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8 | November 9, 2017 | The winnetka Current news winnetkacurrent.com Sailor The Bayly family of Winnetka Sailor is a 1-year-old English Springer Spaniel. She loves to play ball, jump on the counters, and go running and swimming in Michigan, her birthplace. She loves to take long walks to Starbucks with her three sisters, Vail, Poppy and Elin. Sailor is the world’s best dog. The Winnetka Current is always in need of pets for Pet of the Week. To submit your own pet, send a photo and short story to Editor Jacqueline Glosniak at email@example.com. Police Reports Hundreds in damage reported at Winnetka’s Indian Hill Park On Oct. 27, an employee of the Winnetka Park District reported that between noon on Oct. 26-10:59 a.m. on Oct. 27, someone used an unknown object to damage the window at a structure at Indian Hill Park, 131 Wilson St. The Winnetka Park District made $800 in repairs to the structure. In other police news: NORTHFIELD Oct. 26 • Upon a police officer observing a vehicle driving with a smashed out rear window, the driver, Fonzie H. Walton Jr., 25, of Chicago, was arrested at 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Willow Road and Bracken Lane for driving with unsafe equipment and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Oct. 21 • A resident of Longmeadow Road reported that someone gained access to their Comcast account and changed the passwords and phone numbers associated with the account. The unknown person(s) then tried to gain access to the Northfield resident’s banking and credit card accounts. The bank froze the accounts and there is no monetary loss. The case has been turned over to police investigation. WINNETKA Oct. 27 • A resident of the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue reported that between midnight on Oct. 10-11:59 a.m. on Oct. 20, someone used their personal information to open a Progressive insurance account. The amount of loss is unknown. • A resident of the 900 block of Elm Street reported that between 7 p.m. on Oct. 25- 2:26 p.m. on Oct. 27, someone removed a credit card from their residence and made several unauthorized purchases. The amount of loss is unknown. Oct. 26 • A Village employee discovered at 3:38 p.m. that someone used white spray paint to deface the street sign in the 1000 block of Sheridan Road. Pubic Works was notified for removal of the graffiti, resulting in $50 in repair costs. Oct. 23 • A resident of the 300 block of Rosewood Avenue discovered that between 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 19-7:45 a.m. on Oct. 20, someone rummaged through their unsecured vehicle parked in their driveway. Nothing was reported stolen. • A resident of the 800 block of Bryant Avenue reported that between 8:18 p.m. on Oct. 19-9:04 a.m. on Oct. 21, someone used their personal information to open several credit card accounts. There is no reported loss at this time. EDITOR’S NOTE: The Winnetka Current Police Reports are compiled by the Winnetka Police Department and the Northfield Police Department. They are ordered by the date the incident was reported. Individuals named in these reports are considered innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law. WINNER: Best Groomer in Chicagoland Pet of the Week Sponsored by Love Fur Dogs The Best in Grooming 847-LUV-DOGS www.LoveFurDogs.com • 69 Green Bay Rd. Glencoe, IL The North Shore’s Rug Cleaning Experts Any Size Area Rug $1.50 per square foot Cash & carry price. $1.75/SF for pick up & delivery. Minimums apply. Schedule a cleaning: kashianbros.com/floorcleaning 1107 Greenleaf Ave, Wilmette 847-865-8283 KashianBros.com THE GLENVIEW LANTERN Firefighters experience the world of dementia After four firemen from Glenview Fire Station 8 put on dark glasses, heavy gloves and headphones, and lodged an insert in one of their shoes, they went to the adjacent room. There, they spent four minutes living in the world inhabited by people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. In the room, Battalion Chief Larry Wycocki, Lieutenant Tom Glade, and firefighter paramedics Kevin Quill and Andrew Lund were given five relatively simple tasks to perform in the span of four minutes, such as folding towels, setting a table and putting pills in a container. But, the dark glasses compromised their vision, the gloves inhibited their digital dexterity and the disjointed gibberish coming through their headphones distracted them. It was difficult to understand and remember the tasks that they had been assigned. This is what a day in the life of a person in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia is like, Emerald Place Community Relations Director Mary Ann Pappone and Executive Director Michael Zywicki told the participants after they completed the exercise on Oct. 27. Reporting by Neil Milbert, Freelance Reporter. Full story at GlenviewLantern. com. THE NORTHBROOK TOWER Operation Santa Claus spreads the joy of reading for 27th year Operation Santa Claus is back, and this year, the organization will be servicing more children than ever before. The program, first started 27 years ago, connects willing sponsors with inner-city schools to bring books to children during the Christmas season. Gary Moriello, of Northbrook, helped start Operation Santa Claus in 1991 when he was principal at Gladstone Elementary School. After an idea to bring gifts to students was brought to his attention, Moriello and his fellow coworkers decided they would start a new program to bring Christmas joy to the lives of students. In the beginning years, Operation Santa Claus serviced grades K-3 and brought a variety of toys for students. The operation expanded to serve the entire school after receiving positive feedback. Now, 27 years later, Moriello is retired and Operation Santa Claus is run through the Northbrook Rotary Club as an annual holiday volunteer incentive. Reporting by Martin Carlino, Contributing Editor. Full story at NorthbrookTower. com.
winnetkacurrent.com news the winnetka current | November 9, 2017 | 9 Winnetka man leads suburban oil company to 125th birthday Maryann Pisano Freelance Reporter Viscosity Oil Company in west-suburban Willowbrook has been described as “the little engine that could,” due to different ownerships and competition with bigger companies. However, when the company recently celebrated its 125th anniversary on Oct. 17, Winnetka resident and CEO Jeff Hoch couldn’t have been prouder. Hoch, a lifelong Winnetkan, is happy Viscosity Oil Company is still thriving. The business still sells roughly 40 million liters of lubricants per year. “I’m very proud of the fact that we have survived the changes of different ownerships,” Hoch said. “I’m very proud of the commitment that my employees have to our customers and to the legacy of Viscosity Oil Company.” Hoch said five men who “were tired of working for a big oil company and started their own,” founded Viscosity Oil Company in 1892. The men and their descendants ran the company until 1957. “My parents bought the company in 1957 and owned it until they retired in 1985,” Hoch said. Hoch explained while Viscosity Oil Company was bought and sold by different corporate owners, the company kept “chugging along.” He began managing the business in 1985. “We’ve faced incredible change in the last 32 years,” he said. Viscosity Oil Company celebrated its 125th anniversary with the opening of a “completely renovated laboratory and office space.” The Oct. 17 opening consisted of the laboratory unveiling tour in the morning and an anniversary evening celebration at the Field Museum. Hoch said Viscosity Oil Company has 35 employees. A daily schedule consists of a day-to-day balance between meeting their customers’ needs and satisfying expectations. “Some of the challenges of owning this business includes competing with some of the largest and well-known companies in the world,” he said. “Our little company goes toe-to-toe with Shell and Chevron everyday.” He feels what makes Viscosity Oil Company unique is that the business has developed their own technology. He said bigger companies tend not to do that for their customers. “We’re a small company with big company resources that give us the capabilities from a technology stand point to provide solutions for our customers,” he said. Hoch explained another challenge is surviving the ups and downs in the agriculture industry and oil markets, which can fluctuate. “When the cycle is in a [downward] swing, it can be much more difficult,” he said. Because Viscosity Oil Company only has 35 employees, Hoch said that when one retires, it could be difficult to find a replacement. It can sometimes pose a risk to the future of the business. “Even when we use a human resource function to assist us with recruitment, it can be difficult to find skilled people,” he said. As for Hoch’s personal life, he grew up in Winnetka until eighth grade, where he then went on to Lawrence Academy at Groton boarding school in Massachusetts. For college, he attended Ohio Wesleyan University. He currently lives in the same Winnetka home where he was raised. “I’m very comfortable,” he said about Winnetka. “I have great friends in the community.” Hoch has three daughters who attended Winnetka public schools, including New Trier High School. Jeff Hoch, a lifelong resident of Winnetka, recently helped his company celebrate 125 years of business. Hoch also spent several years as a youth leader in both Winnetka and Kenilworth. PHOTO SUBMITTED As a community leader, he was involved vocally and served on many local organizations, including 16 years coaching AYSO soccer, six years as a District 36 School Board member JOIN NORTH SHORE AESTHETICS Celebrate • • • • • PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY ARTISTRY • SKILL • COMPASSION For A Night Of Glitter &Gifts! Years Thursday December 7 th 5:00 - 9:00 PM Education By Dr. Benjamin Schlechter On Beauty Solutions & New Trends In Plastic Surgery • Giftbags For all Registrants • Live Demonstrations • Meet Beauty Industry Representatives • Special Coupon Savings For All Attendees • Enjoy Beverages & Refreshments and 16 years teaching Sunday school at Kenilworth Union Church. He said he tries to keep close ties in the community. “It’s home to me,” he said. OVER $5,000 In Door Prizes Spa Service Giveaways Fillers & Botox Laser Services Product Gift Baskets & So Much More!!! RSVP BY MONDAY DECEMBER 4 TH 847.393.4770 NorthShorePlasticSurgeon.com