Focus on Seniors from 9-11-14

The Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 W. 97th St., Evergreen Park, offers the Driver Safety Class sponsored by AARP in October. The two-day class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2 and 3.
  The eight-hour refresher course is designed for motorists age 50 and older. Sign up for the class can be made in person, or by mailing a check made payable to AARP-$15 for members and $20 for non-members, a name, address and phone number to the Office of Citizens’ Service.
  In addition to updating your driving knowledge and skills, participants may be eligible for a discount on auto insurance after completing the course. For more information, call 422-8776.

Senior High-Dose Flu Vaccine Available This Year at Orland Township
  Orland Township is now offering senior high-dose flu vaccine for residents 65 and older at all of its flu shot clinics in 2014.
  Senior high-dose flu vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen than what is found in the regular vaccine. Antigen is the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody. Additional antigen creates a stronger immune response or more antibodies in the person receiving the vaccine.
  Residents 65 and older should consider this high-dose vaccine because human immune defenses become weaker with age and this places older people at greater risk from the influenza virus. Aging also decreases body’s ability to have a good immune response after receiving a flu vaccine.
  The senior high-dose vaccine is just as safe as the regular flu vaccine, but mild and temporary effects can occur. Most experience no effects with either vaccine.
  Flu vaccines will be offered at the township office, 14807 S. Ravina Ave., Orland Park, and local churches on the following dates: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, and Oct. 27; from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 22; from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 4 which is a drive-thru clinic.
  During fall, the senior high-dose vaccine will be offering four Sundays at various churches, including 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr, 17500 S. 84th Ave., Tinley Park; and from 8:30 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at St. Francis of Assisi, 15050 Wolf Rd., Orland Park.
  Residents 65 and older with Medicare Part B are eligible to receive the immunization free of charge. A Medicare Part B card must be presented at the time of vaccination. Those with an HMO/Medicare plan are not eligible for a free vaccination and should visit their primary care physician. Without Medicare Part B coverage the cost of the vaccine is $40.

  Proof of residency is required. Orland Township boundaries include Orland Hills, Orland Park (east of Will Cook Road and south of 135th Street), Tinley Park (west of Harlem and north of 183rd Street), and unincorporated Orland Park.
  For more information, call 403-4222, or visit

Evergreen Park Senior Citizens’ Council to Meet
  The next Evergreen Park Senior Citizens’ Council meeting, luncheon, and program will be held at 11: 30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Evergreen Park Senior Center, 9547 S. Homan Ave., which has ample parking in the rear of the building.
  After the luncheon, the entertainment will feature The Convertibles Barbershop Quartet harmonizing with songs from the 40’s and 50’s.
  Individuals can purchase their tickets for $6 each at the Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 W. 97th St. The ticket deadline is Monday, Sept. 15. For more information, call 422-8776.

Evergreen Park’s Office of Citizens’ Services Offers One Day Trips
  The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services, 3450 West 97th St., is inviting residents to two, one-day trips. The trips includes round-trip, motorcoach transportation.
  The first is to Wisconsin’s German town Wednesday, Sept. 24. The departure time is 7:15 a.m. and the group plans to return at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $81. Participants will visit Dhiensville Settlement, Bast Bell Museum, German Glass & Gift Shop and lunch at Alpine Retreat Restaurant in Hubertus, Wis. The reservation deadline is tomorrow, Friday.
  Another trip features” Christmas Remembered” Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Rosewood of Delavan. Departure is planned for 9:45 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Tickets are $83. After experiencing “farm to table” cuisine prepared by Chef John Schnupp, participants can spend time at Rosewood’s boutique retail shops, and then enjoy “Christmas Remembered.” It will be performed in a state of the art cabaret style theater. The reservation deadline is Saturday, Nov. 1.

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.

God’s son enjoyed God’s gift to us

  • Written by Anthony Scarano

Best of The Wine Guy


  Many people, for various reasons — religious, health or otherwise — question whether they should drink wine. Some believe wine to be no different than other alcoholic beverages, and that imbibing is morally wrong, dangerous or unhealthy.

  Well, wine is not wrong, dangerous or unhealthy if drunk in moderation. Drinking too much water can kill you, which just goes to prove all things, even those most essential to life, must be done in moderation.

  If everyone understood the health benefits of wine and that it can be a part of the daily diet with no adverse health effects, the world would be a healthier, happier place. It is a clinically-proven fact that wine can help people live longer, healthier lives than teetotalers.

Palos Heights Tastee-Freez named Kindness Company of the Month

  • Written by Tim Hadac

Tastee Freez in Palos Heights has been named “Kindness Company of the Month” by an organization dedicated to spreading kindness.

Diane Goerg, owner of the Tastee Freez at 11906 S. Harlem Ave., was given the award by Donald Triezenberg, a local business owner and “community champion” sponsor of The Kindness Revolution, a national not-for-profit dedicated to building a better world by encouraging kindness.

“It was a total surprise,” Goerg said about winning the award. “I had no idea I was receiving the honor, which saluted her “dedication to great service, kindness and generosity within the community.”

Mt. Greenwood’s post office could be named after ‘Herbie’

  • Written by Congressman Dan Lipinski’s office

  The House of Representatives Monday passed Congressman Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) bill, H.R. 3085, renaming Chicago’s Mount Greenwood post office as the Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office Building.

Johnson, known as “Herbie,” died on November 2, 2012, at 54, while battling flames in the attic of a two-story home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The building is located at 3349 West 111th Street in Chicago. H.R. 3085 now moves on to the Senate.

Shredding and e-recycling Saturday at Worth Township

Worth Township offers a shredding and electronics recycling event this Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the township, 11601 S. Pulaski Road.
People are encouraged to bring in their unnecessary and sensitive documents along with out-dated electronics. Shredding papers with sensitive information such as social security and credit card numbers is a good way to prevent identity theft. Electronic waste (e-waste) consists of computers, televisions, monitors, laptops, cell phones, DVD players, etc.
Worth Township is at 11601 S. Pulaski in Alsip. The event is sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Burke (D).