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December 2021 Number 537

A Village on the Move

U. S. Postage Paid

CR-RT Std. Midlothian, IL 60445

Permit #38 Crestwood

Postal Patron

Crestwood Fine Arts Fair a Success

… Thanks to YOU!

Done and dusted, and so grateful to our great businesses that contributed to a communityfriendly

event that brought several hundred to our spacious Crestwood Recreation and

Wellness Center. We began the day with Starbucks coffee and hot chocolate — thanks,

Nick! Crestwood McDonald’s gave us the breakfast protein we needed with a bushel or

more of fresh and hot breakfast sandwiches — thank you!

Angie from The Pointe of Kilpatrick brought in trays of mini-pastries, Carlo at Nonna’s had

a tower of cannoli to share, Louisa’s Pizza and their amazing bruschetta paired wonderfully

with the wine donated from Rose Imports and our Thirsty Beaver Pub. As if the sweet and

savory were not enough, coming-to-town Beggars Pizza dropped off pizzas to give our

residents a taste of what’s to come. Our entertainment was well received — Alex Talbot on

PHOTO-LEFT: Paintings on display at the Crestwood

Art Council’s Fine Arts Fair.

STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

Village Hall Closed for Holidays

This is just a friendly reminder that the Village Hall will be closed

on the following dates in December and January:

Christmas Holiday

Friday, Dec. 24th

Saturday, Dec. 25th

New Year’s Holiday

Friday, Dec. 31st

Saturday, Jan. 1st, 2022

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

CRESTWOOD INTRODUCES NEW MAYOR

At its regular monthly meeting held on

November 22nd, Crestwood Trustees accepted

the resignation of Lou Presta as Mayor of our

village. The Trustees recognized the many

contributions made by Lou to our village

throughout his 21 years of service to Crestwood.

First elected to Mayor at a time when Crestwood

was facing financial disaster, Lou managed to

settle the largest civil lawsuit ever filed in Cook

County, arriving at an agreement with more than

375 separate litigants to settle claims brought

about during the water crisis. The trustees also

acknowledged the hard work put forth by Lou

that led to the reclamation of over 60 acres

of land, readying it for new development in

Crestwood, as well as his ability to attract more

than 100 retailers and developers to Crestwood,

bolstering sales tax revenues to the Village,

creating thousands of jobs, and allowing for the

reinstatement of real estate tax rebates to the

residents of Crestwood.

The trustees’ attention then turned to discussion

and a decision on who may be selected to serve

as Mayor until a special election will be held.

Recognizing that a Mayor must be in place to sign

important documents on behalf of the Village,

and that time is needed for candidates to obtain

and submit required qualifying documentation

and to receive certification prior to an election,

a nomination was made to appoint one of the

Trustees to serve as Mayor until a special election

is held approximately 18 months from now.

Trustee Ken Klein was duly appointed as the new

Mayor of Crestwood.

Ken Klein is a lifelong resident of Crestwood

who attended school here and raised a family

here. Now grown, Ken’s sons remain here in

Crestwood, where they are raising families of

their own in our village.

Throughout his life here in Crestwood, Ken

has always been eager to volunteer his time

and efforts, working with children, and with

businessmen and businesswomen to make

our village better. Before being elected as

Trustee, Ken served on Crestwood’s Recreation

Commission, was a member of the Little League

board of directors, and of the Crestwood Zoning

and Appeals Board. Ken also has held elected

office as a member of the District 130 School

Board, and while in that post, was key to the

District acquiring special funding that reduced

overcrowding in classrooms, and took part in

negotiations with teachers and staff that saved

taxpayer money and improved the quality of

education.

The trustees also took note of Ken’s extensive

experience as a high-level manager in the

automotive industry. As part of a large motor

group Ken helped oversee a dozen dealerships as

well as four parts warehouses, directing hundreds

of employees and supervising multimillion-dollar

property development. An admired negotiator,

Ken has been successful with both business and

labor, earning the respect and trust from both

sides necessary to form productive and effective

teams of employees.

As expressed by one of the Trustees who

nominated and voted to approved Ken for Mayor

of Crestwood, “While Lou Presta may be a tough

act to follow, Ken Klein is up for the job, being

someone with the skills and experience to take

our village further and maintain the financial

stability Crestwood residents expect from their

Mayor.”

Upon acceptance of his appointment, Ken

expressed his thanks to the Trustees for their

confidence, and said that he is eager to meet with

Crestwood residents and business owners to

learn of any concerns they have, and to describe

his plans to keep Crestwood a village on the

move.

www.crestwood.illinois.gov


2 Crestwood Adviser December 2021 Number 537

Village Meeting Schedule

Village Board Meetings - 8:00pm

Crestwood Civic Center | 13820 S. Cicero Ave | December 2nd and 16th

Committee of the Whole - 7:00pm

Village Hall | 13800 S. Cicero Ave | November, 30th and December 14th

Planning Commission – Zoning Board 8:30pm

Crestwood Civic Center | 13820 S. Cicero Ave | December 13th and December 27th

Village Hall

13800 South Cicero Avenue | Phone: 708.371.4800

Be sure to visit the Village website at:

www.crestwood.illinois.gov

MAYOR

CLERK

e-mail:

TRUSTEES

e-mail:

e-mail:

e-mail:

e-mail:

e-mail:

Kenneth Klein

KKlein@crestwood.illinois.gov

Catherine M. Johnson

CJohnson@crestwood.illinois.gov

Patricia Theresa Flynn

TFlynn@crestwood.illinois.gov

Anthony J. Benigno

ABenigno@crestwood.illinois.gov

Linda M. Madlener

LMadlener@crestwood.illinois.gov

Kevin Wasag

KWasag@crestwood.illinois.gov

Frank Caldario

FCaldario@crestwood.illinois.gov

EDITOR IN CHIEF Bill Graffeo

e-mail: BGraffeo@crestwood.illinois.gov

ASSISTANT EDITOR Amy Roe

e-mail: ARoe@crestwood.illinois.gov

Publishing & Advertising

The Crestwood Adviser is published monthly for

the Village of Crestwood by

Fanning Communications, Inc.

4701 Midlothian Turnpike — Suite 4

Crestwood, IL 60418

For Editorial and Advertising Inquiries:

Phone 708.293.1430

Fax 708.293.1432

Website: www.fanningcommunications.com

Publication Staff:

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Managing Editor

Editor/Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

Accounting/Billing

Web Developer

John J. Fanning

Karl J. Paloucek

DeAnna Clark

Robert Durkee

Karen Wrezzes

Jamal Mizyed

The Crestwood Adviser is dedicated to presenting as much as

it can about the Village of Crestwood so that the community

can have the information it needs to strengthen and enrich

the community of Crestwood.

Our goal is to report the news as fully, fairly and as accurately

as possible. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged,

by phone or in writing, whether or not you wish such

letters to be published.

Under no circumstances will the Crestwood Adviser be liable

for any misspellings, misprints, or damage caused by

a Subscriber's reliance on information obtained. It is the

responsibility of each Subscriber to evaluate the accuracy,

completeness or usefulness of any information, opinion,

advice or other content available through the Crestwood

Adviser. Please seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate,

regarding the evaluation of any specific information,

opinion, advice or other content.

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Last year’s winners, the Klein family — do you have what it takes to beat them this year?

Announcing the Return of the Annual

Village Holiday Decorating Contest!

Some of you will have gotten on this right after Halloween, while others wait until after

Thanksgiving, but it’s not when you put up your Christmas decorations, but how you do it, and how

big you go that will earn you the honors of being among the best in the Village.

Once again, the Mayor, Village Clerk and Board of Trustees are going all-out for our annual outdoor

Holiday Decorating Contest. So get out those miles of light strands out of your attic or basement,

and whatever tin soldier, reindeer or other figures that inhabit your lawn for the season, and do your

best to beat your neighbors with your display of holiday spirit.

Judging will take place Dec. 12th-15th, with winners being announced at the Dec. 16th Village

Board meeting located at 13820 S. Cicero Ave. at 8:00pm. Once again, we will be issuing prizes for

the top 9 runners up, in addition to the 1st-Place winner, allowing for more families to win than in

years past. We encourage those who have decorated their properties to attend this meeting!

Please feel free to call Village Hall at (708) 371-4800 to enter your home or a neighbor’s. Good luck!

PRIZES

1st Place Winner - $500.00 | 9 Runners Up - $200.00

Village of Crestwood Parking

Crestwood Village ordinance prohibits parking on any village street between 2:00am and

6:00am. The reason for this ordinance is so police will be alerted to abandoned vehicles or

suspicious vehicles that require investigation. This ordinance also ensures that all streets

throughout the Village will be open to fire and rescue equipment in the event of an

overnight emergency. This is especially necessary in areas where narrow streets can block

large fire trucks. We will continue to enforce this ordinance. Thank you for your cooperation

with this ordinance. The initial fine for this violation is $75.00. This is a Village-wide

ordinance. PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOUR LATE NIGHT AND OVERNIGHT GUESTS

ARE MADE AWARE OF THIS AS WELL!


December 2021 Number 537 Crestwood Adviser 3

Important Numbers

Village Hall ………………..……..…………....…..

13800 S. Cicero Ave.

Main: (708) 371-4800

Fax: (708) 371-4849

Hours:

Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri.: 9:00am-4:00pm

Tues.: 9:00am-8:00pm

Police Department ………………..………….........

13840 S. Cicero Ave.

Main: (708) 371-4800 x 5007

Fax: (708) 371-8307

Nonemergency (708) 385-5131 Emergency: 911

Fire Department ……………….……………….......

13840 S. Cicero Ave.

Main: (708) 371-4800 x4000

Fax: (708) 385-2836

Recreation & Wellness Facility ………………......

5331 w. 135th St.

Main: (708) 371-4810

Hours:

Mon.-Thu.: 5:30am-10:00pm Friday 5:30am-8:00pm

Sat.-Sun.: 7:00am-5:00pm

Library ……………….....…………….……….........

4955 135th St.

Main: (708) 371-4090

Hours:

Mon.-Thu.: 9:00am-8: 00pm

Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Worth Township ………………..…………….……..

(708) 371-2900 (Residents north of 135th)

Bremen Township ……………….........................

(708) 333-9530 (Residents south of 135th)

Republic Services.……………….........................

(708) 385-8252

IDOT………………..……………….………………...

(847) 705-4222

Cook County Highway Dept. ………………...…..

(708) 448-8006 or (847) 705-4228

VILLAGE OF CRESTWOOD

Christmas Baskets

VILLAGE OF CRESTWOOD

Christmas Baskets

Support Your Community —

Shop Locally

Maybe you have already started

your holiday shopping. Maybe you

wait until after Thanksgiving. Or

maybe you’re one of those lastminute

panic shoppers. Whatever

your style, we encourage everyone

to remember, while doing your

Christmas shopping, to patronize

our local business.

Crestwood is home to more than 500 businesses. Whatever you might be

looking for, it’s very likely that a business in Crestwood has it. And when

you shop locally, you are supporting not only the business and the people

who work there, but you’re helping your own community. Sales taxes help

to fund vital services in the Village, and help us to grow and maintain

Crestwood’s status as a Village on the move.

In addition, by creating demand, you encourage new businesses to thrive,

making our community a desirable location for other new businesses.

And let’s not forget — it’s also in the spirit of the season.

So let’s make it a merry Christmas for our hardworking local businesses

this year!

The annual The annual Village Village of Crestwood of Christmas Basket Collection Collection will begin will begin

December, December, 2021, 2021, and and will will continue through December December 17, 2021. 17, 2021. Our Our

Christmas Basket collection strives to help low-income individuals, families

Christmas Basket collection strives to help low-income individuals, families

and seniors in need within the Village.

and seniors in need within the Village.

Residents can donate non-perishable food items such as rice, peanut butter,

Residents jelly, can soup, donate canned non-perishable fruit or vegetables, food juice items and pasta. such Please rice, be aware peanut of butter,

jelly, soup, canned fruit or vegetables, expiration dates juice on food. and pasta. Please be aware of

Donations can be dropped expiration off the dates Clerk’s on office food. at Village Hall located at

13800 S. Cicero Ave. If you are in need or know of a family in need please

Donations contact can the be Clerk's dropped Office off at 371-4800 at the Clerk’s x2003. office We will at be Village accepting Hall names located at

13800 S. Cicero Ave. If you until are December in need or 13, know 2021. of a family in need please

contact the We Clerk's have received Office many at 371-4800 generous donations x2003. from We residents will be accepting and local names

businesses which have until provided December a delicious 13, Christmas 2021. dinner for many that

otherwise wouldn’t have one. Our Village Officials and Public Works

We have received many generous donations from residents and local

Department will deliver the food to families the week of Christmas. We hope

businesses area residents which have and businesses provided will a delicious help provide Christmas many dinner needy families for many as that

otherwise possible wouldn’t with have a Holiday one. Meal. Our Your Village help is Officials greatly appreciated! and Public Works

Department will deliver the food to families the week of Christmas. We hope

area residents and businesses will help us provide as many needy families as

possible with a Holiday Meal. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Dear Business Owners …

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR 2022 BUSINESS LICENSE

The Village has sent out applications for 2022 Business Licenses. If you have

not yet received yours, please contact Colleen at the Village Hall at (708) 371-

4900 ext. 2010.

This year we have an increase regarding your business license fee. The new

fees will be on your renewal application and are due by Jan. 1, 2022.

We ask that you return the form filled out completely and legibly. We

have found that in past years, information has changed and our records do

not reflect those changes, or we are missing information. Please pay special

attention to the highlighted areas.

ANY APPLICATION THAT IS NOT COMPLETE WILL NOT BE

ACCEPTED, CAUSING A DELAY IN ISSUING YOUR LICENSE.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Business License

Department (708) 371-4800 ext. 2010.

Your prompt attention in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,

Catherine M. Johnson – Village Clerk – Village of Crestwood


Please call with any questions: (708) 371-4800 x2003

4 Crestwood Adviser December 2021 Number 537

2022 Vehicle Stickers

Available Now

Just a friendly reminder that your vehicle stickers for 2022 are on sale as of

Dec. 1st, 2021, and that your current stickers expire Dec. 31st, 2021. New

year, new sticker! Village ordinance states that vehicle stickers are required on

all vehicles in the Village of Crestwood and must be properly displayed by law

on cars, trucks and motorcycles by Feb. 28th, 2022 to avoid penalty.

SCHEDULE OF FEES - LATE PENALTIES WILL BE ASSESSED

MARCH 1st, 2022

Passenger Cars $ 10.00 Late fee - $ 10.00

Senior Citizens 65 & Older $ 5.00 Late fee - $ 5.00

Recreational Vehicle (RV Plates) $ 10.00 Late fee - $ 10.00

Motorcycle, Moped & Scooter $ 5.00 Late fee - $ 5.00

School Bus Class A $ 20.00 Late fee - $ 10.00

School Bus Class B $ 30.00 Late fee - $ 10.00

Trucks

“B” Plate $ 15.00 Late fee - $ 10.00

“D-F” Plate $ 20.00 Late fee - $ 10.00

All other Plate classifications $ 30.00 Late fee - $ 10.00

Transfer from one LIKE vehicle to another is $ 5.00

What You Need to Do to Apply for Vehicle Stickers:

1. You should receive a renewal application by mail early December. Please

do not come in until you have received your renewal. If you haven’t

received the application by mid-December, please visit our Village website:

crestwood.illinois.gov and print one off or come to Village Hall to receive

one and pick up your sticker.

2. Read the application and fill out all the appropriate information, Make any

necessary changes and bring into Village Hall for processing.

Please call with any questions: (708) 371-4800 x2003

SCHEDULE OF FEES - LATE PENALTIES WILL BE ASSESSED

MARCH 1st, 2022

COVER STORY CONTINUED...

Crestwood Fine Arts Fair a

Success … Thanks to YOU!

The Sax, and his crooning of Sinatra tunes to his Stones

tribute were amazing.

All of this would not be possible without the full

support of our Village Board, the crew at the Rec led by

Rocco — making the event seamless for all. Volunteers

staffed the floor and kitchen to distribute and tidy. Our Public Works setup

and takedown on a Sunday was so helpful, and very gratefully appreciated.

But most of all, the appreciation goes to our local artists — sharing their

talents and treasures with everyone. Thanks also to our residents who showed

their support by coming out in droves, meeting neighbors while sipping,

shopping and noshing. We appreciate you, and we look forward to a repeat!!

Crestwood Police Department

Mobile App Serves Residents

Trustees Linda Madlener and Theresa Flynn share a moment at the Crestwood Art

Council’s Fine Arts Fair, held at the Crestwood Recreation & Wellness Center.

The Crestwood Police Department would like to remind you of its custom

mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. Through this app, Village of

Crestwood residents have a direct connection with the department for

the latest community news, instant public safety notifications and more.

The app’s multichannel messaging system makes it easy for the

department to deliver the right message at the right time, encouraging

two-way communication. Once residents download the Crestwood Police

Department application from either the Apple or Android app stores,

they can instantly connect to the agency through tools and features

specifically tailored to public safety, including:

Just one of the many fine art pieces available at this year’s Fine Arts Fair.

Local artists proudly displayed their work

at this year’s Fine Arts Fair.

Vitalant held a blood drive at the Fine

Arts Fair — many thanks to all who

donated!

• Crime Map

• Frequently Asked

Questions

• Sex Offender Registry

• Local Ordinance Access

• Citizen Resources

• Special Needs Registry

• Smart 911 Registry

The technology that powers Crestwood Police Department app is Apex

Mobile’s proprietary platform. The system was designed to help police

departments, sheriff’s offices and public safety agencies across the

country to develop, deploy and manage mobile apps that drive effective

community engagement. Apex’s technology is being used by public safety

agencies nationwide.


December 2021 Number 537 Crestwood Adviser 5

A Winter Reminder

From Your Public

Works Dept.

The Village has approximately 38.3 miles of

roadway and parking lots to plow and salt during

the winter snowy months. We also need to tend

to about eight miles of sidewalks that need to be

cleared. This operation is strategically planned

and executed. The Village roads are sectioned

into various routes and will have a designated

truck to undertake the clearing of snow and

de-icing. Our focus is the main streets first, to

provide safe travels for our residents and visitors,

followed by the side streets. Our Public Works

Department does its very best to plow our streets

as quickly and efficiently as possible during the

snowplowing season. As a department, we are

asking for residents’ assistance. Please shovel

or direct your snow blower from your driveway,

mailbox or sidewalk onto your grassy areas and

not into the street. This way, when the plow

truck comes along, it will not push as much snow

back onto your driveway and mailbox. Please

remember that snow pushback is unavoidable.

In order to keep our streets clean, the snow must

go somewhere. The Public Works Department

will not be responsible for any damages that may

occur.

If it happens to snow the night before or on

garbage pickup day, PLEASE DO NOT PUT

YOUR GARBAGE CANS ON THE STREET.

PLEASE PLACE CANS AT THE END OF YOUR

DRIVEWAY OR ON THE LAWN NEXT TO IT.

This allows for a clear path for our plow trucks.

PLEASE DO NOT PUSH SNOW BACK ONTO

THE STREET AFTER IT’S BEEN PLOWED

AND CLEARED. When shoveling or plowing

driveways and sidewalks, please ensure that all

snow is disposed of onto grassy areas, and not

onto our city streets. Shoveling or plowing snow

onto Village streets creates danger for residents,

snowplows and other vehicles. Be considerate of

neighbors — do not shovel or plow snow onto

their sidewalks and driveways.

PARKING: For safe and effectively plowed

streets, please be sure not to park on Village

streets after a 2-inch snowfall until streets are

plowed. Residents who park on the streets are

being asked to move their vehicles and keep

them off the street if there is a winter storm. It

makes it much easier for the snowplows to come

through the street without having to go around

the vehicles. In the event that a vehicle has not

been moved, Village ordinance allows the police

to issue tickets and/or tow the vehicle.

FIRE HYDRANTS: In case of heavy

accumulation of snow, please help the fire

department and make sure that all fire hydrants

are exposed for emergency use.

SHAKE IT!: Public Works is asking all

homeowners to assist with preparations for the

snow season. During the month of November,

please shake your mailbox. One good shake

will let you know if your box is ready for the

force of the snow pushed from the roadway by

snowplows. If your mailbox moves when shaken,

then some quick repairs are needed before the

first snowfall. Tighten screws and add any braces

necessary to ensure the post and receptacle are

secured. Some minor maintenance will help

prevent damage and costly repairs during the

snow season. Please follow all United States Post

Office regulations for mailbox replacement.

JOHN Z. TOSCAS

ZENO J. TOSCAS

Attorneys at Law

Let us be your front porch. Mayor Lou Ken Presta Klein and Police Chief Dave Weigand want to help

prevent package thefts this holiday season. With the coronavirus still around, residents will

choose to do more holiday shopping online, and the thieves know this. We want to help

prevent package thefts during this already trying time in our lives. Ensure secure delivery of

your packages by having them shipped to the Crestwood Police Department. You can then

pick them up from the PD and have one less thing to worry about.

Ship packages to:

[Your Name]

Pick-Up Times

Crestwood Police Department

13840 S. Cicero Ave. Monday-Friday 9am to 7pm

Crestwood, IL 60418 Nov. Saturdays No Pick-Up

Dec Saturdays 11am to 1pm

Items needed to pick up your package: Sundays No Pick-Up

1. Government-issued identification card

2. Order/shipment proof of receipt.

3. For parents picking up packages addressed to their children, parent must provide proof of

guardianship and/or the child’s identification.

4. Face coverings are required for package pickups.

We will accept packages from Monday, Nov. 15th, through Wednesday, Dec. 22nd. Packages must be picked

up within three days of arrival at the Police Department. Dec. 23rd is the last day to pick up your package.

Package pickup will not be available during the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 25-29). Packages must be under 50

lbs. The name of the person picking up the package must match the name on the mailing label. There is no

charge for this service. If you purchase gifts on Craigslist, eBay or other exchange websites, you can make the

transaction in the Safety Exchange Zones in our lobby and public parking lot. This service is available

year-round. ****Please send an E-mail to rwyman@crestwood.illinois.gov with package information and

expected date of delivery to the police department.****

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Christmas Tree

Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small

fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

Picking the tree

• Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not

fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

• Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the

base of the trunk.

• Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from

any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles,

heat vents or lights.

• Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

• Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water

daily.

lighting the tree

• Use lights that have the label of a recognized

testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor

or outdoor use.

• Replace any string of lights with worn or

broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read

manufacturer’s instructions for number of light

strands to connect.

• Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

• Always turn off Christmas tree

lights before leaving home

or going to bed.

After Christmas

Get rid of the tree after

Christmas or when it is dry.

Dried-out trees are a fire

danger and should not be

left in the home or garage,

or placed outside against the

home.

Check with your local

community to find a

recycling program.

Bring outdoor electrical

lights inside after the

holidays to prevent hazards

and make them last longer.

FACTS

•!

More than one of every four

home Christmas tree fires is


caused by electrical problems.

! Although Christmas tree fires

are not common, when they do

occur, they are more likely to


be serious.

! A heat source too close to the

tree causes one in every four

of the fires.

College-Bound Students

Now Can Apply to All Illinois

Public Universities Using

Common App

SPRINGFIELD — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Board of Higher

Education (IBHE), in partnership with the Illinois General Assembly, are

utilizing $1 million in funding to add all of the state’s public universities

onto the Common App platform. First-year students applying to college will

now be able to apply to any of Illinois’ 12 public universities, plus dozens of

the state’s private institutions, with only one form.

“Expanding access to educational opportunities for everyone has always

been a top goal of my administration. We want to make it easier for

everyone, especially people of color, low-income students, and adult

learners, to find a place at Illinois’ institutions of higher learning,” Governor

JB Pritzker said. “This $1 million investment will not only make it easier for

Illinois students to apply to multiple of the state’s world-class universities

but will also encourage students from out of state and across the globe to

take the next step in their educational journey right here in Illinois.”

For students and families concerned about the cost of applying for college,

waivers are available for low-income Common App applicants. In 2019-

2020, more than 470,000 Common App applicants across the nation

were granted a fee waiver. Some colleges and universities either have no

application fees or will waive fees if needed.

Three public universities, the University of Illinois Chicago, Northern

Illinois University, and Chicago State University, were previously available

on the Common App. The $1 million investment allowed the remaining

public universities to join the program. The last outstanding university,

Northeastern Illinois University, will be implemented later this fall.

The Common App website (www.commonapp.org) has several resources

for students and families who want to know more about the application

process, such as a first-year application guide, resources called “What Is

Common App?” and “How the First Year Common App Works,” YouTube

videos, and the list of institutions that use the application.

Additionally, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and its

school and community partners offer free support throughout Illinois

for students who need help completing their college and financial aid

applications. The ISACorps, a statewide group of near peer mentors trained

to assist students and families with college planning and financial aid, offer

free workshops as well as one-on-one assistance.

Going Somewhere in

Crestwood? Dial-A-Ride!

While we’re all trying to stay in as much as possible these days due to COVID-19,

those needing to go out and about in Crestwood still can take advantage of the Pace

Dial-A-Ride system. The bus will take you anywhere within the corporate limits of

the Village of Crestwood. Ray, the best bus driver in Crestwood, has been doing an

outstanding job for more than 10 years now. He will make sure that you will receive

the best service possible.

The fee for a one-way trip is $2.25 for adults and $1.00 for students. Senior

citizens 65 years of age and over can ride free at all times. The vehicle is wheelchair

accessible. You will be picked up at your home, and if that is your return

destination, you will be delivered there accordingly.

Dial-A-Ride is in service Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:45pm. It is easy

to set up an appointment to take you where you need to go. Simply call the Village

Hall at (708) 371-4800 on the day you would like to ride, then indicate the time

you need to be picked up and the approximate time that you will be returning.

The Village will do its best to accommodate your time schedule, but many people

use this service and with COVID restrictions in place, capacity is lower, so please

give yourself a comfortable amount of time to complete your tasks. You will travel

in comfort, as the bus is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer.

COVID-19 restrictions apply — you must wear a COVID-19-appropriate mask and

maintain adequate social distancing while aboard.

Now you know how it works, so take advantage of the service. When you need a

ride, Dial-A-Ride!

NATIONAL FIRE

PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

The leading information and knowledge resource

on fire, electrical and related hazards

nfpa.org/education ©NFPA 2019


Ensuring the Best for Your Pets This Winter

Predictions anticipate a harsh winter for our area,

so it’s a good idea for all of us to consider our

checklists for ourselves and our homes, but also to

make sure that our furry little friends are properly

cared for at this time of year. The dry, cold air can

cause discomfort for them due to dry, flaking skin

and itching, but along with ice-melting compounds

on the ground that can be licked off of the paws

that pick them up, there are many things to keep

in mind to keep your pets healthy and safe in this

coldest time of year.

• Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry

heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin.

Keep your home humidified and towel-dry your

pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special

attention to his feet and in-between the toes.

Remove any snow balls from between his foot

pads.

• Never shave your dog down to the skin in

winter, as a longer coat will provide more

warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim

him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt

crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry

his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between

his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider

getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar

or turtleneck with coverage from the base of

the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is

regulation winter wear.

• Bring a towel on long walks to clean off

stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash

and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove

ice, salt and chemicals — and check for cracks

in paw pads or redness between the toes.

• Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold

spells. Washing too often can remove essential

oils and increase the chance of developing dry,

flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask

your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo

and/or rinse.

• Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw

protectants into paw pads before going outside

can help protect from salt and chemical agents.

Booties provide even more coverage and can

also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged

between bare toes and causing irritation. Use

pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.

• Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for

dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up

any spills from your vehicle, and consider using

products that contain propylene glycol rather

than ethylene glycol.

• Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm

in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more

during the cold weather months can provide

What to Do When Winter Is at Its Worst

Part of living in a cold-weather climate involves

being patient and working together to make sure

we all get through the snowstorms that winter

can bring. If snowfall is exceptionally heavy,

complicated by freezing rain or has required crews

to work in peak traffic times, the operation times

can be longer. We appreciate your patience.

Road Snow Clearing Process

• Salt trucks are dispatched for paved roads only,

once roads have become snow covered.

• Each salt route takes approximately 4-6 hours

to complete.

• Village staff determine whether to plow.

(Usually 75mm/1" of snowfall or more.)

• Each snowplow route takes approximately 8-12

hours to complete.

• Clean-up operations take place 1-2 days

following a snow event could be longer

depending on amount of snow fall.

Safety Tips & Etiquette

• Be a good neighbor — lend a hand to those who

may not be physically able to shovel.

• Keep your children safe — don’t let them play

in the snow piles or on the snow banks at the

side of the road.

• When clearing snow, pile it on your property —

it should not be shoveled onto the sidewalk or

street.

• Place your garbage containers on a cleared area

— do not perch them on the top of snow piles.

• Help prevent street flooding and icing by

clearing snow away from storm sewer catch

basins. When the weather turns warmer and

snow begins to melt, it’s important that the

runoff water gets into the storm sewer.

Things You Can Do to Help

Sometimes it takes several passes with the plow to

completely clear the street. Wait until plowing is

completed, and you will only have to shovel your

driveway once.

• Do not park overnight on any Village street.

• Do not push snow from a driveway or parking

lot onto a Village street or sidewalk.

• Do not park your vehicle at the end of your

driveway in a way that would impede Village

plows.

• Try to keep the catch basin adjacent to your

property free from ice and snow to help prevent

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A little extra care goes a long way when it comes to

your pets’ comfort and survival through the winter

months.

much-needed calories, and making sure she has

plenty of water to drink will help keep her wellhydrated

and her skin less dry.

• Make sure your companion animal has a warm

place to sleep, off the floor and away from

all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm

blanket or pillow is perfect.

• Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s

probably too cold for your pet, so keep

your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can

freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured

or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone

in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as

refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause

animals to freeze to death.

Source: ASPCA

localized flooding.

• Don’t place garbage or garbage containers

where they can be buried, damaged or interfere

with snow removal.

• Avoid unnecessary spinning of tires at

intersections. This practice is dangerous and

hazardous to other motorists. It also tends to

"ice up" the intersections.

• Avoid installing mailboxes where they can be

damaged by plowing operations. The post office

can provide guidelines concerning the proper

distances mailboxes should be placed from road

surfaces.

• We attempt to minimize the impact of

snow and ice. However, it is each motorist’s

responsibility to drive according to the road

conditions.

Parked Cars and Snow Clearing Operations

Please remove parked vehicles from the street

during snow plowing or clearing operations. Parked

cars not only slow the operation, but also leave

large amounts of snow on the road after the car is

dug out, which is inconvenient and dangerous for

everyone.

Your valued assistance during the winter season

will help provide efficient and economical winter

maintenance service.

Have You Tested Your

Smoke and Carbon

Monoxide Detectors?

The Crestwood Fire Department wants to remind

residents to ensure that they have adequate smoke

and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes, and

that they’re all in good working order.

Since 1988, the Illinois Smoke Detector Act has

required that every home has a smoke detector. A

new amendment to that law requires that by the

end of 2022, homes and businesses will be required

to install smoke detectors with 10-year sealed

batteries. These newer detectors prevent tampering,

but also are less of a nuisance while cooking, and

typically feature a 15-minute silencer button for

such events.

Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) /IL Firefighters

Association Government Affairs Director Margaret

Vaughn recently spoke about the urgency for

this new requirement. “In 2019, there were 91

residential fire deaths in Illinois and sadly nearly

70 percent of these deaths are occurring in homes

without working smoke detectors,” she said. “We

worked with the General Assembly to pass a law to

address this horrific problem, by requiring Illinois

residents to replace their old smoke detectors

with the type that has a long-term, 10-year sealed

battery by the end of 2022. This would apply to

residents that are still using alarms with removable

batteries or alarms that are not hardwired.”

The new law reflects not only an update in the

technology, but the urgency due to the increased

likelihood of death due to smoke inhalation in

recent decades, because of the toxic gases that

result from the burning of synthetic building

materials more common in modern homes than in

older homes fabricated from natural materials more

consistently used in the past.

While some might grumble about having to replace

their existing alarms that are still in good working

order, the good news is that the new alarms are

affordable — about $20 — and will, in the long

run, save homeowners money. “With a long term

10-year battery alarm, there is no need for battery

replacement, saving the average homeowner

between $40-$60 in battery costs over the life of

each alarm,” Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA)

Executive Director Phil Zaleski said. “At the end

of the 10-year life cycle, the smoke alarm will

automatically alert the homeowner to replace the

alarm.”

Zaleski also advised that to prevent false alarms,

smoke detectors should not be placed within 15 feet

of a stove, or within 15 feet of bathrooms due to

the humidity.


8 Crestwood Adviser December 2021 Number 537

MYCHAL J. TOSCAS

BROKER

GET UP AND GET OUT!

HOLIDAY LIGHTS TO ILLUMINATE YOUR

CHRISTMAS SEASON

Are the shorter days and longer nights giving you cabin fever? Here are a few good

reasons to get outside and get re-energized! ComEd is offering customer discounts to

attend festive holiday light shows all around Chicagoland. Bundle up the entire family

to see the energy-efficient LED lighting exhibits that transform the dark autumn nights

into dazzling displays of holiday color!

Aurora Festival of Lights at Phillips Park

1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora

15812 S. Wolf Road

Orland Park, IL 60462

708.431.3111

Fax 708.361.9618

Life-long Crestwood

Resident

E-Mail mtoscas@c21affiliated.com

Make a

Convincing Case

for

Home Fire

Sprinklers

Sprinklers do more

than save lives

Sprinklers can also save your home.

In fact, these devices can reduce the

average property loss per home by

about 70 percent.

Smoke alarms aren’t enough

Make no mistake: smoke alarms are

crucial and significantly cut the risk of

dying in a home fire. But these

devices do nothing to suppress a fire.

Home fire sprinklers in coordination

with smoke alarms have been proven

to protect lives and property against

fire. In fact, sprinklers cut the risk of

dying in a home fire by an

astounding 80 percent.

Support the adoption of home fire sprinkler requirements

by highlighting these key points to community members,

legislators, and code-making authorities.

Home fires are a major

problem in North America

Fire in the home poses a significant

threat to the people of your

community. On average, 2,500

people each year are dying in

U.S. home fires. Further showcasing

the enormity of this problem is that

roughly 80 percent of all fire deaths

are the result of home fires.

Home fire sprinklers

are cost effective

A report commissioned by the

Fire Protection Research Foundation

places the average national cost of

installing sprinklers in new homes at

$1.35 per sprinklered square foot,

or about one percent of the total

construction cost. While costs can

vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction,

people tend to pay more for granite

countertops.

Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St., Brookfield (North Gate Main Entrance)

3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield (South Gate Main Entrance)

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

4100 I-53, Lisle

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N. Clark St., Chicago

(See websites for respective locations for date/time info.)

WEISHFEST 2021

Friday, Dec. 3rd, 5:15pm | 115 Bourbon Street

3359 W 115th St., Merrionette Park

Created in honor of a young man named Andrew Weishar, who passed of cancer in

2012 at the age of 21, the Andrew Weishar Foundation, a volunteer-led 501(c)(3),

takes as its mission Andrew’s request to his family to “pay forward” the kindness and

generosity he was shown during his fight with cancer. The AWF continues that gesture

with WeishFest 2021. Come out and celebrate the legacy of a life well lived, and to enjoy

music and entertainment from Russell Dickerson, Fox Trot & the Get Down, Sean &

Charlie, Randy Houser, South City Revival and more. So far, the AWF has raised $1.7

million to assist families coping with cancer. Be a part of it! For more information or to

purchase tickets, visit www.weish4ever.org.

JIGJAM

Dec. 5th, 6:30pm | Chicago Gaelic Park | 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest

Described as “the best Irish group so far in bluegrass,” these sharp-dressed men deliver

an energy-fueled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam

interchanges between banjoes, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage,

creating an experience pleasing to both the eye and the ear. Tickets: $20.00. For more

information, call (708) 687-9323 or visit www.chicagogaelicparkcom.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE HOLIDAY

EXTRAVAGANZA

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 7:30pm

Moraine Valley Community College, Dorothy Menker Theater

9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills

The Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble kicks off its 16th season with guest performer,

educator and Girls March founder Raychel Taylor for an evening of percussive fun

including world music journeys, rudimental snare pyrotechnics, holiday selections and

perhaps even a surprise special guest. Limited in-person seating available for FREE on a

first-come, first-served basis, or join in on the live stream at the event website at www.

morainevalley.edu/fpac/events/percussion-ensemble-holiday-extravaganza.

CHRISTMAS PAST

Sunday, Dec. 12th, 11:00am-3:00pm | Sand Ridge Nature Center

15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland

Visit the Sand Ridge Nature Center’s pioneer cabins and celebrate winter holiday

traditions. Play with handmade toys, make a craft, and see what’s cooking on the open

fire. All visitors over 2 years of age must wear a mask indoors at all times. Unvaccinated

visitors should also wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing (six feet from other

people) is not possible. For more information, contact the Sand Ridge Nature Center at

(708) 868-0606 or sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov. Cost: FREE.

COMMUNITY EVENT: WINTER

FARMERS MARKET

Dec. 18th, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm | 6601 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights

Come and partake in the offerings available at the Winter Farmers Market in Palos

Heights. The farmers market moves inside for the winter on Dec. 18th.

Beware of false claims

Sprinkler opponents like to tout

that “newer homes are safer

homes.” In actuality, newer

homes tend to have larger open

spaces, lightweight construction

materials, and furniture stuffed with

combustible materials— all factors

that exacerbate fire spread and lead

to homes burning more quickly than

ever before. These threats place both

homeowners and firefighters at

significant risk.

FireSprinklerInitiative.org

Visit NFPA's Fire Sprinkler

Initiative website for

more information.

Dispel myths on

sprinkler effectiveness

Hollywood has it wrong: when one

home fire sprinkler goes off, the rest

don’t follow. Nearly 85 percent of the

time, only one sprinkler activates

during a fire. And since sprinklers use

significantly less water to suppress a

fire than a fire hose, water damage is

significantly reduced.

WINTER BONFIRE

Saturday, Dec. 18th, 4:00-8:00pm |

Camp Shabbona Woods

15810 S. Torrence Ave., South

Holland

Come on out to Camp Shabbona Woods

to celebrate the beginning of winter with

a large bonfire, artmaking, nature walks

and more. All visitors over 2 years of age

must wear a mask indoors at all times.

Unvaccinated visitors should also wear a

mask outdoors when physical distancing

(six feet from other people) is not

possible. For more information, call (708)

386-4042 or email experience.camping@

*Data referenced by NFPA and other sources


December 2021 Number 537 Crestwood Adviser 9

A Reminder Regarding

Recyclables

RECYCLING GUIDELINES

Recyclable contamination by non-recyclables and unclean recyclables is an ongoing

problem for municipalities nationwide, including us here in Crestwood. When we

don’t clean our recyclables, or fail to pay attention to what we’re throwing in our

recycling bin and keep out what doesn’t belong — like this month, please do not

recycle printed wrapping paper from your Christmas gifts. Failing to pay attention

to the guidelines slows the sorting process for those at the sorting facilities,

and reduces the value of the bulk materials that can be used for remanufacture.

Ultimately, this becomes a cost to our Village, and to you, the resident.

To address the contamination issue, a state task force was formed to bring

recycling industry haulers and sorting facility operators together with

governmental and organizational educators to develop simple, cohesive recycling

education materials that would help residents to better understand what items

should and should not be placed in recycling bins. Cook County, along with

other local governments, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and

representatives of the waste industry participated in developing these guidelines.

Remember to keep it clean when recycling!

METAL

Steel & Aluminum Containers and Foil

GLASS

Containers: Bottles & Jars Only

No Plastic Bags

No Product Wrap

(return clean to retailer)

PAPER

Cardboard (flattened),

Office Paper, Newspaper, Magazines

PLASTIC

Containers: Bottles, Tubs, Jugs,

and Jars Only

No Big Items (Electronics, Wood,

Propane Tanks, Scrap Metal or Styrofoam

– check with local authority for other options)

Clean & Empty

Replace lids & caps

CARTONS

May be acceptable in some

programs, check with

local authority.

Put material in loose

- Not in Bags

These guidelines represent the common items accepted in most recycling

programs throughout Illinois, and the goal is to have them be the go-to

guidelines for all programs, all haulers, and all educators throughout the

state.

No Tanglers (Hangers, Hoses,

Wire, Cords, Ropes or Chains)

No Clothing

Textiles or Shoes (donate)

No Food, Liquid, Diapers,

Batteries or Needles

These Guidelines represent the common items accepted in most recycling programs in Illinois.

For greater detail on specific items or programmatic variations, reach out to your local authority.

To find out more detail, including recycling and reuse programs beyond the bin, visit

https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/Pages/recycling.aspx

No Shredded Paper

(check with local authority

for other recycling options)

Watching Out for School

Buses in Winter

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if

you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the

yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus

that is stopped to load or unload children.

• Never pass a bus from behind — or from either direction if you’re on

an undivided road — if it is stopped to load or unload children.

• If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended,

traffic must stop.

• The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for

children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and

exit the bus.

• Be alert. Children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore

hazards and take risks.

Look Out for Our Little Ones, Too

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children

who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and

they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing

a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children

safe:

• Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to

make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them

in the path of moving traffic.

• In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to

pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.

• Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a

stop sign.

• Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near

playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.

• Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have

the right of way.

• Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.

• Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever

they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

10

Tips

Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze

It’s not too early to begin preparing for the heating season.

Check these 10 tips off your list and get ahead of the winter freeze.

r Our furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last

12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)

r Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.

I have checked for creosote built-up. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of

chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.)

r Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.

r Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in

its position in front of the fireplace.

r We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes. (The ash

container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)

r Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove,

oil stove or other space heaters.

r Our portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.

r Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension

cord) and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper,

walls, and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn off

portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)

r We have tested our smoke alarms and made

sure they are working. (You need smoke alarms

on every level of the home, inside each sleeping

room and outside each separate sleeping area.

For the best protection, the smoke alarms should

be interconnected so when one sounds, they

all sound.)

r We have tested our carbon monoxide alarms

and made sure they are working. (Carbon

monoxide alarms should be located outside each

sleeping area and on every level of the home.)

Your Source for SAFETY Information

NFPA Public Education Division • 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169

Name of Organization Here

Contact Information Here

Keep a look out for our school buses and the students who ride them. (Credit: Wikimedia

Commons/Coastline09)

www.nfpa.org/education ©NFPA 2016


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BIELA CENTER

4545 Midlothian Turnpike - Crestwood, IL

CALENDAR: DECEMBER 2021

For more Information

708-371-4800 Ext: 6002

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY | Fitness from 11am-12pm

TUESDAY | Bingo at 1pm

FRIDAY | Bingo at 1:15pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

1 Chair Fitness 2 Line Dance Lessons 3

11AM-12PM

Senior Club 12:15PM

1PM-2PM

The Christkindlmarket

10AM-5PM

Chair Fitness

11AM-12PM

Bingo 12:15PM

Lunch Chip Beef on Toast

6 Chair Fitness 7 Bingo 12PM-3PM 8 Chair Fitness 9 Line Dance Lessons 10

11AM-12PM

Lunch Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

11AM-12PM

1PM-2PM

Chair Fitness 11AM-12PM

Lunch Kettle Fried Turkey

Bingo 12:15PM

13 Chair Fitness 14 15 Chair Fitness 11AM-12PM 16 17

11AM-12PM

Bingo 12PM-3PM

Lunch Beef Stroganoff

Senior Club 12:15PM

Line Dance Lessons

1PM-2PM

Chicago History Museum

9:30AM-5PM

Chair Fitness 11AM-12PM

Lunch Christmas Party Sliders

Bingo 12:15PM

Line Dance Party

6:30PM-10PM

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Friday December 3rd:

Tuesday December 7th:

Friday December 10th:

Tuesday December 14th:

Friday December 17th:

Chip Beef on Toast

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Kettle Fried Turkey

Sandwich from Madori’s

Beef Stroganoff

Christmas Party!

Pop is $.50 and Water is $1.00; please pay before grabbing your lunch.

Lunches are $5.00, served Fridays to 12:15pm, Tuesdays is 12pm. Bingo

played 1:00-3:00pm. Reservations must be made a week in advance — NO

EXCEPTIONS! All lunches are served with dessert. Reservations must be

made one week in advance. For cancellation, call 708-371-4800 Ext: 6002.

REMINDER REFUND POLICY

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offer Line Dancing lessons on Thursdays; this month it

We

be December 2 nd , 9 th & 16 th !

will

smell of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst, and hot spiced wine, the

The

of music, and the glimmer of sparkling Christmas ornaments, all in a

sound

atmosphere — this is the authentic German-style Christkindlmarket

cozy

experience.

can explore vendors’ products from all around the world and enjoy the

Visitors

shopping experience while enjoying international food, beverages and

unique

at the outdoor market that is always free of admission. Children

performances

the opportunity to participate in Kinder Club activities.

have

to make some wonderful memories, collect a specialty souvenir mug,

Ready

get into the holiday spirit?

and

will start off by enjoying a marvelous tour of the historic Rialto

We

Theatre then return to the Rotunda for a delicious

Square

Then we will complete our experience with a mini-concert on

lunch.

world-renowned Barton Grande Theatre Pipe Organ.

the

includes: Transportation, Theatre Tour, lunch & Organ

Cost

Concert.

on Fire ~ October 8, 1871

City

busy streets were taken over by flames for three days, overwhelming a city built of wood

Chicago’s

causing severe destruction. After the fire died, recovery efforts exposed deep social and

and

inequalities when more than 100,000 people became homeless, and society placed blame

economic

the Irish-immigrant O’Leary family. The devastation also sparked change and regrowth in

upon

by introducing new fire safety guidelines and rebuilding as the resilient city known today.

Chicago

hundred and fifty years later, City on Fire: Chicago 1871 guides visitors through the crucial

One

and conditions before, during, and after the fire — many of which draw striking comparisons

events

today’s social climate. This family-friendly exhibition features more than 100 artifacts from the

to

History Museum’s collection, interactive and multimedia elements, and personal stories

Chicago

December 16, 2021

Date:

9:30am

Depart:

5:00pm

Return:

$70.00

Cost:

is Due: December 3, 2021

Payment

includes: Transportation, Admission & Lunch

Cost

choose what you would like for lunch:

Please

sandwiches include homemade chips, medium chef’s choice cookie, soft drink or water .

All

Coast Veggie: Grilled artichoke hearts,roasted bell peppers, sundried tomatoes, pesto,

Gold

provolone cheese, on tomato focaccia.

spinach,

Drive Tuna: Homemade tuna salad, cheddarcheese, lettuce, tomato, on

Lakeshore

croissant.

Side Turkey:Oven-roasted turkey breast, smokehouse bacon, avocado, lettuce,

North

mayonnaise, on multigrain.

tomato,

New Year!!

Happy

BIELA CENTER

THE

your cowboy boots, cowboy hats and come on down too Boot Scootin’

Grab

the night away!

Boogie

into Chicago's underworld on a crime-and-mob tour with stops on and

Escape

the luxury, climate-controlled bus. Walking tour paths explore historic

off

scenes with great photo opportunities. True crime stories about Chicago

crime

Al Capone, the “Untouchables,” the Chicago mob, Prohibition, John

gangster

Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti, Cap George Streeter, Leopold & Loeb, H.H.

Dillinger,

& more. Visit historic landmark buildings: Biograph Theater , Holy

Holmes

Cathedral, Cook County Criminal Courthouse, Harry Caray’s Italian

Name

etc. Tour famous Chicago neighborhoods: Streeterville, River

Steakhouse,

Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Loop and Magnificent Mile. Locals

North,

tourists agree that this educational and entertaining tour of Chicago is a

and

is as of May 27,2021, a message from the FourWinds Casino Shuttle. We have moved

This

the CDC recommendation on masks, so anyone who is vaccinated does not have to wear a

to

Includes: $15.00 Instant Slot Credit, **Up to $10.00 Food Credit,** Up

Cost

$10 Food Credit can be used toward the following food outlets: The Buffet,

to

Name:

Full

Address:

& State:

City

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December 2021 Number 537 Crestwood Adviser 11

Boot Scootin’ Boogie!

from survivors of the fire.

FRIDAY NIGHT LINE DANCE PARTY!

Time: 1pm to 2pm

Dates: Friday, December 17, 2021

Location: Biela Center

Time: 6:30pm to 10:00pm

4545 Midlothian Turnpike, Crestwood, IL

Location: Biela Center

Cost: $20.00 for the month

4545 Midlothian Turnpike, Crestwood, IL

Clark Street BLT: Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce,tomato, mayonnaise, on white bread.

Cost: $5.00 per person

No Classes December 20, 2021- January 2, 2022

***Enter through the back door entrance.***

Have a Merry Christmas and a

Happy New Year!!

No Classes December 20, 2021- January 2, 2022

Call Ashley or Cindy to reserve your spot: 708-371-4800 Option #6

***Enter through the back door entrance***

Have a Merry Christmas and a

No refunds, you may transfer your seat to another person.

Happy New Year!!

To reserve your spot, please email:

To reserve your spot, please email:

Name:

Phone Number:

LDAlearntolinedance@gmail.com

LDAlearntolinedance@gmail.com

Men, Women, Guests of ALL AGES are welcome.

All CDC COVID-19 guidelines are being followed.

As of June 9, 2021, there will be a fee of 2.95% when using a credit card.

All other items being paid using a credit card, debit card or e-check will incur a 2.95% processing fee (minimum of $1.95),

assessed by Invoice Cloud, the Village of Crestwood’s electronic payment processing vendor.

Men, Women, Guests of ALL AGES are welcome

All CDC COVID-19 guidelines are being followed.

WITH CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR, DIANA ESPARZA

THE CHRISTKINDLMARKET RETURNS

Date: Thursday, December 2 nd , 2021

Time: 10am (bus departs at 10:30am)

Return: 5:00pm

The Biela Senior Center Presents …

Monday Movie Matinee

4545 Midlothian Turnpike

Crestwood, IL

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS

Cost: $30.00 Coach Transportation

Call Ashley or Cindy to reserve your spot: 708-371-4800 Option #6.

*** Must be paid in full by November 24 th , 2021 ***

AM- 12:00 PM

11:15

Classes December 20, 2021- January 2, 2022

No

will resume on January 3, 2022

Classes

a class

$2.00

a Merry Christmas and a

Have

Come join us in the comfort of our living room from

1:00-3:30pm

Choose from a wide variety of titles

(or let us know in advance what you would like to see)

As of June 9, 2021, there will be a fee of 2.95% when using a credit card.

All other items being paid using a credit card, debit card or e-check will incur a 2.95% processing fee

(minimum of $1.95), assessed by Invoice Cloud, the Village of Crestwood’s electronic payment processing

vendor.

4545 MIDLOTHIAN TURNPIKE

CRESTWOOD, IL 60418

708-371-4800 EXT: 6002

A small concession will be available

CHICAGO CRIME TOUR

unique cultural experience.

Date: Thursday February 10, 2022

Depart: 8:30am

Return: 3:30pm

Cost: $100

Cost includes: Transportation, Crime Tour & Pizza Lunch

Payment is due: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Call Ashley or Cindy to reserve your spot: 708-371-4800 Option #6

No refunds; you may transfer your seat to another person.

As of June 9, 2021, there will be a fee of 2.95% when using a credit card.

All other items being paid using a credit card, debit card or e-check will incur a 2.95% processing fee

(minimum of $1.95), assessed by Invoice Cloud, the Village of Crestwood's electronic payment processing

vendor.

Rialto Square Theatre

Senior Exercise Class

With certified instructor Rita Langner

The Four Winds Casino

There is still a guideline we will have to follow, this may change closer to our trip.

Masks must be worn on the bus traveling to the casino.

Beginning January 4, 2022

8 classes for the month of January – $40

Tuesday and Thursday9:15-10:15 a.m.

Class Dates: January 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27

This will be done on the honor system as no checks will be pe rformed. We will still be

mask.

temperatures be taken before coming out to the casino.

requiring

February 24, 2022

Date:

9:30am

Depart:

Please register and pay before the start of the first class by visiting us at:

4545 Midlothian Turnpike, Crestwood, IL 60418

Return: 4:30pm

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Depart: 9:30am

Return: 4:00pm

Biela Center

4545 Midlothian Turnpike

Crestwood, IL 60418

Cost: $30.00 per person

Timbers Fast Food & Deli, Grab N Go, Kankakee Bar & Grill.

Cost: $70.00

Should you have any questions, please call: 708-371-4800 Option #6

Any questions, please call Ashley: 708-371-4800 EXT: 6002

Payment is due: February 28, 2022

Call Ashley or Cindy to reserve your spot 708-371-4800 Option #6

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

If you would like to attend, please fill this out and return to Ashley.

No refunds, you may transfer your seat to another person.

As of June 9, 2021 there will be a fee of 2.95% when using a credit card.

All other items being paid using a credit card, debit card or e-check will incur a 2.95% processing fee

(minimum of $1.95), assessed by Invoice Cloud, the Village of Crestwood's electronic payment processing

vendor.

W- Club Card:

Current

As of June 9, 2021, there will be a fee of 2.95% when using a credit card.

All other items being paid using a credit card, debit card or e-check will incur a 2.95% processing fee (minimum

of $1.95), assessed by Invoice Cloud, the Village of Crestwood's electronic payment processing vendor.


12 Crestwood Adviser December 2021 Number 537

Unity Fellowship Church Reaches

Out to Cook County

The effectiveness of a grassroots initiative was

reflected in the recent Thanksgiving FREE

giveaway at Unity Fellowship Church sponsored

by Dr. Bridget C. Outlaw (Daughters of Destiny

Enterprise). Pastor Bishop Harris welcomed a

continuous flow of 60-70 cars in the parking lot

from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Thank you to everyone who

helped make this event such a tremendous success.

“Always remember, whether you are a neighbor, a

relative, a political leader, a pastor, etc., regardless

of how small and insignificant or how large you

think your influence is, the magnitude of a single

word is like the wind that can turn into a hurricane

and a tornado with a force and impact that can

affect hundreds and thousands,” Pastor Bishop

Harris said. “We should never fail to use our

individual influence to help others — God blesses

us by doing so.”

Energy Assistance Available

Pastor Bishop Harris also wants residents to know

that the United Evangelistic Consulting Association

(UECA) extends FREE help with lights, gas and

Chicago water bills for those in need. Located in

the South Suburbs at 538 E. 147th St. in Harvey,

Ill., the UECA helps Cook County residents by

connecting them with available programs, including

ComEd Hardship, LIHEAP, Share the Warmth

and more. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to

complete the application process. No appointments

are necessary, and there are no lines, so no waiting.

Residents WILL need to bring the following:

1) Social Security Cards for each

household member

2) ID for head of household

3) Paycheck stubs (last 30 days) or

2021 Social Security monthly

award letter

4) Light Bill

5) Gas Bill

6) If services are shut off (disconnected),

they can be turned on.

If you would like someone added to our Notification

List of various information that comes available,

please send us their email address.

Dr. Standberry Organization and Developmental Counseling

[United Evangelistic Consulting Association – 501c3]

DR. H. L. STANDBERRY, EDD, DMIN, MED, MA, MS LAW, BS

(708) 223-2680/OFFICE (708) 270-1696/CELL

536 East 147 th Street / Harvey, Illinois 60426

drstandberry@yahoo.com

Ms. Miriam Sanders, MS (VP Organizational Operations)

Ms. Miranda Wallace, MS (VP Human Relations)

Community Resource Center

501c3 Donations Tax Exempt: ueca4help.org

√ Food Manager Certification {630/504-2083} Call: Ms. Miriam Sanders

dsodfoodprofessionals.org - View Schedule / [National Accredited]

Offices: Illinois, Minnesota Serving all 50 states virtually with proctoring & classes

√ CEDA {Gas & Electricity Assistance) Office: (708/223-2680}

Serving South Suburbs including all of Cook County

√ Free Government Cell Phones {708/270-1696) Call: Dr. Standberry

Apply typing in text: Assurance Wireless Free Government Phone

You will see: Assurance Wireless Unlimited - Free Phone + Data, Talk, Text

√ Pediatric CPR, AED & First Aid {630/504-2083} Call: Ms. Miriam Sanders

[National Accredited / Mandatory for Teacher Licensing & Renewal in IN & IL

√ Education Seminars/Workshops {708/270-1696} Call: Dr. Standberry

Expertise: University & College Professors, Educators of Public & Private Schools

Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent [Curriculum/Instruction], Principal,

Assistant Principal, Teacher, etc. / ISBE Professional Development Provider [UECA]

√ Security Camera Installation {708/368-5772} Call: Mr. Andre Boyd}

√ Additional Services Available Here

*Mr. Everett Foney, CEO, General Agent (773) 240-9975

www.RetiredandHealthy.com

√ $39 Dollar Eyeglasses

√ Free Transit Cards

√ Critical Illness Plans

√ Discount License Plates – [$24 +/-]

√ Prescription [Help w/Prescriptions]

√ Discount Prescription Drug Card

info@retiredandhealthy.com

√ Dental & Vision Plans

√ Hospital Indemnity Plan

√ Public Aid Application Assistance

√ Retirement Planning

√ Insurance [Various Policies]

√ Medicare Savings Programs Application

Attention Veterans

If you were honorably discharged from the U.S. military

and believe you suffer from an injury or illness that you

contracted because of your service, you are invited to

attend a meeting of the Disabled American Veterans

(DAV) Chapter 84 in Crestwood to get help in filing a

claim for your injury or illness.

There is no charge or fee for this service. The DAV is a

national service organization comprising of veterans

dedicated to helping other veterans to receive the

medical attention and compensation they deserve.

DAV Chapter 84 meets on the first Friday of each month

at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge #1596 at 4428 Midlothian

Turnpike in Crestwood, Illinois. National and Chapter

Service Officers will be available to assist you in filing a

claim for compensation and medical assistance. Bring a

copy of your DD-214 to the meeting with you.

Again, this service and all subsequent services provided

by the DAV are free of charge. To learn more about the

DAV and its mission to serve disabled veterans, visit

their website at: www.DAV84.org.

ELKS LODGE #1596 | 4428 Midlothian Turnpike in Crestwood, Illinois.


December 2021 Number 537 Crestwood Adviser 13

DECEMBER LIBRARY EVENTS

Crestwood Public Library

December Adult Programs

Library Closed for Holidays

Crestwood Library will be closed December 24 & 25, 2021, for Christmas Eve &

Christmas Day, and on December 31, 2021, & January 1, 2022, for New Year’s Eve and

New Year’s Day. The book drop will be open for returns.

Free Medicare & Health Insurance Seminar

Please join Bill Johnson — a local independent insurance agent with over 25 years of experience in the

Medicare and health insurance industry — for a free informational seminar at the Crestwood Library. Space

is limited for this event, so we strongly encourage registration in order to provide safe social distancing.

(In-Person Program) Wednesday, December 1, 10:00 AM

Adult Craft Kit

Stop by the library to pick up a holiday ornament craft kit on Monday, December 6!

A limited number of kits will be available at the Front Desk.

Stampin' Up Card Class!

This month we're bringing back our in-person version of our popular Stampin' Up Card Class!

Limited seating is available in order to safely accommodate our patrons. If you're interested in joining our

in-person demonstration, please call (708) 371-4090, or visit the Front Desk to register. Cost is $5 per

person. Monday, December 13, at 6:00 PM Face masks will be required by all who attend.

Adult Book Club

Join us on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM for our patron run book club!

Read new or old favorites, and meet some new friends! Title suggestions are always welcome.

Our December Book Club will meet on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 6:30pm.

Scrabble Club

Looking for a group of friends to play Scrabble with? Stop by the library to join a game and meet some

new folks! Space is limited. Please register. (In-Person Program)

Saturday, December 18, at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Masks will be required to play scrabble.

Needles & Yarn Knitting Club

Interested in learning how to knit or just want to make new friends? Join us for another session of

Needles & Yarn! Beginners (and knitting veterans) welcome!

Monday, December 20, at 6:30 PM (In-Person Program)

DECEMBER EVENTS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH

December Events for

Families and Youth


14 Crestwood Adviser December 2021 Number 537

IN SHEPARD SPORT NEWS

Shepard Varsity Girls Volleyball Team

Achieves Strong Season Finish

The Shepard Girls Varsity Volleyball team finished an exciting season by winning SSC Red

Division for the first time since 2019, and achieving an undefeated conference record (13-

0) for the first time since 2015. The team’s overall record was 24-12, with season highlights

including winning Silver Division at the Oak Lawn tournament and finishing 4th place

at the De La Salle Invite. Congratulations on a terrific season and your commitment to

excellence!

TOP ROW: Coach Kate, Sofia C, Coach Z. Middle Row: Kayden P, Kaila B, Lexi J, Ally S. Front

Row: Alora A, Megan B, Leah R, Kamile P, Megan K. Not pictured: Olivia H.

Moraine Valley Holding

More In-Person Classes

in Spring 2022

Moraine Valley Community College is offering more inperson

classes with a range of courses for the spring 2022

semester. Classes start Jan. 18 and later.

Spring classes are in-person, online or hybrid, the

latter meaning instruction is online as well as face-toface.

Students will have to wear a mask and use the

Cleared4Class health screening platform while on campus.

Students also can borrow iPads and laptops from the

Library for classes, if needed.

Moraine Valley offers classes for those interested in

transferring to four-year colleges or universities by

earning associate degrees in Arts, Fine Arts, General

Studies, Engineering Science, Applied Science or Science.

Students also can choose from several career programs

offered, including Allied Health and Nursing, Business

and Computer Sciences, Industrial Technology and Public

Service. The college offers noncredit programs and courses

as well.

With an annual average cost of $4,536, attending classes

at Moraine Valley can save students up to nearly $30,000

per year compared to private colleges or universities.

A complete list of credit and noncredit classes can

be found in the spring 2022 class schedule online at

morainevalley.edu. Registration is ongoing. Tuition is

$131 per credit hour plus fees and books. Registration by

appointment is preferred. New students must complete

an admission application at morainevalley.edu/apply,

and can register in the Registration Office, located on

campus in the Student Services Center (Building S), 9000

W. College Parkway in Palos Hills; by phone at (708) 974-

2110 (TTY 711), email registration@morainevalley.edu or

do so online.

Fully Online Programs Now Available at

Moraine Valley

Several degree and certificate programs at Moraine Valley Community College can now be

earned fully online for students who prefer that learning format.

Students can earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in General Studies

degree fully online. They also can choose from 20 fully online certificate programs, including

many in information technology, supply chain, criminal justice, emergency services, retail

management and more.

“The coronavirus pandemic temporarily moved every class online, and some of our students

found they really enjoy the flexibility an online program provides as they can complete

classwork at their convenience” said Dr. Cynthia Anderson, dean of Academic Development/

Academic Outreach.

While the college has returned to traditional in-person learning, many class sections will

continue to be offered online.

“This gives our students another option toward a higher education credential,” Anderson said.

Students in online programs have access to many resources to help them be successful such

as Academic Advising, the Student Success Department and Canvas, the college’s learning

management system. Technical support is available Monday through Saturday via email and

by phone, and academic support can be found through the Library live chat and text message

options, as well as via email and phone support.

Students completing online coursework follow the same academic calendar as in-person

classes, are taught by the same instructors as students on campus, and are required to

participate in class discussions through forums and other assignments. Online courses

require strong time management, organizational and college-ready reading and writing skills,

Anderson said.

“I encourage students considering enrolling in an online degree or certificate program to

prepare themselves,” she said. “We have a free study skills self-assessment on our website to

help students determine if this is the right direction for them to go when coming to Moraine

Valley.”

For details about online courses and programs offered, access to resources, and the winter

session and spring 2021 semester course listings, visit morainevalley.edu/online.


Fun & Entertainment *Sudoku

December 2021 Number 537 Crestwood Adviser 15

and Crossword Answers appear in next issue

FREE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING FOR

CRESTWOOD RESIDENTS!

CRESTWOOD RESIDENTS

are invited to place free

advertisements in the

Crestwood Adviser.

Free classified ads are

offered to Village of

Crestwood residents only

and are limited to 20 words

or less and can include

information related to the

following items:

Garage Sales

Lost and Found

Large Appliances

Automobiles

Motorcycles

Boats and Trailers

NON-RESIDENTS AND

AREA BUSINESSES

can place classified

advertisements for goods

and services for just $5.00

for twenty words under the

following categories:

Garage Sales

Appliance and Electronics

Sales

Transportation

(Cars, Boats, Motorcycles)

Homes for Sale or Rent

Apartments for Sale

or Rent

Employment Openings

Jobs Wanted

To place your classified ad

call 708-293-1430

DECEMBER CLASSIFIED

FOR SALE

2002 Chevy Astro van, burgundy, good condition – $2,000.

Call (708) 567-7673.

FOR SALE

Two oak barstools – $40 for the pair; two small-sized, darkwood

dressers, great condition – $30 each; king-sized beige

comforter set, great condition, – $40. Call (708) 415-1316.

FOR SALE: WOODWORKING TOOLS

Craftsman router. Dovetailing machine. Milwaukee ½-inch drill.

10” Craftsman table saw, excellent condition. Band saw. DeWalt

orbital sander. Etc. – more available. Any reasonable offer accepted.

(708) 385-2736.

FOR SALE

Dinette set, 4 chairs, one leaf, excellent condition – $600 set,

asking $150. Call (708) 385-2736.

OBITUARIES

Dubin, Marian E. (nee Nowak), passed away on Monday, Nov. 1st, 2021, at the age of 75

years. Beloved mother of Matthew, Robert (Marijo), and Brian (Lin). Loving grandmother

of Amber, Erin, Gina, Samantha, and Alex. Dear sister of Judy (the late Frank) Warszalek.

Visitation took place the evening of Nov. 5th at the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539 W.

127th Street, Crestwood, with a funeral Mass with Chapel Prayers celebrated Saturday at

Incarnation Catholic Church, 5757 W. 127th Street, Crestwood. Interment private. Marian

was a devoted employee at the Country House Restaurant in Alsip for more than 30 years. Call

(708) 824-9000 or visit www.becvarfuneralhome.com

Sieben, Raymond G., U.S. Army Veteran, passed away at his Crestwood residence on Sunday,

Oct. 24th, 2021, at the age of 86 years. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Betz). Cherished father

of Paulette Swierk, Diane (Martin) Meador, and Donna (Wes) White. Loving grandfather of

Michael, Matthew, Alyssa, Mitchell, Carl, Cole and Brandon. Dear brother of George Sieben,

and the late Norine and Carol. A Memorial Visitation was held at the Becvar & Son Funeral

Home, 5539 W. 127th Street, Crestwood, Tuesday, Nov. 9th. Family and friends then met at

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, for military honors and

interment. Call (708) 824-9000 or visit www.becvarfuneralhome.com

Tomczuk, John, passed away at his Crestwood residence Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 2021, at the

age of 75 years. Beloved husband of Linda, nee Mazur. Cherished father of Kathleen (Mike)

Sullivan, Karen (Jim) O’Brien, and John Tomczuk. Loving grandfather of Macy and Will

Sullivan, and Emma, Jimmy, and Abbey O’Brien, and the late Michael Sullivan. Dear brother

of Frank Tomczuk, Frances (Casey) Stachowicz, Zygmunt (Sigita) Tomczuk, and the late

Louise (the late Stanley) Godlewski, Edward (Mary Ann) Tomczuk. Fond uncle of many nieces

and nephews. Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 9th, at the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539

W. 127th Street, Crestwood. Family and friends gathered on Wednesday, Nov. 10th, directly at

Incarnation Catholic Church, 5757 W. 127th Street, Crestwood, for a funeral Mass. Interment

Private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Elim Palos Heights Dutch Festival (www.elimcs.org/

dutch-festival) or the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) would be appreciated. Call (708)

824-9000 or visit www.becvarfuneralhome.com

Wright, Patricia L. (nee Corbett), of Crestwood, passed away on Monday, Nov. 15th, 2021,

at the age of 79 years. Beloved wife of the late E. David Wright. Loving mother of Dennis

(Dawn) Wright, Daniel (Laura) Wright, Lynn (William) McMillan and the late David Wright.

Cherished grandmother of Michelle, Noelle (Greg), Cailey, Heather, Nicholas, and Anthony.

Loving great-grandmother of Avalon. Dear sister of Robert (Joyce) Corbett, Mike (Carol)

Corbett, and the late Barbara Wolf. Visitation was held Wednesday, Nov. 17th, with a funeral

Thursday, Nov. 18th, at the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539 West 127th Street, Crestwood.

Interment private. In lieu of flowers, please purchase a Memorial Tree in Patricia’s name. Call

(708) 824-9000 or visit www.becvarfuneralhome.com

Crestwood’s very own ongoing strip...

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16 Crestwood Adviser December 2021 Number 537

Crestwood Crush Baseball 2022

5331 W. 135th | Crestwood, IL

60418 708-371-4810

Hello Residents,

The Crestwood Recreation and Wellness

Center Staff are ready for winter and wish

everyone happy holidays! We are also

excited to share our new website, where the

community can find all of our new events,

membership options, classes, etc. Visit

www.crestwoodfitness.com to keep updated

on what is happening in the building and

community with the CRWC!

We will be hosting a Winter Sports Camp

from Dec. 27th-29th for students ranging

from 1st-8th grade. We will have dodgeball,

whiffle ball, volleyball, basketball, soccer,

and more for the kids to play and learn! In

addition, starting on Fridays in December

and January, we will be hosting a 3v3

Basketball League for children ages 9-14.

We will also be hosting an All Sports Camp

on Tuesdays in December and January for

children ages 5-14.

Get ready for our Santa is Coming to

Town event on Saturday, Dec. 11th! From

11am-2pm at our building, come ready to

celebrate the holidays with pictures with

Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookies and cocoa,

and coloring pages of your favorite holiday

characters. We also will have our Tree

Trimming Celebration on the 11th, as well.

Come out to support our community groups

and businesses that helped decorate for

the holidays. And get your letters ready for

Santa! Come to the building to drop off your

holiday wish list to be sent to the North

Pole and get a certificate back from Santa.

Letters (containing the child’s name and

address) must be dropped off by 5:00pm on

Wednesday, Dec. 15th.

Swim lessons will be starting a new session

Jan. 11th-Feb. 19th. Registration begins on

Monday, Dec. 13th. To see what sessions

are available for your family, call (708) 371-

4810 or visit our website to see all our class

dates and times. Keep an eye out on our

website for new upcoming dates for our

next session this winter!

Believe it or not, summer will be here soon

enough! Baseball registration is open for

our Crestwood Crush Pinto (6-8 years old),

Mustang (9-10 years old), Bronco (11-12

years old), and Pony (13-14 years old)

teams. Register before Jan. 3rd for a lower

registration fee. The season will be held

from late April through mid-June.

Lastly, we are excited to partner with

the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest

Foundation this holiday season to give gifts

to children and teens fighting cancer. Please

bring an unwrapped gift to our donation

box or gift cards for teens in $5 increments

to help make a child smile during the

holidays. Gifts must be donated by Dec.

22nd.

Rocco Mossuto

Divisions:

Pinto– Ages 6, 7, and 8 years old (Must be 6 by 5/1/22)

Mustang– 9 and 10 years old (Must be 9 by 5/1/22)

Bronco– 11 and 12 years old (Must be 11 by 5/1/22)

Pony– 13 and 14 years old (Must be 13 by 5/1/22)

The age that your child will be on May 1, 2022 is the division that you register them for.

Registration Deadline: Before January 3rd, 2022 for $150 or by March 1st, 2022 for $175












A birth certificate will be required for all players.

Registration forms are available at the Crestwood Recreation and Wellness Center during business

hours.

Season: Runs late April through mid-June, weather permitting.

Games and practices: Playfield Park. Games hosted Monday through Thursday with potential

weekend tournaments.

In –house league, teams, communities, and individuals welcome.

We will host games and are willing to travel within 30 minutes.

3 contact days a week (practices and games).

Medals will be awarded at the end of season at our free Sports Picnic– families welcome.

Each level will play 20 games plus playoffs.

Starting in January, the CRWC will host open practices free to registered individuals.

Volunteers, coaches and concession workers, are needed. Fees for the participant will be waived/

reduced for volunteers.

Cost: $150 or $175 (based on registration date) for Crestwood Residents/Non-Residents

(Fee includes: Hat, Jersey, Game Balls, and Umpires)

(Crestwood Residents will be reimbursed at the end of the season if their child completes the entire season.

Reimbursement forms available at the CRWC).

For more information about the 2022 season, contact Cori Herbert or Rocco Mossuto at 708-371-4810 or

crwcsports@crestwood.illinois.gov

CRESTWOOD RECREATION AND

WELLNESS CENTER

Saturday,

December 11th

11am-2pm

Come for a day full of holiday fun!

Meet and come take your picture

with Santa and Mrs. Claus, eat

cookies and drink hot cocoa, and

color your favorite holiday

characters!

to Town

This camp will feature skill-based drills and games designed to improve

technique and understanding of the game. Campers will be divided up weekly

into 3 vs. 3 teams to compete for the last half of the camp. These games will

allow them to try out their new skills in a controlled environment- everyone

improves and leaves more confident than they started.

*Participants should bring a water bottle and snack to eat during break time.*

December Camps:

Ages Day Dates Time Cost

220625– E 9-11yrs Fridays 12/3/21-12/17/21 4:30pm-6pm $50

220625– F 12-14yrs Fridays 12/3/21-12/17/21 6pm-7:30pm $50

January Camps:

Ages Day Dates Time Cost

220625-G 9-11yrs Fridays 1/7/22-1/21/22 4:30pm–6pm $50

220625-H 12-14yrs Fridays 1/7/22-1/21/22 6pm-7:30pm $50

Questions?

Call 708-371-4810 or email

Register In-Person

Crestwood Recreation and Wellness Center

crwcsports@crestwood.illinois.gov 5331 W. 135th St - Crestwood, IL 60418

Our All Sports Camp will give participants exposure to a variety of

sports, organized games, and activities. The Crestwood Recreation and

Wellness Center Staff will utilize the athletic resources of the building,

and encourage fun and safe game-play throughout all activities. Participants

will have opportunities to learn and play sports such as floor

hockey, lacrosse, dodgeball, wiffleball, and more. Each day will focus

on a different sport- learning in the beginning with instruction and

ending in scrimmage play.

Session I:

Code– 526341– B

Tuesday December 7th, 14th, and 21st.

Session II:

Code– 526341– C

Tuesday January 4th, 11th, and 18th.

In person registration only.

For more information visit our website crestwoodfitness.com,

call us at 708-371-4810, or email

crwcsports@crestwood.illinois.gov

Tuesdays 4-6pm

Ages 5-14

$35 per session

Letters to Santa at the CRWC

Did you write your letter to Santa

Claus yet? If not, we have some great

news for you!

The CRWC has been asked to help

with the mail delivery to the North

Pole this year.

Kids: We have teamed up with Santa Claus and the North Pole to ensure that Santa

receives your wish list this holiday season. Santa’s mailbox will be located inside the

CRWC beginning Friday, November 12th through Wednesday, December 15th. Any child

that drops off a letter will receive a personalized certificate in the mail from Santa Claus.

Santa can only mail a certificate to you if you include the following: Your first and last

name, address, city, and zip code...and of course your wish list!

Parents: This is a free service for anyone 12 years and younger– Residents and

Non-Residents.

Hours to drop off: Monday through Thursday 5:00am-9:00pm, Friday 5:00am-7:00pm,

and Saturday/Sunday 7:00am-4:00pm. Questions: Call Santa’s Hotline at 708-371-4810.

Letters to Santa need to be received no later

than Wednesday December 15th at 5:00pm.

Reminder: Santa can only send the “Official

Nice List Certificate” to children who include

the following: Child’s first and last name,

address, city, and zip code.

Santa will cover the postage!

5331 135th St. Crestwood, IL 60418

708-371-4810 crwcsports@crestwood.illinois.gov

At the CRWC Winter Break Sports Camp, participants can expect

several different sport activities beginning with guided instruction and

ending in scrimmage play. These sports activities include hockey, basketball,

soccer, and many more. Different games will be played throughout the day

along with scavenger hunts and obstacle courses. Along with the different

sports and activities offered, participants will get to spend some time in our

indoor pool. All games, sports, and activities will be guided by our

instructors.

Snacks will be offered each day and water bottles will be provided.

Grades:

1st-3rd

4th-6th

7th & 8th

Codes:

100001– I

100001– J

100001– K

Registration must be done in person. For more information:

Time: 9am—1 pm

Grades: 1st through 8th

When: Monday December 27th—

Wednesday December 29th.

Price: $60

Call 708-371-4810 Email crwcsports@crestwood.illinois.gov Visit crestwoodfitness.com

5331 W135th St. Crestwood, IL 60418

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