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Winner Best Burger Old School Tavern & Grill READ ALL ABOUT IT IN woody’s whine pg’s 6 & 7

Volume 14 Issue 5 September & October 2018


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

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

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On The Cover...

Ted Hosty, owner of Old School Tavern & Grill accepts the winning trophy in the Forest Park Post Best Burger Contest. Read more in Woody's Whine on pages 6 & 7.

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Did I Mention The Tamales De Elote?

by Jessica Sclafini

Jessica Mexican Republic Kitchen and Cantina is the newest restaurant to hit Madison Street. I sat down with one of the 3 co-owners, Rosalba Diaz, to talk about the menu items, specials and more. As mentioned, Rosalba is one of three owners, along with Fernando Manriquez and Enrique Gomez all of whom have culinary backgrounds. While their friendship spans over the years, meeting in culinary school and internships; they have all paid their dues working in various high-end restaurants throughout the city and in many capacities and are extremely passionate about cooking. Not to mention, they all shared one common goal, to open a restaurant. Opening on July 9th, they have already exceeded their expectations as they at times, have a wait at the door. Within less than two months they are seeing repeat customers, even taking on large groups of 2040 people at a time and are excited about new adventures they are experiencing every day. Rosalba admits, the amount of hours can be challenging at 4

times, but the second she sees a customer’s facial expression while enjoying a meal it makes the long hours and late nights worth it. All three can agree that a happy, smiling guest is by far the best pay off.

thinking about the tamales de elotes. They were my favorite thing I have eaten in a while. They consist of ground corn masa with fresh corn, poblano cream and melted cheese and they are amazing!

I’d like to tell you all about my dining experience. I went on a Friday night with two of my friends and instantly we were greeted by a smiling, welcoming face, which I now know is Rosalba. She is mainly front of the house while Fernando and Enrique stick more to the kitchen. Once seated, we instantly were brought water and chips and salsa and then greeted by our extremely friendly server. The three of us decided to order an obscene amount of food so we could try a little bit of everything. And while I’m not going to pretend to be a food critic I can tell you one thing was better than the next. We started with the traditional margaritas on the rocks with salt followed by the Botana Combo which includes Two carnitas empanadas, one chicken tamale, two crispy chicken taquitos, queso fundido and a side of guacamole. We loved every bite of each item… I mean, let’s get real, a couple of items were deep fried, what’s not to love? However, what stood out to me was the queso which gets served with delicious warm corn tortillas. I then proceeded to order a chicken tinga taco, a side of rice and bean and finally tamales de elote… too much? I said an obscene amount of food but it was strictly for research purposes… yeah, that’s it… research. All I can say is I sometimes still catch myself

According to Rosalba some of the most popular dishes are the Brisket - beef brisket in a mole coloradito, black beans, and Mexican rice, grilled corn and morita mayo. Carnitas tacos and her favorite, the grilled shrimp tacos which comes with chipotle mayo, sour cream, cabbage. Pico de gallo

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with advanced notification, as well as private parties where you can rent out the restaurant with seating for 130 people. Reservations are encouraged but not needed. Rosalba, Fernando and Enrique are grateful to be part of the Forest Park family and already feel very welcomed by their neighbors and the community. They look forward to many years ahead. If you haven’t already, stop by, say hi and order the tamale de elote… or something…

Rica Hernaez & Jessica Sclafini Mexican Republic Kitchen and Cantina, located at 7404 Madison Street, is open Sundays and Mondays from 11am – 9pm, Tuesdays thru Thursdays from 11am – 10pm and open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. They also have Happy Hour Monday- Friday They never want to say no from 3pm – 6pm serving $5.00 to a guest due to dietary traditional margaritas and red restrictions. If they have the and white sangria. ingredients in the kitchen, they will try to accommodate If you want to learn more whatever it is you are looking check out their website at for. Side note, they also will mexicanrepublickitchen.com happily take catering orders and pickled onions. I’ll have to try that next time… all of it… kidding… kind of. One thing the three owners take pride in is customer service and I can tell you that does not go unnoticed. Every employee is kind and smiles and says hello.

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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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Woody’s Whine And The Winner Is...

by Woody Mosgers woodywine@aol.com Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County.

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So loyal readers, you will recall that the last addition of Woody’s Whine was a tasting panel review of the top three national burger chains that came as a result of McDonald’s addition of fresh beef to their quarter pounder and gave them an easy win.

the favorite burgers at Old-School and features a bacon jam made with Jack Daniels bourbon. (My recipe for bacon jam follows the Whine) “Our burgers are customized to each diner’s taste”, Hosty explained, “We use thick cut, wood smoked bacon and our fries are cut fresh dai-ly in-house and are cooked in oil only used for fries, it makes a difference”. Speaking of cooking Hosty tells me that he has had the same two cooks for the six years that he’s owned the restaurant, that’s great cooking continuity.

I asked Hosty if he made any special efforts to encourage My lovely and attractive editor was so inspired by my his selection and he tells me burger Whine that she decided to hold a contest with he posted a page from the readers selecting the best burger in Forest Park. I was Post featuring the contest thrilled to find out that my writings were a muse for her. in each bathroom and by the front door, seems And just to be clear I have not reviewed these burgers even appropriate. He says it’s though in my previous 30 years of living in the area I have the overall attitude of the enjoyed them and find them all quite tasty. restaurant that brings people back; we like to say “Even if you’ve never been here before you’ll feel like you have So without further ado I offer you the results of the best been”. burger voting. *** Old School Tavern and Grill on Des Plaines was the top “We’ve been doing burgers for a zillion years” (39 to be vote getter in the Forest Park Post’s Best Burger In Forest exact) says longtime owner Goldy’s owner Mike Sullivan, Park! contest beating out Goldy’s by a mere 20 votes with “It’s a local neighborhood place (Circle Avenue) with a lot O’Sullivan’s Public House claiming third-place. of history, we do pub food, we do good fresh meat burgers topped with the basics and served on a paper plate, “The name of the restaurant the burger is its own thing, plain and simple, but tasty”. truly describes what we Sulli-van tells me that people have even asked to buy his are and what we do”, says hamburger meat by the pound. owner Ted Hosty. “We use top-quality products, fresh Goldy’s offers a selection of nine, ground sirloin (higher beef that we patty ourselves quality meat than you would expect in a casual burger and that makes the burger joint) burgers headlined by the “Famous GOLDYBURGER” taste better overall” he ($7.45) and the rest of the list includes a Royal Burger with added, “It’s a good old bacon and cheese, a Pizza Burger and Sullivan’s favorite, burger broiled to perfection.” the Hawaii Burger with pineapple, bacon and blue cheese. He says he surprised at the number people that request And broiling may be the secret to their success as searing burgers with blue cheese, “Would never have thought that adds more flavor to the beef. And speaking of beef blue cheese would be a Hosty says they go through almost 100 pounds a week big thing”, he re-marked. of a special, less compacted grind of ground chuck. The burger is a “layers of flavors” build that starts with a Goldy’s is well-known brioche bun, butter or red leaf lettuce and high-quality for its enclosed, outdoor beefsteak tomatoes, even going so far as to use portobello courtyard where during mushrooms rather than the common white variety. good weather one can watch a ballgame and The “Big Mick”, named for a well-known customer, is one of enjoy your burger and 6

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a beer. The history of the building dates back to a time before prohibition when the Goldstein family had a bar that front-ed the street and they lived in a small house, now the bar in the back of the building, which they eventually expanded into after prohibition was over.

It’s been an uneventful growing sea-son with a mild winter, timely spring rains and summer heat without any wild temperature swings. By the time you read this these grapes will have been pressed into juice now chilling in stainless steel tanks and will go into sparkling wine and be available to you in 2021. The crush will likely run through “I don’t own a computer” Sullivan said, “So I didn’t even the end of October, when the last of the red varietals such get to vote for myself and we made no notice of the contest as cabernet sauvignon and merlot are picked. in the restaurant so I figure we got all clean and private votes”, he explained, “People come to eat here because of That’s my Whine and I could be wrong… our long-standing motto, “Goldy’s, never had a bad one”. Woody Mosgers, cooks, caters, drinks and *** matches wine and food in Santa Rosa Sonoma “We sell a ton of burgers and I feel that’s because we at www.woodythewineguy.com customize each burger to what people want to eat, lots of cheese, grilled onions, Jalapenos and even a Prime Buffalo Woody Mosger's Burger” ($9.95), says third place finisher Jim Watts, coBacon Jam with Onion Garlic Coffee Balsamic owner of O’Sullivan’s Public House. Brown Sugar Maple Syrup A distinctive cupola entrance marks O'Sullivan's on Ingredients Madison Street, that may have started life as a dry goods • 1 1/2 pounds sliced bacon, cut crosswise into store, then a Chinese restaurant 1-inch pieces and today, Watts says it’s, “Just a • 2 medium yellow onions cut into smallish dice neighborhood tavern that appeals • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled to a lot of families and seniors • 3/4 cup strongly brewed coffee especially on Tuesdays when the • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar “Hugh Burger” with cheese is • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar, or less to taste featured along with “extra pickles”. • 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real deal, please) The burgers are eight ounces from hand packed fresh beef and you can Directions pick whatever cheese you like. “We do support the St. Luke’s Men’s Club and they may have thought to support us but we did nothing to call attention to the contest and figured we should be able to win on our own” Watt’s remarked.

1.In a large skillet over mediumish heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper towel-lined plates to drain.

*** OK how about some fun facts with numbers. There were 834 votes cast, the top three finishers received 533 votes or two thirds of the vote total. Each of the winners I spoke with were somewhat surprised that other well-known names were missing from the list all together and that even McDonald’s, yes that McDonald’s got a few votes. Where are you eating tonight?

3. (Follow this part closely) Reduce the heat to a bare simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasion-ally, until the liquid almost completely evaporates and turns syrupy, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Watch closely at the end and you’ll see it turn to the right consistency.

Aside from the fancy trophy, fame and great fortune that Old School Tavern & Grill has now received for its 1st place win, owner Ted Hosty has chosen the Forest Park Community Center Food Pantry to be the recipient of the $100 donation from The Post and they also receive a full page ad in an upcoming issue of The Post. Congrats to Old School, well deserved!

The 2018 grape harvest has started

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2. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from the skillet and reserve for another use. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until the on-ions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the coffee, vinegar, brown sugar, and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the skillet, for 2 minutes. Add the bacon and stir to combine.

4. Let the bacon concoction cool slightly before transferring it to a food processor and pulsing until coarsely chopped. Spoon the bacon luscious-ness into individual jars or other resealable containers and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks. Transfer to a pan and rewarm gently over low heat prior to indulging. The Forest Park Post • September & October 2018

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In Praise Of Our Pal The Pumpkin by Terry Keshner

15,000 and 20,000 acres of pumpkins each year, yielding about 500 million pounds of pumpkins.

Ter r y It’s autumn, time for the leaves to fall and the pumpkins to pop up everywhere.

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin muffins, Jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin spice latte, Chicago’s own Smashing Pumpkins… pumpkin soup, pumpkin gravy…

If you’re of a certain age and grew up in the Forest Park area you might recall driving out North Avenue every October to Tom Naples in Melrose Park which sold fruit and vegetables year-round but shined brightest in October with a pumpkin patch the size of a football field.

That’s a lot of darn pumpkins, kiddo, and six times the average of the other top eight pumpkinproducing states. (Ha-ha, Indiana)

What do we do with all those pumpkins? Well, you know that already, but specifically the USDA says nearly 80% of pumpkin acres in Illinois are devoted to pie filling or other processing uses. So if a pumpkin gets plucked in Illinois it’s more likely to end up on your plate than on your porch. Pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin puree, pumpkin cornbread, the criminally misunderstood 2002 Christina Ricci film Pumpkin…

About 90% of U.S. pumpkins are grown within a 90-mile radius of Peoria. Forest Park is about 160 miles from Peoria but hey, close enough.

Have you ever grown a pumpkin? If you did and you gave it a name and If Forest Park ever got its then still carved it up and own football team the vote ate it don’t feel too badly, here would be to name it pumpkins are the forgiving the Forest Park Pumpkin type. Pumpkins are usually Chuckers. Other teams planted in early July and, would wither on the vine in like most Forest Parkers, fear of facing us. are quite hearty so can thrive even in less-thanThe Forest Park area has a ideal conditions. But back special connection with the in 2015 bad weather wiped pumpkin because Illinois is out a lot of pumpkins across the top pumpkin-producing the state. Those were sad state. According to the U.S. times but still, we pumpkin Department of Agriculture, on. Illinois harvests between

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In the classic TV special It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Linus preferred the company of pumpkins, and the possible promise of eternal enlightenment, to the pursuit of candy. We stand with you, Linus.

Pumpkin bars, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin empanadas, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin chili, pumpkin hummus, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin smoothies…we could go on and on, not stopping until Thanksgiving at the earliest.

Grandma’s Pumpkin Snack Cake

Ingredients 2 cups flour ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups white sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 15-ounce can pumpkin For the Frosting: 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon milk Preheat oven to 350 F and spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, and beat at low speed until combined and the batter is smooth. Spread batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the sugar and milk and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread over cooled bars. Dust lightly with cinnamon, if desired.

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FP Perspective: Progressive Landscape by Andrew Cox

Andy Forest Park is a progressive landscape, because of its location and the way in which we can shape the land with what’s already there. Our town can be a model for urban restoration. Look at the Over the Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio as a prime example of a progressive landscape.1 My recent travels took me there, to one of the nations deadliest areas about 5 years ago. Now, it’s booming economic area bringing new life to the city. Our town has achieved a relative feat like this over a greater period of time, and this is an important shift in American culture. There is a parallel to our town, and I’ll explain after a quick definition.

Progressive Landscaping – what does it mean and why is it important? To make progress is to take what’s there and enact some type of change, and to landscape is to cultivate a piece of land. Take these two terms together and apply them

to the concept of urban revitalization. Our town is able to take the 20th Century into the 21st while maintaining its heritage and introducing new ideas through economical development. Forest Park’s location near a big metropolis with a diverse demographic is prime ground for this type of bloom or growth. There is potential for this to be a movement in urban areas nationwide. A phenomena, while not quite as extreme as Over the Rhine, local development or redevelopment on Forest Park’s Madison Street is a great example of taking what was there and making it better. Our main street has evolved in the last 20 years. My anecdotal proof is seeing the way it was as a kid until now. It was like restaurants and antique stores, for the most part. Currently, a variety of businesses coincide on Madison Street. This is an example of a positive shift in our local culture. We preserved what was there and made it better, instead of letting it get run down, or doing away with it and starting from scratch.

This could be applied to Proviso East High School.2 The high school is wonderfully constructed, nearly a century old, and with the possibility to be made better by re-integrating urban areas. There is a progressive landscape in the making right under our nose.

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The impact could lead Forest Park in the direction of the future generations, instead of being stuck in the past. If we are to maintain the slogan of our town, then this scenario is one where it could definitely apply. Or, why not change the slogan to adapt to the present?

neighborhood can stand for this change and propel itself to the future. Imagine the impact of technology in Forest Park 20 years from now, where will it stand? This question to be later addressed in another article. Tune in next time for the FP Perspective.

Questions, feedback: Forest Park – ‘Where the coxandrew89@yahoo.com future meets modernity’. The progressive landscape 1. bit.ly/cincinnatiohio of what our town creates 2. (A topic my dad, Bob Cox, will can be a model for urban delve into in his upcoming book and to be released areas around the country. published soon: ‘Curious Proviso’.) And, there is proof that this can create more prosperity in the area that the change takes place within. Our

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Ask The Plant Expert by Scott McAdam Jr.

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

Get Ready for Fall Seeding Season The area experienced record-setting rainfall in May and an extraordinarily wet June. During that time, fungus—which thrives in wet, cool weather—was masked by the equally thriving turf. But with an exceptionally dry spell over the past five or six weeks, stress from drought has descended and the prevalent underlying damage is now plainly apparent. At this point, the centerpiece of your game plan should be a seeding project between mid-August and Labor Day weekend. A 21-day growth period from germination to full growth is normal, after which you can mow for the first time.

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During Fall, there are fewer pressures on the seed and an optimal growing climate. As soil temperatures decrease, dormant weed seeds in the soil are not able to germinate. That minimizes competition for space, nutrients, and moisture for the seed to establish properly and establish healthy root systems. The soil also retains moisture longer, decreasing your time and water demands. Don’t overwater; short, frequent watering keeps the top layers of soil moist. Common practice is to keep the top 4-6” of soil moist at all times without being oversaturated. Ten to 15 minutes of irrigation per area will typically provide enough moisture to grow your new lawn. Need help monitoring and caring for your lawn? We’re here to help! McAdam Landscaping was founded in 1979 by brothers Scott and Rob McAdam and has a passion for providing outstanding service. Located at 2001 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park, the company is online at www.mcadamlandscape.com.

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Summer In The Schools by Mary Win Connor

Mar y W in By the time you read this school will be back in session and life in the District 91 world will be operating in the normal daily routine. But over the summer while most kids’ routine involved the pool or vacation trips, the school district was working to prepare for a new and better District 91 for the upcoming school year.

Probably the biggest news over the summer was that District 91 successfully completed the inaugural Power Scholars Academy in collaboration with River Forest District 90 and the YMCA. Power Scholars Academy is an immersive summer learning program that is offered around the country to students who need a bit more help over the summer to improve their academic success and increase their selfconfidence, so they can return to school in the fall ready to succeed. It was a full day program, Monday thru Friday for five weeks. The classes are

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taught by certified teachers and include field trips, enrichment programs and small group academic instruction. Sixty-eight Forest Park students joined twelve River Forest students in some of the most fun a kid can have while learning. These students will go back to class for the new school year with the academic skills and selfconfidence to successfully compete with their peers.

Much was also done over the summer to set all District 91 students on the path of academic success. A new Director of Innovative Instruction was hired to replace Ms. Roedel who moved to Indiana and felt the commute might be just a bit too much. James Edler has already jumped in with both feet and is working on new and innovative ways to help our students be the best they can be. Part of James’ work is to help the teachers and administrators in each school work toward successful completion of the strategic plan that was set forth by a group consisting of administration, principals, teachers and a board member. It took almost two entire days but we created a strategic plan with measurable goals and strategies to achieve those goals. James will be instrumental in keeping the plan

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on track and moving all to- stewards of our D91 ship. wards full implementation Forest Park Middle School of the 2019 goals. personnel spent the sumWhile student growth is mer preparing for the new first and foremost in our schedule which includes minds, the growth of our longer academic classes, administration and board Spanish for all every day is also important to the and revised math curricusuccess of District 91. To lum including Algebra. that end the Administra- This will be instrumental tive Team spent 5 days in helping our students exattending a Leading for cel in high school and on to Equity professional de- college. velopment program to asNot all the work done involved academics or enrichment, our building and grounds staff were kept busy adding STEM labs and remodeling libraries at Grant-White and Field Stevenson. They also worked with our architectural firm on conducting a Life Safety facilities audit on all of our buildings. This audit allows us to fix sure that all students and little problems before they staff are treated equitably. become big problems and The Board of Education prioritize the importance had its own mini program of work needing to be with half-day professional done. development workshop focused on understand- So while it may be suming what true equity is and mer break for the students how we can assure that (and all day chaos for the all students and staff are parents), for the adminisable to reach their highest tration and school board, potential. The Board also summer break is our call participated in its annual to action for improving self-evaluation where we the academic, physical and looked at what we did well cultural environment in this year and where we fell every corner of our world. short. We then set goals for the coming year to help us as a board become better Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com


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Pick up your copy of The Forest Park Post at these convenient locations: (Call 708-366-8947 to add your business to this list)

Forest Park Bank on Madison St. The Beacon Pub Famous Liquors Village Hall Lobby Healy’s Westside Forest Park Library Howard Mohr Community Center Doc Ryans Ed’s Way McGaffer’s Saloon Forest Park Bank on Roosevelt Rd. Old School Records

Cocina Lobos Combines With Healy's Westside Healy's Westside moved into its current location at 7321 Madison St. in 2003 and was closely followed by the opening of Cocina de los Lobos. Both restaurants have been successful and worked well as neighbors throughout the years.

to expect and love. Taco Tuesdays and Margarita Wednesdays are still happening and ready to get you through the mid week hump.

Come on out and see us soon, your long time favorites, Diane and Recently due to factors Gabino await you. such as economy, the lack of available workers, and Burgers, tacos, and beer with the increasing costs of oh my! operations, it was decided to combine the menus of the two restaurants into one. Today Healy's Westside features all of your Lobos favorites as well as the daily specials you came

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In The Pits by Kathy Sullivan, CNC

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Kat hy From the pits to the peels some foods offer virtually free concentrated nutrition, in some cases more than the fruits themselves.

Since I’m on the Zero Waste committee in a grade school, I became more and more aware of how much is tossed as garbage. Some can actually go into compost and some villages have compost bins next to their recycling and trash bins. That being said, how much better to use what nature provided to nourish ourselves. So as a Certified Nutritional Consultant, I started doing some research on a few easy specific pits and peels to save for food and keep out of even compost or garbage.

Making these are fun projects for kids. When I do this with my grandsons we call it “science in the kitchen”. One grandson said, “Grandma I like doing science experiments with you but not in school.” A 18

the best sources of calcium for the teeth. Eggshell 1) Citrus peels. This is one calcium protects against of the absolute easiest of all. dementia, helps regulate The peels of oranges and blood pressure, protects lemons contain as much as against dementia, lowers 5 to 10 times the vitamins inflammation, boosts in the fruit, especially metabolism and thyroid Vitamin C. The peels help and is low in heavy metals with body fat and help unlike some other calcium pull toxins out of the body. supplements. Adults dosage They are antibacterial antifungal and destroy malignant cancer cells in 12 cancers, including breast, prostate and lung. Be sure to use only organic to avoid pesticides. Peel the fruit you are using. Set the skins out on a plate on the counter or table, well separated and not touching to dry for a few days until crisp. Grind in a coffee grinder or a Nutribullet and voila you have your own high quality Vit C powder. Although this does not dissolve well in juices or drinks, it’s perfect in smoothies or even sprinkled on salads. Avoid adding to hot drinks like tea because it destroys the enzymes and nutrition. is ½ tsp 1-3 times a day. Works best when getting 2) Eggshells. Yes. you heard enough Vitamin D and me right, the shells of the magnesium as from the sun eggs you also discard as or food sources. Again, use garbage are an important only organics to avoid the source of minerals and hormones, antibiotics and protein. They contain 27 pesticides. Save the shells, elements including calcium, wash them, boil them for 5 magnesium phosphorous, minutes fully. Set aside to silicon, sodium potassium, dry and then, grind into a iron and sulfur among powder. These are also best others. The protein used in a smoothie since component contains they don’t dissolve. essential amino acids like methionine, cysteine, lysin 3) Avocado pits. Once more, and isoleucine. Studies the pit is replete with health show accelerated healing of supporting ingredients. osteoporosis and congenital 70% of the antioxidant in hip dislocation and one of

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the avocado is contained in the pit including flavonol that helps prevent and reduce tumor growth. The pits are said to slow down aging, help rebuild collagen, help with the heart and strengthen the immune system. There are two ways to make use of them. If you want the raw version,

set the pits on a plate on the counter to dry 3 to 4 days. Peel. Slice and grind. These need to be stored in a glass container in the fridge for up to a week. Add to salads or soups or smoothies. If you want the slow baked version, dehydrate/bake at 200 degrees for an hour or two and then grind. Add a tsp. to a tbsp. to salads, soups, stews, almost anything. So if you want to get out of the pits add some pits and peels to your diet.

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In Praise of Randomness by Arlene R. Jarzab

so, gather around children, and listen to old Aunt Arlene tell you a story. See, before touch screens, cars had push buttons. Depending on the car, the number might correspond to the model; my dad bought a lot of Buicks. So, the radio buttons spelled out BU-I-C-K. Since those were the only choices of pre-set channels we had, it was pretty limited.” Can you imagine? Choices were limited? Today, of course, the choices are This has been a great sum- limitless. mer; a typical, hot summer. Occasional thunderstorms, When I had only a few netlightning, lightning bugs, work TV channels to choose heat waves, ice cream, bike from (Once again children, rides, etc. and, all of them we didn’t have cable or ‘Picunplanned. That is how ture in Picture’. Oh, the horsummer should be: un- ror!), life was so much easier. scheduled and random. In This, of course, was before a different time and place, VCR’s or DVR’s or DVD’s, so this meant never knowing we couldn’t ‘time shift’ our exactly what was going to viewing. Instead, we schedhappen on any given day uled our daily life around the during summer vacation. TV schedule. For an older Tennis, roller-skating, bike generation, Lawrence Welk ride, reading a book, a pick- was ‘must see TV’. Even The up baseball game, going to Ed Sullivan show determined the pool, a board game if it family dinner and bedtimes. is was raining and waiting The first time The Beatles for The Good Humor man appeared, I sat on the floor to ring his bells. Somehow, I mesmerized. I think I did get was reminded of this while up and dance at one point listening to Sirius Radio to “She Loves You” (I know, channel 4; it was all Beach yeah, yeah, yeah!). Of course, Boys all the time. I heard the infamous appearances songs I have never heard be- of Elvis Presley whose gyrafore and ones I grew up on. tions seem so tame today, One of my favorites became, scandalized my parents. “That’s Why God Made the They told me that this ‘rock Radio” which was released and roll’ wouldn’t be around in 2012. Either I was listen- very long, but I couldn’t wait ing to the wrong stations, until the next Sunday for the or I just never paid atten- next Ed Sullivan Show. This tion. I am now. The lyrics whole concept of planning an include: “Cruisin’ at seven/ evening around a scheduled Push button heaven”. That TV show must seem quaint last part about ‘push button today. heaven’ may be heard to explain to a modern audience, The good part of all of this

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choice is the variety. There is clearly something for everyone. Now that we have so many choices (not just the 400 channels on cable) but the choice of Netflix, Spotify, Amazon TV, HULU and more (clearly, I am too ‘unhip’ to know the rest). For me, the problem is finding enough time to watch all of these. I have so many things stored

restaurants and sample different foods is convinced that many modern chefs use a dart board to determine ingredients in a dish. Throw a handful of darts and you get foie gras, blueberries, cauliflower, pumpkin spice and Himalayan Pink Salt; create a dessert. A few years ago, my nephew and his wife took their son to Italy for

for viewing later, I will probably not live long enough to watch them all. I keep waiting for a rainy day, but when it does rain, I end up reading a book or cleaning a closet. Which gets back to randomness. Even though it is so easy to watch what I want when I want, I find that I revert to my old standbyes’. How many times can I watch reruns of Friends or Seinfeld? Just like with music; instead of exposing myself to something new, I search out the old and comfortable. If, instead, I was forced to listen to just those stations that spelled out BU-I-C-K, I would have to listen to something different while waiting for something I liked.

two weeks. Before the trip, I bought a small pocket journal and some Euros for my great-nephew. His assignment was to try a different gelato every day and record the flavor and his impressions. I somehow don’t think he would have sampled Toasted Black Sesame Gelato if I hadn’t given him that assignment. Instead, presented with so many choices, he might have fallen back on the old stand-byes and not tried something new. I don’t know if any of his choices came down to randomness (or the toss of a dart), but I sure hope so!

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The Working Dog Days Of Summer by Mary Win Connor

Mar y W in As I write this I’m sitting on a porch looking out at a lake in northern Minnesota. I am enjoying what passes for a vacation in my life; a slower pace, a beautiful view over the top of my computer screen and the occasional boat ride. Watching my offspring and their friends go waterskiing, fishing and hiking after sleeping until noon, I remember what it felt like to truly vacation. It was relaxing, magical and totally life changing. As a full blown adult, i.e., bill paying, responsiblity and always looking ahead to fend off little problems before they become big, I find I can no longer be in the moment. I am constantly thinking about the next batch of bills to be paid, laundry to be done and dishwasher to be run. At this very moment I am reviewing in my head the departure schedule of the various attendees of this year’s annual trip so I can be sure to have enough 20

time to clean the place for we’d have some really cool to remember if I moved the next group. the laundry to the dryer. toys in that vehicle! Those thoughts definitely How did I get here? I used I’m not saying that the dim the beauty of the land to be just as irresponsible menfolk don’t have their of sky blue waters. as the next hedonistic lit- fair share of stresses. It tle jerk and then one day just seems that they seem Modern medicine has creI wasn’t. Did it happen to have the ability to leave ated replacements for just when I found myself with- their worries behind and about every body part; out parents to bail me out? relax for periods of time. joints, organs, bones and Or was it when I became My husband will occa- facial features (yes Priscila single mother with an sionally claim to have not la Presley we would look innocent child relying on slept well but as the one at you but it could cause me for food, shelter and who usually sleeps about night terrors). When is every other life-sustain- 6 hours a night in 2 hour some medical genius going necessity? Or it is just increments, I‘m guess- ing to invent a brain that the sands of time shifting ing that an awake person turns off to all but the bathrough the hourglass of a doesn’t generally snore so sic necessities of living? It woman? I will dispute his claims of would make sure we ate, slept and moved enough insomnia. It used to be that women were the fairer sex whose main purpose in life was to keep the home fires burning and the kids out of the fire. In the last several decades women have become the keepers of it all. The calendar, be it paper or electronic, is updated and maintained by us. We are the recipients of the stink eye if the milk runs out or there are not enough towels to take to the pool. We to keep our muscles from are the chauffeurs, the It’s not that I have not been atrophying but would referees, the event plan- invited to waterski, hike, block the constant feeling ners and the keepers of fish or otherwise do some- that something needs to important documents. I thing that isn’t work. I have be done. Then when the remember my father han- and sometimes I actually time comes to go back to dling all the household participate (except for the the real world that part of finances (not well, but it fishing, that’s almost as the brain will have also rewas his job). My husband boring as watching golf). laxed and enjoyed a break has a graduate degree and But even as I’m sitting in which might make it less I have a high school diplo- the boat enjoying the wa- likely to be so judgmental ma. Guess who is in charge ter, the sun and everything and annoying. of our finances? You got it, else nature has to offer up because if it were left up here; I’m thinking about A girl can dream. to him, we’d be living in what needs to be done the car that’s paid off. But back at the cabin or trying

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Financial Focus

You Can Work to Become a Better Investor by James A. Kingsley, AAMS®

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a holiday to honor all the hard-working people in this country. As one of them, keep in mind that your efforts can have positive results. Famed film producer Samuel Goldwyn once said: “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” And this same philosophy can apply to your investing, too – because you can indeed work to become a better investor. Consider these steps:

• Work to understand your goals and risk tolerance. Self-knowledge is important in all phases of life – and it’s certainly essential to you when you invest. For one thing, you need to know your goals. How long do you plan to work? What would you like to do when you retire? If you have children, do you expect to help pay for their college educations? You'll also need to know your risk tolerance to help determine your investment choices. Investors with a high tolerance for risk typically can overlook the dayto-day fluctuations in the financial markets, and may be comfortable investing more aggressively. But those with a low risk tolerance may be more inclined to focus on investments that offer greater preservation of principal, even if this means sacrificing some growth potential.

financial picture, so working with an attorney can help with your estate plans. And a tax professional can advise you on the tax-related consequences of various financial moves. There aren’t many guarantees in the investment world – but the harder you work at becoming a good investor, the better your chances of reaching your ultimate objectives.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

• Work to learn all you can about your investments. Here’s a bit of advice that will always be valid: Don’t invest in what you don’t understand. The more you know about your investments and what you can expect from them, the less likely that you will be surprised at their performance and their impact on your financial strategy. When you invest in stocks, you hope their value will appreciate over time, but you shouldn’t be shocked over short-term price fluctuations. Conversely, when you purchase a fixed-rate vehicle, such as a Certificate of Deposit (CD), you expect regular interest payments and a return of your principal when the CD matures. But do not anticipate much, if any, growth in the value of your investment. • Work to develop good investment habits. Developing good habits often pays off. For example, if you exercise regularly, don’t smoke and follow a sensible diet, you will likely help your long-term health. And you can follow good investment habits, too, such as contributing regularly to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. You’ll also want to avoid bad habits, such as overreacting to a sharp drop in the financial markets. In an effort to cut your losses, you might respond to this downturn by immediately selling investments whose fundamentals are still strong and whose prospects still may be positive. • Work to get the assistance you need. Investing can be complex, so you may want to work with a financial professional. But investing is just one part of your overall Visit us online at www.forestparkpost.com

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Neighborhood Planners Guide by Bob Cox

B ob I am not trying to offend anyone when I say, “social media political arguing is a form of passive participation”. This social media noise is a distraction that is sweeping the national scene. Locally, I would like to caution those who have to make serious and negative political and ideological commentary along with pictures of little kitties and favorite restaurant choices to be challenged to get away from your computers and interface with your neighbors and vote… and while you are waiting find out as much as you can about candidates, political party platforms, the negligible differences between partisan and non partisan races these days and what governance is really about. There is credible information out there that says that high schoolers know more about the election and the governmental process than most adults. From the chatter on FB, I would have to agree. Wearing my U. S. government teacher’s/ public administration hat, here are a few questions... What is a democratic republic? Can you always hide under the slogan of “I pay my taxes for this garbage?” Delegate/ trustee what’s the difference? Are 22

you comfortable in letting a small group of people make decisions for you? It all boils down to trust, individual and the public’s… not algorithms. What happens when folks take sides on social media is that it diverts attention to other more important issues. I personally see benefits of term limits and will discuss that at a later NPG issue. In Forest Park that can mean issues like Proviso East High School, density and housing shortage, form zoning, home rule, creative taxing policies and the balance between dominance of any one group. I am biased to the resident’s side on historic preservation, environment, and the most important to “quality of life issues”.

nature and being ignorant is not a crime. Staying ignorant is. You can take a visit to the Forest Park Public Library or Amazon.com and grab a cozy chair with your beverage of choice, these books with little kitty and discover what a fairer and more efficient way to participate in elections and politics can be. Then we can talk about it. *Bob Cox has a 2010 B.A in Urban Planning and Public Affairs from UIC, a consultant in Public education, and a trained facilitator in public engagement. He describes political elections and governance in parts of his forth coming book Curious Proviso.

When I was an elected official you will get external pressure from lobbyists, law firms, special business interests, political cronyism and such. I found you don’t have to play that game. That is the profile that I look for in a candidate. Grab Paul Simon’s book PS and Our Culture of Pandering and from UIC, Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy, Winning Elections in the 21st Century. They cover machine politics, public engagement, negative advertising, crisis and hostile media, grassroots movements and campaign funding. A copy of Robert’s Rules and Machiavelli’s the Prince won’t hurt either These reads are open game for all candidates, incumbent’s and just plain civic minded citizens. I have watched voter apathy and have practiced it. I was apolitical until my mid forties. Being naïve is part of human

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Proviso Pie 2018

Quest for Dominance by Bob Cox

Taken out of context the word dominance can be defined a number of ways. Our discussion relies on a defined nuance of dominance that is distilled collaboratively by Proviso East students and Proviso East administrators to fuel a new age of empowerment to the student body and the value of a healthy high school experience that serves the Proviso East Community. It is a reasonable observation that PEHS is changing for the better in spite of students that they will never will see.

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Why is this so significant? The simple answer is that this planned tagline represents the feelings and attitudes of progressive Proviso East students. They own it and Principal Dr. Hardy explained to me in a July 2018 meeting “They make the school what it is”. Most all school districts have a discussion about student centered and student focused strategies and expectations for all. D209 is no exception. Change is a hard pill to follow most organizations and systems, so I will say this is a more revolutionary attitude that best captures inspiring and providing students a platform for success and addressing failures, all normal aspects of life long learning. This Fall 2018 these students have made a commitment and understand who will be ultimately accountable.

“They make the school what it is”.

Proviso East parents and Proviso East friendlies can also be proud that the process that led to this end game was democratic. It has a strong foundation in the common good while developing strong individuals. Those positive growth qualities are to take dominance over past haunting Proviso East negativity of low expectations, scholastic mediocrity, punitive threats, and letting failure keep you down. A better well thought out dynamic compared to some wild cry of, “our GPAs are Heavenly and so are we! “All in all, north of fifty meetings took place at the different levels at Proviso East this past school year. Engaged meetings took place in the Proviso East Library, the Cafeteria, and the Principal’s office between student groups and individuals. One on one spontaneous chats even held a coveted place in the communication process. And that was done in the hallways and byways.

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A word from Dr. Patrick Hardy Proviso East High School Principal:

“On any quest there is always risk but the opened door to self discovery is worth it.” Incoming 2018 Proviso East students and their families have received a letter covering these new developments.

The Academies of Proviso East High School are designed to help all students achieve college and career readiness in a global society. Through the academies, students will explore and gain a better understanding of their career interests, apply what they learn in class to real world situations, and have the opportunity to form strong bonds with each other and their teachers as members of a smaller learning community. Academy faculty and staff will work closely with students as they learn the foundational skills needed for their chosen career fields, as they explore college and career opportunities, as they access internships and other work based learning experiences.

Please read Dr. Hardy’s words a few times, between the lines, in Spanish, Chinese, in plain English, or have some one read it to you because… This is the New Proviso East!

As a Proviso East progressive educational practitioner and Proviso Township taxpayer I want to support Quest for Dominance” to the fullest. I believe all Proviso community members including Forest Parkers should too. This is not the time to say to our school “Curb your enthusiasm” or make other excuses based on what you think Proviso East students and their teachers are capable of. High schoolers welcome back to school! Thanks for reading Proviso Pie 2018 and stay tuned to a near future release of my book Curious Proviso a memoir/ primer/ multi perspective look at the Proviso East experience.

Read it in Spanish, Chinese, plain English or have someone read it to you... This is the NEW Proviso East High School

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by Peter Gianakopoulos

The Old School Report Card and someone will again down the road somewhere. You can stop now or there will be another oasis some miles ahead.  Either way you might have some time to kill.

Peter SNAIL MAIL "Lush"  LP/CD  (Matador) Lindsey Jordan a/k/a Snail Mail is a 19 year old indie bedroom pop artist from Baltimore that has been releasing EPs since she was 16 and now has issued her first full length.  Definitely a paean to all the 1990's Liz Phair/Ivy/Heather Nova/ Juliana Hatfield (insert your version here) that you could want to muster.  Yep, a kid that grew up with 90's indie rock and now wants to emulate that.  What's the harm in that?  There isn't any.  It was a small pigeonholed genre that MTV tried to market and had audiences in shoegaze, goth, bedroom pop, grunge, riot grrl etc. that is was  difficult to just lump it all in one category other than it being female driven. It is dreamy and very melodic pop music.  Will it change the world? Probably not.  Send music into a new wave having every young lady grabbing a guitar to write some songs?  Maybe?  I am sure Liz Phair inspired some of that and the Shaggs well before her

a majority to scratch their heads in confusion and excelled the commercial level on "My Ever..." but has been left trapped somewhere in the middle since trying to give the best Grade: Bof both worlds.  This balance may be effective for some KANYE WEST  "Ye"   LP/CD   but falls straight out the (Getting Out Our Dreams/ middle of both sides of your Def Jam) audiences as an artist after too long.  Ye will get 'em on This may be the at the the next one. crossroads transition record where Kanye works out his GRADE:  C+ demons before he moves forward to a new direction. NICKI MINAJ  "Queen"  Still sounding very inspired CD  (Young Money/Cash with his music and Money) getting the best out of his productions although I think The Queen of rap from the autotune has worn its Queens New York returns welcome out. with an hour long plus heavy hit oriented record that will Content would be where probably carry for sometime I would have the bigger wherever folks getting their issue.  I find Kanye West to hip hop doses from these be at his strongest when days through digital, he is at his most humble or physical or other avenues. takes more of a backseat to the all over production It may run long on 19 tracks instead of heavy handling but flows nicely giving folks with personal and superego the kind of rap that this issues of megalomania.  mixtape queen was known When being an  artist on for coming up with Lil a major commercial level Wayne way back in 2007.  If you have one of two paths.  commercial and popular Either playing it safe and hip hop and rap is your just entertaining by giving thing and you want to know your audience what where the status quo are in they expect or with an 2018 and maybe going into element of surprise.  2019 then this  might be the Otherwise you can go record for you to explore.  It complete introverted self might help you survive this indulgent a la Prince or hot summer.  Iggy who? Rundgren taking people into your own personal musical GRADE:  B+ universe if they choose to go.  Kanye West I believe did that very successfully on "808s" and "Yeezus" leaving

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Breed Domestic Shorthair/Mix Age 4 years 5 months 2 days Gender Female Size Small Color Brown/Black Mama Mia! You've never met a mama as dedicated and patient as our mama China. This lovely lady tabby was surrendered to animal control when she unexpectedly gave birth to 8 (yes 8!) kittens and the family couldn't keep them all. ACL took China and her brood in, and a loving foster family spent the several months helping China get her babies healthy and big enough for adoption. You can't imagine how exhausting it was for China to be such a good mom to 8 little ones, but boy did she handle it all with grace and poise! The time finally came when China found a home that helped dote on her the same way she doted on her babies and unfortunately China came back after her owners had to move where pets weren't allowed. China deserves to be someone's princess with her sweet disposition and adorable little face! China is an affectionate cat who can be a little skittish with other cats and is definitely not interested in living with dogs. She's a super playful lady when the mood strikes her, so she'd love a home that wants to play with her every day! After play time ends, she wants to snuggle up on your lap or lay by the window and watch the world go by. China is a rough and tumble play partner, so she'll do best with previous cat owners and older, respectful children. Our wide-eyed little girl is awaiting her furrever home, come meet China today!

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STK#B8373, 38 MONTH LEASE FOR

$

PER MONTH

INCLUDES: OIL & FILTER

NEW 2018 CHEVY

EQUINOX LT

STK#B7614, 39 MONTH LEASE FOR

$

NEW 2018 CHEVY

$

100 BONUS DISCOUNT

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Cannot be combined with any other offer. Plus tax

CurrieChevy.com

888-577-0343

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

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

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