12 | July 11, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie news OPPrairie.com FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION TPPD’s Shervino named Illinois’ top DARE instructor Tinley Park Police Officer Bob Shervino has always had two passions: police work and teaching. He has combined the interests to great impact as a longtime DARE program instructor. So much so that in June he was selected from more than 100 candidates as the Illinois DARE Officer of the Year. “I was totally surprised,” said Shervino, a member of the Tinley department since 2000 and DARE instructor since 2002. “I didn’t even know I’d been nominated.” Shervino — who grew up admiring an uncle who was a sergeant in the Tinley department, and became an Orland Hills cadet in 1995 — had his name raised by his colleagues and a number of local teachers whose classrooms he has graced over the years. He was formally presented with the award at the annual DARE and Juvenile Officers Conference in Peoria. “It was a great day,” he said. For Shervino, being an impactful instructor has come down to a personable approach and interest in making a difference in the lives of the more than 5,500 children he has taught. “Patrol work is more reactive, and DARE is more proactive,” Shervino said. “I really do enjoy that. The kids are really smart, and they’re pretty truthful and honest. I teach them, but they also teach me.” Tinley Park’s DARE program reaches nearly 1,000 students in a calendar year, Shervino said. “I think it’s made me a better person, and I hope it’s made me a better parent,” he said. Reporting by Will O’Brien, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit TinleyJunction. com. FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Uproar over use of Confederate group for Fourth of July event The Southwest Suburban Activists group issued on its Facebook page July 2 a call for the Village of Mokena to “not glorify the Confederacy” by allowing the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry to participate in firing of cannons during Mokena’s Fourth of July events. Emily Biegel, the group’s director, said the use of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry was “inappropriate and insensitive” to members of the community. She went on to lament a lack of response in other recent racial incidents — including two separate rounds of swastika vandalisms and an incident in which three Lincoln-Way Central students were publicly spotted wearing what appeared to some to be blackface — from the Village’s leadership. “[Village officials] are going to have to open their mouths,” Biegel said about the lack of public condemnation of such acts. Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer defended the use of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry by reiterating previous responses that “Everyone has a right to their beliefs.” Fleischer said there was “no way in heck” that he supported slavery, but he supports keeping our nation’s history alive — “the good and the bad” — through monuments, documents and other public displays, lest the public “lose its reference point” for such events. The 2nd Kentucky Cavalry group on its website declares: “We chose to be Confederates because they fought hard for what they believed in — protecting their homes, states’ rights, equal treatment in commerce, elimination of illegal tariffs, and preservation of the agricultural way of life.” Reporting by T.J. Kremer III, Editor. For more, visit MokenaMessenger.com. FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION Police stress road safety after teen was hit by vehicle The Frankfort Police Department is urging Old Plank Road Trail users to remember to yield the right-of-way to traffic following a June 30 accident involving a teenager on a bicycle who collided with a vehicle. Frankfort Deputy Police Chief Kevin Keegan told The Frankfort Station the incident took place at approximately 12:45 p.m., when a 14-year-old cyclist traveling eastbound on the trail rode into the path of a vehicle traveling southbound on Elsner Road. “The juvenile bike rider never stopped at the stop sign and rode directly in front of the vehicle,” Keegan said. The teen suffered head and soft tissue injuries in the collision and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Keegan said the incident was turned over to an accident reconstruction team, and police are waiting on the investigation. At this time, no charges or citations have been issued. During the July 1 Frankfort Village Board meeting, Frankfort Police Chief John Burica stressed that trail users slow down when crossing the street, and that drivers had a responsibility to yield. Reporting by Nuria Mathog, Editor. For more, visit Frank fortStation.com. Please see nfyn, 13 Business Briefs Wrigley Manthey family Orland Park residents This is Wrigley, a 1-year-old cockapoo. He loves his family, running in the yard, long walks, playing with ice cubes and playing fetch. Do you want to see your pet pictured as Orland Park’s Pet of the Week? Send your pet’s photo and a few sentences explaining why your pet is outstanding to Editor Bill Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Treasure Chest open house on July 19 to recognize Allstate grant Allstate agents from the south and west suburbs secured a $10,000 grant from Allstate in 2018, and this year 23 of them did a toy drive and have been preapproved for $20,000 for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation of Orland Park. The Treasure Chest facility at 15430 70th Court in Orland Park is celebrating its Allstate Helping Hands Grant, led by agent Jack R. Hallberg, at noon- 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, by hosting an open house. Tours of the facility are to be given, and there will be food and refreshments, with raffles every hour on the hour. For more information about the event, to schedule a pick-up or to learn more about how to help the Treasure Chest, call (708) 687-8697. Silver Cross outing raises more than $195,000 in Orland Park for heart care The Silver Cross Foundation raised $195,195 at its 28th annual Charity Golf Classic June 24 at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park, with 180 golfers coming out to support Silver Cross Hospital. Proceeds from the event will help advance heart care services at Silver Cross, which includes establishing an open-heart and structural heart surgical program to treat lifethreatening valve disorders and structural heart defects using minimally invasive technology. Over the next two years, Silver Cross is investing $22 million to provide multi-specialty care for patients with advanced and complex coronary disease. This includes adding two state-of-the-art operating rooms, a “hybrid room” equipped with advanced medical imaging devices to support minimally invasive surgery, two recovery rooms, two ICU rooms and 3D cardiac technology for an electrophysiology lab. The new surgical services will be housed in a new 33,000-square-foot pavilion on the east side of the Silver Cross campus connecting to the hospital’s second-floor Procedural Care Unit. In addition, a cardiac care unit will open on the first floor directly below the PCU to care for patients after heart surgery, and will be serviced with a dedicated elevator between the two units. The entire project is to be completed by fall 2020. The 29th annual Silver Cross Charity Golf Classic is slated be held Monday, June 29, 2020, at Crystal Tree Country Club. For more information, call (815) 300-7105. To make an online donation, visit www.silvercross.org. Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, email@example.com.
OPPrairie.com sound off the orland park prairie | July 11, 2019 | 13 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From opprairie.com as of Monday, July 8 1. Woman, three children escape Orland Park house fire unharmed 2. Delivery driver allegedly tried to kidnap female in Orland Park 3. Polish-American festival coming to Orland Park July 13-14 4. Home of the Week: 14652 Golf Road 5. New Lenox: Mom-turned-entrepreneur launches product aimed at improving playtime Become a Prairie Plus member: opprairie.com/plus Aimee Pierog-Zmysly posted June 29 to The Orland Park Prairie’s Facebook page the accompanying photo, with the note, “My five year old [Adelina] wanted to share our local Orland park cranes.They visit our home and our neighbors just about every day! We just love them.” Like The Orland Park Prairie: facebook.com/opprairie “Happy 4th of July! Wishing the Sandburg community a fun and safe holiday.” @Sandburg HS — Carl Sandburg H.S. 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Fax letters to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. nfyn From Page 12 FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT HERO offering support to families dealing with addiction The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization began 10 years ago with two fathers who wanted to plan a march and rally for heroin addiction awareness after they both lost sons to heroin overdoses. The organization better known as HERO originally was put together by John Roberts and Brian Kirk. The march, held in Homer Glen, brought in 700 people, and Roberts said one had to be there to understand how amazing it was. After the Roberts and the Kirks met a few times to help each other through their grieving, they knew that more needed to be done. HERO is now offering support to families with members struggling with addiction as well as grief support for families who have lost someone because of addiction. Family support meetings — which allow both the addict and families to meet at the same place, same time, but in different rooms — are held from village From Page 6 whole, look bad.” Milani said he also felt that the public had the right to know what discussions had taken place behind closed doors. “After reviewing all of this material, it was clear that this investigation was a $40,000 witch hunt funded by the taxpayers, and it was conveniently tied to an ethics ordinance that keyed in specifically on the topics that were being investigated,” he said. 7-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Lincolnway Christian Church, 690 E. Illinois Highway in New Lenox. The Lincolnway Christian Church donated $10,000 years ago to HERO. Grief support meetings are held from 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Calvary Church, 16100 S. 104th Ave. in Orland Park. The meetings are always free and open to anyone. Reporting by Sean Hastings, Editor. For more visit New LenoxPatriot.com FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Vietnam veteran, 84, receives Honor Flight It was a thrill a long time in the making, and it is one he will not soon forget. Jack McCarthy, 84, a Vietnam veteran from Homer Glen, recently returned from a trip courtesy of Honor Flight Chicago. McCarthy served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years, working in naval intelligence mainly during the Vietnam War. He served seven years on active duty, and the remainder on active reserves. Jack began his service Milani also said there is nothing in Village policy that prevents the Village Board from being able to release the closed session minutes. “So, we have the right to do this,” Milani said. “That’s why I feel that all of the information regarding this investigation needs to be made public, so that our residents can have all of the information that is available.” Pekau addressed Fenton’s comment about the release of the minutes being aimed at potentially BILL JONES email@example.com Looking for something? Editor Bill Jones is celebrating the birth of his first child, so we thought we’d give him some time off! Don’t worry, his weekly column will return next week. March 4, 1957 and retired 23 years later as a lieutenant commander. The Honor Flight, which boarded June 5 at Chicago Midway International Airport, had three World War II veterans, 14 Korean War veterans and 86 Vietnam veterans. Reporting by Christian Villanueva, Editorial Intern. Visit HomerHorizon.com. ruining a reputation. “Well, I guess from my perspective, it was somebody trying to ruin my reputation,” Pekau said. “That’s why this needs to all be public. I want it to be over with, but I want it all out there. Everybody can see what is out there. At the end of the day, these are verbatim minutes of our discussion after the report was issued. That’s what is here. Now, the public has everything. … The public doesn’t have to rely on the press.” Poetry in OP In the hands of time Lin Peterson Orland Park resident Time is such a nebulous thing. It goes too fast and yet too slow. How can a day at work seem so long, But time spent with your kids so short? Time bobs and weaves through our lives like a punch-drunk boxer. Sometimes in front of us, holding us back; Other times, behind us pushing hard. Too late, too soon, not enough time, time on our hands, time to act. Time itself remains constant. It keeps moving along at the same pace, Not caring if we’re too early to the party or too late for that appointment. Time is in the hands of the beholder. It can be used wisely or spent foolishly. It’s all up to us. And now it’s time for me to sign off. See you later ... or sooner. Who knows?