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i'0:-c,jt i'^.-i; !•';.)jno Libra;-/ Voj.j J't ?> -^ n rU'/d . l''o.—-; l-j,.-;:, HI. FOREST PARK REVIEW Delivered Each Thur». Morning By Your Potman S3.00 Per Year in Advance Second Class Postage Paid at Forest Park, Illinois eve 'S/t //t te LARRY KAERCHER, EDITOR 7451 MADISON STREET, FOREST PARK, ILLINOIS 60130 366-0600 - 366-0601 At All News Stands VOL. LXXX No. 45 FOREST PARK, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1970 An Open Letter fo the People of Foresf Park from Chief of Police Ed Zlebell For the past month, by statements made before the Village Council and through local news media, the Forest Park Police Department, the Village Council and myself have been subjected to unjustifiable criticism and charges reflecting upon the administration of the Police Department. Under the guise of "the interests of the People of Forest Park", these charges have been made in an ob- .vious attempt to disrupt the morale and discipline of the Police Department. These charges are being made by a former member of this Department who has never Indicated how he happens to be present or have knowledge of the so called "misconduct" complained of. The Individual who has made these charges is obviously seeking a means of retaliating for disciplinary action that was necessarily taken against him when he was a member of this Police Department. This is the same individual who sustained injuries when the Police car he was driving on routine patrol, ran into a tree with no other vehicle ii. the area; the same individual who received a five (5) day suspension for the unsafe operation of a police vehicle In which the accident occurred; this is the same individual who, when he was separated from the Police Department, refused to return his star, cap shield and other Village equipment and this action on his part necessitated the Village filing a Replevin action through the Courts to recover this property. This is the same individual who has made threats, orally and in writing that "Ziebell Must Go". This Is also the same individual who appears at the Fire and Police Commission Hearings with a tape recorder; loiters around the Police Department and Police Garage; appears at the scenes of various accidents and makes inquiry concerning Police policy and activities. It is apparent that this man's activities are not such that it would qualify him as being an "interested citizen", but rather one who is trying to disrupt and discredit the Police Department, the Fire and Police Commission and the Village Council. The latest charge of "Official Misconduct" this individual has made relates to an incident whereby a local merchant when called upon explained what appeared to be an "honest mistake" insofar as reading the clock was concerned. He explained that he read the clock to read "6:20" rather than "5:20" on election day and thereupon "lit the sign reading Cocktail Lounge" and opened his bar to the public. If he had wanted to break the law knowingly, it Is obvious he would not have been so open and obvious about his conduct. It was human error. There is, in my opinion a difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. It is only this way that the best interests of the People of Forest Park can be served. My father gave his life for the citizens of Forest Park and I have dedicated mine in the same interests. To now permit this individual, whose motives are obvious, to cast a shadow on all this, is a social injustice of the greatest magnitude. Straight "1" Students Proviso Township High Schools' records show 61 students receiving the highest grades possible, straight 1's for the first grading period of the 1970-71 school year. In addition, 303 East and 382 West students reached Honor status. Top grades in their respective classes at Proviso East were earned by Seniors; Gloria Barendt, John Chartrand, James Demaria, Constance Ekstrom, Christopher Fello, Bruce Lane, Gregory Loyd, Terese Mascetti, Alan Meyer, Kirk Shearburn, Joann Snyder, Nancy Sullivan, Janet Tramelli, Nancy Zelinske; Jimior:. William Clifton; Sopjio- Bl.or.es; Gina Cicchetti, Bruce- Doweidt, Judith Hintze, Ronald Pavone, and Deborah Weber; Freshmen.: Patricia Casagrande, Howard Houcek, Cheryl James, Michele Kladder. Robert Koci, Deborah Laube, Steven Parrish, Steven Mihajlovic, Thomas Schultz and Melissa Semple. C.T.A. May Purchase West Town's Bus Company A study by Chicago Transit Authority to look into a proposal to purchase the financially- troubled WestTowns Bus Company was announced Nov. 27th by Chairman George L. DeMent of Chicago Transit Board. The action came as a result of a letter from S. A. Caria, pres- • ident of the West Towns Bus Company, which urged that CTA give serious consideration to the purchase of the company. Mr. Caria added: "Increasing costs in taxes, labor and in materials and supplies create the vicious circle of raising fares and curtailing service followed by passenger resistance and permanent loss of ridership. "This in itself creates an urgency for public takeover before more passengers are lost and before the problem of increased traffic strangulation and increased air pollution becomes more acute than at present," Mr. Caria said. The proposal of West Towns is similar to one received from South Suburban Safeway Lines, Inc. wliich is currently being studied by Chicago Transit Board and CTA staff. "The purchase of these bus companies would be ideal toward reaching the goal of a unified transportation system for the metropolitan Chicago area," said Chairman DeMent. "However, there are many factors that must be studied before any definite action can be taken. The prime one being financing the purchase of these properties. Secondly, we should determine the operating characteristics that would provide the best possible service. This is what we intend to study, especially the possibility of obtaining Federal assistance." The West Towns Bus Company operates service in the west and near northwest suburbs of Chicago. Police Chief Reports From a ruling obtained from the Attorney General's Office, Don G. Adams, Chairman of the Illinois Liquor Commission reports: "On December 15th, Con-Con Voting Day, all bars must be closed from 6 A.M to 6 P.M." Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign Stars of the 20tb Century Foxs' weekly TV series, "Nanny and the Professor" take tim; from their busy schedules to donate toys and help launch the 23rd Annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign. Citizen Marines collect toys in their local communities for needy and unfortunate children who would not otherwise receive a toy at Christmas. Residents of Forest Park may deliver their toys to the Marine Corps Training Center at 7410 W. Roosevelt Road, Forest Park (east of the Naval Ordnance Plant) to the attention of Sgt. R, J. Chars. Kiwanis Brings Drug Abuse Program To Forest Park Schools The Forest Park Kiwanis'Club "Drug Abuse Committee" is sponsoring and financing a drug seminar at all the Forest Park Schools. Ex-addicts from Gateway HOMSC will be speaking to the pupils of Grant-White (6th Grade), Betsy Ross (6thGrade),St. Bernardino's (7th & 8th Grade) and the Middle School. They will "Tell their story" to 25 pupils at a tim^ from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December llth. On January 21, 1971, tills samu type of program will be repeated at St. John's, Field Stevenson and Garfield Schools. Committee Chairmen, Jack Coriway, Homer Bale, Tony DiFoggio and Del. Chuck Wlielpley art- working and co-ordinating this fine program with Bill Crowl, principal of Betsy Ross and School Representative. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce happily announces that "Santa Clans is Coming To Town" Saturday, December 12th. Santa will be at Roosevelt and Elgin at 10 A.M. and Madison and Circle at 11 A.M. to distribute a free gift to all his believers. Renumber the date, Saturday, December 12th.