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Several of my columns have addressed the positive economic value of parks and recreation. Not only here, but I make it a practice at public speaking engagements to highlight the economics of parks and recreation.
On Tuesday, at least in Illinois, there could be new faces in many local government agencies, and definitely any referendum issues will have a conclusion.
First and foremost, I want to wish you, your family members and friends a very happy new year. May 2013 be joyous and good to you.
Just when you thought the election season is over, the local election season starts up, at least for us here in Illinois.
Looking for something to do in October? By October you will be reminiscing about the summer. Your children will be over their first-day-of-school nerves. You’ll be thinking about the upcoming holidays and all of the other stressful items in your life. Trust me, you will need a break! So mark…
Just recently Kristi DeLaurentiis, director of planning and development for the village of Lansing, authored the column “Building Blocks for the Future” that appeared in The Times. I was one of the attendees at the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks workshop, hosted by Lansing, that she…
Welcome to spring 2012. I am confident we all can agree the weather over the last several weeks has been unusual but a pleasant surprise. We all now can start to think about all of the activities we want to participate in since the nice weather is finally here.
Our home was located in Germantown -- a neighborhood, back in the day, that took care of everybody. My parents were parents of all of my friends and vice versa. It is totally different today. Today many people in the neighborhood do not even know their neighbors. What a shame.
My family consists of my wife, Barb, and two Alaskan malamutes -- Alce and Maggie May. These two furry family members are the third and fourth Alaskan malamutes we have had. I am positive there are a lot of people out there rolling their eyes when I include two dogs within the term of "famil…
Has it really been 10 years since the attack on the World Trade Center in New York? For me, I could not believe what I was seeing on TV. I thought, what the heck is this? I was seeing a building with flames coming out near the top.
Lately I have had acquaintances and friends pass away -- very young by most standards.
My last column was directed mostly to my fellow citizens in Lansing. Today I am going to continue with that message because for me it is a very important message for the future of the Lan-Oak Park District and our community.
First and foremost, I want to wish everyone a merry, prosperous and healthy holiday season. This is the time of year we should pause to survey all of the things in our lives we are thankful for. I am confident a smile will come across your face.
On a daily basis we are either reading or listening to how the present economy is affecting state and local governments. If that's not the topic of the day, we are then reading or listening about how government and its officials are corrupt, untrustworthy and self-centered.
Summer is finally in full swing, and there are many programs and special events in which you can participate.
We're off and running in 2010, and I would like to wish you and your family a belated happy and prosperous New Year.
It is the holiday season! I am pretty sure since it's November, and people are recovering from that traditional family fest on Thanksgiving Day.
Many years ago, I chose to be a public servant. This career choice was easy.
I am debating if I should watch the HBO special "The Alzheimer's Project." Executive Producer Maria Shriver's father has Alzheimer's disease. The program will look into one family's story of dealing with Alzheimer's and raise awareness of the disease.
Change is in the air once again. Along comes spring and local elections.
November is finally here. I have always labeled November as "the season" -- the season to be thankful, the season of honoring family traditions and the season of reflection.
Another summer season will soon be ending. Time does come and go quickly these days. How many times did you hear as a child that once you get older the time of your life moves quicker?
Choosing my profession, 30 years ago, in government I clearly understood the role of a public servant. I was also certain that I would never be one of those government workers with the media knocking down my door for doing something illegal.
Thirteen days into the New Year, here's to a great and prosperous new year for you and your family.
As a career park and recreation professional I have met thousands of people -- many of which impressed me, but few of which inspired me. I am privileged to introduce two very special young people with this article. They both have uniquely inspired me.
Once again we're at the midpoint of summer. It seems like after July 4 the days of summer just go by so fast.
Technically, this is my first column as a member The Times Editorial Advisory Board, and I am very happy that it comes on Mother's Day. To all the mothers, may your day be bright, joyous and full of love today.
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