Overtime May Affect Firemen/Paramedics
CBS 2 news recently investigated how the long hours worked by Chicago’s 911 dispatchers affect the work of the employees. The investigation came on the heels of stories about he overtime pay received by employees that often doubles or triples pay, pushing employees well past the Mayor in total compensation.
It is a story that has been debated in Oak Lawn regarding firemen and paramedics, who have seen their ranks depleted while their overtime pay has skyrocketed as a result. Like Chicago’s Police dispatchers and 911 operators Oak Lawn’s firefighters and paramedics are often making split-second, life-saving decisions and some of them may be fatigued mentally and physically.
In the CBS 2 story, Christopher Carver, with the National Emergency Number Association based in Virginia, said fatigue cannot be overlooked.
“It makes it much harder physiologically on the employee and performance-wise in terms of what kind of results you’re going to get from that employee,” Carver said.
The worry for Chicago dispatchers is the same that officials should have about firefighters and paramedics working overtime in Oak Lawn. Carver noted in that story that fatigue is more dangerous for everyone involved, which would include the employees and the residents who depend on services.
Worth Township Bus Trip Is Scheduled
The Worth Township Bus Trip to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier is scheduled for Friday, March 22. The bus will leave Worth Township’s office at 9:30 a.m. and return to the Township office at about 3:30 p.m. The price of $40 includes transportation and admission. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch. The payment is due by March 1st (20 people min, 40 max – no refunds). Sign up and pay at the Worth Township Senior Room at 11601 S. Pulaski, Alsip, or call 708-371-2900 x28.
Oak Lawn Park District Teen Theatre Production of “Wizard of Oz”
Tickets are available for the Oak Lawn Park District Teen Show Theatre Production of “Wizard of Oz”
The production will run at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Friday, February 8th and Friday, February 15th at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 9th and Saturday, February 16th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 10th and Sunday, February 17th at 3:00pm.
Tickets, which cost $17, are available at the Oak View Center, by phone at 708-857-2200, or online at www.showtix4u.
Local Education Teaming UP
Last month, Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Graham Peck, Ph.D., visited Oak Lawn Community High School (OLCHS) to share his vast knowledge of Abraham Lincoln and the politics of the antebellum period with Patrick DiFilippo’s AP United States history class. Over the years, Peck has stacked his scholarly and creative resume with numerous publications, a documentary and book on the antebellum era. His 2017 book, “Making an Antislavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas and the Battle Over Freedom”, uses the history of Illinois and the influential national roles played by Lincoln and Douglas to reinterpret the rise of antislavery politics before the American Civil War. “Making an Antislavery Nation” won the Russell P. Strange Memorial Book Award from the Illinois State Historical Society and was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.
Peck’s discussion with the students centered on creating a timeline of slavery issues from the Constitution to the beginnings of the Civil War, during which time the students had the chance ask and answer questions, work in groups, analyzed primary sources and drew meaningful connections between historical events.
“He really helped me expand my knowledge of this unit, especially when he went into detail about the debates between Lincoln and [Stephen] Douglas,” said OLCHS junior Cara Stupay.
There are already plans for further interactions between Peck and OLCHS, providing future learning opportunities for both students and staff.
Sign language as a noncredit class tonight at Moraine Valley
Conversational Sign Language is now available as a noncredit course at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
Learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL), which uses shapes, placements and movements of the hands, facial expressions and body movements, through a noncredit, personal enrichment class. The course teaches beginners or those looking for a refresher on the basics of ASL for everyday use to communicate with family, friends or coworkers who are deaf or hard of hearing.
This 10-week course meets on Mondays beginning Jan. 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Building B, Room B231. The cost is $145. Registration is required; the course code for this class is LN4-220-200.
For those looking to pursue employment as an interpreter, Moraine Valley also offers a 48-credit-hour certificate program in Sign Language Interpretation. Registration is available online at www.morainevalley.edu/ccce/register, by phone at (708) 974-2110 or in person by visiting the registration office in Building S, Room S103. Moraine Valley is located at 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills.