Crestwood Man Nabs Television; Cops Nab Man
A Crestwood man allegedly wanted a television and PlayStation 4 from the Oak Lawn Target store but his credit card was declined according to the security office at Target.
Undeterred, the man, identified as Joseph Frank Venturella III, allegedly then used the self check out station and checked himself out. According to the Target security officer, Venturella purchased two candy bars and a bag of potato chips.
The Target security personnel claimed that Venturella then spoke with a Target employee who removed the theft alarm from the television package without apparently checking the receipt. The security personnel claimed that if the employee had checked the receipt he would have found that it did not include a television set.
The security officer followed Venturella who allegedly walked out of the store with his purchased candy bars, potato chips and the television in its box. As the security officer followed Venturella, who was walking westbound on 95th Street, the Oak Lawn Police were called. The police were able to find Venturella walking along 95th Street with a television in its original packaging.
The security officer identified Venturella and the police placed the man in custody for retail theft. The police claim that Venturella told them that he paid for the television. However, according to the police, he was unable to produce a receipt.
In addition, Target claimed that the credit card used by Venturella was in the name of Benjamin Hawkinson. According to the police, Venturella told the officer that he got the credit card from his girlfriend but it wasn’t in his possession when the police searched him.
Venturella has a court date of April 6th and is charged with retail theft. He is a 29 year old white male and provided a Crestwood address to police. He was not charged for using the credit card.
Substitute Teachers Needed at Local High School
Oak Lawn Community High School is looking for substitute teachers. The school is looking to increase our pool of outside on-call substitutes. The salary per day is $105. The hours are 8:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nearly 90 percent of schools in Illinois reportedly have a substitute teacher shortage. The fact has caused legislators to explore ways to increase substitutes by perhaps, reducing qualifications.
If you have any interest in subbing at Oak Lawn Community High School please contact Maria Vanderwarren at (708) 741-5602 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oak Lawn Park District’s Butterfly Gardening Workshop
The Oak Lawn Park District’s Gotta Get Gardening program is offering a Butterfly Gardening Workshop on Saturday, April 7th, from 10:00am-1:00pm.
The workshop will be held at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., and will be divided into three parts: Butterfly Gardening, Monarch Conservation, and Raising Caterpillars at home. The time is now to begin a butterfly habitat in your garden! Butterflies need our help to survive and thrive. Learn the best butterfly attracting plants and how to plan your garden to provide food, cover, and host plants for caterpillars. The caterpillar/butterfly life cycle is also an integral part of planning a butterfly garden and will be covered. The fee is $10 per person. Register using code 427117. For more information or to register, please call 708-857-2201
Moraine Valley Flute Choir hosts spring concert
The Moraine Valley Community College Flute Choir will host its spring concert, “The Time is Now,” Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Building F, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The concert is free.
Under the director of Tammi Carlson, associate professor of Music and Humanities, the group will perform modern music written within the past 25 years.
The choir is a mix of Moraine Valley students and community members who come from around the Chicagoland area. Carlson said the choir is open to anyone who can play at the high school level and higher. There are weekly rehearsals and two concerts per semester; one on campus and one off campus. For more information about the concert or to join the Flute Choir, contact Carlson at (708) 974-5636 or email@example.com.
Fire Department Overtime and Solutions Seem Similar
Oak Lawn officials have bemoaned the fact that the fire department has a lot of overtime paid. Officials blame the overtime on firemen and paramedics calling in sick and contracts that require minimum manning numbers to be met. The result is that off duty personnel earn overtime. Joliet has a similar problem with staffing down from 203 to 195, the City of Joliet has paid out over $2 million annually in overtime. The city officials claim it is due to personnel taking sick days and the union, like Oak Lawn’s union, maintains that the failure to fully staff the department causes overtime. Oak Lawn has been fighting about this issue for 10 years. In Joliet, the fire chief was recently quoted as stating that the fire department’s overtime is never going to zero due to the job. He also said the city can’t continue to lose personnel without replacing them and expect to not have overtime. Somehow these arguments seem vaguely familiar.
Jeanne Ives For Governor Campaign Hits Oak Lawn
Republican State Representative and candidate for Governor Jeanne Ives was the guest of honor last week at a fundraiser held in Oak Lawn. The festivities were held at Reilly’s Daughter.