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Crete Star (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Crete, Illinois Coming thursday. Inside today 2000 cheers details on Chicago s hot new year s eve Celebration outlined. Firs look just the facts scientific methodology gets to the Root of Santa s secrets. To closeup Al warm thoughts safety tips on those necessity space Heaters. Home guide old world flair stories explain distinctively different Holiday traditions. Dimensions 76 pages a 7 sections vol. 28, no. 79 sunday december 19, 1999 an edition of the Star a $1 per copy Crete University Park bringing local news Home cold Winter rites the Moon rises recently Over 159th Street and Wolf Road in Orland Park. Experts say the Moon will be a Little bigger and brighter when the Chris a weds up Sciapi to Tbs Star solstice arrives marking the Start of Winter and nearly the end of the millennium. The solstice also Means the Days will Start to get get ready to Mark a rebirth of Sunby Mai Beth Beechen Long before the birth of the Christ child ancient pagans celebrated the midwinter return of the Sun a the Winter solstice. The Winter solstice occurs each year on or about dec. 21. This Day Marks the shortest period of Daylight during the year. From then on the periods of Daylight get longer As the Sun begins climbing in the sky to reach its Peak once again on june 21, the summer solstice. Followers of wicca an ancient Earth entered religion done to celebrate Christmas. Instead their midwinter festivities Center around the rebirth of the see wiccan Page a-5 Star photo by Hobart ill Kowall morn Geiger a wiccan or Witch prepares for the Winter solstice at the Earth a beyond Bookstore in Tinley solstice of 1900s arrives on wednesday by Linda Swisher Busy with Holiday preparations and y2k concerns have we overlooked the arrival of Winter Winters coming a wednesday at 1 44 . To be exact. That a when the Winter solstice occurs this year in our part of the world. At least one weather expert predicts somewhat higher than Normal temperatures for the Chicago Region this Winter but he anticipates a a Normal precipitation. So get ready for the Snow and ice. Ars we ready yes according to Many who head up local emergency service agencies. Police and fire departments hone their skills with year round training. Police Deal with icy conditions and traffic safety As situations arise but As for proce a see solstice Page a-5 youth Dies after gym class Accident by Gene of Shea special to the Star a 9-year-old University Park boy died saturday apparently from injuries he received during a gym class at school. As Early As Friday family friends and teachers of Gary Armstrong expected the Spunky third grader to be released from the Hospital saturday. Instead the boys condition took a turn for the worse and he died at Christ Hospital at 9 26 . An autopsy is scheduled for today. Gary was injured thursday afternoon while playing a game in gym class at Hickory elementary school 1009 Blackhawk drive University Park said Crete Monee school District 201-u supt. Steve Humphrey. The game somewhat Akin to a steal the Bacon a required the students to run up to a designated spot grab an object and run Back. While running up to the object Gary got tripped up in another child a feet fell Back and struck his head on the floor. The incident occurred around noon authorities said. Gary was transported to Olympia Fields Hospital by University Park firefighters. At that Hospital physicians conducted a it scan and based on the test results ordered the boy transferred to Christ Hospital authorities said. On Friday school officials were told Gary was feeling Well enough to be up and about. The boy had his photograph taken with Santa Claus at the Hospital Humphrey said. A we told his classmates he might come Home saturday a Humphrey said. A we All thought he was making Progress and doing when Gary died he was surrounded by family members and the minister from his Church. The principal from his school was on hand to support his family. Humphrey also went to the Hospital to lend his support after Gary passed he said. A a we re All numbed by this a Humphrey see it. So to Ujj \ v Humphrey described Gary As in outgoing boy who displayed leadership qualities. A the was a very popular Young a see Accident Page a-4 Crete Monee Levy to hike taxes by Danielle Hirsch the Crete Monee school District 201-u Board of education approved its 1999 tax Levy last week which should Lead to a 7 percent increase in property taxes for District residents Accord my to Bob Koch business manager. Officials unanimously approved a $23,030,000 tax Levy a 12.64 percent or $2,583,593 increase Over last years Extension. District taxpayers will see the increase on their May 2000 tax Bills. According to Koch the increase can be attributed to re instituting classes and programs that were Cut by District officials last year. A we brought Back a portion of the Art and music classes and the sixth period class at the High school a Koch explained. Koch said the increase also is the result of the referendum that voters supported in March of 1998. As part of the referendum voters approved transferring 80 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation to generate about $3 million annually for education costs. Voters also approved extending the property tax rate increase until 2009 and transferring some of that Revenue from debt reduction to the districts education fund which pays for operating costs such As teacher Sala ies and textbooks. Koch said the District is levying higher to capture Revenue from new growth and improvements. The 1999 tax Levy includes $14.7 million for education $2.4 million for building $950,000 for transportation $225,000 for special education and $3.7 million for Bond and interest. University Park pushes harder for unique zip code Post office Page finder academics_a-16 around town a-2 business Section d classified sections de editorials a-12 movies b-5 obituaries a-14 project share a-19 sports Section c our numbers main number 708 802-8800 circulation 708 002-8000 classified 708 802-8888 display 708 802-8001 my 708 802-8080 world wide web site com newsroom a mall Sta Newso Inte Access com 6 "57544 00003 by de Pilolla a University Park Resolution calling for a Village Post office substation and a zip code was adopted and mailed to state legislators last week. As it stands University Park does not have a unique zip code or a local Post office. Mail is delivered through Post offices in Monee Crete arid Park Forest. The Park Forest Post office handles the bulk of the University Park mail. Inconvenienced residents a especially senior citizens who must travel to one of the outlying Post offices a have been spearheading the push for a local Post office for More than to years University Park president Edward Palmer said. A and there a Only one pickup time at the end of the Day at Village mailboxes a said Elbert Shaw University Park Deputy Village manager. Shaw said that Utility taxes and sales taxes Are often identified through zip codes and since University Park uses a Park Forest zip code its not easy combing through addresses to figure who a in what Village. Park Forest postmaster Bill Caton however had his doubts that a University Park Post office would increase mail delivery efficiency. In a Telephone interview Friday Caton said the Park Forest Post office is fully automated and can process 35,000 pieces of mail an hour and More equipment will soon be added for even faster service. Caton suggested that University Park do what Richton Park did get a Small Post office its own zip code and a postmaster but allow Park Forest to process the mail. When told of the suggestion Palmer responded a what would we have our own Post office for then a Caton also had doubts that University Park mail is consistently being misdirected out of the Park Forest Post office As charged by University Park officials. A there have been very few complaints from customers and that a the Benchmark a Caton said. Palmer had no doubts however that a University Park Post office could handle the mail flow. Putting it to the test science teacher Gary Guzdziol releases a hot air balloon into the sky at Crete Monee Middle school in University Park. The occasion was a science project in the teachers eighth Grade class. Star photo by Robert ill Kowall

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