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Our stories, Our people, Our Village

Happy Holidays!

Volume 13 Issue 6

November & December 2017


Christmas is a difficult time for families who have few resources and every year we strive to help those less fortunate by giving these families toys for the children and food for their holiday table.

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Amy Rita, Publisher Staff Writers: Mary Win Connor Andrew Cox Bob Cox Peter Gianakopoulos Arlene Jarzab Terry Keshner Billy Lombardo Woody Mosgers Nello Rubio Jessica Sclafini Kathy Sullivan

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An Early, Enduring Look At Christmas by Terry Keshner

old eighth-grader Peera Serumagayoung told The Post while standing in the glow of the tree during the lunch hour on a fall school day. “But we have the Christmas tree up to grab the attention of people. People walk by the tree and they see the glasses. People in Honduras are going to get them.” Santa Claus has been busy as ever this year, making his list and checking it twice. And if Old Saint Nick needs glasses for a better look at who has been naughty and who has been nice he can turn to the students at Forest Park Middle School. (Who are all on the Nice List, to be sure.) That’s because FPMS Members of the National Junior Honor Society have had a Christmas tree glowing since October, decorated with lights, garland and…eyeglasses. “Even myself, I thought it was quite odd,” 13-year-

Marie Carlisle, a Title I teacher for reading and math at FPMS, is an advisor on the Christmas tree glasses project along with her fellow teacher, Mrs. Patricia Allocco. Carlisle told The Post that a Forest glasses and it will bring more attention. People said ‘why do you have a tree up in October?’ And we can see what response we’re having here!”

And the kids listened, obviously not as concerned about what they want for Christmas but what they can share with others. Even when those others are strangers who live more than 3,000 miles away.

14-year-old Jonathan Ford stood proudly by the tree and said, “I’m happy that I get to help other people and we get to spread goodness.”

And as kids walked from one class to another carrying books, and teachers kept order amid another busy school day while dozens of pairs of eyeglasses twinkled upon a humble Christmas tree, Jonathan also offered some encouragement for all of us at this special time of year:

Indeed, on a crisp fall day, long before the first flake of snow fell from above or the season’s inaugural Christmas Carol was played on the radio, the tree was already adorned with dozens of pairs of eyeglasses with more likely to come. “Stay positive as ever.” Park resident has been collecting glasses for a local Marquel Saleek, a 13-yeardoctor to bring to needy old 8th grader and NJHS patients in the Central member, said the tree American nation over the looks great with its holidays and asked the unorthodox ornaments. school to help. “I don’t wear glasses but I think I’m helping. When “So we brought it to the we explained it to most students and they said of the parents that we ‘wow, that’s a great idea!’ had at the parent-teacher So we put up a tree so it’ll conference they told the be more noticeable and kids to bring glasses.” people will come and bring

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Holiday Charity by Andrew Cox

mid-May. The night is run through the agency Housing Forward, formerly PADS. You can get general contact info at the following link: http:// www.housingforward.org/ contact-us

Or to volunteer directly: volunteer@housingforward. org

to donate. You'll feel good taking that $10 you could have spent on yourself and using it towards another's needs. Giving feels good, and it is the season of giving. Almost everyone enjoys getting what they want. Imagine what it feels like for someone who doesn't have much, to get something they want? You can bring some relief, some joy, to those going through a tough time. And you may diminish some of your own woes in the process.

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What can you do to giveback during the holiday season? One night of your time off to donate to a local food pantry, or perhaps buying a small gift to contribute to the needy, are a great start. The holidays are a great time to give back to the community, and it requires a fraction of the time that holiday shopping can take. Why do we buy things? Because it bring us some type of fulfillment. Giving to people in need or donating your time to the less fortunate can feel just as good if not better than just simply buying stuff. Or if you're going to just buy, buy and donate at least one item. Helping each other out is what keeps a community strong. Now if you can take your time to go out and help the community, St. John's hosts a meal for the homeless on Friday nights from mid-September through

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Howard Mohr Community Center Ed’s Way Either donating your time or sparing some items would go a great distance for those in need especially in the colder months of the year.

Ok, after reading that you realize you have quite a busy holiday season and won't have the time to get out and volunteer. Somewhere in that time spent will involve holiday shopping, so here's what you can do to donate an item even on a tight budget. For example, you have $10 to spare - that could go a long way for those who are in need this holiday season. Spare yourself that one extra item or extra drink. Take that $10 and use it to buy a blanket or a toy

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The holiday season can be filled with events, family, parties, shopping, etc. There is a lot going on in a short period of time. A part of that time can be spent thinking of those outside of your own bubble, and it can have an impact for the greater good of the whole community. We have a lot as a community to offer our citizens, and we as citizens can give back to one another by helping each other out. It's a concept referred to as balanced reciprocity, and it can go a long way in building a better community. Now is the time to get out there and start giving! Feedback: coxandrew89@yahoo.com

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Life After Candy by Arlene R. Jarzab

No, this isn't a post-apocalyptic Halloween story; it is about an institution in Forest Park that has survived for 100 years. The Ferrara Pan Candy sign rises above the Eisenhower Expressway; it is impossible to miss. To me it meant the best chocolate-covered almonds anywhere. As a teacher in River Forest, I knew that my students would ply me with them; in fact, I encouraged them! During the holidays, I received several boxes that I never shared; they were too good. But, for Nello Ferrara, fourth generation candy-maker, that sign stands for so much more than Atomic Fireballs or Lemonheads. That sign represents family. And, it represents every employee from those driving trucks, standing on the line or in the office taking orders. It is 100 years of people taking care of their families, taking pride in their work and being part of a bigger family.

All of that will end when Ferrero will take over the family-owned business. Any similarities between the companies ends at the similarity of the names. Ferrara Pan Candy was in the hands of Salvatore, Nello, Salvatore II, and Nello II Ferrara since its inception in 1908, always a family business, with a Ferrara at the head. But, as Nello, the great-grand son of the original Salvatore Ferrara, says, “things change; this was the time to make that change”.

Nello was involved with the company from childhood; he stood at the line and watched the candies be packaged, boxed and readied for shipment. At times, he took a turn at those lines, and after only a few hours, he was beat. That is how he learned to respect the work and the workers who stood there day after day. From them, he learned the value of hard work and taking pride in that work. Nello said, "there is something sacred in running a family business. Yes, it is your name up there in neon, but it is so much more than just a business". These lessons included treating the staff well, budgeting, making tough decisions and respect for the individuals who did the work. While working at the family business, another love was put on the back-burner: he found he missed hockey and the discipline it represented. An emphasis on individual

the love of the game'. His desire to get back in playing shape led to another business: The Ferrara Pan Fitness Factory. Once again, calling on his background in business and his interest in physical fitness, Nello, with his cousin, Stephan Panzarella, set out to create a state-of-the-art training facility that would appeal to professional and amateur athletes. Locating in Forest Park was important to the cousins. (They both had a history there: Stephan's great-grandfather, Salvatore, was also a founding partner of Ferrara Pan Candy.) In 2016 they found the right spot for their new venture at 1525 Circle Avenue. “Our gym is a place where you should check your ego at the door and get serious about working out.” Although boxing is an important part of the club, it isn't the only emphasis. “Athletes of all levels can come here to work out and train. We work with individuals and teams to achieve personal goals”. Although they rely on professional trainers in a variety of sports’ expertise, they wanted to make sure it was affordable; they offer individual, weekly and monthly options for members. For many people, it is a chance to learn from an experienced trainer or a professional in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. "This is a great place to connect with others, learn the fundamentals, channel energy and combat stress". Because they are a smaller operation, they can focus on the individual, a lesson Nello

accountability led Nello to return to hockey. In 2003, he began a long odyssey to get back in shape and return to a game he loved. By 2006, he was ready and signed the first of many contracts with minor league teams. His career spanned learned ten seasons and numerous teams. from his He played in over 100 games as grand-father and father. a defenseman and played, 'for

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Much of this business philosophy has translated into his new job as Assistant Coach for the Rapid City Rush, an affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. Nello also credits his success to lessons he learned in school. Growing up in River

Forest, attending local schools including Oak Park and River Forest High School while being involved with the family business, he learned the importance of organization, attention to details, management, motivation (on and off the ice) and how to evaluate talent. Nello says, "I learned at an early age, watching my grand-father and father; we had an office staff of 40 and as many as 300 employees, now, I may only have 24 to evaluate. But, I want to teach loyalty to each other; accountability is also very important to me. I want to provide an opportunity to succeed."

“I learned from my grand-father and father: it is important to be good, honest and loyal. The family business was about being true to core values; it wasn't about image". For Nello, that is still true: "the business was sacred to us. It wasn't just machines; it was about people and their lives and their families, too". Clearly this transition from candy maker to hockey player to gym owner and back to professional hockey might be bitter for Nello, but there will be life after candy and the future looks sweet.

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We asked the students in Mrs. Hirsch's 2nd Grade class at Betsy Ross this question...

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO COOK A THANKSGIVING TURKEY? ...and we got lots of good suggestions. Enjoy! ...first you go to a farm and ask for a turkey. You might need to buy it... — Kaylee Agozo Sika

— Drawing by Jada ...next put in a clean pan then in to bake. After that you slice it into pieces... — Cierra Porter

...First buy the turkey. Next get a cutting board. Then put the turkey in the oven for 10 to 20 minutes. After that cut it... — Emily

...First, find the turkey. Next, get mashed potatoes. Then, put the turkey in the oven. After that, put the mashed potatoes on the turkey. Last, cook the turkey for three minutes. — Jason

...First get turkey, ranch dressing and a knife. Next put the turkey on a tray then put the tray in the oven. After that cook the turkey for ten minutes. — Hollis ...First put the turkey in a tray. Then put it in the oven so it can cool down. Next put a little salt on it so it can taste like something. After that you can enjoy it... — Darla Carrillo

— Drawing by Kayden ...you put the lettuce and other veggies on it. Tada! The perfect turkey! Yummy! — Sophie C. Joseph

...First put the turkey in the stove. Wait a few minutes then let it cool down. Next you put salt on it. Last you can cut some of it to small pieces for everybody to eat. — Terrell — Drawing by Nevaeh

...First you turn the oven on, next put the turkey in a pan...last you serve it to your guests. — Savannah

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The Art Of Conversation by Mary Win Connor

this started but it definitely hit a high water mark in the most recent election season. The candidates (and I am talking ALL levels of government) spent more time deriding their opponents’ looks, work product, speeches, even family members than talking about how they planned to govern if elected. In fact, I recall very little of how each person planned to do the job if I voted for him or her. But I recall plenty of the nasty comments that were flung The dictionary defines conversation as the informal around like monkey feces. exchange of ideas by spoken While a good amount words. With all the discord of blame falls on the and ugly rhetoric that has media because been flying all over print, most of their video, and social media I have come to the realization coverage is on that we have lost the ability the vitriol, we as consumers of to have a conversation. We talk at each other, we argue, the information we scream, and we call each other names. The one thing we don’t do is converse. Turn on your television, log onto your social media accounts or pick up a newspaper and what do you see? Snarky comments, insults and sometimes even threats being thrown around like rice at a wedding. The responses follow along the same line with the crueler the better being the rule of thumb. In our kids’ schools it’s called bullying are not innocent bystanders. but somehow in the adult world it’s become known as Media coverage is driven by ratings and if middle school throwing shade. behavior gets attention then that is what is going to get Jimmy Carter was the most coverage. interviewed during a recent election season and So what do we need to do to commented that in his stop this? We need to start day you referred to your behaving like adults; stop opponent as “my esteemed trying to win the insult war opponent”; now its nasty and begin conversing. We nicknames and sneering need to understand that insults. I’m not sure when

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there are over three million people in this country which means at least three million different opinions and beliefs on how things should be done. We need to talk about what is really important to us and what we would like to have but are willing to compromise on. In other words, we need to have a conversation instead of an argument. As mentioned above, a conversation is an exchange of ideas, not lecturing and then waiting

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impatiently for another person to stop talking to resume where you left off. In many cases people don’t even wait for the other person to complete their thought before jumping in with their own brilliant beliefs. I have found myself guilty of this rude behavior more than I would care to admit. I’ve tried to blame it on my tendency to be hyper and unable to sit still while someone else finishes their sentence. But more often than not it is just me thinking my thoughts and ideas are far superior to anyone else’s and therefore must be put out for everyone to admire and heap praise on.

Let’s get away from the “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality. How about we listen, really listen, not just wait for the other person to stop to take a breath and jump in with our opinion that their opinion sucks? Yes, we are going to hear things we don’t particularly agree with or find acceptable to our personal beliefs. Instead of dismissing these things as wrong right out of the gate, we should consider the possibility that some, or maybe even all, of these ideas may have merit. We should give someone else’s ideas the potential to be good. As the old saying goes, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Our global and personal worlds are full of tough challenges right now and tough challenges require the best wisdom. The only way to find the best of anything is to look at all possibilities and weigh the pros and cons of each before coming to a decision. And by the way, most of these decisions need not be final. We can make adjustments when the circumstances change. This is not being wishywashy or flip-flopping; it’s rolling with the tide. If you remember your grade school science, the tide ebbs and flows so stubbornly staying in one spot will not move anyone forward no matter how strong the tide. So let’s get artistic and have a conversation. Who knows where it will lead us, maybe to a better place.

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Good Buddies, Great Times by Terry Keshner

Taking home $6,900 from a day of golf won’t put you atop the PGA Tour money list. But if you work in Student Services at Riverside Brookfield High School such a payday makes you feel like you’re on top of the world.

And it’s especially nice when you get to share that windfall with some of your best buddies, without even having to swing a club.

That’s what happened to Mari Mortensen who runs the RBHS Best Buddies program which matches special needs students with mainstream kids to, in Mari’s words, “connect people and increase friendships and employment opportunities.”

That effort got a $6,900 boost through the kindness and perseverance of Rich “Chubbs” Polfus who is a part-time lunchroom supervisor at RBHS, retired commodities trader, softball hall of famer, bartender at McGaffer’s and better at raising money than anyone who has never (yet) run for political office. “I’m still in shock about it honestly,” Mortensen told The Post. “The fact that Rich pulled this off without us knowing about it is unbelievable.”

Mortensen said she know that Polfus and his cohorts were up to something but they kept it a surprise. “People kept smiling saying something nice is going to happen. Then the assistant principal called and said come down and showed us a huge cardboard check and we almost passed out! It was an extraordinary donation and an extraordinary effort!” The effort was not done by Polfus alone. The golf outing was at Flag Creek Golf Course in Countryside and those who participated and contributed form a virtual who’swho of the western suburbs. (see end of article)

Polfus is quick to share the credit saying that local businesses, union members, private citizens and others are always eager to step up. “Everybody likes to help,” Polfus told The Post on a rainy fall day as a steady stream of customers filtered in and out of McGaffer’s. “Nobody ever backs away from that. If there’s an opportunity in small community events like this, people come out and Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

say ‘if you didn’t have this I probably wouldn’t have thought to contribute.’”

And while most of those who pitched in for the RBHS Best Buddies event are normal Forest Parkers it also helps to bring in a bit of star power. Polfus is friends with former Chicago Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick who is always eager to donate autographs, memorabilia and encouragement. And the RBHS Best Buddies golf outing also got a contribution from Houston Texans star – and Wisconsin native – J.J. Watt.

Mortensen says the money raised for Best Buddies will be used “to help fund scholarships for mainstream education kids and we also want to use the money to help special education kids get a better variety of jobs in the community. We’re not throwing a big party with the money!”

No, but Polfus is already planning his next party, the annual Christmas celebration at McGaffer’s on December 2nd where everyone is encouraged to bring a new toy to donate because, Polfus says, “there’s no way any kid should have a bad Christmas.” Best buddies. Everyone should have at least one.

Those who helped make the September 8th Best Buddies RBHS event a success: Cantigny Golf – Terry Hanley Marty and Rose Grill Walsh Management – Bob and Yvette Gagliardo Realty – Tom Carraher Weinstein Meats – Ed Stacy Baker Foundation – John and Sally Duffy’s Tavern – Julie and Mary Burlington Realty – Brian Brennan Mahoney Express – Willie Mahoney Ryan Construction – Steve Ryan McCarthy Ford Breit & Clean Dry Cleaners – Mark and Doreen Dressel’s Hardware – Bob and Ted Kelty Lawn Care – Mark Bump City Auto – Ron Walsh

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Best Buddies, continued from page 11.

Meade Family RH Hayes Decorating Burke Beverage Dan and Laura Sullivan Chicago Takers Softball Water Integrated Treatment Systems RE Walsh and Associates Forest Park National Bank O’Sullivan’s Public House – Jim and Dan Watts FCL Builders – Mike Boro Frank Kennedy and Family Phil and Tony Tondelli American Courier – John McDonald McGaffer’s Saloon – Pat Malone AMF Home Inspectors A&G Evergreen Construction Mike Skelly and Family Premier Catering – Robert Finnegan Wisco Professional Services Turano Bread Drivers Flagg Creek Golf Staff Isola Imports – Jim Thompson

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Ask The Plant Expert by Scott McAdam Jr.

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Brighten Your Holiday with Color & Décor Summer-like weather lingered for an extra month this year, so you may be surprised by this reminder: the holidays are knocking on our door. How will you respond to that reality, especially when you find that your yard is largely dormant? For many years, McAdam has supplied an answer that breathes vitality into your landscape. It’s the installation of colorful holiday décor: wreaths, garlands, Christmas lights and other winter displays. They offer sorely needed splashes of color that elevate your home’s appeal and make it much more inviting and aesthetically pleasing. Winter displays are relatively easy to make and are a great way to utilize your containers year-round.  From your yard, you can use evergreen cuttings, such as spruce, fir and holly as they mature. The upside of utilizing hollies is that if you have a female plant, it will also have red fruit to add some flair.  With those cuttings, you can also add dormant dogwood or willow branches into the center of the container for height and contrast in color.

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Holiday containers are an excellent vehicle to reflect your personality—so arrange them however you wish. From the entire McAdam Landscaping family to yours, we wish you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving! McAdam Landscaping was founded in 1979 by brothers Scott and Rob McAdam and has a passion for providing outstanding service. Located at 2001 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park, the company is online at www.mcadamlandscape.com.

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Hosted by Larry Rogers, Jr., Commissioner Board of Review in partnership with the Village of Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone and Township Assessor Steven Zawaski

PROPERTY TAX APPEAL FORUM Wednesday December 6th 6:30 p.m. The seminar, conducted by the Proviso Township Assessor’s office will inform homeowners how to determine whether they were over assessed, where to gather evidence for an appeal and how to fill out and file the assessment complaint form. Taxpayers are encouraged to bring their Tax Bill, Assessment Notice or Property Identification Number to the seminar in order to complete and submit complaint forms. Reservations not required.

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Holiday

Bazaar

Friday, Dec. 1st • 3-9pm Saturday, Dec. 2nd • 9am-3pm Sunday, Dec. 3rd • 11am-3pm

Pictures with Santa: Saturday 10am-2pm AND Sunday 12noon-2pm Bring your pets & kids! holiday items, pet items gift baskets, bakery, jewelry, music & more! Please come join us! All your generosity goes right back to support the daily activities of our shelter. Call 708-848-8155 for more information!

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Winter Fit: Recreation by Andrew Cox

Looking for some motivation to keep moving this winter? Year round exercise can help greatly reduce stress, especially during a hectic time of year such as the holiday season. The new rec-center is coming our way in a relatively short time-span. Now's the time to rampup your exercise routine so you can fully utilize it once it becomes available. And, why not throw in a balanced diet? We burn a good amount of energy to help stay warm and shovel snow during the cold and storms. That can feel draining and the trick is finding the extra time taken away from the winter's energy drain, and reserving some of our energy stocks to keep exercising and eating well. Are you motivated to keep off the extra pounds during the holiday season? Or,

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perhaps, you need to destress to be at your best during this chaotic time of year. Whatever the reason is, look at this time of year to save yourself the headache once January rolls around to "get back in the gym". You can work out from home for 10 minutes every day and save yourself from a big upheaval to get moving again once the holidays are over. Do it now and you can save yourself the grief! Fitness can be fun, with a friend, grouprec, sport-leagues, etc. It's not a task like work, rather a way to make your work seem less tasking. That's just part of the picture of your health. Our body needs fuel to run, like a car, and the fuel we put in will affect our energy level, or how far that fuel can take us.

as part of a balanced diet, which can help boost your overall nutrition. And, your body burns a lot of fuel to stay warm, so you can help yourself by drinking water throughout the colder seasons.

Your health guide for this winter: stay active, eat well, and drink plenty of water. If you follow these 3 things consistently, then whenever you splurge this holiday season, you'll be able to get on track with less painstaking effort. The more you can do for yourself, the more you'll be able to help others. Tis' the season to find a new worklife balance, get out there to be active, and be at your best! Check out my other article on Holiday Charity for ways to donate your time or a gift this holiday season.

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One tip is to watch the sugar intake this holiday season, especially with Halloween landing right before Thanksgiving and the December Holidays. It is tempting with all the sweets almost everywhere, but try to consume this in moderation. You'll reduce your own personal guilt, and eating less sugar can help prevent sickness. Sugar is an addictive substance, whether we want to believe that or not. There are studies that point to eating less processed sugar, and more unprocessed sugar, like fruit,

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McGaffer’s Saloon Forest Park Bank on Roosevelt Rd. Please feel free to contact me for any questions about health related topics. This fall I achieved the status of nationally certified Pilates teacher or PMA-CPT, and I'd love to help! Thanks and enjoy your holiday season.

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An Ode to Fall Arlene R. Jarzab

There are those who like winter; I’ve heard they exist, but as for me, I’d like to insist, " Fall, linger longer, don’t go away, please stay for more than just a few days". I love the smell of leaves a-flame and a cheering crowd at a football game. I do like the crisp air in the Fall, but I do not like Winter at all. I do not like the cold or chill, I do not like my big fuel bill! I do not like the cold or deep-freeze; I do not like when it makes me sneeze. I do not like big puffy coats, I do not like dry, scratchy throats. I do not like slipping on the ice; I do not like all the pumpkin spice: Cheerios, Pop Tarts, detergents, too; coffees, Twinkies, Oreos, shampoos. I do not like scarves, hats or gloves; being on a beach is what I love. I do not like when it gets dark at four; I do not like to shut the door. I do not like the cold or wind; I do not like being forced to go in. I do not like to skate or sled; I'd much rather be curled up in bed! As November begins to fade, the Solstice is just a few weeks away. The good news? One day closer to Spring; that makes my heart sing!

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The Old School Report Card Beck as ordinary and uninteresting as anyone just appearing on the music scene then this is for you. Even the rapping is wretched. Colorblind maybe? GRADE: C

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St. Vincent's fifth effort is indeed her poppiest Beck's thirteenth record and hookiest of records is a danceable pop record. ever but still retaining some of the avant garde Fun and funky like the "Midnite Vultures" album noise and weirdness she has been known of the past but lacking substance over gloss and for from the beginning without compromising pop trends of what you might here on the radio. her integrity under the challenge of being a pop Yes, playing it safe and something the kids might commercial entity. like when Phil Collins Utilizing Kendrick went off to work for Lamar's beatmaster Disney. Sounwave and producer Jack Antonoff known for This album was in the glossing up the likes of works since 2013 and had an early single drop music from Lorde and as early as 2015 with the Taylor Swift, St. Vincent still retains her own help of a producer by the name of Greg Kurstin vision revealing her personal sadness and that worked with the wit through a beautiful likes of Adele, Sia and Kelly Clarkson. This may collection of songs creative and invigorating appeal to a mainstream and still breaking new audience that has ground that have now never heard Beck and deemed her the "female frankly I am not really Bowie". Definitely worth hearing any identity exploring and to keep of the Beck I would longtime fans interested have been challenged in what direction she will or surprised to hear move into next. something by on this safe effortless pop drivel. GRADE: AIf you ever imagined 18

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FRANK ZAPPA "Halloween 77" TPL CD (ZAPPA RECORDS) This set compiled from 6 shows and one complete 1977 Halloween show may be one of the best live sets ever released by the enigmatic composer and guitar player. Encompassing music from the classic "Sheik Yerbouti" era band featuring guitarist Adrian Belew, the band plows through material from the early to late era 1970's every evening with different arrangements on every performance. This band was very rehearsed and Frank enjoyed Halloween shows more than any other holiday and they never disappoint throughout the three discs presented here. Augmented by the drumming prowess of Terry Bozzio they give you "Punky's Whips", "Blakc Napkins" and some of the heaviest guitar rock fusion alt rock the avant garde composer Frank Zappa wrote and only could. A must for new and old fans alike. GRADE: A+

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Holiday Safety Tips Follow these simple safety tips, to ensure that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season!

the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.

1. Merry and Bright: Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and be sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.

7. Keep the Gas Behind Glass: Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked, or broken, and only allow a qualified service person to replace fireplace parts.

2. Lights Out: Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed. 3. Fresh Is Best: Try to purchase a freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition. Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from open candles.

8. Sound the Alarm: Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home -- especially near sleeping areas. 9. Grease Fires: now what to do in case of a grease fire. Take extra precautions with turkey fryers (be sure the oil used to fry the turkey is the right temperature and always fry outside, in a well-ventilated area.) Don’t use water to extinguish a grease fire — instead, douse the fire with baking soda.

4. Electrical Fires: Before you string lights on your house or trees, inspect the strands, to make sure there aren’t any frayed cords or cracked bulbs. Also, don’t use indoor lights outside and 10. Do Not Post Your Travel Plans Online! Make sure to keep travel vice versa. Check the tag on the string of lights to be sure. plans off your social media networks. Don’t post where you’re going, when you are leaving, or when you will be back, because 5. General Fire Safety: Be safe with small flames and fires you’re basically just making a thief’s job easier. Let a trustworthy this holiday. Don’t leave candles unattended, and don’t put neighbor know if you’re planning to go out of town for the holiday stockings near a heat source (chimney/fireplace). season, so that they can keep an eye on your house. Have the neighbor grab your mail and newspapers while you’re away. Don’t 6. One and Done: Never connect more than one extension cord hide a key outside the house! together; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach Source: CSA International Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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Woody’s Whine

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Woody Mosgers woodywine@aol.com Writing from the burnt edge of the Russian River in Sonoma.

of legal and illegal pot and many buildings and warehouses. Only the warehouses are insured as cannabis is not covered by crop insurance, nor can growers get loans from federal By the time you see this Whine recovery funds so growers lost everything with no hope of the fires will be old news, compensation, all up in smoke, literally. hopefully long out, we are safe and life is ongoing but the loss I’ll move on to holiday food and wine but here are two quotes of the homes, business and life that really sum up what has happened. The owner of Kunde will change the region for quite winery was forced from his burning home in the Kenwood some time. It was a mental and Valley. “I pulled up to the highway and had to decide to turn emotional stress that I have no left to safety in Santa Rose or right to the winery and who interest in ever experiencing knows what, I turned right”. The owner of the strikingly again. lovely Paradise Ridge Winery, a highly sought after events site, high in the hills of northern Santa Rosa is surveying the Only a few wineries were completely destroyed or damaged remains of his burned out buildings and with some irony tells but the real issue was that it’s Cabernet harvest and not only a TV reporter, “We were supposed to get an award tonight for were grapes still on the vine and at risk but there was juice the best place to hold a wedding”. in tanks that required cooling and handling which requires electricity, something that was in short supply in many areas How’s about we visit some wine that’s already in the bottle. around Sonoma and Napa counties. Lettie Teague, wine writer for the Wall Street Journal reviewed wines from big box stores. I was taken by some of her casual thoughts just in time for your holiday shopping: • Trader Joe’s - “Two Buck Chuck, a Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc, were virtually undrinkable. A Blanc de Blancs French sparkling wine was bitter and thin, cruel to the tongue”. Wonder what she really thought? • Costco - “The 2016 Kirkland Signature New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc ($7), Brut Champagne ($20) and the 2015 Rutherford Napa Valley Meritage ($14), were not only well made but also excellent deals”, not so much for the Russian River and Sonoma Chardonnay that she called “diluted and over-oaked”. The 2015 vintage from Beaujolais is terrific and they are great wines for Thanksgiving. Here’s a couple from your local sources:

I met and worked with Chris Benziger of Benziger Family Winery at the Chicago Gourmet event last year. He and his family were not only burned out of their home but then burned Famous - George Debouf – Fleurie and Moulin-A-Vent out of their evacuation house and he only had limited access to the winery and wine in his tanks by special escort. The other issue concerning wineries in and around the fire area was/is smoke taint and to a lesser degree the fire retardant dropped by the army of planes not on the fires but in advance of them - it’s not good for grapes or people. The smoke was acrid and filled with a lot of not only burned trees and brush but the byproducts of incinerated houses and cars, again not good. Best I can read there’s no hard science as to what the smoke may or may not do to grape skins, but my thought is probably not anything good, only time will tell. Cannabis was hit even harder as the fire destroyed untold acres 20

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Binny’s - 2015 Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc (Chardonnay) and Beaujolais L'Ancien Vieilles Vignes (Gamay) 2014 St. Francis Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon (see below) I was taken by the length and breathe of the Sonoma Harvest Fair judging. Here’s a selection of winners all under $30, at least one of these with work with some part of your holiday meals and parties. 2016 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc (don’t confuse with cheaper Fume Blanc) 2015 Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2015 Pezzi King Hales Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 St. Francis Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon – You won’t believe how good this is, drinks like a wine at twice the price $20 The 2017 New Year’s Sparklers While wine is truly all around me those huge tasting events are no longer available to me (sad) but here’s some new tastes and a few from the past that are still great. Both of the Gloria Ferrer’s were winners at the Harvest Fair judging. Bouvet Signature Brut 2015 fruity and rather soft ($13) “a good party wine”, Roederer Estate Brut NV – Just the best for $20 usually heavily discount for the holidays Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc NV – $22 Gold medal Gloria Ferrer Anniversary Cuvee - $40 Best of Class Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Réserve NV - $36 Gloria Ferrer Anniversary Cuvee - $40 Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve - $49.99 I’ve run out of words and by now if you don’t have my turkey and dressing recipes you’ll have to find them on the web site. Since everything is so sourdough around here I couldn’t pass up the chance to offer up this dressing. My hopes for a wonderful holiday and New Year don’t be afraid to write or call. That’s my Whine and I could be wrong… Woody Mosgers, cooks, caters, writes, drinks and matches wine and food in Santa Rosa Sonoma at www.woodythewineguy.com

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Turkey Dressing Sourdough Mushrooms and Bacon Serves 8 Unsalted butter, for the baking dish 1 ¼ pounds sourdough bread crusts trimmed cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 12 cups) 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and coarsely chopped 1/2 pound oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped 1 pound Cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced 4 tablespoons canola oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper ¾ Lb. slab bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1 large Spanish onion, finely diced 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 4 to 6 cups chicken stock, as needed 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 large eggs Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Spread the bread on a large baking sheet (or 2 smaller baking sheets) in an even layer and bake stirring a few times until light golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Put the cubes into a very large bowl. Raise the oven temperature to 375°F. Combine the mushrooms in a large baking dish or rimmed baking sheet and toss with 3 tablespoons of the oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven, stirring several times, until soft and golden brown, about 30 minutes. While the mushrooms are roasting, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large deep sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and the fat has rendered, about 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat in the sauté pan and return to the stove over high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add 3 cups of the chicken stock, the sage, thyme, and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Add the mushrooms to the bread. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and then whisk in a few tablespoons of the warm stock mixture. Add the eggs and the rest of the stock mixture to the bread season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. The dressing should be very wet; add more stock as needed. Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Proviso Pie 2017 by Bob Cox Celebrating over one year of producing Proviso Pie 2017, I have been fortunate in the course in writing my “Know thine High School” series, to continue to nurture a Big Picture conversation with Proviso PTHS 209 Superintendent Jesse Rodriguez. Recent discussion focused on “One Proviso”. His work includes management redirection, repurposing budget to offset disparities between campuses, and especially practicing a consistent plan and action strategy to sustain public engagement. Dr. Rodriguez is steadfast in redefining the Proviso experience and that is good news to me because I have personally seen the offspring of status quo mentality at PTHS when it comes to education systems and systemic change. When nothing changes you will get stuck.

Proviso East Government Club Needs YOU! Mr. David Moss and Mr. Ralph Perry are teachers at Proviso East. Last Spring, they started the Government Club for Proviso East Students interested in understanding governance and discussion about political, urban /social and environmental issues. This semester and next semester2018 plans to invite students to that afterschool club and they are actively looking for young men and women to join and get their civics’ hats on. If you look at it from a public engagement perspective, you can’t help to feel that this is a great opportunity for Proviso Students… to have a voice and inspire good citizenship and stewardship.

From a recently workshop hosted by UIC presented by Public Agenda, I was able to share this with the PE Gov’t Club (I’m a volunteer Member) More Impacts of Engagement • Cities with higher levels of “community attachment have higher rates of economic growth and lower levels of employment (Knight Foundation 2010) • Neighborhoods with higher “collective efficacy” have lower crime rates (Hurley2004; Davis 2013; Sampson, Raudenbush, and Earl 1997)

People who have been part of meaningful public engagement process are likely to: • LEARN • Change their view Repurposing, renewing, and reconnecting “One Team, One Goal, • Vote One Proviso” • Volunteer • Run for office Dr. Rodriguez sums up positive change even better: • Trust in government • Pay taxes “We are transforming our District through a student first philosophy, ( Nabatchi and Leighninger 2015) a vision for continuous improvement, the capacity to inspire our community and plan for improved outcomes. We believe that the idea Proviso East Students, “In Government we Trust? “To find out more of One Proviso will offer the platform to ensure equitable educational contact David Moss davidmoss@pths209.org opportunities for all students. The POWER of ONE will allow us to or Ralph Perry rperry@pths209.org and join today! remain committed to molding the potential of young people to create a better Proviso Township High Schools District 209. As I mentioned See you in 2018 before One Team, One Goal, One Proviso” There will be new Proviso stories to learn about and perhaps become Replacing the old “Proviso Way” internally and institutionally, part of. I am looking forward to continue writing Proviso Pie 2018. To District- wide 209 has a clear purpose for transparency and in all my friends and neighbors in Forest Park and in Proviso Township, being committed to accountability and expanding a coordinated “Have a wonderful Holiday season, thank you for reading Proviso Pie administration to counter the imbalance of shared information and featured only in The Forest Park Post. stifled communication caused by the institutional silos that have historically existed. This allows a new system designed to re-energize You can read us online at www.forestparkpost.com, send me an e-mail the work force and administration work loads to reflect the 21st robertcox20@comcast.net or forestparkpost@comcast.net or follow us on Century needs of the ALL Proviso students. Facebook at Forest Park Urban Portraits and Forest Park Post FB pages. Replacing the Old Proviso Way externally, perception issues, public opinion and other activities that are mostly general public cultivated. District 209 has created and introduced the notion of partnering with parents to support positive transformation, but not in the conventional ways that some may expect. Students and Parents are warming themselves to Parent Centers and to the friendly and knowledgeable Parent Liaisons at all three campuses including Proviso East. Listening on a one to one basis is empowering and the invitation to be involved is now open to the Proviso Communities including Forest Park student. This is built for the long term. Proviso students and parents have a voice. Find out more about our public High Schools at www.pths209.org. 22

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Neighborhood Planners Guide 3 R's of Community Sustainability

by Bob Cox

In my consulting business, there are always an influx of questions to ask and perspectives to try to understand. Efficient public policy is much more at risk if community folks remain silent or hide behind opposing sides in the growing National polarization that exists today. I work to get people, individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions to discuss problem solving…. Yes, bring everyone to the table, inevitably in both good and bad times.

A component that is necessary but often difficult to cultivate, is public engagement. In Forest Park topics like economic development, Proviso High Schools public education, urban density, housing and quality of life issues are the commanding areas challenging policy makers and effective government. Gentrification is an issue that concerns many of us coupled with a nagging addiction to Nimbyism (Not in my back yard stakeholders). It always surprises me that people often put all their eggs in one basket or Government only driven development strategies (zoning, TIF’s etc.) the reality is that the private sector holds the lion’s share of grappling with private and public landscape projects and finance. Community development planners recognize that steady growth is contingent to many things including job creation.

To get all stakeholders to be on board requires a mindset that uses these 3 R’s: From a recent Revitalization News blog: Here’s the key lesson from the High Line: Repurposing, renewing, and reconnecting are each powerful and effective on their own. Many communities have been revitalized using just one of these tactics. But the magic occurs when all three are combined to reinforce each other, thus forming a true revitalization strategy. Proviso East Case study: A Walk in the Forest

PTHS has been pursuing a rigorous public engagement plan of action that are touching the the 3R’s. See this issue’s Proviso Pie 2017 On October 20th, 2017 a group met with the purpose to walk the property in Thomas Jefferson Woods that is a shared border with the Proviso East Campus, which sits in un-incorporated Cook County. The Forest Preserve of Cook County is an arm of Cook County Government. We observed and actually contemplated the 3R’s …repurposing, renewing, and reconnecting for that location. 24

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Players from diverse sectors needed to attend. Invited walkers were Kevin Kuhn Forest Preserve Cook County, Fred Aguirre, Proviso East Asst. Principal Student Support, Coach Steve Lawrence, PE Track and X County, and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin. A multi phase visualization exercise was conducted. Since that date Proviso East and The Forest Preserve reconnected and a promise for some rigorous research and future consideration of repurpose and renewal of that land. Once completed, an overview can to be sent up to the powers that be. Full details are better disclosed then. Even the Proviso East Gov’t Club wants to be involved.

Here are some of the low hanging repurposing, renewing, and reconnecting fruit achieved that members of the general public might find interesting:

“I enjoyed meeting Fred Aguirre on 10/20 at the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) property directly east of Proviso East HS.

As we discussed, there are different ways for Proviso East HS students to do service learning and volunteer with the FPCC: FPCC Stewardship workdays Please see the FPCC online volunteer calendar for year-round scheduled workdays: www.fpdcc.com/VS Any Proviso staff or student is welcome to attend any of these FPCC workdays. These are wonderful service learning opportunities! The geographically closest workday to Proviso East is Thatcher Woods, which meets at the corner of Thatcher and Washington in River Forest”. --- Kevin Kuhn “Thank you again for taking the time to meet with us and explain all the possibilities for our school and students with the Thomas Jefferson Woods and the Forest Preserves programs. It looks to have many exciting and educational opportunities for our students. I also look forward to working with you and seeing how we can get our cross country teams back running on the beautiful trails in the Thomas Jefferson Woods.” --- Steve Lawrence

Here is a bigger picture perspective of a favorable new partnership between Cook County and PEHS/ District 209. I had the opportunity to have a job creation count conversation salient to this newly envisioned project with Commissioner Boykin, who recognizes the 3R’s in his community development work, community engagement, and public education work. Proviso East has opened a door to career pipelines like STEM, so as a more developed project progresses, so does

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the feasibility that it would indeed create jobs… that is a plus for Forest Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Broadview, the other Proviso Township communities and Cook County:

“Job creation in Cook County is one of my top priorities. We must continue to make Cook County more business friendly. I will continue to advocate for business-friendly policies at the County Board.” — Richard Boykin More on this in NPG, as it develops in 2018… What say you General Public?

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The area walked is on the extreme right of this satellite photo east of the Proviso East campus bordered by Washington to the north and Madison Street to the South (Google Maps).

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