As we had record breaking cold weather, many were able to stay inside. Yet there were those who had to brave the extremely cold temperatures. A big thank you to first responders, City Public Works department, especially the street division and ComEd crews.
AROUND AND ABOUT
Music Boosters Club at West Chicago Community High School hosts a Dine Out Fundraiser from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019, at Maciano’s Pizza and Pasteria, 26W220 Geneva Road in Winfield. Persons just need to mention the fundraiser and the restaurant donates a percentage of the total paid to the organization.
West Chicago Community Theater of the West Chicago Park District presents “The Aristocats” Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. Performance times are 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $5. (www.merleburl.com)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 155 North Prince Crossing Road, is one of the five locations accepting donations of winter coats and other clothing for Immigrant Solidarity DuPage. The donations are for migrants, both adults and children, seeking asylum at the border; deadline for donations is Sunday, February 10. The collection box is in the church Narthex.
Reverend Dr. Terry Gallagher, pastor and teacher in the United Church of Christ, is the guest speaker at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019 worship service at St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, 400 West Washington service. A pancake brunch follows the service.
Maggie Capettini, education director at West Chicago City Museum, is doing a live painting demonstration from noon to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, 25055 South Walnut Lane in Channahon. The still life painting is in homage to the artist Frida Kahlo. The Center’s current exhibit is “Frida Kahlo’s Garden,” which explores iconic photographs of the artist, her home and garden, plus reproductions of several of her paintings. Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Dance Team hosts a Valentine’s Dance Camp for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through 12. It takes place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019, in the West Chicago Community High School Studio, 325 Joliet Street, entrance C. WCCHS dance coaches Laura Pollard and Katie Sullivan conduct the clinic. A performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 15. The charge is $25 in advance, $30 at the door and includes a t-shirt and snacks. To register visit www.d94.org/valentinesdancecamp or mail checks made payable to WC Dance Team to West Chicago Community High School, Attn. WC Dance Team, 326 Joliet Street, West Chicago IL 60185. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 876-6485.
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. “Attaching Photos to Emails or Text” class is at 4:00 p.m. Monday, February 10, 2019.
GardenWorks Project holds a seed sorting event at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the West Suburban Resource Center, 103 West Washington Street, inside Gallery 200 building. In addition to sorting seeds, volunteers will count and organize the supplies. For more information or to make a reservation, email Robin Augustines at email@example.com. (www.merleburl.com)
The West Chicago Park District social gathering for senior citizens is at noon Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the ARC, 201 West National Street. With Mardi Gras approaching, the theme centers around a masquerade ball. Persons who took a plastic mask home from the January social and decorated it are to bring it and have the opportunity to win prizes for the “Most Creative Masks.” The menu is chicken and sausage gumbo and an authentic “King Cake” for dessert. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share and a complete place setting; bowls are provided. Reservations are required and may be made in person at the ARC or online at www.we-goparks.com.
Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street) presents “Harvey” by Mary Chase. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays February 15, 16, 22, 23, and March 1 and 2, and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, February 1, 24, and March 3, 2019. The ticket price is $16, $14 for senior citizens. To make a reservation, email GalleryTickets@gmail.com, on the website www.gallerytheaterstudio.com or call the box office at (630) 234-5919.
A timeless comedy classic, this is the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his friend Harvey, an invisible six-and-a-half-foot rabbit. Set in the 1940s, as is the case with many classics, the messages it delivers are timeless. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister’s social gatherings. To avoid future embarrassment for her family, especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae, Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also.T he doctors mistakenly commit her instead of Elwood. Veta finally is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who returns to the sanitarium looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors.
Members of the cast are Toria Hollyn, West Chicago residents Therese Harrold and David Reynolds, Ric Holloman, Anne Laurie Jean-Jacques, Carolyn Larsen, Olivia Cuff, Dan Knauf, John Frankenthal, Rhys Read, Ann Myrna and Salvador Velasco. The director is Jack Smith. (www.merleburl.com)
Baby, it’s cold outside, but the frigid temperatures are not going to deter West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson from participating in the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16. This is the second year he has committed to “be bold and cold” for 24 hours taking a plunge every hour into Lake Michigan. Peterson said, “Many people thought I had a screw loose last year when I signed up to voluntarily jump into Lake Michigan 24 times over the course of 24 hours. Well, maybe I do have a few loose because I did it again.” 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
Donations also can be by check made payable to Special Olympics Illinois. 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, “Yes, I am crazy! But this is a great way to get our 2019 fundraising on behalf of Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run off to a great start. The donations provide athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics programs and reveal their inner champion. (www.merleburl.com)
Gallery Theater, 129 Main Street, is holding auditions for its next play, “The Dining Room,” by A. R. Gurney. The director is Tom Rieser. Auditions take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17, and from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, February, 18, 2019. The director is looking for four men and four women to play 57 roles. Additional actors may be cast. Performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays, April 5, 6, 12 and 13, and Sundays, April 7 and 14. To set up a time or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 234-5919.
Per the press release, “The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is composed of a mosaic of interrelated and overlapping scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing level of society: the upper-middle class. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother’s infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn’t recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shamble, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.”
We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center, a not-for-profit organization, hosts its 14th Annual Bowl-A-Thon from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Wheaton Bowl, 2031 North Gary Avenue. Persons bowl three games; there are prizes for various levels of achievement. Additionally, there is food, raffles and auction items. For further information, to register for the Bowl-A-Thon, purchase raffle tickets or make a donation, persons may drop by the greenhouse, 1055 West Washington Street, call (630) 293-0100, or visit the website www.wegrowdreams.org. The green house provides job training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Also, the greenhouse now needs funds for repair and new equipment because of the recent snow storms. Executive director Greg Bettcher explained, Due to the excessive snow, the roof of a brand new hoop house collapsed. Additionally, there are gas leaks in 3 heaters. Two had to be shut down in houses being prepared to receive pots and plants in the next few weeks; the growing season has to start soon, “but we are at risk of losing so much if our equipment fails. Winter is a difficult time for greenhouses — lots of expenses for supplies, plants and seeds, and no return of cash flow until May. Major expenses for growing houses and equipment could not come at a worse time” To donate for this cause, visit the greenhouse at 1055 West Washington Street; mail a check to PO Box 861, West Chicago, IL 60185; or visit the webpage www.wegrowdreams.org, under donate. (www.merleburl.com)
The greenhouse mission is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and to train and work in a supportive, safe and caring environment while producing and providing products and services to the community. In this pursuit, we honor the concepts of human dignity, respect, hard work, fellowship and friendship. For further information, call (630) 293-0100.
Under the sponsorship of People Made Visible, a committee is working to publish a new cookbook, “One West Chicago: Near and Far,” highlighting the diversity and community organizations through recipes from the people and organizations in the community. Persons who are a resident, a former resident, work in West Chicago or belong to a West Chicago organization can submit a recipe. The publication is scheduled for spring of 2019. Handwritten or typed recipes can be submitted until Thursday, February 28, to Attn: Sara Phalen, West Chicago City Museum, 132 Main Street, West Chicago, IL 60185; Recipes can be submitted electronically until March 31. For further information, visit the Facebook page, One West Chicago: Near and Far or email email@example.com.
West Chicago Police Department offers free Active Shooter/Workplace Training workshops to businesses, churches and organizations. Providing the training are police officers Mike Rosenwinkel and Waylon Potts, who also is a former SWAT officer. Both are certified active shooter response trainers. The workshops are either hour long presentations or a full day of training. During the hour presentation, we explain appropriate citizen responses to an active shooter incident. “During a full day training, we also include scenarios with police role playing an active shooter,” explained Rosenwinkel. For more information about this training, call Rosenwinkel at (630) 293-2751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (www.merleburl.com)
Both of the West Chicago veterans’ organizations hold Bingo as a fundraiser on a weekly basis. The games at American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street, are on Fridays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. Games at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, 431 North Neltnor Boulevard, are on Wednesdays. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. The Auxiliary games are Sundays. Doors open at noon, games start at 2:00 p.m.
Newly elected West Chicago Garden Club officers are Barb Bizzarri, President; Dan Beebe, Vice President; Pamela Darrah, Secretary; Barb Melville, Programs Director and Chris Gicela, Director at Large.
The West Chicago Park District won third place for the Recreation/People at Play category in the state photo contest, “Give Us Your Best Shot,” for the 2018 Illinois Parks & Recreation magazine. Tom Norquist took the photograph titled, “Inspired by Nature.” He is the Senior Vice President of Corp. Innovation at PlayCore, the company involved in the building of Toucan’s hideaway in Turtle Splash Water Park. The contest, consisting of four categories, was sponsored by Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Park and Recreation Association. Photos were judged on the basis of exposure, clarity/focus and subject matter relative to category. (www.merleburl.com)
Forty-one seniors from the West Chicago Community High School Class of 2019 were named Illinois State Scholars. The students named as 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars are Nora Bell, Eric Benda, Abby Carr, Valarie Johnson, Camryn Liberio, Alexis Maggiore, Carlos Montanez, Hannah Thomas, Christina Trigueros, Emily Carroso, Colette Castelluccio, Zoe Genabe, Alyssa Guttman, Gianna Hernandez, Adam Hey, Alexander Hey, Jose Hinojoza, Leeba Joseph, Kellen Klapatch and Megan Kordik.
Others are Aaron Kus, Garrett Martin, Audrey Miller, Gavin O’Keefe, Joseph Orr, Dipali Patel, Grace Ramirez, Anna Reitz, Jeri Rethford, Delaney Ringe, Nathan Rutledge, Spencer Schramer, Sarah Solver, Carlos Valle, and Michael Wagner, Kristen Aalbue, Alexander Gauss, Olivia Haffner, Adelia Hasselgren, Sabrina Lutfiyeva, and Jamie Mazurski.
The State Scholar Program recognizes students attending approved high schools for outstanding academic achievement. Students must perform in the top one-half of their high school class and/or score at or above the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT. State scholar designation provides honorary recognition with no monetary award. Approximately the top ten percent of graduates from approved high schools are announced as State Scholars each year.
West Chicago has three service clubs, Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary.
Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at FNBC Bank & Trust, 600 East Washington Street. For further information on becoming a member, call club member Nancy Perillo at (630) 231-1800 or email email@example.com.
Lions Club meets at 6:00 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street and at noon on the third Thursday of the month at Pal Joey’s restaurant, 440 East Roosevelt Road. For further information on becoming a member, call club president Dan Czuba at (630) 918-6129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Club meets at noon the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Pal Joey’s Restaurant, 440 East Roosevelt Road. For further information on becoming a member, call club president Omar Espinosa at (630) 418-6187 or email 630 908-1809 Espinosa.
West Chicago Community High School teacher Nicole Osborne was in the first round of invitations by the College Board to be an Advanced Placement® (AP®) Reader for Literature and Composition in June, 2019 at Salt Lake City, Utah. She teaches five sections of Advanced Placement English Language.
Osborne joins high school teachers and college faculty from around the world. Advanced Placement® (AP®) Readers evaluate and score AP students’ free responses, ensuring that high school students receive AP grades that accurately reflect college-level achievement in a specified discipline. (www.merleburl.com)
West Chicago Lions Club held a Recognition and Awards Membership Drive Party Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Tequila Roadhouse. Zone Chairperson and former Chapter President Lori Chassee installed the three newest members of the West Chicago Club, Michael (Madhukant) Shah, Rudy Johnson and Jim Graf.
There also was a presentation of Foundation Awards. Recipients were City of West Chicago, West Chicago Park District, Republic Bank of West Chicago, Fox Community Center, Augustino’s Rock & Roll Deli, Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, Murphy’s Ace Hardware, Deutsch’s Truck & Diesel Repair, Winfield Township, First United Methodist Church, West Chicago Community High School, Leman Middle School, Sonny Acres Farm and the Feltes Family, Jewel Food Store, Pal Joey’s Restaurant & Bar, Signarama – West Chicago, The UPS Store – West Chicago and FNBC Bank & Trust.
Recipients of the Friends of the West Chicago Lions Club Awards were Martha DeForest, Reggie Bass, Andrew Bass, Sarah Bass, Candy Price, Lambert Smith, Eric Pavel, Rita Thomas, Mary Ellen Graf, Brian Kissane and Candy Price.
At the special meeting Monday, January 28, 2019, Community High School District 94 Board of Education approved a contract renewal for fire protection systems inspection and testing for the amount of $10,775 with Johnson Controls Fire Protection, LP.
Also approved was the award of the14 bid packages for construction. These were Roofing to Anthony Roofing Tecta America, LLC from Aurora in an amount of $1,274,717 for the base bid, Aluminum and Glass to Lake Shore Glass and Mirror Co., Inc. from Chicago in an amount of $1,366,400 for the base bid, Masonry to Mastership Construction Co., Inc. from Libertyville in an amount of $1,390,000 for the base bid and alternates 7 and 8, General Trades to Hargrave Builders, Inc. from South Elgin in an amount of $1,575,800 for the base bid and alternate 7, Drywall to L.J. Morse Construction Company from Aurora in an amount of $2,675,500 for the base bid and alternates 2, 7 and 8, Elevators to Thyssen Krupp Elevators from Lombard in an amount of $149,500 for the base bid, Plumbing to DW Mechanical Group Inc. from Hoffman Estates in an amount of $950,715 for the base bid and alternate 7, HVAC to Air Design Systems Inc. from Willow Springs in an amount of $6,396,500 for the base bid and alternates 7, 8 and 9 and Electrical to Associated Electrical Contractors, LLC from Woodstock, IL, in an amount of $4,445,009 for the base bid and alternates 2, 7, 8 and 9.
We often see the fire equipment and hear the sirens, and wonder where and why they are going. The breakdown of January calls fills in some of the blanks. The West Chicago Fire Protection District January 2019 stats are total calls-314, Medical calls-193, and fire calls-121, which include seven structure fires, two vehicle fires, 10 auto accidents, and an assortment of other investing type calls, such as fire alarms, gas odors and water leaks. During the cold spell the past week crews responded to a total of 68 emergencies, day and night.
The Wild-Dogs, West Chicago Co-Op Swimming team, made history finishing first in both the JV and Varsity divisions at the Upstate Eight Conference meet Saturday, February 2, 2019. In addition to the first place winnings, they place in many of the top six finishes.
Event winnings include JV 200 Medley Relay-Gio Sebastian, Rudy Munoz, Harrison Liao, and Jack Bittner, First Place; V 200 Medley Relay-Kyle Wolford, Tom Crum, Teegan Cook, Brian Culloton, First Place;JV 200 Free,-Jai Vivekanandan, first place, Tom Hallsby, Third place, Cade Hawkins, fifth place; V 200 Free-Brian Culloton, second place, Logan Townsend, fourth place; JV 200 IM- Harrison Liao-first place, Gio Sebastian, second place-V 200 IM, Garret Sims, third place, Logan Sims, fifth place; JV 50 Free-Jack Bittner, third place, Drew Ninowski, fifth place, Robert Washington, sixth place; V 50 Free-Kyle Wolford, first place, Danny Mohon, fifth place; JV 100 Fly-Harrison Liao, first place, Drew Ninowski, third place; V 100 Fly, Teegan Cook, first place, Tom Crum, fourth place; and JV 500 Free-Jai Vivekanandan, first place, Alex Anderson ,sixth place.
Others were V 500 Free-Teegan Cook, first place, Logan Townsend, second place; JV 200 Free Relay-A Relay-David Bartler, Tom Hallsby, Robert Washington, Drew Ninowski, second place, B Relay-Jai Vivekanandan, Cade Hawkins, Sam Pollock, Alex Anderson, fourth place; V 200 Free Relay-Danny Mohon, Tom Crum, Logan Townsend, Garret Sims, third place; JV 100 Back, Gio Sebastian, third place, Cade Hawkins, fourth place, David Bartler, sixth place; V 100 Back-Kyle Wolford, second place, Garret Sims, third place; JV 100 Breast-Rudy Munoz, first place, Alex Anderson, second place, Sam Pollock, third place, Tom Hallsby, fifth place; V 100 Breast-Tom Crum, second, Logan Sims, third place; JV 400 Free Relay-Jack Bittner, Gio Sebastian, Rudy Munoz, Harrison Liao, first place; and V 400 Free Relay-Garret Sims, Brian Culloton, Kyle Wolford, Teegan Cook, first place. (www.merleburl.com)
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