The Shopper: Janice Minton-Kutz

Janice Minton-Kutz

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Posted: September 09, 2016 - 1:46 pm

WHICH WICH OPENS ON INDIANAPOLIS IN SCHERERVILLE: Pictured here are Casey and Joanna Erickson and Kennedy Iwaszko in the newly opened Which Wich sandwich shop. The location is in the former Ciao Bella and Houlihans at 1508 US 41, the busiest corner or Northwest Indiana at present. The Ericksons promised to also open another location in Northwest Indiana in either Highland, Merrillville or St. John sometime soon and are scouting such locations now. Casey and Kennedy’s Dad David are both with the Calumet City Police Department. In all, the sandwich shop hopes to employ 25 and will feature sandwiches of every type and home made condiments we will be unable to get anywhere else! That US 41 and 30 corner is indeed iconic. Teible’s still occupies a huge space and where Sauzer’s pancake house used to be is now a gas station and across the street where Kiddieland used to be are a variety of different stores. What is life without change?

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Posted: August 31, 2016 - 1:27 pm

CALUMET CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AUGUST LUNCHEON: Features the new Economic Development Coordinator Pete Saunders. The 40 members and guests assembled for the Chamber’s August Luncheon meeting listened attentively as the new (on the job just 3 months) EDC Saunders gave an overview of his background and ambitious and exciting plans for Calumet City. Saunders has more than 20 years experience in planning, and economic development and community development both in the public and private sectors. He had previously advised the City of Chicago, the City of Joliet and the Chicago  Metropolitan Agency for Planning.  Right up there on technology, Pete also is editor/publisher of the Corner Side Yard, an urbanist blog that focuses on a variety of issues facing cities today and contributes to Forbes Magazine in addition to other prominent news outlets. As he spoke, Pete outlined some new business on the charts for Calumet City--Checkers coming to River Oaks Drive across from McDonald’s, a car wash going into where the health club was on Torrence next to Aldi’s and an enclosure for Sonic  on Torrence Avenue so we can enjoy a meal indoors. Also a Dialysis clinic on Sibley which hopes to serve hundreds of patients a week. Next up for the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce will be the annual Car show, Sunday September 18th, 2016 co-coordinated  by Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush and Andy DeYoung of Bob’s Body Shop. The car show will be at River Oaks Center and promises to be one of the great ones this season!  For more information on the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce, contact President Jane Rowland, 708-862-6254. Or go to info@calumetcitychamber.com Thanks to Larry Burrows for photo.

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Posted: August 23, 2016 - 1:30 pm

PICNIC AT POST 330: Sunday August 14, 2016 dawned bright and sunny and was perfect for the annual American Legion Post 330 in Calumet City. Pictured here under the tent are John and Ginny Ulaszek, along with American Legion Post 697 Commander Don Lange and Patty Partayka in background. Patty was the dear friend of the late, great Frank Opiola, the former Post 330 Commander. The members of the post barbequed burgers, brats and dipped fresh sweet corn in butter for a great picnic lunch. Music, raffles and door prizes rounded out the annual affair. The great hall is available for weddings, anniversaries, and parties of all kinds. Call them at 708-862-8685 for more information. And if you do have an event there, make sure it includes some of Chef Julie’s fabulous fried chicken!

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Posted: August 17, 2016 - 10:21 am

LINDA PILJAC AND SOPHIE AT LYNN’S DOGGIE SPA AND PET GROOMING: Looked like a well groomed lady, Sophie the adorable mixed breed just had her styling done thanks to Linda (and hubby Ken Laski) and her team of dog groomers. The popular pet groomer recently moved from Burnham Avenue in Calumet City to 1612 119th Street in Downtown Whiting. Linda is pictured here is the lobby of her new salon which caters to dogs of all breeds. She is very close to Walhala Beach and the lake as well as the wonderful Whiting Restaurants and charming shops. Her new number is 219-370-5166 but if you ring her at 708-868-6475 she will still get the call. For more information email her at Lynnsdoggiespa@att.net or go to her Facebook page.

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Posted: August 10, 2016 - 11:04 am

KEN AND PATSY TEASE COME BACK TO SAY ‘SO LONG’: Longtime Calumet City residents Ken and Patsy Tease moved from CC two years ago to Las Vegas. They have a lawn implement business at the corner of 159th and Burnham Avenue, Harold Tease and Son which has been on the market for years. They have decided it was time just to sell the contents of the building in a final grand sale and live permanently in sunny Las Vegas. Ken and Patsy are pictured here last weekend during their sale as they met with friends and former customers and said farewell. “It’s a bit hard to say good by. There are so many memories here,” Ken noted nostalgically. He did, after all grow up in the community. His dad was a fixture on that corner and a founder of the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce. Ken is still a Lifetime Member of that organization after having been Executive Director for many years. But time marches on and the Teases found their calling to be glittering Las Vegas where Ken, a member of the musicians union there regularly plays gigs for A listers who come to entertain. Patsy, the hostess with the mostest enjoys giving fun parties and invites friends from Calumet City and Cedar Lake where they once had a lovely home. Blessings and Best Wishes to Ken and Patsy Tease!

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Posted: August 04, 2016 - 2:26 pm

NORENE AND ANDY DELAURENTIS CELEBRATE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: The Lansing couple were married on Saturday July 16th, 1966 at St. Kevin’s Church on 107th and Torrence Avenue in South Deering   A reception for 450 guests was held at Club Allegro, 117th and Halsted. A romantic honeymoon in Las Vegas, Idaho, and New Mexico followed the festivities. The bridal party included Lucille Blasko, matron of honor; Anthony DeLaurentis, best man. Bridesmaids were Carmella Notardonato, Virginia Topolski and Mimi De Laurentis, (now deceased). Groomsmen were Bill DiCristofano, Vince DeLaurentis and Jeff Jures. Most of whom were at the July 16, 2016 Anniversary Party held at Mazzini-Verdi Italian Club in Franklin Park, Il. Norene and Andy are the parents of Lisa, a graduate of Loyola in the medical field and married to Rob who is an air traffic controller supervisor, and and are the parents of Gianna and Christopher. Son Dan, is a professor at Purdue University in Layfayette, Indiana in Aerospace Engineering.  Dan’s wife Poching has a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering and also works at Purdue. They are the parents of a son Ambrose, 3. Andrew worked and retired from Ford Motor Company after 31 years and was co-owner of Duke’s 101 Club on the East Side. Norene worked at Marshall Fields (now Macy’s) for 10 years and then worked and retired from St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields as a Mastectomy Prosteses Fitter.  Blessing and Many, Many More Happy Anniversaries! Long May Norene and Andy Love!                                                                                                                          

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DANCING DADDIES AND DAUGHTERS--The Calumet Memorial Park District had a recent Daddy and Daughter Dance. Pictured here are Aaliya Jackson and Nevaeh Phelps, 4 and Brooklyn Melvin 9 with her Father Ken, enjoying a special evening out. Thanks to Andrea Evans and Gene Popa of the CMPD for these charming photos.

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SISTER JULITA JELEN TO CELEBRATE HER 80TH JUBILEE: Ninety- Nine year old Sister Julita Jelen will be honored at a celebration in her honor at St. Columba Church, 134th Avenue O, Chicago, Hegewisch on Sunday August 2nd 2015. The event begins with a 10:30 Mass in her honor and will be followed by a reception at the St. Columba Social Center. Sister Julita celebrated her 99th birthday on April 27, 2015 and has been a nun with the School Sisters of Notre Dame since 1935. Sister Julita was also the principal of St. Columba for many years and served in that capacity at different Catholic Schools in the Chicago Archdiocese prior to her coming to St. Columba. Sister Julita has great devotion to the Little Flower, St. Therese, and has written 2 books on that beloved Catholic saint. A small gesture of Sister’s kindness--she has kept a journal of her students over the years and prays for them on a regular basis. “I never forget them,” Sister remembers. “I always wanted only the best for them.” I am sure that those lucky students return the favor. Many of them will be at her Jubilee. Blessings Dear Sister Julita!

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Posted: May 28, 2015 - 2:35 pm

ROSE AND GEORGE PETRICH CELEBRATE SUA MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Holding her bouquet of flowers and the certificate, Rosemary Petrich along with her attorney hubby George, beam as she accepts her honor Saturday May 8, 2015 at the Jovial Club in Chicago. Rosemary is a retired Registered Nurse, nursing teacher and ER coordinator from the former South Chicago Hospital, now Trinity Hospital. She has been a long time member of the Slovenian Union and this year they chose to honor her ongoing efforts on behalf of this International organization. Rose is also a master gardener, baker and Eucharistic Minister delivering Holy Communion to patients at Trinity Hospital. She and George are members of Mother of God Church in Burnham where they make their home and participate in Bible studies each week.  Bravo Rosemary Petrich!

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Posted: May 21, 2015 - 9:42 am

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROSEMARY PETRICH AS SUA 2015 MEMBER OF THE YEAR: With Slovenian Union Members along with Rosemary’s proud husband George looking on, Rosemary Petrich accepted the honor of SUA Member of the year on Saturday May 9, 2015. A longtime member who is the mother of 3, Mark, Stephanie and Anne Marie and grandmother of 8, Rosemary is a woman of many talents and accomplishments. She is a former Registered Nurse at the former South Chicago Hospital now Trinity where she took her training and went on to teach future nurses and later became the operating room supervisor. After leaving the nursing industry to raise her family domestic arts came into play.  She is a master gardener and baker delighting family and friends with her cut flowers and delicious baked goods. She is a member of Mother of God Parish in Burnham and has conducted weekly Bible Study for past the past 10 years. She has also taught CCD class for 24 years and is a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Rosemary likes to bowl and is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist every Wednesday bringing communion to Trinity Hospital for the past 8 years. Rosemary is pictured here with her husband attorney George Petrich with her award. Congratulations Rosemary!

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Posted: May 13, 2015 - 1:58 pm

HOW TO CATCH A THIEF--DIXON, ILLINOIS STYLE:  By now most everyone has heard about the infamous Rita Crundwell, Treasurer of Dixon, Illinois who, between 1983 and 2012  managed to make off with $53 million of city funds. A fellow staff member (there only 3 full time employees) discovered her secret bank account in early 2012 and that led the paper trail for the FBI who watched and waited for 6 months. That took care of the criminal aspect, but the hero who recovered most of the money for the tiny town mid-state (Ronald Regan’s hometown) is  Chicago attorney Devon C. Bruce, a partner with Power Rogers and Smith. Devon was the guest speaker during the May luncheon meeting of the Calumet Area Industrial Commission. And his talk was fascinating. He asked all the questions we did.  “How could this take place? You mean no one saw any of this happening”? Apparently the answer lay with the accounting firms hired by Dixon which lacked oversight (Rita played on their softball team. She had the auditors over to her house for dinner, they ‘trusted’ her). So, asleep at the switch, the auditors apparently overlooked the clues. In all Rita created 177 fake invoices for capitol project work that was never done in Dixon. Devon filed a civil suit  then followed the same paper trail the FBI did and managed to get back most of all the missing money, ($40 plus million) in an accounting and banking malpractice suit. His take on all this--”Professional skepticism is Accounting 101. It should have been in place, but wasn’t,” he said of the errant accounting firm. He did not fault the city fathers, all of whom worked part time.  There have been numerous documentaries on this situation and in depth stories written in various magazines. Rita Crundwell was sentenced in 2013 to 235 months  in prison. She has not commented since her sentencing. For more information we can contact Devon Bruce at www.prslaw.com or email him at dcbruce@prslaw.com  His straightforward account of this event was fabulous! Devon is pictured here with Dave Holmberg of CAIC. For more information on this great organization call them at 773-928-6000 or go to www.calumetareaindustrial.com. Their next meeting will be held at Illinois Institute of Technology, June 25th, 2015.

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Posted: May 05, 2015 - 2:16 pm

CLASSIC  CAR FAN PAUL BALCERAK CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY: Paul is pictured here with his significant other, Claudia Paolone, during a pasta dinner at VFW Post 8141 in Calumet City. Paul has a prized vintage car ( a 1938 Chevrolet, fuel injection engine, modified street rod in metalflake purple) which has won many awards and trophies) that he regularly shows in car shows all around the Region. Paul also takes wonderful photos with his Samsung phone that are pure artwork. Happy Birthday Paul! Many More!

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Posted: April 28, 2015 - 4:31 pm

SALVATION ARMY FUNDRAISER - TIME FOR TEA IN MUNSTER: For the first time, the Salvation Army Munster hosted an old fashioned “Time for Tea” fundraiser at their Munster offices, 8225 Columbia Avenue on Saturday April 18, 2015. Guest speaker was Lt. Kelly Hanton who presented a program on the “Timelessness of the Bible.” The program was supplemented by musician/singer Harold Hall. There were over 30 in attendance and  according to  Pastor/Director  Lt. Betsy Clark more such fundraisers  are planned for the future. Pictured here are:  Hostess Sue Schmit, standing at right and in kitchen doorway, Jim Spencer and Janet Charleston, Salvation Army Volunteers. Seated around the table are members of the public who came to enjoy the Tea.  Upcoming events include: the Salvation Army annual Flea Market to be held on Saturday May 30, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SA Munster office, 8225 Columbia Avenue. And, every year the Salvation Army hosts Donut Day, this year on Saturday and Sunday June 5 and 6 at various Hammond locations such as Strack and Van Til, Hammond and Munster. Other locations are available for ‘adoption’ by volunteers. Donut Days started to help during the World Wars 1 and 11  where the Salvation Army were among the ‘first responders’ and continue to this day. For more information contact Lt. Betsy Clark at 219-838-0380 or visit their website at salarmyhammond.org The Salvation Army is a much respected, faith based social service organization that has helped this country out during WW I, WW11, Korea, Viet Nam, the Gulf Wars and on to the present.  Call them if you would like to volunteer for Donut Day. Plus, it is lots warner in June than for  the volunteers who man the Christmas Red Bucket! Blessings to the Salvation Army and it’s Volunteers!

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