Monkey business

  • Written by Jessie Molloy

Primates and other creatures star in WorthPG11 rampage2 3colA boy holds out his hand as a capuchin monkey approaches him during the Worth Park District’s first Mother-Son Rampage, held last Friday at the Terrace Centre.

  The Worth Park District’s Terrace Centre played host to creatures including a monkey and a chimpanzee last Friday at the district’s first ever “Mother-Son Rampage.”

  Thirteen boys between 2 and 9 years old and their mothers attended the event, which included play time in bounce houses, refreshments and the highlight — an animal presentation by Monkeys and More Exotic Animal Rescue. Chicago residents Ed and Annette Parzygnat, who run the operation out of their home, use the shows as means of educating people about exotic animals and the potential dangers of keeping them as house pets.
  The park district organized the event this after a successful daddy-daughter dance earlier in the year, according to district athletic supervisor Kara Jelderks.
PG11 rampage1 2colA boy holds out his hand as a capuchin monkey approaches him during the Worth Park District’s first Mother-Son Rampage, held last Friday at the Terrace Centre. “We thought it would be fun to even it out with something for the boys and moms,” Jelderks said. “We wanted to try something different, and we figured the boys would like the animal theme.”
  Attendees got the chance to pet Tommy, a 30-year-old tortoise; Larry, a black-throated monitor lizard; and a bunny named Pat. Some of the boys who were feeling more adventurous let Terry, a Chilean rose tarantula, hitch a ride on their shirts and feed seed with their bare hands to a capuchin monkey named Ajax.
  The star of the show was Lisa Marie, a 6-year-old chimpanzee. The chimp fascinated the youths as she did tricks and “answered questions” for Ed and Annette. Lisa Marie ate applesauce and a peanut butter sandwich like a person, and pointing at parts of her body when asked to identify them.
  “I think it went really well,” Jelderks said after the one-hour show. “We’ll probably do it again next year and hopefully get a bigger turnout.”
  Boys and theirPG11 rampage3 2colA tarantula crawls on a youth’s shirt at the Mother-Son Rampage. mothers enjoyed the interactive presentation.
  “It was a good program,” said Gina Rocush of Worth. “It was very educational and my son really enjoyed it.”
  Gill Pezdek thought the event was fun and educational.
  “It’s something really cool that they put together,” Pezdek said. “It was a fun activity. It let them interact with other kids but learn too with the animal show.”

This week in THE REPORTER history News and events from our archives-July 4, 2013

50 Years Ago
July 4, 1963
  Three-hundred ninety-six voters from Chicago Ridge rejected a proposal to issue $300,000 in bonds to finance three new parks that would cover about 35 acres of property.
  A Palos Heights man was one of three people arrested after a Bingo game was raided. The men were each charged with keeping a gambling house.

25 Years Ago
July 7, 1988
  Construction for the new Tri-State Tollway interchange at 95th Street was scheduled to begin July 11.
  The Chicago Ridge Village Board voted to approved the proposal for repair work to be done on the railroad crossing at Central Avenue between 107th and 108th streets in response to the weakening rubber plates beneath the traffic crossing.

Wood chipper in action

  • Written by Kelly White

  The Palos Hills Public Works Department’s chipper service is preparing to provide service to single-family homes this summer.

  The chipper began making its rounds beginning this week and continuing until mid-November.
  Service cycles normally begin on a Monday unless there is a holiday. Homeowners are asked to place branches at the edge of the road by Monday morning, and to avoid putting branches out before the designated pickup week or after the truck has serviced homes on the street. Branch piles can cause storm water drainage problems or block the view of motorists and pedestrians, according to city officials.
  The chipper service is not available to businesses, townhomes, condominiums, apartments or homes under construction, not approved for occupancy properties or parking lots. The chipper service will not dispose of branches placed at the edge of the roadway by contractors or professional tree trimmers.
  Branches should be cut to a minimum length of 4 feet long and a maximum length of 6 feet long with a maximum diameter of 10 inches. Branches larger than 10 inches in diameter must be cut into pieces 18 to 24 inches long. Root balls and logs will be picked up upon request by calling City Hall. The cost is $5 per log and $10 dollars per root ball, which will be added onto the resident’s water bill. Any materials other than properly cut branches will be left for the resident to dispose of.
  Branches should be neatly stacked and placed three feet from the edge of the roadway, with the cut ends of the branches facing the roadway. Improperly stacked branch piles, piles that are cross-stacked or bird nest stacked, will be passed by and will not be picked up until they are properly restacked, city officials stated.

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Construction company to repair cracks to streets in Evergreen

  • Written by Brett Rush

  A highway contractor who completed a $2.7 million repaving job in Evergreen Park last year plans to make good on repairs to roadways that are already cracking, the village’s mayor said Tuesday night.

  Orange Crush, of Hillside, has informed the village it will repave damaged portions of the roadways that comprised the project, according to Mayor Jim Sexton.
  “The principal of the company called me directly and was very concerned this would impact the work he gets,” Sexton said. “He made a point to reach out, and I believe he is a man of his word.”
  The project was completed in summer of 2012 and encompassed a roughly rectangular area bounded by 95th Street on the north, the CSX railroad tracks on the east, 99th Street on the south, and Central Park Avenue on the west, according to village engineer Timothy Klass.
  Sexton said he and Klass will complete a final survey of necessary repairs and send it to the company.
  “I want to accompany you on this,” Sexton told Klass at the meeting.
  Klass confirmed Orange Crush will complete the work based on what information the village sends the company. While there is no timeline in place, Klass said he would not be surprised if work began toward the end of July.
  Residents need not worry about road closures, Klass said.
  “[The contractor] has it down pretty well,” he said. “They will be able to work around the machines.”
  Klass said that while both independent engineers and paving professionals are unsure of the cause of the cracking and cannot speculate why it is specific to Evergreen Park, the problem might be attributed to a change in the asphalt mixture the Illinois Department of Transportation requires from all asphalt contractors. Whatever the cause, more moisture was able to penetrate the asphalt, causing cracks to form as it froze during the winter, he explained.
  “They did everything they were supposed to,” Klass said of Orange Crush. “They followed IDOT’s requirements but it didn’t turn out, and they’re going to come and repair it. It’s been cracking a little too much in areas we didn’t expect to see cracking.”
  At this point the damage is practically unnoticeable to motorists and passersby, but conducting repairs immediately will head the problem off before it can become exponentially worse, Klass said. Even so, the repairs won’t come cheap for Orange Crush.
  “I give the guy credit: with the men and the materials, this is going to cost him money,” he added.

Chicago Ridge negotiating with firm for redevelopment of Yellow site

  • Written by Kevin M. Coyne

Chicago Ridge trustees on Tuesday voted to enter into negotiations with a company that village officials are hopeful will redevelop the abandoned trucking terminal at 103rd Street and Harlem Avenue.

The resolution of inducement is to show Weston Solutions that the village is looking to redevelop the site, and that the redevelopment is mutually beneficial to both the developer and the village, according to Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar.

The village is planning to create a tax increment financing (TIF) district that would include the trucking terminal, and would sell bonds to finance the redevelopment of the site where Yellow Trucking operated for many years. Redevelopment plans are still in the preliminary stages the board continues to seek bond council and assess the property value.

Tokar believes now is an auspicious time to create a TIF district that includes the trucking terminal property. He recalled the past two TIF district redevelopments in Chicago Ridge, saying each redevelopment paid back the debt before the 23 years allotted by Illinois TIF law.

Trustee Mike Davies challenged the decision to hire bond counsel and underwriting firm Shanahan and Shanahan of Chicago, noting the village did not seek bids from other bond counsel firms.

“Once we get to the actual creation of the TIF that’s when it would be appropriate to commit to a particular bond counsel. This is just a carrot to induce development,” Davies argued. ”I don’t think we need to commit to any particular bond counsel at this point.”

Village attorney George Witous disagreed with Davies.

“It is going to be necessary to be consulting bond counsel in relation to activities associated with this development and bond counsel is needed right now insofar as to finance the project the issuance of bonds is the crux of the project,” Witous said. “I have worked with this individual bond counsel and he has been trustworthy, reliable, knowledgeable and capable of dealing with the issues. My recommendation would be for the employment of this individual firm only because I know his work and I am well-satisfied with it and in relation to his fee structure he is well below the mean or median average of other bond counsel.”

In response to Witous’ recommendation, Davies said it would be nice to compare firms’ fees. The board has not had an opportunity to review anything, Davies said, adding that he believes it is the village’s fiduciary duty to review what could be a large contract.

“Mr. Shanahan has done good work for the village in the past that doesn’t obligate us to use Mr. Shanahan for this development,” Tokar added. “It’s not a decision that we have to make right now and I don’t want to have to make decisions until we have to make decisions.”