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Neighborhood Planners Guide by Bob Cox Even though Neighbor Planning Guide has been hibernating during the past winter months, there are important updates to share. We left off in an investigating process by a volunteer Village of Forest Park community development committee learning about form zoning. From a 2016 past NPG issue: These are some prime community engagement elements that I learned from my experience as a group member. There are certainly more. The members come from all over town and they are open about their experience. If you run into any or all …just ask them. • Form based codes are a tool that communities, their stakeholders, and governing bodies can use to help manage the built environment often capable of streamlining the development process • Transparency has become a standard here in Forest Park • Thinking in terms of form/ design rather than use takes practice • Visual descriptions are better than a thousand words • Individual rights matter and so do the rights serving the common good • Planning regionally and with other partners like the RTA and CMAP help small communities do good work My recent conversation with FP Village Administer Tim Gillian indicated that we are nearing reaping some of the harvest of feasible opportunities. A 4-million-dollar streetscape project on Roosevelt road is underway. Under Mayor Calderone’s direction to spur smart development it was decided to take a different and more user friendly path. The last few years of exploratory planning have proven valuable in rebuilding FP’s capacity to plan for growth and economic development, implementing is a matter of timing… democratic planning takes time. That means there have been some good changes to how the building process is being done. I have both talked about and whined about ad hoc development in the past. I am getting over it. New game, new economics, new common good ideals. Let’s make the best of it. Assisting The Mayor, Village Administrator and the building dept. team in the process, are Health & Safety Director: Steve Glinke and FP Planner: John Houseal, AICP. They will be hands on and available for a smoother transition to all future developers, NGO’s, not for profits, and entrepreneurs interested in investing in Forest Park. Urban Realities Things can always be improved, that includes Forest Park’s quest for sustainability and growth. FP Government has subtly changed in their focus and pursuit of bringing value to our town. • We still grapple with the current challenges of PTHS redemption and transformation as well as being savvy of market indicators and processes like “return on investment” and “pro-forma modeling”. With an improved planning development process, we have some tools at our disposal to be competitive with other communities. Tim Gillian mentioned other tools like TIF and sales tax generators, including making job creation part of the Forest Park development package. • One challenge that get’s historically ignored is housing. The organization with the largest employees in FP is PTHS District 209. How many teachers live here?

Both projects had significant and collaborative design input from the VOFP planning team…win win for both sides —Tim Gillian. (pics 1 and 2, photos VOFP 2017)

• Gradual increases to property values trumps (not a reference to 45) runaway property values. Being able to work near where you live is both a benefit and savings in time and money. • Not being a taxing body under “Home Rule” also poses constraints and limits revenue rebates. • Demographics are changing in Forest Park and living literally next door to a global city like Chicago can’t be underscored. I was a Forest Park renter before I became a Forest Park buyer. When I travel I tell people” I’m from Chicago.” Expanding on that global idea might be the next public conversation. Next NPG issue I will revisit Seaside Florida and Flint Michigan community development issues and real stories from which Forest Park can gain urban insights. Your feedback is appreciated and welcome, good , bad or imaginative, we want to hear your neighborhood planning ideas. Please send them to robertcox20@comcast.net or forestparkpost@comcast.net or follow us on Facebook at Forest Park Urban Portraits and Forest Park Posts FB pages. *Bob Cox is a lifetime resident of Forest Park and has a 2010 minted B.A. in Urban Planning and Public Affairs from UIC CUPPA.

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Don't Mess With Mom's! by Arlene R. Jarzab

Pineapple Up-side Down Cake at Easter. While it is good (and it is still probably my favorite), it isn’t ‘just like mom’s’. I’m not sure why; sometimes mom added walnuts. Sometimes she used more cherries or extra brown sugar. Perhaps that is why nothing ever was really exactly ‘like moms’; if she improvised, the recipe couldn’t be duplicated.

was a taste treat! Her Brussel sprouts in white sauce were also a family favorite. This, of course isn’t to say that all mom’s recipes were keepers. There was mom’s “Polish Lasagna”. Don’t ask. Over-cooked leg of lamb could not be salvaged with mint jelly. The roast beef was usually a uniform grey: no touch of pink. Asparagus came in cans. I was 40 before I realized that fresh asparagus could be sautéed with Over the years, I have found garlic or grilled and tossed with myself trying to duplicate olive oil and parmesan cheese. Many years ago, at a Fourth of July party at my sister’s home, we enjoyed the usual fare of burgers, Italian Sausage, peppers and onions, potato salad, watermelon, etc., when she brought out a plate of frozen green grapes. They were the perfect light finish on a hot afternoon to a rather heavy meal. I have often frozen grapes, too, so this wasn’t a particularly exotic treat. But, my mother, raved about them. Then, she asked for the recipe. We all laughed. Over the years, we have continued to enjoy my sister’s Frozen Grape Recipe. Fortunately, since it isn’t a secret family recipe, I have recreated it here: • Buy grapes • Wash grapes • Freeze grapes • Put on a plate (if you want to get fancy, add a paper doily) • Serve Depending on how good a cook/baker mom was, the highest compliment you could pay someone was: “This tastes just like Mom’s”. Often this becomes important at family gatherings. My mother did make a terrific Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Although mom died almost 15 years ago, my sister will often make a 6

certain other tastes. I loved her bar-b-q sauce. It had a ketchup base, some brown sugar, cider vinegar, minced onion and garlic and other flavors. I still have the 3 x 5 card she wrote the recipe on for me; it has ketchup stains and is yellow with age. I wouldn’t part with it for anything. Mom also made a mean Swiss Steak. No matter how hard I have tried I haven’t been able to find the right combination of ingredients. I don’t have that recipe and searching the internet has been futile: you can’t taste the internet. I can still remember what her Swiss Steak tasted like: I know it had sautéed onions and some tomato paste, but beyond that, I haven’t been able to successfully reproduce it. But, mom’s paired with mashed potatoes and pork and beans,

apologized profusely. Damage done: her family never asked her to repeat that dinner.

It seems that most of the problems arise from favorite ethnic foods that we grew up with and remember fondly. I have never tried to recreate my mother’s golabki (stuffed cabbage) for several reasons. First, it seems really time consuming: boil he cabbage, cool, separate the leaves. Make the meat filling; stuff the cabbage leaves securing them with toothpicks. Make the sauce and simmer them for hours. There are plenty of others who have never tried to recreate lasagna or stuffed shells. Pot roast or split pea soup are equally time consuming. Who has time to slice and dice, dredge and sauté, brown and simmer? While I love to cook, I don’t try to recreate those meals, partly because tastes have changed; and partly because I never really like mom’s split pea soup. Time isn’t really the issue any more. It is simply trying to get the right flavor. So, instead, I find myself creating my own recipes and Any new bride knows that part meals. of the job description includes recreating her mother-in-law’s We all grew up with certain recipes. (Yes, I know this favorite tastes and flavors. sounds sexist; I don’t mean it No one else’s Sloppy Joes’ or to be.) There are horror stories lasagna taste as good now as out there about how the mother- what we remember from our in-law will grudgingly share a youth. A good friend brings family recipe only to leave out her mac ‘n cheese to practically a key ingredient or procedure. every family gettogether. One Not that anyone would EVER year she decided to make a admit to that! I used to make a richer, more ‘adult’ version. It mean Sweet and Sour Chicken. sat, practically untouched. No One of my friends asked for one cared that she used four the recipe. Since I had made cheeses and a broiled bread it often, I wrote it down from crumb crust. They wanted the memory. It was too late when original, which turned out to I realized I left out the corn be Kraft’s in the blue box. starch used to thicken the sauce. Whatever the recipe might be, It was completely inadvertent we want what we grew up with, on my part; honest. I admitted otherwise, it will sit alone and my mistake too late; she had untouched. This just proves: already made it for her family. I don’t mess with mom.

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Entrepreneurial Cookie: Wally Amos Headlines Celebrating Seniors Week May 18-25 On Tuesday, May 23rd, Famous Amos founder Wally Amos is delivering a keynote talk at a luncheon and panel discussion co-sponsored by two local chambers of commerce and the Celebrating Seniors Coalition. He will be at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St. in River Forest, serving as the featured speaker, then panelist on “The Silver Gold Rush: Aging’s Impact on Business and Community.” Tickets are available (see details below).   The 80-year-old Amos, whose latest venture is The Cookie Kahuna, will be joined by Marla Levie, CEO of marketing agency Focus on Aging, Rosanna Marquez, AARP Illinois State President, and Claudia Santin, Dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Chicago.   Celebrating Seniors Week will feature dozens of events throughout the three communities between Thursday, May 18th and Thursday, May 25th.   Amos’s keynote, at 11 a.m., is at Lund Auditorium, followed by the luncheon and panel discussion at Noon in Mazzuchelli Hall.   Celebrating Seniors’ mission includes providing financial support for at-risk and vulnerable older adults in need throughout Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park.   In its seventh year of organizing a weeklong series of events throughout the three communities, Celebrating Seniors was founded by Jim Flanagan. Over the past year, he contacted Amos and recognized a synergy between his own journey and the spirit of Celebrating Seniors.  

“Celebrating Seniors is a group dedicated to recognizing the contributions and talents of the older adults in our community. They’re continuing to blaze trials and make a great impact,” said Flanagan, who is also chairman of the Oak ParkRiver Forest Township Seniors Services Committee. “Wally is the same way. He is always encouraging and looking on the brighter side of things.” The program is a collaboration of Celebrating Seniors and the local business community. The Oak Park and River Forest Chamber of Commerce and the Forest Park Chamber of Commerce and Development are co-sponsors of the event.   Amos, who recently appeared on the hit entrepreneurial television program “Shark Tank,” applauded Celebrating Seniors’ mission and work.   “Seniors have blazed the trail and made sacrifices in many areas of society, and I’m glad to be as helpful as I can. It’s not about me—we learn from each other,” Amos said. “I’m still selling cookies and building a company. I’m still in the game. Why not?”   Amos has led a fascinating life that includes his becoming the first African-American talent agent at the famed William Morris Agency. In that role, he signed a folk-singing duo who would go on to become legends: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.   But he really began making a name for himself in 1975, when he founded the Famous Amos cookie store in Los Angeles. He eventually sold the company and two years ago, he started a new one, The Cookie Kahuna, a name that draws on his current home state of Hawaii. The cookies are sold in all

seven Costco locations in Hawaii, and he’s trying to expand distribution to the mainland as well. Bob Stelletello, president of the Oak Park and River Forest Chamber of Commerce and member of the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, said it will be “a privilege and an inspiration to hear Wally’s story.”   “He’s a living legend,” Stelletello added. “He has been to the peak, experienced major setbacks in life and business, and has now come back with another business—he’s living the dream.”   In addition to providing financial support to seniors in need—more than $70,000 has been raised since the group’s inception—Celebrating Se-

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niors has three other objectives. They are to facilitate cooperation between the business community, government agencies and non-profit organizations for the benefit of the senior population; to promote senior groups and organizations that serve persons 60 and older; and to raise public awareness of issues affecting seniors. While supplies last, tickets are $25 for Amos’s speech, $50 for the lunch, or $65 for both. Tickets are available at the OPRF Chamber of Commerce’s website, at www.oprfchamber.org.   Celebrating Seniors is online at www.CelebratingSeniors.net. On Facebook: www.facebook. com/CelebratingSeniors; on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CelebratingSrs. Phone: 708-3863100.

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Strong Women, We Are Them by Mary Win Connor

In 1976, Laurel Thatcher wrote an article about Puritan funeral services. In that article was a line, “Well behaved women seldom make history”. Now what this had to do with Puritan funeral services I’ll leave to your imagination but it is a line that went viral before there was such a thing. Over the years it has been attributed to both Eleanor Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe, so it has obviously also been interpreted in different ways. I personally take it as an overall statement. The women who make a difference in the world are not the go along to get along women. They are the questioning, arguing and sometimes polarizing creatures who don’t take, “Because that how it is,” for an answer. Eleanor and Marilyn were both like this. Eleanor wasn’t just First Lady to President Franklin Roosevelt, she was a diplomat and activist during the Great Depression and World War II. Many men felt threatened by her and didn’t understand why she couldn’t just preside over teas and sock rolling parties. She dared to speak out for human rights, children’s causes and women’s issues. By her death in 1962, her name had 10

become synonymous with bossy, controlling women. (1962 was In 2017 this is rapidly changing. still very unenlightened). Oddly enough it seems to be because we have a new Marilyn on the other hand administration in the White was famous for being a dumb House where all major decisions blonde sex symbol. She was are being made by men and all married three times and two women are blond, pretty and of her husbands were rich and talk in glowing terms about how famous. (If that’s dumb, I’d wonderful said men are. This like to become dumber than has galvanized women of all dirt right now.) She was also ages to protest that they want smart enough to capitalize on to be accepted, respected and the 1950’s attitudes towards paid the same as men. This has sexuality and become the resulted in millions of women standard of perfection for sex who have never been more symbols to come for at least two active than helping out with a generations. This is a woman bake sale to take to the streets who once said, “I don’t mind with signs and slogans. These living in a man’s world as long women who have always been as I can be a woman in it.” such well-behaved PTO and car When I first hit the working world in the 1970’s, being a woman in a man’s world meant being tougher, stronger, meaner and more heartless than any man. To show compassion was to show weakness. In those days there was nothing worse than having a woman for a boss. They were brutal. Fortunately, as time went by and more women entered the professional world the need to be more of a man than the men diminished. Women became acceptable as lawyers, doctors, business owners. Unfortunately, even the most enlightened of men still saw them as mothers and wives first and business professionals second. Women are paid 20% less than men for doing the same job and are often passed over for promotions because it is assumed that they will not put as much effort into their jobs once they have children. If a woman takes off early to watch her child’s Little League game it is a strike against her. If a man leaves early because he coaches his child’s Little League team, he is giving back to the community.

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pool members are misbehaving in droves. Women around the world are standing up to state very clearly that they will not tolerate racial, ethnic, or gender discrimination. They have taken to the streets of their hometowns and the highways and byways of the internet to say, “We are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.” These women are making history by breaking the behavior rules set by men. To this I say, “You go girl!”

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Proviso Pie 2017 by Bob Cox

Unit is to "instill in students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment." Our goals, as established by the Navy Service Training Command, are:

Here is a program at Proviso East that you should know about. It is the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. It is not a new program to PTHS. There is also a Proviso West group. I am able to observe classes and participate/learn during my assignments as a sub teacher. I also did some observation of the program a few years ago and got to appreciate the program more today because of what it brings to the student, … so prospective parents and students this might be for you. It is very much like a school within a school. It is paid for by the US Navy … then funding to District 209. The staff is highly Navy qualified and they represent what is “Best” to be a team. Kudos to Commander Darryl Person, Chief Mckinley Kenny Toombs, Petty Officer DaisyRoberts Blanchard, Ms. Diana Jackson, Lisa Green, and Rajeska Jackson. I always say don’t take my word for it. I asked them what is your mission? Commander Person replied, the mission of our NJROTC

1. Promote patriotism. This means love of country, respect for the flag, and pride in the American way of life as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. 2. Develop informed and responsible citizens. NJROTC should make students aware of their responsibilities, duties, and rights as American citizens. 3. Promote habits of orderliness and precision. Experience repeatedly shows that such habits help people succeed in life (family, friends, co-workers, career).

5. Promote an understanding of the basic elements and requirements for national security. Students should understand the need for armed forces and their relationship to a democratic republican government. 6. Develop respect for and an understanding of the need for constituted authority in a democratic society. Students should understand why we have laws and the role of government as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. 7. Provide incentives to live healthy and drug-free lives. Students should know how drug use and other harmful actions affect both themselves and others. 8. Develop leadership potential. The NJROTC program provides students with a wide range of opportunities to test themselves in leadership roles such as leading a drill team and performing a staff job. 9. Promote high school completion. Students should know the value of

In short, the Proviso East NJROTC program will motivate our cadets to become better citizens; and help them grow as students and people. The Proviso East NJROTC program motivates our cadets to become better citizens; and help them grow as students and people. I advocate that this program including its mission should be incorporated in the core and transformation of “One Proviso”. Community support and sponsorship is needed. Here is something that can help a Proviso East NJROTC student now. We have 50 cadets that want to go to Basic Leadership Training and Leadership Academy this summer and are not able to pay the money its a $150.00 a cadet. We are asking if someone can just put it on their heart to sponsor a cadet. We and our great students would surely appreciate it. I'd rather see them doing something positive then negative so come on and help a child in need out. Please contact Proviso East NJROTC Commander Person at 708-202-1756 or 708- 202-3048. Or E-Mail dperson@pths209.org or see FB Page Proviso East njrotc This is the last issue of Proviso Pie 2017 out during school Spring term.

4. Develop a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, self-discipline, and leadership. These qualities are embodied by the Navy's Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

their education and how to effectively manage their time to acquire the education to assist them in meeting their personal goals. 10. Provide information on the military services as one possible career option.

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Financial Focus Financial Gifts – and Tips – for New Graduates by Joel W. Foster They can’t touch the earnings without incurring both taxes and penalties, however, until they reach 59½. But you will want to encourage them to keep the money in their IRA intact, giving it the chance to grow.

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• Provide some financial education. Unfortunately, most young people don’t really receive any kind of formal financial education. Of course, you can try to provide some of this knowledge to your own children, but, as you know, advice from Mom and Dad sometimes gets ignored. However, you might get better results It’s Graduation Season again. If your child is graduating from high if you arrange for your recent school or college, you have reason graduate to meet with a financial professional. As mentioned above, to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma owning stocks, and following their holder? You might want to consider progress, can teach your children offering a combination of financial a great deal about investing, but a financial professional can paint gifts and tips, which, taken the “big picture” and explain how together, could set your graduate all aspects of money management on a path toward a successful, – such as borrowing, budgeting, independent life. saving and investing –fit together to help individuals stay in control What sort of gifts and tips should you consider? Here are a few ideas: of their finances and make progress toward their important financial goals, such as buying a house • Give a few shares of stock. and retiring in comfort. Recent Everyone should understand the graduates, whether leaving high financial markets and how they work. One great way to encourage school or college, are at “turning points” in their lives and can this interest is to give your child benefit greatly from understanding a few shares of stock. Young the importance of developing good, people enjoy owning a piece of a lifelong financial habits. company that makes the products and services they like – and the Most of us can think of several very act of ownership can inspire them to learn more about investing money-related mistakes we’ve and to ask questions: What causes made over the course of many years. And your children will make the stock price to go up or down? How long should I hold this stock? some errors, too. But by providing them with some appropriate Should I own several stocks like financial gifts and valuable advice this one, or is it better to branch upon their graduation, they may out to find new opportunities? Over time, in learning the answers well be better prepared to keep those mistakes to a minimum – to these and other questions, your while maximizing their ability to child can become familiar with investing and how to make the best make good decisions. choices. • Encourage your graduate to open This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward an IRA. Your child can open an Jones Financial Advisor. IRA as long as he or she has some earned income. You might want to Joel Foster suggest that your child consider a Financial Advisor Roth IRA, which, at the child’s age Edward Jones and income level, may be a good 7213 W. Madison St. choice. With a Roth IRA, children Forest Park, IL 60130 can access their contributions at 708-488-0575 any time, tax- and penalty-free.

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Ask The Plant Expert by Scott McAdam Jr.

James M. O’Rourke Attorney at Law Since 1981

Scott McAdam Jr. Commercial Account Manager, V.P. of Snow Operations, Horticulturist

Forest Park & Chicago

Warm Winter Creates Hot Issue The past winter, or lack thereof, was punctuated by warmer than average temperatures and one of the longest snow droughts in Chicago’s meteorological history. For those who despise the winter months, this uncharacteristic weather inspired great praise. Unfortunately, while the winter may have been mild and much more enjoyable than the norm, there will be lasting effects through this landscape season, particularly in the realm of insects.

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Due to the mortality rates in typical winter months, insect populations for the following season are kept at manageable levels. This season, however, we should expect a much larger presence of insects in the landscape and homeowners will need to keep their eyes peeled for any changes in quality of turf or landscape plantings. Orkin, the major pest-control company, has reported a 30% increase in service calls nationwide, which suggests we will face a difficult season ahead. If you notice any damage, a proper diagnosis and rapid, directed treatment is crucial to mitigating these problems. Should you have any concerns or if you notice any changes in your landscape, please contact the professionals at McAdam Landscaping to assist you with your needs. McAdam Landscaping is located at 2001 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park. Phone: 708-771-2299. For more tips and information about the company’s range of services, visit www.mcadamlandscaping.com. For information, and hours, of the McAdam Nursery & Garden Center, call 708-771-4903. On social media: http://www.houzz.com/pro/mcadamlandscape/ www.facebook.com/McAdamLandscaping www.twitter.com/McAdamLandscape Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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Keeping Your Home Safe The only difference between a secure home and one that’s been robbed is about 60 seconds; the length of time it takes the average burglar to get in. With almost one in ten American homes broken into each year, it’s well worth your while to take these important steps to secure your home. Locks Every exterior door (including the one in your garage) needs to have a sturdy, properly installed entry and deadbolt lock. It’s also a good idea to install peep-holes so you can see who’s outside without having to open your door. Doors The most common way to force a door open is to kick it. Upgrade to four-screw, heavy-duty high security strike plates with three-inch screws to secure them deep into the doorframe. To make a forced-door entry nearly impossible, use three-inch screws in hinges as well. Sliding Glass Doors Use a length of sturdy wood in the door channel to prevent it from opening. To stop the door from being lifted off its track, drill a hole through the sliding door into the frame and insert a pin or screw. Windows The most important thing to remember about securing windows is the simplest: lock them. Ground-floor windows are obviously the most vulnerable. It’s wise to invest in blocking devices for high-risk locations. Much like sliding glass doors, a simple wooden dowel or a charley bar-type unit can be installed. Another inexpensive option is a window/door alarm that audibly warns you if a window or door has been opened.

at least six to seven feet away and follow the PASS principle: Pull pin, Aim low, Squeeze handle, and Sweep side to side. Smoke alarms will give your family valuable time to escape. Every home needs at least one smoke alarm on each floor and in stairways leading to the bedrooms and the basement. You may want to consider replacing your existing hard-wire alarms with combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well.

Lighting Put a few lights (both interior and exterior) on timers. Lights left on overnight clearly signal that no one is around to turn them off! It’s also important to keep your garden under control. Big bushes and overhanging branches close to your home can provide both hiding spots and easy access to upper stories. A step-by-step plan of escape that’s mapped out and rehearsed ahead of time will ease confusion in a panic-stricken situation. The easiest way to start is to draw a floor plan of your home The Neighbors with all the possible exits highlighted. For second story winYour best line of defense is ultimately the people who live dows, an escape ladder will increase your options for a safe around you. Once you get to know them, it’s easy to spot things that appear out of character. Keeping an eye out for one exit. Have a designated meeting area outside the home where another works both ways and helps make your neighborhood a all will gather. safe place for everyone. Once everyone is safely out of the house, go to the nearest neighbor’s phone and call 9-1-1! Do not re-enter the dwelling Fire Safety At Home for any reason until the fire department has determined it is A fire extinguisher can save the lives of your loved ones and protect your home, too. Choosing the right extinguisher can be safe to do so. tricky, so remember to look for one that is multi-hazard with an ABC-rating. When extinguishing a fire remember to stand Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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6 Tips for Decoding College Financial Aid Award Letters Cut through the chaos with expert tips for understanding college financial aid letters (BPT) - Whether you're a high school senior or an adult looking to change careers, a college degree can be the key to a bright future. As acceptance letters arrive in the mail, another important document is not far behind: financial aid letters. "College is a major investment, and many people require financial assistance to pay for it," says Harlan Cohen, New York Times best-selling author and creator of the Naked Financial Minute. "It's vital to understand financial aid so you can make informed choices and avoid surprises in the future." The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 school year is $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities, according to the College Board. In order to find out what aid you qualify for, you should start by filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After your information is processed, and you've applied to the colleges of your choice, you'll receive financial aid award letters in the mail with the results from each school where you were accepted. Not all financial aid letters are the same, so deciphering and comparing them can be confusing. To help get you started, the experts at College Ave Student Loans share tips and tricks for how to easily understand your financial aid letter. Look carefully at symbols and terms: College award letters may use different wording and abbreviations. For instance, rather than spelling out the word "loan" you could see "L" or "LN". You might also see "net price" and "net cost." Look carefully at how each school calculates these amounts. Some schools will subtract loan amounts from these figures. Just remember that loans need to be paid back, usually with interest; loans can help you spread the cost of college over time, but they don't eliminate the expense.

ready been partially covered. This could impact gift aid, loan amounts, or both. Keep an eye out for work-study offers: If you indicated an interest during the FAFSA application, your financial aid letter may list approval for a work-study job that provides money toward your studies and fits with your class schedule. The money you earn is typically applied directly to your school expenses. Understand your expected family contribution (EFC): Depending on your personal circumstances, there may be a line item for expected family contribution. This is the amount of money your family is expected to contribute toward your college education based on their tax and savings information. This will impact your overall award package. Think about additional costs: Your financial aid letter may not include all of the costs associated with going to school. Think beyond tuition and make sure you have an idea of what you'll be spending on housing, food, transportation, books, supplies, additional fees, and other living expenses.

Know the difference between gift aid and loans: Gift aid is money that is awarded to qualifying students that isn't expected to be paid back. Gift aid includes things like scholarships, grants, and housing or tuition waivers. Not all applicants will qualify for gift aid, but most will be eligible for federal loans. As a general rule, you should expect that you'll need to pay loans back, usually with interest.

If you find the amount of financial aid provided isn't enough (including the amount offered in federal loans), families may want to research and explore private student loans as an option to cover the additional expenses. Look for competitive interest rates and flexible repayment options that match your budget. College Ave Student Loans also offers a calculator that showcases how much families can save with various loan options at www.collegeavestudentloans.com.

Be aware of the impact of outside scholarships: If a student is awarded a private scholarship, the financial aid letter may list its effect on the amount of money offered by the school or in federal aid because the student's financial need has al-

Finally, if you're still unclear about the terms and conditions of any college award letter, it's important to reach out to the school to ask for clarification or discuss your options. You don't want to leave any money on the table.

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Dude! by Arlene R. Jarzab

‘Dandy’, though had a negative connotation: a citified slicker; it was usually used derisively to describe someone who didn’t quite fit in; often, someone who could be taken advantage of. But, ‘dude’ took on a more generic meaning in the 1970’s. It slowly crept into more common usage taking on many meanings and adapting to different situations.

On a recent trip to Florida, after parking the car, I headed to my favorite café on the beach; I paused at the Stop sign waiting for traffic. I noticed an elderly couple opposite me waiting to cross also. (At this point, I might want to comment that ‘elderly’ in Florida is a relative term.) They stepped off the curb to start their trek across; he had a cane and she held onto his elbow. I decided it was probably safe for me to cross, as well. A car approached and stopped at the Stop sign, which, in itself, was a small miracle; the driver waited patiently for them to cross. I was less than five steps in when another car, clearly impatient and oblivious to the Stop sign, tried to pass on the right, ignoring me and the couple, almost hitting me. I jumped back and yelled, “Dude!”. That stepped me dead in my tracks; I have never, NEVER used the term ‘dude’ in any context. In fact, the only time I can remember using dude in a sentence was: Do you really want to spend two weeks this summer at a Dude Ranch? How did this happen? Wikipedia, that source for all things contemporary, though not always accurate, says “dude is an old term . . . From the 1870’s to the 1960’s, dude primarily meant a person who dressed in an extremely fashionable manner . . .” It seemed to replace ‘dandy’.’ Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

While I was still teaching, ‘dude’ made its way into the general lexicon. I noticed my students (mainly the boys) using ‘dude’ for practically every situation. ‘Dude’ was a verb, adverb, noun, expletive, adjective and epithet. For seventh grade boys, it was a complement of the highest order. On the basketball court, everyone was a ‘dude’; the coach used it as well as the players. Millennials (again, mostly males) use it all the time; every one of their friends is a ‘dude’. If millennial women use it, it is usually to describe a male, not the one they are dating. ‘Dudes’ are the guys at the other end of the bar; they are someone in the office. It has been used in movie titles and in book titles. It was used in much the same way Homer Simpson used ‘D’OH!”. Except, ‘D’OH’ never covered so many situations. ‘Dude’ however, seems to transcends ages. Now, I find myself using ‘dude’ all the time. Since it first slipped out while crossing the parking lot, I have found it most useful. So, “nice shot, Dude”, “Dude!” “Dude, get out of my way!” “Dude, did you finish the Pringles?” “ Dude, did you see the game last night?” “Dude, I am so beat.” I used it in casual conversation; I called a waiter ‘dude’; I said it when I was cut off in traffic while on my way to the airport. And, it felt good to say it; it felt right. Which can only mean one thing: ‘dude’ is doomed. If I can use it, it is no longer cool. “Take that, Dude”.

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Stormy Weather News In anticipation of power outages from spring storms and thunderstorms, Forest Park officials are encouraging all residents with internet access to enter the following ComEd website links into their web browsers in order to more easily access information regarding power outages and emergencies. Mobile device applications are also available for tech proficient smart phone users as they travel home.

With ComEd’s outage map, customers can view all outages in the ComEd service area at once and zoom in and get details on specific areas, such as the estimated restoration time & status of crews working to resolve problems. Icons are color-coded to indicate the number of customers affected by each incident. Check out the interactive map at ComEd.com/Map or at https://www.comed.com /_layouts/comedsp/outagemap.aspx

ComEd Emergency If you have an electric emergency it is important to call ComEd immediately. Never email your emergency request. If you need to report an emergency situation such as a fire, vehicle accident, electric contact/shock, or other potential danger please call 911 to notify local authorities. https://www.comed.com/customer-service/servicerequest/Pages/emergency.aspx

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Engage kids' love of nature through bird feeding, ditch their devices and get them outdoors (BPT) - Is it difficult to pry your kids away from their electronic devices to get them outdoors? From tots to teens, today's kids love their electronics. After all, where could you find anything to compete with the bright sights and sounds of their favorite video game? The answer may be no farther than your backyard and the brightly colored songbirds visiting during warm weather. Interacting with nature helps kids in many ways, from helping them understand science concepts and care for the environment, to lifelong physical and mental health benefits. One of the easiest, most enjoyable ways for children to interact with nature is to feed wild birds right in their backyard. "Feeding birds, planting gardens, anything you do with children that's nature-oriented helps them understand their connection to the natural world," says Elaine Cole, president of Cole's Wild Bird Products. Cole learned her own love of wild birds by feeding them with her father, company founder and birding expert, Richard Cole. Cole's offers some tips to help engage kids' love of nature through bird feeding: * Get kids off the couch, ditch their devices and introduce them to their backyard! Tell children what type of location is best for a birdfeeder, then let them hunt for the spot. Choose a location where a feeder can be seen from indoors (so they can enjoy watching their feathered friends), yet is safe from predators. Let math and critical thinking skills come into play by measuring the distance from the door to the feeder and from the feeder to the nearest shrubs where predators could hide and trees where birds can shelter. * Take the opportunity to teach the importance of good nutrition - for the child and the bird! Explain how good nutrition helps living creatures stay healthy and energized. Help them understand the nutritional value of food they eat by explaining what birds like to eat and how birds need a healthy diet of nutritious food options like Cole's Wild Bird Feed to support their health and well-being. * Help kids understand wild birds have food preferences just as they do. Talk about how some birds like to eat bugs, grubs and worms, while others prefer berries and some like seed. * The feeder you choose will influence the kind of birds that visit. Many types of birds will visit a bowl feeder, and its open shape makes it quick and easy for kids to fill with any type of feed and clean. Giving children the task of filling and cleaning feeders can teach them responsibility and basic life skills, plus they'll take ownership of the feeder and nurturing backyard birds. * You can also use bird feeding to help kids understand concepts of finance, including spending their money wisely. Try an experiment with them; buy a bag of cheap birdseed, fill the feeder

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and watch what happens. Fewer birds will visit and a mound of waste - the filler in cheap feed - will pile up under the feeder. Then replace the cheap feed with a Cole's seed mix and observe results. Kids will see plenty more birds visiting and less waste under the feeder. The experiment can help teach kids that not everything low priced is a good deal. Ultimately, feeding wild birds should be fun for families. Here are some types of bird feed that should appeal to children's interests: * Suet - While today's high-energy suet comes in different, convenient forms, like Cole's Nutberry Suet, and Suet Kibbles, kids will love the idea of serving up a big hunk of fat in the form of a Suet cake. Kids can stick it directly on tree bark and branches, which they'll find fun! * Seeds - Many songbirds prefer seeds. Serving high-quality seed, like black oil sunflower, can help attract songbirds. Learn more about seed mixes and birds who love them. * Dried mealworms - The early bird may get the worm, but birds, such as bluebirds, flickers and nuthatches, prefer a tasty treat like dried mealworms. Kids will get a kick out of filling up feeders with something yucky-looking for their feathered friends. "My dad got me hooked on bird feeding by challenging me to identify as many birds at the feeder as possible," Cole says. "I did the same thing with my kids. My dad recently gave my 10-year-old daughter a birding journal. She loves to identify all the birds she knows and anything interesting about them. "Kids taking part in attracting birds to their backyard is great fun; they'll love getting out of the house, taking charge of their new feathered friends and they'll learn a lot of good lessons through the process."

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Heidi Breed German Shepherd Age 6 years 2 months 3 days Gender Female

Heidi is a stunning 6 year old black German Shepherd who is just as good as it gets. She's a big dog at 100 pounds, but she has the heart of a kitten. Heidi has had a rough few years - she was originally adopted down in Florida, where she was found with frostbite on the tips of her ears. Her adopter moved here to Chicago, and he unfortunately suffered from a serious health issue, and Heidi ended up on the streets. When Heidi arrived at ACL, she was in bad shape from hard living. With the love and dedication of her foster dad, the Heidi we see today is 100% healed! Her coat is lustrous, her eyes are shiny, and she has that pep in her step that only being loved gives you. Like many German Shepherds, Heidi bonds very tightly to her family and is loyal to them to the end. She can be a little needy for attention and affection, but who can blame her after her tough time finding a forever home? She's housetrained and she makes a great running buddy! Heidi does well with respectful kids of any age. She'd likely prefer to be the only dog in the home since she wants to have all of your attention, though she may do fine with a canine-friendly cat friend.

Maxwell Breed Domestic Longhair/Mix Age 4 years 5 months 7 days Gender Male Meet Maxwell! Maxwell is a stunning kitty with a luxurious, medium-haired coat looking for his forever home. Maxwell came to ACL from a highvolume shelter where he was found as a stray. He's a very fun cat to watch as he goes about his business - he loves to explore, play, and rub in-between your legs for attention. Sometimes it seems as if Maxwell can't decide what to do first! He loves to be up high - as soon as he's out of his cage, after using the big, tall scratching post, he hops up to the windows to check out what's going on outside. Maxwell has a moderately high energy level and will love if his adopters can set aside at least 15 minutes each day for dedicated play-time.

Marissa Breed Domestic Shorthair/Mix Age 11 years 2 months 5 days Gender Female

Marissa was originally adopted from us 7 years ago, and had a loving owner. However, as time went on, Marissa's family expanded to include more members, including a child, and she felt intimidated by the new additions an was returned to ACL in early 2016. Marissa enjoyed a 'summer retreat' in a foster home for a few weeks. Her foster mom reported that she settled in well and enjoys pets when she requests them! Marissa is the kind of kitty who prefers to be the star of the show - this cat knows what she wants, when she wants it, and she knows how to ask for it! She would do best in a quiet, adult-only home with adopters who are looking for a cat who has tons of personality.

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