TribLocal - Des Plaines /des-plaines TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:47:38 +0000 en hourly 1 Harper exhibit honors octogenarian art student /des-plaines/2012/06/26/harper-exhibit-honors-octogenarian-art-student/ /des-plaines/2012/06/26/harper-exhibit-honors-octogenarian-art-student/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:08:43 +0000 Kate Thayer /palatine/?p=33792

Mary Applegate carefully molds scored pieces of clay until they start to take shape into a holder for writing utensils.

The octogenarian Palatine artist called this particular project a simple one, compared to the more complicated pieces she’s created during the past six decades or so. Her work – mostly pottery – includes garden sculptures, wall hangings and other items she often sells.

It’s not just a hobby for retirement, Applegate said. “This is my work.”

Applegate, who will only say she’s “almost 90,” was recently honored by her Harper College classmates with a public exhibit displaying her pottery, some pieces dating as far back to her days as an art and education student at the University of Iowa.

As she works, Applegate notes the age diversity in her ceramics class at Harper, but estimates she’s likely the oldest one there.

“I love being around different ages and different ethnicities,” she said, explaining that’s part of the reason she continues to take art classes nearly every day.

After teaching third- and fourth-graders in District 15 for about 26 years, Applegate continues to take art classes during her retirement from teaching.

“It keeps me sane,” she said. “Who wants to be home all day?”

She boards a Palatine Township bus in the morning, works with her clay for several hours, and returns on the bus in the afternoon.

Sam Rosby, associate professor of art, called Applegate an inspiration to other students in the class.

“She still completely cares that her work is the best, and it’s new, and she pushes herself,” he said. “What she does here shows art is something you do over a lifetime.”

Applegate is helpful during peer critiques, which is a big part of Harper’s ceramics class, Rosby said.

Christine Rueger, 19, of Rolling Meadows, said she’s learned a lot from Applegate.

“I’m just amazed at how…sharp she is, and she always has something to offer,” she said. “She just gets ideas from everything.”

Applegate said she’s often inspired, and never wants to do work similar to other artists. Sculpting is her favorite art form because of clay’s malleability, she said.

“You can make it into whatever you want,” she said.

While Applegate said she can’t pick a favorite piece, one she’s particularly proud of is a sculpture of a father carrying a child on his shoulders.

She said while images of mothers and “the Madonna” are popular, Applegate wanted to show an image of a father.

Another piece she noted came from an assignment from a Harper class to build something that represents home. Applegate explained how she created five houses, each depicting a trait she equates with home – her cats, books, birds, music and nature.

Those sculptures are among many that sit in Harper’s Art Exhibition Space. Several already have red dots indicating a sale.

The exhibit with Applegate’s work runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through July 18 in Building C at the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.

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Skilling: Pleasant end to the work week /des-plaines/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/ /des-plaines/2012/06/22/skilling-pleasant-end-to-the-work-week/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:14:05 +0000 Kara Silva /barrington/?p=31890

The work week ends with sunshine and warmth but without the humidity that smothered the first half of the week.

Friday is to deliver 85-degree warmth for the 25th time this year in a month running a solid 5 degrees above normal — the ninth consecutive month to produce a temperature surplus here and the warmest June of the past quarter century.


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Des Plaines Vets/Officials Acknowledge Flag Day /des-plaines/community/stories/2012/06/des-plaines-vetsofficials-acknowledge-flag-day/ /des-plaines/community/stories/2012/06/des-plaines-vetsofficials-acknowledge-flag-day/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:41:56 +0000 Karen Kozenczak /des-plaines/?post_type=community_post&p=45411

Des Plaines veterans and officials gathered last week Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Lake Park, to acknowledge Flag Day and United States Army Week, June 11-15, 2012. The ceremony included Mayor Martin J. Moylan reading a proclamation, acknowledging United States Army Week, and a Flag Disposal Ceremony. Mike Schimka, Schimka Auto Wreckers, supplied the grills used for the flag disposal. Members of the US Army including Captain Brian G. Lutz, First Sergeant Jorge A. Rodriguez, Staff Sergeant James M. Oetter and Sergeant First Class Gary S. Stafford attended the event and demonstrated how to properly fold a flag. Mike Lake, VFW Commander, Post #2992, helped coordinate the ceremony and veteran activities. Thomas Repa, VFW and American Legion Member, assisted by his grandsons Ryan, Riley and Patrick Betz, conducted the flag disposal. (pictured above left to right) First Sergeant, US Army, Jorge A. Rodriguez, Mayor Martin J. Moylan, VFW Post #2992 Member Bob Klein, Captain, US Army, Brian G. Lutz, and Sergeant First Class, US Army, Gary S. Stafford, pose for a photograph at Lake Park during the Flag Day event. (Not pictured- Staff Sergeant James M. Oetter). To view more photographs visit

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Mt Prospect Cheerleading Club (MPCC) hosting "2nd annual car wash fundraiser-July 14th" /des-plaines/community/stories/2012/06/mt-prospect-cheerleading-club-mpcc-hosting-2nd-annual-car-wash-fundraiser-july-14th/ /des-plaines/community/stories/2012/06/mt-prospect-cheerleading-club-mpcc-hosting-2nd-annual-car-wash-fundraiser-july-14th/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:39:55 +0000 Mt Prospect Cheerleading Club /mount-prospect/?post_type=community_post&p=23346 Mt Prospect Cheerleading Club (MPCC) will host their 2nd annual car wash fundraiser on Saturday, July 14th from 9am-12noon at South Church, 501 S. Emerson St, Mt Prospect. Car wash is $5/per car.

The car wash fundraiser will help fund MPCC's competition squads' miscellaneous expenses for the 2012 season. The competition squads compete in four competitions and strive for the IRCA State Championship trophy in December 2012.

MPCC is a non-profit organization and the official recreational cheerleading club which consists of cheerleaders from Mt Prospect and all surrounding suburbs. MPCC is committed to creating a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for our members to learn the sport of cheerleading. Through participation in the sport of cheerleading and other group activities, MPCC will instill in our cheerleaders a sense of commitment, respect, integrity, team work, sportsmanship, and community service.

Please come out and support our cheerleaders!

For more information or any questions, please contact or visit

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Maine Township's Community Garage Sale Announced /des-plaines/community/stories/2012/06/maine-townships-community-garage-sale-announced/ /des-plaines/community/stories/2012/06/maine-townships-community-garage-sale-announced/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:28:31 +0000 Dick Barton /park-ridge/?post_type=community_post&p=31677 Maine Township residents can reserve space for the Annual Maine Township Community Garage Sale beginning Monday, Aug. 13. The date for all others is Monday, Aug. 20. Benefiting disadvantaged children and hungry families, the event will be held rain or shine, Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge.

The event is organized by the MaineStay Department of Maine Township and sponsored by Chicagoland Senior News, Journal & Topics Newspapers, Liberty Bank for Savings, Highway Commissioner, Robert Provenzano, and Park Ridge Taxi/Community Cab. Proceeds benefit the MaineStay Adventure Camp for disadvantaged youth and the Township’s Emergency Food Pantry.

Residents can participate in several ways. People can reserve space to sell their own treasures, make a donation of cash or merchandise to the Garage Sale or come by and shop on the day of the sale. Spaces, which are eight by sixteen feet, are $20 each. Table rentals are available for $10.

Donated merchandise will be sold by Maine Township staff to help raise funds. Donations of small working electronics, children’s games, children’s furniture and accessories, garden tools and small hand tools are especially needed. Maine Township will not accept donations of clothes, large and/or heavy furniture, firearms, explosives or any type of weapons. Drop-offs will be accepted from October 1-4 but not beforehand.

“This annual event is not only fun, but also raises money for two worthy causes,” says Supervisor Carol A. Teschky. “We encourage our Township residents to participate, to give financial support, or just come by to shop.”

For more information, please Ed Beauvais 847-297-2510 X270 or email him at Information is also posted on the Maine Township website at

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Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later /des-plaines/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/ /des-plaines/2012/06/21/winners-and-losers-chicago-area-casinos-20-years-later/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:52:42 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /des-plaines/?p=45493

The first suburban Chicago casino opened 20 years ago this month, bringing with it hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes, but also stories of gambling addiction and hardship for some area residents.

Joliet’s Empress Casino, which was renamed Hollywood Casino Joliet in 2010, welcomed its first customers in June 1992. Over the next two years, casinos opened in Joliet, Aurora and Elgin. Rivers Casino in Des Plaines opened last July, and gambling expansion talks in Springfield could put new casinos in the north and south suburbs and downtown Chicago.

During the past two decades, the fissure between casino supporters and opponents has remained deep.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Skilling: Warmest June in 25 years, but relief in sight /des-plaines/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/ /des-plaines/2012/06/20/skilling-warmest-june-in-25-years-but-relief-in-sight/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:48:39 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49943 The Chicago area will swelter through a third straight day of 90s Wednesday, making June the warmest here in 25 years.

But relief is in sight. The highs will simmer down to the low 80s or even upper 70s Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then the middle 70s on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday’s high is expected to be around 94, and that means June will have eight 90s on the books when the summer solstice arrives this evening. The average temperature of 71.9 degrees so far this month is 5 degrees above the norm and the warmest June 1-20 period since 1987.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Judge takes dogs away from alleged dog puncher /des-plaines/2012/06/20/judge-takes-dogs-away-from-alleged-dog-puncher/ /des-plaines/2012/06/20/judge-takes-dogs-away-from-alleged-dog-puncher/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:14:55 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /des-plaines/?p=45460

A Des Plaines man charged with two felonies after witnesses alleged that he had punched his small dog until it “went limp” remains jailed because authorities say the arrest violates his probation from an incident in which he admitted trying to wrest a Taser from a police officer.

James Robert Wesolaski, 51, of the 1100 block of South Wolf Road, allegedly pinned a small, brown dog to the ground at about 3:20 p.m. on June 7. He punched it “four or five times as hard as he could,” according to a police report.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Larry Axelrood on Tuesday said the three dogs owned by Wesolaski have been turned over to Des Plaines Animal Control. The judge ordered that neither Wesolaski nor anyone living at his address be permitted to adopt the dogs.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Lifeguard on duty: Swim at your own risk /des-plaines/2012/06/20/lifeguard-on-duty-swim-at-your-own-risk/ /des-plaines/2012/06/20/lifeguard-on-duty-swim-at-your-own-risk/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:04:01 +0000 Heather Leszczewicz /arlington-heights/?p=49936

Lifeguards at Pioneer Park pool in Arlington Heights always have to be on alert — for swimmers in trouble, but also for the lifeguard certification agency that could show up at any time to videotape them on duty, conduct a simulated drowning or quiz them on proper rescue techniques.

Pool managers also perform unannounced drills. At one drill Tuesday, a pool manager tossed a baby mannequin into the deep end from outside the view of the lifeguard on duty. The guard calmly but quickly stood up, blew her whistle three times, jumped in and fished out the doll in a matter of seconds.

In response to drowning deaths, lawsuits, improved training and rescue techniques and the proliferation of risk managers, lifeguards at public pools and beaches in the Chicago area appear to receive more rigorous training than ever before.

Many area park districts rely on national certification agencies like the American Red Cross and Jeff Ellis & Associates that focus on constant vigilance to prevent drownings. The training regimens may require off-season instruction, weekly refreshers during the summer and the passage of surprise drills and inspections. Park district insurance companies also typically require audits and intense oversight of lifeguards.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Cops: Teen threatened to kill witnesses after burglary /des-plaines/2012/06/19/cops-teen-threatened-to-kill-witnesses-after-burglary/ /des-plaines/2012/06/19/cops-teen-threatened-to-kill-witnesses-after-burglary/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:15:19 +0000 jenniferdelgado /des-plaines/?p=45441

A 19-year-old Des Plaines man will appear in Skokie court June 27 after police say he threatened to kill two witnesses who saw him burglarize a liquor store earlier this month.

Two witnesses told police they saw Nikko G. Principato, of the 700 block of Holiday Lane, coming out of Day & Night Liquors, which had a shattered front window, around 2 a.m. June 3 on the 1100 block of South Elmhurst Road. When the witnesses asked the teen what he was doing, he threatened to kill them and fled on foot with boxes of alcohol and cigarettes valued at $2,600, said Cmdr. Nick Treantafeles.

Based on information given to police from the witnesses, officers were able to track him down and arrest him June 17, Treantafeles said. He has been charged with two felony counts of intimidation and one felony count of burglary.

Treantafeles said he was unsure if Principato broke the store’s window, but confirmed the teen is on probation for a prior arrest. A judge earlier today ordered Principato held on two separate bonds of $25,000 each — one for the June 3 incident and the other for breaking his probation, police said.

If the teen bonds out of jail, the judge ordered him to be monitored at home with an electronic device, police said.

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