area opens Saturday, June 1, and will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Last year’s attendance was up dramatically over the previous year, partly due to the sizzling hot temperatures but also to the expanded hours at the pool. The Aquatic Center is open to the public from Noon until 8 p.m. Sundays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer. Individuals and families can take advantage of significant savings by purchasing season pool passes. While the pool is intended mainly for Elmwood Park residents, non-residents are admitted every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. In other news, the village is looking for feedback from residents to the new LED street light pilot project. New LED lights are now in place in street lights along 75th Court and 76th Avenue from Armitage to Fullerton. Residents are encouraged to fill out the LED lighting survey on the village’s website, The feedback will be helpful in determining whether to expand the program to other areas throughout the village.

Every home needs a phone. If money’s tight, look into the federal government’s Lifeline program, which can cut an average $9.25 from your monthly landline or wireless bill. To qualify, you must meet certain income standards or be enrolled in social programs such as Medicaid or SSI. Apply through your phone company or a designated state agency. For more info, visit SOURCE AARP.ORG

Charity Should Begin at Home In 2011, 1.65 million American households – including 3.55 million children – were living on

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Get Off the Antibacterial Soap Kick… To s a v e time, money and your health, stop using the high-octane soaps and household cleaners that contain the antibacterial agent triclosan. Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than plain-jane soaps in ridding your hands of germs and preventing illness, according to research from the University of Michigan. Washing your hands in warm water with plain soap for 20 seconds will do the job. What’s more, triclosan may contribute to the rise of dangerous, diseasecausing bacteria resistant to antibiotics. You also should cut down on sprays that clean furniture, polish glass and perfume rooms. Researchers in Europe found that adults who used these common household products once a week or more increased their risk of developing asthma by a significant 30 to 50 percent. JUNE 2013 • PEOPLE & PLACES 5

COMMUNITY NEWS New Mayor Sworn in for Schiller Park

$120,000 Reward The Village

After a very close political race, Barbara Piltaver was sworn in as the new Village President/Mayor of Schiller Park at the regular Village Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 14th at the Village Hall. It was standing room only and residents actually lined the stairway and out the door, as there was no more room for supporters to enter the chamber. Judge Garritt E. Howard of the 2nd Municipal District did the honors of administering the oath of office for not only Barbara but for newly elected trustee Moses Diaz and re-elected trustees, Larry Fritz, Richard Desecki and Village Clerk Claudia Irsuto. Also sworn in were library trustees Mary Tedei and Jennifer Jones. Barbara’s acceptance speech spoke of vision and new beginnings and emphasized the importance of working as a team. She also pointed out that the focus should not be on any elected official but on the people who elected them, who deserve the best possible customer service and programs that can be offered. Barbara said the standing motto for the Village will be, “We Work For You.” Trustee Moses also gave a heartfelt speech which again emphasized the importance of working together. Mayor Piltaver took the time to thank Anna Montana and Angelo Passialis, who were not present, for their years of service to the community and asked for a round of applause from the audience. Later in the evening friends, family and supporters gathered at Legends in the Comfort Suites for the long awaited celebration.

of Maywood is seeking new leads in the murder of Officer Thomas Wood in t he unsolved 2006 case. Off icer Wo o d was shot sever a l times as he sat in his pol ice vehicle near the intersection of Erie Street and 6th Avenue at approximately 11 pm; he was transported to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment but he died from his injuries. The suspect fled the scene and the case remains unsolved. Officer Wood had served with the Maywood Police Department for nine years and served as a K-9 officer during the last 2 ½ years. His K-9 partner was in the car at the time of the shooting but was not injured. He had previously served as a reserve officer with the Schiller Park Police Department for three years while serving as a part-time officer with the Stone Park Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, five children, three brothers, one sister, his father, and a large extended family. The reward was recently increased by the Maywood Board of Trustees in the hope it would lead to a successful prosecution. Persons with information about this case should call the Maywood Police Department Investigations Bureau at 708-450-4440. All information will be kept confidential.

Allergies Got You Down?

Dr. Joseph Leija, a retired allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, gives daily readings for allergy sufferers on tree, grass, weed, mold, pollen and ragweed, to better control their symptoms. He maintains a special pollencatching machine to collect samples for each day’s official allergy count for the Midwest. You can obtain the count from the Gottlieb Allergy Hotline at 1-866-4-POLLEN (English) and the Gottlieb wesite, You can also follow the count on Twitter: @ Gottlieballergy in English, and @alergiagottlieb in Spanish and @alergieGottlieb in Polish.

Rosemont Schiller Park A new Starbucks opens in Donald E. Stephens Welcomes New Convention Center. After four to five years of trying, Starbucks is coming to the lobby of the Police Chief convention center. Although expected to do well when there are conventions going on, city officials are trying to determine how to make the Starbucks more available to customers not visiting the convention center. Currently, Starbuck’s hours are tailored around convention times.

2013 12th District Unsung Heroine, Lauren Mistretta Andrea A. Raila & Associates, was recently featured in the 16th Annual Cook County Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Awards that spotlighted March Women’s History Month. The Unsung Heroine Awards is an annual event of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues, which honors 17 woman from each of the County districts and 1 at large. All 18 women are recognized for their vital contributions to their communities. The Women’s Commission is charged with ensuring that women’s issues are considered in the formation of public policy in Cook County. Photo From L to R: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, 12th District Unsung Women’s Herione Lauren Mistretta, Women’s Commission Chair Peggy A. Montes, Women’s Commissioner Andrea Raila, and Commissioner John Fritchey

Anthony Brzezniak was officially appointed Schiller Park’s new police chief on May 23rd with approval from new Mayor Barbara Piltaver and the Village Board. Brzezniak brings over thirty years of law enforcement experience and knowledge as commander at the Cook County Sheriff ’s department. He looks forward to working not only with the current police force but with the community, in an effort to reduce crime and keep our streets safe for all area residents.

Guest Puts Out Motel Fire

On April 26th, a guest extinguished an arson fire at the Comfort Inn on Mannheim Road that started in a hallway on the 3rd floor. Apparently it was started with a cigarette and some type of accelerant. Northlake firefighters and police are investigating.

Golf Mill Up For Sale

Golf Mill Shopping Center which opened in 1960 is up for sale. The 1,067,054 sq. ft. retail space facility was listed on the Oak Brook-based real estate firm CBRE. Anchor stores include JC Penney, AMC Theaters, Kohl’s, Target, Value City, Ross Dress for Less and Shop ‘n Save.

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Two Area Students Receive Scholarships

Franklin Park Flood Control Comes at a Cost

Hallmark Store Comes to River Grove

Area Triton College students who’ve taken part in the college’s Scholars Program have received scholarships to four-year institutions to continue their education:

Village officials from Franklin Park voted to sell debt certificates to pay for flood reduction projects and the land for a new police station. The $13.5 million debt certificates will be paid off by water and sewer fees. Unlike municipal bonds, debt certificates cannot be part of the annual levy so there is no possible way it can end up on a resident’s property tax bill. However, the mayor warned that water and sewer rates will increase but how much has yet to be determined. Some of the infrastructure projects the monies would cover are Scott Street basin improvements at $3,225,000, replace failing Silver Creek culvet with open wider channel $2,100,000, Elm Street water main replacement $928,000, and Franklin Park’s share of Crystal Creek f lood control project at $200,000.

On May 18th, River Grove held a grand opening for their newest store – Hallmark located at 3155 Thatcher Avenue. The store recently moved from their former location at Harlem and Irving. Although cards are their “hallmark” product, the store carries gift items, stuffed animals, scented candles and much more including Vera Bradley handbags, jewelry, wind chimes, cosmetic cases, plaques, and even sundresses and hats. Stop in today and become a regular.

Demilade Akinrotimi of Elmwood Park • High School: Nigeria • Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassador, Bible Club, My Roots Club • Volunteer Sites: Triton College Tutoring Center • Akinrotimi received a scholarship and will attend the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign.

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• Clubs/Organizations: Bible Club, Green Club, Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society • Volunteer Sites: West Suburban PADS • Arreola received a $26,000 scholarship and will attend the Illinois Institute of Technology. • The Scholars Program at Triton College challenges in-district high school students to achieve academically with a rigorous program that includes honor classes and a service learning component. Many students in the Scholars Program go onto receive scholarships to four-year universities to continue their studies. Eligibility requirements are demanding. To be considered for the program, which accepts a maximum of 60 students annually, students planning to pursue an associate of arts or science degree at Triton must have an ACT score of at least 25 or a GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale or equivalent), as well as high school faculty and counselor recommendations and additional indicators of academic potential. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t t h e Scholars Program at Triton College, visit

American Idol Coming to Allstate

The live tour of the American Idol contestants will come to the Allstate Arena on July 6th. Some tickets are still available. This is the 12th year the Allstate has hosted the tour.

Franklin Avenue Resurfacing

Drivers should expect delays as resurfacing has begun on an industrial section of Franklin Avenue between the Union Pacific bridge and Williams Drive. Much of the $2.5 million cost will come from federal Surface Transportation funds and another $865,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Although Franklin Park would have preferred to rebuild the entire road, the cost was prohibitive and estimated at $15-20 million; money the village does not have at this time. However, with the Elgin-O’Hare Access project scheduled to begin, Franklin Park is looking to see if the state would pay for the rebuilding project. Unfortunately, it would be a long waiting process. Current work is scheduled to be completed by August 23rd.

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Northlake Approves Land Use

More than 90 pages and over 100 recommendations, Northlake’s comprehensive plan shows they are heading in the right direction. After 18 long months of gathering information, suggestions and feedback from residents, business owners, city staff, officials and others, the plan will guide the city for the next 10 to 15 years.

Off to Greenland! Congratulations to Grace Wischmeyer a

student from Franklin Park who was chosen to participate in a program to student polar science in Greenland this summer. She will join four other high school students from the United States, along with students from Denmark and Greenland from June 28 to July 10th. An excellent science student, Grace was chosen from 375 high school students who applied across the U.S. Never having flown before, she will fly from New York City to Greenland on an Air Force C-130 plane. There the students will join researchers and form teams to engage in experiments on climate change, geology, ice, snow density, wind speed and other topics. Northlake Launches Most Wanted Website The city of Northlake debuted a Most Wanted city website that lists people currently wanted for crimes that happened at least a year ago. The website has been getting a considerable amount of traffic and police are hoping they will start getting information back from the public so arrest can be made. However, police urge the public not to take

Kirksy Ready for Big East Competition Melrose Park – 5/20/13 Walther Lutheran High School is proud to announce that Senior MaShayla Kirksy has signed a letter of intent to DePaul University.“I chose to attend DePaul University because it is a great learning environment. The urban campus and family atmosphere make it a special college,” Kirksy responded when asked about her college decision. She added, “Walther has prepared me academically and athletically to compete at this next level. I am looking forward to working hard and helping the DePaul Track program continue its success. I want to establish DePaul as a prominent name in the new Big East Conference.” DePaul University Head Track Coach Dave Dopek had this to say about Kirksy, “We are very excited about having MaShayla join our athletic family next year. We expect that she will bring much energy and talent to our program as we enter our newly configured conference. She has tremendous talent and a great competitive attitude. Both of which will serve her well as she furthers her career athletically and academically at DePaul university.” MaShayla Kirksy lives in Bolingbrook, and attended St. John Lutheran, LaGrange before transitioning to high school at Walther. In addition to leading the Lady Broncos track team to three consecutive 2ndPlace in State finishes, she was a key player in the 4th place State finish by the 2013 basketball team. Additionally she is an active member of the Walther Student Council and National Honors Society.

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Superintendent Dr. Kathryn Robbins had a retirement reception on May 9th at East Leyden High School. She is pictured here being serenaded by the choir with a song dedicated just for her. She retired after 33 years of teaching, 14 of which she presided as the district’s superintendent.

Schiller Park received a new ambulance and members of the fire department proudly stand next to it after they gave tours to anyone who wanted to look inside.

Preschool Pledge - I pledge to myself on this day to try to be kind in every way. To every person big or small, I will help them if they fall. When I love myself and others too, that is the best that I can do. Schiller Park Recreation Department Preschool Graduation took place on Wednesday, May 15. The children had a wonderful program of songs and Mayor Piltaver passed out their diplomas. Instructors Bernie Panzica, Jessica Mejia, Nancy Delgado, Philomena McDonagh and Nick Jennings were all very proud of the children’s performance.

Franklin Park/Schiller Park Chamber members had a tour of the Life Fitness facilities in Franklin Park. They were treated to a wonderful breakfast catered by Apropo Catering of Schiller Park. With these wonderful facilities, Life Fitness must have the healthiest employees around!

Area school children took part in an Earth Day/Cenntennial celebration at Stalica Park in Schiller Park. Children sang songs, planted flowers and enjoyed a hot dog lunch on the grass. 8 PEOPLE & PLACES • JUNE 2013

Armed Forces Day - Schiller Park held it’s Wall of Honor ceremony on Armed Forces day on May 18th. Honorees were John L. Ossler, Ralph F. Ossler and Laurence K. Ossler whose names were inscribed on the Wall of Honor. Lynn Nosek sang beautiful renditions of American the Beautiful and God Bless America

Kayla Woods-Ortiz graduated with her fellow classmates from St. Maria Goretti Catholic School on Sunday, June 2nd. Congratulations Class of 2013.

Kindergarten Graduation at Kennedy School, May 21, 2013.

Lincoln Middle School Graduation took place on Friday, May 17 at the East Leyden High School auditorium. Emotions ran high after the choir sang the farewell song, “May the Road Rise to Meet You”.

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TRIBUTE TO OUR FATHERS The History of Father’s Day in the US

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Modern version of Father’s Day celebration originated in United States of America and thereafter the tradition spread in countries around the world. The world owes thanks to Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd a loving daughter from Spokane, Washington as it is because of her struggle that Father’s Day saw the light of the day. The idea of Father’s Day celebration originated in Sonora’s mind when she per chance listened to Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Fairly mature at the age 27, Sonora pondered if there is a day to honor mother then why not for father? Sonora felt strongly for fathers because of the affection she received from her own father Mr William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Sonora’s mother died while childbirth when she was just 16. Mr Smart raised the newborn and five other children with love and care. Inspired by Ms Anna Jarvis’s struggle to promote Mother’s Day, Ms Dodd began a rigorous campaign to celebrate Father’s Day in US. The Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) supported Sonora’s cause. As a result Spokane celebrated its first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Though there was initial hesitation the idea gained gradual popularity all over US and Fathers Day came to be celebrated in cities across the country. Looking at the heightened popularity of Father’s Day in US, President Woodrow Wilson approved of this idea in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge too supported the idea of a national Father’s Day in 1924 to, “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations”. After a protracted struggle of over four decades, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1966. Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. Sonora Smart Dodd was honored for her contribution at the World’s Fair in Spokane in 1974. Mrs. Dodd died in 1978 at age 96. -“A Man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season.” ~~Author Unknown.~~

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Urbanus of Schiller Park He unconditionally loves his children when they were 5 and still at 55. He has no favorites and treats each of his seven children equally and cares about their well-being. His wealth is not counted in monetary gain but in the number of hugs received from his kids and grandchildren. He finds joy in talking to a friend or stranger. He seems to find the good in each person. He has a very generous heart. He must know that his children love him and care about him deeply. Happy Father’s Day, Daddio Love, Petrie, #2, Patty Urbanus Bahnick

Giuseppe Del Core I want to wish my late father Giuseppe Del Core Happy Father’s Day. I am proud to be his daughter. I am who I am because of him. I have to admit he was a very strict Italian father. I would be made at hm every time but now that I have children of my own, I know why he was like that. He was protecting me. My father was a very hard working man. The yard was his second wife. Even when he worked long hours, he would eat dinner and go work outside. He put his whole heart into his work outside. Before he passed on September 2001, everyone admired how he took pride of how his home looked outside, especially the red dahlias he would plant year round, all around the house and his vegetable garden and how his trees were trimmed. He also enjoyed baking Easter edible baskets. The shape he made from scratch. He worked full time, sometimes late hours on little pay, but he made sure his family was taken care of. He sacrificed himself to make sure his only daughter went to catholic schools. Wish my kids knew there nonno; they would have loved him. Dad, I miss you very much. I know you are watching over us. I love you and Happy Father’s Day. Your daughter Maria Kerr, Schiller Park

Charles Wurm of Schiller Park My father has been gone for 20 years now, but the memories I hold still keep him alive in my heart. Until the day he passed, he carried a kindergarten picture of me in his wallet. It was his favorite. A tool and die maker by trade, he loved to garden and taught me how to fish. He never liked talking about his service during World War II, but he earned a silver and bronze star for his valor. Unfortunately he learned to smoke on his long trip back overseas; a habit that contributed to his death. I have many fond memories of my dad, shared many a good times too, and I know my family and I miss him very much. Love Barbara

Eugene Piltaver of Franklin Park He’s a loving father and father-in-law, counselor, loving and caring husband for 62 years, proud Korean War veteran, grandfather who loves to give kisses to his grandchildren. Dedicated volunteer in the American Legion, St. Maria Goretti Church and at Gottlieb Hospital. At 84 years of age his energy runs circles around people thirty years younger than him; but he definitely enjoys his naps. His jokes can make people smile or cringe but are priceless just the same. We can sit for hours around the kitchen table listening to stories of his childhood memories and his life experiences. He is one special man and I’m proud to call him “dad.” Happy Father’s Day, Love from your daughter-in-law Barbara

Lawrence “Moe” Airdo 100 words don’t seem to be enough to encompass the greatest man I know, from the time I was a little girl sitting on his knee until now as a grown woman standing by his side I have been in awe of the selfless way in which my dad has given of himself to his family. Hardworking, loving and strong are just a few words that come to mind when describing my dad who has struggled medically this past year. But he continues to be an inspiration to our family and I’m so proud to call him MY DAD!! Angie Airdo, Melrose Park

A Story About Father’s Day Fathers seldom say “I love you” Though the feeling’s always there, But somehow those three little words Are the hardest ones to share. And fathers say “I love you” In ways that words can’t match With tender bedtime stories Or a friendly game of catch! You can see the words “I love you” In a father’s boyish eyes When he runs home, all excited, With a poorly wrapped surprise. A father says “I love you” With his strong helping hands With a smile when you’re in trouble With the way he understands. He says “I love you” haltingly, With awkward tenderness (It’s hard to help a four-year-old into a party dress!)

He speaks his love unselfishly By giving all he can To make some secret dream come true, Or follow through a plan. A father’s seldom-spoken love Sounds clearly through the years Sometimes in peals of laughter, Sometimes through happy tears. Perhaps they have to speak their love In a fashion all their own. Because the love that fathers feel Is too big for words alone!


John Piltaver of Schiller Park Dad, you are always there for us. We learned respect, a hard work ethic, knowing when to come home on time the hard way and of course detailing our cars! We may not always agree, but we know you’ll always come to our rescue if we need you. Thanks for being our dad. We love you. Happy Father’s Day, Love Bonnie, Pamela and John.

God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle’s flight, The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed, The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need, Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add, He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so, He called it ... Dad ~~Author Unknown.~~ JUNE 2013 • PEOPLE & PLACES 11

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Schiller Park 4th Annual Pub Crawl! Mark your calendar for JUNE 15TH for an all-day event which will include a one hour stop at all of Schiller Park’s watering holes. The bars included are: Kickers, Legends, Rog’s, The Great Escape, Ken’s Viaduct Lounge, Eclipse (formerly The Playground), Plain View, and Richie’s (formerly Mama K’s!). There will also be dinner at Al & Andy’s Restaurant. The event will begin at Kicker’s at 4 pm. After Kicker’s, we will drive to Rog’s, where all participants will leave their cars for the rest of the event. The walking bar crawl will continue from there. T-shirts for the event can be purchased for $11.50. Visit eventdetails. php?event_ref=4371 for a secure link.

Boy Scouts earn awards at Court of Honor Boy Scout Troop 158 in Franklin Park, sponsored by the Kiwanis of Franklin Park, Bensenville and Wood Dale, recently had their May Court of Honor. The following awards were earned by the Scouts. Merit Badges were awarded to James Adamczyk for Citizenship in the Nation, Giovanni Diomede for Citizenship in the World and First Aid, John Maniates for Collections, Citizenship in the Nation, Engineering, Personal Fitness and Personal Management, Peter Maniates for First Aid, Joshua Nowicki for Emergency Preparedness, Family Life and Safety, Michael Nowicki for Citizenship in the Nation, Emergency Preparedness, and Safety, Geoffrey Sarno for Communications, and Jacob Wason for Citizenship in the Nation, Communications, and Family Life. Two Scouts also achieved Advancement to their next rank – Peter Maniates earned the rank of Star Scout and Joshua Nowicki earned the rank of Life Scout. Additionally, 2 Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the past few months Timothy


Hester Jr and Patrick Shelton. They along with Eagle Scout Junior Vega will have a special Eagle Court of Honor this summer. 4 new scouts who recently joined the troop were formally introduced and welcomed – Nick Anderson, Shawn Guagenti, Kyle Meyer, and Nick Rzepka. Leaders and adult volunteers were recognized and the troop celebrated their recognition for winning a cooking award for “Best Presentation” at the last Des Plaines Valley Council’s Camporall. Congratulations to all of these Scouts. Informat ion about Boy Scout Troop 158 is available by visiting our website at

horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse Youth is presenting a one-day harness horsemanship program at Maywood Park on June 22. The program is open to children age 11 and up, but an application must be filled out and sent to the organization. Applications, with complete details of the event, are posted at The program fee is $10 which includes lunch and camp materials. The workshop is being presented in conjunction with the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association. Participants will work hands-on with the HHYF’s stable of Trottingbred horses, a smaller version of the pacers and trotters that race at Maywood. Among the topics to be covered are care and grooming, equipment, harness racing history and equine careers. Each student will get the chance to drive a horse, assisted by a licensed trainer or driver. The program is one of dozens across the country being conducted by HHYF this summer. For questions, please e-mail HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness

come first served. The Cook County Animal and Rabies Control clinics allow affordable rabies vaccinations to bring all citizens into compliance with the law while providing an essential public health protection against a deadly disease that has caused public health concerns in four states over the past two years. Rabies vaccines will cost $7 for a one year and $21 for a three year. Ferrets may only be vaccinated for one year and the cost of the vaccine is $9. Pet owners can have their pets microchipped for $10; however, this does not include the national registration fee. For a full listing of all scheduled clinics throughout Cook County visit server. pt/community/animal___rabies_control/247

Cook County Rabies Vaccine And Microchip Interactive Youth Clinics. The Cook County low cost mobile rabies/ Horsemanship microchip clinic is coming to Franklin Park. The clinic will be held at the Jewel Parking lot Program at at 10203 W. Grand Avenue, Franklin Park on Tuesday, July 30. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2:45 Maywood Park p.m. Come early as lines do form and it’s first

A four alarm fire on May 28th destroyed Durango Supermercado and six second floor apartments in the 30,000 square foot building at 1651 N. Mannheim Road in Stone Park. The store was open at the time the fire was discovered in one of the stores aisles; employees used a fire extinguisher to try to put the flames out, but to no avail. The fire quickly spread, and black smoke could be seen pouring from the building for miles away. The building was said to be in good shape and renovated last year. It is reported by a witness, that another small suspicious fire had occurred prior to this major fire, which resulted in a total loss of the building. No injuries were reported. Firefighters from Bellville, Bensenville, Broadview, Carol Stream, Chicago, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Hillside, Leyden, Melrose Park, North Riverside, Norwood Park, Rosemont, Schiller Park, and Westchester assisted Stone Park firefighters in extinguishing the blaze. 12 PEOPLE & PLACES • JUNE 2013

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at Rosemont is expected to open next year. A new 5,000 sq. ft. structure will be home to iFly a company that operates several locations across the county and in DuBai and Singapore. iFly will pay the Village of Rosemont $100,000 per year to lease the facility with 3% increases

every five years. It is expected that as many as 200,000 people will be attracted to iFly per year once it opens and many of the customers will be students of military personnel.

Long Time Resident Allen Hosticka of Schiller Park Passes Away Al Hosticka passed away on May 29th. He was the beloved husband of Josephine for 64 years, Loving Father of Christine (Michael) Thomka, Catherine (the late Gary) Jones, Carolyn (Jim) Hosticka, Frank, Cheryl (Dean) Svee, Cynthia (Ken) Blaese, and Allen Jr. (Beverly). Proud Grandfather of 18, Cherished Great Grandfather of 12, Dear Brother of Frank and Evelyn. Services were held at Sax-Tiedemann Funeral home and a mass said at St. Beatrice Church on Saturday, June 1st. Al was an active member of his community and church and will be greatly missed by many. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Scamp Studios Summer Art Camp and Program Scamp Studios Summer Art Camp offers your child the chance to create fun new projects every week while learning drawing, painting, sculpting, crafts, collage and more! Dates: Thursdays- June 20 and 27, July 11, 18, and 25, August 1 and 8 Time: 5-7 yrs old - 10:30am-Noon 8-12yrs old- 1:00pm-3:30pm Price: $15 per child per day (includes materials and snack) Please call or email to pre-register two days prior to date of camp to save your spot and allow for instructor preparation.


On May 17, neighbors were startled to hear a loud crash and soon after a helicopter hovering overhead. Onlookers found out that a freight train derailed in the Franklin Park yard. Seven cars derailed and heavy cranes had to be brought in to restore them on to the tracks. The cause of the derailment was not known and Metra service was not disrupted.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Brushes and Bubbles! A Grown ups-only Wine and Painting Workshop

This workshop will provide adult students the opportunity learn a new skill and create a beautiful piece of artwork while relaxing in a fun, social setting. Price : $20 per student ( includes materials and refreshments. Wine is provided though participants are also welcome to BYOB). Time: Friday, June 28, 6:30-8:30pm Scamp Studios is located at 8221 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove. Call 708-217-1812 or visit,

First Fridays Return to Park Ridge Every “First Friday” Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee presents local musicians and artists at area businesses throughout town. Shops on Northwest Highway, Prospect Avenue, Summit Avenue, Main Street and Fairview Avenue will host an artist or musician for the evening. Residents and visitors alike are invited to stroll along the streets of

Uptown and enjoy the sights and sounds. Jared Skibs, owner of Allegro Music Center is assisting in coordinating the event with several of his students and teachers performing throughout town. “A Night of Art & Music” takes places from 5-8 pm.

Relay For Life Teams, survivors and care givers are still

needed for this worthy and fun event. Join us for Bank Night on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30 at the Park District of Franklin Park. Paint the Town Purple is June 27th at the Gazebo from 6-8pm. Our Survivor Dinner will take place at The Great Escape on July 9th RSVP to The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step with us by joining the global Relay For Life movement. When you walk to end cancer at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from cancer and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest walk to end cancer. Mayor Piltaver of Schiller Park is looking to form a team and is asking anyone interested in joining her to email your interest to Everyone is encouraged to participate so contact her today!

Rosemont “Lights Up” Revenue Figures for 2012 show a total of $1,487,634 in fines paid to the village from traffic violations recorded by their seven red light cameras. This was up by approximately $407,000 more than in 2011.

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All in Favor Village Board Meetings of Schiller Park

Citizens Wishing To Be Heard. • Nellie Johnson of Grace Park Condominiums offered her congratulations to Mayor Piltaver • Resident Jim DeRose wished to welcome the new mayor also. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

May 14, 2013 Meeting started out with the calling of role: Absent were Mayor Anna Montana, Trustees Richard Desecki and Angelo Passialis. The Board then voted to appoint Trustee Fritz to act as President Pro Tem in the current mayor’s absence. Board approved the meeting minutes of April 23, 2013 and bills totaling $654,292.80. Meeting was then adjourned Sine Die for the inauguration of Mayor Elect Barbara Piltaver, Trustee Elect Moses Diaz, Larry Fritz and Village Clerk Claudia Irsuto. Trustee Elect Desecki was absent. Library board trustees Mary Tedei and Jennifer Jones were also present. The Honorable Judge Garritt E. Howard administered the oath of office. Meeting was then called to order again by the newly elected Mayor Barbara Piltaver. • Speeches were made by Mayor Piltaver and Trustee Diaz • Resolution passed authorizing the disposition of certain village property.

May 23, 2013 Started 8 pm Absent: Trustee Desecki, Trustee Moses, Clerk Irsuto

The following items were voted on and approved by the board • Payment of $96,169.95 for contract work for the Kolze Avenue Roadway and Water Main Improvement. • Request from Boy Scout Troop 16 to use the Village Hall Parking Lot on Saturday, July 13 to hold a care wash from 9 am until 2 pm (Rain date of Saturday, July 20th) • Final payment in the amount $17,291.08 for pavement striping. • Proposal for NIMEC to solicit quotes for electric usage on behalf of the Village. • Payment of bills in the amount of $490,434.12 • Authorize payment in the amount of $7,850 to AES Due Diligence, Inc. for soil testing as part of West Gateway Detention Basin Project.

Discussion by the Board concerning the audit services ended up being tabled. Although the Mayor made a recommendation on a company and received a motion on them, the remaining Board members would not second the motion citing they did not have enough information to make a decision. The matter will be discussed and voted on again at the June 25th meeting. The Board also discussed the services needed for completion of Crystal Creek Phase IIA which would include finishing up the landscaping around the homes that were impacted by the Crystal Creek Improvement project. The Mayor emphasized the importance of getting this portion of the project completed as the residents have been waiting long enough for completion. A resolution was approved up to an amount not to exceed $75,000.

Citizens Wishing to be Heard • Jim DeRose expressed his gratitude to the Mayor and public works department for the prompt cleaning up of the underpasses and skate park. His morning runs are much more enjoyable. • A resident from 4462 Emerson asked about the agreement the village has with O’Hare Airport concerning the emptying of water into Crystal Creek. Mayor replied that it was an issue that would be looked into very soon. • A resident from 4626 Kolze made comment about a bus stop with the children leaving

garbage in front of her home and asked if the stop could be moved to another location. She was upset about how much her taxes have gone up. Mayor replied that the resident should attend the next school board meeting as they would be the ones responsible for bus stops and informed the resident to attend the Tax Appeal workshop on June 5th. Resolutions were passed regarding Prevailing Rate of Wages, Designation of Depository for Plaza Bank and Parkway Bank & Trust Company and setting board meeting schedule. An ordinance was passed in regard to the sale of village property namely an old ambulance. An ordinance was tabled regarding the sale of surplus real estate property pursuant to the Crystal Creek Surplus Property Program as there were not enough votes to pass the ordinance due to one trustee having to abstain. Meeting adjourned 8:40 pm MAY 2013

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LIBRARY NOOK Melrose Park Public Library 801 North Broadway 708-343-3391 Closed Sundays

• June 25th- Watch it grow! Ever wondered how seeds grow? Join us as we learn how the fun way. Grades 1-6. Starts at 2 pm

• June 13th- Father’s Day Craft! For ages 8 and up. Make a memorable gift to give to dad. Limit 24. Registration is required. 4:305:30pm.

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• June 18th- Read, Write, Publish. Do you have a story to tell? Learn how to strengthen your writing and also how to publish your story on the Internet. In this 6-week program (first meeting is mandatory) we’ll focus on helping you craft a strong story and turn it into an ebook to share with the world. We encourage our future published writers to bring a story or poems to the first meeting even if they’re rough. This isn’t a requirement by any means; you’ll just be all the more ready to publish in the time we have. 2-3pm.

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• June 10th- Monday Movie Madness! We’ll be watching a newly released movie, sharing some treats, and enjoying the air conditioning. Registration is not required, and this program is for all ages. Repeats every week until Mon Jul 22 2013. 3 pm

• June 7th- iPads! Whether you are new to iPads or want to learn more about their features and capabilities, this is your chance! Let’s get together for hands-on instruction for seniors. Registration required. Space is limited. 1-2pm.

• June 11th- Mural Painting! Come get your hands dirty with some paint, glitter, and more! We’ll be making a giant mural that will hang in our basement for the whole summer. Grades 1-6. Starts at 2pm.

• June 10th- Senior Medication Seminar. During this seminar a local Walgreens pharmacist will be discussing possible interactions when taking more than one medication as well as possible interactions with certain foods. You will have the opportunity to bring in your medications and talk with the pharmacist about concerns you may have about interactions between your medications. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Registration required. 2-3pm.

• June 12th- Get Crafty! The library is hosting a weekly craft event for kids going into grades 1st-6th. Crafts are limited to 15 kids per day so be sure to register early. Come on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Repeats every week until Wed Jul 24 2013. Starts at 11am. • June 13th- Teens Rock Out! Join us for a party dedicated to the rockstars teens are! We will be playing Rock Band, talking about rockstar authors and books, decorating some pet rocks, and eating Pop Rocks. This program is for teens going into 7-12 grades. Registration is required. Starts at 4 pm.

• June 11th- Personal Finance, be credit wise! Get financially savvy at your library. Learn the ins and outs of repairing or building your credit and which pitfalls to avoid. Registration required. 7-8pm. • June 13th- Computer Basics, computer class. To register, please visit or call the Adult Services Desk. 1-2pm & 7-8pm.

• June 21st- Chalk day! Join us outside at 2pm for our Annual Chalk Day. For all ages!

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• June 20th- DIY Thursday: Duct tape wallets! Not much is more rewarding than Doing It Yourself. Every Thursday for six weeks we will do a number of different projects using everyday supplies from duct tape wallets to stenciled t-shirts, 2-3:30pm. • June 24th- Container Gardening. No matter what you prefer to plant -- vegetables, flowers, shrubs, trees -- you can plant some version of it in a container. Lets start with a mini herb garden. All materials provided. Sign up required. Space is limited. 1-2pm. • June 26th- Summer Picnic Recipes! Join us in the kitchen as we cook summer seasonal dishes! This is a bilingual program. Registration required. 6:30-8pm.

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• June 6th- Chinese Dragon Mask Craft! Learn about the history of dragons in China and make your own beautiful mask. Grades 2 - 5, from 4-4:45pm. • June 11th- Cold Blooded Creatures. Come and see Bubba the gator and other fun cold blooded creatures! 4-5pm. • June 12th- A brush with art: Hammered Copper Pendants! We will work with copper blanks and add texture with stamps and hammers, drill holes for jump rings in the pendant, finish and seal the metal, and learn how to hang and make a cord for the pendant.

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• June 3rd- Beginner’s boot camp computer camp. Learn the basics of computing in this 4 day class. Classes will cover mousing (including different interactions you will come across on the Internet), the physical and software components of the computer, how to access and use the Internet, and Google searching the Internet. Each session is roughly an hour, but plan to stay a bit longer to answer individual questions. You must attend all four sessions. 2-3pm.

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LIBRARY NOOK • This is a fully hands-on class. Be prepared to work with hand and power tools. Dress appropriately. Supplies will be provided. Ages 12 and up. 6:30-8:30pm. • June 18th- Internet Safety! Learn how to navigate the Internet safely to protect your identity and information online. 2-3pm. • June 19th- Tablet & eReader drop in. Bring your tablet or eReader and questions to this drop-in clinic. If you can’t decide which tablet to buy, we’ll have a few on hand for you to try out. 7-8:30pm. • June 25th- Trivia Night at Circle Inn! Trivia Night is Back! Join us at Circle Inn (7707 Westwood Drive) for a night of Trivia. Bring your friends and form a team of up to 4 people or meet new people and team up. We’ll have prizes for the winners! 7-9pm.

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• June 3rd- Storytime begins! Storytime starts this week! Continues through July 26th. 1pm. • June 4th- Email Basics. Learn the basics of using Email. this class uses Gmail, if you already have an account, bring your login information with you. 7-8pm.

• June 26th- Build your resume online. Come prepared with your work history and we’ll show you how to create a beautiful resume in one of 5 classic styles. Your resume will be created in a PDF format that you can send off to prospective employers or print out at the library. 7-8:30pm.

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• June 4th- Around the world in 60 days! Join singer Heather Braoudakis as she performs some of the best loved songs about cities all around the world. 7pm.

• June 29th- Babysitting 101: Have you ever wanted to be a babysitter? An instructor will be on hand to teach the do’s and don’ts of child care and safety for teens ages 11-15. Participants will also receive a copy of the AAP Babysitting book. 12:30-4pm.

• June 5th- Individual Computer Help. If you have a computer question that you need help with, sign up for one 25 minute time slot with a technology clerk. Time slots start at 6:55. Register ahead. • June 8th- Mini Book Sale. 2-4pm.

• Every Wednesday is Family Movie night at 7pm. Every Friday is Film Lovers Friday at 1:30pm. Call for the weeks movie selections.

• June 5th- Storytime Dance Party! Do you have a favorite dance move? Do you love jumping, moving, and grooving? Then this storytime session is just for you! Come dance with us and all your library friends for this special storytime session. And don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes! Two Parties, at 2pm and 7pm. All ages.

• June 10th- Monday movie: Wreck it Ralph. 2-4pm.

• June 7th- Family game day, all ages. Video Games and board games. 1pm.

• June 17th- Swords, claws and other cool things! Come for some adventures as we tell stories from around the world. But be prepared, adventuring is not for the easily scared. We’ll tell stories in different ways, and make cool crafts, too. Grades 4-6. From 6-8pm.

• June 8th- Knit and crochet group. Beginners and experienced are all welcome! 1pm.

River Grove Library

8638 W. Grand Ave., River Grove Librarian Marissa, 708-453-4484 • June 3rd- The May book is- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Time: 7pm Books will be available behind the circulation desk. Call to register! *REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* • June 8th- Summer read kick off sign up day. Drop-in from 11-2pm to sign-up for our summer programs. • June 8th- Childrens Book Sale, 12-2pm. • June 12th- Library Board Meeting, 7pm. • June 15th- Father’s Day Craft! Drop-in to make a special gift for someone special! Drop-in from 1-3pm. All Ages. • June 22nd- Make Your Own fairy garden, Family Program. Adult participants will receive all materials, including live plants and a fairy figurine, in order to create their garden. Children ages 5 and up are welcome

• June 18th & 20th- Microsoft Excel 2 part class. Learn the basics of using MS Excel. $20 Fee includes Part 1 & 2 of this Microsoft Excel class. Must attend both sessions. 7-8pm. • June 21st- Summer craft day! Our summer reading theme is traveling, so join us to make crafts for your journeys. Drop in to make three different crafts! All ages, 1-4pm. • June 22nd- Mini Book Sale. 2-4pm. • June 23rd- Bus trip to see The Jungle Book at The Goodman Theater! Based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored children’s tales and featuring music from the classic Disney film, this spellbinding world premiere is the theatrical event of the season. Cost is $28, Reserve your spot today! 6-11pm. • June 24th- Animal Adventure! The Flying Fox Conservation Fund is bringing a selection of furry creatures to visit with you. Meet some unique animals from around the world. 6-7pm.

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• June 18th- Non-Fiction book club. We will be reading : Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Pick up your copy starting a month before the discussion at the Circulation Desk. Then join us to learn more about the book and partake in a lively discussion. Treats will be served, too. 7-8:30pm. • June 23rd- Pinterest Craft -A-Thon! Join us as we use new and recycled materials to make projects we found on Pinterest! Limit 15 attendees to each session. Registration must be done in person. Starts at 3:30pm. • Lapsit Storytime every Friday at 1pm!

Schiller Park Library

4200 Old River Rd., 847-678-0433 • June 5th- #1 Dad! Come to the library between 6:30-7:15pm and make a craft to show your Dad he is the best! Limit of 20 children for this craft. Sign up in the youth services room. • June 12th- Top Dog! Visit the library between 6”30-7:15 and decorate a special no bake treat for the top dog in your family- Dad! There is a 20 children limit for this event. Sign up in the youth services room. Ages 3-14. • June 14th & 15th- Breakfast With Books! Children are welcome to drop off a stuffed animal or doll at the library before 5pm on the 14th for a sleepover at the library, then return in the morning (June 15th) at 10am for a light breakfast and stories! • June 19th- Decorating the sidewalks! Come to the library from 6-7pm and add a little color to the libraries pavement! Parents must stay with their children during this event. Sign up required. • June 22nd- Around the world! Come to the library between 1:30 and 3 and enjoy our feature travel film. Enjoy snacks and more! There is a 20 Child limit for this activity. Sign up in the youth service room. • June 29th- Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010. Participants must be comfortable using a computer and mouse to attend this class. Sign up is required prior to the date of this class. Class time is 9:30-11am. • Reading Time is held every Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Youth Services Room, all ages are welcome! No signup needed!


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LOCAL CHURCH NEWS Congratulations to Father Brendan Guilfoil The Knights of Columbus Ave Maria Council sponsored a Seminarian through their Vocation Grant program and on May 18, 2013, Brendon Guilfoil was ordained to the priesthood. Fr. Brendan became a Knight back on May 19, 2003. He celebrated his first mass on Saturday 5-18 at St. Theresa’s Church in Palatine. He will be assigned to St. Mary Parish in Lake Forest.

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4157 Atlantic Ave., Schiller Park 847-678-0138, Congratulations Elanor Vogel – Woman Of The Year! The St. Beatrice Women’s Club chose Eleanor Vogel to represent t heir club as Woman of the 2012-13 year. Eleanor was thanked for a l l she h a s contributed to the Women’s Club and also for all she has contributed to the School, Religious Education Program, the Decorating Committee and the

countless other ways she finds to bless others in our church, neighborhood and her family. Eleanor always finds time to help others no matter how busy she is. They look forward to many more years of Eleanor’s sweet service to our church and community. She is indeed a very special person and we give her our love. The Women’s Club of St. Beatrice held their last meeting of the 2012-13 year at Allegra Banquets (in the Comfort Suites Hotel) on Monday, May 20. The officers for the coming year were also installed: JoAnn Michonski President, Edna Sztuk - Vice President, Karen Lima - Treasurer, and Cathy Zito - Secretary. They enjoyed celebrating the end of a very wonderful and fruitful year and look forward to a joyous, prosperous and holy 2013-2014. They also thanked all of our members who worked together to make the past year a great success.

Congratulations To Our 2013 Hypod Winners $5000 – Lorraine Trzaska $2000 – Tim Miller $300 – Charles & Ursala White $250 – Bob Sztuk, Jr. $200 – Marty & Barb Raymond This fundraiser sponsored by the St. Beatrice Men’s Club brought in $10,000 for St. Beatrice Church. The winners were drawn at the dinner which was held on May 17th.

Men’s Club Golf Outing The Men’s Club annual golf outing will be held on Sunday, August 18th at Salt Creek Golf Club in Bensenville, Illinois. For further information contact the rectory at 847-678-0138.

Our Lady Mother of the Church Flea Market 2013 – Saturday, June 8 8 am to 3 pm, 8747 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, North Parking Lot.

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Upcoming Programs: June 29-30 - St. Julie Billiart Parish July 27-28 – Holy Family, Inverness For more information contact us at Joyful Again! Widowed Ministry 1-708-354-7211, Early registration is encouraged.

Gardening Angels Garage Sale – JUNE 14, 15, 16 Dropoffs begin Friday, June 7th after 6pm through June 14th. For information call the rectory at 847-678-3988.

Retreat Workshop for Widowed Men/Women Beyond grieving there is new life! Feeling “stuck”? Need something to get you “over the hump?” Have you reached a “turning point” after your loss? Come join us for a weekend especially designed to help you reflect on and recognize new direction for your life while still treasuring memories of your loved one. The traditional farewell mass and ribbon ceremony at St. Maria Goretti Church. Kaira Ortiz handing the ribbon to her sister.

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What’s Happening in East and West Leyden High School? DISTRICT 212 SCOTY AWARD WINNERS Nicole Christy, a senior at West Leyden, and Juan Pablo Ramirez, a senior at East Leyden, are among the winners of the annual School Citizen of the Year Award (SCOTY) sponsored by West 40, an intermediate education service center that provides a range of school improvement and support services. A resident of Northlake, Christy is vicepresident of the Student Council and a Fern Award recipient, an honor that recognizes her as a top achiever. She also is a member of the Senior Class Advisor Board, as well as the Peer Counselors and Ripple Effect organizations. “Nicole is a delightful young person with a strong character and a passion to help others,” says John Back, Nicole’s counselor at West Leyden. “Her ability to balance her extracurricular activities without sacrificing the quality of her grades is a testament to how she values her education.” Ramirez, who is a resident of River Grove, is in rigorous Advanced Placement classes as well as a variety of elective courses. He is also the voice and face of East Leyden as one of the school’s daily bulletin announcers, and one of the anchors for the bimonthly video announcements. In addition, he is president of the French Club, treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America, and a member of both the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society. “Pablo is successful in anything he undertakes,” says Cindi Gustafson, Pablo’s counselor at East Leyden. “He has a passion for knowledge and the ability to navigate systems. He is able to identify what he wants, put a plan in place, and take the necessary steps to achieve his goals.” The SCOTY Award honors students in grades 1 – 12 who are outstanding role models for their peers. The parameters for nomination are broad, with each school district setting its own standards. In general, District 212 selects students who display leadership qualities, academic success, a generous spirit, and concern for others. In the past 15 years about 1000 students have been recognized as SCOTY Award recipients. Christy and Ramirez, along with the other SCOTY winners, were honored at a special awards ceremony held on March 20, 2013, at West Leyden High School. Each winner received a medal, certificate, and a copy of the SCOTY honor roll with the students’ biography. Parents, family members, teachers, and school administrators were also invited to attend the ceremony.

DISTRICT 212 STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY Twenty-one District 212 students who have an A average in French, as well as an interest in the language and culture, were inducted into the Cyrano De Bergerac Chapter of the Societe Honoraire de Francais (French Honor Society) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The East Leyden inductees are: Ingrid Acevedo, Robert Boyte, Rebecca Corsei, Michal Cylwik, Moses Diaz, Jessica Krieter, Alize Luna, Steven Marquez, Kelly Polen, Magdalena Stasik, Marta Stepanyuk, and Lizette Tud. The West Leyden inductees are: Leslie Alaniz, Bryan Escobedo, Arely Garcia, Leslie Garcia, Liliana Herrera, Cesar Mauricio, Stephen Mayorga, Maggie Parker, and Nancy Rodriguez.

EAST LEYDEN STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Thirty-four students were inducted into East Leyden High School chapter of the National Honor Society on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The candidates were selected on the basis of their academic excellence, service to the school and community, and outstanding leadership skills. The following students were inducted: Bradley Bach, Robert Boyte, Hannah Brewer, Maja Bulka, Michal Cylwik, Jovanie De La Cruz, Jacob Drozdowski, Erick Garcia, Gianna Dicintio, Jorge Hernandez, Amerisa Klaric, Kinga Kowalczyk, Jessica Krawiec, Jessica Krieter, Julia Kulesza, Kristina Laniewski, Francesca Lingat, Blaine Manning, Justyna Matejaszczyk, Alex Mennella, Louis Monette, Sweety Patel, Kerri Predovich, Ralph Renhofer, Avani Shah, Mirela Shtereva, Cristian Silva, Rachel Sliwinski, Marta Stepanyuk, Aaron Stocks, Arielle Strauss, Alexis Woo, Nick Zaccariello, and Velina Zhelyazkova.

DISTRICT 212 EARNS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL CHARTER MEMBERSHIP Leyden High School District 212 has been granted charter membership in the National Forensic League, a speech and debate honor society. Charter membership is the highest school membership honor in the league, and ref lects a sustained commitment to speech and debate education. A spokesperson for the league says “achieving this honor earns the school’s program a place among the best programs in the nation.” The district’s membership in the league is due to the achievements of Leyden’s Speech and Performance Team, a co-curricular activity open to all students. The team offers a positive, friendly environment for students to

develop their talents in public speaking, acting techniques, and performance skills. The league recognizes participation and progress in public speaking and debate activities as a means to empower students to become effective communicators and critical thinkers

EAST LEYDEN FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA MEMBERS COMPETE AT STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club at East Leyden attended the 64th Illinois Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held on April 12-14, at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Springfield. The two-day state conference included activities in personal development, business and leadership training, election of 2013-2014 state officers, and competitive events. The competitive results for the East Leyden High School FBLA members are as follows: Jesse Fuentes – 1st Place in Desktop Application Programming, national qualifier Karolina Moniuszko and Pablo Ramirez – 1st Place in Business Presentation, national qualifier Anthony Diminuco, Cody O’Neal, and Jimmy Wade – 1st Place in Computer Game & Simulation Programming, national qualifiers Bartosz Miskowiec – 2nd Place in Help Desk, national qualifier Piotr Galusza – 2nd Place in Business Math, national qualifier Avani Shah – 5th Place in Word Processing I The national qualifiers will complete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference, June 20 thru June 27, in Anaheim, CA. Avani Shah and Maja Bulka served as voting delegates at the conference in the election of the Illinois FBLA State Officers. Other FBLA members who attended the conference are Tom Kubas, Raizele Arceo, and Maja Bulka. FBLA-PBL is a nationwide career and technical student organization that promotes competent business leadership training.

DISTRICT 212 ITALIAN LANGUAGE STUDENTS TAKE NATIONAL EXAM Students studying the Italian language were given the opportunity to participate in the

American Association of Teachers of Italian National High School Contest in early March. A total of 4,984 students from 105 high schools in 21 states, including Illinois, participated in the contest. Leyden had 100 students take part in the competition. The following students placed at the national contest. The top scorers from Leyden are Maria Aiello, Level 3C, 1st Place in state, 6th in nation; Eduardo Trevino, Level 2B, 1st Place in state, 12th in nation; Stephanie Cornejo, Level 4B, 3rd Place in state, 10th in nation; Mayra Moreno, Level 4B, 5th Place in state, 15th in nation; Jazmin Bravo, Level 3B, 7th Place in state, 18th in nation; Alexis Rangel, Level 2B, 2nd Place in state, 13th in nation; Alan Herrera, Level 2B, 3rd Place in state, 15th in nation; Norma Macias, Level 2B, 3rd Place in state, 15th in nation; Luis Villanueva, Level 2B, 4th Place in state, 16th in nation; Lisa Quintero, Level 2B, 4th Place in state, 16th in nation; Stephanie Martinez, 6th Place in state, 18th in nation; Silvana Naka, Level 2A, 9th Place in state, 16th in nation; Victor Cuellar, Level 1B, 4th Place in state, 13th in nation; Elizabeth Preciado, Level 1B, 6th Place in state, 15th in nation; and Carolina Gutierrez, Level 1B, 8th Place in state, 17th in nation. The American Association of Teachers of Italian was founded in 1924 to promote the study of Italian language, literature and culture in high schools, colleges, and universities in North America.

DISTRICT 212 STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY A total of 24 District 212 students were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. The students from the East campus are: Natalia Balagulska, Iryna Bugay, Karolina Czarnik, Rocco Di Matteo, Samantha Dowiarz, Jory Dvorak, Simeon Dyankov, Alexandra Garay, Anna Jureczko, Blaine Manning, Anna Modrich, Analie Parra, Ralph Reinhofer, Steven Tarnowski, and Karolina Trampka. The students from the West campus are: Emanuel Chan, Nancy DeLatorre, Francesco Fiasche, Natalie Gonzalez, Antonio Hinojosa, Agnieszka Krupa, Jocelyn Lopez, Alejandro Ramos, and Stephanie Salgado.


Harlem Irving Plaza the "HIP" is expanding and work is progressing nicely. New stores will be opening this coming fall.

Norridge Park District basketball courts are open for play. Season pass needed to use, resident or nonresident fee required. 708.457.1244 for info. Who's got game? JUNE 2013 • PEOPLE & PLACES 21


Norridge held it’s annual Memorial Day program on Sunday, May 26th. The program included participation by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Brownies of the Village of Norridge with Mr. Dominic Sulimowski as the Master of Ceremonies. The guest speaker was Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn of the United States Army. A 21 gun salute was rendered by the 2nd Battalion 24th Marine Regiment. Participants also included Pastor Kim Beckmann, Corporal Vaughn B. Watts of the Norridge Police Department who sang the National Anthem and God Bless America, Mr. Larry Buttimer who played “Taps” and Mr. Paul Malicki, and Mr. Dennis Sass who helped raise the flags. PHOTOS BY GEO PHOTO

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

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

The Village of Schiller Park offers a complimentary 1 year fitness pass for military veterans returning to the community from active duty.For details please contact the Recreation Department. WANTED - WWII Vets and also Korean War Vets to take Honor Flights. Join your fellow Chicagoland WWII veterans for an unforgettable day of honor in Washington, D.C. This is a no cost to you experience of a lifetime. Your Honor Flight will include a round trip charter flight and a luxury motorcoach in D.C., Your own personal escort for the day (wheelchairs provided), Special tours, just for WWII vets, all meals, snacks, and bevrages, plus a few surprises along the way!. Interested parties should contact Honor Flight Chicago for a Veteran Application. 773.227.VETS (8387) or

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Franklin Park held it’s annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27th at their Veterans Memorial. The American Legion Post 974 participated with a 21 gun salute, playing of taps, laying of the wreath and retiring the colors. A flag retirement ceremony was held immediately following the ceremony at Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home.

So, Why Should We Help Feral Cats? decision and is always done in an individual animal’s best interest’. Killing for space is NOT euthanasia*.);


Well, if you have even one ounce of compassion in your body you already know the answer! You can stop reading this article now if you want. And . . THANK YOU . . for your kind-heartedness. You make the world a better place. There are some, however, who need to know the pragmatic reasons for investing any dollars or time in assisting feral cat work and we can supply those answers right here! The proven and successful practice of TRAP/ NEUTER/RETURN (“TNR”) means a ‘win win’ situation for any community that embraces TNR. How? you ask. There are very valid reasons why we should, as a community, support TNR and those caregivers who comb the back alleys and industrial areas, and help in residential neighbourhoods when feral cats and kittens have been noticed. Almost every municipality in BC has an ‘animal control category’ in its municipal budget, a line item that the municipality earmarks for enforcing bylaws governing animals in the community such as stray dogs (and sometimes but not always, cats), enforcing ‘on leash’ parks and trails, investigating barking dog complaints, issuing dog licences, and picking up dead animals from the municipal streets. Some municipalities have also budgeted for ‘animal welfare’ and have a municipal shelter but many have not. ‘Animal control’ and ‘animal welfare’ have two separate and distinct agendas. If your municipality operates a shelter and accepts stray and surrendered cats, then taxpayers of a municipality are funding that facility. If the number of cats and kittens increases each year, that municipal animal budget may

5. Less lethal drug and disposal costs because no killing for overcrowding or because the cat is feral; 6. More shelter staff time and resources for existing cats, dogs, and other animals - ie. Dog walking, grooming, adoptions, fundraising events;

Kittens from a feral mom – off the street to be adopted and now not adding to the overpopulation. also require an increase to cover the costs of spaying/neutering, vaccines, litter, medical care, euthanasia and disposal costs, kennel staff, and building maintenance. TNR significantly and beneficially impacts the number of feral kittens and cats being surrendered to shelters by REDUCING (humanely) the numbers being born on the street and surrendered to municipal shelters. Lower intake for the shelter = lower costs for the municipal budget. The business case results for a community practicing TNR: 1. Fewer numbers of feral kittens born on the street; 2. Fewer numbers of feral kittens being surrendered to municipal pounds and shelters; 3. Less overcrowding at shelters, reducing disease and spay/neuter & vaccine costs; 4. Less killing of cats because of no kennel space (‘genuine euthanasia is a medical

7. Fewer complaint calls for municipal shelter staff. The compassionate case results for a community practicing TNR: 1. Feral cats living in a community receiving assistance from feral cat advocates who trap the cats, have them spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, defleaed, and tattooed. They are returned to their habitat location but are now healthier and not endlessly reproducing. 2. Residents often working together to make shelters and create feeding schedules in the neighborhood. 3. Greater community and volunteer support. Killing feral cats is ‘control’ and TNR is ‘welfare’. Community and volunteer support is much more likely if compassion is displayed. As more concrete evidence is presented that the grassroot feral cat rescue groups are indeed having a positive effect in humanely reducing the feral cat numbers to the benefit of communities, the large animal organizations in the USA and Canada are

Pets of the Month

Connor, 3 year old Male Australian Cattle Dog/Lab

Connor is a happy-go-lucky boy who came to the Animal Care League along with 41 other dogs rescued from a shelter in Oklahoma that was out of space for him. Connor has completed a Canine Life and Social Skills class endorsed by the ASPCA and taught by DogznHarmony. Connor’s teacher said he excelled and was the smartest dog in the class! Like most Australian Cattle dogs, Connor is very athletic. We think he would make a great agility dog! He loves to run up and over ramps, in and out of the playhouse, and play frisbie or fetch. Connor is completely housebroken and crate trained, but will need an owner willing to keep him active. He likes to play with other dogs who are as active as he is, but he would not be good in a household with cats. Connor is fun, goofy, and will keep you laughing. He also has a relaxed side, and loves to stretch out for a good belly rub. Connor is currently in foster care. If you are interested in meeting Connor, please call the Animal Care League at 708-848-8155 for an appointment.

Rufus, 2 year old Male Domestic Long Hair

Rufus was transferred to ACL from another shelter due to space. This friendly and outgoing guy is a very special cat. Rufus has an all around great personality and he is a cat that has special needs. Rufus has diabetes; however it is controlled and managed with the proper diet. Rufus will require an adopter that can be vigilant for the signs of diabetes. They must also commit to ensuring Rufus is fed the proper diet or he would most certainly become diabetic again. This sweet boy does well with other felines and would do well in a multi-cat household. Rufus also wouldn’t mind being your “One and Only” kitty. Rufus loves to be brushed and will have to be brushed regularly to keep him looking handsome. Rufus is very easy going, affectionate and does not have any child age restrictions. Rufus also has a special adoption fee of $50.00.

recognizing and acknowledging the practice of TNR.

Did you know that: • Organic farmers list feral cats under their rodent control methods when registering with the United States Dept. of Agriculture. (Source – from Alley Cat Allies) • It is a proven fact that cats are unmatched when it comes to controlling rat infestations. The “greening” of any city must include . . . using [feral] cats as a protocol and removing “pest control” poisons from our streets and businesses. . . It is time city hall acknowledges that the feral cat is a benefit and wonderful natural resource that protects the health of our communities and the environment at large.” (Source – City Ferals promotes environmentally friendly felines by Lisa Warren – Best Friends Magazine – Sept/Oct 2010) Municipalities should earmark a portion of their animal control budget for TNR and partner with local TNR groups. It’s a positive step that is long overdue.

Upcoming CatVando Events: June 8-9, 11-3pm: ADOPTION EVENT FOR CATVANDO Pet Supplies Plus, 7220 W Foster Ave

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June 30, 9am-3pm: HUGE LOT SALE Fundraiser for CatVando. 1615 N Mannheim Rd Stone Park, IL 60165 Printed with permission from CatVando NFP Corp is our local TNR group. To learn more about how you can help your community cats, visit our website MAY 2013


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The Animal Care League is a limited admission shelter that helps homeless cats and dogs by providing them food, shelter, medical attention and love until they can find them a forever home. If you are looking to add a new member to your family, you can view their adoptees on their website at or you may call them to make further inquiries about their animals at 708.848.8155. The Animal Care League is located at 1011 Garfield Street in Oak Park.



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

CROSSWORD PUZZLE CLUES ACROSS 1. Hiking path 6. Swiss river 10. Amorphous mass 14. Eastern spindle tree 15. A cheap rundown hotel 17. Oath of office day 19. The bill in a restaurant 20. Religious transgression 21. More lucid 22. Vietnamese offensive 23. Chief magistrate of Venice 24. Turfs 26. Copyread 29. Game using 32 cards 31. Largest society for technology advancement 32. Mrs. Nixon 34. Drunken bum (slang) 35. Times assigned to serve 37. Labor organizer Eugene 38. Come into the possession of 39. Carbamide 40. Affirmative! (slang) 41. Feudal bondman 43. Without (French) 45. Emits a continuous droning sound 46. Use diligently 47. A moving crowd 49. Extinct flightless bird of New Zealand 50. Sirius Satellite Radio (abbr.) 53. Mailing packet 57. Female shopping assistant 58. Dog & wolf genus 59. Opposite of beginnings 60. South by east 61. This language died with Tevfik Esenc


1. Foolishly annoying person 2. Type of genus of the Ranidae 3. Whale ship captain 4. An informal debt instrument 5. Piece of a felled tree 6. Arabic demon (var. sp.) 7. Actor Ladd 8. Decay 9. Programmes 10. Hat tied under the chin 11. Methaqualone pill (slang) 12. Ocean Search and Rescue 13. Turkish title of respect 16. Submarine sandwich 18. An objects functions 22. Touchdown 23. Judge or consider 24. __ Claus 25. Word element meaning ear 27. Fencing swords 28. Song: Aba __ Honeymoon 29. Standard wire gauge 30. Capital of Ukraine 31. George Gershwin’s brother 33. Thyroid-stimulating hormone 35. Horse trainer’s shackle 36. Soft-finned fishes 37. Internet infrastructure 39. Sieze without right 42. Dishonors 43. Speaks a slavonic language 44. Egyptian pharaoh 46. Small breed of horse 47. “__ the Man” Musical 48. Forest land (British) 49. Italian municipality 50. Japanese entertainment firm 51. Slovenian mountain 52. 20th Hebrew letter 53. Point midway between S and SE 54. Tap gently 55. European money 56. Research workplace

Hor oscope s ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 You could be feeling under the weather this week, Aries. Even if your to-do list is a mile long, you need to take some time to recuperate before getting back to business. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Life experience is your advantage, Taurus. When your company is looking to fill a position, they will most likely hire from within. Make the most of this opportunity. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, just when things seem hopeless, a small ray of light shines through and you find a solution to your problem. Scorpio has some wise words, so listen up. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, once you think you have all of the answers, something pops up to make you reassess a situation. It could take a few days for you to find the answer you’re looking for. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you may have fun in the sun on your mind, but others are urging you to buckle down and focus on some tasks that need to get wrapped up before you leave. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 There are some changes coming at work, Virgo. You just don’t know if they will be to your advantage or be something that could tilt you off your axis. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you have much to learn, but you cannot cram it all into one week. There is no crash course on life. Make the most of a getaway opportunity. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 You can’t seem to focus on one thing for very long this week, Scorpio. You might have to spend a few days clearing your mind before you can refocus on the tasks at hand. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you are not one to let an obstacle block you from your goal. Rethink your strategy and you will soon find yourself back on the path to success. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, changes at home are in store and you may be feeling both excited and anxious at the same time. This is perfectly understandable as you await the news. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, vacation plans may have been elusive until now, but you finally have the funds and the time to take the trip you desire. Your traveling partner is still up in the air. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, a new season inspires you to make changes and reconsider old relationships. Call it a late spring cleaning of your life.

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SENIOR SNIPS Seniors Win the Everyday Race: Senior Home Sharing Run for the Roses Gala DANADA HOUSE, WHEATON, IL, MAY 2, 2013

The Run for the Roses Gala was held on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Danada House in Wheaton, which had a strong connection to the Kentucky Derby. Danada House’s distinguished residents, Dan and Ada Rice, were owners of the 1965 Derby winner Lucky Debonair! We enjoyed a Kentucky Derby-themed southern tasting menu, silent auction, horse races, raffle prizes and a short culinary show on how to make the weekend horse racing parties Derby-like! Tickets were $85 per person and the dress code was Kentucky Derby Best. Many guests showed up in derby hats and some bought derby hats that were created and decorates by the Gala Volunteer Committee members to help raise additional funds. Some of the Board of Directors and Staff role played as horse-owners, like Dan and Ada Rice trying to convince guests their horses would be the winner of the next race. There were five races in total and winners of each race received an additional two tickets for every one ticket they bid. The tickets could be used for the

possibility to win a raffle basket, a drink or play the races again! This is Senior Home Sharing’s main fundraiser for the year. This event is important to help the growing population of senior citizens around DuPage County that need an affordable independent living option. All the Run for the Roses Gala proceeds netting close to $14,000 goes directly to serving and growing the Senior Home Sharing mission. $50.00 provides three home cooked meals per day for one resident for a whole month! $100.00 provides a housing subsidy for a low income resident for a whole week! All other donations continue to give Senior Home Sharing residents a place to call home.

homes since 1981. Residences are large single-family homes situated in neighborhood communities within Lombard, Downers Grove, Elmhurst and Naperville, Illinois. Staff members provide all meals, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and linen laundering services. Resident-centered life enrichment opportunities are cultivated within each home, while residents’ needs are continuously assessed and accommodated. Visit for more information.

Inaccurate Death Certificates

About 30 percent of all death certificates fail to provide the true cause of death, according to a new study. Many physicians surveyed admitted identifying an inaccurate cause of death, either because they had to guess or because the system they were using did not allow them to enter the true cause. SOURCE: CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION.

Retirement for the self-employed

It isn’t as easy for the self-employed to save for retirement, said Farnoosh Torabi in, but it’s no less important. To amass a nest egg that will carry you through your senior years, consider these three taxdeductible investment tools. The first is an IRA – if you’re planning to save less than $5,000 per year, this is the easiest option. If you’re putting aside more, consider a Simplified Employee Pension IRA. A SEP IRA allows you to contribute a quarter of your income each year, up to a maximum $51,000 in 2013. And if you want to defer even more, consider a Solo 401(k). These accounts let you defer up to $17,500 in 2013, plus the quarter of your income (up to $51,000) allowed by a SEP IRA. But managing these can be complex and expensive, so consider working with an accountant or financial consultant. SOURCE: THE WEEK


About Senior Home Sharing Senior Home Sharing, a not-for-prof it organization based in Wheaton has been providing seniors an opportunity to live independently in affordable family style

One Sunday morning, Satan appeared before a small town congregation. Everyone started screaming and running for the front church door, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away. Soon, everyone was gone, except for an elderly gentleman who sat calmly. Satan walked up to the man and said, “Don’t you know who I am?”

Satan asked, “Aren’t you going to run?” “Nope, sure ain’t,” said the man.

Perturbed, Satan asked, “Why aren’t you afraid of me?” The man calmly replied, “Been married to your sister for over 48 years.”

The man replied, “Yep, sure do.”

Schiller Park Couple Celebrate 65 Years of Marriage! Bill and Delores (Brubach) Gorr grew up in Jefferson Park, and met at the old Harlem outdoor drive in. They married at Eden Unity Church of Christ in Chicago, IL on June 5, 1948 and continued to live in Chicago until they moved to Schiller Park in 1959. They raised three daughters Nancy, Susan and Bette Jean. Bill was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the village in the 60’s and 70’s. Delores was active in the community with the girls involving them in girl scouts. Later on in their lives, Bill and Delores volunteered in conjunction with the police department to visit the schools at Christmas in the role as Mr. & Mrs. Santa. They continue to live in Schiller Park and enjoy their five grandchildren Marc, Rebecca, Christopher (Kristen), Todd (Lisa), David and two great-grandchildren, Vivian and Derek. Congratulations Bill and Delores!

Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home & Crematorium offers many different services. Our training and experience have prepared us to help, to reassure, and to understand when a family faces the loss of a loved one. We are here to replace confusion with calm, doubts with certainty and questions with answers. Here, one finds a quiet gentleness in an atmosphere of dignity, efficiency and trust.

TradiTiOnal ServiCeS • CremaTiOn memOrial ServiCeS • Pre-Planning Mr. & Mrs. William Gorr on their wedding day June 5, 1948 and 65 years later.

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271 S Center St 17w174 Woodland St 685 Redmond Ct 218 E Pine Ave 1033 Daniel Dr 4N649 Church Rd 103 Crest Ave 1043 S York Rd #605 336 E Red Oak Ave 104 David Dr 1021 Daniel Dr 243 N Church Rd 264 S Mason St 408 Diana Ct 17W201 Oakdale Ln 232 S Miner St 1112 Medinah St 620 S York # 302 535 Jefferson St #1B 2602 N 75th Ct #3 7201 W Wellington Ave #3F 2829 N 74th Ct 2939 N 78th Ct 7906 Metropole St 2303 N 74th Ave 2418 N 75th Ct 1842 N 77th Ave 2028 N 75th Ct 1618 N 77th Ave 2639 N 72 Ct 2500 N 72cd Ct #3E 7723 Elmgrove Dr 1805 N 77th Ct 1807 N 75 Ct 3214 George St 2539 Sarah St 3606 Sarah St 3310 Sarah St 3220 George St 2543 Sheila St 3630 Sunset Ln 3437 Hawthorne St 3025 Sarah St 2401 Westbrook Dr 9456 W Belmont Ave 9525 Davis St 3112 Lincoln St 2640 Maple St 10207 Mcnerney Dr 2829 Emerson St 3138 Scott st 2638 Maple St 2436 George St

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HARWOOD HEIGHTS 4701 N New England Ave 7405 W Carmen Ave 7521 Winona St 7608 W Lawrence Ave #2A 4924 N Harlem Ave LEYDEN TOWNSHIP 805 N Wolf Rd 2323 N Hawthorne 10419 Wrightwood Ave 2009 Louis St MELROSE PARK 1217 N 13th Ave 1639 N Broadway Ave 1414 N 19th Ave 1929 N 19th Ave 821 Sherman Ave 3043 Alta St 11524 Grand Ave 2312 W Division St 2014 N Scott St 280 Concord Dr 670 Sherman Ave 917 N 17th Ave NORTHLAKE 109 William Ave 41 King Arthur Ct #1 116 Morse Dr 136 Marilyn Ave 213 E Armitage Ave 18 Franklin Dr 249 E Fullerton Ave 560 Jerome Dr 111 S Roberta Ave 155 S Harold Ave NORRIDGE 4906 N Prospect Ave 8644 W Carmen Ave 5105 N Mission Dr 4408 N Orange Ave 8580 W Foster Ave #404 7110 W Cullom Ave #310 7021 W Agatite Ave 4844 Knight Ave 4917 N Chester Ave 4106 N Odell Ave 4404 N Overhill Ave 8201 W Leland Ave 4016 N Odell Ave 4636 N Overhill Ave 7311 W Pensacola Ave 4616 N Ozark Ave 4893 N Redwood Dr 7119 W Agatite Ave PARK RIDGE 4 N Home Ave #1E 101 Summit Ave #414 1200 Beau Dr 1722 Fairview Ave

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37 Park Ln $360,000 5/1/13 811 S Fairview Ave $1,050,000 5/1/13 1317 N Northwest Hwy $465,000 5/1/13 1333 W Touhy Ave #304 $66,000 5/3/13 16 N Elmore St $272,500 5/3/13 1537 S Ashland Ave $454,000 5/6/2016 112 S Clifton Ave $243,500 5/9/13 2117 W Woodland Ave $318,000 5/10/13 825 S Broadway Ave $508,400 5/10/13 19 East Ave $342,000 5/14/13 1040 N Knight Ave $170,000 5/14/13 601 S Fairview Ave $725,000 5/20/13 1029 Prairie Ave $629,000 5/20/13 8992 Chestnut Ave $130,000 4/29/13 8714 W Fullerton Ave $353,000 5/1/13 2911 Beulah Ave $157,100 5/3/13 2328 N Elm St $159,000 5/6/13 3033 N Paris Ave #304 $63,500 5/8/13 8245 W Belmont Ave #2H $45,000 5/8/13 8636 W Grand Ave #2B $59,000 5/13/13 2643 N Elm St $161,000 5/15/13 2535 Forestview Ave $260,000 5/15/13 4524 Kolze Ave $181,355 4/23/13 4412 N Wesley Terr $72,000 4/24/13 3820 N Ruby St #1S $44,000 4/26/13 9514 W Lawrence Ave $65,000 4/26/13 #2505 10146 Hartford Ct #2A $55,500 4/27/13 4626 N Rose St $190,000 4/30/13 4661 Grace St $107,900 4/30/13 4305 Wehrman Ave $120,000 5/3/13 9529 Lawrence Ct $266,000 5/9/13 9818 Garden Ct $93,000 5/16/13

Source: ReMax Realty; Donna Raven, Realtor. The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be personally verified through appropriate professionals.


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If a long flight is on your horizon, prepare. Recent research shows once you cross several time zones you’re more likely to get respiratory infections and have stomach distress. Make sure you hydrate and eat healthfully, especially before and during travel. Make sure you get enough sleep the night before you leave and the day you arrive. And if you can, an afternoon nap may make things right. SOURCE: ZORBA PASTER, MD

Maximize Your Health With Afternoon Walks! W h i le d o i n g exercise any time is a hea lthb o o s t er, t a k i n g a walk, hopping on a bike or doing any other workout in the afternoon has a far bigger benefit; It resets your inner body clock, which can get disrupted by exposure to light at night, stress and age, a recent UCLA study reveals. And that’s key since that inner clock ensures all your body’s processes are working in sync to lower your risk of diabetes, obesity, certain cancers – even memory loss and depression, says lead study author Christopher Colwell, Ph.D. Bonus: Afternoon exercise is easier! Your body reaches its daily peak in temperature in the afternoon, giving you more flexibility, muscle strength and endurance. Your lungs also work extra efficiently, providing more energizing oxygen! SOURCE WOMAN’S WORLD 4-22


Flaxseed Oil Fights Hypertension Half a tablespoon a day significantly lowers blood pressure within 12 weeks, reports the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Prostaglandins in the oil do the trick by regulating the body’s salt and water levels, explain the researchers. SOURCE WOMAN’S WORLD 4-22.

Nonstick Cookware Fumes Are Toxic “Beware: Your nonstick cookware is heat ing up your r isk of gett i ng c a n c e r and other health hazards!” wa r ns Joseph Mercola, who runs the popular web site The villain: PFOA, a compound that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPS is studying as a suspected human carcinogen. Some companies use PFOA to help their nonstick coatings spread evenly over the cookware during manufacturing. Most is burned off before the cookware leaves the factory. “Companies that rely on PFOA were saying that none of it is released during the use of their nonstick cookware,” says Kurenthachalam Kannan of the New York State Department of Health. “But PFOA emissions are difficult to measure and not many facilities have the equipment to do it.” With funding from Consumers Union, Kannan and his coworkers found that new nonstick cookware heated to 356˚ F to 444˚ F did emit PFOA, both into the air and into water that we being heated in the cookware. But the amounts were “very little,” varied dramatically from brand to brand, and declined with each use of some brands. (The study didn’t name any of the brands tested.)

“The highest level was around 100 times lower than published animal studies suggest are levels of concern,” concluded Some people also worry that nonstick coatings, when heated, can break down and release toxic particles and fumes. But that breakdown occurs only when the cookware is heated beyond normal, to more than 500˚ F. At that temperature, foods begin to scorch and smoke plastic handles can start to melt.

As for PFOA, virtually all Americans have it in their bloodstream, but very little likely comes from cookware. The chemical is widely used in stain and water-resistant coatings for carpets, upholstery, and clothing, and in food packaging and fire-resistant foams and paints. THE BOTTOM LINE? There’s no need to throw out your nonstick cookware. Just keep the burner below high. SOURCE NUTRITION ACTION HEALTHLETTER, MARCH 2013.

Floaters In Your Eyes Seeing spots in front of your eyes? Or maybe little wisps or globs that seem to swim through your field of vision? Don’t be anxious. You’re seeing floaters, an eye condition that’s very common the older you get. Floaters can sometimes signal a more serious condition, including retina problems that could endanger your vision. But typically, they’re just annoyances – a normal part of aging that can’t be avoided. By some estimates, nearly everyone has floaters by age 70. What causes floaters? Most of the inside of your eyeball is filled with a gel-like material called the vitreous. It provides shape and acts as a shock absorber for the retina at the back of your eye. But with age, the vitreous starts to sag and weaken. As it breaks down and becomes more watery, bits of the gel begin to peel off and float around inside your eye cavity. These bits cast shadows on the retina, and that’s what you’re seeing f loat by. While f loaters themselves are not usually a problem, a sudden increase in the number of f loaters, paired with f lashes of light or a veil over the field of vision, should prompt immediate medical attention. These symptoms can be a warning



What the average couple will need to cover health care in retirement sign of a retinal detachment which can cause permanent vision loss and must be repaired immediately with surgery, says Henry Leder, M.D., at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Patients who see increased floaters and flashes of light should be checked right away by an ophthalmologist, says Rishi Singh, M.D., at the Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. A dilated eye examination is key to determining the difference between something benign and something more serious. While retinal detachment is a major concern, floaters also can be caused by other problems, including inf lammation in the back of the eye from infection; bleeding in the eye from injury or diseases like diabetes; or complications after cataract surgery. SOURCE; CANDY SAGON, AARP.ORG/ BULLETIN, MAY 2013.

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Betty’s Bites from the Booth: “Rex” Italian, Norridge I took a little of Rex bio from their website on line. “Rex” contrary to popular belief there is no “Rex” . Rex is the latin word for “King”. Rex has been a King of the Italian delis since the late 1960’s. Opened in Chicago’s west side. Later moved their business to Chicago’s North side where they stayed in business for years. Their current location on Harlem where they have been

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not get a Cannoli? Not me! I got home, opened the container, the portion of lasagna was quite generous; they threw in a warm bread roll with utensils for my “to go”. My first bite, immediately I could tell this definitely is homemade. This lasagna was baked perfectly. The flavors of the lasagna, meatballs and sauce were superb, a hint of garlic but not over whelming. The meatballs were

Cafe tables in side store keeping up with the Rex tradition The Pinello family, who own and operate, this Italian family business, invite you to stop by and be a part of the ongoing tradition of quality food and service. You enter the store and immediately see that this is a family owned business. The store is a Restaurant/to go/specialty Italian foods grocery. There are five cafe style tables. Perfect little place to go for a very nice homemade lunch. I was immediately greeted by the man that was behind the food counter. He asked me, how I came to come in the store. Also offered to answer any questions I might have about their foods. He told me they have been featured on Food Network’s “Diners,Drive-Ins and Dives” , also on WGN’s (channel 9 ) “Chicago’s Best”. In full view are photos with the owners of Rex and Guy Fieri, the star of Diners,Drive-in and Dives. The man behind the food counter told me many of their items are homemade by them pizza, the pasta, meatballs, sausage all homemade, italian beef also homemade the desserts, cannoli, cookies, tiramisu all homemade. Rex has a full menu ready to go for lunch or on the way home from work to pick up for dinner. Or stay and eat at one of the cafe tables for a little intimate dinner for two. I have to tell you, everything in the store looked and smelled amazing. The Italian Antipasti ,sub sandwiches seafood salad all looked great and very inviting. It did take me a few minutes to decide what I wanted. I chose meatlasagna, with a side of meatballs and of course I had to get a cannoli, all to go. What? Go to a family Italian place and

also definitely fresh and homemade. Not frozen, and then re-cooked. When you make a meatball, freeze it, then defrost and toss in sauce, many times the meatball can become mushy. These were no where near mushy. The parking is a bit tiny and tight. However there is parking on the side street right there at Agatite Avenue. The restaurant looks very clean and very well kept. The food warmers and glass caes where the food, desserts and cookies are displayed are all very clean. The shelves that hold grocery items and freezers are also very clean, organized and look well kept. They sell frozen pasta’s jarred homemade giardiniera, etc.. You can tell the owners of this little Italian family owned business, are proud of their business. The cleanliness and appearance of the store, the taste and quality of the food says it all. They should be very proud of their “Rex” .. These kinds of restaurants in the Chicago-land area are what make us (Chicago & Chicago Suburbs) one of the best places in the world to come and eat. This is one places that makes me proud of our diversity here in the suburbs of Chicago. For Rex Italian this is a 4 3/4 out of 5 “ Best Bites” from “Betty’s Bites from the Booth” You Must try it. Until next time: Enjoy every bite. “Stop - Savor the Flavor” by Betty from “Betty’s Bites from the Booth Rex Italian Located at 4431 N. Harlem Avenue, Norridge, IL 708-459-9644 Hours Monday - Friday 9am to 7pm Saturday 9am to 5pm - Sunday 10am to 4pm. Full menu items and prices available online www.rexitalianfoods. net or MAY 2013


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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who took the time to wish me well in my new endeavor as Mayor of Schiller Park. Unfortunately, I do not have addresses for everyone so I can send a personal thank you card, so I’m hoping this reaches the masses in the communities. I enjoyed every card received, every beautiful planter dropped off, shared all the goodies that an unknown resident brought to the office and loved every message of congratulations I received by email and phone. The outpouring of support showed by residents who attended my inauguration was simply unimaginable; Standing room only - lines out the door. I am humbled by your outpouring of support, generosity and thoughtfulness. You are the reason I ran for office and why I will continue to look out for the best interests of our village and residents. Kind people like you are what makes Schiller Park so great. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to serving you. With sincere appreciation, Barbara Piltaver

The Finish Line of Heroes BY ROBERT DITURI

It was not only a 26.2 mile Boston Marathon race that had a lot of meaning for all who watched and attended it, but for many Bostonians it was a day of patriotism. Yes, it was a day of an annual event of meaning and tradition and expression for the many there that celebrated the love we all as Americans have for or country. “But, then something happened at the finish line.” On April 15, 2013 at 2:50p.m. The Boston Marathon race became again another horrifying day in American history for all who watched and attended that had no winners name to mention, not just the names of unknown heroes that will stick in our minds forever on this day of infamy. Yes, again the United States has been targeted and attacked by terrorists. They managed to set off two explosive devices in a standing crowd of onlookers watching the race. It brought first responders of the police, firefighters and volunteers running to the crime scene who did a remarkable job of comforting and caring for the many that lie helpless on the ground traumatized in shock and carnage. These explosive devices claimed the lives of three innocent victims along with 170 injuries that caused even some to lose their lower extremities. As another result of this attack, one police officer was shot to death and another was severely wounded. In their honor, I salute the bravery they displayed on their watch. Again we as Americans need to examine our conscience with regard in this wide horizon of humanity that is becoming more and more

threatening that has afflicted out country from many problems of terror and tyranny. As we step forward to the new developments in the case and conf licting evidence and information gathered from all law enforcement agencies, we all knew that these perpetrators would be brought to justice. Five days of horror and fear and then the manhunt and capture that brought closure for the people in Boston and justice for all around our nation. Today was not a for a good scoop of the news or to be the one with the best story in first, but to tell the truth of what the American people are made of and how they react and respond in these conditions. We the people have the power of love beyond comprehension and control impossible to match as Americans that keeps us strong to keep going even after a terrorist attack like this one in Boston Massachusetts that will always make us vigilant. But even though we are vigilant, the question will still remain in our minds after this attack that, did our counter intelligence overlook the case study and system failure in this well planned cowardly act of terrorism? Even in a population of billions of people, the awesome truth remains there is no other one higher than God alone that can dispel the darkness and ignorance, misery, fear, and evil that we encounter each and every day of our lives in this heartbreak hill of terrorism. We are a nation of people with each day now that will present its own ray of sunshine to buoy hope and energize a resilience as we proceed on to always be the strongest and smartest nation in the world. Yes, inner peace must always remain in our hearts and mind despite the daily sadness and dismay over the way some humans act that is diminishing life itself. The meaning and fulfillment are as simple and profound as giving thanks to the truth of who we really are on the flag of stars and stripes of red, white, and blue that never run and always stands up for its freedom. Yes, people of many places, the flag will fly at half mast for those innocent lives lost and for the many injured, but will never be forgotten in honor of this great nation of fifty states under God that will give us the courage as Americans to prevail and guide us in search for liberty and justice for all. Yes, people of the United States of America every story has its sadness, but this one now has a victory of the end. God bless America and the heroes at the finish line.

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–– Sarah Bernacchi, 18, of Elmwood Park was arrested on May 11th on the 7200 block of Wellington Avenue and charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and alcohol by a minor.


–– Jeffrey Meana, 48, of Elmwood Park, was arrested on May 14th at Wellington and 76th Avenues and charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated. –– Eulogio Martinez, 53, of Chicago, was arrested on May 17th on the 2200 block of Harlem Avenue and charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage, failure to signal and having an open container of alcohol.


–– Four men have been charged with multiple counts of felony criminal damage to property. Daniel Camacho, 19 of Elk Grove Village, Carlo Suarez, 20 of Elmwood Park, Luis M. Sanchez, 20 of Chicago and John M. Rivera, 19 of Elmwood Park were charged after multiple incidents of vandalism in various parts of Elmwood Park were reported on May 18th. Two vehicles had windows smashed in, and a home in the 1900 block of 76th Court had a large landscaping stone thrown through the front window of the house. One of the victims was able to identify one of the suspects which helped lead to the arrests. The incidents were not considered random and other prior incidents at the same locations were linked to the men. Damage is estimated to be $10,000.


–– Kirk Williams, 32, of Franklin Park is accused of battery against a neighbor on May 2nd on the 10000 block of Chestnut Avenue. Williams was charged with battery and criminal damage to property.


–– Salvador Perez, of the 2500 block of Sonia Avenue in Franklin Park, was charged with Unlawful videotaping, a class 4 felony, after attaching a cellular phone to the bottom of a sink in a unisex bathroom at Elmhurst Hospital. The phone was set to record and pointed at the toilet area. A woman found the phone after it became dislodged and fell to the floor. She alerted authorities who traced the phone back to Perez. Bond has been set for Perez at $150,000.


–– Carlos Corona, 18 of Melrose Park was arrested on May 13th and charged with mob action, aggravated battery with great bodily harm and aggravated battery on the public. Corona and a 17 year old male are accused of accosting two 16 year old boys near Laporte and Dewey, asking them if they were in a gang and then starting a fight, breaking the nose of one of the boys, who was transported to Westlake hospital.


–– Alejandro Hernandez, 22, of Schaumburg was arrested on the 100 block of N. Roberta on April 29th, and charged with Felony possession of marijuana. Police say Hernandez had about 80 grams of the drug. –– Marvin Alvarez, 21, of Melrose park was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and disobeying a stop sign.


–– Juan Chavez, 35 of Chicago was arrested on the 100 block of Whitehall and charged with theft, when police say they found him taking 400 gallons of water from a hydrant for use in his mobile truck wash.


–– Damen Zemenski, 18, of Chicago, was arrested on May 14th and charged with felony aggravated battery of a peace officer, battery, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest following an incident that occurred on the 4800 block of Cumberland Ave. –– Janet Ghanayem, 18 of Chicago was arrested May 15th and charged with battery following an incident on the Cumberland Ave. –– Lillian Piotrowski, 56, of Norridge was arrested and charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest on May 19th.


–– Mark Carlson, 21, of Norridge, and John Valencia, 19, also from Norridge were arrested on April 24th, and charged

with intent to deliver eight grams of marijuana on the 4100 block of Oketo Avenue. In a related incident, Robert Ahrens, 23, of Chicago was charged with possession of eight grams of marijuana.


–– Shenae Boens, 39, of Chicago, was arrested at Best Buy on North Harlem Avenue and charged with felony identity theft and three counts of resisting arrest after police allege she tried to use another person’s credit card to purchase a gaming system valued at $350. –– Enerjeta Ushina, 52, of Elmwood Park was arrested on April 21st and charged with theft. She is accused of attempting to leave Carson’s, on Harlem Avenue, without paying for a pair of shoes valued at $54. –– Terrence Calhoun, 23, of Chicago, was arrested April 22nd and charged with felony theft and possession of a theft shielding device. He allegedly tried to leave Carson’s, on North Harlem Avenue, without paying for $848 worth of clothing. During the alleged shoplifting attempt, Dywanta Craft, 20, also from Chicago was charged with disorderly conduct. –– Petko Rebic, 45, of Elmhurst, was arrested on April 24th and charged with felony theft, battery and two counts of assault after an incident at Target on North Harlem Avenue.


–– William Urian, 23, of Chicago, and Jeffrey Nagamine, 23, Chicago, were arrested on April 29th at Skores Club, on W. Forest Preserve Drive and charged with battery following a fight that broke out at the club.


–– Mary Schlenker, 24, of Hoffman Estates was arrested on April 16th after a traffic stop on the 7300 block of Argyle Street. Schlenker was charged with possession of 6.3 grams of marijuana, intent to deliver, driving on a suspended license, expired registration and speeding. She was also held on two warrants, one from Ogle County and one from Cook County.


–– Gregory Pabon, 30, of Chicago, was arrested on May 2nd after being accused of trying to leave Mariano’s Fresh food, W. Lawrence Avenue, twice on April 21st without paying for two bottles of champagne, one valued at $227, the other valued at $160 and four bottles of cognac valued at $59 each, then again on April 28th without paying for three more bottles of cognac. A police investigation concluded in the arrest of Pabon.


–– A pried open door was the entry point for a residential burglary on April 19th, at a home on the 1900 block of Woodland Avenue. It was reported that jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash were missing. –– A condo was burglarized on the 300 block of S. Dee Road on April 23rd. A door was forced open and jewelry, boxes, and paperwork were reported stolen. –– A burglary took place on the 2500 block of West Irwin Avenue on April 25th. Entry to the home was made when a man approached the 89 year old resident of the house claiming to be a plumber and asking to see the residents rear property line. The man claiming to be a plumber was on his cell phone while talking to the resident. When the man made an abrupt departure, the resident went into his home and noticed his checkbook and cash were missing.


–– Former Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo was arrested and charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery, one count of hazing and four counts of failure to report abuse. The charges stem from the hazing scandal in which unnamed students pushed other players, held them down and in some cases sodomized their victims through their underwear. It is alleged that Divincenzo knew about the hazing abuses and did nothing to stop it.


–– Sometime between April 20th and 22nd, a house was reported to be vandalized. A basketball backboard, flood lights and garden decorations were reported damaged at a home on the 1400 block of South Prospect Avenue. Garage windows were also broken with a BB gun. –– Overnight between April 24th and 25th, someone damaged the siding and a window of a garage using a BB gun on the 1000 block of South Vine Avenue.


–– Sometime overnight between April 20th and 21st, a driving range mat was reported stolen from the Oakton Driving Range, 2800 W. Oakton Street. –– -Sometime overnight between April 21st and 22nd, on the first block of Meacham Avenue, a 2011 Acura MDX was stolen using the car keys that were left inside the vehicle. A credit card was also left inside the car, and was reportedly used. –– On April 23rd, a metal firewood rack was stolen from the side of a home on the 500 block of Warren Avenue. –– On April 23rd, a wallet was reported stolen from a purse inside a restaurant on the first block of S. Northwest Highway. Attempts were made by the thief to use credit cards that were inside the wallet, but were unsuccessful.


–– Albert Posluszny, 24, of Wood Dale, was arrested on the 3100 block of Thatcher Avenue and charged in connection with an incident that occurred in December 2012, when he allegedly tried to steal liquor from a grocery store and when confronted, tried to strike a store security guard with the bottle. He is charged with aggravated battery and retail theft.


–– Preston Scott, 18, of Hillside, was arrested on April 29th on the 2600 block of Elm Street and charged with residential burglary. –– Joshua Vellos, 18, of Rosemont, along with three juveniles, were arrested on May 8th on the 8000 block of Grand Avenue and charged with residential burglary after allegedly breaking into an apartment.


–– John Pollina, 47, of Chicago was arrested on May 4th on the 3100 block of Thatcher Avenue and charged with armed robbery. He is accused of trying to steal a bottle of liquor from a grocery store, and when approached by security, pulling out a screwdriver in a threatening manner.


–– Rebecca Barca, 26, of Hoffman Estates, was arrested on May 10th on the 8300 block of Belmont Avenue and charged with retail theft. –– Jesse Allen, 25, of Elmwood Park, was arrested on May 10th on the 8300 block of Belmont Avenue after being accused of stealing deodorant from Walgreens. He has been charged with retail theft. –– Lew Hawekotte, 24, of Chicago was arrested on May 17th at Maybrook Courthouse after he is accused of stealing two boxes of detergent from a store located on the 3000 block of Thatcher Avenue back on April 5th. He is alleged to have fled in his car, but store personnel wrote down the car license plate number and later positively identified Hawekotte. Police were able to determine the suspect would be in court on a separate matter on this date, and River Grove officers arrested him as he left the courtroom.


–– Zbigniew Galazka, 50, of Chicago, was charged with assault on May 5th. He allegedly threatened a man in a parking lot during a disagreement in the 6900 block of Mannheim Road.


–– -William Truty, 28, of Park Ridge was charged with battery on May 5th after allegedly hitting another man in the face with his elbow at Toby Keiths, 5441 Park Pl. –– Daniel Clohessy, 21, of Palos Heights on May 3rd, after allegedly punching a 36 year old man in the face during an altercation at Toby Keiths, 5441 Park Pl. –– Juan Camacho, 30, of Chicago, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, and resisting arrest on May 5th. Police were called to Adobe Gilas, 5455 Park pl, after a waitress alleged that Camacho was grabbing her buttocks when the suspect fought with with police. After being brought to the police station, he allegedly spat in the face of one of the officers. He was eventually taken to the hospital. The next morning he allegedly told police he did not remember any of the events from the previous evening.


–– Carlo Carparelli, 37, of Schiller Park was pulled over by police on May 3rd in the 9500 block of Williams Street after a resident reported a suspicious vehicle. While speaking to Carparelli, police allege that he willingly surrendered a small bag of marijuana, and a glass pipe. He has been

charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.


–– John Rose, 42, of Aurora, was charged with public indecency on May 1st, after he allegedly urinated on a couch at Toby Keith’s, 5441 Park Pl. Rose allegedly told police he could not find a bathroom in time.


–– Kathleen Wagner, 24, of Elk Grove Village was arrested on May 5th and charged with trespass to property when she returned to Toby Keiths, 5441 Park Pl. after being banned from the property earlier in the evening.


–– On May 11th around noon, police received a call about a burglary in progress in a condominium building on the 9400 block of Kelvin Lane. The caller stated he was playing video games when his dog walked to the back door and started barking. The resident went to the back door and looked through his peep hole, where he observed two men in hoodies, one man was kneeling at the base of his door by the door handle. He then observed the second male retrieve a crow bar and walk up to his door and try to pry it open. In an attempt to scare them away, he yelled “Hey, I’m calling the cops!” and then left his condo through the front door as he called and waited on police to arrive. While outside he watched one of the men exit the complex outside walking through the courtyards. When police arrived, they observed the rear basement door kicked in, and fresh pry marks on the resident’s rear door. Entry was never made into the resident’s condo. The only thing observed to be missing was a $6 door molding.


–– On April 30th, police filed a report of criminal damage to property that occurred on the 9200 block of Sally Lane. The complainant stated that she was walking to her friend’s car when an ex-boyfriend came by and saw her with her male friend. The ex-boyfriend started a verbal altercation, then allegedly grabbed her cell phone and threw it against the side of the building. He then appeared to walk away, but came back with a brick and threw it through the window of the car the male friend was driving, shattering the driver side window. Two neighbors witnessed the incident and told a similar story. The damage is valued at $540. –– On May 4th, a car on the 4800 block of Harold allegedly had the door lock “punched” out. No entry to the vehicle was made. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $400. –– Telephone and electrical wires were reported to have been cut at a convenience store on the 4300 block of River Road on May 17th.


–– Police received a call on April 20th from a man who stayed at the Quality Inn Hotel on Mannheim road. The man left the hotel and drove home to Michigan. When in Michigan, complainant noticed his spare tire and wheel were missing and believed it to be taken from the hotel parking lot. The man also said he searched online and found a wheel and tire that looked like his for sale on EBay, and asked officers to follow up on the incident. –– A woman reported seeing two people carrying a grill and putting it into a nearby shed. After telling her husband what she saw, he checked and noticed that their grill was missing and reported it stolen on April 27th. The grill has a value of $50. –– On May 4th, a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was reported stolen from a business located on the 9800 block of Leland Avenue. Police noted glass on the ground in the parking space where the car was reportedly parked. –– A catalytic converter was reported stolen on May 6th from a vehicle that was parked in the parking lot of a building on the 9400 block of Lawrence Court. The car was parked in the rear of the victims building. Two clean cuts in the exhaust were observed. The value of the part stolen is $500. –– An Assistant Chief engineer reported on May 7th that four brass valve caps and four brass fire connection valves had been stolen from a parking garage on the 5100 block of River Road. –– On May 8th, a man on the 9500 block of Lawrence Road reported that the catalytic converter had been stolen from his vehicle. There is video surveillance at the location, but at this time it is unknown if the camera caught the theft.

Residents are warned to keep their valuables locked up, doors and windows locked when not at home, vehicles locked, even if leaving it for a few minutes; that’s all it takes for a thief to take off with it. Call police if you observe any suspicious activity in your area. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination. 30 PEOPLE & PLACES • JUNE 2013


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The Rotary Club of Chicago O’Hare Foundation has regular weekly meetings on Thursday from noon until 1:30 at the Great Escape Restaurant in Schiller Park. They welcome new members and invite you to join them. The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. They encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise; they are committed to Service Above Self. If you are interested in joining contact Larry Fritz 708-602-9930. Or visit their website at http://www.

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Beginners welcome. Lessons are held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Carl Fiorito Senior Center at 2610 N. Mannheim in Franklin Park. Dance instructor – Benni Fernandez. For info, call 708-531-1128


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We are so proud of you. You have grown into such an amazing young lady. We love you with all our hearts. Love Always & Forever, Dad, Mom, Cameron, Tyler & Kaira

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Clean out that clutter in your attic, basement, garage or home with our Clutter Cutter Ads. FOR SALE Two Tiffany Lamps – Floor lamp and matching table lamp. Blues/Purples/Greens. $350 or best offer. 773-814-4096 FOR SALE CARPET MATS. 24x24 NEW various colors $1/ea. Great for Car, Office, Home. 708-524-2327 FOR SALE GULBRANSEN PIANO with bench. Excellent condition. Tuned and ready to play. $600 OBO Call 708-395-5039. FOR SALE Misc. Tools and Equipment including power tools. Call for details 773-640-8525 FOR SALE INGLIS (BY WHIRLPOOL) ELECTRIC DRYER. LIKE NEW, WHITE, LARGE CAPACITY. $250 obo 224-595-7633 FOR SALE WOOL RUG, 6x9, COCOA, RUST, BURGUNDY, CREAM. $300. 773-763-1399. FOR SALE GREEN AND WHITE UPHOLSTERED CHAIR, SOME WEAR, $50. 773-763-1399. FOR SALE POGO STICK $25. 773-763-1399. FOR SALE 2 complete sets of golf clubs 1 mans and 1 womans. Bags included. Excellent condition. $35 Firm each set 708-456-2259 HONDA TRANSFER SWITCH for Generator 6 breakers = 5,000 watts, Like new-$225. Tod 847-678-6375 FOR SALE 7 Clear plastic stackable letter/paper sorter trays $2 each. 773-763-1399. FOR SALE Vintage Samsonite brown suitcase $50. 773-763-1399. FOR SALE Collection of stitchery kits, fabric, frames, thread, pattern books $45 all. 773-763-1399. FOR SALE Two Oak Step End Tables. Handmade $150/set 847-678-0450 FOR SALE Solid oak cocktail table made by Statesville Prisoners $150 847-678-0450 FOR SALE Frigidaire side-by-side Refrigerator, 22 cu. Ft. Good Condition $75. 847-678-2581. FOR SALE WOOL RUG, 6x9, COCOA, RUST, BURGUNDY, CREAM. $300. 773-763-1399. FOR SALE GREEN AND WHITE UPHOLSTERED CHAIR, SOME WEAR, $50. 773-763-1399.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AVE MARIA COUNCIL #4456 LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS Serving our church, community and country for over 50 years! Our council serves St. Gertrudes in Franklin Park and St. Beatrice in Schiller Park. The Community benefits from our fundraisers such as the Tootsie Roll Drive and pancake breakfasts, to name a couple, helping people with intellectual disabilities and future seminarians. Meetings are held at 8pm at St. Beatrice School Hall on the 1st Wednesday of the month for business meetings and 3rd Wednesday of the month for social meetings. If interested in joining the Knights please call Richard Mohrhusen at 847-455-5795. Find out how you can not only enrich your own life, but the lives of others. CALL TODAY FOR INFORMATION!


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FOR SALE POGO STICK $25. 773-763-1399. FOR SALE End tables and bar stools starting at $10. 847-288-1921. FOR SALE Makeup Essential Kits. New and sealed. 8 lip colors, 2 blushes, 10 eye shadows, Mascara (conditioner and lengthening mascara), 6 piece brush set all in their own black designer carrying case. Retail value $165.00 Selling for $30 each. 3 or more $25/each. Perfect gift for yourself or others. Call Pam with any questions or to place your order. 847-707-3153. Free local delivery or pick-up.


GARAGE SALE ADS 25 words for $5. Ads due by the 15th of the month before publication. Plan your sales now and send in your ads! Email or call 847-260-5670 CLUTTER CUTTER ADS 15 word ad FREE for any ONE item sold. Limit of 3 free ads per issue per person. Email to cluttercutterad@ CLASSIFIED ADS are $20 for 25 words or less with .50 cents for each additional word. Add a picture for $10 and/or $2.50 for a fancy border. Special rates for larger size ads. Email to classified@



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June 2013 People & Places Newspaper  
June 2013 People & Places Newspaper  

People and Places Newspaper, the official paper of the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce and the Leyden Township in Illinois.