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									SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                                     NOVEMBER 2007           1


South Holland organizations give thanks
By Carrie Napoleon
  Mayor Don De Graff has joined other leadership from our local community service                  thankful for His promises of love, protection and provision, both in life and life eternal. So
organizations and schools in taking a moment to step back and share what they are                                       as we approach this season of thanksgiving, we just need to keep our
thankful for in the past year.                                                                                             priorities in godly perspective.
Village of South Holland                                                                                                         –The Rev. Dr. Carl E. King, Sr.

  As I reflect on our village’s motto of faith, family and                                                                          Calvary Academy
future, I’m thankful for my faith in Jesus Christ; a faith                                                                              Here at Calvary, we are thankful for so much: wonder-
that God has instilled in me. I’m thankful for Nyla, my                                                                               ful, supportive families, the safety of our community, a
very supportive wife, and my loving family that He has                                                                                great staff and visionary board, creative, loving students
provided, now which includes eight grandchildren. I’m very                                                                            and above everything, the opportunity to know and serve
thankful for our family here in South Holland – the village                                                                           Jesus Christ.
board, administration, and hard working employees.
                                                                                                                                      – Mathew James, Principal
  The opportunity to serve this great community of South
Holland is a very rewarding experience. I am grateful for                                                                             South Holland Lions Club
the ambitious vision cast, and looking forward to the future                                                                            The South Holland Lions Club is thankful for the con-
that we are advancing together in a very dramatic way.                                                                             tinued support of the wonderful people of South Holland. We
– Mayor Don De Graff                                                                                                            thank you for coming out to endorse our community events like
                                                                                                                             Pancake Day and the Chili Supper. We thank you for the words
The South Holland Ministerial Association                                                                                 of encouragement you offer to us. As a charity organization we are
   Even in the midst of the challenges of life, we can always be                                                      extremely grateful to be associated with the Village of South Holland
thankful. Scripture tells us “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will                                            and consider it a privilege to serve the community in a variety of ways. We
say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4.                                                                                are thankful that we can help kids and adults who can’t afford eye glasses or
   We’re thankful for an attentive and loving Heavenly Father who sent His                                    hearing aids get the help they need. We are grateful for the opportunity to help
son, Jesus that we could enjoy community. Experiencing a wonderful rela-                                    provide medical equipment to those who need it. And we are grateful to be of as-
tionship with Him as well as family (spiritual and natural) and friends. We’re                                                                                              (continued on page 2)

How to drive a roundabout
   In March 2006, Mayor Don A. De Graff         4-foot bike lanes on each side.
enthusiastically shared with residents of          A roundabout is very different from a
South Holland plans for the redevelopment       “traffic circle,” and it is the first innovative
of Cottage Grove, between 162nd and 170th       structure of its kind to be constructed in the
streets.                                        south suburbs. The roundabout is a circular
   “Cottage Grove will become a landmark        intersection facilitating a one-way move-
boulevard known throughout the entire           ment around a center island. Essentially,
region. It will be remarkably transformed       vehicles travel around the circle at a speed
into a boulevard design with an innovative,     of 10-15 mph without stopping.
beautiful, and most importantly, safer 166th       The lower speed and the geometric design
Street intersection in the form of a round-     of the roundabout provide an element of
about,” said Mayor De Graff.                    safety not found with the traditional four
   Since that time, some of us have anxiously   point intersections. Lower vehicle speeds
and nervously watched the reconfiguration       allow pedestrians and drivers to better judge
plans come to fruition.                         available gaps in the traffic pattern, and
   Today, the roundabout is a reality, and      the roundabout circle physically slows and
Cottage Grove has indeed been transformed       deflects vehicles, reducing likelihood of a        The new roundabout on Cottage Grove Avenue will cause the intersection to be safer than
into a beautifully landscaped boulevard-like    high-speed collision resulting from stop sign      those regulated with stop signs.
thoroughfare, complete with wider lanes and     or signal violation.
                                                   As there may be some residents experienc-       • Yield to traffic already in the roundabout,    time to stop.
                                                ing a bit of apprehension and concern when         waiting for adequate gap in traffic.             • Cross one direction of traffic at a time.
                                                faced with driving a roundabout, the village       • Once in the roundabout, you have the           • Do not cross over to center island.
                                                would like to offer the following tips:            right-of-way. Choose exit, and signal before        The village board and administrative
                                                                                                   you exit.                                        leadership team invite residents to enjoy their
                                                Driving a roundabout                               • There is no parking along a roundabout.        roundabout experience, and to appreciate
                                                • Proceed to the intersection slowly as you                                                         the added beauty it brings to Cottage Grove,
       Guess which community                                                                       Walking a roundabout
                                                would proceed to any signalized or stop-                                                            with the installation of new ornamental and
       was ranked No. 1 in the
                                                controlled intersection.                           • As with traditional intersections, cross       decorative lighting, beautiful foliage and
       Midwest by Forbes.com!
                                                • Yield to bicyclists and pedestrians before       only at designated crossing locations.           flowers, a resurfaced road, new sidewalks
           See back page.
                                                entering the roundabout.                           • Verify drivers can see you with adequate       and brick paving.
 2   NOVEMBER 2007                                                                                                                                             SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY

Village gives thanks                             a part of your family!
(continued from front page)                      – John M. Watson, Jr.,
                                                   Dir., Public Relations
                                                                                                      S O U T H                             H O L L A N D
sistance to a number of people in a variety
of ways.                                         South Suburban College

                                                                                                                                 SA LUTES
 Simply put, we are thankful for the oppor-        Chairman Frank M. Zuccarelli and the
tunity to serve and it is our hope that as we    South Suburban College Board of Trustees
serve the people of South Holland we can         are thankful for the outstanding work of
make a difference in a positive way.             our faculty, staff, and students of SSC. We
Happy Thanksgiving!                              are also thankful to the taxpayers and local
                                                 businesses of College District 510 – you
– Scott Pothoven
                                                 have supported South Suburban College
South Holland Business Association               throughout the years so that we can continue         Several South Holland residents recently        David Wedryk graduated from Prairie
                                                 to provide the highest quality of education       earned degrees at area colleges and univer-     State College in Chicago Heights.
   The South Holland Business Association
                                                 and services to our students – thank you.         sities. Those receiving bachelor’s degrees         Xandria Hair was named to the dean’s
is thankful for all the South Holland busi-
nesses and residents that patronize our local    – Patrick Rush,                                   from Trinity International University in        list at Southern Illinois University in Car-
stores. We are also excited and thankful that      Director, Public Relations                      Deerfield are Heather Philpot, psychology;      bondale.
Blevian Moore, our new director of recruit-                                                        and Deon Willis, business: accounting/
                                                 Seton Academy                                                                                        Kipchoge Botley has been named to
ment and member services, has started in her                                                       marketing/management.
                                                                                                                                                   the president’s list for the fall semester at
new position. We also give thanks for a great      I think the number-one thing we are grate-         Recent graduates from Trinity Christian      Moraine Valley Community College.
relationship with the village administration.    ful for is the new energy and direction our       College in Palos Heights are Rachel Anker,
                                                                                                                                                      South Holland Today would like to rec-
A blessed Thanksgiving to one and all.           school has taken in the last year.                Krista DeBoer, Rita DeJong, and Kate
                                                                                                                                                   ognize the outstanding accomplishments of
– Arlo Kallemeyn,                                – Mandel Smith, Vice President                    Ebbens.
                                                                                                                                                   its residents. If you would like to recognize
   Vice President                                                                                     Jerel Jones earned a bachelor’s degree       someone please send the information to
                                                 South Holland School District 150                 in law enforcement and justice administra-      South Holland Today c/o South Holland
Calvin Christian School                             We’re grateful to have the support of our      tion from Western Illinois University in        Village Hall, 16226 Wausau Ave., or email
  The students, staff, and Board of Directors    parents. That’s key in meeting our goals.         Macomb.                                         to mthornton@southholland.org.
of Calvin Christian School are thankful to       We are also grateful to have a school board
be part of the South Holland community           that is working along with the administra-
where “A Heritage of Faith - An Emphasis
on Family - and A Home for our Future” is
                                                 tion as we move forward to improve student
                                                 achievement, improve the quality of our                             South Holland
encouraged and demonstrated.
   God has blessed Calvin Christian School
                                                 facilities and to continue to keep the district
                                                 financially solvent.                                            CommUNITY Dinners 2007
for over 90 years. We are thankful that          – Jerry Jordan,
this community supports our efforts and             Superintendent                                         Families throughout South Holland gathered in homes of gracious hosts as the
                                                                                                           CommUNITY Dinners 2007 event took place in October. The event, formerly
                                                                                                           known as Diversity Dinners, brought together community members from a
                                                                                                           wide variety of backgrounds for fellowship and bridge-building.
         It’s a pleasant village to work in, even
        the people who come in, it’s just a great
                   community to work in.
                                                               Alma DeYoung,
                                                       Administrative Librarian

works with us to minister to the needs of        South Holland Public Library
children.                                           No matter what happens God is good to us
– Kathy Huizenga,                                                                                               Jo Janke – Host
                                                 and we are very thankful for that. It’s really
  Administrative Assistant                       great working in a system where we have
                                                 the support of other village departments.
South Holland Garden Club                        It is great working in South Holland. It’s a
   The South Holland Garden Club is thank-       pleasant village to work in, even the people
ful for the opportunity to help beautify the     who come in, it’s just a great community to
Village. Also, we are thankful that South        work in.
Holland has many residents that really share     – Alma DeYoung,
an enthusiasm in gardening, and allow other         Administrative Librarian
residents or guests from surrounding areas
into their private or secret gardens on our      South Holland
annual garden walk.                              Historical Society
   We are thankful for new members. We are          The South Holland Historical Society is
also thankful to the village for our chance of   thankful to the Village of South Holland for
a lifetime, in the future purchase of a Blue     their support in our recent endeavor of erect-                 Rob & Mary Lagerwey – Hosts
Star Memorial plaque, honoring all branches      ing a Native American plaque on its burial
of the military, past, present, and future.      and ceremonial grounds in South Holland.
– Robin Scheldberg, President                       We are also thankful that we can keep the
South Holland Jets Youth Football                history of the village alive, and thankful for
and Cheerleading Organization                    the interested and curious residents that come
                                                 to visit the museum to learn something about
   I am extremely thankful to be an active       this town, or the home that they live in. (It’s
participant in the South Holland Jet Youth       really all a history lesson for me every week
Football and Cheerleading Organization.          too). We are thankful for all the members
The Jets are especially thankful for the         that are always there to help with events and
tremendous support that the organization         who are always there to promote the town’s
receives from the Village of South Holland,      history. The camaraderie….it’s almost like
and especially from our Jet parents. Thank       another family.
you South Holland for your support, and                                                                         Doug & Judy Hamilton – Hosts
thank you Jet parents for allowing us to be      – Robin Scheldberg, President
SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                                 NOVEMBER 2007           3

RESIDENT YOU SHOULD KNOW                                                                                   Laren families get involved
                                                     He enrolled his son and watched him
                                                  blossom academically and socially, and
                                                  knew that he wanted to support the school.                                                         Laren Montessori School hosted its
                                                  He began to serve on the board that same                                                         annual Fall Family Night in October.
                                                  year and has remained active since his first
                                                  term.                                                                                            Laren students brought their families
                                                     “What I like about Laren Montessori is                                                        to school to show them what they’ve
                                                  that it has an enriching and challenging
                                                  educational environment, a dedicated and                                                         been learning in school. The school
                                                  talented staff, and friendly surroundings that                                                   was also able to highlight its new
                                                  promote each child’s physical and emotional
                                                  maturity,” he says.                                                                              playground surface. Made of shredded
                                                     The leadership role at Laren provided                                                         rubber, the new surface will make the
                                                  insights that have directly influenced Malik
                                                  and his leadership style.                                                                        playground a safer place for children.
                                                     “While I was a college student I worked                                                       Many Laren family members pitched
                                                  as a recruiter, working with kids who were
Malik Jones                                       applying at the time,” he says. “I saw then                                                      in to help install the new surface.

Resident takes
                                                  that there was a big difference between the
                                                  kids with parental involvement and the kids      Tyler Faber (4) shows his Dad Carl how

education to heart
                                                  without it. The kids that didn’t have proper     to do addition.
                                                  guidance had a lot of things they wanted to
                                                  be and to accomplish, but they weren’t on
                                                  the right track to get there.”
By Deidra Somerville
                                                     Malik often had to counsel such students
   Malik Jones and his wife Pam have worked       to align their dreams with hard work to
to find the best way to give back to their        achieve them, and it wasn’t easy, he recalls.
community while caring for four young             Years later while working with single parents
children and maintaining active careers. The      within the social services industry and as
answer for them has come via their childrens’     a substitute teacher in the Chicago Public
schools.                                          Schools, the same trend became apparent
   Malik has found that past life lessons have    to him.
been useful as he has served Laren Montes-           “I could tell pretty quickly which kids had
sori School as their board president for the      involved parents and which ones didn’t by
past three years. The Chicago native found        their behavior and interest in school. Seeing
South Holland the perfect place to raise his      that for myself really made me realize the
family, and discovered a small school poised      importance of parental involvement, so I try
for growth that has supported the educational     to make sure that we have that at Laren,” he
beginnings of his children – Jesiah, 8, Nailah,   says.
7, Elijah, 5 and Jeremiah, 3.                        “I really do see the benefits first hand      Laren students Aaron Lowery, Elijah Jones, and Te’nia Phillips with Laren parents
   The couple moved to the village in 2001        of early involvement and its potential to        Edwin Vasser and LaTanya Phillips working together to put in the new playground
with two young toddlers, looking for options      increase educational achievement,” says          cover.
for preschool and unsure of the landscape.        Malik. “I serve on the school board because
   “I heard about the school through word-
of-mouth from a friend,” he recalls. “I didn’t
                                                  I want to be involved with my children’s
                                                  education. The school board allows me to                                                                                               #
really know much about the Montessori
method of teaching, but after visiting the
school we really liked it.”
                                                  work with others to support the mission and
                                                  formation of the school, which has as its
                                                  focus the benefit of our children.”
                                                                                                              SANTA CALLS
                                                                                                       The South Holland Parks and Recreation Department has
                                                                                                       made arrangements with the Public Relations Department
Park programs offer something for everyone                                                                             of the North Pole to have Santa Claus call
                                                                                                                       “good” children in South Holland between
By Cindy Cruz                                     6 pm. The fee is $25 for walking club mem-                           6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on December 4 and 5. If
   When the autumn leaves begin to fall you       bers and $27 for non-members and includes
know the holidays are right around the cor-       transportation and a coupon book from the
                                                                                                                       your child would like a personal call from
ner. The Parks and Recreation Department is       mall.                                                                Santa, please fill out the form below and
offering a number of programs to help you            Seniors are invited to attend a free Senior                       return it to the Community Center, 501 E.
celebrate the season and keep the children        Holiday Gala at the community center on
                                                                                                                       170th Street, before Monday, December 3.
and teens busy during winter break.               Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 10 am to 12 pm.
   Good little boys and girls (up to age 8) can   Enjoy refreshments and a sing-along with                             (Calls limited to South Holland residents
receive a special message straight from the       entertainment provided by South Holland’s                            only, up to age 8.)
North Pole from Jolly Old St. Nick through        own Mike Lenich.
the Santa Calls program to be held on Dec.           Wondering how to keep your children           Child’s Name: _______________________________________        Age: __________________
4 and 5. If you want your child to hear from      busy during winter break? Sign them up
Santa, register by Dec. 3 by filling out the      for Holiday Break Camp for ages 6-14.            Parent’s Name: ________________________________       Phone No.: ___________________
form (at right) or by calling 331-2940.           The camp is offered Dec. 19-21 and Dec.
   If you’re looking for a family-oriented        26-28 from 9 am to 3 pm. The fee is $75          Date to call: (choose one) Tuesday, Dec. 4 ________   Wednesday, Dec. 5 _______
activity, check out the Parent & Child            for residents. Those who prefer the longer
                                                                                                   Names of brothers and/or sisters: ________________________________________________
Gingerbread House Workshop to be held             session can sign up for the Extended Camp
Nov. 28 or Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.          which runs from 8 am to 6 pm. The fee is
Receive a gingerbread house and use the           $110 for residents. The program included         Best friend(s): ______________________________    Pet(s): _________________________
candy and decorations provided to make            gym activities, movies, arts and crafts, and
it unique and take it home to enjoy for the       quiet games. Registration continues until        Any additional information that will help Santa in his conversation with your child:
holidays. The cost is $25 for residents.          Dec. 17, but participants are encouraged to      ___________________________________________________________________________
   If you like to shop until you drop, sign       sign up early.
up for the department’s annual Woodfield             To register for these and other programs,     ___________________________________________________________________________
Mall trip on Dec. 7. The trip departs the         call 331-2940 of stop by the community           PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS HOME AND AWAKE ON THE DATE YOU HAVE SPECIFIED.
Community Center at 9 am and returns by           center located at 501 E. 170th St.
 4    NOVEMBER 2007                                                                                                                                           SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY

                        y                                                                       Seton Academy gives back to the community
           Holl ts
                                          Student of                                            By Cindy Cruz
     Sout presen
                                                                                                                                                  them said they would return to this site again
                                          the Month                                                Giving back to the community is one of
                                                                                                the cornerstone values at Seton Academy.
                                                                                                                                                  if it was offered next year.”
                                                                                                                                                     Vicki Meilach, community outreach
                                                                                                Last month the school’s 400 students, ad-         coordinator for the South Suburban Family
By Cindy Cruz
                                                                                                ministrators, and faculty set out for locations   Shelter commented, “They were very hard-
  Based on a list of criteria provided by South Holland Today, school administrators choose     throughout the south suburbs for the school’s     working and efficient- just really nice kids.
their “South Holland Today Student of the Month.” Students must be residents of South Hol-      first annual Great Seton Day of Service.          You can be proud of the way these students
land and exemplify the best of their respective school – academically, socially, spiritually,      Seton Vice President of Institutional          represented Seton Academy. I look forward
and athletically.                                                                               Advancement Mandel Smith suggested the            to working with Seton students again.”
                                                                                                program as a way to introduce students to
                                                Parents names: Michaeline and Scott             the different types of volunteer opportunities
                                                  Pallay                                        that are available. At Seton every student
                                                How long have you been a resident of            must fulfill 60-80 hours of volunteer service
                                                 South Holland? 12 years                        as a graduation requirement.
                                                                                                   “The Great Seton Day of Service grew
                                                Activities involved in at school: Stephanie     out of a desire to show how our students had
                                                 is a reporter for Monarch Matters newslet-     the power to make a positive impact in the
                                                 ter, and is a member of McKinley’s Drill       community and to bring practical application
                                                 Team, the McKinley Band, and McKinley          and the true meaning of these values to life
                                                 Drama Club.                                    for them. The end result far exceeded all
                                                Activities involved in outside of school:       expectations. It was exhilarating to hear so
                                                 South Holland Little League and a par-         many positive stories (from both students
                                                 ticipant in the South Holland Artists’         and faculty) of their day’s experience,”
                                                                                                Smith said.
                                                                                                   The students provided assistance for South
                                                Favorite subject and why: “Literature,          Holland Public Works, South Holland Parks
                                                  because I like to read a lot.”                and Recreation, South Suburban Humane
                                                Insight into school: “I come to school to       Society, Humane Society Calumet Area, St.
   STEPHANIE PALLAY                                                                             James Hospital and Health Center, Restora-
                                                  learn what I need to learn to prepare me
         8TH GrAdE                                for high school, and I don’t really focus     tion Ministries, Sand Ridge Nature Center,
 McKINLEY JuNIor HIGH ScHooL                      on what everyone else is doing.”              Among Friends Adult Day Care, Little Com-
                                                                                                pany of Mary Hospital and several others.
                                                                                                   At Sand Ridge Nature Center students
                                                                                                trimmed trees, pulled weeds, and cleaned out
                     Calvin Grandparents Day                                                    brush as part of the routine maintenance and
                                                                                                to help the center prepare for its upcoming
                                                                                                Settlers Day. The center has a small staff
                                                                                                and is dependent on volunteer assistance.
                                                                                                   “Having this group of young people come
                                                                                                here to work benefits both of us. They learn
                                                                                                about the nature center and all the things
                                                                                                that go into its maintenance, and in return,
                                                                                                they provide desperately needed assistance,”
                                                                                                Executive Director Jim Carpenter said.
                                                                                                   “It was nice to have the opportunity to
                                                                                                work in our community because it is impor-
                                                                                                tant for us to help others,” said South Holland
                                                                                                resident Claire Horlachler who was part of
                                                                                                the crew that worked with South Holland
                                                                                                Public Works to do clean up along Frontage
                                                                                                Road near 171st and South Park Avenue.            Students from Seton Academy worked at
                                                                                                   Lynne Simari, faculty member and group         several different sites throughout the south
                                                                                                leader, who went to Little Company of Mary        suburbs as part of the school’s first annual
                                                                                                Adult Day Care Services said, “The students       Great Day of Service. Pictured – one group
                                                                                                were amazing. They introduced themselves          helps clean up Frontage Road along South
                                                                                                and jumped right in to the activities. I dis-     Park Avenue while another group receives
                                                    Students at Calvin Christian School         cussed with the students the fact that the        instructions from naturalist Rebecca Moss at
                                                 paid tribute to some special people in         clients were Alzheimer’s patients. All of         the Sand Ridge Nature Center.
                                                 their lives during the annual Grand-
                                                 parents Day program.
                                                    (Left) Students were eager to show
                                                 their grandparents the projects they                         South holland
                                                 have been working on and inviting                              lions club
                                                 them to participate in games and
                                                 activities. (Above) The day ended                             Fifth Annual
                                                 with a special program presented
                                                 by the students featuring songs and
                                                 tributes.                                                      All-you-cAn-eAt
                               Residents & business owneRs
                                                                                                                  chili Supper
                                  to leave an anonymous tip                                                                  Wed., nov. 14th
                                        for police, call:                                                                    4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
                                   PoLiCe hotLine numbeR:                                                  tickets available from any lions club member and at the
                                      596-CALL (2255)                                                      door, $6 per person, children six and under – no charge.
SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                                     NOVEMBER 2007           5

South Suburban                                   Faith and family sustained Butch De Graff
College news                                     By Cindy Cruz                                     the groundwork for economic development
SSC presents holiday concerts                                                                      in the village.
                                                   In times of adversity we have all heard
   South Suburban College has scheduled                                                               Trustee Larry DeYoung shared, “Butch
                                                                         the statement, “God
a series of concerts for the holiday season.
                                                                         only gives us what        was always looking for ways to make things       School implements new program
Most are free of charge and will take place                                                        happen. We had a good relationship, and I
                                                                         we can bear.” For
in the Kindig Performing Arts Center of the                                                        always had full confidence in his ability to
                                                                         some, those words
college’s main campus (unless otherwise                                                            get the job done.”
                                                                         refer to life’s ups and
noted) located at 15800 S. State St. Dona-
                                                                         downs, but others            Developer Ralph Edgar said Butch’s
tions to the Music Scholarship Fund will be
                                                                         face great adversity.     assistance with his State Street Center
accepted. The following programs will be
                                                                         Despite three and a       development in 1998 was a major factor
                                                                         half years battling a     in his decision to expand his commercial
   Jazz Bands Concert - Friday, Nov. 30 at                               series of illnesses,      development ventures in the village.
7:30 p.m. SSC’s Jazz Orchestra and Jazz En-      “Butch” De Graff
                                                                         Warren “Butch” De            Rich Zimmerman, former village admin-
semble, under the direction of Andy Hoefle,      Graff’s faith never wavered.                      istrator said, “Butch was one of the go-to
perform a concert of sizzling hot jazz.
                                                   Butch, who succumbed to cancer last             guys if you needed something done. He was          Christ Our Savior Catholic School recently
   Chorale Concert at St. Victor’s Church -                                                        very good at accomplishing things because
                                                 month, is remembered as a dedicated public                                                         implemented a character education program
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. at St. Victor Church,                                                     he enjoyed doing it. You really appreciate
                                                 servant. He began his career with the village                                                      they named “P.O.P.” or “Positive Opportunity
553 Hirsch, Calumet City. The Evening                                                              that type of person.”
                                                 in 1969 as a part-time dispatcher for the                                                          Program.” Each quarter, a different character
Chorale, under the direction of Albert M.
                                                 police department, later serving as a full-          Zajeski said that despite his struggles,      theme will be highlighted, recognized, and
Jackson, performs in a concert of Christmas
                                                 time dispatcher, part-time and then full-time     Butch remained upbeat about life and was         celebrated throughout the school. These
chorale works.
                                                 police officer until his retirement in 1997.      an inspiration to everyone. “He would talk       themes include manners, respect, citizenship,
   Student Recital - Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2        While with the department, Butch served                                                            and responsibility.
                                                                                                   to others who were battling illness and try to
p.m. The music students of South Suburban        as a patrolman, juvenile officer/detective,                                                          To kick off the program, students submitted
                                                                                                   lift their spirits. He will be sorely missed,”
College perform in a recital.                    school resource officer for Thornwood High                                                         designs for a P.O.P. logo contest. The winners
                                                                                                   he said.
   SSC Jazz Ensembles Concert - Wednes-          School, and lieutenant.                                                                            received award certificates, goody bags, and
                                                                                                      Donna De Graff said her husband’s illness
day, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features                                                                                                       Target gift cards. Pictured above are the win-
                                                   Dan Zajeski, former police chief, said          began with autoimmune hepatitis which
SSC’s Jazz Combo and Jazz Band II under                                                                                                             ners from the West Campus in South Holland
                                                 Butch was the first officer to complete           nearly claimed his life. He recovered from       with Campus Principal Matthew Lungaro.
the direction of Fred Miller as they pay hom-
                                                 paramedic training and was instrumental in        that but a short time later was diagnosed        They are (r) Joi Perkins (West Campus grand
age to the Master of the Pan-Flute, Zamfir.
                                                 getting the program off the ground.               with a blood clotting disorder that took his     prize winner) and Tori Bush (West Campus
   Holiday Concert - Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30                                                        eyesight and one leg. The following year
                                                   Recognizing his outstanding commit-                                                              runner up). Not pictured is Jenae Vaughn (West
p.m. The SSC Voices, directed by Albert                                                            he rebounded and was able to travel and
                                                 ment to the village, Mayor Don De Graff                                                            Campus runner up).
Jackson and the SSC Symphonic Band,                                                                spend time with his family. In 2006 he was
                                                 appointed Butch to the position of Direc-                                                          Field trip offers insight
directed by Andy Hoefle join forces to bring                                                       diagnosed with lung caner that eventually
                                                 tor of Planning, Development and Code
you their musical “Holiday Card to the Com-                                                        spread to his brain.                                Forty seventh and eighth grade students
                                                 Enforcement following his retirement from
munity.”                                                                                                                                            attended a field trip to the “Write to Achieve”
                                                 the Police Department. “Butch had excellent          “My husband exemplified South Holland’s
   Thornwood High School Band Concert                                                                                                               workshop on Oct. 11. The students received
                                                 leadership skills and had a good grasp of         motto of Faith, Family, Future,” she said.
at SSC - Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                             positive messages about the art of communica-
                                                 what the village was trying to do in terms        “His faith never wavered, his family meant
The Thornwood High School Symphonic                                                                                                                 tion and education. The trip was arranged by
                                                 of economic development,” said Mayor De           the world to him and he was prepared for         Michael Meeks of the Flowers Communication
Band performs under the director of Paul         Graff. He credits Butch with helping to lay       his future in Heaven.”                           Group, who represents the Black McDonald’s
   Thornwood High School Choral Concert                                                                                                             Operators Association.

                                                         Get ready for the holidays
at SSC - Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. The                                                                                                           McKinley has a school song
Thornwood High School choir performs
under the direction of Lawrence Robinson.                                                                                                              McKinley now has a school song. Students in
                                                                                                                                                    grades four through eight competed in writing
For more information regarding these                                                               leftover wrapping paper and supplies from
                                                     For so many people, November and                                                               lyrics for the school song. Cordell Hunter, an
concerts, call 225-4963.                                                                           last year, instead of starting from scratch
                                                   December are a time of rushing around,                                                           eighth grader, wrote the winning lyrics. The
Photojournalist exhibits at SSC                    preparing for the holiday season. In fact,      with new colors and themes.                      song will be performed at all school functions.
   The Art & Design Department of South            so much time is spent on preparing for           Don’t start shopping too early. At             Congratulations, Cordell!
Suburban College is currently hosting an           entertaining family and friends, many           the beginning of the season, establish a
art exhibition for “From There to Here”            people lose sight of the celebratory nature     budget. If you buy all the gifts early, you
                                                                                                                                                             8th Annual
by artist Charles Bennett through Nov. 14.         of the season. Here are a few tips to help      might get caught up in the holiday spirit
Bennett’s career spanned 40-plus years as          you slow down and be safe this busy                 later and keep buying. Here’s one
a photojournalist for newspapers and wire          season.                                                 strategy to prevent that: Any items                Spirit of
services. His assignments took him to na-           Decorate simply: Find a                                 not on your list must be paid for
                                                                                                                                                         Thornton Township
tional and international ports covering news       large space to spread out, ei-         SIMPLE              in cash. That may keep credit

                                                                                                                                                     TrEE LIghTIng CErEMony
and sports including four years in the White       ther a guest room or a garage,                              card debt in check and force
House covering Presidents Nixon, Ford, and         to unpack all of your holiday           IDEAS              you to rethink the purchase.
Carter. The Dorothea Thiel and Photo-Four          decorations. Find items that                               Start a gift idea folder. Ask
Galleries are both located within the Art and
Design complex on the fourth floor. The
                                                   you haven’t used in a few years                         each family member to cut out,              November 30, 6:00 p.m.
                                                   and discard them – keep only those                  print or write down gift ideas. After
public is invited to attend the exhibition         decorations that have a special meaning.                                                              Thornton Township Hall
                                                                                                   the holidays, leftover suggestions in the
free of charge. Regular gallery hours are          Many times, subtle decor that is meaning-                                                                333 E. 162nd St.
                                                                                                   gift folder are good for birthdays and
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For         ful can have a greater impact than great
more information, call 596-2000 ext. 2445          masses of decorations that have no special
                                                                                                   other events.                                           South Holland, IL.
or ext. 2300.                                      connection to you and your family.               When hanging holiday decorations,
                                                                                                   make sure to inspect sets of
PAC Rats Theatre performs Hay Fever                 Consider storing your holiday linens          lights for worn insula-
   The PAC Rats Theatre Company of South           with your holiday dishes. That way you          tion or frayed wires.
Suburban College opens its 2007-2008               won’t have to go to several different places    Replace broken or dam-
season with Nöel Coward’s comedy of man-           to find items needed for entertaining.          aged bulbs and wires.
ners, “Hay Fever.” Performances will take           Use a pre-written list when shop-             Make sure to use only
place in the Kindig Performing Arts Center         ping. Using a list helps you easily track       UL labeled electronics. Don’t run lights
at the main campus on Nov. 2, 3, and 9 at          and control your spending during holiday        or wires behind drapes or under carpets.
8 p.m. and on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.         shopping trips.                                 Don’t use nails or tacks to hang wires.
Reservations are suggested. Tickets are $6                                                                                                               Seventeen Christmas trees will
for adults, $4 for seniors and students. For        Keep wrapping simple. You’ll save              Remember when visiting other                        be displayed on the front lawn,
more information or to reserve tickets, call       money and time each year if you need to         homes, they may not be childproofed.                  representing each municipality
the box office voicemail line at 708-210-          purchase only a few things to go with the       Keep an eye out for danger spots.                          in Thornton Township
 6   NOVEMBER 2007                                                                                                                                                     SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY
                                                    Cardinal visit
                                                       Francis Cardinal George was principal
                                                    celebrant at a Liturgy of the Word Service in
                                                    commemoration of All Souls Day on Nov. 2
                                                    at Seton Academy, 16100 Seton Drive.
                                                    Oasis party

                                                       The Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis on
                                                    I-80 hosted a celebration Friday, Nov. 2 from
                                                    9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the oasis. Mayor De Graff
       GOIN’ ON                                     was on hand, as well as entertainment from the
                                                    Jesse White Tumblers and entertainer Steve
                                                                                                                                & ENCOURAGEMENT
       IN TOWN?                                     Lydell.
                                                                                                                               FROM OUR CHURCHES
                                                                                                      The South Holland Ministerial Association, in support of South Holland’s Village theme of “Faith...
                                                                                                      Family...Future” endorses this monthly column.The viewpoints expressed herein are those of the
Praise Night                                                                                          writer and do not constitute official endorsement by South Holland Today or the South Holland
  The South Holland Ministerial Association is                                                        Village administration.
once again sponsoring a South Holland Com-
munity Praise Night on Wednesday, November
21, 2007, 7:30 pm, at Spirit of God Fellowship                                                                            Giving thanks is good for you
Hall, 16350 State Street. For more information
contact 331-1234.                                                                                        Whether we realize it or not, it is vital to       Finally, by maintaining a heart of thanks-
                                                    Settler’s Day                                     our well-being that we maintain a heart of         giving we find that both physically and
We’re No. 1!                                           Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton
   South Holland was rated the “Most Livable                                                          thanksgiving. For sure, many go give thanks        mentally we are much better off. the bible
                                                    Ave., presents its 35th Annual Settler’s Day      unto God for the blessings they enjoy, and
Metro-Area Suburb in the Midwest” in an                                                                                                                  tells that a cheerful heart does us good like
                                                    Celebration Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to
article published online in October by Forbes.                                                        will also show their appreciation to others        a medicine, but a downcast spirit makes
                                                    3 p.m. Sand Ridge will be transformed into a
com. The full article can be found at www.                                                            who have helped them. This heartfelt ap-           one sick. Often when a person becomes
                                                    pioneer setting depicting American life in the
forbes.com/2007/10/11/property-homes-                                                                 preciation is both warranted and appropriate.      ungrateful and selfish it’s just a matter of
                                                    early 1800s. Volunteers in period dress will
suburbs-forbeslife-cx_mw_1011realestate.            give demonstrations of pioneer activities and     Yet, we may not consider how maintaining a         time before that manifests in his physical or
htmll.                                              answer questions. The event also includes a       heart of appreciation and thanks also works        mental health. It should be no surprise to us
                                                    “wagon train hike.” There is no fee, but dona-    in many ways to our own benefit.                   when we read about the adverse effects many
Veterans Day                                                                                             First, by readily giving thanks we insu-
   VFW Post 9964 will host its annual trib-         tions of money or nonperishable food items will                                                      have incurred due to unhappiness, unforgive-
                                                    benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.      late ourselves from becoming prideful and          ness, bitterness and hopelessness. It seems
ute honoring the
Veterans of the                                     More information is at 868-0606.                  boastful. We are also able to humbly ap-           that those who are unable to give thanks for
United States Fri-                                                                                    preciate how much family and friends have          even the smallest of things are more likely to
                                                    Happy anniversary                                 contributed, even sacrificed, so that we might
day, November 9,                                                                                                                                         injure themselves and sometimes others.
                                                       The Rev. Dr. Carl E. King Sr., pastor of
2007,11:00 a.m.,                                                                                      benefit.                                              So let us all yearlong give thanks unto
                                                    Christ Community Church, District 205 board
at Veterans Memo-                                                                                        Second, by giving thanks we are more            God and others for the blessings we enjoy,
                                                    member and president of the South Holland
rial Park, 160th                                    Ministerial Association will celebrate 20 years
                                                                                                      apt to see the good in the majority of people      and be wise toward ourselves as well, by
& South Park Av-                                    in pastoral ministry with an event Nov. 18 at     rather than concentrating on the bad of a          maintaining a grateful heart.
enue.                                               5 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 1151 E.        few. Giving thanks helps us see the positive          – Pastor Pete Tassio
                                                    170th St.                                         qualities in others.                                     The King’s Community Church
Center open
  The Faith Family Future Center, 16931             Bulls game
South Park Avenue, is now open and activities         The 7th annual South Holland Night with
are happening there Mondays through Satur-          the Chicago Bulls was held Nov. 2nd. Mayor                                                            properly all cars should be removed. Be a
days. Memberships are available for $10 an-         De Graff and the Village Board joined with

nually. Tours are available weekday afternoons                                                                                                            good neighbor and move your vehicle off the
                                                    residents at this home opener game.                                                                   road on the day that your street is scheduled
and evenings.
                                                                                                                                                          to be swept. Your cooperation is greatly ap-
                                                                                                                                                          preciated. Street sweeping takes place three
                                                                                                                                                          times a year. The fall street sweeping has
                   SAVE-THE-DATE                                                                        South holland Today!
                                                                                                                                                          been completed. The 2008 schedule will
                                                                                                                                                          be printed in an upcoming issue of South
            saturday, January 12, 2008, 10 a.m.                                                                                                           Holland Today. Consult the schedule to find
                                                                                                                                                          out when your street will be swept.
                                                                                                      By Cindy Cruz
                            Location to be determined
                                                                                                      Q Please clarify the homeowners’ re-                            SOUTH            H O L LA N D
                                          4th Annual                                                  sponsibility for maintaining trees in the
                                                                                                      parkway.                                                       To DAY
                              Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
                                MusicaL extravaganza                                                  A    The maintenance of a tree on the park-                Managing Editor Patricia R. Mahon
                                                                                                                                                                    Editor Mary Ann Thornton
                                                                                                      way is the responsibility of the homeowner.
                                   Featuring: Mass Choirs                                             This includes proper trimming of overgrown
                                                                                                                                                                  Assistant Editor Paul Eisenberg
                                                                                                                                                                 Production Manager Phyllis Pallay
                             Guest Speaker, Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas                                     branches, which may obstruct proper illumi-                          Correspondents
                                                                                                      nation of streets or cause potential damage                  Cindy Cruz, Carrie Napoleon,
     1/15/1929 - 4/4/1968                                                                                                                                                Deidra Somerville
                                                                                                      to a neighbor’s property. However, if the                        Printed at Park Press
                                                                                                      village arborist determines that a tree in the            SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY is published
                                                                                                      parkway is a danger to life and/or property            ten times each year by the Communications

     CoffEE WITh ThE MAyor
                                                                                                      (such as infestation), then the Public Works           Department of the Village of South Holland
                                                                                                                                                             and distributed by bulk mailing to all postal
                                                                                                      Department will remove it. If that occurs the          customers in South Holland Zip Code 60473.
                                                                                                      homeowner should not plant another tree to             Additional copies are available free of charge
                                    tueS., dec. 4, 2007, 7:30 aM                                      replace the one that has been removed be-              at the Communications Department located at
                                                                                                      cause trees on parkways can cause problems             the municipal complex at 16226 Wausau Ave.
                                                  Coffee will be held at the                                                                                 South Holland Today does not accept paid
                                                 South Holland Village Hall                           with the sewer system. If the tree interferes          advertising.
                                                                                                      with the electrical lines, ComEd will trim                SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY aims to
                                                       16226 Wausau Ave.                              only that portion of the tree touching the             provide beneficial information to present and
                                                                                                                                                             potential residents, businesses, and municipal
      You are cordially invited to have coffee with the Mayor. Because communication                  wires.                                                 employees so that community pride is enhanced,

                                                                                                      Q Do I have to move my car when the
      is the very essence of our strength as a Village government, morning or evening                                                                        investment and reinvestment in the community
                                                                                                                                                             are encouraged, participation in community
        Mayor’s Coffees are held quarterly at the Village Hall or Community Center to                                                                        events is stimulated, and public dialogue about
       provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet with the Mayor and other                 street sweeper comes down my street?
                                                                                                      A There are no parking restrictions, but
                                                                                                                                                             issues affecting community life takes place.
                      Village officials to share comments and concerns.
                                                                                                      in order for the village to sweep the street
SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY                                                                                                                                                                         NOVEMBER 2007           7

                                                                                                                                             Business At Hand
                   harvest Fest fun                                                                         Stay local while holiday shopping
                                                                                                            By Carrie Napoleon                                           also creates tax revenue, which helps provide
                                                                                                               With the holidays fast approaching, the                   strong financial support for local schools and
                                                                                                            Mayor’s office and the South Holland Busi-                   community service organizations. It helps
                                                                                                            ness Association are encouraging residents                   provide jobs for local residents.
                                                                                                            to patronize local businesses during the                        Bert Docter, president of the South Hol-
                                                                                                            shopping season.                                             land Business Association, agreed.
                                                                                                               Mayor Don De Graff said the village board                    “In order to have a viable community
                                                                                                            and administration have a strong partnership                 you have to have strong schools, strong
                                                                                                            with the South Holland Business Associa-                     residential neighborhoods and a strong busi-
                                                                                                            tion.                                                        ness climate. Those three fit together for a
                                                                                                               “We are strong advocates of economic                      solid community. I think we have all three,”
                                                                                                            development and business vitality,” Mayor                    Docter said.
                                                                                                            De Graff said. “It is very important for our                    It will be necessary to continue working
                                                                                                            residents and for those who come to visit us                 in those three areas to keep the community
                                                                                                            to be patrons of our stores.”                                strong.
                                                                                                               Shopping South Holland is an opportunity                     “That work is ongoing with every com-
                                                                                                            to support each other, provide economic                      munity. You always want everything to be
                                                                                                            growth and provide for the highest quality                   stronger than it is,” Docter said.
                                                                                                            of community life for local residents and                       According to Docter there are about 900
    Residents had a rollicking ride at the vil-
                                                                                                            businesses.                                                  businesses located within South Holland and
    lage’s annual Harvest Festival that took                                                                   “It’s important to make it a priority to shop             quite a few of those are retail. Many people
    place in October. Here, participants enjoy                                                              South Holland,” the mayor said.                              tend to gravitate toward the malls where
                                                                                                               Shopping existing businesses and keep-                    there are bigger stores because it seems to
    a hay ride.
                                                                                                            ing them vital helps the village attract new                 be easier.
                                                                                                            businesses to the community. Shopping local                     “I would suggest people try and do spe-
                                                                                                                                                                         cialty Christmas buying and holiday buying.
                                                                                                                                                                         You find that in local towns, little towns,”
Why flooding                                          new buildings in the floodplain. Since then,
                                                      floodplain development has slowed down, but
                                                                                                           set when the gauge was first installed. Eleva-
                                                                                                           tions are in feet above sea level.
                                                                                                                                                                         Docter said. “There’s just tons of stuff they

sometimes occurs                                      developers still fill floodprone areas for new
                                                      homes or commercial properties.
                                                                                                              “Flood stage” is the elevation where the river
                                                                                                           leaves its banks. There is no official “flood
                                                                                                                                                                         could purchase if they just take the time.”
                                                                                                                                                                            Docter said it is up to the SHBA to educate
in South Holland                                          In the 1920s, the Calumet-Sag channel was
                                                      completed and the Little Calumet received an
                                                                                                           stage” for the Little Calumet. Yards and parks
                                                                                                           are flooded when the river reaches an elevation
                                                                                                                                                                         people on why it is important to shop in the
                                                                                                                                                                         town in which they live. The dollars spent
Overbank Flooding                                     additional outlet. Instead of flowing into the       of approximately 590 feet above sea level.                    in South Holland pay salaries of people
                                                      Grand Calumet and Lake Michigan, most of             Buildings are affected at approximately 593
   South Holland is subject to overbank flood-
                                                      its water now flows west through the Cal-Sag         feet.                                                         who live in the community and keeps them
ing from three sources: the Little Calumet                                                                                                                               employed.
                                                      to the Des Plaines River. There are locks on            The 100-year flood at Cottage Grove would
River, Thorn Creek, and the Calumet Union                                                                                                                                   “I think if people took the time they would
                                                      both the Cal-Sag and the Grand Calumet to            reach an elevation of 598.0. The 500-year flood
Drainage Ditch. The Little Calumet River
                                                      control low flows.                                   is predicted to crest at an elevation of 601.5, 3             find out they could do quite a bit of their
flows through the Village from east to west.
                                                          At the other end, Burns Ditch was con-           1/2 feet higher than the 100-year flood. As the               own holiday shopping in South Holland,”
The Little Calumet drains northeastern Illinois
                                                      nected to Lake Michigan in the 1920s. During         river flows from east to west, flood elevations
and northwestern Indiana via several tributar-
                                                      high flows, the Indiana portion of the Little        are higher in the east and lower in the west.                 he said.
ies. At South Holland, the river’s watershed
                                                      Cal drains west. These two diversions mark           The 10, 100, and 500-year flood elevations for
is over 200 square miles. A small tributary,
                                                      the northwest and eastern limits of the Little       various locations are shown below:
Thorn Ditch, drains the central part of South
Holland. Its overbank flooding is caused by           Calumet River’s watershed.                                     ProJEcTEd FLood ELEvATIoNS
backwater from the Little Calumet.                        With post-war growth to the south of Chi-        River
   Thorn Creek flows from the south and joins         cago, farmlands were replaced with roofs,            Mile*     Location              10-yr.   100-yr.    500-yr.
the Little Calumet on the southeast side of           parking lots, streets, gutters, storm sewers, and            Thorn Creek
town. Thorn Creek collects water from Deer,           more ditches. Under urban development, more                    at 170th              596.2    599.5       602.6
North, and Butterfield Creeks, and Lansing            rainwater ran off the land and into the rivers and   9.4     Little Calumet at
Ditch. The Thorn Creek basin drains over 100          it ran off faster. As with floodplain regulations,              eastern Vlg. limit   595.0    598.7       601.8
square miles, accounting for over half of the         it was not until the 1970s that communities          8.0     Little Calumet
water that enters the Little Calumet at South         began stormwater management regulations                         at 159th             595.0    598.5       601.8
Holland.                                              that require developments to restrict runoff.        6.8     Little Calumet
   The third stream is the Calumet Union                  In short, while the rivers of the Little Calu-             at Cottage Grove      594.4    598.0       601.5
Drainage Ditch, a man-made ditch that drains          met basin flooded in the past, the problem has       5.9     Little Calumet at
                                                      escalated since the 1940s. Until 1981, the
                                                                                                                     Calumet Union
18 square miles of the Markham and Harvey
areas to the west. It joins the Little Calumet        worst flood on record for all three streams was                 Ditch                593.8    597.4       601.2
River in the west part of the Village.                in July 1957. Heavy summer storms caused             4.4     Little Calumet at
                                                      widespread flooding in northeastern Illinois.
                                                                                                                      western Vlg. limit   591.7    595.6       600.2
   Most of the Village’s overbank flooding
problem is in the Little Calumet River’s flood-       The subsequent flood on the nearby Kanka-                    Cal Union Ditch at
                                                      kee river was estimated at being a 750-year                    Grand Trunk RR        595.3    597.8       601.5
plain. Because the area is so flat, the flooding
of one stream is accompanied by flooding on           flood.                                               * miles above confluence with Calumet-Sag channel
the other two. Therefore, while there are three           The 1957 flood was exceeded in 1981 by
                                                      another flood caused by summer storms. While         Village Flood Services
sources of overbank flooding, the problem is                                                                                                                                  South Holland’s Youth Initiative
treated as one floodplain.                            there was not as much rain as in 1957, the 1981        The Code Enforcement office at 16240 Wau-
                                                      flood caused much more damage because there          sau (708/210-2915) provides the following:                       Task Force will host a basketball
Flooding History                                      was more development. Because so many                t Information on whether a property is in                        tournament at the Faith Family
   Flooding has occurred in South Holland’s           homes and businesses were affected, the June             a mapped floodplain, and related flood
                                                      1981 flood resulted in a Presidential Disaster                                                                        Future Center, 16931 South Park
streams since the last glacier left Illinois. Early                                                            insurance rate map data;
settlers avoided building too close to the rivers.    Declaration for the area. Another presidential                                                                        Avenue. The tournament will
                                                                                                           t General records of past flooding throughout
As late as the 1940s, large areas of the south        declaration followed the December 1982
                                                                                                               the Village, but not for specific parcels;                   be held in the campus gym on
suburbs remained vacant, primarily because it         flood.
                                                          One of South Holland’s worst floods on           t Advice on how to protect a building from
was too marshy to build on. These areas were                                                                   water problems;                                              Saturday, Nov. 17 beginning at
used by the rivers to carry and hold excess rain      record occurred in late November 1990. Heavy
                                                      local storms caused the Little Calumet and its       t Guidance on the laws that govern construc-                     9 a.m. Registration is available
runoff and snow melt.                                                                                          tion and property improvements, and;
   Beginning in the late 1940s, this scene            tributaries to rise higher than before, over half                                                                     on campus weekdays from 3 to
                                                      a foot higher than the 1981 record.                  t Site visit (when a lot is part of a flood rebate
changed as the Chicago area population                                                                                                                                      8 p.m. Registration fee is $5 for
expanded to the south. Urban development                                                                       program and after receipt of at least two
                                                      Flood Data
put pressure on the vacant land along the riv-                                                                 estimates from waterproofing companies)                      nonmembers; Faith Family Future
ers. The floodplains were built up during the            Flood heights have been recorded since 1947           to view the cause and suggest possible
                                                      on a river gauge that is currently located at the        solutions to a problem.                                      Center members play for free. More
1950s and 60s, primarily with single-family
housing. It was not until the 1970s that local        Cottage Grove Avenue bridge over the Little            Flood maps and flood protection references                     information is with Jan Mulder at
governments passed floodplain manage-                 Calumet. Recorded flood heights can be shown         are also available at the South Holland Public
                                                      in stage or in elevation. Stage is measured in       Library.                                                         738-2437.
ment regulations to require the elevation of
                                                      feet above an arbitrary starting point that was
 8   NOVEMBER 2007                                                                                                                                                     SOUTH HOLLAND TODAY

                                                                                                      Time for toddlers at                                     VILLAGE OF
                                                                                                      library                                                SOUTH HOLLAND
                                                                                                                              TODDLER TIME
                                                                                                                                 Tuesdays at                           DON A. DE GRAFF, President
                                                                                                                                                                       15962 Louis Ave. • 210-2911
                                                                                                                                 10:30 a.m.,
                                                                                                                               November 6 - 27                            SALLIE D. PENMAN, Clerk
                                                                                                                                Ages 24 to 35                                    895-0854
                                                                                                                                   months                               ARTHUR L. BENNETT, Trustee
                                                                                                      Team up with your toddler for 30 minutes of                      N. KEITH CHAMBERS, Trustee
                                                                                                      stories and musical activities. Children must
                                                                                                      be accompanied by an adult. Registration is                       LARRY W. DeYOUNG, Trustee
                                                                                                                                                                        CYNTHIA L. DOORN, Trustee

                                                                                                                                                                          MATHEW JAMES, Trustee

                                                                                                           will you be

                                                                                                                                                                          JOHN SULLIVAN, Trustee

                                                                                                                                                                          BETH HERMAN, Treasurer
The new Town Center Development is one of the elements that is keeping South Holland an at-
tractive destination. The village was recently designated as the Number 1 suburb in the Midwest
                                                                                                                                                                       Village Board Meetings
by the website Forbes.com.                                                                                 Residents are encouraged to sign                  Municipal Building • 16226 Wausau Ave.

 South Holland top ‘livable
                                                                                                                                                           First and Third Mondays of each month, 8:00 pm
                                                                                                      up for the REVERSE 9-1-1 program
                                                                                                      to receive phone calls from the village                               Village Administrator

metro-area suburb in Midwest’
                                                                                                      in the event there is a weather-related                               J. Wynsma • 210-2913
                                                                                                                                                                        Deputy Village Administrator
                                                                                                      emergency, water main break, toxic spill,                         Patricia R. Mahon • 210-2906

                                                                                                      street closures, alert of a missing person,                       Director of Communications
By Casey Toner, The Star                             “A total of 900 businesses (in South Hol-                                                                          Mary Ann Thornton • 210-2918
                                                  land) provide a great wealth of resources for       etc.                                                             Flood Assistance Coordinator
   The villages of Park Forest, Homewood                                                                                                                                   Fred Block • 210-2915
and South Holland made Forbes.com’s top 50        the quality of service and keeping our taxes
                                                  low,” he said.                                           To sign up for this program, send an                        Economic Development Coord.
most livable metro-area suburbs in the United                                                                                                                           Virgil O. Jordan, Jr. • 210-2915
States.                                              Park Forest may have won the distinction         email with your name, address, home                                 Dir. of Parks & Recreation
   South Holland was pegged the number one        because of its community spirit and housing                                                                             Wally Widelski • 331-2940
                                                                                                      and/or cell phone numbers to info@
most livable metro-area suburb in the Midwest,    affordability, according to Park Forest director                                                           Dir. of Community Development & Public Works
with Park Forest landing second place and         of public relations Jason Miller.                   southholland.org. You may also send                               Frank E. Knittle • 339-2323

Homewood ringing up third place.                     “The affordability of Park Forest and the        in this information to the Village Hall at                                Police Chief
                                                  services offered for residents is unbelievable,”                                                                       Warren Millsaps • 331-3131
   The magazine’s Web site determined the
                                                  Miller said. “I think that some people have no      16226 Wausau Avenue, South Holland,                                         Fire Chief
choices using a database at Neighborhood-                                                                                                                               Randall Stegenga • 331-3123
Scout.com “that gathers figures from the          idea of the value of Park Forest until they know    IL     60473,   Attn:    Communications                                   Fire Inspector
U.S. Census, the National Center for Educa-       someone who lives there.”
                                                                                                      Department – Reverse 911.                                           Eric Bruinsma • 331-3123
tion Statistics, the Office of Federal Housing       Homewood village manager Mark Franz                                                                                 Dir. of Emergency Services
Enterprise Oversight, the FBI and the U.S.        credits the village’s assets for making the                                                                                   Disaster Agency
Justice Department at the granular neighbor-      Forbes list.                                                                                                           John Thomas, Jr. • 210-2919

hood level.”                                         “As far as retail goes, we have restaurants                                                                             Village Engineers
                                                                                                                                                                      Robinson Engineering • 331-6700
   “Every suburb within short range of the 15     and a multi-block downtown that’s getting
largest metros was evaluated based on fac-
tors ranging from the quality of schools and
                                                  more and more popular,” Franz said. “It’s really
                                                  most importantly the community feel that’s
                                                                                                           NEW COMMUNICATION                                            Village Attorney / Prosecutor
                                                                                                                                                                         Hiskes & Dillner • 333-1234

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the size and price of houses to the safety of     alive and well in Home-wood for a number                                                                               Herb DeYoung • 339-2744
the neighborhood and the education level of       of years.”                                                                                                                     Librarian
neighbors,” according to the magazine.               Franz said country clubs, the Izaak Walton                                                                           Alma DeYoung • 331-5262
   South Holland Mayor Don DeGraff said           Preserve and a recently revitalized Halsted             To receive information
his village is “one of the best-kept secrets in   Street may also have contributed to the village’s    about upcoming events and
the Chicagoland area,” contributing to its list   success in the popular money magazine’s Web                                                                       Regularly Scheduled Meetings
placement.                                        site.                                                 announcements via email,                      Village Board Committees ............... 1st & 3rd Mon., 7 pm
   “The emphasis in South Holland for years                                                             send your email address to                    Cable Commission ............................ Call for information
has been on the high qualities of service and     - Reprinted with permission from Star News-                                                         Parking Hearings ..................................... 2nd Tues., 1 pm
                                                  papers, Tinley Park IL
amenities you receive here,” DeGraff said,                                                                                                            Local Ordinance Hearings ....................... 2nd Tues., 2 pm
adding that the village boasts a number of                                                                                                            Housing Hearings ..................................... 3rd Tues., 5 pm
churches and schools.                                                                                                                                 Economic Develop. Commission ..........1st Tues., 7:30 pm
                                                                                                                                                      Planning & Develop. Commission .........1st Wed., 7:30 pm
                                                                                                                                                      Flood Control Liaison Committee ...... Call for information

               Santa comeS to town
                                                                                                                                                      Communications Commission .................. 4th Tues., 7 pm
                                                                                                                                                      Community Development Committee ........3rd Mon., 7 pm
                                                                                                                                                      Neighborhood Groups Committee ......... 4th Sat., 8:30 am
                                                                                                                                                      Mediation & Reconciliation
                                                                                                                                                        Commission .................................... Call for information
                                                                                                                                                      Because special meetings are sometimes scheduled
                                                  Friday, dec. 7, 7:00 p.m.                                                                           and cancellations and changes frequently occur, it
                                                                                                                                                      is always wise to call 708/210-2900 ahead of time to
                                                                                                                                                      confirm individual meetings.
                                                                South Holland Municipal Complex
                                                                       16226 Wausau Ave                                                                                POLICE - FIRE - PARAMEDICS
                                                                                                                                                          Non-Emergency: Police • 331-3131 Fire • 331-3123
                                                  Say HELLO to Santa! He’ll have a sack full
                                                                                                                                                                         VILLAGE CLERK’S OFFICE
                                              of goodies to pass out to all good boys and girls!                                                                  Phone • 210-2910          FAX • 210-1019

                                          And…join members of the South Holland Neighborhood Groups                                                                  COLLECTOR & WATER BILLING
                                           Committee for Christmas caroling and delicious refreshments.                                                              16226 Wausau Ave. • 210-2900
                                                                                                                                                              Office hours: Mon. thru Fri., 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;
                                                                                                                                                                           Sat., 8:00 am to Noon

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