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Harvey Star (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Harvey, Illinois Coming thursday. 2000 cheers details on Chicago s hot new year s eve Celebration outlined. Firs look inside today just the facts scientific methodology gets to the Root of Santa s secrets. To closeup warm thoughts safety tips on those necessary space Heaters. Home guide old world flair stories explain distinctively different Holiday traditions. Dimensions the 1901 -1999 Star 20 newspapers serving 54 communities 72 pages a 7 sections 109th year no. 95 sunday december is 1999 an edition of the Star a $1 per copy Harvey a Markham 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 r Quot Chil Sweda special to the Star solstice arrives marking the Start of Winter and nearly the end of the millennium. The solstice also Means the Days Wilt 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 Kowsil morn Geiger a wiccan or Witch prepares for the Winter solstice at the Earth amp 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. Are 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 Harvey pays More for failed tax Levy vote next years property tax Bills to double by Phil Rockrohr Harvey officials begrudgingly voted to Transfer $244,500 last week to cover Revenue the City lost in a special taxing District because it failed to pass its Levy last year. By not approving a property tax Levy the City was unable to collect property tax increases in its Center Street tax increment financing District City attorney David Dillner said. Normally those tax increases Are placed in a special fund Harvey uses to repay Bonds issued to finance redevelopment in the Tif District. The City was Able to pay its other Bills this year without a Levy by issuing More Bonds to cover expenses otherwise funded by property taxes said Alderman Frank Piekarski 1st Ward chairman of the City councils finance committee. Cook county assessed property owners to cover the Cost of paying those additional Bonds Piekarski said. However the county did not actually collect taxes on individual properties because the City did not request any property taxes he said. Three hotels located in the Tif District generated property tax increases that would have covered the Bond payments Dillner said. A but because there was no tax Levy last year there Are no incremental taxes to satisfy the debt a he said. Future increases in property taxes in the Tif District will be used to repay the $244,500 fund Transfer taken from the City a corporate fund Dillner said. Mayor Nick Graves predicted the Tif District will easily cover the difference in the next few a i think ifs doing very Well a Graves said. A we should catch up with the fund Transfer approved unanimously Marks a current total of some $550,000 in costs the City has incurred by failing to pass its 1998 Levy according to estimates provided by Piekarski last month. A this is just another problem see Levy Page a-4 gun Compromise fails negotiations continue downstate by Diane Ross statehouse news service Springfield a Compromise gun control legislation overwhelmingly passed the House but fell Short in the Senate Friday As a week Long anti crime special session moved into the weekend. Under the Compromise unlawful use of a weapon such As illegal Possession or transportation of a gun would remain the felony it became five years ago legislators said. Some first time offenders though could receive sentences of probation and eventually exp unction of their criminal records legislators said. The first time offenders provision was aimed chiefly at Hunters and others who mistakenly leave their guns loaded while transporting them legislators said. The Roll Call in the 118-member House where 71 votes were needed to pass the legislation showed 92 voted a a yes a 20 voted a a no a none were recorded As a a present and six were excused for not voting on that Roll Call. All South suburban House members voted a yes a except for rep. Harold Murphy a Markham. A spokeswoman in his office said he was at Home ill. The Roll Call in the 59-member Senate where 36 votes were needed to pass the legislation showed 29 voting a yes a 18 voting a no a seven recorded As a present a and five recorded As not voting on that Roll Call. South suburban Senate democrats a Sens. Debbie Halvorson of Crete William Shaw of Dolton and Larry Walsh see guns Page a-4 academics Page finder a-7 around town a-2 business Section d classified sections de editorials a-10 movies Section b obituaries b-2 police beat a-6 sports Section c our numbers main number 708 802-8800 circulation 708 802-8000 classified 708 802-8888 display 708 802-8001 editorial 708 802-8080 world wide web site newsroom email Sla news a Inte Access com 6 l.b57544"00003" u6 chamber seeks changes in Section 8 by Patricia Richardson special to the Star concerned that the relocation of thousands of Chicago housing authority residents might increase the concentration of federally subsidized tenants in the South suburbs area business leaders called wednesday for changes in the Way Section 8 vouchers Are issued. The Chicago Southland chamber of Commerce announced that it will join local officials in lobbying for additional funding for Section 8 counselling programs that help recipients move to Job Rich areas. The chamber also is calling for housing authorities throughout the Region to work together to a see Section 8, Page a-4 ii a v to k # or she him a he a a a k j i i a i i. Harvey movers a crowd of officials turned out recently to Mark the opening of the new transportation Center at 154th Street and Park Avenue in Harvey. From left they Are James Harris director of the Pace transportation Agency Deborah Sims Cook county commissioner and Nick Graves mayor of Harvey

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