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Matteson Star (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Matteson, 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 76 pages a 7 sections vol. 25, no. 17 sunday december is 1999 an edition of the Star a $1 per copy Matteson Richton 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 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 Robert my Kowsil 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 Hillier 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 none 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 Rich tax Levy rises 1.7 percent by Danielle Hirsch a 1.7 percent tax Levy increase approved by the Rich township High school District 227 Board of education last week will Lead to a a very Small increase in property taxes for District residents according to Harold Huang assistant superintendent. The Board unanimously approved the 1999 tax Levy of $28,546,852, a 1.67 percent or $468,282 increase Over last years Levy Extension. According to Huang the Levy can be attributed to an increase in costs. A the school Board has kept its Promise to Levy the amount the District needs a Huang said. District 227 taxpayers can expect to see the slight increase on their tax Bills in the fall of 2000. The Levy includes $18,814,761 for educational $3,717,148 for operations building and maintenance $140,935 for special education $845,607 for transportation $1.4 million for tort immunity $352,336 for life safety and $1,871,393 for Bond and interest. In other business the Board heard an update on the Rich South High school auditorium project. A committee composed of principals administrators teachers parents and students is working to finalize the location of the new auditorium. Huang said the committee is considering either the front Southeast Section facing Sauk Trail or the Back Northeast Corner of the school. A both locations Are Good areas. Its going to be a Tough decision a Huang said. The advantage of building the auditorium at the South end of the school is that the facility would he highly visible Huang said. The Benefit of constructing the auditorium at the North end of the school is that the facility would be closer to the parking lot. The committee will meet with the architects Dahlquist and Lutzow in january to further discuss the design plans. Officials said they Hope to break ground for the auditorium in the Spring of2000. The auditorium is expected to be completed by August of 2001. The districts Board of education approved a $5.2 million Bond Sale to finance the construction of the auditorium Olympia Fields gets new Village attorney by Barbara v. Dargis the Village of Olympia Fields will have a new attorney after the first of the year. The Olympia Fields Village Board last week appointed John p. Murphey of Evergreen Park As the Village attorney. Murphey is an attorney specializing in municipal Law with the Chicago firm of Rosenthal Murphey Coblentz and Janega. That firm represents other governmental bodies including Hazel Crest country club Hills Richton Park and Moraine Valley Community College. Murphey replaces Thomas a. Thanas who has been Village attorney in Olympia Fields since june 1991. Thanas will stay on in Olympia Fields for about one More month to assist the Village in the transition from one lawyer to another. Thanas informed the Board Many months ago of his intention to resign the position due to his increased workload As the Lead attorney for the City of Naperville. A a working with Olympia Fields has been a very positive experience for me a thanas said. A i leave with Many regrets As far As not being involved with Many of the projects the Village is working Village president Linzey Jones said thanas was Well respected and Well liked. A Tom thanas has done an exemplary Job for the Village of Olympia Fields. We will miss him a Jones said. Academics Page finder a-16 around town a2 business Section d Izso Dhah i Vul sections de editorials a-12 movies b-6 obituaries a-14 project share a-19 to 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 we web sit wow Ste newspapers com newsroom of mail stamens Inte Access com 6 "57544 00003 6 Sterkis May take jewel site Indiana chains move expected to create too jobs by Cathleen Falsani special to the Star when the Park Forest jewel Osco store closes Early next year it May be replaced by a Sterkis super foods store. On monday officials of the Indiana based supermarket Chain Are expected to present to Village trustees their plans to bring a flagship supermarket to the Orchard Park Plaza which is just West of Park forests redeveloped downtown. The 56,000-Square-foot store would be the largest in Sterkis nine store Chain according to Village officials. A Sterkis spokesman on Friday declined to comment on the chains Park Forest plans. Park Forest trustee Jon Steinmetz said Sterkis intends to renovate the jewel Osco in a project that a Likely to take six months and to Cost about $4 million. The new store is expected to create about too new jobs and Park Forest residents would be Given first priority for them according to Village officials. Company and Village officials have been negotiating the terms of a tax incentive agreement for about a month Steinmetz said. The Village has presented Sterkis with a draft agreement that Calls for a varying percentage of the supermarkets sales tax Revenue to be shared with Sterkis Over 25 years with a repayment penalty if the store closes during that period he said. Park Forest officials have been searching tirelessly for a supermarket to replace the jewel Osco which is pulling out because the stores sales were too Low. A i just think its very important not Only that we have a grocery store in town but that we have a store of Quality a mayor John Ostenburg said. A the last few years were a disappointment because the jewel store was not a High Quality a see Sterkis Page a-4 family Story the Snoreck family of Richton Park attended a storytelling session recently at Sieden Prairie school in Matteson. The Mother is Marisa Snoreck and her children Are Cody 16 months and Kyra 4. The storyteller was Jean Day. Chris Swada spacial to Tbs Star $ Al a i 1 a aft

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