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   Circle, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1971, Chicago, Illinois                                Whitaker decries 'mud- slinging' in Westhaven The forces are lined-up for what looks like a tough village race in Westhaven. Westhaven will get a whole new village board of trustees and a new village clerk. Charles Short, who resigned as Westhaven clerk earliei this year, will run for that position again. This time, however, Short will run with the "New Voters a slate of candidates that will oppose candidates supported by Village President Curtis Whitaker. Short was originally elected on Whitaker's slate. Short said the main reason for his resignation from the clerk's job was what Short called "Whitaker's constant harrasement about affairs that had nothing to do with village business." Whitaker, on the other hand, claims Short's reason for resignation was ad- ditional job duties where Short works. Snort feels that Westhaven needs, among other things, a full time police department. Westhaven presently gets police service from Cook County. Whitaker, however, serves as Acting (Whitaker stresses the capital police chief. Whitaker said he wants full-time police too, but "Some people don't have the patience to wait, you don't want the Village to go into debt over it's head." Short indicated that one of the reasons he feels Westhaven needs full-time police is because "Whitaker can't legally write tickets." Short might find that some reason for happiness, however, since, according to Whitaker, Short has not yet purchased a vehicle sticker of a permit tag for his dog. "Short is past the legal (Feb. 15) deadline for purchasing the sticker and Whitaker said. "And I am going to see to it that he gets a ticket." Perhaps Short was unable to purchase a vehicle sticker because he found village hall closed. Short and the New Voter's say that one of the complaints of Westhaven citizens is that the hall is rarely open for business. Whitaker disagrees, saying the village hall is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. "Anytime after that, they can reach me at home, and I'd be more than happy to help them out. This thing about the hall not being open is false. I don't see why we can't have elections without this mud slinging." Westhaven voters will go to the polls Apr. 20 for the municipal election. The New Voter party candidates are Short for village clerk, and for trustees: Charles A. Downie, Ralph J. Aldrich, John P. Miller, Donald L. Kellogg, Diane M. Bartholmey and Meredith Macki. The concerned Citizens Party, backed by Whitaker, includes Gerald E. Jones, Jr. for clerk, and for trustees: Dennis R. Ward, Eugene J. O'Brien, Oriel E. Pounders, James J. Parnitzke, General E. Douglas and Carl J. Cicero. Tinley seeks members or environment board The Tinley Park Village board has established a new ordinance for the establish- ment of an Environmental Control Board. The nine-member board will have the powers to deal with environmental problems, according to member Dick Hallsey. HaQsey said that the board is still looking for members. "We are seeking qualified men and women to serve on the board. We would prefer a person with a background in science or the related areas of ecology and conservation, but this background is not necessarily a requirement." Hallsey said the board is the brain child of Village board member Richard Durkin. "Our first task will be to nail down a spectrum; make a study to see what can be done." Halsey said that the fact that Tinley Park is growing so rapidly might prove to be an ecological problem. "We want to deal with that problem while it's hap- pening, not after the fact." Anyone interested in becoming a panel member may contact Hallsey at 532- 1518 or drop a note, marked to the attention of the En- vironmental Controal Board, at the Village clerk's office. Sweet music at Lockport West The Joliet Sweet Adelines will hold their annual show "That's Entertainment 1971" March 27 and 28. The show will be held at Lockport West High school, Lockport, Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 28 at 2 pjn. Entertainment will include the Joliet chorus plus Joliet's two women's Chordial Four and the Neighbor "Ring" Chords. The guest quartet will be Joliet's own The Allied Four. Tickets are selling for for adults and for children under 12 and senior citizens over 65. The tickets will be only available on Sunday. Part of our proceeds will go to the Aesculapian Society (Drug An Economist Publication NORTH-EAST EDITION VOL. 3 NO. 6 WEDNI5SDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1971 lOc PER COPY Sun to eome? The last rays of the sun shine upon two youngsters enjoying the springlike weather lut week. Hopefully, a sign of more good weather to come. The young men are students at St. George's School in Tinley Park. Circle photo by Rkk Marty 45-15 hike for a better school Growth and the problems of overcrowed classrooms have hit Valley View School District 96 in Romeoville. If any district can say it is both plagued and blessed by the times, certainly Valley View can. The district faces the problem of many area rapid increase in population and lack of classroom space to handle the new growth. Valley View has had its share of money and space problems. The district reached the full extent of its bonding power last year, needed space, and faced the unwelcome alternatives of going on split sessions or increasing class size. Blessed with innovative administrators and school board members, Valley View did neither of these. Instead the disl rict went on a year-around school plan, a still-novel concept in education. School administrators and the board are very pleased with some unexpected results of year-around school, called the 45-15 plan since the children go to school the whole year on staggered enrollment for 45- day segments and 15-day vacations. Perhaps, at least as far as tax payers are concerned one of the best benefits of 45- 15 is what it has not cost. James Bingle, sdno! board president, said that the 45-15 plan saved the district some million in construction costs. "When we went on 45- 15, we gained two 30-room schools without laying a buck, due to staggered enrollment year-around." The district thereby avoided asking for money for additional class space. Some of the more obvious benefits of the 45-15 plan include the opportunity for teachers to work year around James Gove, assistant superintendent of the district, said that most teachers "bemoan the fact that they are not paid a living wage, while at the s.itne time tax payers si) (continued on page 2)   

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