South Holland 2005 and beyond by pengtt


									SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                                          FEBRUARY 2005 1

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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
  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,
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                                                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
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
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,        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  
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
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

                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                       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
    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.”

                                                                                                   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

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love for nature                                                                                                                                     SOUTH HOLLAND
  The following programs are scheduled                                                                                                           
for February at Sand Ridge Nature Center,
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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
                        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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