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Oak Park World (Newspaper) - January 9, 1977, Oak Park, Illinois VOL. 8 NO. 86 SUNDA Weekend WORLD THE WEEKEND MECHANIC will give advice on do-it-yourself auto maintenance, care and service -and his column begins in he WORLD this .weekend, ^or today's advice on a bat-ery check, see page 6, section 1. FOR RECENT BIRTH announcements, including "a local "New Year's Baby," see listings under "New People" on page 7,. section 1. LEGISLATORS in the 21st "district gear ip for the new General Assembly session — while 18th-district Rep.-elect Elmer Conti decides to run for re-elec tion as mayor of Elmwoot Park and prepares for his second political race in re cent months.- THE POM PON. squad a Oak Park-River Forest High School is a happy combination of cheerleading and dance — and Tom Hansen tells about it on page l, section 2. Wednesday WORLD TENANT LIfE, a new column on the rights and way of life of the apartment dweller in Oak Park provided by the Tenants' Association of Oak Park, begins this Wednesday. Look for it on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. THE LIGHTED School-house schedule will be pub llshed Iii the Wednesday WORLD. Check over the classes offered by the Village of Oak Park and send in the form to enroll. Around the WORLD FRIENDSOF DOLE Branch Library,- 255 Augusta Blvd., Oak Park, wil" sponsor free, full-length family type movies oh Sundays in January beginning Jan. 9. The first movie to be shown will be "His Xlirl Friday." For more information, call 386-2103. A SERIES of Sunday evening encounter groups wil begin Jan, 9 at the Unitari an-Universalist Church, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. Doors will opfen at Tplm. ant groups will start at 6:45 p.m. After the groups em at 9:30 p.m. there will be a social hour until 10. For in formation, call the Oasis Midwest Center (or Human Potential at 266-0033. Village By KAY DIVINE A $70,000 property purchase by the village of Oak Park is a key parcel in the larger Garfield Street and Harlem Avenue site that is under consideration for motel development. The village approved purchase of the land and building at 1130 W. Gar-field St., Oak Park, on Dec. 2n "f Qr Its projected immediate use is a parking lot," Thorpe said. The village is considering using the site to attract commercial developments, according to Thorpe dnd Oak Park Development Corp. (OPDC) President Arthur Replogle. The OPDC has been speaking to motel-investors about that site, Replogle said. parking and other municipal purposes," accordingfto the real estate con-< tract. This means that the property could be sold to a commercial developer, Village Attorney Art Thorpe said. The parcel bought from Margaret "Bouchard, a widow and LaGrange resident, includes a two-story redbrick building. It is located on the northeast corner of Gaffield Street arid Maple Avenue, acms the street from a village-metMed commuter parking lot. / If the village decides to expand the parking lot, it will tear down the building and vacate Maple Avenue north of Garfield Street, adding 66 square feet of street to the site. "With that kind of combination there could be many uses for the site. The land on the north side of Gar-field Street, including • the recently purchased parcel, isone of four potential sites recommended for an Oak Park motel ift a professional feasibility study for thffOPDC. "That little parcel (1130 W. Garfield St.) is the part that we needed to put it all together,", said Art Replogle, OPDC president. "It is one step along a long road. It will help in negotiations (with niotel developers)," Replogle said. The OPDC,- a not-for-profit group that works closely with the village to , stimulate commercial growth, commissioned the firm of Harris, Kerr and Forster to study the= Oak Park market and feasibility of a motel in Oak Park about three years ago, The Garfield/Harlem site is among * Continued on page 3, section 1 threaten strike By CHARLES «IAMETTA Members of a maintenance workers union have threatened to strike West Suburban Hospital Monday morning unless the hospital recognizes thé union's collective-bargaining rights. Hospital officials said such a strike would be a "threat" to tlj&institution, its physicians and patiénts but that the facility will continue "to provide uninterrupted care to the patients and maintain all normal operations, including regular visiting hours. The hospital's maintenance staff consists of 23 persons handling electrical, mechanical, snow removal and maintenance clerical duties at the 372-bed facility, according to J. Rock Tonkel, the hospital's chief administrator. The hospital is located at 518 N. Austin Blvd. in Oak Park. Its maintenance workers belong to Local 7 of the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers, AFL-CIO, a union representing numerous New * group forming hospitals in the Chicago area, a union spokesperson said. According to a hospital statement. West Suburban Hospital authorities were notified Dec. 22, 1976, that the union's members would "withdraw their services and picket West Suburban Hospital at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, 1 1977." The work stoppage is still/technically in the threat stage but John Code, president of the union's local branch, said there is "no way we can stop it (the strike) unless the employer meets with us and is willing to bargain." Code said the union has offered to .assist the hospital with an .orderly shutdown of maintenance respOTsibil-ities before the strike and that the union stands willing to negotiate at any time. Hospital authorities said "other personnel" will assume the duties of the maintenance staff in the event of a strike. They have indicated, however, that talks with the union wolild damage „.thejr position in the complex matter. The hospital has refused to recognize the union on grounds that the By KAY DIVINE Keeping alive the tradition of controversy in the Ôak Pârk village elections, a new political organization is being formed by Michael rt-oko, 708 S. Maple Avenue, Oak Park. * Proko wants to beat tradition, however. He claims that the new organization, which has not assumed a name, will break the Village Managers' Association's record of victories in the village elections. Claiming to be amassing a coalition of Oak Park Village Mall merchants, other village-based businessmen, senior citizens, residents of east Oak Park, women and blacks, Prôko said he is organizing a full slate of candidates, Some 100 residents have been interviewed for their ideas and for sugges-~Hons of possible candidates, he said. Most of the interviewing and organizing has been done by himself, Proko said. He will be meeting this weekend with the potential candidates and other participants to finalize a slate, of candidates for village trustees, village president and village clerk positions, he saiiL ____ Already confident of some of the choices, Proko said Thursday that jtwo would be women and one would be a black. 1& "People are fed up with the way things are being done," said Proko, who works in his father's painting business and also as a tax consultant. "Oak Park is pulling out its support from the mall," Proko charged, blaming the village board that was slated by the VMA for building the mall and then letting it slide. He cited the business failures of Montgomery Ward's, Wm. Y. Gilmore and Sons and Bramson, Inc. Gilmore's and Bramson's should have been moved onto the mall, he said. The policy of developing parking lots on the east side of Oak Park was also criticized by Proko. More apartment buildings, not parking lots, are needed in that area, he said. "People on the east side are afraid the VMA is not for them," he said. The VMA, which has won elections since it w&s formed 25 years ago, is expected to announce its slate next week. , v . Then the drive for signatures on petitions will begin to meet the Jan. 31 deadline for the filing of candidates. RF Dist. 90 president will run for third term By I^AURIE HUGET Illomae Bialek, whose second term as president of the school board for River Forest District 90 expires in April, says she "feels obligated" to run for an unprecendented third term and will probably seek the support of the District 90 board of managers for her candidacy. David Hanson, the other District 90. board member whose term expires this year said he has~beenT>reoccu-pied with the- search for a new superintendent in the wake of Supt. James Hlggins' resignation Dec. 13 and has not had a cnance to focus on the question of re-election* Hanson, an attorney with the Northern Trust Co., Indicated he will announce his candidacy intentions next month. Mrs. Bialek, a licensed school administrator and psychologist, is prin-. clpal of the REAL learning center, jointly sponsored by the RTdgewood, Elmwood Park and Leyden high school districts. She has served for six years on the River Forest school board.' Mrs. Bialek said that, while the board of managers rarely approaches an incumbent serving a second term to ask him or her to seek re-election, she feels an obligation as the longest-standing member in a/time when the district will be "operating in a limbo area for six months" with no superintendent. She said there are many relatively new members on the board and she "doesn't want toilet the schools down" by depriving the dis-' trict of her experience. The board of managers includes the General Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) officers and. former president, the • presidents of the five individual school PTA's, representatives from school mothers' councils and parent and nonparent delegates frbm the schools. The group numbers about 26, according to Roosevelt School PTA President Camille King. She said there was an executive meeting in November and that the board of managers will meet Jan. 18 to set up its procedures for selecting candidates. The board of managers will interview prospective candidates Feb. 8 and, ir necessary, Feb. 9. The selection group will then announce its endorsements. Mes. King said the interviews will be open to any prospective board members. Mrs. Bialek said that usually the board of managers' c?ndi-I dates are elected but "not always." local should represent a broader body of emp loy^s, said^Richard Rateliff, the hospital's"labor attorney. The hospital is awaiting a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that tould send the argument before a U.S. Court of Appeals — a decision apparently some weeks off. The Chicago office of the NLRB has certified the union as the official bargaining agent for West Suburban's maintenance employes only. "If we begin bargaining with this union, with respect to maintenance employes," Rateliff Said, "there no longer would be the technical refusal to bargain and the basis for a review by a U.S. Court of Appeals would be eliminated and the issue about the size of the unit would become Moot." ¡Start the New Year with a good resolution Make 1977 the year you give your family a home of their own; a yard tor the children and a garage for your car. The weekend edition of the WORLD contains a special editorial feature titled CURRENT LISTINGS This , weekend featCrfe lists the homes arid Income properties that have recently come onto Vie market'. ~ . "" ) Smart shoppers knpw"To' check the CURRENT Ll^flNGS to find the great real estate buys offered by local Realtors.' Shop the real estate pages of the WORLD to make your New Year resolution come true. FOR WANT ADS CALL 524-0600
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