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Volume 14 Issue 2

March & April 2018


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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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Congratulations To Phil Tondelli, Tom Duff, Dan Brichetto & The Alley Softball Team On Your Induction Into The Chicago 16" Hall Of Fame!

Phil Tondelli

Tom Duff The Alley

Dan Brichetto

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Yes, You Should! by Arlene R. Jarzab

There are some things we know we should do: floss, call your mother, change the oil, eat more vegetables and vote. Yes, we are obligated, but not required, to vote. Sadly, the United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the world. Whether this is due to apathy or overload doesn’t matter; we have to do better. Voter turnout rate for 2016 was 55% of all voting age citizens. Which means that each candidate for president in the 2016 election was supported by just 27% of the electorate. For the first time, there are over 200,000,000 Americans registered to vote, but the percentage of actual voters continues to fluctuate. Which gives rise to the idea of mandatory voting. Twenty-two countries have mandatory voting laws. Australia is often cited as a model for the United States. In Australia, Election Day has been on a Saturday since 1913. State elections cannot be held on the same day as national elections. Voting is mandatory; failure to vote is punishable by a fine, usually $20.00 $170.00 depending on the legitimacy of the excuse. Since these mandatory laws

were imposed, the turnout in North Carolina, several has jumped from 59% to over municipalities had their 91%. elections settled by a coin toss. Virginia, Connecticut There are lots of reasons and New Mexico all broke Americans might not support some ties with a coin toss. But, mandatory voting laws. President Barak Obama raised the issue of mandatory voting, but many legal experts feel that would be unconstitutional. The First Amendment protects the right to free speech, which means the converse is true: the right to remain silent (If you have watched any TV procedural program, you can probably recite the Miranda warning by heart.). There are those who also believe that requiring voting would also guarantee ‘uneducated voting’. Of course, there is South Carolina gets the prize probably plenty of that going for the most creative way to on now! As Americans, we settle a tie: colored pencils just seem to revolt against were put into a box with a anything deemed ‘mandatory’ color for each candidate. The and the courts would most election judges pulled the likely back that. winner: purple. There was no indication of how that We’ve all heard about worked out for the people. elections that have been Oklahoma also uses a similar decided by ‘just one vote’, tactic to break a tie. Illinois including the belief that uses a coin toss to break a tie. Adolph Hitler became the Somehow, none of these seem head of the Nazi Party by just satisfactory. Wouldn’t it just one vote. Wrong. According be easier to vote? to multiple sources, Hitler acquired dictatorial control Voters also seem to pick of the Nazi Party in 1921, and choose which elections not 1923, and by a party matter most to them; it could congress vote of 553-1 – not be a county seat that is in exactly a one-vote margin. dispute or a hotly contested But for some reason we keep school board election or local wanting to believe that these mayoral election that gets us ‘one vote wonders’ are true. to vote. So, that means you Although, there have been have educate yourself on the plenty of close elections. In candidates and the issues to North Carolina in 2015, it’s vote. The Primary Election in believed that 31 local races Illinois will determine who were decided by five or fewer will be the candidates for votes. In fact, some smaller governor, attorney general, local elections have been senators, state offices and decided by ‘just one vote’ state representatives. Politics or even a coin toss. Again, aside, by not having a say in

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who will be the candidates, you can’t complain about your choices in November. And, if you don’t vote in the General Election, you sure don’t have the right to complain about

who sits in the Governors’ Mansion (or anywhere else for that matter). The Third Congressional district in Illinois, has an avowed Nazi who has been denying the Holocaust ever happened, running as a Republican because he ran unopposed in a traditionally Democratic district. By not paying attention to who is on the ballot, this person could be elected in the Primary and be on the ballot in November. So, if you vote a straight Republican ticket, you would be electing the Nazi. Therefore, yes, it takes a little time and research, but there is no excuse: early voting has already begun in Illinois. You have until March 19 if you want to vote early in person. Which only saves you one day since the Primary Election is March 20. Which means, you have no good excuse. Really. REALLY; floss your teeth, call your mother (call – talk to her, don’t text!), and VOTE.

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Always Watching by Terry Keshner

dude has now spent nearly two years watching the world go by from the comfort of his Forest Park front porch.

“From the neck down, he’s me!”

Richard White laughs as he stands on his porch on York Street near Des Plaines right next to his old pal who doesn’t exactly have a name but “My daughter calls him Zombie Dad.”

The “person” he’s talking about does, indeed, bear a striking resemblance to Mr. White, as well he should, because this eerily lifelike statue was created by White’s daughter, accomplished local artist Charity Sharon White. And this curious

“Twenty-four hours a day, he’s my sentry!” Mr. White laughs again about his loyal guardsman, “I should put a little voice box behind him and have him make some comments but so far I haven’t done that!”

But Zombie Dad does get many looks without saying a word. And White knows that this loyal fella can be a bit creepy sitting at his post through day and night, winter, spring, summer and fall, but that’s what’s fun about him.

And even if he wanted to leave, Zombie Dad is firmly locked in place, tethered to the railing.

drove him back north. He was quite a hit at some of the local bars we stopped at!”

White says his daughter “Wants to have art in the world that people interact with” and she has even had some of her outdoor works stolen. graduation and Charity didn’t have any place to put the statue, she was just moving back to Chicago after graduating. So my wife and I loaded the statue into the backseat of our car and

But Zombie Dad is, hopefully, going nowhere. He remains a quiet, loyal, reticent, thoughtprovoking friend, staring ahead, freaking out neighbors, filled with the heart of an artist and fed with the love and humor of a father.

“I want to keep him where he is,” Mr. White, who has lived in the same building for 15 years, told The Post. And White says the stoic, cross-armed creation, who was wearing a scarf and hat on this day, had an impressive trek to get here. “This statue was done while she (his daughter) was in school down in Gainesville (Florida) and my wife took a bunch of pictures of me and sent them to her and then she did the statue from the pictures.”

“We went down there for

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District Kitchen & Tap

by Jessica Sclafini

Patrick O’Brien of Scratch Kitchen and Lounge, Scratch Deli and Scratch on Lake will be opening his 4th restaurant this Spring. It’s a bit of a different and exciting concept. His newest venture will be called District Kitchen & Tap with the tagline being “Phones down. Bottoms up”. What does that mean?

Patrick structured this restaurant to have communal seating including a well filled with ice that runs through the center of each table. He wants the whole feel to be chill where you share a meal and actually promote communication with the people you came with and maybe even meet new friends while there. What a concept! And the best part of this entire idea? A bucket will be provided at each table and if you drop your phone in the bucket you will receive 10% off your bill! You mean you expect us to socialize??? The answer is yes, friends. How refreshing will it be to not see every single person glued to their phones while “enjoying” a meal with family and friends? How exciting! I think we can all use a little more of that! They will however offer a few low top tables as well. So no worries, fellas, you can still bring your Tinder dates by for a fun casual evening! Come to think of it, you might be better off at a communal table…at least in my experience.

What does the menu look like? Glad you asked. Again, the menu is meant to be shared. The whole idea is surrounded by wood fired cooking. I don’t know about you but wood fired anything is pretty much amazing! You can choose from chicken legs that will offer 20 different wet sauces and about 10 dry. Build your own nacho bar- uh, yes please! Starting off with a base of fries, chips, tots to name a few, you then will choose from a number of homemade queso cheese sauces, add on 5 additional ingredients, like maybe tomatoes, cilantro, olive, or green onions and top it off with a choice of meat such as chicken, pulled pork or chorizo. The possibilities are endless! Another option would be artisan wood fired pizzas- maybe the greatest type of pizza ever or perhaps you want to try the Tuscan sandwich? This starts with pizza dough stuffed with meat and cheeses of your liking then baked in the wood fire oven…are you drooling yet? No…no me either. As if the menu isn’t enough to make you want to run there now, perhaps the design of the restaurant will. So what can we expect when we walk in? District Kitchen & Tap will offer a viewable wood fire cooking oven as well as an open kitchen. I prefer to watch my food being cooked… but maybe that’s just me. And if you’re looking for some evening action after dinner, look no further. The East room will offer 16, mostly local, tap

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beers, as well as tap whiskey, wine and coffee. Need more? Okay. The West room will have a stage with live bands after 9pm on the weekends and other various activities during the week… think open mic night, maybe a little karaoke and so much more! This will definitely give you more of a bar feel or can be the perfect setting for private dining or event space that can accommodate 50 people. I can’t wait to walk in, drop my phone and remember what it’s like to actually be in the moment and truly enjoy the time spent with my family or friends. And maybe even meet some new ones while dining! Who’s with me?

District Kitchen & Tap is located at 220 W. Harrison in the heart of the Oak Park Art District. They will be open for lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday and open at 4pm during the week. For more information visit scratchfp.com.

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Keep Strolling by Arlene R. Jarzab

Geraldine, Lucille are destined for extinction. Scrolling through the ‘least popular names of 2017’ reads like my address book: Donna, Gail, Sandy, Frank, Gus, Roger, Gary, Lois, Janice and so on. My father’s first name was Adolph, but when he was drafted in 1941 he decided to revert to his middle name, Jerome (also an endangered name). I had an Aunt Martha, a cousin Maude, an Uncle Walter and cousin Bernadine. I don’t expect to see those names on the Most Popular Baby Names for 2018. In 1950, my father wanted to name me Gertrude; my mother, however, admired two actresses: Arlene Dahl and Arlene Francis. Fortunately (for me), my mother prevailed. I also have a cousin named Arlene and three Arlenes in my high school graduating class. How many Arlenes do you know? And, how old are they? When (and if) I ever end up in a nursing home, I will no doubt be surrounded by Lindas, Susans, Kathys, and Pattys; probably no Tiffanys, Lindseys, Bellas, Mias or Ashleys. I also have a feeling that my contemporaries who will be with me may have tattoos; but sadly, I’m thinking those tattoos will have faded and ‘scrolled down’ a few inches.

In May of 2017, I fractured my wrist while running through a nature preserve in Florida, necessitating emergency surgery. Because of that, I’ve been filling out forms; a lot of forms. Perhaps the most depressing part of this is the ‘drop-down’ menus to fill in my date of birth. The month and the date aren’t so bad, but now I find that I have to scroll down (forever) to fill in the year. Talk about ‘time flies’! And, much worse, I realized I had to drop down to the middle of the last century (!!!) to fill in my year of birth. While scrolling I started to connect names, places and events with those dates. Some were happy memories and others not so much. That also made we think about things I’ll miss from those lost years. You can also scroll forward; as I returned to the present year, I Growing up, my best friend began to appreciate how much lived next door; her name was technology has changed my life Linda. As an adult, I can count (and the rest of the worlds’). five good friends named Linda. Most changes are positive. In the They are all over 60; I don’t 1950’s I remember my mother know any Lindas younger than taking my sister and I (by CTA 60. First names go in and out bus) to get our polio vaccines. of vogue. In 2017 the most At the time, you needed the popular names were: Emma, shot and a booster. I remember Olivia, Ava and Isabella for both: the shot and the booster girls and Liam, Noah, Lucas on a serum-soaked sugar cube. and Mason. None of my friends My sister got sick and vomited are named Emma or Mason; the booster; my mother spent I’m too old. And while some many years worried that she ‘old-fashioned’ names are was not protected. Neither of us still popular, certain names became ill, but we knew other will never make a comeback. children who did contract polio. Abner, Adolph, Oscar, Edwina,

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In 1957, the number of cases plummeted to under 6,000 nationwide due to the Salk and Sabin vaccines. The leaps we have made in medicine are astounding: longevity has

cars had big engines. They were totally impractical then, and continue to be impractical now. Recently when I pulled into a gas station, I looked around and concluded that I had the only

increased, some childhood diseases have been virtually eradicated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “before the measles vaccine program began in 1963, 3 to 4 million people got the disease in the United States and 400 to 500 died while over 1,000 developed encephalitis.” Today, there has been a 99% reduction in measles cases. While there have been outbreaks in other countries, the United States continues to lead the way in prevention. So, I will continue to get my flu shots and support immunization.

car, but, it was way cooler than the ‘mommy-vans’.

I’m also having a hard time with TV. Watching the Emmys and Golden Globes, I realized that I’m getting really old. I used to know all of the nominees and the shows. Now, they all seem to be from sources other than network TV; Netflix, Amazon, Starz and HBO had more nominees and more winners. And, don’t get me started with the Grammys’! I was not very familiar with the artists, songs, albums, genres and performances. While I knew some of the songs from my The most popular cars aren’t Sirius radio (driving my muscle cars anymore. As people turn car with the top down) I felt more toward SUV’s, sedans totally out of it. are somewhat endangered. In fact, a list of the Top Ten Best All of this means, I’m lucky to be Selling Cars of 2017 according old enough to scroll a long way to Cars.Com aren’t cars. The to fill in those forms, healthy top three are the Ford F-Series, because I have benefited from The Chevrolet Silverado and the medical and technological the Ram pickup. A car doesn’t advances that have already appear until the sixth slot: the increased my life span, and Honda Civic. I drive a Mustang continue to drive that muscle convertible; I have been driving car. There is a reason Elon a Mustang since the 1970’s Musk didn’t send an SUV into with a brief foray into a Buick space; he chose his personal and Camaro. But, even those red convertible. Scroll on! Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com


Gun Control & Our Community by Andrew Cox

nearly two weeks after graduating from Proviso East high school. I remember how sad it felt to talk to someone oneday and the next realize that you'll never have the chance again.

The political climate on the national level has been quite up-tight lately and with good reason. American citizens are becoming the victims of our own "freedoms". The ripple effect on the national level trickles down to our hometown. Gun crimes exist in our neighborhood, and they are a subversively violent underpinning of American culture. If it has not directly impacted you, I hope it never does. I have been unfortunate to have lost a friend because of it.

About 10 years ago I had a friend who was fresh out of high school, his name John Ollech. A Forest Park kid, who was a little younger, went to the same high school, and who I considered a friend. He was a hard-working and honest kid. He was gunned down and murdered

Now, before jumping to conclusions and pointing to the high school, we have to take a step back and look at what the system is doing on a nationwide level. There exists a great disparity between wealthy people and poor folks. Take a drive down Washington Boulevard from Mannheim Road to Austin Boulevard, and you can see it in plain sight as the neighborhoods change. The gap is re-enforced by our politicians who are more concerned with their own self-interests instead of representing the people. Unfortunately, Cook County is a shining example of this corruption problem. We have a voice as citizens of our small town to and can take a stance against violence towards our own people, the American people. On the national level, outbursts of mass gun violence have grown exponentially in the last two decades. It is not any one persons problem in particular, yet all of our responsibility as citizens to react and respond. We have to encourage people to open up about their problems, instead of stigmatizing people who have deep-seated issues. This is the point contra to the belief that mental-

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health is at the core of this problem and that is not exactly true. It is our attitude toward mental health that gives power to the problem.

We live in a country that is shifting, and my generation as a young citizen has the chance to save us from further damage. This begins by people speaking up for what they believe and not being disconnected and numb to the point that the issues don't seem pertinent to all of our lives. Anyone over 18 can own a gun! If that doesn’t scare you, then you may want to make a simple observation, like the way people drive cars. Operating a motor vehicle is no simple task, and we allow each other to buy machines that kill lives? I find that to be an astonishingly dumbfounding facet of our society.

The second amendment exists for a good reason. It is the current policy that doesn’t reflect accurately what we need to change as a society. Freedom isn’t regular citizens being fearful to go to school, it isn’t giving sick people access to powerful weapons, and it is most certainly not the degradation of human life

through violent means. Freedom is allowing each member of society to flourish and prosper without impinging the will of one another. Yet, American citizens are inflicting damage to each other at an unprecedented rate. There seems to be quite a deeply entrenched flaw to why this is happening.

We can make an impact at the local level by reaching out to our own community members, participating in anti-violence groups, and protesting. The people in charge need to know that we the citizens of the United States are not to be overlooked by the very system that we support. It is the underpinnings of our culture at the local level that can create the greatest change for each and every one of our citizens. I'd like to dedicate this article to my dad, Robert Cox, and fiancé, Julia Haptonstahl - both individuals who take a stance against violence and deserve the credit. As always send feedback to: coxandrew89@yahoo.com Tune in next time and stay vigilant to keep our neighborhood safer.

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Spring Safety For Your Pets Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential springtime hazards for your furry friends. *If you suspect your pet may have come in contact with or ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426-4435.

Easter Treats and Decorations Keep lilies and candy in check—chocolate goodies are toxic to cats and dogs, and all true lilies can be fatal if ingested by cats. And be mindful, kitties love to nibble on colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration. Moreover, while live bunnies, chicks and other festive animals are adorable, resist the urge to buy them—these cute babies grow up fast and often require specialized care! Screen Yourself Many pet parents welcome the breezy days of spring by opening their windows. Unfortunately, they also unknowingly put their pets at risk—especially cats, who are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows.

Buckle Up! While most dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the beds of pick-up trucks or stick their heads out of moving-car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse! Pets riding in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them. Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage. Please visit our Poisonous Household Products page for more information.

Home Improvement 101 Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects. 12

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Let Your Garden Grow—With Care Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients may be dangerous if your pet ingests them. Always store these products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. Many popular springtime plants—including rhododendron and azaleas—are also highly toxic to pets and can prove fatal if eaten. Check out our full list—of toxic and non-toxic plants for your home and garden.

Ah-Ah-Achoo! Like us, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause itching, minor sniffling and sneezing, or life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. Pesky Little Critters April showers bring May flowers—and an onslaught of bugs! Make sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program. Ask your doctor to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet. Please visit our Fleas and Ticks page for more information.

Out and About Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off! Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information. Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com


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YOUNG GOURMETS 2018 4 PM - 6 PM Ages 6 & Up There’s A New Chef In The House Thursdays April 12th April 19th April 26th May 3rd

Kids will create unique entrees, appetizers and desserts inspired by your favorite animated movies. Hands on preparation in the kitchen and artistic presentation of the food at the table. The reward is everything we make we can eat.

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The Secret Place Pests Are Hiding In Your Home Pests can be hiding just about everywhere - whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Sinks and drains One often overlooked area is the kitchen sink. When not properly sanitized, drains can become a breeding ground for pests like cockroaches, drain beetles and fruit flies. Cockroaches are one of the more common pests found in drains as they can access pipes when pushed up from sewers. Cockroaches survive in drains by feeding on available organic matter like grease, food waste and hair. Other drain-breeding pests include drain flies, which resemble tiny moths, and fruit flies. Drain flies breed in residue found in drains. Fruit flies are attracted to garbage residue found in drains, which can contain damp, organic matter in which to lay eggs, and is a good food source to feed young larvae. Use smaller drain mesh and drain cleaner to create a less appealing environment for drain flies and fruit flies. Ceiling light fixtures Bugs see UV lighting more clearly than humans, making ceiling light fixtures a common place to find insects. Flies, beetles, cockroaches and wasps are attracted to the warmth and light, which, unfortunately for them, typically results in an early death.

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Electrical outlets One of the most unexpected places pests hide is inside your electrical outlets. Ants, beetles and bed bugs have been known to hide in electrical outlets and the voids behind the outlet plate. A pest control technician may use a dry residual dust product to reduce any bugs that could be residing there. If bed bugs are found in electrical outlets, it is likely there are more in other parts of the room or home, so call a professional to schedule a full home inspection. The kitchen pantry Equally likely to welcome uninvited guests is your kitchen pantry and cupboards. Pantry pests can include moths, weevils, beetles and mice, all of which are attracted to food stored in the kitchen. Pantry pests can quickly contaminate batches of cooking and baking ingredients, such as flour, grains, spices and pricey nuts and dried fruits. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep them out of your cabinets, including examining all packaging for damage; avoiding storing food in original cardboard and paper packaging and instead choosing airtight containers with sealing lids; buying smaller quantities of products and using them before expiration; consistently organizing and cleaning your pantry; and throwing away all contaminated food. The Forest Park Post • March & April 2018

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from your home's air. Your local rental supply store will help you find the right air scrubber for your area to be sure you're removing the pollutants that matter most. • Update and refresh your ceilings. Popcorn is great at the movies. On your ceiling? Not so much. Spray your ceiling with warm water, and scrape away the popcorn itself with a drywall scraper. Collect these contents on a tarp and toss them. You're then ready to patch any holes caused by overzealous scraping before priming and painting your brand-new ceiling.

If that's the case, don't worry. Here are five unique projects you probably have never tackled before. Try them on for size to improve • Give your furniture a facelift. If that upholstered furniture isn't looking as sharp today as it once did, don't settle for it or replace it. your home and find a new answer to your most satisfying DIY Rent an upholstery cleaner instead and give each piece of furniture project ever. a once-over. This simple project can dramatically improve the look • Clean your water with a new filter system. Cut the costs and clutter of your most cherished pieces and save you considerable money over a costly replacement. of bottled water while being environmentally conscious with this project. Breach your current water line to solder in a new shut-off • Let there be light. If natural light is a problem in your home, it valve, drill a new faucet hole and attach this line to the filter and you'll be enjoying filtered water in no time. U.S. landfills are already could be that your window treatments are to blame. Large drapes overflowing with more than 2 million tons of discarded water bottles and curtains can give your home a dated look and rob your rooms of but you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you're not adding to the light they need. Instead, lose these old window treatments and install vertical blinds or shutters. These new, lighter treatments will them. give you better control of the light and privacy in your home than their older counterparts. • Breathe easier. Why stop at clean water in your home when you can also enjoy cleaner air? Renting an air scrubber can allow you to Tackle your new project today. remove invisible - yet unhealthy - gases, particles and chemicals 16

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Add Fire Safety To Your Family's Routine (BPT) - Think of all the items you replace regularly - your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It's easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now before an emergency strikes. Many assume that because they have smoke alarms in their homes, they're protected in the event of a fire. In reality, smoke alarms need to be installed, maintained and tested regularly to ensure they're working properly. That effort includes knowing how old smoke alarms and their batteries are, as neither lasts forever. While smoke alarm lifespan and sensing technology have improved in recent years, the fact remains that all smoke alarms - even hardwired and sealed battery models expire after 10 years. "According to the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa. org), three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or from missing or dead batteries," said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert. "Just like other household duties, it's important to make sure alarm maintenance and replacement and escape planning and practice become a regular, ongoing part of your family's routine." First Alert offers the following advice to ensure your family is best protected from fire. Count the alarms - In most cases, one alarm isn't enough. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), recommends smoke alarms be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on each level and in each sleeping area. A quick and easy way to remember is one on every level and in every bedroom. Install them properly - Does your alarm ever sound when cooking? Chances are, you've installed the alarm too close to your appliances. An easy way to reduce false alarms and maximize coverage is to take a moment to review manufacturer guidelines and install alarms in the proper locations. Smoke alarms should generally be installed at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms. It's also recommended to install smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings. Remember, smoke rises, so high placement provides a direct path for detection. Lastly, don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors or ducts, where drafts might interfere with their operation.

batteries, as well as hardwired alarms that feature a battery back-up. Check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. Plan your escape - Maintaining alarms is essential to every household, but what about your escape route? Unfortunately, recent research indicates that just 25 percent of families have an escape plan that they practice regularly. To develop an effective plan, walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Identify two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year and make sure to plan a meeting spot. For more fire safety tips, visit www.firstalert.com.

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Spring Maintenance Tips

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1. Check and clean dryer duct from appliance to vent 2. Drain water heater to reduce sediment 3. Check masonry voids or cracks and tuck-point if necessary 4. Re-caulk joints between siding and other materials 5. Clean gutters and downspouts. 6. Replace the filter in the refrigerator. 7. Pressure wash your deck, drive or walkway 8. Walk around the perimeter of the house to spot potential entry points for critters 9. Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 10. Have a professional come out and check your air conditioner in preparation for the summer. 11. Bring in your screens and windows early in the season if they need repair and avoid a longer wait time when the season is in full bloom. 12. Tune up your lawn mower and have it ready to go.

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1. Pick the Right Time of Day The first tip when window washing, and possibly the best, is to pick a time of day when the sun is not shining directly on your windows. Direct sunlight may dry your cleaning solution too quickly resulting in streaks. 2. Start with a Soft-bristle Brush When washing the outside of windows, clean any cobwebs, dust or other debris with a soft-bristle brush. Cleaning the dirt off of your windows first will keep your cleaning sponge and bucket dirt-free longer.  3. Pick a Cleaning Solution Create a solution or purchase a window cleaning solution specifically for streak-free windows. You’ll want a cleaning solution that offers minimal suds and use a clean bucket to mix your solution.

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4. Use a Sponge or Wand with Window Washer Using a sponge or wand and window washer, begin putting the cleaning solution on your windows keeping the amount of water very minimal to avoid dripping. 5. Use a Squeegee for Streak-fee Windows Next, use a squeegee for the best streak-free windows. Squeegees come in many different sizes to help you clean large picture windows or windows with small panes. When you first use your squeegee, be sure to wet the rubber blade first to help it glide across the window easily. For large windows, use the squeegee in a “S” pattern starting in the top left corner if you are right handed. Clean your squeegee between stokes, and always clean it with a lint-free cloth to keep from putting any dirt back on your newly clean window.  6. Finish Removing Suds with a Dry Cloth Once you have successfully removed all of the water and suds from your window, wipe the edges and corners of the window with a dry cloth or sponge. 7. Finish with a Damp Cloth To really complete your cleaning efforts, you can also clean the outside frame of the window with a damp cloth. If you use your cleaning solution to dampen your cloth, finish by running a clean dry cloth over the frame to remove any left-over cleaner. This can be done inside and out! Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com


10 Home Improvement Painting Tips For Spring 1. Plan I know this is an obvious step but even before you start your projects, make sure you have a plan. Choose all your colors, lay them out and see if they look good together. The last thing you want is your home looking like a patchwork quilt where every room is a different color and makes no sense at all. This step is crucial if you live in any home that has an open floor plan. It's imperative that the colors flow from room to room. 2. Color When you are choosing the color for your home, make sure you are in the room that your are choosing the color for. Lighting is so crucial when it comes to choosing color, I can't even tell you! Make sure you are holding your paint chip vertically, not horizontally. 3. Paint We all know that we have choices of “Good” “Better” and “Best”. Keep that in mind when choosing your paint brand. Different levels of quality WILL show in the results. Renting a home? Use an affordable brand at an affordable price. Have a very large home with 15' ceilings? Use the BEST paint you can because you will not want to be painting after a few years. High quality paints will not fade and some offer warranties. Read your labels, know your products. Painting a bath room? Look into paint that is specially designed for bathrooms. It's specially formulated for these rooms and very worth it! They keep the mildew down in the high humidity areas and make clean up much easier. Highly recommend this step. 4. Prime Many of the new homes have Contractors Beige which is a neutral color but is very porous and rough. If you are painting your home for the first time, you'll either have Contractors Beige on your walls or just drywall.  Priming the wall is a must. Many people don't prime before they paint so they are basically using their expensive paint, which can be up to $60 a gallon, as a primer. Primers prime. They have a purpose. Read the label and find out what primers do. It's better to prime the wall at $17 a gallon then to use your paint as a primer. And, I'm not a believer of those paint and primers in one. It's just a really thick paint with extra properties in it for better coverage but save money! Use a primer first then paint. The choice is yours.

5. Decor When you choose color for your home, you MUST take into consideration all the decor in your home. Make sure your undertones are the same so take a look at your kitchen cabinets, flooring and furniture to make sure your new color coordinates with them. 6. Inspiration Stuck for color choices? A super easy way to choose color of a room is to pull a color from the artwork or bedding that is already in the room. Not very inspired? Than look in your closet. What colors do YOU really love? Your wardrobe may have all the answers! 7. Sheen From flat to semi gloss, paint sheen has a vital role to play. Matte will not show wall imperfections but is not a good choice for high traffic areas like the hallways or kitchens - however - they do have washable mattes that are a life saver.  One of the areas in the kitchen that I like to use at least a satin, is the area under the countertop. If you have seating there, you know how dirty this area can get. Use a satin here and it'll be a breeze to keep clean. I also like to use a dark or accent color here. 8. Placement You can't or should I say, shouldn't, just put color anywhere. A dark color will look great on an accent wall but it may look great on the ceiling to. Map out where you want your color and keep in mind lighting. Have fun and be innovative with your choices. 9. Sample!!!!! If you're on the fence about a color choice, sample it! You can buy small samples to test out and it's worth it! The worst thing you can do is paint an entire room than decide you don't like the color. 10. Call a Professional If you need help with ANY of these spring home improvement steps, don't hesitate to ask a pro. The friendly folks at Schauer’s Hardware have tons of ideas and information to help you.

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Woody’s Whine

Wine, Woman But No Song (You could hum if you want) by Woody Mosgers woodywine@aol.com Writing from the edge of the smiled, “but this vintage is very classic, very modern, it has Russian River in Sonoma County. everything in it but not too much, it’s not your big, big, big with too much Oak or too much extraction. It has long structure and It was my good fortune to have lovely balance. The wine was done by the vintage, (weather and recently discussed the world of growing season) not by technical means”. food and wine with two women totally involved in the process As to aging for such a great vintage I was a little surprised when and I was also impressed by the Bernard offered, “This will be a lovely wine to drink a little bit words of another woman whom young, 10 to 15 years would be terrific but as soon as five will you may refer to as “prominent” work too”. in the industry. Research told me that even the secondary wines, that’s A local restaurant did a food and what doesn’t fit in the first blend of major Chateaus, will be wine pairing that featured the outstanding and probably at very good prices. No space for wines of McMurray Ranch. I had lists here so please look for some recommended Bordeaux’s the opportunity to speak with Kate McMurray, daughter of the elsewhere on my web site, www.woodythewineguy.com. late Fred; I’ll let you think about that for a moment. I also spoke with the chef and co-owner of ZaZu restaurant Duskie Estes, On to the ladies of wine and food to get their thoughts matching wine and food. Gina Gallo, yes that Gallo made some remarks recently regards her thoughts Duskie Estes who, along with her husband John Stuart are chefs on family, farming and winemaking, I hope you’ll find it all and proprietors of ZaZu Kitchen and Farm. They raise their own very interesting, but first let’s get to Bordeaux - you could start pigs and feature pork products at the restaurant in Sebastopol humming now. just west of Santa Rosa; you don’t have to ask her twice about anything. So the Wine Spectator magazine says the 2015 vintage is the best year since the landmark 2010 and their Senior editor, “When matching food and wine in Sonoma the wine comes James Molesworth reviewed nearly 700 wines from the vintage first, Estes stated flatly, “So when you we’re highlighting a - just a few more than I got to try - and specific wine you let it drive the menu. I get the wine; I taste the he “…pegs the vintage as classic on the wine and decide what to serve with the wine.” She explained Right Bank (more Merlot- St. Émilion further that, “We created the dishes to pair with the wines for and Pomerol) and outstanding on the tonight’s event, for the ribs I used five spice seasoning ginger Left Bank.” (more Cabernet –Margaux and tamarind barbecue sauce to match with the Pinot Noir.”(You and Haut Medoc) Photo placement might want to note those flavors) Bord 1 “Food and wine pairing is a very personal thing and to So you say that’s all well and good demonstrate we often host three or four winemakers and have from a magazine but what about some thoughts from a guy who them bring the same type of wine maybe a Rose’, Pinot Noir and actually made some of the wine. so forth, we put their bottles on your table and let you pick what matches best, it’s quite a learning experience” she stated. At the Bordeaux tasting in San Francisco I was also taken with the quality and flavors exhibited by the 2015 vintage especially Kate MacMurray represents the in St Émilion and Margaux and was quite pleased to meet and McMurray Ranch winery as an allinterview Monsieur Oliver Bernard the owner of the Domaine around spokesperson promoting the Chevalier and representative of the Union des Grands Crus de legacy of the ranch and the wines Bordeaux. that come from it. Her late father, Fred MacMurray bought the ranch in “The 2015 was born in a quite warm 1941 and with the continuing success vintage”, he began, “and long Indian of his acting and film career began summer in September and October, growing grapes and making wine. The dry to the north and a little rain to the quality of the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs has always been south that had some effect in different outstanding and attracted the attention of the folks at Gallo who regions but an excellent year for purchased the winery in 1996. The quite charming Kate was weather.” representing her wines at the restaurant.

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continue to do that too”, she shared. “Consider that many elements affect wine and food matching, she continued, “cold food, hot food, the temperature of where you are and whether it’s hot or cold outside, eating food and drinking wine is really for everyone as it’s become so accessible”.

I had to ask - “Life with Gallo is a perfect life” MacMurray mused. “I could not have found a better family to work with side-by-side and to be part of their family - it’s been such a lovely gift”. One hopes we all remember Fred McMurray from the “My Three Sons” TV show and Disney movies of that era but Kate was duly impressed when I noted one of her father’s most famous performances in a 1944 movie, “Double Indemnity” where he played an insurance salesman who ends up plotting a murder with a beautiful woman, you’ll find it now on TMC.

Gina Gallo is a respected force in the wine industry and serves as the Senior Director of Winemaking for the Gallo conglomerate. She made the following remarks at a recent wine industry event.

"My grandfather Julio (Gallo) challenged me to work as hard as I could and to always ask questions. He told me that when you stop asking questions, you stop learning."

“As children we were fully involved in meal making process. Working out in the garden was a formative experience for me. I was learning the importance of flavor development. I learned the importance of waiting for the fruit or vegetable to fully ripen”. She also talked about the need to balance technology with the knowledge farmer’s gain from decades of working with the same land.

"Today when we want to learn the strongest vines in a vineyard, we use infrared cameras; in the cellar we have optical sorters and destemmers that treat the fruit with the utmost care. We're using IBM Watson technology to develop a precise irrigation system that uses NASA satellite data to give the vines just the right amount of water right when they need it”.

And yet her final thought about the use of technology isn’t about it at all. "My grandfather had a saying: you can tell the quality of a vineyard from the farmer's footprint in that vineyard”. Here’s some Gallo sales info to consider:

Gallo sold 1.233 billion dollars of wine last year with five of the top 20 brands, #1 Bare Foot, Apothic, Gallo Family, Liberty Creek and Carlo Rossi - you can stop humming now.

Dirty Rice from Quarto Restaurant Maui Serves 4 as side dish Total time: 30-40 minutes We enjoined this rice as a side dish with the most excellent fish I’ve ever had at a small restaurant in a strip mall. Our waiter scribbled the ingredient list on a napkin and I’ve done what I can to arrive at the right proportions so adjust for flavor as you see fit. This a great side dish for most main course and isn’t bad alone. Ingredients 1 cup long grain rice 2 cups chicken stock – see note 1 cup (3-4 oz.) cremini mushrooms, finely chopped 1 cup (3 or 4) celery stalks, finely chopped 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. dried oregano Salt and pepper To prepare Make rice as you normally would as per package directions but use chicken stock rather than plain water. Note – I have discover a great stock base by a company called “Better Than Bouillon”, terrific stuff in many flavors but the chicken and beef base are out of this world. They are in Jewel stores in the Chicago metro according to their very good website. Elsewhere enter your zip or city and it will direct you. As the rice is cooking, sauté the celery and mushrooms with a little olive oil over medium-high heat until they are just cooked thru, but still crunchy, maybe 3 or 4 minutes. When the rice is cooked remove the pan lid and stir to make sure it’s finished then immediately add the celery-mushroom mixture and the cumin and oregano and a bit of salt and pepper, stir to combine and taste for flavor, adjust as needed. Add a few tablespoons of water, stir to combine and replace cover and return to very low heat for five minutes.

That’s my Whine and I could be wrong…

Woody Mosgers, cooks, caters, drinks and matches wine and food in Santa Rosa Sonoma at www.woodythewineguy. com

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Proviso Pie 2017

What Positive Changes to Proviso East look like? by Bob Cox

This Fall 2018, will mark the 50th anniversary of entering my freshman year at Proviso East high School… and Yes it makes me feel old! The random cycle of change at PTHS seems to be reflected by hatching a new campus every 50 years. The three PTHS campuses, Proviso High School 1908 (renamed Proviso East), Proviso West HS 1958, and Proviso Math and Science Academy 2005, are in the current Public High School line up with over a million square feet of combined space in built facilities.

Why support Proviso East? What makes Proviso East a viable choice for Proviso Township residents of families and their students? The question of capacity and functionality for this space and more importantly, what goes on in them are the themes that require your consideration. The timing is right, the planets must be aligned, since District 209 is working on a D209 Facility Master Plan. The most recent opportunity for my involvement as both a volunteer facilitator and a contributor in Proviso planning/ campus development happened last October 2017. I have eluded to and provided some details of that process to readers in the past 2 Proviso Pie columns in The Forest Park Post. March/April 2018 RECAP: The development of a campus improvement to Proviso East.

Over the last 90-120 days, a small group of volunteer Proviso East Educators wearing planner’s hats have gotten together to produce a two priority multi level concept plan for change to Proviso East’s campus. For the time being, the project is called Proviso Lab. Good old serendipity has intervened with the group’s task including a collaborative design process and a marriage of technological innovation and career pathways mindset of the group. This dovetails with the the direction the new D209 Facility Master plan. Part of the grander scheme or end game of the core members of this group, called the Volunteer Educators Group (VEG) will be found in their preliminary findings, anecdotal narratives, and descriptions of the following Proviso Lab elements and presumptions. Here are some highlights actually derived from the Group’s evolving Proviso Lab Power Point:

Priority 1 • Establish an operable & sustainable Boys and Girls Cross Country trail/runners course in the proximity of the shared Proviso East eastern border. DETAILS: ISHA requirements, estimated costs? estimated savings? Benefits to students?

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Active learning, constructivism, increased engagement happens in classrooms like this. The view that knowledge is created by the individual’s interaction with the environment. (Online Classroom non-copyrighted photos 2018 from commercial vendors)

•Shared stewardship between PEHS and CCFP DETAIILS: Formal informal agreements, MOU? Benefits to students? •Public volunteer service hours for PE students inducted to Cook County Forest Preserve public programs. Benefits to students? Priority 2 •Technology + Programs+ Facility = Student Career Pathways (our driving formula) •Student growth may be exponential connected to the dynamics of technology, use quantitative and qualitative data to monitor results. •Technology connects to digital curriculum, Programs connect to job training and internships •Public and Private sector partnerships •Facility houses the tools needed to attain the advanced skill sets both taught and learned. (cognitive and hightouch) “The proposed Proviso Lab Facility connects teachers to students both as a workplace and field lab that engages high school students in learning/ teaching of technology in a pragmatic way and in preparation for their 21st Century career pursuits.” The basis for the VG group’s work to dig deeper is to find common ground in educational programs and fitting them to the 21st Century needs of all students. What is still a “works in progress” will be connecting a BIG PICTURE narrative, pulling it all together and drawing conclusions in a concise and democratic manner including: •PTHS STEM/ STEAM including anecdotal evidence from Proviso East Educators •Expanding sustainable resources through Collective Impact strategies •Visuals, visualization of a new public space •Building types/ public landmarks, building a sense of place •Student Benefits list, •Final VEG Product and a “very Public Distribution Plan”

A schedule’s final report/ presentation by the Group will happen at the conclusion of the group’s collective discoveries, around early April 2018. The distribution of the shared final information is designed to be ambitious, rigorous, and very public during the next 30 days from Feb 27, 2018.

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Perkins + Will: 2/27, CP/4/1, Cook County Forest Preserves 2/27 Cook County Commissioner, Cook County Planning Department, CMAP, CNT, IL.APA Chicago Section, ISHA, ISBE, UIC College of Urban Planning, UIC College of Education, Triton College, Proviso Township Community Governments Maywood, Forest Park, Melrose Park, River Forest, Proviso Partnering School Districts Dist. 91, Dist.89, etc. Established STEAM/STEM Illinois public school system network. Your feedback on Proviso Lab is appreciated. Please make them to Proviso Township High Schools District 209 in any manner you seem fit, my preference is Dr. Rodriguez through Public Relations Director Cynthia Moreno cmoreno@pths209.org

Proviso East eastern border looking North (photo Bob Cox 2018) The Fremont Troll in Portland Oregon, the 312 Bike Pedestrian trail in Chicago and the High Line in NYC all had similar origins‌ unused semi public spaces.

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Neighborhood Planners Guide

What to do in countering domestic U.S. gun violence by Bob Cox

Why live in Forest Park? Is it a safe place?... It seems that its right to digress from talking about the public landscape and talk about the public environment that is plagued with violence. The fatal impact of firearms falling in the wrong hands hits home along with tragic, fearful and sad outcomes. Those outcomes become even more poignant especially when they connect to you by a personal experience.

My first experience was the murder of two neighborhood brothers. The youngest maybe only 13 or 14 years old, was my brother Jim’s best friend. It happened just across the street where I still live today in FP. We heard and were awakened by the gun shots at about 1AM that night. Two brothers were shot and murdered by their alcoholic deranged father, who later took his own life with the same gun. My brother never forgot it.

A few years later after High School in early 1970’s, my best friend a Forest Park and Proviso East classmate, was shot point blank during a romantic / domestic dispute in the South Side of Chicago. From the degree of the abdominal shot he received he was a sure goner, it looked like the end of the line for him. He turns 66 this March. He owns a gun… Daisy Red Rider BB variety, a Christmas gift from me.

My experience with gun violence in our schools first occurred while I was a 209 BOE member2007-2011. I recall 4 PTHS students who lost their lives to gunfire in the streets of their neighborhoods. My son lost a Forest Park friend to gun violence. In 2007, I attended a gun violence awareness program delivered to students at Proviso East by Jesse Jackson. Outside the school’s domain in the public realm there was no notice or apparent interest on the subject or outrage for a teen’s death, no media or news outlets covered the event. I later wrote down the name of one victim … Calvin Ector in my planner so as not to forget, but I did forget …the casualty of this country’s cycle and culture of forgetting. I attended only two funerals … emotionally exhausting for me, racking my brain to remember their faces and if I handed them graduation diplomas just a few months before. I could only begin to empathize with the victims’ families whose live changed forever. Talking about the victims is agonizing and heartbreaking. Not talking about solutions and taking real action to diminish future violence is immoral. Gun control advocates really do have it stacked against 24

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them… so do children, minorities, people of color, native Americans and people who live in so called “bad “neighborhoods in poverty. But now in 2018, with recent school shootings propensity of gun violence affecting wealthy white or mainstream schools in “good” neighborhoods, are showing a pattern of violence with more casualties and victims as well. The scarring left on our social fabric is an inability to get off the emotionally heated gun control debate cycle. Never ending and offering no solutions. Prayers and thoughts are not going to cut it. We are stuck in a repeated bad dream like an ominous sickening “no child left behind unharmed” nightmare. All lives matter. So one may finally not be able to take it anymore. You no longer can look the other way. You draw a line in the sand. You admit that up to this point that all that has been done to abate or reduce gun violence is not working, so what is next? Distinguish between personal individual action and common good group actions and find a civil balance… stress the word action.

An example of a personal character action is that I will never own a gun, not interested in being a sportsmanhunter and too old to be a warrior. I will not support a candidate that receives money from the NRA, I trust in the US Constitution who needs them and their self interests? I don’t need their permission to oppose them. Advice to the body politic, going to the multi generational adult groups that make up our country, like Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. Become advocates for children and society’s voiceless. Demand to the powers that be that there is an expectation that lawmakers hear and listen to your message. If the powers that be ignore citizens by not listening, then it is time for civil disobedience albeit always in a non violent manner. Use your right to vote. Communicating abundantly and pressing lawmakers keeps them honest and better policy makers. Understand the role of big money and what professional lobbyists do. Support law enforcement agencies sworn to serve and protect and be vigilant in bringing to light and demanding transparency and accountability to the public from those individuals sworn to codes of silence, social profiling and lethal force as a first choice. Sales of automatic and military weapons need to be regulated so that they can’t be used to do what they are primarily designed for … that is to kill efficiently and reliably. These activities are a start but they have to lead to become policy, then law, and then be executed in a fair and just manner. Solving the problems of gun violence is no simple matter but paralysis and silence will only make more kids targets and fatalities. We all lose.

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The Old School Report Card album may sound familiar to new and old fans alike with something appealing for almost everyone taking garage rock cult to craftsman of a journeyman.

TY SEGALL "Freedom's Goblin" CD/DBL LP  (Drag City) Utilizing a brass section on his latest effort, Ty Segall takes the previous influences of garage fuzz rock, psych folk T.Rex leanings and now a free jazz punk assault of the Stooges a la "Funhouse" to all new heights covering soul funk of Hot Chocolate with vocal and drums contributed by his wife Denee and Fred Armisen respectively. Getting better with each new record of twenty albums now to his credit Segall stretches out over four sides of this his second double album release.  He sounds like an in love and content Kurt Cobain giving his power pop structures with catchy riffs this side of Jack White giving the excitement in rock that Nirvana and the White Stripes had previously possessed. Having Steve Albini assist twisting the knobs on some of it doesn't hurt either. Closing the album with a 12 minute guitar shriek nod to Neil Young and Crazy Horse on "And, Goodnight" this

BRIAN ENO "Another Green World"  LP  (Astralwerks)

After departing Roxy Music Brian Eno delivered two pop masterpiece solo records GRADE: Amixing glam and art rock and one ambient effort LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/ "Discreet Music" before the CHRISTINE MCVIE s/t attempt of CD/LP  (Atlantic) producing this I believe his finest effort ever.  Newly Including the rhythm remastered for LP Eno section of John McVie on became a studio genius like bass and Mick Fleetwood on Brian Wilson of the Beach drums this is basically a new Boys incorporating pop Fleetwood Mac record minus songs with instrumentals Stevie Nicks.  Reunited utilizing ambient and less a few years ago for a full song structured tunes for the blown tour after Christine first time in a pop setting. McVie's absence of 16 years they returned to the studio Taking cues from Kraftwerk to flesh out a new album. and other krautrock music of the time period but with Stevie Nicks likes touring strength on melody he truly with them but least enjoys creates a otherly world making records so she within this album that decided to sit this one out.  sounds both live and organic She may be  missed but and electronic at the same the other two thirds of the time without ever being songwriters and singers artificial.  Almost like pop are here and for all intent music as created by an alien purposes it is yet another being using the structures of near perfect Fleetwood Mac pop music with ethereal reunion. sounds that have no rules or boundaries. Lindsey Buckingham has been pumping out one solid I have to admit this has solo album after another and always been one of my continues his songwriting favorite records of all time craft and McVie brings back for its dreamlike qualities.  part of the other sounds Eno  was inspired by the missed on Fleetwood Mac Fluxus movement of artists records for quite some time.  of all mediums that created Yes, Stevie Nicks absence work over product.  He does leave a hole but it still treated the studio more as a sounds like a work worth canvas to create something hearing for what it is over of music with sound instead what it could  have been of song and have the two  which is why it is aptly concepts contradict and titled Buckingham/McVie. reflect off each other as  separate entities.  GRADE:  B+ Dispersing vocal and

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instrumental tracks at even intervals they make the music flow as a never ending theme of sound as music and beautiful noise as one and the same. Not an easy task but very tranquil and eloquent as a result. GRADE:  A+

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Kaia Breed: Terrier/Mix Age: 1 year 10 months Gender: Female Size: Medium Stunning Kaia wants you to dive on into her heart - her name does mean "sea" in Hawaiian after all! Kaia is a one year old terrier mix who's a great medium size at about 35 pounds. She has a unique dilute brindle coat and the biggest, saddest, sweetest eyes around. Kaia came to ACL from a local animal control where she had been surrendered when her owners lost their home. Kaia is a high intensity lady she has a lot of love to give, a lot of places to be, a lot of stuff to do. She's just a lot of goodness in a small package! Because Kaia is an emotional, highly intuitive dog, she can also be anxious about new situations and new people. Like many terriers, Kaia thrives with structure and consistency. She loves it when she knows the rules - it makes her feel safe to have a human who will guide her and let her know what's good and bad. Come say hi today!

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