At the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce Winter Wonderland Gala held Friday, January 19, 2018, West Chicago City Clerk Nancy Smith administered the oath of office to the officers of the chamber. There are Dave Milinko from Veritrust Wealth Management, chairman; Joe Buchholz from Buck Services Inc., vice chairman; Helen Budziak from Educare of West Chicago, secretary; and Rory King from DHJJ, treasurer.
Warrenville City Clerk Emily Larson administered the oath of office to the board directors of the chamber. They are Anne Marie Andexler from Northwestern Medicine, Omar Espinosa from Republic Bank, Doug Forst, attorney at law, Kristen Giannini from Top Golf, Uwe Gsedl from Gsedl Graphic Design/Oova Photography, Inc., Burt Minor from Winfield Township Republican Committee, Phil Pahlki from Pro-Pal Industries, Anthony Pisciotta from Ardmore Auto Sales, Inc., Chuck Sadowski from Success Realty Group, Inc., Karen Stott from FNBC Bank & Trust and Linda Wilhelm from Allegra Marketing Print Mail.
Members retiring from the board were Dr. Michelle Ennsmann from CNM Care, Patrick Kolzow from DHJJ. Andy Patell from Mr. A’s Emporium Liquor & Wine, and Bill Sims from Mathjnasium of Winfield.
The Chamber honored businesses with Spirit of Success Awards in four categories. Presenting the awards was Andexler. Recognized for the creation of innovative and improvements to service was Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill in West Chicago with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Accepting the award was Lou Kopinski, owner. Republic Bank in West Chicago was the recipient of the Enterprise Spirit Award, which recognizes a business for undertaking different projects and becoming actively involved in the community. Omar Espinosa, vice president/branch manage, accepted the award. Co-winners of the Service Spirit Award were Burt Minor, Chairman Winfield Republican Organization, and People’s Resource Center in Wheaton. Accepting the award for the center was Susan Manning. Receiving the Enduring Spirit Award was Showalter Roofing Service in Naperville. This award recognizes a business with exceptional commitment and success in their industry, company and community. The award is in honor of Pearl and the late Tom Marziani for their many years of leadership in business, public service and philanthropy throughout the community. Accepting the award was Dale Showalter, owner. (www.merleburl.com)
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After 39 years, long time West Chicago resident Glenn Hansen is retiring in May 2018 as Professor of Photography and Documentary Photographer at College of DuPage. To celebrate his career at the college, Cleve Carney Gallery hosts a pop up gallery show of his works, “Time Well Spent,” now through Saturday, January 27. The opening reception is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 24. The gallery talk is at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 27. The Gallery is located in the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Boulevard.
He is a 1970 graduate of West Chicago Community High School and a 1974 graduate of Northern Illinois in DeKalb, with a degree in biology and chemistry. Having a long time interest in photography, Hansen took all the photography classes offered at COD. Two of his professors, graduates of the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology, encouraged Hansen to continue with a master’s degree at IIT. He did some freelance work and started teaching at College of Lake County. Hansen later accepted a full time professorship at COD. For many years, he also served as a representative and president of the teachers’ association. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago resident Kathy Steere has three colored pencil drawing in the Nature Artist Guild of the Morton Arboretum exhibit at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street. The exhibit closes Thursday, February 1, 2018.
The West Chicago Wildcats Lacrosse Club registration night for the Spring season is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 in the Commons at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street, Entrance H. It is open to all current WCCHS students. For further information email email@example.com or visit the website, www.wegolax.com.
The West Chicago Garden Club meeting is Thursday, January 25, 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 program at 7:15 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Laura Christensen, owner of Design With Nature, presents, “A Love Affair—A 25 Year Relationship with My Garden.” Through a slide presentation and talk, she shows the progression of her home landscape, which she has been designing and implementing for 25 years. Starting with a basic suburban one-third acre lot, she has transformed it into a four-season oasis. She shares her favorite plants and plant combinations, gardening hints, triumphs, minor tragedies and lessons learned.
Christensen has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her Master’s degree in City Planning from Northwestern University in Evanston. She is a member of The American Society of Landscape Architects. She was the staff landscape architect and a city planner for the Village of Schaumburg, and subsequently a landscape architect and planning consultant for Camiros, Inc. a design consulting firm in Chicago.
Coffee with the Mayor is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018, at City Hall, 475 Main Street.
Free tax preparation is available for individuals whose income is less than $30,000, and for families whose income is less than $55,000 from Saturday, January 27, through Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Center for Economic Progress site, Leman Middle School at 238 East Hazel Street, Door 7. Hours are from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays. Persons need to bring all tax documents received, Social Security card or ITIN card/letter, valid photo ID, checking and savings account and route numbers, information pertaining to health care, copy of property tax bill paid in 2017, records of education-related expenses and a copy of the 2016 tax return.
The WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics Club hosts the Seventh Annual Kwasman Klassic at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Bishop Gym at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street, entrance C. Basketball teams are members of the West Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 85 and West Chicago Illinois Association of Firefighter #3970. Members of the Special Olympics team play with the firefighters and policemen for the first three quarters. Entertainment is the high school dance troupe and a junior cheerleading team. Coaches for the Special Olympics team are Dick Doremus and Dirk Gunderson; Diana Gunderson is the timekeeper; Kyle Gunderson is the home referee. The police Department has won the trophy there times and the fire district has won it once.
There is no charge to attend. However, persons attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for the Neighborhood Food Pantry located at Real Life Church campus in West Chicago. Concessions are available with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Special Olympics Club. There is a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for gift baskets. Raffle prizes include a Jimmy Butler signed jersey and a signed photograph of former Blackhawk Brian Campbell. The fundraiser is named after the late Mayor Mike Kwasman. Hempe explained, “He was the driving force and expressed the spirit to get our fledgling club restarted.”
Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 West Hawthorne Lane, hosts its Ninth Annual Ovarian Cancer Turkey Bowl Fundraiser at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018. The charge is $60 per four-person teams. Pre-registration is required. There are many prizes, give away items and a 50/50 raffle. Teams must register at the bar. The event is limited to 100 teams. For individuals not on a team, this is a fun event to watch and cheer on your favorite team. For further information call (630) 293-6700.
Gallery Theater of West Chicago holds auditions for “Love Loss and What I Wore,” by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The director is Carol Townsend. Auditions take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 and from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, January 29, 2018, at Gallery Studio, 129 Main Street. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 6, 7, and 8, and 13, 14 and 15, 2018. Rehearsals begin Sunday, February 25, 2018. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are welcome. Monologues are not required. Auditions are sides from the script.
It is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory, covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, buying bras, hating purses and why we only wear black. Characters are Gingy, Gingy’s Mother, Nancy, Alex, Nancy’s Mother, Alex’s Mother, Rosie, Holly, Stephanie, Merill, Pam, Lynne, Liz, Liz’s Older Sister, Liz’s Younger Sister, Dora, Annie, Mary, Eve, Mary’s Mother, Eve’s Shrink, Heather, Nora, Lisa, Amanda, Geralyn, Doctor and Woman. All roles will be played by 5 or possibly more women.
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. “Creating a Free Email Account” class is at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
West Chicago Public Library District in partnership with the City of West Chicago hosts a Small Business Series. Score: General Business Discussion Round Table is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, in the small conference room, 118 West Washington Street. Score mentor George Safford, a West Chicago resident, is the moderator. It is geared for those starting a new business or owners of existing small businesses. To make a reservation, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission sponsors its Ninth Annual Community Banner Project Competition. The theme is “Pop Art.” The artwork may be any media with no limitation to technique or subject matter. Jurying the entries is international artist Bodo Gsedl, a resident of West Chicago’s Sister City Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany. He is a portrait artist, working with pencil, charcoal and pastels, plus oils, watercolors and mixed media. His studio is in the historic Wasserschloss, Water Castle. Gsedl is a member of the Federal Organization of Professional Artists. His twin brother is West Chicago resident Uwe Gsedl, photographer, graphic artist and a member of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission.
Each winning design is reproduced and featured in the 2018 West Chicago Banner Exhibition from May to September. All entries are due by Friday, February 2, 2018. Informational sheets are available at the City Museum, 132 Main Street, Gallery 200, 200 Main Street or online www.westchicago.org, under Residential Forms. Call Rosemary Mackey at (630) 293-2000, extension 139 for more information. (www.merleburl.com)
“Adventures in Fabric” is the exhibit at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street, for the month of February. On display are the fabric artworks of Sharon Malec and Patty Koenigsaecker. The artist’s reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018.
West Chicago Public Library District offers two computer classes in the small conference room, 118 West National Street. To make reservations, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4. Microsoft Word is at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6. Persons learn formatting of text and documents, changing fonts, cut/copy and paste, using Spell Check and MS word terminology. Mouse and Keyboard exercises is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This is for individuals who have never used a mouse before or those who want to improve their skills. Persons learn how to left-click, right-click and double-click. The command keys used most often on the keyboard and receive practice exercises.
The West Chicago Park District monthly social for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. The first annual “ARC Chili Cook-Off” is a competition between West Chicago Park District staff members. Attendees will taste each chili and then vote for their favorite, who will be the Chili King or Chili Queen of West Chicago. Guests bring a dish to share and a complete setting; bowls are provided. Reservations are due by Friday, February 2, and may be made in person at the ARC or online at www.we-go-parks.org.
Baby, it’s cold outside, but the frigid temperatures are not going to deter West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson from participating in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17, 2018. He has committed to “be bold and cold” for 24 hours taking a plunge every hour into Lake Michigan. Funds raised benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Peterson has set a personal fundraising goal of $5,000. To help him meet this goal, persons can make donations at
https://soill.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=34293. To date, he has raised $2,189, 44 percent of his goal.
Donations also can be made by check made 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.
Peterson said, This is the first year I have elected to participate in the kick-off Super Plunge and believe it is a great way to get our 2018 fundraising on behalf of Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run off to a great start.”
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of George Pesetski, who at the age of 90 passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Roy Kiiskila, who passed away Friday, January 12, 2018.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Marijean Rupp Kayler, who at the age of 78 passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Luis Cuevas, who at the age of 71 passed away Friday, January 19, 2018.
For tea lovers, Kindred Coffee Roasters, 148 West Washington Street, offers herbal tea.
At the meeting Monday, January 15, 2018, City Council approved the annexation of the property at 29W478 Ray Avenue, the Hartigan residence, into the City and rezoning it from ER-1, Real Estate Residence District, to R-2, Single Family Residence District, 678 Ray Avenue.
Also approved was a Special Use for a daycare center and Planned Unit Development of The Learning Center at 920 North Neltnor Boulevard. The 1.2 acre property is located within the Tower Station commercial development on the west side of Route 59 between Hawthorne Lane and Arbor Avenue. The proposed daycare center will consist of a 10.000 square foot building with an ancillary playground located on the south side.
Council approved a contract for the 2018 Forestry Maintenance Program in the amount of $67,400.92 to Steve Piper & Sons of Naperville.
At the 19th District Awards Banquet for the Voice of Democracy Competition Saturday, January 13, 2018, West Chicago Community High School students with entries from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, were among the top award recipients. Natalie Thompson, a senior, won First Place and Michael Sawicki, a senior, took Fifth Place. The other three of the 56 WCCHS students making it to the district level were Daniela Almares, Jacob Beaird and Jeremy Belibgon. There were 145 entrants from 24 of the 25 posts. To enter the competition, students write and audio record an essay reflecting the theme, which this year was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Post 6791 VOD co-chairs are Robert Gustafson and Auxiliary member Nancy Smith. Working with the students and Post 6791 are WCCHS social studies teachers John Chisholm and Nicole Stadler.
Thompson now proceeds to Springfield for the state competition with the winners from the other 16 Illinois districts. The winner of this competition goes to Washington, D.C. and has the opportunity to win a $30,000 scholarship. (www.merleburl.com)
Catherine Franch, a senior at West Chicago Community High School, was named as an Honorable Mention of the “Daily Herald” DuPage County Leadership Team, 2017-2018.
Newly elected officers of the West Chicago Garden Club are Barb Bizzarri, president; Keith Letsche, vice president; Kerry Perry, treasurer. Others are Barb Melville, program director, and Pamela Darrah, newsletter.
Luis Martinez, Business Development Coordinator, submitted his resignation. His last day was Friday, January 19, 2018.
Yummy Cafe, 540 Main Street, is closed.
At approximately 5:25 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2018, the West Chicago Fire Protection District and West Chicago Police Department responded to a reported structure fire at 1202 South Neltnor Boulevard. Upon arrival the firefighters discovered heavy smoke coming from the attic area of the residence. A hose line was taken to the second floor and the fire was extinguished. Other fire departments assisting were Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Wheaton, Winfield and Hanover Park.The occupants of the home had already safely evacuated from the home. The investigation of the fire is still ongoing according to Deputy Fire Chief Tim Leidig.
Emergency Services Disaster Agency assisted with the road closures. Route 59 was opened around 8:45 p.m. after the Public Works Department put salt on the affected areas. The manager of Metro Storage allowed the residents of the house and members of the police department to use its lobby as a warming area. West Chicago Social Services, along with the American Red Cross, responded to assist with the displaced residents.
Three West Chicago Community High School English teachers have achieved National Board Certified Teacher status. Jen Culbertson, Nicole Osborne and Lauren Stewart earned English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in December 2017. These three join three other WCCHS teachers who previously earned National Board Certification. They are Mary Ellen Daneels, Social Studies-History/Adolescence And Young Adulthood (2008); Lynn Peto, Mathematics/Adolescence And Young Adulthood (2010); and Amanda Slobodecki, Mathematics/Adolescence And Young Adulthood (2010).Only 4.91 percent of teachers in Illinois are Board-certified.
Considered the teaching profession’s highest mark of achievement, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards assesses teachers in four component areas: Content Knowledge, Differentiation in Instruction, Teaching Practice and Learning Environment, and Effective and Reflective Practitioner. Through a rigorous, performance-based, peer review process, the teachers demonstrated their impact on student learning and achievement.
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