Mayor Bury Hits Re-Election Mode With Social Media
Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury is in top re-election mode on various social media sites. One columnist, who works for a newspaper with a website, bemoaned the fact that newspapers are fading fast in favor of the internet but Bury isn’t complaining. She’s all over social media taking photos with groups or at events in order to garner good publicity. She recently took credit for the Haunted House at Beatty Lumber. She has supporters running Facebook groups and often deleting comments that are less than complimentary to the Mayor. Three individuals contacted us to complain that the sites, controlled by the Mayor’s friends, deleted their comments while allowing pro-Bury comments to stand.
Beatty Lumber Site May Be Redeveloped Or Not
Speaking of the Beatty Lumber Site, the developers are planning to demolish the buildings on the site and hope to redevelop it soon. The site has been vacant for years with only two plans being put forth during that time. The first plan was to build a 9 floor office building that was floated by Village Manager Larry Deetjen around the time he was accused of inviting the developer and a politically connected realtor to a PGA Golf Tournament in Florida. A conceptual drawing was presented to the Village’s Finance Committee in February 2012. Former Mayor Dave Heilmann and Trustee Robert Streit, who represents the area, opposed the concept of building a 9 floor office tower in that location.
Heilmann and Streit then met with Advocate Christ Medical Center when the developers changed the plan to a building that would house Oak Lawn’s Senior Citizens and Advocate as tenants. Conceptual plans were drawn up but Advocate backed out when the Village insisted that Advocate pay an impact fee and agree to build on the Beatty property. Advocate told participants in the meeting, “we won’t do both”. After Bury defeated Heilmann, the Village registered its choice with Advocate that it wanted money and not new developments. Streit and Heilmann had hoped for two additional developments with one on Southwest Highway but Bury wanted the money.
Shop Oak Lawn Everyday!
Shop Oak Lawn Every Day and Santa on the Green – a fun, free family event to encourage shopping local and celebrating the holiday season – will be held Saturday, Nov. 28 from 12-3pm.
On Nov. 28 (as well as every day), Oak Lawn residents are encouraged to shop small for all. The money spent in the community can stay in the community to help Oak Lawn businesses grow and network. This all-community event is sponsored by the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Oak Lawn. The day’s activities include:
1. See Santa on the Village Green, plus: – Live Reindeer | Ice Carving Demo | Frozen Inflatable
Kids’ Ferris Wheel & Trackless Train | Carolers | Hot Chocolate & Cookies
2. Kids’ activities at the Metra Station – Face painting & Food | Disney Princess | Caricature & Balloon Artist
3. Vendor Fair at the Oak Lawn Public Library – Check out a variety of area businesses at the Vendor Fair from 12-3pm, plus a Scavenger Hunt.
Shop local, support Oak Lawn businesses and make a difference. That’s the message for Nov. 28 and all throughout the holiday season. For more information about Shop Oak Lawn Every Day & Santa on the Green, visit http://oaklawnchamber.com/shopoaklawneveryday
Worth Township Assists With Tax Appeals
The Cook County Board of Review will accept 2015 assessment appeals for property in Worth Township beginning Monday, November 9, 2015 through Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Residents of the Township may file their appeal at the Worth Township Assessor’s Office located at 11601 S. Pulaski in Alsip. Office hours at the Township are 8:30 am–4:00 pm, Monday through Friday until Wednesday, December 2. The staff in the Assessor’s Office will find comparable properties for your appeal and submit the appeal to the Board of Review for you.
Worth Township will be CLOSED in observance of Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11. In addition, the Township will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.
If you would like to learn more about the appeals process, or meet members of the Board of Review, Commissioner Dan Patlak of the Board of Review and his staff will hold a seminar at Worth Township, 11601 S. Pulaski, on Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30 PM. All residents are invited to attend. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Assessor’s Office at 708-371-2900.
Community Leaf Raking Event
In cooperation with The Village of Oak Lawn and City of Hometown, School District 123 will be sponsoring a senior citizen leaf raking day. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, November 14 and is extending the service to veterans as well. This event is intended for the students to help better serve the two communities. It is always a fun and rewarding day according to District 123!
Families interested in participating will meet at their neighborhood D123 school at 8:00 a.m. with rakes in hand. The plan is to rake until noon. Due to the age of the elementary students, parents and trusted adults must accompany children in order to participate.
You are urged to come prepared by bringing your own rake or raking device to the event. Comfortable work clothing and a set of gloves are helpful, as is a light snack and bottle of water. A complimentary lunch at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School will follow the leaf raking for all participants at 12:00 p.m.
The District also needs help in identifying the seniors, veterans, and/or those within the community that could benefit from this service. Please send in any addresses of those homes in need to one of the District 123 schools or to Larry Fetchko at firstname.lastname@example.org