Walgreens to pay for fences in Evergreen

By Laura Bollin

A Walgreens will stand at the southeast corner of 95th Street and Pulaski Road in Evergreen Park by the end of 2013, and residents in the Crawford Gardens subdivision will have privacy fences built along their property lines to shield their views of the drug store parking lot.

Walgreens will pay for the privacy wall, which will be eightfeet high prefabricated fences or concrete walls and erected along the south side of the Walgreens property, from Harding Avenue to Pulaski Road, according to Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton. Fences will be adjacent to residential driveways, according to the village's ordinance.

Village trustees on Feb. 18 voted to adopt an to vacate the alleys near Walgreens south of 95th Street east of Pulaski Road, and west of Harding Avenue. Walgreens paid the village $150,000 for use of the alleys, Sexton said.

"Rather than give a big corporation something for nothing, we decided we would charge them," Sexton said.

Walgreens will also pay for cul-de-sac improvements at 95th Street and Harding Avenue. The cul-de-sac will be one-way northbound, and will be a "pork chop" turnaround intended to prevent cars leaving Walgreens from going south on Harding Avenue, Sexton said. The village does not want Walgreens customers driving through the adjacent residential neighborhood.

The store is expected to generate between $80,000 and $100,000 in annual sales tax revenues for the village, Sexton said.

Palos Hills bar owner to construct outdoor dining

By Kelly White

The new owner of a restaurant and bar in Palos Hills is taking on the former proprietor's attempt to build an outdoor dining area.

Louis Chrysanthou recently purchased the bar formerly known as the Village Pub, 9750 Roberts Road, and renamed it Philly T's. The establishment held a grand opening last Friday and had a "great turnout," according to Palos Hills Mayor Jerry Bennett, who attended the event.

Chrysanthou, whose family for years owned The Rusty Nail Lounge in Oak Lawn, will continue former Village Pub owner Ron Lautereach's attempt to build an outdoor dining area. Lautereach's proposal, which included paving an area behind the building and surrounding it with a six-foot-tall wooden fence, was approved last year by the Palos Hills City Council. Lautereach, however, did not construct the outdoor area before selling the pub to Chrysanthou.

Bennett told Chrysanthou at the City Council's meeting Feb. 21 that the owner needs not submit a new outdoor dining proposal as long as he adheres to the guidelines originally given to Lautereach. Chrysanthou has indicated he will be compliant on meeting the approved guideless, Bennett said.

Chrysanthou hopes to have the outdoor dining area open by summer. Philly T's is a bi-level bar that features karaoke upstairs and a sports downstairs. Food is served until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Mayor on 'The Mac'

Palos Hills Mayor Jerry Bennett will be on "The Ed McElroy Show" to air at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 11 on Comcast channel 19.

Remembering MLK

Third- and fourth-graders at St. Bernadette Catholic Academy presented a timeline of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at an assembly last month. Students also participated in a prayer service and recited parts of King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Seen here are Zarianna Oakely (front row, from left), William Sullivan, Elijah Amoh, Richard Jacobson and Romeo Hughes; David Alexander (middle, from left), Ifechukumere Okolo, Trinit Caples, Myal Hill, Reginald Sykes III, Chioma Okolo and Caleb Jennings; and Dameon Hall (top, from left), Connor McKoewn, Austin Mayer, Adam Viravec and Joshua Rickette.

SXU's Theology South will discuss homelessness

Benedictine Sisters of Chicago Prioress Patricia Crowley, O.S.B., will discuss the issue of homelessness on Thursday, March 7 at the next lecture in Saint Xavier University's Theology South series.

The program will take place in the Butler Reception Room, in the Warde Academic Center at SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The lecture, titled "We All Need a Home … A Perspective on Homelessness in Our Times?," begins with coffee at 9 a.m., and the lecture and question-and-answer session are scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. It is open to the public and costs $6.

Crowley became a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago in 1958. From 1991 to 2004, she served as executive director of Deborah's Place, a not-for-profit organization that provides shelter, supportive housing, and services to homeless women in Chicago. Under her leadership, Deborah's Place became the largest provider of housing and shelter for women in Chicago.