16 | April 12, 2018 | The tinley junction News tinleyjunction.com FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Trustees open discussion about reverting mayoral role to part-time status The days of a full-time mayor in Orland Park may be on borrowed time. During the Finance Committee meeting April 2, three Village Board members forwarded on an item — without a recommendation — to the full Village Board for discussion and possible action that could revert the full-time Village president position back to a part-time position after the 2021 election. The three members of the committee are trustees Michael Carroll, Dan Calandriello and Patricia Gira, who asked for the item to be placed on the April 2 committee meeting agenda. During the meeting, Gira said there has been a lot of discussion — and confusion — regarding the role of the full-time position. “It is very difficult without clearly outlined parameters for the full-time position versus the parttime mayor’s position,” Gira said. “We’re not clear on it, and I don’t think anyone has a good understanding of it.” Carroll, the committee chairman, said he checked with the Village clerk’s office to confirm that Mayor Keith Pekau was sworn in May 15, 2017. To give it a full year to see “the effectiveness of our ordinance,” Carroll suggested sending it to the board level for discussion on May 21. Calandriello agreed with Carroll about having the conversation May 21. The committee members voted 3-0 to send the item on to the Village Board without a recommendation for discussion and possible action May 21. Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit OPPrairie. com. FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER ‘Every 21 Seconds’ to make public debut On Friday, April 13, “Every 21 Seconds,” the film based on Mokena native Brian Sweeney’s struggle with traumatic brain injury, will make its public debut at Emagine Entertainment’s Frankfort Theatre. The film previously had been screened by a private audience in January. “Every 21 Seconds” follows Sweeney’s life after he was viciously attacked outside of a bar in Wisconsin in 1992. The attack left Sweeney with a traumatic brain injury. Since then, Sweeney has been on a mission to share his story in the hope that it will raise awareness and spur action for the approximately 2 million people per year who are diagnosed with and suffer from a TBI. “I spent the first five years trying to convince people that there was nothing wrong with me, and every day since trying to get people to understand what the challenges are for folks who go through this, what some of the deficits might be,” Sweeney said in an interview with The Messenger back in January. “But, also, what you can do, not what you can’t do. I always say focus on the capabilities, not the disabilities. “I wanted to be the voice that gave these people a voice.” The movie is based on Sweeney’s book of the same name. The film recently was nominated for several awards — including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Ensemble — by Festigious, a monthly online film festival. Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor. For more, visit MokenaMessenger. com. FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND Lockport native to compose piece for Chicago Symphony Orchestra For a final project in his summer course at Northwestern, Jim Stephenson was instructed to write a bad piece of music. The course, Adventures in Bad Music, had a backward approach to helping students discover what they do and do not like. The 24-year-old at the time had never taken a composition course before this one and, surprisingly, wrote a “bad” piece that ended up being enjoyed by his classmates. It was that moment that encouraged Stephenson to begin writing music full-time. “I was like, well, if I try to write a bad piece and someone likes it, let’s see what happens when I try to write good music,” he said. “I started composing at the age of 24, and that grew and grew and grew.” His talent and love for music composition led him to receive an invitation in November 2015 to write a piece for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that will be premiered during one of their concert weekends in June 2019. “It’s just one of those beautiful things that you never expect,” Stephenson said. “I mean, this is literally the orchestra I grew up listening to. My dream as a kid was to someday play in the Chicago Symphony. That’s not happening, because I don’t play trumpet anymore, but this about as close or maybe even better.” Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach, Assistant Editor. For more, visit LockportLegend.com. FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION Frankfort dental hygienist helps create a community with healthier teeth The dentist’s office is not most people’s favorite place to find themselves, but for those who cannot afford a visit, it is even harder to get themselves in that chair. Dayna Mazurek, a dental hygienist at Advanced Family Dental in Frankfort, is not only helping patients find their way to an office but also finding her way to them. After completing an American Dental Association training to become a community dental health coordinator, Mazurek has increased her involvement in the community and on social media. “I bring all my experiences out in the public and to here where I can educate the patients more oneto-one,” noted Mazurek, who said she is able to better talk to patients and educate them about their oral health, both in the office and at public events such as health fairs. Mazurek said it can be difficult for those who are uninsured or underinsured to find the resources they need, but she is hoping to change that by distributing information on those programs more widely. “I grew up in a single-family household,” Mazurek said. “As I was a teenager and younger adult I was on Medicaid. So, I have that experience to help those less fortunate, because I was in their shoes, too.” Reporting by Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor. For more, visit FrankfortStation.com. FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Healthy Kids Running Series returns to Homer for second year The Esquivels from Lockport all have one thing in common — running. Robert participates in halfmarathons and marathons, and his wife, Rebecca, joins him on Saturdays for their running club. In the last year, their 5-year-old daughter, Graysen, began to follow in their footsteps and lace up her own sneakers to participate in the Healthy Kids Running Series in Homer Glen. The series, which features five races over five weeks, began Sunday, April 8, and will continue for the next four Sundays at Stonebridge Park. “My husband was running marathons and half-marathons, and [Graysen] loved to go watch,” Rebecca said. “She always runs with him to get his medal, so she’ll run the last 75 feet or so, whatever she can. So when [the Healthy Kids Running Series] came up, it was like, ‘This is yours; you can do this for yourself,’ and she loved it.” Greysen participated in the series’ inaugural year in Homer Glen in 2017, winning her division in the 50-yard dash. Children in prekindergarten run the 50-yard dash, while kindergartners and firstgraders run a quarter of a mile. Second- and-third-grade students run a half mile, with the fourth- and fifth-graders running a full mile. The series is held twice a year in the spring and fall. In 2017, there were 130 children that participated between both. Currently, approximately 70 children signed up for this year’s spring series. Parents can register their children online at www.healthykids runningseries.org/race_locations/ homer-glen-il-2. The cost is $35 for the series, or $10 per race. Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach, Assistant Editor. For more, visit HomerHorizon.com. FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Police: Phone charger may have caused house fire that killed man, dog A 69-year-old New Lenox resident died Friday, April 6, following a house fire on April 3 that took place in the 2200 block of Sanford Avenue in New Lenox. Larry Crabb Sr. reportedly was removed from the burning house by his son, Larry Crabb Jr., and a utility line worker, who was working nearby. The family’s dog died during the fire, according to New Lenox Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini. The elder Crabb’s wife was not home at the time of the incident, Alessandrini added. Crabb Sr. reportedly was taken to Silver Cross Hospital and was later transferred to Loyola Medical Center’s Burn Center in Maywood. Alessandrini said Crabb Jr. was out to take the family’s other dog to the vet and came back at around 9:30 a.m. to find that the house was on fire. He solicited help from the aforementioned utility line worker to help save his dad. The tri-level home sustained “extreme” damage before it was extinguished by the New Lenox Fire Protection District and several other fire departments, including Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, Homer Glen and Lockport, according to a press release from the New Lenox Fire Protection District. Alessandrini said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but he was told by detectives at the scene that an off-brand phone charger may have been the source of an electrical fire. Reporting by James Sanchez, Editor. For more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.com.
tinleyjunction.com Sound Off the tinley junction | April 12, 2018 | 17 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From TinleyJunction.com as of Monday, April 9 1. TPPD recommends locking cars after thefts, burglaries 2. Baseball: Bank it -- T-Bolt’s love Crestwood park after big victories 3. Tinley Park pastor reflects on 30 years at Trinity Lutheran 4. VJA students achieve Eagle Scout status, benefit Tinley Park in the process 5. ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: 10 Questions with Riley Schultz, TPHS softball Become a Junction Plus member: tinleyjunction.com/plus P.A.W.S. Tinley Park, at 10:30 p.m. on April 8 “It’s See Ya’ Sunday & 37 animals found their happy ever after! After 491 days in a shelter, we are happy to announce Bella is now in a loving home! Enjoy your new life, Bella!” Like The Tinley Junction: facebook.com/tinleyjunction Tinley Park High School posted the accompanying image April 4 with the note, “Tinley Park High School was honored to meet with Secretary of State Jesse White today! Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration! @ILSecOfState #LifeGoesOn” -- @TinleyParkHigh Follow The Tinley Junction: @tinleyjunction From the Editor Plan Commission does due diligence on difficult case Cody Mroczka email@example.com The cost of good government doing due diligence can be a missed meal, a night away from family and hours lost of sleep. All three may have been casualties when the Village of Tinley Park Plan Commission met at 7 p.m. on April 5 and technically adjourned on April 6. A swath of concerned citizens, the rezoning petitioner, his lawyer, engineer, architect and a supportive employee, Village staff, and the volunteerappointed advisory board pored over, in painstaking but necessary detail, a proposed controversial annexation request during an enlightening public hearing. Commissioners reached consensus to postpone the discussion until its next meeting to allow for more deliberation. Any resident who values accountable, representative government should be proud of the way Don’t just list your real estate property... the commission has conducted itself in one of the more complex and difficult cases. But really all parties deserve kudos, whether they were paid to be there and especially if they weren’t, for their time, patience, civility and productive discourse in a hearing that lasted approximately four and a half hours. Residents again passionately articulated their concerns and opposition as they did back on March 13 and subsequent comment periods since, holding out until after the staff report, petitioner presentations and commissioner questioning to have their say on the record. Although commissioners can only offer a recommendation to be considered before a vote on the proposal, the Board of Trustees would be well served to carefully consider its conclusion, when it most likely reaches one on April 19. The petitioner in this particular case has sought — and secured — court orders in neighboring jurisdictions to construct and operate his current businesses, and the Village should always be practicing caution to avoid further litigation, but that’s not to say the board doesn’t have a choice. At least that’s my interpretation. Sell It! With a Classified Ad Letters to the Editor Becoming a mom in Tinley Eleven months from when I started this endeavor, I can now honest to goodness call myself Tinley Park Mom. Two weeks after my March interview appeared in The Tinley Junction my husband and I welcomed our daughter into this world. Healthy and happy, with strawberry blonde hair. The first redhead in both of our families! Her hair color could always change, but who knows? Being born so close to St. Patrick’s Day, she may be touched with a bit of the luck of the Irish. Case in point, when she was born her umbilical cord had a knot in it. The delivering doctor said if the knot had been any tighter or if it had been any later in my pregnancy, she could’ve been a still birth. Luckily my daughter decided to come a little over six hours before my scheduled induction. She granted her mommy’s wish of a natural birth. As I recount in my labor and delivery experience on the Tinley Park Mom blog, my labor was so quick that my doctor couldn’t believe it. Fifteen minutes flat. I couldn’t believe it myself. I went from a woman petrified, telling her husband at the last minute “I don’t think I can do this,” to some kind of wonder woman of childbirth. It was a matter of mind over matter. When I closed my eyes and went into Zen mode, tuning out the fear, that’s when everything became easy. My hope by sharing my experience is that it inspires women to push themselves further with anything they do. Our minds really are the last thing that stand in our way. These first few weeks I’ve felt like I am in heaven with my daughter. Although my time is even more scarce, I intend on continuing my mission to build a community that supports Tinley Park moms and to promote life here in Tinley Park through the Tinley Park Mom website, social media, and Tinley Park Moms Facebook Group. I want 2018 to be the year life in Tinley Park gets amplified. This is not only an exciting time in my life, it’s also an exciting time to be in Tinley Park. As the village kicks up the amp with development projects and marketing, we need to kick up the amp in how we share about life in Tinley Park and how we connect with each other. Stephanie Pyrzynski, Tinley Park resident Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Tinley Junction encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. 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