Good News/Bad News With Water System Budget
Oak Lawn’s ambitious water system capacity increase project is woefully over budget by an estimated $50 million dollars. Yes, that is the bad news because it is in the millions. But, the good news is that Oak Lawn has contracts with villages throughout the southwest suburbs to supply water. More good news for Oak Lawn is that the contracts for this expansion of the system’s capacity require the other municipalities to share the costs of the improvements and the budget overruns. Oak Lawn’s legal team is earning praise for negotiating the contracts with share the burden rather than making Oak Lawn residents pay all the costs.
Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School Hosts Kenyan Students
Students at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School hosted students from schools in Kenya last month. The visiting students, known as “Rising Stars” in their villages, had the opportunity to see what a day in the life of an American student is like. The group of kids ranging in age from 8-12 checked out the Maker’s Space, took a look inside American classrooms, and have lunch alongside Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School Students.
The event was billed as a great opportunity for the students to come here and see how education is valued in America. The kids see themselves as representatives of their communities and coming here makes them realize the importance of education. This was the first year 14 students from Kenya were brought to a school in Illinois by the World Vision Organization. Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School was chosen because of their involvement with the World Vision Organization.
Each year Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School hosts a 6k for Water with the organization and global studies teachers recently visited Africa to see how the World Vision organization brings water to under privileged communities.
Tax Relief Time Doesn’t Stop Cheap Politics
Dan Patlak, County Board of Review Member wants property owners in Oak Lawn to know that they can appeal their 2017 property tax assessment by Tuesday December 12th. The appeal can be filed at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com. There is a tax appeal seminar with representatives from Patlak’s Cook County Board of Review office being held at Worth Township, 11601 S. Pulaski, today at 6 p.m. Please bring a copy of your most recent tax bill or your property identification number (PIN). At least one elected official, who is a local Democrat, has broadcast the news but failed to mention Patlak’s role because he’s a Republican. Petty politics from an elected official?
Township Holiday Luncheon Just Around the Corner
The Worth Township Senior Holiday Luncheon is next Wednesday, December 13th, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. The price of $18 includes your choice from the following: Baked Ham w/pineapple slice, Mostaccioli w/Meatballs, Meat Loaf w/ brown gravy, or Chicken Breast stuffed with homemade dressing. Each entrée comes with a dinner roll, mashed potatoes, garden salad, deserts and soft drinks. Entertainment by the EPHS Madrigal Singers. For those interested, there is also have a $10 Grab Bag Exchange. If you bring a wrapped gift, you will receive a gift in return. Unisex gifts are preferred. The event is held at the Worth Township small gym, 11601 S. Pulaski in Alsip. Reservations are required. Please call 708-371-2900 x28 to reserve you seat or with any questions.
Oak Lawn Community High School Gives Thanks
The Oak Lawn Community High School Student Council’s annual Thanksgiving food drive collected 75 full meal baskets. Each meal basket was stuffed with 15 items, such as canned fruits and vegetables, stuffing, cornbread, juice, and a $20 grocery store gift certificate.
The 3rd period advisory teachers’ classes that collected three or more complete baskets, included Scott Atkins, Jamie Atkus, Jeremey Cryan, Billy Denton, Ellen Kruger, Janet Meyers, Jessica Nickless, Lisa Sampson, Megan Schillo, Jennifer Sidlow, Sue Szala, and Tammy Tyeptanar. The Deans’ Office, Deans’ Assistants, Main Office secretaries and the Maintenance department also collected at least three complete baskets.
Baskets were donated to food pantries at Faith Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn and Our Savior’s Church in Burbank
Through Rain and Snow and Disregarding Speed Limits and Traffic Laws?
A postal employee, who was apparently off duty, was stopped recently in Oak Lawn after an officer saw her Chevy Sonic “accelerate to a high rate of speed” on 95th Street heading east from Ridgeland. The speed was measured at 63 mph in the 35 mph zone. The employee, identified as Latrice Woods, was charged with aggravated speeding and driving with a suspended license and without insurance. She was identified as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service.
District 123 Pre-School Registration Date Set
Applications for newly enrolled students will be processed starting January 16, 2018. Parents can choose from half-day, full-day, and full-week sessions.
● 2 year-old 9 month AM Sessions meet on Tuesday/ Thursday
● 3 year-old PM Sessions meet on Tuesday/Thursday
● 3 year-old AM Sessions meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
● 4 year-old PM Sessions meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
● 4 year-old AM/PM & Full Day Sessions meet Monday-Friday
For registration requirements and program information, please visit the district’s website at d123.org/TPS