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January & February 2018


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The Forest Park Post is published by 34 Publishing, Inc.© and distributed free of charge in the Village of Forest Park. All materials, articles, photographs and illustrations are property of 34 Publishing, Inc.© and cannot be duplicated or used in any fashion without express written consent. 34 Publishing Inc. is not responsible for the content, opinions, advertisements or any other materials expressed within.

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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The Shop (That's Now) Around The Corner by Terry Keshner

who only go on Des Plaines.” “So, I have customers who are over here who never knew for 14 years that I was on Madison! And then the Madison-base is slowly finding out about it.”

The old spot was great, Gianakopoulos says on a cold day as the Rolling Stones blare over the speakers in his new home, but an increase in rent forced him to make a move.

If you stand on Madison Street and close your eyes “I’m selling dollar records and concentrate you can so I can’t be on Madison still hear the music because anymore,” Gianakopoulos it’s not gone. It’s just says and notes that higher around the corner. rents are forcing several businesses to pack up and “We closed up in April leave Forest Park, whereas and we’ve been over here building and we opened up it used to be the other way. In fact, the record store in late August.” replaces Olya’s Tailor Shop, which had been in the same Peter Gianakopoulos, the spot for years but has now owner of The Old School moved to Elmhurst. Records, is talking about his move to 413 Des Plaines And while the move after spending 14 years at has been good for The 7446 Madison. Old School Records, Gianakopoulos says it was “I think we’re more visible not easy. now because it’s brighter in here than it was in my old spot. And being by McDonald’s, or at a busier intersection closer to the

“Vinyl’s still selling really well, probably even more than it has been. And CD’s have actually picked back up, and downloading, or streaming, has gone down.”

He says that sometimes it’s just one or two artists who can impact such swings, but higher sound quality and a longing for the old school ways will, hopefully, always keep people buying music they can see and hold as well as hear.

“I have a regular base that comes from LaGrange, Brookfield or Elgin or Chicago. And then I have a many trades, including solid Forest Park, Oak Park, construction, carpentry and Maywood and Riverside more. base. When I was a record shopper as a kid I would go But no matter how much he all over.” had to sweat or how far he had to move, Gianakopoulos But it’s much easier when knows that people will find you just have to go around him, because he has the the corner. music.

“40,000 records and 30,000 CD’s! That’s why it took me three months to rebuild everything. I had to reconfigure the shelves, reconfigure some of the bins. I had to make things taller to make things fit on less wall space, but I have more (overall) shopping space.”

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FP - Local Spotlight: Urban Pioneer Group by Andrew Cox

Tom and Sheila Kunkel recently opened up their business on Madison Street in Forest Park, and it is a radical departure, in a good way, from what most of our businesses offer the consumer. They integrate both a community engagement and a creative building element to their storefront, bringing a new facet to the local business landscape. I feel that they embody what it is to be pioneers, as they have brought to the forefront of our small businesses a different way to bring people to our humble main street. I had a chance to ask Tom some questions about the business and will shed some light on their establishment in this article.

Q: What is UPG's Mission? A: "To preserve & reclaim the finer elements of culture including materials, foodstuffs and spirits."

Q: Re-use and creative building - what makes these ideas valuable in today's era of pre-fabrication?

A: "Today's hyper focus on profit has resulted in cheaper goods & materials. "They don't make em like they use to" is a quote that sums this up. As an example, in the building material world, 2x4s are now 1.5 x 3.5, so we utilize old growth lumber (that are actually 2 x 4) along with timbers from factories, barns & churches. Laminate flooring is convenient and serves a purpose, yet we opt for old growth 2x12s which make for gorgeously unique floors. Life is short, so do you really want to compromise your living space? We also like to build unique elements such as beverage troughs in tables, so the hosts can sit and enjoy their guests vs. acting as servers at their own party. And while it's easy to buy in bulk at Costco, (as long as you like their recipes), it's more fun to make your own varietals of sausage, and it's cheaper to make your own salumi."

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Q: What is UPG's community engagement level? A: "It's no surprise that people are looking for creative ways to be communal. Professional sporting events have become too expensive and actually a bit boring. People want to engage and get their hands dirty. Our platform enables creative alternatives for corporate team building and parties of all types. But it can also serve as a cost-effective test bed to introduce products & recipes to market. We recently hosted a craft fair with 20 crafters each with a table of their own. It was hugely successful for many of them, so we will host more of these. We also host Mixology Classes each month with the December class serving 50, many of which made some new friends." Q: What does the Space Rental process entail? A: "Our intimate space is perfect for unique gatherings of all types (weddings, showers, birthday parties, book launches, family reunions. It allows up to 75 in the Studio and 100 on the rooftop. Just call us at 630.926.4139."

Q: To what extent is the business a retail front and what are the limitations faced? A: "Our Studio is open by appointment only as most of our products are commissioned. However, we did produce a slew of cutting boards, serving boards and sports signs that sold out as great holiday gifts. So, we will be working with the Boy Scouts to produce a line of these along with some food items which will be sold in their fund raising efforts in 2018."

Q: Why FP? A: "My wife & I live in Oak Park and find Forest Park's Madison Street to be the most progressively urban strip in the area. The chamber is quite active with several Wine Walks and other creative events are uniquely designed to increase foot traffic." Check out their space at 7503 W. Madison St, Forest Park IL, and don't hesitate to reach out to Tom or his wife Sheila for your next event, gathering, or to find an outlet to brush up on some untapped creative potential! You can also find them on the web at: www. theurbanpioneergroup.com

Tune in next time as we further explore the Forest Park urbanscape. As always feedback to: coxandrew89@yahoo.com.

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Winter weather is here and it isn't going away anytime soon. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe in cold temperatures. • Keep indoor cats inside. Cats can get lost in wintery weather and become injured or worse. They also have a higher risk of exposure to diseases including rabies from other animals they may encounter. • Dogs that are let off-leash during the winter, especially during a snowstorm, have a higher chance of becoming lost. Make sure your dog is wearing ID tags and has been microchipped to increase the chances of being reunited with you if he becomes lost.

• Check twice before starting your car. Outdoor cats often climb under the hoods of cars to keep warm. When the motor starts, the cat may be injured or killed by the fan belt. Knock or bang loudly on the hood of your car before starting it to give cats a chance to escape.

Keeping Pets Safe In The Winter

• Antifreeze may be good for your car but it is lethal for dogs and cats. Clean up any spills thoroughly and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

• Towel dry your dog’s paws, legs and stomach when he comes in out of winter weather. Chemical agents used to melt ice can be dangerous for your dog to ingest while licking his paws. Snow and encrusted ice may also cause your dog’s paw pads to bleed. • Know how much cold your pet can tolerate. Puppies, small dogs and older dogs have a lower tolerance for cold temperatures. Let them outside only to relieve themselves, or you may choose to train them to use paper pads indoors. • If your dog is built for colder weather and enjoys playing in the cold, increase the amount of food he is given, especially extra protein, to keep him and his fur healthy and in good shape. • Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from drafts. A warm blanket or pet bed will be much appreciated by your companion!

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Weddings Unfiltered Engagement Checklist

by Jessica Sclafini

With the holidays behind us and Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, many of you may know someone that has gotten engaged or is planning to get engaged. So often people ask me, what is the first thing I should do? Of course my response is, buy my book, Weddings Unfiltered. While I’m kind of kidding, I will give you a shortened version of things to check off in the first month or two of being engaged.

The first thing you want to focus on is realizing the type of wedding you actually want. For example; have you always dreamed of a traditional wedding, which is usually held at a banquet hall, country club or hotel? Would you prefer a destination wedding? All of your closest family and friends celebrating on a beach? Perhaps a daytime lunch or brunch might be more your speed? A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception is another option or do you like the idea of a unique site? These venues can range anywhere from barns, mansions and libraries, to an amazing restaurant you love. The options are endless. Choosing your idea of a dream wedding can help with the next step and that is to create a budget. Depending on what type of wedding you want can also determine the amount of people you will invite based on how many a specific venue can hold. This is a great start to planning that budget. But please keep in mind that you should also consider the things that are most important to you...ie...photographer, flowers, bar and maybe cut back on things that might not be that essential...like chair covers or something. Your budget will also most likely change to fit your needs and wants. Regardless of budget I feel you can still have the wedding of your dreams...you just might have to get a little more creative. Which leads right into the next step, create a guest list. Jot down a tentative list of friends and family while getting help from your parents on both sides. The first question a venue is going to ask is how many people and what date are you looking for? Which leads right into the next step.

You’ll want to choose your date and time of the wedding, as well as book the ceremony and reception site. I feel like these all kind of go hand in hand. If you want a particular venue, you will need to see what dates they have available. If you want a specific church you’ll have to see if you can coordinate the church and reception site with date… it becomes a bit of a juggling act but again, there are a lot of options out there, so don’t stress too much about this. However, the sooner you Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

book, the easier it will be to coordinate.

Next you’ll want to decide if you need to hire a full service wedding planner. This person will be with you every step of the way. They will help with flowers, and linens and food selection and everything in between. Now there are also Day Of Coordinators (DOC’s) but you would meet with them about 3 months before the wedding typically.

You’ll also want to choose your bridal party, which is super fun! I would suggest to ask your closest family members or friends and leave it simple. I wouldn’t worry either if it’s not an even count on both sides. Don’t ask someone because your fiancee has 6 people and you only have 5. It’s ok. Include people that know you and your fiancee well and have been a part of your life for a long time and will continue to be part of your life well after the wedding. And finally plan an engagement party. This is completely optional but if you are going to celebrate your engagement, now is the time to do it!

Here is a quick checklist to get you through the first month or two of your engagement. _________ Vision the type of wedding you want _________ Create a budget _________ Hire a full time wedding planner _________ Choose date/time _________ Create a guest list _________ Choose a ceremony and reception site _________ Choose wedding (bridal) party _________ Host engagement party

Congratulations to you all that have gotten engaged and best of luck with the planning!

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Why January? by Mary Win Connor

they made between waking up and going outside, but sooner or later they’re going to get cold, come back in and create a whole new mess.

Weather is always serious business in January with snow and freezing temperatures competing to see which one can cause more aggravation to the highest number of people. Even if you have a garage and don’t have to scrape ice off your windshield every Welcome to January the morning while the wind first and most depressing blows snow down your neck month of the year. It comes and into your face, you still after the holiday season have to drive on streets that which is full of fun, frivolity, are suddenly narrower than and family. It also contains they were a few months ago. two not very fun holidays. What was once the right New Year’s Day is basically lane is now piles of snow “Hey people the holiday and ice which are a lovely season is over so quit the shade of dirty gray. fun and games and get back to the daily grind”. NYE is I know there are those who also generally accompanied think that white crap is fun by a hangover. Yeah that’s a to play in. They pull out day to look forward to. their skis, snowboards or J snowmobiles and pile on anuary also has Martin layers of wool from literally Luther King Day. I have head to toe. Well, have at nothing against Dr. King, it. I think y’all are crazy. as a matter of fact I have While you’re out getting always admired the all that expensive clothing incredible amount of and equipment wet I’ll be advancement that occurred by the fireplace with a large in civil rights because of his glass of red wine providing efforts. However, a Monday my “chill”. We all have our in January, when the kids talents and après ski is one are out of school and the of mine. weather is inevitably miserable doesn’t really If this end of year stuff had send me into a frenzy of been better thought out June happiness for the day off. would be the first month Anyone ever have a MLK of the year. Memorial Day day without at least one, is at the end of May very “I’m bored” whine? Not if much like Christmas is right you have people in your before the end of December. household under the age Wouldn’t that week between of 16. Sure they can go out the last holiday of the and play in the snow while year and the beginning of you clean up the mess the new year be great if it

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could be spent at the Pool? Memorial Day does not require shopping anywhere other than the grocery store. Way easier and cheaper.

from janua which is the Latin word for door. Something about it being the door to the new year and an opening to new beginnings. Seriously? The way I see it, the door is there to block the snow and cold. Looking into the new year and contemplating new beginnings doesn’t require going outside. It can all be

walking outside. It’s still exercise but without the battle for equipment. You would probably stick with it longer if you didn’t have to bundle up to drive to the gym and shed all the layers only to have to put them back on when you’re all sweaty and stinky.

done in the friendly confines of your head. Doors in my house are kept closed except to enter and exit through until little green shoots start sprouting on my lawn. That’s when I open the doors and windows. Wouldn’t it seem that the sight of green grass, flowering bushes and trees in full bloom are much more conducive to contemplation of new beginnings than snow covered lawns and icy sidewalks?

New Year’s Resolutions could also be just as important in June. Instead of resolving to spend more time at the gym you could resolve to spend more time

The sight of sunshine and flowers strikes me as a better starting point than cold and darkness. Several other good points about June are longer days, no school responsibilities, and the general happiness that comes from being able to step outside and feel warmth on your face as opposed to sleet. The name January comes

Since the Universe listens about as well as my kids, I doubt we’ll be seeing any change in the Gregorian calendar anytime soon. So Happy New Year and may we meet again at the Pool in June.

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FP To Table

Madison Street - Forest Park, Illinois

by Andrew Cox

In a time when wholesale distribution is becoming more of the norm, what will become of the retail space available on our main street? It's a poignant question I pose, that faces one of our town's strongest economical sources. What I mean by table here in the title is an analogy. We can think of the main street table as a platform to elevate the past modality of old-timey main streets. Raising the stage closer to our existing level of thinking and factoring in the change in

human interaction because of technology. Will our main street become a relic of past times, or find ways to stay up to date with the current market shifts in shop-demands? Let's tunein for a perspective article from a young Forest Park citizen.

The internet has changed the way we interact in recent years. This change in communication has shifted the way we make purchases. There is such a diverse set of options when buying something, and you could do it all without leaving your residence. A good amount of our purchasing is driven by convenience. In part, we buy things based upon the effort taken to acquire the thing, and if we can save time and money in that process, then we will most likely go with that option. Online shopping has brought that convenience with the ability to comparison shop at your finger tips, providing consumers the quickest access to the best option for them. I feel that this has put a damper on small business owners, making an additional "wow" factor a near necessity to bring people in. This is what makes boutique shops a strong staple of the Madison St. landscape. People find a certain character they're searching for in their shopping experience, and that ties them into a particular local business. This idea, or "wow" factor involving businesses, is a way for local economic developers to bring in or invest in businesses that offer up something different to consumers. Tom and Sheila Kunkel

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model to bring a more diverse business offering to Forest Park's main street. Thereby bringing Forest Park to table, elevating the past model of business development to a more current mode of thinking. To consider factors of something that The establishment offers will both impress people, up a creative space for and something that will tie group outings, events, them into returning to the and gatherings of many sorts. This is part of what business, we can continue to make Madison St. a they consider their social aspect of the business. The thriving economic hub builders aspect side comes for local businesses. And, check out my next article in through their ability to re-use materials to create in this issue of the Post with a Q&A interview with something new from it. Tom Kunkel of the Urban Re-using to reduce waste have brought that factor to their local business that recently opened up on Madison St. - The Urban Pioneer Group. They have two areas of focus, the social and the builders sides:

and tap into the creative potential using resources that already exist.* A great way to bring a different type of business to the Madison St. landscape. A business idea such as this could be used as a

Pioneer Group!

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Magnificent Magnesium by Kathy Sullivan, CNC

important in creating the body's energy molecules, properly forming bones and teeth, and regulating blood sugar levels.

We all seem to live lives of ever increasing anxiety and stress wondering when and how to slow down and ease up. One of the best ways is to make sure we eat foods that support our nervous system and brains, including vitamins and minerals.

Magnesium, working together with calcium and Vitamins D and K can be therapeutic for fibromyalgia, atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes, premenstrual syndrome, aging and as mentioned above, anxiety and stress. The mineral also supports the body's detoxification processes and helps prevent damage from so many of the toxins found in the environment including chemicals and heavy metals.

Green Med Info reports that there are 3,751 magnesium binding sites on human The NIH (National proteins. Where Mg is Institute of Health) found in your body: 60% suggests that as many in the bones, 39% in soft as 90% of Americans tissue (heart, brain, liver, are deficient in one kidney, glands, & muscles very crucial mineral, with highest concentration magnesium which serves in the ventricles of the over 300 functions in heart), 1% in the blood the body. Some of the It comes out of "storage" most important and well in tissue & components recognized functions are of blood 1st, bones 2nd & helping to prevent sudden last from Serum which is cardiac arrest, heart why Mg Serum tests are attack and stroke and worthless and why the helping normalize blood Magnesium RBC blood pressure.  Benefits to the test is recommended... brain include supporting (Magnesium Advocacy the health of the nerves, Group) helping with occasional head tension, helping Decades ago we were able create relaxation, focusing to extract more nutrients on the task at hand, getting from the foods harvested.  a good night's rest. It's also Acid rain, stripping the 12

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soil and adding in only 3 nutrients to the exclusion of magnesium, along with eating more and more nutrient deplete processed foods, has made it more

magnesium best for brain health and function, sleep, stress relief and relaxation is magnesium threonate. It also seems to be the best by far at penetrating the

difficult to get the minerals we need, especially magnesium.

mitochondrial membrane and correcting deficiencies more quickly.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include numbness and tingling, muscle contractions especially facial twitches, changes in personality and coronary spasm. Early signs include fatigue, nauseousness, headaches and loss of appetite.

Best foods to increase the levels of this mineral are dark leafy vegetables, dark chocolate especially unsweetened cocoa powder, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, avocado, bananas, cashews, flaxseed and artichokes. Supplemental form of

Other forms of magnesium like citrate and glycinate are better for healthy bones, bowels, muscle spasms and cramping. Epsom salts baths are an excellent adjunct as are applying magnesium oil or lotions to the skin. For more information on magnesium, Dr. Ann Myers and Dr. Mercola are two great resources along with Green Med Info.com

Do yourself a favor and start the first couple of months of the New Year implementing one simple way to make life easier, add magnesium.

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Ask The Plant Expert by Scott McAdam Jr.

James M. O’Rourke Attorney at Law Since 1981

Forest Park & Chicago Scott McAdam Jr. Commercial Account Manager, V.P. of Snow Operations, Horticulturist

3 Benefits of This Brutal Winter Winter has tightened its grip on the Chicago area for the past couple of weeks, a far cry from the mild winters we have experienced recently. Higher utility costs, dangerous driving conditions and all-around discomfort are plaguing everyone. For the landscape, however, the snow and brutal cold provide benefits: 1. Snow is a fantastic soil insulator, helping minimize the alternating of freeze and thaw cycles. Result: bulbs, perennials, groundcovers, and the roots of trees and shrubs are protected from potential damage. It also can limit how deeply the soil can freeze by buffering cold surface temperatures (bare soil will freeze deeper than snow-covered ground).

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2. Snow cover helps conserve the moisture within the soil during the winter months. 3. Insect and disease pressures for the upcoming season should decrease. Some insect species are unable to outlast the cold in large numbers, which aids in controlling the population. About 80% of plant disease is caused by a fungal pathogen, but a cold winter minimizes the available moist, dead plant parts for fungi to thrive. So, go ahead and continue loathing the cold and snow all you like. Regardless of your outlook, come spring the brutally cold season we are enduring will have laid the groundwork for some gifts we will all reap. 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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Cold Weather Hacks To Help You Survive Winter Newspaper stuffed into wet boots will help absorb moisture quickly.

Cooking spray will keep snow f rom sticking on a shovel.

A pool noodle cut in half will keep tall boots from losing their shape when not in use.

A disposable razor can remove the fuzz and pills from a sweater.

Changing the direction of your ceiling fan will keep your home warm for less. Find the switch on the motor house of your ceiling fan (make sure you turn the fan off before doing this), and simply flip the switch. Or, use your fan’s remote to change directions. All the warm air hanging out near your ceiling will be circulated back down.

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Dryer sheets can remove winter static and frizz from hair.

A clean mascara wand can exfoliate chapped lips. Put a little lip balm on first for extra smoothness. Wool felt or fabric (an old sweater works too) can help keep feet warm. Just use one of the insoles from a favorite winter shoe to make the pattern on wool felt or fabric. You can find wool fabric at craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabrics or even online at Amazon.

Plastic bags, secured with clothespins, will stop ice from forming on your car’s side mirrors. A few drops of hand sanitizer on your key can open a frozen door lock.

The night before a storm, cover your side mirrors with plastic bags. If you don’t have clothespins, try rubber bands!

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by Peter Gianakopoulos

The Old School Report Card

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Woody’s Whine

"Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again" Yes!!! by Woody Mosgers woodywine@aol.com Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma

The plaintive lament from Credence’s “Lodi” song of 1969 dealt with the failure of traveling musicians having to stay in what was and still is a flat and dusty town that was primarily irrigated dirt farming back nearly 50 years ago. Of course the band went on to great success and the farmers and vintners of Lodi have followed along.

The Lodi appellation is directly East of San Francisco at the edge of the Sacramento River Delta. A Mediterranean type climate produces fruit forward wines with big dark fruit flavors and lower tannins. Mondavi - Woodbridge and E & J Gallo Wineries built their brands on bulk wine from Lodi. Oh, did I mention that the late Robert Mondavi grew up in Lodi, yes that Robert Mondavi. Vegetable farmers became grape growers then wine makers when at some point a younger generation person suggested that they could sell wine for $12 a bottle instead of the grapes for $1,200 a ton. I got smiles and nods from everyone I suggested that story to as they confirmed the history. You should know that 20% of California’s premium wine and 40% of its premium Zinfandel comes from Lodi and here’s the capper - the dairy industry is close second to wine production in Lodi, MOOOOV over Zin. We were warmly welcomed by the owners, winemakers and staff during our brief visit. I was taken by the friendliness and true caring that everyone expressed about their products and their proud heritage.

Red, Rare White, Rare Black, etc.

The Scotto family has been making wine since 1903 in Brooklyn NY, eventually the family moved to California for the harvest in 1963. Three Sons and a daughter are now the principles of Scotto Cellars. Paul 38, is the hands on director of wine and cider making for all 40 brands and total production of nearly 400,000 cases that are available in most states.

“We always do research, as we don’t like to tell people no unless we have searched all aspects of a concept or request” Paul stated in response to my question regards how you grow without making mistakes. He commented further, “”Not everything works, but if you don’t try you’ll never know, we think the sky’s the limit”.

He impressed me with his business savvy telling me they didn’t add business without adding someone responsible for that business. “Were always looking to see how we can fit into a customer’s (wholesale/retail) needs by offering something from one of our existing lines or by developing a new product specifically to fill their desires”. Additional brands to look for:

• Napa by N.A.P.A Bianca’s White Sauvignon Blanc, nice fruit crisp finish - $16 • 2015 Scotto Chardonnay, lovely fruit with nice balance - $14 • 2015 A+D Russian River Valley Chardonnay, complex and balanced really great - $15

• 2013 Scotto Old Vines Zin, terrific fruit, quite tasty with nice round flavors – $12.99

The Michael David winery is actually in the original family fruit stand built in 1972. Quite uniquely, the wine tasting bar, Café I made certain brands from the wineries we visited are available and bakery, (great pies) and farm produce still exist side-by-side in the Chicago area and specifically at Famous Liquors in Forest in the same building. It’s different. Park and Lombard, some Whole Foods as well as Binny’s. It’s always good to check before you go. The Phillips family has been farming since the 1850’s and cultivating wine grapes since the early 20th century. Brothers Funny thing, we’ve been drinking Scotto Cellars Howling Moon Michael and David Phillips are 5th generation grape growers Zinfandel’s for over ten years and didn’t know it was only a and now big-time winemakers. portion of the 40 brands the Scotto line. In fact you’re probably more familiar today with their fighting varietal series of Rare David the president and co-owner of the winery shares lunch 20

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in the coffee shop. He has recently returned from a trip to Southeast Asia and specifically Vietnam.

He proudly reminds me that the 7 Deadly Zins brand ($14) is the largest selling Zinfandel in the world and is a major contributor to the wineries just under 1 million cases a year volume.

He leads us next door to reveal a gorgeous new tasting and event facility that’s quite different almost theme park like - than the truck stop environment of the current tasting room, coffee shop and vegetable stand, it’s Lodi. Other Michael David wines to look for include:

• Freak Show Cabernet, nice dark fruit and a touch of smoke - $20

harvesting, trucking, winemaking and sales.

While we had an appointment, the tasting room was actually closed on the day that we were there and Madison, the Wine Club Director took us through a quick tasting. Look for:

• 2014 Mettler “Epicenter Center” Old Vines Zin, big and rich - $24.99

• 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petite Syrah lovely fruit and terrific finish very nice at the price - $24.99

The quality of the wine coming out of Lodi is really top-notch and the price points are most agreeable, you’d pay a lot more for this quality if it came from county in wine country starting with an S or an N.

I can’t tell you Lodi is the most lovely place I’ve ever been to and I’ve never seen so many grapes growing on flat ground, but it’s kind of quaint and trying to look sharp and really not a bad • 2015 Earthquake Zin, a reserve blend from a small number of place to get stuck in… again. selected vineyards - $26 That’s my Whine and I could be wrong… • Seven Deadly Red Blend, Syrah and Petite Syrah with great dark fruit, terrific with barbecue - $16 Woody Mosgers, cooks, caters, drinks and matches wine and food in Santa Rosa Sonoma at www.woodythewineguy.com Klinker Brick winery was opened in 2000 by fifth-generation grape growers whose family farms date back to the 1900s. You should find two terrific recipes following this edition of We sampled with the laid-back owner Steve Felten and his the Whine, a really delicious French Onion soup that takes a bit charming and informative daughter Farrah Felten-Jolly, V.P. of of cooking but it’s worth it, really, really good and even better sales and marketing at their small but comfortable tasting room. the next day. To go with the soup a simple and straight forward meatloaf – both real comfort foods – enjoy! You’ll find the zins most everywhere but the cab may take some looking for. Meatloaf Plain and Simple as it Should Be • 2014 Old Vine Zin, blend of 16 different old vine vineyards, dark sweet fruit just a hint of black pepper really nice wine – 90 points - $15

Yield 8 servings Active Time 25 minutes

Ingredients • 1 cup fine fresh breadcrumbs (from 6 slices firm white bread; • 2014 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel, huge lovely rich fruit a lot see Cooks' Note below) of bramble Berry fruit and exotic spices – 92 points - $30. • 1/3 cup whole milk • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s quite nice, dry and complex • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped with aromas of blackberries, cassis and cloves and flavor of • 4 garlic cloves cherries - $20. • 2 tablespoons neutral vegetable oil, such as grapeseed • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided Oak Farms Vineyards was created in 2010, again the Lodi story. • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided Dan Panella is co-owner and winemaker. The winery is a lovely • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce low-key space. Dan tells me they produce 20,000 cases from • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck, preferably 20% fat sandy loam soil and that the wines are available at the Whole • 1/2 pound ground pork Foods in River Forest and at Mariano’s. • 2 large eggs • 1/2 cup ketchup, divided, plus more for serving 2016 Chardonnay, nicely balanced with a touch of oak - $24 Preparation 2016 Tievoli Lodi blend, Zin, Barbera and Petite Sirah, tasty - $22 1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line a The Mettler family has been farming wine grapes in Lodi since rimmed baking sheet or 13x9" shallow baking dish with foil. the late 1800s and is one of Lodi’s oldest farming families. The Soak breadcrumbs in milk in a large bowl until ready to use. family is involved from the vineyard to the bottle, growing,

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Proviso Pie 2017 by Bob Cox

New Year Edition

Why should we support Proviso East High School? This question allows us to reframe how we can talk about, improve, and bring value to our public high school. If we can focus on this question, we can exit the negative perception trap that Forest Parkers have been exposed to and in many ways created over the last 4 decades. Rationally you can’t change the past.

One of the chapters in my Proviso book is called Stand up, sit down, shut up, and look away. To the extent of researching historical anecdotal evidence, what I call the Proviso Way is discussed. I am not saying ignore the past, but if we want to have a student centered public education conversation about the now, lets leave that old punitive Proviso narrative on the back burner. Moving Forward and more whys to support PEHS

In the “now” means 2nd semester 2018. For Proviso East students that also means maintenance of positive habits like uniforms, being to class on time and coming to school. Dr. Hardy put emphasis on those issues in the Fall of 2017. More parents are learning to become advocates for their students and are experiencing more options and opportunities. After school clubs, Band, JROTC, theatre stage players, Saturday tutoring, SAT prep are all nurtured by both growing student and parental engagement. Higher expectations become crystalized and everyone benefits. When did you consider volunteering at Proviso East in the 21st Century? When I am invited as a visiting teacher (any school I get assigned) my goal is delivering quality instructional time. In general, most people are oblivious to what happens behind the closed doors of the classroom. While some issues and subtle improvements are low hanging fruit to pick, other issues like cell phones in the class room coupled with progressive adaptation plan in producing a meaningful digital curriculum and policies need further attention. Learn about STEM and STEAM easy definitions

PTHS schools and District 209 BOE and administration have integrated these educational programs/tools for the future that support digital curriculum. Why support them? Besides the obvious links to attainment competitive global technologies and careers, PEHS students have suffered too long being sold on the universal education paradigm of a linear assent of success in life requiring a college education for everyone. Yes, the college bound opportunity should be for all but alternatives in STEM and STEAM offer additional opportunities to all students as well. Germany, France, and Japan have institutionalized this in their educational systems with good results.

"[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..." — President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015. From “Why we need to put the arts into STEM education. “By Anna Feldman

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“STEAM” takes the standard STEM formulation (science, technology, engineering, and math) and adds an A for arts. You can follow this conversation on Facebook.

On this point I will be following developments of a coordinated project that can bring Proviso East to the forefront of educational innovation using both STEAM and STEM. All it will take is support, community commitment, and expanded resources …that reinforces for the now and supports the notion of why Proviso East is a school of choice for Proviso Communities including Forest Park. What kind of educational community do we want to become?

I can guarantee that this Proviso East Student (leader by example) comes to school everyday, on time, and in two uniforms In some cynical public opinion circles and in the media that practice crisis journalism, we often hear the bad new about education and the many good things get overlooked. I am sharing good news about accomplished local high school students, what they have in common, and what they are proactive in. Congratulations to Mr. Joseph Douglas, a junior at Proviso East for exhibiting public service. He recently received the Cook County Sheriff Dept.'s Commitment to Service Award. That same day Mr. Douglas became an Eagle Scout.

I am so grateful to receive the Commitment to Service award from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. It is always amazing to be recognized for one’s efforts in the classroom and community, but it is even more amazing to be recognized by the Sheriff’s Office. I am humbled by the many congratulatory messages, and words of encouragement I received after the event. I plan to make service my life’s work so receiving this award is part of the highlight reel of my life thus far. I look forward to the future, and positively impacting the lives of many people. —Thank you, Joseph Douglas I also want to send a special shout out to four Fenwick High School recipients, who have received the Cook County Sheriff Dept.'s Commitment to Service Award, recognizing each of them for their 100+ hours of community service in the past year: seniors Casey McCormick '18, Francesca Rogozniski '18 and Jon Carlo Soto '18 along with junior Matt Walsh '19 see http:// ow.ly/PRnp30hg2wf

Congratulations Fenwick Friars and thank you to the Fenwick educational community for your permission to share this story Chief Toombs, JROTC Cadet Joseph and your dedication to your Douglas and Commander Person students. (photo Bob Cox 2017) Asking the “why support

Proviso East question” will be a common theme that I will revisit in 2018. What is your feedback? Thanks for reading Proviso Pie 2018.

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Neighborhood Planners Guide Why live in Forest Park?

by Bob Cox

Why live in Forest Park?... Is this a good question that anyone can ask? I have been a life long resident for over 63 years. In past NPG articles I’ve maintained a general journalistic correspondent’s view of urban life here. I have focused on urban planning processes and apologize if I have been guilty of forcing a deliberate delivered wisdom on these matters to Forest Park Post readers. I have felt disappointed in not getting more stakeholders to the public conversation table. Forecasting the future is never easy, especially in these odd times. Division is detrimental to good interactive communication, so also is being a victim caught in the drought of not listening to others, causing the loss of different perspectives. Reflecting on Forest Park issues in the last 12 months is a healthy tonic to combat public amnesia, so here are some highlights from 2017 that are still relevant to Forest Park change:

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”

• One challenge that get’s historically ignored is housing. • Gradual increases to property values trumps (not a reference to 45) runaway property values.

• 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. Expanding on that global idea might be the next public conversation. • 3 R’s of Community Sustainability from a recent 24

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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. Talking about these urban realities, community developments, quality of life issues, the economy, domestic and professional workplace conditions, and ideological themes are a conventional way to frame this conversation… but perhaps not the only or best way for Forest Parkers to converse in 2018 and beyond.

I am an optimist in these matters and it would be tempting to focus on the past with it’s negative bad planning, ineffective government policies, corrupt politics, discriminatory social practices like segregation that lead to urban decline. So why in the 21st Century do you live in Forest Park? That question is a simple way to start the conversation. All my 2018 NPG commentary will be consistent to this question and report on the attained answers given by anyone who wants to give their 2 cents, listen to other’s 2 cents, and finally see what the common ground is or could be. Reading other writers featured in the Forest Park Post are also an interesting way to listen to others and discover new perspectives.

Give us your feedback, we appreciate it. You can read us online at forestparkpost.com , email me at robertcox20@ comcast.net or forestparkpost@comcast.net or follow us on Facebook at Forest Park Urban Portraits and Forest Park Post FB pages. I am not sure what the new public platform for public conversation will be, but I am guessing it shouldn’t be limited to convention. There are engagement pitfalls in social media as well as regular media that stunt real democratic interaction. So move over parking, gambling, taxes, Russian collusion… I’m curious about Forest Park change and I hope that you will be too!

Forest Park Resident Bob Cox is a certified trained facilitator working and consulting in public engagement, public education, organizational management, and a substitute teacher at Proviso East, PMSA and Fenwick High Schools. He has a 2010 B.A. in Urban Planning and Public Affairs from UIC.

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Whine continued from page 21. 2. Pulse onion, celery, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. (Alternatively, you can finely chop by hand.)

To serve, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Ladle the soup into deep, ovensafe soup bowls, and set a piece of bread on top of each one. Divide the cheese among the servings, set the bowls on a sheet pan, and carefully set in a 3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add onion mixture, 1 325-degree oven for about 7 minutes, until the cheese is melted. tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until Remove the soup from the oven, place each bowl on a saucer, softened, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in Worcestershire, and enjoy right away. OR place the soup serving in the bowl and and scrape into bowl with breadcrumb mixture. Add beef, pork, heat in a microwave for three minutes or until warm. Place the eggs, 1/4 cup ketchup, and remaining 1 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. bread slice or cubes in the soup and top with the grated cheese. pepper, then mix with your hands to combine. Return to the microwave for a minute or more to melt the cheese. 4. Form meatloaf mixture into a long, well-packed, approximately 5"-wide loaf shape on prepared baking sheet. Note - If you don’t have a lot of beef stock on hand try a product Brush top of loaf with 1/4 cup ketchup. Bake meatloaf until an that I recently discovered and think it is terrific called Better instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers Than Bouillon beef base, it’s in Jewel stores in the Chicago 155°F, 60–75 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before slicing. Serve market and check their website for availability where you live. with more ketchup alongside. They make a complete line of stocks and I think you’ll find them tasty. Do Ahead Meatloaf can be made 3 days ahead; wrap in foil and chill, or Wine match - Beaujolais, a light Pinot Noir or even this cab freeze for up to 3 months. will work well with the soup Pedroncelli, 2015 Three Vineyards Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Cooks' Note alcohol, $20. To make fine fresh breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 300°F. Place 6 slices white sandwich bread on a wire rack set into a baking sheet. Bake until completely dry and just beginning to turn golden, 15–20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then pulse in a food processor until fine crumbs form.

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Soup French Style with Three Kinds of Onions

Makes 6 to 8 servings

The soup gets better after a day so consider making in advance and do your best to use all three colors of onions Ingredients

• 4 tablespoons butter • 3 pounds onions, preferably a combination of white, yellow, and red, peeled and very thinly sliced, Cuisinart #2 disc was perfect • 1 leek, white part only, cleaned and thinly sliced • Kosher salt • ¼ cup brandy • Black pepper in a mill • 1 cup medium-bodied red wine • 6 cups homemade beef stock - see note below • 4-6 slices of good bread (2 day old bread is ideal), toasted • 12 ounces cheese, grated (Italian Fontina, Gruyère, Monterey Jack, I used a combination of Monterey Jack and Jarlsberg as Gruyère is expensive. In a large, heavy soup kettle, heat the butter until it is foamy. Add the onions and leek, season with salt, and sauté over low heat until very limp, fragrant, and completely tender, about 35 minutes. Do not let them brown.

Turn the heat to high, add the brandy, shake the pan and cook rapidly until the brandy is evaporated, then season with salt and several grinds of black pepper. Add the wine, reduce by half, add the stock, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer very gently for about 40 minutes. Taste and correct for salt and pepper. Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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Please present coupon at the time order is written. Plus tax. Only valid at listed location. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Expires 1/31/2018.

CURRIE CHEVROLET 8401 Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, IL CurrieChevy.com

888-576-9390

ROOSEVELT JUST EAST OF 1ST AVE.

CurrieChevy.com

888-294-3409

Dealer not responsible for errors in this advertisement. Photos for illustration purposes only. All rebates are in lieu of other offers. Offers do not apply to fleet, wholesale or prior sales. Offers and prices expire two days after publication date. ~Must be an identical equipped vehicle in stock. Dealer reserves right to verify deal. *Plus tax, title, license & doc fee to qualified buyers with approved credit.

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