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Proviso Probe

Thursday, May 04, 2006

MEDIA, Village of Forest Park newsletter [FP]

Forest Park is smaller than Melrose Park, Maywood, Bellwood and Westchester.

Forest Park is blessed with diverse media outlets, including Forest Park Review, Forest Park Post and ForestPark.com. I'd like to think Proviso Probe adds some richness too.

However, Forest Park is getting another outlet. The Village of Forest Park is going into the quarterly newsletter business. Both Mayor Anthony Calderone and Village Administrator Sturino mentioned it in their columns in the Forest Park Post.

Here's my question: if the mayor and the village administrator both get to say whatever they want in their columns in the Forest Park Post--and the Post comes out six times per year--why do Forest Park taxpayers need to pay for a newsletter? Seriously.

21 Comments:

  • I wouldn't call forestpark.com a media outlet. It's a bunch of hacks who do nothing positive for the town yapping and bitching about this and that and whatever. It's the same 5 people with different avatars and names with no lives. Seriously, nobody reads that crap anymore, not that they really did in the first place. Let's just call The Review & The Post as the major outlets. They at least get the news and special interests to the town.

    By Anonymous Cruiser, at 9:10 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • Calderone is again doing the political thing and is starting his news letter as his mentor Serpico tells him to do. His friend Welch did the same and got his clocked clean this past election.
    People need to know that is another waste of the taxpayers money and a PR stunt to obtain name recognition.Calderone should focus on bring back the people he let go due to the budget deficit!
    Calderone is Chris Welch's twin and pandering is ther style.
    Mr. Calderone if Forest Park 's budget can't re-hire the displaced employee's how can we now pay for your free political advertisment for your re-election?
    Tony your rat, and you'll sing like a rat when the feds get you!

    By Anonymous What happened to the deficit in town, at 9:30 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • Get over yourself...Calderone won't see any more feds than you will. You stupid hack. He has nothing to do with Welch and even if he likes him, who cares, he's a good guy. You are ridiculous.

    By Anonymous friend, at 9:50 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • What's the big deal? Most local governments have their own village or school newsletter. Some are blatant in their pictures and "good news" only advertisements for their Mayors/School Board Presidents and, sometimes, the entire village and/or school boards. I wish that the Maywood village newsletter was more regular and, with all our divisiveness in Maywood, the newsletter has stayed way beyond politics and firmly in the hands of the Manager and staff and very apolitical and much more about what is going on in village government. Only the Mayor writes, typically, one column and all the rest is put together by staff with NO pictures of the ubiquious trustees at groundbreakings, etc.

    By Anonymous garywoll, at 10:55 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • What kind of jerk would write about a newsletter that is not paid for with village money? Where are you comming from? Planet Mars?

    Get your facts straight first before you write nonesence.

    By Anonymous Just don't get it, at 3:45 AM, May 05, 2006  

  • Oh Ya, another Carl special.

    Hey Carl just how much does the village pay to produce the Post?

    This just continues to speak to the severe lack of detail and investigation Carl does prior to writing a story or issue. This is terrible reporting/issue raising.

    By Anonymous Just being a dude, at 8:08 AM, May 05, 2006  

  • Makes my heart hurt but I have to agree with Carl this time. The Post is Mayor Calderone's goodnews letter. They were even able to sneak in a dig at Doolin with the part time cop issue.

    By Anonymous monkeyshines, at 8:50 PM, May 05, 2006  

  • Calderone is an oppurtunist in every single action he makes.It is not his fault,since that's how he learned how to survive after he dropped out of Proviso east .
    Calderone's problem is that he was given our trust and broke it, and to regain our trust is very hard.
    I honestly can say that I don't trust Calderone or Gillian and Hosty nor Chief Ryan any more and never will,since they have lied to us so many times,I now don't know when they tell the truth!

    By Anonymous I can't trust them, at 11:06 PM, May 05, 2006  

  • I don't know what level of education each elected offical has attained, however I have observed each of them in action.

    My concern is, if what you write is true about Calderone, I would be very disappointed to learn if the others achieved a higher level they surely don't portray themselves that way.

    In reality this poinht meaqns nothing to me. What does matter is their abilities and capabilities.

    So far I am not impreseed at all with Doolin and Steinbach. If they achieved a higher level of education it surely doesn't seem to help their message delivery or problem solving ability. Frankly they suck.

    By Anonymous just being a dude, at 11:18 PM, May 05, 2006  

  • The cost to the village will come from the new newsletter.

    The question I'm asking is, why does Forest Park need a quarterly newsletter when it already gets to have its say six times per year in the Post?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 4:49 PM, May 06, 2006  

  • Why do you have this Blogg if you have an oportunity to get your point out 52 times a year in the Review?

    By Anonymous Peter H, at 10:48 PM, May 08, 2006  

  • peter h, that makes no sense.

    By Anonymous monkeyshines, at 12:45 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • Many communities provide newsletters to their citizens even those with multiple news outlets.

    The Post is not owned or operated by the Village last time I checked.

    I checked the Review and Post and both seem to be owned by someone other than the village.

    If either of these papers choose to include infomation of the local officials than god bless them. I would still like to receive a news missive directly from our local government.

    By Anonymous logical, at 7:20 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • What happened to the deficit in town said...
    Calderone is again doing the political thing and is starting his news letter as his mentor Serpico tells him to do. His friend Welch did the same and got his clocked clean this past election.
    People need to know that is another waste of the taxpayers money and a PR stunt to obtain name recognition.Calderone should focus on bring back the people he let go due to the budget deficit!
    Calderone is Chris Welch's twin and pandering is ther style.
    Mr. Calderone if Forest Park 's budget can't re-hire the displaced employee's how can we now pay for your free political advertisment for your re-election?
    Tony your rat, and you'll sing like a rat when the feds get you!

    9:30 PM

    Whaaaat?

    Feds? what the heck are you talking about goofy?

    By Anonymous Federallies, at 10:49 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • I like hearing from the Mayor and the Administrator directly without the slant of The Review and the Pro-Doolin/Anti-Forest Park spin on it. It's refreshing. I just picked up a copy of The River Forest Post and their President has a letter too. Does that mean they shouldn't have a newsletter? I doubt it. The more the public can communicate with the government the better! That's just good common sense.

    By Anonymous Cruiser, at 10:51 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • Moneyshines,

    My point is that Carl wants to get the community invovled (Or at least that's what I would like to think). Which is why he portrays himself as an activist journalist.
    He writes a weekly article in the local paper and puts his slant on politics and other things he feels are improtant to the town and himself.
    He puts out this Blogg to further his agenda and create dialogue. He gets more and more information out by regurgitating headlines from other news outlets and bloggers.

    On this issue he takes the Village to task for attempting to keep the community informed via a "News letter" by saying
    "The question I'm asking is, why does Forest Park need a quarterly newsletter when it already gets to have its say six times per year in the Post?"

    The answer,... to get more information out to those that want it, just lake Carl and his Blogg.

    By Anonymous Peter H, at 1:24 AM, May 10, 2006  

  • To keep their sacred identities clean. Nobody really wants to know the truth about Calderone and his body being filthy pigs.

    By Anonymous MATCwhistleblower, at 6:50 PM, May 10, 2006  

  • Cruiser said...
    I like hearing from the Mayor and the Administrator directly without the slant of The Review and the Pro-Doolin/Anti-Forest Park spin on it. It's refreshing. I just picked up a copy of The River Forest Post and their President has a letter too. Does that mean they shouldn't have a newsletter? I doubt it. The more the public can communicate with the government the better! That's just good common sense.


    I agree with you C!

    By Anonymous Jenny Hubbard, at 11:53 PM, May 10, 2006  

  • Mayor Calderone recently posted 2 community announcements on Forestpark.com. A web newsletter with a built in opportunity for feedback along with his letter in the Post. Cost effective while also getting the job done.

    By Anonymous pennywise, at 3:41 PM, May 11, 2006  

  • Proviso Probe has a different but overlapping beat with the Forest Park Review.

    Blogs and newspapers are substantially different media too.

    Newspapers are mostly one-way communications. Blogs have more back-and-forth.

    Newspapers have set deadlines, blogs are more flexible.

    Newspapers have more accepted conventions about lengths of stories. Blogs use entries that are mostly shorter, but can be longer.

    Blogs have links, newspapers don't.

    Shall I continue?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 6:43 PM, May 11, 2006  

  • I hope the newsletter is dedicated to information useful to residents.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 6:46 PM, May 11, 2006  

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