Page 99 article text (OCR)
Youths Need More Supervision 9 Parents Aggravate Juvenile Problems by BETTY FORRESTER Staff Writer Parental naivete, youth and suburbia. The sum of these three has equaled youth problems for Rolling Meadows, according to the juvenile officer, Sgt. William Golden. The recent increase in park vandalism and youth problems, although it may be in proportion to the growth of the young c i t y's teen poptilat i o n, has prompted comments from con- "The length of a boy's hair," cerncd officials .such as Golden , le saidi ,. is in t|irect pl . oportion and park director Jack Foge)., to !hc amollnt oE parenta , su ,.. \Vc have gone along blithely vih i on he gets a , home .. F fiumg voung people more a n d 1 ..,,, most casc!l/ . Golden said more freedom without added re"the kids that get into trouble spons i o i 1 1 1 y," Golden said. are alb0 brea k,ng a home rule." \ o u t h s need more super- They are going places that are 'T-'PI^ ,1 ,.,.Â»,.,. ,,. , forbidden them and violating the ft, * ' ?, t lcer " a ' cl trust that has been P ut in the m that Rolling Meadows y o u t h , by tnelr paren t s . problems are to be explained in | Hc clted| tor example, that terms of juvenile activity and m a n y youngsters who say they no juvenile delinquency." | are going to tne , or a teen . Nobody is delinquent.' he age dance are in reality looking added, 'unless a judge says he for an excuse to go somewhere I e i se Golden said that although "juvenile activity" has been increasing, the incidents themselves have not been increasing in seriousness. However, such "juvenile activity" includes a number of offense": that would label an adult a criminal were he to commit them THE YOUTH problem starts, the officer said, in the junior high schools and grade schools. "It would make your face red to see the things that I've JOSEPH KISZKA. administrative assistant of School District 15, further defined parental responsibility saying that parents should find things for their children to do, noting "an idle mind gets into trouble," Golden said that much of the problem is related to what is now being called "the breakdown of the family." Another important factor In juvenile activity, Golden said, is the peer group. Any basic sociology or psychology book, he i i f , v '^oj vl ivojrvuviugy uuun, lie taken from seventh graders |, aic |, can tell you how impor . purses, he said as he held up tant it is for a youngster to be a pornographic paperback. Rather than emphasizing the need for one of the group. ,. , , i "If your kid hangs around more recrea ional fa- w , t h kids who aren't doing cilitles. Golden stressed the par- things rignti you can pretty wel , c u t s role m curbing juvenile guess he's up to something too," activity. "Parents." he said, "want to trust their children too much. They want to think their kids are above this kind of thing " .V PARENT himself, the juvenile officer asked, "Why don't parents subtly check up on their kids? "How can a father let his daughter out of the house dressed like that?" he queried, referring to the short shorts and he said. MUCH OF THE juvenile activity that has been plaguing Rolling Meadows, Golden said, can be classified as sport. Speaking of park vandalism, Jack Fpgel park director, said that this type of "sport" has a snowballing effect as far as its cost to the community is concerned. He cited as an example the fact that a group of youngsters brief blouses that he sees on, has been repeatedly trying to seventh graders. I dam up Salt Creek. To do this, Golden said that appearance - they throw shopping carts and and parental control are drectly , refuse into it. The cost is great related. I iÂ» that there is the initial cost of the carts themselves, the cost of removing the carts, tires and other things as well as the cost of draining flooded areas. Other park vandalisms include defacing of signs, destruction of equipment, littering and the recent pool incident. Fogel said that the park district will be keeping a close account of the cost of such repair work. He estimated that some 20-35 per cent of the park em- ployes' time is spent in repairs rather than improvements. THE PARK DIRECTOR said he thinks that a properly super- v i s e d teenage youth center would "be a real asset to the community" and solve some of the problems. Sgt Golden also has his own theory for solving the problem. He said that he has found that j the better patrolled an area is, the fewer juvenile incidents there are. "It takes a lot of courage to do some of the things that have been done in the parks," he said "If a kid sees a squad car half a block away, that courage disappears pretty quickly." The Rolling Meadows police force is not staffed for this kind of patrol he said. Speaking a b o u t the policeman's role in controlling the juvenile problem, Golden said that he is more concerned w i t h straightening a youngster o u t than with punishirg him. Nine- tenths of the juvenile cases in this city, he said, are solved through face-to-face, personal interviews. At these interviews, the youth and his problem are treated on an individual basis. "WE GET SO funny in this business," the officer said, "that we separate normal abnormal activity from abnormal abnormal activity." "In handling youth problems," G o l d e n said, "we tell youngsters. 'We are as much concerned with what you have done today, as with how it will affect you 10 years from now.' " The officer again stressed the need for parents to realize that their children, like anyone else who is new at something, will make mistakes and need to be watched and guided. He compared growing up to learning to drive a car. "Why don't parents stick with their kids in life, the way they stick with them while they're learning to drive?" he asked. (K FISHING IN SALT CREEK brings an assorted catch. Rolling Meadows park officials continually take tires, grocery baskets, wood and other stolen items from the creek. The debris is reportedly placed there by young vandals who are trying to dam the creek. Choosing Cutest Kids Difficult for Judges Choosing the four cutest kids In a field of 98 entries was the difficult task faced by Mayor William Miseska, City Clerk Gertrude Darnall and Librarian Virginia Connell last Saturday. The cute kids contest was sponsored by the Rolling Meadows Jaycee-ettes in conjunction with the second annual Jaycee carnival. Mrs. Darnall presented the ribbons and awards to winners in the two- and three-year-old category. First place among the tiny girls went to Jeanne Rink, .1003 Martin Lane, with Patty Berns ajid Dawn Johnson runners-up. BOBBY SOTO, 4004 Eagle Lane, was chosen cutest little boy and second and third place in that category went to Brent Howard and Todd Tatiock. Peggy Berns, 3703 Meadow Drive, was chosen cutest among the four-and five-year-old girls. Miss Connell pinned the first place ribbon on her, second place ribbon on Claudia Beiers and third place on Joanna Lynn Guthrie. Mayor Miseska made the awards to the older boys. First place went to Michael Morgan of 4714 Arbor Drive, second to Buddy Harsch and third to Kevin Molm. Bingo the Clown was on hand to pass out lollipops to the contestants during the judging. Don Evans, Jaycee president, emceed the event. THE CONTEST was open to all children in the city. Judging was based on cuteness, appearance and poise. First place winners received trophies, certificates for portraits donated by Arlington Portrait Studio, and hot dogs and pop at the Jaycee-ette concession stand. Red firebird balloons went to all winners. Mrs. Dan Riley was chairman of the contest, assisted by Mrs. Tom Bischoffer, Mrs Mike Moudry, Mrs. Ray Pettersen- and Mrs. Jack Rief. (K Competing Press There are now only 18 major cities in the United States where newspapers are competing with each other. THURS., AUG. 4, 1966 Study Inspection Of Carnival Rides A qualified structural engineer may be employed to inspect carnival rides in Rolling Meadows. State licensing procedures and insurance coverage carried by carnival companies are being researched by R. D. Heninger, city comptroller, on instructions of the city council. The aldermen are alarmed because of the number of recent accidents at carnivals. WILLIAM LORTIE, building and zoning officer, may be au- Break Repaired In Water Main Thirty Rolling Mead o w s homes were without water Monday morning while public works crews repaired a break in the water main at 2302 Hawk. Supt. Jame McFeggan said the break occurred at the tape connection between the main and house service He said a new type of connection is now being used which should prevent breaks of this type in newer subdivisions. CUTE KIDS--In fact, they were first place winners in the Jayccc-ette cute kids contest, although judges admit that it was hard to make a choice among the 98 entries. From left, the tots who received the trophies are Peggy Berns, Bobby Soto, Jeanne Rink and Michael Morgan. (Staff photo) thonzed to retain a special inspector qualified to check rides for structural defects that could endanger riders. Lortie, Heninger and Police Chief Cy Campbell conducted an inspection prior to the opening of last weekend's Jaycee carnival. They found defective electrical wiring, and a hazardous entrance to the shooting gallery. Both conditions were corrected, and a watchman was placed on duty behind the shooting gallery. "But we weren't qualified to check for structural defects," said Heninger, who plans to recommend that the council adopt an ordinance regulating carnival amusement equipment. The bill would call for professional inspection and a fee to cover the cost. (K Thefts Reported Three television sets were taken in the burglary of a Plum Grove Estates home last week. Mrs. Rodell Schreier, 319 Briarwood Lane, called Rolling Meadows police when she returned home from jry duty July 26 to find the house had been broken into. Entry apparently was made by prying open a garage door with a crowbar or heavy screwdriver, police said. Other valuables in the house were bypassed by the burglar, but police found a movie camera and projector on the garage floor. They believe the burglar may have been frightened and left this behind in his anxiety. The theft of nine or ten cases of porcelain tile was reported by Robert Clark, foreman for R i c h a r d s o n Pool Co. of Memphis, contractors for the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn. Clark said the tile was apparently taken case by case from under a tarpaulin where from under a tarpaulin where it was stored. The material was valued at $120. R. L. Hanna Construction Co., contractors for a building under construction on Indust r i a l Avenue, reported Friday that lumber valued at $20 had been stolen from the site. (K Youths Released A youthful shoplifting suspect was apprehended in the Rolling Meadows Woolworth store Monday, and released to the custody of his mother and the juvenile officer The 6-year-c',d boy reportedly took three packages of candy valued at 15 cents. No c o m p l a i n t was rued against a girl who reportedly j took two steak knives valued at $162 from Topps Department Store. The discount store released an 18-year-old girl accused of shoplifting items with a total value of 90 cents. The girl told police she did not know why she took BACK FROM A fun cruise to Nassau auoard the S S. Bahama Star are Mis. Jean Fcnzel and her children. Jamne and James The ship tied light al the dock in downtown Nassau, adjacent to the straw market, where it was easy to shop, swim, sightsec and enjoy native calypso, limbo and rhumbas. Advance Registration Open for Youth Week Youth Week committee chairmen are accepting advance registrations for the events scheduled Aug. 14 through 20. Entries in the Miss Rolling Meadows contest, teen official election and the parade must sign in before the event. The week's program opens Aug. 14, when city and teen officials will compete in a game of softball at Kimball Hill Park. John Viita, chairman has set 6.30 p.m. game time. The youth team will have cheerleaders, and Viita suggests that city officials line up their own cheering section. The game is open to the public. A band concert will follow the game MISS ROLLING Meadows of 1966 will be chosen on Aug. 15 Applicants may phone the chairman, Debbie Berg, at CL 3-9467 for full details of contest rules. Judges will interview the contestants in a closed session from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Cardinal Drive School, where the final judging and talent show will take place at 8 p.m. This portion of the event will be open to the public. Candidates for mayor, city clerk, f i r e and police chiefs, park board president and city treasurer must file nominating petitions bearing 20 signatures with Mike Milbratz, 3304 Bobolink, or Kevin Roeske, 3302 Bobolink, on or before Aug. 14. Petition forms are available from Chairman Milbratz. Qualifications are residency in Rolling Meadows, good academic standing and enrolled in eighth grade through high school. Mayoral candidates must be high school juniors or seniors THE ELECTION will be held Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p m. in the shopping center arcade, but campaigning will commence Aug 16 when a huge bonfire will be lit m Kimball Hill Park at 8:30 p.m. Candidates will be introduced during intermission in the dancing to records broadcast over a public addres system. Dave Worth is in charge of the bonfire arrangements, as well as of the dance which will wind up the week's activities at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Miss Rolling Meadows will be introduced and election results announced at 10 p.m. at the dance. Entertainment will be by two local combos, the Sinceres and the Huns. The teen queen will reign over a parade Wednesday evening, Aug. 17, which will step off from the Salk School park- Contribute $491 to Heart Fund Residents of Rolling Meadows contributed $491 to the 1966 Heart Fund of the Chicago Heart Association. These contributions were part of the $116,739 collected by volunteers in north Cook County Altogether more than $1.272 million was raised in Cook, DuPage and Lake counties, the three served by the Association. Dr. Oglesby Paul, president of the Association, said that the contributions will be used by the voluntary health agency for research, education and community programs aimed at reducing deaths from heart and blood vessel diseases, the number one killers in the United States. Mrs. Thomas E. Klucynski, Wilmette, was chairman of the Heart Fund of north Cook County. She was aided by Glenn R. Grosch, 3505 Campbell, community chairman; and George Kobler, 851 E. Paddock, Palatine, treasurer. (K ing lot at 7 p m and make its way throughout the city to the shopping center. Youth organizations wanting to participate in the parade may contact Kevin Roeske, chairman at CL 5-6579. ELECTION candidate. 0 must provide their own cars in the parade. Chris Widmski will be in charge of games and races for children aged 6 through 13 on Aug. 18. Prizes for the game day event have been donated b Murrays Store for Men, Woohvorths and Meadows Theater The contests will commence at 10 a m. in Kimball Hill Park. All Rolling Meadows teens 13 through 19 are invited to the splash party in the park district pool from 9 to 11 p.m. Aug. 19 Rich Prucha, chairman, has arranged for the "Misfits'" to entertain poolside. Jack Rief is the Rolling Meadows Jaycee helping the teen committee coordinate plans for the week's events. (K Schmitt Hits Use Of Barbed Wiring A Rolling Meadows alderman . wants strict enforcement of the] ban on barbed wire or other sharp obstructions on fences. "Let's enforce the law or take it off the books." Aid Nicholas Schmitt pleaded at last week's city council session. He considers the sharp points on the top of cyclone fencing hazardous to youngsters, ami cites an accident se\eral \ears ago when 'a boy was seriously injured while attempting to climb a fence THE FENCE regulations provide that the council may permit the use of barbed wiie strands at the tops of fences over six feet in height erected or maintained about property deemed to be hazardous usage or declared to be a public nuisance. Schmitt's immediate concern is the fence around the park district swimming pool. Jack Fogel. park director, differs with"Schmitt "The reason for the fence is to keep people out, 1 ' he said. In fact, he would like to have the fence higher and harder to climb. "The fence is not meant to be decorative.' 1 he added. "It is a retention fence '' Donald Rose, city attorney, has been requested to submit an opinion on the question. City-Wide Athletic Contests Scheduled Flag football and four square will be the events in today's (Thursday) city-wide athletic contests sponsored by the supervised playground leaders. The events, held under the auspices of Rolling Meadows Park District will take place at Salk playground this afternoon. Top contestants from each of the four playground areas will compete to score points for their home playgrounds. SET SHOTS and kickball were featured in last week's contests. Jack Lloyd and John Hoffman captured first place in the set shots, and Salk and Central teams came in first in kickball. Salk was in first place this week, with a total of 104 points. Central had 65 points and Hill and Cardinal were tied with 60 points each. The close scores have created a real challenge for second and third place standings, and today's games may determine tha final standings. The only athletic event left for the next week's final round is the softball playoffs which will be held Aug. 11. (K Meadows Gives $239 For Mental Health The Mental Health Association I Bell Ringer Campaign netted $239.72 in Rolling Meadows this year, says campaign chairman Mrs. Glen Harsch of 4201 Linden Lane, Rolling Meadows. Funds from the campaign launched May 1, help support Fuel Tax Funds To Build Walks Motor fuel tax funds have hpen earmarkpr! for the citv's share of the sidewalks installed in downtown Rolling Meadows last year. The city council last week committed the sum of $20,203 to cover the 10 annual installments. When the special assessment was approved in 1965, the city agreed to assume 62 per cent of the $32,585 cost of the improvement, with property owners in the business district paying the balance of the cost of the walks. Motor fuel tax funds accrue to the city's account in Springfield at the rate of approximately $7,000 per month. (K the association's Five Point Â·Program with activities in education, research and planning. I n c l u d e d are Operation Snowball, a holiday gifts project for mental patients, and the Work Experience Program to help former patients renew their confidence and skills necessary to gam meaningful employment Assisting as campaign captains in Rolling Meadows were Mrs. Larry H. Anderson, 2104 Kirchoff, Mrs John F. Thores- dale, 2300 Hawk; Mrs. John W. Bennett, 2007 Martin; Mrs. Earl W Miller, 4024 Bluebird; Mrs. William J. Soto. 4004 Eagle; and Mrs. Harold W. Hill, 2502 Maple. (K Grocery Stores The number of grocery stores in the U. S. has decreased one- third in the past 20 years, duÂ« to the trend toward supermarkets.