Job Fair, Black History Month Program Highlight Village Manager’s Report

Paul Morache, Christopher Mannino, Todd Beilke, PFPD
Sergeant Paul Morache (left), Commander Todd Beilke (right), and Chief Chris Mannino at Monday’s Village Board meeting where the officers were sworn into their new ranks. (Photo: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Among the items Village Manager covered in his report to the Village Board Monday is a job fair that will take place on March 6 at the Richton Park Community Center. The event is taking place courtesy OAI, Inc., the CSEDC, and Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s office.

Two officers from the Park Forest Police Department were also promoted at Monday’s meeting, sworn into their new offices.

Commander Todd Beilke (above – right) and Sergeant Paul Morache (above – left) took the oath of office for their new ranks. They are pictured with Chief Christopher Mannino. 

Commander Beilke is one of only a few personnel currently with the department to have served in the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, and Administrative Division, and has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He is also the department’s Field Training Coordinator.

Sergeant Morache is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration and has 18 years of law enforcement experience, much of that in an investigative role. Both were transplants from other agencies before significant tenure at the Park Forest Police Department.

“We’re lucky to have both of them,” Chief Mannino said in a Facebook post.

The Manager’s Report

Black History Month Program

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is proud to present a program celebrating Black History Month that will take place this coming Saturday, February 23rd. Beginning at 2 PM at Freedom Hall, the program is titled Celebrate, Educate and Elevate. The program is open to the public and free of charge. 

Take Charge of Your Diabetes

The Village of Park Forest, the Park Forest Library and Age Options are presenting a 6-week course called Take Charge of Your Diabetes. It will run from March to mid-April with an introductory session taking place next week. Residents seeking more information or wanting to register can call Village Wellness Coordinator Margaret Lewis at 283-5663 or Millie Robles at the Park Forest Library at 748-3731, extension 28.

Job Fair

A Manufacturing & Logistics Job Fair will take place on March 6th at the Richton Park Community Center. Scheduled for 10 AM to 2 PM, the fair is a collaborative effort with OAI, Inc., the CSEDC and Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s Office. For more information, residents are encouraged to call OAI Offices in Downtown Park Forest. The office number is 283-5020.

Vehicle Stickers

Village vehicle stickers go on sale March 1st.  Stickers must be purchased and displayed by April 30th to avoid late fees or a ticket. Vehicle stickers are $50 for cars ($25 for seniors and disabled) and trucks under 8,000 lbs, $30 for motorcycles and scooters, $55 for recreational vehicles, and $75 for trucks over 8,000 lbs. Electric vehicles need to be stickered but are free of charge. Animal licenses will also be on sale.

Lenten Fish Fries

The Knights of Columbus will coordinate their annual Lenten Fish Fries each Friday during Lent in the gym at St. Irenaeus Church. Dates run from March 8th through April 12th.

Beaux Arts Ball

The annual Beaux Arts Ball fundraiser for the Tall Grass Arts Association is slated for Saturday evening, March 23rd at the Lincolnshire Country Club. The theme for the event is Carnaval. Residents seeking details on ticket cost, location, etc. can find them on-line at www.tallgrassarts.org and the Tall Grass Facebook page.

PFBB Registration

Registration is now open for the 2019 baseball season for Park Forest Youth Baseball. Families with kids ages 4 to 14 who might be interested can visit Park Forest Baseball online to learn more details about the upcoming season. Their web site is www.pf-baseball.club or calls can be directed to 708-627-0586.