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POST Forest Park, Illinois

Our stories, Our people, Our Village

Volume 14 Issue 6

November & December 2018


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POST Forest Park, Illinois

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

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

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by Amy Rita

Thank You For 14 Years Forest Park Hello Forest Park! Yes, it took me 14 years to do a letter in here, but better late than never.

When it came time to decide when, after all of these years, the Post should make its curtain call, I had to decide what way would be best and a simple thank you and goodbye seemed the right choice to me. To be clear, I am not retiring the Post for any other reason than my business has become very busy and filled with exciting new ventures, plans are made to travel far and wide before I’m too old to do it (and time sure does fly) and I want to spend more time with family and friends. Life is short, less time in the office and more time living it becomes very clear as the years pass.

Amy

The Post could not have been successful for all of these years without the advertisers who so graciously supported us, but not just for their advertising needs but because they too believed that Forest Park was filled with good people and businesses that deserved to be in the spotlight. I can’t even count how many stories we’ve told and people we’ve interviewed over the years. I see framed pages of The Post in businesses all over town proudly displaying the story that was written about them and it makes me smile. I feel that we brought out the good in our little village for a very long time and you, our advertisers big and small, made that happen and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To you, my readers, Forest Park is filled with good stories. I may not be bringing them to you any longer but they are out there, waiting to be discovered. Take the time to visit new businesses and maybe ones you haven’t gone to in a while. Take a class, attend an outdoor event, chat with your neighbors and meet new ones. Discuss hot topics face to face and not from the shadows of a computer. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you work together and have a real conversation. Be kind, it goes a long way. I will continue to post events around town and important information on our website at forestparkpost.com and you can contact me there or email me at forestparkpost@ comcast.net if you have an event you would like to promote. There is no charge, I just want to make sure that Forest Park events continue to get the spotlight they deserve. Thank you for 14 wonderful years Forest Park, I have loved every minute of it. Let’s go exploring. Amy Rita

Amy Rita

Publisher The Forest Park Post

To my writers who brought The Post to life with your stories, if I miss anything most it will be building the paper and sitting at my desk reading your work. Every issue was unique and you gave each one wings. So many writers have come and gone over the years, for life has taken different directions, but the work remains and will always be remembered. To my current writers, several who have been with The Post for many many years, I bid you farewell and a “Post” holiday party is in your near future so you’re not done yet!

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Proviso Township Handyman Program Available to Age 60+ Homeowners and Disabled at a Nominal Fee The Proviso Township Handyman will be available to provide advice and referral on a variety of home maintenance issues. In addition, the Handyman will be able to do minor repairs for a fuel surcharge of $5.00 per visit plus the cost of parts, if needed.

The Proviso Handyman is here to help you do all of those things you used to do for yourself but just can’t manage anymore, all those simple things that can make life just a little brighter. So next time you find yourself frustrated by some annoying problem around the house, call the Proviso Handyman! They will also make referrals for approved tradespersons for larger jobs. For more information on what services they offer and do not offer, call the Proviso Township Handyman office at 708-547-4001 or through their contact page at: www.provisotownship.com

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Happy Holidays, Hold The Ham (And Turkey, Chicken, Steak...) by Terry Keshner

considerate when Aunt Sally keeps piling turkey on our plate even after we've passed out.

Ter r y The holidays are a time for family, friends and food. Usually far too much of all of them, right?

Just kidding...you can never have too much food. For many of us the traditional holiday dinner consists of large quantities of just about anything we can get on our plate and that often includes turkey, ham and plenty of other meat.

But, increasingly, more Americans are opting to go vegetarian or even vegan. And while exact numbers are tough to pin down, the research firm GlobalData says that in 2014 only 1% of Americans identified as vegans (those who eat a plant-based diet, no animal products) but by 2017 that number had risen to 6%. At this rate all turkeys should be safe by the year 2025.

So listen up, Aunt Sally. There is vegan everything these days including turkey, meatloaf, cheese, hot dogs, sausage and beer. (Wait, beer was already vegan, wasn't it?)

Do you know what tastes even better than turkey with mashed potatoes? Just plain old mashed potatoes. Have you ever cooked a Tofurky? Yes, that's turkey made of tofu, and tofu is healthy, delicious and never had feathers or a name.

We know, however, that over the holidays it's not always easy to convince others to ditch the dairy or the roast duck so if you find yourself sitting at a restaurant with just your memories, Forest Park offers plenty of options. Louie's Grill (7422 Madison Street) whips up a killer veggie burger that is so vegan and delicious you'll be plucking grass seeds out of your hair when you're finished. And Louie's lentil soup is to die for, live for, and get seconds of.

And if you don't want to be full vegan, get the veggie wrap with a small slice of mozzarella cheese. It's But even the most awesome. (and don't forget disciplined non-meat eaters the french fries which are will probably confess that vegan now and forever.) it gets tough around the holidays when we want Every day feels like a holiday to eat heartily and be

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save a turke y... go ve gan!

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at Starship Restaurant and Catering (7618 Madison) and if your holidays take you there, the Veggie Creation shall be your holiday salvation. It's a vegetarian sandwich served on Foccaccia with grilled zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, onions, carrots and two extra doses of good karma.

(which are the next best thing to chestnuts roasting on an open fire.)

Submarine Tender (200 Des Plaines) has a cheese sub that makes you forget that you forgot the meat. All these offerings are just a beginning in our little burg. Chicago was once known as the "Hog Butcher for the World" but maybe one day Forest Park will be known as the "21st Century Salad Slinger."

It's one of the best sandwiches in Forest Park or any other galaxy.

At Jimmy's (7411 Madison) gorge on the pasta, broccoli and Vesuvio potatoes.

Francesca's Fiore (7407 Madison) will change your outlook on life - and oregano - with the Bruschetta con Caponata which is garlic toast with fresh mozzarella, roasted eggplant, zucchini, peppers, olives, oregano, basil, and toasted pine nuts

OK, that's not too catchy but we're working on it. Happy Holidays. Be full of good cheer, melancholy music and tasty food to carry us, and all creatures, into a healthy and happy new year.

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'Tis The Season by Arlene R. Jarzab

son. Dial back and set an example. While shopping for the Thanksgiving meal, add a few cans or boxes for the Food Pantry. We know we should contribute to this cause, but often life gets in the way. This doesn’t have to be excessively expensive: an extra can of cranberries, a bag of stuffing, some cans of soup or vegetables. Many of these are on sale anyway, so, the expense is minimal. Now, ask the children to help pack up the bags. Let them The Holidays are here and see you setting the example we are about to begin the and get them involved. This usual shopping, cleaning, might be a good time to sugcooking, visiting, partying gest they do the same; take and general non-stop acsome of their hard-earned tivity. That is the problem cash and buy some extra with this time of year; we food. You could even set have so many things to do this up a contest: Who can and as they pile up, we get get the most ‘bang for their more and more harried. A buck’? Then, make sure they time that is supposed to be go with you to unload the filled with family traditions boxes and bags. Let them and friends becomes a drag, know what it feels like to making us feel even worse. carry in groceries and share So, what do we do? The with others. This will set a “experts” very different tone for your suggest we choose those Thanksgiving meal as you activities that mean the give thanks with your family. most: pick and choose to reduce the stress. Sure, that Don’t stop at Thanksgiving; works. Do we choose the there are other ways to give school Holiday Pageant over back at the holidays. Many the neighbor’s Open House? churches have “Giving Trees” Skip the Madrigal Dinner for with tags names and suggesthe annual shopping trip? tions for gifts. When I have Or maybe substitute the done this in the past, I have Christmas Walk for the Skat- been struck by how basic ing Party? How about some of the requests are: skipping it all and heading pajamas, slippers, gloves, for a Winter Vacation? The hats and scarves. I try to add slopes or the shore? a “treat” to my bags: candy, Even that involves a choice. nuts, a toy, books, crayons or Simple. Listen to the exa simple game. Most of these perts and choose. requests are simple and not expensive. This is another Maybe this is the time to way to get children involved. make a choice, just not what If possible, ask them to set you were planning. This aside part of their allowance is a great time to teach the (OK, do kids still get allowreal meaning of the seaances?) to help. Maybe you

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can put a little extra into an envelope to use later. Yes, times are tough, but we can still teach the lesson of giving to our children.

There is another way to spread the meaning of the season that is less expensive, but perhaps more time consuming and ultimately more rewarding. Check

in with the local nursing homes to see who could use a lift. Many of the residents are alone; family may have moved and the person may not receive regular visits. Visiting nursing homes is difficult; we have lots of reasons to avoid them. Many homes make a concerted effort to plan activities for the holidays, inviting local school groups to come in to sing carols or visit. Again, this can be a way to get the kids involved. Have them draw pictures, cut out snowflakes and make other decorations for someone who might not have grandchildren in the area to cheer them up. Some of those home-made cookies can also be shared; after all, how many can you really eat? Delivering these simple

hand-made decorations or treats in person would be an unselfish act of giving. Taking a little time for a lonely stranger is the best gift; it enriches both the giver and the recipient. Closer to home, maybe it is time to look around the neighborhood for someone who needs a little extra help.

Children can shovel a walk, dig out a car, carry groceries or even wrap gifts. How about getting them to volunteer to baby-sit – gratis – for a family that needs some extra time to do Santa’s work? This is just another way to get kids involved and to learn the real meaning of “giving back”. Many of these suggestions can be done inexpensively; some involve time, a short commodity at this season. But all will teach the lesson that giving truly enriches the giver. Children want to help; all they need is some direction from an adult or an older sibling. And, they need to see us set the example. If we can do this cheerfully we will indeed be celebrating the season.

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by Peter Gianakopoulos

The Old School Report Card THOM YORKE "Suspiria: Music For The Luca Guadagnino Film"  (XL)  DBL LP/DBL CD

Peter DEAD CAN DANCE "Dionysus"  (PIAS)  CD/LP Since 1984 Dead Can Dance have combined world music, new age and atmospheric rock to great effect and continue on their latest paean to the Greek god Dionysus.  Summed up in just two tracks broken down into seven parts, they combine pre-Byzantine chants and ancient tribal beats with stellar production as they have mastered for about the past 25 years or so.  Utilizing the oud with percussive instruments they blend folk rock with mediterranean and African styles to great effect. Brendan Perry's vocals are hypnotic and dreamy as per usual and blended with Lisa Gerrard's voice gives a strong dervish quality to music of the god inspired by mystical ecstasy, wine and song. The Australian duo have always created great musical magic with their medieval gothic ambitious strengths that have never strayed with each effort.  Always accessible and more of the same brilliance one expects from Dead Can Dance.  Never a disappointment. GRADE:  A-

For the remake of the 1977 Dario Argento horror classic Suspiria lead singer of Radiohead Thom Yorke has providing a chilling and ominously eerie soundtrack and score made up of piano, strings, voice and electronics in a very experimental vein. The music  here may bring to mind the 20th Century experimental works of composers like Ligeti or Xenakis. Differing considerably from the original soundtrack by the Italian prog rock band Goblin's original score, Yorke blends a few songs that would sit fine on his solo efforts with sound effects, organ drones and brooding piano and synths of a very microtonal nature. Whether a fan of Radiohead or Thom Yorke solo, there is much here to explore that would make this scary sounding soundtrack a haunting experience within the film's context or as an reenactment on its own.  It might be one of the finest records produced in this or any year. GRADE:  A GRETA VAN FLEET  "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army"  (Lava)  LP/CD The Michigan quartet's first highly anticipated full length seems to be creating quite the

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backlash and disappointment amidst some of their already solid fan base. Tagged as just a simple Led Zeppelin knock-off simply because they have adapted a retro 1970's blues rock sound that has little escape from their influences they blend sounds similar to Rush, Zep, Heart, AC/DC and any other band doing such styles of that golden era. Unlike the early naught's The Darkness, Greta may be over the top without the tongue in cheek silliness.  They are reaching for the highest mountain even though it is one that has already been climbed by others already.  That's okay by me. It's only rock and roll and it is fun which is the least of its problems.  If one goes in with expectations too high of course there is plenty of room for breakdown but that would take away from the plus signs. Greta Van Fleet might still be searching for their sound and footing but don't sound like they fail trying.  Capturing the past is cheap and safe as long as they keep an eye on  the future and their position in it.  Their singer may be the weakest link in the band but at least he gives an effort.  For that I would give them a nod if you like familiar rock but they still need to move forward to keep up with everybody else eventually or people will stop caring. GRADE:  B-

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Oak Park Animal Care League Holiday Bazaar by Arlene R. Jarzab

Ar lene We all know we can do more to take better care of our health: get more exercise, lose weight, quit smoking, get more sleep, cut back on alcohol, reduce stress, etc. But, we also are great at finding excuses to not do any of these. So, how about doing something that will improve our health and do good at the same time? Adopt a pet. There is so much research to support the benefits of a pet. Women’s Day, Healthy Living, Mental Health America and many more have devoted space to the benefits of having a pet. For example, if you are a dog person, your pet will help keep you more active. Daily walks, playing and even the bending and stretching to get water or food will make you move more. Taking care of a pet also establishes a routine. Keeping active and social contribute to mental and physical health. Taking your dog for a walk can encourage interaction with others. Often perfect strangers will stop to pet and chat while you are out. For some, daily walks become social activities to share with other pet owners. 10

If cats are more your speed, they can also have a beneficial impact on your health. A purring cat can help lower blood pressure and reduce tension. Even though they are known for their independence, they are still social animals who will seek companionship and provide comfort. It is hard to remain in a bad mood while a cat or kitten plays on the floor. Even a fish tank can have a calming effect for adults and children. While this may seem counterintuitive, pets can actually help ward off allergies. Several reputable studies have shown that having a pet in the home may lower the incidence of young children developing an allergy. Pets help to establish a routine, encourage responsibility in children and boost mental well-being for the whole family. It doesn’t matter what kind of pet you have, cuddling with them will make you happy. Studies show that pets help prevent strokes, lower cholesterol and improve general health. So, why not get a pet? A great question, which I put to Kira Robson, the Executive Director of the Animal Care League of Oak Park. The ACL serves six villages including Forest Park. Any strays or lost pets in Forest Park will be brought to the ACL in Oak Park to be reunited (hopefully) with their owner.

The ACL takes in about 1,200 animals a year ranging from dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles and birds. At any one time they have about 175 animals in the shelter. Some have been turned in as strays; some have been

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found and are awaiting a reunion, others may have been injured or brought in by owners unable to care for them. Usually 60 are available for adoption which can cost between $100-300 depending on the animal. All pets adopted from the ACL have been spayed, neutered, vaccinated and provided with a microchip.

Perhaps the hardest part is choosing the type of pet. As the holidays approach, some people might think surprising a loved one with a pet is a great gift. Robson at the ACL disagrees. Instead, she suggested “that after a family makes the decision to get a pet, they do their research. Dogs are lot of responsibility, and depending on the breed have different needs. Cats, too, are a lot of responsibility. Robson pointed out that rabbits are popular pets, but they are very social, intelligent and require exercise so they shouldn’t be cooped up in a cage all day”. Having the discussion is a very important part of the choice. Once the adults agree to a pet, they can wrap a gift certificate to surprise the rest of the family. Giving everyone a say in the type of pet helps establish some ground rules for the care of the chosen pet and who will be responsible for its’ needs. “People really need to do their homework,” Robson noted; “the requirements, life span and even the costs of having a pet must be considered”. But, she added,

“the ACL is here to offer support to plan for the care of the pet. We offer a ‘lifetime’ guarantee’ to make sure the placement is appropriate for everyone”.

If you already have a pet, or are considering adoption, The ACL will be holding their Third Annual Holiday Bazaar Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2. The Bazaar is a fun event featuring all sorts of gifts, treats and novelties for every pet lover. For $15.00 you and your pet can take a Picture with Santa. Since the Bazaar is held at 1003 Garfield it is walking distance to the shelter so families can search for a pet and then shop for the perfect toys and necessities to bring their new family member home.

Check out the Animal Care League of Oak Park at 1011 Garfield; 708-848-8155. Or, info@animalcareleague.org. As Andy Avalos from NBC/ Chicago likes to say, “Always make adoption your first option”. Who knows, maybe a new pet will be just what you need to keep your New Years’ Resolutions!

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Cold Weather Safety Tips Dry skin, winter weight gain and the common cold humans aren’t the only ones to struggle with winter woes. Cold weather can affect our pets’ health, too. While you can put in some extra time on the treadmill and layer up for the cold weather, pets rely on their human companions to help them stay healthy all year long.

As temperatures drop and snow starts to fall, keep these simple safety tips in mind to help keep your pets safe and healthy this winter:

Dress to impress ... and stay warm

With thick coats and hardy constitutions, some animal breeds are made to stand up to Old Man Winter. But most domestic dogs will feel the cold, so it makes sense to outfit them for the weather. Sweaters, booties and other winter essentials aren’t just fashionable, they’re functional; they can help protect your four-legged friends from extreme cold, snow and ice. Keeping ID tags up-to-date and secure on your pet’s collar is also a crucial part of any pet’s winter wardrobe. Dogs especially can lose their way in snow-covered landscapes that mask familiar scents and scenery. It’s best to keep your dog on a leash and ensure it is wearing an ID tag at all times to keep Fido safe and secure all season.

Avoid toxic temptations

Common products around your house can sometimes pose a threat to pets. For example, antifreeze can keep your vehicle running when temperatures drop, but it can stop

your pet in its tracks if even a small amount is ingested. Be sure to keep all jugs of antifreeze, and other household chemicals, tightly sealed and stored on a high shelf away from pets. Clean up spills as soon as they happen to avoid accidental ingestion.Always keep an eye on your pet’s behavior.- If you notice anything out of the ordinary, consult a veterinarian immediately.

Get safer sidewalks and happy paws

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safety, they can irritate pets’ paws. Using a pet-friendly ice melter can clear the way but still be safer for our furry friends.

Most pet owners consider their pets as part of the family, and the majority (70 percent) think about their pets when they prepare for winter, according to a recent survey commissioned by Morton Salt. But only about one in four pet owners use a pet-friendly ice melter during the winter.

Choosing an ice melter that is both salt- and chloridefree, like Morton’s Safe-T-Pet, is a great way to put your best paw forward.- Developed in cooperation with, and recommended by veterinarians, Morton Safe-T-Pet clears snow and ice but is safer for pets’ paws and tummies than traditional melting salt. Visit www.mortonsalt.com to find a retailer near you.

Take a bite out of winter weight

Like people, pets are less active in winter and burn fewer calories. Keep up a regular schedule of outdoor excursions - weather permitting and assuming your pet is properly dressed for the cold. In addition, consult your veterinarian about proper diet during “hibernation” season and adjust your pet’s diet accordingly to avoid winter weight gain. Winter can be a fun and festive time of year.- While the elements may not always be on your side, with some precautions and preparations, your pets can weather the winter season - and be happy and healthy heading into spring.

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Dr. Audrey Cox, DC LAc

Growing up in Forest Park, my parents taught me and our family to value health and wellness and care about people. At SSHC we treat patients of all ages, sizes and shapes and more importantly help you to feel well, experience less stress and have peace of mind in attaining and sustaining your healthy lifestyle. Start feeling better today… its easy to make an appointment. —Dr. Audrey We are located... Smith Chiropractic Health Care 7716 West North Avenue (1/2 Mile West of Harlem) Elmwood Park, IL 60707 Email: smithchiro@protonmail.com Telephone: 708.456.8844 Visit online... smithchiropractichealthcare.com

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Dr. Audrey was a 30+ year resident of the Forest Park community, as well as having received an education at Trinity High School (05’), and Dominican University (10’) in River Forest, Illinois. Having an education with emphasis on both “Western” and “Eastern” healthcare approaches, Dr. Cox has a well-rounded knowledge of the body, mind, and spirit. Doctor Audrey is eager to provide Chiropractic and Acupuncture services to both her local communities and the surrounding neighborhoods. As a dedicated health care professional, Dr. Audrey believes in the powerful ability in the body to heal oneself, and uses Chiropractic, Acupuncture and nutrition as tools to achieve total body balance and wellness. Dr. Audrey Cox is licensed in the state of Illinois to practice Chiropractic Medicine and Acupuncture, as well as national board certified Acupuncture (NCCAOM), and holds a certificate in Cosmetic Acupuncture. The Forest Park Post • November & December 2018 13


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Bazaar Friday, Nov. 30th • 3-9pm Saturday, Dec. 1st • 9am-3pm Sunday, Dec. 2nd • 11am-3pm Pictures with Santa: Saturday 10am-2pm AND Sunday 12noon-2pm Bring your pets & kids! holiday items, pet items gift baskets, bakery, jewelry, music & more! Please come join us! All your generosity goes right back to support the daily activities of our shelter. Call 708-848-8155 for more information!

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Woody’s Whine

Notes from a Bountiful Harvest, Napa Has Issues and Lots and Lots of Wine by Woody Mosgers woodywine@aol.com Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma. You’ll be reading this issue in November giving you plenty of time to sample many of the wines recommended for your holiday enjoyment and to try some new recipes to make sure they will please your guests. As always questions and comments

W oody are welcome.

I wanted to mention that my column photo takes advantage of my surroundings, poking my face through vines at Sbragia Winery in Dry Creek. A Bit Too Much of a Good Thing

Apparently your lack of beer drinking is bleeding over into a decrease in wine consumption and may cause some issues. According to published reports the yield for this year’s wine grape crop is expected to be about 10 percent higher than historical average which sounds great for growers and wine makers, but…

The question is whether declining consumption is taking hold or is just a pause? A major telling point; reports that juice from the 2018 vintage already has started showing up on the bulk market — which means bottle prices will be down at some point with the excess volume that needs to go somewhere – fast.

And for those of you that are still drinking, there should be some great blends coming as the excess of better juice has to go somewhere. Restaurant Trouble in Napa

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The chef/owner cited growing staffing challenges, the lingering impact of the 2017 fires on tourism and changes to consumer preferences. There’s a bidding war for talent right now with a number of new places opening up. Many wineries that are now offering food pairings and lunches, with in-house chefs creating menus to keep their visitors engaged. As a result, tourists aren’t necessarily interested in a big dinner when they can have a food experience at the winery. It’s really tough on restaurants now, he lamented. Napa Challenged by Too Much Development

James Labue of Wine Spectator recently reviewed the third in a series of books on growth issues facing Napa Valley and it’s not a pretty picture.

The problems center on the politics that govern land use and the wealthy players who increasingly own much of the valley. Napa has long catered to the affluent, but the author, James Conaway argues, tourism and real estate threaten to muscle out actual winegrowing. Napa has always been threatened by the sway that tourism, real estate and other business interests hold over the politics of land use. It was only by enacting the Agricultural Preserve in 1968 that the county protected Napa from turning into Santa Clara, whose farmlands were effectively bulldozed into Silicon Valley.

As plantable land in Napa becomes ever more scarce, those who have the means win out over those who don't and local control becomes a thing of the past. My take is and has been for a while, if you’re headed to Napa; bring money and more than you thought. The real problem for me is that Sonoma sees the money and they want it too. Wine and Food for the Holidays

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Méthode Champenoise: In which the second fermentation takes place in the individual bottles that are sold to the consumer. Also known as méthode traditionnelle and also known as more costly to produce. Charmat Method: In which the second fermentation occurs in a large, pressurized tank prior to bottling. The sparkling wine is then individually bottled. SWEETNESS Brut: Dry Extra-Dry: Off-dry Dry (Secco): Lightly to moderately sweet Demi-Sec: Sweet

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Pierre Delize Blanc de Blancs N.V. An almost Champagne sparkler from Burgundy, great party wine - 90/100 Famous Score - $7.99 ******

Ray Denton is the wine manager at Binny’s in Elwood Park. Here are his selections and tasting notes, tell him I said hey.

2016 Novellum Chardonnay, France - $10.99 White peach, crushed rocks, spice and brioche notes from this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has depth The Wine Advocate - 92 pts

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Woody's Whine continued from page 19. 2016 Kurt Darting Pinot Meunier, $15.99 A Germany red for the Thanksgiving table; Ray says it will pair with everything on the table.

2015 Foxglove Zinfandel Central Coast, CA. $13.99 Flavors of sweet red cherry fruit, floral notes and tobacco. 80% Zinfandel and 20% Petite Syrah." – RP Wine advocate - 90 pts 2014 Clark & Sheffield (Binny’s house brand) Merlot Sonoma - $11.99 The Merlot has flavors of red plum, tart cherry, blueberry compote, and fresh herbs with medium body. 2014 BonAnno Cabernet Sauvignon, $24.99 BonAnno means "good year" in Italian and the wine is made by a Chicagoan. A deep ruby red ––aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. Party bubbles best picks; Pascual Toso Brut N/V Argentina - $9.99

Gouguenheim Extra Brut Malbec Rose Argentina, elegant and classy - $11.99

*Best New Year’s Deal - Henriot Brut Souverain N/V, $34.99 By blending in a high percentage of older reserve wines into this bottling, the wine retains a rich and smooth, ripe character. The Wine Enthusiast - 91 pts Yes I know it’s a lot but it’s for two holidays! I must take pause here to note the potential passing of what were two of our favorite Forest Park restaurants – Jimmy’s and Starship. We always enjoyed the pizza and other dishes at Jimmy’s and his friendly style - could have had a better wine list though :). Starship is one-ofa-kind, never could figure out how he made such great sandwiches for so little money, you can’t imagine what they charge out here. I wish the best to both of them and thanks for all the great food!

Eat good food, drink great wine and enjoy your holidays! That’s my whine and I could be wrong.

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

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Financial Focus

The Key to Consistent Investing? Paying Yourself First by James A. Kingsley, AAMS®

Consistency is a key ingredient of success in many activities – including investing. And one technique that can help you become a more consistent investor is paying yourself first.

always be limited to contributing relatively small sums, because as your career advances, your earnings may increase significantly, allowing you to boost your IRA contributions continually.

Many people have the best of intentions when it comes to investing. They know how important is it to put money away for long-term goals, especially the goal of a comfortable retirement. Yet they may only invest sporadically. Why? Because they wait until they’ve taken care of all the bills – mortgage, utilities, car payments and so on – before they feel comfortable enough to write a check for their investments. And by the time they reach that point, they might even decide there’s something more fun to do with what’s left of their money.

In any case, here’s the key point: When you invest, it’s all right to start small – as long as you keep at it. And the best way to ensure you continue investing regularly is to pay yourself first. If you do it long enough, it will become routine – and it will be one habit you won’t want to break. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

How can you avoid falling into this habit of intermittent investing? By paying yourself first. Each month, have your bank move money from your checking or savings account into the investments of your choice. By taking this hassle-free approach, rather than counting on your ability to send a check, you can help ensure you actually do contribute to your investments, month after month. By moving the money automatically, you probably won’t miss it, and, like most people who follow this technique, you will find ways to economize, as needed, to make up for whatever you’re investing. You already may be doing something quite similar if you have a 401(k) or other retirement plan at work. You choose a percentage of your earnings to go into your plan, and the money is taken out of your paycheck. (And if you’re fortunate, your employer will match some of your contributions, too.) But even if you do have a 401(k), you’re probably also eligible to contribute to an IRA – which is a great vehicle for your pay-yourself-first strategy. You can put in up to $5,500 per year to a traditional or Roth IRA (or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older), so, if you are able to “max out” for the year, you could simply divide $5,500 or $6,500 by 12 and have either $458 or $541 moved from your savings or checking account each month into your IRA. Of course, you don’t have to put in the full $5,500 or $6,500 each year, although some IRAs do require minimum amounts to at least open the account. You might think such modest amounts won’t add up to a lot, but after a few years, you could be surprised at how much you’ve accumulated. Plus, you may not Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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by Bob Cox

We Will Meet Again... Neighborhood Planners Guide... Farewell Last Issue 2018 lambasting political issues that divert and consume the court of public opinion. Other writers did splendid work on many quality of life issues including just having fun.

B ob Writing for The Forest Park Post has always been a pleasure for me. I get to create and then be able to communicate ideas on neighborhood issues and public education to a great group of readers. Publisher Amy Rita gave me my first regular writing assignment about 5+ years ago. Journalism 101. She gave me autonomy to write what I cared about, the freedom to talk about Forest Park matters from a Forest Parker’s perspectives including the good the bad and the ugly. I am not sure that the same dependable platform really will exist after The Forest Park Post retires. The default neighborhood newspaper FPReview still remains an Oak Park based business operation, that is just a fact not a condemnation. Their reporting has become more balanced. I always figured what they missed I could capture in my op eds and columns and that is what I did. As an independent neighborhood magazine the unfettered results encouraged and celebrated change without 22

"What is learned from those FPPOST writers is the pulse of community members living, working, and playing in Forest Park." In the digital world, print media is sun setting for sure but you never know what new media may take its place. What you might know about Proviso East and D209 became a little brighter when you heard about it in the Post. What you might know about FP government and community development was defined with good questions and honest answers …you heard about it in The Forest Park Post. Its not quite over for me yet. Whether you like my perspectives and advice I will continue. One book down maybe another to follow and a growing blog. Here is vintage content from Neighborhood Planners Digest that seems to be just as relevant today than it was over 4 years ago. NPD March/ April 2014... Communities working together for the Common Good…Where are you? What does it take to foster good communication when

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creating a sustainable Comprehensive Plan for Forest Park? Over the last 14 months, NPD along with the Village of Forest Park have been an advocate in inviting as many stakeholders in our town, to voluntarily come to the comp planning table. I like the description of the baby boomer retirement transition of the “me generation to the “we” generation, when it comes to public participation. Evidently there are a number of hurdles to overcome to better utilize the comp plan process in becoming a strong guideline for the public good, the promise of a healthy future, and a win- win for those living in the community. "Planner’s cardinal rules include; you have to both trust the system and understand systems. You have to become a dedicated listener, able to determine some commonalities that bind stakeholders, individuals, small groups, special interests, neighborhood associations, institutions, and the faith community together."

big concept, but struggle on the practical how to … I know I did. What did you say?

Recently in February 2014 at an Illinois Department of Commerce/ Main Street workshop, speakers discussed the pitfalls of lack of communication, when two parties are totally opposed to each other, What happens is that both stop listening to each other. Research says this "tuning out" effects as much as 80% of opposing participants’ ideas and words being lost. Dialogue is a main component of a conversation and constructing a comprehensible narrative. Let’s keep the Forest Park community conversation going and remember to Vote in all elections if you want to have a voice. Thanks to the Forest Park Post a pulse has both been detected and recorded and the beat goes on.

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Proviso Pie

2018 November/December Final Edition by Bob Cox

Two years ago, I started this column about Proviso East HS out of curiosity, public perception adversity and necessity. Many of the themes carried over and spilled into my book Curious Proviso. Please note that my reflections and observations are my own and not necessarily those of D209 or The Forest Park Post. Here is a recap from CP regarding Proviso Pie: My formula was simple, journalistic observations mixed with conversation with an administrator/ teacher adult and a narrative about Proviso East students, their activities and their accomplishments. I did stories on boys and girls track, the PE school band and JROTC. These programs and the people involved with them represented unique learning communities. I observed that these kinds of connections were legitimate building blocks in building capacity and student focused growth. D209 was also updating their public relations communication strategies and future website design and function. These topics were all up my curious about Proviso alley and I requested and was informally approved to contribute communication ideas to D209 and Proviso East as a volunteer. It is fitting that this last Proviso Pie continue that pursuit.

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Technology Engineering Math) transformation at PE was alive and growing. Details are made to the public from D209 and all three campuses. Students are already doing meaningful work in these new programs. Figure 1 and 2: Old school artifact (photo Bob Cox) and 21st Century STEM interactive classroom (photo Google images)

Word from Fatima Bell-Bey 2018 Proviso East NJROTC Distinguished Unit with Honors

Proviso East NJROTC has had an amazing school year throughout 2017-2018. We have been steadily improving as a unit for the past 4 years. The cadet enrollment has increased by over 50% since the year 2014, along with the participation of after school teams. Every school year we offer orientation trips to the cadets. These trips are one of the most important types of activities for us. It provides us with opportunities for students to build leadership skills, along with I had researched STEM over the years and knew that PTHS had being able to meet members from the military. Trips we’ve already selected that pathway. My concerns and questions were. What's STEM looking like for Proviso East? (digital curriculum, how to use attended are the Air Force base in Ohio, and the Naval base in digital devices including smart phones, new 21st Century technology Norfolk, Virginia. We plan to give the cadets an opportunity to attend job training.) Besides the obvious links to attainment competitive the Naval Air Station located in Pensacola, Florida. The effort and the global technologies and careers, PEHS students have suffered too work ethic these cadets have put forth has been far beyond something we’ve expected. Our instructor staff is an incredible group of people, as long being sold on the universal education paradigm of a linear assent of success in life requiring a college education for everyone. they work hard to bring out the best in every cadet. Yes, the college bound opportunity should be for all but alternatives This year of 2018 was particularly noteworthy. For the first time in STEM and STEAM offer additional opportunities to all students in history we were awarded the 2017-2018 distinguished unit title, as well. At pltw.org this commentary caught my eye: Career along with academic honors. Proviso East NJROTC is an important opportunities: organization, and a vital contributor to our school. We anticipate that the ending year 2018 and 2019 will be even better. Across the country, leading companies are seeking out PLTW students for career-focused opportunities including mock interviews, resume evaluations, and internships. This is the “I” in innovation at the New Proviso East. The scope of impact is innovating top to bottom and should also factor into the D209 Master Plan simply because the 20th century model of classrooms are critical to grow and sustain this type of hands on technology education. I talked with Proviso East Assistant Principal Elizabeth Walker (STEM Academy) who is also part of the extraordinary leadership Team with Dr. Hardy. We discussed the Academy programs and I was pleased to learn that in the second year the STEM (Science 24

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JROTC goes by quickly in 4 years at Proviso East High School, but Cadets really grow. (photo Proviso East NJROTC Facebook page)

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Word from Jonathan Garcia 2018 Proviso East Boys and Girls X-Country Teams

Proviso campuses progressive and high performing places for all Proviso students.

The 2018 Proviso East Boys Cross Country team is one of the youngest team in school history with only one senior on the team. Yet, they had their best season in the past 15 years! Winning two out of our three dual meets, and a 2nd place team finish by those young sophomores at the conference meet. Earning All-Conference this season were Jonathan Garcia, Camilo Medina, Erick Lozano & Gonzalo Ruvalchua. The team gave an outstanding performance at the 2018

Take heed economic development people and the local Real Estate playersD209 plan is based in a conservative fiscal stewardship mindset and equitable practice. There is a reason why I shout out to economic development and real estate players. Your attention is required. This is a bigger deal than the FP VG issue in my opinion. I struggle of why some FP residents are indifferent to PTHS. D209 has consistently balanced their budget since 2012. Current Standard and Poor's rated PTHS from an A- to and A+.

IHSA 3A cross-country regionals qualifying meet Saturday October 20, 2018 at Hinsdale Central high school. Jonathan Garcia a junior and Camilo Medina a sophomore both will be advance out of the Regional meet into the Sectional meet, which will be ran Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve. We are excited to see how our sectional qualifiers, Jonathan Garcia & Camilo Medina along with our entire team develops and improves! Also in helping to develop our cross-country program, we have begun to host the middle school cross-country meets here at Proviso East. This has been a wonderful opportunity for our future runners to meet our runners and get a chance to race on the legendary Proviso East Cross Country course! We will be hosting a summer cross country/track camp this summer here at Proviso East to help the new and younger runners to learn about cross-country and track & field!

This is a BIG deal. This is a good deal and with NO TAX INCREASE. Recap: A value added public education institution positioned for the challenges of the 21st Century right in our back yard. More doses to come… watch the entire Proviso learning community, students, parents, teachers and 209 Board members make history. I wrote Curious Proviso to inform the general public and act as a ballast to the negative perception aimed at PTHS, especially Proviso East. It is a primer and I hope you read it many times (its less than 200 pages.) Curious Proviso is to be released in paperback 1/11/2019 and in eBook December 2018. I look forward for us to have a broader conversation. More to come until we meet again. To learn more about Curious Proviso, visit on FB and at my website robertcoxauthor.com Thank You Forest Park Post, Amy Rita, on behalf of the community of Proviso Friendlies, YOU are an honorary 21st Century Proviso Pirate!

A Middle school runners meet on Proviso’s North Field (photo Coach Marc Jones)

Hard working PE scholars and athletes with Coach Lawrence (photo Coach Marc Jones)

Thanks Proviso East Coaches Benion Girls, Lawrence and Head Coach Marc Jones. It is a BIG Deal! It is all about WORKING TOGETHER, ONE PROVISO More great news from Proviso Township High Schools...better taken in small doses. As one chapter closes another chapter has started. In November 2018 the D209 BOE will make history. As Dr. Rodriguez pointed out at a recent town hall meeting revealing to the Master Facilities planning process that started 23 months ago that will by design yield a positive result and impact, making all three

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