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									SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                                                        AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007                              1

                                 S OUT H                                                              HOLLAND

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AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2007                                                                     Published by the Village of South Holland • 16226 Wausau Ave.• South Holland, IL 60473 • (708)210-2900

New location and plenty of fun planned
for Heritage Festival this year!
By Deidra Somerville
   While Heritage Festival is changing venue       artists from Calvary Academy and McKinley                 SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 1                                                      Bocce Tournament - 8 a.m
for the 2007 “Saturday in the Park” event,         Jr. High, as well as students from South Sub-                         Annual Car Show                                           This event features a game that has lasted
moving from Veterans Park to Paarlberg Park        urban College, and the Community Center will                            8 a.m. - 4 p.m.                                      through the ages. The event is sponsored by
as the former location is improved, the lineup     be featured showcasing a unique collection of              Come and join Showcase Classics as they                           the South Holland Business Association.
features just as much fun and fantastic activi-    oils, watercolors, chalk, pencil, photographs,          present the 16th Annual Car Show at Paar-                                Kids’ Garage Sale – 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
ties as festivals in years past.                   pottery, sculpture and miniature works of               lberg Park, located at 172nd Place and                                  Games, toys, books, and other “great stuff”
   Below is a look at some of the major events     art.                                                    Paxton Avenue. The display of cars at this                           will be sold by South Holland children ages
at this year’s event:                                 When you enter the room of the exhibit, you          popular event range from immaculate vintage                          7-12. Call 331-2940 for more information.
                                                   will experience an elegant ambiance adding to           model cars to sleek modern sports and racing                                Mr. D’s Magic Show -12 p.m.
        ARTISTS’ GALLERY                           the mood set by the many talented artists you           cars that are sure to turn heads. For those                             This magic show is an old favorite that will
       Thursday, Aug. 30 (12 - 8 p.m.);            will have the chance to meet and discuss the            interested in participating, registration is $20                     astound and amaze.
       Friday, Aug. 31 (12 - 7 p.m.);              artwork. It will be an afternoon or evening of          and begins at 8 a.m. at the park. The cars will                                  Children’s Activities
      Saturday, Sept. 1 (10 - 12 p.m.)             interesting demonstrations, good conversation           be judged for “Best of Show” trophy and top 3                           The festival has many fun activities for
        at the Community Center                    and reflection on the tremendous talent we have         trophies for each class. For more information,                       children to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

     South Holland residents, emerging young       in our own backyard. Don’t miss it.                     call 478-4884.                                                                      (continued on page 2)

                                                                                                                                                      S O U T H                H O L L A N D – 2 0 0 7

                                                                                                                                                      HERITAGE FESTIVAL
                                                                  A popular event on Saturday,
                                                                  Sept. 1st, will be the Annual                             T h u r s day - saTurday, auG. 30 - sEPT. 1
                                                                  Car Show at Paarlberg Park.
                                                                                                                                                         GALLERY OF ART ................ Thursday, 12 - 8 pm
                                                                  Shown at left is a vintage                                                                                                     Friday, 12 - 7 pm
                                                                  model       from   last    year’s                                                                                    Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm
                                                                                                                                                           At the South Holland Community Center, 501 E. 170th St.,
                                                                  Festival.                                                                                artists display a unique collection of oils, water colors, chalk,
                                                                                                                                                           pencil, photographs, pottery, sculpture and miniature works
                                                                                                                                                           of art. Demonstrations will be presented. Student art will be
                                                                                                                                                           included in the gallery.

South Holland roads                                                                                              s a T u r d a y , sEPT. 1                                              s u N d a y , sEPT. 2

a high priority
                                                                                                                      SATURDAY IN THE PARK                                                 WORSHIP IN THE PARK
                                                                                                                          PAARLBERG PARK                                                       VETERANS PARK
                                                                                                                         172nd & Paxton Ave.                                                161st & South Park Ave.

By Carrie Napoleon and                                                                                      ANNUAL CAR SHOW ............... 8 am - 4 pm                        WORSHIP, PRAYER and
                                                   as it becomes a new three-lane picturesque                  This event is a walk down memory lane as owners present          MUSIC CELEBRATION .................... 6 pm
Mary Ann Thornton                                                                                                                                                                                           Enjoy an outdoor Ecumenical
                                                   boulevard.                                                  their cars and their legends. Professional judging,
  Almost one-third of the streets in the Village                                                               entertainment, and good food. Registration the morning                                       Service with family and friends
                                                      These projects are part of an aggressive plan
                                                                                                               of the car show is $20.                                                                      in the park. (In case of rain,
of South Holland will have been renovated,         launched by officials following an inspection
resurfaced or repaved once the latest spate        of the village’s 90 miles of roadways about              BOCCE TOURNAMENT ........................ 8 am                                                  services will be held at First
                       of road work in town is                                                                 Sponsored by the South Holland Business Association.                                         Reformed Church, 15924 South
                                                   five years ago.
                                                                                                               For additional information call 331-2940.                                                    Park Ave.)
                       complete later this year,      “We realize the importance of roads and
 INSIDE, see           creating an environment                                                              KID’s GARAGE SALE ......................1 - 4 pm
                                                   infrastructure for our community,” Mayor Don                                                                                          GUEST SPEAKER: SEN. REV. JAMES MEEKS
 “Road Projects for quality economic               De Graff said.                                              Contact Parks and Recreation at 331-2940
                                                                                                               for registration or additional information.
 Progressing,”         growth for our village.        The mayor said maintaining infrastructure
                         To date, we have seen     such as roadways is a priority for officials for         MR. D’s MAGIC SHOW.......................12 pm                               M O N d a y , sEPT. 3
 page 2.                                                                                                       Enjoy the magic of “Illusion.”                                              LaBOr day
                       the complete renovation     several reasons – general appearance, safety
                       of South Park Avenue,       and economic development.                                LASER TAG...................................1 - 5 pm                PAARLBERG
including new storm and sanitary sewers, new          “Residents and businesses have a tendency                Climbing wall will test your skills.                               HERITAGE FEST .....................9:30 am - 4 pm
water mains and utilities, as well as new trees    to locate in places with an excellent general            PETTING ZOO & PONY RIDES ..........1 - 5 pm                               (Presented by the South Holland Historical
and planters, brick paving, and ornamental and     appearance,” De Graff said.                              SLIDE / OBSTACLE COURSE /
                                                                                                                                                                                         Society at Paarlberg Historical Farm,
decorative lighting.                                                                                                                                                                        172nd Place and Paxton Ave.)
                                                      High quality roads also add to the overall              DINO JUMP ..............................1 - 7 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                	          Historical	tours	•	Craft	displays
  Most of our railroad crossings have been         safety of the village. When roads are in good            BASKETBALL FUN .........................1 - 7 pm
reconstructed, including crossings at 168th                                                                                                                                     	     Antiques	•	Ethnic	food	•	Entertainment
                                                   condition there is no swerving to avoid potholes
                                                                                                            JESSE WHITE TUMBLERS ................... 5 pm                                      South Suburban Heritage
Street, 172nd Street, South Park Avenue, 170th     or obstacles.                                               A must see event!
Street, and Armory Drive.                                                                                                                                                                    Quilters Guild demonstrations
                                                      Distinct to South Holland is that nearly              VILLAGE BLOCK PARTY –
  We’ve also seen street resurfacing and           all of our streets have sidewalks, which are                                                                                               Civil War Reenactments
                                                                                                              SOUTH HOLLAND’S LARGEST! .. 5:30 - 8 pm
concrete replacement of more than 25 miles of      also maintained as part of any resurfacing or                                                                                    The South Holland Municipal Band will close
                                                                                                               Great fun, food and entertainment!
our streets and sidewalks, and now we begin                                                                                                                                              the	day	with	a	grand	performance.
                                                   repaving project. Well-maintained sidewalks
to see the transformation of Cottage Grove                                  (continued on page 2)
 2 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007                                                                                                                                               SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY

Roads                                             cost of keeping roads in good shape.
                                                     “There is a significant cost difference be-
(continued from front page)
                                                  tween resurfacing a road and waiting so long
make navigating the village a safer prospect                                                          Always a popular event, the
                                                  you actually have to reconstruct the road,”
for residents.                                    Wynsma said.                                        Jesse White Tumblers (shown
   “We are doing what we are doing to maintain       It costs the village about $100 per lineal       at last year’s Heritage Festi-
the high quality of our roads because we care,”   foot to resurface a road and almost $190 per
De Graff said. “We want an excellent, highly      lineal foot to reconstruct. Since asphalt is a      val) will once again amaze
rated transportation system in our community      byproduct of gasoline, rising gasoline prices       and delight with their tum-
because it provides a high quality of life and    can have a definite impact on that cost.
is good for commerce.”                               In any given year, officials typically budget    bling skills.
   The village’s roadways are only one com-       about $350,000 for roadwork. An $8 million
ponent to a strong                                                         bond issue, along with
transportation system,                                                     some matching state
according to the may- ‘We are doing what we are doing and federal funds, have                         Heritage Festival
or. Arterial highways,                                                     been used to tackle        (continued from front page)
public transportation         to maintain the high quality of the almost 30 miles
and access to a third          our roads because we care’                  that were resurfaced         New to the event this year is laser tag from       Roberts, and closing with the Jamaican One-
regional airport are                             Mayor Don De Graff        in the last few years,     1 p.m. - 5 p.m.                                      Man Band and the electric slide.
keys to ensure a strong                                                    Wynsma said.                 The slide, obstacle course, dino jump,
economic future for the                                                       “Over 5 years ago,      and basketball fun will provide loads of fun              SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
community.                                                                 South Holland’s Public                                                                    Prayer, Praise and Music
                                                                                                      1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
   De Graff said another key is pushing for       Works Department took on the massive job of                                                                    Celebration in the Park, 6 p.m.
                                                                                                        Children will enjoy the chance to see all the
the Southeast Metra line, which will have a       resurfacing one-third of the village’s streets.                                                            Enjoy an outdoor Ecumenical Service with
                                                                                                      animals at the petting zoo and enjoy a pony
stop in the village and connect residents to the  They have made tremendous progress,” said                                                                family and friends at Veterans Park. This year,
                                                                                                      ride from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
city. The final piece of the puzzle is the third  Trustee Mathew James. “Many of our citizens                                                              our guest speaker is Senator Rev. James Meeks.
airport, which De Graff says is essential for     are appreciative of the improved roadways.                 Jesse White Tumblers – 5 p.m.                 You are strongly encouraged to arrive early
the region.                                       This year they will continue to update and             For those who have been at the festival in        and to bring your own lawn chair.
   “Transportation is definitely the key to eco-  refresh the streets in our community. Public        previous years, you are familiar with the spec-
nomic success,” said De Graff who recently        Works does this in addition to all of its regular   tacular performance that awaits the crowd.               MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
participated in a ceremony celebrating the        responsibilities related to our sidewalks, street                                                                  Paarlberg Heritage Fest
                                                                                                                  Village Block Party –
completion of the interstate road work. He said   signs, sewers, water supply and so much more.                                                                         9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
the village will continue to take a leadership                                                                  South Holland’s Largest
                                                  My hat goes off to the men and women in our                                                                This event is presented by the South Hol-
role in major road improvement and transpor-                                                                         5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
                                                  Public Works.”                                                                                           land Historical Society at Paarlberg Historical
tation projects, which ultimately will create                                                            This is a golden opportunity for you to
                                                     The village will be putting a greater empha-                                                          Farm surrounding the homestead located at
new economic development opportunities in         sis on rejuvenating the pavement using new          catch up with neighbors and friends, meet new
                                                                                                                                                           the end of the driveway entrance to the park.
areas like the Interstate Zoning District, which  technology for things like crack filling that       neighbors, enjoy good food, and show sup-
                                                                                                                                                           Enjoy historical tours, pioneer craft displays,
is adjacent to the expressway ramps on 159th      will prolong the life of the roads.                 port of our talented students who will dazzle
                                                                                                                                                           antiques, ethnic food, and entertainment. The
Street.                                              “I think this board needs to be commended        the crowd with their tremendous talents. The
                                                                                                                                                           South Suburban Heritage Quilters Guild will
   Village Administrator J. Wynsma said of-       for taking such a proactive, financially conser-    Village Block Party will bring to you a host of
                                                                                                                                                           demonstrate traditional quilt making tech-
ficials have taken a very aggressive approach     vative yet aggressive approach to infrastruc-       delightful entertainment, kicking off with the
                                                                                                                                                           niques used by the Dutch settlers of South
to maintaining the community’s roads to ensure    ture,” Wynsma said. n                               Thornwood High School Marching Thunder-
                                                                                                                                                           Holland. The South Holland Municipal Band
continued growth and help reduce the overall                                                          birds and cheerleaders, followed by Mr. D’s
                                                                                                                                                           will close the day with a grand performance.
                                                                                                      Magic Show, jazz music performed by Darien
                                                                                                                                                           This is an event for the entire family! n
             Road projects progressing
                                                                                                      Orr, Carlos Perkins and Anthony Thomas,
                                                                                                      steppin’ dance demonstration by Kirk & Karen

     As some road work projects in and around      the Villages of South Holland and Dolton.
  the village of South Holland wind down,
  others are about to get started.
                                                      As for construction on Cottage Grove
                                                   Avenue, Barker said it continues to be ahead           S O U T H                                   H O L L A N D
     The village will continue its aggressive      of schedule.
  work on roadway improvements this fall              “Additional paving and construction of

                                                                                                                                         SA LUTES
  when Westview Avenue (from Armory                the roundabout at 166th Street is currently
  to 172nd Street), Armory Drive (from             underway,” Barker said. A detour plan will be
  Vincennes to Westview), and 173rd Street         in effect while the roundabout is constructed.
  (from South Park to State Street) will be        Signs will be posted advising drivers and
  resurfaced.                                      residents in advance.
     Village Engineer Pat Barker said much of         In addition, the CSX Railroad has agreed
  the work is being funded through a federal       to reconstruct the following railroad cross-
  grant program which provides 70 percent of       ings this fall: Route 6, east of Vincennes; the
  the funds needed to complete the project.        Taft/Vincennes intersection; and Vincennes,
      Along with the resurfacing work, there       north of Route 6. The Canadian National               Ibrahim Okenla has been awarded an In-               Ashley Newman has been selected to par-
  will be some curb and gutter replacement and     Railroad has slated our Route 6 crossing for       ternational Engineering Scholarship from the         ticipate in the 2007 National American Miss
  pavement patching. One lane of traffic will      reconstruction this September 2007. With           University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.          Pageant as a City Queen to represent South
  be maintained at all times, she said.            the completion of these, all of our town’s         The award includes a $1,000 scholarship, help        Holland. The pageant will be held in Anaheim,
     Two other high priority projects are the      crossing will be complete.                         with a round trip airfare to any study destination   CA. Nov. 21-26.
  resurfacing of State Street from U.S. Route         Moving forward, the village will continue       worldwide, and $3,000 per semester for one
                                                                                                                                                              Ashley M. Dixon, Brittany L. Evans and
  6 to Sibley Boulevard and 154th Street from      to aggressively and diligently improve infra-      or two semesters abroad. Okenla is a gradu-
                                                                                                                                                           Rebecca Rudenga were named to the dean’s
  South Park Avenue to I-94. The 154th Street      structure in and around the community. n           ate of Thornwood High School and will study
                                                                                                                                                           list for the fall semester at Grand Valley State
  project will be a joint improvement project by                                                      mechanical engineering at U of I in the Fall.
                                                                                                        Brittany Montgomery, who was an intern
                                                                                                                                                              Kristin Ritzema was named to the dean’s
                                                                                                      during the summer of 2006 for the mayor’s
                                                                                                                                                           list at Bethel College in Mishawaka, In.
                                                                                                      office, made the dean’s list at Hampton Uni-
                                                                                                      versity in Hampton, VA for the fall of 2006             Brandice R. Smits was named to the dean’s
                                                                                                      and spring 2007 with a grade point average of        list at Governor’s State University.
                                                                                                      3.83. She was also placed on the High Honor
                                                                                                                                                              Musicians with the Coolidge Middle School
                                                                                                      Roll and was a Presidential Scholar.
                                                                                                                                                           Symphonic Band from School District 151
                                                                                                         Melanie De Young, daughter of William             became stars of their own Disney show when
                                                                                                      and Elaine De Young of South Holland, has            they took the stage at Galaxy Palace Theater
                                                                                                      been awarded a Lily DC Summer Ministries             in Magic Kingdom Park on June 13. They took
                                                                                                      Scholarship and the John and Reona Reinsma           part in Disney Magic Music Days.
                                                                                                      Organ Scholarship at Dordt College in Sioux
                                                                                                                                                             Robin Campbell, daughter of Selena
                                                                                                      Center, Iowa, for the 2007-2008 academic
                                                                                                                                                           Campbell-Martin and Martimer Campbell,
                                                                                                      year. De Young is a junior at Dordt College
                                                                                                                                                           will attend the National Young Leaders State
                                                                                                      majoring in social work. William and Elaine De
                                                                                                                                                           Conference. She is a student at Dirksen Middle
                                                                                                      Young’s son Alan De Young was among 274
                                                                                                      students who graduated from Dordt College.           School. n
   Construction on Cottage Grove Avenue is ahead of schedule at this time. The roundabout
   at 166th Street (shown above) will greatly ease traffic flow when completed.                       He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree
                                                                                                      in Business Administration.
SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                           AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007               3

Scout Craig Toren honors area’s RESIDENT YOU SHOULD KNOW
first residents
                                                                                                      First impressions important to this volunteer
                                                  says Larsen. “The different post holes for
                                                  the structures that were discovered were                                                                          During the early 1970s, her
                                                  still intact hundreds of years later.”                                                                            father bought her a John Deere
                                                                                                                                                                    tractor that she used to mow
                                                     Larsen says that there is also a replica of
                                                                                                                                                                    the grass for that area, as well
                                                  a ceremonial longhouse at the Glenview
                                                                                                                                                                    as the neighbors next door and
                                                  Park District that is based on the discovery
                                                                                                                                                                    a family across the street. She
                                                  in South Holland. According to the Chicago-                                                                       upgraded to a newer model
                                                  land Archeological Society, the longhouse is                                                                      about 6 years ago.
                                                  one of the first to be discovered in Illinois, It
                                                  was a large structure about 55 feet in length                                                                      “They all appreciate it,” says
                                                  that was for traditional ceremonies.                                                                             the 64-year-old resident. “The
                                                                                                                                                                   new neighbors appreciate it
                                                    Toren’s research with two amateur ar-                                                                          and the new folks over at the
                                                  cheologists that were at the dig site and one                                                                    new funeral home [Gatling’s
                                                  professional archeologist, Douglas Jackson,                                                                      Chapel] appreciate it too.”
                                                  revealed many burial grounds, copper from
                                                                                                                                                                     The Garden Club of South
                                                  Lake Superior and shells from the Gulf of
                                                                                                                                                                  Holland contributed the flow-
                                                  Mexico. The discovery of the shells means
                                                                                                                                                                  ers at the official entrance to
Scout Craig Toren is helping raise funds to       that they were part of a big trading network.
                                                                                                                                                                  the village, which add a nice
erect an historical marker entitled ‘Weep-        The artifacts are being housed at the State                                                                     splash of color to the landscape.
ing Eye.’                                         of Illinois Museum and the Field Museum
                                                                                                      Mayor Don De Graff recently presented a certificate         The Garden Club supports her
                                                  to ensure their preservation.                                                                                   maintenance of the flowers
                                                                                                      of appreciation to resident Norma Knopf for her vol-
By Deidra Somerville                                Toren used the information from archeolo-         unteer work cleaning up areas near Interstate 94 and        by making sure that they are
   Boy Scout Craig Toren, now a Life Scout,       gist Douglas Jackson to develop the text for        Route 6.                                                    properly watered on a regular
is honoring the Native Americans who lived        the plaque that will be dedicated at Little                                                                     basis. In addition to cutting the
                                                                                                      By Deidra Somerville
in the South Holland area by raising the          Calumet Park. “One cool feature about the                                                         grass on her tractor and weeding the garden
funds to design and erect a plaque, called        plaque is the weeping eye design – we’re              Driving along Route 6 heading west into     as needed, Norma also picks up the trash
the Weeping Eye, as his project to become         using one that was found in Arkansas,” he           South Holland, motorists are welcomed         there at least twice a week.
an Eagle Scout, the highest ranking for           says. Weeping Eye design is a native design         by a road side sign and Norma Knopf, a           Knopf’s husband, Ralph, says the beauti-
scouting.                                         that is featured as a carving on shells that        native daughter of South Holland who has      ful landscape that Norma keeps so well is
                                                  were used as ceremonial masks.                      dedicated 30 years of her time and com-       just “Norma being Norma.”
   While deciding which project to pursue to
                                                                                                      mitment toward keeping that entranceway
become an Eagle Scout, 15-year-old Toren             Toren is teaming up with the South Hol-                                                           “She likes everything groomed beautifully
found an inspiration very close to him for        land Historical Society to raise the funds for                                                    and perfectly,” says Ralph. “She always says
the answer.                                       the plaque with the hope to have a presen-            By continuing to maintain the area, Knopf,  that if you see trash there, then you think
                                                  tation for the plaque complete for viewing          a lifelong resident, stays connected to the   it’s okay to put more there, so she picks it
   “I chose to do the historical marking
                                                  during the Heritage Festival at Paarlberg           land that her family used to farm before      up to stop that altogether. She feels it is her
for the Indians who lived here through my
                                                                                                      the ramps to the expressway and the homes     responsibility to do it, since this was her old
Grandpa, Chester Toren. He’s part of the          Park this year. Once completed, along with
                                                                                                      in the area were built. Her family’s main     family homestead.”
South Holland Historical Society,” says           the 21 merit badges and a review he will
                                                                                                      homestead was moved in 1958 to make way
Craig. “The historical society always wanted      receive from his Scoutmaster, Craig will                                                             Norma was lauded for her efforts by vil-
                                                                                                      for the expressway ramps on 159th Street.
to put up the historical marker, so I said that   become an Eagle Scout.                                                                            lage officials with a Volunteer Appreciation
                                                                                                      As the area changed from onion fields to
I would do it.”                                     “This project means a lot to the scouts.          modern homes and industry, Norma’s father     Award. And Mayor Don De Graff in June
  The South Holland Historical Society has        I’m happy about making this my Eagle Scout          began to sell plots of his farmland which     presented a certificate of appreciation to
known about the Anker site since its discov-      project,” Toren says.                               extended from the area around 159th Street    Knopf for her work.
ery in 1958 by the Illinois Transportation          “I want to tell people about the anker site       and Prince Drive to the Calumet Sag Chan-        “For your love of South Holland dem-
and Research Program. Lynn Larsen, a cor-         and for people to recognize the significance        nel. The homestead was passed on to Norma     onstrated by countless hours – selflessly
respondent and member of the society, says        about the land they live in,” says Toren. “And      who has remained its caretaker ever since.    and generously given – to contribute to its
the artifacts made it clear that this site was    now more people may want to learn more                The large grassy knoll near the homestead   beautification. On behalf of a grateful com-
a significant piece of history that revealed      about Native American culture.”                     belongs to the state, which comes out to cut  munity, thank you for your heart, your time
knowledge of Native Illinoisans that had not                                                          the grass maybe twice a year, says Norma.     and your dedication,” the mayor said.
                                                    For more information about how you can
been discovered before.                           contribute to the project, please contact the          “The weeds would grow so tall and out of       “She’s got a big heart,” says Ralph. “A
  “There were large structures discovered         South Holland Historical Society at (708)           control. I just couldn’t stand to see it look   heart of gold.” n
there that are believed to be longhouses,”        596-2722. n                                         like that,” she says.

    Faith, Family, Future Center opens!

    Visitors chat with volunteers George Harris          The game room is quickly becoming quite an               Residents had the opportunity to tour the village’s new Faith, Family, Future
    and Jan Mulder (at left) during a tour of the        attraction for young people.                             Center during an Open House. Volunteers, members of the village adminis-
    facility.                                                                                                     tration and residents joined Mayor Don De Graff for the ribbon cutting to
                                                                                                                  mark the opening of the center.
 4 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007                                                                                                                                            SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY

Schools welcome new administrators
By Cindy Cruz
  The new school year will bring about            cational administration from Governors State
some changes in the South Holland schools.        University. She has taught math at Thornwood
Seton Academy, Thornwood High School,             for 11 years and served as Freshman Academy         Calvin hosts Back To School Night
                                                  chairperson for five years.                                                                           Hui-Ling Hite, John Hite, Tiffane Jones,
and McKinley School are welcoming new
administrators.                                      “In my new role as assistant principal, I           Calvin Christian School will hold their        Don Manning, James Miller, Erin Murphy,
                                                  look forward to assisting the staff in the areas    annual Back To School Night on Aug. 27            Justin Papp, and Tenial Stacker Whitted.
Seton Academy                                     of professional development. I enjoy being a        at 7 pm. All registered students and their        South Suburban College Chairman of the
                  Norma A. Guzmán was             part of a winning team. As a team player at         parents are invited to meet their teachers, see   Board of Trustees Frank Zuccarelli also
                  named principal of Seton        Thornwood High School, I will work hard to          their classroom, greet their classmates and       participated in the relay and gave a moving
                  Academy. She brings a           continue the momentum that has been gener-          friends, and tour the building. The program       and poignant opening address, sharing his
                  wealth of experience from       ated by our dedicated administration and staff,”    will be followed by an Ice Cream Social for       experience during his parents’ battles with
                  her 15-year career as a         she said.                                           everyone.                                         cancer years ago.
                  Spanish teacher and as-                                                                                                               	SSC   hosts two art exhibits
                                                                                                      Thornwood names new
Norma A. Guzmán sistant principal at Seton.                                                                                                                The Art & Design Department of South
                  She has also held positions                                                         basketball coach
                                                                                                                                                        Suburban College is hosting two art exhibits
at Chicago Public, Catholic, and Montessori                                                             Thornwood High School in South Holland          and artist receptions in August. Spray Cans
Schools.                                                                                              announces the hiring of Marcus Alderson           & Markers is an exhibition of art work by
   “I am in education because of my love and                                                          as the new Varsity Boys’ Basketball Head          Rhett Johnson that runs through Aug. 28 in
passion for working with young adults” said                                                           Coach. Alderson, who comes to Thornwood           the college’s Lee E. Dulgar Gallery. The ex-
Guzmán.                                                                                               from Simeon High School, replaces Bob             hibit will close with a reception on Tuesday,
   As principal, Guzmán will manage the                                                               Curran, who resigned in March. Alderson
day-to-day operations of Seton Academy’s
                                                                                                                                                        Aug. 28 from 1- 2 p.m. Study of the Human
                                                                                                      was the Freshman Boys’ Basketball Head            Figure is an exhibition of drawing by James
academic, student, and faith programs including           Michelle Coleman, Sheryl Phillips           Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at Sim-
athletics, campus ministry, curriculum,                                                                                                                 Holmes that will be on display from Aug. 20
                                                                                                      eon, helping lead the school to back-to-back      through Sept. 19 in the Dorothea Theil Gal-
discipline, and instructional technology, and     McKinley School                                     State Championships in 2006 and 2007.             lery. The exhibit will close with a reception
the one-to-one laptop program.
                                                     At McKinley School in District 150 Mi-           Alderson, an All-City guard as a student at       on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from noon – 1:00
   Guzmán earned both her undergraduate
                                                  chelle Coleman replaces George Harris as            Simeon, was named City of Chicago Fresh-          p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend
degree in applied behavioral science and a
                                                  principal. Harris accepted a position with the      man Coach of the Year in both 2006 and            the exhibitions and the artist receptions free
master’s in education from National Louis
                                                  Kankakee school district. Coleman had served        2007. His freshman teams won the Chicago          of charge. Regular gallery hours are Monday
University. Former Principal/President Ingia
                                                  as McKinley’s assistant principal for two years.    Public League City Championship each of           through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The galleries
E. Jackson continues in the position of Seton
                                                  She was a former language arts teacher in           those years. Alderson, who holds a master’s       are closed on weekends and holidays. For
Academy’s President/CEO.
                                                  Harvey District 147 and Country Club Hills          degree in special education from Chicago          additional information, please call 708-596-
Thornwood High School                             District 160.                                       State University, will also join the Thorn-       2000 ext. 2445 or ext. 2300.
   Former Thornwood math                             District Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jordan said    wood staff as a special education teacher.
teacher and chairman of the                       Coleman is committed to making McKinley
school’s Freshman Academy                         a Blue Ribbon School. She has a bachelor’s          News from South Suburban College
Dorith Johnson replaces                           degree in elementary education from Northern        	Registration
Harriette Condes-Zervakis as                      Illinois University and a master’s degree in           In-person, online and touch tone regis-
assistant principal. Condes-                      administration from St. Xavier University.          trations for the 2007 fall semester is still
Zervakis retired from the Dorith Johnson             Sheryl Phillips is the new assistant principal
                                                                                                      in progress. New students and returning
district. Principal Tim Trues-                    at McKinley. She comes to the district from
                                                                                                      students can register in person at the main
dale said Johnson is well-respected and will      the Evanston school district where she served
                                                                                                      campus in South Holland or at the University
be a great addition to the administrative team.   as an elementary teacher. Jordan said she has
                                                                                                      & College Center in Oak Forest. Students
Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in marketing      a passion for math and has experience working
                                                                                                      can also register online at SouthSuburban-
(cum laude) from Western Illinois University,     with Everyday Math, the program now being
                                                                                                      College.edu. For more information or to
master’s degree in mathematics education from     used by the district. n
                                                                                                      schedule a tour, please call 708-210-5718.
DePaul University, and master’s degree in edu-
                                                                                                      	Gain   the latest training at SSC’s
                                                                                                        Cisco Academy

        County investigates bite reports
                                                                                                        South Suburban College is set to open
                                                                                                      a new Cisco Academy that will offer both
                                                                                                      credit and non-credit training in the latest
                                                                                                      technology and software to get you started        Martin M. Childress, 11 years old, par-
     The Cook County Department of                To avoid being bitten:                              on a lucrative IT career. Students learn how      ticipated in the National Young Scholars
  Public Health is working with the Illi-                                                             computers work, how to assemble comput-           Program (NYSP), held at the University
  nois Department of Public Health, area
                                                  44   wear a heavy skin lotion such as
                                                                                                      ers and how to troubleshoot hardware and          Plaza Conference Center in Dekalb, Illinois.
  medical providers, hospitals and local               sunscreen while outdoors – the mites
                                                                                                      software issues while earning Certification in    NYSP inspires outstanding 4th, 5th and 6th
  health departments to identify the type              will become mired in the lotion and
                                                                                                      the newest programs including IT Essentials,      grade students to explore, invent, learn and
  of pests that have bitten a number of                not bite.
                                                                                                      CCNA Exploration, and Fundamentals of             think creatively. He was nominated by his
  individuals in the region. Surveillance         44   always wear repellent with DEET,               Wireless Networks. In addition, the college       5th grade teacher Ms. Helen Johnson from
  from local hospitals shows that several              wear long-sleeved shirts and                   has installed a new lab for Microsoft’s latest    New Beginnings Learning Academy.
  dozen people have been reporting to                  pants,                                         operation system “Vista” and also now offers
  emergency rooms with complaints of                                                                  the new Microsoft Office 2007. For more
                                                       avoid walks near heavy weeds and
                                                                                                                                                           Visit Sand Ridge for
  red, quarter sized, circular bites on their                                                         information, please contact Dennis Spivey,
  skin.                                                vegetation in the evening (when pest
                                                                                                      Cisco Academy coordinator, at 708-210-
    The rash appears to be consistent
                                                       activity is heaviest),
                                                                                                      5739 or e-mail dspivey@southsuburbancol-               Archeology Day
  with bites from a mite-like pest.               44   shower after coming in from out-               lege.edu.
                                                       doors,                                         	Relay  for Life                                     Join the naturalists at Sand Ridge on
    Symptoms include severe itching at
                                                                                                        South Suburban College participated              Saturday, Sept. 8th, and celebrate Arche-
  the site of the bite and may last for 10        44   launder clothing after coming in from
                                                                                                      in the American Cancer Society “Relay              ology Day, a day of activities to promote
  to 14 days.                                          outside,
                                                                                                      for Life” last weekend at T.F. North High          a better understanding and appreciation
     “Scratching the skin is not advised,         44   doors and windows should be kept               School. SSC’s relay team raised over $1,000,       of historic Native American culture.
  as a break in the skin may provide an                closed                                         while the total contributions for the 14-          Beginning at 10 a.m., local archeolo-
  opportunity for infection,” said CCDPH                                                              hour event reached over $56,000. TEAM              gists will chat with you and display their
                                                    The Illinois Department of Public
  chief operating officer, Stephen Martin,                                                            SSC (South Suburban College Supporting             extensive collections. In addition, enjoy
                                                  Health will be actively trapping peststo
  Jr. “Residents should check with their                                                              Services for Cancer) was made up of com-           storytelling, games, guided hikes and
                                                  determine their type.
  doctors for medication that can relieve                                                             munity members, faculty, staff, and students       other activities, including making a
                                                    For more information contact CCDPH
  the itch.”                                                                                          including Aisha Burton, Art Burton, Patrice        traditional craft.
                                                  at 708-492-2000.
                                                                                                      Burton, Edith Elane, Joe Gillie, Jan Green,
SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                               AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007                    5

Heritage Haul to inspire residents to action
                                                 home with just about everyone, through               Volunteers needed
                                                 relatives, friends and co-workers that have
                                                 been directly impacted by the disease. The           Volunteers are needed for the 2nd Annual Heritage
                                                 run will be held during the same time that the     Haul 5-K Charity Event to be held Saturday, Sept.
                                                 foundation will be holding their Walk for the      15, 2007.
                                                 Cure events all over the country. Participants
                                                 will join the chorus of supporters all running
                                                                                                      Those interested in helping make this event a
                                                 and walking on one accord to raise funds to        success should call Mary Ann Thornton at Village
                                                 find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, a disease that    Hall, 210-2918.
                                                 affects tens of thousands of children each
                                                    Joining this year’s run in support of the
                                                 cause are mothers taking their younger
                                                 children in strollers, military service men
                                                 and women who will run together as groups,
                                                 as well as groups from local congregations,
Mayor De Graff leads the send-off of par-
                                                 social clubs, and youth groups. If you would
ticipants in the 1st Annual Heritage Haul
held last year. WGN’s Valerie Warner was         like to gather a group of running or walk-
a participant in the event.                      ing partners to join you for a nice early fall
                                                 event, be sure to download the registration
By Deidra Somerville                             form from the village website at http://
  It’s time to take out our running and walk-    www.southholland.org. You may also send
                                                 in the registration form from South Holland         Shown above are the winners of the 1st Annual Heritage Haul held in September
ing shoes for the Second Annual Heritage
                                                 Today, or stop by the Village Hall to pick up       2006. Volunteers are needed for the 2007 event.
Haul 5K run/walk event, which will be
held Saturday, September 15 beginning at         a form.
8 a.m.
  The run/walk will begin at First Reformed
                                                    The route this year will be different due
                                                 to the construction at Veterans Park. The                                                                                                          #
Church, 159th Place and South Park Avenue.       first mile will go along Riverview Drive                        Village of South Holland
The event features a great warm-up by fitness
experts from the Community Center, warm
                                                 parallel to the Little Calumet River. The
                                                 route will then wind along Woodlawn onto
                                                                                                        2nd Annual Heritage Haul 5-K Charity Event
welcome by the volunteers and Thornwood          161st Street. The second mile will go down                                           South Holland’s On the Move!
cheerleaders, and the beautiful run lined with   161st Place toward Cottage Grove. The third                               Benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
residents cheering them on. But for first-time   mile will cross Cottage Grove, going onto
runners, this run will be a new experience       161st Street turning onto School Street and
and is in support of this year’s charitable      Riverview Drive onto the finish line.
                                                                                                                                            Saturday, September 15, 2007
cause that we can all relate to.                    Look for WGN’s Valerie Warner in a pub-
                                                                                                                                                8:00 a.m. Start Time
  This year’s run/walk will support the          lic service announcement for the Heritage                                                     First Reformed Church
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and        Haul on our local cable access channel. The                                                          15924 South Park Ave.
promote youth health and fitness through         PSA will feature Valerie, a supporter of the
exercise. Diabetes is a disease that hits        event and participant in last year’s 5K. n
                                                                                                       Early Registration Deadline: September 14, 2007 – Adults: $20 / Youth (under 18 yrs.): $6
                                                                                                                Registration on Day of Event – Adults: $25 / Youth (under 18 yrs.): $10

  Save water and help save the planet                                                                          Family Registration: 2 Adults, 2 Children: $40 (Each additional child: $10)

                                                                                                                               REGISTRATION FORM
  By Deidra Somerville                                                                                   Return completed form and check payable to the Village of South Holland:
     As the summer days turn muggier and         and regulated to send their water through               16226 Wausau Ave., South Holland, IL 60473, Attn: Mary Ann Thornton
  we turn to water for relief, many commu-       a sanitary system.
  nities in Illinois are suffering from water       Old habits die hard, but can save              Birthdate: __________________ Age as of Sept. 15, 2007: ______ Female: ___ Male: ___
  shortages, according to the American           money in the long run. By breaking an
                                                 old habit like running the water while            Select Shirt Size:    CHILD:       S____ M____ L____
  Water Works Association. In fact, Cook
  County is one of 6 counties in the state       brushing our teeth or shaving, families can                             ADULT:       S____ M____ L____ XL____ XXL____
  reporting a drought impact on water and        save 1,200 gallons of water per year.
                                                    Dishwashers save on gallons of water           Name: _____________________________________________________________
  energy sources. Here the association pro-
  vides us with some tips on how                     per wash compared to hand wash-               Address: ____________________________________________________________
  to save water in the heat of the                      ing dishes. The times we decide to
                                                          quickly clear the sink of dishes         City, State, Zip code: __________________________________________________
  moment and money for years
  to come.                             sIMPLE              by hand washing in comparison           Phone: _____________________________________________________________
     Did you know that the                                 can use up to twice the amount
                                                           of water than a dishwasher. And         E-mail: _____________________________________________________________
  largest use of water in your
  home comes from your toilet?                            for energy-efficient dishwashers,        Emergency contact person (name/phone): __________________________________
  Toilets built before 1992 are con-                    up to nearly 4 times more water.
  sidered to be less efficient than those           Besides, dishwashers are not only for          Waiver: In consideration of this entry acceptance, I, my heirs, executors, and administrators hereby
  built more recently. A toilet that uses 1.6    better water efficiency, they are made for        waive any and all rights or claims for damages I may have against the Village of South Holland
  gallons per flush is considered efficient      relaxing.                                         and all others connected for any and all injuries sustained by me in this event. I will additionally
  by current standards. By lifting the lid in       Use your refrigerator to keep that cool        permit the free use of my name and picture in newspaper articles, broadcasts, telecasts, videotapes,
                                                 glass of water waiting for you. Keeping a         etc. I further attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for the event and
  the back of your toilet you can find out
                                                 pitcher of water cool in the refrigerator can     that my condition has been verified by a licensed medical doctor. Entry fees are non-refundable and
  the make, model, year made and gallons
                                                 save water, money and time spent running          non-transferable. Event occurs rain or shine.
  per flush to determine whether you should
  invest in a low-flush toilet.                  water from the faucet while waiting for it           Entrant’s signature: ________________________________
     Home-based car washes do more than          to get cold.
  just make your car look shiny and new.            These tips on everyday use of water               Guardian signature: ________________________________
  The soap used at home actually run off         are easy to do and can contribute towards           Date: ____________________________________________
  into local rivers and creeks, which feed       conserving water for your home and the
                                                 broader community. n                              (Parent or guardian’s signature if entrant is under 18 years of age. This is to certify the my son/
  into larger water sources that are part of
                                                                                                   daughter has my permission to participate in the event, is in good physical condition and that the
  our daily use. Car washes are designed
                                                                                                   event officials have my permission to authorize treatment if necessary.)
6 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007                                                                                                                                              SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY

                                                         EDITORIAL PAGE
                                 By Pat Mahon                                                                                & ENCOURAGEMENT
                                 What makes a man great…                                                                    FROM OUR CHURCHES
                                   A few months ago as we celebrated Women in
                                                                                                 The South Holland Ministerial Association, in             When I experience a shipwreck or a major
                                 History month I had the opportunity to write about
                                                                                                 support of South Holland’s Village theme of            setback in my life I often feel discouraged and
                                 some amazing women, wonderful female experi-                    “Faith...Family...Future” endorses this monthly        I wonder where God is at those times. Yet the
                                 ences and the power of possibilities. Later I was               column.The viewpoints expressed herein are             word of God tells us that God is not surprised
                                 complimented on the article, but asked why not                  those of the writer and do not constitute official     by our circumstances but He is working out
                                 write about men?                                                endorsement by South Holland Today or the South        things that are far above our thoughts. I am
                                                                                                 Holland Village administration.                        not sure what season of life you are in now
                                  Although I have touched upon the subject of men
 throughout various articles over the years, and most recently in the context of a                                                                      but take courage knowing that God is working
                                                                                                    Setbacks … I experience these more times            things out for your good! He has good plans
 loving and happy marital relationship, I’m not aware of a Men’s History Month as                than I would like to admit. Whether I am alone         for each of us. I know that He has good plans
 with Black, Women, Native American, etc., so let’s take a few minutes to recognize              in this or not I find comfort knowing that God         for our village and that we are a light on a hill
 and celebrate those great men who walk among us.                                                is in control even in my moments of doubt and          and the world will be looking to South Holland
                                                                                                 fear.                                                  for leadership and guidance. Stay the course
   R. Emerson once said, “Great men [are those who] clear our eyes from egotism
                                                                                                    Acts 27:23-26 (NLT) For last night an angel         and allow God to continue to be our source of
 and enables us to see other people and their works.” Obviously history has proven
                                                                                                 of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve           strength and hope!
 that there have been great men of the world as leaders, activists, heroes, humanitar-           stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid,
 ians, scientists, etc. But one does not need to look only in books to find great men.                                                                     Get out and meet your neighbors, invite
                                                                                                 Paul, for you will surely stand trial before           them to a cookout because you never know
 Many can be found right here and now, recognized as great only by those who know                Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has           who might be experiencing a setback right now
 them. Here’s my own observation of a great man.                                                 granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’          and they might just need the encouragement
    What defines a great man? Some believe power, success, money and material                    So take courage! For I believe God. It will be         that you can provide!
                                                                                                 just as he said. But we will be shipwrecked on            Therefore, encourage each other and
 possessions. My definition is much more simple. At this stage of my life, I am
                                                                                                 an island.                                             strengthen one another as you are doing. (1
 extremely fortunate to be surrounded by men on a daily basis who have reached                      An angel reminded Paul that God was with
 a certain degree of maturity and responsibility; men who are strong, ambitious,                                                                        Thessalonians 5:11 NLT)
                                                                                                 him and even though God would provide safety              – Troy O’Quin
 logical, intellectual and rational. Money and material possessions do not equal                 for the men on the ship, He was still going to              River Oaks Community Church
 greatness – in many cases, they don’t even equate to happiness and success. A great             allow them to be shipwrecked on an island.
 man is, among other things, a gentle man who is considerate of others, sensitive,
 kind, responsible and selfless. How wonderful is it for us women to have a man
 place his hand on the small of the back as he gives a soft nudge to proceed first; to
 open the door for us, no matter who’s around; to intentionally acknowledge us in
 a room filled with other men; or to come to our aid when our hands are full – all
 because he is thinking of us before himself.
   I’m thankful for the fact that men are stronger, masculine and sometimes even
 smarter than us. At the same time, it is extremely disappointing to experience                    THE PEOPLE SAY:
 those with attitudes of arrogance, superiority and selfishness. It’s easy to believe                 I’d like to congratulate the Garden Club of South Holland and Thornton for their
 and admire a great man – one who stands for facts and for thoughts and not for                    fantastic “Secret Garden” walk on July 14th. The gorgeous flowers, plants, water ponds,
 posturing, self promoting and inflexibility. I appreciate men who listen, but who                 bushes, etc. were all breathtaking. One can truly see all the labor of love that goes into
 are not dismissive; who appreciates and welcomes other opinions without feeling                   these gardens. I’ve been a proud resident of South Holland for almost fifty years and I
 emasculated; who can connect to something larger than themselves by rising above                  can’t believe what beautiful back yards we have in these two towns.
 the stereotypes and taking the time to understand and communicate.                                   Thanks to all the members, and non-members, who opened their gorgeous yards to
                                                                                                   us. It was a great tour and I hope more people will set the day aside next year because
   It is gratifying to be in the presence of a great man and even more so to witness
                                                                                                   it is five dollars well spent.
 a great man adore a great woman – this I know for sure!
                                                                                                      Sincerely, Helen K. Varichak

                                                                                                 Q When are school speed limits in ef-
                                                                                                                                                                    SOUTH            H O L LA N D

                                                                                                                                                                   to day

ALERT FROM POLICE DEPT.                                                                          fect?
                                                                                                 A     Every school zone has a posted speed                    Managing Editor Patricia R. Mahon
                                                                                                                                                                  Editor Mary Ann Thornton
                                                                                                 limit to be observed while
                                                                                                                                                                Assistant Editor Paul Eisenberg
    USE THESE TELEPHONE                                                                          school is in session. Usu-

                                                south holland Today!
                                                                                                                                                               Production Manager Phyllis Pallay
     NUMbERS TO VERIfy                                                                           ally it is 20 mph. This limit                                  Photographer Doris Morrissette
                                                                                                 is strictly enforced so if                                              Correspondents
 UNSCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS                                                                        you exceed it be prepared                                       Cindy Cruz, Carrie Napoleon,
                                                                                                 to receive a ticket. The                                              Deidra Somerville
                                                                                                 safety of our children is of                                        Printed at Park Press
   South Holland Public Works                By Cindy Cruz
                                                                                                 utmost importance. Now that the school year                  SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY is published
                                             Q                                                   has begun, exercise caution when children are             ten times each year by the Communications
                                                  My neighbor’s teenagers and their                                                                        Department of the Village of South Holland
 South Holland Code Enforcement                                                                  present.                                                  and distributed by bulk mailing to all postal
                                             friends often park in front of my house
             210-2915                                                                                                                                      customers in South Holland Zip Code 60473.

 South Holland Police Department
                                             and blast their car stereo. I want to call the
                                             police, but can I remain anonymous?                 Q I want to put up an inflatable pool. Do                 Additional copies are available free of charge
                                                                                                                                                           at the Communications Department located at
 Non Emergency: 331-3131 ext. 2              A     You should definitely call the police. Your
                                                                                                 I still have to put a fence around it?
                                                                                                 A    Swimming pools, no matter what type,
                                                                                                                                                           the municipal complex at 16226 Wausau Ave.
                                                                                                                                                           South Holland Today does not accept paid
                                             neighbors will appreciate it and you will help                                                                advertising.
      Nicor 1-800-NICOR-4-U                  to preserve the quality of life in your neighbor-   increase your liability. Tragic accidents can                SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY aims to
     ComEd 1-800-EDISON-1                    hood. These teens are probably in violation of      happen in the blink of an eye. Having a fence             provide beneficial information to present and
                                             the village’s noise ordinance and can be fined.     around a pool is actually for everyone’s pro-             potential residents, businesses, and municipal
       AT&T 1-800-288-2020                   In most cases one call is all it takes to resolve   tection because it decreases the likelihood of            employees so that community pride is enhanced,
                                                                                                 someone gaining unauthorized access to your               investment and reinvestment in the community
                                             a situation like this. Anyone calling the police
     Comcast 1-866-594-1234                  to report a disturbance or suspicious activity      pool. If it is an inflatable pool that has a depth
                                                                                                                                                           are encouraged, participation in community
                                                                                                                                                           events is stimulated, and public dialogue about
       WOW 1-866-496-9669                    can remain anonymous. Just let them know            of water of at least two feet, it requires a locked,      issues affecting community life takes place.
                                             that when you call and they will respect your       fenced-in yard or a secured fence around the
                                             wishes.                                             pool itself n
SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                    AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007               7

Schools focus on boosting                                                                         Happy Anniversary
academic achievement
By Cindy Cruz
   Summer is winding down, and while             district to offer programs in language arts
the students enjoy their last few weeks of       and math for high achievers in 7th and 8th
freedom, administrators are preparing for        grade.
the new school year.
                                                 Thornwood High School
District 150                                        At Thornwood, Principal Tim Truesdale
   In Elementary District 150 Superintendent     said he is focusing on increasing student
Jerry Jordan said the district is focusing its   performance in math and reading. Monthly
efforts on math, reading, and special educa-     assessments will be done to determine where
tion.                                            students are having the most difficulty in
   The district just purchased a new read-       math and reading, and instruction will be
ing series for grades K-5 and 6-8 and will       tailored to address these needs.
extend the instructional time for reading and       A rotating communication period will be
language arts to 90 minutes at the primary       offered twice a week for students allowing
level and 80 minutes in the other grades.        them time to go to the school’s Plato Lab to
“At the primary level you have to have time      work on specific skills.                         Mayor Don De Graff (far right), Village Administrator J. Wynsma (left) and Deputy Village
for students to read under supervision,”            Truesdale is proposing mandatory after        Administrator Pat Mahon recently congratulated officials from Ability Engineering Tech on
Jordan said.                                     school study for students who miss assign-       the company’s 20th anniversary.
   In math, the district has applied for a       ments so they can make up their work. They
grant to finance yearlong support for their
Every Day Math program. The grant will
pay for the cost of bringing professors from
                                                 are also focusing on increasing parental
                                                 involvement through the Parent Council and
                                                 providing more opportunities for parents
                                                                                                  Welcome new business
the University of Chicago to the district to     to assist their children and monitor their
provide classroom support for the teachers       academic progress. Truesdale also hopes
four days a month.                               to expand opportunities for AP classes and
   In special education, they will be looking    to increase participation in the Student/
at ways to improve instruction and increase      Principal Advisory Committee. These initia-
performance of students.                         tives, he believes, will boost overall student
   The district will also departmentalize        achievement and translate into a successful
6th grade. Students will now be taught by        school year. n
specialists in the subject. In addition, an
advanced placement grant will allow the

Bohacik retires from Asssociation
By Cindy Cruz
                                                                                                  Mayor Don De Graff and other village officials helped welcome a new business, Gatling’s
   After five years of service to the com-       SHBA known throughout the Southland.             Chapel, Inc., to South Holland in May.
                         munity, Patricia           "We have the best reputation of any busi-
                         Bohacik will be         ness association/chamber of commerce
                         leaving her position
                         as executive director
                                                 in the Southland for getting the job done.
                                                 Chambers have imitated our mode of doing                       ‘100 year floodplain’ map
                         of the South Hol-       things, and I am very proud of that," Bohacik
                         land Business As-       said.
                         sociation. Looking         She has met many special people along
                         back on her years       the way.
                         at SHBA, Bohacik           "Doc Gene Ossello has been an inspiration
Patricia Bohacik         said the most re-       to me. His love of South Holland and SHBA
warding aspect of her job has been helping       has left a mark on me. I have come to love
the business community to thrive.                it as much as he does," she said.
   Among her accomplishments, Bohacik               Bohacik said she is also grateful to have
cites increasing membership from 123             had the opportunity to work with Mayor Don
to 293, building rapport with businesses         De Graff and the village administration as
through regular visits, improving the news-      well as past SHBA presidents Meridee Watt,
letter, creating a community guide, continu-     Jim DeGroot and Dr. Karen Johnson.
ing the banner program, offering informative        Her hope for SHBA is that they continue
programs and providing ongoing support to        to help the business community to grow and
the businesses.                                  thrive.
   She decided to leave now because she feels       To date a replacement has not been
she has done everything she could to make        named.n

                                           October 13, 2007
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                                   CommUNITY                                                       This map indicates which properties in South Holland are located within the so-called
                                                                                                   “100 year floodplain” and those within the “500 year floodplain.” For most property

                 CommUNITy Dnr.
                                     DINNers                                                       owners, this means it really has to rain long and hard for flooding to occur. For ev-
                                                                                                   eryone, it means, “Be informed and take precautions.” For more information on the
                                                                                                   flood hazard, construction rules or flood protection measures, contact Fred Block at
                                   For more information, call 210-2904.                            the Code Enforcement Office at 16240 Wausau (210-2915).
 8 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007                                                                                                                                                  SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY

South Holland seeks
Deputy Fire Chief                                                      COffEE WITh ThE MayOr                                                                      VILLAGE Of
                                                     You are cordially invited to have coffee with the Mayor. Because communica-                                SOUTH HOLLAND
   Village of South Holland is seeking an            tion is the very essence of our strength as a Village government, morning or                                     http://www.southholland.org
experienced, dedicated professional to join a        evening Mayor’s Coffees are held quarterly at the Village Hall or Community                                          DON A. DE GRAff, President
first-rate department for the position of Deputy     Center to provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet with the Mayor                                       15962 Louis Ave. • 210-2911
Fire Chief.                                          and other Village officials to share comments and concerns.                                                             SALLIE D. PENMAN, Clerk
   The position requires an assoc. degree or                                                                                                                                        895-0854
equivalent of training, education and experi-                                                    NExT MAYOR’S COFFEE:                                                      ARTHUR L. bENNETT, Trustee
ence. Bachelor’s degree preferred. IL certified                                                                                                                                    418-5532
FF II. FF III F.A.E. ideal. 5 – 10 yrs serving a
                                                                                             Tues., sepT. 11, 2007, 7:00 pm                                               N. KEITH CHAMbERS, Trustee
progressive municipal fire dept. w/ min. 4 yrs                                                   Coffee will be held at the                                                         251-5010

in a supervisory capacity as a Lt., Capt., Dep.                                              South Holland Community Center                                                LARRy W. DeyOUNG, Trustee
Chief or equivalent. Cause & Origin Arson
                                                                                                                                                                           CyNTHIA L. DOORN, Trustee
Investigation experience highly desired. Must                                                                                                                                      339-6891
possess considerable knowledge of modern

                                                               How to Run a gaRage sale
                                                                                                                                                                             MATHEW JAMES, Trustee
firefighting methods, fire prevention, safety,                                                                                                                                    332-0529
inspection, suppression, investigation, modern                                                                                                                               JOHN SULLIVAN, Trustee
training principles, EMS, disaster prepared-                                                                                                                                       331-4061
ness, public education and budgeting. Positive                                                               You can hold your garage sale for                               bETH HERMAN, Treasurer
and professional demeanor a must.                                                                        up to three consecutive days.                                              596-1604

   The successful candidate must be able to                                                              4
                                                                                                             Signs for your garage sale can
interact effectively with the public, employees,                                                         only be in front of your house or ga-                            Village board Meetings
                                                                                                                                                                Municipal Building • 16226 Wausau Ave.
unions, village officials, and fellow supervi-                                                           rage, not on the corners of the street               First and Third Mondays of each month, 8:00 pm
sors, and be a “team-player” who welcomes                                                                leading up to your home.
input. Out-of-State applicants must be eligible      by Deidra Somerville                                4
                                                                                                             You can only have one garage                                      Village Administrator
to be certified in Illinois and must reside within                                                       sale per year for your home.                                          J. Wynsma • 210-2913
                                                       Here are some quick tips on do’s and
the Village limits within 1 yr of the date of                                                                                                                              Deputy Village Administrator
                                                     don’ts for your next garage sale:                   4
                                                                                                            No garage sales are permitted on                               Patricia R. Mahon • 210-2906
employment. Applicant must pass background
                                                                                                         Sundays.                                                          Director of Communications
check, medical examination, polygraph screen-        4
                                                         Obtain a permit at the Village Hall.                                                                              Mary Ann Thornton • 210-2918
ing, and psychological screening.                    A permit costs $5.                                  Good luck on your next one!                                      flood Assistance Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                                              Fred Block • 210-2915
  To apply, send resume and salary history to
                                                                                                                                                                          Economic Development Coord.
Village Administrator J. Wynsma, 16226 Wau-                                                                                                                                Virgil O. Jordan, Jr. • 210-2915
sau Ave., South Holland, IL 60473. Resumes                                                                                                                                   Dir. of Parks & Recreation
must be received by August 31, 2007.
                                                                      Crafters wanted for
                                                                                                                                                                             Wally Widelski • 331-2940
                                                                                                                                                                Dir. of Community Development & Public Works
   For more information and a full job descrip-                                                                                                                            Frank E. Knittle • 339-2323

                                                                       Heritage Festival
tion, visit our website: www.southholland.                                                                                                                                         Police Chief
org. n                                                                                                                                                                      Warren Millsaps • 331-3131
                                                                                                                                                                                    fire Chief
                                                                                                                                                                              James Wiley • 210-2922

P.O.C. firefighters                                                       Labor Day at Paarlberg Park                                                                             fire Inspector
                                                                                                                                                                           Randall Stegenga • 331-3123

                                                                               172nd and Paxton                                                                             Dir. of Emergency Services

needed                                                                                 Registration fee, $15
                                                                                                                                                                                   Disaster Agency
                                                                                                                                                                            John Thomas, Jr. • 210-2919
                                                                                                                                                                                Village Engineers
  The South Holland Fire Department is                                             Call Lynn at (708) 596-3386                                                           Robinson Engineering • 331-6700

seeking paid-on-call firefighter candidates                                             for an application.                                                                Village Attorney / Prosecutor
                                                                                                                                                                            Hiskes & Dillner • 333-1234
for part-time employment positions.                                               This event is sponsored by the                                                          Public Access TV Coordinator
   Paid-on-call firefighters are called upon                                     South Holland Historical Society.                                                          Herb DeYoung • 339-2744

as needed at any time of the day or night,                                                                                                                                          Librarian
                                                                                                                                                                             Alma DeYoung • 331-5262
subject to your availability. Candidates will
be expected to successfully complete the
Firefighter II Training Academy, and pass
the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Firefighter
II exam, learn to drive, operate and engineer
                                                         Softball All-Stars are champs!                                                                                Regularly Scheduled Meetings
                                                                                                                                                         Village Board Committees ............... 1st & 3rd Mon., 7 pm
                                                                                                                                                         Cable Commission ............................ Call for information
fire apparatus, participate in weekly train-                                                                                                             Parking Hearings ..................................... 2nd Tues., 1 pm
ing drills, and assist with public education                                                                                                             Local Ordinance Hearings ....................... 2nd Tues., 2 pm
events.                                                                                                                                                  Housing Hearings ..................................... 3rd Tues., 5 pm
                                                                                                                                                         Economic Develop. Commission ..........1st Tues., 7:30 pm
  The minimum requirements to become a                                                                                                                   Planning & Develop. Commission .........1st Wed., 7:30 pm
Paid-On-Call Firefighter include:                                                                                                                        Flood Control Liaison Committee ...... Call for information
                                                                                                                                                         Communications Commission .................. 4th Tues., 7 pm
• Applications must be completed in person
                                                                                                                                                         Community Development Committee ........3rd Mon., 7 pm
at the South Holland Fire Department, 16230                                                                                                              Neighborhood Groups Committee ......... 4th Sat., 8:30 am
Wausau Ave.                                                                                                                                              Mediation & Reconciliation
• Applicants must reside within three miles                                                                                                                Commission .................................... Call for information
of the Village of South Holland Municipal                                                                                                                Because special meetings are sometimes scheduled
                                                                                                                                                         and cancellations and changes frequently occur, it
Building.                                                                                                                                                is always wise to call 708/210-2900 ahead of time to
• Applicants must possess a valid Illinois                                                                                                               confirm individual meetings.
Drivers License and be 21-years-old.
                                                                                                                                                                          POLICE - fIRE - PARAMEDICS
• Applicants must successfully participate
and complete a basic physical agility test and
                                                                                                                                                             Non-Emergency: Police • 331-3131 Fire • 331-3123
oral interview to be placed on the eligibility
list.                                                                                                                                                                       VILLAGE CLERK’S OffICE

• Applicants must pass a background check                South Holland’s 11-12 year-old Girls Softball All-Stars finished second in the state and                    Phone • 210-2910          FAX • 210-1019
                                                         captured this year’s Illinois Section 4 Championship. Pictured are (left to right): Stephanie
and physical examination.                                                                                                                                               COLLECTOR & WATER bILLING
                                                         Pallay, coach Briane Christofanelli, Brittany Matthews, Kaylin Kramer, Kristen Brink,
  Additional information is available by                 Darcy Daly, Julia Novotny, Shantel Dennis, Lindsey Lagestee, Samantha Andringa, Kate                           16226 Wausau Ave. • 210-2900
                                                                                                                                                                 Office hours: Mon. thru Fri., 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;
contacting the South Holland Fire Depart-                Van Schouwen, Kelsey Ebbens, coach Sue Christofanelli, Tessa Vant Hoff.                                              Sat., 8:00 am to Noon
ment, 331-3123. n

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