Transparency Lacking But Manipulation In Abundance
Village Manager Larry Deetjen, who we have accused of inventing a language all his own called Deetjenese is a master of manipulation. Trustees, staff members, the Mayor and some members of the press are impressed by his never ending jabbering in which he says a lot while really saying nothing of substance. The Mayor and Trustees have been falling victim to this Florida Wordsmith since he hobbled into town after accusations flew about his conduct in Deerfield Beach, Florida. One of his best manipulation tools is what he calls the “Trustee Information Letter”, although it is usually short on information and full of accusations. The question for this transparent board is why that letter isn’t published every week on the website in order to inform the taxpayers.
Deetjen believes that his ramblings are not public records even though he is a public official, paid a handsome salary and has a gold ribbon pension courtesy of the taxpayers of Oak Lawn. Elmhurst’s Village Manager posts his weekly letter and Naperville does the same thing. Are Oak Lawn residents not able to handle Deetjenese on a regular basis? Of course, Elmhurst’s and Naperville’s leadership have not used their information letter to make political statements or to manipulate elected officials.
Oak Lawn Park District’s Award Winning Monarch Festival
Save the date for the Oak Lawn Park District’s 3rd Annual Monarch Festival sponsored by Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Mary Beth Swibes, on Saturday, September 15th, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. This Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Special Event Award winning festival will be held indoors and outdoors at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., and will bring much needed awareness to the issues that Monarch butterflies face today. Participants will learn how to assist in the preservation of the Monarch butterfly species and our environment.
Admission is FREE. Activities will include live butterfly tagging, a bug zoo, caterpillar aquarium, butterfly arts and crafts for kids, an interactive puppet theatre, live music, a movie in the theatre and much more. This is the perfect event for the whole family.
Marist Enjoys Red & White Night With Eyes On Rice
The Marist high school community enjoyed a successful “Red and White Night” this past Friday. The evening began with a meeting for all the fall sports athletes and their parents. Around 6 p.m., the different teams were assembled throughout the campus for scrimmages. On a tight schedule, the athletic club was able to have a party in the parking lot that allowed younger kids to enjoy games and others to enjoy music and a free barbecue. It was topped off with a the sophomore and freshman football showcase in the Red & White Stadium.
This coming Friday, the Marist Football team visits neighborhood rival Brother Rice at Gary J. Little Stadium. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.
Last year, Marist won 23-14, scoring 9 points in the last quarter, at their home field last year. The rivalry allows area residents to have bragging rights for the year. Mr. Ron Dawczak, a 1993 graduate of Marist is the Head Coach for the Redhawks. The Brother Rice Crusaders are led by 1992 Rice graduate Brian Badke.
Oak Lawn Ronald McDonald House To Expand After AbbVie Donation
North Chicago pharmaceutical company AbbVie is donating $100 Million dollars to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The donation from the drug maker is the largest single donation ever made to the Ronald McDonald House, which is headquartered in Chicago and provides temporary housing for families of hospitalized children across the country. One of those locations is right here in Oak Lawn near Advocate Hospital, The donation from AbbVie will be used by Ronald McDonald House to build more than 600 new guest rooms at 32 Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the country. Eight new rooms will be added to the Oak Lawn Ronald McDonald House to serve even more families with children who are staying for long periods of time at the Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital.
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