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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.

 

Duty Honor Country

  Oak Lawn Woman Graduates from Air Force Training.

  Air Force Airman Tiffanie N. Triner, daughter of Scott Triner of Oak Lawn, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Triner earned distinction as an honor graduate. She completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Triner is a 2012 graduate of Oak Lawn Community High School.

2013 — Focusing on what matters

Amy RichardsMy name is Amy Richards, president of Regional Publishing, and I would like to welcome you to my 10th annual report.

I hope all of you have had a great 2013. Each year in January I take a look at what we accomplished in the previous year here at Regional Publishing. With regard to the finances this year, we were able to end the year pretty much where we started it. In challenging economic times, especially in our industry, I’m comfortable with the fact we were able to break even. On a bright note, we finished the year stronger than we started it, and I am optimistic that we can achieve a modest profit in 2014.

I am very glad that despite these challenging times, our readers have continued to value their subscriptions to The Regional News and The Reporter. I am truly thankful for the support the members of this community have shown The Regional News and The Reporter Newspaper. As we head into another year, we will continue to stay true to our mission — to keep you, our reader, connected to the community through unbiased reporting of the news of our towns.

To help us achieve this mission, this year we have seen significant changes in our editorial staff. I’m thrilled with the quality of journalism and the experience in the field that each member has. The two newest members of the RPC team are Tim Hadac and Bob Rakow, who both started in August.

Tim Hadac was hired as a reporter for The Regional News and is a seasoned reporter and editor whose career in mass communications stretches back to 1984 with his award-winning coverage of efforts to save Chicago’s last farm. Most recently, he and his wife, Joan (also a longtime journalist), successfully launched an online news site serving the Midway Airport area in Chicago. They live in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood and have two daughters, Johanna, 22, and Mary, 19.

Library Notes from 1-2-14

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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  Jan 3: The winter reading carnival will kick off The Winter Reading Program. Registration is required. Patrons are asked to register for one time slot, either from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., or 4 to 5 p.m. There is a limit of 60 per session. The kick-off will feature carnival games, prizes, and snacks. All ages welcome.
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  Jan. 3 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. 6: Clarence Goodman will take patrons on a virtual tour of Chicago and its pivotal role in Black history at 7 p.m. when he presents “Emancipation to Inauguration: The Black Experience in Chicago.” The journey will explore Chicago’s first settler to the nation’s current president. Registration is required.
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  Jan. 7: In a class for residents only, patrons can learn computer basics from 5 to 8 p.m. The class focuses on how to find programs and documents, where to start, and customizing a desktop. Registration is limited to four per class. Laptops will be provided.
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  Jan. 8: Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to a Team Day Lego Club meeting at 2:30 p.m. The library will supply the Legos, and students are asked to supply the imagination and building-skills. Registration is required and limited to 25.
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  Jan. 8: Green Team Time with Miss Emily begins at 6:30 p.m. Children 6 to 8 will hear nature themed stories and participate in activities. Registration is required.

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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  Jan. 3: Registration begins for middle school and young high school students, ages 11 to 15, seeking service hours. They may earn 10 hours at the library. Their duties will include assisting the Youth Services Department with programs, cleaning and preparing materials for children. The winter session will run Monday, Jan. 13 through March 22. Orientation: will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13.
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  Week of Jan. 6: Local History Coordinator Kevin Korst’s new book, “Images of America: Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967,” is scheduled for release the week of Jan. 6. The book will feature 180 tornado-related images with caption and chapter introductions and will be available at the reception booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Korst’s first book, “Images of America: Oak Lawn,” is still available.
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  Week of Jan. 6: Local History Coordinator Kevin Korst’s new book, “Images of America: Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967” is scheduled for release this week. The book will feature 180 tornado-related images with caption and chapter introductions and will be available at the reception booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Korst’s first book, “Images of America: Oak Lawn” is still available.
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  Jan. 8: The Oak Lawn Community Partnership will hold free health screenings at the library from 10 to 11 a.m. in the lower level meeting room. Personnel from the Oak Lawn Fire Department will give blood pressure screenings. In addition, glaucoma testing will be available. The Oak Lawn Community Partnership is a cooperative alliance between the Village of Oak Lawn, Advocate Christ Medical Center, service organizations, educators, interested community members and business leaders.
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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.