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Unit SW, Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER, Send changes to: The Orland Park Prairie 11516 W. 183rd Pl. Unit SW, Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Published by www.22ndcenturymedia.com THURSDAY International Art - Japan 4 p.m. April 18, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children grades 2-5 can travel to different countries and have fun with arts and crafts. Registration required with child’s Orland Park Public Library card. Create Mini Eco Roofs 4-6 p.m. April 18, The Bridge Teen Center. 15555 71st Court. Teens grades 7-12 can construct a mini roof with “green” plantbased materials, and get inspired to recycle and reuse items they handle every day. This is a free event. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.the bridgeteencenter.org. Apple: Video Editing 4:15-6 p.m. April 18, The Bridge Teen Center. 15555 71st Court. Teens grades 7-12 can learn how to edit videos using the iMovie app on an iPad or iPhone with help from the Apple Store. This is a free event. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgete encenter.org. FRIDAY Closed for Good Friday All day April 19. The Bridge Teen Center will be closed for Good Friday. Decorate Your Peeps Challenge 5 p.m. April 19, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Teens grades 6-12 can use Peeps and various other foods to create whatever their imagination can come up with, and they can eat their work at the end. Registration required with teen’s Orland Park Public Library card. Showcase - Denny Diamond 7 p.m. April 19, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. For adults. Denny Diamond projects his own signature stylization with the baritone vocal approach of Neil Diamond himself. Denny’s musical merit also stems from artist including Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Willie Nelson, Josh Groban, Dean Martin, Ray Charles and Jim Croce. SATURDAY Chicago Bubble Show 2 p.m. April 20, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Children of all ages and their families can see square bubbles, fire bubbles, bubble fountains and many more bubble tricks. MONDAY DIY Drop-In: Earth Day - Bottle Cap Garden Art 7 p.m. April 22, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Craft supplies provided. No registration required, but space is limited. Priority given to OPPL cardholders. Now located on the second floor in Program Room 213. TUESDAY Hershey’s Sweet Success (HS Only) 4-5:30 p.m. April 23, The Bridge Teen Center. 15555 71st Court. Teens grades 9-12 can get advice on how to find a job, fill out an application, dress appropriately and master basic interview skills. Free Hershey’s giveaways, too. This is a free event. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter. org. Dia de Los Ninos - Mariachi Night 7 p.m. April 23, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave. Adults can join this two-day celebration of children, families and literacy. On April 23, Mariachi Perla de Mexico band will return for a colorful interactive concert, including traditional and contemporary songs with lively participation through singing and dancing. On April 25, there will be family reading and literacy activities. WEDNESDAY STEAM - Science of Helicopters 4 p.m. April 24, Students grades 3-5 can put their science, technology, engineering, art and math skills to the test in this engaging program that will make them think outside of the box. Participants should sign up for each session individually. Limit 20. Registration required with child’s Orland Park Public library card. Creative Painting 4-5:30 p.m. April 24, The Bridge Teen Center. 15555 71st Court. Teens grades 7-12 can let their intuition and emotions guide them in the creative process of painting. They can experience the calming power of art to reduce stress and anxiety. This is a free event. For more information, call (708) 532- 0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org. Culinary: Roll Your Own Sushi 4-5:30 p.m. April 24, The Bridge Teen Center. 15555 71st Court. Teens grades 7-12 can make a traditional Japanese roll featuring one’s choice of cooked rice, fish or shrimp, and veggies rolled in seaweed. This is a free event. For more information, call (708) 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgete encenter.org. Brewing in Colonial America 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 16156 S. LaGrange Road. Mike Pezan and Orland Park’s Rock Bottom Brewery are partnering with the history museum to present history of brewing beer in Colonial America and how the Founding Fathers made their own beer. Registrants must be at least 21 years old. Beer samples will be provided. Register at the Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St.; Village Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave.; or online at orlandpark.org. Admission is $20 for Orland Park History Museum members, and $25 for nonmembers. UPCOMING Coffee and Conversation 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, LIST IT YOURSELF Reach out to thousands of daily users by submitting your event at OPPrairie.com/calendar For just print*, email all information to firstname.lastname@example.org *Deadline for print is 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication. April 25, Orland Fire Protection District Administration Board Room, 9790 W. 151st St. Free blood pressure checks. No registration needed. Free giveaways, coffee, snacks and education. The month’s topic is “Vitas Hospice - What is hospice? When should you get it?” Sponsored by Aishling Companion Home Care. Lady - A Women’s Expo 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive. This one-day event from 22nd Century Media, publisher of The Orland Park Prairie, is to feature more than 120 vendor booths, offering health tips and screenings for women, fashion and beauty, food, home decor, shopping, and more. Attendees can donate to a drive for formal dresses — First Communion, prom or wedding — and a blood drive through Vitalant. Free admission and parking. For more information, visit 22ndCen turyMedia.com/lady. ONGOING Leisure Plotters Club 12:30-2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, Orland Township, 14807 W. Ravinia Ave. All seniors are invited to join in for coffee, bingo and socialization.
OPPrairie.com news the orland park prairie | April 18, 2019 | 3 Orland School D135 Board of Education Superintendent quitting in June but still on leave Bill Jones, Editor The Orland School District 135 Board of Education this week accepted the resignation DJ Skogsberg of Superintendent DJ Skogsberg, but it does not take effect until June 30, and he remains on leave for unspecified reasons and for an undetermined length of time. D135 School Board President Laura Berry notified parents of the resignation in a letter that appears to have been written the evening of board’s April 8 regular meeting but sent the next day by D135’s director of communications, Jen Obright. The School Board voted 6-0 to accept the resignation, with outgoing Board Member Angie Sexton absent. In the letter, Berry noted Assistant Superintendent John Bryk, who has assumed the duties of the superintendent since Skogsberg’s leave took effect March 12, “will continue to assume the duties and responsibilities of the superintendent.” Bryk said by email Thursday, April 11, that the district received notice of Skogsberg’s resignation the day of the board meeting, and the reason provided was “personal.” He also confirmed Skogsberg remained on leave. The leave Skogsberg is on was originally called “unexpected” and for “undetermined length of time” when Berry originally announced it in another letter to parents. Bryk, Obright and the School Board have not commented on whether or not Skogsberg is getting paid while on leave, something not explicitly addressed in his contract. Bryk previously cited it as a human resources issue in declining to comment on the salary. “We don’t discuss employee leave,” Bryk said at that time. Bryk said April 11 Skogsberg’s resignation officially terminates his superintendent contract on June 30, and he will not be owed any type of severance upon the departure. Bryk also confirmed that he is not receiving any additional compensation to fulfill Skogsberg’s duties at this time. Bryk added that Skogsberg was not included by name on the agenda for the meeting because “at the time the agenda was posted, the district had not received a letter of resignation from the superintendent.” The agenda had named staff resignations, as well as retirements and notice of honorable dismissal, and included “possible action on employment matters” following a closed session. Bryk said a superintendent search has not been initiated at this time. Skogsberg, other administrators and the D135 Board of Education have come under the scrutiny of the community they serve in recent months, after the board in February approved changes to its honors/enrichment programming, among other financial changes designed to reduce a $2.5 million annual deficit the district is facing. Under pressure, the School Board undid those changes later in the month, but budget problems and conversations with the community persist. Skogsberg also is the subject of a lawsuit filed in March 2018 by teacher Heather Conrad against Orland School District 135, alleging sexual discrimination on the part of the superintendent. Conrad said she was a denied a promotion to principal and removed from her position as assistant principal based on her sex, and in retaliation for “rejecting the unwanted advances” of Skogsberg. D135 formally answered to the lawsuit in May 2018 by denying all of the key allegations made by Conrad, but the lawsuit reportedly remains active. Since the start of Skogsberg’s leave, board members have declined to comment on it beyond Berry’s letters. Skogsberg could not be reached for comment. Orland Park Village Board Officials examine spa regulation options in wake of prostitution bust Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter After a recent prostitution arrest at an Orland Park massage therapy business earlier this year, the Village of Orland Park’s Public Safety Committee listened April 1 to a possible code amendment, designed to deter future crimes from happening. The code amendment would require all future massage businesses coming into Orland Park to provide at least one other service that needs a professional license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. During the discussion, Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy said that over the past few years there have been plenty of stories involving human trafficking. “Over the past number of years, we have seen the same here in Orland Park, where Asian women are brought in and they are used for prostitution in the profession, so to speak, of massage therapy,” he said. Orland Park police have conducted four prostitution stings at massage-only businesses in the Village over the past five years and made 10 arrests. In Orland Park, 23 businesses offer massage therapy services — 11 of which are massage therapy only. “It only happens in locations that have massage therapy only — and no other specialty that is regulated by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation,” Mc- Carthy said. “We had one report here where the Asian woman we arrested had only been in the country about two weeks prior to our arrest, so it is obvious what is going on here that these women are being brought here and used for.” The code amendment would not affect businesses currently in operation in the Village. Trustee Michael Carroll wondered if there was a less intrusive way of handling the issue than potentially denying massage therapy-only businesses moving forward. He asked if there was a way to have these businesses submit State licensing identification numbers at regular intervals, or if requiring more licenses from those professionals who work at Round It Up A brief recap of action and discussion from the April 1 Orland Park Village Board meeting • During its meeting April 1, the Village Board voted unanimously to approve the Orland Ridge development as part of the Consent Agenda. The mixed use development calls for 104 attached dwelling units, 190 attached townhome units, a clubhouse, a concept plan for a hotel, and retail and commercial space. • The Village Board also voted unanimously to approve an agreement with AT&T to install small cell technology within the Village’s rights of way. The initial term is for five years with two additional five-year renewals. AT&T will pay the Village $200 annually in rent. • The Village Board also approved another agreement with AT&T to install a small cell application at the parking garage at the UChicago Medicine - Orland Park. The initial term is for five years with two additional five-year renewals, and AT&T will pay the Village $270 annually in rent. those businesses could be solutions. “It seems to me like we are potentially going to turn away some businesses that are reputable in order to attack the ones that are not,” he said. Please see village, 10