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® 8 | November 9, 2017 | The frankfort station community frankfortstation.com VENDORS WANTED Our Healthy Living Expo will be 9am to 1pm Saturday, January 13th, 2018, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park This event will be the answer to getting the New Year’s resolution off to a solid start by offering health screenings, fitness tips, healthy eating ideas and more to start off the New Year with a New You. For more information, call (708) 326-9170 or visit www.22ndcenturymedia.com/healthy Deadline: December 6th, 2017 Photo Op This week’s Photo Op came from Jim Humenik, vice president of the Kiwanis Club of Frankfort. On Oct. 28 the club participated in the Safety Trunk or Treat event hosted by the Frankfort Police Department at Breidert Green. The Kiwanis Club of Frankfort received the Chief’s Choice Award 2017 for the 2017 Trunk or Treat Event. Pictured (left to right) are Frankfort Police Chief John Burica and Kiwanis Members Debbie Dalton, Jeff Dalton and Mark Misek. Have you captured something unique, interesting, beautiful or just plain fun on camera? Submit a photo for “Photo Op” by emailing it to email@example.com, or mailing it to 11516 W. 183rd St., Office Condo 3 Unit SW, Orland Park, IL, 60467. D161 From Page 7 ers dropout rates and builds self-esteem. “While the fee structure appears to be extremely clear that we have right now, it is as clear as mud,” Marron said. “There are ways the fees can be waived, but it involves the parents having to talk to the superintendent, and, of course, there is a certain amount of pride to go [through the process.]” Last year, District 161 collected approximately $100,000, excluding P.E. uniforms, to make up less than 0.25 percent of the 2017 operating budget. Marron said this is a lot of amount money generated, but in the context of a $40 million budget, it is not. The district spent roughly $450,000 on extracurricular activities last year, which makes for 1-1.3% of its budget, depending if one looks at it operationally or overall. “Other activities especially at the K-4 level, we do collect fees on activities and the stipends are paid by the [School Community Organizations,] so that really doesn’t make any sense because we’re collecting fees for something we didn’t even pay for,” Marron said. Marron said he wants the district to start focusing on what value school officials, students and the curriculum get from extracurricular activities, talk about where the board wants to invest its dollars, work to do activity selection, encourage alignment and progression across the schools, address scheduling to encourage participation and promote use of extracurricular activities with overall school programs concerning Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, academics and discipline. “We are the center of the District 161 community,” Marron said. “At one point in time, Lincoln-Way North was there. Now, that kind of became the de-facto center of the community rightly so, but again, you’ve got 3,000 students in our care and we’ve become again the center of Frankfort Square/ Tinley Park/Frankfort/Mokena neighbors.” The extracurricular fees, if approved, would go in to effect next year. THERE’S A BETTER WAY TO ADVERTISE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON CONTACT The Frankfort Station DANA ANDERSON 708.326.9170 ext. 17 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us online at www.frankfortstation.com Jerry Lulu’s Locker Pet Rescue Jerry is an 11-week-old male black and white shorthair. Just like his namesake, Jerry Seinfeld, he is a funny cat who serves as the head of his furry gang. He would like to be adopted along with one of his siblings and can often be found running or jumping with his brothers or sister. For more information, visit luluslockerrescue.org/jerry/. Want to see your pet featured as The Frankfort Station’s Pet of the Week? Send your pet’s photo and a few sentences explaining why your pet is outstanding to Editor Nuria Mathog at nuria@ frankfortstation.com or 11516 W. 183rd St., Office Condo 3, Suite SW, Orland Park, IL 60467.
frankfortstation.com news the frankfort station | November 9, 2017 | 9 Spooky, creative and carved Publisher announces winners of 2017 Halloween contests Bill Jones, Managing Editor We called for entries; you answered. It’s too bad the call was coming from inside the house! Whahahaha! Seriously, though, the community response was great for 22nd Century Media’s annual Halloween contests, which called for both costumes and carved pumpkins this season. Without further adieu, the winners are as follows. • Best Adult Costume-Scary: Mike and Barb Obrzut, of Orland Park, for Frankenstein’s Monster and Bride of Frankenstein. They won a gift certificate valued at $25 for Chesdan’s Pizzeria & Grille, 15764 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen, as well as four 9-hole Rolling Hills walking passes from Silver Lake Golf, 14700 S. 82nd Ave. in Orland Park. • Best Adult Costume-Creative: Allison Bitten, of Lockport, for her homemade cupcake, topped with both light-up and red velvetflavored sprinkles. She won a one-hour massage (valued at $65) from Aura Bella Salon & Day Spa, 20491 S. LaGrange Road in Frankfort, as well as a gift certificate valued at $25 to Sizzles, 571 E. Division St. in Lockport. • Best Children’s Costume: Grace Weisner, 13, of Lockport, for her Roy Lichtenstein-inspired pop art girl. She won an 11-week recreational gymnastics session starting Jan. 22 ($15 registration fee not included) to Gym-Kinetics Gymnastics, 19220 Ridge Drive in Mokena, as well as four unlimited play Power Cards for Dave & Buster’s, 49 Orland Park Place; and one free pizza at Nancy’s Pizza, 19803 S. LaGrange Road in Mokena. • Best Adult-Crafted Pumpkin: Ashley Galassini, 19, of Tinley Park, for a face carved in a pumpkin. Galassini won two one-hour racquetball/volleyball passes for Silver Lake Golf, 14700 S. 82nd Ave. in Orland Park, as well as two hours of free bowling for up Best Adult Costume-Scary: Mike and Barb Obrzut, of Orland Park. Photos submitted Best Adult-Crafted Pumpkin: Ashley Galassini, 19, of Tinley Park. to six people, including shoe rentals, along with a pizza and pitcher full of pop, at Laraway Lanes, 1009 West Laraway Road in New Lenox. • Best Child-Crafted Pumpkin: Neil Shastri, 13, of Orland Park, for a wolf howling at the moon. Shastri won a gift certificate valued at $25 from Odyssey Fun World, 19111 Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Best Child-Crafted Pumpkin: Neil Shastri, 13, of Orland Park. Park, as well as four unlimited play Power Cards for Dave & Buster’s, 49 Orland Park Place, and one free pizza at Nancy’s Pizza, 19803 S. LaGrange Road in Mokena. Entries were judged by 22nd Century Media’s editorial staff, with winners being chosen based on creativity, successful execution of an idea, quality of craftsmanship and consideration of the holiday/ Best Adult Costume-Creative: Allison Bitten, of Lockport. Best Children’s Costume: Grace Weisner, 13, of Lockport. season, in all categories. Publisher 22nd Century Media would like to thank all of its readers who entered this year’s Halloween contests, as well as the local businesses that sponsored prize packages for them. For runners-up from Frankfort, see Page 14.