1 month ago


The Orland Park Prairie 021518

8 | February 15, 2018 |

8 | February 15, 2018 | The orland park prairie News Business Briefs C2 Education of Orland Park to hold free practice test event Feb. 19 C2 Education is to offer a free practice test event, on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19. All students who take the free test will also get a review of their practice test results, which will let them know exactly where to focus their efforts for the upcoming tests. Space is limited, so students can reserve a spot by visiting C2’s test day registration page, https://www. dents_day_sat. Law group to offer divorce informational program Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group are putting together a program for those contemplating divorce. Speakers Gwendolyn J. Sterk, attorney at law, and Beth Anne Falco will discuss a variety of considerations regarding divorce, Illinois family law and much more. This is a free event, and all registered guests are to receive informational material, the opportunity to speak with the presenters and sponsors while enjoying refreshments, and a ticket for raffle items. The event is to take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Evergreen Senior Living, 10820 W. 183rd St. in Orland Park. To register, visit building hopeforthefuturefebruary. Smith Crossing invites The Wexler Group to help retirees get in the home sale game The Super Bowl kicked off home-selling season in a market offering a sellers’ advantage because of pent up demand. But even under ideal conditions, scoring a home sale still involves plenty of preparation. To make the process of relocating easier for people considering a move to Smith Crossing, a life plan community in Orland Park, its executive director, Frank Guajardo, is to hold a workshop on how to prepare a home for sale. Ron Wexler, president of The Wexler Group with Keller Williams Preferred Realty of Orland Park, is to conduct this free presentation, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Smith Crossing, 10501 Emilie Lane in Orland Park. For more information, contact Carol Hausmann at (708) 326-2300 or visit www. Wexler offers the following steps for home sellers. • Write a short plan with a timeline to stay on track with goals. • Take advantage of peak selling season by listing a home in late April or early May. • Include in the plan the 4-6 weeks it takes for a closing. • Contact a realtor to perform a market analysis and discuss if performing significant repairs or upgrades will add significant value to a home. • Select a realtor who knows the community and who is available to answer questions, someone trusted. • Consider contacting a home organizer, such as Creative Home Services to assist with downsizing, preparing a home for sale and setting up a new residence. • Clear away clutter and invite relatives to take items no longer wanted or needed. Give the remainder to charity or throw away. • Paint the home in neutral colors. Replace old light fixtures or worn faucets. Remove worn carpeting and refinish wood floors, if necessary. Trim trees and bushes. Cut grass. Freshen landscaping with new mulch. The Music Connection to offer free class for adults Adults who play or want to play music can join other like-minded adults for a free class from 7:45-9 p.m. April 19 at The Music Connection, 10751 165th St. in Orland Park. For information on private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, piano, voice, flute, drum or brass instruction, call (708) 364-7590 or visit www.theconnection Orland Parker among those who received Silver Cross scholarships The Silver Cross Foundation recently awarded $28,566 in scholarships to 14 Silver Cross employees and three of their children to help further their education. Among those was the Physicians Legacy Scholarship – Children of Employees, which went to three individuals, including Orland Park resident Elizabeth Nelson, who received a $2,000 scholarship. Elizabeth is the daughter of Lynda Nelson, a registered nurse in the Birthing Center. Elizabeth is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Bradley University. To donate to or establish a new scholarship at Silver Cross Hospital, call (815) 300-7105. For employment opportunities, visit careers.silver Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, Village From Page 3 and find projects that could lead to energy savings and improvements of certain Village-owned buildings. As part of Phase 2 projects, the Village Board members asked for more information regarding upgrading lighting from T12 fluorescents to T8s, as opposed to upgrading to LEDs. Staff was directed at a previous meeting to look into the pros and cons, leading to the discussion at the Feb. 5 meeting. Michele James, CTS Group lead account manager for the Village, gave a presentation on what CTS Group has handled for the Village, as well as the lighting question. James said for the buildings that are included in Phase 2, the savings and payback for using LED lights as opposed to T8s is not as attractive. “Really, in Phase 1 and Phase 2, it just came down to the economics of it,” James said. Pekau asked James how long it would be before the T8s needed to be replaced versus LEDs. James answered that the T8s are around 36,000 hours, whereas the LEDs are around 100,000 hours. “But when we look at the payback period, we factor in those replacements,” James added. Pekau also asked what the actual cost of using and replacing the T-8s would be over the 100,000 hours that the LEDs would last. He asked for additional numbers to be forwarded onto the Village, so the board members had a clear understanding. “Not to mention that the T8s are an older technology than the LEDs, so is that going to mean we are going to have to change the fixtures again in 100,000 hours and switch them over to LEDs?” Pekau said. “So, are we better off doing the LEDs now?” Ultimately, it was recommended that the Village Board members approve the Phase 2 contract, and then revisit the lighting at a future meeting if a change needs to be made from T8s to LEDs. Village Board split on liquor license expansion Village Board members also voted 4-2 to amend the number of Class B liquor licenses from 24 to 27, allowing for three Circle Ks to have liquor licenses. The locations are 9370 W. 159th St., 17940 Wolf Road and 14301 Wolf Road. Trustees Dan Calandriello and Kathleen Fenton cast the dissenting ballots. Fenton asked how many other gas stations in the Village had Class B liquor licenses. “Gas stations, I don’t know, but convenience stores, we have the two 7-Elevens,” Pekau responded. “Since they’ve gotten them, we’ve had no issues.” Annual event to benefit of Treasure Chest a tremendous success Submitted by Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation Thirty-six years ago, Jennifer Vancura was diagnosed with liver cancer at the age of 1. Thirty-seven years later, Vancura’s mother, Nancy Meyer, the manager of Durbins in Evergreen Park, continues to give back to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation by hosting an annual Durbins Cares event. Even though Jennifer never benefited from the Treasure Chest Foundation’s services, Nancy remembers the pain of having a child battle cancer for many years and wants to help others. Durbins of Evergreen Park recently sponsored its seventh annual Durbins Cares event, which included free pizza, pasta salad, sweets, entertainment compliments of Acoustically Skewed, a split-the-pot raffle and more than 50 raffle baskets that raised more than $3,740 for the Treasure Chest. During the past seven years, the Durbins Cares event has raised $24,240 to benefit the Treasure Chest. For more information about the Treasure Chest Foundation, contact Colleen Kisel at (708) 687-8697 or visit www.treasurechest. org. Marine From Page 5 Faith United Methodist Church, a large turnout of community members came to honor and remember him. “I can’t say enough about the community,” Rick said. “The community added 5-6 years on his life. He didn’t have a stress in the world. … The drivers and everyone knew him and appreciated him. He gave respect and received a lot of respect from the community.” Lathan had seven children, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Lathan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers, an organization that aims to record and preserve the stories of prominent African Americans for a more inclusive record of American history. His information can be found at www.thehisto lenon-lathan. News the orland park prairie | February 15, 2018 | 9 Orland Park Village Board Officials seeking developers for multiple downtown projects Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter The Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees voted 6-0 Feb. 5 to initiate a request for qualifications for the remaining parcels of the Downtown Main Street Triangle. Trustee James Dodge was absent. The vote, which came after executive session, allows for the request for quotation to be released Feb. 19, with an expected deadline of March 19. The RFQ will solicit responses from qualified developers capable of developing the Downtown Main Street Triangle with one or more high-quality projects, according to Village Manager Joe La Margo. All remaining Villageowned properties in the triangle will be included. After the Village narrows down the preferred development teams, the remaining developers will be asked to submit a request for proposals. Reached by phone Tuesday, Feb. 6, Mayor Keith Pekau said he thinks the rest of the Village Board members came to a conclusion he had come to earlier regarding the Downtown Main Street Triangle — that the proposal for the Cinepolis theater was not moving forward. “They still don’t have a lease,” Pekau said. “So, I think the board decided that, given that, it was time to go out and bid this whole thing and quit trying to be a developer. Girl donates birthday presents to children fighting cancer “Everyone came to that realization by different means, but I’ve been saying since before the election that this is what we should do.” Pekau said the Village has asked for RFQs for individual parcels in the past, but he was not sure if the Village had ever asked for proposals for the whole thing. “It’s for the whole thing; we want someone to develop it [all],” Pekau said. “We’re not just selling land. But we want to give them the opportunity to develop the whole PupScouts deliver toys for children with cancer Submitted by Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation site, not just [pieces]. “Developers do this for a living. Orland Park staff does not. I do not. So, let’s try get out of the development business and let the developers develop [these parcels].” By initiating the RFQ process, this effectively ends the proposal for the movie theater at the triangle location, the mayor said. “Once the RFQ process is over and we go to an RFP, we have to basically close any opportunities that [Bradford] has,” Pekau said. “That would finally end that proposal. Right now, it’s hanging by a thread. They still don’t have a lease.” Moving forward, Pekau said a committee will be formed to review the RFQs and make recommendations. It is made up of himself, Trustee Carole Ruzich, Village Manager Joe La Margo, Assistant Village Manager Karie Friling and Village staff. Submitted by Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation The family and friends of Piper Sterling are giving to children fighting cancer. Piper Sterling, 8, of Palos Park, decided to ask friends and family to bring toys to her birthday party for children fighting cancer. The recent birthday party was hosted by Fleetwood Roller Rink in Summit, and more than 30 friends and family attended. When the party was over, Piper accumulated more than 100 toys to donate to The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. Sawyer’s Mom Meghan Sterling sent birthday invitations with the website information of the Treasure Chest Foundation, so guests could see for themselves the good that is being done by the foundation. For more information about the Treasure Chest Foundation, contact Colleen Kisel at (708) 687- 8697 or visit www.treasu Left to right: Palos Park birthday girl Piper Sterling, 8, smiles while her mother, Meghan, and sister Sawyer, 5, look on among the display of donated toys at the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation’s Orland Park warehouse. Photo submitted PupScouts Troop 8 from Burbank barked for joy when the club delivered a huge shipment of toys and $70 in gift cards to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation warehouse in Orland Park. The POTCF is a non-profit organization that provides comfort and distraction from painful treatments to children and teens diagnosed with cancer by providing a toy, gift or gift card in 52 hospitals across 19 states nationwide. PupScouts are like the Girl Scout/Boy Scout organizations, except PupScouts is strictly for dogs and their parents. The Pup Scouts are all about having fun, earning badges, serving others, meeting new friends and connecting with the parents. Treasure Chest Foundation CEO and Founder Colleen Kisel expressed her appreciation to members of the PupScouts Troop 8 for their thoughtfulness during this crucial time of the year, Members of PupScouts Troop 8 display the gifts collected at the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation’s Orland Park warehouse. Photo submitted when successful toy drives can mean ongoing support for thousands of childhood cancer patients. The POTCF is a unique organization the services of which impact more than 13,000 young cancer patients enduring 20,000 clinic visits each month in 19 states across the nation. Nowhere else in the nation does such a program exist. Colleen Kisel founded the organization in 1996 after her then 7-yearold son Martin had been diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. Ms. Kisel discovered that giving her son a toy after each procedure provided a calming distraction from his pain, noting that when children are diagnosed with cancer their world soon becomes filled with doctors, nurses, chemotherapy drugs, surgeries and seemingly endless painful procedures. Martin celebrated his 24th anniversary of remission from the disease earlier this year. For more information about the Treasure Chest Foundation, contact Colleen Kisel at (708) 687-8697 or visit at www.treasurechest. org.