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end of summer is a bummer BUT DON’T BE BLUE, THERE’S STILL LOTS TO DO FUN IN THE ‘HOOD THAT’S FREE & THAT’S GOOD! TASTE OF BELLWOOD TASTE OF ELMWOOD PARK

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There are places I’ll remember all my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better, some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments...

—In My Life, The Beatles

Here today. I never imaged that in my lifetime I would say goodbye to so many people and places I loved. When you’re young, you think everything will stay that way forever and you also make the mistake of wanting to get older faster. And just like that, in the blink of an eye, it’s gone. Except, of course, if you’re traveling through Europe, where they’re not so quick to start up the bulldozer. In the United States, everything is dispensable and everything has a price no matter how much historical value or even potential landmark status it might have. Highest bidder wins. Just off the top of my head I can rattle off nearly a dozen local places, some with extraordinary historical value, like Kiddieland and Maywood Park Race Track and others with generations of nostalgic value like Horwath’s, The Homestead, Thirsty Whale, Cock Robin, Stimac’s, Art’s Tavern, the Roller Rink and Golfland, batting cages and bowling alleys, hot dog/beef stands like Butch’s and Tommy’s and even an outdoor theater—all wiped off the face of the local landscape courtesy of the almighty dollar. This month, big business strikes again and pending negotiations have real estate brokers, developers and contractors salivating at the prospect of huge commissions, paychecks and profits. Two of our longtime friends and advertisers are directly impacted by this so-called progress: Monkey Island and Harlo Grill. The letter we received from Greg, the owner of Monkey Island, was sad but true. There’s just no room in the “bottom line” for a place that lets kids be kids. I’ve had plenty of fun at Monkey Island myself as a grown-up and the sound of little children laughing is contagious and priceless. Still, the doors will close in August. The most egregious blow in the name of bigger and better will be the demolition of Harlo Grill—if all goes as planned. Harlo has been the cure for hangovers and hunger pains for decades, earning a place in people’s hearts, in movie credits, in art galleries and in Chicago’s Best destinations. James Stramaglia dug deep to carry on the tradition that gave us Ma Brown, Jeff, Betty, Wanda and Dave; of hot burgers, grilled onions, cold milkshakes, golden pancakes, fresh coffee, a counter to belly-up to and stools for kids to spin on while we read the paper, visit with old friends and have a front-row seat to the show put on by some of the best short order cooks in the country 24/7. Tormented by the on again, off again prospects for the corner of 25th and North Avenue in Melrose Park, Jimmy expects to lock up the legendary stomping ground this month and move the operation into the spacious Club Harlo down the block. No doubt the food will be as good or better but that’s not the point. At all. Nothing lasts forever, they say, and so much of what we once loved now belongs in scrapbooks in our historical societies. Stop in and see Greg and Jimmy, if you can. Thank them for doing the best they could. Have a burger, have some fun, take a selfie and remember how awesome life could be if not for all the greed.

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tm everybody has one. NEW drop sites added! Pick up your Neighborstm BELLWOOD � Midwest Market (on 25th Avenue) � Bellwood Public Library � West Suburban Senior Services � Mickey’s Drive-In � Gioacchino’s Ristorante � Bellwood Village Hall � Currency Exchange on Mannheim � Center at Stevenson Park BERKELEY � Republic Bank � JK Restaurant � Berkeley Village Hall and Library � Berkeley Finer Foods BROADVIEW � NEW! Broadview Public Library � NEW! Broadview Family Restaurant � Lucky Dog on Cermak � Dunkin Donuts on Roosevelt ELMHURST � Silverado Grill � Lezza Spumoni & Desserts � Elmhurst Metra Station ELMWOOD PARK � Gambino’s Fresh Market � Elmwood Park Village Hall � Elmwood Park Public Library � Elmwood Park Recreation Center FOREST PARK � Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor � Famous Liquors on Madison � Ed’s Foods � Forest Park Library � Forest Park Community Center � Starship Restaurant FRANKLIN PARK � NEW! Franklin Park Metra Station � NEW! Lulu Belle’s Pancake House � The Underpass Restaurant & Lounge � Shelby’s Gaming Cafe � Romano’s (now on Franklin Avenue) � Al and Joe’s Deli � American Legion Post #974 � Smart Wash Laundromat � Franklin Park Public Library � Park District of Franklin Park � Franklin Park Village Hall � Leyden Township & Community Center HILLSIDE � Home Run Inn Pizza � Eisenhower Park � Hillside Village Hall � Russo’s Chapels � Holiday Inn Express & Suites � Q’s Restaurant & Pizza � Hillside Public Library MAYWOOD � Poor Boy, 1st & Roosevelt � Maywood Village Hall � Maywood Public Library MELROSE PARK � NEW! Swap-O-Rama Flea Market � NEW! ACES Gaming on Broadway � NEW! Dunk Donuts on Lake Street � NEW! Village Jewelry & Loan

MORE MELROSE PARK � Lucky Dog on Lake Street � Melrose Park Public Library � Sacred Heart Church and School � Harlo Grill at 24th and North Avenue � Café 23, 23rd and Lake Street � Veterans Park District Leoni Complex � 7-11 on Broadway � PNC Bank, Winston Plaza � Scudiero’s Bakery � Melrose Park Village Hall/Senior Center � Pan American Bank � Westlake Community Hospital � Melrose Currency on Broadway � Caputo Cheese Market � St. Paul Lutheran Church NORTHLAKE � Howard H. Rohde Legion Post � Grant Park Recreation Center � Northlake Public Library � Villa Scalabrini and Casa San Carlo NORTH RIVERSIDE � North Riverside Village Commons � North Riverside Public Library OAK PARK � Community Bank Oak Park/River Forest � Prairie Bread Kitchen � Rush Oak Park Hospital � Oak Park Public Library RIVER FOREST � River Forest Community Center � River Forest Chocolates � Trailside Museum � TCF Bank in River Forest � Whole Foods � River Forest Library RIVER GROVE � Quasthoff’s Florist � Catie’s Place Gaming � Triton College � Rich’s Fresh Market � Dunkin’ Donuts on River Road � Dunkin’ Donuts on Belmont � Bargains in a Box � Blondie’s Diner � St. Cyprian Church � River Grove Public Library � River Grove Village Hall � River Park Moose Lodge SCHILLER PARK � NEW! Schiller Park Village Hall � Al & Andy’s Restaurant � Marathon Station, 25th & Irving � Jay’s Beef � Gambino’s Fresh Market, 25th Avenue STONE PARK � NEW! Shamrock’s Gaming � NEW! Firehouse Subs � Shwings Shrimp & Wings WESTCHESTER � Stella’s Place on Roosevelt � State Rep. Welch District Office � Le Petite Cafe on Mannheim � Westchester Village Hall

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Back to school is around the corner but big things are happening in August and you’ll need to make a list of all the events and fundraisers coming up so that you don’t miss out on any chance to make summer memories and help out a neighbor.


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GRATEFUL PATIENT

TURNS TIME AND TALENT INTO SPECIAL GIFTS When Melrose Park resident Laura Franch Floretta was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, her life changed dramatically. Traveling daily for tests and treatments to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood resulted in fatigue and worry but, at the same time she reflected on the uplifting and compassionate care she received from her nurses and doctors. Forced to rest more than she was used to, Laura decided she could still do something meaningful to show her appreciation to everyone at Loyola, particularly the NICU which, 11 years ago, had treated her granddaughter Kaitlyn, born seven weeks premature and weighing only three pounds at birth. “I decided to knit and crochet to give back to the medical community that has helped me and my family twice,” explained Laura. “These two times in our life were truly difficult times for all of us but due to the wonderful care we never felt hopeless.” Depending on her time and strength, Laura would spend anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours on her “thank you” projects. “Giving the 14 baby blankets and four baby hats I made during my recuperation from chemotherapy and radiation to the NICU babies will fill my heart with gratitude for all of the blessings and positive vibes that my family was given. I also donated books to the hospital for siblings to read while in the waiting room or to bring home to read to their new baby brother or sister. My granddaughter is very grateful that she was given the opportunity to see where she was at one point at the beginning of her life and now she is a happy and healthy jazz and hip hop dancer.” Pictured at left, Laura and her granddaughter before they delivered the first batch of handmade blankets and hats to Loyola.

NOW OPEN: ST. PAUL MELROSE PARK RESALE SHOP LOCATED IN SCHOOL BUILDING

Last month, Jim Craven, project director, officially opened the new St. Paul Resale Shop which is located in the former St. Paul Lutheran School building, 1025 W. Lake Street (corner of 11th and Lake) in Melrose Park. When Walther Academy closed its Bronco Thrift Shop in Berkeley, St. Paul decided to take over serving the local community—another branch of ministry for St. Paul Church. While the shop has a new name and new ownership, the same management will continue to provide quality goods at low prices. Proceeds from the shop will support Lutheran missions, schools and projects. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm. Donations of clean, usable items are accepted during business hours. No large appliances, computer equipment or televisions will be accepted but pick up of large furniture can be arranged by calling store manager Marlene Mussati at 708-719-4443, ext. 402. Among the items available for purchase are toys, clothes, jewelry, furniture, books and household items. Neighbors • 6


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AUGUST IS RAYMOND JAMES CARES MONTH: DONATE FOOD

Longtime Neighbors magazine advertiser and friend Joseph Johnson, Registered Principal at Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. located at 8400 W. 26th Street in North Riverside, invites area residents to participate in the office’s 2nd Annual Food Drive during the month of August. All items collected during the August food drive will be donated to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Food CASA Food pantry, 1119 N. 23rd Avenue in Melrose Park, which serves approximately 2,800 families each year. Pictured at left, Joe and his staff (Theresa Sabatino, Emily Mentone and Yolanda Ortiz) will gladly accept donations of non-perishable food items at the North Riverside office during regular business hours, 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Non-perishable items include canned tuna, vegetables and fruits, soups, dry goods such as pasta, oatmeal, rice and breakfast cereals, as well as peanut butter, crackers, Ramen Noodles, granola and protein bars and applesauce. For more information about Raymond James or the food drive, call 708-853-9252.

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Blood donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months but every day there are thousands of lives to save. The American Red Cross invites eligible donors to roll up a sleeve during the 4th annual Brookfield Zoo Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Zoo’s ITW White Oak Room at the Bramsen Ambassador Building, 3300 Golf Road in Brookfield. This drive comes as the Red Cross faces an emergency blood shortage and is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors to give now. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. All who donate will receive a $10 Visa gift card (via email) and be treated to a cookout, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Those with appointments will receive free general zoo admission the day of the drive for one adult and up to two children plus free parking in the Discovery Center Parking Lot. All walk-in blood donors will receive a ticket for free general zoo admission on a return visit. To donate, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code Brookfield Zoo or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment and learn more about eligibility requirements.

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DATES & INFO WHAT’S HAPPENING FREE Sweet Treats and Smooth Jazz Gather up friends and family and stop over at First Congregational Church of Maywood on Saturday, August 18 from 6 to 8 pm. All ages are welcome to enjoy an ice cream sundae at no charge and great music. The Church is located at 400 N. 5th Avenue in Maywood. Are you a graduate of East Leyden’s Class of 1968? If you graduated from East Leyden High School in 1968, don’t miss out on the 50th reunion being planned for October 13. The reunion committee is trying to reach as many classmates as possible for the event. If you were in the class or know of anyone, visit the reunion website at www.eastleyden68@weebly.com. Proviso Handyman Services Now is a good time to replace your furnace filter in preparation for the fall months. Also, are you having any problems with your door or gate locks? The Handyman can replace those for you and give you some peace of mind. The Proviso Township Handyman serves homeowners within Proviso Township who are over the age of 60 and/or disabled homeowners. For info or to register for the program, contact the Handyman service at 708-547-4001. Ballet Legere August auditions for “Nutcracker” Ballet Legere will hold auditions for its 34th annual December production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at Legere Dance Centre, 7377 W. North Avenue in River Forest. Auditions for boys and girls will be scheduled by age and height. Professional adult dancers and gymnasts/tumblers must call for an appointment to audition. All dancers must bring a photo. Call 773-237-1874 or visit www.balletlegere.org. Lace Up Your Skates for Family Skate Night August 9 at Lombard Roller Rink The Elmhurst History Museum invites everyone to a Family Skate Night on Thursday, August 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Lombard Roller Rink, 2011 W. 22nd Street in Lombard. The entire rink will be reserved for this private event. The night will include an open skate for all ages with lively music. Cost is $4 for members of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation and $5 for non-members. Skate rentals are $4. In addition to skating, members of the Chicago Bruiser Roller Derby team will be on hand to meet guests. Participants can view rink rules on the website at www.lombardrollerrink.com. This event is presented in conjunction with the current exhibit “Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating” at the Elmhurst History Museum. For more information on Skate Night or the exhibit, call 630-833-1457.

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Celebrate the 2nd annual Taste of Bellwood for familyfriendly and affordable fun with free admission, great food, entertainment planned for Friday, August 10, 6 to 10 pm; Saturday, August 11, Noon to 10 pm; and Sunday, August 12, Noon to 9 pm. Vendors include Bellwood Firefighters Roasted Corn on the Cob, Stone Park Firehouse Subs, Magallanes Tacos and much more. All food items cost $3 or less. Entertainment features a Bellwood Gospel Fest, Proviso East Band, R-Gang, Jesse White Tumblers and many others. Download the flyer at www.vil.bellwood.il.us/events.

BERKELEY

For more information, call the Village Hall at 449-8840. ■ Music in the Park in Berkeley Park on Electric and Taft Avenues, Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 pm: Lucy Gamboa (Latin). ■ Family Fun Fest, Noon to 6 pm on August 12 at Berkeley Park, with food, fun and music by the Homewreckers.

ELMHURST

Elmhurst History Museum offers free, fun and informative exhibits for adults and families. For hours and details, visit www.elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457 Through Nov. 4. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating. Inspired by the book by author/skater Tom Russo. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst with a video, rotating display and photos.

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For more details, visit the Village of Elmwood Park website at www.elmwoodpark.org. Conti Parkway Circle is located off 76th and Grand Avenue). ■ Taste of Elmwood Park 2018 features a premium lounge area with Tito’s Cocktail Bar, Live DJ entertainment, great bands and food, activities and fun for the whole family every day starting Thursday, August 9 through Sunday, August 12 at Central Park, Fullerton and 75th Avenue. ■ Summer in the Circle concerts begin at 7 pm. September 21: Jazz Night with New Standard Quintet

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� Groovin’ in the Grove. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and head over to the Grove in Forest Park, 7824 Madison Street for summer concerts under the stars on Tuesday nights from 7 to 10 pm. Concerts are free. Concessions are for sale, including: beer, wine, hot dogs, pretzels, snow cones. For more information, call 771-7737. August 21: The Redmonds. � RibFest 2018. Save the date now because the countdown is on for Saturday, September 8 at the Forest Park Picnic Grove from 11 am to 11 pm. Pig out on rib samples, Fried Snickers and Milky Ways, Robinson’s Ribs, Loaded Baked Potatoes, Nachos, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Hot Pretzels, Snow Cones, Roasted Corn on the Cob and more including the Beer, Wine and Vodka Tent. Activities for the kids plus main stage entertainment by Caliente, R-Gang, Generation Band and EZFM. To enter the RibFest competition or for more information, call 771-7737.

FRANKLIN PARK

� Unity in Community Foundation 10th Annual Fundraiser and Food Drive. Take part in a humanitarian event that celebrates a decade of unity and supports a local resident and Leyden High School senior Giselle Gomez who is battling a serious illness. Funds from the event are also used for scholarships Helping Hands assistance and filling local food pantries. Save the date: September 8, 6 to 10 pm at The Underpass Restaurant and Lounge, 9400 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Tickets are just $20 per person and include admission, buffet dinner, door prize and raffle ticket. Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive entry into a special raffle. Special guest at the event is Mike Toomey from WGN Morning News. For tickets and more information, visit the website at www.theunityincommunity.org or call 630-918-5969.

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� Hillside-Berkeley Chamber Golf Outing. Get tickets now for the Thursday, August 23 event at Halfway House Indoor Golf, 555 S. York in Elmhurst. Only 64 golf spots are available! Cost per golfer is $45; dinner only, $25. Reserve your tee time with payment. For the registration form, sponsorship details or more information, call the Chamber at 449-2449.

� The Village of Hillside presents Summer Nights in the Commons located at 4950 Washington Boulevard. The free Tuesday night concerts begin at 7:30 pm and feature spectacular entertainment through August. Cruise Night and The Market Place start at 5 pm. Food and beer will be available for purchase. August 7: 16 Candles August 14: New Colony Six August 21: Chicago 6 Band August 28: The Buckinghams Visit the website at www.summernightsinhillside.com.

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� The 37th annual Taste of Melrose Park, the most familyfriendly and affordable food fest in Illinois is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 31, September 1 and September 2 at the Melrose Park Village Complex, 1000 N. 25th Avenue. Hours are Friday, 5 to 11 pm; Saturday, Noon to 11 pm; and Sunday, Noon to 10 pm. Free admission, free parking, free trolley service, free entertainment for all ages on four stages plus a fireworks extravaganza on Sunday at 10 pm. Arts, crafts, government and business information booths are also part of the Taste. Enjoy an affordable carnival for children ages 10 and under. Over 50 food vendors with items priced at $3 or less (more food booths than the Taste of Chicago) and an entertainment schedule that includes the Jersey Girls, Lake Effect, Vic Lombardi and the Chicago Seven, American English, Johnny Maggio, The Four C Notes, Relativity, DeJaVu, R-Gang, Karaoke with Greg Rini, Other 3 Tenors, Jesse White Tumblers, John Anthony, Muzik Engine Band, Romeo Bros., Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society and much more. For 2018 Taste info, send an email to taste@melrosepark.org or visit www.melrosepark.org for all the details. For sponsorship information, call Peggy at 343-4000, ext. 4448.


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BELLWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 600 S. Bohland Avenue; call 547-7393, ext. 4 to register or visit www.bellwoodlibrary.org. Thursday Storytime. Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10 am for children 5 and under with caregiver. Drop-In Chair Yoga. Fridays, Aug. 3 and 17, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Stitches Crochet Club. Mondays, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. All skill levels. Lunch & Learn from the Ink Master. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1 pm with local teen artist Myles Harris. All ages. Must register. Drop-In Yoga. Thursdays, Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 6 to 7 pm. Ages 14 and up. Zumba Drop-In. Saturday mornings Aug. 11, 18 and 25 from 10 to 11 am for ages 14 and up, limited first 25. Bingo at the Library. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2 to 3 pm. For ages 18 and older. Edible Fall Container Planting. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Plant and grow vegetables in cooler fall weather. SCORE Mentoring. Meet with a business mentor on Thursday, Aug. 16, 4 to 7 pm. Make an appointment at https://scorechicago.org/request-meeting. BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 1637 N. Taft Avenue; call 708-544-6017 or visit the website at www.berkeleypl.org. Proviso Township Assessor. Meet the Assessor and staff on Aug. 7, 5 to 7 pm to answer questions and assist with real estate tax appeals. Registration required. Art Club. All ages welcome. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2 to 4 pm. Lunch Time Movie Days. PG movie, Tuesday, Aug. 7 at noon. Bring a lunch; free popcorn. Children under 7 must be with an adult. Computer Class. Looking to learn basic Word or Excel skills? Join this class on Aug. 2 at 6:30 pm. Must register. Limit: 6. Science Day. Explore the new IEEE Science Kits on Aug. 7 at 2 pm. For children 7 and up. Recurring Favorites at the Berkeley Library: Ask about the Graphic Novel Club, Adult Book Group (Aug. 8), Storytimes, Tea & A Murder Mystery (Aug. 10), LEGO Build Nights (Aug. 13) and the Guessing Jar at the circulation counter. BROADVIEW LIBRARY Located at 2226 S. 16th Avenue; call 345-1325; visit the website at www.broadviewlibrary.org. Resume Writing. Monday, Aug. 6, 6:30 pm. Adults. Job Search/Interview Techniques. Tues., Aug. 7, 6:30 pm. Introduction to Twitter. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2 pm. Internet Basics. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2 pm. Basic Keyboarding & Mouse Skills. Weds., Aug. 22, 2 pm. Art Journaling. Monday, Aug. 27, 6:30 pm. Webinar: A to Z University—Principles of How to Find A Job. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2 pm. STEM Fun and Games. Mondays in August at 2 pm. Arts & Crafts Fridays. Fridays in August at 2 pm. Family Fun Nights. Thursdays in August at 6:30 pm. Preschool Storytime. Wednesdays in August at 11 am. Library programs continue on page 22

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activities authors • answers ELMWOOD PARK LIBRARY Located at 1 Conti Parkway; call 453-7645; visit the website at www.elmwoodparklibrary.org for more classes, movies, etc. English Conversation Hour/Spanish and Polish. Wednesdays, Aug. 1, 8 and 15 from 7 to 8 pm for adults to join in an hour of guided conversation in English. Email Basics. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 8 to 8:30 pm for adults. Must register. Learn to navigate your email. Have email/password ready. Smarty Pants: The Big Balloon Show. Saturday, Aug. 11, 3 to 4 pm. Must register. Celebrate end of Summer Reading with this allages show featuring comedy, magic and eye-popping balloon props.Co-sponsored by the Elmwood Park Youth Commission. Tuesday Book Discussion. Aug. 21, 1:30 to 3 pm or 7 to 8:30 pm for adults. Discuss Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau. Pick up a copy at Adult Services and join the discussion. Introduction to Bullet Journaling. Thursday, Aug. 23, 7 to 8 pm. Adults, must register. Learn about this flexible system for keeping track of your day-to-day life. Bring a notebook or journal. Saturday Namaste. Aug. 25, 10 to 11 am for ages 10-14 with parent. Must register. Share your love of yoga with your parent or guardian and take the class together. Trivia Night. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 7 to 9 pm. For adults at Russell’s BBQ. Bring friends and form a team of four. Check the Facebook page for the bonus question of the day. FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847-455-6016; online at www.fppld.org. Budding Bookworms. Develop your preschooler’s love of reading. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Tuesdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 2 to 3 pm. Minute to Win It Family Challenge. All ages. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 5 to 6 pm. Cooking with the Kiddos. Hands-on cooking program for Pre-K to 1st Grade with caregiver. Thursday, Aug. 9, 5 to 6 pm. Friday Flicks. Movie is The Leisure Seeker (R). Refreshments available. Friday, Aug. 10, 2 to 4 pm. All Write: A Writer’s Group. Join the group and discuss your writing projects. Get tips and share your ideas. Grades 7-12. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2 to 3 pm. LEGO Club. All ages. Monday, Aug. 13, 4 to 6 pm Drop-in program; LEGO bricks provided.

Family Game Night. Board games, card games and more. Friday, Aug. 17, 5 to 7 pm for all ages. Summer Book Sale. Get great deals on new and gently-used books, CDs, DVDs and videos. Friday, Aug. 17, 5 to 8 pm and Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 am to 2 pm. Escape the Library. Test your puzzle-solving skills. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2 to 4 pm for Grades 7-12. HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY 405 Hillside Avenue in Hillside; call 449-7510 or visit www.hillsidelibrary.org. Most programs require registration. Mixed Stitchers. Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 pm for knitters and crocheters of all levels. Afternoon Tea and a Movie from Scotland. Friday, Aug. 10 from 2 to 4 pm. Enjoy tea and treats while watching Dear Frankie (PG-13). Minimum: 5. Cook the Book Club. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7 pm. Book is The Good Neighbor Cookbook. Check out the book, choose, then prepare a recipe from the book and bring it in to share. Adults but teens may cook and attend with an adult. Minimum: 5. Gentle Yoga. Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 7 to 8 pm. For all fitness levels ages 18 and older. No registration required but class size is limited to the first 20 people. Arrive before 7 pm. NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY Located at 2400 DesPlaines Avenue; register by calling 447-0869 or online at www.northriversidelibrary.org. Open Play Drop-In. Aug. 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30 at 10:30 am. Ages 2-5 with adult. Toys, puzzles and instruments. LOVE2READ. Saturdays, Aug. 4 and 18, 2 pm. Stories and fun reading activities for kids entering K and 1st Grade. Bingo/Loteria. For Summer Reading Program participants and their families on Friday, Aug. 10 at 4 pm.Play traditional bingo with numbers and Loteria with pictures. Prizes for all ages. Saturday Stories and Snacks. Saturday, Aug. 11, 10:30 am for ages 2-5 with adult. Snacks, stories and craft to take home. Wii Play Games and Watch Movies. Saturday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 3 pm. Permission slip is required to be on file with the YS Department. Dream Catcher. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6 to 8 pm. Last Call for Read to Feed. Friday, Aug. 31, 5:30 pm.

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RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 735 Lathrop Avenue; 366-5205, or visit www.riverforestlibrary.org. Coffee Monday. For adults. Monday, Aug. 6, 10 to 11 am. Come for coffee, breakfast snacks and conversation. Get to know your neighbors and learn about things going on in the community. Co-sponsored by River Forest Township. Connect with Tech. Are you a local senior who wants to get more out of your smartphone, eReader, tablet or computer? No need to sign up. Upcoming session: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10 to 11:30 am. Fun Places We Loved. Thursday, Aug. 9, 7 to 8:30 pm for adults. Program by Steve Cooper with rare film of Chicago landmarks such as the Aragon, Riverview, Kiddieland, bowling alleys and diners. Quidditch. For Grades 5 and up. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2 to 4 pm. Learn the wizarding world’s favorite sport. Wear sneakers or closed-toe shoes. Must register. Touch-A-Truck. All ages with parent or caregiver. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 10 am to Noon. Explore real fire trucks, police cars and more. Outside, weather permitting. Film Lover Fridays (Adults). Friday, Aug. 17, Noon to 2:30 pm. Watch the 1940s classic movie On The Town. Bring a sack lunch. Refreshments will be served. In partnership with River Forest Township. Held on the 3rd Friday of every month. Rock Your Locker. Thursday, Aug. 23, 3:30 to 4:30 PM. For Grades 5-8. Enjoy a welcome back snack and find out about terrific library materials and programs the Library offers for Middle School students while crafting items to jazz up your school year.

RIVER GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 8638 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove; phone: 453-4484. Website: www.rivergrovelibrary.org. Open Gaming. Wednesdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 3:30 to 7 pm for ages 9-17. No registration required. Open House: Meet the Library Director. Monday, Aug. 6, Noon to 1:30 pm and 6:30 to 8 pm. Chat with the Director and Trustees and share thoughts, comments and suggestions about what you need and want in your community’s library. Take Charge of Your Health Series. Tuesdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6:30 to 8 pm. Find practical ways of dealing with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment options and learn better ways to talk to your doctor and family about your health in this six-week program. Family Movie Night. Watch A Wrinkle in Time on Monday, Aug. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All ages. No need to register. Mini-Pallet Coaster. Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 to 8:30 pm.Create mini-pallets made of craft sticks. Adults only. Must register. Fiddle Tunes, Ballads and Broadsides from the Prairie State. Thursday, Aug. 23, 6:45 to 7:30 pm with Paul Tyler, musician. Enjoy a sampling of dance music and folk songs from a broad spectrum of the people of Illinois. Must register. Adult Book Club. Monday, Aug. 27, 7 to 8:30 pm for ages 18 and up. Movie Night @ The Library. Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, watch The Martian (2015) as an astronaut becomes stranded on Mars and he must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. PG-13. No registration required.

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SCHILLER PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 4200 Old River Road in Schiller Park; phone: 847-678-0433. Website: www.schillerparklibrary.org. Picnic Stories in the Park. Pack a small picnic, a blanket and meet up in the park at the Clock Tower to enjoy a special story time and activities. Library will provide a cool treat. Family-friendly event for all ages on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1 to 1:30 pm. No registration required. Cabana Stories and Craft. Friday, Aug. 10, 3 pm, at Anna Montana Water Park and Memorial Pool, 4001 N. Scott Street. Enjoy a brief poolside story time and craft. For all ages, weather permitting. Pool admission fees apply. No registration required. Book Bingo for Adults/Seniors. Aug. 15, 11 am to Noon. Join the library for this monthly event. Take a chance, win a prize. Light refreshments will be served. Ages 18 and up; limit 20. Must register. Family Movie Afternoon. Saturday, Aug.18, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. All ages. Get together for the monthly movie and enjoy snacks, too. Movie to be announced. Please register. Family Bingo for Books. Saturday, Aug. 25, 1:30 to 2:15 pm for ages 3 and up; limit 20. Please register. Drop-In Tech Assistance. Receive help from library staff about the internet, downloading eBooks, Microsoft Word or Excel and basic computer skills. Bring your phone, tablet or laptop for assistance with that device. Light refreshments available. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 11 am to 1 pm. No need to register. Spanish Story and Craft Night and Polish Story and Craft Night. Stop in or call the library to find out more about these special events.


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� Movies in the Park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions available at Bulger Park and Gouin Park or bring your own snacks. No alcohol or dogs. Thursday, August 9 @ Bulger Park: Coco (in Spanish) Friday, August 24 @ Trumbull Park: A Wrinkle in Time � VPD’s 1st Annual Back To School Event. Get together on August 15, 5 to 7:30 pm at the George A. Leoni Complex Indoor Turf, 800 N. 17th Avenue in Melrose Park for free family fun, mini golf, snacks, inflatables, DJ party, giveaways and raffles. At the event, you can register on-site for Preschool ($100 registration fee and first month’s tuition required); After School Care ($25 registration fee and 1st month’s tuition required); and any Fall Youth Programs. � Yahoo! Saddle Up for VPD’s Summer End Hoe Down Dinner. This active adult evening event will be held at Grant Park, 44 W. Golfview Drive in Northlake on Wednesday, August 29, 5:30 to 8 pm. Enjoy country music by Coyote Jay DJ, join a line dance or two, learn steps from a country line dance instructor and brace yourself for a belt-busting Texas BBQ dinner with pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ beef brisket and more. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations and registration is required before August 24. Call 343-5270.

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A 2017 West Leyden High School graduate and Melrose Park native is serving at the Navy’s largest aviation training center as a U.S. Marine aviation electronics technician operating out of Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida. As an aviation electronics technician, Pfc. Stevenson troubleshoots and repairs complex aircraft electronics systems. Stevenson credits success in the Marines with lessons learned growing up in Melrose Park. “I noticed the harder you worked toward your future in your younger years, the better you are in the long run,” said Stevenson. “You are a Marine 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Stevenson added. “Everything you do is seen around you. You are an influence on people, and you have to conduct yourself as a Marine at all times.” As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Stevenson and other service members know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

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Super Saturday at Triton Makes Enrollment Fast and Easy Registering for college classes has never been easier, thanks to Triton College’s Super Saturday enrollment event. From counselors on hand to ensure students register for the classes that best fit their goals and schedule, to financial aid specialists who will help craft a plan to pay for school, Super Saturday will provide current and prospective Triton students with everything they need to get ready for the next semester. The one-stop registration event is set for Saturday, August 11, from 10 am to 3 pm in the Learning Resource Center (A Building) located on the west side of the Triton College Campus, 2000 5th Avenue, River Grove. During the event you can: • Complete your application • Register for classes • Take placement tests • Participate in the new student orientation program • Meet with financial aid advisors and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) • Tour the campus • Enjoy refreshments • Enter a raffle to win a free 3credit hour class Students attending the event should bring the following: • Photo ID • Copies of their ACT results • Transcripts for college level coursework completed at another college or university • Copies of their (or their parents’) tax returns to complete the financial aid application. For more information, call 456-0300, ext. 3130.

Triton Student Selected to Participate in NASA’s Prestigious Summer Internship

Tania Lawless aspires to make history as a member of the crew that sends the first team of astronauts to Mars. Her Triton College education helped her take a big step toward reaching that goal. This summer, she was selected to participate in this summer’s NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) internship program, which included an onsite experience at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. Lawless was one of 280 community college students from across the U.S. selected to be part of the NCAS onsite experience. During the visit, Lawless and others interacted with NASA engineers and staff as they learned about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students formed teams and established fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team developed and tested a prototype rover, formed a company infrastructure, managed a budget and developed communications and outreach. Teams competed against one another in a series of competitions and Lawless’ team won two missions. “It was a great experience,” Lawless said. I learned how close we are to actually getting to Mars. I learned about the different pathways and how long it would actually take to get there.” Lawless took a decade-long hiatus from school before returning to Triton to study engineering technology and mechanical design. She’s confident the education she received at Triton has prepared her to reach her goals. “It’s really nice having professionals that come in and teach. It’s a lot easier learning from them as opposed to someone who has not worked in the field,” she said. Lawless, who has a 6-year-old son and works full-time, says it’s never too late to give up on your dreams. “It gets busy. I work during the day. I’m a mom. I’m going to school at night and do my NASA work on the weekends and whenever I can fit it in. But it’s worth it, because I want to show my son that school is important and it’s important to graduate and do your best,” she said. Lawless will next pursue a bachelor’s degree online from the University of the People. She plans to eventually return to work for NASA as a computer engineer, where she hopes to help design and program aeronautics parts. Pictured above, Tania is standing in the second row, third from left.

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Veterans Park District. Visit the website at www.veteransparkdistrict.com or call 343-5270 for more info on our Fitness Center, Indoor Turf Rentals, programs and to register over the phone for programs. � Sign up for Preschool. Preschool for ages 3-5 is available at two locations: Melrose Park and Northlake. Full day and half day, before and after care options are offered. Call 343-5270 for information, fees and to register. � Ballet and Tap Lessons. Affordable Ballet and Tap lessons start in August. Sign up for this 16-week program by calling the main office. � Active Adult Day Trip: GREASE. Take a trip with VPD to see “GREASE the Musical” at Fireside Theatre on Thursday, September 27. Great seats, musical, lunch and transportation for $105 per person. 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. � Children’s Programs. Sign the kids up for Township T-Ball September 10-October 15; Pee Wee Soccer begins September 4 through October 9; Parent-Tot Multi-Sport begins September 18 through October 31. Check out Pre-K Drawing class which starts September 28; Township Tie-Dye on September 18; and Elementary Drawing which begins on September 28. � Trek to the Rec. 5K/3K Run and Walk, Sunday, September 8. Call for details. � Movie in the Park. Don’t miss Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Friday, August 10 at Westdale Park. Movie starts at dusk. All ages welcome. � Community Garage Sale. Saturday, September 15, 9 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. Free admission. Tables are available to rent for $5 each. � Family Pizza and Paint. Thursday, September 27, for ages 7 and up, 6:15 to 7:55 pm at Westdale Park. � Customizable Hands-on Learning for ages 3-5 from 9 am to noon. Next session: August 20 to May 22. Choose one day or all five days. Extend your child’s day with Afternoon Adventures. � Adult Fitness. Zumba Fitness, Zumba Fitness & Zumba Kids, Zumba Toning, Constant, Volleyball Club, Co-Ed Volleyball League on Sundays or Tuesdays. � Give If You Can. Leyden Township accepts nonperishable unexpired food and toiletries year-round. Drop off your donations at the Leyden Town Hall, 2501 N. Mannheim in Franklin Park.

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Notices BRUNO, Joseph S. Father of Carole DeNotto (Eric Rossi) and Carrie Dollear; grandfather of Anthony, Nicholas, Ryan and Kayleigh; brother of the late Robert; friend of many. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. CAPPETTA, Frederick C. III, 49. Son of Frederick C. and Donna, nee Reinhardt, Cappetta; brother of Natalie, Mark and Michael (Elizabeth) Cappetta; uncle of Matthew Cappetta; grandson of the late Frederick P. and Anne C. Cappetta and the late Marjorie Reinhardt; nephew of Auntie Chelle (Anthony) DiCanio, Barry (Theresa) Reinhardt and Scott (Janet) Reinhardt; cousin of Karen (John) Otto and Kathy (Nabs) Carlson; friend of many. Entombment at Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. CICONTE, George W. Son of John T. Ciconte and the late Loretta L. Ciconte; brother of Gina M. Ciconte, Seaneen (Charles) Snider and the late John J. Ciconte; uncle of Sasha Sue Peach, Toni, Alicia, Michael and Fina; great-uncle of Ramona Peach; nephew, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. ★ COCO, Anthony “Tony” Rocco. Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of the late Josephine, nee Perfetto; father of Anthony (Rachel), Michael (Marion), Marianna Woosley and Stephen (Teresa) Coco; grandfather of Elizabeth, Gabrielle, Samantha, Danielle, Brittney, Ashley and Ryan; great-grandfather of Nicholas; brother of Agnes Coco; brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Proud member of American Legion Post 777 and Sacred Heart Holy Name Society. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. CONSTIEN, Rev. Arthur J., 83, of Maywood. Rev. Constien served St. Paul Lutheran Church in Melrose Park from 1966 to 1997; the Association of Lutheran Older Adults from 1997-2002; Triton College RSVP program ESL classes from 2004-2017. Husband of Edith, nee Koltermann; father of Laura (Norman) Burdick, Kay (Robert) Frey, Rev. David (Chrstine) Constien and Joanne (Scott) Duffer; grandfather of Michelle (Sean) Neilson, Mark Burdick, Robert Frey, Rebecca Frey, Jeffrey Constien, Gregory Constien, Caitlin Constien, Brianna Duffer and Erin Duffer; great-grandfather of Jack. Memorial donations may be given to the church of your choice, the Chicago Food Depository, the NID Prison Ministries or Lutheran World Relief. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. CORTINA, Laura, nee Cavallo. Wife of Michael; mother of Michelle (Drew) O’Connell, Joseph and Christine; grandmother of Kellan O’Connell and Cade O’Connell; sister of Angela (Sam) Messina. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. CULBREATH, Renee, nee Burks, of Broadview. Wife of Eddie; mother of Daryl, Christopher (Valencia), Knifie, Tanya (Donald), Eddie Jr. and the late Delisa; grandmother of Aniya, Sierra, Summit, Rae-Anthony, Tyree, Bryana, Jasmine and Daryl Jr.; sister of Ruby G. Gray; Remus J. (Ledoria) Burk, Rita M. Burk, Ritha G. (Willie) Bookert and the late Roy L. Burk and late Ray C. Burk; aunt of many. Interment at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

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DOUP, Angela. Wife of the late Robert; mother of Joseph Donofrio, Nicolette Donofrio, late Carla Donofrio, Angela Urgo, Nicholas Donofrio and Janie Salazar; nana of Erica, Mariah, Claudia, Itanella, Nicholas Anthony, Michael, Vinnie, Theresa and Gianna; sister of Arlene, Jim Innis and Diane (Umberto); aunt of Gina, Dawn, Jamie, Frances, Daniela and Robert. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. ★ GALLUZZI, William S. Veteran of the United States Army. Retired Chicago high school teacher and head football coach for 47 years and inducted into the Illinois Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Husband of Rochelle, nee Serritella; father of John (Julie), Maria and Suzanne; papa of William, Rocco, Francesca and Joseph; brother of Rose, Elsie and five deceased siblings. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. KISSANE, Maria, nee Santelli. Wife of Matthew D. Kissane; mother of Eugenia Mary; daughter of Frank and the late Eugenia Santelli; sister of Joe (Karen) and Anna “Bea” Santelli; aunt, sister-inlaw, cousin and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. MARCHETTA, John Michael. Husband of Corinne, nee Ventrella; father of Michael, Bettina, Michelle and Antoinette (James) Killron; grandfather of John, Joseph and Michaelene; cousin and friend of many. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. RASCHILLO, Dolores C., nee Capocy. Wife of the late Anthony Raschillo; mother of Dennis (JoAnn) and Robert (Terri) Raschillo; grandmother and great-grandmother of many; sister of Robert (Mildred “Babe”) Colantonio and the late Elaine (the late Frank) Cannataro. RIVERA, Candelario, 91. Husband of the late Consuelo Rivera, nee Feliciano; father of Emma, Maria (Heriberto) Carrero, Luz Trevino, Nelson (Yolanda), Ricardo (Veronica), Rebecca (Craig) Sweeney and Joseph (Catherine); grandfather of 15; great-grandfather of Julian and Jonah; brother, uncle and friend to many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. SANTANAFESSA, Renzo. Veteran of the Italian Navy. Husband of Elena, nee Ruotolo; father of Giovanni (Vickie), Raffaele and Christina (Nicola) Lollino; grandfather of Sara, Giana and Gianluca Lollino; brother of Gabriella and Rosanna; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. STONE, David J., 54, of Berkeley. Husband of Sherry Graf-Stone; son of Lillie and the late Wilfred Stone; brother of Art Stone (Dale); uncle of Gina and Joseph Stone; great-uncle of Dominic, Gianna and Kayden; cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. TROMBETTA, Annette, 73. Sister of Gloriann (James) Rinella, Angela Fatigato and the late Rose Trombetta; aunt of Joann Rinella, Andrea (Dino) DeVivo, Karen Fatigato and Joseph Rinella; great-aunt to Dino and Dominic DeVivo and Joseph Matteis; cousin, godmother and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. VILLAREAL, Anna, nee Rodriguez. Wife of the late Antonio Sr.; mother of Patricia Davis, Connie (Gary) DeLeonardis, Antonio Jr., Edward and the late Mary; grandmother of 10; sister of Edward (Anita) Mancilla; aunt of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. VRANIC, Natalia. Daughter of Jill Ann and the late Milan Vranic; niece of Kim Frank Dohra; cousin of Michelle, Jazzminn, Issiah, Lilliana, Noah and Tiffany. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

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Triton College memorializes longtime employee with campus tree planting About 100 people gathered at Triton College to pay tribute to former student and longtime employee Melissa ‘Missy’ Cabrera during a tree planting and dedication ceremony July 11. Ms. Cabrera, who served primarily as secretary of Triton’s Athletic and Science Departments throughout her more than 30-year career, passed away earlier this year. A serviceberry tree (Amelanchier laevis) was planted near the prairie garden outside of the D Building during a short ceremony attended by Triton students, faculty, staff and members of Ms. Cabrera’s family. A plaque is located at the base of the tree, recognizing her years of service to Triton College and her support of the Science Department and the college’s sustainability efforts. “Everyone who knew Missy loved her,” said Triton College Creative Services Associate Renee Swanberg, a friend and colleague of Ms. Cabera. “Her dedication to the college and our students was unwavering. As president of Triton’s Classified Association, she was a tireless advocate for her colleagues. She is truly missed.” A yearly tree planting is also a requirement for Triton to maintain its status as a Tree Campus USA college, which Triton was first granted by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2016. Triton College Sustainability Center Coordinator Adrian Fisher oversees Triton’s involvement with the Tree Campus USA project with the help of Triton's Greening the Campus Committee and the Tree Advisory Committee. “Missy Cabrera supported and often aided the efforts of the Greening the Campus Committee and campus sustainability initiatives in general,” Fisher said. “It is fitting that planting a memorial tree in her name aligns with Triton’s Tree Campus USA initiative, a program that helps further the college’s sustainability goals.”

Westlake Hospital offers Monthly Grief Support Group “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them,” wrote Leo Tolstoy. Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park invites all adults who are grieving the death of a loved one to its Grief Support Group which meets every third Tuesday of the month from 1 to 2 pm in the Prayer Room, Main Lobby of the Hospital at 1225 W. Lake Street. Information about the grief journey, understanding and unconditional support are offered to those who attend. For more information, call the Westlake Hospital Spiritual Services Department at 938-7284.

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