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Michael Barrett is slated by Dems in 15th Subcircuit judge primary race

Michae B. BarrettMichael B. Barrett Michael B. Barrett is announcing his candidacy for judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County as a Democrat, 15th Subcircuit, in the March 18 primary election.

Candidate Barrett received the endorsement of the majority of Democratic township committeemen in the 15th Subcircuit.

A graduate of Marist High School, Barrett received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa. He then earned his juris doctor degree from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he was on the dean’s list and was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award.

Upon becoming a lawyer, Barrett was appointed and served as an active member of the Cook County Committee on the Courts in the 21st Century. He was also appointed by former Cook County Chief Judge Donald O’Connell and served as an active member of the Circuit Court of Cook County Expanded Jurisdiction Committee.

An active member of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Barrett finds himself involved in many community activities. A resident of Orland Park, Barrett was elected and currently serves as the Illinois Referee in Chief and Supervisor of Officials for the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois and USA Hockey. He is the past president of the Southwest (Cook County) Bar Association.

Barrett has been married for more than 22 years to Bernadette Garrison Barrett and they have two children, Michael and Monika.

Both Michael Barrett and his wife Bernadette have been lawyers for more than 22 years and both of their children are honor students and outstanding hockey players. Their son, Michael, attends Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and plays NCAA Division 1 Hockey and their daughter, Monika, is a star in her own right as a hockey player.

 

Going away for the winter? Tips to halt home burglary

A young couple recently used cameras linked to a cell phone app to thwart burglars breaking into their Palos Heights townhome, even though they were more than 4,000 miles away at the time, on vacation in Hawaii.

The lesson was clear: 21st century technology can be used successfully to fight crime and protect property.

But what about people who don’t have the time, talent or financial wherewithal to purchase and utilize such gadgetry?

As many people know, returning from vacation to find a ransacked home can be a disturbing and even traumatic experience.

“We were on vacation [when the crime occurred], and I’ll tell you, I’ve never felt so violated or insecure. It’s a crazy feeling. You’ve got rage, but you know you can’t do anything,” said Palos Heights resident Raymond Strack at a City council meeting last year, as he voiced concern about police resources.

Local law enforcement officials offered a wealth of advice to The Regional News this week, especially to senior citizen snowbirds headed off for prolonged, January and February vacations in warm-weather destinations.

Former McAuley basketball coach seeks chance to become a judge

Lauren Brougham GlennonLauren Brougham Glennon announced her candidacy for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County as a Democrat, 3rd Sub Circuit, in the primary election being held on Mar. 18.

Glennon was born and raised in the Beverly community, located on the south side of Chicago.

She is the daughter of a Chicago Policeman and the wife of a Chicago Fireman. Lauren attended Christ the King Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Prep High School.

She graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor concentration in Sociology from Winona State University in Minnesota. Lauren returned to Chicago where she attended and graduated from DePaul University College of Law. While in law school, Glennon was the Student Bar Association elected liaison to the Chicago Bar Association, assisted in the creation of the DePaul University College of Law’s Externship Program for the City of Chicago Law Department’s Building and Land Use Litigation Division and obtained a 7-11 license as a law clerk.

Palos Hills mayor lauds Public Works for slaying the snowstorm

Despite the fact that several inches of snow piled up in Palos Hills, there was still a city council meeting last Thursday night.

And the hot topic of discussion?

The snow.

Palos Hills was one of the of the many Chicago suburbs effected by the post-holiday snow storm. The city received an estimated nine inches of snow upon the winter storm’s first passing on Thursday evening, resulting in plenty of work for the Palos Hills Public Works Department but several hours of fun in the snow during the prolonged snow days for residents, children and pets.

Palos Hills Public Works crews responded to the first major snow storm of 2014 by providing continuous snow removal, beginning on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. through Jan. 2.

“With the huge snowstorm we just had, our guys were right on top of it, throughout the New Year’s Eve holiday and all through today,” Mayor Jerry Bennett said at the meeting.

On behalf of the Public Works Department, Alderman Frank Williams (5th Ward) said public works crews did a fine job maintaining the city streets, allowing for passable roadway conditions while driving. Plowing and salting also took place throughout the duration of the storm, as needed, to maintain to maintain city streets and lots, keeping them in a safe condition, not only for Palos Hills residents, but for all roadway commuters traveling through the city.

“I would like to commend the public works department and Commissioner Dave Weakley,” Williams added, “They really did a good job out there with the continuous snow removal during the duration of the storm.”

Weakley said his crews worked well into the evening and night hours on Thursday to prevent snow accumulation on the roads in the morning.

“With the colder temperatures coming, it’s important I keep my crews out there keeping the snow off the streets now so it doesn’t freeze overnight, resulting in problems for morning drivers,” he said, adding that preventative care and caution will result in cleaner and safer streets for all commuters.

Keeping the snow off of the main roads prevents it from freezing or turning into a layer of black ice, either under a clean layer of snow or blending in with the roadway, resulting in very dangerous driving conditions.

Palos Hills’ snow trucks, salting and plows continued working into Friday morning, keeping city streets travelable.

Weakley added the public works crews and all equipment used during the snow removal process performed well, and without any concern; and the entire public works crew did a great job keeping the snow storm under control and the roads drivable.

“Our public works department here in Palos Hills is always on top of any type of weather or emergency situation, handling it immediately and effectively,” Bennett said, “And, unfortunately, this continuous snow is the worst type of snow.”

Library Notes

 

Chicago Ridge

The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.

Evergreen Park

The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522.

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Ongoing: Members of the community are invited to visit the Evergreen Park Public Library in November and December as it showcases a variety of artwork from Evergreen Park High School students enrolled in studio photography, beginning art, introduction to art, and ceramics/sculpture/jewelry design. For more information, call 422-8522, or visit evergreenparklibrary.org.

Green Hills

Green Hills Public Library District is located at 8611 W. 103rd St., Palos Hills. For more information, call 598-8446. Registration is made online at greenhillslibrary.org.

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Through 31: Library patrons are invited to join the 2014 Winter Reading Program. Children in grades Pre-K through 12 can earn weekly prizes. Adults will also win prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants, bookstores, and more. Everyone is encouraged to read to win. Registration is necessary.

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Jan. 9: Teens can enjoy pizza and pop during movie night at the library beginning at 6 p.m. Iron Man 3 will be on the library screen. One movie goer will win a copy of the movie. Registration is required and limited to 60 teens.

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Jan. 14: The library is offering a Microsoft Word 2010 class from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn how to create letterheads, charts, tables, and to customize layouts for flyers. Registration is limited to four per class and open to residents only. Laptops will be provided.

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Jan. 16: Beth Randall, certified professional organizer, will discuss the benefits of getting organized to reduce the stress in life at 7 p.m. Participants will learn the tools to make them feel better about their life and environment. Registration is required.

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Jan. 17: The library’s Family Movie Time will feature the movie “Planes” at 4 p.m. Each person receives popcorn and lemonade. All ages are welcome. Registration is required.

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  Jan. 22: The library is offering a lecture-based class that will teach individuals all they need to know about the popular social networking site, Facebook at 6 p.m. Participants can learn the do’s and don’ts, notifications, photo tagging, and much more. Registration is required.

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Jan. 23: Teens will learn how to construct different creations using a variety of patterned duct tapes at 6 p.m. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and limited to 25 teens.

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Jan. 27: New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy discusses and signs copies of “Grace Takes Off,” the fourth book in her Manor House Mystery series at 6:30 p.m. The first 30 patrons to sign up and attend the event will get a free copy of Hyzy’s book. Registration required.

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Oak Lawn

The Oak Lawn Public library is located at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. For more information, or to register for a program, call 422-4990.

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The library’s regular hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m..

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Jan. 11: In-person registration begins for Chef Kate Bradley’s next visit to the library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Bradley will review her favorite Tex-Mex family recipes, including beef brisket in a slow cooker, chicken posole, cheese and corn casserole, and Texas-style tabbouleh. The fee is $5 and the fee will be returned. There is a limit of 60.

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Jan. 13 and 27: The library will begin an Adventure Club from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This new program will keep children guessing what will happen next. Activities will be based on historical happenings, odd occurrences and unusual celebrations that are significant for that date’s session. Participants can be playing games, making crafts, reading books, and even going outside. Registration begins 10 days before each session.

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Jan. 14: Children and adults are invited to wear their favorite pajamas, listen to stories, sing songs, and learn finger plays from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the library. No reservation is required for this program.

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Jan. 14: Adults and teens are of all skill levels are invited to participate in a Crochet Club from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library in study room number three. Participants should bring their hooks and yarn and any current project. Beginners should bring an H or I hook and skein of yarn of any color. To register, stop by the second floor Computer Center and ask for Patty.

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Jan. 14, 21, and 28: Preschool Storytime is being offered for children ages 3 to 5 from 10: 30 to 11 a.m. during the month of January. Youngsters joining the group will listen to stories, sing songs and create crafts. Registration begins 10 days before each session. No parents are allowed.

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Jan. 14 and Feb. 12: Pre-teens and teens, ages 11 to 14, can sign up for the Read Club meeting from 4 to 5 p.m., and get a free book at the library. Participants are asked to read the book, and then come to Read Club for trivia, discussion, games and other activities about the book. The first meeting will be a Read Club Warm Up. The second will focus on a “Tale Dark and Grimm.” Registration begins 10 days before each session.

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Jan. 15: Students in grades eight through 12 are invited to participate in Teen Game Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. Teens can check out the new PlayStation 4, play Kinect and Wii games, DDR, and board games. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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Jan. 17: The Oak Lawn Public Library will host an overview of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, aimed at those 65 years of age and old at 2 p.m. Patrons can discover the provisions that may impact them and the timeline for what happens and when.

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Jan. 18: By the time firefighters put on their gear, it can add up to 60 pounds to their weight. Find out how firefighters keep fit, what they eat and how to stay safe all year long from 10-11 a.m. at the library. The program will include stories, equipment show and tell, and a question and answer session. Registration is not required.

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Jan. 19: The library will host a free concert featuring Tropical Sound Steel Drums from 2 to 3 p.m. Concert-goers can experience the spirit of the Caribbean Islands with a variety of tropical music, including reggae, calypso, soca, Latin and pop. Each set includes songs varying from Jimmy Buffet to Bob Marley to Harry Belafonte as well as traditional songs of the steel band. The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library are sponsoring the concert.

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Jan. 20: Patrons who like fish, frogs and other swimming creatures and painting are invited to come by for the drop-in fish-printing program from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will create their own unique piece of art. Activities will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. All those participating should bring a bag, T-shirt or other item to decorate. Other materials will be provided. Registration is not required and all ages are welcome.

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Jan. 20: The Oak Lawn Public Library will host a free movie screening of “42” at 2 and 6:30 p.m. The move focuses on the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight and Harrison Ford. “42” was released in 2013, is rated PG-13, and is 2 hours, 8 minutes long.

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Jan. 22: Registration begins for Oak Lawn Library’s winter games. Someone will take home the gold Saturday, Feb. 1. The library will challenge young athletes in both team and individual events. Games will be played outside if snow is present, so appropriate dress is necessary. Children 6 to 8 will compete from 10 to 11 a.m., and those ages 9 to 12 will play from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Jan. 22: Teams of up to five players will compete in four rounds of Teen Trivia Night to become the ultimate trivia champs from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Young Adult area at the library. The winners will receive a prize.

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Jan. 22: College Funding Strategies of Tinley Park will show individuals how to help their high school students choose the best college with the least amount of damage to the family’s finances during the program Finding the College with the Best Financial Fit at 7 p.m. at the library.

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Jan. 25: The library will host, “Fermilab Presents: The Mr. Freeze Cryogenic Show” from 10 to 11 a.m. Patrons will learn from Fermilab scientist Mr. Freeze about the field of super cooling cryogenics. Mr. Freeze will demonstrate lots of the basic properties of cryogenics, using liquid nitrogen as the main material. Due to loud explosions, this show is recommended for students in second grade and up. Younger children are welcome with appropriate adult support. Registration is not required.

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Jan. 27: Dr. Kevin Luke, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Bone and Joint Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center, reveals the facts about today’s joint replacements at 6:30 p.m. He can help patrons answer the question, “Joint Replacement: Is it Time?”

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Jan. 28: Illinois Joining Forces: Resources for Military and Veteran Families presents an open house at 7 p.m. at the library. The group wants to kick off an effort to recognize all that our military families have contributed and sacrificed for our nation. Also included is a program about General George Washington and his creation of the Military Badge of Merit, the predecessor to the currently awarded Purple Heart Medal.

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Ongoing: Patrons are asked to donate their “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the library. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older textbooks. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the reception booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation.

The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio-visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond their regular budget.

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Ongoing: The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library are asking community residents to donate their “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends ongoing book sale at the library. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older textbooks. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the reception booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation. The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio-visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond its regular budget.

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Jan. 9: The Oak Lawn Public Library will host a free movie screening of “The Apartment” at 10 a.m. A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. The movie stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray. It is unrated and lasts 125 (two hours, five) minutes.

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Jan. 15: Teen game night will be held at the library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The new PlayStation 4. Play Kinect, Wii games, DDR, and board games are available. Snacks and drinks will be provided.