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4 | January 25, 2018 | The tinley junction News tinleyjunction.com Tinley Park PD wins 11th straight award for National Night Out SUBMITTED BY TINLEY PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT Tinley Park Police Department has been awarded a “National” award from the National Association of Town Watch for their National Night Out celebration in the population category 50,000 to 99,999 for the past 11 years (2007-2017). Tinley Park’s National Night celebration was changed into a community celebration in 2006 and it has been held in Zabrocki Plaza since 2012. Having the celebration in Zabrocki Plaza enables visitors to visit National Night Out and continue walking down Oak Park Avenue for Cruise Night. The celebration features Police Officers, Honor Guard Officers, Bike Patrol Officers, D.A.R.E. Officers, Child Passenger Safety Technicians, ILEAS Officer and SSERT Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergency Management Agency employees, Public Works employees, local organizations and businesses. Entertainment included David Fleming Family Entertainment, MidwestGarrison.com was present with the Star War characters, D.J. Jackie McDonald, face painting by Cupkake Family Entertainment and the Odyssey Fun World Cow Train. Visitors also enjoyed trying on the tactical gear from the ILEAS and SSERT Officers. Since 2010 there has been a coloring contest for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade. The theme for the 2017 coloring contest was Be A Friend Not A Bully the coloring sheet was a picture of Surf Dog Richochet. Six coloring contest winners were announced and presented their certificates by Mayor Vandenberg and Chief Neubauer along with a copy of the book, Ricochet, authored by Judy Fridono who provided six copies of the books for the winners. The winners then received a ride to school in a squad car during the first week of school. Local organizations and businesses have supported National Night Out since 2006. Yearly they have brought their own tables and chairs and have been at the event giving out coupons and information on their businesses and organizations. They have supported National Night Out by advertising National Night Out on their sign boards. It has been promoted in local newspapers, church bulletins, Chamber of Commerce, Park District and the library. The event has grown since 2006 from under 1000 visitors to approximately 6000 visitors. After the National Night Out celebration a Post Project Report binder is assembled with all the details of the night and includes the result of Project 365. In 2016-2017 the project was to continue to educate our residents about scams and keeping safe. In the community we were educating our residents at the grocery stores, park district, senior drop in centers and community events such as Discover Tinley and Boo Bash. The 2017-2018 Project 365 is the hosting of the Coffee With A Cop program. Since spring the Coffee With A Cop program has been held in Tinley Park. National Night Out 2018 will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 7. Police Reports Orland Park man charged with resisting arrest Martin P. Pendergast, 21, of West 157th Street in Orland Park, was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing identification on Jan. 11 after he allegedly was found intoxicated inside the Geraci Law Office on Harlem Avenue. Pendergast reportedly gave police a name of a relative who had outstanding warrants and lives in Philapelphia. Police reportedly asked Pendergast what he had in his pocket at which point he allegedly pulled out a prescription pill bottle with his name on it, but then turned and attempted to run away. Pendergast was placed into custody and transported to Tinley Park Police Department. Cook County agreed to allow Orland Park Police Department to take custody. Jan. 10 • A 2013 Hyundai Sonata reportedly was stolen from a driveway on 178th Street in Tinley Park between Jan. 9 and Jan. 10. According to police, the victim’s father reported the car stolen while his son was in Wisconsin Dells. The victim told police one of the vehicles two fobs may have been in the center console and was unsure if the vehicle was locked. The vehicle was entered into L.E.A.D.S. as stolen. • An iPad valued at $1,200 was reportedly stolen from a 2000 Ford Expedition on Greenwood Drive in Tinley Park in one of two alleged break-ins. According to police, the victim said an unknown offender gained entry to the Ford and an Infinity QX56 while parked in the driveway. The alleged victim advised police the vehicles were unlocked and no forced entry was made. A canvas of the surrounding area did not turn up any relevant information from neighbors. Editor’s note: The Tinley Park Junction’s police reports come from the Tinley Park Police Department. Anyone listed in these reports is considered to be innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law. HIRE LOCALLY CALL TODAY FOR RATES & INFORMATION 708-326-9170 www.22ndcenturymedia.com Reach over 83% of prospective employees in your area! FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Three men, one juvenile charged in string of burglaries Three men and one juvenile reportedly were apprehended near the Village Commons the morning of Jan. 15 in connection with a string of burglaries in New Lenox and neighboring communities. A public works employee who was plowing the streets observed the four checking on cars around 4 a.m. near Old Plank Trail Community Bank and called the police, according to New Lenox Police Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini. When authorities responded to the area, all four fled, he said. One was found hiding in an unlocked vehicle; two were found hiding in bushes; and the other was caught as he was running across Route 30 — all in a short amount of time, Alessandrini said. Omar Ali, 22, of Harvey; Tyler Cupit, 21, of Dolton; and Abullah Mansurmasa, 20, of Calumet City, each were charged with possession of a stolen car and burglary to a motor vehicle. The juvenile, who is from Harvey, was released to his family and will be petitioned to court at a later time, Alessandrini said. Alessandrini said the four traveled to New Lenox in a car that was stolen out of Highland Park. Inside the vehicle, police reportedly found items that were connected to car burglaries from New Lenox and other towns over several days. “In this particular case, we’re very fortunate that our public works employee was observant and gave the police a call,” Alessandrini said. “We encourage all residents to give us a call if they see something fishy, even if it turns out to be nothing.” Reporting by James Sanchez, Editor. For more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.com. FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Faith United Methodist presents first of safety training series This winter, Faith United Methodist Church of Orland Park is opening its doors for a series of Church Safety & Disaster Preparedness Training, aimed to help its congregation — and members of the community — gain skills to put to use in any number of emergency situations. On Jan. 17, the first of these classes — two additional courses are slated to be offered later in the season — was presented in two parts. Orland Park Police Deputy Chief Joe Mitchell led a session on church safety and, later, members of Faith United Methodist’s own Emergency Response Team led a session on Disaster Preparedness Training. It can be tough to engage in conversations about active shooters and bomb threats, but Mitchell explained the importance of “what if” thinking and developing response plans to such horrible scenarios. “We’re going to talk a bit about the background of what’s going on in houses of worship, active shooter situations that occur, and how to build and maintain site security,” he said before his presentation. “I have a manual that I will hand out about dealing with bomb threats, Please see NFYN, 10
tinleyjunction.com News the tinley junction | January 25, 2018 | 5 Mobile classroom for Kruse approved, bond financing discussed Cody Mroczka, Editor With more room needed to accommodate full-day kindergarten next school year, the Community Consolidated School District 146 Board of Education voted unanimously on Jan. 16 to approve a mobile classroom unit for the Kruse Education Center. Officials said they are hopeful the unit will be operational around Feb. 1 as part of an ongoing effort to reduce space concerns with increased kindergarten enrollment in the district, which serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Officials also discussed bond financing for full-day kindergarten building additions, expected to cost around $20 million, according to School Board documents. “The board is very well briefed about what our motivations are, what our needs are over at Kruse,” Superintendent Jeff Stawick said. “It’s a non-customary expense and of a reasonably good sum of money. So, when there are those types of actions that require a good dollar, we often ask the board to resolve for those.” A resolution passed by the board authorized the acquisition of a mobile classroom unit to address the current shortage of existing classrooms. The resolution approves and ratifies a lease agreement between D146 and Modular Space Corporation for a period of 18 months, in the amount of $34,052. The agreements calls for an installation cost of $12,902, plus 18 monthly payments of $1,175, according to School Board documents. The mobile unit is Students Gavin Hemminger (left), a fourth-grader at Fulton, and Maksym Sierak, a sixth-grader at Central, were recognized by District 146 officials for winning the Spelling Bee. Officials pictured are (left to right) Superintendent Jeff Stawick, Richard Lloyd, Julie Berry, President John Malloy, Julie Jackson, Secretary Darcy Nendza and Vince Aiello. PHOTO SUBMITTED already on site, but the application requires the architect’s certification and signature, as well as signatures from the superintendent, board president and board secretary, prior to submittal to the regional office. Enrollment for full-day kindergarten classes for the 2018-2019 school year is already underway, as plans for several capital improvement projects are in the design and architecture phase, with new construction tentatively set for the start of next year. Construction plans on Fierke Education Center and Kruse are expected to take longer than smaller projects on Memorial and Fulton elementary schools, which could be ready to be out to bid early this spring. As of Nov. 30, officials estimated the total project to cost between $17.7 million and $23 million, to be funded with a combination of cash and new debt. The board passed a resolution in December, transferring $11.99 million from the working cash fund into the operations and maintenance fund, and from there into the construction fund ($6 million) and educational fund ($5.99 million). Plans include additional classroom space at all four elementary schools. Fierke, Kruse and Memorial are set to get cafeterias, while additional space for music and art also are to be added to Kruse and Fierke. The construction period is estimated to take 19-24 months, occurring simultaneously at all schools, which could effect bus and car traffic. Ultimately, student enrollment is expected to increase. Up front costs were estimated at $13.79 million, with recurring operational costs of $291,200 annually. Mobile unit costs for Kruse were not included in the estimates. Officials have been discussing how to pay for the rest of the project by issuing debt/bond, debating whether or not the district should consider borrowing extra for additional expected remodeling and renovations while rates are favorable. “Besides the cost of construction, there will also be the cost of remodeling/renovations afterwards for Fierke and Kruse,” according to minutes from a December Committee of the Whole meeting. “The board was in agreement in maximizing the debt.” The maximum borrowing capacity for the district is approximately $19.6 million, according to those Round it up: A brief recap of Community Consolidated School District 146 Board of Education action and discussion Jan. 16: • Maksym Sierak, a sixth-grader at Central Middle School, and Gavin Hemminger, a fourth-grader at Fulton School, were recognized by the School Board as D146’s first- and secondplace Spelling Bee Champs, respectively. • An intergovernmental agreement for the sharing of student information between D146 and Bremen High School District 228 also was approved by a unanimous vote. The agreement, similar to the one finalized with D230 in September, allows for the sharing of additional student data to assist in the academic placement of students. • A Memorandum of Understanding for the revision of nurses salaries was ratified. According to officials, because of Illinois State Board of Education changes, it has become more difficult to find qualified applicants under the salary offered by D146. Therefore, the nurse’s salary was renegotiated with its union representatives. minutes. Issuing new bonds also would require a public hearing, as well as a 30-day waiting period. Taxpayers also can force the issue to a referendum by gathering 10 percent of registered voter signatures on a petition.
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