Oak Lawn’s Game of Thrones—Townhomes are coming
Usually, Oak Lawn’s Planning and Development Commission agendas include benign matters with developers, businesses and builders asking for variances to codes. However, Monday night, the Village of Oak Lawn will be pushing its own petition. Petition #2017-11 seeks an “Amendment of Title IV, Ch. 5 of the Oak Lawn Municipal Code to Allow for Addition of Article D. R-4: Townhome Residential District.”
The townhomes are the controversial units “planned”, “denied” and “fought over” at the Beatty Development and surrounding properties. The Planning and Development Commissioners who will make the decision are Bill Lundy, Pina Paruta, Matt Egan, James Pembroke, Hasan Kishta, Rich Piazza, William Kushnerik, Vernon Zumhagen, and former Village Trustee Tom Duhig. An actual plan for townhomes has been denied repeatedly but the changing of the zoning pretty much makes it clear that the election is over and townhomes are coming despite the denials of many and the wishes of some.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Oak Lawn Municipal Center and residents are allowed to speak. Change is on the way.
Change Is Possible; Choice is Definite In 3rd District
Democrat Marie Newman announced that her campaign for Congress raised more than $195,000 in the second quarter of 2017. Over 90% of the money contributed was from donors in Illinois. Newman’s outstanding fundraising combined with increasing grassroots support shows her to be the strongest competition Dan Lipinski has ever faced according to her campaign.
“With over 1,600 donors and a median donation of only five dollars, the residents of the third district have a clear message: it’s time for a change,” said spokeswoman Anastasia Scourtes. “Marie Newman is the strongest competition Lipinski has ever faced. As the campaign gains steam, these resources will be vital in powering the grassroots movement around Marie, which is laser focused on working families and health care for all.”
In a district with an appetite for true Democratic values and a political environment frustrated with the status quo and machine politics, Marie Newman is poised to continue gaining momentum as word spreads about the campaign.
Marie Newman is an entrepreneur running as a Democrat for Congress in Illinois’ 3rd district. With a background in nonprofit advocacy, marketing, and small business, Newman is running to bring true Democratic values back to the third.
Ribbon Cutting At Keeler Park Well Attended
The Oak Lawn Park District held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Keeler Park, 93rd & Keeler Ave., last Monday evening. Renovations include a brand new playground with an expression swing and large group swings, and a new baseball backstop with accessible seating and bleachers. Patrons can also enjoy new seating along the walking path, a cloth covered picnic area, and a new welcome sign.
In attendance (and pictured from left to right) was Oak Lawn Park District Maintenance Mike Boudreau, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Lisa Boland, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Jim Buschbach, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Mary Pat Coughlin, Oak Lawn Park District Executive Director Maddie Kelly, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Gary Callahan, Oak Lawn Park District Superintendent of Parks Joel Craig, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Donna McCauley, Oak Lawn Park District Maintenance Greg Fitzmaurice, Oak Lawn Village Trustee Terry Vorderer, and Oak Lawn Park District Assistant Superintendent of Parks Ryan Gory. (The photo was provided by the Oak Lawn Park District)
Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn Offers Members Only Day
The Children’s Museum is offering “Member Monday” today. This is one of the last Member Mondays for the summer. Members will have the morning from 9 a.m. until noon to themselves at the Museum. If you haven’t joined the Children’s Museum, it may be a good time to become a member.
A new program at Moraine Valley Community College can help put businesses on point to building an exemplary management team.
The Retail Management Certificate program, an industry certificate offered in conjunction with the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and a Brighter Futures grant through the League for Innovation in the Community College, provides an opportunity for business owners and managers to attract and retain skilled workers prepared to take on a leadership role.
This industry-recognized certificate, awarded through WAFC, can be completed in as little as one year. In addition, the courses required for this program can be applied to an Associate of Applied Science degree.
School is starting soon and school crossing guards are needed
The Village of Oak Lawn is advertising the position of “School Crossing Guard”. It is a part-time job that pays $9 an hour. The Oak Lawn Police Department is accepting applications for the part-time, seasonal, position of School Crossing Guard. This is a part-time (no benefits) position from approximately mid-August to mid-June; hours vary. School Crossing Guards are responsible for supervising the safe passage of children as they walk to and from school in all types of weather. Applicants must feel comfortable stopping cars to allow safe passage. Training will be provided.
Applicants must be 18 years of age; be in good physical condition; possess a valid Illinois driver’s license with a clean driving record; and have no significant criminal background. Applicants must be a United States Citizen. Applications are available anytime at the Police Desk and should be returned to the same desk. Deadline for applications is July 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Oak Lawn Municipal Center
9446 S. Raymond Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Working With High School Students is also Available
Oak Lawn Community High School District 229 is looking for an “instructional assistant” in the special education department. Candidates must meet the state’s highly qualified instructional assistant certification requirements or have an Associate’s degree. A Bachelor’s degree may move you to the front of the line. The job requires the person to “Assist certified personnel in the management, instruction, and assessment of students in the classroom and other appropriate instructional settings.”
The salary is $15.24 per hour.