Palos Hills mayor lauds Public Works for slaying the snowstorm

  • Written by Kelly White, Correspondent

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.”

2013 — Focusing on what matters

  • Written by Amy Richards

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
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.

Park Clips from 1-2-14

Chicago Ridge
  Ongoing: The Chicago Ridge Park District is taking team registration for 4th through 8th grade boys basketball and girls volleyball leagues. For registration information, please call 708-423-3959 or visit our website

Evergreen Park
  The Evergreen Park Recreation Department is headquartered at the Village Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St., but holds programs in various locations throughout the village. For more information, or to register for a class, call 229-3373.
  Jan. 7: The Recreation Department starts its tumbling class for children ages 4 years and older. The class will introduce some basic skills and adding more advanced skills such as running round offs, front and back walk-overs, and front and back handsprings for returning students. Classes are held Tuesdays at the Village Activity Center, 3228 W. 98th St. The fee is $73 for a 45-minute class or $7 for a one-hour class for eight weeks.
  Jan. 11: This is the last day to register for the winter soccer league for boys and girls ages 4 through 13. The goal of the indoor soccer league will be to promote enjoyment, learning, and individual development for all participants. The intent of the program is to let the children have fun, to instruct them in the fundamentals and rules of the game. Games will be played on Saturday mornings for 4,5 and 6 year olds, and Saturday afternoons for children 7 through 13 year olds. The fee is $65 for eight weeks. Games will be played at the Village Activity Center, 3228 W. 98th St., or Evergreen Park High School, 99th Street and Kedzie Ave.
  Jan. 11: Cooking class for children ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 11 years old begins. Participants in the culinary class will be learning the basics of cooking as well as baking. Students will be able to eat everything made in class. Classes will be held at the Community Center. Other dates for the classes are Saturday, Feb. 1 and March 8. The 6 to 8 year olds time will cook from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the 9 to 11 year olds from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fee for each class is $15 for 6 to 8 year olds, and $20 for 9 to 11 year olds.

Oak Lawn
  Ongoing: Duplicate bridge will be held at 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Oak View Center. Cost is $7 per person and includes a light lunch. For more information, call 857-2200.

  Headquarters for the Worth Park District is located at the Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave. For more information, or to register, call 448-7080. The Winter/Spring Worth Park District program guide has arrived and registration has begun.
  Jan. 8: Registration is due for the Worth Park District Senior Lunch Bunch’s next trip to Ditka’s in Oakbrook Jan. 15. Participants are asked to register one week prior to each trip at $8 per resident and $12 for on-residents. The trip leaves from the Terrace Centre at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to return by 2 p.m.
  Ongoing: Pickle Ball will be at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Pickle Ball is a cross between tennis and ping-pong and involves strategies such as lobbing, drive shots and overhead slams. Cost is $1.
  Ongoing: Open gym basketball is offered at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1.
  Ongoing: The Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., has an indoor playground featuring slides, a climbing wall, tree house and more for children who can walk through 4 years old. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fee is $1 for residents, $2 for non-residents. For more information call 448-7080 or visit

Benefits & Fundraisers from 1-2-14

 Community residents are asked to bring their gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats to Neat Repeats Resale. They are also looking for new and gently used children’s winter clothing and toys. Donations are accepted daily at either store, 7026 W. 111th St., Worth, or 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park. For more information, call the Worth store at 361-6860, or the Orland Park location at 364-7605. Neat Repeats is now open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
  All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.
  Neat Repeats Resale stores are looking for volunteers to work in their stores in Worth and Orland Park. Volunteers are asked to give five hours a week to make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence. Volunteers can develop new skills and help in their community. Volunteer Recruitment Day is Saturday, Dec. 7th and those interested can visit the stores in Orland Park at 9028 W. 159th St. or in Worth at 7026 W. 111th St. Attendees will be given a tour, a chance meet other volunteers, and learn why Neat Repeats is a great place to volunteer. For more information, call the store manager either in Orland Park at 364-7605, or Worth at 361-6860.
  All sales at Neat Repeats Resale benefit the clients served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence.