Medicine Ball heals rehab needs

07/03/2012

AN EXOTIC MAKE-BELIEVE TRIP TO HAVANA made this year’s Rehabilitation Institute’s Medicine Ball a Cuban holiday at the Peninsula Hotel. The 400 guests were treated to Cuban foods, island melodies, rum drinks, orchids and dancing to the 911 Mambo Orchestra. CHAIRED BY LORI KOMISAR AND SUSAN MACKENZIE, the evening opened with a rocking reception featuring a rum bar, was followed by a gourmet dinner of Cuban dishes in a setting enhanced by orchids and other exotic blooms, as MC Janet Davies welcomed the Rehab supporters.
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Who do you hate?

Ann Gerber

07/03/2012

HATE IS A LUXURY you can ill afford because it saps you of valuable energy. The hatee suffers more than the hated. WHO DO YOU HATE? New Yorkers, famous for bile and venom spewed at those unfortunate enough to rate their hatred, were polled by the nosy New York Post and their results from 9,000 readers mirror much of who Chicago hates.
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Alzheimer's Rita Hayworth Gala raises $1 million

06/27/2012

EACH OF US HAS A STAKE in research on Alzheimer’s disease, because statistics show many of us will fall victim to this debilitating scourge as we age. The 25th anniversary Rita Hayworth gala at the Hilton raised an impressive $1 million. Welcoming guests were chair June Barnard and Alzheimer president Harry Johns. Honored were veteran supporters Joan and Paul Rubschlager who have personally pledged more than $1 million to fund research. In Illinois alone, 200,000 are afflicted.
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It's a jungle out there

06/27/2012

CIVILIZATION? IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE! “ME TARZAN, YOU JANE” IS NOT WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS GANGS of teenagers, con men, pickpockets, muggers, and drunks driving cars all threaten us — even on the Gold Coast streets we all covet. Pricey neighborhoods are not immune. Busy sidewalks do not protect innocents from bad guys (and gals) and riding the ‘L’ trains is sometimes frightening. You can be trapped with bad elements and suffer beatings, robberies, etc.

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Young girls: virgins or sluts?

Ann Gerber

06/20/2012

THE RATIO OF TEENAGE GIRLS WHO ARE VIRGINS has jumped to 57 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from 49 percent in 1995. Surveyed were girls from 15 to 19. AND, GIRLS WHO WERE SEXUALLY ACTIVE NOW use contraception at a rate of 60 percent, compared to just 47 percent 17 years ago.
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I never told dad I loved him

06/13/2012

MY BELOVED FATHER DIED SUDDENLY of a heart attack at 53 and I never had a chance to tell him I loved him. IT PAINS ME TO THIS DAY. HE MUST HAVE REALIZED I ADORED HIM but we were not a demonstrative family and the healing, soothing words “I love you” were never spoken.
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Gals turn into their moms at 32

Ann Gerber

06/06/2012

YOU SAID YOU WOULD NEVER be like your mother, but, hey, it happens — and usually by age 32, reports a recent survey. DO YOU FIND YOURSELF SAYING THINGS LIKE SHE DID? Are you yelling at your kids the way she did? Are you watching soaps like she did? Have you surprised yourself by being opinionated on subjects you really didn’t care about before?
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Wedding bells ring after 40 years

Ann Gerber

05/30/2012

LOVE ENDURES … AFTER A 40-YEAR ROMANCE, two well-known Gold Coasters will wed July 1 at an Orchestra Hall ceremony. They became engaged last week after dating non-stop for 40 years and living together for the past 12. Hedy Ratner, 71, is co-president and founder of the Women’s Business Development Center and Mort Kaplan, 81, is professor emeritus of public relations at Columbia College. He headed his own PR firm for many years before assuming a teaching position 20 years ago.
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Back alley abortions return

Ann Gerber

05/23/2012

DESPERATE WOMEN are taking matters into their own hands as state legislatures impose more and more restrictions to make it difficult, if not impossible, for women to get safe, legal abortions.
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Tax the most beautiful people

Ann Gerber

05/16/2012

WHY DIDN’T WE ALL THINK OF IT SOONER? We desperately need more tax dollars and this is a painless, productive way to get millions! WE PUT A VOLUNTARY TAX on our most beautiful people and all the men, women, teens and kids (with piggy banks) will rush to pay because they want to be validated as being beautiful — who wants to be left out?
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