Mater Christi parents clarify pledge letters
The Concerned Parents of Mater Christi School would like to clarify any misconceptions that Mater Christi parishioners may have in regards to the recent pledge letter they have received.
We apologize for not providing individual signatures on the letter, but due to the fact that this group represents a large portion of the Mater Christi School parents, it was impossible to list everybody's name.
Furthermore, Father Louis Tylka was aware of the existence of our group and the fact that we were organizing a last ditch effort to resurrect Mater Christi School. In fact, we invited him to attend our first meeting on Tuesday evening, March 22, as well as requested his permission to utilize school facilities to conduct this initial meeting. He declined our invitation to attend that meeting, and at that point we chose to have the meeting at the North Riverside Public Library.
Finally, upon learning of our meeting and our desire to save Mater Christi School, Father Lou made it perfectly clear via our school principal, Ms. Marlene Hionis, that he could no longer support such an endeavor.
Consequently, we were prohibited from utilizing school funds, school letterhead, stationary, or the school mailing address for any initiative we chose to implement. Therefore, we had no choice but to purchase a P.O. Box for our pledge responses.
We deeply regret any confusion this pledge letter may have caused. We are just a passionate group of individuals/parents which truly believe Mater Christi School is a precious commodity in North Riverside?"and must be nurtured and treasured for generations to come.
Jim and Colleen Manika
Concerned Parents of Mater Christi School
Great job leading residents during Buresh talks
As a resident of Brookfield and, more specifically, a resident in the 3000 block of Prairie Avenue, I would like to publicly thank Dan Cook for all he has done to help our community with the Lobster House development project.
Dan organized and informed residents initially and never stopped working towards the goal we all had, which was not to rezone the property. He and his wife hosted countless meetings in their basement, provided refreshments and coffee and spent countless hours thinking about a solution.
He kept us up to date through fliers and e-mails. With his gentle, positive personality and knowledge of residential construction, he was able to gather up interested residents, inform them, organize them and unify them for a cause that would affect them all in the future.
Then, with his swift ability to communicate in a positive, respectful way, he was able to convey the community's thoughts and feelings regarding the developments that were suggested to the developer. Not an easy task. And he kept a sense of humor through it all.
Not only did he enable us to come up with a viable plan that we can live with, he also gave us an opportunity to get to know our neighbors and work together on a common cause. He is a leader in this community and just a nice guy. For that, he needs to be congratulated and recognized. Thanks, Dan! Your dad would be proud of you.