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.
Michael B. BarrettMichael 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.
The Beverly Arts Center’s 2014 Professional Theater Series opens Jan. 11 with “BAC to Broadway,” a cabaret show featuring music from Broadway shows. The two shows are available at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The three-show series continues with “Songs for a New World” in March and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” in June.
All productions will be performed at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets to “BAC to Broadway” are $20 and proceeds from the show will benefit the BAC Professional Theatre Series. Tickets for “Songs for a New World” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” are $22 each, $20 for Beverly Arts Center members. Patrons buying tickets to all three shows will pay $60, and the price is $54 for BAC members. For tickets and more information, call 773-445-3838, or visit www.beverlyartcenter.org.
“BAC to Broadway” will feature Michael Mejia, Ryan Westwood, Megan Kearney, Don Abbott, Ricky Harris, Tim Stompanato, Warren Jackson and Frazee. These professional actors are connected to the BAC by having performed or taught there. They are bringing their talents to raise funds for the upcoming shows in the BAC Professional Theater Series.
Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, “Songs for a New World” is a musical without a plot that features songs focused on one theme: the transformative changes that occur when something momentous happens. The show will be staged at the BAC March 28 through 30.
Named for a song by Fats Waller and paying tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 30s, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is filled with terrific music from the heyday of the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom. The BAC performances will be June 13 through 15.
The Hickory Hills Community Center, 7800 W. 89th Pl., will host blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Walk-ins are welcome. There will be free food and a free raffle available to donors. For more information, call LifeSource at 877-543-3768.
Embroiderers Guild to Meet Day and Night
The Beverly Hills Embroiderers’ Guild will hold its regular monthly day meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The meeting will feature “Bayeux Tapestry” presented by Jeanne McDonald. The evening group meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and will be featuring an original ornament “Let’s go sledding!” design on perforated paper. Individuals are urged to attend a meeting at no charge or obligation if they are interested in sharing their hand-stitching skills. The meetings run from September through April. For more information, call 425-6793.
Legion hosts three events
Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991 of Worth will sponsor a Texas Hold ’Em from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Toyota Park, 7000 W. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview. Live cash games and “Sit N Go” tournaments will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and run throughout the event. There will be a variety of cash games at different monetary levels offered. For more information, call 448-6699, or visit ChicagoPokerLive.com.
The post’s Friday Night Fish Fry will begin March 7 and end April 18 at the post, 11001 S. Depot St.
A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held Saturday, March 8, also at the post.Orland Park
Crisis Center annual gala plans underway; raffle sales begin
Plans are underway for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s Heart to Heart Dinner Dance, to be held on Saturday Feb. 22, at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.
The annual fundraiser will include cocktails and dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment by The Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee Duo, and raffle drawing with seven cash prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000.
Raffle tickets are now on sale, priced at just $50 each, and can be divided among several purchasers. Tickets may be purchased on the Crisis Center’s website at www.crisisctr.org/events. Once the order is complete, a raffle ticket will be mailed to the purchaser. A ticket order form (also available online) can be downloaded and mailed with payment to the Crisis Center, P.O. Box 39, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Only 500 tickets will be sold and raffle tickets make great holiday gifts.
Ad book advertising space and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Several CCSS supporters have already signed up for sponsorships, including Advocate Christ Medical Center, Sheet Metal Werks (Diamond Sponsors) and Thornton Township, All Seasons Pools and Spas, Inc., Judge John T. and Janet Doody, and St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society, Oak Lawn (Bronze Sponsors).
Event tickets will be available soon. Contact Christopher Beele at 429-7255, Ext. 118 for reservations, sponsorships, and additional information.
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and address the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.
Visit www.crisisctr.org for more information on the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, ways to support its mission, and the services it provides.
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.