All is calm

  • Written by Bob Rakow

 After two explosive meetings, Worth’s board back to normal

There was no yelling or swearing.Page-3-3-col-yellingAfter two meetings that included red-hot emotions, including an April 1 meeting featuring people yelling at board members in the above photo, the Worth village board meeting was calm on Tuesday night. Photo by Jeff Vorva.
There were no police patting down people who wanted to enter the meeting.
There were no TV cameras from Chicago.
It was just a normal meeting.
Worth trustees handled a variety of routine business matters Tuesday night during a brief board meeting that got everyone home in time to see the Blackhawks playoff game.
No one asked to address the board, a departure from the array of comments made during the past two meetings in April, mostly regarding the Brittney Wawrzyniak death investigation.
Those meetings sizzled with emotion and packed some fireworks but Tuesday night the board was able to go about with its routine business with little stress.
Wawrzyniak’s family members did not appear at the meeting despite a pledge from some that they would continue to attend. Worth police recently closed the case, ruling Wawrzyniak’s death accidental.
Last Friday, Eric S. Johnson of Midlothian was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for selling a prescription drug to Wawrzyniak on the night that she died.

Johnson pleaded guilty to selling an anti-anxiety medication to Wawrzyniak, 18, who was killed Nov. 8 after falling out of Johnson’s car as he drove away from the scene in the parking lot of the Worth boat launch.
Johnson also was placed on one year of supervision following his prison term and ordered to pay $1,079 in fines and court costs.
In matters before the board, trustees:
• Approved a request from the Marrs-Meyer American Legion for its outdoor music festival from 7 to 11 p.m. on June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16.
• Approved an expenditure not to exceed $30,000 to purchase computer servers for the police department and village hall.
• Approved business licenses for 3 Broke Girls, a shop specializing in antiques and gently used items at 11350 S. Harlem Ave., and Worth Citgo, 11458 S. Harlem, which is expected to reopen in June.
• Announced the board’s May 20 meeting will take place at Gale Moore Park, 109th Street and Nordica Avenue. Games and fireworks will follow the meeting, which marks the start of the village’s 100-day centennial celebration.
• Announced that on May 22, the Worth Park District will join in the celebration by hosting an open house at its facilities at 11500 S. Beloit Ave.
• Announced that Water’s Edge Golf Club, 7205 W. 115th St., will host a Mother’s Day brunch at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The price is $24.95 for adults and $11.95 for children.