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New. I can’t really speak with any authority on the subject of new years and new things because I’ve actually become better acquainted and more well-versed with the “old.” There’s no longer anything new about me, that I can think of, except for maybe a very expensive tooth that I make payments on every month. My old bones crack, I’m no longer really blonde, my 2004 truck has started to rust, my closet is definitely outdated and I’m about two upgrades behind schedule, still toting around a scratched up iPhone 6. The flip of the calendar will have little impact on these things. After the last few months, taking the big plunge into resolution-making just isn’t going to happen, even though I seriously need to lose some weight and save money—but don’t we all. At this point in time, I’m more of the “baby steps” thinker, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step mentality because the idea of adventures—I’ve purposely chosen adventures for the cover this month—come in all shapes and sizes. Crazy as it sounds, I’m not ruling out the possibility of a ziplining or rock-climbing day but backpacking through Europe or quitting my job to write a novel is not on the agenda. Heeding the words Shakespeare wrote for Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet seem more suited for my life these days: “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” We spend so many days of our lives running fast. And stumbling, while worrying about being good enough at school, at work, at home. Running fast to meet deadlines, to catch the train, to beat the clock, to ace the class, to have a baby, to buy a house, to care for those we love—only to end up so very weary and sometimes even physically sick. Sometimes running seems inevitable. There are only so many hours in the day. Born in Egypt in 1917 and died in Scotland in 2006, Eileen Caddy, a spiritual teacher and author, wrote something that strangely fits my new year state of mind: “When you feel that you’ve reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose; what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.” I’ve already given it a feeble try, cleaning out some of my mother’s kitchen cabinets, hauling containers without matching lids and age-old bottles of oregano and almond extract and food coloring to the trash and recycling, purging our home of useless items and expired cake mixes while reminiscing and getting pretty choked up over the reality that the smell of my mother’s gravy, neckbones and biscotti are a thing of the past now as she is unlikely to be stirring the pot anytime soon. It was my lame, practical attempt at concentrating on the present and on simplicity. While stressing over everything at the hospital last month, a woman who was a deacon’s wife, someone I may never see again reminded me of the parable of the mustard seed as I paced up and down the hall. What? The mustard seed? Are you kidding me? No, she was not. Any faith, any effort, even as small as this tiny, almost microscopic seed, is better than none at all. In the end, neighbors, perhaps we should put aside eccentric, ridiculous resolutions and think small, think mustard seed, think on the pure things that will truly pay off in our lives.

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In this first issue of the new year, we are proud to spotlight just a few of the individuals, businesses and groups who helped make the holidays brighter in so many different ways. Throughout 2019, we will continue with our “Thanks for Giving” and “Do A Little Good” pages to help inspire acts of kindness in the months ahead. Feel free to email your story/photos to us at




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Once again this year, employees at Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park came together for their annual tradition of donating winter coats, hats, mittens and scarves to local elementary schools in District 89 to help children in need. More than 100 items in various sizes and colors were collected to care for less fortunate families in the community the hospital serves, according to Marta Alvarado, PhD. Community Outreach Director for Westlake Hospital. The drive begins in early October, giving employees ample time to contribute to the bags of winter apparel that was delivered to District 89 offices (top left photo). At left, Firehouse Subs Stone Park owners Sam and Carmia Stanovich joined with the United States Marine Corps to make their location at 3124 W. North Avenue an official Toys for Dots drop-off site. For the 3rd successful year, Firehouse customers and area residents generously donated new toys to the cause which has been delivering hope since 1947. Approximately 548 million toys have been distributed and 251 million children have experienced the excitement of Christmas to date.



Founded in 1931, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest is one of the nation’s oldest community orchestras. Not only is the Symphony committed to musicmaking and providing an opportunity for cultural enrichment, its members and audiences are also committed to the issues facing the community outside of the auditorium. In recent months, the Symphony spearheaded campaigns to feed the hungry and support local veterans. At left, OPRF Food Pantry Volunteer Coordinator Monnette Bariel with some of the hundreds of pounds of food and hundreds of dollars in cash that were collected for the Food Pantry at a fall concert. Members of the orchestra and audience also donated coats and cash for Hines VA hospital at the November 11th concert, which marked the 100th anniversary of WWI Armistice. For more information or event schedule, visit In the Village of River Grove, Mayor David Guerin, Food Pantry administrator Billie O’Connor along with residents Darlene Bauman and Janice Campbell did double duty keep the pantry shelves stocked during the holiday season while, at the same time, organizing the annual toy drive for River Grove families. The River Grove Food Pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 am and every second Saturday each month from 10 am until noon. Located at 2607 N. Thatcher Avenue, the Pantry is stocked by donations from local groups and residents. Anyone interested in making a donation can call 453-1818, extension 327. Neighbors • 6



Yvonne Jones is the nursing supervisor at West Suburban Medical Center located at 3 Erie Court in Oak Park and she raised her kids to “pay it forward and to give back.” And they did just that when they gave up Christmas eve fun to donate their time and talents to bring the holiday spirit to those who need it most. The Jones children, ages 11-19, call themselves the SM6 Band and play instruments ranging from the ukulele, violin, drums to keyboard and bass. They performed professionally for several years and were voted the “Best Family Rock Band in Illinois” by TMT magazine. George, Isabel, Adam, Emily, Eliana and Jack joined their mother at West Suburban Medical Center to perform holiday music for patients, employees and guests. They are also donating 50% of all proceeds from downloads of their music from their newly-released CD to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit for details.



At its annual Breakfast with Santa held this year at Division Street Tap, 1419 N. 15th Avenue in Melrose Park, the MAP of Hope Foundation, a local charitable organization, collected hundreds of pairs of new pajamas for children of all ages, from infants to teens, and shared them with the House of the Good Shepherd and Ronald McDonald House Charities. House of the Good Shepherd creates a violence-free pathway to self-sufficiency for survivors of family abuse and is entirely funded by donations private sources such as foundations, organizations and individuals. Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood serves families with children being treated at the Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Rush University Children’s Hospital, UIC Children’s Hospital and other local clinics. Each House makes every effort to provide care and comfort to families and is sustained through monetary donations, volunteers who cook and bake, contribute to House operations and an ongoing “wish list.” Pictured above, MAP of Hope Treasurer Vanessa Raflores packs up the pajamas for delivery; at left, left to right, Board members: Dina Nitti, Diana Hendricks, Fran Valentine, MAP founder Mary Ann Paolantonio, Rita Giamarusti, Jacqueline Loverde, Bonnie May, Francine Montino, Gina Serpico and Vanessa Raflores at the December event. Follow MAP of Hope on Facebook or visit the website at Photos courtesy of LUMAnate Photography. Neighbors • 8

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Celebrate Mozart’s Birthday! The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest celebrates Mozart’s birthday on January 27 with a concert at 4 pm at Concordia University’s Chapel of Our Lord. The program features selections from The Marriage of Figaro in a new arrangement by Associate Conductor Maurice Boyer; arias will be sung by soprano Nathalie Colas. The program will conclude with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, also featuring Nathalie Colas. A preconcert conversation will be held at 3 pm and a free reception will be held after the concert. Tickets are $28 each and students through college are admitted free of charge. Order tickets online at Free parking is available in the garage at Thomas and Bonnie Brae and the Chapel is directly west of the garage. For more info, call 218-2648 or send an email to Bronco Benefit Dinner Walther Christian Academy is a Christian middle and high school that nurtures individualized academic excellence and spiritual growth in a Christ-centered, diverse learning community located at 900 Chicago Avenue in Melrose Park. All are invited to Walther’s Bronco Benefit Dinner on Saturday, January 26 at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. Proceeds fund student scholarships, purchase needed school items and pay for a new digital display sign. To purchase tickets, an ad in the program book or donate an item for the silent auction, visit the website at What Is A Master Gardener? Learn about the history of the University of Illinois Extension and how the Master Gardener Program fits into the Land Grant Mission on Sunday, January 27 from 2 to 4 pm in the Veterans Room (second floor) of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. Ms. Gemini Bhalsod will explain the education and training for the North Cook Suburban Master Gardeners who engage the public by volunteering their time doing Horticultural Education at community gardens, Forest Preserves and special events. Admission is free and open to the general public. This event is co-sponsored by the Library and the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest. St. Paul Resale Shop Specials On Facebook The St. Paul Resale Shop located at 11th and Lake Street reminds area residents to check the St. Paul Resale page on Facebook for special discounts on furniture, clothing, kitchen and dining room items as well as jewelry and other gently-used goods. Hours of operation are M-T-Th-Fri, 10 am to 4 pm; Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm; and Saturdays, 9 to 3 pm. For more info, call Marlene at 708-719-4443, ext. 402.

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fun, informative activities authors • answers ELMWOOD PARK LIBRARY Located at 1 Conti Parkway; call 453-7645; visit the website at for more classes, movies, etc. Open House for Kids and Teens Imaginarium Redesign. Sunday, Jan. 6, 1 to 3 pm for all ages. Explore the new space while you enjoy refreshments, games and prizes. Homework 911. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-31, 4 to 6 pm for grades K-6. Certified teachers on hand to help students. Elmwood Park Play Group. Friday, Jan. 11, 9:30 to 11:30 am for ages 0-5. Connect, create and play in the special pop-up space. Tuesday Book Discussions. Jan. 15, 1:30 to 3 pm and 7 to 8:30 pm for adults. Discuss Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance in the afternoon or Good Omens by Neil Gaiman in the evening. Books available at the Adult Services desk. Scrumptious Soup. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7 to 8 pm. For adults, must register. Warm up with local catering company A-Theme Events as they prepare a delicious legume and veggie soup. Family Bingo. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 to 8 pm. All ages. Registration is required. Family Pizza Party. Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All ages. Registration required. Design the perfect pizza, then eat it all! Trivia Night. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 to 9 pm for adults at Russell’s BBQ. Bring friends, form a team or meet new friends. Prizes for the winners. Check the Facebook page for bonus question that day. Pizza Pizza. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Adults, registration required. Make and eat pizza while watching the movie Mystic Pizza. FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847-455-6016; online at Quilt & Sew Club. All skill levels invited. Wednesdays, Jan. 2 and 16, 10 am to Noon. Family Bingo. Friday, Jan. 4, 2 to 3:30 pm. Meditation Station. Unwind from your busy schedule and meditate. For grades 1-6. Monday, Jan. 7, 4 to 5 pm. SNAP Info Session. Learn more about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and other public benefits. Return on Jan. 15 beginning at 10 am for enrollment appointments. Presented by AgeOptions on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2 to 3 pm. Friday Flicks. Movie is Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13). Refreshments available. Friday, Jan. 11, 2 to 4 pm.

Knit & Crochet Group. New members always welcome. Saturday, Jan. 12, 1 to 3 pm. Monday Mysteries Book Club. Read One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. Copies available at the Circulation Desk. Monday, Jan. 14, 7 to 8 pm. Night Owls. Storytime for ages 0-5 with caregiver on Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and 29 from 5 to 6 pm. Nintendo Switch Club. Play the new Super Smash Bros for the first meet-up of this Club. Feel free to bring your system. Grades 6 and up. Friday, Jan. 18, 4 to 5 pm. Friends Paint Party. Tickets are $30 (non-refundable) for this fundraiser; purchase tickets at the Info Desk. Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 to 4 pm. Bingocize. Play bingo and win prizes plus get in a little light exercise (all skill levels and abilities). Monday, Jan. 21, 11 am to Noon. Fun-Ologies: Wizardology. For grades 3-6. Monday, Jan. 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts. Visit the library for cookies, cocoa and a craft. All ages. Thursday, Jan. 31, 4 to 5 pm.

HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY 405 Hillside Avenue in Hillside; call 449-7510 or visit Most programs require registration.

Adult Book Discussion. First Wednesday of each month. Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the library: The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. Mixed Stitchers. Every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 pm. Age 14 and over, all skill levels welcome. Gentle Yoga. Second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. For all fitness levels, ages 18 and older. Class size is limited to the first 20 people. Adult Winter Reading Program: Warm Up With A Good Book. Jan. 7 through Feb. 28. For each reading log completed, receive a prize and a raffle ticket to win a $65 gift card to Berkeley Finer Foods! Hillside Library cardholders only. Holiday Movie. The Man Who Invented Christmas. Monday, Jan. 7, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Refreshments served. Min: 4. Village of Hillside’s MLK Day Breakfast, Monday, Jan. 21, 8:30 to 11:30 am. Anyone who would like to be a guest at the Library table for this event should stop in between Jan. 2-15 to fill out a raffle ticket. On Jan. 16, nine people will be chosen. Please be sure you are able to attend before entering the raffle.

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activities authors • answers MAYWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY 121 S. 5th Avenue; phone: 343-1847; or visit the website at Family Lego Build. Fun for all ages on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 6 pm. Tween Yoga with Bendy Bookworm. For students in 4th-8th grade only. Check it out on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 3:30 pm and learn more about the benefits of yoga on your mind and body. NORTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY 236 N. Wolf Road. Call 562-2301 or visit the website at Harry Potter Book Night. Fans of all ages are invited to celebrate Bloomsbury’s 2019 Harry Potter Book Night with crafts, a movie screening, snacks and more. Thursday, Feb. 7, 4 to 6:30 pm. Resume/Cover Letter Workshop. Cover the essentials in this informal workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 to 8 pm. Cookbook Book Club. Pick and make a recipe from the chosen cookbook and then get together to share and enjoy the creations. Pick up a copy of the book and claim your recipe at the reference desk. Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 to 8 pm. Microsoft Office Series. Basic instruction on Microsoft Office 2013 in a group class setting. Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm. Jan. 9: Word; Feb. 6: Excel. Seniors: Enjoy the Coffee Bar. Warm up by tasting a variety of coffees and personalize them with toppings of your choice on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2 to 3 pm. Chocolate Craze. Indulge in a variety of chocolate desserts and also learn about the various aspects of chocolate such as how to store it and work with it on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2 to 3:30 pm.

Storytimes, Play and Art. Ask about Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays, Mother Goose on the Loose on Wednesdays; Baby Play on Thursdays; Preschool Art on Thursdays; Music and Movement on Saturday mornings; and Family Storytime. Holiday Gaming Tournaments. Save the dates: Monday, Feb. 18 and March 4 from 2 to 3 pm for ages 8 and up. Includes pizza for all gamers. Book-A-Librarian for Kids. Youth Services Librarians are available to help kids dive deeper into computer programs on Microsoft Word, Power Point, Google Docs, locating books on the computer and on the shelves, using dictionaries, atlases and more. Sessions are 30-60 minutes and must be booked in advance. Call 5622301, ext. 6 to schedule an appointment. NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY Located at 2400 DesPlaines Avenue; register by calling 447-0869 or online at Messy Mornings for Munchkins. Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Ages 2-5 with adult. Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Storytimes. Ask about Pajama Storytime on Tuesday, Jan. 29; Bilingual Storytime on Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30; and Lapsit Storytime on Thursday mornings, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Tales and Treats. Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 am for ages 2-5 with adult. LOVE2READ. Saturdays, Jan. 12 and 26, 2 pm. Stories, fun reading activities, word games and more. For K-1. STEM-tastic Fun. Thursday, Jan. 17 at 3:45 pm. Kindergarten and up will explore and create using science, math and more.

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Bingo/Loteria. Friday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 pm for ages 3 and up. Under 7 with an adult. Have fun playing both games and win prizes. Do-It-Yourself Craft Hour. Friday, Jan. 25, 4 pm. 2nd grade and up. K-1st grade with an adult. Family Yoga. Get flexible together on Jan. 11 at 10:15 am for ages 3 and up with an adult. Stuffed Animal Clinic. Teddy Bear feeling under the weather? Vets and Library staff will do health assessments and minor surgeries and repairs on Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 to 3 pm. DIY Marshmallow Catapults. Jan. 26 from 1 to 3 pm, create your own unique marshmallow launcher and see how far your marshmallow can go! Meet in the old computer room on the main level. RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 735 Lathrop Avenue; 366-5205 or Coffee Monday. First Monday of each month, enjoy coffee, snacks and conversation from 10 to 11 am. Monday, Jan. 7. Learn about RTA programs for older adults, individuals with disabilities and the reduced fare card. Connect with Tech. Are you a local senior who wants to get more out of your smartphone, eReader, tablet or computer? Bring your questions and devices or use one of the laptops provided. No need to sign up. Just drop in anytime during the session. Upcoming session: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 10 to 11:30 am. Take advantage of your library! Local Library programs on page 26 of this issue.

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Story time at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. Join Library staff for stories, songs, rhymes and a snack at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, 7501 W. North Avenue in River Forest on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 10 to 10:30 am. Birth to 6 years. Afternoon Book Discussion. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Leaving Time by Jodi Piccoult. The Swedish Art of Death Cleaning. For adults. Explore the cultural phenomenon and decluttering trend named Swedish Death Cleaning with author Jeanne Roppolo and discover how to downsize in a memorable and joyful way on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2 to 3 pm. Angalia Bianca, Author Event. For adults. Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 to 8:30 pm. Local author and activist will share stories from her new book about overcoming a life of addiction and crime. Film Lover Fridays. For adults. This season will showcase courtroom dramas. Friday, Jan. 18, Noon to 2:30 pm, watch To Kill A Mockingbird. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy before the film. Light refreshments will be served. Harry Potter Family Feud. For grades 5-12. Monday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 3:30 pm. Advance registration required. Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt. For adults. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 to 3:30 pm. Storytimes. As about Toddler Storytime, Pajama Storytime, Mother Goose Cafe and Family Storytime. RIVER GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 8638 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove; phone: 453-4484. Website: Time in Yoga for KIDS. Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 and 29, 6 to 7 pm. Certified children’s yoga instructor will instruct children ages 47. Please register for one or all of the classes. Contact Mrs. Tucker to register by calling 453-4484. After School Squad. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3 to 5 pm for ages 10-17. Work on homework, enjoy a snack, play a game. Sign in upon arrival. No registration required. Story Time. Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31, 11 to 11:45 am and 1 to 1:45 pm. Ages 4 and under with parent/caregiver. Join us for an age-appropriate story, craft and snack. Crafts are geared for ages 2-4 but anyone under 2 is welcome. Contact Mrs. Tucker to register by calling 453-4484. Gaming Tournament: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Thursday, Jan. 17, 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 9-17. Enjoy pizza and board games while waiting your turn. Become a champion and collect fabulous prizes. No registration required. Time In Yoga for Teens. Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31 from 6 to 7 pm. Unique class with certified instructor will focus on patience, breathing, problem-solving and mental/physical strengths. Contact Miss Kate or visit for more information as registration is required. Adult Craft: DIY Charging Station. On Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 to 8 pm, assemble a simple charging station for your portable devices. All materials provided but you must supply your own power cable and connectors. Limit 10. Registration required. Adult Book Club. Monday, Jan. 28, 7 to 8:30 pm. 18 and up. Youth Gaming Day. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4 to 6 pm. Video games, board games, Legos and more! Drop-in event for ages 4-6 with guardian. No registration required.

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Veterans Park District. Visit the website at or call 343-5270 for more info on our Fitness Center, Indoor Turf Rentals, programs and to register over the phone for programs. Ice Magic Bingo. Warm up this winter with a hot bowl of soup and mini croissant sandwich then play bingo with great prizes. January 25, Noon to 2 pm at the George A. Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Avenue in Melrose Park. Fee is $10. Cupid’s Kisses Luncheon. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an Italian-style buffet of ravioli and giambotta prepared by Villa Brunetti. You’ll also be serenaded with beautiful love songs performed by Bill Dunnam on February 14, Noon to 2 pm at Grant Park Recreation Center, 44 W. Golfview Drive in Northlake. Fee is $17. Mamma Mia! At Drury Lane. The international megahit Mamma Mia! tells the hilarious story of marriage, family and finding where you belong. Enjoy lunch and this unforgettable jukebox musical at Drury Lane on February 28. Tickets are $75. Depart from Cimbalo Fitness Center in Melrose Park or Grant Park in Northlake. Call 343-5270 for details. 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. Coming up in February: Tumbling and Gymnastics for Pee Wees ages 3-5 and Youth ages 6-12; Ballet for ages 3-5 and 6-10 on Saturdays starting in February; Youth Jazz also starts in February and will be held on Saturdays for ages 6-10. Sign up now for Youth Floor Hockey for ages 7-12, Youth Soccer for ages 7-10 and Volleyball Fundamentals for ages 7-13. � Jake’s Pizza Movie Night. Save the date—Friday, February 1 for ages 3-12 from 6 to 8 pm. Fee: $5/$6. � No School Holiday Camp. Kids ages 3-12 home for Presidents’ Day are invited to camp on Monday, February 18, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. � Nerf Dart Tournament. Monday, February 18, Noon to 2 pm for ages 6-12. � Customizable Hands-on Learning for ages 3-5 from 9 am to noon through May 2019. Choose one day or all five days. Extend your child’s day from Noon to 1:30 pm with Afternoon Adventures. � Adult Fitness Options. Check out Kundalini Yoga on Wednesdays, Zumba Step on Mondays, Zumba Pound on Tuesdays, Pickleball for Beginners on Mondays and Pickleball Club Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. It’s the fastest-growing racket sport in America!

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ADDUCIE, Danielle Marie, 47. Mother of Joey and Tony; daughter of Marianne and Dennis; grandmother of Neela; sister of Amy, April, Jimmy and Phillip; aunt of Ben, Jacob and Ascher. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. BARONE, Salvatore M. Husband of the late Michelina, nee De Meo; father of Antonietta “Toni” (Luigi) Manzo, Mary (James) Rizzo, Laura (Anthony) Liace and Tina Barone; grandfather of Christian, Lisa, Frankie, Anthony and Julia; great-grandfather of Amia, Nico and Christian Jr.; brother of Angelo “Michele” (Vittoria) Barone, Antonia (Franco) Aliberti, Felicia (Giuseppe) Salomone and the late Aniello (Carolina) Barone; uncle and friend of many. Entombment at Christ the King Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BERMEJO, Filadelfo. Husband of Estela; father of Leticia, Jose Luis, Lilia, Delia, Alberto, Yolanda, Victor, Maricela, Patricia and Elizabeth; grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BRAVO, Basilisa “Basi,” 70, of Melrose Park. Wife of Nicolas; mother of Francisco, Julia, Jesus and Reyna; grandmother of Denise, Laura, Ramiro Jr., Alejandra, Cindy, Alberto, Diana, Alexis, Daniela, Rebecca, Daniel, America, Sofia and Ariana; sister of Etelberto, Adela, Victoria and the late Teresa. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. BUENGER, Maria “Mary,” nee Petrella, 87. Wife of the late Herbert H. Buenger; mother of Laura (Pat) LaMontagna and Andrea (Bryan) Rhodes; grandmother of Ashley (Vincent) Selerski, Patrick LaMontagna, Jessica Rhodes and Dylan Rhodes; sister of Dora (late Charles) Felella and Joseph (Raeann) Petrella, late Viola (late Frank) Mazzuca and late Vincent (Rose) Petrella. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. DeROSA, Geraldine V., nee Villa, of Forest Park. Wife of the late Edward; mother of Edward (Mary) DeRosa and Gail (Richard) Dastice; grandmother of Eddie Jr. and Serena DeRosa, Samantha (Jesse) Shuman, Richard (Diana) Dastice and Sara (Bradley) Tlusty; great-grandmother of Juliana and Joseph Shuman and Laila Dastice; sister of Donald (Sharon) Villa and the late Josephine (Late Neil) Tufano; aunt and great-aunt of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. DIAZ, Arnoldo Jr., 41. Husband of Kristine “Kosis”; father of Alyssa I., Aliyah G., Arnold III and Arya O; son of Arnoldo Sr. and Ofelia; brother of Lysander (Isabel Delgado) and Claribel; son-in-law of Alma Clifford and Blas Esquivel; brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. DROZDZ, Jaroslaw. Father of David, Hamil and Filip Drozdz; brother, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

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ESCAMILLA LOPEZ, David, 95, of Westchester. Husband of the late Esther, nee Herrera; father of Rosario (Isidro) Gonzalez, Baltazar (Socorro), Ninfa (Adrian) Vivanco, Jose Adan (Catalina), Socorro, David (Gloria) and Esther (Roberto) Murillo; grandfather of Gaby, Isidro, Esther, Irel, Marlen, Carlos, Dayana, Krystel, Diana, Adrian, Denise, Caty, Karen, Adanelly, David, Daniel, Dalissa, Natalie, Daniela and Roberto; great-grandfather of Gabriela, Isabela, Julian, Damian, Nicholas, Benjamin, Rodrigo, Alonzo, Alex, Haley, Diego, Jose Pablo, Ali, Alina, Camila and Inaqui; brother of Fedelina, Nicolas, Pedro and Maria Luz Escamilla; uncle and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. FALCO, Chuck Sr., 70. Formerly married to Bonita, nee Bailey, Falco; father of Chuck Falco Jr., Tiffany (Marcos) Zacharopoulos and Brittany Falco; son-in-law of Chickie (the late Bob) Bailey; brother of Mario (Jenny) Lemoncello, late Louis (Ann) Falco and the late Anthony Lemoncello; brother-in-law of Bob (late Selma) Bailey and Ron Bailey; uncle, great-uncle and cousin of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. FRANGELLO, Grace Ann, nee Argentino, 74, of Elmwood Park. Wife of Eugene; mother of Frank, Scott and Jerry; sister of the late Ronald Argentino, late Jacqueline Porter, late Geraldine Surico and Mary Argentino; caretaker of the late Presley and late Moe; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Memorial donations to PAWS Chicago ( in Grace Ann’s name are appreciated. FRIAS DA SALOMON, Sylvia; wife of Manuel Alfonso; mother of Annamaria Christina (Jason) Crowley and Marc Antonio Frias; sister of 13. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. GARTNER, Mary Anne,nee Altobelli. Retired teacher. Wife of the late James, CPD Retired; mother of Amanda (Bogdan) Batinich; grandmother of Brittany (Jeremy) Jewell, Samantha (Brett) Flower and Rachel Batinich; great-grandmother of Mia Jewel and Adrianna Jewell; sister of James Altobelli; aunt and friend of many. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. � GREEN, Sol, of Berkeley. Veteran of the U.S. Signal Corps during World War II. Husband of the late Catherine Theresa, nee Maloney; father of Linda, William, late Patricia, John and Daniel (Jennifer) Green; grandfather of Christina Green and Piper and Spencer Green; like a grandfather to Drake and Joel Michaud; brother of the late Esther (Samuel) Kenzer and the late Anna; brother-in-law of the late John Patrick Maloney and Rosemary Maloney. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. JIMENEZ, Salvador “Cuba,” 61, of Franklin Park. Husband of Enedina, nee Cervantes; father of Joe (Alicia), Oscar, Jimenez, Antonio (Aimee), Vanessa and Salvador Jr.; grandfather of 14; brother of 10. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. JOHNSON, David Lee, 47, of Bellwood. Father of Shaquisha Sturgeon; brother of four sisters and five brothers; grandfather of Lexi Victoria Sturgeon and Mya Rochelle Sturgeon-Huff. Interment at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

JUDE, Frances, nee Nicosia. Wife of the late Oscar; mother of Annie (Jim) Wise, Pauline Jude and Linda Wickline; grandmother of Andria (Kurt) Keiser, Ryan (Jen) Wickline, Joe and Josh Wise; greatgrandmother of eight; sister, aunt and friend of many. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. MORALES, Adorico Heredia, 57, of Franklin Park. Husband of Avelina Carrera; father of Sergio, Frank, Daniel, Magdalena and Carlos Heredia; grandfather of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. � NOWAK, Alfred. Veteran of the United States Army, World War II. Husband of the late Dorothy, nee Cyganowski; father of Martina (Rich Smith) Nowak, Philip (Sandie) Nowak, Deborah, Julia, (Frank III) Schmidt, Gregory Nowak; grandfather of seven; great-grandfather of four; uncle of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. OLAGUE-BARRAGAN, 25. Wife of Gerardo; mother of Angel; daughter of Sotero and Susan, nee Garza; sister of Jeorge, Marta (Terry) Harrell and Tabitha Olague; aunt of Arianna, Julian, Celina, Justin, Elias and Jace. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Donations can be made online at Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. RIVERA, Trinidad Chavez, 82, of Melrose Park. Mother of Jesus, Armando, Eduardo, David and Michael; grandmother of Michael, Samuel, Christian, Grace, Madelyn, Allison, Brittney, Cynthia and Benjamin. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. ROJAS, Consuelo “Chelo” or “Connie.” Wife of the late Jesse Rojas; daughter of Maria Ovalle and the late Ysabel; sister of Trinidad (Adela), Esperanza, Estafana (Raul) Ramirez, Carmen (Felipe), Samuel (Denise) and the late Gloria and Anabel; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. RUFFOLO, Robert. Husband of Carol, nee Chiappetta; father of Robert (Georgina), Anthony and Gina (Ben) Batenic; grandfather of Felicia, Gianna and Mia; brother of the late Richard (Lynn) Ruffolo; uncle and friend of many. Entombment at Christ the King Garden Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. PARINELLO, Mirella. Wife of the late Eugenio; mother of Francesca Savaglio, Ivana Senafe and the late Raffaella Maiello; grandmother of Diana Maiello, Nunzio Maiello, Cindy Glueklich, Phil Savaglio, Denise Savaglio, Cristina Senafe, Giovanni Senafe; great-grandmother of Sebastian and Miles Senafe; sister of five; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. � PARREN, James W. Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of Gerry, nee Cosentino; father of James A. (Susan) and Julie Parren (Chad Wynes); grandfather of Kristina; brother, brotherin-law and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. SENATO, Jacqueline R., of Westchester. Mother of Colette (Carlos) Anaya, Nicole Ortenzo and the father of the children Richard Ortenzo; grandmother of Savino, Chiara, Gianni, Santino and Giovanna; sister of Salvatore “Ozzie” Senato; aunt of Tara, Salvatore “Sammy”; great-aunt of Eleanor. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

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SUTPHIN, Erik Ray, 35, of Northlake. Husband of Kelly, nee Duda; father of Caspian; stepfather of Brady Smith and Sunny Smith; son of Karen; brother of Elizabeth (Jason) Sutphin, Alex Sutphin and Andrew (Monica) Sutphin; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. STELLATO, Tricia, 50, of Lombard, formerly of Melrose Park. Mother of Adelina, Gaetano and Isabella Ciccone; daughter of Patricia Stellato, nee Benso, and the late Richard Stellato; sister of Gina (Joe) Bryza and Marisa Stellato; aunt of Stephanie (Andrew) Sunday, Giuliana and Richard Bryza; great-aunt of Sophia Sunday. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. SPROVIERI, Jeanette E., nee Borelli. Wife of Francis E.; mother of Joanne (John) Orban, Frank (Josephine) and Keith (Rose); grandmother of Marc, Alyssa, Natalie, Nathan, Noah, Anthony and Madeleine; sister of Raymond (Anne) Borelli and Dianne Beahn; aunt and great-aunt of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. � TROMBATORE, Biaggio “Joe.” Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of Linda, nee Toriani; father of Lori (Rob) Rosengarten and Michael (Gabriela); grandfather of Bobby, Nikolette, Danny and Mia; brother of Rosalie Nasca; brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Proud member of CIACO. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. � TSOUKALAS, Christ, 51. Chicago Police Officer and Sergeant in the 6th District and in the Internal Affairs Division. Husband of Helana S., nee Williams; father of Jordyn, Aris, Mykaila and Nylah; son of Panagiota, nee Kourvetis and the late Prokopios Tsoukalas; son-in-law of Martin and Beverly Edwards; brother of Iakovos (Kimberly) and Athena (Elias) Gordon; uncle of Peter and Alex Gordon; godfather and friend of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. VILLANUEVA, Jesus, 84, of Schiller Park. Husband of Maria, nee Herrera. Father of Fidelia (Dionisio) Avila; grandfather of Ruben Avila, Jasmin Avila, Ricky (Lisa) Avila, Crystal (Bernard) Floeder and Briana Avila; great-grandfather of Caylum Gray Avila and Baby Floeder due in March 2019; brother of the late Victoriana Villanueva de Hernandez, Claudia Villanueva de Chaidez, late Marciano Villanueva, Epifanio Villanueva and Maria Villanueva de Favela; brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, godfather and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. VILLARREAL CALLEROS, Graciela, 50, of Melrose Park. Wife of Alejandro Alcantara; mother of Alex and Diana; daughter of Efren and late Evangelina Villareal (Calleros); sister of Agimiro (Miriam) Villareal, Todocio (Olivia) Villarreal, Alejandra Villarreal, Ignocio (Amada) Villarreal, Elida (Martin) Tobon, Elfida (Cuco) Bermudez, Emilio (Noemi) Villarreal, Jaime (Elva) Villarreal, Melchor (Maribel) Villarreal and Eufromio Villarreal; aunt and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

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