Matthew “Matt” Garling is the new Ward 5 alderman, replacing John C. Smith, Jr., who resigned in September 2017. He will serve on the Infrastructure and Development Committees.
He is employed by a metals manufacturer in Schaumburg. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in accounting.
Garling, his wife and three children moved into the Forest Trails subdivision in 2011.
However, prior to moving here the family had a connection to West Chicago. His wife, Elizabeth (Gernand) was raised here and is a 1992 graduate of WCCHS. He was chairman of the high school referendum committee and serves as a volunteer at the family’s church, Wheaton Bible Church. The family likes to camp and fish. One of their goals is to visit all the national parks. Garling also likes archery.
Regarding his appointment to the position, Garling said, “I was interested in becoming involved in the community and this gives me the opportunity to help make West Chicago even better.”
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Through West Chicago Elementary School District 33, WeGo Together for Kids, the West Chicago United Way Neighborhood Network, in partnership with the Center for Economic Progress, free tax preparation is available for individuals whose income is less than $30,000 and for families whose income is less than $55,000 until Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 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.
Kathi Kuchler teaches two-hour watercolor classes on Thursdays during February 2018, at Gallery 200, 103 West Washington Street. Each class is $35, which includes all materials. The watercolor painting is called “The Pond Birds” and takes two classes to finish. The classes are at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. starting February 1, and ending February 22. Persons can sign up at the Gallery or email Kuchler at firstname.lastname@example.org. (www.merleburl.com)
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 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 was 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.
“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 artists’ reception is from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018. Refreshments are served
Malec started quilting in 1992, making traditional pieced quilts and then evolved into creating contemporary art quilts. Soon she began to experiment with felt making, hand spinning silk paper making, free form crochet and tapestry weaving. Much of her current work incorporates several techniques. Her interest in animal and nature helps mold her unique style.
Koenigsaecker majored in Art Education at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and has a Masters degree in theatrical design from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The majority of her career was spent as a costume, scenery and lighting designer at Augustan College in Rock Island. Since retiring and with a love of sewing, she has explored two dimensional art through fiber art. She always wants her work to tell a story and has experimented with many techniques to accomplish this end. (www.merleburl.com)
Although we still are in the throes of winter weather, persons have the opportunity to keep walking with Healthy West Chicago partners and the Mayor for indoor community walks. The 30-minute walks take place at 9:00 a.m. Sundays, February 4 and 18, 2018 in the field house at West Chicago Community High School, 326 Joliet Street. entrance C. The new HWC Program Administrator, Carley Smitherman, will be at this walk. (www.merleburl.com)
American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, hosts a Super Bowl Sunday event, February 4, 2018. Persons attending bring a dish to share. Bar opens at 11:30 a.m., game begins at 5:30 p.m.
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 are 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.
Mike Fortner and Becky Hall celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary, Tuesday, February 7, 2018.
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 the Calendar on Smart Phones” class is at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
West Chicago resident Kathy Steere holds a workshop, “Color My Cloth,” at Quilters Quest, 7440 Woodward Avenue in Woodridge. The time for the workshops are at 10:00 a.m. Wednesdays, February 7, 21 and 28 and March 7, 14, and 21, 2018. Steere demonstrates how to use watercolor pencils and water-soluble crayons on fabric. The cost of the class is $20.
GardenWorks Project holds a Seed Saving & Exchange at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at its Suburban Agriculture Resource Center, 103 West Washington Street. Attendees exchange seeds from individual gardens. Also organic gardener Vicki Owens gives a talk on seed saving and permaculture. She currently runs an heirloom seed saving resource library in Downers Grove. There is suggested donation of $5.
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-goparks.org.
The League of Women Voters of Wheaton host a Meet and Greet for local candidates at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018, in the Auditorium at the DuPage County Complex, 421 North County Farm Road. Persons should park in the parking garage and enter the building via the pedestrian bridge on the top deck. The event is set up as a “candidate job fair” style. Each candidate has a table and guests can approach each at their own pace or interest. Invited candidates are school superintendent, county chairman, sheriff, clerk, treasurer and board members for Districts 4 and 6, Forest Preserve president and board member for District 6, state representatives for Districts 42, 42, 46, 48 and 49, state senators for Districts 21, 23 and 24, Congressional for Illinois 6, and governor.
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.
West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Band and Orchestra Concert is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018, in the Cafetorium in Leman Middle School, 238 East Hazel Street. Performing are students in the Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Intermediate Band, and Intermediate Orchestra, comprised of students from all six elementary schools and Leman Middle School. John Gelasi is the director of the beginning band. Cassandra Ruiz is the beginner and intermediate orchestra director. Brad Rathe is the intermediate band director.
Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services holds two one-hour seminars for senior citizens at Wayne Township, 27 W031 North Avenue. The charge is $5, which includes handouts and refreshments. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (630) 231-1776. “Keeping Your Brain Healthy” is at 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2018. It covers some easy tricks to keep one’s brains in tip top shape. “How Anxiety & Emotions Affect Health” is at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The discussion focuses on how moods affect health and how to deal with it.
West Chicago Public Library District hosts two Living History programs in the meeting room, 118 West Washington Street. To make reservations, call the adult services department at (630) 231-1552, extension 4.
The first one, “The Tales of Abraham Lincoln,” takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018. Portraying Lincoln, Kevin Hall reenacts many of the momentous parts of Lincoln’s life and personal history, sharing favorite anecdotes and stories.
The second program is “Hamilton’s Women,” at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. (www.merleburl.com).
West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson is a participant in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17, 2017. 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 $2,380, 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. To date, he has raised $2,380, 44 percent of his goal.
Gallery Studio of West Chicago presents “Rose Colored Glass” by Sue Bigelow and Janice Goldberg. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, February 16 and17, 2018 and February 23 and 23, 2018 and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, February 18 and 25, 2018, at Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street. Following the show at Friday, February 17, 2018 there is a cheese and wine reception to meet the cast. The ticket price is $17 and $16 for senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call (630) 234-5919, Email email@example.com or visit the website firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Rose 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.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Fred Hansen, who at the age of 81 passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Richard M.“Rick” Madrid, who at the age of 61 passed away Saturday, December 3, 2017.
Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Salvador Coronel Reyes, who at the age of 53 passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018.
Carley Smitherman is the new Healthy West Chicago Program Administrator. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Smitherman’s previous positions were with the Kendall County Health Department and Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center. After serving in the military, she received her bachelor of Nutritional Science from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Wellness from Benedictine University in Lisle. The HWC team is comprised of more than 30 area partners specializing in health and wellness. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago High School Teachers’ Association voted to authorize a strike Friday, January 26, 2018. The association must give a formal 10-day notice to strike before any strike action can take place. There are no plans to do so before the scheduled negotiating session Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Contract proposals from the Board of Education of Community High School District 94 and the West Chicago High School Teachers’ Association as presented to the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board on January 17, 2018, have been posted on the District’s website at www.d94.org.
The Community High School District 94 Educational Foundation recently awarded grants to three West Chicago Community High School teachers. The awarded grants totaled $7,860.
Mark Begovich, Language Arts teacher and drama director, received a grant in the amount of $1,200 for registrations for the Gilder-Lehrman “Hamilton” Partnership event to be held Wednesday. February 7, 2018. Begovich explained that social studies teacher John Chisholm also is participating in this program, sponsored by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History. “The students had to complete an extensive lesson to participate where they mirrored the process of creating the musical. All students will do a workshop, with one of our students performing on the Hamilton stage. They will then see the show. The students paid $10 for transportation and the Foundation paid the $10 participant fee.”
Per the institute’s website, “Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading American history nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 education, while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.”
Science teacher Brianne Ferreiro received a grant in the amount of $660 for registrations to the Sam Rhine Genetics Update Conference Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The four-hour conference is packed with the newest discoveries and applications in medical genetics and tissue engineering. It is designed for high school teachers and their students.
Allister Scott, assistant principal for teaching and learning, received a grant in the amount of $6,000 for Advance Placement testing fees for low income students.
The Foundation has raised more than $215,000 to benefit the students of West Chicago Community High School. To donate, or for more information on the Foundation, visit www.d94.org/foundation.
At a recent event, the West Chicago Lions Club presented honorary awards to Jewel Foods in West Chicago, Lion for the Lions Club Community Partner and to Fernando Ramirez for the West Chicago Citizen of the Year.
Accepting the award for Jewel was Jeff Mikoda, store manager. Jewel Foods has been a major partner in the Club’s eyefuls collection effort. The box at the store’s location has provided thousands of eyeglasses to be distributed to those in need around the world.
Ramirez, president of Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, is a positive force in the community, providing a spotlight on all that is good in the community to the broader public. Loving the community, he works hard to make it better every day. He personifies the Club’s service motto.
At the Monday, January 22, 2018, meeting of the West Chicago Public Library District Board of Trustees, Patricia Weninger, board secretary, administered the oath of Office to Tom Tawney. He is long time resident of West Chicago and currently is a member of Board of Directors of Gallery Theater and West Chicago Public Library District Foundation. Tawney replaces Rosario Herbst, who resigned in October 2017.
After 25 years with the West Chicago Police Department, Commander Eric Shipman leaves to take on a new position as Chief of Police with the Federal Reserve Bank Chicago-Law Enforcement Division. His last day was Monday, January 29, 2018. (www.merleburl.com)
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