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There is nothing more uncommon than common sense. —Frank Lloyd Wright

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Speechless. It doesn’t happen very often that I am speechless. There’s always something on my mind that manages to make its way out of my mouth, on this page or into a Facebook post. This is one of those times. After attending my godchild’s graduation ceremony held at the Rosemont Theater last month, the idea for this column was born but I put it on the back burner hoping for something more inspirational to come to mind. If you’re expecting the next few paragraphs to be pearls of wisdom instilled in me by my Rosary College mentors; inspired by the world’s greatest and most profound poets and essayists; comingled with my own life experience and sentiments about commencement; or just a robust “hitch your wagon to a star” message to the Class of 2018, you’re about to be greatly disappointed. If you graduated with honors, you should be quite proud. If you got the most applause and whistles at your graduation ceremony because your friends and family were thrilled that you even made it to graduation, you should be ecstatic because there were probably more than a few days when it looked like a diploma was out of your reach. But here’s the rub: at the end of any given day, it doesn’t matter how many cords you have on your gown, how many sashes, stoles, hoods or doctoral velvet tams you can stockpile—in my opinion (maybe because I don’t have a velvet tam), it’s about a simple Proverb: A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning. As I attempted to exit the Rosemont Theater parking lot after the graduation ceremony, all I kept thinking to myself was, “I hope the kids that graduated have more common sense than their parents!” Some people walked aimlessly in the street in front of moving cars, police frantically waved their orange wands but when mom and dad, driving expensive SUVs, aren’t paying any attention then the flow of traffic grinds to a halt and folks who were forced to park in the parking garage languished there for well over an hour. What? Someone wrote, “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.” I’ll drink to that. On the news, at your jobs, out with friends, anywhere in the world you’ll find a big void where common sense should be. During a heat wave, do we need to be told not to leave our children and pets in the car? Is storm chasing something that should be commended? Why is it a law that we have to stop for pedestrians now—too hard to look both ways? Who are these people who don’t wash their hands? Do you truly believe that money can buy happiness? Does having a Ph.D. make you smarter than an uneducated grandmother with a lifetime of experience? Does refusing to ask for help when you need it really build your character? You can’t talk on your cell phone and ride your bike at the same time. You can’t drink and drive. Hello, don’t expect rewards for doing what’s right because that’s what you should be doing. It’s not rocket science. And it is actually cheaper than a degree in rocket science. Use your brains to be mindful, compassionate and practical. Of course, I always advocate hitching your wagon to a star—just be careful and watch the speed limit.

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Mrs. Northica Hillery-Stone passed away on her late husband’s birthday, May 16, 2018 and a celebration of her life is set for June 2 at Second Baptist Church in Maywood. Mrs. Stone was featured on the cover of the January 2008 issue of Neighbors Magazine, long before today’s flourishing circulation so we proudly reprint her story as our tribute to her truly unselfish life.

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northica STONE The loss of Mrs. Stone to our organization, family and community is beyond words. She served her God, church and community for over 50 years. So, in this challenging hour, we take comfort that Mrs. Stone is safe in the bosom of her Lord and Savior.

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he has worn many hats in her life. Dedicated social worker. Inspired choir director and soloist. Survivor of the loss of her husband and a child—prevailing to answer a call, to take on a mission. Her crowning glory, perhaps, is a fusion of each of her passionate undertakings, woven together—a colorful pattern, literally knitted together with the threads of American, local and family histories and individual successes. She is Northica Stone, President and CEO of Operation UpLift and the West Town Museum of Cultural History, located at 104 S. 5th Avenue in Maywood. Recognized by U.S. Presidents and bequeathed the possessions and legacies of some of Maywood’s and this country’s most notable citizens, Mrs. Stone is the keeper of dreams. And for all the citations, she is still an unsung caretaker of connections of human experience. Northica and George Stone shared Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. George especially dared to follow in King’s footsteps. He sought out community leaders, members of private industry and clergy members—two of them, Rev. Sykes and Rev. McNelty had participated in Dr. King’s rallies in Washington, D.C. and marched until they were forced to cool their hot, tired feet in the reflective pool of the nation’s capital. story and photos by tina valentino • continued on page 8 Neighbors • 6


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second floor. “People have lost sight of the fact that Dr. Julian ever lived here,” Stone insists. “It is significant to the image of our community to remind people that success stories like Dr. Julian, with international status, have lived here among us.” Stone has many favorites among the thousands of items collected, but two remain a focal point. “Colonel William T. Nichols, who with the Maywood Development Corporation, founded Maywood in 1869. A senator, state representative and white soldier from Vermont who served in the Civil War, he is best known for surviving the wreck of the SS Republic, a ship that has since been pulled from the ocean floor and yielding a treasure trove of coins. And then there is the Hurst family, the first black family to make their home in Maywood. “The Hursts still have a descendant living in Maywood,” Stone says with pride. “The paradox of these two families, the beginnings of our community are the first things I see at the beginning of every day.” At the end of each day, Stone remains convinced that, with her curator, Jeri Stenson, a void in the community is being filled. “I feel at this point in my life that it is my mission to pursue this cause but I hope and pray that I can influence somebody else to follow in my footsteps. Dr. King was undoubtedly the impetus to the group that founded UpLift. So many things took place because of him. That’s why we have been celebrating him and what he was about for the past 20 years.” Museum hours are limited but one historical site is open to the public every day of the year. At the McDonald’s at 1st and Lake Street, a monument to the Underground Railroad marks the exact location of a “Ten Mile Freedom House.” Big Macs and milk shakes now make their home where black slaves once

secretly took shelter. The public is invited to appreciate this Museum “annex” and also view Museum artifacts prominently displayed in a glass case inside the McDonald’s. Northica Stone is relentless in her pursuit of excellence, in her allegiance to her husband’s dream, in her adherence to Dr. King’s dream. As Thoreau wrote, “most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Not Stone. This choir director and Second Baptist soloist continues to sing the praises of the past and pray for a harmonious future. “When we’re gone, all of this— our history, genealogy, our impact—will be lost unless it is preserved. This is my calling, our mission, that something will be left here forever, so people will know.” Hallelujah.

For nearly 20 years, Northica Stone, Laurietta “Jeri” Stenson and the West Town Museum of Cultural History Board labored to let the world know that Dr. Percy and Mrs. Julian lived in Maywood during the most accomplished 15 years of their lives. Mrs. Stone wrote to the U.S. Postal Service after the release of the 29¢ Dr. Percy Lavon Julian postage stamp was released; she wrote to the Chicago Tribune; petitions were circulated to rename Proviso Academy or Washington School but all efforts were unsuccessful. Finally, after many attempts and numerous property owners, on September 17, 2010, the corner of 14th and Oak in Maywood, which should have been packed with students from local grade schools, high schools and colleges, and people of all ages, was renamed Honorary Percy Lavon Julian Family Way. Dr. Julian’s daughter, Faith, spoke to the modest crowd, of her mother’s cultural achievements and her father’s more than 100 life-saving patents. (Top photo, Mrs. Stone and Jeri Stenson; below, Faith Julian (left) and Mrs. Stone celebrate Julian Family Way.


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SUMMER 2018 YOUR GUIDE TO EVENTS CLOSE TO HOME Keep in mind that most concert venues ask that you bring your own lawn chair and/or blankets. Call the village or park district for updated information.

BELLWOOD

� Pink Divas & Gents Walk/Run. Everyone is invited to join Village Clerk Janel Moreland for the Village of Bellwood’s 1st Pink Divas & Gents Breast Cancer Walk/Run set for Saturday, June 30. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force. Join local business owners like Sam Stanovich of Firehouse Subs Stone Park as a sponsor or simply join the cause for a $25 registration fee. The Walk begins at 9:30 am at the Village Hall, 3200 Washington Boulevard in Bellwood and proceeds through the north side streets of Bellwood; registration begins at 8 am. All those who register will receive a t-shirt. To become a sponsor or sign up your school, church, business or yourself, call 547-3500, ext. 1103.

BERKELEY

For more information, call the Village Hall at 449-8840. � Annual Golf Outing and Dinner, June 14 at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park. Contact Anita at 234-2616 to RSVP. Prices for golf and/or dinner increase after June 4th. � Music in the Park in Berkeley Park on Electric and Taft Avenues, Wednesdays, July 11 to August 1, 6:30 pm July 11: Running MADD (Rock) July 18: Tony Ocean July 25: Neil Gordon with Crossfire August 1: Lucy Gamboa (Latin) � Family Fun Fest, Noon to 6 pm on August 12 at Berkeley Park, with food, fun and music by the Homewreckers.

ELMHURST

Elmhurst History Museum offers free, fun and informative exhibits for adults and families. For hours and more info, visit www.elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457 � Snoopy and the Red Baron (closes June 17). Learn about the WWI Flying Ace and this favorite Peanuts storyline. Pick up a family guide in the gift shop to explore with kids. � July 13-November 4. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo. � By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst with a video, rotating display and photos.

� Days with My Dad: Memory Jars. Saturday, June 16, 10 am to 2 pm. Get ready for Father’s Day by making a memory jar keepsake to share family history. Pre-registration required. Call 630-530-6879 for details; $4 fee required. � Vintage Baseball Game, Sunday, June 24, 2 pm at Elmhurst College Mall in front of the chapel. Free. � An Afternoon in the Garden. Elmhurst Garden Club’s 23rd Annual Garden Walk & Faire, Sunday, July 8, 10 am to 3 pm with the Faire from 10 am to 4 pm. Tour five beautiful private gardens and one community garden. Begins in Wilder Park (corner of Cottage Hill and Elm Park). Free Faire with 40+ vendors in Wilder Park from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of event. Visit www.elmhurstgardenclub.org for more details.

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For more details, visit the Village of Elmwood Park website at www.elmwoodpark.org. Conti Parkway Circle is located off 76th and Grand Avenue). � Summer in the Circle concerts begin at 7 pm. June 7: Vic Lombardi & The Chicago 7 (classic to current) June 14: The Four C Notes (Frankie Valli tribute) July 12: The Redmonds (Pop/Country/Rock) July 26: Circle DJ Night (Local DJs perform) September 21: Jazz Night with New Standard Quintet � The Circle Car Show is set for Friday, June 22, 6 to 9 pm in Conti Parkway Circle. Rain date is June 29. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, super cars, exotics and car clubs welcome. No entry fee. Food and drinks available. Music and fun for the whole family. For information, contact Jim Sabatine at 708-906-8439. � Movies begin at dusk in Central Park at 75th Avenue and Fullerton on July 19 (Inside Out), September 7 (Grease) and October 5 (Footloose) and November 30 at Parks & Rec (It’s A Wonderful Life). � National Night Out at the Elmwood Park Aquatic Center, 2 Conti Parkway, on Tuesday, August 7 from 6 to 8 pm. Everyone is welcome to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement. Enjoy hot dogs, chips, pop and water and music. events continue on page 12


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■ The Forest Park Music Fest, a three-day spectacular, is hosted by the Forest Park Chamber and scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-22 on Madison Street in downtown Forest Park, spanning the area between Desplaines and Circle Avenues. Two stages will feature some of Chicago’s best up-and-coming artists. The Fest will also offer guests two beer gardens, food from the neighborhood’s top restaurants and a wide variety of activities for kids plus merchant and artisan booths. Admission is $5. Special family pricing available. Fest hours are Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, Noon-11pm, Sunday, Noon-10pm. Visit www.exploreforestpark.com or call 366-2543 for info and sponsorship options. ■ German Fest 2018. Come out with friends and family to the German Fest on Friday, June 8 from 4 to 11 pm and Saturday, June 9, Noon to 11 pm at the Altenheim “Grove,” 7824 Madison in Forest Park. Highlights include authentic German food, live music, German Bier, games and fun. For more information, visit www.germanfestforestpark.com.

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■ The 2018 Franklin Park Fest featuring Railroad Day and a Family Fun Day will be held June 7-June 10 on Franklin Avenue and Calwagner Street (9700 Franklin Avenue). This spectacular event offers free live entertainment, daily carnival and an expanded vendor area with a beer and wine garden plus a wide variety of food. On Saturday, June 9 from 10 am until 3 pm, the Village offers free admission to Railroad Day, offering visitors a chance to view the region’s most impressive lineup of rarely-seen classic and vintage trains. Enjoy free pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and give-aways for kids. Also on June 9, Family Fun Day, meet 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl champion Steve McMichael who will sign free autographs from 11 am to 1 pm. Fest entertainment line-up includes: Brass Tracks Jazz Orchestra, the Eric Hochberg Quartet with Dee Alexander, Petty Kings, Light Up, Sammy Tenuta, Kevin Lee & The Kings, Heart To Heart Breaker, One of The Boyzz and 7th Heaven. Picnic benches and a large open area accommodate lawn chairs and blankets. For complete musical line-up and train-viewing information, call 847-671-4800 or download flyers from the website at www.villageoffranklinpark.com. events continue on page 14

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HILLSIDE

� The Village of Hillside presents Summer Nights in the Commons located at 4950 Washington Boulevard. The free Tuesday night concerts begin at 7:30 pm and feature spectacular entertainment in July and August. Cruise Night and The Market Place start at 5 pm. Food and beer will be available for purchase. The series kicks off on July 24th with American English followed by:: July 31: 7th Heaven August 7: 16 Candles August 14: New Colony Six August 21: Chicago 6 Band August 28: The Buckinghams Visit the website at www.summernightsinhillside.com and patronize the event sponsors whenever possible. � The Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County 5K Run and Walk will be held June 16 at Eisenhower Park, 700 Speechley Boulevard in Hillside. Register now for the 5K or the 1-mile Fun Run that will benefit the activities of the local Club. Race-day packet pick-up starts at 7:30 am; 1-mile Fun Run starts at 9 am and 5K begins at 9:30 am rain or shine. Volunteers are needed! Visit the website at www.bgcwestcook.org to download registration forms, become a sponsor and to volunteer for the event. � Aspire’s First Taste of Summer: Ben-A-Fit 7 on Saturday, June 23 from 5 to 9 pm will showcase its new Career Academy at 4110 Litt Drive in Hillside. As a first of its kind in Illinois, the Career Academy is changing the employment landscape for people with disabilities. Tickets for the event are $30 online or $40 at the door. Aspire welcomes raffle prize donations, monetary donations, sponsorships and volunteers. For more information, contact Kristen Hermes at 708-236-0979, ext. 3592 or send an email to khermes@aspirechicago.com to support Aspire’s efforts to assist more than 1,000 individuals with disabilities and their families.

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Movies in the Park at Westdale Park are among the upcoming Leyden Township events. Movies start at dusk. On Friday, July 27, watch Despicable Me 3. All ages welcome.

Celebration of America’s Birthday, the 9th Annual Fireworks Show presented in partnership with Veterans Park District at West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Road in Northlake is Saturday, June 30. Gates open at 6 pm. Performances by The Pondhawks, Jesse White Tumblers and the National Anthem and Presentation of Colors followed by fireworks at dusk. Lawn chairs and blankets recommended. Food and refreshments available. No pets or coolers permitted. Call 847-451-5144 for more info on Leyden Township programs/events.

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� The Feast of St. Anthony of Padua will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1101 N. 23rd Avenue in Melrose Park. Events for one of the largest St. Anthony Feast celebrations in the Archdiocese of Chicago are scheduled from Wednesday, June 13 through Sunday, June 17. Mass on the actual Feast Day, Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 pm with an outdoor reception. Tridiuum on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, June 16 at 5 pm. The Feast will be celebrated on Sunday, June 17 at 10:30 am Mass, veneration of the St. Anthony relic, blessing of bread and a procession through the streets accompanied by Banda Napoletana. Call 344-4140 for more details. � 50th Anniversary celebration of the Consecration of the Church at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Shrine begins on Friday, June 8, 7:30 pm with an outdoor concert; Saturday, June 9, 6:30 pm, Ice Cream Social hosted by scout troops; and Sunday, June 10, the Jubilee Mass will be celebrated by Bishop John R. Manz. Visit www.olmcparish.org, follow olmcparish on Facebook or call 344-4140. � The 125th Annual Italian Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel starts July 6 with 7:30 pm nightly Novena with Fr. Brian Walker, OP, held through July 15. The Shrine is located at 1101 N. 23rd Avenue. Call 343-4140 or visit the website at www.olmcparish.org and www.facebook.com/olmcparish. Intentions and donations can be mailed to the Shrine. See page 35 for additional information and watch the July issue of Neighbors for details. Events continue on page 16


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BELLWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 600 S. Bohland Avenue; call 547-7393, ext. 4 to register or visit www.bellwoodlibrary.org. Explore the Forest. Wednesday, June 6, 6 to 7 pm. Learn about all the fun and free things to do from a Trailside Museum naturalist including camps for kids, hiking trails and more. Beginners’ Guide to Online Selling. Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Learn about the options for selling online and turning unwanted items into cash. No experience necessary. Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s. Wednesday, June 20, 6 to 7:30 pm. This program will provide insights into memory loss and demential and outline techniques that will make your interactions more meaningful and comfortable. Bingo at the Library. Thursday, June 21, 2 to 3 pm. For ages 18 and older. Maywood Historic Homes. Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Vicky Haas, architectural historian, will conduct a fascinating armchair tour of Maywood’s landmark homes. Learn about the annual House Walk and Trolley Tour set for July 15. Cantigny Park: 1st Division Museum. Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Chief Curator Bill Brewster will discuss the exciting updates and changes at Cantigny Park. Chair Yoga. Friday, June 1 and 15, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Drop-In Yoga. Thursday evenings June 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6 to 7 pm. No registration required. Ages 14 and up. Relax and wind down. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Zumba Drop-In. Saturday mornings June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 10 to 11 am for ages 14 and up, limited first 25. Stitches Crochet Club. Stitches on Mondays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. All skill levels; bring your own “I” or “J” crochet hook and #4 yarn. BROOKFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY 3609 Grand Boulevard in Brookfield; call 485-6917 or visit the website at www.www.brookfieldlibrary.info. Accepting donations. The Friends of the Library are always accepting gently-used books as well as working audiovisual materials, games and puzzles. Bring donations to the circulation desk; pick-ups are also available. Call for more info. ELMWOOD PARK LIBRARY Located at 1 Conti Parkway; call 453-7645; visit the website at www.elmwoodparklibrary.org. English Conversation Hour. Wednesdays, June 6, 13 and 20 from 7 to 8 pm. Christmas Markets River Cruising in Germany. Monday, June 11, 7 to 8 pm. Adults. Registration required. Virtual cruise with world traveler Joan Monego along the Danube during Christmas Market season.

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activities authors • answers Friends of the Library Book Sale. Saturday, June 16, 10 am to 2 pm. Preview sale on Friday, June 15, 4 to 8 pm. Great deals on books, DVDs, CDs and more. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library which supports Library programs and projects. Come to the preview sale for “first dibs!” Entry to the preview is free to Friends’ members or $5 for non-members. Admission is free on Saturday. Tuesday Book Discussion. June 19, 1:30 to 3 pm or 7 to 8:30 pm for adults. Discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Pick up a copy at the Adult Services Desk. Food for Thought. Monday, June 25, 7 to 8:30 pm. Adults, registration required. Join Bob Chimis from the Greater Chicago Food Depository as he shares heartwarming stories and find out how you can get involved. This event kicks off the Library’s food drive which runs through June 30. Food Drive at the Library. June 25-30. All ages are invited to donate non-perishable food items or give online to the virtual food drive at www.myfooddrive.org then find the Elmwood Park Library drive to donate. Vagabonding for Kids. Thursday, June 28, 4 to 5 pm. Grades K-5, registration required. Join former teacher Brian Michalski on his backpacking journey, working and volunteering through 20 countries. Learn about exploring and helping others in this interactive workshop. Vagabonding Around the World. Thursday, June 28, 7 to 8 pm. Adults and teens Grades 7-12, registration required. Join Brian Michalski and learn about his 22-month solo backpacking trip; get practical tips and take-home resources for planning a life-changing journey. FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847-455-6016; online at www.fppld.org. Summer Craft: Wind Chime. Adults only. Limit 30. Tuesday, June 5, 2 to 3 pm or Wednesday, June 6, 6 to 7 pm. Friday Flicks. This month’s movie is The Shape of Water (R). Friday, June 8, 2 to 4 pm.

Mad Science Fire and Ice Show. Witness foggy dry ice storms, bubbly potions and more on Friday, June 8, 6 to 7 pm! Tickets required. Pick up tickets on June 1st at Kid’s Crossing. Grades K-6. Life-Size Chutes & Ladders. Play Chutes & Ladders on a larger scale. Come to any or all three one-hour sessions. Wednesday, June 20, 11 am to Noon, 2 to 3 pm and 6 to 7 pm. We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1818. Celebrate the Bicentennial of the State of Illinois with historian and performer Ellie Carlson. Sample food, hear the music and dance the dances of 1818. All ages. Limit 50. Thursday, June 21, 6 to 7 pm. The Scoop on Apps. Stop in for demos with library staff and leave with ice cream. Geared toward parents and children in grades 3 and up. Friday, June 22, 5 to 6 pm. You Pick Flicks. Vote for your favorite flick, sit back and enjoy. all ages. Monday, June 25, 1 to 3 pm. Library Fundraiser. Enjoy something from Portillo’s in Northlake and mention that you’re there for the Friends of the Franklin Park Public Library on Wednesday, June 27 between 5 and 8 pm and the Friends will receive 20% of the proceeds. Make sure your receipt is marked FUNDRAISER. HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY 405 Hillside Avenue in Hillside; call 449-7510 or visit www.hillsidelibrary.org. Most programs require registration. Book Discussion. Wednesday, June 6 at 2 pm and 7 pm: The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock. Mixed Stitchers. Every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 pm. Age 14 and over, all skill levels welcome. Knit in Public Day. Saturday, June 9, 11 am to 3 pm. Calling all stitchers of all ages and skill levels. Call the library for details. First Aid and CPR Certification. Wednesday, June 20, 11 am to 3 pm for ages 14 and over. Limit: 12. $5 deposit required. Lunch and Learning. Thursday, June 7, 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. Registration required by June 5.

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Puzzle Table. Everyone is invited to work the Hillside Library puzzle. Stop in and fill in some blanks! Brown Bag Lunch and a Movie. Bring a sandwich; Library will supply soup and dessert and watch La Bamba on Monday, June 18 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Must have four people registered for program to avoid cancellation. MELROSE PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY 801 Broadway. Call 649-7400 or visit the website at www.mpplibrary.org. ABC Adventures. Wednesdays, June 13, 20 and 27, 10 to 11 am for ages 1-5. Stories, music, puzzles. Kick-Off Event for Adults and Children: Summer Salsa Contest and Shredding Event. Friday, June 8, Noon to 2 pm. Enter your fabulous homemade salsa or come to sample and socialize. Contact Adult Services for registration and entry forms. Also that day, Noon to 2 pm, the Library is hosting a complimentary shredding event. Safely dispose of any unwanted documents. Limit is two bags/boxes per household. Food, fun, police and fire vehicles, local organizations and more. No registration required. Robin’s Dog Stars. Friday, June 15, 2 to 3 pm. Watch Robin’s Dog Stars perform amazing tricks! All ages. Must register. Limit 25.

School of Rock. Friday, June 22, 1 pm. The School of Rock (Oak Park Team) will play a set of rock classics and conduct a hands-on musical workshop with real instruments. Performance is for all ages; workshop is for ages 5-15. Must register. Limit 25. Books n’ Brews. Join with friends, share a cold one and discuss Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris at an informal chat at Il Poveretto Cafe in July. Register and pick up a book between June 11 and June 29. Must be 21 or older. NORTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY 236 N. Wolf Road. Call 562-2301 or visit www.northlakelibrary.org. Adults: Meditation for Peace and Well-Being. Learn a simple technique of spiritual meditation on Tuesday, June 19, 7 to 8 pm. Travel with Tea. Take a trip around the world one cup of tea at a time, featuring teas from 10 different countries. Tuesday, June 26, 7 to 8 pm. One-On-One Computer Classes. One-hour classes are available daytime, evenings and weekends. Call 562-2301 to schedule your basic class. Coming up on Wednesday evenings in June, July and August, ask about classes in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. For Seniors. June 5th RTA program for summer travels; Summer Meet-Up on June 8; Lunch and Learn, Health and Wellness on June 12; and Be Scam Smart on June 22. Neighbors • 24

For Kids. Sign up for Tot Spot on Monday mornings; Preschool storytime on Tuesday mornings; Mother Goose on the Loose on Wednesday mornings. FREE Summer Lunches. Kids Cafe is a summer food program sponsored by the Chicago Food Depository. Lunch is provided at no cost to all children up to age 18 MondayFriday, Noon to 1 pm, June 11 through July 20 (except for July 13). NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY Located at 2400 DesPlaines Avenue; register by calling 447-0869 or online at www.northriversidelibrary.org. Open Play Drop-In. Ages 2-5 with adult. Tuesdays, June 5 and 7, 10:30 am. Preschool Programs. Ask about Stories & Play, LOVE2READ, Saturday Stories and Snacks and other Summer Reading Program (SRP) offerings. Bingo at the Library. June 29, 4 pm for SRP and family. Win prizes. Wii Play Games and Watch Movies. Saturday, June 2 and 30, 1 to 3 pm; Monday, June 25, 6 to 8 pm. RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 735 Lathrop Avenue; 366-5205, or visit www.riverforestlibrary.org. Overdrive Digital Bookmobile. June 12, 10 am to 4 pm. Don’t miss this chance to check out interactive workstations and so much more! Library info continues on page 26


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YOUR LIBRARY: fun, informative Continued from page 24 Connect with Tech. Are you a local senior who wants to get more out of your smartphone, eReader, tablet or computer? No need to sign up. Upcoming session: Wednesday, June 13, 10 to 11:30 am. Freestyle Karaoke for Kids. For kids of all ages. Drop in to sing along to classic children’s songs. Don’t know the words? You can be in the band with props, instruments, dancing and more. Wednesday, June 13, 1 to 2 pm. Laura Doherty Concert. Kids of all ages. Friday, June 15, 10 to 11 am. Outside, weather permitting. Film Lover Fridays for Adults. Friday, June 15, Noon to 2:30 pm. The Maltese Falcon. Bring a sack lunch; refreshments will be served. Name That Tune Trivia. Tuesday, June 26, 7 to 8:30 pm for grades 5-12. Registration required. Balloon Animal Workshop by Gary Kantor. Thursday, June 28, 2:30 to 3:30 pm, grades 2-4. Register. Mary Pickersgill and the Star Spangled Banner for Adults. Saturday, June 30, 2 to 3:30 pm. Learn the amazing story of this Baltimore flag maker. RIVER GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 8638 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove; phone: 453-4484. Website: www.rivergrovelibrary.org. Open House: Meet the Library Director. Monday, June 4, Noon to 1:30 pm and 6:30 to 8 pm. Family & Adult Coloring Night. Tuesday, June 5, 6 to 7:30 pm. All ages. No registration required. Open Gaming. Wednesdays, June 6, 20 and 27, 3:30 to 7 pm for ages 9-17. No registration required. Family Movie. Watch The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature on Monday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All ages. Summer Story Time. Thursdays, June 14, 21 and 28, 11 am to 11:45 am or 1 to 1:45 pm for parents and little ones ages 2-4. Must register. Call 453-4484. Adult Craft. Two-Sided Holiday Decoration features Uncle Sam on one side and a Bunny on the other. All materials are provided. Thursday, June 14, 7 to 8:30 pm. Must register. Travel Savvy. Monday, June 18, 7 to 8:45 pm. Learn travel tricks, products, guidelines and resources, how to save money, cut risks and reduce hassles from international traveler, author and photographer Cynthia Clampitt. An Evening in Outer Space. Thursday, June 21, 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Visit the world outside of Earth and experience what it’s like to be an astronaut, talk about the possibility of aliens and learn about galaxies far away. No sign up required. Movie Night. Watch Sing Street (2016) on Thursday, June 28, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

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Upcoming Blood Drive in Schiller Park: Give the Gift of Life Kathy Manis, Schiller Park Blood Drive coordinator, invites area residents to donate blood on the third Tuesday of every other month. Next date is June 19, from 1 to 7 pm at the Schiller Park Community Center, 4501 N. 25th Avenue. Donors can walk in or register online with LifeSource. Enjoy refreshments, home-baked goods and a raffle. Free Fishing Day, Bird Walk, Hikes and other Nature Programs at Trailside Museum The Trailside Museum is located at Chicago and Thatcher Avenues in River Forest. To pre-register for these programs or sign up for an e-newsletter, call 708-366-6530. Nature Story Time, Thursdays, June 7 and 21, 10:30 am for ages 3-6 with an adult. “Bone” Appetit. Join staff during feeding time to learn about outdoor animals that make their home at the Trailside Museum. Every Saturday in June, 11 am. Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam. Make a simple musical instrument then join in the bluegrass jam circle. Bring your basses, fiddles, mandolins, guitars and banjos, too. All are welcome. Thatcher Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Avenue in River Forest, Sunday, June 10, 1 pm. Summer Nesting Bird Walk with guide John Elliott of Chicago Audubon. Registration required. Call 366-6530. Saturday, June 16, 7:30 am. FREE Fishing Day at Thatcher Glen Pond. No license required this weekend. All materials provided or bring your own. Registration required. Call 366-6530. Saturday, June 16, 1 to 3 pm. Summer Nature Hike. Join a naturalist on Sunday, June 17 at 1 pm. For all ages. Some Bugs are Good. Join Master Naturalist Jerry Hossli in learning about beneficial insects in your garden. Make and take home an insect hotel on Sunday, June 24, 1 pm. Proviso Handyman Services for Summer The Proviso Handyman can help bring out your summer furniture so you can enjoy the season outdoors. If your house is too hot, the Handyman can also help with the difficult job of installing your window air conditioner. It’s also a good time of year to consider caulking around the windows. The Proviso Township Handyman serves homeowners within Proviso Township who are over the age of 60 and/or disabled homeowners. For more info or to register for the program, contact the Handyman service at 708-547-4001.

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OUTSTANDING FACULTY OF THE YEAR HONORED

ICCP REGIONAL CHAMPS 2018

the Elmhurst-based IC Catholic Prep High School Lady Knights defeated DePaul College Prep last month to claim the title of Regional Champions for Division 2A. Coach Frank Reaber and his team won decisively with a 15-1 final score. Seven members of the team started their softball careers together as Melrose Park Devils before entering the ICCP program: Daniella Murillo, Natalie Murillo, Kayla Cervantes, Emma Lytton, Brooklyn Campos, Tea Carpanzano and Alessandra Eccardt. Other team members of the champion Knights include Kayla Faber-Cournane, Josie Lytton, Hannah Wagner, Nicolette Pochop, Rebecca Cash, Ana Maciejewski, Madison Reaber and Erin Liska.

OTTOLINO NAMED TO TOP POST AT WESTLAKE

Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park welcomes Joe Ottolino as its new CEO. Mr. Ottolino is also the CEO of West Suburban Medical Center based in Oak Park and its River Forest Medical Campus. “I am confident that Joe will provide strong, steady leadership at both hospitals,” said Tony Tedeschi, MD, Michigan and Illinois Group CEO, Tenet Health Corporation. Mr. Ottolino has served as CEO of West Suburban since October 2016 and has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership, as well as a proven record of administrative leadership in areas of growth and strategy.

Congratulations to Triton College’s 2018 Outstanding Faculty of the Year honorees—(left to right) Joseph Klein, Daniele Manni and Gretchen Reyes. Klein and Manni are this year’s fulltime faculty honorees; Reyes is the adjunct honoree. Klein is a member of the English Department; Manni teaches philosophy and ethics and founded the Ethics Bowl Team; Reyes is in the School of Business and spearheaded the creation of a transfer agreement with Elmhurst College.

LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST 2018

Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park once again hosted the 2018 Legislative Breakfast, an annual event co-sponsored by the Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce and Westlake Hospital. Westlake CEO Joe Ottolino welcomed more than 50 area elected officials including State Senator Don Harmon, State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico, Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey and others to discuss state and local affairs. State Comptroller Susana Mendoza and guest speaker Eli Washington from the Cook County Office of Contract Compliance were highlighted.


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Children’s day with unlimited rides for $25 Outdoor car show Alive Rescue, dog rescue – Dogs for adoption Live entertainment begins Mass in English Solemn Mass celebrated by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Statue leaves the Church for morning procession Statue returns to Church grounds for Field Mass (Mass transmitted live to Church for those who wish to remain indoors)

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Consecration of the Church 7:30 pm, Friday, June 8 Outdoor Concert: “An Evening of Music”

6:30 pm, Saturday, June 9 Ice Cream Social Hosted by Scout Troops

1:30 pm, Friday, June 10 Jubilee Mass Celebrated by Bishop John R. Manz


Notices ALIASI, Rosa, nee Discepolo; wife of the late Gilso; mother of Federico, Erminio (Joann) and Maria (Giuseppe) Capece; nonna of Gilso, Rosa, Maria, Diana, Gino, Tina, Francesco, Teresa and Rino; great-nonna of Giovanni, Giuseppe, Domenico, Domenica and Joseph; brother of Arminio (Angelina), Vittorio (Silvana) and Lina Discepolo; sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend of many. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. ARISTODEMO, Giovanni A., 90. Husband of Domitilla, nee Conforti; father of Iolanda (Edward) Castellan and Delia (Thomas) Abruzzo; nonno of Giancarlo (Michelle) and Edward III, Anthony (Nicole) and Carla (Adam); great-nonno to Giovanni, Giuliana and Nicholas; uncle and great-uncle of many. Entombment at Christ the King Garden Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. � DULLER, Russell W., 94, of Melrose Park. World War II Veteran, Sergeant and Tank Commander in the United States Army. Founder and President of Bankforms, Inc. Husband of the late Elsie, nee Ermisch; dad of Janice (the late Bob) Roeder, Russell (Joann) and Dean; grandpa of Jim (Jennifer) Saad, Valerie (Tom Fafinski) Roeder, Heather (Tom) Harrington, Hillary (John) Cali, Sara Duller Courington and Adam (Jamie) Duller; great-grandpa of Ariel (Anthony) Soltero, Matthew Saad, Elise and Bennett Courington, Grace, Lyric and Lincoln Fafinski, Austin and Declan Harrington and Annebelle and Jocelyn Duller; brother of the late Jeanne (Edwin) Eyre, Shirley (the late John) Blanford, Doris (Arthur) Murawski and the late Betty Eyre; stepbrother of the late Arnie, Bob, Gladys, Margaret, Earl and Harold; uncle of many. Interment at Arlington Cemetery. Donations to Honor Flight Chicago in Russell’s memory are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. EGOFSKE, Courtney Ann. Daughter of Josephine and Tom; sister of Justin and Ethan; niece of Brian and Beth. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. � FABIANI, Anthony A. Veteran of the United States Army. Brother of Ron and the late Joe, Billy, Vi, Lil and Flo; uncle of Ron Mario, Sandy, Diane, Patty, Joey, Tom, John, Bobby, Sharon, Scott, Steve and the late Billy and Skip. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. � FEROLO, George R., of Melrose Park. Retired Chicago Police Officer. Husband of Carol, nee Barbarich; father of Lori (William) Treffens and George Ferolo; grandpa of Nicholas; brother of Judy (the late Joseph) Swider, the late JoAnne Ferolo, Beverly (Marty) Lockwood and Patricia (Michael) Andry; uncle and cousin of many. GIOVENCO, John. Husband of Marie, nee Paglini; father of John (Dawn), James and Joseph; grandfather of Sarah, Brandee, Samantha, Andrew, Christina, John III and the late Elizabeth and the late James Jr.; great-grandfather of Matthew, Mari, Mia, R.J. Trevin and Brodee; brother of Katherine Giovenco (the late Harold) Sommerdon and the late Dominick and Anne and the late James and Kathy; brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. HERRERA, Juana, 69, of Maywood. Wife of Candelario Herrera; mother of Cita Herrera, Noehmi Herrera, Julia Herrera, Luis Noe Herrera, Alvaro Herrera, David Guadalupe Herrera and the late David Herrera; grandmother of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

JIMENEZ, Lazaro S., 83, of Stone Park. Husband of the late Evangelina; father of Barbara (Paul) Stavropoulos; grandfather of Peter and Catherine; friend and relative of many in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Florida and New Jersey. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. JONES, Barbara, nee Kowalski. Wife of the late Herbert; mother of Frank Sr., Dionne (Jack) Jones, Kenneth (Bianca) Jones, Sr.; grandmother of Joseph, Erika, Frank Jr. and Kenneth Jones Jr.; greatgrandmother of P.J., Madison, Ayden and Anthony; sister of the late Thaddeus (late Barbara) Kowalski Jr. and the late Patsy Kowalski; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. KULPA, Linda Marie, nee Caliendo, of Melrose Park. Wife of Lee; mother of Lee II; daughter of the late Charles and Nancy Caliendo; sister of Mary Jo (Kevin) Karch and the late Anthony (Linda, nee Bagnola) Caliendo; godmother of Kristin Hamblock and Gina Koumelis; aunt, great-aunt and friend of many. Donations to Seasons Hospice, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, IL 60677 are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. MORRONE, Rosa, nee Mondelli. Wife of Matthew; mother of Lena (Keith) Robinson, Martino (Cathy) and Giovanni Morrone; grandmother of Nicole, Jaclynn, Matthew, Roselyn, Nina and Matteo; sister of Frank (Connie), Mike (Pat), Bina (Joe) Valerio, Joe (Lynn), Phyllis (Mike) Locassio; sister-in-law, aunt, cousin 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. NICHOLL, Maureen Anne. Wife of John French; sister of James (Joan), Dennis, Kevin (Kim), Austin (Susan), Mary Therese (Michael) Turro, William (Mary) and the late Timothy (Kelly); daughter-in-law of Sylvia; sister-in-law of Erin; aunt, cousin and friend to many. Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. NUGENT, Robert “Bob” K. Husband of Karen M. Nugent, nee Panknin; father of Mark R. Nugent (Janice), Scott W. Nugent (Jeanne) and Christopher G. Nugent (Lisa); grandfather of Farrah, Ryan, Madeline, Jack, Elise, Molly, Nathen and Rylie; brother of Patricia (Gerald) Norris; uncle of Keith Norris, Kevin Norris and Lynn Land. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. � PADILLA-GONZALEZ, Anibal. U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. Recipient of the Purple Heart along with other service medals. Husband of the late Elena Padilla de Torres; father of Andy (Socorro) Padilla, Maria (Noel Santiago) Padilla-Santiago, Elena Padilla and Anibal Padilla Jr.; grandfather of Socorro, Ramon Jr. and Lorenzo Anibal. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. PANTALEO, Elena C., nee Mannozzi. Wife of the late Joseph; mothr of Susan (Louis) Bower and Joseph Pantaleo; grandmother of Bryan (Sarah), Melissa and Mallory; sister of Sophia (late Sam) Cicero, Josephine (Sam) Spair and the late “Lash” (Rosalie) Mannozzi; sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend of many. Entombment at Christ the King Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. � PELLEGRINO, Lenin “Doc.” Veteran of World War II, 10th Mountain Division Ski Trooper and Purple Heart Recipient. Doctor, and proprietor of Kingston Mines. Father, grandfather, great-grandfather uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. Notices are printed free of charge upon request and on a space-permitting basis. Mail and e-mail addresses appear on page 4.

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Notices PICHARDO, Adela H., 99, of Melrose Park. Wife of the late Ildefonso Pichardo Sr.; mother of Ildefonso Pichardo Jr.; grandmother, aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. PILEGGI, Honorable William G., 67. Supervising Judge for the Housing Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County, former Assistant States Attorney and founding partner of Greater Illinois Title Company. Husband of Roseanne, nee Petrungaro; father of Nicole G., Michael G. (Malinda), Marissa G., and William G. Jr.; son of Vito and the late Rose, nee Guzzo; grandfather of William H.; brother of Angela, Rona (Mark) Spano, Clarice (Bill) Dastice; brother-in-law of Joseph Petrungaro; Entombment at Christ the King Mausoleum at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. POWELL, Emma Elaine. Mother of Officer Terrance Powell (Maywood Police Department), Dana Burton and Demtria Burton. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. RIVERA, Ricardo. Father of Christopher and Joel; son of Carmen and Raymond Arzuaga; brother of Juan (Olga) and Betsy (the late Carlos); uncle and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. SANSONE, James A. Plumbing Inspector for the Village of Melrose Park. Husband of the late Bonnie, nee Haley; father of Cosmo (Patty), Elizabeth, Jamie (Patrick) Plumeri and the late Dawn Sansone; papa of Jessica, Brittany, Nicolette, Thomas James, Camron, Morgen, Nico and Zac; brother of the late Joe “Chuch” and the late Carl Sansone; uncle and friend of many. Donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. SVOBODA, Robert “Bob.” Husband of Mary Ellen Scatchell; father of Renee Svoboda, Susan (Mark) Marek, Robyn Mellas, Toni Talach, Suzanne (Kevin) Bauman and Jeffrey Schlenger; grandfather of Olivia, Alex, Andrew, Vanessa, Michael, Abigayle, Johnny, Mariella, Tommy and Khloe; brother of Maria Svoboda, Mila (Nile) Wendorf, the late Albert (Jill) Svoboda; brother-in-law to Anthony Scatchell and Diane (the late Bill) Kaczmarek; uncle and great-uncle of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. TRAMONTANA, Constance, nee Gemberling. Mother of Salvatore Jr. and Frank (Kristy); grandmother of Sebastian and Lauren; sister of Carla Gemberling; friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. ZIELINSKI, Stanislaw. Husband of Urszula; father of Katarzyna (Jan Mazur) and Anna (Savino) Izzi; grandfather of Rafal and Enzo; brother of Janusz (Zofia); brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

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