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SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY FEBRUARY 2005 1 PRESORTED S O U T H HOLLAND STANDARD U.S.POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #4 SO.HOLLAND, IL TODAY CARRIER ROUTE PRESORT FOR POSTAL CUSTOMER SOUTH HOLLAND, IL FEBRUARY 2005 Published by the Village of South Holland • 16226 Wausau Ave.• South Holland, IL 60473 • (708)210-2900 South Holland 2005 and beyond Building on our past, casting that places great emphasis on spiritual progress called our “Model Community vision for our future and moral values. These traditional Initiative.” values of Faith and Family have been We have been designing our plan for by Don A. De Graff the foundation for our residents and the future based on, and building from, Village President businesses. Consequently, our differ- our past. It is a plan designed with no rest ences have been minimized and our faith in sight! It provides a format for us to Dear Residents and Friends in God and each other has been cooperate with and facilitate communi- of the Village of South Holland: strengthened. It is exciting to see! cation between our churches, schools, As I sit in my office today, excited and What about our Future in 2005 and businesses, service organizations and looking forward to what this year has in beyond? Our mission in South Holland is neighborhoods to produce a very special store, I realize how blessed I am to have a “unity of purpose” intended to serve spirit of unity. Yes, we are confidently been born and raised in South Holland. It each other and in so doing seek to moving forward, having never been Don A. De Graff, Village President has also been a great experience to have provide for the highest quality of life for stronger, more diverse and more ready been granted the privilege of serving this all South Holland residents. We seek to economically, socially and spiritually to Our South Holland Community Center Village now for over 10 years as your be recognized as a model community in face our future. has experienced unprecedented atten- Mayor. the Chicago southland region. In fact, on 2004 has been a building block for dance. Local and regional businesses, as As a young boy growing up, I saw many occasions, we have shared our accomplishing our goals in 2005, well as community and service organiza- South Holland evolve from farming to a master plan with you, which is a work in assuring us that South Holland’s future tions have recognized our meeting rooms bedroom community to a regional will be even brighter than its past. In as an excellent venue for productivity. leading suburbia with a thriving business 2004, we completed an early retirement In 2004 we saw the completion of the community, which has expanded and ...we are confidently incentive program. Some excellent 170th Street bridge, municipal roads extended the Chicago metropolitan area. leaders and employees retired, and we resurfaced, sidewalks repaired and other As your Mayor, I have witnessed first moving forward, having were successful in bringing up new major public work projects and services hand the strengths, weaknesses, opportu- never been stronger, leaders, allowing us to infuse our for our residents and businesses. Perhaps nities and challenges that have character- government with new ideas through the most satisfaction came from knowing ized our growing and diverse commu- more diverse and more experienced personnel. There was mil- that since the completion of the Thorn nity. We have a rich and distinctive history. ready economically, lions of dollars of economic develop- ment, rising property values, crime at Creek Diversion Tunnel in 2003, we have successfully diverted approxi- The constant throughout this history has socially and spiritually historically low levels, expanded recre- mately 1.3 billion gallons of water away been the love and goodness of God, ational programs for youth and seniors from homes and businesses and into the whose presence has been very evident to face our future. and an ever-growing unity of purpose in Thornton Quarry, saving our residents and has united us as a people. South Don A. De Graff our churches, schools, businesses and and business owners considerable frus- Holland, a “Community of Churches,” Mayor service organizations that give us great has long been characterized as a Village optimism for 2005 and beyond. (continued on page 2) Look inside! Students focus on Black History Month By Cindy Cruz Student Council. Kindergarten students about their accomplishments and why they Area schools have scheduled a number of will start each morning talking about an are remembered. Teachers will also try to activities to observe Black History Month. important person in black history – a relate to the kids that they can do important Madison School in District 151 began things too. Second graders will do reports reading The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King on African American Spiritual Leaders. with their fifth grade classes during the Fourth grade students will attend the Dr. The latest in commuter rail month of January. The book focuses on the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration being technology ................................ p. 2 life of Dr. King and the struggle for civil held at Governor’s State University. They rights. The fourth graders are reading will also do a black history report, bulletin Minnie Saves the Day, and studying the boards and watch videos about African historical pages about the Great Migration Americans. to Chicago and the historic black neighbor- Black History Month activities at hoods in the city. On Feb. 18, the students Thornwood High School include an will perform short skits at an all school African American Art Contest, Unity assembly portraying the progress of Black Ribbon Sale, African Dress Days, histori- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. History in America. The First Reformed cal facts and trivia questions, an African- event ......................................... p. 4 Church in South Holland has again invited American History Month Assembly on Madison School to share their experiences Feb. 4, Poetry Slam on February 8, Soul as they celebrate Black History Month. Jeopardy on February 17, a Film Fest on District 151’s Eisenhower School will hold Feb. 22 and Bake Sale on Feb. 24. In its Black History Program on Tuesday, observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Luther King Jr. students wrote their own Students at Calvary Academy will have leader, an athlete, a singer – and students dream on a banner commemorating Dr. Wonderfully Designed exhibit ...... p. 7 the opportunity to participate in a Black King. will make a bulletin board of all the people History Jeopardy Game sponsored by the they have learned about. Students will learn 2 FEBRUARY 2005 SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY 2005 and beyond... equity, fairness, needed transportation, (continued from front page) jobs and new economic development to South Holland and the Chicago S O U T H H O L L A N D tration and millions of dollars. This is a Southland! major success for which we are both In 2005, we will witness the dawn of proud and grateful. the renaissance of downtown South In 2004, there was over $28 million in Holland, ultimately creating new hous- economic development and re-develop- ment, which will be completed in 2005. These projects include large expansions to existing companies like Carl Buddig and Ed Miniat, Inc., South Holland’s ing opportunities and signature shop- ping. The plan includes a Metra Station in the next six to eight years that will provide better access to jobs and cultural amenities, and attract new businesses SALUTES major food processing manufacturers. and economic development around the By Marlene Cook also recognized as State Scholars. They Brand new developments include the rail line. include Dremil Collier, Jacqueline Daniel Martin, a student at South Thomas Nissan Dealership, Providence Saldarriaga and Jennifer Tiller. Suburban College, was one of 30 students Bank, First National Bank of Illinois, nationally to receive a Phi Theta Kappa Garrick A. Bradley II, 13, son of LaSalle Office Park, and Illinois Trans- Leaders of Promise Scholarship award of Garrick and Vanessa Bradley and a student port. $1,000 to further his associate degree of Coolidge Middle Our festivities such as the Memorial studies. School, will partici- Day Parade, Independence Day Celebra- pate as a delegate in Marchell Broadway earned a Bachelor tion, Heritage Fest, Mayor’s Coffees of Arts Degree from Eastern Illinois the 2005 People to were well attended. Our Central Com- People Student Am- University. Michael Dunlap also graduated mittee meetings with Village leaders bassador Program. He from EIU. were very productive, providing interac- will travel to Austra- The proposed Metra Southeast line may Eight South Holland residents were Garrick A. Bradley II tion and increased opportunities to share lia on June 28 and include the latest in commuter rail named to the Dean’s List at Governor’s return July 17. During this time he will ideas. I, along with all who attended, State University. They are: Stella technology, as Metra is considering snorkel, tour Sydney and hand-feed were personally moved by our celebrat- implementing new, more efficient self- Evulukwu, Marsha Harbert, Lisa ing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, dolphins. To earn money for his trip he is propelled passenger cars for the service, Lenburg, Adrian Parker, Victoria delivering newspapers. Jr. at the Community Center on January which will include South Holland. Rappatta, Lori Scott, Rishawn Waters 17. The standing-room only, overflow Navy Apprentice Susan L. Neely and The proposed Abraham Lincoln Na- and Kenneth Williams. crowd realized that we have the Navy Seaman Recruit Lorrell D. Bishop tional Airport in Peotone will bring Brittany Bondurant was one of nine recently completed eight-weeks of Navy opportunity to live out the dream. More seniors at Thornridge High School to be immeasurable benefits to our community basic training at Recruit Training Command than that, it is clear that we are positioned named Illinois State Scholar for 2004-05 by and the southland. We will continue our in Great Lakes, IL. ■ to become the prototype community that the Illinois Student Assistance Commis- support of Congressman Jackson and his was manifest in Dr. King’s dream. sion. Requirements included a 3.5 or higher Each month South Holland Today will leadership role in promoting this very salute residents of achievement. If you know South Holland’s regional leadership is GPA for seven consecutive semesters, important transportation project. someone who should be recognized for an outgrowth of our unity. We under- qualifying ACT score, class rank in the top honors, awards, promotions, appointments or We will support our public school stand that we are not an island unto 10 percent and other academic criteria. other accomplishments, send details to South districts 150, 151 and 205 in obtaining Holland Today Salutes, 16226 Wausau ourselves. I have personally met with and Three other South Holland residents who funding fairness by joining Senator Rev. Avenue, South Holland, IL 60473. we have been successful in gaining the attend Marian Catholic High School were James Meeks and our fellow legislators support of Senators Durbin and Obama, in their effort to reduce the burden of real Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., State estate property taxes as the primary Senator Rev. James Meeks, State Representative David Miller and Town- funding source for our public schools. It Village to save money Wilmes requests help from the residents by complying with the ordinance to remove ship Supervisor Frank Zuccarreli, who is imperative that our real estate taxes be reduced, and the State of Illinois bear the with new ice-melt vehicles from the street after a two-inch have all committed themselves to snowfall and by placing garbage toters in primary burden of public education driveways rather than the street. supporting key projects necessary to funding. South Holland and the region’s long- “That way, our snow plow drivers can do I am so thankful for our unity and term success. optimistic about our future together. We an even better job,” he said. ■ have a sovereign God who cares and we have each other. We will keep marching on with a Village government, churches, Trustees ban air guns schools, a business community and By Marlene Cook on public property service organizations that embrace this Public Works has found yet another way unity. to save taxpayer funds while improving By Marlene Cook I commit myself, the Village Board, efficiency. South Holland Village Board approved and the entire administration to the Director Ed Wilmes said, “We are going Mayor Don De Graff (center) meets with an ordinance to outlaw the carrying or strengthening of relationships, the build- to reduce the use of salt by 30 percent and Sen. Barack Obama and State Rep. David possession of all air guns on public ing of new bridges and the positive increase the effectiveness of it by adding Miller. property. This ban includes BB guns and momentum we have here in the Village calcium chloride.” paintball guns, among others. There has never before in our history of South Holland. May God be with each Spreading salt in temperatures lower The ordinance is an amendment to been a time that we have seen the of us on our journey, united and together than 20 degrees is useless, he said. Salt strength, resolve and unity of a federal, experiencing all the best that the Village Chapter 11, “Miscellaneous Offenses,” needs an outside energy source to be that already includes a ban on pistols, state and township legislative caucus of South Holland has to offer in 2005 and activated, such as the sun. By adding that is cooperatively working to bring beyond. ■ revolvers and other firearms. calcium chloride, which produces its own energy, the melting process can take place The action was taken after an incident in a neighboring town last year where a youth South Holland Little League in temperatures far below zero, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the salt. pointed an air gun at an officer. The officer REGISTRATION, 2005 SEASON Streets will be cleaner and safer in much believed it to be real and shot the youth. Community Center less time. South Holland Police requested the 501 East 170th Street Wilmes said, “The use of the calcium ordinance to avoid any such tragedy in chloride will also reduce the bounce of the South Holland. February 12, 9am - noon for boys age 5-12 salt, keeping more on the pavement and less Police Chief Warren Millsaps said, “The February 19, 9am - noon for girls age 5-16. on people’s lawns.” air guns are made to closely resemble real And the best news is that by using 30 guns and we recover at least a couple of air For more information, contact Phil Kocinski, 708/331-3752 or guns each year during investigations. The percent less salt, or about 900 tons less, at League President Jason Scott, 708/596-5352. $30 per ton, the savings comes to more than ban is meant to protect both the public and $27,000. the police.” ■ SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY FEBRUARY 2005 3 Residents combine old with new in Victorian home house look and give it a more Victorian Skip comes from a long line of wood look,” he said. workers. “Grandfather made trays for each They turned their porch into a wrap- of his sons, and each one of them was around porch, with a little help from a different,” he said, pointing to the elaborate retired carpenter. They removed several three-toned geometric design on the wall. coats of paint from the floor and refinished “He used an old car battery for the black the wood in the front living room, added a part, because there was no ebony available. quarter-bath upstairs and painted the walls. They were all carved with a pocketknife.” They added decorative and detailed accent His father inherited the unique tray and the blocks to the window trim and made a love for woodcarving. DeYoung uses the window featuring a stained glass rose. The barn behind the home to house DeYoung family heirlooms in each room add warmth Woodworking, where he makes everything to the home and naturally add to the vintage from grandfather clocks, lamps with Victorian look. “I had all of these various stained glass shades and entertainment things that I collected over the years and centers to repairing chairs, lots of chairs. now I feel that I finally have a home to put “It’s the house we both wanted and we them into,” Marilyn said. love it,” said Marilyn. “We’ve had a lot of Skip and Marilyn DeYoung have balanced contemporary touches with traditional design Marilyn, a descendant of the famed fun with it,” agreed Skip. ■ to turn their home into a Victorian jewel. Paarlberg family, has a sewing machine that belonged to her By Deidra Somerville a doubt that these family treasures just get grandmother that fea- Driving along South Park Avenue there better with time. tures beautiful and intri- are several homes that have existed largely The DeYoungs dated as high school cate wood design that sits unchanged since the late 1800s. Each home sweethearts and have been inseparable ever with a well preserved has a story to tell about how family since. picture of her grand- homesteads endure and change to accom- “Skip used to live across the street from mother. She has her modate those inside. Family members of here in a small house when he was young,” father’s old wooden these homes balance contemporary touches Marilyn recalls. Skip’s great aunt used to walker upstairs under- with traditional intricate wood design, a occupy the home they live in now. It was neath an old portrait of prominent feature of Dutch home living built in 1889. “My aunt was a fussy-clean the Paarlberg homestead. and artistry. wooden shoe lady. She kept the house very An old family dining set As each home is passed down from well taken care of,” Skip said. that belonged to Marilyn’s generation to generation, another piece of When the DeYoungs moved in about five mother and the first history is discovered from the past and years ago, the couple decided to roll up grandfather clock Skip reclaimed for children and grandchildren. their sleeves and make some changes. made also bring rich The DeYoung home, built in 1889, was first occupied by Skip’s Skip and Marilyn DeYoung prove without “We wanted to take away the two-story character to the home. great aunt. Dr. Martin Luther King program presents inspiring message By Cindy Cruz Convenant United Church of Christ. During an eloquent keynote address, the “Live the Dream,”a program honoring Rev. Alfonzo Surrett from Calvary Re- the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. formed Church said, “Every year his dream presented at the South Holland Community causes us to think, to cry and to cheer. Forty Center left a standing-room only crowd two years later the dream has yet to become uplifted, motivated and united. a reality. This dream must not be deferred Dr. Kathryn Worthen, chairperson of the or denied. We need to be truly concerned program, called Dr. King a champion of and supportive of our schools both public courage, truth, justice and equality. and private so they can provide a quality “We are proud to be part of this education that teaches children about the celebration,” she said. history of every race. Dr. King was more The program was sponsored by the than a dreamer or a visionary. He had the Village of South Holland, South Holland inspiration, motivation and discipline to Ministerial Association (SHMA) and tear down the walls. He planted the seeds of School Districts 150, 151 and 205. his dream in the minds of you and me. As Members of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program committee, from left to right: Rev. Willard citizens of South Holland we have an The Rev. Willard High, SHMA presi- High, Worldwide Church of God and Pres., S.H. Ministerial Association; Rev. Dr. Carl E. opportunity and a mandate to bring this dent, thanked Village, school and church King, Sr., Christ Community Church; Pastor Georgina Ayala, Life Builders International; dream to reality.” ■ Rev. Heino Blaauw, First Reformed Church; Dr. Kathryn Worthen, Chairperson of MLK Event Committee; Don A. De Graff, Village President; Rev, Alfonzo Surrett, Calvary Reformed Church; Arthur L. Bennett, Village Trustee. leaders for working to make the program and the future of our country as we pull an annual celebration. together in unity,” added Mayor Don De “Dr. King often said, ‘Some men see Graff. things as they are and say why. I dream The program featured performances by things that never were and say why not.’ first grade students at Greenwood School, Let us take his example of dedication to the Step Drill Team from Coolidge Middle just causes to heart,” High said. School, a dramatic presentation by the “To see the heart and soul of our Thornwood High School Drama Club, Thornwood High School’s drama team community come together on this very instrumental solos by the Rev. Dr. Carl E. presents their interpretation of “I Have a special day is invigorating to me. It gives King, Sr. from Christ Community Church First grade students from Greenwood Dream.” me great hope for the future of our village and the Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. from School perform “Sing About Martin.” 4 FEBRUARY 2005 SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY Local grade schools make progress 2004 school report card results released By Cindy Cruz South Holland students continue to meet They also learned activities they can do at or exceed Illinois Learning Standards home and during play to improve their according to information from the 2004 child’s skills,” she said. School Report Cards. While District 150 maintained its overall district averages District 150 from 2003, District 151 experienced a All of the schools in District 150 met the substantial increase at two of its schools – state’s AYP. While the district’s overall Coolidge and Eisenhower. percentage of test scores meeting or exceeding state standards dipped slightly District 151 from 58.6 percent to 58.3 percent, The overall percentage of test scores in Greenwood and McKinley recorded in- the district meeting or exceeding state creases in the percentage of scores meeting standards increased from 46.7 percent to 50 or exceeding state standards in reading. At percent. Coolidge (grades 7/8) recorded Greenwood (K-3) the percentage increased Kindergarten students at Greenwood School join Red Cross representative Sara Cribari to the biggest gains in math where 46.3 from 61.8 to 65.1. At McKinley Elemen- kick off the school’s Tsunami Relief Drive. percent of scores met or exceeded the tary (4/5) 57 percent of the test scores met standard compared to 27.7 percent in 2003 or exceeded state standards up from 45.9 and in reading, which rose from 51.4 percent in 2003. The percentage of students Students reach out to help tsunami victims percent in 2003 to 62.2 percent. Eisenhower meeting or exceeding the standard in math By Cindy Cruz (grades 2/3) experienced gains in all dropped slightly at all three schools. and friends are being encouraged to subject areas with the largest increases in McKinley Junior High principal Marlene The December 26 Asian disaster which contribute their spare change for the relief reading up from 48.7 percent to 58.3 Talaski said this was not unusual because took the lives of more than 200,000 has effort. The school’s Bible Club is also percent of the scores meeting or exceeding math scores across the southland are below generated an outpouring of support holding several activities. The money standards and in math which increased the state average. “Our teachers are visiting throughout the world, and from right here raised by McKinley will be donated to four from 66.7 percent to 80.6 percent. schools with high scores to see what as well. organizations – the Red Cross, UNICEF, Although the overall average at Madison strategies are being used. We are also As scenes of the disaster dominate the World Vision and Catholic Charities. (grades 4/5) fell just below the state’s looking at textbook revision and curricu- news, each day touched by the plight of the The Student Council at Eisenhower required Average Yearly Progress (AYP), lum mapping. District schools are now victims and particularly the 1.5 million School in District 151 is sponsoring a it too experienced a gain. At the fifth grade doing quarterly assessments to see where children affected, more people come school wide fund drive for tsunami relief. level 57 percent of the scores met or students are,” she said. forward to offer a helping hand. Students in One of the school’s second grade classes exceeded state standards up from 32.7 Talaski said teachers are being trained on South Holland, their families, teachers and has set a goal of $100 to $200. Students and percent in 2003. how to use a new web site, wehelpkids.com. administrators know how fortunate they are staff at Calvary Academy started their Superintendent Douglas Hamilton at- The site helps teachers assess and diagnose and have taken steps to help those in need. fundraising drive with a Dollar Jeans Day tributes the improvement to participation in ISAT skills. Parents will also be able to Students at the Greenwood School in sponsored by the Student Council. Al- the state’s Reading First Program, imple- access the site that is geared for grades 3-8. District 150 kicked off their Tsunami though they were asked to contribute a $1 to mentation of a comprehensive reading In addition, teachers are learning cutting Relief Program with a visit by a Red Cross wear jeans most contributed much more. strategies program, additional staff devel- edge curriculum instruction. representative and the distribution of Additional activities are being planned. opment, a new math curriculum, greater McKinley assistant principal George “piggy” banks to each classroom. The fund Funds collected will be donated to the concentration on reading and math and Harris said the district is offering a tutoring drive was also tied to the school’s World Relief organization. more parental involvement. The district’s program for students in grades 1-8 focusing celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther At Thornwood High School math teacher parental contact exceeds the state average. on reading and math. The district hopes to King Jr. “We felt that one way to celebrate Lynn Howard has pledged to match (to a “We have been making a concerted effort extend the program in the future. Harris the contributions of Dr. King was to limit) the cash collected from her students to involve parents in their children’s noted that six students in the district encourage our students to show an act of for the American Red Cross. Librarian Patti education,” he said. received a perfect score in a subject area on kindness for all mankind,” said principal Brucki is encouraging students and staff to Eisenhower principal Rhonda Towner the ISAT test. William Kolloway. The school hopes to support Share Your Soles by donating attributes the students’ success to dedi- School officials in South Holland remain raise $1,000 to help the Red Cross with the shoes to be sent to tsunami countries. For cated, hardworking teachers who work as a committed to improving student perfor- relief effort. more information on this program visit team, a very supportive administration and mance and are confident that the implemen- The fourth and fifth grade Student www.shareyoursoles.org. school board, as well as a new phonics tation of new innovative programs, a Council at McKinley started their school’s Anyone wishing to support their school’s program. commitment to staff development and Tsunami Relief Drive by selling lollipops. tsunami relief effort should contact the “We focused on literacy and showed community support will help them reach In addition, students, family members, staff school directly. ■ parents how to create math centers at home. their goals. ■ Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 10 event. Approximately 350 pieces of p.m. for the first three weeks (including student artwork will be on display in all rehearsals during the South Suburban galleries and display cases of the Art & College Spring Break). Starting Monday, Design Department. March 28, rehearsals will be held Mondays, High school students and guests will Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays have the opportunity to view the artwork on McKinley bands perform Auditions set for ‘Liliom’ from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 display in all galleries. Several demonstra- a.m. to 2 p.m. right up to and including tech tions provided by SSC faculty will take During the month of February the The SSC Playhouse, one of the 3 Stages week. place in the Art & Design Department. Jack McKinley bands are gearing up for two at South Suburban College, will hold For more information, please call Bobbie Kirkpatrick will be wheel throwing in the upcoming events. The Jazz Band will be auditions for their spring production of Saltzman at 596-2000, ext. 2286. South ceramics workshop, Carol Weber will do a attending the Prairie State College Jazz “Liliom” by Ferenc Molnar on Thursday, Suburban College is located at 15800 presentation on computers in the Two- Festival in Chicago Heights on Feb. 10. Feb. 3 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. South State Street. Dimensional Design Studio and Joseph Selected students from the Cadet, Concert 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the J. Albert Rejholec’s students will demonstrate a and Symphonic Bands will compete in the Kindig Performing Arts Center. No SSC to host Tenth Annual bronze pour in the foundry area of the Solo and Ensemble Contest at Marya Yates experience is needed. S.I.C.A. Visual Arts Festival sculpture atelier. School in Matteson Feb. 19. The SSC Playhouse will be casting The public is invited to attend the approximately 15 to 20 characters. Those The Art & Design Department of South exhibitions and festival free of charge. For Eisenhower to hold Family Tech Night cast in the play are expected to have no Suburban College is hosting the Tenth additional information call Art & Design Parents and family members are invited school, work or family conflicts and must Annual S.I.C.A. High School Visual Arts Chair, Jack Kirkpatrick at 596-2000, ext. to attend Family Tech Night at Eisenhower memorize lines completely, before the first Festival Feb. 7 through 25. This year’s 2445. ■ School Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more rehearsal. Rehearsals begin Monday, exhibition includes 29 regional S.I.C.A. information call the school at 339-5900. March 7 and will be held Mondays, high school districts participating in the SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY FEBRUARY 2005 5 South Holland Today presents A thing of the past ‘STUDENT OF THE MONTH’ By Cindy Cruz Based on a list of criteria provided by South Holland Today, school administrators choose their “South Holland Today Student of the Month.” Students must be residents of South Holland and exemplify the best of their respective school – academically, socially, spiritually, and athletically. Rose Brooks, great neighbor, lent a helping hand during a recent storm. For many years, hundreds of homes and businesses in South Holland along Thorn Creek Winter storm brings and the Little Calumet River experienced flooding during periods of heavy rain. At times, 170th Street would become so innundated that the Village would need to build a neighbors together temporary road (pictured above), costing nearly $40,000. Today, thanks to the Thorn By Deidra Somerville Creek Diversion Tunnel, homes and businesses are safe from flooding. As water rises, it overflows into the tunnel and is diverted into Thornton Quarry. On Wednesday, January When the snow hits the ground, we 12, heavy rainfall and melting snow caused Thorn Creek to reach flood stage, but hibernate. We snuggle into the comfort of Diversion gates were opened to allow 1.3 billion gallons of water to flow into the our homes enjoying the view, but dreading Thornton Transitional Reservoir, which has the capacity to provide 3.1 billion gallons the work that comes with it. Just getting our of overbank flood protection. The success of the tunnel will save Village residents and own driveways and sidewalks clear of snow businesses millions of dollars and a lot of frustration. can prove to be a chore. For our elderly who live on their own, the arduous task that comes with Chicago-area ELLIOT JOSHUA BARNEY winters is especially hard. Ask Rose 8TH GRADE CALVARY ACADEMY RESIDENT YOU SHOULD KNOW Brooks, a 61 year old resident. She was confronted with that reality when her neighbor Adele needed a helping hand. An Parents: Joshua and Cheryl Harris-Barney How long have you been a resident of South Banker lives to give back active member of the Greenwood/ Woodlawn Association, she keeps up with Holland? 11 years. By Deidra Somerville her elderly neighbor. Activities involved in at school: “I am Some of us exercise to stay healthy, After the first significant snow fall last currently involved in basketball, the others may change our diet in the name of month, Rose remembered Adele and school band and am the student council good health. Jim De Groot chooses an decided to check in on her. president. I also play on the school soccer option rarely considered a panacea for “I told my son who came to visit with me team during the fall. ” good health – giving back. that we were going over there and help her He says it’s not only good for the soul, with all of that snow.” A knock on the door Activities involved in outside of school: “I it’s good for longer life, and the lifelong revealed a bumped and bruised neighbor on am involved in track and field outside of South Holland resident knows this first the other side. She had a terrible fall in her school. I also usher at my church, All hand. It‘s what keeps him going. “Nothing first attempt at tackling nearly two feet of Nations Community Church. I also went compares to the feeling you get when you snow on her own. Rose was shocked. “I to the Junior National Leadership know that you’ve done something good for couldn’t believe it. She tried to get out there Conference in Washington, D.C. last someone else, nothing.” Whether promot- and use the snow blower all by herself! summer.” ing and supporting community work as a Now here is a woman in her mid-eighties Favorite Subject: “My favorite subject in corporate banking officer at Great Lakes Jim De Groot getting out there trying to clear her own school is science because I am interested Bank or performing community service as a snow.” in becoming some sort of doctor…that or member of the Lion’s Club, there is plenty an informal time to come together and build “I told her to please, please call me when a politician.” to be done, and he considers himself glad to connections, meet new neighbors, play she needed anything,” says Rose. “If I can’t be there to do it. As a member of First catch up with old ones and to keep Insight into school: “My school, as I see it, Reformed Church of South Holland, De do this for someone, then what can I do?” neighbors connected. “We have about 70 is very close and communal. Everyone Groot has served as a deacon, an elder, and percent of our neighbors over each year, “It’s important to think about others as knows everyone else. We all get along a teacher. and it’s great!” much as we can. In our association we try to and have fun. You know, it’s just a safe As a child in the 1950s, De Groot help our neighbors in need. That’s what it’s Also an active member of the Central Christian environment.” ■ witnessed the initial growth that would lead Committee and Neighborhood Groups about, thinking about others before to the population explosion and bustling Committee for the Village, he is constantly thinking about ourselves. I know that when business corridor that South Holland is contributing to and learning different ways I give to someone else that that blessing will today. “I used to live on the corner where to keep the neighborhood connected, come back to me.” the Saturn dealership stands today,” he despite the changes that may come. “Sure And it did. recalls. Between 1950 and 1960, the there are changes, but when new neighbors Mr. Johnson, Rose’s neighbor around the Village’s population had grown from 3,200 come in, I go and meet them.” corner, saw that the sidewalks on her block to 10,400 residents. The South Holland Business Association were not cleared. He knocked on her door A proud graduate of Thornridge High, has seen tremendous growth during his and asked her if she would like some help Thornton Junior College and Northern tenure as president in 2003. with it. Yes, she told him. Little did she Welcome, Illinois University, he worked at South Holland Trust and Savings Bank for 31 Tomorrow will be better than today, he know that she was not the only person that says, and his future plans include sharing would benefit from his offer. “Mr. Johnson new residents! years before joining Great Lakes Bank after being downsized. “I didn’t know it at the his love for volunteering with others. “I’d like to coach or mentor others to volunteer, went back to his house, put his snow blower into his car and drove it back over here,” time, but it was a great opportunity for me,” to encourage the next generation, and the Rose recalled in awe. “The postman helped he says. next one after that, and so on.” The key to him get it out of his car and he cleared all of ‘New Homeowner’ Jim thoroughly enjoys the close knit long life and good health for Jim De Groot: our sidewalks – on our entire block!” community he is cultivating as president of making life worth living through volunteer- After thanking him for the generous and packets available the Thorn Lake Homeowners Association, ing. unexpected surprise, Mr. Johnson told her, a position he’s held since 2001. The “Everyone ought to try it,” he says. “It’s at Village Hall. community of 32 homeowners are treated good for you, it’s good for others – and it’s “Don’t worry about it, we’re neighbors.” Yes indeed, she thought, we are to an open invitation to his home that he fun!” ■ shares with his wife, Bonnie, each year. It’s neighbors.■ 6 FEBRUARY 2005 SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY EDITORIAL PAGE Ask . . . South Holland Today! By Pat Mahon ...Consider it an investment in our future As I lie awake at night watching every By Marlene Cook minute pass on the clock, my mind is racing with many thoughts. These are thoughts of items I have control over, like returning phone Q Is there going to be a primary election expire on June 30. They go on sale at Village for Village Mayor? Hall June 1 and must be displayed by calls, completing budget reports and changing August 1. A 50 percent late charge will be my retirement contribution. However, one A There will be no primary election added after that date. ■ thought that has been a constant is how are South Holland homeowners because no two candidates for mayor filed going to be convinced that our public schools need more money in order to under the same party name. Election for This column is designed to provide adequately educate our children? I can’t help but think about the school mayor, clerk and three trustees will take place residents with helpful hints, explanations, on April 5. Registration to vote will continue funding crisis happening right here in our own backyard. information and education regarding until March 8 and can be done at Village Hall. We all should know that providing a quality public education to our Village procedures, regulations and infor- mation or assistance resources on a children is essential, but it is also expensive. And unfortunately, the way Q Since I just moved to the Village, can I monthly basis. Residents with a question the state of Illinois currently funds education ensures that many of our receive a ticket for not having a valid about Village rules and regulations can school districts will not have the financial wherewithal to provide a quality Village sticker affixed to my windshield? send them to South Holland Today,16226 education. A Yes, the police can issue a ticket. You Wausau Avenue, South Holland, IL 60473, and we will print a response in the next Property taxes pay for most public schools in Illinois. The current high have 30 days from the date you move in to available issue. school district in South Holland receives only 27 percent of its revenue purchase a Village sticker. Vehicle stickers from the state, which means that 73 percent must come from somewhere else, most often taxes from property owners in this district. Right now, at least 68 percent of your tax bill goes towards school funding. Consequently, Illinois ranks 48th of the 50 states in education funding, and is 49th in providing for fairly funded schools, a gap that goes from less than $4,300 per pupil in the poorest districts to more than $18,000 per pupil WISDOM in the wealthiest. The reason for this is simple. Illinois is over-reliant on property taxes as a revenue source for funding education, which means & ENCOURAGEMENT education funding - and to a large extent quality - are tied directly to resources available on the local level. FROM OUR CHURCHES When the property tax system was set up, the intention was to provide for The South Holland Ministerial Association, in got God’s attention! I believe we have the essential services in a community along with additional dollars for public support of South Holland’s Village theme of same potential. We’ve come a long way but schools so that all children would receive an appropriate education. Have “Faith...Family...Future” endorses this monthly still have work to do. Let us not be satisfied, column.The viewpoints expressed herein are we forgotten what John Adams said during his presidency, “The whole those of the writer and do not constitute official much less complacent. Our current South people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be endorsement by South Holland Today or the Holland administration has that vision. So willing to bear the expense of it”? South Holland Village administration. let us unite to make this a great town. After all, we have family, finances and time I was so proud to see my hard-earned tax dollars on stage at South invested here. I would like it to be said of Holland’s Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 17 as students from United we stand us, “Nothing they propose to do will be Thornwood High School Drama Team performed an excellent and withheld from them.” What about you? powerful presentation, reminding our young people of Dr. King’s dream. On Jan. 17, the Village had a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (see – Pastor Georgina Ayala, They had an assertive and dynamic presence. Even better, I could story on page 2). It was in my opinion, very Life Builders International understand every word they uttered. nice from start to finish. I had the privilege By contrast, there is nothing sadder than to go to a grocery store where the to be a participant. It blessed me to see not young cashier has no idea what amount of change to give without a screen only great support from our residents but S O U T H HOLLAND telling him or her. also from some of our neighbors as well. Listen, I have no kids, have paid property taxes for over 15 years, and There was standing room only. The crowd TO DAY make less money than most of our school administrators. It would be so was made up of a very nice combination of Managing Editor Patricia R. Mahon ethnicities and generations, a picture of Editor Mary Ann Thornton easy for me to be apathetic, but it’s not about me. It's about the children. It's Assistant Editor Paul Eisenberg what South Holland represents. about the future and vitality of our Village. If our school system is not up to Production Manager Phyllis Pallay As I sat enjoying a presentation on Dr. Photographer Doris Morrissette par then how do we attract new growing families and keep existing ones? King, I couldn’t help but wonder if he Correspondents It hurts everyone when we take the low road, denying adequate funding for would be pleased with the celebration. Marlene Cook, Cindy Cruz education if it saves us a few bucks when tax time rolls around. The students Deidra Somerville We came together that day with one Printed at Park Press will suffer, and ultimately, we as a society will suffer as our citizenry purpose. That was to honor the late, great, SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY is published becomes less and less educated. and visionary man. Not just King as a ten times each year by the Communications The glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel is Illinois House Bill 750. person, but also for what he lived and died Department of the Village of South Holland and distributed by bulk mailing to all postal If passed, this legislation will change the way schools are funded and for and what he represented. customers in South Holland Zip Code 60473. provide significant property tax relief for homeowners by shifting to a When people unite with a purpose, things Additional copies are available free of charge at the Communications Department located mixture of tax sources, and in turn closing the fairness in funding gap happen. Progress happens. Genesis 11:4 at the municipal complex at 16226 Wausau between the poorest and wealthiest communities. tells us that the people united to build a city Ave. South Holland Today does not accept and a tower. They had a vision, and were paid advertising. As Nancy Astor, a British politician, once said, “Real education should SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY aims to willing to work together to bring it to educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which fruition. Then Genesis 11:6 says, and the provide beneficial information to present and potential residents, businesses, and municipal links us with all humanity.” Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and employees so that community pride is In the meantime, I will have one less Starbucks coffee a week and hold off they all have one language, and this is what enhanced, investment and reinvestment in the community are encouraged, participation in on buying items out of greed and not need so that I can afford to support the they begin to do; now nothing that they community events is stimulated, and public referendum, because the result of a child hopefully receiving a quality propose to do will be withheld from them.” dialogue about issues affecting community Wow! It was the people, not just the life takes place. education is priceless – this I know for sure! government. They were so unified that it SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY FEBRUARY 2005 7 Crime at near-record lows in Village BUSINESS By Marlene Cook Crime in South Holland is the second sure your car doors are locked.” VITALITY lowest on record. Last year was the lowest. The South Holland Police Department has The difference is only 1.4 percent from last been running campaigns against crime year and according to Police Chief Warren through education, running ads in newspa- Millsaps, that was due to very preventable pers and placing posters in businesses. One crimes. campaign was “Don’t Give Crime a Chance,” Local businesses prepare for Auto Show For instance, motor vehicle theft in- creased from 94 in 2003 to 101 in 2004 the other, “Protect your valuables,” and the latest is “Do you really want Someone Else because of one juvenile who took 17 cars, all Having a Good Time With YOUR Credit By Marlene Cook of them from driveways with the keys in the Card?” The 97th annual Chicago Auto Show Dan will take his sales crew to the annual car and the car running while the owner was Crime remains low in South Holland due opens Feb. 11 and runs through Feb. 20 at kickoff breakfast again this year. “It usually inside the house. to a young, aggressive features a high profile athlete as a keynote “He’d just walk around, find a car running, police force, officials McCormick Place, and South Holland get in and take it for a ‘joy ride,’ and leave it,” said. Millsaps said, dealerships will be well represented. Sales speaker to get everyone pumped up. We said Millsaps. “If people would not leave the “These guys are al- people from each dealership will be will have some complimentary Auto Show cars running in driveways, that kind of crime ways out there, patrol- enticing show visitors to come to South discount tickets available at our dealership. could be eliminated. Would you leave ling and checking any- Holland for a good deal. Just come in and ask for them.” $25,000 just sitting in your driveway? Well, thing suspicious. They The show will be 42 percent larger than last year and claims to be the nation’s South Holland Dodge if you left your car running in the driveway, deserve a lot of credit you did.” for keeping the stats largest auto show, with 1,000 different John Fitzgibbons, general manger, said The total Part I Crime Index was 635 in low. They are diligent and very dedicated.” vehicles showcased in 1.2 million square “Technology today is so much better. The 2003 and increased to 644 in 2004, only nine He also attributed the low rate to residents feet of space. So get our your walking shoes new Charger is a nice toy with an older crimes more. If it were not for the 17 car “joy who call the police department when they see and visit these displays: muscle car look, but it has all the new ride” thefts, 2004 could have gone down as anything out of place. Having policing teams modern features that weren’t available having our h lowest crime in history. working with neighborhood groups also Dick James Ford back then.” Part I Crimes include murder (0), criminal helps. “We’ll be there,” said sales manager South Holland Dodge is one of only five sexual assault (3, all family related), robbery Response time has been good and because Larry Wagner. “Ford will be featuring its or six Chicago area dealerships to sell the (29), aggravated assault/battery (12), bur- the department has added four four-wheel new Chicago-made products, the 500 and Dodge Sprinter, a commercial diesel glary (110), theft (388), motor vehicle theft drive vehicles to its fleet, the response time the Freestyle. The new Mustang and the vehicle for cargo or passengers. The new (101), and arson (1). remains good no matter what the weather. Escape Hybrid will also be featured, as will year will also feature the new Ram Power Many of the burglaries were from garages Millsaps said, “It was my goal when I the newest truck, the F Series Super Duty. Wagon, a mega truck, and the Magnum, a where the doors were left open and kids just became chief to have all-terrain vehicles that I’m sure Ford will also show a concept car, hatchback four-door sedan walked in and took bicycles. Thefts also are would get us through snow, floods, whatever. you know, a car of the future.” He said, “This is an exciting time, just attributed to resident negligence. One of the Expeditions has everything in it Wagner said that Dick James reps will be after Christmas. In January it’s all about Millsaps said, “People have to protect their we would need, functioning almost as a touting special promotions, such as rebates, paying bills and in February we get a new valuables. The thefts were mostly taking command vehicle. The vehicles are fully as an incentive to purchase a new Ford in outlook to the new year in automobiles. We purses from cars at gas stations while the marked and we had our first experience with South Holland. get to see the new concept cars, the driver went in to pay for the gas. It takes only them during the first big snow this year. They futuristic cars. It’s great fun. The Dodge 17 seconds to take a purse or phone or camera worked just fine.” ■ South Holland Pontiac, Buick, GMC display will be very exciting this year. I’m from a car. Take your purse with you. Make General manager Larry Hall said the car told there’s even going to be a truck. I look with the biggest recognition today is the forward to what they’ll do with that.” wonderfully DESIGNED Pontiac G6, or as he calls it the “Oprah car,” the car that Oprah Winfrey gave to South Holland Mitsubishi audience members on her show. The South Rick Dandino, owner, said they will Holland dealership delivered two of those definitely be represented at the auto show vehicles. and they are excited about the new Eclipse He said, “The Buick LaCrosse is also a sports car. “It’s been completely rede- Exhibition, Instruction hot car. They got rid of the Century and the signed and its awesome – fantastic. Regal and replaced it with this new one that Mitsubishi has always been on the cutting and Education in has a European look to it. The Buick Terraza is the first mini van ever produced edge of styling. This one’s fast and furious. The young people are going to go crazy African-American Design by Buick.” over it. I fear there will not be enough and Its History He added that the South Holland supply for the demand. It’s that good.” dealership will be there, as assigned by the He said the South Holland dealership will be running special promotions, sales show. “They work shifts and are scheduled to work certain parts of the floor. Other and discounts. February 11-20, 2005 dealerships are also there and they don’t get Dandino said the new Raider is the first First Reformed Church, South Holland into scuffles about who will answer the pickup truck by Mitsubishi in 15 years. “I 15924 South Park Ave., South Holland, Illinois questions. They’re not the models, but they can’t wait to get it. It’s a midsize pickup and are there to answer questions and give out I know it’s going to sell well. Our business business cards.” here in South Holland has been fabulous First Reformed Church, South Holland and Organization of Black Designers As an added incentive to shop South and is consistently increasing. I expect even / OSMOSIS Chicago have come together to celebrate Black History month Holland, Hall said, “For everyone that more sales after the auto show.” with its first 10 day Exhibit and Design, featuring a gallery of works by local brings in this story we’ll provide a free oil artists, special presentations by artists and educators, and a children’s self- change.” Saturn of South Holland expression workshop. Although Saturn won’t have a new Gibson Chevrolet vehicle that can be purchased immediately, EVENT SCHEDULE Monday – Friday 14th – 18 Dan Gibson said he will have three it will be showing some exciting vehicles Exhibits / Workshops / Presentations salesmen working the show, two of them that will be ready later in the year or in Friday – 11th, 7 pm Saturday – 19th bilingual. 2006. Opening Reception Exhibit, 12 noon – 4pm Jim Martire, salesman, said the new Sky Saturday – 12th, Noon-4 pm “Reflections of Art” Presentations “We can’t do any of our own advertising, Artists’ Demonstrations Featured Artists: TBD but we can give out business cards and talk is a two-seater roadster that’s going to Sunday – 13th Sunday – 20th to people, but most people are pretty cause a commotion, and the new midsize Exhibit, 12 noon – 4pm Exhibit 12 noon – 4pm territorial. They tend to buy where they Aura will also bring “wows” from the Guest Speaker, 2pm Guest Speaker, 2pm live. Sales do increase at Auto Show time.” viewers. “Chords of Gold” Concert – 6pm Closing Celebration He said the hot new products include the But the newest is the hybrid system car Impala and the Monte Carlo and the HHR, that runs on electric and gasoline. It will be For more information call (708)333-0622 a retro looking, 1930s type suburban sports available later this year. Martire said, “It’s vehicle. going to be a hit.” ■ 8 FEBRUARY 2005 SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY Sand Ridge nurtures VILLAGE OF love for nature SOUTH HOLLAND The following programs are scheduled http://www.southholland.org for February at Sand Ridge Nature Center, DON A. DE GRAFF, President 15891 Paxton Ave., 868-0606: 15962 Louis Ave. • 339-8707 • 210-2911 Wee Wonders - Owls SALLIE D. PENMAN, Clerk Thurs. Feb. 10, 2:30 p.m. 16753 Paxton • 895-0854 Preschooler activities include stories, ARTHUR L. BENNETT, Trustee songs and a craft to learn about owls. Parent 17100 Jeffery Ave. • 418-5532 or guardian must attend. N. KEITH CHAMBERS, Trustee 17305 Windsor Court • 251-5010 Taste of the Tropical Rain Forest LARRY W. DeYOUNG, Trustee Sat. Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m. 507 Betty Lane • 339-4535 Tropical rain forests are valuable but CYNTHIA L. DOORN, Trustee fragile and benefit us in many ways. 16407 Michigan • 339-6891 Discussion reveals how we can help the FRANK E. KNITTLE, Trustee 15900 Woodlawn East Dr. • 339-8815 ecosystem survive – taste ecologically sound rain forest products including JAMES H. VELD, Trustee 455 East 163rd Street • 333-1322 chocolate. Adult program. Regisration required by Feb. 11. Fee $2. BETH HERMAN, Treasurer 16714 Greenwood Ave. • 596-1604 Nature Tales Village Board Meetings Native American Legends Municipal Building • 16226 Wausau Ave. Sat. Feb. 19, 1:30 p.m. First and Third Mondays of each month, 8:00 PM Many aspects of nature have explana- Village Administrator tions in the marvelous J. Wynsma • 210-2913 stories passed on through Deputy Village Administrator generations of Native Patricia R. Mahon • 210-2906 American storytellers. Director of Communications Recommended for chil- dren grades K-4. New businesses open in town Mary Ann Thornton • 210-2918 Dir.of Planning, Development & Code Enforcement Gladys Clark Brown (top photo), Calvin Howell and Michael Junta, directors of Back to Warren DeGraff • 210-2915 President’s Day Holiday Eden Health Center, assist Mayor Don De Graff and other Village leaders in cutting the Flood Assistance Coordinator Program - Deer ribbon during the Jan. 6 grand opening of the business, 16262 Prince Drive. Another new Fred Block • 210-2915 Mon. Feb. 21, 1:30 p.m. business (above), HPS Tax Services, 837 East 162nd Street, had its ribbon cutting Jan. 10. Economic Development Coord. Family program features state mammal, Mayor De Graff did the honors, assisted by company owner Yolanda Hicks and Village and Virgil O. Jordan, Jr. • 210-2915 the white-tailed deer. Class includes SHBA representatives. Dir. of Parks & Recreation Wally Widelski • 331-2940 touching deer artifacts, a game and a hike to Dir. of Public Works track (and hopefully see) the deer. Edward Wilmes • 339-2323 Police Chief Warren Millsaps • 331-3131 WHAT’S GOIN’ Fire Chief James Wiley • 210-2922 Fire Inspector Randall Stegenga • 331-3123 ON IN TOWN? Dir. of Emergency Services Disaster Agency John Thomas, Jr. • 210-2919 Village Engineers Robinson Engineering • 331-6700 Win-Win situation at 158th Street and Suntone Drive on a Village Attorney / Prosecutor Late Winter Walk Hiskes & Dillner • 333-1234 South Holland owns an approximate vacant parcel zoned for industrial use. The Sat. Feb. 26 1:30 p.m. Public Access TV Coordinator half-acre of land adjacent to the Tri-State board voted 6-0 to grant a conditional use Herb DeYoung • 339-2744 Winter in the Chicago region is full of Tollway on Toll View Drive just east of permit. Construction of the church is Librarian surprises, especially in February as winter Halsted Street and has no plans for its use. expected to begin in the spring. Alma DeYoung • 331-5262 battles it out with spring. Take a guided walk on the trails. ■ However, the Illinois State Toll highway A new look Authority has plans for it and agreed to Regularly Scheduled Meetings The Village Board agreed to purchase purchase the land for $20,000. While the another structure, this time at 275 East Village Board Committees ....................... 1st Mon., 7 PM Cable Commission ........................... Call for information expansion of the tollway has cost some 161st Place, as one more step toward the SOUTH HOLLAND villages, South Holland gains. The road renovation of downtown. Keep watching! Local Ordinance Hearings ..................... 3rd Tues., 7 PM Housing Hearings .................................. 3rd Tues., 5 PM PUBLIC TV Helping hands will be widened to four lanes from I-394 to Parking Hearings .............................. 3rd Tues., 6:30 PM the Kingery. Economic Develop. Commission ....... 1st Tues., 7:30 PM ACCESS Increasing accessibility Walt’s Food Stores were the biggest contributor to the Star Newspaper’s Project Planning & Develop. Commission ...... 1st Wed., 7:30 PM Flood Control Liaison Committee ..... Call for information South Holland was awarded $20,000 in Share food drive. The Lagastee family Communications Commission ................ 4th Tues., 7 PM COMCAST CH. 4 • WOW CH. 6 Community Development Block Grant (owners of Walts) not only helped to Home Equity Assurance Committee ............ 1st Mon. of Feb., 7:30 PM funds. The money will be used for lighting provide food for the 4,000 meal baskets, Community Development Committee ...... 3rd Mon., 7 PM TUNE IN: in the parking lots and at the entrances to but conducted special in-store promotions. Neighborhood Groups Committee ........ 4th Sat., 8:30 AM Village Hall and the police department. Robinson Engineering Ltd. is also a Mediation & Reconciliation Cmsn. .... 4th Thurs., 6:00 PM Prior commitment to making all buildings longtime supporter of the program. bimonthly HIGHLIGHTING LOCAL EVENTS accessible to the disabled has resulted in Historical Society meets Because special meetings are sometimes scheduled $108,000 in CDBG funds to meet the goals. and cancellations and changes frequently occur, it is MON. & FRI., 9 A.M. & 9 P.M. The South Holland Historical Society always wise to call 708/210-2900 ahead of time to WED., 6:30 P.M. Earlier grants were used to replace and will feature Tyrone Haymore, curator of the confirm individual meetings. widen doors and entrances with electronic Robbins Historical Society, at its meeting ALSO SEE: doors. at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the POLICE - FIRE - PARAMEDICS A whole lotta shakin’ Municipal Building, 16226 Wausau. 9-1-1 COMCAST CH. 14 • WOW CH. 19 Building permits for 2004 reached a total Haymore will speak on the history of the Non-Emergency: Police • 331-3131 Fire • 331-3123 Programming by the Parks & of $28.5 million in new construction and Robbins Airport. Recreation Dept., Library, and VILLAGE CLERK’S OFFICE Local Religious Organizations renovations. And the growth will continue Greetings to our troops Phone • 210-2910 FAX • 210-1019 as a variety of other building projects are in Four Seasons Greetings donated Christ- COMCAST CH. 24 • WOW CH. 16 the works for 2005. mas cards to a 16-year-old Crete girl who COLLECTOR & WATER BILLING Programming by Praying hands hand addressed 1,675 cards and sent them 16226 Wausau Ave. • 210-2900 South Suburban College Office hours: Mon. thru Fri., 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Our Village of Churches is adding one to enlisted men and woman serving Sat., 8:00 AM to Noon more. Celestial Church of Christ will build overseas. ■
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