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Note from my mother. It’s interesting to me (now that I’m old), how the things we are grateful for change dramatically with all the different stages of our lives. According to some surveys, little kids are thankful for Legos and cookies, sleepovers and playdates, puppies and shoes. In Chicago, kids are probably thankful for teacher strikes and snow days. As they get older, teenagers—at least those who don’t actually believe they are entitled to everything— might be grateful for better grades than they expected, for opportunities to work for their own money and be involved in sports or service projects, for college acceptance letters, maybe even the sacrifices their parents make to provide them with things they want as well as the things they need. Then again, that might be a stretch. Some teens are probably more grateful they didn’t get caught coming in after curfew, that they got a warning instead of a ticket after getting pulled over, that the dent on the car was forgiven or that the prospective prom date said “yes.” All that changes as they years fly by. We never had a big enough crowd at our Thanksgiving table to have everyone say one thing as we bowed our heads. It was a given: we were blessed to have each other and an exceptional meal that steamed up the windows—and plenty of leftovers. By our late 20’s and 30’s, those of us with careers and growing families are no doubt more aware of what a blessing it is to get a raise or a promotion, to return home safely from military service, to have healthy babies, to be able to buy a house, a new car or afford a much-needed vacation. Gratitude comes in all shapes and sizes: from having the check engine light turn out to be just a gas cap to prayers answered in the doctor’s office. I’ll admit there are times in life when, even though there is always something to be thankful for (as the saying goes), I’m not feeling all that appreciative about the hand I’ve been dealt. Certainly I can’t be the only one that has felt that way. Sometimes there are brief episodes and even long periods of bad breaks, hard knocks and an overwhelming desperate feeling that you are carrying a heavy load and that there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel. Despite a glimmer of good news and success here and there, this year has been a little more relentless and merciless than most, particularly for my mom. On the most trying days throughout her life, she forged on. Still today, when faced with physical and cognitive challenges, she says with all the goodness and resolve inside of her: “I’ll do my very best.” And she does. Because I have no wise words of my own to share, I offer anyone who might be troubled, sad or just unsure these few lines from a note my mother wrote to me more than 20 years ago because they apply to you as much as they did to me such a long time ago: “Keep trying. Don’t change your inner soul. I see the goodness and kindness in your whole being. Good things are coming soon...I will never believe anything else. You have been tested and tested and I am sure you have passed all this testing. You are loved.” I am grateful for my mom’s note and a million little things—not mansions, not millions. Thank you, neighbors, for your notes, your inspiring deeds and your continued support. Let’s get out there and do our very best, no matter what.

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Remember Our Veterans “We don’t know them all but we owe them all.” There are many ways you can honor those who have fought for our freedom in November. Attend the special Veterans Park District Ceremony on November 8 at Bulger Park in Melrose Park; donate new socks, underwear and t-shirts to Neighbors magazine (call 343-0205) for the Hines VA collection; call your Village Hall or VFW to get details on their events. Pay tribute to our heroes.


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53rd Annual Dinner Dance is Saturday, Nov. 30 Event proceeds help provide relief for the poor “I am honored to be the 53rd recipient of the Spirit of St. Daniel Comboni Award,” said Russo. “I could not have done all this without the support and love of my family and friends.”

As a boy growing up in Cicero, Joseph Russo enjoyed learning about his Calabrian Italian heritage from his extended family. He also learned from those experiences that he wanted to make a difference in the world. As a teenager, he found his calling in funeral directing and embalming. He opened his own company in 1995 at the age of 21; in 2012, he fulfilled a dream by opening his own funeral home, Russo’s Hillside Chapels. Active in the community for decades, he served consecutive terms as the president of the Italian American Civic Organization of Berwyn as well as present of the Calabrese in America Organization, chairman for the CIAO St. Joseph Table for 20 years and board member and treasurer of Casa Italia. The Comboni Missionaries, founded by St. Daniel Comboni are present in 41 countries around the world and are committed to poor people who are deprived of basic human rights to freedom, faith, health, education and an opportunity to earn a living and create a better life. For tickets to the event at Manzo’s Banquets in Des Plaines or to place an ad in the ad book to salute Joseph Russo, call 708-354-1999 or visit www.combonimissionaries.org.

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The holidays are coming and that means decorating, shopping for gifts, baking and sending out family pictures and maybe finding something special for ourselves. You can do all of that at the three-day 34th annual Holiday Bazaar to support the Animal Care League in Oak Park—Friday, Dec. 6, 3 to 9 pm; Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 am to 3 pm; Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 am to 3 pm. Decorations, trees, baked goods, gifts, basket raffle as well as music, hot cider and a special chair massage for shoppers are all under one roof. Find homemade treats for furry friends, too. If you need a family photo, have your picture taken with Santa (all family members welcome including furry friends). Santa will be available on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday, Noon to 2 pm. All proceeds from this special event go to the care of homeless pets waiting for their chance at a forever home at the Animal Care League, 1003 Garfield in Oak Park. Anyone interested in volunteering with the ACL can call 848-8155 or visit the website at www.animalcareleague.org to learn about all the ways you can help support this worthy cause. Do A Little Good continues on page 14

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Holiday Festival of Windows ❄ Holiday Walk and Festival of Windows, Dec. 6. Live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides and photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting and ice sculptures by Nadeau’s—plus shopping and eating—are just part of the magic of this event on Madison Street, 6-9 pm.

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American Legion Post 947 Annual Turkey Trot Be there on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9757 Pacific Avenue. This event helps the Post assist veterans at Hines VA Hospital, support Legion programs in education and scholarships and also with providing resources for veterans and families affected by natural disasters throughout the year. Tickets are $23 pp, $12 for children under 12 (under 3, free). Cocktails at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm, dancing at 7 pm. Get tickets at the Post or call 847-678-7474. Winterfest at Hammill Square The Village of Franklin Park invites you to its annual Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 to 8 pm at the Hammill Square Gazebo at Belmont and Edgington. Enjoy holiday music, help decorate the Village Tree by bringing an ornament from home or making one at the Park District’s Children’s Craft Table. Food/refreshments and holiday items for sale. Please bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Leyden Food Pantry. Admission is free!

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4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Enjoy a visit from Santa, pony rides, petting zoo, candy canes, hot chocolate, vendors and more on Friday, Nov. 22, 6 pm at Westdale Park, 3045 N. Sandra, Melrose Park. For more info, call 847-455-8616 or www.leydentownship.com.

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Tree Lighting with Fireworks The Village of North Riverside has planned a spectacular tree lighting ceremony for Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Commons, 2401 Desplaines Avenue from 6 to 7:15 pm. Celebrate with holiday music, refreshments, Santa Claus and an incredible winter sky fireworks display. Tree lighting is at 7 pm sharp. Call 442-5515 for updates.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends on Thursday, Nov. 28 from Noon to 3 pm at The Second Baptist Church, 436 S. 13th Avenue in Maywood. The Thanksgiving Day Feast welcomes seniors, the homeless and persons in need. The event, established to remember the late Eugene “Gene” Moore (past State Rep. and Cook County Recorder of Deeds) is FREE to senior citizens and those who would otherwise spend the day alone. For more information, call Shavonne Henry, event Chairperson, at 708904-3073 or Sue Henry at 708-525-9067. You can also send an email to henry0166@gmail.com Volunteers and donations are needed. Monetary donations can be mailed to PROTOSOMA, Inc., PO Box 462, Maywood, IL 60153.


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Pictured above, Peggy Kasillis from the Franklin Park-based Unity in Community Foundation, recently pulled up at the River Grove Food Pantry to donate an entire carload of food and supplies. Located in the Elmer Wolf Community Center at 2607 N. Cumberland, the food pantry accepts donations from individuals and organizations throughout the year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 11:30 am. For more info, call 453-1818, ext. 327. LEYDEN TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY

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Leyden Township’s Food Pantry is now open year-round and accepts non-perishable food items and toiletries. Among the “most wanted” items are cereal, oatmeal/pancake mix, canned fruit, olive oil, pasta/tomato sauce, peanut butter, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, toothbrushes and toothpaste, olives, pickles, salsa, laundry detergent, personal hygiene products and chili. Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, at Leyden Township Town Hall, 2501 N. Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. For more info, call 847-455-8616. WESTCHESTER FOOD PANTRY

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THANK YOU for making us part of your Thanksgiving and all of your special occasions. Happy Thanksgiving from the Lezza family!

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We’re taking pie orders now This year, choose from Harvest Apple, Pecan and Traditional Pumpkin. Pre-order through Thursday, 11/21 for pick-up 11/26 and 11/27. In addition to our regular Italian faves, our Hostess gifts include delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Tarts, Turtle Cheesecake, Pumpkin Gelato and our crazy-good Apple Slices and Cherry Slices...all handcrafted by Lezza.

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December 14 is the annual Spring Road Ice Sculptures, Sleigh Rides and Santa event! From 11am-2pm, you can visit with Santa and enjoy all kinds of holiday fun, including ice sculptures in front of the businesses like Lezza! Call for Gingerbread House Decorating Parties in December and mail a letter to Santa in a very special red mailbox in the bakery starting the day after Thanksgiving!

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As her “Nutcracker” marks its 35th year Ballet Legere’s Nutcracker is a “labor of love” for Artistic Director, Donna Vittorio, founder of Ballet Legere, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established 35 years ago. Each year the Nutcracker production is a new adventure filled with excitement, as young dancers explode with talent and confidence while dancing alongside professional dancers from various Chicago dance companies. In addition to the over 120 dancers who perform, guest artists from Ballet Companies across the country join in awe-inspiring pas de deux in the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy & Cavalier. This year, the guest artists will be Marcus Romeo and Bella Ureta from the Cincinnati Ballet, Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director. In the end, Vittorio creates one week in December, when people of all ages can enjoy the magic of Christmas and journey to the Land of Sweets. Nutcracker performances this year will be December 5-9 at Dominican University’s Performing Arts Center in River Forest. Weekday performances are geared for school field trips and senior organizations. Over three days, Vittorio will have introduced approximately 4,000 students to the fine art of ballet and classical music. Weekend performances for the general public attract sell-out crowds of over 3,000 people annually. Donna credits her Italian upbringing for her love of the arts and her passion for dance. She finds it especially gratifying to share this passion with young audiences not only through the performance, but the Q&A segment following the field trip performances and taking them on behind-the-scenes tours. Her interpretation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classical ballet has become an annual holiday tradition that makes families, schools, and groups return year after year. When the curtain comes down planning for the next Nutcracker season begins, Donna continues to live her dream. She dances, choreographs recitals and mentors young dance students at her studio in River Forest, Légere Dance Centre, 7737 W. North Avenue. Although teaching and ballet, along with the longest-running Nutcracker production in the Chicagoland area hold a very special place in her heart, family and her eight grandchildren are her greatest passion. For more information about this year’s Nutcracker and other upcoming performances, staff biographies and general information, stop in at the Centre, visit the website at www.balletlegere.org or call 771-9500.

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Ballet Légere’s

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YOUR LIBRARY: fun, informative FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847-455-6016; online at www.fppld.org. Tai Chi. Low-impact, weight-bearing, aerobic and yet relaxing. For ages 16 and up, Mondays, Nov. 4 and 18, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Minute To Win It Family Challenge. Celebrate International Games Week on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 to 7 pm. Quilt & Sew Club. All skill levels invited. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 and 20, 10 am to Noon. Now You’re Cooking. For grades 2 and up. Make yummy recipes and sample your creations. No walk-ins accepted. Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 to 5:30 pm. Friday Flicks. Movie is Rocketman (R), starring Taron Egerton. Refreshments available. Friday, Nov. 8, 2 to 4 pm. Chair Yoga. Perfect for senior citizens or any adult with limited mobility who wants to increase and maintain flexibility. Must register. Limit 25. Ages 16 and up. Monday, Nov. 11 and 25, 2 to 3 pm. Organize Your Genealogy Using Old and New Technology. Lecturer and author Stephen Szabados will offer insight into tools and methods to help you become more efficient in your family research efforts. Monday, Nov. 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Friends Chipotle Fundraiser. Support the Friends of the Library by simply mentioning to the cashier at Chipotle, 2926 Mannheim in Franklin Park, that you’re there for the Friends fundraiser. 33% of all proceeds of the evening go to the library. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: A Celebration of Mr. Rogers. A program focused on kindness and friendship. For kids of all ages. Friday, Nov. 15, 4 to 5 pm. Night Owls. For ages 0-5 with caregiver. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Singing, reading and playing. Build Your Own Fort. Celebrate a belated Family Reading Night by building a fort that you and your family can read in. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 to 4 pm. HILLSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY 405 Hillside Avenue in Hillside; call 449-7510 or visit www.hillsidelibrary.org. Most programs require registration and most programs are free of charge. Adult Book Discussion. First Wednesday of each month. Pick up a copy of the book for the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 2 pm: Hedy’s Folly by Richard Rhodes. Next date is Dec. 4. Mixed Stitchers. Every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 pm. Age 14 and over, all skill levels welcome. Gentle Yoga. Second and fourth Wednesday of the month 7 to 8 pm. For all fitness levels; 16+. No registration. Paranormal Moms Society. Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2:30 pm. Moms by day, ghost hunters by night. See the equipment, hear the evidence collected in the field, ask questions. High school-age students and adults. Must register. Chef Denise Fullmer. Monday, Nov. 11, 7 to 8 pm. Recipes and tastings of a slow cooker beef recipe along with baked apple cinnamon sheet cake. Must register. Notary Services. The Hillside Library offers Notary Public services free of charge. Walk-ins may be taken but it’s best to call ahead. Library programs continue on page 26 of this issue

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activities authors • answers FRIENDS OF THE HILLSIDE LIBRARY Holiday Sale: Books, Baked Goods and Raffle Prizes. Friends of the Hillside Library, 405 N. Hillside Avenue, will hold a book sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 am to 4 pm only. Adults can buy new, used and really old books (perhaps for collectors) which can be used as Christmas gifts or to just curl up with during the winter months. Lots of books for children and young adults, too, plus DVDs, CDs and audio books. This sale will also include baked goods donated by the FOHL and library patrons. Anyone wishing to donate baked goods, please bring them to the library starting on Friday, Dec. 6, 10 am to 5 pm, packaged for individual sale. MAYWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY 121 S. 5th Avenue in Maywood. Call 343-1847 or visit the website at www.maywoodlibrary.org for more information and to register for programs. Coloring Hour. Take advantage of how relaxing coloring can be. Supplies provided. Nov. 6 and 20 from 4 to 5 pm. Hand Turkey Craft. Nov. 23, 4 to 5 pm, make a turkey with the outline of your hand and decorate it. Supplies provided. Thankful Storytime. A story hour dedicated to being grateful on Nov. 25, 5 to 6 pm. RTA. A representative from the RTA will be at the library on Nov. 6 from 1 to 3 pm. Attendees will be given resources and those age 65+ may apply for a Reduced Fare card. MELROSE PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY 801 Broadway. Call 649-7400 or visit www.mpplibrary.org. ABC Adventures. Wednesdays, 10 to 11 am for ages 1-5. A lively, interactive playtime with books, music, puzzles and toys. MPPL cardholders have first priority. Must register. Limit 25. Tinker Tuesdays. Every Tuesday afternoon, 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Drop in for all kinds of fun activities and crafts. Play with tech toys, LEGOs, colored pencils or even help with a community service project. Ages 6-12. MPPL cardholders have first priority. Challenge Yourself. Thursday, Nov. 21, 4 to 5 pm. Imagine and innovate while playing games, solving puzzles and challenging yourself. Every month, try something new. Ages 7-12. Registration required. MPPL cardholders have first priority. Limit 25. Holiday Open House: Save the Date. Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Treats to eat and drink, music and a surprise visitor. All ages welcome!

NORTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY 236 N. Wolf Road. Call 562-2301 or visit the website at www.northlakelibrary.org. Cookbook Book Club. Pick and make a recipe from the chosen cookbook and then get together to share and enjoy the creations. Pick up a copy of the book and claim your recipe at the reference desk. Next date is Nov. 7, 7 to 8 pm. Topic is The Best Mexican Recipes. Kitchen Tool Maintenance. Learn simple knife sharpening and tool maintenance to make cooking easier. Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 7 to 8 pm. Sewing Circle. Quilt Club is expanding! Anyone who loves to sew is welcome to join on Mondays, Nov. 11 and Dec. 16, 7 to 8:30 pm. Microsoft Office Series. Basic instruction in a group class setting from 7 to 8:30 pm. Wednesdays, Nov. 6, PowerPoint; Dec. 11, Publisher. Senior Winter Preparedness. Tips and techniques to keep yourself and your home safe. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2 to 3 pm. Seniors: Holiday Gifts on a Dime. Discover budget-friendly gift ideas on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2 to 3 pm. Teens: Fall Chalkboard Sign. Build your very own chalkboard sign from scratch to hang at home or in your locker. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 to 7 pm. For Children. Ask about Preschool Storytime, Mother Goose on the Loose, Baby Play, Preschool Art and Family Storytime. Science Saturday. For ages 6-9, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 to 3 pm. Drop in and make a lemon volcano and other experiments. Save the December Dates. Don’t miss the Cookie Exchange on Thursday, Dec. 5, Senior Wrap and Sip on Tuesday, Dec. 17, Finals Study Zone Dec. 16-19, Midweek Matinee for all ages on Thursday, Dec. 26 and Tween Cupcake Wars on Saturday, Dec. 7. RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 735 Lathrop Avenue; 366-5205 or www.riverforestlibrary.org. Coffee Monday. For adults. Monday, Nov. 4, 10 to 11 am. Come for coffee, breakfast snacks and conversation. The River Forest Sustainability Commission will join this session.

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YOUR LIBRARY: fun, informative Connect with Tech Express at Panera. Grab your morning coffee at Panera and get some tech tips with Dorothy. Troubleshoot simple questions about your smartphone or tablet, get you started with downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as other appbased library resources like Mango, Hoopla and Flipster. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 8 to 9 am. Harry Potter Divination Class. Grades 5-8. Thursday, Nov. 7, 3 to 4 pm. Learn to read tea leaves, chart the stars and craft your very own fortune teller. Must register. Memoir Writing Workshop for Adults. Do you have a story to share? Develop skills for effective and interesting writing. Cathaleen Roach will lead carefully calibrated (and short) memory and writing exercises to help start your writing process. Must register. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 to 3:30 pm. Pajama Story Time. Ages 2-7 with caregiver. Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend to this special evening program. Monday, Nov. 11, 6:30 to 7 pm. Story Time at Fresh Thyme. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 to 10:30 am. Join library staff for songs, rhymes, stories and a snack at Fresh Thyme, 7501 W. North Avenue. Connect with Tech for Adults. For seniors who want to get more out of their smartphone, eReader, tablet or personal computer. Learn to connect electronically with family and address internet safety issues. Connect with Tech helps beginner tech users in a small, intimate group setting. Bring your questions and devices. No need to sign up, just drop in anytime during the session. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 to 11:30 am. In partnership with River Forest Township. Boogie Woogie Kid. All ages. Matthew Ball aka The Boogie Woogie Kid performs a family-friendly program of New Orleans Boogie-Blues-Swing and Song favorites from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 to 3:30 pm. Memory Cafe for Adults. A Memory Cafe is a welcoming place for individuals living with memory challenges along with their families and friends. Join the conversation and enjoyable activities in an informal setting. This program is sponsored by Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest Townships with support from the River Forest Library. Held at Oak Park Township Senior Services Center, located at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1:30 to 3 pm. Marionette Puppet Show for All Ages. Dave Herzog brings his wonderful marionettes to life in this live show, “Puppet Palooza.” Must register in advance. Best for ages 3 and up. Due to limited space, register everyone who will watch the performance, including adults. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 to 3 pm. Amazing Artists. Grades K-4. Monday, Nov. 25, 4 to 5 pm. Learn about world famous artist Andy Warhol and create your own art piece. Supplies provided. Must register in advance. Social Stitching. For adults. Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching or sewing. Join friends at the library on the 4th Wednesday of each month, 10 to 11 am, to socialize and stitch. Bring your own materials. Wednesday, Nov. 27. Black Friday Sale. Birth to 10 years. Visit the Children’s Room on Friday, Nov. 29 for a super blow-out shopping sale. Check out at least five library books at regular price (free) and receive a bonus FREE paperback book to take home and keep. Offer available while supplies last. One book per customer.

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Visit the website at www.veteransparkdistrict.com, follow VPD on Facebook and Twitter or call 343-5270 or 708-716-4822 for more info on the Fitness Center, Indoor Turf Rentals, hall rentals, active adults, special recreation and athletic programs and to register over the phone for programs. � Pee Wee Fall Picassos (with parent). Children will create fun fall-themed art and craft projects. Ages 2-4, Thursday, Nov. 7-21, 10:30 to 11:15 am at Bataan Park, 1220 N. 9th Avenue, Melrose Park. Fee: R$29/NR$44. � Youth Fit. Start them on a healthy path. Have fun, get some energy out and learn basic exercise techniques. For ages 9-15, Thursdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 26, 5:15 to 6:15 pm. Fee is $35/$50 at Cimbalo Fitness Center, 1203 N. 24th Avenue, Melrose Park. No class on Nov. 28. � Youth Basketball League. The season doesn’t begin until January but sign up early for this program. Teams will practice weekly and before each non-competitive game. All children will have equal playing time, receive participation trophies and a team shirt. Players must attend a mandatory skills day so their skills can be evaluated. Also, volunteer head coaches and assistant coaches are needed to help make the League successful and memorable. Coaches practice once or twice a week depending on grade level and gym space. The program is for grades 1-8 and begins January 18. Early Bird Registration before November 12: $65/$75. After November 13, $70/$80. At Grant Park Recreation Center, 44 W. Golfview in Northlake. � Zumba. Dance-inspired total body workout combines cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Ages 16+ on Thursdays, Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 9:15 to 10:15 am at Cimbalo Fitness, 1203 N. 24th Avenue, Melrose Park. Fee: R$35/NR$50. � Active Adults Jubilee at White Fence Farms. Travel to Romeoville for a day filled with seasonal songs and singers in a festive holiday setting. All meals feature White Fence Farm’s famous 4-piece fried chicken meal with many side dishes. Thursday, Dec. 5; depart from Cimbalo Fitness, 1203 N. 24th Avenue in Melrose Park at 10:30 am or Grant Park, 44 W. Golfview in Northlake at 10:45 am. Return at 4 pm. Preregistration is required so call 343-5270. Fee is $75. � Active Adults Luncheon. Friendsgiving Luncheon: Show your gratitude and invite your friends to this annual Thanksgiving lunch at Bulger Hall, 1601 Hirsch Street in Melrose Park prepared by Cuomo Catering on Friday, Nov. 22, from Noon to 2 pm. Entertainment provided by Simply Kathleen. Fee is $17 per person. Must pre-register so call 343-5270.

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Thanks to an innovative partnership with the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT), a leading apprenticeship program provider in the Midwest, Triton College students are starting the new semester with highly-skilled jobs and zero college debt. Apprenticeships allow students to learn valuable hands-on skills working at leading area manufacturers, all while earning a tuition-free associate degree aligned with their career goals. Christina Schubert, a Melrose Park resident, recently began her apprenticeship with BBS Automation Chicago, Inc., located in Bartlett. “It’s a hands-on look into the industry,” she said. “I’m actually using the tools and materials needed to build the machines.” Triton has partnered with ICATT since 2016. Of the five female students who have served as apprentices through the ICATT Program, three have come from Triton. Antigone Sharris, Triton College Engineering Technology Program faculty chairperson, says “It’s more than an internship. Students put their learning into practice in real-world situations using today’s technology.” For more information, contact Antigone Sharris at (773) 580-8807. Pictured L-R: Antigone Sharris, faculty chair; Melissa Kmetz, ICATT Apprenticeship Program coordinator; Celeste Michaelson, BBA Automation director of Human Resources; Christina Schubert, Triton College student; and Jennifer Davidson, Triton College dean of Business and Technology.

The Triton College Student Association (TCSA) and the Chi Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society are collecting comfort items (listed below) for homeless veterans in the community. Items may be dropped off between Nov. 4 and Nov. 26 at the Office of Student Life located in Room B240 of the Student Center located in Building B. Drop-off hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 am to 6:30 pm and Friday, 8 am to 3:30 pm. Individual/Travel-sized toiletries are preferred: Alcohol-free aftershave, alcohol-free mouthwash, lip balm, combs, crossword puzzles/games, denture adhesive, denture cleaner (tablets), deodorant, disposable razors, word-find books, hand and body lotion, nail clippers, new undershirts (all sizes), new underwear (all sizes), paperback books, playing cards, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, new sweatpants (all sizes), new sweatshirts (all sizes), toothbrushes, toothpaste, new winter gloves and new winter hats. Only these items will be accepted. Triton is located at 2000 5th Avenue in River Grove. For more info about this collection, call 456-0300, ext. 3383.

Calling all volunteers: Seniors Training Academy Recruits Program Nov. 15 and 21

The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Training Academy and Triton College’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are looking for older adults who want to volunteer for a new instructional program that helps police recruits refine their interviewing and report-writing skills. Training for new volunteers for the Seniors Training Academy Recruits (STARS) program is Friday, Nov. 15 at 10 am in Room R-221 located in the Robert Collins Center (R Building) on Triton’s east campus, 2000 5th Avenue in River Grove. The Senior Recruit Interview Day will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 11 am to 4 pm in Room R-221. Refreshments will be served on Thursday, Nov. 21, the day of the actual interviewing. Each participant will receive a certificate of appreciation upon completion. For more information or to volunteer, call Triton’s RSVP office at 456-0300, ext. 3603 or 3835 or send an email to kayfrey@triton.edu.

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NEIGHBORS AGUIRRE, Adan, 62. Husband of Noelia, nee Gallegos; father of Elizabeth, Luis, Angel, Adan Jr. and Crystal Rivera; grandfather of Isaac, Isabella and Gus; brother, uncle and friend of many. Interment at Christ the King Garden Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. AYALA, Lucinda. Wife of Humberto Martinez; mother of Karina Ayala, Edgar Martinez and Alejandro Martinez; daughter of Pascual and Maria De La Cruz Ayala; sister of Samuel, Jose Guadelupe and Victor Ayala; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. BAIETTO, Mike. Husband of Adeline, nee Ottaviano; father of Marie, Carrie, Laure, Michael Joe and David; grandfather of 15; great-grandfather of 9; brother of Terry Kuntz; uncle, cousin and friend of many. Entombment at St. Michael the Archangel Mausoleum. Donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. CASAS, Eusebia, nee Gomez. Interment at All Saints Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. CASTELLAN, Anna M., formerly of Melrose Park. Wife of the late Edward E. Castellan Sr.; mother of Albert, Edward II (Iolanda), Michael (Andrea), David (Cecelia) and Julie Salerno (Chuck); grandmother of Giovanni (Michelle), Edward III, Arianna, Vincent, Charles, Samantha and Megan; great-grandmother of Giovanni, Giuliana and Giada. CATALANOTTO, Rosa. Wife of John; mother of Michael and Anna; nonna of Gianluca; sister of Nicola, Giuseppe, Michele, Grazziella, Caterina and Nina; aunt, cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. CHACKOCHEN, Annamma. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. COLAGROSSI, Josephine M, 89. Wife of Ramon “Ray”; mother of Don (Kim) Colagrossi and Valerie (Mark) Ridgway; grandmother of Ranata and Matthew Colagrossi and Zack and Angela Ridgway; sister of the late Gianni Cuneo. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. CORRAL-CHAIDEZ, Guadalupe, 67. Wife of Juventino Chaidez; mother of Armando (Mireya) Chaidez and Gladys (Samuel) Chaidez; grandmother of Brianna Stephanie, Abel and Malena Aeyda; sister of Camila, Socorro, Elena, Antonio, Cruz, Mariela and Armando; aunt of many. Interment at Mt. Emblem Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. CRUZ, Ada M. Mother of Maria (Vicente), Hilda, Jennette (Jorge) and Jose (Shannon); sister of Ana Silvia; grandmother of nine; great-grandmother of 6; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. NOTICES CONTINUE ON PAGE 36

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NEIGHBORS � DePRIZIO, Charles, 81. Veteran of the U.S. Army. Husband of Sharon, nee Grippo; father of Cara (Richard) DiCanio and Christa DePrizio; grandfather of Alexandra and Cameron DiCanio; brother of Frank (Christine), Basil (late Patricia) and James (Joann) DePrizio and the late Joseph (Catherine), the late Vito (late Ann) DePrizio and the late Regina (LeRoy) Pollina; uncle of many. Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. DiCOLA, Sandra “Sandi” L., nee Fox, 70. Wife of the late Anthony; mother of Shelley (Matt) DeBarba and Joe (Kara) DiCola; grandmother of Brittany, Dale, Brody, Reegan, Claire and Luke; sister of Steven (Mary Alice) Fox and Phil (Penny) Fox; aunt and friend to many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. DIVITO, Daniel, 63. Husband of Margaret, nee Amatore; father of Richard (Lori) and Danielle (Scot) Liptak; step-father of Henry (Theresa) Lazzaro and Gina (Armando) Regalado; grandfather of 11; brother of John, Barbara Whalen, Kathleen (Joseph) Johnson, David and the late Thomas, Richard and Michael. � FILEC, Robert J., Sr. Veteran of the United States Marines. Husband of Concetta, nee Fornaro; father of Kathy (Dr. Nicholas) Recchia, Donna (Brian) Smith, Robert Jr. (Maggie) and Connie (Bill) Geier; papa of Nicole (Michael) Chiarello, Nicholas (Jamie), Anthony (Lisa), Bettina (fiance Michael Glaesser), Monica (Ryan Karas), Matthew (Izzy), Michaela, Catherine, Katlynn, Emily (Jeremy) Bernas, Robert III, Frankie, Mary, Elizabeth and Thomas; great-papa of six; brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Entombment with military honors at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. FLORES, Josefina Popoca. Mother of Roque (Susanne) Jimenez, Yahaira Jimenez, Pierre (Cecilia Landa) Jimenez and the late Benjamin Jimenez; grandmother of Juan Luis and Pedro Rodriguez, Roque Luis Jimenez, Ashley Elizabeth Jimenez and Jesus Rodriguez; sister of Cleotilde Popoca, Julia Popoca and the late Concepsion Popoca; aunt and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. GARRO, Helen A., 96. Wife of the late Roy McComas Jr.; mother of Debbie (Tim) Fossey and the late Roy Clark (Sandy) McComas; grandmother of Carrie (Michael), April (Andy), Kristin (Chris), Shelley (David), Kara (Dan) and Tyler; great-grandmother of Madeline, Joshua, Hannah, Zoe, Annabella, Sammy and Eden. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. GRAYER, Kenneth. Father of Kenneth Jr. (Pam) and Celissa (David) Pompey; grandfather of Jaida and Kailee; brother of Jackie Grayer, Michael Grayer, Pamela Grayer-Boyd and the late Walter Grayer and Harold Grayer, Sr.; uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. GRECO, James John, 72, of Westchester. Husband of Lilian, nee Pascual; father of Dennis (Tanya) and Brandon (Vicky) Greco; grandfather of William, Raymond, Joy, Wesley and Aaron; brother of Donna (Phil) Imbrogno; brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and friend of many. Inurnment at Christ the King Garden Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

HARBER, Kristine. Daughter of Norene and the late Lester Harber; sister of Brad and Larry (Margo) Harber; aunt of Tim (Katie), Jared, Blake, Corey (Lauren) and Sean (Erin); cousin and friend of many. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. HUEBNER, Patricia A., nee Rubino, 61. Wife of Fred J. Huebner III; sister of Joseph (Karen Narcissi) Rubino, Annie (Scott) Kalcik and the late Rosie; godmother of Meghan Wilcoxsen, Iris Kalinowski and Katie Kalcik; aunt of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. IZZO, Geri “Cookie.” Sister of George (David Arnold), the late Marlene (Jesse) Rosas and the late Charles (late Mary) Izzo; aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. LESUS, Joseph W., 49, of Melrose Park. Father of Joseph William, Raymond Joseph and Khloe; brother of Marcy, Ray, Melissa and Greg; uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. MANSON, Mars M., 84, of Berkeley. Husband of Helen. Father and friend of many. MASCIO, Mary J., 98. Wife of the late Salvatore; mother of Patricia (Frank Sr.) Reda, Janet (late Vito) Mascio, James (late Donna) Mascio and Judy (Jeff) Valerugo; grandmother of Michelle (Larry) Tellerino, Frank S. Reda Jr., Sara (Tommy) Sheehan, Serena Mascio, Stephanie Mascio, MaryRose Valerugo and Natalie Valerugo; greatgrandmother of Luke, Tori, Ariana, Jackson, Lela, Michael and Colton; sister of late Mildred and late Mike Albanese, late Rose and late Frank Gatto, late Della and late Bob Govas, late William Pasqua, late Edith and late George Evert, late Nancy and late Don Page; aunt and friend of many. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. NITTI, Viola A., nee Portenkirchner. Wife of the late Joseph; sister of the late Maria Magda Gerace and the late Hans Portenkirchner; aunt and friend of many. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. ORRICO, Ronald A., 84. Husband of the late Gloria, nee Skembare, Orrico; father of Ron (Ivana), Michele (Tim) Orrico-Soper; grandfather of Marie Alise Orrico, Anthony Orrico and Juliana Soper; great-grandfather of Luca; brother of the late Ralph (late Edith), late Joseph (late Adeline), late Frank (late Mary), late Anthony (late Ellie), late Eugene (late Lee), late John, late James (late Anna), late Robert (Nancy), Alfred (Eileen), late Joanne (late Sam) Mate, late Richard (Sandy); uncle and friend of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. ORTEGA, Cornelio. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. PANTOJA, Liam Jesus. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. PAPE, Mary Ann, nee Fundarek, 82, of Melrose Park. Wife of the late William; mother of Andrea (Michael) Castellan, the late William and Anthony (Leslie); grandmother of Nicholas, Eric, Gabriella and Arianna; sister of Antoinette Fabbri, Beatrice Campagna and the late Theresa Stanik and Betty Jane. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 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 PASSARETTI, Catherine, nee Branda, 96, formerly of Melrose Park. Wife of the late Joseph; mother of Albina (Francis) Verde and Michael (Bonnie) Passaretti; grandmother of David (Clare) Verde and Steve (Michelle) Verde and Joseph Passaretti; great-grandmother of Anthony, Megan Ashlee and Carl; sister of the late Dominic (Millie) Branda, Antoinette (Rocky) Militello, Carmella (Silvio) Paolantonio and JoAnn (Bob) Rollins; aunt and great-aunt of many Entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Crucifixion Garden Mausoleum. PASSARETTI, Rosa, nee Ranaldi, 89, of Melrose Park. Wife of Guido; sister of Nicola (late Ida) Ranaldi, late Carlo (late Domenica) Ranaldi, late Maria (late Gino) Gualderoni; aunt of many. Entombment at Christ the King Garden Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. PONZIO, Gradelle, nee Lara. Former wife of the late John; mother of Barbara (Jack) Jasinski, Bonnie (Bud) Joerger and Taryn; grandmother of Steve, Nicholas, Teresa, Traceey and John; greatgrandmother of Natalie, Nicole, Nicholas, Carly, Olivia and Delani; sister of Priscilla and Zoe; aunt and friend of many. Interment at Concordia Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. PUCCILLO, Mary, nee Tripoli, of Melrose Park. Wife of the late Anello “Harry”; mother of Ron (Dena); nani of Brian (Amy), Paul (Amy) and Tina (David) Williams; great-grandmother of Allison, Madelyn, Joseph, James, John and Claudia; sister of Carl (the late Marilyn), Frank (Linda), Joseph (Lois) Tripoli, the late Alfred (Sarah) Tripoli and Victoria (the late Frank) Verre. Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. RAMIREZ, Jesus Maria, 68. Partner of Benita Ramirez; father of Jesus O., Yesmin A., Ruth M. (Paul Delgadillo), Hector G. (Maya Jozefczyk) and Edgar J. (Leyda Campos); grandfather of Cesar (Maria) Flores, Allen Espinosa, Sophia Delgadillo, Aleksander Ramirez and David Ramirez; great-grandfather of Mateo Flores; brother of Joaquin (Melissa) Ramirez, Roque (Maria), Miguel Ramirez, Refugio (Celia), Asuncion, Angeles (Martin) Estrada, Raquel, Juan and Lupita. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. ★ SCHIELER, Herbert H., 90. Husband of the late Glorine; father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. SMITH, Melvin K. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. TROINELLO, Anthony “Hooker,” 94, of Oak Park. Husband of Dinah, nee Manno; father of Camille Peacock and Toni A. Brondsema; grandfather of Jennifer (Jason Steinke) Stratynski, Martin (Tonya) Peacock and the late Kenny Webb; sister of Janet (Joseph) Meo. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

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Neighbors is a free monthly magazine circulating in Chicago's western suburbs through over 100 high-traffic drop sites. For advertising rate...

Neighbors Magazine November 2019  

Neighbors is a free monthly magazine circulating in Chicago's western suburbs through over 100 high-traffic drop sites. For advertising rate...

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