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tina valentino I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision...I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone...I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou, poet, civil rights activist, dancer, film producer, playwright, professor

“Dear Tina Valentino,

Your membership application has been approved by a committee of the Governing Board and it is expected that you will be formally elected a member on December 14.” This framed, yellowed, dusty letter from the Poetry Society of America has been a prized possession since it arrived in 1984 and it hangs on the wall directly above my computer where I can see it and be constantly reminded of how I stalked the mailbox, waiting, wondering if my work was good enough for the oldest poetry organization in the United States. Inspired by my published mentors among the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters at Rosary College (now Dominican University in River Forest), I chiseled hundreds of sonnets and free verse poems, a few haiku, even an epic and sent them all over the country. A handful were published and, for my efforts, I received copies of the publications. No pay or recognition, just another gratifying envelope in the mailbox. Clearly, I am no poet laureate. News of Maya Angelou’s death may be have been met with mixed reactions. Some folks have no idea who she was; others would be more interested if she had been a young Hollywood star who overdosed; and some of us realize we have lost a friend and neighbor as well as an American treasure—not merely because Oprah Winfrey doted on her but because her honest, difficult, often traumatic life strikes a nerve. She wasn’t always “celebrated.” She had been a cook, a prostitute and a night club dancer amid failed relationships and the tumultuous Civil Rights movement, while carrying the baggage of a chaotic and disturbing childhood. And yet she prevailed. She prevailed through seven autobiographies, three books of essays and books of poetry, plays, movies and television shows, countless awards and more than 30 honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou liked to wear a hat when she wrote; so do I. A favorite baseball cap on backwards usually does the trick for me at crunch time. She firmly believed that “words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” So do I. These may be the only two things we have in common but her legitimate, unpretentious, humble human experience is a bond that can and should be shared with many—particularly with Proviso East and West, Walther, Trinity, Fenwick, Guerin Prep, Immaculate Conception, Nazareth, Fenwick, Leyden, OPRF and all high school and college graduates. One of her books would not only make a fitting gift—but an inspiring send-off for young adults heading into an uncertain world. She wrote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Aim high. All the best to the Class of 2014.

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Pick up a copy (or an extra copy) of Neighbors tm NEW SITES ADDED! at any of our growing list of drop sites: BELLWOOD ■ Ariston Restaurant on Mannheim ■ Bellwood Public Library ■ West Suburban Senior Services ■ Mickey’s Drive-In ■ Gioacchino’s Ristorante ■ Bellwood Village Hall ■ Lezza Spumoni & Desserts ■ Currency Exchange on Mannheim ■ Center at Stevenson Park BERKELEY ■ NEW! Rocky’s Gyros ■ Republic Bank ■ JK Restaurant ■ Berkeley Village Hall and Library ■ Berkeley Finer Foods BROADVIEW ■ NEW! Marquee Restaurant ■ Dunkin Donuts on Roosevelt ELMHURST ■ NEW! Elmhurst Animal Care Center ELMWOOD PARK ■ NEW! P-K Pantry in the Circle ■ Armand’s Pizzeria on North Ave. ■ Super Low Foods ■ Bacci Pizzeria ■ Elmwood Park Village Hall ¶ Library ■ Elmwood Park Parks & Recreation FOREST PARK ■ Famous Liquors on Madison ■ Ed’s Foods ■ Forest Park Library ■ Forest Park Community Center ■ Starship Restaurant FRANKLIN PARK ■ Romano’s ■ Al and Joe’s ■ Sorrento’s Village ■ American Legion Post #974 ■ Smart Wash Laundromat ■ Franklin Park Public Library ■ Park District of Franklin Park ■ Franklin Park Village Hall ■ Leyden Township Offices ■ Leyden Community Center HILLSIDE ■ NEW! Russo’s Chapels ■ Prima La Pizza on Wolf ■ Chickie’s Beef on Wolf ■ Holiday Inn Express & Suites ■ Q’s Restaurant & Pizza ■ Hillside Public Library MAYWOOD ■ NEW! Meal of the Day Cafe ■ Poor Boy, 1st & Roosevelt ■ Kathy’s Café on 5th Avenue ■ Maywood Village Hall ■ Maywood Public Library

MELROSE PARK ■ Sacred Heart Church ■ Bulger Park, 16th & Hirsch ■ 7-Eleven on Broadway ■ PNC Bank, Winston Plaza ■ Scudiero’s Bakery & Deli ■ Melrose Park Village Hall ■ Pan American Bank ■ Maywood Park Race Track ■ Monkey Island on Armitage ■ Westlake Community Hospital ■ Gottlieb Hospital & Fitness Center ■ Melrose Currency on Broadway ■ Caputo Cheese Market ■ Danny’s Cafe NORTHLAKE ■ NEW! Concord Plaza ■ Grant Park Recreation Center ■ Cochiaro’s Pizza ■ Northlake Public Library ■ Villa Scalabrini and Casa San Carlo NORTH RIVERSIDE ■ NEW! Big Corner Tavern ■ North Riverside Public Library ■ North Riverside Village Hall OAK PARK ■ Community Bank of Oak Pk/River Forest ■ Prairie Bread Kitchen ■ Tasty Dog on Lake Street ■ Rush Oak Park Hospital ■ Oak Park Public Library RIVER FOREST ■ River Forest Chocolates ■ North Avenue Grill ■ River Forest Village Hall ■ Trailside Museum ■ TCF Bank in River Forest ■ Whole Foods ■ River Forest Library RIVER GROVE ■ NEW! Blondie’s Diner ■ St. Cyprian Church & School ■ River Grove Public Library ■ River Grove Village Hall ■ River Park Moose Lodge ■ Bargains in a Box SCHILLER PARK ■ NEW! Frannie’s Beef & Catering ■ Marathon Station, 25th & Irving ■ Jay’s Beef ■ Super Low Foods, 25th Avenue STONE PARK ■ NEW! Shwings Shrimp & Chicken ■ NEW! Mannheim Discount Liquors WESTCHESTER ■ NEW! Le Petite Cafe on Mannheim ■ Westchester Village Hall ■ Westchester Public Library

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an in particular, inc. publication. Tina Valentino Executive Editor and Contributor Winner of a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism Terri Kenost Contributor Dee Tintori Account Executive Editorial and Business Office 2111 Division #1, Melrose Park, IL 60160 Mailing Address P.O. Box 1501, Melrose Park, IL 60161-1501 Phone and Fax PHONE 708.343.0205 • FAX 708.343.0227 E-mail & Website Read online issues at PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any manner without permission. Opinions and advertisements expressed are those of the writers themselves and are in no way to be construed as statements, positions or endorsements by in particular, inc. © 2014 Neighborstm is a trademark of in particular, inc.

on the cover There are so many things to do during the summer months that can be enjoyed for FREE! Free concerts planned by Winston Plaza in Melrose Park, the Village of River Grove and Veterans Park District along with the City of Northlake’s Northlake Days, Cruise Nights in Forest Park, Railroad Daze in Franklin Park and Farmer’s Markets in Oak Park and Elmwood Park. Enjoy!

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story & photos by tina valentino



With the passage of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act in July 2013, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow residents to carry a concealed firearm. But who can you trust to train you?

amazing neighbors: Mike DeCarlo and Paul Rossi At first glance, this may not seem like your typical Neighbors Magazine story but, as you read on, it will become evident that two young, local men from Melrose Park with a passion for excellence are fast distinguishing themselves among the growing list of individuals who are trying to capitalize on the new Illinois law that allows eligible residents to carry a concealed weapon. Beginning in January 2014, the Illinois State Police (ISP) began accepting applications for the much-anticipated Concealed Carry permit and by February 28, 2014, the first permits were being issued. However, as early as midDecember 2013, ISP Director Hiram Grau was already addressing complaints—before the first permit had even been issued—about firearms instructors defrauding students and circumventing the training procedures required by law after

accepting hefty payments from the eager-to-learn applicants. “Anyone caught abusing the system could potentially face state and federal fraud charges, including jail time,” Grau stressed. House Bill 4290, just recently introduced by State Rep. Ed Sullivan, Jr., would guarantee jail time as well as a permanent ban from ever being an ISP-approved instructor in the future for those who improperly certify applicants. Of the more than 2,700 firearms instructors currently certified in Illinois, the choice can be overwhelming for the skyrocketing number of lawabiding men and women interested in signing up for gun safety training. Here in the western suburbs, however, two instructors have set themselves apart from the pack: lifelong friends Paul Rossi and Mike DeCarlo, both of Melrose Park, felt compelled to start their own company called Neighbors • 6

5 Star Firearm Training to ensure that area residents would have the opportunity to receive the most comprehensive training possible along with the benefit of their personal experiences and expertise in the field. DeCarlo, who serves as the instructor for the Melrose Park Police Department where he has been on the force for the past 10 years, is also an NRA Pistol Instructor, Glock Armorer and Range Safety Officer, among other certifications such as Head Firearms, Rifle, Shotgun, Use of Force and Shooting Simulator instructor. Rossi, a graduate of Triton College with a degree in Criminal Justice, has studied the Illinois Concealed Carry Act extensively and goes above and beyond to ensure that every applicant is armed with the very best technical and practical knowledge as well as a permit and weapon. story continues on page 22

FREE Family Health Fair at Crossroads Church of Hillside on June 21 Crossroads Church of Hillside, located at 5152 Butterfield Road (next to Luurs Nursery at Taft and Butterfield) is hosting its 2nd Annual FREE Family Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 21. Children’s dentistry prevention information will be provided by dental students from UIC and a local dentist will offer dental screenings. Celar Chiropractic will offer chair massages and Illinois Spinal together with Celar Chiropractic will combine to provide spinal screenings. There will also be free counseling sessions by Dearborne Counseling Center for children, teenagers and adults. Miss Mary Baker will be on hand to explain debt counseling for seniors, veterans and the disabled. Other highlights include an exercise class taught by LA Fitness Trainers, line dancing instruction and staff from the Children’s Clinic of Oak Park and Serenity Living will be present; blood pressure screenings and glucose screenings and guests are welcome to learn about nutrition, take home a bag of food, and adult, children and baby clothes. Lunch will be served and Bibles will be given to anyone who wants one. Brochures from Proviso Township, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association will be available. Everything at the event will be free. For more information, email Deborah at or call Ruth at 708-531-0630. Spanish-speaking translators will be available.

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Music in the Park at VPD’s Grant Park on June 26

Classic Cinemas invites area residents to take advantage of its $5 Tuesdays program, a weekly value where patrons can purchase tickets to showings at any of 11 Classic Cinemas Theatres for only $5 on Tuesdays (except for the Ogden or Tivoli Theatres). The price includes new releases, with 3D showings offered at an additional $2. This program excludes special events. Typically, evening showings are pricier than matinees but on Tuesdays, the $5 deal is available all day. For details, visit

Veterans Park District invites area residents to enjoy music in the park, rain or shine, on Thursday, June 26, from 7:30 to 9 pm at Grant Park Recreation Center in Northlake. Billy Croft & the 5-Alarm band will perform red hot smokin’ country rock and attendees can also enjoy the wine and beer garden. Stay after the concert for the DJ and dancing. There will be plenty of food, drinks and music for everyone to enjoy. For more information or directions to Grant Park, call 343-5270.

LEYDEN TOWNSHIP EVENTS, CLASSES AND PROGRAMS The Leyden Township Community Center, 2620 N. Mannheim Road, Franklin Park offers programs for area residents of all ages. Call the Center at 847-451-5144. For Youth: Hip Hop Workshop, June 25 from 6 to 7 pm for ages 14 and up; Jr. Firefighter Camp, June 17, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm for ages 8-12; Zumba Kids, June 2 to July 7 for ages 6-12; 3-on-3 Basketball for ages 8-13 begins June 14 through July 12 from Noon to 1 pm. Saturday Ballet classes start on June 14 through July 26 for ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-12. Tumbling & Gymnastics is offered for ages 3-6 and 7-14 from June 14 to July 19. Also Tumbling and Gymnastics Camp for ages 3-6 and 7-12 starts June 23. Lil Pint Soccer/Basketball begins June 14 for ages 5-6 and Pee Wee Soccer/Basketball also starts on June 14 for ages 3-4. Adult Fitness: Zumba Tuesdays, through July 15, 6:15 to 7:15 pm; Zumba Saturdays, through June 28, 9 to 10 am; Zumba Toning, through July 3, 6 to 7 pm; Thursday Night Volleyball starts up on June 12 through September 25 for adults 18 and older; Fit For Life, through July 19, Saturdays, 9 to 9:45 am; Kickboxing, June 25 to August 13. Ask about Pickleball and 4 Square for adults! Tutoring: By appointment only for 1st through 5th graders. Summer Playschool. Call the Center for session dates and extended programs for ages 3-6.

FREE Diabetic Retinopathy Screening on June 11 at Republic Bank in Berkeley A FREE Diabetic Retinopathy Screening for persons with diabetes or those at risk for diabetes will be held on Wednesday, June 11 from 1 to 4 pm at Republic Bank, 5500 St. Charles Road in Berkeley. The screening is made possible by the Bellwood Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation and is made possible through the generous donations of community members. The quality of life for people with diabetic retinopathy and other retinal disorders, such as macular degeneration, is dramatically impacted. Since early detection of such disorders is critical, persons with diabetes or those 55 and older are encouraged to take advantage of this free screening.

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2nd Annual Heritage Trail Tour dates set for July, August and September Operation UpLift, the West Town Museum of Cultural History and the Historical Society of the Village of Maywood proudly present the 2nd Annual African American Heritage Trail Tour “Reflections of the Past.” The combined efforts of Dawn W. Rone, L. Jeri Stenson and Northica H. Stone have resulted in this unique event highlighting the Village’s rich past and introduces this past to local residents and the greater Chicago area. Stops along the 2014 tour include: • West Town Museum • Segregated Maywood (where Blacks were allowed to live) • Hurst Family Home built in 1887 (first Black Maywood family) • Forgotten Business District (areas of Black-owned businesses) • Underground Railroad Memorial at 1st and Lake alongside McDonald’s • DePaul University Urban Historical Archeological Field School excavations • Homes of Prominent African-American Maywoodians Each date includes two tours, 11 am to 1 pm or 2 pm to 4 pm Saturdays, July 12 and 19 Saturdays, August 9 and 23 Saturdays, September 9 and 23 Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth. To reserve your tour date, contact Mrs. Northica Stone at 708-516-0628 or send an email to

Take advantage of Gottlieb programs and services

Bicycle Drive in North Riverside on June 7

Need a Ride? Gottlieb’s experienced staff will assist you onto the comfortable bus, help with your seatbelt and make sure you arrive at the hospital and return to your home safely. Call 681-3200, ext. 2198 for more details. Gottlieb Pharmacy Delivers. The Gottlieb Pharmacy has a complete line of health-care products and a certified diabetic educator is on staff to answer questions. Call 450-4941. Learn more about the Center for Fitness at

Look around the garage and shed now for a bicycle you no longer use! Riverside Township will be conducting a drive on Saturday, June 7 between 9 am and noon at the North Riverside Police Department parking lot, 2359 Desplaines Avenue, North Riverside. Donate bicycles in ANY condition, parts and accessories. Tricycles will be accepted, too. All donations are tax deductible. Bicycles and parts will be taken by Working Bikes, a non-profit organization.

GOLFERS INVITED TO TRITON OUTING ON JUNE 18 AT WHITE PINES Usher in summer by networking on the links and supporting student success at the 17th Annual Triton College Foundation Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 18, at White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, in Bensenville. The event, open to novice and skilled golfers alike, will kick off at 10 am, with an 18-hole round of golf, golf carts, goodie bags and lunch, followed by dinner and prizes. Golfers may register as individuals for $135 per person or as a foursome for $540. The Foundation is currently accepting Friend of the Foundation sponsorships, as well as raffle and goodie bag donations. A unique range of sponsorships are available including hole sponsorships ($200) and par sponsorships ($740 includes a foursome, hole signage, recognition on promotional material and the Foundation’s website) to higher-level opportunities priced from $1000 to $10,000. All sponsorships are tax deductible. Proceeds from the annual golf outing will benefit Triton College Foundation student scholarships. To register for the event, become a sponsor or for additional golf outing information, contact the Triton College Foundation at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3758, visit or send an email to

Register Now for Veterans Park District Annual Softball and Bocce Ball Tournaments VPD’s Men’s 16” and Co-Ed 14” Softball Tournaments are set for Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3 this year at Bulger Park, 16th and Hirsch in Melrose Park. Any teams interested in participating should sign up now as spots fill up fast. A deposit is required to hold a spot or the $200 fee can be paid in full. Monetary prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners. The Bocce Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3 at Bulger Park. Pre-registration and a $20 fee is required. Contact Roy Rodriguez at 343-5270 for more information or to register for these tournaments.

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Memorial Park District invites area residents to stay cool at three different locations this summer. Adventure Bay Pool in Hillside is located on Wolf Road, two blocks north of Butterfield. Opening date is Saturday, June 7. Daily admission rates are as follows: $6 for adults 18 and older; $5 for youth 17 and under; Thursdays, $3 for everyone. Pool hours are Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 pm; Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8 pm; weekends, 1 to 7 pm. For details on morning baby pool rentals, call Steve Reggi at 547-3936. Sharp Pool, 1609 N. 36th in Melrose Park also opens on June 7. Daily admission prices for Sharp Pool are the same as Adventure Bay listed above. Pool hours are 1 to 5 pm. Stevenson Park Spray Pad, 3101 Washington Boulevard in Bellwood, will open on Wednesday, June 11. Daily admission is only $2 per person. Adult chaperones 18 years and older are admitted free of charge. Spray Pad hours are Noon to 7 pm daily. For more information on morning rentals, contact Steve Reggi at 547-3936. For all pool related information, details on swimming lessons and all other park programs, please visit the website at Maywood’s Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center is set to open its 2014 swim season under the management of the West Cook YMCA. Located at 300 Fred Hampton Way, the pool will open for the summer season on Sunday, June 8 and continue through Sunday, August 17 from Noon to 7 pm. “Through a partnership between the Village of Maywood and the YMCA, kids, families and seniors in Maywood and the surrounding area will have an opportunity for an enjoyable summer of swimming,” said Phillip Jiménez, President and CEO of the West Cook YMCA. Seasonal passes can be purchased at the West Cook YMCA, 255 S. Marion Street in Oak Park or online at or by phone at 383-5200 as well as at Maywood Village Hall, the Aquatic Center, the Library, the Park District and Maywood Fine Arts. Fees are $40 for youth; $60 for non-resident youth; $50 for adults, $70 for non-resident adults; $80 for a family of three and $100 for non-resident family of three; $90 for family of four; $110 for non-resident family of four. Daily fees are also available for residents and non-residents. For group rates for swim parties, private events, day care camps and swimming lessons, contact Kim Polk at 708-234-0220 or email

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The Library. Fun and informative! BELLWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 600 S. Bohland Avenue; call the Library at 547-7393 with questions or visit the website at Summer Reading. For adults, teens and children begins Saturday, June 14. Call the Library for details at 547-7393 ext. 212 for adults or ext. 216 for children and teens. Bellwood Bake Club. Saturday, June 7, 1 to 3 pm. Bring a homemade dessert, meet and make friends and swap recipes. This month’s theme is desserts made with fruit. Newcomers welcome. Bellwood Job Fair. Saturday, June 10, 1 to 3 pm at Stevenson Center, 3101 Washington Boulevard. Call the Library for details and use extension 212. Take Charge of Your Diabetes. Six Tuesdays at 7 pm beginning June 10. Offered by AgeOptions. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 547-7393, ext. 212. Navigating a Career Change. Wednesday, June 18, 7 pm. Learn how to gain a new position. Chess Club for Adults. Every other Wednesday at 7 pm (June 11 and 25). Players of all levels are welcome. Literary Elements Book Club. Wednesday, June 25 at 7 pm. Discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Newcomers welcome. Stitches Club for Crocheters. Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Newcomers welcome. Call Youth Services at 547-7393, extension 216 to register for the following programs: Egypt Unwrapped. Wednesday, June 25. It’s A Jungle Out There. Saturday, June 28. Listen to Me Read. Monday-Thursday, starts June 16. Freaky Fridays. Fun and wacky science experiments beginning June 20. BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 1637 N. Taft Avenue; call 708-544-6017 or visit the new website at Family Lego Movie and Build & Play. June 17. Enjoy the movie from 11 am to 12:40 pm then Build & Play from 12:45 to 1:45 pm. Hands-on Science for Kids. Saturday, June 28, 11 am. Houdini: His Life and His Legend. Performed by William Pack on June 28, 1 pm. Ages 10 to adult. Seating is limited so call the Library to RSVP. Technology. Download and access e-Magazines from Zinio from your smartphone, tablet or mobile device. Check out The Library has a variety of electronic tools to help location information. Visit Also print, scan, fax and enjoy wireless printing at the Library. continued on page 16

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VILLAGE OF RIVER GROVE invites you! It’s Free! Wednesday Nite Gazebo Free Concert Join Us! Series 2014 at the

7:30 until 9 pm. All concerts are at the Gazebo in River Front Park, Ditka Drive and Grand Avenue (just east of the Des Plaines River).

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JUNE 11: The Pond Hawks Monkeys’ Original Tunes

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JULY 16: Todka Vonics JULY 23: The New Invaders JULY 30: Hillbilly Rockstarz AUGUST 6: Straight Ethyl AUGUST 13: Network Blues Band AUGUST 20: Chicago Skyliners Big Band Era Trustees: Jeffery S. Weiner, Sr. Tracy D. Aller • Lynn M. Bjorvik Kathryn M. Bruce • Roger V. Sewell Robert Thomas

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THE LEGEND of the famous


Houdini: His Life and His Legend will be performed by William Pack on June 28, 1 pm at the Berkeley Public Library located at 1637 N. Taft Avenue. This special event is open to anyone ages 10 to adult. Seating is limited so please call the Library at 544-6017 to RSVP.

fun, informative activities authors • answers Adult Book Club. Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm (June 18). Newcomers welcome. Crochet and Needlework Group. Every other Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (June 12 and 26). Coffee Mornings. Enjoy coffee, read the paper and more on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 am until Noon. FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847455-6016 with questions or visit online at Friendship Quilt Club. Wednesday, June 4 and 18, 10 am to Noon. Little Eagles Storytime. Led by Leyden H.S. students and the Library’s Teen Advisory Board, preschool/kindergarten students (ages 3-5) and caregivers are invited on Thursdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2 to 3 pm or 6 to 7 pm. Science Club. Harvest lightning and make a lava lamp. Ages 6-8. Thursdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2 to 3 pm. JG’s Reptile Road Show. Jim Galeno returns on Friday, June 6, 3 to 4 pm or 6 to 7 pm. Registration required. Visit Kids Crossing Desk for tickets. Family Game Day. Play Wii, card and board games. June 11 and 25, 2 to 4 pm. Friday Flicks. “The Monuments Men” on June 13, 1 pm. On Friday, June 20, watch “The Lego Movie” from 6 to 7:40 pm.

Knit and Crochet Group. Second Saturday of the month (June 14) at 1 pm. Learn tips and share projects. Non-Fiction Book Club. Discuss “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. Pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk. Registration is required. Tuesday, June 17, 7 to 8 pm. Olivia aka Ollie by Larry Nestor. Meet local author Larry Nestor who will share his new book based on a true story of bullying. Monday, June 30, 3 pm. HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY The Hillside Public Library is located at 405 Hillside Avenue in Hillside; call 449-7510 or visit the website at Most programs require registration. AARP Driver Safety: Two-day course, June 5 and 6, 11 am to 3 pm for ages 50 and older. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Share the Plate: Local Chef Bernardo Leon will demonstrate the making of an easy, thrifty, family meal on June 10 from 6:30 to 7 pm. Enjoy samples and recipes. Friday Classic Movie. June 13 at 10:30 am. “Glass Bottom Boat.” World Wide Knit in Public Day is Saturday, June 21 from 10:30 am until 4 pm. Join the fun. Mixed Stitchers meets every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 pm. For ages 14 and over. Open to knitters, crocheters or needle-workers of any kind. ALL skill levels welcome. N e i g h b o r s • 16

Science and Care of Black Hair. Presented by Hair Specialist Theresa Harrison on Wednesday, June 25, 7 pm. Cleaning Greening at Home. Monday, June 30, 7 pm. Green cleaning recipes provided. MAYWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 121 S. 5th Avenue; phone: 343-1847. Visit the website at Triton College Info Visit. Wednesday, June 4 at 4:30 pm. Advice on registering for classes, visiting the campus. Save Energy=Save Money. Elevate Energy will discuss saving energy/money in your home on Monday, June 9 at 5:30 pm. Spoken Word. Spoken Word returns on Saturday, June 21 at 12:30 pm. A focus will be placed on Juneteenth. Event is free. Instructions in Quilting. Classes on quilting will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 202. Class is free but space is limited. Call Mildred Green at 343-2529 for details. NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY The North Riverside Library is located at 2400 DesPlaines Avenue; call 447-0869, register or visit online at or stop at the Help Desk. For most programs, registration is recommended. continued on page 18

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The River Grove Public Library invites area residents to spend some time with other compassionate adults on Saturday, June 28, 11 am, making cozy blankets for sick and stray animals at Elmwood-Grove Animal Hospital in River Grove. Anyone interested in knowing more should call 453-4484.

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Storytimes. Drop-in storytime is Thursdays at 10:30 am June 5, 12, 19 and 26 for parents/caregivers with ages toddler through age 5. Story Surprises, for ages 2-5, Saturdays, June 14 and 28 at 10:30 am with Ms. Rebecca. LEGOs Build-It Club. Saturday, June 21, 10:30 am. 2nd grade and up. New theme each month. Mom’s Time! Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 pm. Make easy “therapeutic” crafts, chat and listen to music. Teens: Check Out an iPad. Thanks to Best Buy, six iPads are available for residents ages 12-17 to check out. For details, stop in or call the Library. Field Trip Pack. Thanks to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Library has backpacks full of everything a Nature-loving family might need to explore the world around them. Stop at the YS Help Desk to reserve the pack or for more info. Teen Volunteers Needed. Ages 13-18 can earn community service hours this summer by assisting at the Library. Application forms at YS Help Desk. RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY For more information on these and other upcoming River Forest Public Library programs, call 708-366-5205, stop in at 735 Lathrop Avenue or visit Story Times. The RFPL offers Pajama Nights for kids who are

independent readers, Mother Goose Storytimes for babies birth to 18 months with parent/caregiver and Toddler Time for ages 18 months to 3 years with parent/caregiver. Computer Learning Lab. On Wednesdays, for the total beginner through intermediate home/personal user. Contact the library to sign up. Evening Book Discussion. Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm, “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes. Family Story Time at Whole Foods Market. For ages birth through 6 with a parent/caregiver at Whole Foods Market, 7245 Lake Street. Fridays, June 6, 13, 20 at 9:30 am. For more info, call 366-1045. Evening Piano Concert. Local musician James Callen plays hits from musicals on Thursday, June 12, 7 pm. Cook with Whole Foods. For grades 2-5. Discover your culinary talents as you make summer snacks. Registration is required. June 17, 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Exploration Stations. For ages 3-10. Explore fun, science-based activities. June 18 and 25, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Gardening Program. Join Debbie Kong in learning how to maintain your garden and keep pests and insects away with natural/organic tips. Saturday, June 21 at 2 pm. Teen Murder Mystery Night. For those entering grades 6-9, come to RFPL after hours for a night of clues, sleuthing and fun. Question suspects, examine N e i g h b o r s • 18

evidence, win prizes and enjoy treats. Friday, June 27, 7 to 8:30 pm. Patriotic Tie Dye. All ages are welcome to make something special to wear for the 4th of July. Bring your own clothing to tie dye in red and blue. RIVER GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 8638 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove; phone: 453-4484. PAWS To Read. Kick off is June 14 at 11 am. Pick up a reading log and sign up! Summer Reading Program is divided into ages 2-4, 5-9 and 10 and older. Contact Mrs. Tucker or Miss Maggie at 453-4484 for all the details. For more on the adult Summer Reading Program, contact Marissa at the Library. Lucky participants can win gift certificates from McDonald’s, Tucker’s, Muvico and other generous local sponsors. DIY Miniature Succulent Gardens. Saturday, June 7, 1 pm, expert crafter Kathleen Obirek demonstrates the process. Program is free; registration is required. Stop in or call. Blankets for Animals. On Saturday, June 28, 11 am, join other adults in making cozy blankets for sick and stray animals at Elmwood-Grove Animal Hospital in River Grove. Call to register. Book Group. Pick for June is “Quiet Dell” by Jayne Anne Phillips. Monday, June 30 at 7 pm. Register or drop in! Copies are available at the Library.

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DeCarlo and Rossi have secured space in Westchester for the classroom portion of their instruction and is proud to partner with Article 2 Gun Range, 250 Cortland Avenue in Lombard, to train applicants in the areas of weapon handling. “As for me, it just seemed like a natural progression to take everything that I know and have learned over the years and share it with others, giving everyone the opportunity to defend themselves,” says DeCarlo, a second generation police officer. Rossi, the grandson of a respected 32-year veteran of the Melrose Park Police Department, shares DeCarlo’s sentiments. “At the end of the day, what we’re doing is a good thing because we want the very best for our students,” adds Rossi. “Already, there are too many instructors who are in it only for the money, cutting corners, skipping chapters or catering to big groups and not the little guy. In the past six months since the state began accepting permit applications, hundreds of students have received the bad news that their training is invalid and their requests for permits have been denied. We designed our business for the person with little or no experience. We work with everyone personally and help them to better understand all aspects of owning a weapon from cleaning and storage to the size of gun and holster they should consider buying. Guns are not cheap and if you buy the wrong one, you will have accomplished nothing.” 5 Star has been gaining popularity among women and senior citizens as applicants, perhaps because they are the most victimized in today’s society. Recent studies have shown that United States residents age 65 and older are now the most likely of all citizens to own a gun. Numbers for women, college students and even disabled people are on the rise as these groups hope to even the playing field when defending themselves against an aggressor. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid State ID, be approved for a Firearm Owners’ ID Card (FOID) and complete the curriculum before applying for the Concealed Carry permit. When one completes firearms training and

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Veterans Park District’s Gouin Pool and Water Slides remain open until Monday, September 1. To get a pool pass, stop in at one of the registration offices (Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Avenue in Melrose Park, Grant Park, 44 W. Golfview in Northlake and Gouin Pool, 2400 Scott Street in Franklin Park during open season) and complete a registration form, provide a valid photo ID and two current utility bills showing your address and name. Season passes are nonrefundable. Pool passes include unlimited access to the pools, the 232-foot twister slide and 207-foot slide, the kiddie area with umbrella waterfall and new kiddie slide as well as special events hosted at Gouin. Pool hours from June 2 to August 8 are Monday through Friday, Noon to 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays, Noon to 6 pm. Post-season weekend hours are Noon to 6 pm and begin the weekend of August 9-10. From 4 to 6 pm, the slide and diving board are closed due to swim lessons. Daily admission for ages 2 and under is free; for ages 2-11, $6 and for ages 12 and up, $7. Special pricing after 4 pm is free for ages 2 and under, $3 for ages 2-11 and only $4 for ages 12 and up. Call 343-5270 or visit for details on swim lessons, AquaZumba, Aquacize, special events, pool rentals and birthday parties. Kick-Off Party! Gouin Pool’s kick-off party will be held on Saturday, June 14 from Noon to 4 pm. Get in on the free give-aways, DJ, games, prizes and lots of fun with paid admission and pool passes. Franklin Park’s Pool on Pacific is now open! Located at 9715 Pacific Avenue, hours are Monday through Friday, Noon to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 6 pm. Adult Swim is Monday through Thursday, 11 to 11:45 am. A season pass is the most economical way to visit the pool. Fill out the Pool Pass form and bring it to the registration desk. Daily admission rates are: children 3 and under, free; ages 3-11, $6 ($5 with resident pass), 12 and older, $8 ($7 with resident pass). Adult swim is $5 or $4 with resident pass and Sunset Swim (Monday through Friday, 6 to 8 pm) is $5 or $4 with resident pass. To learn more about the Pool Punch Pass Card, lessons, private and open swim parties, call 847-455-2852 or visit Triton College Pool. The completely renovated pool is now open. The School of Continuing Education offers aquatic classes for ages as young as 5 to learn how to swim as well as water exercise classes for adults. Credit courses in the pool begin June 9. Visit for class details or call 456-0300, ext. 3500 to register for Continuing Ed courses.

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franklin park’s railroad daze Held every year in Franklin Park at Calwagner Street and Franklin Avenue, don’t miss Railroad Daze—a fun, family-oriented event—and admission is free. On Thursday, June 12, the Village of Franklin Park will host its first annual Jazz Night from 5 to 10 pm, featuring the very best in live entertainment on Friday and Saturday. The festival will also include a beer and wine garden and a variety of local food vendors. A carnival will be open daily with unlimited ride specials featured. On Saturday, June 14 from 10 am until 3 pm, dozens of trains will be on display and visitors will have the unique opportunity to walk-on and view the inside of the trains and meet vendors with train memorabilia. Seating is available at all major attractions and areas of Railroad Daze but the attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or folding chairs. Visit the Village’s website at and download the flyers!

northlake days june 27-29 With entertainment, crafters, food vendors, a carnival, car show, parade and a raffle to win cars, Northlake Days 2014 has something for everyone. Held on the grounds of Grant Park, hours are Friday from 5 pm to midnight, Saturday from 1 pm to midnight (with a spectacular fireworks display beginning at 9:30 pm) and Sunday, Noon to 8 pm. The annual parade takes place on Sunday, June 29. Three City vehicles will also be raffled off—a 2003 Chevy Impala, 2002 Chevy Impala and 2006 Chevy Impala. Tickets are $10 each and the drawing will be held on Sunday, June 29 at 6 pm. Winner need not be present. For more information on this annual event, visit the website at or call 343-8700.

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Kenneth L. Schiffman, MD, worldrenowned hand and arm surgeon, has joined Loyola University Health System. He will bring his surgical expertise and patient-centered approach to Loyola’s Orthopaedic team at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park. He also is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. “I am excited to be bringing my career full circle by returning to Loyola where I received my training and began practicing orthopaedic surgery,” said Schiffman. Ranked as one of Chicago’s Top Doctors by his peers in Chicago Magazine, Schiffman specializes in complex injuries of the hand, arm and shoulder. His other medical interests include shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, shoulder and elbow replacement, disorders of the hand and arm and carpel tunnel release. Schiffman is a member of the American Medical Association, America Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Association for Hand Surgery, Chicago Society of Surgery of the Hand and Illinois Orthopedic Society. Dr. Kenneth Schiffman is now seeing patients at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital located at 701 W. North Avenue in Melrose Park. To make an appointment, call 888.LUHS.888 or visit Follow trending events and the latest news from Loyola on Facebook:!/LoyolaHealth; Twitter:!/LoyolaHealth; YouTube: N e i g h b o r s • 32

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NUEVOS HORIZONTES MOVES TO MAIN CAMPUS Triton College’s community center in Melrose Park will move all of its operations and transition its services to the Triton College campus in River Grove. Nuevos Horizontes, located on Main Street in Melrose Park, provides classes and life-skills workshops to non-English speaking area residents. The courses and services offered at Nuevos will be absorbed by Triton’s School of Continuing Education and Adult Education departments. “By relocating the students of Nuevos Horizontes to the Triton College campus, our hope is that students will now have easier access toward completing the advanced level ESL and GED courses, transition to credit-bearing classes and pursue their academic and career goals,” said Luisa Hernandez, director of Nuevos Horizontes. The college believes this move will strengthen and facilitate a student’s transition from the college’s ESL/GED classes to pursuing a degree or certificate to also furthering one’s education at a four-year university and/or entering the workforce. Students will have access to the comprehensive support services available on the main campus which will improve student success and advancement into college courses. The college will implement a new initiative, called Bridges, which speaks to this streamlined process that will connect students with limited English speaking skills to the appropriate channels to achieve their educational and career goals, from high school to after graduating from Triton. “A commitment of Triton College is not only ensuring every student learns the English language but also provides opportunities for socioeconomic advancement and higher earning potential,” said Dr. Doug Olson, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. Triton College is taking action to provide a smooth transition for students currently enrolled in classes at Nuevos Horizontes, including providing transportation from the current Nuevos site to the main campus for those students in the pipeline to ensure uninterrupted access and by offering some courses at the college’s extension sites within the district for easier access. Nuevos Horizontes opened its doors for the first time on August 18, 1981. Nuevos has taken up residence in two former locations within Melrose Park, before settling into its current home at 1708 Main Street in 2001. Nuevos’ operations will fully transition to the Triton College campus for the summer 2014 semester. For more information, visit

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June 12-June 15, 2014 at The Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Triduum Everyone is welcome to join the 3 days of prayer leading up to the Feast of St. Anthony: Thursday, June 12 at 7:30 pm Friday, June 13 (Actual Feast Day) at 7:30 pm with reception to follow Saturday, June 14 at 5:30 pm

Join the St. Anthony Society during the Triduum and all the Feast Day traditions on Sunday, June 15: 10:15 am Caliendo’s Banda Napoletana Procession into Church 10:30 am Mass in Italian 11:30 am Distribution of Blessed Bread and Adoration of St. Anthony Relic Outdoor Procession

The Shrine is located at 1101 N. 23rd Avenue in Melrose Park • (708) 344-4140

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SAVE THE DATE Coming up in the western suburbs calendar info continued from page 10 CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY IN MELROSE PARK Once again this year, the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1101 N. 23rd Avenue in Melrose Park. This is the only feast honoring St. Anthony in the Chicagoland area. Everyone is welcome to join the faithful for three days of prayer (Triduum) leading up to the Feast of St. Anthony; those dates are Thursday, June 12 at 7:30 pm; Friday, June 13 (the actual feast day) at 7:30 pm and a reception will follow; and Saturday, June 14 at 5:30 pm. Feast Day traditions on Sunday, June 15 include: 10:15 am Caliendo’s Banda Napoletana Procession into Church 10:30 am Mass in Italian 11:30 am Distribution of Blessed Bread and Adoration of St. Anthony Relic followed by Outdoor Procession and Closing Reception. For more information, visit or call the rectory at 344-4140. BINGO EVERY SATURDAY MORNING AT CASA ITALIA IN STONE PARK Did you know that Casa Italia, 3800 Division Street in Stone Park now has Bingo/Raffle every Saturday morning? Sponsored by the Institute for Community Empowerment, doors open at 9 am and games start at 11 am. The all-new format includes $5,200 in prizes plus Hot Ball. For more information or directions, visit the website at or call 773-545-7288. VILLAGE OF MAYWOOD PIT BULL REGISTRY EVENT SET FOR JUNE 21 Maywood Police Chief Talley has scheduled a K-9 Registry Day for June 21, bringing several Village departments together for a “one-stop shop” event for Pit Bull owners within the Village. The Maywood Finance Department, Animal Control, Police and other department staff and partner agencies will gather behind the Police Department to register Pit Bulls and provide useful information to owners. Fines for violating the Village Pit Bull ordinance range from $50 to $1,000. Unregistered dog owners should contact the Maywood Police Department non-emergency number immediately.

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Notices ★ GLOMBICKI, Carl. Viet Nam veteran, U.S. Army sharpshooter. Brother of Arlene DiGiacomo, Alan (Sheri) and Bruce; uncle of Nicole DiGiacomo (Kyle Kayson), Kelly and Charles DiGiacomo and Michael, Stephen, Adam and Grant Glombicki. Services at Russo Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. KESSLING, Darlene, nee Carpino. Wife of Wayne; mother of Dawn (Jerry) Zuffante, Debbie Widlowski, Michael (Rose) and Mark (Tiffany) Kessling; daughter of the late Eugene and Josephine Carpino; Nani of John Jr., Matthew, Michael, Lauren, Nicholas and Kody; sister of John (Darlene) Carpino and the late Roslyn and Edward Menard, the late LaVerne and Leroy Condon, the late Dolores and Charles Abruzzini and the late Marilyn (Jack) Williams; sister-in-law of Norman Kessling and Cyndi (Michael) Hairrell, Sr.; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Services at Russo Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. MANZO, Ann J., nee Marchisotta; wife of the late Philip; mother of Pat (Joseph) Serpico, Bob, Phil, Ken (Kristal) Manzo; grandmother of Kristen, Kevin, Natalie and Nick; sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend of many. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Christ the King Mausoleum. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Directors. REILLY, Irene, 87, of Northlake. Daughter of the late Wilfred and the late Helen Reilly; sister of Joseph (the late Celeste) Reilly, the late Dorothy (the late Anthony) Santore, the late Helen (the late Phil) Mix and the late Elizabeth (the late James) Barrett; aunt and great-aunt of many nieces and nephews. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. REYES, Emilio N., 88, of Berkeley. Husband of Estela, nee Zamora; father of Emilio (Dora), Rolando (Ofelia), George and Maria (Carl); grandfather of Rolando Jr., Michael, Neil, Matthew, Oscar, Joseph, Jonathan, Alex, Anna and Julia; brother of nine; uncle and greatuncle of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. SCHMIDT, Dolores R., formerly of Maywood. Wife of the late Arnold; mother of Renee Schmidt; grandmother of Cherilynn Bronson; sister of Mary (John) Coronado, Jesse (the late Evelyn) Cabrera and the late Anthony, John, Nicholas, Felix, Paul, Patricia Tappeiner and Priscilla Ziarko. Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

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