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in this first issue of the new year... Tina Valentino sits down with the Mikey the Nerf Kid who made news around the world when the mean mall Santa made him cry

Area residents are urged to appeal to Cardinal Cupich before midJanuary to keep Sacred Heart School in Melrose Park open


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I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.

Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed at Columbine in 1999

Time for a chain reaction. Sometimes we get indoctrinated into taking directives from people “at the top,” such as our bosses at work, elected officials, pastors and priests, doctors—as if we don’t have any good ideas of our own or any power to make a difference or that we would “get in trouble” if we make any waves. After nearly a year in isolation, taking orders from some people who have no greater knowledge of a situation than any one of us, I am ready to make my first wave of the new year and I hope you’ll take the plunge with me. And while the thrust of this column comes from a slow-burning intolerance of hypocrisy, misuse and abuse, make no mistake: it truly is a salute to and a plea for a chain reaction of compassion that I am shouting from the rooftops today. When it came to my attention that Sacred Heart School in Melrose Park was blindsided by the Archdiocese of Chicago at the end of October, a little and very legitimate fury began festering. I am neither a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church or alumna of the school; I am, however, a lifelong Melrose Park resident with a tremendous passion and respect for tradition and the sheer tenacity that is required to keep anything flourishing for over a century. I attended a Catholic school from kindergarten through college and, among the things I’ve observed is that, while tuition pays the bills (barely), the benefits of a faith-based education are incalculable. The Archdiocese, however, has done calculations of its own— once again—and expects Sacred Heart to raise $225,000 by mid-January...or else. Where have I heard this story before? Was it when the Archdiocese shut down Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, St. Domitilla School, St. Maria Goretti School, St. Eulalia School, St. Gertrude School, Divine Infant School, St. Simeon School, Mater Christi School or St. Cyprian School? Congratulations to the Roman Catholic Church, the richest religion in the world, and the Archdiocese of Chicago, which at last count was worth $3.5 billion, for creating a veritable Catholic school wasteland in the western suburbs and for penalizing Sacred Heart, the last refuge of dedication, rigorous academic curriculum and an atmosphere of faith formation for its low enrollment during an unprecedented pandemic year. Where exactly is your compassion? Have you no compassion for fearful parents? Unemployed parents? For a community of predominantly Hispanic immigrants seeking the option of a Catholic education? Have you traded in your “Welcome the Stranger” campaign for the almighty dollar? Are you at all familiar with the words of Pope Francis: We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace? Or only the words of the Archdiocese accountants in the middle of a Covid-19 outbreak? Sacred Heart School has never once failed to meet the criteria necessary to keep its doors open. Its dedicated staff and families and its extended family of Melrose Park, Franklin Park, Hillside, Berkeley, Schiller Park, Maywood, Bellwood and Stone Park have proudly supported this landmark, this beacon of hope for Catholics and non-Catholics alike for 120 years. Take the plunge with me because it’s the right thing to do. You can donate to the GoFundMe page but an urgent e-mail costs nothing. Shout from the rooftops. Contact the Cardinal by email: https://www.archchicago.org/about-us/contact-the-cardinal. Call the Cardinal’s office at 312-534-8230 because you believe that an exemplary school, at the very least, deserves a chance to recover from the pandemic. Dear Cardinal Cupich: show some compassion.

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High-traffic distribution in the towns including Oak Park and River Forest, Bellwood, Berkeley, North Riverside, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Westchester as well as Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Northlake, Schiller Park, River Grove and other communities. Neighborstm has the edge over other publications when it comes to readership. Tina Valentino Executive Editor and Contributor Winner of a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism Dee Tintori Account Executive Mailing Address P.O. Box 1501, Melrose Park, IL 60161-1501 Phone Phone 708.343.0205 E-mail & Website mel60160@aol.com www.neighborsmagazine.com READ ISSUES ONLINE AT WWW.ISSUU.COM PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any manner without permission. Opinions and advertisements expressed are those of the writers themselves and are in no way to be construed as statements, positions or endorsements by in particular, inc. © 2021 Neighborstm is a trademark of in particular, inc.

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Is your Melrose Park home still decorated for the holidays? You could be featured in the The Rose and win a prize on behalf of Mayor Serpico and the Youth Commission. There will be five top prizes of $150 and five runner up prizes of $50. Take a nighttime photo of your home and email it to therose@melrosepark.org on or before January 8. Type Mayor Serpico/MPYC Holiday Decorations in the subject line and in the body of the email include your name, address, and best phone number.


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“One of the many morals of this story is that Christmas should be magical. It’s not the time for opinions or politics. Santa’s job is to bring joy to kids.” —Sabella DeCarlo, Mikey’s mom

NO NERF? Meet Mikey

MELROSE PARK HERO IS ONLY 4 YEARS OLD Michael DeCarlo III, now known around the globe as Mikey the Nerf Kid, asked the Harlem Irving Plaza mall Santa for just one Christmas gift: a Nerf gun. A video, taken by his grandmother of what should have been a precious exchange, went viral after the HIP Santa relentlessly humiliated him, crushed his hopes and reduced him to tears, leaving his mother and grandmother in shock.

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Mikey DeCarlo might be only four years old but he already loves the sport of boxing and he amazes onlookers at Ferrara Pan Fitness Factory in Forest Park with his focus and determination. Little did the pintsize Rocky Balboa fan realize that the lowest blow imaginable would come from someone representing the jolly legendary character in a red suit who loads up a sleigh and brings toys to good children each year at Christmas. Last month, on December 6, Mikey waited nervously for his turn to sit across the table from the socially-distant Santa at Harlem-Irving Plaza mall. His grandmother, from several feet away, videotaped him, twirling his face mask, ramping up for his first real conversation with the

North Pole native. Aside from wishing for “an end to Covid,” Mikey humbly asked Santa for just one present: a Nerf gun. But this “woke” Santa wasted no time throwing the first punch, followed by a few more jabs. Even when his mom, Sabella, tried to clarify that he had asked for a Nerf, Santa planted his feet and threw in the uppercut. “Nope. No guns. Not even a Nerf gun. Nope. If your dad wants to get it for you that’s fine but I can’t bring it to you so what else would you like?” Reeling from humiliation while the Santa served up alternate toy ideas like bikes and Legos, Mikey finally burst into tears, breaking the hearts of millions of people who watched the now-viral video. story continues on page 8

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continued from page 6 Sabella DeCarlo’s mother posted the video to her Facebook page, just as she has posted parties and pumpkin patches in the past but as friends and family watched in horror and shared the post to their social media outlets, the number of outraged viewers grew exponentially, passing the 200,000 mark on Facebook within hours and trending on Twitter to the tune of more than a million views, surpassing controversial rapper Cardi B within days of the mall visit. Twitter exposure sparked massive cable TV coverage from Fox & Friends, Newsmax, Louder with Crowder, The Dan Bongino Show, The Five to The Pascal Show; print and digital stories spanned the globe: from the New York Post, Washington Times, USA Today, Yahoo News, Newsweek, Christian, sports and law enforcement journals across the country to the United Kingdom and even Australia. YouTube’s Robby Starbuck featured the DeCarlos on a recent episode and he was also instrumental in the shipment of hundreds of Nerf guns to rally support for Mikey. No organization was more incensed about the black eye that “mean Santa” gave to a four-year old boy than the National Rifle Association (NRA), which contacted the DeCarlo family after Mikey rose to Twitter fame. “Mall Santa didn’t want to give Michael a Nerf gun for Christmas and

made him cry,” the NRA said on Twitter, accompanied by their video of young Mikey DeCarlo receiving Nerf guns from Santa. “The NRA made it its mission to fix this and make his Christmas the best EVER.” NRA staff and a video crew traveled to Melrose Park to restore Mikey’s faith in the purest time of the year, giving him the surprise of his life—along with a lifetime NRA membership. Michael DeCarlo, Mikey’s dad, publicly thanked the NRA in the video “for making my family’s Christmas one we will never forget.” Looking back on the debacle that rocked this very private family, Sabella DeCarlo reflected, “One of the many morals of this story is that Christmas should be magical. It’s not the time for opinions or politics. Santa’s job is to bring joy to kids. Though some people have injected negative comments into the situation, my son is not a spoiled brat. He’s still a baby and he’s actually kind of jaded now after having been shamed for asking for a mainstream toy that is sold at nearly every retailer. It’s not like he asked for a unicorn or a puppy or a house. I wasn’t prepared at all for that confrontation with my son and, at the end of the day, it’s not Santa’s job to tell my son or anyone’s child “no.” It’s my job to tell my son “no.” Kids should be able to confide in Santa and say what they want. It’s not up to Santa to make these decisions and be political.”

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HIP mall responded promptly. The “woke” Santa resigned and HIP dispatched the “real” Santa to the DeCarlo home with a Nerf to diffuse the onslaught of bad publicity. But it has been the generosity of corporations like Hasbro and Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs who rallied for Mikey (who now has 5,000+ followers on Instagram)—and the subsequent donation of hundreds of toys from Nerfs to Barbies, coloring books and board games to less fortunate kids—that has resuscitated the true spirit and meaning of Christmas. Mikey was on hand to present the first shipment of donations to the Salvation Army and, since Mikey’s dad is a 17-year veteran of the Melrose Park Police Department, more than 100 Nerfs were shared with the families of first responders, members of the Maywood Sportsmen’s Club and Toys for Tots, which struggled to collect donations this year due to the pandemic. “Another moral of this story is that, while he may not realize it now, Mikey has learned more about giving than most four-year olds. He is very blessed, I want him to know he’s blessed and that helping others and sharing is something we should always try to do. Something positive and joyful has come from all of this. Though some of Michael’s Christmas magic was stolen from him that day, a lot of kids in need will still believe and they had a much brighter holiday,”


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This is an appeal—not just to Melrose Park residents and parishioners but to area residents in the communities of Franklin Park, Hillside, Berkeley, Schiller Park, Maywood, Bellwood, Stone Park and Westchester as well. The Archdiocese of Chicago has notified Sacred Heart School, 815 N. 16th Avenue in Melrose Park, that it will decide the fate of the school in mid-January. Despite 120+ years of faithful service to the community and to the Archdiocese, Sacred Heart is apparently being penalized for low enrollment—in the middle of a pandemic. At the beginning of the school year, shrouded with the uncertainty of the Covid-19 virus, many parents did not feel at ease sending their children back to school, choosing remote learning until their jobs were secure and a vaccine could provide greater peace of mind. The decrease in enrollment, caused solely by the pandemic, dram atically affected the school’s finances—and the Archdiocese is now demanding payment of $225,000 in January 2021 to keep the doors open. According to a 2016 article in Crain’s Chicago Business, the Archdiocese of Chicago “as a whole reported assets valued at $3.5 billion.” Surely, the headquarters of Catholic faith and love in Chicago, on the heels of the season of giving, could propose, at the very least, a “second chance” or a game plan to the school which has consistently met the Archdiocese’s criteria for over a century. Should Sacred Heart be forced to close, the western suburbs will be a barren Catholic wasteland, with few options for parents who emphatically want their children enrolled in a faith-filled, child-centered environment. Any and all area residents are encouraged to act decisively and contact the Cardinal. Send an email through the website at https://www.archchicago.org/about-us/contact-the-cardinal or call the Ca rdinal’s office at 312-534-8230. To donate to the school’s GoFundMe page, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/rtrrh9-save-our-school to read the urgent plea. To learn more about this vibrant, much-needed anchor in the community, visit the school website at www.shsmelrosepark.com.

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While alumni donations have helped to upgrade the appearance of the school and grounds, support scholarships, technology, music and athletic endeavors, Walther Christian Academy, 900 Chicago Avenue in Melrose Park, asks area residents to consider donating to the school and its families who have faced unimaginable challenges financially and struggle to keep their child enrolled. “To many of our students, this school is a place where they feel cared about and encouraged to discover their passion. We are producing students who will be future leaders in their communities: teachers, pastors, musicians, scientists, engineers and business owners. We are the last Lutheran High School in Chicagoland and we deeply want to remain open. Please help us stay here, teaching our children to love Christ and to lead a life of joy and success,” said Principal Tim Bouman. For more information on making a do nation, visit the website at www.walther.com or contact the school at 344-0404.

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On October 30, 2020, Sacred Heart School, 815 N. 16th Avenue in Melrose Park, was informed by the Archdiocese of Chicago that the school is in jeopardy of closing its doors after 120 years—despite the fact that the school has never been on a list prior to this. Enrollment this year has decreased due to the Coronavirus pandemic, putting the school in financial straits. Sacred Heart needs to raise $225,000 by January in order to keep our school operational. The decision by Cardinal Cupich will be made mid-January; Sacred Heart is the only Catholic grade school in Melrose Park and it serves the communities of Franklin Park, Hillside, Berkeley, Schiller Park, Maywood, Bellwood, Stone Park, Westchester and Melrose Park. The school as launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money and a Cash Raffle will be held on Januar y 30th. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds will benefit the school. Tickets are available in the school office or call 681-0240 for more information. To donate to the GoFundMe page, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/rtrrh9-save-our-school to read the urgent plea for parents, parishioners and staff to keep the school open.

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elmwood Park Public library. Located at 1 Conti Parkway, call 453-7645 or visit the website at www.elmwoodparklibrary.org. The Library is open with limited hours. Connect on social media. Elmwood Park StoryWalk: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, January 1-8 for all ages. Visit Central Park to read the book in the library’s first-ever StoryWalk then scan a QR code to get directions back to the library to pick up a Grinch-themed craft. Please social distance or wear a mask. Program sponsored by the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Civic Organization, Elmwood Park Public Works and Girl Scout Brownie Troop #45821. Virtual Story Time (Zoom). Tuesday, January 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10-10:30 am. Ages 0-6. Sign up to get Zoom link. Virtual Chair Yoga (Zoom): Mondays, January 11 and 25, 1 to 2 pm. Adults, sign up to receive the Zoom link. Virtual Tuesday Night Book Discussion (Zoom): January 19, 7 to 8:30 pm. Adults, sign up to receive the Zoom link. Discuss this month’s book, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Copies of the book available at the Adult Services desk. Teen Carryout Kit: Mug Cakes. Pick up the week of January 25 (grades 7-12), sign up required. Enjoy a quick and easy dessert for one with a microwave mug cake. Pick up January 25-30. Virtual MidKids Read, Wednesday, January 27, 4 to 4:45 pm. Grades 3-6, sign up to receive the Zoom link. Talk about Twins by Varian Johnson. Provide a library card when you register. Virtual Family Bingo Night. Thursday, January 28, 7 to 8 pm. All ages. Must register online to receive the link. Franklin Park Public library. Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, call 847-455-6016 or visit www.fppld.org. Building is currently closed but staff still offers curbside pick up and virtual programs. Kids Craft & Activity Kits. Sign up for a different craft each week and get Grab-N-Go kits for children in grades K-5 and Tween Take-NMake for grades 4-6. Visit fppld.org/kids/programs for details. Watercolor Painting Take-Home Kit. Find out more and sign up at fppld.org/adults/programs. Limit 48. Must register. January 4-8. Tai Chi (January 5 and 19) and Chair Yoga (January 11 and 25) are still available online via Zoom. Visit the Library website at fppld.org/adults/programs for details. Storytime & Craft @ Home via Zoom. Ages 0-5 with caregiver. Register at www.fppld.org/kids/programs for the link. Fridays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10 to 10:30 am. Hot Cocoa Bombs Take-Home Kit. Make your own! Find out more at fppld.org/adults/programs. Limit 30. Must register. January 11-15. Anime Club is back virtually. Sign up on the website for updates. Grades 6-12. Friday, January 22, 4 to 5 pm. Hand Lettering. Learn the basics in this virtual program that includes a variety of techniques for modern and classic styles and a demonstration of the “tools of the trade.” Must register. Library programs continue on p age 26

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n snowball Bingo. Enjoy a boxed lunch prepared by Cuomo Catering and bingo on Friday, January 22 from Noon to 2 pm at Grant Park in Northlake, 44 W. Golfview Drive. Fee is $10 per person. n Bunco and Brunch. Calling all Bunco lovers! This program is designed with social butterflies in mind but welcomes all. Invite some friends to play and sign up for both January dates! Fee is $8 per person per event. Monday, January 11, 11 am to 1 pm at Grant Park, 44 W. Golfview Drive, Northlake Monday, January 25, 11 am to 1 pm at George A. Leoni Complex, 800 17th Avenue in Melrose Park.

n early childhood: sweet Treats and crafts. Sign up now for a Valentine-themed class filled with crafts, songs and making snacks. For ages 3-6. Wednesdays, February 3-17, 4:30 to 5:15 pm at Bulger Preschool, 1601 Hirsch in Melrose Park. $29/44. n youth athletics: youth Fit (Fitness for kids). Basic exercise techniques will be taught, obstacle courses and other activities will create a healthy, competitive atmosphere. Ages 10-14, Mondays, January 11February 22 at Cimbalo Fitness Center, 1203 N. 24th Avenue, Melrose Park. $35/$50. Basketball Camp, ages 8-14 at Grant Park Baseball Camp, ages 8-14 at Leoni Complex Volleyball Camp, ages 8-14 at Grant Park gym Sports 101 Camp, ages 4-6, Leoni Complex n dance and creative arts: Ballet. Our popular dance program is designed to teach your child how to be creative through movement. Ballet classes will take part in a mini-recital and grand finale dance recital. Recital dress is included in the fee. Ballet or Jazz shoes required. Kahl Park, 255 Palmer in Northlake. Twinkling Stars Introduction to Ballet, ages 3-4 Tuesdays, January 12-April 27, 5:30 to 6:15 pm or Thursdays, January 14-April 29, 5:30 to 6:15 pm or Saturdays, January 16-May 1, 10 to 10:45 am $135/$145 Ballet I to further their techniques, ages 5-7 Tuesdays, January 12-April 27, 6:30 to 7:15 pm or Thursdays, January 14-April 29, 6:30 to 7:15 pm or Saturdays, January 16-May 1, 11 to 11:45 am $150/$160 Ballet I I, ages 7-11, create ballet routines Wednesdays January 13-April 28, 5:30 to 6:15 pm or Thursdays, January 14-April 29, 6:30 to 7:15 pm or Saturdays, January 16-May 1, 12 to 12:45 am $150/$160 n modern Jazz ages 6-10. Wednesdays, January 13-April 28, 6:30 to 7:15 pm. $135/$145. Kahl Park, 255 Palmer in Northlake. n Perfect Portraits. For ages 9 and up. Learn techniques to draw realistic faces, create self-portraits and more. Thursdays, January 14-February 18, 5-6 pm at Grant Park. $60/$75. n cimbalo Fitness center: hatha yoga For Beginner yogis. Learn the basics of yoga, deep breathing techniques, meditation, poses and asanas. These techniques offer many health benefits such as improved posture and balance, stronger joints and muscles and a healthier mindset. For ages 15 and up. Sundays, January 10-February 17, 9-10 am at Cimbalo Fitness Center, 1203 N. 24th Avenue, Melrose Park. $35/$50.

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hillside Public library. Located at 405 Hillside Avenue, call 449-7510 or visit www.hillsidelibrary.org. You can also get library information by following on Facebook and Instagram. Closed until further notice. Take advantage of online library services such as downloading e-books and magazines with Overdrive, stream free movies with Kanopy and access video storybooks on Scholastic BookFlix. Winter Reading Challenge Online. Read at least 10 hours between January 1 to February 13. Keep track on the library’s Beanstack site or the Beanstack Tracker App. All ages. Win prizes. Adults First Wednesday Book Discussion. January 6, 2 pm on Zoom. Discuss Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory. Adult Bingo. Tuesdays in January from 12:30 to 1:15 pm. Or at 6 pm on Mondays. Register for the bingo card link and Zoom invite by calling the library or email rfuener@hillsidelibrary.org. Teens are invited to call or check the website for ongoing YA crafts and activities available for pickup on request. Contact Miss Amy for some kid-friendly fun and Boredom Buster activities. melrose Park Public library. 801 Broadway. Call 649-7400 or visit www.mpplibrary.org. Express Services. The library is open for checking out material, returning material, applying/renewing library cards, self-service photocopying, mobile printing and scanning. Computer reservations. Limited computer use is available for Melrose Park or Maywood residents ages 16 and older. Reservations must be made in advance and a valid ID presented at the time of your appointment. Call 649-7485 to schedule a time. Books in a Bag: Let Us Choose Your Next Great Read. Visit www.MPPLibrary.org to fill out a form with your reading interests. You’ll be notified when your personalized selection of books is ready to pick up. You’ll receive a bag with handpicked titles along with a few surprises. For adults, teens and kids. Youth Services : Make It Mondays. Check out the virtual program on the Library YouTube channel. Call for information or stop in to pick up weekly craft supplies. For ages 3 and up. Online Storytimes are posted on the YouTube channel. Find all the videos and new videos are posted monthly to enjoy from home. northlake Public library. 231 N. Wolf Road in Northlake. Call 562-2301 or visit the website at www.northlakelibrary.org. Boost Your Immunity. Looking to stay healthy. Learn some tips, tricks and techniques on Tuesday, January 19, 7 to 7:30 pm in a Zoom session with Sabrina Schottenhamel. Healthy Recipes Series. Join through Facebook Live and follow along. Wednesday, January 27, 7 to 7:30 pm: Smoothies. Kitchen Basics on Facebook Live. Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm: Eggs Every way. Simple, easy-to-learn techniques that can benefit home cooks of all skill levels. Virtual Computer Classes are one-hour long, via Zoom, with daytime, evening and weekend hours available. Call for details. Library programs continue on page 28

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Triton alumna and adjunct faculty member Chef Carolina Diaz recently hosted a “Tri it” Virtual Cooking Class to raise money for the Triton College Alumni Association’s Alumni Legacy Scholarship. The livestreamed interactive class featured the Northlake native and Proviso West graduate as she prepared Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta. Registered participants were able to watch and interact with her from their homes. In all, participant donations totaled $3,645. The scholarship fund also benefited from a $5,000 donation from Barilla. The pasta company donated 150 units of Collezione, Blue Box, and Legume pasta along with Pesto sauce and Vero Gusto sauce. The Barilla product donations mitigated event costs allowing more of the proceeds to fund the Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Chef Diaz became a Barilla International Master of Pasta in 2018. She traveled to Milan, Italy to compete for two d ays against a group of 15 chefs from around the world in the Barilla World Pasta Championship. Learn more about her passion for cooking at www.barilla.com/en-us/collezione-pasta-with-chef-carolina-diaz. The company generously donated to the scholarship fund in support of Chef Diaz’s efforts to engage with alumni and community members. “It was exciting to host an event of this kind. We took an innovative approach to interacting with supporters despite not being able to gather in person,” Diaz said. “It is all for the benefit of our students.” In addition to being a Triton College adjunct faculty member, Diaz is head chef at Terzo Piano located inside of the Art Institute of Chicago. At the top donation level, participants received the featured entrée's main ingredients including Barilla pasta and sauce. The participants’ packages also displayed Triton College students’ work and included: • Red Beard’s Private Reserve hot sauce produ ced by a Triton student. • Chocolate truffles, biscotti, and chocolate chip cookies with sea salt made by Triton College Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) Program students. • A cookbook featuring recipes from Triton College HIA students. • A bottle of wine featuring a label designed by Triton College Visual Communication Graphic Design Program students. • A basil plant from the Triton College Horticulture Department. • A Cernan Earth and Space Center four-tic ket pack with a gift. • A Triton College branded cup, Triton College branded masks and hand sanitizer. • The entire package was placed in a reusable wooden container custom-made by Triton College Engineering Technology students. For more information about Triton College Alumni Relations, visit the website at https://www.triton.edu/about/alumni. Neighbors • 30


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h Bartucci, Mario, 92. Veteran of the United States Army. Husband to Elaine S. nee Donato, Bartucci; father of Joseph (Nellina) Bartucci, Denise Bartucci, and Annette (Michael) DeVeno; grandfather of Santino Bartucci, Giuseppe Bartucci, Mario (Sara) Shermack, Anthony Bartucci, Michael DeVeno and Josephine DeVeno; great-grandfather of Vincent Shermack; brother of the late Carmela (the late Danny) Infelise, Irma (Jack) Manfredini, the late Esther (the late Vincen zo) Cirolia, and the late Gilda (Anthony) DiMeo; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. BErNaL, Cruz Elvira, 76. Wife of Alexis Sr.; mother of Alexis Jr. (Johanna), Jorge (Linda) and Erika (Miguel) Saucedo; nana of Angelo, Desolina, Nico, Aidan, Hannah and Layla. Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Chapel, Eagle Pass, Texas. BEhrENdt, Deacon Raymond J. of Melrose Park, formerly of River Forest. Deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago at Sacred Heart Church, Melrose Park. Husband of Lois and the late Mary; stepfather of Michael (Michele) Mosco and Annette (Andrew) Spencer; grandfather of Joseph, Lauren, Daniel, Stefanie, Eric and Zachary; brother of the late Edward (Audrey) Behrendt; uncle and friend of many. Donations to Franciscan Outreach of Chicago or Sacred Heart Church are appreciated. Founder and member of Franciscan Outreach of Chicago, member of the 3rd Order o f Franciscans. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BOrjON, Froilan. Husband of Maria Aguirre; father of Luis (Nayelli), Chonita (Jamie), Rosy (Alfredo), Celia (David); grandfather of Alexis, Eduardo, Maury, Alexander, Camila, and Emeliano; brother of Irma, the late Hortenzia, Salvador, Artemia, Ubert, and Elva; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BuENO, Rafaela A. Wife of the late Manuel Valenzuela; mother of Luz (Juan) Rios, Maria (Sergio) Gonzalez and Emma (Joe) Carlin; grandmother of Laura Rodarte, Gricelda Rios, Michelle Carlin, Juan (Alisa) Rios and Abron Carlin; sister, aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. chavira, Efrain T., 78. Ex-husband of Maria Chavira Nevarez; father of Evelia (Rafael) Rios, Doris (Sean) Vazquez and Gladys (Manuel) Ramirez; g randfather of Destiny, Seth, Faith, Millie, Alyssa, Bianca and Cynthia. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. camBENsy, Marietta A., nee Burdi, 77. Mother of Jennifer (Andrew) Guzzo and Jason (Jennifer) Cambensy; former wife of Douglas Cambensy; grandmother of Isabella Guzzo, Nathan Cambensy, Meyer Cambensy and Isabella Cambensy; sister of Joseph (Mary) Burdi, the late Angela (late Hank) Brogato and the late Lucille (Robert) McG hee; aunt and great-aunt of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. cOrrEa, Griselda Medina. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. Notices continue on page 34

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NEIGHBORS d’amBrOsiO, Rocco, 54. Husband of Ana, nee Rivera; father of Katrina, Nikko and Rocco II; son of Eleanor “Tubby,” nee Airdo and the late William “Rocky” D’Ambrosio; grandson of Mary “Nani” and the late Dominic “Pa” Airdo; brother of Roxanne and Renee; uncle of Nicole, Carl, Rocky and Gabriella; cousin and friend to many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. di PriziO, Pa tricia. Wife of Ronald; mother of Debby (Kurt) Fries, Karen Di Prizio and Denise (Steve) Nagy; grandmother of Jordan (J.T.) Di Prizio, Eve Fries, Noah Nagy, Lucy Fries and Kyle Nagy; greatgrandmother of Landan and Ryker Dean-Davis; sister of Georgene Edwards, Mickey Petrella and Beverly Birch; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Hom e, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. garcia, Gildardo. Father of Edwin and Ahitza; grandfather of Ezra. Interment at Fairview Memorial Park. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. giOrdaNO, Peter. Husband of the late Ella Giordano; father of Guy (Michelle) Giordano; grandfather of Frank (Kayla), Joseph and Alyssa (Alex); great-grandfather of Everyly and Joe; brother of Anna (Alex) Serpico, the late John (Jean) Giordano, the late Tony (Dolores) Giordano, and the late Alfred (Bea) Giordano; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. guytON, Forestine. Fiance of the late Henry Grant; mother of Brandon Grant; sister of Flora (John), Jeanette, Hervin Jr. (Patty) and Irvin (Tammy); special aunt of Marquis, Mar ius, Marek, Cedric, Chanta, Carols and Shelly; niece, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. jamErO, Asteria. Daughter of the late Pancrasio and Olimpia; sister of Victoria (Alex) Virador, Juanita, Conrado, Flavia (Diomedes) Enso, Demetria Jamero. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Donations to the family are appreciated. Arrangements by Car bonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. jOhNsON, Marlene G., 81, formerly of Melrose Park. Wife of the late Eugene; mother of Dale (Sunday); grandmother of Jessica and Joseph; sister of the late Gerald, Ronald and Walter Simon; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. LarsON, William J., 80, of Stone Park. Father of Ginger; b rother of Joan A. (George) Felt, Dolly M. Larsen, the late Robert A. (Virginia) Larsen. Dear Uncle of Victoria (Thomas) Shea, George (Katina) Felt, Kevin (Tracey) Larsen, Gregory Larsen and Lesley (Keith) Breitenbach; great-uncle of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. LOmEdicO, Laura. Daughter of the late John and Joyce Lomedico; longtime friend of John and Conce tta Conenna. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. LuNa, Maria De Jesus Salamanca. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. martiNEz, Adela. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

mckiNNEy, Eureka Angelique, 52, of Bellwood. Mother of Solomon (Wynter) Mays, Antonio Mays, Avonte Sr. (Lutisha) Mays, Alonzo Mays and Solomina Mays; daughter of Eddie B. Marcus Sr. and Betty Jo McKinney Powers; grandmother of Somaya, Solai, Summer, Stormi, Taylor, Jurney, Avonte Jr., Kyng, Avontee, Lamarion, Krissanna, Adonnis and Fernun; sister of Marcus, Maurice, Mario, Eddie Bernard II, Joshua, Rode rick, Valencia, Taylor and Reese; aunt of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. mOLiNa, Juan Jose. Son of Juan and Rosario Molina; brother of Jorge (Margaret), Javier, Otto (Pamela), Dagoberto (Maria) and Gabriel (fiance Miledez); nephew, uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. mONtENEgrO, Guadalupe Rodrigu ez, 62, of Northlake. Wife of Alfredo; mother of Marisol, Consuelo, Jose and Kassandra; grandmother of Julia, Sophia, Erick and Lilliana; sister of Elva Palomares, Francisco Avila, Jose Angel Avila, Jose Inez Avila, Luz Garcia and Francisco Arredondo; aunt and great-aunt of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. NaPOLitaNO, Francesca. Wife of the late Francesco; sis ter of 10; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. PaPE, Dominick K. Son of Joseph S. and Nancy J. Pape; brother of Lynn (Max) Chamberlain, Tammy (Scott) Braam and Marjorie O’Benar (Eric Coleman); uncle of Alexandra (Nicholas) Koop, Samantha (Thomas) Kurtz, Robert Baur and David Baur. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. Patrick, Latrice, 49. Mother of Devon and Victoria; daughter of the late Willie and Janice; sister of Angie; aunt of Meshia.Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. PEtitt, Lawrence, 90, of Northlake. Husband of Frances, nee Raia, Petitt; father of Michael (Deborah) Petitt, Joan (Pete) Bokina, the late Lawrence J . and the late James L.; grandfather of Michael Petitt, James Petitt, Ashley (Ryan) Schmidt and Thomas Petitt; greatgrandfather of Kaylee and James Petitt, Drew, Aiden and Molly Petitt and Adelina Robledo Petitt; brother of the late Joseph (the late Camille) Petitt, the late Ida (the late Joseph) Coletta, the late Helen (the late Carl) Bowde; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Russo’s H illside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. PhiLLiPs, Mina F., nee Foley. Wife of the late Larry; mother of Mina (Patrick) Caputo; grandmother of Kira, Lyla and Colin; sister of the late Sandra Foley. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. h POPPE, Fred W., 87, of Westchester. Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of Donna; father of Sandra (Greg) Kipper, Susana Poppe, and Sally “Alex” Poppe; grandfather of David Hori and James Kipper; uncle of many. Former Treasurer for the Westchester Public Library. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

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NEIGHBORS h quaLEatti, Carl, 95. Veteran of the United States Army and recipient of the Bronze Star as an Army PFC in the liberation of Europe during World War II. Husband of the late Antoinette “Nettie,” nee Pontrelli; father of Gail and Donna (Steve) Sherbondy and the late Janis Orchell; grandfather of Katelyn Breen (Ethan) and 2nd Lt. Matthew (Samantha) Breen; friend of Lauren Sloan; and newest family members Uma and Gabe. Lifetime member of the VFW Post 5979. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. quaraNta, Mary Ann. Wife of Matthew; mother of Anamarie, Frank (Cathy) Quaranta; grandmother of Melissa, Alexandra, John Matthew, Anna Maria and Frankie; sister of the late Raymond; sister-in-law, great-grandmother, aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. ramOs, Aroldo Anastacio Garcia. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melros e Park. rEggi, Steven D., 70. Son of Reo and Elizabeth, nee Sucato, Reggi; brother of Michael (Julie) Reggi, Mary Beth (James) Mammas, David (Desiree) Reggi; uncle of Michelle, Gina, Steven and David; godfather of Daniel and David; friend of many. Donations to www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org are appreciated. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. rOcha, Saul. Husband of Maria E. Ortiz; fath er of Saul (Maria) Zamora and Yolanda (Gabriel) Lugo; grandfather of Alan (Kiara), Kayla, Julius, Danny, Adrian and Nathan; brother of Esperanza, Elvira, Francisco, Evalicia, Roberto, Josephina, Estella and Ruben; brother-inlaw, uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. rOciOLa, Annette M., nee Prestia. Wife of Louis; mother of Vincent (fiance Marina); grandmother of Stella; sister of Fran (Donna Clesen) Prestia; sister-in-law of Denise Rociola; cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. rOssi, Ann, nee Buonavolanto, 94. Wife of the late Dominic; mother of Corrine (Anthony) Falbo, Jackie (late Dominick) DiSilvio, Carl (Linda) and the late Dominic Jr. (Linda); grandmother of 12; great-grandmother of 16; sister of Joseph (late Peggy) Buonavolanto, late John (Gloria) Buonavolanto, late Jimmy (Sandy) Buonavol anto, late Mary (late Dominic) Russo and the late Carl (Johanna) Buonavolanto; aunt, great-aunt and great-great-aunt to many. Donations in Ann’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org are appreciated. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. h saBatiNO, Russell. Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of the late Rosemary, Guarino; father of Russell (Victoria), Joseph (Ann) and John (Ann) grandfather o f Steven, Michael (Melissa), Tricia (Brian) Schroeder, John (Anne), Deanna (Matt) Boyes, Nicolette (Kerry) Anderson, Joseph (Jackie); great-grandfahter of Tyler, Milo, Andrea Rose, Patrick and Leo; brother of Anthony, Michael, the late Barbara and James; brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

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h saLadiNO, Pasquale “Pat,” 94. Veteran of the United States Navy. Husband of the late Frances, nee Spatafore; father of Janice (Kevin) Holland and Lisa (Joseph) Dastice; grandfather of Kyle Holland, Stephanie Holland, Dina (David) Gallagher, Lisa (James) Unger and James Dastice; great-grandfather of Reagan Gallagher, Gianna Gallagher and Sophia Gallagher; brother of the late Louis (Bella); uncle and great-uncle of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. saNchEz, Raul. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. sEPuLvEda, Teresa, nee Gamboa, 84. Wife of Jose; mother of Leticia (Romulo) Gamboa, Jose A. “Pepe,” Roberto (Adelaida “Lila”) and the late Ricardo “Guerro”; grandmother of Alysia, Joseluis, Ricardo, Roberto Valentino (RJ), Alejandra, Julian, Yadira; greatgrandmother of Camila; sister of Lorenzo (Manuela), Julia (late Guillermo), Ignacio (Es peranza), Rosendo (Elsa), Alfredo (Dora), Antonio and Francisco; aunt, godmother and friend of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. stELLatO, Joseph Anthony “Pepe.” Father of Joseph and Anthony Stellato; son of June Stellato, nee Sperando and the late Anthony Stellato Jr.; brother of Kerry Jo; nephew of Marie Sperando, Jerry Sperando, late Richard (Patti), the late Frances Sperando, late Angie (Carmen) Fiorvanti; cousin o f Richard, Vincent, Dina and Joe Sperando; cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. thOmas, Henry, 95, of Maywood. Husband of the late Ann E. Thomas, nee Poole; father of Donald Henry (Peggy) Thomas and Marsha Ann Thomas; grandfather of Paulina Thomas; brother of the late Mildred (the late Benny) Smith and the late Sarah Thomas; uncle and cousin of many. Member of the Greater Open Door Baptist Church, Usher Board member and President Emeritus. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. vituLLi, Leonard J. Beloved Husband of the late Grace, nee Lisuzzo; father of Helene Vitulli and Ralph (Debra) Vitulli; grandfather of Jace, Angel, Nick and Jim; brother of Mike Sr. (the late Maryanne) Vitulli; uncle of Michael Jr. (Katherine) Vitulli, Elaine Mongoven, Rose Lisuzzo, Frank (Mary) Grandnetti and Michael (Mae) Grandnetti. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemete ry. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. zarazua, Christina “Tina,” nee Salinas, 53, of Bellwood. Wife of David Zarazua; daughter of Ovidio Salinas and Irene, nee Ramirez, Salinas; daughter-in-law of Jose and Delores Zarazua; sisterin-law of Nancy Zarazua; sister of Gloria Salinas, Irene (the late Sam) Sandoval and the late Elizabeth Zamarron; aunt of Lunna, Jovani, Monica, Mateo, Armani, Mercedes, Ana and Lori. Arrangements b y Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. cOrrEctiON guariscO, William Wayne. Husband of Grace, nee Lucca; father of John, Cheryl (Todd) Wiley and Chrissy; son of the late William and Bernice; grandfather of Luca Wiley, Natalie Wiley, and Jack Wiley; brother of Sandra (Gerald) Cherwin; uncle, cousin, and friend of many.

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