Worth Mayor Mary Werner congratulates three police officers who recently earned master degrees. Deputy chiefs (from left) Robert Peterson and Christiano Fernandez, and Tim Denton, the police chief, were honored during the Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday night. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Worth Mayor Mary Werner congratulates three police officers who recently earned master degrees. Deputy chiefs (from left) Robert Peterson and Christiano Fernandez, and Tim Denton, the police chief, were honored during the Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday night. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

More renovations planned for Worth golf course

By Joe Boyle

Upgrades continue at Water’s Edge Golf Course in Worth with plans for an electronic message board to be erected on the property this year.

An ordinance was approved for a license agreement with BRT Outdoor LLC concerning Water’s Edge Golf Course signage during the Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday night.

The new electronic message board, which will stand seven feet in height and 14 feet wide, will be made of sandstone patterned after the Water’s Edge Golf clubhouse at 7205 W. 115th St., according to Trustee Laura Packwood, who is the head of the golf committee.

“All the landscaping and the electric work will be done by the company that is putting up the sign,” Packwood said.

The village leases the property at Water’s Edge from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Water’s Edge has an 18-hole golf course, driving range and clubhouse.

The property’s existing electronic message board, which is located near the southwest corner of the intersection of 115th Street and Harlem Avenue, is considered outdated and needs to be replaced.

The new electronic message board will provide outdoor advertising, public service notices, and emergency and civil defense notifications.

The board also approved an ordinance to approve a minor change to the municipal code to allow construction of the electronic message board at Water’s Edge Golf Course along 115th and Harlem.

Packwood also mentioned that video gaming will be offered at the Water’s Edge clubhouse daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Fraternal Order of Police honored three members of the Worth force for earning master’s degrees. Mayor Mary Werner and officer Michael Cozzi honored Police Chief Tim Denton, and deputy chiefs Christiano Fernandez and Robert Peterson for earning their advanced degrees.

“They did this at their own expense,” said Werner. “They did not ask for anything.”

Trustee Pete Kats, who is the head of the public safety committee, was also proud of the achievement of the Worth officers.

“We are pretty blessed to have these guys,” Kats said.

Trustee Brad Urban, who is the head of the public works committee, said that the department did a fine job clearing the streets after the snowstorm resulted in nearly 11 inches that began to fall on Feb. 2.

Urban said that public works was faced with some challenges when one of the plow units was in need of repairs.

“But our public works — we may not have a lot of them — but they did a great job clearing the snow,” Urban said. “They had to also deal with 11 water main breaks. So, they really did a great job.”

The board also approved an ordinance with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County concerning the Low Income Housing Water Assistance Program. Participation in the program will provide financial relief to specific Worth residents and reduce utility debts owed to the village.

Fish Fry Fridays will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. March 4 through April 15 at the Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991, 11001 S. Depot St. The fee is $16 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Children under age 3 can attend free. A possible additional fee for carry-outs will be offered.

Guests are invited to dine in in accordance with local guidelines. No phone or pre-orders will be accepted. The menu will include cod, catfish, shrimp or chicken strips, soup and salad, baked potato or fries, coffee, tea, soft drinks and desserts.

Fish frys will also be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays beginning March 4 at the Water’s Edge clubhouse.

A business license was awarded for Papa Chocolate LLC, 11405 S. Harlem Ave. Owner Mohammad Albayatneh said that they will be undergoing some remodeling.

A&R Tobacco, 11300 S. Harlem Ave., also received a tentative business license. The owner is Adrian Starczowski.

Werner wished the two business owners the best of luck.

“We always like when new businesses come to town,” Werner said. “I always tell them when you make money, we make money.”

Local News

With the color guard flags whipping in the breeze, the Shepard High School marching band rehearses their new field show. (Supplied photos)

Marching Astros take the field

Weeks before the start of the new school year, marching band members from Shepard High School baked in the summer sun to prepare for the coming competitive season. As much as any event, marching band camp signals the start of a new school year. For a week, the Marching Astros arrived early and stayed late…

Ryan Clancy talks about his sister, Chicago Police Officer Patricia "Patsy" Swank, 29, who committed suicide last month. Clancy said the pressure on all police officers is a heavy burden and supports the Oak Lawn Police Department following a controversial arrest of a teen last month. Clancy made his comments during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday morning.(Photo by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn residents offer staunch support for police

By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn residents came out in force to offer support for the village’s police department after a well-publicized arrest of a teen following a traffic stop last month. Residents jammed the Oak Lawn Village Hall for the board meeting Tuesday morning to provide testimony in support of officers after the arrest of…

American English, an award-winning Beatles cover band, entertained the large crowd for over two hours, despite on-and-off rain, as the final act of Sunday's event. (Photos by Isabella Schreck)

Tunes and tons of local restaurants come together at the Taste of Orland

By Isabella Schreck The Supremes, John Mellencamp and The Beatles came to the Taste of Orland. Well, really, tribute bands brought their music and presence to Orland Park Village Center’s stage. “I was really impressed with American English,” Rebecca Whealan, of Palos Heights, said. “From the costumes to their sound [Eric Michaels] as Paul McCartney,…

election 2022

Calandriello announces Biking the 17th District on Sunday

From staff reports Daniel Calandriello, the Democratic nominee for the Cook County Board 17th District, announced a “Biking the 17th District” event from Elk Grove Village to Orland Park on Sunday to raise awareness of the Cook County Forest Preserve. Calandriello, of Orland Park, plans to bike several trails located within the Cook County Forest…

Bob Krusza shows off his 1964 Chevy Impala SS at Thursday night's Auto Show. (Photo by Steve Neuhaus)

Willow Fest 2022

Willow Springs Willow Fest will take place through Sunday at Willow Springs Village Center, 1 Village Circle, Willow Springs (corner of Archer Avenue and Willow Springs Road). Hours are 4-11 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Special needs hours 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Free parking. Free shuttle service…

Joan Hadac

If you’re young, grab the baton

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] If you’re a young adult in Clearing or Garfield Ridge—or even a middle-aged man or woman—it’s easy to look at the senior citizens leading our local civic leagues or neighborhood watches and assume it’s always been that way. But you’d be mistaken.…

Thomas McGill

Campaign 2022: Garfield Ridge man to run for state senate

McGill to focus on law enforcement issues By Bob Bong As it turns out, Democratic state Senate candidate Mike Porfirio looks like he will face a Republican challenger in November’s general election. Porfirio, a Lyons Township trustee, had filed to run for the 11th Illinois Senate seat on the same day incumbent Sen. Steve Landek withdrew…

Acting Police Chief Mel Ortiz joins some kids in the bounce house at Summit's National Night Out last week. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Summit police mingle with public at National Night Out

By Carol McGowan Summit police and firefighters hosted their annual National Night Out last week and entertained residents with games, food and music. Thousands of communities in the United States and around the world celebrate on the first Tuesday of August as people are asked to turn on outside lights and join first responders to…

Matt Duzak, Bridgeview’s newest fire lieutenant, was sworn in by Mayor Steve Landek on Aug. 3. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

‘A fine man’ is newest fire lieutenant in Bridgeview

By Steve Metsch Matt Duzak wanted to be a firefighter since he was a young boy. In his adult life, he drove trucks around the Chicago area for a living, working with his father-in-law. But that old desire to fight fires never disappeared. After a stint with the Roberts Park Fire Protection District in Justice…

State Rep. Fran Hurley

Hurley says August 15 is deadline to apply for Illinois State Police

State Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging interested Illinois State Police candidates to apply by Monday, Aug. 15, to be considered for the January 2023 cadet class. “For those who want to pursue a career of service, this is a wonderful opportunity to work for a great organization that supports its members,” Hurley said. “It is…

Neighbors

DVN JCs Restoration House Ad
With the color guard flags whipping in the breeze, the Shepard High School marching band rehearses their new field show. (Supplied photos)

Marching Astros take the field

Weeks before the start of the new school year, marching band members from Shepard High School baked in the summer sun to prepare for the coming competitive season. As much as any event, marching band camp signals the start of a new school year. For a week, the Marching Astros arrived early and stayed late…

Ryan Clancy talks about his sister, Chicago Police Officer Patricia "Patsy" Swank, 29, who committed suicide last month. Clancy said the pressure on all police officers is a heavy burden and supports the Oak Lawn Police Department following a controversial arrest of a teen last month. Clancy made his comments during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday morning.(Photo by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn residents offer staunch support for police

By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn residents came out in force to offer support for the village’s police department after a well-publicized arrest of a teen following a traffic stop last month. Residents jammed the Oak Lawn Village Hall for the board meeting Tuesday morning to provide testimony in support of officers after the arrest of…

American English, an award-winning Beatles cover band, entertained the large crowd for over two hours, despite on-and-off rain, as the final act of Sunday's event. (Photos by Isabella Schreck)

Tunes and tons of local restaurants come together at the Taste of Orland

By Isabella Schreck The Supremes, John Mellencamp and The Beatles came to the Taste of Orland. Well, really, tribute bands brought their music and presence to Orland Park Village Center’s stage. “I was really impressed with American English,” Rebecca Whealan, of Palos Heights, said. “From the costumes to their sound [Eric Michaels] as Paul McCartney,…

election 2022

Calandriello announces Biking the 17th District on Sunday

From staff reports Daniel Calandriello, the Democratic nominee for the Cook County Board 17th District, announced a “Biking the 17th District” event from Elk Grove Village to Orland Park on Sunday to raise awareness of the Cook County Forest Preserve. Calandriello, of Orland Park, plans to bike several trails located within the Cook County Forest…

Bob Krusza shows off his 1964 Chevy Impala SS at Thursday night's Auto Show. (Photo by Steve Neuhaus)

Willow Fest 2022

Willow Springs Willow Fest will take place through Sunday at Willow Springs Village Center, 1 Village Circle, Willow Springs (corner of Archer Avenue and Willow Springs Road). Hours are 4-11 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Special needs hours 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Free parking. Free shuttle service…

Joan Hadac

If you’re young, grab the baton

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] If you’re a young adult in Clearing or Garfield Ridge—or even a middle-aged man or woman—it’s easy to look at the senior citizens leading our local civic leagues or neighborhood watches and assume it’s always been that way. But you’d be mistaken.…

Thomas McGill

Campaign 2022: Garfield Ridge man to run for state senate

McGill to focus on law enforcement issues By Bob Bong As it turns out, Democratic state Senate candidate Mike Porfirio looks like he will face a Republican challenger in November’s general election. Porfirio, a Lyons Township trustee, had filed to run for the 11th Illinois Senate seat on the same day incumbent Sen. Steve Landek withdrew…

Acting Police Chief Mel Ortiz joins some kids in the bounce house at Summit's National Night Out last week. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Summit police mingle with public at National Night Out

By Carol McGowan Summit police and firefighters hosted their annual National Night Out last week and entertained residents with games, food and music. Thousands of communities in the United States and around the world celebrate on the first Tuesday of August as people are asked to turn on outside lights and join first responders to…

Matt Duzak, Bridgeview’s newest fire lieutenant, was sworn in by Mayor Steve Landek on Aug. 3. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

‘A fine man’ is newest fire lieutenant in Bridgeview

By Steve Metsch Matt Duzak wanted to be a firefighter since he was a young boy. In his adult life, he drove trucks around the Chicago area for a living, working with his father-in-law. But that old desire to fight fires never disappeared. After a stint with the Roberts Park Fire Protection District in Justice…

State Rep. Fran Hurley

Hurley says August 15 is deadline to apply for Illinois State Police

State Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging interested Illinois State Police candidates to apply by Monday, Aug. 15, to be considered for the January 2023 cadet class. “For those who want to pursue a career of service, this is a wonderful opportunity to work for a great organization that supports its members,” Hurley said. “It is…

DVN Complete Auto Service House Ad
CRR NH Remax Villegas House Ad