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Worth covets grant to fund road repairs

By Laura Bollin

By the summer of 2014, the village of Worth hopes to have nearly all roads currently deemed to be in "poor condition" repaved and repaired.

That goal can be achieved if the village receives a $400,000 community development block grant from the state of Illinois, according to Worth officials. Trustees voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution to apply for the grant.

Worth has 30 miles of roadways, said Mayor Randy Keller.

"This is great news," Keller said about the availability of the grant. "The plan is every 10 years your street will be repaved. We're doing about three miles a year."

Worth village engineer Michael Spolar said the village has received community development block grant funds for several years. Worth received $150,000 in 2012, funds which were used to repave Lloyd Drive.

The village will learn come April or May if it will get the grant, and if it does plans to go out to bid next February. The village will not use its Public Work Department to pave roads because contractor's equipment is typically larger and can pave more roadways in a shorter period of time.

"Eligible roadways are those that are in poor condition and are in low to modest income areas, according to census data," Spolar said. "The money can be used to improve roads, sewers and street lights."

Worth plans to repave 3.6 miles of roadways this year using a $300,000 block grant, Spolar said. The project will include resurfacing, repairing potholes, and in some cases repairing or replacing curbs, Spolar said. Work this year will include roads between 111th and 115th streets from Ridgeland to Nashville avenues, and along Home Avenue from Oak Park to Ridgeland avenues, Spolar said.

The 2014 project, which will include three miles of roadway, will repave 111th and 107th streets between Rutherford and Natchez avenues, and 109th Street from Worth to Oak Park avenues. By the summer of 2014, only one-tenth of roadway that is currently listed in "poor condition" in Worth will remain to be resurfaced, Spolar said.

Trustee Pete Kats said that the project was going well, and said a road map outlining the "poor roadway" areas in red marker was shrinking.

'That red area just keeps getting smaller and smaller, which is good," Kats said.

Ridge board hears proposal for online vehicle sticker pay

By Kelly White
Correspondent

Chicago Ridge residents may for the first time be able to purchase their vehicle stickers online.

Village officials at Tuesday's Village Board meeting discussed partnering with Third Millennium Associates for the purchase of vehicle stickers. Third Millennium Associates provides vehicle-licensing software designed to be a modern system that can efficiently manage a community's vehicle sticker program. The company has contracts with 80 communities in the Chicago area and 140 municipalities in Illinois.

"The fact is, it's 2013, people expect to have the option to do things online," said Chicago Ridge village Clerk Chuck Tokar.

Should the village move toward online purchasing, stickers will still be available at Village Hall.

"Many senior citizens or people unfamiliar with online bill pay can still come into the village and buy their sticker in person, as well, we expect that" Tokar said. "But at the same time, we expect that the number of in-person purchases of vehicle stickers will be greatly reduced.

"This program also gives us the potential to find people who have cars registered in Chicago Ridge that they do not obtain yearly vehicle stickers for," he explained, adding this could include garage-kept cars.

Under the terms of the proposed deal, Third Millenium would send out a mailing reminding residents to purchase their stickers. The company would install a database at Village Hall that would manage the applications, process any changes, and record the issuance of stickers.

Online purchasing of vehicle stickers would be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The board has decided, if the deal is approved, that there will not be a convenience fee for online ticker payment.

Since the village raised its sticker price from $10 to $20 it has been garnering an estimated $120,000 from annual vehicle sticker sales. The cost of software and postage through in the proposed deal would cost the village about $13,000, Tokar said. Trustee Dan Badon questioned the logic in that.

"We increased vehicle stickers and now we're considering taking a step back and decreasing overall revenue," Trustee Dan Badon said.

Vehicle stickers go on sale June 1. If the program is approved by the board, Third Millenium will send out mailings to residents at the end of April.

Library Notes

Evergreen Park

After School Homework Help is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both teachers are bilingual (English and Spanish).

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The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522.

Green Hills

Adult Winter Reading Club through Feb. 25 will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Prizes include a Nook Color, Kindle Fire, gift certificates to local restaurants and bookstores, and more. Register at the information desk or at greenhillslibrary.org.

Youth Winter Reading Club, "Reading is SNOW Much Fun!" for youths in kindergarten through eighth grade will be during the same period. Weekly prizes will be awarded. Register at the youth services desk or at greenhillslibrary.org.

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The library has an eBook service, Axis 360, through which users can download bestselling eBooks for as many as 21 days directly onto a device using the Blio software application. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Place holds on items that are checked out. Service is only available to Green Hills cardholders. To start browsing visit http://ghpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com. For more information call 598-8446.

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The library is collecting first-person accounts of stories of military service to be donated to the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress. The library is seeking photos, memoirs, and wartime diaries from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call 598-8446 for more information.

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The library offers Freegal Music, a downloadable music service that provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog. The catalog offers hundreds of thousands of songs in more than 100 genres of music.

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The library's Media on Demand program enables patrons to download best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music and video. No late fees. Works include best-selling novels, well-known classics and self-improvement guides. For more information visit mediaondemand.org.

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The library has a scanner available to the public. Pictures, documents, etc., can be scanned and sent to an email, printer or USB device.

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The library offers TumbleBooks!, a collection of animated talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation). Visit greenhills.lib.il.us or call 598-8446, Ext. 117, for more information.

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The Green Hills Public Library is at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The phone number is 598-8446.

Oak Lawn

The Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation will present a "Movie and Dessert" fundraiser Thursday, Feb. 14. The Valentine's Day event includes a screening of the drama "Chocolat" (PG-13) and sweets provided by local area bakeries and restaurants. The film starts at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Register and pay (cash or check) by Sunday, Feb. 10 at the library's reception booth. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event.

In "Chocolat" a woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. Starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Alfred Molina.

Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization governed by volunteer community members. The Foundation was started in 1993 to seek private sector support for maintaining the excellence of materials and services offered by the Oak Lawn Public Library.

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"Wrigley Field's Last World Championship: The 1963 Chicago Bears" with sports historian Charles Billington will be Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Billington will discuss the uniqueness of pro football during that era, analyze rare film footage of the championship game and identify why so many years of failure followed this legendary team.

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Donuts with Daddies for children 3 to 8 years old will be Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Event will feature stories, crafts and delicious donuts. Advance registration required.

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The library now offers movie check-out for free. Check-out periods are seven days with no renewals. Oak Lawn residents may check out up to 10 films at a time.

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The library offers "Temporary Online Patron Registration." Fill out a registration form at oak lawnlibrary.org/librarycards2.shtml, and visit the Circulation Desk within 14 days to receive a permanent card. Proof of residency in Oak Lawn is required.

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The library has the newest and most popular titles and resources in its collection of eBooks, Blu-Ray and DVDs (movies and TV series), CDs for a range of music interests, and hard copy books. The library also has a language learning program and databases. During September, new library card-holders will add a leaf to the tree in the Cook Avenue foyer and be eligible to enter a drawing for a book of their choice (one child prize and one adult/young adult prize up to $35 value each). Cards are available to Oak Lawn residents at the Circulation Desk. Bring an ID and proof of address.

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Books, tapes and CDs not found at the library can be requested online from another library. For more information call the Interlibrary Loan department or stop by the Help Desk on the first floor.

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"Images of America: Oak Lawn" by Oak Lawn Library local history coordinator Kevin Korst contains more than 200 photographs with captions and chapter introductions, and highlights the many aspects of Oak Lawn's history including Round-Up Days and the 1967 Tornado. The book is available for purchase at the library's Reception Booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Book sales benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation. A corresponding photo exhibit is on display and features more than 100 historic Oak Lawn images and dozens of artifacts. The display is in the Local History Room on the library's second floor. For more information contact Korst at 422-4990.

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The library offers "Accessible Archives," an electronic resource available at oaklawnlibrary.org. Click on the "Research" tab and select the icon for "Accessible Archives." The collection features historic periodicals and books and provides eyewitness accounts and editorial observations of events, genealogical records, county histories and Godey's "Lady's Book" - a magazine published to entertain, inform and educate women of America. The Civil War collection is noteworthy and presents coverage based on various historical perspectives.

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The Freegal music service is available on the library's website, oaklawnlibrary.org. Patrons may download up to three songs a week from the Sony catalog with their library card. Freegal includes millions of songs and requires no software to install. Files that can be played on any device including iPods. For more information visit oaklawnlibrary.org.

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The Oak Lawn Public Library is at 5300 W. 95th St. The phone number is 422-4990.

Worth

The library subscribes to Zinio, an online magazine stand that enables patrons to read magazines on computers, tablets or phones using web browsers and apps. Must have Worth Library card. Zinio is accessible at worthlibrary.com.

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The library offers Try-It Illinois, which allows access to 300 free databases from more than 40 vendors. Access Try-It at worthlibrary.com (login and password is available at the library).

What's Going On


MWRD commissioner in Chicago Ridge

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patrick Daley Thompson will address the Chicago Ridge Village Seniors at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Chicago Ridge Village Hall, 10455 Ridgeland Ave.Thompson will talk about the overview of the district.

Thompson was elected to the MWRD in November 2012. He chairs the Industrial Waste and Water Pollution, and the Monitoring and Research committees. He is vice chairman of the Information Technology and Judiciary Committee.

Thompson received his bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and his law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Remembering Megan

Remembering Megan, a candlelight bowl to celebrate what would have been the 14th birthday of Oak Lawn resident Megan Hurckes, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Arena Bowl, 4700 W. 10rd St. in Oak Lawn. Tickets are $15 and includes bowling and shoes. There will be raffle drawings and a cash bar. Sponsor a lane for $150. Make checks payable to the Megan Hurckes Scholarship Fund, 7036 W. 96th St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453. For more information call 599-7302.