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In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.

—Marianne Williamson

Sweet Sorrow. Shakespeare was, of course, referring to Juliet saying goodnight to Romeo. As for me, I am referring to parting with oversized, grandiose program from my first concert: Elton John at the Chicago Stadium in 1974. I remember the night like it was yesterday but it’s been decades since the program has seen daylight, packed away in a box in the basement. Now seems like as good a time as any to let it go—along with boxes of cards, letters, photos, clippings, floppy disks, matchbooks, VHS tapes, Statue of Liberty souvenirs, a Walkman and my antiquated Apple PowerBook 180, first released in 1992. It has nothing at all to do with resolutions—that absolute foolishness that people put themselves at the start of every new year. Simplifying just makes sense and, if you walk through your own home or apartment and imagine having to pack up all your belongings and move, you’ll quickly realize you have way too much. I’m certainly not a hoarder, it’s just that so many possessions have sentimental value, which makes parting ways especially difficult; but I can truly appreciate the hoarding therapy process: 1) keep or 2) donate or 3) just throw away. While my precious Elton program and Frito Bandito erasers will probably end up in a landfill, there is so much good that can come from going the extra mile and donating your new and gently-used clothing, kitchenware, coats, scarves, shoes and more. Right in our own backyard, several year-round options come to mind immediately: the Salvation Army resale store in Franklin Park and St. Paul Resale Shop in Melrose Park. After Christmas, when you’re making room for the slew of new items you’ve just unwrapped, is a perfect time to reasses what you really need and want in your closet and in your home. Toys, books, furniture, suits, boots in good condition might be surplus to you but to someone else it could be an affordable necessity. This month, the Franklin Park American Legion #974 family will host its 4th annual Stand Down event for homeless veterans and those in need on January 26. Donations of clothing, blankets, shoes, coats and toiletries are needed for those who have next to nothing; volunteers are needed to sort and serve and assist before, during and after the event that will be attended by more than 100 less fortunate neighbors, many of whom were willing to give their lives for our freedom. What a sad time it is in the history of the world and our own Congress when the bravest among us have to settle for someone else’s shoes and sweatshirts, be grateful for a hot bowl of soup, a fresh razor and a new toothbrush. There is work to be done and, with very little effort or expense, you can provide this event with the pants that might be a perfect fit for a job interview or the coat that helps a veteran combat the freezing cold. Look around. Simplify. We have all accumulated too many possessions. In this issue, learn about the people, causes and events like the Stand Down, Sr. Alicia Torres and Our Lady of the Angels Mission, Joseph Russo and the Comboni Mission and Operation UpLift; count on Neighbors magazine to provide you with opportunities to do more and share more in the coming months. Wishing all of our readers a happy, healthy, simpler and kind-hearted new year,

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For some it’s a day off of work or a day without school. For others Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a Day of Service. We invite you to do more, to dream big about making your community, your world a better place in which to live. In this issue, there are many opportunities: give blood, participate in the Stand Down, volunteer, donate what you don’t need. Just give. And consider supporting the 32nd Annual Operation UpLift Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Saturday, January 18 at The Diplomat West. For ticket information, call 708-516-0628. Proceeds will be used to further the mission of Operation UpLift.


Thanks to the hard working volunteers of Franklin Park American Legion Post #974, more than 100 veterans (as well as other less fortunate people in the community) will have an opportunity to sit down for a hot, home-cooked meal, choose from an assortment of necessities like coats and shoes and have access to VA benefit counseling and housing assistance. And, perhaps most of all, they will enjoy much-needed companionship.

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tand Down is a military term aimed at providing exhausted combat units with a time to rest and recover in a safe and secure place. Since 1988, when the first Stand Down event for homeless veterans was held in San Diego, the concept and goal remains essentially unchanged: provide a haven for the nation’s population of weary heroes. This month at American Legion Post #974 in Franklin Park, the doors will open to struggling veterans—and anyone who needs some help, according to event Chairman Cathy Zito. Post #974’s Stand Down began as a simple suggestion that has evolved into an annual project with a growing number of attendees—from only 67 the first year to well over 100 last year. “It’s a bittersweet undertaking—heartwarming to see the community respond with such generosity and compassion and yet sad that this kind of thing even has to be done for our veterans,” explained Zito,

whose husband served in the U.S. Air Force. The one-day event involves months of preparation and solicitation to amass the food items needed to prepare the hot meal, clothing and toiletries to be shared and securing representatives from various organizations to be present and assist with VA benefits, housing, employment and other resources. “Volunteers are key to the success of this event,” stressed Zito. “From the people who work the check-in table, to the people in the kitchen, plus servers, sorters and those who assist one-on-one when it comes to helping find the right clothes and shoes. Others fill the bags with the toiletries we’ve collected. We need help all weekend from the time we start setting up, prepping and cooking on Friday and Saturday, the day of the event and even on Monday, after the event when we clean up.” Two goals are always achieved: nothing goes to waste and no one is

turned away. While the event is aimed primarily at veterans, anyone who needs a hot meal or clothing is also welcome to attend. “At check-in, most who attend will have their VA cards and IDs ready but even if you’ve never served in the military there’s a place for you at the table,” insists Zito. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, more than 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Many factors influence their homelessness including an extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income, access to healthcare, the lingering effects of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), lack of support networks and even substance abuse. The NCHV further states that “military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workplace, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment.” Stand Down continues on page 10


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Joseph Russo, owner of Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road in Hillside, received the Spirit of Daniel Comboni Award at the 53rd annual dinner held in November. The nominating committee seeks out MEET SR. ALICIA TORRES JAN. 7 individuals who are longtime contributors to quality of life, people who “have a calling to do good with their The MAP of Hope lives.” The Comboni committee felt strongly that Foundation’s 5th Annual Russo had met the criteria, helping countless people Evening with Sr. Alicia Torres through the most painful chapters of life: death and will be held on Tuesday, grieving. “Joe’s commitment to this meaningful and January 7 (in observation of most difficult vocation, like a priest or event a doctor, the Feast of the Epiphany) has meant that he is on call to families at all times of at Mancini’s Chop House, the day and night, personally dedicating himself to 1807 Division in Melrose serve others during the most trying and desperate Park, 7 to 9 pm. Special times,” said a Comboni spokesperson. Combined with guest, Sr. Alicia Torres, was other community involvements (Calabresi of America, the winner of the Food Berwyn Italian American Club and various professional Network’s popular cooking organizations), Joe was selected because he competition show “Chopped” in 2015, putting the top prize epitomized the Spirit of Daniel Comboni. of $10,000 to work at Our Lady of the Angels Mission, where Proceeds from the hugely-successful dinner-dance she serves as one of the Franciscans of the Eucharist. will be used to support Fr. David Bohnsack’s ministry Proceeds from the event support the work of the Mission, in Southern Chad, where children are often sold into based in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the City of slavery, where medical care and even fresh water is Chicago. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable scarce. Last year, pediatric hospital equipment was food items for the Mission food pantry, which serves more purchased for use in Uganda along with water than 1,000 families each month. Despite the local and filtration and purificators to fight the spread of national media attention, Sr. Alicia remains grounded in her dysentery. love of cooking, Mission work and love of God. Russo (pictured above, at left, with Fr. Chris Aleti, Tickets ($50 each) are limited; call 708-279-0519 for manager of the LaGrange Park Mission office) hopes information or purchase directly from the website: that, by receiving the award, it will inspire others to All tickets must be support the difficult work being done. For more info, purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. follow the Comboni Missionaries on Facebook, For more information about how you can support the visit or contact the Mission through donations or volunteering, visit the local office at 708-354-1999 to make a difference in the world. website at www.missionola or call 773-486-8431.


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continued from page 6 Zito reminds benefactors that nothing goes to waste even after the Stand Down is over. “Whatever clothing is left after the event we give to the Midwest Veterans Closet, Hines VA Hospital or other organizations in the city; any food that can be accepted goes directly to Leyden Township for the food pantry. We make good use of every last donation.” The work is hard and the day itself is an emotional one. She recalls a story that Post Commander Tony Siciliano shared with her about a veteran who found a pair of shoes that he loved so much he hugged them. “That’s all he wanted and that’s all he left with,” Zito said. “It touches our hearts.” One misconception, though, deters some volunteers. “The veterans and people who attend are kind and appreciative. Don’t be afraid of homeless veterans—they’re not all violent, they’re not all drug addicts and it’s unfortunate that that’s how the media often portrays them. It’s not fair. They are good people who have fallen on very hard times and they need our help,” she added. The hand up, not a handout, philosophy of Stand Down resonates through the hundreds of events held throughout the country every year. Donations of clothing (for men and women), blankets and toiletries (for men and women) can be dropped off at the Post located at 9757 W. Pacific in Franklin Park. Monetary gifts that could be used to purchase food and other needed items are always welcome. Anyone interested in volunteering in any capacity or who would like more detailed information can contact Zito directly at 847-560-0459. Pictured above, Mike Special, who with his wife, Karen, organized the coat room at last year’s Stand Down. Note: Neighbors Magazine will be supporting this year’s Stand Down event and has made a connection between the Legion Post and St. Paul Resale Shop to further assist veterans.

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Pan American Bank & Trust has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in the category of 50 to 99 employees. Receiving a Torch Award from the BBB is an honor bestowed on select businesses that have excelled in marketplace excellence and integrity. "The Torch Award is the most prestigious award the BBB can present to a business," says Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "Torch Award winners demonstrate the highest ethical standards and trust with customers, employees, community members, and other stakeholders in which they do business. Being a recipient of this award indicates the company not only believes in the high standards promoted by the BBB but consistently demonstrates and integrates them into daily business practices. This is at the heart of why the BBB conducts the Torch Award program." "We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the Better Business Bureau, easily considered to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust," says Chairman Nicholas S. Giuliano. "On behalf of Pan American Bank & Trust, its board of directors and employees, we want to express our deep appreciation for this prestigious recognition." President and CEO Frank C. Cerrone added, "At Pan American Bank & Trust, we provide the personalized, first-name basis service that only comes from an independently owned bank that values Bizunity™ - a term we coined to describe who we are and the businesses and communities we serve. Through incisive advice and nimble execution, we are a trusted partner through every phase of your business's life cycle." says Pan American Bank & Trust, with six offices throughout Chicagoland, is the premier bank for businesses and communities.Pan American Bank & Trust has been recognized by the FDIC as having performed an "outstanding job" of meeting the credit needs of its communities—a designation currently awarded to less than 2% of banks in the country, as well as being recognized as one of the "Best Banks to Work For" nationwide by American Banker Magazine. By helping businesses grow, Pan American Bank & Trust helps their communities flourish. To learn more, visit Pictured, from left: Michael White, Director; Benita Shah, Vice President, Director of Office Administration; Stella Gaytan, Assistant Vice President, Office Manager and Business Development Officer; Nicholas S. Giuliano, Chairman; Frank C. Cerrone, President and CEO; Mary Schroeder, Executive Vice President, Compliance Officer; Wes Becton, Director; Roberto Ramirez, Director.

DISTRICT NAMES NEW PARK After State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch

In late fall, the Maywood Park District invited the community to celebrate not only a new park but an investment in and the beautification of land that had been vacant for more than two decades. The well-attended ribbon-cutting was held at Emanuel “Chris” Welch Park, located at 1015 S. 10th Avenue in Maywood, replacing a blighted lot with a recreational opportunity for local families. “Rep. Welch has served as an invaluable resource for our community, his District and our State and has accomplished so much for local families,” said Lonette Hall, Executive Director of the Maywood Park District. “Naming this new park after him was a great way to recognize the service he has provided. We are excited to unveil this magnificent new park that will offer a place for families to gather for years to come. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this new venue.” The park was completed through the District funding, volunteers and local contractors who all shared the same vision in creating a much-needed and beautiful play space. For more locations and program info, call 344-4740. Pictured: State Rep. Welch.







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YOUR LIBRARY: fun, informative FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY, CONTINUED Get (and Stay) Organized. Erin Kelly of Arranged By Erin Professional Organizing presents her top tips on how to get and stay organized. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6:30 to 8 pm. Adults. Knit and Crochet. Join fellow crafters from every level. Saturday, Jan. 11, 1 to 3 pm Chair Yoga. Perfect for senior citizens or any adult with limited mobility who wants to increase and maintain flexibility. Must register. Limit 25. Ages 16 and up. Monday, Jan. 13 and 27, 2 to 3 pm. Quilt & Sew Club. All skill levels invited. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 10 am to Noon. Parents Advisory Board. Call all parents and caregivers. Share your ideas about programs you would like to see in Kids Crossing. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4:30 to 5 pm. Friday Flicks. Movie is Downton Abbey (PG-13), starring Matthew Goode, Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith. Refreshments available. Friday, Jan. 17, 2 to 4 pm. Spicy Sauce Challenge. See how far you can go up the spicy sauce gauntlet. You’ll be challenged to try out different levels of hot sauce while completing fun activities. Grades 6-12. Friday, Jan. 24, 4 to 5 pm. Dog Man Party. Part dog, part man and ALL HERO! Celebrate the wildly-popular Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. Monday, Jan. 27, 4 to 5 pm. Grades 1-6. Kiddie Fun. Visit the library with the little ones. Mix it up every month: music, storytimes, crafts and playtime. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Thursday, Jan. 30, 11 am to Noon or 2 to 3 pm. Murder, Mayhem and the Mob: Chicago’s Beer War. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition in the United States. Come and learn about the local connections: the lead-up to Prohibition, the rise of Al Capone, the “Beer War” and the eventual end of Prohibition with Chicago history presenter Clarence Goodman on Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 to 8:30 pm. HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY 405 Hillside Avenue in Hillside; call 449-7510 or visit Most programs require registration and most programs are free of charge. Adult Book Discussion. First Wednesday of each month. Pick up a copy of the book for the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 2 pm: Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini. Mixed Stitchers. Every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 pm. Age 14 and over, all skill levels welcome. Here are four reasons to consider joining this friendly group: 1) Make new friends, 2) Receive and give support about projects, 3) Charity—the Mixed Stitchers often create their own projects and knit for charities, 4) Relaxation. Gentle Yoga. Second and fourth Wednesday of the month 7 to 8 pm. For all fitness levels; 16+. No registration. Cookbook Exchange. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2 to 3:30 pm. Let go of any unloved cookbooks and exchange them for different ones. Receive one ticket for each cookbook you donate. Use the ticket to select one of the other donated books. Drop off cookbooks anytime after Christmas until the start of the Exchange. Afternoon Classic Movie: The Apartment (1960). Thursday, Jan. 16, 1:15 to 3:30 pm. Minimum 4. Library programs continue on page 26

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activities authors • answers HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CONTINUED Evening/Weekend Book Group. The library would like to start an evening and/or weekend book discussion group. If you have any interest in such a group, call or stop in at the library information services desk. Village of Hillside’s Martin Luther King Day Breakfast. Monday, Jan. 20, 8:30 to 11:30 am. Come to the library between Jan. 2-Jan. 17 to fill out a raffle ticket; at the drawing on Jan. 18, four winners will receive two tickets. You must have a Hillside Library card to enter this raffle. Notary Services. The Hillside Library offers Notary Public services free of charge. Walk-ins taken but it’s best to call ahead. MAYWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY 121 S. 5th Avenue in Maywood. Call 343-1847 or visit the website at for more information and to register for programs. Hot Chocolate and DIY Mug. On Jan. 18 at 4 pm, paint and decorate your own ceramic mug while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. For ages 5 and up. Register by calling or online. Observing MLK. On Jan. 16, the Children’s Department will be observing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. all day by having a display, a discussion of his message and legacy and giving information about how his efforts, along with others, continue to impact our lives. Cookies and Hot Chocolate Storytime. Drop in for story hour on Jan. 22, 4:30 pm, and enjoy hot chocolate and treats. Stop the Bleed. On Jan. 25, 10 am, the library will offer free life-saving training. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Register by calling or online. Brookfield Zoo Jobs. A representative from Brookfield Zoo will be at the library for a hiring event on Jan. 14 and 21 from 3 to 5 pm. NORTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY 236 N. Wolf Road. Call 562-2301 or visit the website at Social Worker Available. Thanks to a partnership with Loyola School of Social Work, the library now has a social work intern who is happy to help with housing, employment, healthcare and other issues. Fridays and Sundays only. Call for a free appointment: 562-2301, ext. 5.

Winter Reading: Light Up the Mind! Teens and adults can complete a reading log online by visiting the website or the Adult Services Desk. Kids of all ages can pick up an activity log at the Youth Services Desk. Complete the reading goal of 6 hours to earn a small prize. Through Feb. 28. Harry Potter Book Night. Fans of all ages are invited to celebrate Bloomsbury’s 2020 Harry Potter Book Night: Triwizard Tournament. Magical activities include a movie screening, Harry Potter-inspired snacks, giveaways and more. Save the date: Thursday, Feb. 6, 5 to 7:30 pm. Sewing Circle. Quilt Club is expanding! Anyone who loves to sew is welcome to join on Mondays, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 3 and April 14, 7 to 8:30 pm. Microsoft Office Series. Come with questions about Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher and more on Wednesdays, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 11, April 1 and May 13, 7 to 8:30 pm. eBay Basics. Learn the basics of shopping and selling on eBay, the largest peer-to-peer auction website. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 to 8 pm. “I Saw It On Pinterest” Crafting Nights. Try out this fun and easy craft night. Wednesdays, 7 to 8 pm. Next: Feb. 5. Seniors: Senior Meetup. Get together for food, drink and socializing on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2 to 3:30 pm. For Children. Sow Milkweeds to use in the new pollinator garden. Milkweed is an essential feeding plan for monarch butterflies, a threatened species. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 to 3 pm. Limited space. NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY Located at 2400 DesPlaines Avenue; register by calling 447-0869 or online at All are welcome. Just register online or in person. Messy Mornings. Tuesdays at 11:30 am on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 for ages 2 through 5 with an adult. Active stories and messy fun! Every Child A Reader. Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and 22 at 4 pm. Ages 6 and up. Learn to read Spanish. Lapsit Storytime. Thursdays, 10:30 am on Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Toddlers through age 5 with an adult. Free Build Fridays. Friday, Jan. 10 at 4 pm. Have fun with all sorts of building materials. DIY Craft Hour. Select Fridays at 4 pm. Next date is Jan. 17. Ages 3-6 with adult.

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YOUR LIBRARY: fun, informative NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY, CONTINUED No School Movie and Pizza Lunch. Monday, Jan. 20, Noon to 2 pm. Grades 1 and up. Must pre-register. Snowy Bingo/Loteria. Friday, Jan. 24 at 4:30 pm. Ages 3 and up; under 7 with an adult. Share fun with the family.

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RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 735 Lathrop Avenue; 366-5205 or Coffee Monday. For adults. Monday, Jan 6. 4, 10 to 11 am. Come for coffee, breakfast snacks and conversation. Storytimes. Ask about Mother Goose Cafe, Storytime at Fresh Thyme, Toddler Time, Family Story Time and Toddler Time. Medical Cannabis: Adults. Curious about the safety and benefits of cannabis? Learn about the law, science and patient experience on Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 to 8:30 pm. Film Lover Friday: Adults. Friday, Jan. 17, Noon to 2:30 pm. Join movie lovers on the 3rd Friday of each month. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy before the movie. Light refreshments served. Blood Drive: Adults. Participate in MLK Day of Service by donating blood on Monday, Jan. 20, 10 am to 3 pm. Advance registration recommended but walk-ins welcome. Memory Cafe for Adults. A Memory Cafe is a welcoming place for individuals living with memory challenges along with their families and friends. Join the conversation and enjoyable activities in an informal setting. This program is sponsored by Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest Townships with support from the River Forest Library. Held at Oak Park Township Senior Services Center, located at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1:30 to 3 pm. Social Stitching. For adults. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching or sewing. Join friends at the library on the 4th Wednesday of each month, 10 to 11 am, to socialize and stitch. Bring your own materials. Wednesday, Jan. 22. Happy Houseplants. For adults. Join Regan from Good Earth Greenhouse to learn about houseplants and their impact on health and happiness as well as poisonous plants in the home for pets or children. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 to 3:30 pm. SCHILLER PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 4200 Old River Road in Schiller Park; phone: 847678-0433. Website: Bingo For Books. Join the fun on Jan. 15, 6 pm. Ages 3 and up. Take a chance and win a prize. Drop In Coloring Club. For all ages. Drop in on Jan. 25. Coloring sheets and supplies provided while supplies last. Movie Monday. All ages. Jan. 27, 6 pm. Feature film, snacks and more. Movie: Abominable (PG). Drop In Tech Assistance. Get quick tech help here. Bring your device, cords and passwords to this simple drop-in session. Next date is Jan. 8 from 2 to 4 pm. No registration required. Harry Potter Book Night. Save the date: Thursday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 7 pm for an exciting evening of wizarding fun. Dress up as your favorite character. No registration required. Pop-Up Craft Shop. All ages are invited to drop in and create a craft on Jan. 29 from 4:30 to 6 pm. No registration is required for this program.

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Triton College is proud to announce 24 students earned associate degrees from the School of Health Careers and Public Service Program’s Nursing Program last month and participated in a special candlelight pinning ceremony. “The ceremony signifies the completion of professional nursing education,” said Geri Brewer, Nursing faculty and clinical coordinator. Originally, the pin was a medal referred to as the “badge of courage.” During the ceremony, the students recited the “Nightingale Pledge” in honor of Florence Nightingale (18201910), known as the founder of modern nursing, which includes a commitment to the safety and privacy of patients in their care. The candlelit ceremony represents Nightingale’s nickname, “Lady with the Lamp,” which came from her routine of checking on wounded soldiers throughout the night. Each graduating class selects classmates who display professionalism, compassion and integrity: Michael Trubich and Leah McNamara were selected to represent the December 2019 class. The Triton College December 2019 Nursing Program graduating class included: Carissa Abarra, Rosa Alvarez, Divine Grace Araneta, Gwendolyn Baily, Kath Beck, Vernette Bunag, Jolanta Chlanda, Gabriela Cuevas, Dominique Fini, Hannah Hettasch, Christina Kelley, Rosemary Jimenez, Wilrose Jison, Stephanie Johnson, Rebecca Maldonado, Leah McNamera, Alondra Nunez, Venecia Ofei, Natalie Sabor, Janet Salgado, Michael Trubich, Rie Uchida, Cecilia Vargas and Chirag Vyas.

SUCCESS STORY: Triton music professor Peter Jermihov nominated for Grammy Award

Five years ago Triton College music professor, Dr. Peter Jermihov, made a personal commitment to record one newly-composed classical liturgical composition per year. At the time, he did not realize the decision to give living composers of sacred music an arena to be heard would put him in the same company with artists such as Lizzo, H.E.R and Lil’ Nas X. Ultimately, Jermihov’s decision landed him a 2020 GRAMMY Award nomination as the conductor for Best Choral Performance for Sander: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. The 62nd GRAMMY Awards will be aired on January 26, 2020. “I enjoy new music. I enjoy interacting with living composers,” Jermihov said. “The most well-known composers of classical music, Bach, Beethoven, etc.—they are obviously great composers, but they’re also gone. Having the opportunity to work with a living composer of classical music during the recording and performing process is truly a lot of fun.” Jermihov, a Chicago native with Russian-emigre parents, is the conductor of the Patriarch Tikhon Russian American Music Institute Singers (PaTRAM Singers). He is an internationally-recognized specialist in Orthodox liturgical music and the choir he conducts, The PaTRAM Singers, is a top Orthodox professional chamber choir comprised of accomplished vocal artists from the United States and Canada. Jermihov, a member of the GRAMMY Recording Academy, hand selected the 25-member choir which recorded the GRAMMY-nominated performance in three days in the New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, Illinois. At Triton College, where Jermihov has taught since 2006 and earned the Most Outstanding Adjunct Teacher award in 2015, music students take voice lessons from him to learn basic vocal technique. He teaches several different styles ranging from musical theater, vocal jazz, African-American spirituals, classical compositions and religious and sacred music—the students can choose. “I’m very proud of my students here; I love them all! I can directly impact them one-on-one, not only help them improve as singers and make music but also teach them how to prepare for a lesson and build an overall work ethic,” Jermihov said of his Triton students. Most are not classically trained and he is thrilled to see their progress from semester to semester. Many of his students go on to 4-year colleges for degrees in music, while others are returning Continuing Education students. For more about Triton’s Visual, Performing and Communication Arts Department visit: For more about the GRAMMY awards nominees:\

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NEIGHBORS GURROLA, Elsa Ortiz. Wife of Ruben Ortiz; mother of Ruben (Maria), Michelle, Elizabeth and Judy; grandmother of Rodolfo, Naomi, Javier, Marissa, Alex, Sean and Madison; sister, aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. HEINZ, Bernice M., 88, of Melrose Park. Wife of the late David; mother of Randall (Lynn), Leslie, Keith and the late David; grandmother of Erin and Eric; sister of the late Minnie and late twin brother Vincent; grandmother of many; aunt of Kathy Marsten, Collete Pitts, Danny (Jo) Rudakas and friend Pat Zito. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. HERNANDEZ, Glyden “Tony.” Husband of Virginia; father of Michelle (Nathalie) and Glyden (Sheli); grandfather of Matisse Dodaro-Mol, Ofelia Hernandez and Cristiano Hernandez; brother of Geroge and the late Adalicia Flores; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Forest Home Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. HERNANDEZ, Maria M. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. INCHINGOLO, Antonio F. Husband of the late Olive Mae; brother of Dena (late Sam) Lentini, Josephine (late Joseph) Vazzana, Sister Toni Ann Palermo OSF and Mary Ann (Frank) Dentman. Interment in Arizona. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. IZZO, Jennie, nee Petrella, 91, of Hillside. Mother of Ron (Debbie) Izzo, Deborah (Franklin) Newson and Sandy (Tracy) Pope; grandmother of Gina Marie Vittorio-Orona and Joseph Vittorio; great-grandmother of Isabella and Aubrie, Simone and Santino; sister of Marianna (late Dick) Seen, late James Petrella and late Pasquale Petrella, late Carmella Petrella and late Angela Petrella; aunt, great-aunt 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. LOPEZ, Jose R. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. MAIONE, Carmelina, nee Covello. Wife of Giuseppe “Carmelo”; mother of Raffaele (Domenica) Maione, Filomena (John) Kulesza and Gina Maione; grandmother of Joey and Simone, Michael, Carmelina and Carmelo; ister of the late Luigina (Franco) Falbo; sister-in-law of Domenico (Maria) Maione, Gino (Liliana) Maione, Franco (Loredana) Maione, Sergio (Catia) Maione, Alberto (Sandra) Maione and Clementina (Franco) Piattelli; aunt of many. Entombment at All Saints Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. MARTINO, Nicholas, of Westchester. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. MARLOW, Kerrie Hope. Wife of the late Jose Lopez; mother of Brittany Lopez, Blake Lopez and Kandi Ondrovic; daughter of Faith Files; grandmother of two; sister of Cindy Marlow and Shawnn Tischauser; aunt and cousin of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. Notices are printed free of charge upon request on a space-permitting basis. Mail and e-mail addresses appear on page 4.

McELMEEL, Shelvie J., nee Cadle. Mother of Brian (Eileen), Greg (Jackie) and the late mary and the late Joseph; grandmother of Kevin (Kara), Ryan (fiance Sonya), Shannon (fiance Artur), Kaitlyn (fiance Chris), Maegan and Joey; great-grandmother of Ashlyn; sister of Ronald Sr. and the late Lacy and Macy; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. MORRONE, Concetta, nee Tenuta. Wife of Mario; mother of Angela (Lou) Incandela, Katina (Giuseppe) Paese, Julia Morrone and the late Angelina Josephine Morrone; grandmother of Marcella Concetta Wampler; sister of Tina (the late Dominic) Imbrogno, Tony (Gina) Tenuta, Ida (Achille) Stellato, Santo Tenuta, Elvira (Ed) Pontarelli, Carmela Freedman, the late Carmen (Josephine) Tenuta, the late Louie (late Maria) Tenuta, the late Marie (late Frank) Bruno and late Henrietta (Orlando) Russo; sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt and friend of many. Entombment at All Saints Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. NIEKRASZ, Edward S. Husband of Kim C.; father of David and Meagan and Korie; son-in-law of La Verne Walker; brother of Mary Ellen (Steve) Mann and Jimmy (Sue) Niekrasz; brother-in-law of Karen Koshman-Marks; uncle of Debra, Michelle, Kayla and Daniel. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. ORRICO, Nancy Frances, nee Stevens. Wife of the late Robert “Bobby” Sr.; mother of Robert (Sue) Orrico Jr. and Cynthia Orrico; stepdaughter of Charles Slocum; grandmother of Katie, Annie, Emma and Lilly; sister of Patricia Vansky; aunt of many. Inurnment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. � PASSARELLA, John F., of Melrose Park. Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of the late Assunta “Susie”; father of Florence (late William) Krefft, John, Rocky, Rick (Carla), Rachel, Joell (late Frank) Pochop, Frankie and the late Dominic; grandfather of Bill (Lauren), Deanna, John, Lisa, Nichole, Kristen (Tango), Ricky (Liz), Megan, Jacqueline and Nicolette; great-grandfather of eight; brother of the late Frank (Diane); uncle, cousin and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. PASTERNAK, Elizabeth, nee Osowski. Wife of the late William “Bill” Cox; mother of Pamela (Kevin) Wishecoby, Richard (Tia) Pasternak, Carol (Phil) Coad, Michael Huff, James Lackey and the late Lori Jean; grandmother, great-grandmother, gtreat-great-grandmother and friend of many. Donations to are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. PRIETO, Velia. Mohter of Angelo; grandmother and greatgrandmother of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. ROBINSON, Othelia, nee Hampton, 82, of Maywood. Wife of the late John III; mother of James Gilbert Smith, Melonee (George) Hall, Charles (Angel) Banks, Kaye Miles, Dorene (Lloyd) Henry, Sharon Banks and Shelette (Ezohn) Smith; grandmother, sister, aunt and friend of many. Interment at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. RUIZ, Elia L. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. Notices continue on page 38

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NEIGHBORS SACCAMENO, Angelo, 36, of Westchester. Son of Angelo and Pamela, nee Essig; grandson of Arlene Hill and Barbara Essig; brother of Jacob (Kristina Gorton) Saccameno; uncle, nephew, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. SAMUEL, Wanda Xerlaine, nee Washington. Mother of Dionne Washington, Kimberlee Samuel and Eddie J. French III; grandmother of Eric Hutchinson and Justin Webster; great-grandmother of Kiara, Kyana, Kyrie Kalin, Eric and Yiana; great-great-grandmother of Bliss and Brilynn; sister of Myrl Washington, Winifred Polk, James Frederick Washington Jr., Cheryl Washington and the late Rhonda Washington; aunt of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. SPERANDO, Elisha. Mother of Skye (David) Loeffler; daughter of June (Ken) Adams and the late Robert Sperando; sister of Jonah, Nicolette, Chuck, Phil, Ethan and Melissa. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. TOLEDO, Erelio, 82. Husband of the late Berta; father of Osmany “Manny” and Joe; grandfather of Brianna and Izabella; brother of Julian, Delia and Molla. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. TSILVIS, James John. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. TURANO, Patricia A., nee Filishio, 75. Wife of Senatore Renato Turano; mother of Lisa Turano, Renee (Bobby) Novelle, Mario (Wanda) Turano; grandmother of Renzo, Nico, Reno, Malina, Gabriella, Alessandra, Gioia, Renato and Rocco; sister of Michele (the late John) Krunis and Tina (Laurie “Monk”) Gragnani; sister-in-law to Umberto (Eugenia) Turano and Giancarlo (Karen) Turano; aunt, great-aunt, cousin, godmother and friend to many. Donations to Casa Italia Stone Park’s language and cultural arts programs in Pattie’s name are appreciated. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. WALTERS, Donald E., of Melrose Park. Husband of Mary, nee Angeli; father of Ronald (Kathleen); grandfather of Jacqueline (Christopher) Blomquist and Michele (Fernando) Marcelo; greatgrandfather of Ella and Ethan; brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital are appreciated. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

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