Palos Hills officials discuss combatting snow on hot summer night

  • Written by Michael Gilbert

The temperature may have soared near 90 degrees last Thursday, but Palos Hills officials had snow, sleet and all things winter on their minds.

The city council voted 9-0 last week to enter into a contract for road salt with the Michigan-based Compass Minerals in an amount not to exceed $51.44 per ton for up to 800 tons of salt. Ald. Joan Knox (1st Ward) was absent.

The Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. submitted the only other bid at 54.74 per ton, Ald. Mark Brachman (2nd Ward) said. The city estimated the price of salt would come in at $65 per ton.

"It was a great price," Dave Weakley, the city's public works commissioner, said of the salt coming in nearly $14 per ton less than expected. "Last year's mild winter created a surplus of salt and we were able to benefit from it."

"It's well below our estimation," Brachman added. "The bid (for all 800 tons) comes in at $41,100 and our engineer's estimate was $52,000."

Palos Hills only used 400 tons of salt last year, Weakley said. The city typically dispenses around 800 tons of salt on streets each year, he said. Palos Hills still has around 300 tons of salt in a storage facility located east of Moraine Valley Community College, Weakley added.

The contract calls for the salt to be delivered as-needed and Weakley noted the city does not need to accept the supply all at once.

"The salt is delivered on demand," Weakley said. "We don't need to take the whole 800 at the same time."

He added should the winter once again be mild Palos Hills is not obligated to purchase all 800 tons and instead the city would simply pay for what it uses.

In other news, Ald. Joe Marrotta (4th Ward) reminded the council and a handful of residents in attendance that the inaugural City of Palos Hills National Night Out will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 at Town Square Park, 8455 W. 103rd St.

National Night Out is a nationwide event first held in 1984 to promote crime and drug prevention and strengthen the relationship a community has with its police department. Around 16,000 communities have held a National Night Out but never has one occurred in Palos Hills.

“This event allows our police the opportunity to interact with local agencies and residents to help build community camaraderie,” Marrotta said.

The event, which is sponsored by the City of Palos Hills, Green Hills Public Library, North Palos Fire Protection District and the Palos Hills Police Department, is to feature live music, face painting, free popcorn and the opportunity to meet and interact with first responders, Ald. Dawn Nowak (5th Ward) said.

Representatives of Cook County Clerk David Orr will be on hand to help register residents to vote, and Nowak and Alde.Ricky Moore (4th Ward) will be present to explain various benefits available to veterans of the United States military. Attendees can also make a monetary donation or donate toiletries at the National Night Out that that will be sent to soldiers stationed overseas.

“It’s going to be a nice night to meet your police officers and firefighters and see your neighbors,” Nowak said.

“It’s a good thing,” Ald. Pauline Stratton (2nd Ward) said of the National Night Out. “We’re encouraging our residents to come out and meet our police and see what they do.”

Also at the meeting Palos Hills officials approved issuing a liquor license for Palos Diner, 8052 W. 111th St.

The license will allow the 10-year-old restaurant to sell beer and wine onsite. Palos Diner is open until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and has a lunch and dinner menu in addition to its breakfast options.

Hickory Hills considers program that will pick up hazardous materials at your door

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

The Hickory Hills Council members heard a possible solution during last Thursday’s meeting for residents who would like to dispose of electronics and hazardous materials.

Mike Morley, municipal marketing manager in the Chicago southwest area for Waste Management, presented details on a new program, At the Door Recycling, which could become available to single-family homes currently serviced by Waste Management Recycling.

Morley said that the program is simple and allows for residents who have electronics or paint, cleaning chemicals, oil or gardening chemicals, pool chemicals and other items that need to be safely disposed of to do so by contacting At the Door Recycling and set a date for pick-up. The customer will be asked to describe the amount and size of materials to be picked up.

The customer will then receive a large heavy-duty plastic bag in the mail for the disposable material. The pick-up is generally 10 to 14 days after the initial call. The resident will be instructed to leave the bag for pick-up in front of their garage, rather than at the curb.

However, the service does not come without a cost. Morley said adding the service to the current recycling customers would cost $1.25 per month, or $15 per year. Billing would be done through the city, if the council agrees to add the program to the current contract with Waste Management.

“A customer could call for pick-ups as many times as he wanted during the year,” said Morley.

Mayor Pro-Tem Scott Zimmerman (Mayor Mike Howley was absent due to a work commitment) asked if it would be possible for the city to do a one-year contract with At the Door. Morley replied that could be arranged.

“I think it is a good idea. It is actually the future that will benefit from not having to deal with hazardous materials,” said Zimmerman. He added that it was good information and that the council would be reviewing the details before a decision is made.

Morley said there are currently seven municipalities in the northern suburbs using the program and it was recently started in Plainfield. A report is provided to the municipalities as to who used the program and what types of materials were being picked up.

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Moraine prepares to serve up supply chain breakfast

  • Written by By Kelly White

Supply chain management is becoming a popular area of study at Moraine Valley Community College.

The college will be hosting a supply chain breakfast titled “Forging New Links in Your Supply Chain” for students and current business men and women from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 on campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, Building M, Room 2.

Supply chain management is the flow of goods and services. It includes the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

At the breakfast, moderated by Mike Johl, supply chain faculty and program coordinator at Moraine, attendees will be able to learn about trends, challenges and career path metrics in the logistics industry.

“We want to create awareness about the program for current practitioners and students enrolled in the program and those looking to enroll,” Johl said.

Johl has 38 years of experience as senior management, working as the region communication manager at UPS. He retired in 2008 and decided to continue a career path instilling the importance of supply chain management to others.

“Education has always been important to UPS and the company has been working alongside Moraine Valley for many years,” Johl said.

The UPS team offers part–time positions where employees can participate in the Education Assistance program. The program is available in most UPS locations across the nation and aims to tie education to career goals.

“UPS has been instrumental in shaping the program at Moraine Valley,” Johl said. “Instituting something like this to newer part-time supervisors gets them basic industry knowledge with the help they need to grow in their careers over time.”

The keynote speaker at the March breakfast will be Neil Reddy, executive director of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, which created the Certified Logistics Assistant and certified Logistics Technician certifications, among others at the college.

Other topics and panel members will be Robert Markatos, senior manager of Global Supply Chain at Ingredion, and Tim Bend, manager of Learning and Development at UPS Integrad. They will speak about training for tomorrow in the supply chain management world.

The program began at Moraine six years ago, according to Johl, who came to the college three years ago.

“The college has hosted supply chain events before but have not had one for a few years now,” Johl said.

Johl, along with department heads, is responsible for organizing the breakfast in hopes to spread the world about career opportunities available in the supply chain management field. The breakfast is anticipating from 50 to 100 attendees.

People who work in distribution, transportation, warehousing, shipping/receiving, dispatching professionals, business owners and managers, educations, supply chain students and economic developers are encouraged to attend this program.

Vaccine may have adverse effect on young girls

  • Written by Dee Woods


In my last column, I related the early Canadian warning to readers regarding the mixture of Plavix (anti-coagulant) and Prandin (for type 2 diabetes). I wrote of how the combination could create low blood sugar and in some cases, even death. I also related that the Canadian Health Services have warned their physicians, while American doctors continue to mix the drugs.

At any rate, no sooner had I finished that article, when I came upon another warning about a common vaccine. I wrote about the problems with the vaccine over six years ago; warning parents of young girls to investigate and read up on Gardasil and to be informed and wary of the human papillomavirus drug (HPV). I wrote of the many problems, including deaths and complaints regarding the drug.       

Well, it turns out that six years later, the American College of Pediatricians is warning of even newer possible adverse events from Gardasil. It seems another possible adverse event occurring in some young women is a condition known as POF (premature ovarian failure). That means it is suspected that some young girls having had the vaccine are prematurely going through the change of life!

How awful if they ever planned on motherhood. The authors were very careful in their assessment and explained that this condition was occurring in some young girls who had the vaccine. The POF occurred from two weeks after the vaccine to a year out. They are also concerned that the POF may occur even later than one year and doctors may not associate it to the vaccine.

Dr. Scott S. Field was the major author of the warning. One of the statements made in the article after explaining the information regarding the cases of POF after the Gardasil vaccination was: “Nevertheless there are legitimate concerns that should be addressed: (1) long-term ovarian function was not assessed in either the original rat safety studies 3,4 or in the human vaccine trials; (2) most primary care physicians are probably unaware of a possible association between HPV4 and POF and may not consider reporting POF cases or prolonged amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS); (3) potential mechanisms of action have been postulated based on autoimmune associations with the aluminum adjuvant used 1 and previously documented ovarian toxicity in rats from another component, polysorbate 80,2 ; and (4) since licensure of Gardasil in 2006, there have been about 213 VAERS reports (per the publicly available CDC WONDER VAERS database) involving amenorrhea, POF or premature menopause, 88 percent of which have been associated with Gardasil. 5 The two-strain HPV2, CervarixTM, was licensed late in 2009 and accounts for 4.7 percent of VAERS amenorrhea reports since 2006, and 8.5 percent of those reports from February 2010 through May 2015. This compares to the pre-HPV vaccine period from 1990 to 2006 during which no cases of POF or premature menopause and 32 cases of amenorrhea were reported to VAERS.”

Two adjuvants of the vaccine are polysorbate 80 and aluminum. Could that pose a problem? Would you purposely ingest either?

Problems occurred as well in France. Michele Ravasi explained Gardisil is on the list of drugs under surveillance. They are concerned about side effects.

Then there’s one very brave director of the Utah Department of Health. On Feb. 11, the Salt Lake Tribune reported the director of the Utah Department of Health, Dr. David Blodgett, explained he did not like the fact that Gardasil was fast-tracked through the Food and Drug Administration and believes its benefits were oversold by Merck. He also complained the price was exceptionally high for the vaccine and suggested, “The science wasn’t good…We had physicians in our community arguing that we not make it available.”

Just remember the FDA and the drug industry has revolving doors whereby both tend to hire one another’s representatives.

Think about the problems with the rotavirus vaccine that was contaminated with a pig virus. All government agencies assured us not to worry. I mean…what’s a little pig virus to your children? Then there was Rezulin for diabetes. It was going to eliminate diabetes, but instead, it eliminated a few livers and had to be taken off the market. Oh, and let’s not forget the polio vaccine that was contaminated with SV40, the Simian virus that can cause cancer.

They are saying the evidence has not proven to be strong (but they think it’s quite a coincidence). However, more studies should be conducted. You have to decide for yourself and your children.

I would just suggest that each person getting the vaccine read the report from the College of Pediatricians first. It might open a few eyes to the risk versus benefit aspect of the vaccine.

Don’t get me wrong, we need some vaccines and we need some medications, but America is overdosed and the relationship between the makers of drugs and the FDA, can at times, cause us to wonder. Always remember…follow the money….

Dee Woods can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evergreen Park to honor memory of fallen firefighter by renaming ice rink

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins


Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton said that an ice rink will be named in memory of a fallen firefighter who worked for the village.

Sexton also announced during the village board meeting on Monday night that the dedication service for naming the ice rink at 9000 S. Kedzie Ave. in honor of Daniel Capuano will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the park.

Capuano, 42, a Chicago firefighter for 15 years who had also served Evergreen Park part-time for 16 years, was killed in the line of duty on Dec.14, 2015, leaving a wife and three children. Board members said he was known as a devoted family man and was active in coaching his sons in hockey.

The mayor also informed residents at the meeting that they are in for a great culinary experience in April when a new restaurant, The Crazey Crab, opens at 9204 S. Western Ave., Evergreen Park.

Trustees voted unanimously at the Monday board meeting to approve a business certificate for the business, owned by Mike Lester and Mike Johnson and d/b/a Chicago Famous Seafood, LLLC.

Sexton described the planned menu items as down-home, Louisiana style goodness. The owner added that the restaurant is unique in the fact that most of its menu items are boiled instead of fried.

“All of the fish and vegetables, corn, broccoli, etc., are boiled, providing a unique, healthier flavor,” said Lester.

The owners will also be applying for a beer and wine liquor license. “We won’t have a sit-down bar, but patrons will be able to order drinks,” said Lester. The facility is expected to seat about 140.

Sexton urged him to get all his paper work in and to deliver all design plans and applications himself, in order to speed up the process.

“We want to get you in business, the sooner your cash registers start ringing, the sooner we get our share,” Sexton said, laughing.

The mayor also cautioned that the owners may want to reserve more space at the location. “I think the business is going to be a huge success.” The opening is tentatively planned for mid-April.

The trustees also approved an ordinance amendment to allow for an expansion at Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, located at 2855 W. 95th St. The expansion will provide room for a sit-down bar in the restaurant.

Also approved was a resolution to provide village maintenance of streets and highways through Dec. 31 in the amount of $490,000. The resolution is approved annually.

In other action, approval was given to the purchase of a new ambulance at a cost of $138,933 to replace an ambulance purchased in 2001. Sexton said the purchase was a budgeted item.

Also, permission was granted to Public Works to go out for bids on the demolition of buildings located at 2942 and 2946 W. 95th St. The property will then provide additional parking for businesses in the area.