Navy Seaman Jessica E. Jennings has completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago.

During the eight-week program, Jennings completed training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations," which is designed to give recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Jennings is the daughter of John Jennings of Palos Hills and Heidi E. Jennings of Carlsbad, Calif. She is a 2011 graduate of Carlsbad High School of Carlsbad, Calif.

Our Neighbors

MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island has named Ray Welcome of Evergreen Park its 2012 Employee of the Year. Welcome was chosen from more than 1,000 employees. He and a guest will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville in March.

Employees are nominated for the award by their hospital peers based on commitment to patient care, professionalism, and contributions on the job. Welcome is a patient transporter and is referred to as "Ray the Man." He has worked for MetroSouth since 1983, and during those 29 years has not been late or missed a day of work.

Focus on Seniors

Pat Rack

The Oak Lawn Senior Center, 5330 W. 95th St., will present organist Dennis Colby at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25. Colby will entertain with his "Pat Rack" show, and take attendees back to the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas during the days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.

Box Lunch

The Oak Lawn Senior Center, 5330 W. 95th St., will hold a box lunch Thursday, Feb. 28. The sponsors of the lunch are Waterford Estates and Advancare Healthcare. Presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch and bingo. Tickets are $4 at the Senior Center. For more information call 499-0240.

Tax Filing Help

The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services offers a volunteer tax filing program in Room 110 at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. E-filing and direct deposits are available. Call 422-8776 for an appointment. Counselors are volunteers and are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Assistance with circuit breaker, property tax exemption forms, and notary service is also available. Bring last year's federal and state returns, bank statements, and all forms showing income including social security, pension, dividends, interest and property tax bill. Business returns and complicated returns will not be accepted.

Rules of Road

The Worth Township Seniors will hold a free Rules of the Road class from 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. April 3, June 5, Aug. 7 and Oct. 2. Appointment must be made to attend; call the Worth Township Senior Room at 371-2900, Ext. 28. Worth Township Center is at 11601 Pulaski Road in Alsip.

Meals on Wheels

The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information call 422-8776.

55 and Up

Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.


The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.

Spreading the warmth

Lauren Mikos (left) and Kelli Ahern, members of the Shepard High School Leo Club, work on a fleece blanket that was one of several club members made for babies born prematurely at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, above.

The service project connects to faculty co-sponsor Meghan Hurley, whose son was born 10 weeks early and spent an extended period in the natal intensive care unit at Little Company in 2011. Someone had donated a fleece blanket to her son, so Hurley thought the Leo Club might like to help her return the favor.

Leo Club member Nancy Lesnicki stands next to a stack of fleece blankets, left. Leo Club members Kevin Martin and Kiersten Mahler work on fleece blankets, below.

Library Notes

Chicago Ridge

The Friends of the Chicago Ridge Public Library will present Dinner and a Movie featuring "The Quiet Man" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 8. There will be corned beef sandwiches, and Chicago Ridge resident and bagpiper Bruce Quintos will perform. Movie will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $10. Registration and payment required by Friday, March 1.


Microsoft Word 2007 Part I will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5. Learn how to create a basic document. Computer mouse skills are required to attend. Register at the library and pay $5 fee.


Microsoft Word 2007 Part II will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. Learn how to format a document and work with graphics. Word I or document creation experience required to attend. Stop by the library to register and pay $5 fee.


The library will present author and Chicago Ridge resident Rod Czlonka at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18. Czlonka survived brain cancer after choosing against accepting doctors' diagnosis and conventional treatments. He will share his story and discuss how environment affects health. Rod's book will be sold for $20.


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

Evergreen Park

After School Homework Help is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both teachers are bilingual (English and Spanish).


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

Green Hills

The library has an eBook service, Axis 360, through which users can download bestselling eBooks for as many as 21 days directly onto a device using the Blio software application. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Place holds on items that are checked out. Service is only available to Green Hills cardholders. To start browsing visit For more information call 598-8446.


The library is collecting first-person accounts of stories of military service to be donated to the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress. The library is seeking photos, memoirs, and wartime diaries from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call 598-8446 for more information.


The library offers Freegal Music, a downloadable music service that provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog. The catalog offers hundreds of thousands of songs in more than 100 genres of music.


The library's Media on Demand program enables patrons to download best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music and video. No late fees. Works include best-selling novels, well-known classics and self-improvement guides. For more information visit


The library has a scanner available to the public. Pictures, documents, etc., can be scanned and sent to an email, printer or USB device.


The library offers TumbleBooks!, a collection of animated talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation). Visit or call 598-8446, Ext. 117, for more information.


The Green Hills Public Library is at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The phone number is 598-8446.

Oak Lawn

The library will hold "Kids & Families Rock," a free family program for children of all ages, from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Oak Lawn natives ScribbleJim and ScribbleJane of ScribbleMonster will present a play-along rock concert. ScribbleMonster's performance encourages audience participation and opportunities for creative expression. No advance registration required.


The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library will hold a "Chicago's Historic Hotels & Tea at The Drake" bus trip Thursday, April 18. In-person registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9 in the library lobby. The trip will visit Chicago's historic hotels including the Chicago Hilton & Towers, the Blackstone Hotel and the Palmer House. Tea will be held in The Drake Hotel's Palm Court. Eat finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, sweet breads and French pastries. The afternoon wraps up with a tour of the Gold Coast historic district. Trip departs at 10:15 a.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m. Cost is $77 for Friends, $82 for others. Members must present a membership card or receipt to receive the $5 discount. Two-ticket limit. Trip is not wheelchair accessible.


Landscape Historian Barbara Geiger presents "The Making of Downton Abbey: Setting the Scene" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. Geiger will show a slide lecture about landscape designers, land ownership patterns and inheritance laws, and why changes were inevitable.


The library now offers movie check-out for free. Check-out periods are seven days with no renewals. Oak Lawn residents may check out up to 10 films at a time.


The library offers "Temporary Online Patron Registration." Fill out a registration form at oak, and visit the Circulation Desk within 14 days to receive a permanent card. Proof of residency in Oak Lawn is required.


The library has the newest and most popular titles and resources in its collection of eBooks, Blu-Ray and DVDs (movies and TV series), CDs for a range of music interests, and hard copy books. The library also has a language learning program and databases. During September, new library card-holders will add a leaf to the tree in the Cook Avenue foyer and be eligible to enter a drawing for a book of their choice (one child prize and one adult/young adult prize up to $35 value each). Cards are available to Oak Lawn residents at the Circulation Desk. Bring an ID and proof of address.


Books, tapes and CDs not found at the library can be requested online from another library. For more information call the Interlibrary Loan department or stop by the Help Desk on the first floor.


"Images of America: Oak Lawn" by Oak Lawn Library local history coordinator Kevin Korst contains more than 200 photographs with captions and chapter introductions, and highlights the many aspects of Oak Lawn's history including Round-Up Days and the 1967 Tornado. The book is available for purchase at the library's Reception Booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Book sales benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation. A corresponding photo exhibit is on display and features more than 100 historic Oak Lawn images and dozens of artifacts. The display is in the Local History Room on the library's second floor. For more information contact Korst at 422-4990.


The library offers "Accessible Archives," an electronic resource available at Click on the "Research" tab and select the icon for "Accessible Archives." The collection features historic periodicals and books and provides eyewitness accounts and editorial observations of events, genealogical records, county histories and Godey's "Lady's Book" - a magazine published to entertain, inform and educate women of America. The Civil War collection is noteworthy and presents coverage based on various historical perspectives.


The Freegal music service is available on the library's website, Patrons may download up to three songs a week from the Sony catalog with their library card. Freegal includes millions of songs and requires no software to install. Files that can be played on any device including iPods. For more information visit


The Oak Lawn Public Library is at 5300 W. 95th St. The phone number is 422-4990.


The library subscribes to Zinio, an online magazine stand that enables patrons to read magazines on computers, tablets or phones using web browsers and apps. Must have Worth Library card. Zinio is accessible at


The library offers Try-It Illinois, which allows access to 300 free databases from more than 40 vendors. Access Try-It at (login and password is available at the library).