OFPD Coffee & Conversation on Senior Facilities and Services
The Orland Fire Protection District will host a Coffee & Conversation that focuses on understanding senior living centers, featuring Mark Levy from Senior Solutions. The Coffee & Conversation discussion on real estate options for seniors and retirees will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2019.
The Coffee & Conversation forums have served as a source of information and services for residents of the Orland Fire Protection District and address a wide range of topics from hospice care to pharmaceutical practices, to understanding palliative care, and services for seniors and the elderly.
Meetings feature free giveaways, coffee, snacks and educational topics. You are encouraged to bring a friend or guest to the meetings. Coffee & Conversation is co-sponsored by Aishling Companion Home Care and the OFPD Senior Advisory Council.
This month’s program with Mark Levy will discuss a wide range of topics related to senior care. Senior Solutions is an Orland Park-based company that provides information on Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care Communities, Alzheimer’s / Dementia Care, Residential Care Homes, Nursing Homes, In-Home Care, Elder Law and Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits.
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Mark Levy, worked for 28 years in corporate America. He served as Vice President of Operations for an Illinois-based company. In 2009, Mark suffered a stroke at the age of 47.
While he was fortunate to recover without any long-term residual effects, his life was forever changed. He developed a new perspective after navigating the medical world looking for direction. After going through this, he understood the importance of having an experienced advocate working on your behalf.
“After my stroke I was searching for answers. I needed to know why it happened and what I can do to prevent this from happening again,” Levy said.
“My world had been shaken and I felt like I was unable to control my own destiny. After having to switch doctors three times, I finally found someone who took a interest in me as a person and when he cleared his calendar and took the time to answer all of my questions, I finally was able to find relief and regain hope. It was this impact that this one doctor had on me, that motivated me to change fields with the hope of helping others in the same way. I welcome the opportunity to assist others in taking back control of their destiny and find the peace of mind they deserve.”
In 2012, Mark transitioned to the senior care industry and opened his office in Homewood, Illinois. Mark and his team are dedicated to helping seniors and their families find the peace of mind they deserve.
The Coffee & Conversations are open and free to the public and are held at the Orland Fire Protection District’s administration building at 9790 W. 151st Street in Orland Park.
The meetings begin promptly at 10 am and end at 12 noon.
For more information on Senior Solutions, visit www.seniorsolutions1.com.
For more information on the Orland Fire Protection District and its Coffee & Conversation programs, visit www.OrlandFire.org.
Fundraiser for Rush Darwish for 3rd District Congress
Rush Darwish, who announced his candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District, will hold a fundraiser on Friday June 28, 2019 at the Belvedere Chateau, 8055 W 103rd St, Palos Hills, IL 60465. The donation amount if $100 per person and will include dinner, guest speakers, live auction and raffle prizes.
The fundraiser will begin at 6:30 pm.
OFPD celebrates 50th Anniversary at July 20 Open House
Please tell your family and friends to come to our special 50thAnniversary as a fire district and Annual Open House! It will be held on Saturday, July 20,2019 from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Training Center at 10728 W. 163rd Place, Orland Park, Illinois.
The Orland Fire Protection Disturict Open House features a wide range of demonstrations showcasing how firefighters address various emergency situations.
On display, different major fire equipment that was used 50 years ago and what is used now for emergency responses will be shown. A surprise scenario will be displayed at some point during the day. We will have food, refreshments, games, reptile show, activities, music, and much more!
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Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library
Award-winning syndicated columnist Ray Hanania will headline a free discussion comedy performance on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, beginning at 7 pm at the Orland Park Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park.
Join Ray Hanania in a discussion-performance on Chicagoland politics, Arab American Heritage and standup comedy at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 beginning at 7 pm.
An award-winning syndicated columnist who covered politics for nearly a half-century, Hanania was assigned as the fulltime City Hall reporter from 1978 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. Hanania is the author of several books including the humor book “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America” (1996), “Arabs of Chicagoland” (2005), and “PoweR PR: The Ethnic Activists Guide to Strategic Communications” (2018).
A Christian Palestinian American whose parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem — “Jesus is my cousin,” Hanania boosts –Hanania is married to a Jewish wife and his two children, Carolyn who is Catholic and Aaron who is Jewish and who had his Bar Mitzvah in 2014. Aaron is also the author of the novel “The King’s Pawn,” published in 2018.
Hanania discusses the shock and awe of Chicagoland politics and is an advocate of suburban taxpayer rights. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspaper and the Des Plaines Valley News on regional politics and life, and weekly syndicated columns on the Middle East for MiddleEastMonitor.com online based in London, and for the ArabNews.com newspaper based in Saudi Arabia.
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Hanania is also an authority on Arab American heritage and settlement in Chicagoland. In the 1990s, Hanania led tours of “Arab Chicago” visiting a mosque and Arab church in Chicago for the City of Chicago’s Great Neighborhood Tours hosted by the Chicago Architecture Society from 2003 through 2010.
In January 2002, Hanania launched a standup comedy performance and was immediately booked by Zanies, one of the country’s premiere comedy clubs where he performed 100 shows until he was booked with Jewish American Comedian Jackie Mason in August 2002 who demanded that Hanania not be allowed to appear on stage with him because Hanania “is a Palestinian.” The cancellation of the show created international headlines and more than 150 million news media impressions in reports in every major newspaper and TV and radio station in the world, from Cairo to Jerusalem to New Delhi to Chicago and New York. In 2004, Hanania co-founded the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour with Israeli comedians Charlie Warady and Yisrael Campbell and Jewish American Comedian Aaron Freeman. The grouped performed for dozens of Synagogues, Mosques, Churches and Jewish, Christian and Muslim audiences in Chicago, Austin, New York, Tel Aviv, West and East Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Ramallah, and Dublin. Hanania also performed in Dubai and London as well as in Beirut, Lebanon.
Hanania’s most often quoted line “If we can laugh together, we can live together” was frequently cited as the mantra for the power of humor and its ability to cut through hatred and anger. Hanania was targeted by extremist Muslim and Arab groups for performing with “Israelis” — most Arab comedians will perform with Jews but will not perform with Israelis as a part of the anti-normalization and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) restrictions.
Hanania’s standup comedy lampoons his life as an Arab growing up in America and as a Palestinian married to a Jew.
Hanania will present on Arab heritage, Chicago and politics, and perform bits from his standup comedy routine during the appearance at the Orland Park library.
For more information on Ray Hanania, visit his website at www.Hanania.com.