Neighbors Magazine March 2023

Page 1 •our 20th year everybodyhasone. A free monthly magazine march2023 MAywood: oLdest voteR ClerkYarbroughvisits withSusieLewis, 111-yearoldresident Chamber JoB FAIR MARCH 23 Melrose Park Chamber brings employers and applicants together Post974 Legion events StandDownsuccess, BloodDriveand SpaghettiDinner Neighborstm
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For Our Lady of Mount Carmel Pastor Fr. Leandro Fossá,
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parish progress.
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What’s in a name? A lot actually, despite the fact that Shakespeare thinks it doesn’t really matter According to the Bard, all you need to know is what something is, not what it’s named To a certain extent he might be right maybe it doesn’t matter what a rose is called but when it comes to many public buildings, highways and tollways, streets, colleges, libraries and parks, the opportunity to “designate” or give credit to an outstanding public servant, a selfless individual or a generous benefactor presents itself and it is a precious chance to honor and perpetuate their distinguished legacy.

Currently, a petition drive seeks to honor a most worthy woman and its success would accomplish two things, for sure: giving her the credit she truly deserves and naming a local public building for an amazing woman, which rarely ever happens. Without even knowing the whole story, I think most of you would be agreeable to signing the petition on those two facts alone because when I tell you her name there’s a good chance you might not have heard of her. After all, most people, when quizzed on the streets for late night comedy shows, can’t even name the first President of the United States, the three branches of government or a country on a map. So how likely is it that you are familiar with the story and the impact of Virginia Moe?

Thanks to a friend and author, Jane Morocco, together with Arcadia Publishing, Virginia Moe’s life’s work became a paperback in 2015. Moe first visited Trailside Museum at Chicago Avenue and Thatcher Avenue in River Forest in 1932; the Museum had just opened its doors within the historic 1876 mansion for the purpose of educating the public about the plants and animals in Cook County Within just a few years, Moe had become the Museum’s curator, living upstairs at the Museum for 52 years and on-call 24/7, never once taking a vacation Her dedication was etched in the mind of Morocco long before it was written on paper; at the age of 12, Morocco began working alongside Moe at the Museum as a volunteer and for the next 10 years, she would experience first-hand Moe’s compassion, determination and genuinely altruistic character.

Despite all that, the Museum was named for the late County Board member Harold “Hal” Tyrell shortly after his sudden death in 1990; and, as if she had never lived at all, Moe got an honorary street sign. Now, there is a second chance to make things right. A commission within the Cook County Forest Preserve District is presently working on the criteria for proposed renaming of Forest Preserve District sites. The petition, launched by Morocco, can be easily found on then, in the search box, type Virginia Moe. To date, it has rallied over 600 signatures, including mine. “What Moe was to the Museum and to the community will never again be replicated,” said Morocco. “There’ll never be another like her I don’t want people to forget about her and that there was a place like that, once upon a time, Morocco told Chronicle Media recently

The poet Emily Dickinson wrote: “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.” A passionate, tireless public servant and human being, Virginia Moe cared for and rehabilitated thousands of “fainting robins,” injured and orphaned animals each year while, at the same time, inspiring countless children over five decades through her talks with them at the Museum. Consider signing the petition, neighbors. Her name on that building matters.

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rom a promise to A PARIsH

In 1894, the seed was planted. Today that seedling has grown in to a vibrant parish that occupies an entire village block with three large parking facilities

The seedling consisted of a promise made by Emmanuela DeStefano and the commission of the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, sculpted in Naples in 1894 More than 100 years later, in 2006, the church was consecrated as an Archdiocesan Shrine by Bishop Thomas Paprocki, ensuring that it will be a place of pilgrimage for devotees for generations to come


Our Lady d of Mount Car mel Church to re-open in mid-March

a story by Tina Valentino

From his vantage point on the altar, Fr Leandro Fossá was not only focused on saying Mass but, week after week, his eyes couldn’t help but also focus on the deplorable condition of the church’s carpeting. Named pastor in October 2021, Fr Leandro knew that the minor improvement projects planned before the pandemic under the previous pastor, r Fr Giovanni Bizotto, must now finally come to fruition But he was also resigned to the fact that, if the carpeting and pews were going to be replaced, there would be no better time to tackle necessary issues that were much more than cosmetic.

Collaborations between the Archdiocese of Chicago, the parish Pastoral Council, parish Financial Council, parish business manager Xochitl Duran and members of the Feast Committee, resulted in a $700,000 capital

improvement project that could only be described as “ necessary. ” Since the cornerstone of the church was laid in 1967, pastor after pastor, most striving to be overly fiscally responsible, have refrained from spending and taking on much more than maintenance

“This is not merely about painting and beautifying, though it will be beautiful I think what we are doing is building something substantial for the next 50 years or more Some of our work will never have to be addressed again. We are fixing “ our home,” making it safer and more comfortable for generations to come. All those who know that this is their home are excited about it They know it was due time and the community deserves this,” explained the pastor as he pointed out some of the original construction features that are now liability issues.

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“Allthosewho knowthatthisis theirhomeare excited.Theyknow itwasduetimeand thecommunity deservesthis.”
Fr. Leandro Fossá Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Car mel Pa P r ish/Shr ine
Pictured above, Fr. Leandro and parish communications director and Feast Committee member Jaime Reyes, display the “before and aft f er” photos of the church’s renovation.

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While the Archdiocese of Chicago was “excited” to approve the project, no financial assistance was offered to the parish upon the signing of all formal contracts Behind the scenes, parish business manager Xochitl Duran oversees every penny and every potential problem. “My job is to be overly cautious to make sure we are in total compliance, to ensure funds are available, to take care of all financial details. As Fr. r Leandro proceeds with each step, I’ve got his back so that there are no mistakes made ”

Among the most significant accomplishments of the renovation are the new confessionals; relocating the baptismal font; greater exposure to the chapel; low-maintenance epoxy floors and carpeted aisles; new pews; and the removal of old organ pipes in the church ceiling to allow for much-improved acoustics

Pictured above, Fr. Leandro and Jaime Reyes admire the incredibly beautiful 2,000-pound baptismal font that was moved with a crane and pulley system from the lower level of the church’s corner to the front near the altar. Made from rare green Italian marble, the font has been unused for years because of the stairs that present a danger to anyone celebrating a baby’s christening In its new location, the special occasion is accessible to people of all ages and abilities

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John Nardella, President of the Financial Council, member of the Parish Council and Feast Committee, has also played an integral part in the progress behind the scenes with Jaime Reyes, Joe Casale and general contractor/construction manager James Lorenzo of JVL Development, Inc “We’re always looking to see if we ’ ve covered every detail, every step, every fire alarm, checking to make sure everything is correct and up-to-date. Our intent has never been to change the look of the church but to make it ADA compliant, safe, accessible, free of liability. At the end of the day, much of the work that was needed will be things people won’t see. It was no surprise that the work snowballed from carpets and pews to this capital project Very little has been done since 1967 But for the parish and the community as a whole, this is an exciting time.”

Reyes agrees “Now, under this pastor, is the best time to take on this enormous challenge. The repairs have been needed for too long I’m proud and excited to be part of the transformation and can’t wait to see people’s reactions. Fr Leandro is the perfect person to lead the charge ”

“We are doing what is absolutely necessary, ” stressed Fr. Leandro, “and we have a list of necessary plans on the drawing board for at least the next 10 years the roof, parking lots, boilers. We’re not spending just to spend. We’re doing what any good homeowner would do ”

When asked why he took on this Herculean task, Fr. Leandro calmly replied, “Why not? I trust that Our Lady of Mount Carmel is walking alongside of me. ”

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111-year old maywood resident celebrated by clerk’s office as cook county’s oldest voter Clerk Karen A Yarbrough made a special presentation of Valentine’s Day treats last month to a Maywood resident who at 111 years old is Cook County’s oldest voter r Yarbrough visited the home of Ms Susie Lewis to commemorate her decades’ love of democracy. “It’s people like Ms. Susie Lewis who help to keep our democracy alive and well,” said Yarbrough. “Over the years, her votes in dozens and dozens of elections have shaped this county. We are so grateful for her commitment to the electoral process and her community ” The Maywood centenarian was born in 1911 (nearly a decade before women ’ s right to vote was ratified by the 19th Amendment in 1920) and has been an eligible voter for over 93 years. Ms. Lewis said, “If you ’ re able to vote, then you vote. You do the right thing because it does change things ” history made in springfield; Proviso alums among those at the state of the state address

Pictured, left to right, Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Bishop Reginald Saffo, State Representative for the 77th District Norma Hernandez, and State Senator for the 4th District Kim Lightford at the State of the State Address last month “It was another moment for the history books,” said Welch. “It was the first time in Illinois history that a Black Speaker of the House and a Black female Majority Leader, r Senator Kim Lightford, presented a governor for the State of the State Address.

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mayor serpico applauds chamber on another successful “ access to capital” event

More than 50 local business owners came together at the Melrose Park Senior Center last month for a seminar that provided businesses with strategies on how to access capital for business development, growth, and start-up opportunities. Industry leaders from financial institutions presented as part of a panel discussion focusing on various sources of funding. Pictured above, Chamber Board member Doug Olson makes introductions

“Addressing the need for capital for growth and innovation in local businesses and growing our local businesses impacts the growth of our community, y ” said Mayor Ron Serpico, “and I salute our Chamber for leading the way when it comes to information and opportunities for advancement.” Serpico encourages more businesses to tap into Chamber resources, including the upcoming events such as the Networking and Job Fair. On Wednesday, March 15, from 4 to 7 pm, The Melrose Park Chamber of Commerce and Community Development will host a business professional networking event at Crab Du Jour, 851 W. North Avenue. The MPCCCD's After Hours gives area business representatives the chance to make strategic connections in an informal setting For updates on events, visit, join the Chamber, follow the Chamber Facebook page or call the office at 708-343-9500.

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The MPCCCD Job Fair is Thursday, March 23, 10 am to 1 pm at Jane Addams Elementary School, 910 Division Street in Melrose Park Unemployed and under-employed area residents can connect with businesses ready to hire in almost every industry from healthcare, retail, finance and manufacturing/ distribution See page 29 for more information

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leyden township Programs

Leyden Township Community Center is located at 2620 N. Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. For more information or to register for youth and adult programs, call 847-451-5144 or visit

Spring Break Camp, March 24-April 3, 9 am to 4 pm with extended care available Call Dylan at 847-451-5149 for info

Center Chefs, for ages 7-14, teaches kids the fundamentals of cooking while making their own creations. Upcoming dates are March 6 and April 3, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Fee: $20/$25

Leyden Community Garage Sale and Craft Fair. Save your space now for this event set for May 20, 9 am to 3 pm. Vendor spaces are $20/$25; table rentals are $6 each

Teen Rec Center, Tuesday-Thursday, 3 to 6 pm. Meet up with friends. Must have a valid open gym pass to participate.

FREE Senior Programs for residents include:

Senior Exercise, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 to 10 am.

Coffee and Cards, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 to 11 am

The following programs are held at the Carl Fiorito Senior Center at 2601 N. Mannheim in Franklin Park:

Knitting and Crocheting, Noon to 2 pm on Tuesdays

Movie Days, Thursdays at Noon

Line Dancing, Wednesdays/Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm.

our lady of mount carmel Parish/shrine

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish/Shrine and the Altar and Rosary Society invite all area residents to these upcoming events For more information, call the rectory at 344-4140

Lenten Fish Fry! Friday, March 3, 5:30 to 9 pm in the gym at 22nd and Cortez in Melrose Park Donation is $15 For reservations, call 708-344-4140

Lenten Evening of Recollection, Thursday, March 30. Everyone is invited to Mass, dinner and reflection with Fr Thomas R. McCarthy in the OLMC gym (22nd and Cortez) starting at 6 pm. Donation is $20 per person. For reservations or more information, call the Rectory at 708-344-4140 Last day for reservations is March 24.

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The Society’s annual event is set for April 1 and 2 and the Des Plaines Park District Leisure Center, 2222 Birch Street; Saturday, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Public is invited to view displays, meet demonstrations, bid in the silent auction, get in on raffles and door prizes For more info, send an email to

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n strong. This class combines bodyweight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric moves synced to original music specifically designed to match every single move Ages 16 and up on Saturdays at 9:30 am Fee is $40R/$55NR Classes held at Cimbalo Fitness Center 1203 N. 24th Avenue, Melrose Park.

n middle eastern Belly dance. This form of dance has been used for centuries for exercise, fun, and fitness. The class will strengthen your inner core muscles and flexibility. Please bring a hip scarf if you have one. For ages 16 and up on Tuesdays at 6:45 pm Fee is $40R/ $55NR. Classes held at Cimbalo Fitness Center 1203 N. 24th Avenue, Melrose Park.

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Get your Resident Early Bird Passes for GOUIN POOL & WATER Slides. Available March -April 29, $50

Regular Season Pass fee after May 1: $70 Resident/$90 Non Resident/$40 Senior Pass (55+). To purchase a pass please stop in at:

George A Leoni Complex, 800 N 17th Avenue in Melrose Park (708-716-4822)

Grant Park Recreation Center, 44 W Golfview Drive in Northlake (708-343-5270)

Gouin Pool & Water Slides, 2400 Scott Street in Franklin Park (847-451-9396 during open season)

For more info, please contact Arianna at 708-343-5270.


Don’t let bad weather, rainy and cold days get in your way when you can enjoy temperature-controlled indoor tracks for your daily exercise

Grant Park Recreation Center, 44 W. Golfview Drive in Northlake, Indoor Walking Track: 14 laps around the track equals one mile.

George A. Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Avenue in Melrose Park Indoor Walking Track: 9 laps around the track equals one mile.


or call the office at 708-343-5270 for more information on Batting Cages and the Golf Simulator, Early Childhood, Athletic Programs, Fitness Classes at Cimbalo Fitness Center, Active Adults and Special Recreation Programs Follow VPD on Facebook

n Yoga for the Actively Aging. A gentle yoga class that is designed to maintain healthy joints, muscular flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination Poses can be done using a chair or free-standing according to your abilities. For 55 and older, pay $1 drop-in fee. No registration needed Under 55, register and pay $40R/$55NR

Ongoing every Tuesday, 11 am at Grant Park Recreation Center and every Thursday at 1 pm at George Leoni Complex (new location)

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n multi sports. Kids are introduced to a new sport each week Sports include soccer, field hockey, ultimate sports, handball and flag football Ages 7-12 from 4 to 4:45 pm on Wednesdays, April 5 to April 26. Fee is $55R/$70NR. George Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Avenue in Melrose Park

n mini multi sports. Just like Multi Sports, kids are introduced to a new sport each week. Sports include tee ball, soccer, field hockey and beachball volleyball Ages 4-6 from 4 to 4:45 pm on Thursdays, April 6 to April 17. Fee is $55R/$70NR. George Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Avenue in Melrose Park

n dodgeball. VPD staff will run various dodgeball games throughout the session, including games like Dodgeball, Scatterball and Pirates Prison Ages 10-12 from 4 to 4:45 pm; ages 13-15 from 5 to 5:45 pm on Tuesdays, April 4 to April 25. Fee is $55R/$70NR. George Leoni Complex, 800 N 17th Avenue in Melrose Park

n youth speed training. A new and exciting class for youth athletes preparing for their upcoming athletic season Focus is on speed, agility, y coordination and conditioning Ages 8-15 Fee is $40R/$55NR Classes will be held at both Cimbalo Fitness Center and the George A. Leoni Complex.

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homeless ve v terans and needy helped

The Franklin Park American Legion family recently hosted the 6th Annual Stand Down for homeless veterans and those in need Over 50 veterans passed through the Post on January 22 and, thanks to community support and donations, everyone received a hot meal and tables filled with coats, clothing, blankets, shoes, hats, scarves were available for them to take what they needed. Haircuts were also available. Present at the event were representatives of organizations dedicated to helping veterans such as VFW Service Officers, Illinois Department of VA Services, Hines VA V Hospital, Honor Flight Chicago and Cook County Veterans Services Following the Stand Down, clothing that was left did not go to waste it was delivered to the Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago Pictured, left to right, Bill McMurray, y Rosie McMurray, y Tom Zito, Mike and Karen Special, Cathy Zito and Closet Manager Carrie Price

spaghetti dinner Fundraiser sunday, march 26

The Franklin Park American Legion Junior Auxiliary will host a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, March 26. The public is invited Doors open at 4 pm; dinner served from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Post, 9757 Pacific Avenue in Franklin Park. Cash bar available. Ticket includes salad, spaghetti, meatballs and dessert To purchase tickets ($13 per person and $5 for children under 10) call Pat Kowalski at 847-366-2857 by March 21.

legion Post Blood drive march 18

Give blood on Saturday, March 18 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Legion, 9757 S Pacific in Franklin Park To schedule an appointment, call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 or visit and use group code 10053696 Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome To prepare, eat well, hydrate and bring an ID.

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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 Registration is required for most programs

Line Dancing with Dawn the Dancin’ Deeva! Pre-recorded videos available throughout March on Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 Learn the basic steps in this 4-part virtual class series Sign up online for the link

Virtual Food Fermentation Tuesday, March 8, 6 pm What it is, how do do it and why you should try it.

Virtual 9 Things You Can Blog About Right Now. Monday, March 13, 6 pm Start blogging your business right away

Virtual Bullet Journaling 101 Tuesday, March 14, 6 pm Requires only a notebook and a few supplies

No One Ever Sees Indians: Native Americans in Media. Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 pm by Ernest Whiteman III.

Virtual Astrology 101 Tuesday, March 21, 6 pm Learn how to read your natal chart to avoid problems and learn your strengths

Virtual Job Searching for People with Disabilities Monday, March 27, 6 pm with Garret Rosiek.

Virtual Chair Yoga Wednesdays, 11 am

Virtual Yoga With Rhonda Thursdays, 6 pm

Zumba with LaToya In-person at the Quinn Center in Maywood and Virtual. Saturdays, 9 am for ages 14 and older. Register on the library website for the Zoom link.

Berkeley Public library. Located at 1637 N Taft Avenue; call 708-544-6017 or visit the website at www berkeleypl org For more program info, stop in, visit the website or follow on Facebook.

Save the date: Spring Book Sale, April 1, 11 am to 3 pm. Support the library at this annual sale and raffle featuring books, audio and print, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and more Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5

S.N.A.P. Chat, Saturday, March 9, 4 to 7 pm. Stop in to peak with an IDHS representative to learn more about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program changes Open to the public

Managing Money: A Caregiver’s Guide to Finance, Monday, March 13 at 6:30 pm Free program about costs and early planning

Teen After Hours, Friday, March 24, 4 to 8:30 pm. Must register. Ages 13-18.

Story Time, Every Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:15 am For early readers No registration required Chair Yoga, every Wednesday, 2 to 3 pm Ages 18 and up Adult Bingo, March 13, 1 to 2 pm. Light refreshments. Adult Bunco, March 20, 1 to 2 pm. No registration.

Cook the Book, Monday, March 11, 1 to 2:30 pm Choose a recipe, prepare it and bring to share with others

Senior Monday, March 27, 10:30-Noon. Ages: 55+.

Tea & Mystery, March 10, 10:30 am to 12:45 pm.

Franklin Park Public library. Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, call 847-455-6016 or visit the website at Unless otherwise noted, registration is required for all programs.

Scales-N-Tales for ages 0-5 with caregiver Storytime about animals Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 11 to 11:30 am Some bilingual Spanish continued on page 26

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Franklin Park Public library, continued

Game ON Video game program and board games for grades 612, Fridays, March 3 and 17, 4 to 6:30 pm

Tech Tuesdays: Intro to Android Bringing your own device is encouraged Register Tuesday, March 7, 2 to 3:30 pm

Tail Waggin’ Tutors, Practice reading skills with Bailey the Certified Therapy Dog. Grades Preschool-5. Tuesday, March 7 and 21, 5 to 6:30 pm.

Family Trivia Night, Tuesday, March 7, 7 to 8 pm Grades K-5 Snacks, craft and special drink

Citizens Utility Board Utility Bill Clinic, Saturday, March 11, 10 am to Noon Space is limited Please register

Friends Book Sale, Saturday, March 11 from 1 to 3 pm. Great deals on books, CDs, DVDs. Fill a reusable tote for $5.

Chair Yoga, Mondays, March 13 and 27, 3 to 4 pm Participate by Zoom or phone Registration required

Chess Club, Monday, March 13 and 27, 5 to 6:30 pm

Kids’ Spanish, Tuesday, March 14, 5 to 6 pm, beginning Spanish for kids and their families. Grades K-5.

Friday, Flicks. This month’s movie is Till (PG-13). Friday, March 24, 1 to 3:10 pm

Steve Belliveau’s Science Show, Wednesday, March 29, 4 to 5 pm for grades K-5

Friday Nite Movie, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (PG) for all ages, Friday, March 31, 5 to 6:30 pm.

hillside Public library. Located at 405 Hillside Avenue, call 449-7510 or visit www hillsidelibrary org Follow the Library on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date happenings Register for programs unless otherwise noted ALL programs are free

ALL AGES: St Patrick’s Day Bingo, March 15 at 4:30 pm

YOUTH: Magna Tiles Day. Play with the new sets received as a donation from the Magna Tiles Company on Saturday, March 18 from 11 am to 1 pm

Lego Club, March 8 and 22 for ages 5 to 11, 5 pm

YOUNG ADULT: Murder Mystery Game Night, March 21 at 2 pm

Prom Attire Donation Event The Library will be accepting donations of new or gently-used formal wear.

ADULT PROGRAMS NEW Spanish Conversation Hour. Learning Spanish and would like to practice your speaking skills? All levels welcome Limit 10 Must register March 16, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

ILAPHOTO of the YEAR2022

Pictured, brothers Brad, wayne, and Jaden are hillside residents who built a tower out of magna-tiles in the hillside Public library's newly renovated children's area this photo, taken back in september, was voted Photo of the year by the illinois libraries association in the annual contest.

NEW Monday Movie Matinee with light snacks on March 13, 2 pm Watch The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara Guess the Oscars Contest Pick up a 2023 Academy Award ballot at the desk, make your selections and return it by 5 pm on March 11 You could win a $25 Classic Cinemas gift card

Tech Help. One-on-one help with computer basics or your electronic devices. Learn how to remote print, email, fax, scan, etc. for free with the Scan EZ system. No registration required. March 27 at 1 pm. Every Thursday at 6 pm, Mixed Stitchers Bring your project and come knit or crochet with this fun group

Every Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Mid-Day Yoga Registration is encouraged Limit: 12

melrose Park Public library. 801 Broadway. Call 649-7400 for current hours or visit www mpplibrary org Ask Library staff about the digital services offered such as Hoopla, Kanopy, Libby and Freegal MPPL card holders have first priority for most programs

Chair Yoga with Rhonda Fentry No equipment needed Learn breathing, meditation, and stretching techniques. Registration is required. Call (708) 649-7485, or email to register Friday, March 10: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program IRS trained and certified volunteers will help individuals age 60 or older from low-tomoderate-income households prepare their tax returns The Triton College RSVP Volunteer Program, in conjunction with the IRS is offering this free service. Appointments are necessary. Please call Triton College (708-456-0300 ext. 3895) for information or appointments. Monday Mornings through April 10

Online at mpplibrary org: Comics Plus Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from popular publishers like ABDO, Andrews McMeel, Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, Capstone, Dark Horse, Dynamite, Graphic Mundi, Humanoids, IDW, Lerner, Kodansha, TKO Studios, Tokyopop, Valiant, Yen Press, and more

Make It Mondays Make something special every week on the Melrose Park Library Official YouTube Channel Call or drop in to pick up the weekly craft supplies For ages 3 and up

Online Storytimes for ages 1-5. New videos posted on the first Wednesday of every month at 10 am on the Library’s official YouTube channel Join the storytimes from the comfort of your home Library programs continue on page 28

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Bilingual Storytimes are posted on the third Wednesday of every month at 10 am. Stop in the Melrose Park library for a companion activity packet and craft then tune into the YouTube channel to watch For ages 1-5

Tinker Tuesdays Every Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 to 4 pm Drop into the library for all kinds of fun activities and crafts. Play with tech toys, LEGOS, colored pencils for drawing If you have special group projects for school, this is the day to meet and complete your plans Ages 6 -11

northlake Public library. 231 N. Wolf Road in Northlake. Register for most programs online at www northlakelibrary org or call the Library at 562-2301 x5

ADULT L S: Sewing Circle. Third Tuesday of every month for beginners or experts Bring your sewing machine, supplies and material Register online or call Next date is March 21, 7 pm

Cookbook Book Club The Library picks a book, you select and make a recipe and then everyone gets together to share and enjoy. Pick up your copy of the book and claim your recipe at the reference desk Must register r Thursday, y March 23, 7 pm

Grown-Up Storytime: “Mad Sam” DeStefano. Join the Library on Facebook Live on Thursday, March 30, 7 pm, to listen to true crime cases that made national headlines

CHILDREN K-3 Steam Ages 5-8, hands-on fun with science, technology, engineering, art and math. Limit 15. Thursdays in March, 6 to 6:30 pm

Family Craft Night: Handprint Ke K ychains Wednesday, y March 8, 6:30 to 7:15 pm Call to register

Kid-Painted Flower Pots. Ages 6-8. Saturday, March 25, 2 to 3 pm Call to register r

Spring Break Programs are drop in from 2 to 3:30 pm for ages 13 and under, r March 27, 28, 29 and 30

SENIORS: Meetup, Tuesday, y March 7, 2 to 3 pm. Register. r DIY Decoupage Eggs, Tuesday, y March 21, 2 to 3 pm Using paper mâché eggs, create a beautiful decoupage design with scrapbook paper and modge podge.

Virtual Chair Yoga on Zoom. Register for the link. Tuesday, March 28, 2 to 3 pm

TEENS: Oreo Taste Test, Thursday, March 9, 6 pm

Creative Crafting: Affirmation Mirrors, Thursday, March 16, 6 pm. Board Games and Pizza Thursday, March 23, 6 pm Bring your own game or pick one of the library’s games

Open Video Gaming Saturday, March 25, 1:30 pm

river Forest Public library y 735 Lathrop, River Forest Visit www riverforestlibrary org or call 366-5205 for updates

Short Story Writing Contest, March 1 through March 31. Adults and teens/tweens ages 10 and up are invited to submit an original short story for the chance to win a prize and have the story published on the library webiste

Stories should be no longer than 2500 words, typed and emailed as attachments to by Friday, March 31 Paper copies not accepted Include your full name and contact information Two winners will be chosen in April

More River Forest Library programs on page 30

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Coffee Monday, y Adults. Monday, March 6, 10 am to 11 am. Come to the library on the first Monday morning of every month for coffee and conversation about local matters It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors and learn about things going on in the community

Toddler Time, Ages 18 months to 3 years with caregiver

Thursday, March 9, 16, 23, 10 to 10:30 am.

Light-Up Jellyfish, grades 5-8 Thursday, March 9, 3:30 to 4:30 pm Bring the ocean home!

Family Story Time and Play, y birth to 6 years. Fridays, 10 to 11 am, Friday, March 10, 17 and 24

Gentle Yoga, Adults, Saturday, March 11, 2 to 3 pm Advanced registration required.

Great Decisions for adults Talk about pressing international issues on Wednesday, y March 15, 1 to 2:30 pm

Story Stretchers for ages 4-7. Wednesday, March 15 and 22, 4 to 4:30 pm. Must register.

Film Lover Fridays, Adult This season will be films set in Chicago Watch “Medium Cool” (1969) Friday, March 17, Noon to 2:30 pm. Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning: The Basics. For adults, Sunday, March 19, 2 to 3:30 pm Advanced registration required

Pajama Storytime, Monday, March 20, 6:30 to 7 pm, for ages 27 with caregiver.

river Grove Public library. y 8638 W Grand Avenue in River Grove. Visit the website at for updates and virtual programs Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted

In-person AM Storytime. Thursdays, March 2, 9 and 23, 11 to 11:30 am for ages 4 and under In-person PM Storytime, same dates, Noon to 12:30 pm This year ’ s theme is Numbers, Shapes and Colors Must register for each individual day to reserve your craft. Each child will have their own set of crayons, markers and glue in a box with their name on it Boxes stay at the library and will be wiped down at the end of the day. If your child is not feeling well, there is an option to register for a virtual class and their crafts will be ready for pick up at the front desk Call or email Mrs Tucker for more information: 453-4484 or Registration is required.

No Bake Pie Crust Craft, Monday, March 6. Celebrate Pie Day by making your own crust without the need for an oven Recipes and pie tin included Kits are limited and registration is required

DIY Shamrock Necklace, Tuesday, March 7. Kits are limited. Must register

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, Saturday, y March 18, 11 am to 1 pm. Need help writing a new resume or cover letter? Book an appointment to work on them or consult with a library employee for advice on what to change, remove and how to make your resume look more appealing. Computers provided so bring a flash drive and/or printed copies of your resume Must register r

Evening Tales, Wednesday, March 22 and 29, 6 to 6:45 pm Meet in person the last two Wednesdays of the month for ages 5 to 9 Read a story, make a craft and play a game Must register for each individual day to reserve your craft Call or email Mrs Tucker for more information: 453-4484 or Registration is required

Spring Craft Day, y Tuesday, March 28, 11 am to 2 pm For ages 9 and under. r Registration required.

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Step right up to see an amazing, spectacular, incredible show! The Triton Troupers Circus is back with its 50th annual show! Located at Triton College in the Collins Center Gymnasium (R Building), the circus will feature skilled performers and circus specialties. Admission is $6 per person and tickets can be purchased at the door with limited seating. No credit or debit cards are accepted Audience members should be prepared to be wowed by clowning, juggling, trapeze, unicycling, wheel gymnastics and feats of strength, among other stunts and entertainment

Showtimes are:

Thursday, March 30, 7 pm and Friday, March 31, 7 pm Saturday, April 1, 1 pm (this show interpreted for the hearing impaired) and Saturday, April 1, 7 pm

Doors will open one hour before showtime.

The Triton Troupers Circus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the circus arts and to the local community. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3383, or TTY (708) 456-0991

TRITONBAKERYRETURNS Enjoy cookies, cakes, pies

Triton College’s Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) Bakery will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Student Center Cafeteria (B Building) Enjoy sweet treats created by Triton's baking and pastry students Each week will bring a variety of baked goods that are freshly made from cookies to cakes to French pastries

CAMPUSVISITDAYMARCH23 For aspir ing students

Triton College’s Admissions Office will host a Campus Visit Day on Thursday, March 23 from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Student Center Cafeteria (B Building). Advanced registration is encouraged Admissions advisors will assist aspiring students through the enrollment process and give campus tours. To register, visit or for more info, send an email to admissions@triton edu

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aguiLar, Guadalupe Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park

aLBErty, Fermin. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

aLvaradO, J Rosario Partner of Angela Froehlich; father of Joel (Lauren) Alvarado, Michelle (Jose) Sanchez, Amber Alvarado (Edgaras Noreika), Matteo Alvarado, Christobol Alvarado, and Amanda Alvarado; by his dear family in Mexico and by 6 grandchildren Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park

amBrON, Hilda, nee Cortizas Mother of Hilda (Dan) Smith and Lourdes (the late Frank) Arriola; grandmother of Kiki, Jenny, Danny, and Dina; Great Grandmother of Gabriella, Anthony, Lia, Vinny, and Baby K; sister of the late Margarita Sanchez; aunt of Margie Manso; cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park

asta, Mary Candace “Candy,” nee Hansen Wife of the late Pasquale Peter Asta; mother of Joseph (Cindi) Asta, Christopher (Kim) Asta, and Colleen Asta; grandmother of Hillarie Rovi, Ashley (Tyler) Asta-Reeder, Erin Asta, Fernando Jaramuzchett, Alexander Asta, Jeremy (Jordan) Wood, Samuel (Nicole) Asta, Joseph C Asta, Peter Asta, Vincent Asta, Anthony Asta, Olivia Asta, and the late Pamela Asta; great-grandmother of Averie Asta-Ferrario and Parker Wood; sister of Thomas Hansen, the late William Hansen, the late Robert Hansen; cousin, aunt, and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N 25th Avenue, Melrose Park

BEcErra, Angelina Husband of the late Salvador; mother of Antonio (Jay) and Katia (Michael); sister of Adalberto, Elena, Jesus, Trinidad, Petra, Adela, Manuel and Delfina; grandmother of Antonio, Isabella, Nayeli and Oliver Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E North Avenue, Northlake

BiddLE, Steven J Son of the late Loran and Dorothy; brother of Charles Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E North Avenue, Northlake.

ButLEr, Calvin. Father of Ciera, Shyla, Damon, Chante, Calvin Jr, Keyon, and Bryson; grandfather of Justice, Lauren, Halo, Isabella, Hazel, and Madison; brother of Ollie, Mary, Claud and the late James Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N 25th Avenue, Melrose Park

cOLaNtONiO, April Dawn Wife of the late Angelo; mother of AJ (Amy Claycomb) and Andrea (Dale Medved); daughter in law of Anthony "Tony" and Anita "Pat" Colantonio; sister of Lu Ann (BJ) Barber; sister-in-law of Anthony (Suzanne) Colantonio and Phyllis (David) Hemmelgarn; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

cOrdEs, Virginia Wife of the late William; mother of William (Ann), Robert (Joan) and Judy (the late John) Carioscia; grandmother of Kristy, Lori, Daniel, Michelle, Gina, John and Anthony; greatgrandmother of many Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E North Avenue, Northlake

cOzza, Francesco M Son of Chiarina and Salvatore Cozza; brother of Rosa (Joe) and Gianna; uncle of Michael, Frankie, Dilaila, and Jennifer Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N 25th

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craig, Linda May, nee Leahy Wife of the late John Craig Former wife of the late Frank Provenzano; mother of Sharon (Dennis) Krawiec, Teresa DeMaria and Margaret Bathje; grandmother of 9; great-grandmother of 5; sister of the late Sandy Leutik, Nancy (Vance) Faro, the late James (the late Darla) Leahy and Lori (Mike) Pilat; aunt of many Proud member of women of the Moose Lodge 777 (Bellwood) for many years

Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside

cutrara, Rev Vincent A , C S Son of the late Augusta and Salvatore Cutrara; brother of Sr M Augustine He touched many souls in his ministry in Vancouver and Sarnia, Canada; Chicago, including our Lady of Mount Carmel in Melrose Park; California; Kansas City; and Cincinnati. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside

fagiaNO, Lisa Marie Mother of Damien and Frank; sister of Angel (George) Chiarelli, Anthony, Frank (Toni), and Michael; daughter of the late Frank; aunt of Anthony, Joey, and Gabriela; great-aunt to Paul and Carlo; partner of Anthony Allen Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N 25th Avenue, Melrose Park

gOmEz, Francisco Bucio Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

h gOrski, James E. Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Son of the late Frank and the late Helen, nee Pogorzelski, Gorski.; brother of the late Raymond and the late Thomas (Kathleen); uncle, great-uncle and friend of many Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside

graBOWski, Carl Joseph Husband of Marianne Grabowski, nee Hadzima of 38 years; father of Laura Marie; brother of Felicia (Gary) Schlechter and Patricia (Edward) Looby; brother-in-law of Daniel Hadzima; uncle, cousin, and friend of many Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

hErrEra, Carmen R. Mother of of Yanet (Jose) Garcia, Yurisma Herrera, Yesenia Herrera, Jorge L (Kathy) Herrera Jr , Geovanni Herrera; grandmother of Vanessa Herrera, Sofia Herrera, Adelina Garcia, and Aria Garcia; sister of 8; aunt and friend of many Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N 25th Avenue, Melrose Park

juNiOus, Sharnell Daughter of Joyce Pruitt and Darnell Junious; sister of Shanetha (Thomas) Donaldson and Shantell Junious; granddaughter of Jeanette Pruitt; niece, cousin and aunt of many Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

kuriaN, Aley. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park

LaBus, Mark Son of the late Bob and Jean Labus; husband of Denise, nee DiFranco; father of Nicholas (Jennifer), Jason, Michael (Breanne) and Vincent; papa of Mac, Brady and Jackson; brother of Leeann Labus; uncle and friend of many macias, Fidel Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park

mariNELLi, Mary Louise, nee Gassmann, 67. Daughter of the late Mary Jo Priem and Leonard Gassmann Jr.; mother of the late Darius; sister of the late Patrick Gassmann and Raymond (Lynne) Gassmann; she is survived by her siblings Leonard (Catherine) Gassmann III, Robert (Janice) Gassmann, Michael (Davida) Gassmann, John (Alice) Gassmann, Elaine Craig, Kathleen Johnson (David) Tischler and Nancy Cherry Memorial service to be held at a later date

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mONtEs, Joseph Husband of the late Josephine; father of Emily (Edward) DeGrenier and Salvatore (Sharla); Nonno of Hannah and Isabella; brother of Giovanni (Gandolfa); uncle, cousin, and friend of many Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N 25th Avenue, Melrose Park

NOrkEWicz, Wanda Helen, nee Korczynski, 99, of Melrose Park Wife of the late Leo R ; mother of Patricia (Ralph) Badalamenti, Nancy (Michael) Wasielewski, Gerry Norkewicz and the late Paula Lee Norkewicz; grandmother of David Badalamenti (Dan Cowan), Lara Badalamenti, Ryan (Lauren) Badalamenti, Jonathan (Amy) Badalamenti, Michael (Melissa) Wasielewski and Amanda Wasielewski (Agri Ismail); great-grandmother of Jacob, Vincent and Wesley Badalamenti; Henry, Bria and Fiona Wasielewski; Max and Leo Badalamenti; and Van Wasielewski-Ismail. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

OcON rOsaLEs, Guadalupe. Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E North Avenue, Northlake

paciONi, Melica “Mickey ” Wife of the late Richard; mother of Gregory and Mark (Denise) Pacioni; grandmother of Abigail, Allison and Avery; friend of many

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saNcEz, Milagros. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park.

saNchEz dE LOpEz, Maria de la Luz. Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E. North Avenue, Northlake.

saNtiLLaNEs, Ricardo, of Franklin Park Son of Arnoldo and Noemi Santillanes; brother of Arnoldo (Laura) Santillanes Jr and the late Hector Santillanes; uncle, cousin and friend of many Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside

sWEdOWski, Sr Laura (Margaret), CR, member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection and elementary school teacher for many years Sister of Leonard, Clarence, Frank, Joseph and Daniel, Martha, Esther, Pauline, Regina, Verna, Mary and Elizabeth; aunt of many Arrangements by Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E North Avenue, Northlake

timOthy, John Francis Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park

WhitE, Jean A , nee Parren Wife of the late Michael for a loving 40 years; mother of Katalina (George) Bianco, Michael (Diane) White, Cydney (Robert) White, Susan (Jeff) Baran, Helene (Michael) Beisecker, Patrick (Jill) White, and the late Paul Christopher; grandmother of Chelsea, Alexandra, Brian, Michael V., Benjamin, Danielle, Michael D., and Michael A.; sister of the late James, the late Arthur, the late Marilyn, the late Dolores, and the late Robert; aunt and friend of many Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside

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