Michael Barrett is slated by Dems in 15th Subcircuit judge primary race

Michae B. BarrettMichael B. Barrett Michael B. Barrett is announcing his candidacy for judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County as a Democrat, 15th Subcircuit, in the March 18 primary election.

Candidate Barrett received the endorsement of the majority of Democratic township committeemen in the 15th Subcircuit.

A graduate of Marist High School, Barrett received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa. He then earned his juris doctor degree from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he was on the dean’s list and was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award.

Upon becoming a lawyer, Barrett was appointed and served as an active member of the Cook County Committee on the Courts in the 21st Century. He was also appointed by former Cook County Chief Judge Donald O’Connell and served as an active member of the Circuit Court of Cook County Expanded Jurisdiction Committee.

An active member of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Barrett finds himself involved in many community activities. A resident of Orland Park, Barrett was elected and currently serves as the Illinois Referee in Chief and Supervisor of Officials for the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois and USA Hockey. He is the past president of the Southwest (Cook County) Bar Association.

Barrett has been married for more than 22 years to Bernadette Garrison Barrett and they have two children, Michael and Monika.

Both Michael Barrett and his wife Bernadette have been lawyers for more than 22 years and both of their children are honor students and outstanding hockey players. Their son, Michael, attends Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and plays NCAA Division 1 Hockey and their daughter, Monika, is a star in her own right as a hockey player.


Forest Preserve District reports 10% picnic permit sales increase

 New online system debuts

The Forest Preserves of Cook County sold 993 picnic permits on Jan. 2, “Permits Opening Day.”

This represents a nearly 10 percent increase over the 905 permits booked on Opening Day last year.

Due to inclement weather and the debut of a new online system, ActiveNet, a higher percentage of permits were purchased online this year, rather than in person.

A picnic permit must be obtained by groups of 25 or more. Only two picnic permits per person or organization are allowed per year.

Permit prices vary based on the size of the group and the amenities brought into the groves.

Picnic permits are available online at 24 hours a day and in person Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Returning this year are extended peak hours. From May through August, hours will be Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Requests for permits for groups larger than 399 people will now be available online as of Jan. 13, and may still also be purchased in-person at the River Forest General Headquarters location.

Community Briefs 01-09-2014


‘BAC to Broadway’ Debuts

  The Beverly Arts Center’s 2014 Professional Theater Series opens Jan. 11 with “BAC to Broadway,” a cabaret show featuring music from Broadway shows. The two shows are available at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The three-show series continues with “Songs for a New World” in March and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” in June.

All productions will be performed at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets to “BAC to Broadway” are $20 and proceeds from the show will benefit the BAC Professional Theatre Series. Tickets for “Songs for a New World” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” are $22 each, $20 for Beverly Arts Center members. Patrons buying tickets to all three shows will pay $60, and the price is $54 for BAC members. For tickets and more information, call 773-445-3838, or visit

“BAC to Broadway” will feature Michael Mejia, Ryan Westwood, Megan Kearney, Don Abbott, Ricky Harris, Tim Stompanato, Warren Jackson and Frazee. These professional actors are connected to the BAC by having performed or taught there. They are bringing their talents to raise funds for the upcoming shows in the BAC Professional Theater Series.

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, “Songs for a New World” is a musical without a plot that features songs focused on one theme: the transformative changes that occur when something momentous happens. The show will be staged at the BAC March 28 through 30.

Named for a song by Fats Waller and paying tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 30s, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is filled with terrific music from the heyday of the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom. The BAC performances will be June 13 through 15.


Chicago Ridge

Park District Seeks Yoga Teacher

  The Chicago Ridge Park District is looking for a Yoga teacher for the upcoming months. The applicant must be available Monday through Thursday in the evenings, but does not need to be present every day. Those interested in the position, contact Dominic Malito at (708) 636-4900, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Hickory Hills

Blood Drive Coming to Hickory Hills

  The Hickory Hills Community Center, 7800 W. 89th Pl., will host blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Walk-ins are welcome. There will be free food and a free raffle available to donors. For more information, call LifeSource at 877-543-3768.


Oak Lawn

Embroiderers Guild to Meet Day and Night

  The Beverly Hills Embroiderers’ Guild will hold its regular monthly day meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The meeting will feature “Bayeux Tapestry” presented by Jeanne McDonald. The evening group meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and will be featuring an original ornament “Let’s go sledding!” design on perforated paper. Individuals are urged to attend a meeting at no charge or obligation if they are interested in sharing their hand-stitching skills. The meetings run from September through April. For more information, call 425-6793.



Legion hosts three events

  Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991 of Worth will sponsor a Texas Hold ’Em from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Toyota Park, 7000 W. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview. Live cash games and “Sit N Go” tournaments will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and run throughout the event. There will be a variety of cash games at different monetary levels offered. For more information, call 448-6699, or visit

  • The post’s Friday Night Fish Fry will begin March 7 and end April 18 at the post, 11001 S. Depot St.
  • A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held Saturday, March 8, also at the post.Orland Park

Crisis Center annual gala plans underway; raffle sales begin

  Plans are underway for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s Heart to Heart Dinner Dance, to be held on Saturday Feb. 22, at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.

The annual fundraiser will include cocktails and dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment by The Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee Duo, and raffle drawing with seven cash prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Raffle tickets are now on sale, priced at just $50 each, and can be divided among several purchasers. Tickets may be purchased on the Crisis Center’s website at Once the order is complete, a raffle ticket will be mailed to the purchaser. A ticket order form (also available online) can be downloaded and mailed with payment to the Crisis Center, P.O. Box 39, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Only 500 tickets will be sold and raffle tickets make great holiday gifts.

Ad book advertising space and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Several CCSS supporters have already signed up for sponsorships, including Advocate Christ Medical Center, Sheet Metal Werks (Diamond Sponsors) and Thornton Township, All Seasons Pools and Spas, Inc., Judge John T. and Janet Doody, and St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society, Oak Lawn (Bronze Sponsors).

Event tickets will be available soon. Contact Christopher Beele at 429-7255, Ext. 118 for reservations, sponsorships, and additional information.

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and address the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.

Visit for more information on the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, ways to support its mission, and the services it provides.

Duty Honor Country

  Oak Lawn Woman Graduates from Air Force Training.

  Air Force Airman Tiffanie N. Triner, daughter of Scott Triner of Oak Lawn, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Triner earned distinction as an honor graduate. She completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Triner is a 2012 graduate of Oak Lawn Community High School.

Library Notes


Chicago Ridge

The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.

Evergreen Park

The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522.


Ongoing: Members of the community are invited to visit the Evergreen Park Public Library in November and December as it showcases a variety of artwork from Evergreen Park High School students enrolled in studio photography, beginning art, introduction to art, and ceramics/sculpture/jewelry design. For more information, call 422-8522, or visit

Green Hills

Green Hills Public Library District is located at 8611 W. 103rd St., Palos Hills. For more information, call 598-8446. Registration is made online at


Through 31: Library patrons are invited to join the 2014 Winter Reading Program. Children in grades Pre-K through 12 can earn weekly prizes. Adults will also win prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants, bookstores, and more. Everyone is encouraged to read to win. Registration is necessary.


Jan. 9: Teens can enjoy pizza and pop during movie night at the library beginning at 6 p.m. Iron Man 3 will be on the library screen. One movie goer will win a copy of the movie. Registration is required and limited to 60 teens.


Jan. 14: The library is offering a Microsoft Word 2010 class from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn how to create letterheads, charts, tables, and to customize layouts for flyers. Registration is limited to four per class and open to residents only. Laptops will be provided.


Jan. 16: Beth Randall, certified professional organizer, will discuss the benefits of getting organized to reduce the stress in life at 7 p.m. Participants will learn the tools to make them feel better about their life and environment. Registration is required.


Jan. 17: The library’s Family Movie Time will feature the movie “Planes” at 4 p.m. Each person receives popcorn and lemonade. All ages are welcome. Registration is required.


  Jan. 22: The library is offering a lecture-based class that will teach individuals all they need to know about the popular social networking site, Facebook at 6 p.m. Participants can learn the do’s and don’ts, notifications, photo tagging, and much more. Registration is required.


Jan. 23: Teens will learn how to construct different creations using a variety of patterned duct tapes at 6 p.m. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and limited to 25 teens.


Jan. 27: New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy discusses and signs copies of “Grace Takes Off,” the fourth book in her Manor House Mystery series at 6:30 p.m. The first 30 patrons to sign up and attend the event will get a free copy of Hyzy’s book. Registration required.


Oak Lawn

The Oak Lawn Public library is located at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. For more information, or to register for a program, call 422-4990.


The library’s regular hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m..


Jan. 11: In-person registration begins for Chef Kate Bradley’s next visit to the library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Bradley will review her favorite Tex-Mex family recipes, including beef brisket in a slow cooker, chicken posole, cheese and corn casserole, and Texas-style tabbouleh. The fee is $5 and the fee will be returned. There is a limit of 60.


Jan. 13 and 27: The library will begin an Adventure Club from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This new program will keep children guessing what will happen next. Activities will be based on historical happenings, odd occurrences and unusual celebrations that are significant for that date’s session. Participants can be playing games, making crafts, reading books, and even going outside. Registration begins 10 days before each session.


Jan. 14: Children and adults are invited to wear their favorite pajamas, listen to stories, sing songs, and learn finger plays from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the library. No reservation is required for this program.


Jan. 14: Adults and teens are of all skill levels are invited to participate in a Crochet Club from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library in study room number three. Participants should bring their hooks and yarn and any current project. Beginners should bring an H or I hook and skein of yarn of any color. To register, stop by the second floor Computer Center and ask for Patty.


Jan. 14, 21, and 28: Preschool Storytime is being offered for children ages 3 to 5 from 10: 30 to 11 a.m. during the month of January. Youngsters joining the group will listen to stories, sing songs and create crafts. Registration begins 10 days before each session. No parents are allowed.


Jan. 14 and Feb. 12: Pre-teens and teens, ages 11 to 14, can sign up for the Read Club meeting from 4 to 5 p.m., and get a free book at the library. Participants are asked to read the book, and then come to Read Club for trivia, discussion, games and other activities about the book. The first meeting will be a Read Club Warm Up. The second will focus on a “Tale Dark and Grimm.” Registration begins 10 days before each session.


Jan. 15: Students in grades eight through 12 are invited to participate in Teen Game Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. Teens can check out the new PlayStation 4, play Kinect and Wii games, DDR, and board games. Snacks and drinks will be provided.


Jan. 17: The Oak Lawn Public Library will host an overview of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, aimed at those 65 years of age and old at 2 p.m. Patrons can discover the provisions that may impact them and the timeline for what happens and when.


Jan. 18: By the time firefighters put on their gear, it can add up to 60 pounds to their weight. Find out how firefighters keep fit, what they eat and how to stay safe all year long from 10-11 a.m. at the library. The program will include stories, equipment show and tell, and a question and answer session. Registration is not required.


Jan. 19: The library will host a free concert featuring Tropical Sound Steel Drums from 2 to 3 p.m. Concert-goers can experience the spirit of the Caribbean Islands with a variety of tropical music, including reggae, calypso, soca, Latin and pop. Each set includes songs varying from Jimmy Buffet to Bob Marley to Harry Belafonte as well as traditional songs of the steel band. The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library are sponsoring the concert.


Jan. 20: Patrons who like fish, frogs and other swimming creatures and painting are invited to come by for the drop-in fish-printing program from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will create their own unique piece of art. Activities will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. All those participating should bring a bag, T-shirt or other item to decorate. Other materials will be provided. Registration is not required and all ages are welcome.


Jan. 20: The Oak Lawn Public Library will host a free movie screening of “42” at 2 and 6:30 p.m. The move focuses on the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight and Harrison Ford. “42” was released in 2013, is rated PG-13, and is 2 hours, 8 minutes long.


Jan. 22: Registration begins for Oak Lawn Library’s winter games. Someone will take home the gold Saturday, Feb. 1. The library will challenge young athletes in both team and individual events. Games will be played outside if snow is present, so appropriate dress is necessary. Children 6 to 8 will compete from 10 to 11 a.m., and those ages 9 to 12 will play from 1 to 2 p.m.


Jan. 22: Teams of up to five players will compete in four rounds of Teen Trivia Night to become the ultimate trivia champs from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Young Adult area at the library. The winners will receive a prize.


Jan. 22: College Funding Strategies of Tinley Park will show individuals how to help their high school students choose the best college with the least amount of damage to the family’s finances during the program Finding the College with the Best Financial Fit at 7 p.m. at the library.


Jan. 25: The library will host, “Fermilab Presents: The Mr. Freeze Cryogenic Show” from 10 to 11 a.m. Patrons will learn from Fermilab scientist Mr. Freeze about the field of super cooling cryogenics. Mr. Freeze will demonstrate lots of the basic properties of cryogenics, using liquid nitrogen as the main material. Due to loud explosions, this show is recommended for students in second grade and up. Younger children are welcome with appropriate adult support. Registration is not required.


Jan. 27: Dr. Kevin Luke, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Bone and Joint Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center, reveals the facts about today’s joint replacements at 6:30 p.m. He can help patrons answer the question, “Joint Replacement: Is it Time?”


Jan. 28: Illinois Joining Forces: Resources for Military and Veteran Families presents an open house at 7 p.m. at the library. The group wants to kick off an effort to recognize all that our military families have contributed and sacrificed for our nation. Also included is a program about General George Washington and his creation of the Military Badge of Merit, the predecessor to the currently awarded Purple Heart Medal.


Ongoing: Patrons are asked to donate their “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the library. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older textbooks. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the reception booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation.

The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio-visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond their regular budget.


Ongoing: The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library are asking community residents to donate their “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends ongoing book sale at the library. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older textbooks. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the reception booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation. The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio-visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond its regular budget.


Jan. 9: The Oak Lawn Public Library will host a free movie screening of “The Apartment” at 10 a.m. A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. The movie stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray. It is unrated and lasts 125 (two hours, five) minutes.


Jan. 15: Teen game night will be held at the library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The new PlayStation 4. Play Kinect, Wii games, DDR, and board games are available. Snacks and drinks will be provided.