West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson was one of the 55 participants in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run “Super” Polar Plunge Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17, 2018. He committed to “being bold and cold” for 24 hours taking a plunge every hour into Lake Michigan. Funds raised benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Peterson said, “Super Plunge was definitely a challenge but one I would certainly take on again. Early morning hours were rough to drop into that icy water.” As a side note: When I looked at photographs, he was smiling in all of them.
Peterson set a personal fundraising goal of $5,000. To date, he has raised $3,490; 70 percent of his goal. Persons still can make a donation until the end of March. The direct link to his fundraising site is
https://soill.donordrive.com/participant/Robbi-Peterson. Donations also can be made by check, payable to SOIL. In order for him to receive credit for donations, put the name Robbi Peterson in the memo portion of the check. Persons can either drop off the check or mail it to West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street, West Chicago, IL 60185.
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The deadline for signing up for West Chicago Park District baseball/softball leagues and T-Ball is quickly approaching, Thursday, March 1, 2018. (www.merleburl.com)
The sixth annual “Art is the Heart of the City” is the exhibit for the month of March at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. In the display is the artwork of students in grades first through eighth at West Chicago Elementary School District 33 schools. There is a variety of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, representing a broad spectrum of styles and artistic periods/genres. District 33 art teachers chose the theme to emphasize the value of participation in art for all children. Art activities stimulate creativity, imagination, perception and selectivity. The artists’ reception is from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018. Students and teachers are on hand to discuss the value of art education in public schools and their artwork.
Art teachers are Linda Rooney and Kelsey Mangler from Leman Middle School, Jacqui Khatib from Currier School, Katie Yankowski from Gary School, Kirsten Snodgrass from Indian Knoll School, Christine Cintula from Pioneer School, Megan Czervionke from Turner School and Lisa Miller from Wegner School. (www.merleburl.com)
Wheaton Academy Theater presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Performances are at 7:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 2 and 3, 9 and 10, and Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the Fine Arts Center 900 North Prince Crossing Road. The ticket price is $15 for adults, $12 for students and children age 9 and under. Seating is reserved. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 22, 2018 and may be purchased online at www.wheatonacademy.org.
West Chicago Lions Club hosts its 43rd annual Spring Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Sunday, March 4, 2018, in the cafetorium at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. Breakfast menu is pancakes, sausage, and beverage. Providing entertainment are the Mariachi los Rayos de Leman Middle School and the Ballet Folklorico of Leman Middle School. Ticket price is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for children ages 12 and under; this includes the chance to win a door prize. There also is a 60/40 raffle. This event is a perfect time to visit with friends, neighbors and family. Proceeds benefit the many programs and services the Club provides the community.
Healthy West Chicago partners with the Mayor for indoor community walks. The 30-minute walks take place at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 4 and 18, 2018 in the field house at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street, entrance C.
The West Chicago Police Department again participates in the Coolest Event of the year—the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, where law enforcement officers take a flying leap into the frigid waters of an Illinois lake to support Special Olympics Illinois athletes. The West Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85, captained by Detective Robbi Peterson, takes the plunge at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Loon Lake in Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville. Participants raise money from donations by friends, family and co-workers. Police Chief Mike Uplegger again is going to take a flying leap (jump), into the “glacial waters.” Other participants are team captain Robbi Peterson, his three children and a few of their close friends and police officer Jonathan Jones. To make a pledge, persons can do so online https://soill.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=8716, Other ways to donate are to drop off or mail the donation to the West Chicago Police Department, c/o Robbi Peterson, 325 Spenser Street, West Chicago, IL 60185. Make checks payable to Special Olympics Illinois.
The West Chicago Police Department raised $16,497.24 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising campaign in 2017. For this year’s Polar Plunge, the team has a goal to raise $2,500 and for the annual goal to raise more than $20,000 for Special Olympics Illinois.
Early voting at various locations in DuPage County for the Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Primary Election begins Monday, March 5, 2018. The nearest one to West Chicago is the cafeteria at the Election Commission, 421 North County Farm Road. Hours are from 8:30 to a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. On the ballot is the proposition question. “Shall Video Gaming, such as video poker and blackjack, be permitted within the corporate limits of the City of West Chicago?” Prior to this, early voting is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, 2018 and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018 in the Election Commission, Room 1-600.
The West Chicago Public Library District has several computer programs regarding Social Media in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. To make reservations, call the adult services at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
The two-hour Social media class is at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018. This class covers the basics of several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest. There is a two hour Open Lab at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 where persons can open these programs and practice what they learned in the computer class.
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. “Downloading Games on iPads or iPhones” class is at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
The Winter Band Concert of West Chicago Community High School is at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. James Wallace is the Director. The Leman Middle School Band and the Winfield Central School Band also are performing.
The Concert Band performs “March from Moorside Suite” by Gustav Holst, “Cajun Folksongs” by Frank Ticelli, plus works by David Holsinger and Larry Daehn. Highlight selections by the Symphonic Band are “Amenian Dances” Alfred Reed, one of the cornerstone compositions for band, and “Washington Post March” by John Phillip Sousa. Other selections are works by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Robert Sheldon.
The LMS Concert Band plays “New Forest March” by Johnnie Vinson, “Gently Touch the Sky” by Robert Sheldon and “Mars” by Gustav Holst, arrangement Johnnie Vinson. Brad Rathe is the director.
The Winfield Central School Band plays “March of the Machines” by Carl Strommen and “Sneak Attack!” by Richard Saucedo. Bob Siemienkowicz is the director. (www.merleburl.com)
The Winter Orchestra Concert of West Chicago Community High School is at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. Alexandra Wojciechowski is the director. Leman Middle School Orchestral also performs.
The orchestra performs “Carmen Suite No. 1” by Georges Bizet, “Marriage of Figaro Overture” by Wolfgang Mozart, “Finale from the St. Paul Suite” by Gustav Holst and “Barber of Seville” medley by Gioachino Rossini. Other selections are “Aria Ready for a Little Opera,” an opera medley, “Lord of the Dance” and “Habanera” for 6 cellos.
The LMS Concert Orchestra, sixth graders, plays “Moto Perpetuo” by Brian Balmages, and a medley by Michael Story called “Classic Bits and Pieces,” which includes excerpts of 12 famous classical melodies. They will also combine with one of the high school groups to play an arrangement of “Summertime” by George Gershwin. The LMS Symphony Orchestra, seventh and eighth graders, performs “Entry of the Warriors” by Brian Balmages, and “Three Susato Dances” by Tielman Susato. They will combine with one of the high school orchestras on arrangement of “My Shot” from the musical “Hamilton.” Janet Sikma is the director. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Park District monthly social gathering for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the District supplies the Irish meal of corn beef, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, bread and dessert. The charge is $11 for residents and $13 for non-residents. Reservations are due Friday, March 2, 2018 and can be made in person at the ARC or on line at www.we-goparks.org.
WeGo Drama at West Chicago Community High School continues its 2017-2018 season with its Illinois High School Association Showcase performance, a 40-minute play and a Group Interpretation featured in IHSA competition. Performances are at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, 2018, in Weyrauch Auditorium, 326 Joliet Street. The ticket price is a suggested donation of $10. Since these shows are designed to people finding their true identity in the face of adversity, the performances fit the WeGo Drama season theme of “Transform”. IHSA shows deal with serious content and are intended for those over the age of 13.
The company of actors and crew for the show are Ryan Castiglia, Kenneth Correa, Dylan Davidson, Andres Espinoza, Delaney Flynn, Ricky Gieser, Nora Zamora, Grecia Bahena, Nathan Bradley and Drew Brady.
Others are Abby Carr, Emily Carroso, Christina Champagne, Andres Espinal, Alexia Gountanis, Josie Kotke, Noemi Lara, Evy McLean, and Amanda Metzger.
Also in cast and crew are Audrey Miller, Jose “Rudy” Muñoz, Jeri Rethford, Sara Richert, Jaron Allen, Megan Kordik, Neve Ryan, Natalie Thompson, and Daniel Weber.
Mark Begovich is the director. Scenic Design and Technical Direction is by Chris Jensen. Hair and make-up is by Jamie Elza.
Everything is fixed and Gallery Studio of West Chicago now has new dates for the presentation of “Rose Colored Glass” by Sue Bigelow and Janice Goldberg. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 9 and 10, 2018 and March 16 and17, 2018 and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, March 11 and 18, 2018, at Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street. Following the show Friday, March 10, 2018 there is a cheese and wine reception for guests to meet the cast. The ticket price is $16 and $14 for senior citizens. To reserve or reschedule your reservation tickets, call (630) 234-5919, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website email@example.com.
Set in 1938, in the back rooms of Lady O’Riley’s pub and Rose Fleishman’s delicatessen, these two women are about to collide. Peg O’Riley, the 13-year old granddaughter of Lady, is determined these two women become friends. The friendship does not begin to blossom until they become involved in the same cause, and attempt to bring Rose’s nephew out of Europe before the war. Rosie demonstrates this through flashbacks. The play shows the beginning of the holocaust from our side of the ocean and how two remarkable women struggle not only with American apathy, but also with immigration laws and bureaucracy, in addition to their own prejudices.
The cast members are Carissa Zielinski, Kathy Bright and Helen Larsen. The director is Gail Cannata.
Winfield Township once again is participating in “Local Government Week” with an Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Winfield Township Road District building, 30W575 Roosevelt Road. Hot dogs, snacks and beverages are served.
There are tours of the office and garage, plus the opportunity to view the road equipment. In addition to information on display, staff and elected officials are on hand to answer questions. Also available to answer questions and give information are members of the Citizen Emergency Response Team, referred to as CERT, Schools and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education, commonly known as SCARCE, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and representatives from Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services (WAYS) share information on programs currently offered.
The Township is collecting cell telephones, eyeglasses and hearing aids to distribute to the appropriate organizations. There are bins for newspapers and non-perishable foods. Foods are donated to Neighborhood Food Pantry located at the Crossroads Church location. Persons also may bring tattered and faded American flags to give to American Legions Post 300 or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 for proper disposal at a flag ceremony.
For further information call the Township office at (630) 231-3591 or road district office at (630) 231-8850.
Registration for the 2018 season of West Chicago Cheerleading Organization has started. This is for children entering first through eighth grade. For further information visit, http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=wegoyouthcheer. The early bird registration ends Monday, April 30, 2018. Registration in person is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 in the field house at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. The teams of the organization usually do well in competitions and have championships as is seen in their last endeavor.
The Seventh Grade Team of West Chicago Cheerleaders Organization took first place and won the State Championship at the completion in December at the Sears Center. The team participated in four competitions, which usually were against three other teams, and took first place in each of these. At the Championship competition, the team competed against eight other teams in its division. They took first place by more than five points ahead of the second place team. The final completion involved three teams. Again they placed first by more than three points ahead of the second place team. The Seventh Grade team consisted of 14 girls, three-seventh graders, Isabelle Servin, Lezli Guerrero and Anna Lesny; seven-sixth graders, Giulia Covello, Elizabeth Wingstedt, Ariana Hernandez, Bianka Valdez, Angie Fernandez, Melanie Duran and Jasmine Aguado; and three-fifth graders, Alex Rocha, Noemi Garcia and Arizbeth Zuniga. (www.merleburl.com)
Maggie (Wdowiarz) Lay is the new Assistant Principal at Leman Middle School. She is a lifelong resident of West Chicago, graduating from West Chicago Community High School in 2003. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Spanish at Augustana College in Rock Island. While in college, she learned Spanish, traveling extensively through Ecuador and Peru. She received her Master’s degree in Education Leadership from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet.
She began her teaching career in Johnsburg before moving to the Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202. While there, she was a high school Division Chair for World Language, Fine Arts, and Career & Technical Education, coached cheerleading, and sponsored the National Honor Society.
Lay, her husband and three children reside in West Chicago. (www.merleburl.com)
More than 50 persons attended the Living History program “A New Birth of Freedom,” Thursday evening, February 15, 2018, at the West Chicago Public Library. Portraying Lincoln, Kevin Wood spoke about Lincoln’s early life, his values and thoughts about slavery, his hardships, and how he managed to keep our country united. He shared favorite anecdotes, stories, and excerpts from Lincoln’s best-known speeches. It also was a mini celebration of the 209th birthday of Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president. After the question and answer session, some of the guests posed for pictures with the president. As a side note, the Library has an upcoming Living History program, “Hamilton’s Women,” at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. (www.merleburl.com)
Pioneer School Principal Gloria Trejo was named 2018 Illinois Elementary Principal of the Year Thursday, February 15, 2018. Representatives of Horace Mann and Illinois Principals Association, as well as District 33 administrators surprised Trejo with the news in the school’s gym, where students and staff gathered to congratulate her. The award, given by Horace Mann and the IPA, recognizes elementary school principals who demonstrate a positive impact on their students and learning community. Trejo receives recognition at the IPA’s annual Education Leaders Fall Conference in October 2018 and will receive a $1,000 honorarium. The selection of the Elementary School Principal of the Year winner was from a pool of regional nominees provided by the 21 Regions of the Illinois Principals Association.
“I am very honored, to say the least, to have been chosen as the Elementary Principal of the Year for Illinois because it’s such an honor to be recognized in a job that I so passionately enjoy. However, I cannot receive an award without recognizing my Pioneer staff, teachers, colleagues and families. I attribute many of my successes to the Pioneer staff, who works very hard on a daily basis to provide the best education to our students while establishing strong relationships with students and families. I am proud of the work that has been done at Pioneer School and to receive this honor I feel like WE did this collaboratively and it is wonderful to be recognized for the hard work and effort,” stated Trejo. (www.merleburl.com)
At the Monday, February 19, 2018, meeting, City Council approved a fourth amendment to the Planned Unit Development of Wheaton Academy. This entails increasing the number of night games allowed on the main athletic field and regulating use of the field by third parties. The number of field light games would increase to 45 from 30, due to the Illinois High School Association approving the new sport of lacrosse and expanding the number of games played for boys and girls soccer by six games each.
Also approved was a downtown facade agreement to Daniel and Associates Real Estate, the building management company of the property located at 102 Main Street, in the amount of $10,000 for the replacement of the flat roof on the two-story mixed use building. The three bids submitted were higher than this amount and the City’s contribution for this particular project typically is 50 percent capped at $10,000.
Council approved the purchase of a 2017 Ford Transit 350 HD Body High Roof Van with Aries Pathfinder Series Sewer Camera System from Aries Industries, Inc. in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for the amount of $163,256. This equipment is utilized by personnel in the Public Works Department for inspection of the City’s sanitary sewer collection system and storm sewer system.
Another item approved was the contract award for the 2018 Parkway Tree Planting Program for the amount of $28,690 to Acres Group in Plainfield. The project provides providing and planting 110 parkway trees in various locations within the corporate limits of the City.
Council approved five site variances for an industrial development on the south side of Discovery Drive in the DuPage Business Center, Discovery Drive Investors, LLC.
Using the Interest Based Bargaining model, the Support Staff Association, IEA-NEA and West Chicago Elementary School District 33 ratified the contract on Friday, January 19, 2018, and the Board of Education approved it on Thursday, February 1. The principles of the Interest Based Bargaining model are to address issues in more depth than those reached using a traditional model because they are the result of a process aimed at satisfying mutual interest by consensus, and not just one side’s interest at the expense of the other group.
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