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A phenomenon is, as you know, a rare occurrence; but two extraordinary events on the same day is off the charts. On Monday, August 21st, millions of people around the country looked toward the sky to catch a glimpse of the impressive total solar eclipse that lasted only a few minutes. But before I could get in position for one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights, first I had to track down Melrose Park’s very own phenomenon—mail carrier Garland Gralow, who has lasted an unbelievable 60 years on the job. He has managed to fly under the radar for a very long time, quietly and proficiently doing his job until CBS Chicago reporter Jim Williams caught up with Garland shortly after he finally put in for his retirement. When the story aired on Channel 2 news, Garland went “viral.” The idea of him walking 56,000 miles, the equivalent of two trips around the world, was possibly more stunning than a peek at the sun’s corona. And, anyone who saw the Channel 2 story found out in a flash that Garland isn’t much of a conversationalist; he’s not thrilled with the hype over his possibly record-breaking longevity with the U.S. Postal Service. Still, since they say the only way to know a person is to walk a mile in their shoes, I parked my car and walked with Garland from house to house along the 24th Avenue portion of his route, which begins at the Post Office at 25th and North Avenue, down 25th to Lake Street and up 24th to Lemoyne Avenue—a six-hour mission on a four-mile route on a good day. But according to Garland, “There’s aren’t too many normal days anymore.” He’s been my mom’s mail carrier for decades, someone countless residents have relied on for generations. When he started in 1957, I wasn’t even born yet—and he didn’t even have a cart to push. Only Chicago and Oak Park had carts so other letter carriers were forced to strap on heavy bags until the union finally stepped in in 1963 to offer some relief. At the end of August, Garland will wheel his fourth cart up to the relay box for the last time. He says it’s been “a good run,” having nearly perfect attendance, except for getting a pacemaker 30 years ago. It all began “when we were young kids,” Garland recalls, at a company called Standard Coil (once located on Armitage Avenue). Garland and his friend, Ron Adamczyk, decided to apply at the Post Office. Ron stayed only three years; Garland, well, he made history. Most people count the days and minutes until they can retire, putting X’s on the calendar, but not Garland. When I asked him why, he simply said, “I just never thought of it.” As we walked and talked, the sweat poured off of me but he was calm, cool and deep in thought as he sorted the junk from the bills, citing that one of the most important skills on the job is “you have to memorize a lot. It’s the biggest thing. And you’re gettin’ me all confused.” Story continues on page 6. Pictured, stoic Garland walks the 1400 block of 24th Avenue with a coveted pair of solar eclipse glasses in his right shirt pocket. Did he take a moment along the route to have a look? “Nope. Not interested.”

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After 60 years on the job, a favorite mailman retires

Tina Valentino’s column, continued from page 3 No doubt Garland Gralow had more spring in his step back in the day but today, at 83, he just shuffles along— and no one seems to mind because the job still gets done with the highest degree of accuracy. One of his regular customers, Barbara Carlini at Carlini Agency Farmers Insurance office, 2405 W. Division, is among those who find the occasion of Garland’s retirement to be very emotional. “Garland was proud to be a postman and knew so many people on his route in a personal way. Other substitute mail carriers are very nice but Garland is special. His retirement means the end of a way of life for everyone on his route and especially for us. We were always happy to provide a warm place for him to stop in the winter and a cool place to stop in the summer. We will miss him very much,” she added. For others, like Diana Battelli Susek, the bond is even more personal. She was the first one on the route that he told about his retirement and she considers that to be a huge compliment from someone she’s admired over the years. “I first met him when I was 14 when I started to date my Ron in 1965. When we moved to 24th in 1976, we got Garland as our mailman! Rain or shine, he was here and he became just like family,” she said. “I used to freeze water in the summer and leave it on the porch for him. When my knees were so bad I couldn’t get up, I would leave the front door open and he would bring the mail right in to me. One thing is for sure, he’s a legend in his own time,” insisted Diana. Lori Ferolo-Treffens (pictured at left with Garland) stopped us on the route to wish him well. “Do you remember me? she said. “You were our mailman when I worked at Vine & Roses!” After a brief chat, Garland looked at me and said, “I don’t know why everyone wants to take a picture with me. It’s been happening a lot these days.” Then we took a selfie and he looked at me like I was crazy. “You know I’m backwards on a lot of things,” he remarked. One thing Garland is very sure of though is that he wants no part of this hoopla and legend stuff. This tough U.S. Army veteran, husband and father of three is not thrilled with the attention coming his way. He’d much rather take on snowstorms, walking barefoot in floods, getting up-close and personal with growling dogs because that’s all in a day’s work. He has been bitten only once and still remembers the address: 1732 N. 24th. He fell down some stairs only once and remembers that address, too: it was a grocery store that was once at 1214 N. 23rd. But no big deal. The thought of trudging through another winter, however, was a big deal and the biggest factor in deciding to retire. Other than that, he might’ve worked that route indefinitely. He has no plans to travel. Garland says he traveled a lot with his wife over the years, visiting some of this country’s natural phenomena like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. He doesn’t have any plans to be lazy either. A member of Veterans Park District’s Cimbalo Fitness Center, 1203 N. 24th Avenue, he said he’s “gonna keep moving, even though it might be kind of slow.” I know this to be true because every time I see him I yell from the car window, “Can’t you go any faster?” And he always replies, “This is full throttle.” Garland Gralow had no pearls of wisdom to offer about the past six decades as we walked. Finally, I asked, “What do you think will cross your mind on your way home from the last day of work?” Not surprisingly, he replied. “It’s been good and bad like everything else.” Best of luck to Garland and, moreso, to his replacement (or replacements)—they will find out very quickly that Garland’s shoes are nearly impossible to fill.

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On September 13 at 6:30 pm in the Berkeley Village Hall located at 5819 Electric Avenue, Berkeley Neighborhood Watch, in conjunction with the Berkeley Police Department and Village of Berkeley, will present a program focusing on issues of safety and security for local businesses. Village President Robert E. Lee and Officer Len Norek will moderate the discussion. ANY local business owner, employee or agent is welcome to attend and have their questions or concerns addressed. For information, follow Berkeley Neighborhood Watch on Facebook, send an email to or to

The Village of Forest Park presents RibFest 2017 on Saturday, September 9 at the Picnic Grove, 7824 Madison Street. Amateur chefs will compete for the top prize of $1,000; second prize of $700 and the third place winner will receive $300. Bring the family for a full day of food, fun and entertainment including rib sampling, bungee run, Robinson’s Ribs, loaded baked potatoes, nachos, hot dogs and hamburgers, roasted corn on the cob, snow cones, Fried Snickers and Milky Ways, Chase Root Beer, a beer-winevodka tent, face painting and much more. Entertainment includes Caliente, R-Gang, HiFi Superstar and The Boy Band Night. Fest hours are 11 am until 11 pm. For more info, call 771-7737.

ELMWOOD PARK ■ Save the date for Get Fit 2017 Health & Fitness Fair at the Elmwood Park Park’s and Recreation Department, 2 Conti Parkway, on Saturday, October 7 from 9 am until 1 pm. The purpose of this 6th annual Get Fit 2017 event is for attendees to receive as many FREE services and information from exhibitors as possible. For more information on participating in the event as an exhibitor (free of charge), send an email to to complete the application. ■ Summer concerts finish up in the Circle on September 7 with Shindig (60’s music) at 7 pm. ■ Movies begin at dusk in Central Park on September 14 (Hook) and October 13 (The Addams Family).

ELMHURST ■ The 3rd annual Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest and Fundraiser is Saturday, September 16 at the Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Avenue, 1 to 5 pm. Ticket price includes souvenir tasting glass, 18 beer tasting tickets, snacks, door prizes, music and more under a tent on the Museum grounds. Event will be held rain or shine. Cost is $40 early bird price until September 9; $50 after September 9 or at the gate. Call 630-833-1457 or visit ■ Elmhurst City Centre’s 4th annual Rock the Block Party is set for Friday, September 8th from 4 to 11 pm and Saturday, September 9 from 11 to 11 pm. Free music plus enjoy beer, wine and delicious meals from downtown-area restaurants. For more info, visit

FRANKLIN PARK American Legion Post 974, 9757 Pacific Avenue, invites area residents to FREE movie nights which will begin in October and continue through April of 2018. Doors open at 6 pm and movie starts at 7 pm (except in November). Save the date for the 1931 version of Frankenstein on October 2nd; on November 6th, it will be a double feature: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving at 6:30 pm and Charlie Chan in Rio at 7:10 pm. For more info about the movies, the Legion or even to rent the hall, call 847-678-7474.


For more info aobut Leyden Township programs, call 847-451-5144 or visit ■ September 10: 4th Annual Trek to the R.E.C. 5K. Register at the Community Center at 2620 N. Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children. ■ September 16: Community-wide garage sale set for Saturday, September 16, 9 am to 3 pm at Westdale Park, 3045 Sandra Avenue in Melrose Park. The free event will be held rain or shine. Vendor space is available. Call for fees. Upcoming events continue on page 10

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The Village of Hillside’s 15th annual Cemetery Tour is set for Saturday, October 7. Meet at the Village Hall, 425 Hillside Avenue where free parking is available. Enjoy a Continental breakfast at 9 am then board the trolley at 9:45 am to tour Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries with Hillside’s Mayor Joseph Tamburino, your tour guide. Visit the unique “rotating” DiSalvo family monument, historical grave sites of entertainers, sports figures and Chicago legends and monuments to the military. One of the highlights of the tour will be visiting and learning the story behind the Bishops’ Mausoleum, which is never open to the public. At the end of the tour, return to the Village Hall to enjoy a deli lunch. Cost is $40 per person and includes breakfast, the tour, lunch and a goody bag with an autographed book by cemetery historian Jenny Floro-Khalaf titled Images of America, Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries. This event fills up fast! Contact Evelyn in the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at 708-202-4343 as space is limited and reservations are necessary. All checks must be made payable to the Village of Hillside, 425 Hillside Avenue, Hillside, IL 60162.


Service and Sacrifice: This year marks a milestone for the Maywood Bataan Day Organization: the 75th anniversary of the (MBDO) first memorial event held in September 1942. From that day until now, Maywood remembers the nearly 100 young men who faced one of the most horrific events known to man: The Death March of Bataan. The annual memorial service will be held on September 10 beginning at 2:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial in Maywood at the corner of 1st Avenue and Oak Street. Music will be provided by the 144th Ceremonial Band of the Illinois National Guard; Master of Ceremonies is MBDO Vice President Edwin Walker IV who will introduce the color guards, keynote speaker Major General Richard J. Hayes, Jr., members of the Philippine Consultate and other dignitaries. Events also include the dedication of a Veterans Memorial Wall, a new Memorial Plaque for the canon and a wreath-laying ceremony. Col. Richard A. McMahon, Jr., MBDO President, invites residents of all ages, particularly students and families, to attend and preserve the memory of Bataan Day. Visit to learn more and follow MBDO on Facebook for photos and details. events continue on page 12

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� The 36th annual Taste of Melrose Park is set for Friday, September 1, Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 on the Village campus located at 1000 N. 25th Avenue. Considered the most family-friendly and affordable food festival in Illinois, the Taste features free admission, free parking, free trolley service, free entertainment on four stages, a Rockin Laser Light Show on Sunday at 10 pm, arts and crafts booths in the gymnasium and government and business information booths along the entrance drive. There is also a carnival for children 10 and under. For an entertainment schedule or more 2017 Taste info, visit or send an email to � The Altar & Rosary Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and Shrine has planned several upcoming autumn events. For tickets and more information, call the rectory at 344-4140 or any Altar & Rosary member. All events will be held in the gymnasium at 22nd and Cortez in Melrose Park. Bag & Bling is a “girl’s night out” planned for Friday, September 22 from 7 to 10 pm. Food, drinks, raffles and shopping are on the agenda. Tickets are $30 each. 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar date is Sunday, November 12, 8:30 am to 4 pm. Get a head start on Christmas shopping which will also feature coffee, donuts, snacks and other homemade items. Admission is free. Advent Evening of Recollection. On Thursday, December 7 (Pearl Harbor Day), Fr. Dan Brandt, Chicago Police Department Chaplain, will pay tribute to all veterans and first responders with a 6 pm Mass, dinner and reflection. Tickets are $15 each. � The MAP of Hope Foundation will host its annual Oktoberfest benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Sunday, October 15, 11:30 to 3:30 pm at Hanging Gardens Banquets located at 8301 W. Belmont in River Grove. This year’s Oktoberfest proceeds will be donated to St. Jude in honor of Nico Filice. The event features a family-style sit-down luncheon, door and cash prizes, raffles, DJ, cash bar, entertainment for all ages. Advance ticket sales only—$40 for adults, $20 for kids under 12. To buy tickets, ads or make a donation, visit or mail checks to MAP of Hope, P.O. Box 1110, Melrose Park, IL 60161-1110. Contact person is Mary Ann Paolantonio, 708-279-0519. events continue on page 22

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BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 1637 N. Taft Avenue; call 708-544-6017 or visit the new website at September Social. Wrap up the 2017 Summer Reading Program and get more information on various organizations making a big difference in Berkeley. Ice cream novelties will be served, 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, September 9. Magic with Gary Kantor. For all kids and families in the Summer Reading programs, be amazed by the magic of Gary Kantor on Saturday, September 9 at 1:15 pm. Must register. Board Gaming Night. Check out the new and interesting board games with a game specialist! Monday, September 11 at 6:30 pm, ages 10 and up. Registration required. Homework Central. Got homework? Get help at the library. Every Tuesday through December, 3:30 to 5 pm for 4th through 8th graders. Home-School Connections. Program for families interested in actively homeschooling. Fall theme: “These United States.” Ages 5 and up. 1 to 2:30 pm every other Tuesday starting September 12. Tea & A Murder Mystery at the Library. Join the group for a cup of tea, refreshments, conversation and a classic movie or TV episode. Friday, September 15 at 10:30 am. Interview Workshop. You have a job interview scheduled, now’s the time to prepare! Human Resource Specialist Bob Schlacks will share his knowledge and experience. Ages 16 and up. Saturday, September 30, 1 to 3 pm. Registration required. BROOKFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY 3609 Grand Boulevard in Brookfield; call 485-6917 or visit the website at Have books, puzzles, videos you no longer need? 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 or send an email to ELMWOOD PARK LIBRARY Located at 1 Conti Parkway; call 453-7645; visit the website at English Conversation Hour. Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20 and 27, 7:15 to 8:15 pm. For adults. Practice English conversation skills for an hour with ESL instructor Michael Fitzgerald. Trivia Night at Russell’s BBQ. Tuesday, September 26, 7 to 9 pm for adults. Bring friends or meet new people. Prizes for the winners! Bonus question on Facebook.

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activities authors • answers Super Couponing with Jill Cataldo. Thursday, September 28, 7 to 8:45 pm. For adults, registration required. Learn how to maximize your grocery savings and purchase hundreds of dollars of groceries for just pennies! Learn the secrets that get the store to pay you to shop. Gatsby Gala. Saturday, September 30, 8 to 11 pm. Adults ages 21 and older must buy tickets in advance. The Library will be transformed into a 1920’s underground nightclub, complete with signature drinks, a jazz band, dancing and refreshments. Tickets are $20 each at the Circulation Desk. There will also be a scavenger hunt, craft station and raffle for gift baskets. All proceeds will help fund the last phase of the Library’s major improvements. FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847455-6016; online at DIY Solar Light Chandelier. Registration required. Limit 20. Wednesday, September 6, 2 to 3 pm and Thursday, September 7, 6 to 7 pm. Friday Flicks. Watch the movie Going in Style (PG-13) on Friday, September 8, 2 to 3:30 pm. Friday Family Flicks. Watch the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG) on Friday, September 8, from 6 to 7:45 pm. Knit and Crochet. Saturday, September 9, 1 to 3 pm.

Tabletop Gaming Club. For teens and adults, play from a selection of classic and new tabletop games. Mondays, September 11 and 18, 6 to 8 pm. Morning Preschool Storytime. Ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Limit 10. Tuesdays, September 12 and 26, 10 to 10:30 am.. Pop! Con. Celebrate your love of comics, anime, gaming and more at the 1st annual pop culture fandom convention with an artists’ alley, vendors, costume contests, trivia, etc. Check the website for updates at Saturday, September 16, Noon to 3 pm. MELROSE PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY 801 Broadway. Call 343-3391 or visit the website at Kids Care. Mondays, September 11 and 25, 4 to 6 pm. A collaborative project to transform old grocery bags into sleeping mats for those in need. Ages 8 and up. Drop-in program. LEGO Club. Tuesday, September 12, 4 to 5 pm for ages 5-12 (ages 3-5 with guardian). Stories & More. Thursdays, September 14, 21 and 28, 10-11 am. Interactive playtime for ages 1-5. Master Makers. Tuesday, September 19, 4 to 5 pm. Ages 8-12 are invited to build amazing structures using unusual materials. Open Board Game Play. Saturday, September 9, 11 am to 1 pm. For ages 8 and up. Neighbors • 16

Financial Planning Basics Workshop. Thursday, September 21, 6 pm. Learn the basics of budgeting, saving and investing. For ages 18 and up. Visit the website for details. NORTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY 236 N. Wolf Road. Call 562-2301 or visit Back to School Party. Students of all ages are invited to stop in for pizza, games and entertainment by Chris Fascione on Saturday, September 9, Noon to 2 pm. Drop-in program. Pi˜nata Family Program. Make mini donkey pinatas with Mexican candies provided by the library. Monday, September 18, 7 to 8:30 pm. Heritage Potluck. Enjoy music, food and a pinata, Sign up at the Youth or adult reference desk to bring a dish that represents your heritage. Saturday, September 30, 1 to 3 pm. Cookbook Book Club. Select a recipe from the cookbook chosen then get together to share creations. Claim your recipe at the reference desk. Thursday, September 14, 7 to 8 pm. Senior Programs. Enjoy food, fun and friends on Tuesday, September 12, 2 to 3 pm. Learn about Medicare Open Enrollment on Tuesday, September 19, 2 to 3 pm. Preschool Programs. Ask about Preschool Art, storytime, Mother Goose on the Loose, Baby Play and more offered at Northlake Library.

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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, September 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30 am. Preschool Programs. Ask about Lapsit Storytime on Thursdays, Pajama Storytime on Tuesday evening and Tales and Treats on Saturday. Calling All Junior Detectives! Join the mystery-themed book club for residents in 2nd grade and up on Thursdays, September 14, 21, 28 from 3:45 to 4:45 pm. LEGOs Mega-Build Challenge. For 1st grade and up. Friday, September 8, 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Do not bring LEGOs. New! Family Bingo. SRP and family. Prizes for all ages. Saturday, September 30 at 2 pm. Harry Potter Film Festival. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication, all eight movies will be shown on Sundays in September and October at 1 pm in the main floor meeting room. Refreshments provided. Children under 10 must be with a parent/guardian age 18 or older. Save this list of dates! Sunday, September 10: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Sunday, September 17: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Sunday, September 24: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Sunday, October 1: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Sunday, October 8: Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix Sunday, October 15: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Sunday, October 22: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1. Sunday, October 29: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2. Tri-Wizard Challenge. Take part in the Tri-Wizard Challenge, a scavenger hunt that will send you throughout the library in search of magical answers. Pick up weekly clues at the Adult Reference Desk or Youth Services Help Desk. Winners drawn weekly. For resident children, teens and adults. September 10 through November 4. Quidditch! Let’s play! Grades 412, parents welcome! Saturday, September 16, 1 to 3 pm. Wii Play Games and Watch Movies. Movies, video games, pizza and snacks. Saturday, September 23, 1 to 3 pm. RIVER GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 8638 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove; phone: 453-4484. Website: Open Gaming. For ages 9-17. No registration required. Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 3:30 to 7 pm. Neighbors • 18

Movie Night. Monday, September 11, starting at 6:30 pm. For all ages. No registration required. Watch McFarland, USA. Evening Tales. For ages 5-8. Enjoy a story, craft and small snack. Wednesday, September 13 and 20, 7 to 7:45 pm. Contact Mrs. Tucker to register. Story Times. Thursdays, September 14, 21 and 28, 11 to 11:45 am for ages 2-4 (but under 2 are welcome) with parents. Story, craft and small snacks. Call Mrs. Tucker to register. Give Yourself A Raise. Thursday, September 14, 7 pm, Laura Bruzas, the Green Kitchen Economist, shares her money-saving tips and tricks. Ages 18 and up. Homework Help. Volunteers from Dominican University will be at the Library to help students in grades K-12 on September 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 4 to 7 pm. This is a drop-in program so no registration is required. Coffee with the Director. Tuesday, September 19, 7 to 8 pm. Stop in at the Library, grab a free cup of coffee and share your thoughts, comments and suggestions with the library director. No registration required. Banned Book Brigade. It’s Banned Book Week. Discuss favorite banned books, enjoy pizza and a movie version of a book that has come under fire. For ages 12-17 on Thursday, September 28 from 4 to 6 pm.

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Family Fest 2017 will be held Sunday, September 10 from 11 am until 6 pm on the grounds of Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 N. Ridge, Chicago. The Fest, Misericordia’s largest fundraising event of the year, helps protect the continuation of the programs and high-quality services offered to children and adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities from every ethnic, religious, racial and socioeconomic background. For information on the cash raffle (top prize is $50,000) and new car raffle, call 773-273-4160; to volunteer or become a corporate sponsor, learn about the upcoming golf outings and other events, visit or call 773-973-6300 to support this worthy cause.


� Over the past several years, North Riverside’s Autumn Fest and Chili Cook-Off has grown to be the Village’s most attended event, attracting residents and non-residents to come out and judge chili made by civic organizations and Village departments. The Fest also features family-friendly activities and the most spectacular fireworks in the area. Save the date for Friday, September 15. Visit for details.


� Visit the Historical House and Barn located at 8455 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove. Upcoming open house dates are September 10, October 8 from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is free. For more info, visit � Concerts! Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 pm, don’t miss Vic Lombardi and the Chicago Seven at the Gazebo in River Front Park. Food will be available for purchase; bring lawn chairs, blankets and beverages for a fun night in the park. On Wednesday, September 13, Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners Big Band will end the summer concert series on a high note! � Friday Night Family Car/Bike Show on September 8 is hosted by the Village of River Grove at the Lodge, 8601 Fullerton. Fun for the whole family; all are welcome. Food and drinks available for purchase. There is a $5 donation to be in the show. � Unwined. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of art, crafts, wine tasting, food, plus free massages, a chocolate tent, a cigar oasis and lots of jazz music at the Gazebo, 8679 Grand Avenue on Sunday, September 17, 2 to 6 pm. Events continue on page 24

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The Unity in Community Foundation will hold its 9th annual CommUNITY fundraiser and food drive on Saturday, September 9 at the Underpass Restaurant and Lounge, 9400 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park from 6 to 10 pm. This year’s event will help local resident Waldo “Miguel” Diaz prepare for a kidney transplant; also, proceeds will support six scholarships to graduating seniors, offer assistance with CommUNITY Helping Hands, assist veterans in need and stock the Leyden area food pantries. Present a non-perishable item at the door to be eligible for a special raffle drawing. Tickets are just $20 per person and include entry to the event, a buffet dinner and door prize raffle ticket. The non-profit’s annual event is packed with music, food, fun, raffles and auctions. For tickets, visit the website at For more details and the direct link to the Unity online auction which includes one-of-a-kind autographed sports memorabilia from the Cubs World Series champs, Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, Marian Hossa and others, White Sox players plus Mike Ditka, Brett Favre, Joe Montana and other legends, visit to place a bid.


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Through its H20 for Heroes program last month, Firehouse Subs Stone Park, located at 3124 W. North Avenue, collected over 60 cases of water to distribute to local first responders who are frequently overheated on the job. Inspired by the push from Neighbors Magazine, preschoolers in Diane Lullo-Hendricks’ class at Bright Horizons in Western Springs (pictured above with Neighbors publisher Tina Valentino) were among those who proudly participated in a big way to make the event successful. Also last month, Firehouse owner Sam Stanovich (center of the photo) and Robin Peters, Executive Director of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (not pictured), presented over $48,000 worth of life-saving equipment grants to Melrose Park’s Assistant Chief James Wrosch and Capt. Frank Islami; Franklin Park Chief William Brehm; Hillside Chief Jeff Pilz, Lt. Marco DeVito and Capt. Ken Carling; and Walther Christian Academy Head of Schools Wayne Wenzel. Grants will be used for gas meters, alarm equipment, extrication equipment and replacing outdated tools. To learn more visit, Neighbors • 30

Last month on Thursday, August 24th, Mayor Ron Serpico and Jewel Food Stores President Doug Cygan celebrated the grand re-opening of the store at 800 W. North Avenue in Melrose Park. “Listening to our customers has always been a basic principle at Jewel-Osco and upgrading our Melrose Park location only allows for a more favorable shopping experience,” explained Jewel Communications Manager Mary Frances Trucco. “When our customers go into the store now, they will see an enhanced produce, O Organics, bakery, including a gourmet bakery case, deli with a wing, soup and salad bar, meat, floral and liquor departments,” she added. At every grand opening or grand re-opening, Jewel-Osco donates to a non-profit organization. At this event, Store Manager Jim Anderson and longtime store employee/ Melrose Park resident Lisa LaCalamita presented a check for $1,000 to the MAP of Hope Foundation. LaCalamita (at left) was instrumental in introducing MAP of Hope to Jewel management and making the donation possible. Accepting the check was MAP of Hope founder and Village Clerk Mary Ann Paolantonio (at right in the photo below). “We at MAP of Hope Foundation are truly grateful for your support,” said Paolantonio.

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FREE Annual Fall Family Fun Fest September 24 Families are in for a treat when Triton College’s annual Fall Family Fun Fest returns to the college’s Botanical Gardens on Saturday, September 24. From games and activities to fall favorites, such as the ever-popular pumpkin patch and straw maze, families will enjoy a harvest of fun so much so, they won’t want to “leaf.” It’s FREE and open to the public. The free community event will have face painting, mask making, cupcake decorating, an obstacle course, Fun with Legos™, family portraits to capture the experience, and also back by popular demand, Maggie the Cow, which provides children with the learning opportunity of “milking” a mechanical cow. There will also be pumpkins for sale, plus a giant pumpkin will be on display for families to take pictures with! Attendees can get physical with Chicago-style stepping and get a lesson in fire safety by venturing through a Fire Safety House supplied by the River Grove Fire Department that is also bringing a fire engine to the fest. Back again will be The Great Triton Treasure Hunt that encourages families to work together to figure out clues that takes them to various areas around Triton’s campus. Each child who completes the challenge and visits all four locations will receive a prize. Food will be available. For more info, call 708-456-0300, ext. 3867. Movie on the Mounds Presents Despicable Me 3 Triton College presents Despicable Me 3 during the annual Movie on the Mounds on Friday, September 22. The Movie on the Mounds event starts at 6 pm on the Student Center Mounds located on the west side of the Triton College Campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. The movie will begin at sunset. Bring your family and friends to this free event, which is sure to please movie lovers of all ages. Free popcorn will be served and hot dogs will be available for purchase ($2 each). In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown inside the Robert M. Collins Center (R Building). For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3815. Triton Continues Tree Campus USA Initiative As part of Triton College’s continuing commitment to serve as a community leader in urban forestry management, a bur oak tree was planted on the west side of campus last month. “It’s a historic tree and it’s the first bur oak on Triton’s campus,” said Triton College Sustainability Coordinator Adrian Fisher during the ceremony.

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Westlake Hospital’s Fitness Center, located in the lower level of the hospital building in Melrose Park, is offering a free class to anyone who signs up for a threemonth membership package. Perfect for anyone who enjoys group exercise, the Center’s classes focus on cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. Some restrictions apply. Stop in anytime for a class schedule, to take a tour or call 708-938-7412 for more information.

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. Learn about the ways your time and talents can make a difference in a child’s life. Upcoming dates are September 11 and November 13 from 6-7 pm. To RSVP, send an email to Hannah Weigel, volunteer manager, at To learn more about supporting the children through events and donations, visit the website at

Village of Berkeley Golf Outing and Dinner

Area golfers are invited to the Village of Berkeley’s event on September 15; tee off at 3 pm at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Villa Park. Golf is $40 per person; dinner is $40 per person; golf/dinner, $75. To schedule a tee time, call Ellen at 708-234-2610 by September 11.

Triton College’s Annual Corn Roast

Triton College, 2000 Fifth Avenue in River Grove, will host its 34th annual Corn Roast on Wednesday, September 17. Students and prospective students can take a break and enjoy roasted corn and beverages from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Listen to music, students can participate in give-aways, meet Triton administrators and student club and organization reps, meet new friends while enjoying corn prepared by staff and students. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the student cafeteria.

Sacred Heart Women’s Club Bazaar

Write the date on the calendar: on Saturday, November 11th, from 10 am until 4 pm in Marian Hall of Sacred Heart Church located at 15th and Iowa in Melrose Park, browse and shop from a huge selection of food, bakery goods, crafts, jewelry, needlepoint, candles and more for holiday gifts or for yourself. There will also be a raffle with a top prize of $300.

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Free Senior Health Fair Wednesday, September 13; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Take charge of your health during our free annual senior health fair. At Presence Casa San Carlo, we want to help you enjoy your retirement and maintain your health. Join us for a free senior health fair featuring: • Balance and grip test analysis • Blood pressure, body mass index, glucose and hearing screenings • Hand massages • Memory games • Nutritious and delicious snacks provided by our dining team • And more!

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Notices BRAWKA, Mary L., nee Bonate. Wife of the late Julius Jr.; mother of Kathleen Mategrano, Judith M. (Joseph Korso), Dr. Diana T. (William Webb Jr.) and Dr. Joseph J.; grandmother of Dr. Vanessa (Dr. Garth) Jacobsen, Daniel Korso, Dr. Stephanie Korso, Ellen, Nathan, Madelyn, Leena, Seth, Corbin and Jillian Webb; great-gma of Ross and Harrison Jacobsen; sister of Vera (Frank) Monardo, Arlene, Jerry and Peter Bonate; sister-in-law of Dorothy (late Harold Sr.) Wactor; lifelong best friend of Charlotte Santore; aunt of many nieces and nephews. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. CIMAGLIA, Theresa, nee Toscano; wife of the late Dominick; mother of Al (Sue) and Frank (Marie); daughter of the late Francisio and Christine, nee Santaneri; grandmother of Dominick, Michael, Katherine Petersen and James Petersen; sister of Mary (the late John) Alongi, late Joseph (Willene) Toscano, late Frank (Rose) Toscano, late Jenny Toscano, late Rose (late Peter) Klapas, late Anthony (late Lena) Toscano and the late Carmen Toscano; aunt to many. Entombment at Christ the King Garden Mausoleum at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. � COCONATE, Anthony P. Husband of Mary Jo “Babe”; father of Denise Gelsomino and Michael Coconate; grandfather of Tina (Mark) Ziolek, Anthony, Gina (Paul) Bartel, Michael and Lisa; great-grandfather of Evan, Dominic, Anthony, Caroline, Michael and Nicholas; brother of Grace Coconate and the late Gabriel (Jane) and the late Dolores and Jerry Palmer; uncle and friend of many. Entombment at Christ the King Mausoleum at Queen of Heaven Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. DE LA ROSA, Juan, 91. Husband of the late Teresa; father of Maria Teresa Barba (Martin), Maria (the late Jose) Montoya; grandfather of Elyssa Barba, Pedro Montoya (Shana), Lily Casias (David); greatgrandfather of Alex; brother of 12; uncle of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. FARMER, Shirley A., nee Bentkowski, formerly of Bellwood. Wife of the late Clarence Sr.; mother of Clarence Jr. (Connie), Denise (Richard) Ross, Rochelle (Demetrius) Farmer, Anthony (Shirley) Farmer and Linda (Lawrence) Williams; grandmother of 10; great-grandmother of 25; great-great-grandmother of one; sister of Harry Opila and Paul Opila and the late Jean Duggan; aunt of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. GARCIA, Antonia, nee Rodriguez. Wife of the late Andres; mother of Alfredo, Micaela, Rosalina, Eduardo, Sr., Jose and the late Gilberto; grandmother of Elvia, Beto, Reina, Andres, Lorena, Mirella, Ramon, Yalitza, Gabriella, Gissel, Eduardo Jr., Andres, Adian and the late Sergio; great-grandmother and aunt of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. � GEORGE, Leslie M. Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of the late Marilyn, nee Nielsen; father of Leslie (Dave) Bartlett, Gwendelyn (Steve) Petitte and Gail (Anthony) Valentino; grandfather of Angela (Troy) Cunningham, Lauren (Jason) Ryan, Joanne, Joseph, Jeremy, Joshua, Jennifer and the late Mandy Ireland; great-grandfather of Anthony, Gabriella, Gina, Destiny, Adrianna, Mya, Brooklyn, Ashlyn, Aja, Kristin, Allison and Steven; brother, uncle and friend of many. Interment at Mt. Olive Cemtery with military honors. Donations to Wounded Warriors or ASPCA are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park.

GURLEY, Norman Sr. Husband of Peggy, nee Douglas; father of Norman Jr. and Delbert (Vanessa) Gurley; grandfather of Brian Gurley, Kyle (Michelle) Gurley, Michael Gurley, Cheri (Cedric) Leath, Donne (Kameko) Lewis, Kenya (Terrell) Perkins and the late Derek Gurley; great-grandfather of 15; brother of Johnnie Mae Sams, Marcia Jones, Ernest Jr. (Vickie) Gurley, Sherwin Gurley, John Gurley, Frank (Sheila) Gurley and the late Patricia Gurley and late Beverly Gurley.; uncle of many Interment at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. GUZMAN, Ofelia. Wife of Juan Guzman; mother of Nancy, Juan, Maria and Jose; “Tita” of Carlos, Diego and Brisa. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. GUZMAN, Yarely. Daughter of Paul Rios and Maria Guzman. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. HOGGATT, Jack L., of Melrose Park. Husband of Dolores “Dolly,” nee Gruber. Father of Steve (Dian), Kathy (John) Vodak and Mike (Joan) Hoggatt; grandfather of Kevin, Alex, Jack, Ashley, Valerie and Clint; great-grandfather of Nathaniel; brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. JAMES, Betty Jean, nee Mayfield. Wife of Arthur James, Jr. and Ira Pearson; mother of Sylvia Hutton (Lawrence), Yoverlon Ward, Deborah Smith (Robert), Carel Dell Weston and Arthur James III; sister of eight; grandmother and great-grandmother, aunt, friend and neighbor of many. Interment at Oak Ridge-Glen Oaks Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. LULLO, Frank A. “Duke,” 85, lifelong resident of Melrose Park. Veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. President and Chief Umpire of the Melrose Park Little League for decades. Husband of the late Ramona and the late Marcella; Father of Diane (Gary) Hendricks and Frank Lullo, Jr.; grandfather of Deana (Shawn) Bond, Todd (Krystyna) Hendricks and Maggie (Pete) Gaines; great-grandfather of Breanna, Payton and Anthony; uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. MISUREC, Rudolph, “Dr. Rudy,” MD, FACS, FICSCA, Professor of Urology. Husband of Slavka Coufal-Misurec; father of Rudy and Petr Misurec; grandfather of Alexandra “Alex” Misurec; uncle of Karel, Iva; cousin of Eva. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. MORITZ, Vivian F. Wife of the late Carl; mother of Ronald (Lorelle), Susan (the late Lanny) Vasel, Thomas (Therese) and Stephen (Sharon); grandmother of Jeremy, Joel, Bethany, Carol, Jason, Sarah, Nathan, Matthew, Amanda and the late Kristen Rose; great-grandmother of Jaden, Jesse, Natalie and Andrew; sister of many. Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Melrose Park are appreciated. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. MUCCI, Elizabeth “Liz,” nee Zimmerman. Wife of the late Vincent; mother of Maria Mucci (Ron La Conte) and John (Judy) Mucci; grandmother of Nicole Glasson and Vincent; great-grandmother of Gauge Glasson; 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. PALMER, Sarah. Wife of Jerry; mother of Lionel “Pee Wee” Bell, Leslye, Byron (Latasha) and Jerry, Jr.; grandmother of Daren, Byron Jr., Derrick, Jerrika, Coby, Brenden, Nala, Jeremia, J’Miah, Janyla; greatgrandmother of Keelan; sister of Clara (the late Auzie), Pearl (late Raymond), late Catherine Carter, late James Mitchell Jr., late George Mitchell, late Willie Mitchell, late Silas Bell; aunt, cousin and friend of many and special friend to Moses and Joshua Jenkins. Interment at Forest Home Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

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Notices PANICO, Diane, nee Tripoli. Wife of Joseph; mother of Carla (Anna) and Danielle (Carmine) Iannelli; sister-in-law of Louis Panico, Nancy Ann Lorenzo and Francine Tindall; daughter-in-law of Madelene Panico; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. � PEVITTS, Richard, 92. World War II U.S. Army veteran. Husband of the late Virginia, nee Knopinski; father of Pamela (Carlo) Santucci and Paula (Frank) Manzo; grandfther of Dino Santucci, Lisa (Justin) Schvach, Gina (Tim) Chandler, Jessica (fiance Jack Bruton) Limperis and Eddie Limperis; great-grandfather of Leah, Brandon, Evan and Kyle; brother of the late Leonard (late Florence); uncle and great-uncle of many. Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. SCHULLO, Phyllis, nee Raimondo. Wife of the late Peter F.; mother of Anthony (Lynn) and Pearl (Mauro) Glorioso; grandmother of Anthony, Brianna and Lucas Schullo, Mary and Nicholas Glorioso; sister of the late Angie Guido, late Rosie Vittorini, late Anthony Raimondo and the late Michael Raimondo; aunt and great-aunt of many. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. SORRENTINO, Rosa. Wife of the late Catella; mother of Maria (Vito) Tufano; grandmother of Jason (Annette) Sudaz and Jamie (David) Madrano; great-grandmother of Jackson, Maximus, Aiden, Kloe and Olivia; sister of Immacolata (late Vito) Cossentino, late Peter (late Lucy) Lombardi, late Thomas (late Mary) Lombardi, late Maria (late Luigi) Accerri, late Potanza (late Giuseppe) Accocca, late Rachela (late Giuseppe) Tufano and late Giuseppe Lombardi; aunt of many. Entombment at All Saints Mausoleum. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. SOTELO-RODRIGUEZ, Maria Graciela, 37, of Melrose Park. Wife of Alberto Andrade-Guzman; mother of Maria De Jesus Andrade; daughter of Abel Sotelo-Olmos and the late Maria Rodriguez-Reynozo; sister of Teresa, Jose Refugio, Abel, Adriana and Jose Alfredo. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. VECE, Daniel John, 64. Husband of Tracy, nee Varone; father of Joseph D. and James R. Vece; brother of Pamela Vece. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. VILLA, Robert L.; husband of the late Anna Marie, nee Caliendo; father of Robert (Cathy) and Joseph Villa; son of the late Joseph and Rose Villa, nee Vercillo; grandfather of Rosanna (Elio) DeSantis and Silvana (Jay) Del Rosario; great-grandmother of Elianna, Milana, Emina and Jay; brother of Raymond (Marsha) Villa, Shirley (the late Joseph) Galinski; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. ZOTTA, Carmela. Wife of the late Saverio; mother of Francesco “Frank” (Mary Guillen), Dominick, Angelina (Robert Boehmer), Celestino, Antonio, Mario (Connie) and Sandino; grandmother of Cristina, Francesca and Michelina Boehmer, Gabriella Prado, Giuliana and Daniela; sister of Antonia. Entombment at All Saints Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. Notices are printed free of charge upon request on a space-permitting basis. Mail and e-mail addresses appear on page 4.

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Neighbors Magazine September 2017  

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Neighbors Magazine September 2017  

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