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Hazel Crest Star (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Hazel Crest, 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 76 pages a 7 sections vol. 26, no. 24 sunday december 19, 1999 an edition of the Star a $1 per copy Hazel Crest country club Hills bringing local news Home cold Winter rites Tho 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 a Chris Swada spacial to the 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 Mlekowski 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 Prairie Hills school chief named to Park Boardly Eileen Hansen the country club Hills Board of commissioners has appointed j. Kay Giles to fill a vacancy on the Board. Giles is superintendent of Prairie Hills elementary school District 144. She will fill the position left vacant with the resignation of Debi Welch wife of the City a mayor in August. Thirteen residents applied for the vacancy five of whom were interviewed by the entire Board according to Park director Brian Sullivan. The Board was very pleased with the Quality and interest shown by All the candidates Sullivan said. Sullivan said Giles was selected for the Board because of her enthusiasm thorough understanding of intergovernmental relationships knowledge of governmental finance educational background and because she is a a team oriented the Board was particularly impressed with Giles commitment to the Mission of the Park District that is to provide outstanding Park and recreational opportunities for All residents. A the decision to appoint Giles to the Board was unanimous a Sullivan said. A resident of the mar Crest subdivision since 1990, Giles has been Active in the mar Crest Home owners association and is currently chairman of the activities committee. Giles has served As superintendent of Prairie Hills elementary school District since 1997. Giles has almost 30 years of experience in education and has been an employee of the District for 21 years. She has been see Board Page a-4 Village officials approve tax Levy by Lynda hem Mer Ling Hazel Crest officials last tuesday adopted the villages annual Levy the Levy and assessment of taxes for 1999 was adopted unanimously. Trustee Erie leaner however was sick and not at tuesdays meeting. A the Village derives its tax by applying a rate per $ too of equalized assessed valuation a said trustee Melvin freed. About 28 percent of Village operations Are supported by property tax Revenue according to the current year budget he noted. Regulated by the state of Illinois and Cook county the levying of property taxes is based upon the value of All real property within the Village. The county uses the villages 1998 equalized assessed valuation of $106,922,976 to deter mine the 1999 Levy amount and tax rate officials said. The tax rates Are determined in a number of ways officials said. Some Are established As maximum rates by state Law others Are based upon financial need for a specific fund or purpose. There Are 14 categories in the Levy. This years Levy is projected to generate about $3 million. In a related matter trustees adopted a Resolution reducing the liability insurance Extension should the Village Levy exceed the established tax Cap. If a reduction in the Levy was required it would be taken from the liability insurance Extension instead of All categories of the Levy officials said. A in order to avoid an across the Board reduction Iii the Levy the Village can request by Resolution see Levy Page a-4 student works hard to fund european trip academics Page finder a-16by Eileen Hansen Javonne Stewart of country club Hills can to wait for summer to come a and its not just because she does no to like the cold and Snow. The 13-year-old Marian Catholic High school freshman will join other students from throughout Illinois who will leave the country to explore another part of the world. The trip is organized by the people to people student ambassador program which will take students on a 21-Day tour of Spain France and Italy where they will meet with other youths government officials and stay in Host Homes. Whether strolling the fortress Walls of a medieval French City sampling tapas in Madrid exploring Rome a coliseum and the Vatican a historic buildings or spending several nights with Host families along the Way the exciting and challenging itinerary brings ambassadors face to face with International issues in a program that combines a Strong educational focus with Many fun activities. For Javonne summer can to come soon enough. A i can to wait a Javonne said. Javonne said she was looking Forward to meeting Young people from other parts of the world and to learn about their countries and cultures. A i make friends real easily see trip Page a-4 around town a-2 business Section d classified sections do editorials a-12 movies b-5 obituaries a-14 project share a-19 sports Section c our numbers main number 708 802-8800 circulation 708 802-8000 classified 708 802-8888 display 708 802-8001 editorial 708 802-8060 i Hazel Crest ready for any y2k glitches officials say work we wok sit newsroom a Moll Sta news a Inte Access com l57544"00003 Quot 6 Hazel Crest Village officials say the municipality expects to Welcome the millennium without the much touted y2k glitches. In an official memorandum sent to Village manager Robert Palmer from department Heads last week fire chief Doug Chappell said the fire department is y2k compliant and ready for any emergencies that might arise. In addition to the departments safety and Protection readiness fire Rescue and inspection Al services reports that emergency medical service Ems equipment computers and other fire department emergency apparatus have also been Field tested and certified As compliant and expected to fruition fully in the new year. A brochure on suggested y2k emergency Steps prepared by the fire department will soon be available to residents. Public works department officials said the departments computers and software Are a millennium Bug free and ready for use in the year 2000. Meanwhile Commonwealth Edison a major provider for the Village says its equipment which is being used in Hazel Crest already meets y2k standards but the Village is still waiting for a full report. Palmer said Public works personnel have taken adequate Steps to initiate a limited water Supply for residents and to ensure that the villages fire fighting capabilities Are not comprised in the event of any problems encountered by the City of Harvey Hazel crests water supplier. The Hazel Crest police department is also prepared for any emergency. A although we Are confident that Public utilities both within and beyond the control of the Village of Hazel Crest will operate on Jan. I plans have been developed to Deal with possible failure of one or More utilities a said police chief Peter fee. Fee said additional personnel Are scheduled to a see y2kpage a-4

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