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

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J.J. Mannix, son of Tom and Beth Mannix enjoys some summer fun splashing around with a friend after a recent rainfall.

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No Gloves Nationals 16" Softball Tournament Turns 50 by Nello Rubio

Nel l o Not many softball tournaments have lasted a very long time, yet alone 50 years, but here in Forest Park, the No Gloves Nationals Softball Tournament is getting ready to celebrate its 50th year anniversary from July 26th to the 29th. I recently got a chance to talk with the Park’s Executive Director, Larry Piekarz over a (few weeks late) birthday lunch about the tournament and some of its history and what we can expect for the upcoming 50th Anniversary. Later, I sat down with Forest Park resident Rich Krieger, one of the few residents who have been fortunate enough to have attended every one of the 49 tournaments from 1969 to today. My Interview with Larry Piekarz...

tournament. Then it went to 28 or 24 in the late 80’s and double elimination. It may have been even less, like 20. Now we are at 24 teams and double elimination. Except, it’s just Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So, we cut down the number of days but it’s still where everybody gets at least two games instead of just one. NR: How has the tournament expanded over the years?

and I think everybody is pretty proud of it. Especially the way everybody helps out and kicks in, can’t do it ourselves! NR: Was the tournament itself key in helping get the current Softball Hall of Fame open here in Forest Park? LP: Yeah, I mean, it was actually during the tournament when they were looking for a place to host the Hall of Fame. Buddy Boy myself and the founder of the Hall of Fame went down to that building on the corner during the tournament and we said, “Hey, what do you think about this?” And it just stonewalled from there.

LP: From 1969 to about 1990 it was just the tournament. No food, drinks, kids zone, no extra stuff. In 1989, we had an outside group provide food. Then in 1990 the park core took over and did everything, food, drinks, etc. So, it was really 1990 when For those interested, here we started adding to the is the website for the Hall event. of Fame: www.16inchsoftballhof.com. NR: Speaking of food, how have the prices changed NR: Was it always the No over the years? Gloves Nationals or was it called something else? LP: I think a hot dog has gone from $1 to $2 since LP: I think it was just the 1990, everything pretty Forest Park 16” Tournament. much has stayed the same, Then, I believe it was in 1989 we try and keep prices low or around there it started but have to raise prices a being coined, The No Gloves little here and there to cover Nationals and now we costs. actually have the trademark on that name. NR: Has it always been a mostly volunteer based NR: Was the tournament tournament? always no gloves?

NR: How was the tournament started and how many teams were there LP: It’s always volunteer. to start? Everybody in town helps out. It’s an awesome site to LP: It started I 1969. It was see, kind of neat. Everybody 32 teams and used to run takes ownership. This is all week long because it Forest Park’s tournament was a single elimination

LP: Always, never had gloves and never will. NR: Finally, what sort of special things can people who are attending the

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50th Anniversary this year expect? LP: On Tuesday, the 24th, for the play-in games which is two days before the tournament begins, we’ve invited all of the MVP’s from the tournament to come and play in a little exhibition softball game and then all of the people who are being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year will be there to see their plaques go up. Sandy Byrnes, I don’t even know how many hours she’s put in, at least 80, has made a quilt that is made of all the shirts we’ve ever had from all of the tournaments. That quilt will be raffled off at the tournament so we are really excited about that. If you see it, it’s pretty cool. So that’s one of the bigger things. We are going to have a kid zone again. We’re going to have specials during the day. For example, on Saturday afternoon, if you’re wearing one of our old tournament shirts, you are going to get the price of whatever year your shirt is for food. I think that’s pretty cool. So yeah, those sorts of things, we are going to try and make it all pretty special. Continued on page 5...

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My interview with Rich Krieger... NR: You’ve been to every one of the tournaments since the very beginning, even working the first tournament. How do you feel about how the tournament has expanded from the very beginning to now, the eve of its 50th Anniversary? RK: I’ll tell you the very first tournament I worked. Jim Sarno had the vision to bring this tournament to Forest Park. To bring all the big teams from out of town and even out of state. There was a lot of people who were all the way on board with it but that man, Jim Sarno, he taught me the word, really he’s the definition of the word tenacious. He never gives

just grabbed a bucket and went out to second base and started bailing. I looked left and right to the other guys, we all grabbed buckets and went out there and got the standing water gone. We did some squeegee on it and what not, then went and got bags of turf ace spreading it all over the field, racking it in and ready to play the first game, no delays. He engineered that field. He did a lot of research with Sox park to get the right turf in Rich Krieger there, or dirt, whatever you up. The other guys I can want to call it. When it first remember on the grounds started it was small it just crew, Mark Conway, Allen evolved and evolved until Meyer, Steve Mason, and I’m everybody wanted to get sure I’m missing somebody in on it, especially the big but we went to the field one teams. They loved the field, morning and got there about it was always immaculate. 6 o’clock and there was He was a big influence in water everywhere. Mark, recruiting people from you know he’s one of those these big-time teams. Of vociferous guys, he goes, course, our house league “We’ll never play today!” teams were in it as well. He Sarno didn’t say a word. He

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was the person who really had the vision to start this tournament and everybody should really tip their hats to him. He groomed his successors too. The six that came in behind him. He groomed them on how to do this and treat the teams and it just got bigger and better. It’s like old home week. You go there and you see people you haven’t seen since the last tournament and probably won’t see again until the next. He was a tremendous influence on a lot of people’s lives and especially mine. He taught me how to play golf and was a good, good guy. NR: You’ve worked the tournament and are a fan as well. Tell us a little more about the ins and outs of what keeps this tournament running smoothly? Continued on page 7...

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RK: Well, I will begin with the grounds crew that they have now, Larry Buckley’s crew. When you watch them at the tournament, in between games, they run to the field as soon as it’s empty and immediately start racking out the old lines. Racking down the infield. Dragging it, watering it down, putting new lines out. And then they’re off, foot races to the next field. They work thankless hours, all day, every day. They put in 12-14 days or better. It’s pretty impressive and there isn’t one person who has complained about the fields. We used to play where the outfield lights were in the

Sandy Byrne's No Gloves Quilt

middle of left, center and right. We had to overlap the fields and then the players were overlapping because there were so many power hitters. Then they moved the poles out of there and opened it up a little bit. Even the concession stands have change dramatically over the years. We may have at one time flipped a few burgers or hot dogs but that’s about it. Now look at it. It’s like a gourmet park restaurant. You get good beefs, Italian sausage, polish sausage, hot dogs, tacos (a big fan favorite)

and lots more options. I mean, it’s just unbelievable and people who work and volunteer in that concession for the weekend, you have to give them lots of credit for standing out there in the 90-degree heat and flipping over the grill and they come back year after year. They never quit because it’s a labor of love to them. Wonderful representation of Forest Park and the pride that comes with living in this village. NR: How has the tournament changed your summer experiences here in Forest Park not only for yourself but just your family as a whole? RK: My wife knows not to plan anything for tournament weekend because she knows how much the tournament means to me. Then, Ricky, my son played and worked there too. He’s got a group of guys and we just all hang together out there on the sideline in the outfield. We have a laugh riot and sit there talking, yapping and busting butts. It’s kind of something you look forward to and you can’t wait. Then on Sunday, that’s when Mark Conway, Al Kilma, and all those guys post up out in center field and that’s like once a year you see those guys, but they’re there every year. Then the volunteers who work the beer stands They’re the same people coming back every year volunteering. It’s just outstanding and an experience. People come and teams come cause they all want in this experience. That’s why they started doing a play-in game. Cause they had so many teams and they couldn’t decide.

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So, they decided to do the play-in to see who gets in. It really has evolved. You’ve got Mike North at times there broadcasting. George Bliss, who’s been a staple in the softball world for many, many years. I believe he used to play in the house league back in the day when I was like 16-years-old. But he’s instrumental in bringing big time softball and keeping it here in the Chicagoland area, bringing the Hall of Fame to it. That’s another tribute that they wanted that Hall of Fame to here in Forest Park. Right next to the fields. NR: Being one of the few people who has been to every single tournament since it first started and seeing how it has changed over the years, is there anything you would change today?

RK: All of the changes that have happened through the years have made it progressively better and better. A shout out to the umps… the umpires are really unsung heroes. They catch a lot of lip. They know when to take it and when to say that’s enough. But they do a tremendous job and they work at it. I don’t know what more can change, the fields are great, the teams are great. Everything is good. But from the very first tournament ‘til now it really has evolved. Yeah, it’s just wonderful to watch and a must-be-at event. Join in the excitement at The No Gloves Nationals Tournament July 26th- 29th.

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Bait For Bad Guys by Terry Keshner

they'll also let some of the surrounding suburbs share the "bait" to nab would-be thieves.

The village is getting the car from Nationwide Insurance and also is getting assistance from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Ter r y If you're looking to steal a car in Forest Park, beware of "taking the bait."

Forest Park is getting a "bait car" which police can shut down and lock, catching car thieves in the act. Would-be thieves will get in the car, thinking it's an easy target, but then will soon be behind bars.

Chief Aftanas says the bait car will be a big help but stresses that the best way to combat auto thefts is for drivers to be smarter.

"It's mainly people leaving their cars running, especially during the winter. People start their car and want it to warm up and unfortunately when they come back out it's gone. And that's because of the anti-theft devices. Twenty years ago you used to be able to crack the window and pull the dashboard

Forest Park Police Chief Tom Aftanas tells "The Post" 71 cars were stolen in Forest Park last year, up from 32 the year before and there have also been several carjackings in the village this year. "All of the western suburbs are experiencing the same problem with auto thefts and carjackings." And even though the "bait car" will belong to Forest Park, Forest Park police say

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Forest Park Police Lieutenant Ken Gross tells "The Post" the car is a safer way to catch thieves.

"We don't even have to sit in the parking lot, we can track the car remotely. It will have cameras and microphones. We'll be able to shut the car off and lock it, so the person can't open the door and drive away. We'll sit a block or two away and converge on the car."

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Old School Tavern MPK Kitchen Scratch Kitchen Exit Strategy Police Chief Tom Aftanas and hotwire a car in seconds, now you can't do that. So unfortunately, vehicle owners are making it easier for the thieves."

And Chief Aftanas doesn't just want car owners to be aware. He wants the bad guys to know what's going on as well.

"Word does spread amongst criminals. We're hoping that after a couple people are caught the word spreads and they avoid the western suburbs."

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Some Random Thoughts by Arlene R. Jarzab

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very fashionable in the summer) I have found myself on my deck happily sipping a chilled rosé. I don’t usually order it when I am out for fear someone will think I am swilling white zinfandel. But lately, I have seen whole rows of rosé in grocery stores, liquor stores, etc. Trader Joe’s and Famous Liquors have a particularly nice selection at a broad price range.

Why, as a child, did I hate the smell of burning leaves and now find that I miss that smell in the fall? I know leaf-burning Some random thoughts . . . is banned in most towns, but In late May, while out for my whenever I get a whiff in the usual run and admiring the fall, it brings me back decades. trees in bloom and enjoying a perfect spring day (finally), I How can I be the same age my trotted past the tennis courts. parents were in retirement? Two guys were hitting a They were OLD. I can’t be . . . . ball back and forth. Nothing old! unusual, right? Except. One guy had a racquet in his right I understand that for some hand and his cell phone in people, living gluten-free is a his left; he was carrying on necessity, not a choice. But, a conversation while batting seeing products that never a ball back and forth across contained gluten being touted the net. His partner didn’t as ‘gluten-free’ is annoying. seem to mind. I did. I actually Gluten-free shampoo? Good caught myself saying, “Dude. to know my grapefruit is also Seriously?” I guess if his gluten-free. partner didn’t mind neither should I. But, I did. I find myself Why do we still call it “Rush getting all ‘judgy’ whenever I Hour”? It hasn’t been an hour in see someone doing something decades. wildly inappropriate (by my standards, at least). I have How annoying is it when the caught myself saying, “Dude”. I local sportscaster says, “you have written about this before. have to see this”, and part of the That word is so not me. But, picture is obscured with all of Dude, SRSLY? the ‘crap’ on the screen? I was watching an up-date during the But, I have become accustomed NBA play-offs and couldn’t see to people doing wildly the score; but I knew it was 83 inappropriate things while degrees outside. on their phone. Can it ever be OK to ride a bike (without a The banners run at the bottom helmet) on Des Plaines over of every program now are the Eisenhower Expressway crammed with information, while talking on the phone? ‘Breaking News’ (from last night) and scrolling headlines. When did rosé become so They obscure the bottom of popular? For the last few the picture and often cover an summers (after a visit to the important part of the story. south of France where rosé is

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Hey Forest Park! What's your favorite burger?

There's no shortage of places big or small to grab a burger right here in Forest Park but we want to hear who your favorites are! Go to forestparkpost.com and vote for your favorite burger today! We will publish the results in the September/October issue of The Post and the establishment with the winning burger will win a free full page color ad in an upcoming issue of The Post, $100 donation to their favorite charity and, of course, fame and fortune!

Vote Today! Can we agree that Service Dogs are working animals that provide a necessary support for their owners while Emotional Support Dogs or Companion Animals are often just a way for owners to circumvent certain restrictions? Unless the animal is wearing a vest and working for its owner, it doesn’t belong in a grocery store. Yes, I saw that at Jewel.

Why do women have their mouths open as they put on mascara? I have caught myself doing this and have no explanation. I grew up on the far north side of Chicago. Why do I say ‘soda’ and you say ‘pop’?

Why do men notice a teeny-tiny mark on their car’s bumper but fail to notice the dishes in the Speaking of that: why, oh, why sink? do we say we are going to THE Jewel but not THE Aldi or THE As a kid, riding a bike was the first taste of freedom. Why is Whole Foods? it so much fun to ride a bike as In a recipe for Ice-box Cake an adult? We have our choice of the author felt compelled to various forms of transportation explain that the cakes were but riding a bike as an adult just named for the precursor to makes me smile. the refrigerator: the icebox. Anyone? Have any responses? SRSLY? Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com


Local Spotlight: Julia and Andy Cox by Andrew Cox

Andy This article is a spotlight on my fiance’ and I who are to be married on July 14th 2018. We met in Forest Park at Village Pilates Studio in a class on a spring day three years back. There was an exercise I couldn’t understand and Julia talked with me after class about this particularly tricky movement series called ‘Snake and Twist’. There was intrigue from the getgo and we became friends in the coming months. It has been quite an adventure for us ever since that point.

I decided to join the Teacher Training program at Village Pilates Studio that summer, instead of attending a

master’s program at the University of Edinburgh – Scotland. The decision was not easy to make, and I felt something pulling me in the direction of Pilates instead of furthering my formal education. I like to think it was in part due to the relationship I was building with Julia at the time, because we had a good connection from the starting point.

Julia instructed at the studio and we worked together for quite a while. We’d have conversations about almost anything and it always drew an interest back to one another. She found out I was the drummer dude who was making all that noise next to the studio, and I found out she was a musician too. We began to make music together shortly thereafter.

Presently, Julia instructs Pilates at the studio and is attaining her masters to achieve an expert level of experience in the movement teaching profession. She is an adept teacher and a wonderful person to be around, and I’m lucky I get to be with her. I also instruct at the studio along with teaching drums and playing music locally. Our relationship is a testament to what small businesses can do for the community as it can strengthen the bond between community

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members and create new relationships amongst locals.

Here’s my anecdote to keep this short and sweet: A Forest Park guy stumbles into an open house at a local business to check it out. Three weeks later he meets this Oak Park gal, and they like each other for some odd reason. One year later they decide to date, a year from then they get engaged, and here they are about to tie the knot! Now, for all the experiences in life that can open up doors, sometimes the greatest ones can be right in our own backyard, and I find that to be a very fitting cliché’ for this situation.

Julia and I just completed a 10-track album to coincide with our wedding. We call ourselves Indigo Clouds – check us out on bandcamp: https://indigoclouds. bandcamp.com/releases And, if you’re intrigued in Pilates or wondering what the heck that’s all about, check out the website for our bios and some information about booking a session: https://www. villagepilatesstudio.com/

Shameless self-promotion set aside, we hope that our story can inspire people to get out there and explore Forest Park and the surrounding area. Give us a listen, stop in the studio, and as always feedback to: coxandrew89@yahoo.com

According to Forbes, the top 9 most hazardous summer injuries are caused by: 1) playground equipment 2) skateboards 3) trampolines 4) lawn mowers 5) amusement attractions 6) non-powder guns, BBs pellets 7) beach, picnic, camping equipment 8) barbeque grills, stoves, equipment and 9) trimmers, small garden tools.

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Summer Safety Tips Summer fun is truly something special, but summer safety should always be a priority for you, your friends and your family. When preparing for your favorite summer activities, don’t forget to follow these summer safety tips to make sure everyone has a great time without any of dangers the warm months can bring. 1. Understand SPF and Use Sun Protection Know your SPF numbers and what sort of SPF protection to buy for your family. Extra-high SPF numbers aren’t nearly so important as careful, effective application on all exposed skin. Today’s spray-based sunscreen is usually more child and teenage friendly, since it’s a lot easier to apply than oily lotions. UPF or ultraviolet protection factor is used to rate summer clothing for protection, another valuable specification to keep in mind when headed up to the mountain or out on the water.

2. Protect Against Mosquitos and Other Threats Mosquitos carry some of summer’s worst diseases (Lyme, Zika, etc.), but they are also very difficult to avoid without proper care. If you are going to be spending time near open water, especially standing water, protect yourself from mosquitos by covering arms and legs, and using effective repellents like deet.

Protect against wasps, hornets, and other bugs by avoiding their nests. While bright colors are a good idea in the forest, in other environments try to stay away from bright or floral patterns, which are an attractor for these stinging insects. 3. Remember Helmets and Kneepads From skating on the street to – well, nearly any other type of summer sport, protection is important. Equip your kids with their helmets for extra protection, but don’t stop there. Kneepads protect from scraps and hot metal surfaces, and you should encourage their use for any wheeled or motor-related activity. 4. Practice Proper Safety Near Water A vast number of unfortunate summer deaths are caused by drowning. If you or your family are enjoying pool activities or water sports, always go in pairs and make sure that kids are under constant adult supervision, as well as equipped with the proper flotation devices.

As fun as alcohol may be while out on the water, it’s also a really bad idea. Adult water-related deaths are frequently caused by drinking on watercraft or before swimming. If your summer fun involves a few beers, then enjoy your water activities first: Drink when you are done and back on land.

5. When it Heats Up, Plan Hydration Carefully Dehydration is no fun at best and deadly at worst. If you are heading into hot temperatures, make clear plans for water: Bring along your own water storage and make sure you have a couple liters for every person, even if you are just headed out for an afternoon. If it is particularly hot, make sure you frequently stop in the shade and take a drink of water to keep from sweating out too much. 12

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6. When Exploring, Coordinate Times, Directions, and Group-Ups Exploring festivals, new towns, hiking paths, and even other countries are very popular summer activities. They should also involve proper planning. Make sure everyone has an exploring buddy and a way to keep in contact. Have everyone’s phone number for contact, and arrange for specific times and places to meet up once exploring is finished.

7. Be More Careful in the Car Summer is a more dangerous time to be on the road: The combination of drivers new to the area, drivers who may be acting more careless, and more bikers can lead to disaster. So remember to check your car, practice good maintenance, follow local traffic laws, and stay safe on the road. 8. Use Licensing and Safety Courses From dirt-biking and off-roading to jetskiing and flying drones, a lot of today’s summer activities involve advanced equipment. Don’t let you or your family jump into this equipment without the proper training! Make sure everyone takes the right classes, obtains any important licenses, and follows the right codes for their summer fun. It takes a little bit of preparation, but it vastly increases safety and avoids any hefty fines you may occur if no one knows the rules.

9. Stay Away from Activities That Are Simply Too Dangerous This is particularly important as a parent, because while summer is about fun and even testing boundaries, parents still need to draw lines when activities become too dangerous. It is too dangerous to let kids go unsupervised or without the proper equipment, no matter how much they may want to do something. Certain things, like trampolines, have proven too dangerous to use, especially without the right trampoline insurance (the fact specific insurance exists should be a warning sign). Just because something is popular or trending doesn’t mean it should be allowed or encouraged. 10. Protect Food and Wash Your Hands Keep food sealed and covered until it is ready to eat, and try to keep it out of the sun if possible. When grilling, make sure meats are properly refrigerated before use and thoroughly cooked. When dealing with any kind of food, wash your hands first to prevent contamination. These summer home safety tips are simple, but easy to overlook during summer activities.

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Ask The Plant Expert by Scott McAdam Jr.

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

Plant Pest Alert: Viburnum Leaf Beetle

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Until three years ago, the viburnum leaf beetle was virtually nonexistent in the Chicago area. But today, it has become a household name—and for all the wrong reasons. Even if you are unaware of this tiny beetle, chances are you have seen the havoc that has resulted from their aggressive feeding habits, primarily on Arrowwood viburnum.      The beetle, brown and about one-quarter inch in length, has larvae that emerge from eggs laid in the stems and begin their feeding frenzy.  Damage can be significant because there are multiple generations of new larvae throughout the growing season, with both adults and larvae feeding on the leaves and creating a seasonlong feeding cycle for continued damage.    What to look for: the “skeletonizing” of the leaves or eating the tissues between the leaf veins. Heavy feeding of susceptible species can virtually defoliate the entire plant in rapid fashion. The most highly susceptible species are Arrowwood, American Cranberry Bush, and European Cranberry Bush viburnum.    Think your plants are suffering? Give us a call, and we will put you on the path toward proper treatment. 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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Woody’s Whine

Three Fresh and One Frozen by Woody Mosgers woodywine@aol.com When McDonald’s rolled out its fresh beef quarter pounder I resisted the urge to rush right out to try one as I was waiting for a better reason and here it is, this month’s Whine, the fast food burger rematch.

two very different things.

• Not much to say about Wendy’s Dave’s single with only cheese and “Dave’s Mayo” - $3.99. Boy, plain is plain, couldn’t eat one on a regular basis. The bun is bready trying to be a fake brioche and fails, horribly; Meat patty is OK, would give it fresh but not flavored well.

• Dave’s Single with I’m not a fan of the big time everything, $3.99 - of course fast food burger restaurants, has the same odd bun flavor the Mac, Wendy’s or that distracts from the Whopper as I’m willing to sandwich, the whole thing put out a few more dollars seem confused. Nothing to enjoy a better burger at a one off local place (Big Guy’s unpleasant but I won’t be and Scratch Kitchen in Forest Park and Super Burger and getting another one. This Phyllis’ Giant Burger in Santa Rosa) but I do fawn over could be a local franchise issue. Carl’s Jr. and it’s one of the reasons we moved here (smile) but I digress. Burger King

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Loyal readers will recall that I did a casual burger review about three years ago with McDonald’s besting Wendy’s and Whopper mostly as a result of better burger construction and attention to detail. So now with fresh beef on the menu at three out of four of this year’s contestants I’ve taken another bite…and included a west coast favorite.

So we did our best in going apples to apples and chose a quarter pound burger sort of plain with only cheese and whatever sauce or condiments were included. We also ordered the standard issue or deluxe burger with the advertised toppings, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. Research tells me a great burger has an ideal ration of 50% meat to bun and toppings. Most fast food burgers hardly achieve a 30% beef to 70% toppings ratio but that’s how they keep prices under $5.00. You may want to head over to the web site at www.woodythwineguy.com to see the color version as it helps to visualize the burgers. Now to the tasting results, least liked to the best.

The taste of a backyard grill, flame-grilled beef, American cheese, tomato, onion, iceberg lettuce, and dill pickle, a dollop of mayo, a squirt of ketchup, and a sesame seed bun. There is absolutely nothing novel about the Whopper - and that's what makes it so comforting a flavor to so many people. Burger King claims to be the Home of the Whopper, but our sandwiches looked like they accidentally placed that home on top of the Whopper before it was delivered to us. Check the picture.

• Whopper with cheese is a 4 oz. frozen patty, $5.19 (+ $.60 for cheese = $5.79) The bun is compressed and doughy and doesn’t taste toasted in any fashion but there is a big bite of pickle. There is some beef flavor in a bite of sandwich and a bite of the burger patty alone is decent but not beefy. Over all fair taste.

Wendy’s and Burger King flipped from our last outing as the Wendy’s burger was not an attractive combination.

• Whopper with everything, $5.79 - classic whopper taste but beef flavor is lost in toppings. The bun is still a negative issue. Over all decent taste but not really something I’d look for. A lot of double wrapped paper for an eat-in sandwich with no attempt at recycling even in Cali.

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The brand has its own unique flavor profile that keeps it afloat (when you crave a real burger, McDonald’s won't do, but on the other hand, when you crave McDonald’s, no other burger will either). The Special Sauce is of a thousand-island style that I can't imagine enjoying it on a salad, but it's a key flavor to the rest of the sandwich.

• Quarter Pounder with cheese, pickle, ketchup and onions - $4.99. The bun looks remarkably similar to BK’s but is well toasted and still looks like a bun. The thicker, fresh beef patty and “Special Sauce” creates a good beef flavor mix. A bite of burger meat alone is very tasty and flavorful, big improvement over the original.

• Quarter Pounder Deluxe with cheese lettuce, tomato and onion - $4.99. Even fully dressed there still good meat flavor in the mix. It’s a pretty tasty sandwich for FF but may have too much mayo for some. Again way over wrapped paper and box packaging with no recycling on site, a real waste. In-N-Out Burger

This is a second generation family run operation. They never open a location more than a day's drive from their meat processing plant in Baldwin Park, California, just north of Anaheim. Recently they closed some 35 restaurants in Texas because they weren’t using the correct buns (what up Wendy’s). I have discovered that the chain and I have something in common; we both opened in 1948. Looking at the picture what do you see that’s different, 1,000 points if you said, “the burgers on the top.” They do a bottom load, spread (mayo based thousand island), veggies and then the beef and cheese that melds the flavors together enveloping the burger, you mouth tastes everything differently. Try turning your next burger over before you take a bite and see if it tastes different and you’ll say my name out loud; “stupid jerk”.

The tasting panel agreed that is was the best burger we sampled and at a price range of a dollar less than the national chains, it’s easy to understand the long lines at the drive-up and waiting for seats inside. • Basic Double-Double is two paddies and two cheese slices $3.85 First bite has lots of flavor from the meat and cheese, bite of meat tastes really fresh. The panel agreed there seemed be a touch of saltiness in various bites but not always, so was the meat salted at random before or as it was cooked? Bun is terrific, nice piece of bread. Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

• Regular Double-Double Burger - $3.85 Good veggies and meat really stands up to the other flavors again with the reverse stack. Each item in the sandwich tastes of high standards.

In-N-Out faces some direct competition from The Habit Burger Grill based in Southern California. They feature the same style burger at the same price but also have a sandwich menu that includes tuna and tri-tip at the $10 range. They will have opened a store in Santa Rosa as you read this and the tasting panel will report soon. Hungry now? That’s my whine and… I could be wrong.

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Hey Forest Park! What's your favorite burger?

There's no shortage of places big or small to grab a burger right here in Forest Park but we want to hear who your favorites are! Go to forestparkpost.com and vote for your favorite burger today! We will publish the results in the September/October issue of The Post and the establishment with the winning burger will win a free full page color ad in an upcoming issue of The Post, $100 donation to their favorite charity and, of course, fame and fortune!

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Neighborhood Planners Guide by Bob Cox

“Best Case Scenario Planning... Rather than extrapolating from the past to predictive future, scenario planning shifts the focus to preparing for a desired future and realizing ways to achieve it.” —Lisa Nisenson APA Planning Magazine May 2018

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Planning can sometimes become frustrating when the desired outcomes seem to be out of reach. One major obstacle is paralysis by analysis. Regarding public projects literally years fly by with only a tear down to show for. A good example is the old Roos Building eventual demolition even though some private developments would have proved to be very interesting to our community. I have only a few criticisms or deficiencies for the the new Roos Recreational building. A lack of an indoor swimming pool producing a lost opportunity for sustainable heath benefits to older adults trying to keep healthy and active 12 months a year to name one.

It seems to me the younger residents are feeling that vibe (everyone is entrepreneurial minded) and are not particularly prone to accept the old narratives and conventional excuses served to abandon the ship. They seem willing to address PTHS and are ready to take action in a positive way. That is a healthy part of the BCS planning process and it will pay off. The public debate over PTHS and more importantly the unsustainable housing shortage in FP have remained on the back burner far too long. Density is not a dirty word. Urban renewal is neither public housing or gentrification either. The location of Forest Park to the global City of Chicago is underestimated. I will feature these themes in future NPGs.

Visionaries are often thought of as kooks, but I say they just express themselves in a different manner. Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (July 12,1895 to July1, 1983) is one such person. What innovating planning can come to bring about Forest Park’s 21st century renaissance? Are we ready to shirk off our car dependency? Is commonly shared public space built and maintained bring value to our maturing neighborhoods? Ten years ago electric cars, rider services like Uber and internet shopping were thought of as trendy experiences. Let the public debate continue and try a little Best Case Scenario planning. Happy Birthday Bucky. Your feed back is always welcome. www.forestparkpost.com

Before and After near Harrison and Circle, Forest Park Il (Both photos Google Images 2018)

How do we know what we want? Are we slaves to the past and conventional community development? Master planning and implementation of those plans can be better attained when the community can come around a common goal and embrace “Best Case Scenario planning”. Same goes for the Proviso High School transformational plans and programs. We seem to all be veterans of worst scenario planning and the uncertainty, fear and confusion that it’s offspring bring. Ad Hoc planning, gentrification, unbalanced development that serves the few at the cost of the general public good gives both residents and prospective businesses / developers interests “an excuse not to live and work in FP.”

(Both photos Google Images 2018)

As private citizen and old house owner, I wrestled for years in finding the guarantee that my most major investment, my home would maintain value. Remember there are two types of value… usage and exchange. Well there is no real guarantee but I found that pushing the envelope and putting sweat equity and investments efforts paid off for me and my family. I have lived in FP since 1954. 22

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Proviso Pie 2018

Summer Learning Adventures by Bob Cox Here is a great summer learning message from Proviso D209’s Superintendent Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez: Dear Proviso Community,

Thank you for another amazing summer school opportunity in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 (PTHS D209). I am proud of the programs that have been designed by the Office of Academics and the committee of Student Achievement and School Innovation which offer a robust curriculum that is customized for remediation, intervention, acceleration, as well as extended enrichment opportunities for our students. In our continual effort to personalize education to every student, these programs, supported by our school community, have evolved perfectly to meet the needs of all students.

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Based on a growth mindset approach, enhancing the PTHS D209 academic agenda is critical as we recognize factors in our community that affect the educational outcomes in our school district. I commend the educators involved in our summer school programs as they are a great example of educators leading through innovation and excellence. This is evidence of the strategic objective to reimagine the Proviso experience by providing students with authentic learning opportunities aligned to their individual needs. Like many of our programs in PTHS D209, strategic planning and active staff involvement is what makes summer school an outstanding program. Our administrators, teachers, maintenance, security and clerical staff have been very busy in the ever-evolving cycle of curriculum, instruction, assessment, organizational processes and facility management. The collective impact is evident every day as we nurture students and families with legendary service focused on academic achievement. I am proud that our students come to school and do not want to leave at dismissal time as it shows me the level of commitment for education from our teachers and staff. It also demonstrates active engagement of students which is an important part of the learning process and one of our priorities as a community of learners.

I am also enthusiastic about our success through a studentcentered approach where decisions are driven by the values of our mission for the school district. As your Superintendent, I lead with purpose and disciplined leadership behaviors under a unifying framework though which stakeholders collaboratively engage to ensure a world-class education and services that empower all members of the Proviso Community. I am confident that as ONE TEAM, through ONE GOAL, and as ONE PROVISO, we will continue to enhance, empower, and ensure continual improvements in our district and community. Truly Yours, Jesse J. Rodriguez, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools

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If you think kids these days don’t do school 12 months a year you are mistaken. There are a growing number of parents with teen students who spice up their summer activities with reading programs. What better way to keep the mind agile and have fun? Here in Forest Park, Teen Director Ms. Regina Townsend, (2014 Sharon Ball Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award Winner, Teen Service Club Coordinator, Teen Programming Coordinator and High School Liaison) shares what is available at the friendly confines of the Forest Park Library:

Here at the Forest Park Public Library, each summer is an adventure in community, experiential learning, and of course, reading! This summer, we welcome teens to take part in our First Class Adventure, a travel themed program full of activities, experiences, and reading suggestions designed to keep teens engaged, actively learning, and exploring their communities. Stop by the library and visit our teen room, dubbed the First Class Lounge for the summer, or participate right from home with the use of the Beanstalk App or website. More information can be found on our website: www.teenterritory.org/firstclassadventure Remember Forest Park Post readers, the Forest Park Library is perfect on those hot days or when it raining cats and dogs. “I got my first FP Library card in 1963! You can read The Forest Park Post there too.”

JULY 25th EVENT at the Forest Park Public Library (photo fppl.org) I am reading The Third Coast, When Chicago built the American Dream by Thomas Dyja. Thanks Gary Lorenz for the book loan. Gary and I were FP public grammar schools and Proviso classmates. Gary played Varsity Basketball at Proviso East, the great class of 1972. We are still reading and learning!

Did you hear about the forth coming book Curious Proviso? More to come!

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by Peter Gianakopoulos

The Old School Report Card versions of tracks from recent albums sound improved and the pump organ version of "Pocahontas" will please the diehards like myself.

The meandering guitar interludes may compliment more in the film but bear little strength presented here other than a document that you are aware this is a soundtrack and not a grandoise musical score. Not to ever suggest Neil Young isn't capable of such efforts but his haphazard approach leaves NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF listener  disjointed but happy THE REAL  "Paradox" OST  if you are a completist or a fan (REPRISE)  CD/DBL LP already. The ten minute live Taking its cue from "Dead Man" "Cowgirl In The Sand" is worth and "Where The Buffalo Roam" the price of admission even if you skip the film. which were previous movie soundtracks released by Neil GRADE: BYoung unlike the uneven "Journey Through The PORTICO QUARTET  Past" effort, this release has "Untitled (AITAOA #2)  CD  complete new songs along (Gondwana) with live versions of previous released studio tracks interspersed with short guitar  The Portico Quartet is a interludes which have become contemporary ethno jazz fusion ensemble from South the norm for most of the London that formed in 2005.  soundtracks Neil Young has Releasing numerous records released. before one member left and they changed the name to You might have to be a Portico briefly to venture fan already to endure this soundtrack just as it is.  I have into vocal song oriented pop rock land a la Radiohead after not viewed the Daryl Hannah adding more  electronics they directed film of the same now brought back the original name so have no correlative fourth member to continue the impression of the music chamber jazz in the elctronic  on the celluloid but will just discuss based on the songs and vein they pursued prior to his departure. instrumentals stand alone.

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The band led by sons of country singer Willie Nelson present some campfire country rock songs in a very comfortable and familiar vein which is very Neil at its core which is always a good thing. They are not Crazy Horse but they do their best to hold their own given the material and longtime fans will  not be disappointed.  Even the new

under than a comglomeration of electronics, chamber jazz, classical experimentation and folk world ethno fusion. Definitely worth starting here or venturing back to their evolution as well. GRADE:  A-

NEIL YOUNG "Roxy Tonight's The Night Live"  CD/DBL LP  (Reprise) Neil Young who has been prolific enough as of late to release at least two new platters each year as well as the occasional vault release is securing his legacy long before his departure from the planet.

Compiled from 1973 shows capturing his Santa Monica Flyers at least two years before the studio album was released presents his darker side as the band battled with heroin addiction and tragic deaths within the group. They joke continually through the performances as they sound to genuinely having a good time polishing through the country rock blues new material perfecting it to what later became an acclaimed 1975 studio effort.

Rehearsing minus the late guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, pedal steel player Ben Keith, guitarist/ keyboardist Nils Lofgren of Grin and rhythm section of bassist Bruce Talbot and Inspired by the sonic trance drummer Ralph Molina played drone of Steve Reich and Philip through their grief to glorious Glass on their latest untitled occasion on these nights at the effort they continue where Roxy in Los Angeles. they left off exploring the acoustic stylings of their past It captures the wilder days of with more IDM electronic L.A. as they explore the glory approaches. of the material that became infamous that diehard fans and Some may compare their new ones will relish for a long sounds to Penguin Cafe time to come. Orchestra as it is hard to pigeon them down to one thing GRADE: A+

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Meet our newest, sweetest little princess to arrive at the Animal Care League, Kelce! Kelce is as sweet and serene as can be with her soft and gentle demeanor, she would want nothing more than to find a nice snuggly lap to cuddle up on. She enjoys her peace and quiet and would do well in a household with older children who can provide her with some TLC to help her adjust to her surroundings. Kelce enjoys being petted and will even solicit for attention once she's comfortable. She just needs someone to help make her comfortable and to provide her with a calming and tranquil furrever home! Come on by the shelter to meet this delightful diva and see why Kelce is quite the eyecatching love-bug!

Noelle is a gorgeous 9 month old Boxer mix puppy who is the epitome of joy! Noelle came to ACL from a local animal control where she had been surrendered because her family moved and couldn't take her with. Noelle is still a puppy, with all the fun and challenge that entails. She's very sweet and friendly to everyone she meets, and she absolutely adores other playful dogs! We think Noelle would thrive as the second or third dog in an active home. With a little training and some consistency in her home life, we know Noelle will mature into a loving, well-balanced adult dog. And did we mention she's super cute? Come see Noelle today at the Animal Care League.

Meet our newest captivating cat to hit the adoption floor, Saul! Saul was an immediate hit here at the shelter as he was outgoing and affectionate from the start. He is a confident and charismatic cat who just wants to give kitty headbutts all day long, some treats are the best way to this boy's heart! He would love to find a furrever home to help provide him with lots of fun enrichment such as puzzle toys, cat trees, and scratchy posts to keep him satisfied. Saul is also positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV is not transmissible to humans or other species in your home. There is no treatment or medication necessary, meaning Saul could live a normal, happy life of longevity as long as he goes in yearly for veterinarian examinations and gets to be an inside kitty for ever. He'll be able to coexist with cats and probably even the right dog! Saul is sure to bring some livliness and entertainment to your household. So if you're looking for a fine, fun-loving, furrever furry friend to add to your household, you better call Saul!

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8401 West Roosevelt Road Forest Park, Il 60130 Roosevelt just East of 1st Ave.

*$4000 due at signing. Plus tax, title, license, and dealer fees. 10,000 miles per year. Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 38,000 miles. Must finance with GM Financial. Some customers may not qualify. Not available with special financing, lease and some other offers. See dealer for details. ***0% APR for 60 or 72 months for qualified buyers. Monthly payment is $13.89 for every $1000 you finance. Example down payment: 18%. Some customers will not qualify. See Dealer for details.

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Forest Park Post July August 2018  

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