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Grow old with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. —Robert Browning, poet

Golden Years.

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More like rusty years, maybe. As another birthday approaches, I find myself doing what many “old” people do—looking back. I used to be able to climb fences. I used to ride my bike so fast that I had to pedal standing up. I used to eat candy from Bonfanti’s store, sfingi fresh from Aunt Nickie’s pan of oil, pizzelles and chocolate chips as fast as my grandmother could make them. Never once did I give calories or cholesterol a thought. I used to watch non-cable television for hours—Bozo, Gilligan’s Island, Garfield Goose, Romberg Rabbit, Charlie’s Angels, Knight Rider—and was never aggravated like I am now by cry-baby commentary and overpaid celebrities and athletes. I used to have mosquito bites that weren’t lethal and scrapes and scabs that never saw a drop of Neosporin; now I have aches, pains, carpal tunnel and heartburn. I’ve had to trade in my sugary Frosted Flakes for Raisin Bran; my white-blonde hair is now white-blonde because so much is grey; the medicine cabinet that I lined with cans of mousse, musk oil and Charlie perfume is now home to Advil, Zantac and lidocaine patches. And my once pretty-awesome wardrobe has been reduced to my menopausal hot flash uniform—white v-neck tee-shirts. What the heck. Gone are the days when I could thread a needle or read a menu without my “cheaters” magnifying eyeglasses or when I could sit on the floor cross-legged and didn’t have to crawl over to the couch or need help getting up. Most of my friends have one bad ear so now it’s always “talk in my good ear.” Most have at least one prescription for something that isn’t working exactly the way it should be and most just aren’t eating enough fiber either. I don’t like it. Not one bit. I’m not thrilled about birthdays where there’s only one candle on the cake because putting 50+ candles is ridiculous or (this I saw online) when you pick up what looks like a really old penny but then you find out it has your birth year stamped on it. Not that anyone picks up pennies anymore. And when I asked a friend’s dad how he was doing, he joked and said he had more friends in Hillside (in the cemeteries) than he had in town these days—except he really wasn’t joking. I read a quote by Lawrence Block, famous American crime writer, that really did make me laugh out loud because it put the perfect spin on birthdays: “As my late mother famously observed, the one thing to be said for growing old is that every year there are a few more things I don’t have to give a rat’s ass about.” Of course, there are good things and an upside, too. I have such a good time when I visit Presence Casa San Carlo Retirement Community in Northlake that I wouldn’t think twice about moving in and enjoying every amenity imaginable and, more importantly, the perks that aren’t written into a lease: compassion, friendship, peace of mind and the lush landscape that the late Rev. Armando Pierini imagined would make a perfect setting for aging mothers and fathers back in the 1940s. It took years of fundraising—my own mother and her young girlfriends were recruited as kitchen help for countless spaghetti dinners, scrubbing pasta pots so big they couldn’t even reach the bottom without a stepstool. By 1951, Villa Scalabrini was a reality; years later, Casa San Carlo would be built next door, for seniors who enjoy the company of others and hate the headaches of home ownership. Inside Casa as well, there are breathtaking sights, including the National Borsato Museum. And there’s a fountain in the lower level foyer which reminds me of something attributed to Sophia Loren: There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age. Being at Casa also reminds me of an amazing man I interviewed there back in July 2000 on his 101st birthday—Antonio Faustini. He had no secret to his long life except that he lived a “plain life” and he never worried about tomorrow. “Worry kills. Worry blinds you,” he told me. So as another birthday looms on the horizon, I realize that frequently taking two Advil is inevitable but regular doses of Antonio’s advice to be kinder, to enjoy music and to pray might be the best prescriptions for getting older.

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MFA Pumpkin Patch Parade October 14 Maywood Fine Arts will kick off its annual fundraiser at 9 am on Saturday, Oct. 14 on 5th Avenue between Lake and Main Street in Maywood. The day’s main event is a 1.5 mile walk through the community which begins at 11 am. This year’s theme is “Be You@MFA.” This fundraiser helps support the MFA mission of providing quality and affordable arts and fitness education to Maywood and the surrounding towns with a safe space to teach more than 8,800 classes per year. Entertainment will include Stairway of the Stars dancers and Flip, Flop & Fly tumblers plus a Ninja Warrior Challenge, Pumpkin Bounce and don’t miss The Dunk Doctors, a high-flying dunking act founded by MFA alum Andrew Cyrus. For all the details, visit

Boo! at the Zoo

Little ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to make crafts, go on a haunted hayride, decorate spooky cookies, get in on the Bat, Owl, Scorpion, Raven, Large Snake and Wolf Chats, take part in the costume parade and much more at Brookfield Zoo Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 21-22, 28-29 from 10 am to 4 pm. For the complete agenda, visit

Veterans Park District Fright Night, Haunted House & Movie Night Veterans Park District together with the Melrose Park Youth Commission will host a Fright Night on Friday, Oct. 27, 5 to 7 pm at Bulger Park, 16th and Hirsch in Melrose Park. The free family event is designed for grades K-6. Wear your costume, check out the jump house, creepy crafts and ghoulish games plus, while supplies last, children receive a hot dog and juice. Other snacks are available at the concession stand for a nominal fee. On Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28, the VPD maintenance crew presents its annual Haunted House on Hirsch from 5 to 8 pm. Admission fee is $2. Pre-register now for the Haunted Movie Night and Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28, also at Bulger Park from 5 to 8 pm. Fee is $3 per child/$5 per adult; at the door the fees are $6/$10.

Historical Society of OPRF: 26th Annual Cemetery Walk October 22 This year’s walking tour of Forest Home Cemetery puts the spotlight on immigrants who left their mark on the United States. The theme is “Immigrants: They Get the Job Done.” The walk will include costumed actors telling the stories of labor leaders August Spies from Germany and Emma Goldman from the Russian Empire, who fought for workers’ rights; Leila Moss Martin, a one-time Austin resident, who helped Czech immigrants in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood by founding the Gads Hill Settlement House, which is still serving the Pilsen community to this day. Between stops, your guide will provide commentary on other notable monuments and people interred at Forest Home, located at 863 Des Plaines Avenue in Forest Park. Ticket sales begin at 12:30 pm with the first tour departing at 1 pm. Tour groups leave about every 10 minutes until 2 pm. The tour lasts approximately two hours. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 non-members and may be purchased at the cemetery on the day of the event or in advance at or by calling 708-848-6755.

Leyden Township: Make a Scarecrow, Halloween Bash October 28 Join the fun at Westdale Park, 3045 Sandra Ave., Melrose Park on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 3 pm. All ages are welcome to make a scarecrow—all you need to bring is an old shirt and a pair of old pants. Supplies are limited so register early. Leyden provides the straw and other decorative items. Fee is $10 per person in district, $12 out of district. All children are invited to the Halloween Bash Saturday, Oct. 28, 1 to 3 pm with free games and contests, pumpkin patch and pictures taken in the spooky display. Bring a non-perishable item; for each item donated, you’ll get a free raffle ticket.

Oak Park Conservatory

Get in on the limited tickets available to enter the darkened Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street. The Bootanical Conservatory promises to bring tricks, treats and Halloween fun. Family friendly and all are welcome on Oct. 20, 6 to 9 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance; $7 at the door.


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Empowering Young Women for 100 Years! One hundred years ago, a group of bold, fearless Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters believed in themselves and in their mission of educating young women with the same opportunities as men. They established an all-girls school now known as Trinity High School. The curriculum for this new school followed their belief in a strong education for women. This included science, engineering and math—what we refer to today as STEM.

“Trinity provided me with the foundation and confidence necessary to succeed professionally. It is unique in its ability to encourage discipline and leadership while also fostering life-long friendships and a sense of community. Trinity will forever remain a part of who I am today.” Margaret Rowley, Trinity Alumna ‘81 Partner, HPM Partners, Chicago

The spirit of those brave, pioneering women continues today. Trinity girls find their voices, stretch their minds, and prepare for college in a rigorous program of study. Trinity’s excellent International Baccalaureate Program, boldly initiated twenty-five years ago when no other local school found it relevant, has been recognized by Newsweek as a standard to emulate. Whether students choose a partial or full IB program, they earn college credit at the top colleges and universities worldwide. Trinity was founded by fearless women, and we continue to encourage our students to find their own pioneering spirit, be fearless, and follow their individual visions for the future.

Be Part of the Fearless Tradition Open House: Thursday, October 12th (6:30PM) & Sunday, October 29th (noon) Trinity High School Entrance Exam: Saturday, December 2nd (8AM) Entrance Exam Registration: Opens online on November 18th:

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Nature at Night:

An Evening at Trailside

The Trailside Museum, housed in the historic mid-1870’s Victorian mansion, located at Chicago and Thatcher Avenues in River Forest, is an ideal place to discover displays of live native animals, colorful wildflower gardens, stroll hiking trails and take advantage of interesting programs for children and adults. Trailside invites area residents and families to meet their neighborhood nature center at night. Enjoy s’mores and storytelling around a campfire, take a flashlight stroll, meet Trailside’s resident owls, make a kid’s craft and enjoy the evening with Naturalists. The free event is set for Friday, October 20 from5:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information about An Evening at Trailside, other upcoming programs or sign up for an e-newsletter, call 708-366-6530.

Leyden Township is Collecting

Letters for Veterans

Leyden Township staff and patrons will be making cards and writing notes of appreciation to the veterans hospitalized at Hines V.A. Hospital located in Hines, IL (near Maywood). In past years, these letters have brought much joy to the men and women who have served the nation. Hines has over 600 full-time patients/residents who would welcome letters and cards from adults and children of all ages. Letters can be dropped off at the Community Center, 2620 N. Mannheim Road in Frankln Park any time before Tuesday, November 7th when staff will personally deliver the greetings before November 11th so they may reach all veterans on Veterans Day. The goal is to reach all 600 so everyone is encouraged to start writing, drawing and coloring pictures for these local heroes.

What’s It Worth?

Appraisal Event Nov. 4

The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest will host its very popular appraisal event—Family Heirloomor Flea Market Find: What’s It Worth? on Saturday, November 4 from10 amuntil 3 pmat the Koehneke Community Center at Concordia University, 7400Augusta in River Forest. Free parking is available. Experienced appraisers, certified members of the International Society of Appraisers, will be available to examine, give feedback and put a current market value on your jewelry, fine art, furniture, decorative arts and rare books and manuscripts. Admission is $10 per person and includes one free appraisal ticket (members receive two tickets). Additional appraisals are $10 each. Become a member on November 4 and receive an additional appraisal free. Pre-registration is suggested. Register online at or call 848-6755. All proceeds benefit the Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization.


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Brookfield/Farmer’s Market The family friendly, open air farmer’s market in Brookfield, which features seasonal and sustainably-grown produce, is located in the west parking area of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Avenue, just east of Salt Creek. For more info and lists of vendors and produce, follow the Market on Facebook. Open Saturdays through October 14, 8 am to 1 pm. Elmwood Park/Garden Club Make a pumpkin and a succulent arrangement to take home at the October 12 meeting of the Elmwood Park Garden Club. Meeting starts at 7 pm at the Library, 1 W. Conti Parkway. For more info, call 452-8530. Elmwood Park/Woman’s Club Everyone is invited to attend the next meeting on Thursday, October 19 at 12:15 pm at the Elmwood Park Library. Flowers of Paradise Floral Shop will make arrangements to be raffled off to attendees. Non-members are encouraged to attend. The Club’s annual fundraising event is set for Saturday, October 28 at Noon at Allegra Banquets, 4200 River Road in Schiller Park and includes a luncheon, raffle, silent auction and special fashion show. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets, call 708-583-1265. Proceeds are used for high school scholarships. Forest Park/Senior & Veteran Resource Fair State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch invites area seniors and veterans to his annual Resource Fair on Saturday, October 28, 10 am to 2 pm at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy cafeteria, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. Free health screenings will be available; meet local service providers to discuss resources available to seniors and veterans; receive free assistance drafting wills or medical power of attorney documents and estate planning. From 10 am to Noon, visit with vendors; Noon to 2 pm, lunch, bingo and prizes. Sponsors for the event are Pan American Bank and Way Back Inn. For more info, contact Rep. Welch’s service office at 450-1000. Franklin Park/Woman’s Club The Club will hold its fall fundraiser on Saturday, October 28 at Villa Brunetti, 9755 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, starting at 11:30 am. Enjoy lunch with entertainment provided by singer/impressionist Jerry Armstrong performing musical hits from Sinatra, Elvis, Neil Diamond and more. Tickets are $30 per person. Contact Judi Riess at 847-352-1461 for tickets.

Franklin Park/Health & Resource Fair Mayor Barrett Pedersen and State Senator Don Harmon will host a free Health & Resource Fair on Friday, October 20 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Community Room of the Franklin Park Police Station. The event is open to the public. FREE medical tests will be available including glucose testing, blood pressure readings and cholesterol tests. Get a flu shot (fee required); renew Driver’s Licenses and State IDs (no tests will be administered); and the Police Department will collect unwanted medications for safe disposal. Franklin Park/Fire Department Open House The Franklin Park Fire Department invites everyone to its annual Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 11 am to 3 pm at Fire Station #2 at 10001 W. Addison. Children can meet firefighters and paramedics, see fire engines and ambulances up close and get to use a fire hose. There will be games, giveaways, free hot dogs, popcorn, donuts and refreshments. Learn how to be safe by utilizing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. For more information, call 847-678-2400. Melrose Park/FREE Screening Mammogram Westlake Hospital, 1225 W. Lake Street, is offering free screening mammograms during the month of October to female residents of Proviso Township. Participants will be required to show proof of residence. Participants must be at least 40 years old or 35-40 with a strong history of breast cancer; a physician’s order is required. Call 708-783-5000 to schedule your screening today. Space is limited. Visit for info. Melrose Park/Missionary Sisters’ Dinner-Dance The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo Provincial Guild annual dinner-dance will be held on Saturday, November 11 at Villa Brunetti Banquets, 9755 W. Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. This year’s honorees are Tina Bagnola and the late Donald “Donnie” Cervone. All proceeds from this event benefit the work of the Missionary Sisters based in Melrose Park. Tickets are $75 each and include dinner and entertainment. For information, contact Gina Serpico at 514-3018 or Mary Ann Paolantonio at 473-8541. Melrose Park/St. Anthony Breakfast Buffet The St. Anthony Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Shrine will hold its annual breakfast buffet in the gym (at 22nd and Cortez in Melrose Park) on Sunday, October 22 from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm. Donation is $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. For more information, call the rectory at 344-4140.

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Melrose Park/Annual Holiday Bazaar The Altar and Rosary Society’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on Sunday, November 12 from 8:30 am until 4 pm. There will be a variety of vendors plus coffee, donuts, snacks and other treats will be available. Admission is free. For details, call the rectory at 344-4140. Melrose Park/Women’s Club Bazaar The Sacred Heart Women’s Club Bazaar is set for Saturday, November 11, 10 am until 4 pm at 15th and Iowa Streets in Melrose Park. There will be a Grand Raffle, bakery goods, holiday gift boxes, decorated t-shirts and sweatshirts, candles, wreaths, needlepoint, woodcrafting and much more. Northlake/Legion Post Dinner Friday, October 27, enjoy the soon-to-be-famous Cuomo’s Meatloaf Dinner with fresh mashed potatoes, corn and cupcakes from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Howard H. Rohde LegionPost, 241 W. North Avenue. Legion games start at 7:30 pm. Drink special is Winter Ale. For details and tickets, call 343-5545. Northlake/Exhibitors Needed Exhibitors are needed for the upcoming ART-rageously creative arts and crafts show set for Saturday, October 21 from 9 am to 4 pm at Villa Scalabrini, 480 N. Wolf Road in Northlake. The show will feature jewelry, ceramics, t-shirt, personalized item, candle, beauty and handmade craft exhibitors and much more for sale at an affordable price. For more information, contact Linda Smith or Martha Jurado at 562-0040. Northlake/Senior Fair Area seniors are invited on Thursday, October 19 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to the Northlake Police Department, 55 W. North Avenue. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will provide FREE State ID’s for seniors 65 and older; additional services available for a fee. Proper ID is necessary. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart will provide FREE emergency 9-1-1 cell phones for seniors over age 60 or persons with a disability ages 18-59 who do not have a cell phone. Walgreens staff will be on hand to administer flu shots and blood pressure checks. Other federal, state, county and local agencies will also be on hand. For more information, call 773-267-5926. Oak Park/Farmer’s Market This market offers high quality, locally-grown produce in the Pilgrim Church parking lot at 460 Lake Street, just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue. Market hours are 7 am to 1 pm every Saturday through October 28. The market also features live bluegrass music, fresh, homemade donuts and an incredible variety of items for purchase. continued on page 22

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BELLWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 600 S. Bohland Avenue; call 547-7393, ext. 4 to register or visit Meet Libby. Thursdays in Oct., 2 pm. Libby is all-new, easy to use app for eBooks and downloadable audio. Let the library staff show you how to use it and install it. Medicare 101. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1 to 1:30 pm. Free seminar to get you up to speed on what Medicare covers. Fall Bulb Planting. Plant now to see colorful blossoms in the spring on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Charcoal Drawing with Rebekah. Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Learn to use charcoal to create a scary blackand-white silhouette drawing. Register in person or call. Insider’s Look at Financial Aid. Thursday, October 19, 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Free seminar on how financial aid really works and discover creative ways to pay for college. Register for this program at the reference desk, call or visit Yoga, Zumba, Stitches Crochet Club. Take advantage of drop-in yoga classes on Thursday evenings, Zumba on Saturday mornings and Stitches on Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Call for details. BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 1637 N. Taft Avenue; call 708-544-6017 or visit the new website at Fall Sale! The annual fall sale will feature craft vendors, delicious baked goods, used books and DVDs and raffle prizes plus free coffee and apple cider. Oct. 7, 11 am to 3 pm. Mary Shelley. Master storyteller Megan Wells presents an amazing, historic and slightly spooky vision of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley on Oct. 30, 7 pm for ages 12 and older. Registration required. Adult Autumn Series: Information and Services. Head to the library on Tuesdays starting Oct. 3 and listen to talks on the ABC’s of Medicare, Caregiving 101, Berkeley Community Services and more. Registration required. Halloween Safety with Neighborhood Watch. Learn tips for a safe Halloween on October 23 at 6:30 pm. Tea & A Murder. Enjoy a cup of tea, refreshments and the showing of a classic mystery movie or TV episode on October 13, 10:30 am. For ages 12 and up. Kid’s Crochet. Oct. 21, 11 am. Ages 8-13. All materials provided. Registration required.

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Hillside residents Jim and Paula Hantak present this program at the Bellwood Library on Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 to 7:30 pm—it’s a free, family-friendly program on haunted cemeteries in Chicagoland and Illinois. Children under 16 must be with an adult. Register by calling 547-7393, option 4.

activities authors • answers BROOKFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY 3609 Grand Boulevard in Brookfield; call 485-6917 or visit the website at Accepting donations of books and more. The Friends of the Library are always accepting gently-used books as well as working audio-visual materials, games and puzzles. Bring donations to the circulation desk; pick-ups are also available. Call for info. ELMWOOD PARK LIBRARY Located at 1 Conti Parkway; call 453-7645; visit the website at English Conversation Hour. Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:15 to 8:15 pm. For adults. Practice English conversation skills for an hour. Alzheimer’s Awareness. Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 to 8:30 pm for adults. Must register. How to communicate more effectively with people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Talking to Kids about Sex. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 to 8:30 pm. Adults, call Erie Health at 312-432-4588 to register. Author Reading. Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 to 8:30 pm. For adults. Must register. Author Kevin Coval will read from his new book A People’s History of Chicago. Super Stolie Halloween Show. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 am to Noon. For ages 1-5, must register. Join Super Stolie then trick-or-treat through the library.

FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847455-6016; online at “You Pick” Flicks. For kids of all ages. Friday, Oct. 6, 11 am to 1 pm. Battle of the Pizzas. Who makes the best pizza in Franklin Park? Taste and vote! Tickets are required; pick up at Kids Crossing Desk. Friday, Oct. 6, 6 to 7 pm. Mystery and Horror in the Golden Age of Radio. Steve Darnell looks back at the days of radio on Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7 pm. Friday Flicks. Wonder Woman (PG-13) on Friday, Oct. 13, 2 to 4:30 pm. Friday Family Flicks. Watch the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) Friday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7:15 pm. Illinois Ghosts and the Afterlife. Join Paranormal investigator Terry Fisk to discuss haunted locations in Illinois on Thursday, Oct. 19, 6 to 7 pm. Also at the Library. Ask about the Fire Safety Scavenger Hunt all day on Oct. 9, Fall Flavors Tasting on Oct. 11, Haunted Gingerbread Houses on Friday, Oct. 27 and Halloween Storytime on Oct. 30. HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY 405 Hillside Avenue in Hillside; call 449-7510 or visit Most programs require registration. Mixed Stitchers. Knit/crochet group that meets very Thursday, 7 to 8:30 pm. Age 14 and over, all skill levels welcome. Neighbors • 16

Adult Book Discussion. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 2 pm: Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon. New members always welcome. Books available for checkout at the circulation desk. Books On Tap Book Club. An off-site evening book discussion for ages 21 and older. Meet at Dos Franciscos Taqueria, 4949 Butterfield Road. Call the library for details. Declutter with Craigslist. Monday, Oct. 23, 7 pm. Learn how to post and sell or give away unwanted items. Must register. Limit 10. Using RTA: For Seniors and Disabled. Monday, Oct. 30, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Discuss the benefits of RTA, how to get a reduced fare or free permit and travel options in the Hillside area. Register. NORTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY 236 N. Wolf Road. Call 562-2301 or visit Cookbook Book Club. Select a recipe from the cookbook chosen then get together to share creations. Claim your recipe at the reference desk. Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 to 8 pm. Senior Programs. Enjoy the soup bar with a variety of soups and recipes on Friday, Oct. 6, 2 to 3 pm. Quick, Easy and Healthy Meals for One on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2 to 3 pm. Learn about Essential Oils and their benefits on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2 to 3 pm.

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Children and families are invited to the 2nd Global Cardboard Challenge at the Northlake Library. Kids of all ages around the world will be busy making amazing things out of cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations. Saturday, Oct. 7, Noon to 4 pm. Drop in!

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One-on-One Computer Classes. Call 562-2301 to schedule a one-hour daytime, evening or weekend session in basic computer subjects. Teen Chefs. Learn quick and easy skills and make treats to eat and take home. Thursday, Oct. 5, 6 to 7:30 pm. Open Gaming. Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7:30 pm. Halloween Party. Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, carve pumpkins and eat snacks on Thursday, Oct. 26, 6 to 7:30 pm. Preschool Programs. Ask about Preschool Art, Baby Play, Touch a Truck, storytime and more. NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY Located at 2400 DesPlaines Avenue; register by calling 447-0869 or online at Messy Mornings. For ages 2 and up with adult. Tuesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10:30 am. Preschool Programs. Ask about Lapsit Storytime on Thursdays, Pajama Storytime on Tuesday evening and Tales and Treats on Saturday. LEGOs Mega-Build Challenge. For 1st grade and up. Friday, Oct. 13, 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Do not bring LEGOs. Crafts & Cookies. For 2nd grade and up. Seasonal crafts for different ages and cookies. Friday, Oct. 20, 3:45 to 4:45 pm.

Family Bingo. Residents age 3 and older. Under 7 with an adult. Prizes for all ages. Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 pm. Traveling World of Reptiles. Dave DiNaso returns with reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 pm. Ghost Stories. Do you have a ghost story to tell? Do you like to get creeped out and eat s’mores? Come share your stories on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 3 pm. RIVER GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 8638 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove; phone: 453-4484. Website: Homework Help. Volunteers from Dominican University will be at the Library to help students in grades K-12 on Tuesdays, Oct. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 and 24 from 4 to 7 pm. This is a drop-in program so no registration is required. Evening Tales. For ages 5-8. Enjoy a story, craft and small snack. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 11 and 18, 7 to 7:45 pm. Contact Mrs. Tucker to register. The Happiness Project. Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 to 8:30 pm. Find happiness and peace of mind in our high-pressure and stressful culture. Movie Night. Monday, Oct. 16, starting at 6:30 pm. For all ages. Pumpkin Carving. Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 am to 2 pm. Bring your pumpkin to the library for a family pumpkin carving event. Call 453-4484. All ages. Neighbors • 18

RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 735 Lathrop Avenue; 366-5205, or visit Call for details on PJ storytimes, Mother Goose Cafes, Toddler Times, etc. Connect with Tech. Are you a local senior who wants to get more out of your smartphone, eReader, tablet or computer? Bring your questions. No need to sign up. Upcoming sessions are: Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10 to 11:30 am. Tea 101 for Adults. Sarine Croutteau of Serene Teaz will discuss a variety of tea, health benefits and how to incorporate tea into recipes plus tea brewing and samples. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2 to 3:30 pm. Fall Floral Arrangement for Adults. Peggy Garvin of Garvin Gardens will lead a demonstration and hands-on creation on Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 to 8 pm. Seating is limited and you must register. Bring cash or check of $10 for materials to the RFPL’s second floor service desk. Family Fireside Halloween. For birth to 10 years. River Forest Library and River Forest Park District partner for an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. Enjoy live music, pumpkin painting, stories, crafts, s’mores, games and more on Friday, Oct. 20, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Ages 10 and under with a parent/caregiver. Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too. Interactive cake decorating class. Limit is 20 and registration is required. All materials provided. Sunday, Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 pm.

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River Forest/Tchaikovsky Spectacular The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will present two Tchaikovsky favorites on Sunday, October 8 at 4 pm at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street in River Forest. Ketevan Kartvelishvili will solo in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1; the concert also includes Symphony No. 5. Orchestra is conducted by 2017 Conductor of the Year Jay Friedman. A preconcert conversation begins at 3 pm and a free reception will be held after the program. A season subscription is $100 or $80 for seniors 65 and older. Individual tickets are $28. Students through college are admitted free. For tickets, call 708-218-2648 or visit to order online. Volunteers from the OPRF Food Pantry will accept donations of food and cash at this concert. (events continue on page 22) Stone Park/Casa Italia Fall Film Series Casa Italia will devote its fall film series to the works of acclaimed Italian film director Vanna Paoli. A co-writer of the Oscar-winning “Cinema Paradiso,” Paoli went on to direct nine films of her own. Now living in the northern suburbs of Chicago, she will be on hand to offer insights into the creation of all four of the films in the series. “Cinema Paradiso” will screen on Oct. 20. One of America’s favorite Italian films, it tells the story of a boy in a war-torn Sicilian village whose life is changed by the projectionist at the local movie house. On Oct. 27: “Lungo il fiume” (Along the River) which explores the fallout when four wayward souls converge on a lonely house on the Po River. On Nov. 10, the Casa will screen “La casa rosa” (The Pink House), a drama about an Italian woman whose world is turned upside down when she inherits a home in Czechoslovakia. On Nov. 17 with “Detective per caso” (The Accidental Detective). The film follows an American attorney to Florence as he attempts to unravel a client’s family secrets. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles in the ballroom of the Community Center at Casa Italia in Stone Park. Parking is available behind the Italian Cultural Center at 1621 N. 39th Ave. Doors open at 7 pm and screenings will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. The series will be hosted by Fra Noi Editor Paul Basile, who will lead the audience in a lively discussion with the director after each film. Complimentary beverages and popcorn will be served. Admission is free but donations are encouraged and reservations are a must.To make your reservations, call 708-345-5933 or visit

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Tratamientos para pacientes ambulatorios con l´aser sin dolor, cubiertos por la mayor´ia de los seguros, incluyendo Medicare Dr. Tolitano practica la medicina como un cirujano cardiovascular reconocido nacionalmente. El ha recibido la certificacion del Consejo en diciplinas cardiovasculares y toracicas, ha realizado miles de ablaci´ones l´aser endovenosas.

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Always on a mission to find the best places in the Chicagoland area, Chicago’s Best TV host Brittney Payton taped an upcoming episode at Caputo’s Cheese Market, 1931 N. 15th Ave. in Melrose Park, last month. Caputo Cheese Market offers nearly 1,000 types of cheeses from all over the globe, including fresh mozzarella made on-site—and that’s exactly what Brittney did with Cheese Market President Natale Caputo. “I appreciate those viewers who recommended us for the show. It’s awesome to be recognized in such a cool way when we are just doing what we love,” said Caputo. The show airs on Sunday nights at 10 pm on WGN-TV and replays at various times during the week on WGN and CLTV. Visit for details on the Caputo episode.

Now open, directly across the street from Guerin Prep High School in River Grove, is the new Fizz Eatery & Soda Fountain, an old-fashioned, retro-decorated neighborhood malt shop founded by Teresa Giannini, Mike Fazio , Rose Dante and Marco Federow. With celebrity chef Josh Bushnick in the kitchen, the restaurant features a family-friendly menu and the very best ice cream. Stop in at 7958 W. Belmont, Chicago every day except Monday; or call 773-839-FIZZ.



Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustees Karen Special, John Johnson and Andy Ybarra, Clerk Irene Avitia together with Chipotle and Village staff cut the ribbon to officially welcome the new restaurant at 2926 Mannheim Road to the area. Open seven days a week, the restaurant offers a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients that are sustainably grown. Hours of operation are 10:45 am to 10 pm every day.

Since opening in 2011, River Forest Chocolates owner Donna Fantetti Slepicka and her staff have created amazing chocolate specialties for individuals, special events and large-scale events such as the Shedd Aquarium’s annual gala. In October, just in time for the holiday season, RFC will open the doors at its new, expanded location just down the street at 7769 Lake Street, allowing for more displays and a bigger kitchen for producing signature English toffee and sea salt caramels, tortoises and seasonal caramel apples as well as other mouthwatering treats and one-of-a-kind gift items. For more information, visit, follow RFC on Facebook or call 708-366-0891.


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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. “Bone” Appetit. Join staff during feeding time to learn about outdoor resident animals. Sunday, October 1, Monday, October 9 and Saturday, October 21 at 1 pm. Nature Story Times. Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for ages 3-6 with an adult. Thursdays, October 5 and 19, 10:30 am. Fall Migrant Birds. Migrant and resident birds use the last days of fall to prepare for winter. Join John Elliott of the Chicago Audobon Society to look for new arrivals and activity. Registration requested. Saturday, October 7, 7:30 am. Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam. Make a simple musical instrument or bring your own then join in the bluegrass jam. Everyone is invited to play and/or listen! Sunday, October 8, 1 pm. Photo Meet-Up at Trailside. Enjoy a Naturalist-led walk to view and photograph seasonal leaf color, scenic vistas and the interesting plants and wildlife along the way. For all photographer levels and camera types. Saturday, October 14, 10 am. Conservation@Home: Gardening Now. Illinois Master Gardeners will be on hand to provide helpful tips and answer questions on what you can do in your yard right now to prepare for fall, winter and spring. Sunday, October 15, 10 am to Noon. An Evening at Trailside. Meet your neighborhood nature center at night. Enjoy s’mores, storytelling around a campfire, take a flashlight stroll, meet the owls, make a craft and enjoy the evening at this free event on Friday, October 20, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Creatures of the Night. Discover what makes owls, bats and spiders night creatures, do hands-on explorations and a fun craft. Sunday, October 22 at 1 pm. Autumn Walk. Guided nature walk through the woods and by the pond. Saturday, October 28, 1 pm. Skins and Skulls. Examine pelts and skulls of local wildlife. Sunday, October 29, 1 pm. DAILY AT TRAILSIDE IN AUTUMN Fall Story Trail. Stop by anytime to walk a short trail and read a children’s story along the way. Fun fall activities included. . “Eye to Eye” Photo Exhibit. Enjoy an up-close photo display of local wildlife and insects by photographer Wyndie Giles.

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Celebrating achievements around us

25 YEARS OF KINDNESS CELEBRATED North Riverside Neighborhood Services marks milestone

This summer, everyone involved with North Riverside Neighborhood Services was invited to gather in the Scheck Village Commons gym for a milestone event: 25 years of kindness and caring were celebrated and individuals, past and present, were applauded for their efforts to make the world a better place. What started in 1992 under Mayor Richard N. Scheck as an idea that had failed elsewhere has become known around the world for its success in North Riverside as adults, seniors and even children have reached out to others, creating family bonds between neighbors so that no one ever feels alone. Nearly 90 block captains comprise the group that builds bridges between the Village and its residents; though meetings are only held twice each year, Neighborhood Services Coordinator Carol Spale, who has served in that role since the beginning, is in constant contact with new and experienced block captains to keep the lines of communication open. At the meeting, an inspiring slideshow and a special presentation to former Mayor Richard Scheck were among the highlights of the evening. Mayor Hugh Hermanek thanked everyone for their continued commitment and was grateful for all the random acts of genuine kindness and compassion that prove time and time again that North Riverside is a small town with a very big heart.

GOLD Status

District 89 Preschool For All (PFA) programs receive the highest mark possible from ExceleRate, a statewide recognition system

The four Preschool For All (PFA) programs in District 89 at Emerson, Jane Addams, Lincoln and Washington Dual Language Academy recently earned GOLD Status in Illinois ExceleRate! The process has been one of continuous improvement quality planning as the teachers and IA’s engaged in Professional Learning on ECERS (Early Childhood Evaluation Rating training) and continued Curriculum Planning aligned to Illinois Early Learning Standards and best practices in Early Childhood classrooms. The Gold status recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality, administrative standards, and training and education.


Only seven teams representing North and South America secured a place in the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour which took place in Rimini, Italy last month. With more than 1,500 competitors from five continents, this Tour is the most comprehensive competition in the world—and the Americas gelato “Dream Team” competed against the top 36 gelato flavors from around the world to try to capture the crown. Earning a spot on the Dream Team was the trio of Angelo Lollino, Giuseppe Lollino and Ali Caine Hung of Massa Cafe Italiano (7434 W. North Avenue in Elmwood Park), Vero Coffee & Gelato and Campanella Cremeria. Together they created the flavor “Cocco Sogno,” an indulgent blend of creamy fresh coconut, velvety white chocolate and rich vanilla bean variegated with caramelized almond crunch. While the team didn’t win first place, they did receive the Technical Jury’s Special Mention given out by Luciana Polliotti, honorary president of the Jury and curator of the Gelato Museum Carpigiani. For more about Massa, visit



Celebrate the season and support this SUN worthy cause with a @ HANGING GARDENS lavish family-style, sit-down lunch 8301 W. BELMONT, RIVER GROVE plus cash bar, raffles, door prizes and entertainment for all ages from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Proceeds will be donated to SJCRH this year in honor of 6-year old survivor Nico Filice.

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2000 5th Ave., River Grove • Triton Comes through for Hurricane Relief Even though Triton College’s campus is more than a thousand miles from both Houston and Florida, Triton students knew there was something they could do to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. And help they did. Members of the Triton College Student Association led a successful hurricane relief supply drive that netted a large haul of bottled water, diapers, cleaning supplies, toiletries and other items. “Triton is a place of compassion and we saw there was devastation, so we did everything in our power to help out,” said Gianna Colella of Melrose Park, a member of the Triton College Student Association. Following the collection drive, Colella joined students and staff in preparing items to be loaded onto a semi-trailer and shipped to some of the hardest hit areas. Triton President Mary-Rita Moore (pictured above at left) was among those who helped pack boxes and shrink wrap them onto pallets. Elk Grove-based Hollander Storage & Moving Co. donated transportation services;the United Way is distributing the collected items to people in need. Local businesses including The Sugar Beet Food Co-op (Oak Park), Costco (Melrose Park), Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (River Forest), Home Depot (Northlake), Gambino’s Fresh Market (Elmwood Park) and Jewel (Melrose Park) donated items to the relief effort. The Triton College Foundation also accepted donations which were used to purchase additional supplies. RSVP and ARCC Host Flu Shots with Walgreens The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Active Retired Citizens Club (ARCC) join forces to offer flu shots to community residents on Triton‘s campus, from 9 am to 1 pm, Friday, Oct. 6, in Room R-221. Most health insurances and Medicare cover the cost of the flu shot. If you would like the flu shot, call 456-0300, Ext. 3896. Triton FREE Flu Shot Fair October 11 Triton College is hosting a FREE Flu Shot fair on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 11 am to 2 pm in the Health Services department in Building G, Room 109. Most major medical plans are accepted. For those without insurance, the flu shot will be provided at no charge (up to 200 shots). If more than 200 shots are given, the cost is $25.99. For more information, please contact the Health Services Department 456-0300, Ext. 3051.

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Holiday Festival of Trees ‘Tis the season for giving and celebration. Join Triton College as we celebrate the holidays, while giving to our deserving students.

1. Sponsor a tree (which includes lights) on behalf of a village, town, business, school or individual.

2. Come decorate your tree on campus, at your convenience, anytime during the week of Nov. 20-30th (all trees must be decorated by 4 p.m. on the 30th)

3. Join us for the Holiday Festival of Trees on:

Thursday, Nov. 30th, 4 to 7:30 p.m. (The purchase of a tree is not necessary to attend the festival) Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, holiday music and seasonal photos with our Mascot Troy. Also, take in a free holiday movie playing in the cafeteria.

Each lighted tree is $150 with the proceeds going to the Triton College Foundation for student scholarships. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3165/3172 or to sponsor a tree, go to

The Triton College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Triton College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.

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Give Blood at Schiller Park Drives

Kathy Manis, Schiller Park Blood Drive Coordinator, invites area residents to take part in upcoming events to donate the gift of life on the third Tuesday of every other month. Next date is October 17. Drives run from 1 to 7 pm at the Schiller Park Community Center located at 4501 N. 25th Avenue in Schiller Park. Donors can walk in or register online with LifeSource. Enjoy refreshments, homebaked goods and a raffle.

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CALL PATTI BAUER (847) 439-2233

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is extremely important. Locally, individuals can donate at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Avenue in Maywood on October 3 from 9 am to 3 pm. To donate, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment or for more information.

Collect Donations for Veterans at Hines VA

Through Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Triton College’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties is once again collecting items from Hines VA Hospital’s Comfort List for hospitalized veterans. Items accepted include: Alcohol-free aftershave, alcoholfree mouthwash, Chapstick or lip balm, combs, crossword puzzle books, denture adhesives and denture cleaner (tablets), deodorant, disposable razors, Word-find books, hand and body lotion, nail clippers, new undershirts and underwear, playing cards, shampoo, shaving cream, new sweatpants and sweatshirts, toothbrushes and toothpaste, new winter gloves and hats. Donations will be accepted in Room R-221 (R Building), located on the east side of Triton’s campus, 2000 5th Ave., River Grove, Mondays-Thursdays 8 am to 4 pm and Fridays 8 am to 1 pm. For more information, call RSVP at 456-0300, Ext. 3603 or 3835.

Hephzibah Volunteer Information Session

Interested in becoming a volunteer with Hephzibah in Oak Park? Info sessions are held on the 2nd Monday of every other month. Make a difference in a child’s life. Next session is November 13 from 6-7 pm. To RSVP, send an email to Hannah Weigel, volunteer manager, at

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Notices AMATO, Sylvia C., nee Ventura. Wife of the late Phillip; mother of Frank (Vivian), Tina Cotini, Angela Floro and the late Tonina and Jimmy Boy Cozzo; grandmother of Sam, Phil, Cathy, Toni, Rosanne, Phil, Manny and Phil; great-grandmother of 12; sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BAUTISTA-OLIVARES, Maria, 45, of Franklin Park. Wife of Fernando; mother of Avelina, Dulce, Rosa Isabel and Guadalupe Bautista. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. BLAND, Lelia J., nee Anderson, 91. Wife of the late William; mother of Brenda (the late Terry) Holley, Peggy, Doris, William Jr. and Cynthia; grandmother of Cameron Holley; great-grandmother of Marian and Angela Holley. Interment at Oakridge Cemetery. Donations to the American Heart Association and American Red Cross are appreciated. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. � BOLIVAR, Javier, 33, of Melrose Park. Veteran of the U.S. Army. Son of Luis and Rosa Bolivar; brother of Leticia and Noemi Bolivar and Alma Contreras. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. CALABRIA, Ignazio “Paulott,” 80. Husband of Caterina, nee Atteo; father of Antonietta (Mike) Scamarcia, Paolo, Carmine (Adriana), Giovanni and Pasquale (Maria) Calabria; nonno of Maleena (Dominic) Moreci, Vito and Caterina Scamarcia, Caterina (Nick) Cosentino and Grace Calabria, Ignazio Carmine and Anthony Michael Calabria, Caterina and Ignazio Calabria; great-nonno of Rosalia Moreci and Gabriella Cosentino; brother of Giovanni (Maria), Lucia (the late Paolo) Brucci, Mario (Pupetta) and the late Paolo (Antonietta); 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. CASTRONOVA, Mary Ann, nee Lechman. Wife of the late Frank P. Castronova Sr.; mother of Frank Jr. (MaryLynn), Pat (Tony) Serpico, Marie (Michael) Garnhart; grandmother of Tony, Michele, Jamie, Carrie, Jeannie and Frankie; great-grandmother of Dylan, Gianna, Raquel, Tyler, Tiago, Joshua, Alexis, Lucas, Marissa, Hayden and Hailey; sister of Kay David; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. GIANNONE-CALAMIA, Sunday D. Mother of Joseph (Leah) and Domenica (Stephen) Calamia; former wife of the late Richard Calamia; friend and companion of Michael Cirrincione; sister of Karen (Richard) Novy, Camille Giannone and Betty Patz; aunt and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. GUISTO, Patricia A., nee Tarsitano. Wife of Nicholas “Pete”; mother of Lisa (Eric) Rademacher and Dr. Nicholas (Dr. Bernadette Aulivola) Guisto; grandmother of Frank, Maria, Nicholas, Ava, Sara, Luke, Marco and Gia; sister of Alfred Jr. (Denise), Richard (Lynda) Tarsitano; sister-in-law, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. HIGHBERG, Barbara Ann. Companion of the late Robert (Snake) Jirsa; sister of Susan (Anthony) Hartmann; aunt of Anthony (Amanda) and Kelly (Chris) Tucker; great-aunt of Alana and Anthony. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

LILJA, Karen. Wife of George V. Lilja; mother of Natalie Tortoriello, John L., Larry, Ray, George, Mark, Ann Marie, David and Lori Spindler; daughter of Elaine and the late Robert; grandmother of Vince; sister of Robert Jane and Ronald Jane; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. LULLO, Frank A. Jr., “Spike,” 59, of Melrose Park. Son of the late Frank A. “Duke” Lullo Sr. and the late Marcella, nee French; brother of Diane (Gary) Hendricks; uncle of Deana (Shawn) Bond, Todd (Krystyna) Hendricks and Maggie (Pete) Gaines; uncle of Breanna, Payton and Anthony; nephew of John (Antoinette) Lullo. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. � MAREK, Fred Joseph, 58. U.S. Military Veteran. Father of Dawn, nee Marek, Godfrey; son of Barbara, nee Rydzewski and the late Frederick J. Marek; grandfather of three; uncle of Alexis Lynn and Jaclyn Kowalsky; nephew and cousin of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. � MOCCIO, Frank. U.S. Army Veteran. Husband of Dorothy, nee Kuban; father of Dr. Raymond (Julie) and Frank (Jeanie); son of the late Francesco and the late Fortunata “Della”; papa of Matthew, Michael and Jack; brother of Elizabeth (the late Frank) Mungo, the late James, the late Raymond, the late Elizabeth; uncle, cousin, friend and neighbor of many. Member of the River Grove VFW and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Holy Name Society. Memorials to the American Heart Association are appreciated. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. NAVA, Petra, 65, of Franklin Park. Mother of Maria Cano, Manuel Estala and Rogelio Nevarez. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. PERALTA, Ernestina, 62 of Stone Park. Wife of Fidencio Peralta; mother of Veronica, Evelyn, Ricardo and Ramiro Peralta; daughter of Nicolasa Castro Nova and the late Salomon Garnica. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. PETROSELLI, Brian. Son of the late Dominick and the late Mary Petroselli; brother of Johanna, David (Pamella) and Andrea (Scott) Harrington; uncle of Vanessa, Jonathan (Kari), Scottie Harrington and Chloe Harrington. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. � RAGLAND, Ronald Arthur. Retired Colonel of the United States Army. Husband of Edwina, nee Benton; father of Terri (Charles Sr.) Jones, Derrick Walker Sr. and Tracey (Derek) Marshall; grandfather of Keshana McFadden, Derrick Walker Jr., Jori Thorns, Charles Jones, Jr., Taylor Jones, Justin William and Kia Williams; great-grandfather of 10; brother of Ethel Barnett. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Donations to the American Heart Association and Alzheimer’s Association are appreciated. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. RODRIGUEZ, Constancio, 76. Husband of Blanca; father of Evelyn Salcedo, Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Ivelisse Torres. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. � SAUBER, Steven D. Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Husband of Annalouise, nee Apuzzo; father of Heather (Kristopfer) Basile and Christopher Sauber; grandfather of Jacob and Addison; brother of Daniel (Barbara), William (Deborah), Mary Sauber, Susan Sauber, Robert (Francine) and Gregory Sauber; brother-in-law of Concetta Apuzzo; Interment with Military Honors at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. Notices continue on page 38

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Notices SAUCEDO, Maria, nee Montenegro. Wife of Simon; mother of Rubi (Jose) Diaz, Noelia (Robert) Wood and Javier (Sandra) Saucedo; grandmother of Kassandra, Luis, Jonathan, Sofia, Ivan, Giselle and Juliana; sister of Gorgonia (Esiquio) Martinez, Isaura (Miguel) Saucedo, Fransisca (Rafael) Nevarez, Eleazar (Silvia) Montenegro, Dora (Gabriel) Nevarez, Esiquio (Maria) Montenegro, Ubaldo (Rosa) Montenegro and the late Noel (Noemi) Montenegro; aunt of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. SEATON, Terry. Father of Christopher Seaton; grandfather of Callie Seaton; son of the late Oren and the late Margaret; brother of Barbara Graham, the late Louis Seaton and the late Michael Seaton. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. TAVOLINO, James “Jimmy,” 36. Son of James and Carmella, nee Davino, Tavolino; brother of Anthony (Lia) Tavolino; grandson of the late Ralph and the late Marie Davino and the late Felix and the late Rose Tavolino; nephew and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. TRENTACOSTA, Celia, nee Ponticelli, 95. Wife of the late John; mother of John (Terry Boyd) and Richard (Diane); grandmother of John, Peter, Joseph, Richard, Melissa, Daniel and Ryan; sister of Nick (Terry) Ponticelli, thelate Frank, late Sam, late Dominic Ponticelli and the late Francis Mazzone; aunt and great-aunt of many. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery Crucifixion Garden Mausoleum. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. TRZOS, Jeanette “Jean,” nee Distefano. Wife of Ron Trzos; mother of Anthony Trzos; sister of Sam (Pat) Distefano and the late Anna (Jerry) Pastore; aunt of Carla, Mark, Melissa and Christopher. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. VARGAS, Evelyn. Wife of Christina Gross; daughter of the late Teresa Liboy and Edwin Vargas; sister of Dennis Diaz and Maritza Diaz; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. ZUNIGA, Tobias. Father of Raquel, Andre and the late Tobias Jr.; son of Dora Gomez and Antonio Zuniga; grandfather of Anthony, Adrian and Silas; brother of Michael, Stefanie, Mario, Victor, Richard Gomez and the late Annabel; brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Maryhill Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. Notices are printed free of charge upon request on a space-permitting basis. Mail and e-mail addresses appear on page 4

Westlake Grief Support Group

Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park invites all adults who are grieving the death of a loved one to its Grief Support Group which meets every third Tuesday of the month from 1 to 2 pm in the Prayer Room, Main Lobby of the Hospital at 1225 W. Lake Street. Information about the grief journey, understanding and unconditional support are offered to those who attend. For more information, call the Spiritual Services Department at 938-7284.

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Thanks to generous grant funding, Westlake Hospital is offering free screening mammograms to female residents of Proviso Township in these qualifying zip codes: 60104 Bellwood 60126 Elmhurst 60130 Forest Park 60141 Hines 60153 Maywood 60154 Westchester 60155 Broadview

60160 Melrose Park 60162 Hillside 60163 Berkley 60164 Northlake 60165 Stone Park 60305 River Forest 60513 Brookfield

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Participants will be required to show proof of residence (Photo ID, Driver’s License or a utility bill reflecting the qualifying address). Participants must be at least 40 years old, or 35-40 years old with a strong family history of breast cancer, whose most recent screening mammogram was at least 365 days prior to the scheduled test. All FREE screening mammograms must be scheduled for and occur in the month of October, 2017. A physician’s order is required. Call (708) 783-5000 to schedule your screening mammogram today. More than 600 free mammograms were performed in 2016. Westlake Hospital 1225 West Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160

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