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Cumberland Good communities begin with good citizens Volume 1 Issue 1

News August 5, 2010 - August 19, 2010

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When the property at 1508 Cumberland Drive was abandoned and eventually placed in foreclosure neighbors volunteered to maintain its appearance lest it drag surrounding property values down. Most residents of Cumberland South are very concerned with the appearance of their community and work to keep it attractive. On November 16, 2009 Zackary and Brenna Koenig purchased that property. That seemed to be a good thing because vacant abandoned properties quickly destroy surrounding property values. Generally property owners take pride in maintaining their homes and land. It seemed that one of the very first efforts the new owners would make to improve the appearance of their property would be to conceal the large paint smudge that covered graffiti that had been painted on the rear of the home. It is very unsightly.But months went by and the new owners did not remove the ugly smudge; it has remained as it was when they moved into the house.

In the spring of 2010 The Koenigs began asking neighbors to approve a six foot high fence so they might confine their three dogs (2 are legal 3 dogs constitute an illegal kennel). Two of the dogs are German Shepherds but the dogs are rarely seen. There was opposition to a six-foot high fence but no opposition to the standard four-foot high fence that is allowed by law. The Koenigs filed for a variance with the Joliet Zoning Board of Appeals on April 26th; a hearing was conducted on May 20. The board approved that variance and about three weeks later the monstrosity pictured on the front page picture was erected. When the fence was emplaced it was made with a large double gate on the Howland Drive side which is wide enough to permit large vehicles to enter. That is precisely what Zackary Koenig intended to do, he drove his black pickup truck into the yard and parked it there. He does have a drive at the front of his property. He disregarded the law


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was last fall when a man in an old brown van was scared away after he approached some boys playing catch. Now neighbors cannot observe the goings on at the park or alongside the fence. Those who wish to engage in any manner of mischief after dark can do so with the protection of the tall fence that shields them from watchful eyes. The fence has created a corridor of safety for those who wish to use the playground or the adjacent street for any manner of illegal activity. Marijuana, condoms, and empty liquor containers have been removed from the parkway and with the addition of the fence it is likely such activity will increase. Graffiti has been sprayed on two homes at the entrance to Cumberland South. Now, the fence could become a giant canvas upon which kids will practice their graffiti.

HOW DUMB IS THAT? and drove over the curb, over the parkway, and over the sidewalk and into his now enclosed yard. Mr. Koenig continued to drive his truck illegally into his yard until he was confronted by this writer who threatened to call the police if he continued to drive over the curb, sidewalk, and parkway. Koenig became angry when he was addressed about his illegal conduct. Such a disregard for property and appropriate obedience to the law might be expected in some underprivileged backwoods area where people have little appreciation for their surroundings but it can only destroy a neighborhood in which people have huge sums of money invested in their homes. The new fence is the first thing one sees when entering Cumberland South at the Theodore entrance to the subdivision. Now the community is saddled with a fence that would be more appropriate were it surrounding a junk yard. In this writer’s opinion, it has no resemblance to anything that would enhance the beauty of the area. If anything it may have depressed the value of the homes nearby. The fence has created a corridor of safety for those who wish to park across from the play ground at night to drink beer, toss bottles onto the parkway, and engage in sex under the cover of darkness. When that occurred in the past the violators could be observed and they were immediately reported to the Joliet Police. In the past when men have approached children playing in the park neighbors have shouted and scared away possible perverts. The most recent

How dumb is that? The Joliet Zoning Board of Appeals considered the variance requested by Zachary and Brenna Koenig of 1508 Howland. The board members decided that they could not decide if the backyard was the front of the house or not. That is factual. They said the house has two front yards. It is illogical how anyone could look at that property and be unable to determine whether or not the back is a front yard. What kind of people are they hiring with our tax dollars? The accompanying photo shows how the street looked before the ---- the wooden fence was put up. Brenna Koenig told the Board she has two German Shepherd dogs that need a six foot high fence to contain them. Benna Koenig told neighbor John Gabriel that she is a professional dog trainer. She said she and her husband searched for six months to locate a property with a yard large enough for training dogs. Dog kennels or dog training facilities are illegal within a Joliet residential community and should the Koenigs attempt to turn their residence into a commercial enterprise they are going to run into stiff completion. Perhaps they purchased their ideal property for naught! The Joliet ordinances state that if a person owns three dogs and keep them on their Joliet property the residence will be considered an illegal kennel. The Koenigs had three dogs at the time they went before the Zoning Board of Appeals. The very first thing visitors see when they enter Cumberland South from Theodore Street is the massive fence before them. What was once a pleasant view of trees and grass is a view similar to what might surround a junkyard. It is probably the most hideous sight in Cumberland South. You will be hard pressed to find anything similar to it in the vicinity of our subdivision. The law prohibited the fence but the members of the Joliet Zoning Board of Appeals were uncertain whether the backyard was a front yard or a backyard.

A lesson on how to destroy natural beauty with a six-foot

It is not legal to drive over the curb, or over the parkway, or over the sidewalk, but that didn’t stop this driver.

FENCES ARE FOR SECLUSION TO KEEP THE WORLD AWAY TO BE ISOLATED


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COUNTY CLERK SEEKING PAID ELECTION JUDGES FOR THE NOVEMBER

ELECTION Will County Clerk Nancy Voots Schultz is reminding us all that there is still a need for election judges in Will County. Polling places are staffed with six judges if they are available. There should be three Democratic and three Republican election judges for each polling place. Judges are paid for the day and for the brief training they receive. For more information please contact the County Clerk’s Office at (815) 740-4615 or online at www.thewillcountyclerk.com

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For Seniors Only By Kenny Holmes kenny@cuukie.com

(ARA) - You spent years working hard and saving so you could spend your retirement doing the things you want to do. Now that you're living that dream, you can ensure you'll be able to enjoy many years of retirement by staying healthy and allowing yourself to live independently for as long as you are able. By staying fit (both mentally and physically) and suiting your home environment to your needs, you'll be well on your way to the retirement you've always dreamed of. Americans who are currently age 65 are expected on average to live at least 18 more years, so there's plenty of time to enjoy. Here are a few ways to make your golden years more enjoyable: * Find exercise that works for you. If you are no longer able to do some of the high-impact workouts that you once could, think about lower impact but entertaining activities like bocce ball or shuffle board. Nordic walking, where walking poles are used to both take pressure off your legs and exercise your upper body, has also become a popular activity with both seniors and others seeking workout alternatives. Home exercise equipment like fan bikes and elliptical machines offered by retailers like Montgomery Ward can provide an easy way to stay in shape within the shelter of your home during the more inclement months of the year. * Take control of your health. Don't wait for your doctor to tell you that something is wrong. By checking your blood pressure and cholesterol regularly, you can make sure you get the help you need in time if your numbers aren't where they should be. Blood pressure monitors can be purchased for an affordable price from health stores or at www.wards.com. * Keep your mind sharp. By interacting with others through volunteering or weekly get-togethers like a social group or book club, you'll keep your brain active and in good health. * Make your home fit you. As you age, you may need to make improvements to your home to make it more accessible for you. Everyone gets to an age where it's harder to get around, so take making these improvements in stride, as it will help you stay in your home longer. Doing things like adding grab bars to showers and bathtubs to prevent falls or purchasing a lift chair that's easy to get in and out of can make your home easier to live in. More information on lift chairs can be found at www.wards.com. * Make your home safe. Adding home security features like motion lights or a security system can help you feel more secure in your home. It will also give your friends and relatives the peace of mind that you are safe when you are there. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling in retirement, a home security system will help ease your worries when you are away.


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Planning an outdoor adventure? Tips to stay safe and have fun

July 29, 2010 - Page 6 Check your engines.

Once you've picked your destination, make sure your vehicle is in good working order for the road trip. Complete basic maintenance such as an oil change if you're due, check tire tread and pressure, confirm that fluids are full and stock an extra gallon of windshield wiper fluid to keep your vision free of obstructing dirt and debris.

Take preventative measures. Make sure everyone in the family who is taking a prescription medicine has an adequate supply to carry them through the trip. If your traveling companions have health issues, or if your outdoor vacation may involve some particularly adventurous activities, you may want to consider enrolling in a travel assistance membership ahead of time.

(ARA) - Forced to cancel last year's family vacation due to the economy? Don't let financial woes hinder your getaway this summer. Outdoor adventures in domestic destinations can offer a plethora of entertainment and eye-catching attractions. Take advantage of some of the country's breathtaking natural beauty within driving distance and budget allocation. For example, camping out not only brings your family closer to nature, but saves you money on lodging costs. If you're considering an excursion to the great outdoors this summer, here's some advice to get you started, as well as keep your family safe, healthy and happy during your vacation:

Research your options. The home page of the National Park Service at www.nps.gov is a great place to start. Here you'll find information on the numerous national parks and monuments scattered throughout the country with admittance for little to no cost. Click on "find a park" and you'll be able to search the site's database of locations by state, park name or even the type of activity you're looking for.

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Companies like On Call International provide medical, security, concierge and other types of assistance when you travel. If someone in your family becomes injured or sick during your vacation, the travel assistance plan will transport them home or to a hospital of your choice, provide medical monitoring, help with hospital deposits or even send medicine or a doctor or nurse to help. A 24-hour nurse help line can also be a great resource for families who encounter minor health problems such as bug bites or rashes while camping or traveling in remote areas without fast access to medical care. If you plan on taking more than one vacation this summer, an annual membership may be more suitable for you.

Secure electronic assistance. Once you're confident with your medical assistance, start thinking about the technology that can aid your outdoor adventure in both safety and fun. Portable DVD, MP3 and video game players can keep kids occupied on the drive, while other items, such as a cell phone with good reception and wide coverage area or portable GPS, can ensure help will be accessible should you run into a problem in a remote area or get lost. Consider solar chargers to keep items full of power when electrical outlets may not be available. With the appropriate planning and precaution, your family can enjoy a safe, healthy, budget-friendly and memorable vacation experience this summer in the great outdoors.

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Creatively Cut The Fat: Substitute Apples * Add more fruit and flavor to your diet with apple iced tea. Just replace half the water with apple juice instead. By using these steps as a guide, you can also come up with your own healthy substitutions that you might think would be particularly flavorful. You never know, you might find yourself liking the new flavors more than those that resulted from using less healthy ingredients. Tree Top also offers the following healthy recipes that use apple products as substitutions:

Raspberry Layered Bars Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats 2/3 cup, firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup apple sauce 1 egg white 10-ounce jar red raspberry spread Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 9-by-12-inch baking pan with non-stick spray. In a bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda. Stir in walnuts. In a small bowl, beat together apple sauce and egg white with fork. Add apple sauce mixture to oat mixture, mix with fork (mixture will be sticky). Set (ARA) - Looking to eat better? Tried low-fat and reduced-sodium products, but aside 1 cup of mixture for topping. Press remaining amount in pan to form a they just don't taste the same? If you want to modify your diet without giving up crust. Spread preserves on top. Drop small spoonfuls of reserved mixture over the tastes you love, substituting natural ingredients, rather than modified versions the top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brown. Cool completely and cut into of unhealthy ingredients, could do the trick. bars. With a little ingenuity, you can find ways to work healthier alternatives into your Teri-Apple Chicken Wings diet that might lead to more satisfying eating. Take apples - the fruit can be used for much more than just a healthy snack or side item during lunch. Products made Ingredients: from apples, an excellent source of vitamin C and other nutrients, can easily be 1 cup apple sauce substituted for butter, sugar and other less healthy products. 1/3 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup salad oil Tree Top, a cooperative of 1,000 grower-owners and producer of apple sauce, 2 tablespoons molasses apple juice and a variety of other apple products, offers these suggestions for 2 teaspoons ground ginger using apple products as substitutes. 2 teaspoons dry mustard 1 tablespoons garlic powder * Replace butter with apple sauce in baking recipes. This will cut the fat in a 2 tablespoons orange marmalade recipe by nearly 75 percent. Using apple sauce will create a moist, light cake or 3 to 4 pounds chicken wings brownie batter that is lower in fat and higher in both vitamin C and fiber. * Marinate meat or fish in different varieties of apple juice to add extra flavoring without the extra sodium and substantial calories. * Reduce the sugar used in many recipes by replacing white sugar with apple juice concentrate. Use 3/4 cup of concentrate for every cup of sugar. * Freeze different varieties of apple juice in plastic cups to make frozen treats or in ice cube trays to zest up water and encourage its consumption.

Directions: Combine all ingredients, except wings if they will be served as appetizers. To disjoint, cut off small tip at joint and discard. Then cut at other joint, making two small drumstick looking pieces. Put chicken wings in a shallow pan and pour sauce over. Refrigerate, covered, four hours or overnight. Bake at 350 F for about one hour, or until meat is tender. Spoon the sauce over the top while cooking. Tree Top offers more ways to use fruit as a healthier alternative in cooking at www.TreeTop.com.


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