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Best and Worst - 15,000-24,999 Population
“These children are coping with a lot,” says one staffer, “as are all families facing the disease.” That is one reason why a big part of the center’s mission is dealing with cancer’s “ripple effect": 40 percent of people who use Wellness House services have a friend or relative fighting cancer, though they themselves do not have it.Bellwood
According to Pierce, half the town’s crimes are committed by nonresidents who travel along the Eisenhower Expressway and other nearby high-traffic corridors. Placing cameras along entry roads like Mannheim and Washington is tantamount to laying out big “UNwelcome” mats.
Mayor Frank Pasquale and others are eyeing additional initiatives. Later this year the town will open three community service centers to handle domestic violence and other crimes, and it is buying up buildings to house government employees, re-establishing paramedic service after a 30-year absence, and pushing to extend the CTA’s Blue Line through Bellwood to Mannheim Road. “We’re a town in transition,” says Bell-wood’s comptroller, Roy F. McCampbell.
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