Several changes have occurred in the Community Development Department.
Peter Kelly is the new Business Development Coordinator at the City of West Chicago. Prior to working here, he was the Economic Development Coordinator in Lisle and Executive Director of Economic Development in Ansonia, Connecticut. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Kelly replaces Luis Martinez, who resigned in January 2018.
Also the City has launched an Economic Development Microsite, www.westchicagonow.org for business promotion. Through the categories of Business Environment, Key Industries, Business District, Quality of Life and Resources, it gives an overview of what the City offers for both existing businesses and new businesses locating in the community. The site can also be viewed on the City’s website, www.westchicago.org, under Economic Development.
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West Chicago City Museum Historiography program, a non-fiction book reading group, is at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Museum, 132 Main Street. Guests can bring a lunch; dessert and a beverage are provided. The book to be discussed is “The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic: The History and Legacy of the World’s Deadliest Influenza Outbreak” by Charles Rivers Editors. Reservations are not required for this free program. For further information call the museum at (630) 231-3376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with Cantigny Park, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton hosts a Civics Awareness program Thursday, April 19, 2018, in the McCormick House at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Tram service to and from the McCormick House is available. Social time is at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m., followed by question and answer session. In honor of Earth month, the topic is “The Impact of Environmental Policy on our Community.” Complimentary coffee and dessert are served. Registration is required for the free program. To register, visit www.wheatonlwvil.org. Dale Bryson is the speaker. For 34 years Bryson worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency. Since his retirement from USEPA, Bryson has performed independent consulting work for various clients in the US and abroad.
League of Women Voters of Wheaton includes West Chicago, Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton and Carol Stream. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any political party or candidate, but whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.
Community Mariachi Night is at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, in the Band Room at Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street. Parents and community members, who play violin, trumpet, guitar, vihuela, or guitarron are invited to join the members of Mariachi los Rayos de Leman Middle School. For those who do not play an instrument, they can join in for singing at 7:00 p.m.
Team Pineda Community Walks for the rest of April have been cancelled due to unseasonable weather. Walks will resume in May.
Kline Creek Farm. 1N600 County Farm Road, hosts its annual Lamb and Wool Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018. Visitors can see how wool goes from the sheep to the shop in the 1890s.There also is a demonstration of how herding dogs move the flock in a pasture. There is no charge.
West Chicago Cheerleaders Organization holds a fundraiser from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park, 408 Mission Street in Carol Stream. The discounted charge is $15 per jumper with $5 benefitting the Cheerleaders’ organization. For those unable to attend the fundraiser, persons can use the tickets 90 days from the purchase date. Each parent can purchase up to 10 discounted tickets. For detailed information and to purchase tickets, visit the website https://app.locbox.com/campaigns/153465. For further information email email@example.com.
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services offers hour-long computer classes for senior citizens at Wayne Township, 27W031 North Avenue. Not only do seniors learn basic skills, but also have the opportunity to socialize. The fee is $2. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-7166. Beginner classes are at 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays. “Using Calendars on Smart Phones” class is at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
McTeachers Night is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at McDonald’s Restaurant, 89 W. North Avenue. Teachers from West Chicago Community High School work as servers with a percentage of the sales benefitting Club Green. In the past this fundraiser has helped fund some of the water bottle filling stations in the school, LED lighting in the trophy cases and Eco-friendly benches outside by the entrances to the building.
The three teams of West Chicago Community High School students participating in the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge scored more than 200 points higher than the state average and placed in the top positions of the State. The students were Efrain Aguilar, Farzaan Aleem, Jeremy Belingon, Sydney Evans, Sydney Johnson, Luke Madden, Brandon Morss, Matthew Natzke, Emily Pietura, Michael Sawicki, Jessica Smith, Connor Thompson and Conor Tully. The team of Jeremy Belingon, Emily Pietura, Michael Sawicki, and Connor Thompson had one of the top 5 scores in the state, qualifying for the State Championship on Wednesday, April 25, at the Federal Reserve in Chicago. They face the 10 top teams in the State and hope to be a State champion again this year.
West Chicago Garden Club meeting is Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street. Social time is at 6:45 p.m., short business meeting at 7:00 p.m. and the program at 7:15 p.m. Jim Nam of Ball Horticultural Company presents “Best New Annuals for 2018.” The meeting is open to the public.
In partnership with City of West Chicago, the West Chicago Public Library District presents “Access to Capital-Need Start Funding?” at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018, in the main meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. Accion Chicago and College of DuPage Small Business Development Center are on the small business panel. The financing experts discuss how persons can get the capital needed to start or grow a business. These include micro loan, SBA loan, and conventional loan, options. There is a question and answer session. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
West Chicago Community High School seeks nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. The purpose of the program is to recognize West Chicago Community High School graduates whose accomplishments serve as an inspiration for current students to dream and achieve.
Nomination deadline is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The nominee must be a graduate of the high school for at least 10 years prior to the nomination, be distinguished by accomplishments in academics, the arts, athletics, business, community service, the environment, human rights, justice, medicine, research or science that reflect outstanding ability and dedication which contributes to the betterment of the community. Also the nominee must be available by telephone, email or in-person interview by the selection committee, willing to participate in the Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony, willing to submit a photograph and available to interact with WCCHS students in a forum, seminar or assembly.
To submit a nomination, visit www.d94.org/distinguishedalumni. For further information call Sherry Bowne at (630) 890-9716.
WeGo Run, sponsored by the Leman Middle School teachers, begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street. The race includes a 5K run/walk, a 10K run, a one-mile run for youth 8 to 14, and a 100-yard Dash for children age 8 and under. Start times are 8:00 a.m. for the 5K / 10K, 9:45 a.m. for the 1 miler and 10:15 a.m. for the Kiddie Dash.
Registration fees for the 5K and 10K are $30; in the 10 K, $10 for students; in the 5K $5 for district students; $10 and $1 for District 33 students for the one mile run; and no charge for the dash, but pre-registration is required. Proceeds benefit athletic programs at the district schools. The top overall female and male runners and the top three finishers in each age group receive medals and awards. Dash participants receive ribbons. Registration forms are available online at www.wegorun.org.
There also is food, entertainment, and multiple booths promoting local vendors and services relating to health and wellness. Food includes basic breakfast vittles such as fruit, water, milk, juice, breakfast burrito; sandwich, plus popcorn and pretzels.
The DuPage Veterans Foundation hosts the Seventh Annual Honor Flight fundraiser to honor World War II and Korean War veterans and raise funds for one flight for WWII and Korean veterans to fly to Washington D.C. It takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, in the Calamos Hanger at DuPage Airport, 2700 International Drive. The program begins at noon with a catered lunch of barbecue and Italian food. The patriotic program includes Naperville Highland Guard Bagpipers, Naperville Big Band plus a headline performance of popular and patriotic songs. On display are historic war vehicles and airplanes, vintage military uniforms and other memorabilia. The price is $30 in advance, $40 at the door and $15 for children under 12, $20 at door. All WWII and Korean War veterans, and active duty military are free. To order tickets or make a donation by mail, make the check payable to DuPage Veterans Foundation, and mail to the foundation, P.O. Box 299, Wheaton, IL 60187. If ordering tickets, indicate how many and include your address. To order on line, visit the website http://dupageveteransfoundation.org.
For information, call (630) 614-4533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As a side note, in the past five years, the event has raised more than $240,000 to support many Honor Flights.
Glen Arbor Community Church, 204 Church Street, spring series, is “Getting Off the Path,” highlighted at its 10:00 a.m. worship services.
ABD Cycle Club is using Innovation Drive at the DuPage Business Center for 20 to 50 competitors for training practice races Wednesdays through June 27, 2018.
West Chicago residents Michael Horsley and Greg Stockman are among the 20 individuals whose photographs were selected for the “Cantigny in Focus” competition. The photograph by Horsley is titled “Tegwen’s Day”; the photograph by Stockman is titled “Purple.” The contest, in its 12th year, features photographs of scenes from Cantigny and Cantigny Golf by amateur photographers. The photographs are displayed in the Visitors Center Gallery, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Guests visiting Cantigny can vote for their favorite through December 30, 2018.
4th Point, an alternative/Christian rock band, released its latest single “What I Know” Thursday, April 5, 2018. The band members, graduates of West Chicago Community High School, are Matt Ellis, lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Andrew Denning, lead guitar, background vocals; Bryce Knight, bass; and Bradley Kus, drums. The band won second place in a nationwide talent search competition at 2017 and 2016 Unity Festival in Muskegon, Michigan, a member festival of the national Christian Festival Association. It also was the State champion of the 2013 Illinois Battle of the Bands, competing against more than 100 bands.
Ward 1 Alderman Lori Chassee was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from District 1-J of Lions Clubs International. She is president of West Chicago Lions Club.
West Chicago resident Greg Frommert made a hole-in-one Saturday, April 7, 2018, at St Andrews Golf Course & Country Club. He used a driver to cover the 184 yard distance.
DuPage Auto Bath, 27W230 North Avenue, is permanently closed.
Relocating from its location on Turner Court, Miguel’s Barber Shop is now open at 204, Main Street.
At the Tuesday, April 10, 2018, West Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, Park District Executive Director Gary Major explained the Park District was commissioning for a tree inventory, which would benefit the staff. The inventory would include age, type, and population density in all areas. If a particular disease occurs, staff can identify location of the affected tree.” The inventory will be updated each time a new tree is planted or replaced.
Brian Kaspar, Superintendent of Recreation, stated in his report, “The Fifth-Sixth grade girls basketball league tournament championships took place in March in Zone 250. Teams were from Warrenville, Sugar Grove, Batavia and West Chicago. “The West Chicago Pink team defeated Warrenville in the championship game, completing an undefeated season. West Chicago White team finished third out of a 12-team league.”
Also the Board approved seven real estate sales in the amount of $750 each to residents of certain properties in the Hampton Hill subdivision, plus one real estate sale in the amount of $8,350 to one homeowner in the Forest Trails subdivision. Major said, “The District was realigning and squaring off property lines, and property owners had the opportunity to purchase small amounts of property for their homesteads. These will be the only properties affected.”
Daniel Weber, a senior at West Chicago Community High School, is Student of the Month for March 2018. He was selected for his academic and his unparalleled contributions to the music and theater departments at the high school.
Weber has been on High Honor Roll all but one semester. He has a cumulative non-academic weighted Grade Point Average of 5.222. He is a member of National Honor Society, Music Honor Society and is an Illinois State Scholar.
Weber currently serves as president of Choir and is a student assistant/director for Chamber Choir. He earned Illinois Music Education Association District 9 honors in choir and performed in the All-State Choir. Weber is a member of Band and Jazz Band, President’s Council and WeGo Drama, plus served as a ROAR mentor for three years.
Outside of school, Weber serves as an intern for the Wheaton College Artist Series, volunteers in the pit orchestra for various community theaters, performs for residents at nursing homes and plays piano for a weekly children’s service at his church along with other volunteer work at his church. On weekends, he works at a local restaurant.
Upon graduation, Weber will study piano performance at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, planning to become an opera coach. (www.merleburl.com)
Interact Club, along with a newer student organization HOSA-Future Health Professionals at West Chicago Community High School, held a Blood Drive Friday, April 13, 2018. Approximately 60 students donated. Interact sponsor/advisor Gavin Engel said, “This was a little lower than normal. We usually have at least 100, but our Human Anatomy/Physiology classes had their annual field trip to College of DuPage.” HOSA advisor Scott Albright said, “Some students did not want to miss classes at they had upcoming field trips and then AP exams in two weeks.” Also the crazy weather we have been having contributed to a lower turnout. Albright explained, “We ran into issues with spring sports as well. With weather being so poor, athletes’ schedules are very fluid. Many could not tell if they were competing that day, competing on Saturday, or even possibly two games on Saturday.” As a side note, HOSA is relatively new club. This is the first full year of it being a chapter.
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