Thank You For Happy Birthday Wishes


thank-you-for-happy-birthday-wishes-colorful-graphicI wish to extend a “thank you” to each and everyone who remembered my birthday this year and extended their good wishes to me and my family.    I was the recipient of numerous face book posts, instant messages, emails and phone calls of those who were wishing me the best.

I enjoyed a delightful dinner with my wife and family including my mother in law  last night.  I am also looking forward to a fun dinner with friends this evening to round out my weekend of celebrating.

I cannot let go unnoticed in this “thank you” though,  some personal sadness that began this week and ended this week.

First, I was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Lt. Herbert L. Milnes of the Northlake Fire Department  on September 20th,  whom many of us have known since each of us were children and grew to adult with together as we raised our children.   His father, who was a Lieutenant. on the Schiller Park Fire Department, passed away a number of years ago, and was a very good friend of mine.   I was happy to have shared the celebration of Lee’s life this week with his family and his extended family in the fire service.  Lee touched so many lives, including his family,  in such a positive way.

Secondly, I attended the wake yesterday, of Eileen O’Grady, who got to know when she and I served on the St. Beatrice School Board in the early 1980’s.    She and her husband, Frank, have raised a wonderful family who are a credit to themselves and community.   Eileen endured serious health problems during much of her adulthood, but she never let it diminish her contribution to community, the raising of her children and grand children,  and her pursuit of her professional career.   She leaves a mountain of achievements, that will long be remembered and appreciated.    A strong testimonial was by the presence of hundreds of those who attended her wake, many whom waited in line for over an hour.

Both of these wonderful people may be gone, but not forgotten.   Their “monuments” are their family and the communities that they contributed in building during their life time.

 

Truly, this birthday week of mine was a time of reflection.

 

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Here’s what parents should know about respiratory virus EV-D68


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(CNN) — A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond.

Ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help investigating clusters of the virus that’s being blamed for the illness.

Health officials say they’re still figuring out what’s going on.

The bug that appears to be causing most of the concern has a typically arcane name — Enterovirus EV-D68 — but many of its symptoms are very common.

Here’s what you need to know about the virus.

What are enteroviruses?

Enteroviruses, which bring on symptoms like a very intense cold, aren’t unusual. They’re actually very common.

When you have a bad summer cold, often what you have is an enterovirus, said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases.

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Northwestern Athletics Welcomes Families Managing Peanut and Tree Nut Allergies


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Polisky_MikeA food allergy dad got the ball rolling with a phone call and one request: could Northwestern consider having a nut-free game so that his son could attend a game? Northwestern decided to not only grant this one request, but to do something that hasn’t been attempted by a college athletics program to date: go peanut and tree nut free for many games in multiple sports during the year, offering students and fans with nut allergies plenty of opportunities to attend a game and cheer on the Wildcats.

To learn more about what it took to go nut-free at Northwestern, FARE interviewed Mike Polisky, Deputy Director of Athletics – External Affairs at Northwestern Athletics. Download this flyer to view the game schedule..

1. Why did Northwestern decide to go “all in” this season?

It all started with a simple phone call last year. We were contacted by the father…

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Life with Jacqueline


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Start the Weekend Out in Schiller Park on Friday Night, July 25th, 2014 with the “Scraps of Brass” at The Clock Tower/Gazebo


Scraps of BrassStart the weekend out in Schiller Park on Friday Night, July 25th, 2014.

FREE! FREE! FREE! Outdoor concert with Scraps of Brass! The Village’s well received series of free concerts at Clocktower Park is returning for another season of good music and family fun this coming summer. These family friendly events are always fun and you can’t beat the price – they’re free! Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket for seating, oh and don’t forget to bring bug spray

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Things To Do Around Schiller Park This Weekend, July 25-27, 2014


1002479_699162733443994_1988763512_nDon’t let the rain ruin a great weekend, join a beer brewing club or head to a comedy show with our picks of the top ten things to do around Schiller Park this weekend. For a complete list of events happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.

1. Street Dance, 11 a.m. Friday
Join the community to celebrate the summer tradition the includes a car show, children’s entertainment, inflatables, a variety of food, two bands, a beer garden and more. Downtown Franklin Park, Scott Street and Grand Avenue, Franklin Park. Free.

2. Jeff Fest, 6 p.m. Friday
The three-day festival features drum circles, barbecue, food trucks, live music and beer vendors. A bags tournament is also scheduled. Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., Chicago. $5-$7; free for children under 12.

3. Guided Bicycle Tour, 9:30 a.m. Friday
Explore the historic Oak Park neighborhoods on a guided bicycle tour of 22 structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sites include Wright’s Home and Studio, Unity Temple, Frank Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, Furbeck House and more. Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park. $30-$35.

4. The Oak Park Conservatory Uncorked, 6 p.m. Friday
Stop by on the fourth Friday of the month through September for this event. Tickets include two drink tickets, a food token, showcase tours, music, art and more. You must be 21 or over to participate. For more information, visit http://www.fopcon.org, email uncorked@fopcon.org or call 708-725-2400. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. $15.

5. Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, 11 a.m. Friday
There are both amateur and professional bike races throughout the day. The course is a 1.2 mile criterium course around Elmhurst College. Amateur racing begins at 10:50 a.m., professional women and men begin at 4:40 p.m. and 6:30p.m. Families are invited to casually ride on the professional course during the Olympia Chiropractic Family Fun Ride at 5:50pm. All proceeds exceeding the event’s cost support local area charities. Volunteer opportunities are available. Elmhurst College, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Free.

6. Jay Pharoah, 8 p.m. Friday
A performance by comedian Jay Pharoah best-known for his wide array of celebrity impressions, his roles on “Saturday Night Live” and his role alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in “Ride Along.” Performances at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on July 25 and 26. For ages 21 and older. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30.

7. Young Choreographers Showcase: ‘Dreams and Fantasies,’ 8 p.m. Friday
This year’s showcase features an original piece by high school student Maddy Tyma that has been funded by the Illinois Arts Council Agency as part of their youth employment in the arts project. The new piece is a physically integrated duet between Tyma and co-collaborator Jessica Martin who is a dancer/choreographer with a disability. The concert also features new works by Merril Doty, Max Gorgol and Drew Lewis. The Academy of Movement and Music, 605 Lake St., Oak Park. $5.

8. Homebrewing Club: Brew Day, 10 a.m. Saturday
The Homebrewing Club brews and bottles beer at the library. July’s beer is hefeweizen, a sweet and fruity German wheat beer. An original recipe is used. Bottling occurs in late August and only attendees of this event are allowed to participate. 21 and up. Elmwood Park Public Library, 1 W. Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park. Free.

9. Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Sunday
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast including sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, milk and coffee. American Legion Post 974, 9757 Pacific Ave., Franklin Park. $6.

10. Sugar Beet Edible Garden Walk, 10 a.m. Saturday
Get a peek at the Sugar Beet’s edible gardens at the peak of the growing season. Attendees can learn about this garden as well as community gardens and urban agriculture at large. To purchase tickets online, visit sugarbeetegt.bpt.me. The Sugar Beet Co-op, 812 Madison St., Oak Park. $10 for members; $12 for general admission; free for kids and new members

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Watch “Highway Over Our Heads” on YouTube


Highway Over Our Heads: http://youtu.be/sydMFPQAY-M

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Watch “Rosemont Entertainment District Fireworks” on YouTube


Rosemont Entertainment District Fireworks: http://youtu.be/UpuH1I0004Y

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Visions of the Schiller Park Centennial Parade on Saturday, June 28, 2014


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Autistic teen missing from Big Rock found – chicagotribune.com


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cops-autistic-teen-missing-from-big-rock-20140607,0,730846.story?track=rss

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